Boyhood Quotes

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Boyhood Quotes

Adolescence is a period of rapid changes. Between the ages of 12 and 17, for example, a parent ages as much as 20 years


There isn’t a child who hasn’t gone out into the brave new world who eventually doesn’t return to the old homestead carrying a bundle of dirty clothes.

Art Buchwald

When you’re a boy your life can be measured out as a series of uncomfortable conversations reluctantly initiated by adults in an effort to tell you things that you either already know or really don’t want to know.

Ben Aaronovitch

Boyhood is the longest time in life for a boy. The last term of the school-year is made of decades, not of weeks, and living through them is like waiting for the millennium.

Booth Tarkington

One of the hardest conditions of boyhood is the almost continuous strain put upon the powers of invention by the constant and harassing necessity for explanations for every natural act.

Booth Tarkington

Fatherhood is the unending imperfect task of turning yourself into your dad while secretly maintaining the unbridled elation of your boyhood.

Chris Hadfield

Childhood should be carefree, playing in the sun; not living a nightmare in the darkness of the soul.

Dave Pelzer

Boys do not leave their boyhood behind when they leave off their school uniform.

Diane Setterfield

No matter what happens, always keep your childhood innocence. It’s the most important thing.

Federico Fellini

Anybody who has survived his childhood has enough information about life to last him the rest of his days.

Flannery O'Connor

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.

Fran Lebowitz

Boyhood is a most complex and incomprehensible thing. Even when one has been through it, one does not understand what it was. A man can never quite understand a boy, even when he has been the boy.

Gilbert K. Chesterton

No human being, past the thoughtless age of boyhood, will wantonly murder any creature which holds its life by the same tenure that he does.

Henry David Thoreau

He who sings the praises of his boyhood’s days.


Childhood is the one story that stands by itself in every soul.

Ivan Doig

The fundamental condition of childhood is powerlessness.

Jane Smiley

A sportswriter is entombed in a prolonged boyhood.

Jimmy Cannon

Boyhood is distracted for years with precepts of grammar that are infinitely prolix, perplexed and obscure.

John Amos Comenius

Oh, for boyhood’s painless play, sleep that wakes in laughing day, health that mocks the doctor’s rules, knowledge never learned of schools.

John Greenleaf Whittier

The difference between a childhood and a boyhood must be this: our childhood is what we alone have had; our boyhood is what any boy in our environment would have had.

John Updike

Adolescence is perhaps nature’s way of preparing parents to welcome the empty nest.

Karen Savage

An idyllic childhood is probably illusion.

Martha Grimes

Boyhood, like measles, is one of those complaints which a man should catch young and have done with, for when it comes in middle life it is apt to be serious.

P. G. Wodehouse

For to a boy it can seem that he shall never have what he alone has never had.

Pier Paolo Pasolini

At some point, you’re no longer growing up, you’re aging. But no one can pinpoint that moment exactly.

Richard Linklater

We’d drifted too far to rely on the old boyhood telepathy anymore.

Richard Powers

Adolescence is like having only enough light to see the step directly in front of you.

Sarah Addison Allen

Boyhood proves that there’s still good roles for women over 40, as long as you get hired when you’re under 40.

Tina Fey

If boyhood and youth are but vanity, must it not be our ambition to become men?

Vincent Van Gogh

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

That toil of growing up; The ignominy of boyhood; the distress Of boyhood changing into man; The unfinished man and his pain.

William Butler Yeats

To the man grown the long crowded mile of his boyhood becomes less than the throw of a stone.

William Faulkner

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