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Bright youth passes as quickly as thought.

—Theognis, c. 550 BC

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

—George Eliot, 1860

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

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

—Herbert Hoover, 1936

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

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

—Cicero, 44 BC

No one’s serious at seventeen.

—Arthur Rimbaud, 1870

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

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

—Philip Dormer Stanhope, 1747

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

—Plato, c. 348 BC

Ah, there are no children nowadays.

—Molière, 1673
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