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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

Youth, youth, springtime of beauty.

—Anthem of the National Fascist Party, c. 1924

There comes a time in every rightly constructed boy’s life when he has a raging desire to go somewhere and dig for hidden treasure.

—Mark Twain, 1876

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

—Herbert Hoover, 1936

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

—Bessie Smith, 1926

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

Ah, there are no children nowadays.

—Molière, 1673

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

—Seneca the Younger, c. 63

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

The boy is, of all wild beasts, the most difficult to manage. 

—Plato, c. 348 BC

Grown up, and that is a terribly hard thing to do. It is much easier to skip it and go from one childhood to another.

—F. Scott Fitzgerald, c. 1940

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

—George Eliot, 1860

No wise man ever wished to be younger.

—Jonathan Swift, 1706
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