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Young men are fitter to invent than to judge; fitter for execution than for counsel; and fitter for new projects than for settled business. BACON-Of Youth and Age.
I was between
(See also TUSSER) Smiling always with a never fading serenity of countenance, and flourishing in an immortal youth. ISAAC BARROW — Duty of Thanksgiving.
Works. Vol. I. P. 66.
Our youth we can have but to-day;
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.
CARLYLE- Essays. Schiller.
As I approve of a youth that has something of the old man in him, so I am no less pleased with an old man that has something of the youth. He that follows this rule may be old in body, but can never be so in mind.
CICERO—Cato; or, An Essay on Old Age.
Prima commendiato proficiscitur a modestia tum pietate in parentes, tum in suos benevolentia.
The chief recommendation (in a young man) is modesty, then dutiful conduct toward parents, then affection for kindred.
CICERODe Officiis. II. 13. Teneris, heu, lubrica moribus ætas!
Alas! the slippery nature of tender youth. CLAUDIANUS—De Raptu Proserpinæ. III. 227.
Life went a-Maying
When I was young!
COLERIDGE-Youth and Age.
Štands dreaming on the verge of strife, Magnificently unprepared
For the long littleness of life.
MRS. CORNFORD—On Rupert Brooke. (1915) Be it a weakness, it deserves some praise, We love the play-place of our early days; The scene is touching, and the heart is stone, That feels not at that sight, and feels at none.
COWPER—Tirocinium. L. 296.
Young fellows will be young fellows. BICKERSTAFF — Love in a Village. Act II.
They shall not grow old, as we that are left grow
old; Age shall not weary them, nor the years con
demn. At the going down of the sun, and in the morn
ing, We will remember them. LAURENCE BINYON -- For the Fallen. Sept.,
Blow out, you bugles, over the rich Dead!
There's none of these so lonely and poor of old, But, dying, has made us rarer gifts than gold. These laid the world away: poured out the red Sweet wine of youth; gave up the years to be
Of work and joy, and that unhoped serene That men call age, and those who would have
been Their sons, they gave their immortality.
RUPERT BROOKE—The Dead. (1914)
Every street has two sides, the shady side and the sunny. When two men shake hands and part, mark which of the two takes the sunny side; he will be the younger
man of the two. BULWER-LYTTON—What Will He Do With It?
Bk. II. Heading of Ch. XV.
Youth, what man's age is like to be, doth show; We may our ends by our beginnings know.
SIR JOHN DENHAM–Of Prudence. L. 225.
Youth should watch joys and shoot them as they fly.
DRYDEN–Aureng-Zebe. Act III. Sc. 1.
Divine ideas below,
And always keep us so.
EMERSON—Essays. The Poet. Introduction. Angelicus juvenis senibus satanizat in annis.
An angelic boyhood becomes a Satanic old age. ERASMUS-Fam. Coll. Quoted as a proverb
invented by Satan.
Si jeune savoit, et vieux pouvoit,
If youth but knew, and age were able,
Proverb of the Twelfth Century.
Ah! happy years! once more who would not be
a boy! BYRON—Childe Harold. Canto II. St. 23.
O happy unown'd youths! your limbs can bear Flos juvenum (Flos juventutis).
The flower of the young men (the flower of
rain! Gay-Trivia. Bk. II. L. 145.
Youth comes but once in a lifetime.
LONGFELLOW-Hyperion. Bk. II. Ch. X. Fair laughs the morn, and soft the zephyr blows, 14
While proudly rising o'er the azure realm Standing with reluctant feet, In gallant trim the gilded vessel goes,
Where the brook and river meet, Youth on the prow, and Pleasure at the helm. Womanhood and childhood fleet! GRAY–Bard. Pt. II. St. 2.
LONGFELLOW-Maidenhood. The insect-youth are on the wing,
How beautiful is youth! how bright it gleams Eager to taste the honied spring,
With its illusions, aspirations, dreams! And float amid the liquid noon!
Book of Beginnings, Story without End, GRAY-Ode on the Spring. St. 3. L. 5. Each maid a heroine, and each man a friend!
LONGFELLOW-Morituri Salutamus. L. 66. Over the trackless past, somewhere, Lie the lost days of our tropic youth,
In its sublime audacity of faith, Only regained by faith and prayer,
“Be thou removed!” it to the mountain saith, Only recalled by prayer and plaint,
And with ambitious feet, secure and proud, Each lost day has its patron saint!
Ascends the ladder leaning on the cloud! BRET HARTE—Lost Galleon. Last stanza.
LONGFELLOW-Morituri Salutamus. 5 There is a feeling of Eternity in youth which
Youth, that pursuest with such eager pace makes us amends for everything. To be young
Thy even way,
Thou pantest on to win a mournful race: is to be as one of the Immortals.
Then stay! oh, stay! HAZLITT—Table Talk. The Feeling of Immortality in Youth.
Pause and luxuriate in thy sunny plain;
Loiter,enjoy: Ah, youth! forever dear, forever kind.
Once past, Thou never wilt come back again, HOMER-Iliad. Bk. XIX. L. 303. POPE's A second Boy. trans.
RICHARD MONCKTON MILNES—Carpe Diem. Youth! youth! how buoyant are thy hopes! they 'Tis now the summer of your youth: time has turn,
not cropped the roses from your cheek, though Like marigolds, toward the sunny side.
sorrow long has washed them. JEAN INGELOW—The Four Bridges. St. 56. EDWARD MOORE—The Gamester. Act III.
Sc. 4. All the world's a mass of folly,
19 Youth is gay, age melancholy:
The smiles, the tears Youth is spending, age is thrifty,
Of boyhood's years, Mad at twenty, cold at fifty;
The words of love then spoken.
MOORE–Oft in the Stiùy Night.
How different from the present man was
the youth of earlier days! Towering in confidence of twenty-one.
OVIDHeroides. IX. 24.
The atrocious crime of being a young man.
WILLIAM Port to WALPOLE. Boswell's Life of When all the world is young, lad,
Johnson. March 6, 1741.
When the brisk minor pants for twenty-one. And every lass a queen;
POPE-Epistle 1. Bk. I. L. 38.
We think our fathers fools, so wise we grow; Young blood must have its course, lad,
Our wiser sons, no doubt, will think us so. And every dog his day.
POPE—Essay on Criticisin. Pt. II. L. 238. CHARLES KINGSLEY-Water Babies.
De jeune hermite, vieil diable. Our youth began with tears and sighs,
Of a young hermit, an old devil. With seeking what we could not find;
RABELAIS-Pantagruel. Quoted, as a "pro
verbe authentique.” We sought and knew not what we sought; We marvel, now we look behind:
My salad days; Life's more amusing than we thought. When I was green in judgment. ANDREW LANG—Ballade of Middle Age.
Antony and Cleopatra. Act 1. Sc. 5. L. 73.
The spirit of a youth That means to be of note, begins betimes.
Antony and Cleopatra. Act IV. Sc. 4. L. 26. The chariest maid is prodigal enough, If she unmask her beauty to the moon; Virtue itself 'scapes not calumnious strokes. The canker galls the infants of the spring, Too oft before their buttons be disclosed; And in the morn and liquid dew of youth, Contagious blastments are most imminent. Hamlet. Act I. Sc. 3. L. 36. “Infants of the
spring" found also in Love's Labour's Lost. Act I. Sc. 1. L. 100.
What is that to him that reaps not harvest of his
youthful joys, Though the deep heart of existence beat forever
like a boy's? TENNYSON—Locksley Hall. St. 70. What unjust judges fathers are, when in regard
to us they hold That even in our boyish days we ought in con
duct to be old, Nor taste at all the very things that youth and
only youth requires; They rule us by their present wants not by their
past long-lost desires. TERENCE—The Self-Tormentor. Act I. Sc. 3.
F. W. RICORD's trans.
The next, keep under Sir Hobbard de Hoy:
(See also BARHAM)
Is in the very May-morn of his youth, Ripe for exploits and mighty enterprises.
Henry V. Act I. Sc. 2. L. 120.
Bliss was it in that dawn to be alive,
WORDSWORTH–The Prelude. Bk. XI.
He that is more than a youth, is not for me, and he that is less than man, I am not for him. Much Ado About Nothing. Act II. Sc. 1. L.
A youth to whom was given
Crabbed age and youth cannot live together;
Youth is full of pleasance, age is full of care; Youth like summer morn, age like winter weather;
Youth like summer brave, age like winter bare. Youth is full of sport, age's breath is short;
Youth is nimble, age is lame;
Youth is wild, and age is tame.
The Passionate Pilgrim. St. 12.
Youth is not rich in time; it may be poor;
tell. YOUNG-Night Thoughts. Night II. L. 47.
Thou art thy mother's glass, and she in thee
Calls back the lovely April of her prime:
Despite of wrinkles this thy golden time.
Hail, blooming Youth!
This is the law of the Yukon, that only the Strong
shall survive; That surely the Weak shall perish, and only the
Fit survive. Dissolute, damned and despairful, crippled and
palsied and slain, This is the Will of the Yukon,-Lo, how she
makes it plain! ROBERT W. SERVICE Law of the Yukon. There's a land where the mountains are nameless
And the rivers all run God knows where; There are lives that are erring and aimless,
And deaths that just hang by a hair; There are hardships that nobody reckons;
There are valleys unpeopled and still; There's a land-oh, it beckons and beckons, And I want to go back-and I will. ROBERT W. SERVICE—Spell of the Yukon.
YVETTE (RIVER) O lovely river of Yvette!
O darling river! like a bride, Some dimpled, bashful, fair Lisette,
Thou goest to wed the Orge's tide.
O darling stream! on balanced wings