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I am obsessed about age ... People are young if they feel young. Gina Lollobridiga, BBC interview 1969
The idea is to die young as late as possible. Ashley Montagu
When all the world is young, lad,
And all the trees are green;
And every goose a swan, lad,
And every lass a queen;
Then hey for boot and horse, lad,
And round the world away:
Young blood must have its course, lad,
And every dog its day. Charles Kingsley, Young and Old, 1863
Young people are the same as they always were – just as ignorant. Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh Awards scheme 2006
Time cancels young pain. Euripides, Alcestis, 438 B.C.
When you’re young, you suddenly find this marvellous freedom. David Hockney, televised interview cited Hockney BBC 2015
Being young is greatly overestimated ... Any failure seems so total. Later on you realize you can have another go. Mary Quant, interview Observer 5th May 1996
Live as long as you may, the first twenty years are the longest half of your life. Robert Southey, The Doctor, 1812
In our dreams we are always young. Sarah Louise Delany
Whom the gods love dies young. Menander 342-c.292 B.C.
The atrocious crime of being a young man. William Pitt, Earl of Chatham, speech House of Commons 2nd March 1741
You that are old consider not the capacities of us that are young. William Shakespeare, II Henry IV I ii 174-175, Sir John to Lord Chief Justice
Young gentlemen, your spirits are too bold for your years. William Shakespeare, As You Like It I ii 162-163, Celia
The old believe everything, the middle-aged suspect everything, the young know everything. Oscar Wilde
When I was young I thought that money was the most important thing in life; now that I am old I know that it is. Oscar Wilde
Young alienation, disappointment and heartache is all a part of the first real growing up that we do. Judd Nelson
Here dead lie we because we did not choose
To live and shame the land from which we sprung.
Life, to be sure, is nothing much to lose;
But young men think it is, and we were young. A E Housman
When I was one-and-twenty
I heard a wise man say,
‘Give crowns and pounds and guineas
But not your heart away;
Give pearls away and rubies,
But keep your fancy free.’
But I was one and twenty,
No use of talk to me. A E Housman, A Shropshire Land
The secret message communicated to most young people today by the society around them is that they are not needed, that the society will run itself quite nicely until they – at some distant point in the future – will take over the reins. Yet the fact is that the society is not running itself nicely ... because the rest of us need all the energy, brains, imagination and talent that young people can bring to bear down on our difficulties. For society to attempt to solve its desperate problems without the full participation of even very young people is imbecile. Alvin Toffler
I can’t help noticing what a handsome young man you have here. Star Trek: Deep Space Nine s2e5: Cardassians, Garak to young Cardassian
Mein Fuhrer – our young generation models itself upon you. You demonstrate the greatest selflessness in our nation, so these young people want to be selfless too. Baldur von Schirach
I bear the guilt of having trained the young. Baldur von Schirach
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. Kurt Vonnegut
Youth is wasted on the young. George Bernard Shaw
It is always the same story ... the more young people have the more they want, and the less thanks one gets. Samuel Butler, The Way of All Flesh
Point to the young people of some acquaintances as models of perfection and impress your own children with a deep sense of their own inferiority. ibid.
‘It was a good time to be young.’ Timeshift: Mods, Rockers and Bank Holiday Mayhem, female rocker, BBC 2014
‘They are anti-war, and they love everybody, and their sexual lives have become freer. The kids are looking for something else, or some different moral value.’ Mick Jagger, cited Arena: 1966 – Thirty Years Ago Today: The Year the Decade Exploded, Mick Jagger, BBC 2016
Blanche: Young man! Young, young, young, young – man! Has anyone ever told you you look like a young prince out of Arabian Nights? Tennessee Williams, A Streetcar Named Desire
They say that somewhere there is a fountain whose waters can make one young again … The legendary Fountain of Youth. In Search of s5e11 … Fountain of Youth, 1980
Modern science is replacing legend in the quest to turn back the clock and regain lost youth. ibid.
Growing numbers of your people are carrying knives. And some even take knives to school thinking it will make them safer. The consequences can be devastating. My own brother was stabbed to death when I was 11 in a feud that I think could have been stopped without violence. Panorama: Knives in the Classroom, BBC 2019
This is East London. Here at this youth club children are being taught what to do if they see a stabbing … These kids are 12 to 15: I’m finding it hard to watch. ibid.
I want to understand why so many young people carry knives. ibid.
Children as young as four have been found with knives at schools according to new police figures, and it’s estimated that over seventeen thousand children between the ages of ten and fifteen have carried a knife in the last year. ibid.
People are just normalised by this sort of lifestyle. ibid.
I’m Cash Jones. I’m 25 and a journalist at the BBC. Growing up I was taught that working hard was the way to get on. But seven months since Covid first put us into National Lockdown, the virus itself doesn’t seem to affect the young as badly as others, but the fallout has been devastating. Depressing. And the future for 16-26s now seems so uncertain. Tonight on Panorama I want to find out what the long-term impact of Covid could be on my generation. On education. Employment. And on mental health. Panorama: Has Covid Stolen My Future? BBC 2020
‘He was very gentle and didn’t want to hurt a creature.’ Too Young to Die: Heath Ledger s1e1, father, Sky Arts 2020
By his mid-twenties Heath Ledger had established himself in Hollywood as one of the best actors of his generation. He was an actor who’d never sought stardom, who tried to preserve his naturalness in the spotlight. The news of his sudden death therefore came as all the more as a shock: he died on 22nd January 2008 as a result between prescription drugs that he’d taken in the wrong combination. Heath Ledger was 28 years old. ibid.
The Imaginarium of Dr Parnassus (2000) dir Terry Gilliam … ‘They are forever young. They are gods.’ ibid.
Heath’s Ledger’s estate is currently being catalogued for an exhibition in the Western Australian museum. ibid.