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If youth but knew; if age but could.

Lets tell young people the best books are yet to written; the best painting, the best government the best of everything is yet to be done by them.
The young feel tired at the end of an action, the old at the beginning.
We live in an age when to be young and to be indifferent can be no longer synonymous. We must prepare for the coming hour. The claims of the Future are represented by suffering millions; and the Youth of a Nation are the trustees of Posterity.
The Youth of a Nation are the trustees of posterity.
A boy's story is the best that is ever told.
Youth, what man's age is like to be, doth show; We may our ends by our beginnings know.
The hatred of the youth culture for adult society is not a disinterested judgment but a terror-ridden refusal to be hooked into the, if you will, ecological chain of breathing, growing, and dying. It is the demand, in other words, to remain children.
The young always have the same problem -- how to rebel and conform at the same time. They have now solved this by defying their parents and copying one another.
Youth is a period of missed opportunities.
A sensual and intemperate youth translates into an old worn-out body.
No man knows he is young while he is young.
Young men are apt to think themselves wise enough, as drunken men are apt to think themselves sober enough.
Youth is to all the glad season of life; but often only by what it hopes, not by what it attains, or what it escapes.
There's nothing wrong with teenagers that reasoning with them won't aggravate.
Youth, with swift feet, walks onward in the way; the land of joy lies all before his eyes.
Time misspent in youth is sometimes all the freedom one ever has.
What Youth deemed crystal, Age finds out was dew.
It is good for a man that he bear the yoke in his youth. [Lamentations 3:27]
Rejoice, O young man, in thy youth; and let thy heart cheer thee in the days of thy youth, and walk in the ways of thine heart, and in the sight of thine eyes: but know thou, that for all these things God will bring thee into judgment. [Ecclesiastes 11:9]
Except for an occasional heart attack I feel as young as I ever did.
Young people are fitter to invent than to judge; fitter for execution than for counsel; and more fit for new projects than for settled business.
I've never understood why people consider youth a time of freedom and joy. It's probably because they have forgotten their own.
The young are permanently in a state resembling intoxication.
All lovely things will have an ending, All lovely things will fade and die; And youth, that's now so bravely spending, Will beg a penny by and by.
I believe that our Heavenly Father invented man because he was disappointed in the monkey.
Faith is believing what you know ain't so.
We are all alike, on the inside.
Man will do many things to get himself loved; he will do all things to get himself envied.
Cry havoc! and let slip the dogs of war, that this foul deed shall smell above the earth with carrion men, groaning for burial.
Show me the man you honor, and I will know what kind of a man you are. It shows me what your ideal of manhood is, and what kind of a man you long to be.
Religion is the opium of the masses.
To change and change for the better are two different things
I am convinced that the best service a retired general can perform is to turn in his tongue along with his suit, and to mothball his opinions.
The laws and the stage, both are a form of exhibitionism.
No one has ever drowned in sweat.
It is not clear that intelligence has any long-term survival value.
Honor the ocean of love.
Do not choose your wife at a dance, but in the field among the harvesters.
To achieve greatness one should live as if they will never die.
Our most intimate friend is not he to whom we show the worst, but the best of our nature.
Catch a man a fish, and you can sell it to him. Teach a man to fish, and you ruin a wonderful business opportunity.
Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.
Aim at heaven, and you will get earth thrown in; aim at earth, and you will get neither.
What you are will show in what you do.
You pile up enough tomorrows, and you'll find you've collected a lot of empty yesterdays.
To strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield.
The future is as bright as the promises of God.
The only living works are those which have drained much of the author's own life into them.
Man becomes a slave to his constantly repeated acts. What he at first chooses, at last compels.
It ain't often that a man's reputation outlasts his money.
A compliment is something like a kiss through a veil.
He was so learned that he could name a horse in nine languages; so ignorant that he bought a cow to ride on.
Where liberty is, there is my country.
Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited, whereas imagination embraces the entire world, stimulating progress, giving birth to evolution.
A patriot must always be ready to defend his country against his government.
There are two distinctive classes of people today, those who have personal computers, and those who have several thousand extra dollars apiece.
We are not human beings on a spiritual journey. We are spiritual beings on a human journey.
Without education, you're not going anywhere in this world.
Hypocrite reader -- my fellow -- my brother!
The world may be full of fourth-rate writers but it's also full of fourth-rate readers.
He that loves a book will never want a faithful friend, a wholesome counselor, a cheerful companion, an effectual comforter. By study, by reading, by thinking, one may innocently divert and pleasantly entertain himself, as in all weathers, as in all fortunes.
The printing press is either the greatest blessing or the greatest curse of modern times, sometimes one forgets which it is.
Books are men of higher stature; the only men that speak aloud for future times to hear.
He has only half learned the art of reading who has not added to it the more refined art of skipping and skimming.
When the book comes out it may hurt you -- but in order for me to do it, it had to hurt me first. I can only tell you about yourself as much as I can face about myself.
Footnotes are the finer-suckered surfaces that allow testicular paragraphs to hold fast to the wider reality of the library.
Read not to contradict and confute; nor to believe and take for granted; nor to find talk and discourse; but to weigh and consider.
Some books are to be tasted, others to be swallowed, and some few to be chewed and digested; that is, some books are to be read only in parts; others to be read, but not curiously; and some few to be read wholly, and with diligence and attention. Some books also may be read by deputy, and extracts made of them by others, but that would be only in the less important arguments, and the meaner sort of books; else distilled books are, like common distilled waters, flashy things.
To feel most beautifully alive means to be reading something beautiful, ready always to apprehend in the flow of language the sudden flash of poetry.
Some books are undeservedly forgotten; none are undeservedly remembered.
A real book is not one that we read, but one that reads us.
He had read much, if one considers his long life; but his contemplation was much more than his reading. He was wont to say that if he had read as much as other men he should have known no more than other men.
I am not a speed reader. I am a speed understander.
That is a good book which is opened with expectation, and closed with delight and profit.
In the case of good books, the point is not how many of them you can get through, but rather how many can get through to you.
Of all the diversions of life, there is none so proper to fill up its empty spaces as the reading of useful and entertaining authors.
Books are the legacies that a great genius leaves to mankind, which are delivered down from generation to generation as presents to the posterity of those who are yet unborn.
We become not a melting pot but a beautiful mosaic. Different people, different beliefs, different yearnings, different hopes, different dreams.
Greater than the tread of mighty armies is an idea whose time has come.
The greatest discovery of my generation is that human beings can alter their lives by altering their attitudes of mind.
Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body. It is wholesome and bracing for the mind to have its faculties kept on the stretch.
Even truth needs to be clad in new garments if it is to appeal to a new age.
There is little difference in people, but that little difference makes a big difference. That little difference is attitude. The big difference is whether it is positive or negative.
Lightning is the shorthand of a storm, and tells of chaos.
It is great cleverness to know how to conceal our cleverness.
If you are not too long, I will wait here for you all my life.
Every civilization when it loses its inner vision and its cleaner energy, falls into a new sort of sordidness, more vast and more stupendous than the old savage sort. An Augean stable of metallic filth.
The fairest thing in nature, a flower, still has its roots in earth and manure.
Be still when you have nothing to say; when genuine passion moves you, say what you've got to say, and say it hot.
A bird doesn't sing because it has an answer, it sings because it has a song.
The law is reason, free from passion.
The energy of the mind is the essence of life.
No great genius has ever existed without some touch of madness.
The aim of the wise is not to secure pleasure, but to avoid pain.
Violence was almost an aphrodisiac for me.
Never complain and never explain.
Whenever you have truth it must be given with love, or the message and the messenger will be rejected.
It is unwise to be too sure of one's own wisdom. It is healthy to be reminded that the strongest might weaken and the wisest might err.
There is nothing that wastes the body like worry, and one who has any faith in God should be ashamed to worry about anything whatsoever.
Blessed is the man who expects nothing, for he shall never be disappointed was the ninth beatitude.
Satan is wiser now than before, and tempts by making rich instead of poor.
Others have done it before me. I can, too.
There are some people who live in a dream world, and there are some who face reality; and then there are those who turn one into the other.
The fox has many tricks. The hedgehog has but one. But that is the best of all.
Big jobs usually go to the men who prove their ability to outgrow small ones.
People with great gifts are easy to find, but symmetrical and balanced ones never.
Natural abilities are like natural plants; they need pruning by study.
To sentence a man of true genius, to the drudgery of a school is to put a racehorse on a treadmill.
Ability without honor is useless.
When it is a question of God's almighty Spirit, never say, I can't.
Whenever I hear anyone arguing for slavery, I feel a strong impulse to see it tried on him personally.
A man may fulfill the object of his existence by asking a question he cannot answer, and attempting a task he cannot achieve.
The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.
There is no greatness where there is not simplicity, goodness and truth.
The word Christianity is already a misunderstanding -- in reality there has been only one Christian, and he died on the Cross.
Instinct. When the house burns one forgets even lunch. Yes, but one eats it later in the ashes.
You have your way. I have my way. As for the right way, the correct way, and the only way, it does not exist.
The idealist is incorrigible: if he is thrown out of his heaven he makes an ideal of his hell.
He that humbleth himself wishes to be exalted.
Man is no longer an artist, he has become a work of art.
I teach you the Superman. Man is something that should be overcome.
The kingdom of Heaven is a condition of the heart --not something that comes upon the earth or after death.
In Heaven all the interesting people are missing.
What is good? All that heightens the feeling of power, the will to power, power itself in man.
There is in general good reason to suppose that in several respects the gods could all benefit from instruction by us human beings. We humans are -- more humane.
Is man one of God's blunders or is God one of man's blunders?
I fear we are not getting rid of God because we still believe in grammar.
The anarchist and the Christian have a common origin.
Where does one not find that bland degeneration which beer produces in the spirit!
The future influences the present just as much as the past.
The lonely one offers his hand too quickly to whomever he encounters.
A woman may very well form a friendship with a man, but for this to endure, it must be assisted by a little physical antipathy.
We are franker towards others than towards ourselves.
A matter that becomes clear ceases to concern us.
He who fights with monsters might take care lest he thereby become a monster. And if you gaze for long into an abyss, the abyss gazes also into you.
Everything in woman hath a solution. It is called pregnancy.
Fear is the mother of morality.
When one has not had a good father, one must create one.
Fanatics are picturesque, mankind would rather see gestures than listen to reasons.
It says nothing against the ripeness of a spirit that it has a few worms.
There are no eternal facts, as there are no absolute truths.
There are no facts, only interpretations.
A strong and secure man digests his experiences (deeds and misdeeds alike) just as he digests his meat, even when he has some bits to swallow.
Existence really is an imperfect tense that never becomes a present.
To do great things is difficult, but to command great things is more difficult.
Believe me! The secret of reaping the greatest fruitfulness and the greatest enjoyment from life is to live dangerously!
One ought to hold on to one's heart; for if one lets it go, one soon loses control of the head too.
One must learn to love oneself with a wholesome and healthy love, so that one can bear to be with oneself and need not roam.
In large states public education will always be mediocre, for the same reason that in large kitchens the cooking is usually bad.

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