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Blessed are the young, for they shall inherit the national debt.

—Herbert Hoover, 1936

Bright youth passes as quickly as thought.

—Theognis, c. 550 BC

The young leading the young is like the blind leading the blind.

—Philip Dormer Stanhope, 1747

A dissolute and intemperate youth hands down the body to old age in a worn-out state.

—Cicero, 44 BC

The young man must store up, the old man must use.

—Seneca the Younger, c. 63

Youth is the time to go flashing from one end of the world to the other both in mind and body, to try the manners of different nations, to hear the chimes at midnight.

—Robert Louis Stevenson, 1881

The young always have the same problem—how to rebel and conform at the same time. They have now solved this by defying their elders and copying one another.

—Quentin Crisp, 1968

No time to marry, no time to settle down, I’m a young woman, and ain’t done runnin’ round.

—Bessie Smith, 1926

I’ve never understood why people consider youth a time of freedom and joy. It’s probably because they have forgotten their own.

—Margaret Atwood, 1976

The thing that impresses me most about America is the way parents obey their children.

—Edward VIII, 1957

Childhood has no forebodings—but then, it is soothed by no memories of outlived sorrow.

—George Eliot, 1860

Ah, there are no children nowadays.

—Molière, 1673

Most men employ the first years of their life in making the last miserable.

—Jean de La Bruyère, 1688