The young do not know enough to be prudent, and therefore they attempt
the impossible, and achieve it, generation after generation.

-- Pearl S. Buck


The old believe everything, the middle-aged suspect everything,
the young know everything.

-- Oscar Wilde


You are young and have the world before you;
stoop as you go through it, and you will miss many hard bumps.

-- advice to Benjamin Franklin


If I am young and wrong, then you are right [to look down on my youthful ignorance.] But if I am young and right, what does my age matter?

-- Aeschylus (Antigone)


Age to me means nothing. I can't get old; I'm working. I was old when I was 21 and out of work. As long as you're working, you stay young. When I'm in front of an audience, all that love and vitality sweeps over me and I forget my age.

-- George Burns


Young people have an almost biological destiny to be hopeful.

-- Marshall Ganz (quoted by Sara Rimer in The New York Times)


That which seems the height of absurdity in one generation
often becomes the height of wisdom in another.

-- Adlai Stevenson


Wisdom doesn't automatically come with old age. Nothing does--except wrinkles. It's true, some wines improve with age. But only if the grapes were good in the first place.

-- Abigail Van Buren


Youth is the only season for enjoyment, and the first 25 years of one's life

are worth all the rest of the longest life of man.
-- George Borrow


Parents often talk about the younger generation
as if they didn't have anything to do with it.

-- Haim Ginott


Often, in the most difficult periods in our history,
it is the nation's youth who has inspired America to live up to its ideals.

-- Edward M. Kennedy


The invention of the teenager was a mistake. Once you identify a period of life in which people get to stay out late but don't have to pay taxes--
naturally, no one wants to live any other way.

-- Judith Martin

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.

-- Edward George Earle Lytton


The most aggravating thing about the younger generation
is that I no longer belong to it.

-- Albert Einstein


And in the end, it's not the years in your life that count. It's the life in your years.

-- Abraham Lincoln


You will make all kinds of mistakes, but as long as you are generous and true, and also fierce, you cannot hurt the world or even seriously distress her. She was made to be wooed and won by youth.

-- Sir Winston Churchill


The youth gets together his materials to build a bridge to the moon, or, perchance, a palace or temple on the earth, and, at length, the middle-aged man concludes to build a woodshed with them.

-- Henry David Thoreau


And finally, the following comments from students involved in a class project entitled: "The Deficit, Debt and Generation X," Economics 210, November 1996, Colorado College


We are the current 15-to-35-year-olds. We live in the present, like to experiment, and are looking for immediate results.


To apply a wise saying: "We do not inherit the economy from our parents, we borrow it from our children." We have to be conscious of what we leave for our children.


We have learned from our parents' mistakes: we are marrying later,
having kids later, and want to spend more time with family.


More of us believe we will see a UFO than a social security check with our name on it.


Life is not a spectator sport. Things are not going to change unless we get involved and make them change.