Youth Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old youth quotes, youth sayings, and youth proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.

The Youth of a Nation are the trustees of posterity.     

Benjamin Disraeli

Youth is the best time to be rich, and the best time to be poor.


Youth comes but once in a lifetime.     

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Youth has no age.     

Pablo Picasso

Youth is such a wonderful thing. What a crime to waste it on children.

George Bernard Shaw

A youth with his first cigar makes himself sick; a youth with his first girl makes everybody sick.

Mary Little

Youth gets together with their materials to build a bridge to the moon or maybe a palace on earth; then in middle age they decide to build a woodshed with them instead.

Henry David Thoreau

Youth is about the only thing worth having, and that is about the only thing youth has.

Edgar Watson Howe

Youth is not a time of life, it is a state of mind. You are as old as your doubt, your fear, your despair. The way to keep young is to keep your faith young. Keep your self-confidence young. Keep your hope young.     

Luella F. Phean

Youth is that period when a young boy knows everything but how to make a living.

Carey Williams

Youth should be a savings bank.

Sophie Swetchine

We have a powerful potential in our youth, and we must have the courage to change old ideas and practices so that we may direct their power toward good ends.

Mary Mcleod Bethune

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

Pearl S. Buck

He alone, who owns the youth, gains the future.     

Adolf Hitler

Who so neglects learning in his youth loses the past and is dead to the future.


We cannot always build the future for our youth, but we can build our youth for the future.

Franklin D. Roosevelt

The surest way to corrupt a youth is to instruct him to hold in higher esteem those who think alike than those who think differently.     

Friedrich Nietzsche

Youth would be an ideal state if it came a little later in life.

Herbert Henry Asquith

Praise youth and it will prosper.

Irish Proverb

Reckless youth makes rueful age.

Benjamin Franklin

Youth cannot know how age thinks and feels. But old men are guilty if they forget what it was to be young.

J.K Rowling

You are only young once, and if you work it right, once is enough.

Joe E. Lewis

Young people need models, not critics.     

John Wooden

Youth is wasted on the young.

George Bernard Shaw

If I have known much trouble in my youth, I have also known much joy.

Clara Schumann

Youth is not a question of years: one is young or old from birth.

Natalie Clifford Barney

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.

Thomas Carlyle

A sensual and intemperate youth translates into an old worn-out body.     

Marcus Tullius Cicero

Youth is a period of missed opportunities.     

Cyril Connolly

Youth is ever apt to judge in haste, and lose the medium in the wild extreme.

Aaron Hill