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YOUTH
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An angelic boyhood becomes a Satanic old age.
  [Lat., Angelicus juvenis senibus satanizat in annis.]
      - Desiderius Gerhard Erasmus, Fam. Coll.,
        quoted as a proverb invented by Satan

Si jeunesse savoit, si vieillesse pouvoit.
      - Henri Etienne (Estienne), Les Premices

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

Youth holds no society with grief.
      - Euripides l. 73

Youth is eminently the habits of industry.
      - Farr

Wine and youth are fire upon fire.
      - Henry Fielding

What we sow in youth we reap in age; the seed of the thistle always produces the thistle.
      - James Thomas Fields

Youth is not like a new garment which we can keep fresh and fair by wearing sparingly. Youth, while we have it, we must wear daily; and it will fast wear away.
      - John Foster (1)

Reckless youth makes rueful age.
      - Benjamin Franklin

O happy unown'd youths! your limbs can bear
  The scorching dog-star and the winter's air,
    While the rich infant, nurs'd with care and pain,
      Thirsts with each heat and coughs with every rain!
      - John Gay, Trivia (bk. II, l. 145)

Too chaste a youth leads to a dissolute old age.
      - Andre Gide

Everyone believes in his youth that the world really began with him, and that all merely exists for his sake.
      - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

If the world does improve on the whole, yet youth must always begin anew, and go through the stages of culture from the beginning.
      - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Rash, inexperienced youth holds itself a chosen instrument, and allows itself unbounded license.
      - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

The destiny of any nation at any given time depends on the opinions of its young men under five-and-twenty.
      - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

We must be young to do great things.
      - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

The insect-youth are on the wing,
  Eager to taste the honied spring,
    And float amid the liquid noon!
      - Thomas Gray, Ode on the Spring
         (st. 3, l. 5)

Fair laughs the morn, and soft the zephyr blows,
  While proudly rising o'er the azure realm
    In gallant trim the gilded vessel goes,
      Youth on the prow, and Pleasure at the helm.
      - Thomas Gray, The Bard
         (pt. II, st. 2, l. 9)

Wise men, like wine, are best when old; pretty women, like bread, are best when young.
      - Thomas Chandler Haliburton (used pseudonym Sam Slick)

Unless a tree has borne blossoms in spring, you will vainly look for fruit on it in autumn.
      - Augustus William Hare

Over the trackless past, somewhere,
  Lie the lost days of our tropic youth,
    Only regained by faith and prayer,
      Only recalled by prayer and plaint,
        Each lost day has its patron saint!
      - Bret Harte (Francis Bret Harte),
        Lost Galleon (last stanza)

Grieve not that I die young. Is it not well to pass away ere life has lost its brightness?
      - Lady Flora Elizabeth Hastings

Every period of life has its peculiar temptations and dangers. But youth is the time when we are most likely to be ensnared. This, pre-eminently, is the forming, fixing period, the spring season of disposition and habit; and it is during this season, more than any other, that the character assumes its permanent shape and color, and the young are wont to take their course for time and for eternity.
      - Joel Hawes

He who cares only for himself in youth will be a very niggard in manhood, and a wretched miser in old age.
      - Joel Hawes

At almost every step in life we meet with young men from whom we anticipate wonderful things, but of whom, after careful inquiry, we never hear another word. Life certain chintzes, calicoes, and ginghams, they show finely on their first newness, but cannot stand the sun and rain, and assume a very sober aspect after washing day.
      - Nathaniel Hawthorne


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