An aphorism is nothing else but the slightest
form of writing raised to the highest level of expressive communication. Carl William Brown





All lovely things will have an ending, All lovely things will fade and die; And youth, that's now so bravely spending, Will beg a penny by and by.


Conrad Aiken (1889-1973, American poet and novelist)


The young are permanently in a state resembling intoxication.


Aristotle (BC 384-322, Greek philosopher)


They [young people] have exalted notions, because they have not been humbled by life or learned its necessary limitations; moreover, their hopeful disposition makes them think themselves equal to great things -- and that means having exalted notions. They would always rather do noble deeds than useful ones: Their lives are regulated more by moral feeling than by reasoning -- all their mistakes are in the direction of doing things excessively and vehemently. They overdo everything -- they love too much, hate too much, and the same with everything else.


Aristotle (BC 384-322, Greek philosopher)


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 (1939-, Canadian novelist, poet, critic)


Young people are fitter to invent than to judge; fitter for execution than for counsel; and more fit for new projects than for settled business.


Francis Bacon (1561-1626, British philosopher, essayist, statesman)


Except for an occasional heart attack, I feel as young as I ever did.


Horace Benchley


Youth is not a question of years: one is young or old from birth.


Natalie Clifford Barney (1876-1972, American-born French author)


I'm youth, I'm joy, I'm a little bird that has broken out of the egg.


James M. Barrie (1860-1937, British playwright)


Youth is the time of getting, middle age of improving, and old age of spending.


Anne Bradstreet (1612-1672, British puritan poet)


Time misspent in youth is sometimes all the freedom one ever has.


Anita Brookner (1938-, British novelist, art historian)


What Youth deemed crystal, Age finds out was dew.


Robert Browning (1812-1889, British poet)


The young do not know enough to be prudent, and therefore they attempt the impossible -- and achieve it, generation after generation.


Pearl S. Buck (1892-1973, American novelist)


Youth, with swift feet, walks onward in the way; the land of joy lies all before his eyes.


Edward G. Bulwer-Lytton (1803-1873, British novelist, poet)


There's nothing wrong with teenagers that reasoning with them won't aggravate.


Bumper Sticker


The arrogance of age must submit to be taught by youth.


Edmund Burke (1729-1797, British political writer, statesman)


Young men are apt to think themselves wise enough, as drunken men are apt to think themselves sober enough.


Philip Dormer Stanhope Chesterfield (1694-1773, British statesman, author)


Youth is to all the glad season of life; but often only by what it hopes, not by what it attains, or what it escapes.


Thomas Carlyle (1795-1881, Scottish philosopher, author)


Youth is something very new: twenty years ago no one mentioned it.


Coco Chanel (1883-1971, French couturier)


No man knows he is young while he is young.


Gilbert K. Chesterton (1874-1936, British author)


A sensual and intemperate youth translates into an old worn-out body.


Marcus T. Cicero (c. 106-43 BC, Roman orator, politician)


As I approve of a youth that has something of the old man in him, so I am no less pleased with an old man that has something of the youth. He that follows this rule may be old in body, but can never be so in mind.


Marcus T. Cicero (c. 106-43 BC, Roman orator, politician)


What greater or better gift can we offer the republic than to teach and instruct our youth.


Marcus T. Cicero (c. 106-43 BC, Roman orator, politician)


Youth is a period of missed opportunities.


Cyril Connolly (1903-1974, British critic)


I remember my youth and the feeling that will never come back any more -- the feeling that I could last for ever, outlast the sea, the earth, and all men; the deceitful feeling that lures us on to joys, to perils, to love, to vain effort -- to death; the triumphant conviction of strength, the heat of life in the handful of dust, the glow in the heart that with every year grows dim, grows cold, grows small, and expires -- and expires, too soon, too soon -- before life itself.


Joseph Conrad (1857-1924, Polish-born British novelist)


The young always have the same problem -- how to rebel and conform at the same time. They have now solved this by defying their parents and copying one another.


Quentin Crisp (1908-1999, British author)


The hatred of the youth culture for adult society is not a disinterested judgment but a terror-ridden refusal to be hooked into the, if you will, ecological chain of breathing, growing, and dying. It is the demand, in other words, to remain children.


Midge Decter (1927-, American author, editor, social critic)


Youth, what man's age is like to be, doth show; We may our ends by our beginnings know.


Sir John Denham (1615-1668, British poet, dramatist)


A boy's story is the best that is ever told.


Charles Dickens (1812-1870, British novelist)


The Youth of a Nation are the trustees of posterity.


Benjamin Disraeli (1804-1881, British statesman, Prime Minister)


We live in an age when to be young and to be indifferent can be no longer synonymous. We must prepare for the coming hour. The claims of the Future are represented by suffering millions; and the Youth of a Nation are the trustees of Posterity.


Benjamin Disraeli (1804-1881, British statesman, Prime Minister)


Youth is the trustee of prosperity.


Benjamin Disraeli (1804-1881, British statesman, Prime Minister)


The young feel tired at the end of an action, the old at the beginning.


T. S. Eliot (1888-1965, American-born British poet, critic)


Lets tell young people the best books are yet to be written; the best painting, the best government the best of everything is yet to be done by them.


John Erskine (1878-1951, American poet, essayist, novelist, musician)


Youth holds no society with grief.


Euripides (BC 480-406, Greek tragic poet)


Youth is the best time to be rich, and the best time to be poor.


Euripides (BC 480-406, Greek tragic poet)


After all, life hasn't much to offer except youth and I suppose for older people the love of youth in others.


F. Scott Fitzgerald (1896-1940, American writer)

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Everybody's youth is a dream, a form of chemical madness.


F. Scott Fitzgerald (1896-1940, American writer)

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Youth does not require reasons for living, it only needs pretexts.


Jose Ortega Y Gasset (1883-1955, Spanish essayist, philosopher)


Young men wish; love, money and health. One day, they'll say; health, money and love.


Paul Geraldy


Youth troubles over eternity, age grasps at a day and is satisfied to have even the day.


Dame Mary Gilmore


Great endowments often announce themselves in youth in the form of singularity and awkwardness.


Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832, German poet, dramatist, novelist)


Youth is, after all, just a moment, but it is the moment, the spark that you always carry in your heart.


Raisa M. Gorbachev


On the neck of a young man sparkles no gem so gracious as enterprise.


Hafiz (c.1326-c.1390, Iranian lyrical poet)


Do not commit the error common among the young, of assuming that if you cannot save the whole of mankind you have failed.


Jan De Hartog


Man's own youth is the world's youth; at least he feels as if it were, and imagines that the earth's granite substance is something not yet hardened, and which he can mould into whatever shape he likes.


Nathaniel Hawthorne (1804-1864, American novelist, short story writer)


Youth is ever apt to judge in haste, and lose the medium in the wild extreme.


Aaron Hill (1685-1750, British dramatist)


Youth, abundant wealth, high birth, and inexperience, are, each of them a source of ruin. What then must be the fate of those in whom all four are combined.


Hitopadesa (600-1100 AD, Sanskrit fable from Panchatantra)


Youth itself is a talent -- a perishable talent.


Eric Hoffer (1902-1983, American author, philosopher)


Through our great good fortune, in our youth our hearts were touched with fire. It was given to us to learn at the outset that life is a profound and passionate thing.


Oliver Wendell Holmes (1809-1894, American author, wit, poet)


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


Herbert Clark Hoover (1874-1964, American President (31st))


Youth is unduly busy with pampering the outer person.


Horace (BC 65-8, Italian poet)


Youth is about the only thing worth having, and that is about the only thing youth has.


Edgar Watson Howe (1853-1937, American journalist, author)


The passions of the young are vices in the old.


Joseph Joubert (1754-1824, French moralist)


So different are the colors of life, as we look forward to the future, or backward to the past; and so different the opinions and sentiments which this contrariety of appearance naturally produces, that the conversation of the old and young ends generally with contempt or pity on either side.


Samuel Johnson (1709-1784, British author)


Youth enters the world with very happy prejudices in her own favor. She imagines herself not only certain of accomplishing every adventure, but of obtaining those rewards which the accomplishment may deserve. She is not easily persuaded to believe that the force of merit can be resisted by obstinacy and avarice, or its luster darkened by envy and malignity.


Samuel Johnson (1709-1784, British author)


I, for one, hope that youth will again revolt and again demoralize the dead weight of conformity that now lies upon us.


Howard M. Jones (1892-1980, American writer)


Ask the young. They know everything.


Joseph Joubert (1754-1824, French moralist)


The wine of youth does not always clear with advancing years; sometimes it grows turbid.


Carl Jung (1875-1961, Swiss psychiatrist)


Youth is happy because it has the ability to see beauty. Anyone who keeps the ability to see beauty never grows old.


Franz Kafka (1883-1924, German novelist, short-story writer)


It is not possible for civilization to flow backwards while there is youth in the world. Youth may be headstrong, but it will advance its allotted length.


Helen Keller (1880-1968, American blind/deaf author, lecturer, amorist)


If youth be a defect, it is one that we outgrow only too soon.


James Russell Lowell (1819-1891, American poet, critic, editor)


Remember that as a teenager you are at the last stage in your life when you will be happy to hear that the phone is for you.


Fran Lebowitz (1951-, American journalist)


There is nothing can pay one for that invaluable ignorance which is the companion of youth, those sanguine groundless hopes, and that lively vanity which makes all the happiness of life.


Lady Mary Wortley Montagu (1689-1762, British society figure, letter writer)


In grade school, I was a complete geek. You know, there's always the kid who's too short, the kid who wears glasses, the kid who's not athletic. Well, I was all three.


Julianne Moore


You are only young once, and if you work it right, once is enough.


Joe E. Lewis (American writer)


A hundred things are done today in the divine name of Youth, that if they showed their true colors would be seen by rights to belong rather to old age.


Wyndham Lewis (1882-1957, British author, painter)


Trouble is, kids feel they have to shock their elders and each generation grows up into something harder to shock.


Ben Lindsey


A youth with his first cigar makes himself sick; a youth with his first girl makes everybody sick.


Mary Little


The young, whether they know it or not, live on borrowed property.


Richard W. Livingston


Enjoy the Spring of Love and Youth; to some good angel leave the rest.  For Time will teach thee soon the truth: there are no birds in last year's nest!


Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1819-1892, American poet)


How beautiful is youth! how bright it gleams with its illusions, aspirations, dreams! Book of Beginnings, Story without End, Each maid a heroine, and each man a friend!


Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1819-1892, American poet)


Youth comes but once in a lifetime.


Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1819-1892, American poet)


Every youth owes it to himself and to the world to make the most possible out of the stuff that is in him...


Orison Swett Marden (1850-1924, American author, founder of Success Magazine)


It is an illusion that youth is happy, an illusion of those who has lost it.


W. Somerset Maugham (1874-1965, British novelist, playwright)


Great is the person who has not lost his childlike heart.


Mencius (Mengzi Meng-tse) (c.370-300 BC,  Chinese philosopher)


The American ideal is youth -- handsome, empty youth.


Henry Miller (1891-1980, American author)


The pursuit of happiness, which American citizens are obliged to undertake, tends to involve them in trying to perpetuate the moods, tastes and aptitudes of youth.


Malcolm Muggeridge (1903-1990, British broadcaster)


The child thinks of growing old as an almost obscene calamity, which for some mysterious reason will never happen to itself. All who have passed the age of thirty are joyless grotesque, endlessly fussing about things of no importance and staying alive without, so far as the child can see, having anything to live for. Only child life is real life.


George Orwell (1903-1950, British author, "Animal Farm")


Youth is not a time of life, it is a state of mind. You are as old as your doubt, your fear, and your despair. The way to keep young is to keep your faith young. Keep your self-confidence young. Keep your hope young.


Luella F. Phean


Youth doesn't reason, it acts. The old man reasons and would like to make the others act in his place.


Francis Picabia (1878-1953, French painter, poet)


Youth has no age.


Pablo Picasso (1881-1973, Spanish artist)


There was no respect for youth when I was young, and now that I am old, there is no respect for age. I missed it coming and going.


J. B. Priestley (1894-1984, American writer)


Well, youth is the period of assumed personalities and disguises. It is the time of the sincerely insincere.


V. S. Pritchett (1900-1997, British author, critic)


If youth but had the knowledge and old age the strength.


French Proverb (Sayings of French origin)


If youth but had the knowledge and old age the strength.


French Proverb (Sayings of French origin)


Youth lives on hope, old age on memories.


French Proverb (Sayings of French origin)


Use your youth so that you may have comfort to remember it when it has forsaken you, and not sigh and grieve at the account thereof.


Sir Walter Raleigh (1552-1618, British courtier, navigator, writer)


When the newspapers have got nothing else to talk about, they cut loose on the young. The young are always news. If they are up to something, that's news. If they aren't, that's news too.


Kenneth Rexroth (1905-1982, American poet, critic, translator)


I'm really glad that your young people missed the Depression I'm really glad that your young people missed the Depression and missed the big war. But I do regret that they missed the leaders that I knew, leaders who told us when things were tough and that we'd have to sacrifice, and that these difficulties might last awhile. They brought us together and they gave us a sense of national purpose.


Ann Richards (1933-, American politician)


Don't laugh at youth for his affectations; he is only trying on one face after another to find his own.


Logan Pearsall Smith (1865-1946, Anglo-American essayist, aphorist)


Don't let young people tell you their aspirations; when they drop them they will drop you.


Logan Pearsall Smith (1865-1946, Anglo-American essayist, aphorist)


The young have aspirations that never come to pass, the old have reminiscences of what never happened.


Saki (1870 - 1916, British (Burmese-born) short story author)


Youth covets; let not this covetousness seduce you.


Johann Friedrich Von Schiller (1759-1805, German dramatist, poet, historian)


It is the failing of youth not to be able to restrain its own violence.


Marcus Annaeus Seneca (BC 3-65 AD, Roman philosopher, dramatist, statesman)


A man loves the meat in his youth that he cannot endure in his age.


William Shakespeare (1564-1616, British poet, playwright, actor)


Do you set down your name in the scroll of youth, that are written down old with all the characters of age?


William Shakespeare (1564-1616, British poet, playwright, actor)


Youth is such a wonderful thing. What a crime to waste it on children.


George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950, Irish-born British dramatist)


Youth, which is forgiven everything, forgives itself nothing: age, which forgives itself everything, is forgiven nothing.


George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950, Irish-born British dramatist)


Youth is the time to go flashing from one end of the world to the other… to try the manners of different nations; to hear the chimes at midnight; to see the sunrise in town and country; to be converted at a revival; to circumnavigate the metaphysics, write halting verses, run a mile to see a fire, and wait all day long in the theatre to applaud Hernani.


Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-1895, Scottish essayist, poet, novelist)


To be young is all there is in the world. They talk so beautifully about work and having a family and a home (and I do, too, sometimes) -- but it's all worry and headaches and respectable poverty and forced gushing. Telling people how nice it is, when, in reality, you would give all of your last thirty years for one of your first thirty. Old people are tremendous frauds.


Wallace Stevens (1879-1955, American poet)


For God's sake give me the young man who has brains enough to make a fool of himself!


Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-1895, Scottish essayist, poet, novelist)


In the first day of my youth I tried to find it in the creatures, as I saw others do: but the more I sought, the less I found it, and the nearer I went to it, the further off it was. For of every image that appeared to me, before I had fully tested it, or abandoned myself to peace in it, and inner voice said to me: 'This is not what thou seekest.'


Heinrich Suso


Like a kite cut from the string, lightly the soul of my youth has taken flight.


Ishikawa Takuboku


It is good for a man that he bear the yoke in his youth.


The Holy Bible (Sacred scriptures of Christians and Judaism)

Source: Lamentations 3:27


Rejoice, o young man, in thy youth; and let thy heart cheer thee in the days of thy youth, and walk in the ways of thine heart, and in the sight of thine eyes: but know thou, that for all these things God will bring thee into judgment.


The Holy Bible (Sacred scriptures of Christians and Judaism)

Source: Ecclesiastes 11:9


Youth gets together with their materials to build a bridge to the moon or maybe a palace on earth; then in middle age they decide to build a woodshed with them instead.


Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862, American essayist, poet, naturalist)


It is better to be a young June-bug than an old bird of paradise.


Mark Twain (1835-1910, American humorist, writer)


Youth is not a time of life; it is a state of mind; it is not a matter of rosy cheeks, red lips and supple knees; it is a matter of the will, quality of the imagination, a vigor of the emotions; it is the freshness of the deep springs of life.


Samuel Ullman (1840-1924, German-born American educator, writer, poet)


The good thing about being young is that you are not experienced enough to know you cannot possibly do the things you are doing.


Author Unknown


You are only young once, but you can stay immature indefinitely.


Author Unknown


Youth has become a class.


Roger Vadim (1928-, French film director)


Youth today must be strong, unafraid, and a better taxpayer than its father.


H. V. Wade


In America the young are always ready to give to those who are older than themselves the full benefits of their inexperience.


Oscar Wilde (1856-1900, British author, wit)


What is youth except a man or a woman before it is ready or fit to be seen.


Evelyn Waugh (1903-1966, British novelist)


There is a period near the beginning of every man's life when he has little to cling to except his unmanageable dream, little to support him except good health, and nowhere to go but all over the place.


Elwyn Brooks White (1899-1985, American author, editor)


The deepest definition of youth is life as yet untouched by tragedy.


Alfred North Whitehead (1861-1947, British mathematician, philosopher)


Youth, large, lusty, loving -- Youth, full of grace, force, fascination. Do you know that Old Age may come after you with equal grace, force, and fascination?


Walt Whitman (1819-1892, American poet)


Those whom the gods love grow young.


Oscar Wilde (1856-1900, British author, wit)


Youth! There is nothing like youth. The middle-aged are mortgaged to Life. The old are in Life's lumber-room. But youth is the Lord of Life. Youth has a kingdom waiting for it. Every one is born a king, and most people die in exile.


Oscar Wilde (1856-1900, British author, wit)


Youth is that period when a young boy knows everything but how to make a living.


Carey Williams


The most conservative persons I ever met are college undergraduates. The radicals are the men past middle life.


Woodrow T. Wilson (1856-1924, American President (28th))


Young people need models, not critics...


John Wooden (1910-, American basketball coach)


Youth is a quality, not a matter of circumstances.


Frank Lloyd Wright (1869-1959, American architect)


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