Youth Quotes

Most popular youth quotes

Youth is the seed-time of good habits, as well in nations as in individuals.


Youth is a mortal wound.
Youth has become a class.
Youth is the Lord of Life.
Youth is wasted on the young.


Youth is a marvelous garment.
Age considers; youth ventures.


Youth should be a savings-bank.
Youth's a stuff will not endure.
Time, the subtle thief of youth.


Youth's the season made for joys.
Rejoice, O young man, in thy youth.
— Ecclesiastes 11:9


Youth is intoxication without wine.
Youth is but an insecure custodian.
He wears the rose
of youth upon him.
If youth only knew; if age only could.


I am not young enough to know everything.
Youth is like spring, an overpraised season.
My salad days,
When I was green in judgment.
Youth itself is a talent—a perishable talent.
What is youth anyway?  Nothing but a tight skin.
All the good wine of life our drunken youth devours.
The Youth of a Nation are the trustees of Posterity.
Youth is easily deceived because it is quick to hope.


We are only young once. That is all society can stand.
Fond youth flatters itself that all must heed its prayer.
Everybody's youth is a dream, a form of chemical madness.
You are young at any age if you are planning for tomorrow.
— The Sword of the Lord


My salad days,. When I was green in judgment, cold in blood.
To get back ones youth one has merely to repeat ones follies.
The young are permanently in a state resembling intoxication.
Youth is a perpetual intoxication; it is a fever of the mind.
If youth be a defect, it is one that we outgrow only too soon.
Youth, even in its sorrows, always has a brilliancy of its own.
Childhood does sometimes pay a second visit to man—youth never.

aging childhood

Youth is the best time to be rich; and the best time to be poor.


Youth would be an ideal state if it came a little later in life.
Youth is a religion from which one always ends up being converted.
Youth smiles without any reason.  It is one of its chiefest charms.
In a better world we will find our young years and our old friends.


Youth is the pollen
That blows through the sky
And does not ask why.
It is better to waste one's youth than to do nothing with it at all.
The deepest definition of Youth is, Life as yet untouched by tragedy.
The pleasures of youth pass away, but friendship will blossom forever.


Everybody has been young before, but not everybody has been old before.
— African proverb

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Young men think old men are fools; but old men know young men are fools.
Men grow to the stature to which they are stretched when they are young.
In youth, we clothe ourselves with rainbows, and go as brave as the zodiac.
There's nothing that keeps its youth, so far as I know, but a tree and truth.
Youth is a disease that must be borne with patiently! Time, indeed, will cure it.
Your youth is like a water-wetted stone
Bright with a beauty that is not its own.
Live as long as you may, the first twenty years are the longest half of your life.
The young are in a state like intoxication, for youth is sweet and they are growing.
Just tell me how you judge your childhood and youth, and I will tell you who you are.


It is not possible for civilization to flow backward while there is youth in the world.


The wine of youth does not always clear with advancing years; sometimes it grows turbid.
The person who says youth is a state of mind invariably has more state of mind than youth.
— American Farm and Home Almanac


I've always believed in the adage that the secret of eternal youth is arrested development.
You will stay young as long as you learn, form new habits and don't mind being contradicted.


We cannot always build a future for our youth, but we can always build our youth for the future.
Alas, that Spring should vanish with the Rose!
That Youth's sweet-scented Manuscript should close!
Always be nice to those younger than you, because they are the ones who will be writing about you.
The best thing about being young is, if you had to do it all over again, you would still have time.
Young people want to look like peas in a pod, and there is no use trying to make them look different.
If youth is the season of hope, it is often so only in the sense that our elders are hopeful about us.
If life were just, we would be born old and achieve youth about the time we'd saved enough to enjoy it.

age life

Youth is harmed by having wisdom thrust upon it. Youth must gather wisdom slowly, in laughter and tears.


Youth is, after all, just a moment, but it is the moment, the spark that you always carry in your heart.
A youth is to be regarded with respect. How do we know that his future will not be equal to our present?
The pleasures of youth are the pains of old age, just as the pleasures of old age are the pains of youth.

old age

One of the virtues of being very young is that you don't let the facts get in the way of your imagination.


Youth: a time of great disturbance, folly, and distress, for which we are nostalgic the rest of our lives.
Young men are apt to think themselves wise enough, as drunken men are apt to think themselves sober enough.
The command to grow up at once was more bearable than the faceless horror of wavering purpose, which was youth.

growing up

This is a youth-oriented society, and the joke is on them because youth is a disease from which we all recover.
Don't laugh at a youth for his affectations; he is only trying on one face after another to find a face of his own.


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.
Youth is so insatiable of happiness, and has such sublimely insane faith in its own power to make happy and be happy!


The young are an alien species.  They won't replace us by revolution.  They will forget and ignore us out of existence.
Interest is the spur of the people, but glory that of great souls. Invention is the talent of youth, and judgment of age.

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The young do not know enough to be prudent, and therefore they attempt the impossible—and achieve it, generation after generation.


Youth as glimpsed by its elders is a story that comes from afar, showing itself as either lovely to look at or a torment to endure.
When I can look Life in the eyes
 Grown calm and very coldly wise, 
Life will have given me the Truth,
And taken in exchange—my youth.
Youth is when you blame all your troubles on your parents; maturity is when you learn that everything is the fault of the younger generation.


Youth has the resilience to absorb disaster and weave it into the pattern of its life, no matter how anguishing the thorn that penetrates its flesh.
When young, one is confident to be able to build palaces for mankind, but when the time comes one has one's hands full just to be able to remove their trash.

cynical mankind

Youth, like pristine glass, absorbs the prints of its handlers.  Some parents smudge, others crack, a few shatter childhoods completely into jagged little pieces, beyond repair.
Let the youthful soul look back on life with the question: what have you truly loved up to now, what has drawn your soul aloft, what has mastered it and at the same time blessed it?

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Youth is like spring, an overpraised season—delightful if it happen to be a favored one, but in practice...more remarkable, as a general rule, for biting east winds than genial breezes.
In early youth, as we contemplate our coming life, we are like children in a theater before the curtain is raised, sitting there in high spirits and eagerly waiting for the play to begin.
The two things that nearly all of us have thoroughly and really been through are childhood and youth.  And though we would not have them back again on any account, we feel that they are both beautiful, because we have drunk them dry.


It is the duty of youth to bring its fresh new powers to bear on social progress. Each generation of young people should be to the world like a vast reserve force to a tired army. They should lift the world forward. That is what they are for.


If the person is over 40 years old, I tell him he should do something because it is first good for Japan, good for the company, good for his family, and finally good for him. If the person is under 40, I tell him he should do it because first it is good for him, good for his family, good for the company, and finally good for Japan.

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