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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

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

—Jean de La Bruyère, 1688

I shall soon be six-and-twenty. Is there anything in the future that can possibly console us for not being always twenty-five?

—Lord Byron, 1813

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

—Philip Dormer Stanhope, 1747

Even members of the nobility, let alone persons of no consequence, would do well not to have children. 

—Yoshida Kenko, c. 1330

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

—Bessie Smith, 1926

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

A sick child is always the mother’s property; her own feelings generally make it so.

—Jane Austen, 1816

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

—Cicero, 44 BC

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

Childhood knows what it wants—to leave childhood behind.

—Jean Cocteau, 1947

No wise man ever wished to be younger.

—Jonathan Swift, 1706