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Youth itself is a talent -- a perishable talent. Eric Hoffer

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Young people need models, not critics... John Wooden

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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. Wyndham Lewis

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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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Youth lives on hope, old age on memories.

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

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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

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Ask the young. They know everything. Joseph Joubert

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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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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

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Youth has no age. Pablo Picasso

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The Youth of a Nation are the trustees of posterity. Benjamin Disraeli

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

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

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

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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

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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. Francis Picabia

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Childhood shows the man, as morning shows the day. John Milton

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Age is foolish and forgetful when it underestimates youth. J. K. Rowling

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

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Youth holds no society with grief. Euripides

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

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

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Youth, with swift feet, walks onward in the way; the land of joy lies all before his eyes. Edward Bulwer-Lytton, 1st Baron Lytton

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No man knows he is young while he is young. G. K. Chesterton

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

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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. Samuel Johnson

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The passions of the young are vices in the old. Joseph Joubert

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Youth should be a savings bank. Sophie Swetchine

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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

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The young are permanently in a state resembling intoxication. Aristotle

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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

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

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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

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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. Logan Pearsall Smith

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

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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. Henry David Thoreau

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Youth comes but once in a lifetime. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

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Youth cannot know how age thinks and feels. But old men are guilty if they forget what it was to be young. J. K. Rowling

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Even the youngest of us may be wrong sometimes. George Bernard Shaw

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

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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. Thomas Carlyle

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

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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. Josh Billings

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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 head-aches 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

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

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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

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

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

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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