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The distinction between children and adults, while probably useful for some purposes, is at bottom a specious one, I feel. There are only individual egos, crazy for love.

—Donald Barthelme, 1964

Rejoice, young man, while you are young, and let your heart cheer you in the days of your youth. Follow the inclination of your heart and the desire of your eyes, but know that for all these things God will bring you into judgment.

—Book of Ecclesiastes, c. 200 BC

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

—Jean de La Bruyère, 1688

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

—Philip Dormer Stanhope, 1747

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

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

—Bessie Smith, 1926

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

—Herbert Hoover, 1936

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

—Cicero, 44 BC

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

—Edward VIII, 1957

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

—Jane Austen, 1816

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

—Yoshida Kenko, c. 1330

I was born at a very early age. Before I had time to regret it, I was four and a half years old.

—Groucho Marx, 1959

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

—Seneca the Younger, c. 63