Every generation imagines itself to be more intelligent than the one that went before it, and wiser than the one that comes after it.
George Orwell (1903-1950) British novelist, essayist, and critic.
It's all that the young can do for the old, to shock them and keep them up to date.
George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950) Irish writer.
I suppose you think that persons who are as old as your father and myself are always thinking about very grave things, but I know that we are meditating the same old themes that we did when we were ten years old, only we go more gravely about it.
Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862) American naturalist, poet and philosopher.
Eighteen might look at thirty-four through a rising mist of adolescence; but twenty-two would see thirty-eight with discerning clarity.
The longer I live the more keenly I feel that whatever was good enough for our fathers is not good enough for us.
Oscar Wilde (1854-1900) Irish poet and dramatist.
The generations of men run on in the tide of time, but leave their destined lineaments permanent for ever and ever.
William Blake (1757-1827) British poet and painter.
We may consider each generation as a distinct nation, with a right, by the will of its majority, to bind themselves, but none to bind the succeeding generation, more than the inhabitants of another country.
Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826) Third president of the United States.
Our tastes greatly alter. The lad does not care for the child's rattle, and the old man does not care for the young man's whore.
Samuel Johnson (1709-1784) British author.
We have to hate our immediate predecessors to get free of their authority.
D. H. Lawrence (1885-1930) English writer.
From the earliest times the old have rubbed it into the young that they are wiser than they, and before the young had discovered what nonsense this was they were old too, and it profited them to carry on the imposture.
W. Somerset Maugham (1874-1965) British novelist and playwright.