Marketers know them and love them as Generation Y or the
Echo Boom, a cohort that is more than 50 percent larger than the 45 million
strong Generation X.
There was no respect for youth when I was young, and now that
I am old,
there is no respect for ageI missed it coming and going.
Its one of natures ways that we often feel closer to distant
generations than to the generation immediately preceding us.
Igor StravinskyPeople who dont cherish their elderly have forgotten
whence they came and whither they go.
As is the generation of leaves, so is that of humanity.The wind
leaves on the ground, but the live timberBurgeons with leaves again
in the season of spring returning.So one generation of men will
grow while another dies.
Homer, The Iliad
Generation Gap: A chasm, amorphously situated in time and space,
that separates those who have grown up absurd from those who will,
with luck, grow up absurd.
Bernard Rosenberg, Dictionary for the Disenchanted, 1972
They say genes skip generations. Maybe thats why grandparents find
their grandchildren so likeable.
Were the middle children of history... no purpose or place. We have no
Great War, no Great Depression. Our great war is a spiritual war.
Our great depression is our lives.
Chuck Palahniuk, Fight Club
The older generation thought nothing of getting up at five every morning
and the younger generation doesnt think much of it either.
John J. Welsh
That which seems the height of absurdity in one generation often
becomes the height of wisdom in another.
First we are children to our parents, then parents to our children,
then parents to our parents, then children to our children.
Milton GreenblattA man who is not a Liberal at sixteen has no heart;
a man who is not a Conservative at sixty has no head.
Every generation revolts against its fathers and makes
friends with its grandfathers.
The first half of our lives is ruined by our parents and the
second half by our children.
Parents often talk about the younger generation as if they
didnt have anything to do with it.
Its hard for me to get used to these changing times.
I can remember when the air was clean and sex was dirty.
In my day, we didnt have self-esteem, we had self-respect,
and no more of it than we had earned.
There is nothing wrong with todays teenager that twenty years wont cure.
Each generation imagines itself to be more intelligent than
that went before it, and wiser than the one that comes after it.
Every generation thinks it has the answers,
and every generation is humbled by nature.