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Quotations: Youth

The error of youth is to believe that intelligence is a substitute for experience, while the error of age is to believe experience is a substitute for intelligence
Anon

Youth is easily deceived, because it is quick to hope.
Aristotle

Young people are in a condition like permanent intoxication, because youth is sweet and they are growing.
Aristotle

Youth would be an ideal state if it came a little later in life.
Herbert Asquith

I care about our young people, and I wish them great success, because they are our Hope for the Future, and some day, when my generation retires, they will have to pay us trillions of dollars in social security
Dave Barry

You can only be young once. But you can always be immature.
Dave Barry

Youth is the first victim of war; the first fruit of peace. It takes 20 years or more of peace to make a man; it takes only 20 seconds of war to destroy him.
Baudouin I

A sympathetic Scot summed it all up very neatly in the remark, You should make a point of trying every experience once, excepting incest and folk dancing.
Sir Arnold Bax

We have a powerful potential in out youth, and we must have the courage to change old ideas and practices so that we may direct their power toward good ends.
Mary McLeod Bethune

A truly great book should be read in youth, again in maturity and once more in old age, as a fine building should be seen by morning light, at noon and by moonlight.
Robertson Davies

In youth we learn; in age we understand.
Marie Von Ebner-Eschenbach

If youth knew; if age could.
Henri Estienne

Much education today is monumentally ineffective. All too often we are giving young people cut flowers when we should be teaching them to grow their own plants.
John W. Gardner

There are admirable potentialities in every human being. Believe in your strength and your youth. Learn to repeat endlessly to yourself, 'It all depends on me.
Andre Gide

It is a pity that, as one gradually gains experience, one loses one's youth.
Vincent van Gogh

I see no hope for the future of our people if they are dependent on the frivolous youth of today, for certainly all youth are reckless beyond words. When I was a boy, we were taught to be discrete and respectful of elders, but the present youth are exceedingly wise and impatient of restraint.
Hesiod

For age is opportunity no less than youth itself, though in another dress, and as the evening twilight fades away, the sky is filled with stars, invisible by day.
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

The secret of eternal youth is arrested development.
Alice Roosevelt Longworth

There is a fountain of youth: It is your mind, your talents, the creativity you bring in your life and the lives of people you love
Sophia Loren

The surest way to corrupt a youth is to instruct him to hold in higher esteem those who think alike than those who think differently
Friedrich Nietzsche

Youth has no age.
Pablo Picasso

It takes a long time to become young.
Pablo Picasso

In his younger days a man dreams of possessing the heart of the woman whom he loves; later, the feeling that he possesses the heart of a woman may be enough to make him fall in love with her.
Marcel Proust

Praise youth and it will prosper.
Irish Proverb

Keep true to the dreams of thy youth.
Friedrich von Schiller

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

Youth is wasted on the young.
George Bernard Shaw

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

I do nothing but go about persuading you all, old and young alike, not to take thought for your persons or your properties, but and chiefly to care about the greatest improvement of the soul. I tell you that virtue is not given by money, but that from virtue comes money and every other good of man, public as well as private. This is my teaching, and if this is the doctrine which corrupts the youth, I am a mischievous person.
Socrates

When I can look life in the eyes, grown calm and very coldly wise, life will have given me the truth, and taken in exchange - my youth.
Sara Teasdale

What is youth except a man or a woman before it is ready or fit to be seen?
Evelyn Waugh

You're never too old to become younger
Mae West

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

To get back to my youth I would do anything in the world, except take exercise, get up early, or be respectable
Oscar Wilde

An inordinate passion for pleasure is the secret of remaining young
Oscar Wilde

Young people need models, not critics
John Wooden

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