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Quotations about
Ages Birth to 29 Years Old


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Welcome to my page of quotations about specific ages — the years up to age twenty-nine:  childhood, the 'tweens, teens, adolescence, young adulthood, and the 20s.  —ღ Terri


Age 4. —
The greatest poem ever known
Is one all poets have outgrown:
The poetry, innate, untold,
Of being only four years old.
~Christopher Morley, To a Child


Ages 0–6. —
It's not easy to be crafty and winsome at the same time, and few accomplish it after the age of six. ~D. Sutten, as quoted in John W. Gardner & Francesca Gardner Reese, Quotations of Wit and Wisdom: Know or Listen to Those Who Know, 1975


Age 6. —
Anticipate the day as if it was your birthday and you are turning six again. ~Mike Dolan, @HawaiianLife, tweet, 2012


Age 12. —
Everybody's twelve years old in an apple orchard. ~Rachael Ray, Rachael Ray Show, while making autumn stew, original airdate 2007 October 11th


Age 14. —
...inwardly, we're much older than other girls our age. Even though I'm only fourteen... I feel I'm more of a person than a child... ~Anne M. Frank, letter, 1944


Ages 15 & 16. —
There was a great distance between fifteen and sixteen, more than between any other two years she had come on yet. ~Cid Ricketts Sumner, Sudden Glory, 1951


Age 18. —
...at eighteen, drawing near the confines of illusive, void dreams, Elf-land lies before us, the shores of Reality rise in front. These shores are yet distant: they look so blue, soft, gentle, we long to reach them.... at eighteen the school of Experience is to be entered, and her humble, crushing, grinding, but yet purifying and invigorating lessons are yet to be learnt. ~Charlotte Brontë, "The Curates at Tea," Shirley, 1849


Age 18. —
At eighteen... Love, when he comes wandering like a lost angel at our door, is at once admitted, welcomed, embraced; his quiver is not seen; if his arrows penetrate, their wound is like a thrill of new life; there are no fears of poison, none of the barb which no leech's hand can extract; that perilous passion... ~Charlotte Brontë, "The Curates at Tea," Shirley, 1849


Age 18. —
Life would be infinitely happier if we could only be born at the age of eighty and gradually approach eighteen. ~Mark Twain (1835–1910), quoted in Autobiography with Letters by William L. Phelps, 1939


Age 20. —
Live as long as you may, the first twenty years are the longest half of your life. ~Robert Southey, The Doctor


Age 20. —
Is there a self-aware person who does not squirm when he remembers what he was like at twenty? ~Eric Hoffer, Reflections on the Human Condition, 1973


Age 20. —
      "To think this is my twentieth birthday, and that I've left my teens behind me forever," said Anne...
      "I suppose you feel kind of sorry," said Aunt Jamesina. "The teens are such a nice part of life. I'm glad I've never gone out of them myself."
      Anne laughed. "You never will, Aunty. You'll be eighteen when you should be a hundred... Miss Stacy told me long ago that by the time I was twenty my character would be formed, for good or evil. I don't feel that it's what it should be. It's full of flaws."
      "So's everybody's," said Aunt Jamesina cheerfully. "Mine's cracked in a hundred places. Your Miss Stacy likely meant that when you were twenty your character would have got its permanent bent in one direction or 'tother, and would go on developing in that line. Don't worry over it, Anne. Do your duty by God and your neighbour and yourself, and have a good time. That's my philosophy and it's always worked pretty well..." ~L. M. Montgomery, Anne of the Island, 1915


Age 20. —
Twenty blushing springs have nestled
      Fast asleep in summer's arms,
Twenty bright, uncertain autumns
      Fled at winter's gray alarms...
Twenty years are scarce a heart-beat
      In the motion of the past,
And they seem to flee like shadows
      From the sunshine they've amassed...
Twenty years! 'Tis well that birthdays
      Stand as milestones on the way,
To remind us how the present
      Gains upon the future gay.
How the past recedes and leaves us
      For the sunny long ago,
While it seems to linger round us
      With its phosphorescent glow...
~Sara L. Vickers Oberholtzer, "Time's Unfinished Volume," 1880


Age 21. —
Twenty-one! 't is yet youth's early morning,—
Life's real, earnest strife is but begun...
~Florence Percy (Elizabeth Anne Chase Akers Allen, 1832–1911), "Twenty-One," Forest Buds, from the Woods of Maine, 1855


Age 21. —
I'm strong and free, and Twenty-one;
Joyous as a bird in the sun!
As full of hope, as full of glee,
As any soon of man can be!
            I'm Twenty-one.
~Jessee H. Butler, "Twenty-One," Home: Femme Heroic and Miscellaneous Poems, 1875


Age 21. —
I'd like a pair of wings, to fly
With the young eagles, up on high;
I feel almost as light as they,
While watching their aerial play—
            I'm Twenty-one.
~Jessee H. Butler, "Twenty-One," Home: Femme Heroic and Miscellaneous Poems, 1875


Age 21. —
Strange conflicts and emotions swell,
While memory flings her tender spell
Athwart my overflowing heart,
Like a magician's changing art.
            I'm Twenty-one.
~Jessee H. Butler, "Twenty-One," Home: Femme Heroic and Miscellaneous Poems, 1875


Age 21. —
When I was a boy of fourteen, my father was so ignorant I could hardly stand to have the old man around. But when I got to be twenty-one, I was astonished at how much he had learned in seven years. ~Author unknown


Age 23. —
The last birthday that's any good is 23. ~Andy Rooney


Ages 25–30. —
Anybody who is twenty-five or thirty years old has physical scars from all sorts of things, from tuberculosis to polio. It's the same with the mind. ~Moses R. Kaufman


Age 29. Women. —
It sometimes happens, that a woman is handsomer at twenty-nine than she was ten years before; and, generally speaking, if there has been neither ill health nor anxiety, it is a time of life at which scarcely any charm is lost. ~Jane Austen, Persuasion, 1817



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