Adolescence Quotes

Adolescence
What a cunning mixture of sentiment, pity, tenderness, irony surrounds adolescence, what knowing watchfulness! Young birds on their first flight are hardly so hovered around.
Adolescence
Bernanos, Georges
1888-1948 French Novelist Political Writer

So much alarmed that she is quite alarming, All Giggle, Blush, half Pertness, and half Pout.
Adolescence
Byron, Lord
1788-1824 British Poet

The big mistake that men make is that when they turn thirteen or fourteen and all of a sudden they’ve reached puberty, they believe that they like women. Actually, you’re just horny. It doesn’t mean you like women any more at twenty-one than you did at ten.
Adolescence
Feiffer, Jules
1929 American Cartoonist

They mustn’t know my despair, I can’t let them see the wounds which they have caused, I couldn’t bear their sympathy and their kind-hearted jokes, it would only make me want to scream all the more. If I talk, everyone thinks I’m showing off; when I’m silent they think I’m ridiculous; rude if I answer, sly if I get a good idea, lazy if I’m tired, selfish if I eat a mouthful more than I should, stupid, cowardly, crafty, etc. etc.
Adolescence
Frank, Anne
1929-1945 German Jewish Refugee Diarist

In the life of children there are two very clear-cut phases, before and after puberty. Before puberty the child’s personality has not yet formed and it is easier to guide its life and make it acquire specific habits of order, discipline, and work: after puberty the personality develops impetuously and all extraneous intervention becomes odious, tyrannical, insufferable. Now it so happens that parents feel the responsibility towards their children precisely during this second period, when it is too late: then of course the stick and violence enter the scene and yield very few results indeed. Why not instead take an interest in the child during the first period?
Adolescence
Gramsci, Antonio
1891-1937 Italian Political Theorist

Boys will be boys. And even that wouldn’t matter if only we could prevent girls from being girls.
Adolescence
Hawkins, Anthony Hope
1863-1933 British Author

Perhaps a modern society can remain stable only by eliminating adolescence, by giving its young, from the age of ten, the skills, responsibilities, and rewards of grownups, and opportunities for action in all spheres of life. Adolescence should be a time of useful action, while book learning and scholarship should be a preoccupation of adults.
Adolescence
Hoffer, Eric
1902-1983 American Author Philosopher

The imagination of a boy is healthy, and the mature imagination of a man is healthy; but there is a space of life between, in which the soul is in a ferment, the character undecided, the way of life uncertain, the ambition thick-sighted: thence proceeds mawkishness.
Adolescence
Keats, John
1795-1821 British Poet

Having a thirteen-year-old in the family is like having a general-admission ticket to the movies, radio and TV. You get to understand that the glittering new arts of our civilization are directed to the teen-agers, and by their suffrage they stand or fall.
Adolescence
Lerner, Max
1902 American Author Columnist

Teenage boys, goaded by their surging hormones run in packs like the primal horde. They have only a brief season of exhilarating liberty between control by their mothers and control by their wives.
Adolescence
Paglia, Camille
1947 American Author Critic Educator

When you are seventeen you aren’t really serious.
Adolescence
Rimbaud, Arthur
1854-1891 French Poet

I would there were no age between ten and three-and-twenty, or that youth would sleep out the rest; for there is nothing in the between but getting wenches with child, wronging the anciently, stealing, fighting.
Adolescence
Shakespeare, William
1564-1616 British Poet Playwright Actor

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