Elegance is not the prerogative of those who have just escaped from adolescence, but of those who have already taken possession of their future.
Adolescence is when girls experience social pressure to put aside their authentic selves and to display only a small portion of their gifts.
Adolescence is a kind of slavery cleverly disguised as freedom.
Snow and adolescence are the only problems that disappear if you ignore them long enough.
The age of puberty is a crisis in the age of man worth studying. It is the passage from the unconscious to the conscious; from thesleep of passions to their rage.
Adolescence represents an inner emotional upheaval, a struggle between the eternal human wish to cling to the past and the equally powerful wish to get on with the future.
You don't have to suffer to be a poet; adolescence is enough suffering for anyone.
With any child entering adolescence, one hunts for signs of health, is desperate for the smallest indication that the child's problems will never be important enough for a television movie.
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.
I have always had a sense that we are all pretty much alone in life, particularly in adolescence.
The day the child realizes that all adults are imperfect, he becomes an adolescent; the day he forgives them, he becomes an adult; the day he forgives himself, he becomes wise.
I would there were no age between sixteen 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 ancientry, stealing, fighting
Bringing up teenagers is like sweeping back ocean waves with a frazzled broom-the inundation of outside influences never stops. Whatever the lure-cars, easy money, cigarettes, drugs, booze, sex, crime-much that glitters along the shore has a thousand times the appeal of a parent's lecture.
Children, even infants, are capable of sympathy. But only after adolescence are we capable of compassion.
I am in an adolescence in reverse, as mysterious as the first, except that this time I feel it as a decay of the odds that I might live for a while, that I can sleep it off.
Adolescence is just one big walking pimple.
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.
Friendships in childhood are usually a matter of chance, whereas in adolescence they are most often a matter of choice.
Adolescence: The stage between puberty and adultery.
Adolescence is the conjugator of childhood and adulthood.
As a teenager you are at the last stage in your life when you will be happy to hear that the phone is for you.
Boys will be boys. And even that wouldn't matter if only we could prevent girls from being girls.
Teenagers complain there's nothing to do, then stay out all night doing it.
What laughter is to childhood, sex is to adolescence.
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.
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