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The American ideal is youth --handsome, empty youth.

Henry Miller (1891-1980) American author.

Childhood shows the man, as morning shows the day.

John Milton (1608-1674) English poet.

Youth doesn't reason, it acts. The old man reasons and would like to make the others act in his place.

Francis Picabia (1878-1953) French painter, and poet.

In America the young are always ready to give to those who are older than themselves the full benefits of their inexperience.

Oscar Wilde (1854-1900) Irish poet and dramatist.

Those whom the gods love grow young.

Oscar Wilde (1854-1900) Irish poet and dramatist.


Do you set down your name in the scroll of youth, that are written down old with all the characters of age?

William Shakespeare (1564-1616) British poet and playwright.

Even the youngest of us may be wrong sometimes.

George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950) Irish writer.

Youth, which is forgiven everything, forgives itself nothing: age, which forgives itself everything, is forgiven nothing.

George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950) Irish writer.

To be young is all there is in the world. They talk so beautifully about work and having a family and a home (and I do, too, sometimes) --but it's all worry and head-aches and respectable poverty and forced gushing. Telling people how nice it is, when, in reality, you would give all of your last thirty years for one of your first thirty. Old people are tremendous frauds.

Wallace Stevens (1879-1955) American Modernist poet.

It is better to be a young June-bug than an old bird of paradise.

Mark Twain (1835-1910) U.S. humorist, writer, and lecturer.