Youth Quotes


Older men declare war. But it is youth that must fight and die.

Age    Death    Fighting    Old age    War    Youth

Stories you read when you're the right age never quite leave you. You may forget who wrote them or what the story was called. Sometimes you'll forget precisely what happened, but if a story touches you it will stay with you, haunting the places in your mind that you rarely ever visit.

M Is for Magic

Neil Gaiman

M Is for Magic
Haunting    Life    Mind    Stories    Youth

The surest way to corrupt a youth is to instruct him to hold in higher esteem those who think alike than those who think differently.

Anybody can look at a pretty girl and see a pretty girl. An artist can look at a pretty girl and see the old woman she will become. A better artist can look at an old woman and see the pretty girl that she used to be. But a great artist-a master-and that is what Auguste Rodin was-can look at an old woman, protray her exactly as she is...and force the viewer to see the pretty girl she used to be...and more than that, he can make anyone with the sensitivity of an armadillo, or even you, see that this lovely young girl is still alive, not old and ugly at all, but simply prisoned inside her ruined body. He can make you feel the quiet, endless tragedy that there was never a girl born who ever grew older than eighteen in her heart...no matter what the merciless hours have done to her. Look at her, Ben. Growing old doesn't matter to you and me; we were never meant to be admired-but it does to them.

Art    Life    Old    Wisdom    Youth

In youth, it was a way I had,
To do my best to please.
And change, with every passing lad
To suit his theories.
But now I know the things I know
And do the things I do,
And if you do not like me so,
To hell, my love, with you.

Adaptation    Change    Character    Empowerment    Love    Men    Nature    Pleasing    Self discovery    Self esteem    Self respect    Truthfulness    Wisdom    Women    Youth

The Little Boy and the Old Man
Said the little boy, "Sometimes I drop my spoon."
Said the old man, "I do that too."
The little boy whispered, "I wet my pants."
I do that too," laughed the little old man.
Said the little boy, "I often cry."
The old man nodded, "So do I."
But worst of all," said the boy, "it seems
Grown-ups don't pay attention to me."
And he felt the warmth of a wrinkled old hand.
I know what you mean," said the little old man.

Humor    Old age    Poetry    Youth

Those sweet lips. My, oh my, I could kiss those lips all night long.
Good things come to those who wait.

Desire    Funny    Honesty    Humor    Humour    Love    Lust    Passion    Relationships    Romance    Sex    Truth    Wisdom    Young    Young adult    Young adults    Youth

What a weary time those years were -- to have the desire and the need to live but not the ability.

Ham on Rye

Charles Bukowski

Ham on Rye

Shall I compare thee to a summer's day?
Thou art more lovely and more temperate:
Rough winds do shake the darling buds of May,
And summer's lease hath all too short a date:
Sometimes too hot the eye of heaven shines,
And too often is his gold complexion dimm'd:
And every fair from fair sometimes declines,
By chance or natures changing course untrimm'd;
By thy eternal summer shall not fade,
Nor lose possession of that fair thou owest;
Nor shall Death brag thou wander'st in his shade,
When in eternal lines to time thou growest:
So long as men can breathe or eyes can see,
So long lives this and this gives life to thee.

Shakespeare's Sonnets

William Shakespeare

Shakespeare's Sonnets

The human body is the best work of art.

Art    Beauty    Body    Body image    Dancer    Desire    Fashion    Fitness    Food for thought    Funny    Girl    Hip hop    Honesty    Humor    Humour    Lust    Lust for life    Passion    Young    Young adult    Young adults    Youth

It's never too late to have a happy childhood.

When I look back, I am so impressed again with the life-giving power of literature. If I were a young person today, trying to gain a sense of myself in the world, I would do that again by reading, just as I did when I was young.

Remember, you cannot be both young and wise. Young people who pretend to be wise to the ways of the world are mostly just cynics. Cynicism masquerades as wisdom, but it is the farthest thing from it. Because cynics don’t learn anything. Because cynicism is a self-imposed blindness, a rejection of the world because we are afraid it will hurt us or disappoint us. Cynics always say no. But saying yes begins things. Saying yes is how things grow. Saying yes leads to knowledge. Yes is for young people. So for as long as you have the strength to, say yes'.

Cynicism    Optimism    Wisdom    Youth

A fit, healthy body—that is the best fashion statement

Beauty    Body    Body image    Culture    Dance    Dancer    Desire    Fashion    Fitness    Food    Food for thought    Friendship    Funny    Girl    Health    Healthy    Hip hop    Honesty    Humor    Humour    Imagination    Individuality    Life    Love    Lust for life    Music    Novel    Passion    Reality    Relationships    Self    Sex    Truth    Wisdom    Young    Young adult    Young adult fiction    Young adult literature    Young adult novels    Young adults    Youth

It takes a very long time to become young.

There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven:
a time to be born and a time to die,
a time to plant and a time to uproot,
a time to kill and a time to heal,
a time to tear down and a time to build,
a time to weep and a time to laugh,
a time to mourn and a time to dance,
a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them,
a time to embrace and a time to refrain,
a time to search and a time to give up,
a time to keep and a time to throw away,
a time to tear and a time to mend,
a time to be silent and a time to speak,
a time to love and a time to hate,
a time for war and a time for peace.
(Ecclesiastes 3:1-8, NIV)

Ecclesiastes    Life    Love    Romance    Scripture    Youth

Young people don't always do what they're told, but if they can pull it off and do something wonderful, sometimes they escape punishment.

What should young people do with their lives today? Many things, obviously. But the most daring thing is to create stable communities in which the terrible disease of loneliness can be cured.

Palm Sunday

Kurt Vonnegut

Palm Sunday
Action    Community    Daring    Loneliness    Purpose    Youth

It is an illusion that youth is happy, an illusion of those who have lost it; but the young know they are wretched for they are full of the truthless ideal which have been instilled into them, and each time they come in contact with the real, they are bruised and wounded. It looks as if they were victims of a conspiracy; for the books they read, ideal by the necessity of selection, and the conversation of their elders, who look back upon the past through a rosy haze of forgetfulness, prepare them for an unreal life. They must discover for themselves that all they have read and all they have been told are lies, lies, lies; and each discovery is another nail driven into the body on the cross of life.

Of Human Bondage

W. Somerset Maugham

Of Human Bondage
Happiness    Ideals    Nostalgia    Real    Truth    Youth

When you're young, you think everything you do is disposable. You move from now to now, crumpling time up in your hands, tossing it away. You're your own speeding car. You think you can get rid of things, and people too—leave them behind. You don't yet know about the habit they have, of coming back.
Time in dreams is frozen. You can never get away from where you've been.

Der blinde Mörder

Margaret Atwood

Der blinde Mörder

V-Day…if you need this one day in a year to show everyone else you truly care for your loved one I think it’s quite stupid. I hate this commercialism. It’s all artificial, and has nothing to do with real love.

Body    Books    Cool    Culture    Desire    Emotion    Friendship    Funny    Girl    Honesty    Humor    Humour    Imagination    Individuality    Life    Love    Music    Novel    Passion    Reality    Relationships    Romance    Self    Sex    Technology    Truth    Wisdom    Young    Youth

may my heart always be open to little
birds who are the secrets of living
whatever they sing is better than to know
and if men should not hear them men are old

may my mind stroll about hungry
and fearless and thirsty and supple
and even if it's sunday may i be wrong
for whenever men are right they are not young

and may myself do nothing usefully
and love yourself so more than truly
there's never been quite such a fool who could fail
pulling all the sky over him with one smile

At the age of six I wanted to be a cook. At seven I wanted to be Napoleon. And my ambition has been growing steadily ever since.

Age    Ambition    Dreaming    Dreams    Youth

Pan, who and what art thou?" he cried huskily.
"I'm youth, I'm joy," Peter answered at a venture, "I'm a little bird that has broken out of the egg.

Birds    Joy    Youth

My head’ll explode if I continue with this escapism.

Body    Books    Cool    Culture    Desire    Emotion    Friendship    Funny    Girl    Honesty    Humor    Humour    Imagination    Individuality    Life    Love    Music    Novel    Passion    Reality    Relationships    Romance    Self    Sex    Technology    Truth    Wisdom    Young    Youth

Youth is a dream, a form of chemical madness.

Tales Of The Jazz Age

F. Scott Fitzgerald

Tales Of The Jazz Age

I’ve met a man and fallen in love with him. I allowed myself to fall in love for one simple reason: I’m not expecting anything to come of it. I know that, in three months’ time, I’ll be far away and he’ll be just a memory, but I couldn’t stand living without love any longer; I had reached my limit…
Generally speaking, these meetings occur when we reach a limit, when we need to die and be reborn emotionally. These meeting are waiting for us, but more often than not, we avoid them happening. If we are desperate, though, if we have nothing to lose, or if we are full of enthusiasm for life, then the unknown reveals itself, and our universe changes directions.

Eleven Minutes

Paulo Coelho

Eleven Minutes
Love    Youth

It is easy, when you are young, to believe that what you desire is no less than what you deserve, to assume that if you want something badly enough, it is your God-given right to have it.

Into the Wild

Jon Krakauer

Into the Wild

I've learned one thing, and that's to quit worrying about stupid things. You have four years to be irresponsible here, relax. Work is for people with jobs. You'll never remember class time, but you'll remember the time you wasted hanging out with your friends. So stay out late. Go out with your friends on a Tuesday when you have a paper due on Wednesday. Spend money you don't have. Drink 'til sunrise. The work never ends, but college does...

Youth offers the promise of happiness, but life offers the realities of grief.

The Rescue

Nicholas Sparks

The Rescue

There is a certain part of all of us that lives outside of time. Perhaps we become aware of our age only at exceptional moments and most of the time we are ageless.

Age    Youth

So wise so young, they say, do never live long.

Richard III

William Shakespeare

Richard III
Death    Wisdom    Youth

Maybe you could be mine / or maybe we’ll be entwined / aimless in this sexless foreplay.

Body    Boy    Boyfriend    Boys    Cool    Culture    Desire    Emotion    Friendship    Funny    Honesty    Humor    Humour    Imagination    Individuality    Life    Love    Music    Novel    Passion    Poem    Poems    Poet    Poetry    Poetry life    Poets    Reality    Relationships    Romance    Self    Sex    Technology    Truth    Wisdom    Young    Youth

On the one hand maybe I’ve remained infantile, while on the other I matured quickly, because at a young age I was very aware of suffering and fear.

Youth ends when egotism does; maturity begins when one lives for others.

Gertrude

Hermann Hesse

Gertrude

We are not youth any longer. We don’t want to take the world by storm. We are fleeing. We fly from ourselves. From our life. We were eighteen and had begun to love life and the world; and we had to shoot it to pieces.

All Quiet on the Western Front

Erich Maria Remarque

All Quiet on the Western Front
War    Youth

I was not a hypocrite, with one real face and several false ones. I had several faces because I was young and didn't know who I was or wanted to be.

The Joke

Milan Kundera

The Joke

I haven’t been very impressed lately.
By people,
or places,
or the way someone said he loved me and then slowly changed his mind.

Alone    Breaking up    Change    Charlotte eriksson    Growing up    Heart break    Impressed    Life    Love    Mind    Moving on    People    Places    Poetry    Prose    The glass child    Youth

What though the radiance which was once so bright
Be now for ever taken from my sight,
Though nothing can bring back the hour
Of splendour in the grass, of glory in the flower;
We will grieve not, rather find
Strength in what remains behind;
In the primal sympathy
Which having been must ever be;
In the soothing thoughts that spring
Out of human suffering;
In the faith that looks through death,
In years that bring the philosophic mind.

Nature    Poetry    Soul    Youth

Vanity was stronger than love at sixteen and there was no room in her hot heart now for anything but hate.

Gone With The Wind

Margaret Mitchell

It doesn’t matter how many times you leave, it will always hurt to come back and remember what you once had and who you once were. Then it will hurt just as much to leave again, and so it goes over and over again.
Once you’ve started to leave, you will run your whole life.

The island is ours. Here, in some way, we are young forever.

Island    Summer    Youth

He stood at the window of the empty cafe and watched the activites in the square and he said that it was good that God kept the truths of life from the young as they were starting out or else they'd have no heart to start at all.

All the Pretty Horses

Cormac McCarthy

All the Pretty Horses

I suppose it’s not a social norm, and not a manly thing to do — to feel, discuss feelings. So that’s what I’m giving the finger to. Social norms and stuff…what good are social norms, really? I think all they do is project a limited and harmful image of people. It thus impedes a broader social acceptance of what someone, or a group of people, might actually be like.

Bisexual    Bisexuality    Bisexuals    Body    Books    Boy    Cool    Culture    Desire    Emotion    Erotic    Erotica    Friendship    Funny    Gay    Gay men    Gay rights    Glbt    Guy    Honesty    Humor    Humour    Imagination    Individuality    Life    Love    Music    Novel    Passion    Reality    Relationships    Romance    Self    Sex    Sexuality    Society    Society s increasing stupidity    Technology    Truth    Wisdom    Young    Youth

You are only young once, but you can stay immature indefinitely.

I'm fed up to the ears with old men dreaming up wars for young men to die in.

Anti war    Battle    Death    Old men    Peace    Soldiers    War    Youth

What disturbs and depresses young people is the hunt for happiness on the firm assumption that it must be met with in life. From this arises constantly deluded hope and so also dissatisfaction. Deceptive images of a vague happiness hover before us in our dreams, and we search in vain for their original. Much would have been gained if, through timely advice and instruction, young people could have had eradicated from their minds the erroneous notion that the world has a great deal to offer them.

Delusions    Happiness    Hope    Life    Youth

But I was young
and didn’t know better
and someone should have told me to capture every second
every kiss & every night
Because now I’m sitting here alone and it’s getting really hard to breath because tears are growing in my throat and they want to break out, but there are people
watching
and I just want to be somewhere silent
somewhere still
But still I don’t want to be alone because I’m scared and lonely
and I don’t understand
Because I was alone my whole life
My whole life
I was so damn lonely and I was content with that
because I liked myself and my own company
and I didn’t need anyone
I thought
But then there was you .. ...
So, someone should have told me that love is for those few brave who can handle the unbearable emptiness,
the unbearable guilt and lack of oneself,
Because I lost myself to someone I love
and I might get myself back one day
but it will take time, it will take time.
This is gonna take some time.
I wish someone would have told me this.
Someone should have told me this.

Sure, everything is ending," Jules said, "but not yet.

I was the Duff. And that was a good thing. Because anyone who didn't feel like the Duff must not have friends. Every girl feels unattractive sometimes. Why had it taken me so long to figure that out? Why had I been stressing over that dumb word for so long when it was so simple? I should be proud to be the Duff. Proud to have great friends who, in their minds, were my Duffs.

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