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The Best Quotes About Youth 

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Updated June 14, 2019 1.5k votes 841 voters 88.1k views

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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 youth quotes from that same writer.

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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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The Youth of a Nation are the trustees of posterity. Benjamin Disraeli
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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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Youth has no age. Pablo Picasso
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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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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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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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Age is foolish and forgetful when it underestimates youth. J. K. Rowling
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Youth is the best time to be rich, and the best time to be poor. Euripides
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Youth should be a savings bank. Sophie Swetchine
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Childhood shows the man, as morning shows the day. John Milton
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The passions of the young are vices in the old. Joseph Joubert
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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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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 holds no society with grief. Euripides
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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 most conservative persons I ever met are college undergraduates. The radicals are the men past middle life. Woodrow Wilson