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Youth condemns; maturity condones.
- Amy Lowell
If youth be a defect, it is one that we outgrow only too soon.
- James Russell Lowell
To be young is surely the best, if the most precarious, gift of life.
- James Russell Lowell
When we are out of sympathy with the young, then I think our work in this world is over.
- George MacDonald
Youth is a religion from which one always ends up being converted.
- Andre Malraux
The strength of opening manhood is never so well employed as in practicing subserviency to God's revealed will; it lends a grace and a beauty to religion, and produces an abundant harvest.
- Richard Mant
Like virgin parchment, capable of any inscription.
- Philip Massinger
Youth, that pursuest with such eager pace
Thy even way,
Thou pantest on to win a mournful race:
Then stay! oh, stay!
Pause and luxuriate in thy sunny plain;
Once past, thou never wilt come back again,
A second Boy.
- Richard Monckton Milnes, Lord Houghton,
'Tis now the summer of your youth: time has not cropped the roses from your cheek, though sorrow long has washed them.
- Edward Moore, The Gamester
(act III, sc. 4)
The fresh and buoyant sense of being that bounds in youth's yet careless breast.
- Thomas Moore
The smiles, the tears
Of boyhood's years,
The words of love then spoken.
- Thomas Moore, Oft in the Stilly Night
Oh! the joy
Of young ideas painted on the mind,
In the warm glowing colors fancy spreads
On objects not yet known, when all is new,
And all is lovely.
- Hannah More
How different from the present man was the youth of earlier days!
[Lat., Dissimiles hic vir, et ille puer.]
- Ovid (Publius Ovidius Naso), Heroides
The atrocious crime of being a young man.
- William Pitt, 1st Earl of Chatham,
Boswell's Life of Johnson, to Walpole
A youth of frolic, an old age of cards.
- Alexander Pope
When the brisk minor pants for twenty-one.
- Alexander Pope, Epistle I (bk. I, l. 38)
We think our fathers fools, so wise we grow;
Our wiser sons, no doubt, will think us so.
- Alexander Pope, Essay on Criticism
(pt. II, l. 438)
If youth but knew, and age were able,
Then poverty would be a fable.
[Fr., Si jeune savoit, et vieux pouvoit,
Jamais disette n'y auroit.]
- Proverb, a proverb of the twelfth century
Of a young hermit, an old devil.
[Fr., De jeune hermite, vieil diable.]
- Francois Rabelais, Pantagruel
Everything is pretty that is young.
- Samuel Richardson
And now he shook away the snow of time from the winter-green of memory, and beheld the fair years of his childhood uncovered, fresh, green, and balmy, standing afar off before him.
- Jean Paul Friedrich Richter (Johann Paul Richter) (used ps. Jean Paul)
Youth is not the era of wisdom; let us therefore have due consideration.
- Antoine de Rivarol, Comte de Rivarol
Nobody is quite so blase and sophisticated as a boy of nineteen who is just recovering from a baby grand passion.
- Helen Rowland
Youth, enthusiasm, and tenderness are like the days of spring. Instead of complaining, O my heart, of their brief duration, try to enjoy them.
- Friedrich Ruckert
Keep true to the dreams of thy youth.
- Johann Christoph Friedrich von Schiller
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