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The generations of men run on in the tide of time, but leave their destined lineaments permanent for ever and ever.

Author: William Blake (1757-1827)

Profession: British Poet, Painter

Twenty can't be expected to tolerate sixty in all things, and sixty gets bored stiff with twenty's eternal love affairs.

Author: Emily Carr (1871-1945)

Profession: Canadian Artist

The dead might as well try to speak to the living as the old to the young.

Author: Willa Cather (1876-1947)

Profession: American Author

What one generation sees as a luxury, the next sees as a necessity.

Author: Anthony Crosland


We may consider each generation as a distinct nation, with a right, by the will of its majority, to bind themselves, but none to bind the succeeding generation, more than the inhabitants of another country.

Author: Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826)

Profession: Third President of the USA

Our tastes greatly alter. The lad does not care for the child's rattle, and the old man does not care for the young man's whore.

Author: Samuel Johnson (1709-1784)

Profession: British Author

We have to hate our immediate predecessors to get free of their authority.

Author: D. H. Lawrence (1885-1930)

Profession: British Author

From the earliest times the old have rubbed it into the young that they are wiser than they, and before the young had discovered what nonsense this was they were old too, and it profited them to carry on the imposture.

Author: W. Somerset Maugham (1874-1965)

Profession: British Novelist, Playwright

It's all that the young can do for the old, to shock them and keep them up to date.

Author: George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950)

Profession: Irish-born British Dramatist

The old know what they want; the young are sad and bewildered.

Author: Logan Pearsall Smith (1865-1946)

Profession: Anglo-American Essayist, Aphorist

Nothing so dates a man as to decry the younger generation.

Author: Adlai E. Stevenson (1900-1965)

Profession: American Lawyer, Politician

I suppose you think that persons who are as old as your father and myself are always thinking about very grave things, but I know that we are meditating the same old themes that we did when we were ten years old, only we go more gravely about it.

Author: Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862)

Profession: American Essayist, Poet, Naturalist

Eighteen might look at thirty-four through a rising mist of adolescence; but twenty-two would see thirty-eight with discerning clarity.

Author: Source Unknown


I avoid talking before the youth of the age as I would dancing before them: for if one's tongue don't move in the steps of the day, and thinks to please by its old graces, it is only an object of ridicule.

Author: Horace Walpole (1717-1797)

Profession: British Author

It is fortunate that each generation does not comprehend its own ignorance. We are thus enabled to call our ancestors barbarous.

Author: Charles Dudley Warner (1829-1900)

Profession: American Author