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The destiny of any nation, at any given time, depends on the opinions of its young men under five-and-twenty. - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

A compilation of what outstanding people said or wrote at the age of 20 would make a collection of asinine pronouncements. - Eric Hoffer

Youth is easily deceived because it is quick to hope. - Aristotle

When young men are beginning life, the most important period, it is often said, is that in which their habits are formed. That is a very important period. But the period in which the ideas of the young are formed and adopted is more important still. For the ideal with which you go forward to measure things determines the nature, so far as you are concerned, of everything you meet. - Henry Ward Beecher

Young men are fitter to invent than to judge; fitter for execution than for counsel; and fitter for new projects than for settled business. - Francis Bacon

You are only young once, but you can be immature forever. - John P. Grier

Youth is the opportunity to do something and to become somebody. - Theodore T. Munger

No man knows he is young while he is young. - G.K. Chesterton

It is good for a man that he bear the yoke in his youth. - The Bible, Lamentations 3:27

Youth is happy because it has the ability to see beauty. Anyone who keeps the ability to see beauty never grows old. - Franz Kafka

It is not possible for civilization to flow backwards while there is youth in the world. Youth may be headstrong, but it will advance its allotted length. - Helen Keller

Enjoy the Spring of Love and Youth, to some good angel leave the rest; For Time will teach thee soon the truth, there are no birds in last year's nest! - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow