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Ah, there are no children nowadays.

—Molière, 1673

Youth, youth, springtime of beauty.

—Anthem of the National Fascist Party, c. 1924

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

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

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

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

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

—Yoshida Kenko, c. 1330

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

—Herbert Hoover, 1936

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

Childhood knows what it wants—to leave childhood behind.

—Jean Cocteau, 1947

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

—Bessie Smith, 1926

Bright youth passes as quickly as thought.

—Theognis, c. 550 BC
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