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A list of the best youth quotes and sayings, including the names of each speaker or author when available. This list is sorted by popularity, so only the most famous youth quotes are at the top. The authors of these historic youth quotes are displayed next to each quote, so if you see one you like be sure to check out other inspirational quotes from that same writer.

This list answers the questions, "What are the best quotes about youth?" and "What are inspirational youth quotes?"

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    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.

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    Youth itself is a talent -- a perishable talent.

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    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.

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

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    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.

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    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 More
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    The young are permanently in a state resembling intoxication.

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    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. -- Ecclesiastes 11:9

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    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 More
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    Youth holds no society with grief.

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

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    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.

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    Ask the young. They know everything.

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    Childhood shows the man, as morning shows the day.

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

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    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.

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    It is good for a man that he bear the yoke in his youth. -- Lamentations 3:27

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    The Youth of a Nation are the trustees of posterity.

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    Johann Wolfgang von Goethe More
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    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 More
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    A man loves the meat in his youth that he cannot endure in his age.

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

    William Shakespeare More
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    J. K. Rowling More
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    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.

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

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    Even the youngest of us may be wrong sometimes.

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

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    Johann Christoph Friedrich von Schiller More
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    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.

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

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    Youth has no age.

    Pablo Picasso More
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    Youth lives on hope, old age on memories.

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

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    ā€œIā€™m Lysis, son of Charon, son of Thebes, of the Sacred Band of Stepsons, Blessed of Harmony,ā€

    Janet Morris, Chris Morris More
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    Idle youth, enslaved to everything; by being too sensitive I have wasted my life.

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

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    The denunciation of the young is a necessary part of the hygiene of older people, and greatly assists the circulation of their blood.

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

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

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

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

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    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.

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    Those whom the gods love grow young.

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

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

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    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.

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

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    Youth is a quality, not a matter of circumstances.

    Frank Lloyd Wright More
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