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The Best Quotes About Youth

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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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    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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    Youth lives on hope, old age on memories.

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    Youth should be a savings bank.

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

    Euripides
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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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    The passions of the young are vices in the old.

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

    Alfred North Whitehead
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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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    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 holds no society with grief.

    Euripides
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    Young people need models, not critics...

    John Wooden
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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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    Youth comes but once in a lifetime.

    Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
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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, 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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    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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    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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    If youth but had the knowledge and old age the strength.

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    Youth is the trustee of prosperity.

    Benjamin Disraeli
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    Except for an occasional heart attack I feel as young as I ever did.

    Robert Benchley
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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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    No man knows he is young while he is young.

    G. K. Chesterton