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Young and Old

Ah, but I was so much older then, I'm younger than that now.
Bob Dylan


Whom the gods love dies young.

Whom the gods love die young no matter how long they live.
Elbert Hubbard (cf. Menander)

When the Greeks said, "Whom the gods love die young," they probably meant, as Lord Sankey suggested, that those favored by the gods stay young till the day they die; young and playful.
Eric Hoffer

It takes a long time to become young.
Pablo Picasso

When I was a boy of fourteen, my father was so ignorant I could hardly stand to have the old man around. But when I got to be twenty-one, I was astonished at how much the old man had learned in seven years.
Mark Twain

When I was younger, I could remember anything, whether it happened or not.
Mark Twain

Oh, to be only half as wonderful as my child thought I was when he was small, and only half as stupid as my teenager now thinks I am.
Rebecca Richards

It is only an illusion that youth is happy, an illusion of those who have lost it.
W. Somerset Maugham

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

Every child should have an occasional pat on the back as long as it is applied low enough and hard enough
Bishop Fulton J. Sheen

Like its politicians and its wars, society has the teenagers it deserves.
J. B. Priestley

The young have aspirations that never come to pass, the old have reminiscences of what never happened.
H. H. Munro (Saki)

I am not young enough to know everything.
James M. Barrie

Nobody can be so amusingly arrogant as a young man who has just discovered an old idea and thinks it is his own.
Sydney Harris

There's not a man in America who at one time or another hasn't had a secret desire to boot a child in the ass.
W. C. Fields

Cleaning your house while your kids are still growing is like shoveling the walk before it stops snowing.
Phyllis Diller

Never have the young taken themselves so seriously, and the calamity is that they are listened to and deferred to by so many adults.
Eric Hoffer

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

Youth is a wonderful thing. What a crime to waste it on children.
George Bernard Shaw

The contempt of risk, and the presumptuous hope of success, are in no period of life more active than at the age at which young people choose their professions.
Adam Smith

Youth doesn't take advice.
Thomas Edison

The one form of change we can always count on is the violent oscillation of intellectual fashion among the young.
Paul Johnson

Bewildered by a rapidly changing society, excessively fearful of becoming out of date, our leaders are increasingly turning to young people as guides and mentors.
Paul Johnson

Ah God! Had I but studied
In the days of my foolish youth.
François Villon

Young men think old men are fools; but old men know young men are fools.
George Chapman

Bliss was it in that dawn to be alive,
But to be young was very heaven!
William Wordsworth

I am resolved to grow fat and look young till forty, and then slip out of the world with the first wrinkle and the reputation of five-and-twenty.
John Dryden

If youth is the season of hope, it is often so only in the sense that our elders are hopeful about us.
George Eliot

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