Youth is Wasted on the Young

A collection of pieces from our artists, highlighting the horrors, pleasures, and unforgiving truths of dreaded adolescence.

            David Palumbo
 
           “The big mistake that men make is that when they turn thirteen or fourteen and all of a sudden they've reached
           puberty, they believe that they like women. Actually, you're just horny. It doesn't mean you like women any more
           at twenty-one than you did."
 
           -George William Curtis
           Goni Montes
 
           "Youth is a dream, a form of chemical madness."
 
           -Scott Fitzgerald
           Charles Chaisson
 
           "Part of getting older is realizing that you can integrate all these different areas of your life, rather than the
            adolescent mindset, which for me lasted a long time, which says, 'It's all or nothing. "
 
            - Chris Robinson
           C.F. Payne
 
           "I think everybody has crushes. I definitely had them. Alyssa Milano was one of them. But I think every teenage boy
           did."
 
           -Josh Duhamel
           Tran Nguyen
 
           "You don't have to suffer to be a poet. Adolescence is enough suffering for anyone."
 
           -John Ciardi
           Gregory Manchess
 
           "Being a teen can be tough. Just try to surround yourself with really good friends that really have your back,
           and also be a really good friend to those who really care about you. If you're not sure about certain things,
           talk to your friends that you trust and your family.."
 
           - Victoria Justice
           Thomas Ehretsmann
 
           "Teenagers complain there's nothing to do, then stay out all night doing it."
 
           -Bob Phillips
           Gary Kelley
 
           "It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are."
 
           -E. E. Cummings
           David Johnson
 
           "Youth is happy because it has the ability to see beauty. Anyone who keeps the ability to see beauty never
            grows old. "
 
           -Franz Kafka
           Douglas Smith
 
           "My teenage years were exactly what they were supposed to be. Everybody has their own path. It's laid out
           for you. It's just up to you to walk it. "
 
           -Justin Timberlake
           Guy Stauber
 
           "A Mamma before you say anything else, I've been asked to prom."
 
           -Carrie
           Dongyun Lee
 
           "It's so easy for a kid to join a gang, to do drugs... we should make it that easy to be involved in football and
            academics. "
 
           -Snoop Dogg
           James Bennett
 
           "In terms of the frustration of my character, I suppose any teenager has probably gone through that, in terms
           of telling their parents, I want to do one thing, and their parent says no. I think parents sometimes forget that
           they were children."
 
           -Parminder Nagra
           Jon Foster
 
           "Time scoots along pretty fast when you grow up. "
 
           - Alan Ladd
           Kinuko Y. Craft
 
           "There is a certain part of all of us that lives outside of time. Perhaps we become aware of our age only at
            exceptional moments and most of the time we are ageless." "
 
            -Milan Kundera
           Mark Summers
 
           "Well, I'll tell you, I don't know how aware teenagers are of me. I think it really depends on the teenager and
            how well-versed in music they are and what kind of music they like."
 
            -Joan Jett
           Maria Corte Maidagan
 
           "Age considers,;youth ventures."
 
           -Rabindranath Tagore
           Michal Dziekan
 
           "Adolescents are not monsters. They are just people trying to learn how to make it among the adults in the
            world, who are probably not so sure themselves."  
 
            -Virginia Satir
           Jason Seiler
 
           "Just listen to your heart. That's what I do."
 
           - Napoleon Dynamite
           Eric Drooker
 
           "All teenagers have this desire to somehow run away. "
 
           -Joan Chen
           Bill Sanderson
 
           "Adolescence is just one big walking pimplle."
 
           -Carol Burnett
           John Mattos
 
           "Make no mistake, adolescence is a war. No one gets out unscathed."
 
           -Harlan Coben
           Karla Ortiz
 
           "You don't have to burn books, you don't have to rebel against teachers to rebel; to rebel is to truly own your
           own self. "
 
           -Dhani Harrison
           Niklas Asker
 
           "I think teen-age love is a great thing. There's nothing quite like it and never will be for the rest of your life. "
 
           -Tom Jones
           Orlando Arocena
 
           "Sons have always a rebellious wish to be disillusioned by that which charmed their fathers. "
 
           -Aldous Huxley
           Patrick Arrasmith
 
           "I find teenage girls endlessly funny."
 
           -Chris Lilley
           Paul Cox
 
           "Listen, you know this: If there's not a rebellious youth culture, there's no culture at all. It's absolutely essential.
           It is the future. This is what we're supposed to do as a species, is advance ideas."
 
           - John Lydon
           Rudy Gutierrez
 
           "Adolescence is the conjugator of childhood and adulthood. "
 
           -Louise J. Kaplan
           Sam Spratt
 
           "I think kids should have a mentor and a role model, but that they shouldn't take one person's opinion to be
           what we call final assessment or judgment about how life is supposed to be. "
 
           - Sean Paul
           Ted Wright
 
           "The youth is the hope of our future. "
 
           -Jose Rizal
           Tim Bower
 
           "Adolescence is a modern construct and very American in so many ways. " 
 
           - Tayari Jones
           Tyler Jacobson
 
           "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. "
 
           -Louise J. Kaplan
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