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Youth Quotes

19 of the best book quotes about youth
  1. #1
    “Age is foolish and forgetful when it underestimates youth.”
  2. #2
    “Those girls are on the road to trouble,” I heard an older woman say about us one night, as we were staggering down the street drunk—and that woman was absolutely right. What she didn’t understand, though, is that trouble is what we wanted. Oh, our youthful needs! Oh, the deliciously blinding yearnings of the young—which inevitably take us right to the edges of cliffs, or trap us in cul-de-sacs of our design.”
  3. #3
    A wife should be always a reasonable and agreeable companion, because she cannot always be young.
  4. #4
    “She said nothing, and Sir Andrew too was silent, yet those two young people understood one another, as young people have a way of doing all the world over, and have done since the world began.”
  5. #5
    “Rejoice in thy youth,” said the sunbeam; “rejoice in thy fresh growth, and the young life that is in thee.”
  6. #6
    “Pan, who and what art thou?” he cried huskily.
    “I’m youth, I’m joy,” Peter answered at a venture, “I’m a little bird that has broken out of the egg.”
  7. #7
    To be left alone on the tightrope of youthful unknowing is to experience the excruciating beauty of full freedom and the threat of eternal indecision
  8. #8
    “The elastic heart of youth cannot be compressed into one constrained shape long at a time.”
  1. #9
    “There is something so amiable in the prejudices of a young mind, that one is sorry to see them give way to the reception of more general opinions.”
  2. #10
    “Sit by my side, and let the world slip: we shall ne’er be younger.”
  3. #11
    “He that hath a beard is more than a youth; and he that hath no beard is less than a man: and he that is more than a youth is not for me; and he that is less than a man, I am not for him.”
  4. #12
    “I know nothing of that place,” said the fir-tree, “but I know the wood where the sun shines and the birds sing.” And then the tree told the little mice all about its youth. They had never heard such an account in their lives; and after they had listened to it attentively, they said, “What a number of things you have seen? you must have been very happy.”
  5. #13
    “What degradation lay in being young.”
  6. #14
    “Would that I were still young and strong as I was in those days, for then some one of you swineherds would give me a cloak both out of good will and for the respect due to a brave soldier; but now people look down upon me because my clothes are shabby.”
  7. #15
    “Vanity was stronger than love at sixteen and there was no room in her hot heart now for anything but hate.”
  8. #16
    “It was his beauty that had ruined him, his beauty and the youth that he had prayed for. But for those two things, his life might have been free from stain. His beauty had been to him but a mask, his youth but a mockery. What was youth at best? A green, an unripe time, a time of shallow moods, and sickly thoughts. Why had he worn its livery? Youth had spoiled him.”
  1. #17
    “I am jealous of everything whose beauty does not die. I am jealous of the portrait you have painted of me. Why should it keep what I must lose? Every moment that passes takes something from me and gives something to it. Oh, if it were only the other way! If the picture could change, and I could be always what I am now! Why did you paint it? It will mock me some day -- mock me horribly!”
  2. #18
    “I know, now, that when one loses one’s good looks, whatever they may be, one loses everything. Your picture has taught me that. Lord Henry Wotton is perfectly right. Youth is the only thing worth having. When I find that I am growing old, I shall kill myself.”
  3. #19
    “Sorrow never stays punishment. But remember, Bagheera, he is very little.”
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