Quotes about youth

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„Youth is something very new: Twenty years ago no one mentioned it.“

—  Coco Chanel French fashion designer 1883 - 1971

As quoted in Coco Chanel : Her Life, Her Secrets (1971)

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„It is a pity that this faithful youth is sacrificed in a hopeless situation.“

—  Gerd von Rundstedt German Field Marshal during World War II 1875 - 1953

Quoted in "The Second World War: A Complete History" - Page 585 - by Sir Martin Gilbert - History - 2004

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„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, book The Dawn

Man verdirbt einen Jüngling am sichersten, wenn man ihn anleitet, den Gleichdenkenden höher zu achten, als den Andersdenkenden.
The Dawn, Sec. 297

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„In my youth I committed black deeds. In maturity I practised innocence.“

—  Milarepa Tibetan yogi 1052 - 1135

As quoted in The Life of Milarepa: A New Translation from the Tibetan (1977) by Tsangnyön Heruka, as translated by Lobsang P. Lhalungpa, p. 12
Context: In my youth I committed black deeds. In maturity I practised innocence. Now, released from both good and evil, I have destroyed the root of karmic action and shall have no reason for action in the future. To say more than this would only cause weeping and laughter. What good would it do to tell you? I am an old man. Leave me in peace.

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„The duty of youth is to challenge corruption.“

—  Kurt Cobain American musician and artist 1967 - 1994

Variant: The duty of youth is to challenge corruption.

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„Youth ages, immaturity is outgrown, ignorance can be educated, drunkenness sobered, but stupid lasts forever.“

—  Aristophanés Athenian playwright of Old Comedy -448 - -386 BC

Fictional attribution in the movie The Emperor's Club (2002), given by Kevin Kline (as William Hundert); also attributed to Diogenes, without sources; no published occurrences of this statement prior to the movie have been located in any of the Aristophanes Plays or Fragments.
Misattributed
Source: IMDb, "Memorable quotes for The Emperor's Club" http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0283530/quotes, Internet Movie Database, www.imdb.com
Source: Two pages attributing it to Diogenes: http://www.prohibitionists.org/Background/Party_Platform/quickquotes/QQ-education.htm http://www.ryanbalton.com/funstuff/forb_seniorquotes.htm

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