Old people are fond of giving good advice; it consoles them for no longer being capable of setting a bad example.
—Francois de La Rochefoucauld
Boyhood, like measles, is one of those complaints which a man should catch young and have done with, for when it comes in middle life it is apt to be serious.
We are none of us infallible — not even the youngest of us.
Like its politicians and its wars, society has the teenagers it deserves.
—J. B. Priestley
As we grow older, our bodies get shorter and our anecdotes longer.
Nothing can be so amusingly arrogant as a young man who has just discovered an old idea and thinks it is his own.
—Sidney J. Harris
Middle age is when your age starts to show around your middle.
Middle age is when a guy keeps turning off lights for economical rather than romantic reasons.
—Lillian Gordy Carter
Someday we’ll run into each other again, I know it. Maybe I’ll be older and smarter and just plain better.
—Gabrielle Zevin in Memoirs of a Teenage Amnesiac
Every generation imagines itself to be more intelligent than the one that went before it, and wiser than the one that comes after it.
A kiss makes the heart young again and wipes out the years.
How far away the stars seem, and how far is our first kiss, and ah, how old my heart.
—William Butler Yeats
When you’re a teenager, your friends are your life. When you grow up, friendships seem to get pushed further and further back, until it seems like a luxury.
—Sarah Addison Allen in The Peach Keeper
When I was a boy the Dead Sea was only sick.
whoever saw old age that did not applaud the past and condemn the present?
—Michel de Montaigne