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YOUTH
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No boy is well prepared for rough climbing, unless he is well shod with Christian principles.
      - Unattributed Author

Young men soon give and soon forget affronts;
  Old age is slow in both.
      - Joseph Addison, Cato (act II, sc. 5)

Youth is easily deceived, because it is quick to hope.
      - Aristotle

Youth dreams a bliss on this side of death.
  It dreams a rest, if not more deep,
    More grateful than this marble sleep;
      It hears a voice within it tell:
        Calm's not life's crown, though calm is well.
          'Tis all perhaps which man acquires,
            But 'tis not what our youth desires.
      - Matthew Arnold, Youth and Calm (l. 19)

A man that is young in years may be old in hours, if he have lost no time; but that happeneth rarely. Generally, youth is like the first cogitations, not so wise as the second; for there is a youth in thoughts as well as in ages; and yet the invention of young men is more lively than that of old, and imaginations stream into their minds better, and, as it were, more divinely.
      - Francis Bacon

Young men are fitter to invent than to judge; fitter for execution than for counsel; and fitter for new projects than for settled business.
      - Francis Bacon, Of Youth and Age

Youth might be wise; we suffer less from pains than pleasures.
      - Philip James Bailey

The secret to staying young is to live honestly, eat slowly, and lie about your age.
      - Lucille Ball

I was between
  A man and a boy, A hobble-de-hoy,
    A fat, little, punchy concern of sixteen.
      - Richard Harris Barham, Aunt Fanny

I'm not young enough to know everything.
      - Sir James Matthew Barrie

Smiling always with a never fading serenity of countenance, and flourishing in an immortal youth.
      - Isaac Barrow, Duty of Thanksgiving--Works
         (vol. I, p. 66)

To think, when one is no longer young, when one is not yet old, that one is no longer young, that one is not yet old, that is perhaps something.
      - Samuel Beckett

Our youth we can have but to-day;
  We may always find time to grow old.
      - Anthony Berkeley (A.B. Cox) (used pseudonym Francis Iles),
        Can Love be Controlled by Advice?

Young fellows will be young fellows.
      - Isaac Bickerstaffe (Bickerstaff),
        Love in a Village (II, 2)

They shall not grow old, as we that are left grow old;
  Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
    At the going down of the sun, and in the morning,
      We will remember them.
      - Laurence Binyon (Robert Laurence Binyon),
        For the Fallen

There is nothing can equal the tender hours
  When life is first in bloom,
    When the heart like a bee, in a wild of flowers,
      Finds everywhere perfume;
        When the present is all and it questions not
          If those flowers shall pass away,
            But pleased with its own delightful lot,
              Dreams never of decay.
      - Henry G. Bohn

That exuberant age when all fresh fancies are fevers.
      - Mary Elizabeth Braddon

The heart of youth is reached through the senses; the senses of age are reached through the heart.
      - Nicholas Edme Retif de la Bretonne

Blow out, you bugles, over the rich Dead!
  There's none of these so lonely and poor of old,
    But, dying, has made us rarer gifts than gold.
      These laid the world away: poured out the red
        Sweet wine of youth; gave up the years to be
          Of work and joy, and that unhoped serene
            That men call age, and those who would have been
              Their sons, they gave their immortality.
      - Rupert Brooke, The Dead

Agreeable surprises are the perquisites of youth.
      - Edward George Earle Lytton Bulwer-Lytton, 1st Baron Lytton

Every street has two sides, the shady side and the sunny. When two men shake hands and part, mark which of the two takes the sunny side; he will be the younger man of the two.
      - Edward George Earle Lytton Bulwer-Lytton, 1st Baron Lytton,
        What Will He Do With It?
         (bk. II, heading of ch. XV)

Ah! happy years! once more who would not be a boy!
      - Lord Byron (George Gordon Noel Byron),
        Childe Harold (canto II, st. 23)

Her years
  Were ripe, they might make six-and-twenty springs;
    But there are forms which Time to touch forbears.
      And turns aside his scythe to vulgar things.
      - Lord Byron (George Gordon Noel Byron),
        Don Juan (canto V, st. 98)

And both were young, and one was beautiful.
      - Lord Byron (George Gordon Noel Byron),
        The Dream (st. 2)

Young men think old men fools, and old men know young men to be so.
      - 1st Earl Camden, Sir Charles Pratt


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