I wish I were a girl again, half savage and hardy, and free; and laughing at injuries, not maddening under them!
~ Wuthering Heights
by Emily Bronte
"I don't think, sir, you have a right to command me, merely because you are older than I, or because you have seen more of the world than I have; your claim to superiority depends on the use you have made of your time and experience."
~ Jane Eyre
by Charlotte Bronte
"To win back my youth, Gerald, there is nothing I wouldn't doexcept take exercise, get up early, or be a useful member of the community."
~ A Woman of No Importance
by Oscar Wilde
Late hours, nocturnal cigars, and midnight drinkings, pleasurable though they may be, consume too quickly the free-flowing lamps of youth, and are fatal at once to the husbanded candle-ends of age.
~ Phineas Redux
by Anthony Trollope
Every man should lose a battle in his youth, so he does not lose a war when he is old.
~ A Feast for Crows
by George R. R. Martin
She was now forty years of age, childless, and with that inordinate passion for pleasure which is the secret of remaining young.
~ Lord Arthur Savile's Crime
by Oscar Wilde
"You must pay the penalty of growing-up, Paul. You must leave fairyland behind you."
~ Anne of the Island
by Lucy Maud Montgomery
Youth is a failing only too easily outgrown.
~ The Secret Adversary
by Agatha Christie
Cheerfulness and content are great beautifiers, and are famous preservers of youthful looks, depend upon it.
~ Barnaby Rudge
by Charles Dickens
Youth is like spring, an overpraised season.
~ The Way of All Flesh
by Samuel Butler