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There is a feeling of Eternity in youth which makes us amends for everything. To be young is to be as one of the Immortals.
      - William Hazlitt (1),
        Table Talk--The Feeling of Immortality in Youth

Ah, youth! forever dear, forever kind.
      - Homer ("Smyrns of Chios"), The Iliad
         (bk. XIX, l. 303), (Pope's translation)

O youth! thou often tearest thy wings against the thorns of voluptuousness.
      - Victor Hugo

Youth! youth! how buoyant are thy hopes! they turn,
  Like marigolds, toward the sunny side.
      - Jean Ingelow, The Four Bridges (st. 56)

All the world's a mass of folly,
  Youth is gay, age melancholy:
    Youth is spending, age is thrifty,
      Mad at twenty, cold at fifty;
        Man is nought but folly's slave,
          From the cradle to the grave.
      - William Henry Ireland,
        Modern Ship of Fools (Of the Folly of all the World)

The youthful freshness of a blameless heart.
      - Washington Irving

Too young for woe, though not for tears.
      - Washington Irving

I love the acquaintance of young people; because, in the first place, I do not like to think myself growing old. In the next place, young acquaintances must last longest, if they do last; and then, sir, young men have more virtue than old men; they have more generous sentiments in every respect.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature")

Towering in confidence at twenty-one.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature"),
        Letter to Bennet Langton

I resemble the poplar,--that tree which, even when old, still looks young.
      - Joseph Joubert

The wine of youth does not always clear with advancing years; sometimes it grows turbid.
      - Carl Gustav Jung

For the short-lived bloom and contracted span of brief and wretched life is fast fleeting away! While we are drinking and calling for garlands, ointments, and women, old age steals swiftly on with noiseless step.
      - Juvenal (Decimus Junius Juvenal)

Youth is the gift of nature, but age is a work of art.
      - Garson Kanin

When all the world is young, lad,
  And all the trees are green;
    And every goose a swan, lad,
      And every lass a queen;
        Then hey, for boot and horse, lad,
          And round the world away;
            Young blood must have its course, lad,
              And every dog his day.
      - Charles Kingsley, Water Babies

Youth had been a habit of hers for so long, that she could not part with it.
      - Rudyard Kipling

The greatest part of mankind employ their first years to make their last miserable.
      - Jean de la Bruyere

Youth is life's beautiful moment.
      - Jean-Baptiste Henri Lacordaire

Our youth began with tears and sighs,
  With seeking what we could not find;
    We sought and knew not what we sought;
      We marvel, now we look behind:
        Life's more amusing than we thought.
      - Andrew Lang, Ballade of Middle Age

Youth is a continual intoxication; it is the fever of reason.
      - Francois Duc de la Rochefoucauld

The flower of the young men (the flower of youth.)
  [Lat., Flos juvenum (Flos juventutis).]
      - Titus Livy, VIII, 8; XXXVII, 12

Youth comes but once in a lifetime.
      - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Hyperion
         (bk. II, ch. X)

Standing with reluctant feet,
  Where the brook and river meet,
    Womanhood and childhood fleet!
      - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Maidenhood

In its sublime audacity of faith,
  "Be thou removed!" it to the mountain saith,
    And with ambitious feet, secure and proud,
      Ascends the ladder leaning on the cloud!
      - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow,
        Morituri Salutamus

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,
        Morituri Salutamus (l. 66)

I've always believed in the adage that the secret of eternal youth is arrested development.
      - Mrs. Alice Roosevelt Longworth

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