Quotes from the category Adolescence:
- Children from ten to twenty don't want to be understood. Their whole ambition is to feel strange and alien and misinterpreted so that they can live austerely in some stone tower of adolescence, their privacies unviolated. permalink
"New Year and No Resolutions" in Merry Christmas, Happy New Year (1959)
- Fifteen takes its perplexities very seriously and grieves without restraint over its sorrows. permalink
Winsome Womanhood (1900)
- O Adolescence, O Adolescence,
I wince before thine incandescence.
Thy constitution young and hearty
Is too much for this aged party. permalink
"Tarkington, Thou Should'st Be Living in This Hour" in The New Yorker (20 September 1947), reprinted in Versus (1949)
- The difficulty between parents and adolescents is not always caused by the fact that parents fail to remember what growing up was like, but that they do. permalink
Ladies' Home Journal (1954)
- 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. permalink
The Diary of a Country Priest (1936)
- When people talk about wanting to "have children someday," what they really mean is that they want babies. Nobody wants an angry adolescent. Nobody wants an obnoxious seven-year-old trying to wear out dirty words they just learned in school that day. What they really want is cute, adorable babies who love you and need you. The bad stuff is just the price you agree to pay for having the good stuff. permalink
- You have a wonderful child. Then, when he's thirteen, gremlins carry him away and leave in his place a stranger who gives you not a moment's peace. You have to hang in there, because two or three years later, the gremlins will return your child, and he will be wonderful again. permalink
"On Raising Teenagers" in Parade magazine (12 July 1987)
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