Generation Quotes

By | October 4, 2008

Quotation about Generations

It’s all that the young can do for the old, to shock them and keep them up to date. ~ George Bernard Shaw

From clogs to clogs is only three generations. ~ Traditional Proverb

Parents often talk about the younger generation as if they didn’t have anything to do with it. ~ Haim Ginott

Every generation revolts against its fathers and makes friends with its grandfathers. ~ Lewis Mumford

It is fortunate that each generation does not comprehend its own ignorance. We are thus enabled to call our ancestors barbarous. ~ Charles Dudley Warner

People who don’t cherish their elderly have forgotten whence they came and whither they go. ~ Ramsey Clark

When women feel they have learned to forgive their mothers – and men, their fathers – all it usually means is that they’ve decided to allow themselves the same kind of behavior. ~ Mignon McLaughlin

The first half of our lives is ruined by our parents and the second half by our children. ~ Clarence Darrow

The dead might as well try to speak to the living as the old to the young. ~ Willa Cather

They say genes skip generations. Maybe that’s why grandparents find their grandchildren so likeable. ~Joan McIntosh

The old know what they want; the young are sad and bewildered. ~ Logan Pearsall Smith

It is one of nature’s ways that we often feel closer to distant generations than to the generation immediately preceding us. ~ Igor Stravinsky

It’s hard for me to get used to these changing times. I can remember when the air was clean and sex was dirty. ~ George Burns

We have to hate our immediate predecessors to get free of their authority. ~ D. H. Lawrence

There is nothing wrong with today’s teenager that twenty years won’t cure. ~Source Unknown

Men fight for liberty and win it with hard knocks. Their children, brought up easy, let it slip away again, poor fools. And their grandchildren are once more slaves. ~ D.H. Lawrence

We’re the middle children of history…. no purpose or place. We have no Great War, no Great Depression. Our great war is a spiritual war. Our great depression is our lives. ~ Fight Club movie

One generation builds the street on which the next will walk. ~ Chinese Proverb

Some men so dislike the dust kicked up by the generation they belong to, that, being unable to pass, they lag behind it. ~ Augustus William Hare and Julius Charles Hare

The generations of men run on in the tide of time, but leave their destined lineaments permanent for ever and ever. ~ William Blake

In my day, we didn’t have self-esteem, we had self-respect, and no more of it than we had earned. ~Jane Haddam

When two paupers get married it is the beginning of a generation of beggars. ~ Mexican Proverb

One generation plants the trees; another gets the shade. ~ Chinese Proverb

The older generation thought nothing of getting up at five every morning – and the younger generation doesn’t think much of it either. ~John J. Welsh

The longer I live the more keenly I feel that whatever was good enough for our fathers is not good enough for us. ~ Oscar Wilde

Twenty can’t be expected to tolerate sixty in all things, and sixty gets bored stiff with twenty’s eternal love affairs. ~ Emily Carr

Our tastes greatly alter. The lad does not care for the child’s rattle, and the old man does not care for the young man’s whore. ~ Samuel Johnson

We may consider each generation as a distinct nation, with a right, by the will of its majority, to bind themselves, but none to bind the succeeding generation, more than the inhabitants of another country. ~ Thomas Jefferson

Fewer and fewer Americans possess objects that have a patina, old furniture, grandparents’ pots and pans, the used things, warm with generations of human touch, essential to a human landscape. Instead, we have our paper phantoms, transistorized landscapes. A featherweight portable museum. ~ Susan Sontag

Generation Gap: A chasm, amorphously situated in time and space, that separates those who have grown up absurd from those who will, with luck, grow up absurd. ~ Bernard Rosenberg

[A]t present my chief work is on the manuscripts of the library—a blessed lot, as nothing could be more interesting, as bringing me into close touch with the ancients, to whom I now belong. ~ James L. Whitney

I suppose you think that persons who are as old as your father and myself are always thinking about very grave things, but I know that we are meditating the same old themes that we did when we were ten years old, only we go more gravely about it. ~ Henry David Thoreau

There was no respect for youth when I was young, and now that I am old, there is no respect for age – I missed it coming and going. ~J.B. Priestly

From the earliest times the old have rubbed it into the young that they are wiser than they, and before the young had discovered what nonsense this was they were old too, and it profited them to carry on the imposture. ~ W. Somerset Maugham

That which seems the height of absurdity in one generation often becomes the height of wisdom in another. ~ Adlai Stevenson

First we are children to our parents, then parents to our children, then parents to our parents, then children to our children. ~ Milton Greenblatt

My generation is not strong. My grandfather fought in World War II. I had a panic attack during the series finale of Breaking Bad. ~ Matt Donaher

Eighteen might look at thirty-four through a rising mist of adolescence, but twenty-two would see thirty-eight with discerning clarity. ~ F. Scott Fitzgerald

What one generation sees as a luxury, the next sees as a necessity. ~ Anthony Crosland

Life is for one generation; a good name is forever. ~ Japanese Proverb

A father lives after death in his son. ~ Sanskrit

Nothing so dates a man as to decry the younger generation. ~ Adlai E. Stevenson

Three generations from shirtsleeves to shirtsleeves. ~ Andrew Carnegie

I avoid talking before the youth of the age as I would dancing before them: for if one’s tongue don’t move in the steps of the day, and thinks to please by its old graces, it is only an object of ridicule. ~ Horace Walpole

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