Generations Quotes

For nothing is fixed, forever and forever and forever, it is not fixed; the earth is always shifting, the light is always changing, the sea does not cease to grind down rock. Generations do not cease to be born, and we are responsible to them because we are the only witnesses they have. The sea rises, the light fails, lovers cling to each other, and children cling to us. The moment we cease to hold each other, the sea engulfs us and the light goes out.-James Baldwin

 

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

 

The nature of human beings never changes; it is immutable. The present generation of children and the present generation of young adults from the age of thirteen to eighteen is, therefore, no different from that of their great-great-grandparents. Political fads come and go; theories rise and fall; the scientific-Taylor Caldwell

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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 have to hate our immediate predecessors to get free of their authority.-D. H. (David Herbert) Lawrence

 

We are dealing with the best-educated generation in history. But they've got a brain dressed up with nowhere to go.-Timothy Leary

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Eighteen might look at thirty-four through a rising mist of adolescence; but twenty-two would see thirty-eight with discerning clarity.-Source Unknown

 

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

 

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

 

A man's liberal and conservative phases seem to follow each other in a succession of waves from the time he is born. Children are radicals. Youths are conservatives, with a dash of criminal negligence. Men in their prime are liberals (as long as their digestion keeps pace with their intellect). The middle aged run to shelter: they insure their life, draft a will, accumulate mementos and occasional tables, and hope for security. And then comes old age, which repeats childhood -- a time full of humors and sadness, but often full of courage and even prophecy.-E.B. (Elwyn Brooks) White

 

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

 

The '60s was one of the first times the power of music was used by a generation to bind them together.- Neil Young

 

Thought once awakened does not again slumber; unfolds itself into a System of Thought; grows, in man after man, generation after generation, - till its full stature is reached, and such System of Thought can grow no farther, but must give place to another.-Thomas Carlyle

 

For this generation, ours, life is nuclear survival, liberty is human rights, the pursuit of happiness is a planet whose resources are devoted to the physical and spiritual nourishment of its inhabitants.-Jimmy Carter

 

The awareness that health is dependent upon habits that we control makes us the first generation in history that to a large extent determines its own destiny.-Jimmy Carter

 

We need to teach the next generation of children from day one that they are responsible for their lives. Mankind's greatest gift, also its greatest curse, is that we have free choice. We can make our choices built from love or from fear.-Elisabeth Kubler-Ross

 

I didn't fully realize it at the time, but the goal of my life was profoundly molded by this experience - to help produce, in the next generation, more Mother Teresas and less Hitlers.-Elisabeth Kubler-Ross

 

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

 

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

 

Great authors are admirable in this respect: in every generation they make for disagreement. Through them we become aware of our differences.-Andre Gide

 

I'm a huge Groucho fan. There were some great comic minds that would transfer into any generation, and Groucho is certainly one of them.-Joe Rogan

 

The young do not know enough to be prudent, and therefore they attempt the impossible - and achieve it, generation after generation.-Pearl S. Buck

 

In the Rodgers and Hammerstein generation, popular hits came out of shows and movies.-Stephen Sondheim

 

Progress is the injustice each generation commits with regard to its predecessors.-Emile M. Cioran

 

I want to be able to look back and say, 'I've done everything I can, and I was successful.' I don't want to look back and say I should have done this or that. I'd like to change things for the younger generation of swimmers coming along.-Michael Phelps

 

Mine is the first generation able to contemplate the possibility that we may live our entire lives without going to war or sending our children to war.-Tony Blair

 

Sacrifice still exists everywhere, and everywhere the elect of each generation suffers for the salvation of the rest.-Henri Frederic Amiel

 

It's very important for men to look downward, to the next generation.-James Hillman

 

When the target audience is American teenage kids, you can have problems. My generation prized really fine acting and writing. Sometimes you have to go back to the basic principles which underpin great visual comedy.-John Cleese

 

A new scientific truth does not triumph by convincing its opponents and making them see the light, but rather because its opponents eventually die, and a new generation grows up that is familiar with it.-Max Planck

 

Generation X is dead. It has come to mean anyone aged 13 to 55 years old.-William Gibson

 

Education is the investment our generation makes in the future.-Mitt Romney

 

My generation of the Sixties, with all our great ideals, destroyed liberalism, because of our excesses.-Camille Paglia

 

I think I have always tried to do the smaller films. I like to jump around and there is something really nice for acting in a smaller film. But I think now, Hollywood's movies certainly involve a younger generation for the most part and so... I love going back and forth.-Sigourney Weaver

 

APL is a mistake, carried through to perfection. It is the language of the future for the programming techniques of the past: it creates a new generation of coding bums.-Edsger Dijkstra

 

I was lucky, as many of my generation was, in having a man like Dr. King in our lives. He came at a time that we needed to take a long look at each other and see how similar we were.-Lena Horne

 

Maybe our generation is more about sex, but it feels like romance is dying out.-Orlando Bloom

 

Young people in my generation were sort of in lockstep, and it wasn't just the '40s, either. In the '30s and in the '50s it was the same. No one ever dropped out unless he got sick or got kicked out.-John Knowles

 

I think every parent, every generation has wanted their children to do better and have a higher standard of living. But I think there's too much guilt.-Phil McGraw

 

I saw the best minds of my generation destroyed by madness, starving hysterical naked.-Allen Ginsberg

 

We are a generation of settlers, and without the steel helmet and gun barrel, we shall not be able to plant a tree or build a house.-Moshe Dayan

 

I took on the sins of everybody, of a generation, really.-Christine Keeler

 

But look, I was born in 1956, the peak year for births in US history. I think I'm very representative of many of the thought processes my generation have been through and, by and large, people of my age have had their imprint planted on the consciousness of western society for a long time.-Tom Hanks

 

We're saying no changes for Medicare for people above the age of 55. And in order to keep the promise to current seniors who've already retired and organized their lives around this program, you have to reform it for the next generation.-Paul Ryan

 

It is, I believe, the greatest generation any society has ever produced.-Tom Brokaw

 

The response to 'The Greatest Generation' and the books that followed has been one of the most satisfying experiences of my life.-Tom Brokaw

 

I think all those actors from that generation, like Bogart - they were wonderful actors. They didn't act. They just came on and they did it, and the characters were wonderful.-Anthony Hopkins

 

You can take as much as you can from the generation that has preceded you, but then it's up to you to make something new.-Jackson Browne

 

That's maybe the most important thing each generation does, is to break a lot of rules and make up their own way of doing things.-Jackson Browne

 

I think my whole generation's mission is to kill the cliche.-Beck

 

It's like this - these five members have been influenced of course by other groups, because that's where this generation's groups came from - an environment like the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, the Yardbirds, and The Who. People like that.-Alice Cooper

 

What I tell these young people is, the world is not as dangerous as the older generation would like you to believe. Anyone I know who has ever taken a risk and lost a job has ended up getting a better one two years later.-Jonathan Kozol

 

Well, for the My Generation album, there was nothing to be nervous about in them days. We used to take every day as it came. Every day was just a gig and I think we did the recording between gigs literally.-Roger Daltrey

 

The greatest revolution in our generation is that of human beings, who by changing the inner attitudes of their minds, can change the outer aspects of their lives.-Marilyn Ferguson

 

I think the younger generation, the people poised to dominate the workforce, are more socially conscious. They are more demanding in terms of environment and how that environment contributes to their life.-Helmut Jahn

 

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

 

After all, the universe required ten billion years of evolution before life was even possible; the evolution of the stars and the evolving of new chemical elements in the nuclear furnaces of the stars were indispensable prerequisites for the generation of life.-John Polkinghorne

 

The greatest discovery of my generation is that man can alter his life simply by altering his attitude of mind.-James Truslow Adams

 

Music, Rock and Roll music especially, is such a generational thing. Each generation must have their own music, I had my own in my generation, you have yours, everyone I know has their own generation.-Ronnie James Dio

 

Language is a process of free creation; its laws and principles are fixed, but the manner in which the principles of generation are used is free and infinitely varied. Even the interpretation and use of words involves a process of free creation.-Noam Chomsky

 

It's the same thing now. When I go onstage the young people scream and holler as much as the older generation.-Etta James

 

Nothing is more singular about this generation than its addiction to music.-Allan Bloom

 

History is the present. That's why every generation writes it anew. But what most people think of as history is its end product, myth.-E. L. Doctorow

 

I cannot tell you what it means when children recognize. This is about the third generation for me. And when kids that small recognize me, it really pleases me, very gratifying.-Dick Van Dyke

 

My generation had to be taken seriously because we were stopping things and burning things. We were able to initiate change, because we had such vast numbers. We were part of the baby boom, and when we moved, everything moved with us.-John Hughes

 

I begin to feel like I was in the last generation of Americans who took a civics class.-Roger Ebert

 

Women will only have true equality when men share with them the responsibility of bringing up the next generation.-Ruth Bader Ginsburg

 

Who will take responsibility for raising the next generation?-Ruth Bader Ginsburg

 

The conscious process is reflected in the imagination; the unconscious process is expressed as karma, the generation of actions divorced from thinking and alienated from feeling.-William Irwin Thompson

 

Is the minor convenience of allowing the present generation the luxury of doubling its energy consumption every 10 years worth the major hazard of exposing the next 20,000 generations to this lethal waste?-David R. Brower

 

Of course, I'm drawn to a place like Iraq because It's the biggest story of our generation.-Joe Sacco

 

My mind-set is Munich. Most of my generation's is Vietnam.-Madeleine Albright

 

It's American Alternative radio stations that bug me. We're considered Alternative, but don't expect us to be played next to Blink 182 and Offspring. We're hardly of that generation.-Thurston Moore

 

It took us a long time to find out that we had been lied to by our parents' generation. The moralities that were followed during our parents' generation were basically arbitrary. This caused a rift between the two generations, which was brought on by the beatniks.-Peter Fonda

 

So what are we given? We're also given, my generation, the disillusionment of our parents.-Jewel Kilcher

 

My friends and I took songwriting very, very seriously. My hero was and still is Bob Dylan, but also people like Leonard Cohen and Joni Mitchell and that whole generation.-Kazuo Ishiguro

 

I do feel part of that generation of people who were rather idealistic in the '70s and became disillusioned in the '80s. Not just about social services issues, but the world.-Kazuo Ishiguro

 

Being spokesman for a generation is the worst job I ever had.-Billy Bragg

 

I can't stomach the thought that we are passing down to the next generation a country that is less viable, less good, less competitive, less compassionate than the one we got.-Jon Huntsman, Jr.

 

Your generation and mine have had very little real experience; we've been severed from the direct experience of war by some very good things. By the end of the draft, and by the defeat in Vietnam.-Michael Ignatieff

 

I think singing traditional country is wonderful, because I'm bringing it to my generation and to the younger kids.-LeAnn Rimes

 

Maybe you are the "cool" generation If coolness means a capacity to stay calm and use your head in the service of ends passionately believed in, then it has my admiration.-Kingman Brewster, Jr.

 

The very concept of history implies the scholar and the reader. Without a generation of civilized people to study history, to preserve its records, to absorb its lessons and relate them to its own problems, history, too, would lose its meaning.-George F. Kennan

 

Let a new earth rise. Let another world be born. Let a bloody peace be written in the sky. Let a second generation full of courage issue forth; let a people loving freedom come to growth.-Margaret Walker

 

So another challenge for our generation is to create global institutions that reflect our ideas of fairness and responsibility, not the ideas that were the basis of the last stage of financial development over these recent years.-Gordon Brown

 

In 2005 we have a once in a generation opportunity to deliver a modern Marshall plan for the developing world.-Gordon Brown

 

This generation should entertain this generation. It's only fair. When I was a kid, I mowed the lawn. Now, somebody else's kid can mow the lawn.-Tom T. Hall

 

But here's what I would tell people of my generation. I turn 40 this year. There isn't going to be a Social Security. There isn't going to be a Medicare when you retire. Forget about what your benefit is going to look like. There isn't going to be one if we don't make some reforms to save that program now.-Marco Rubio

 

I feel bad for the kids that are in school right now and the young people all across America who don't realize that the grownups who are supposed to be running this country are the verge of leaving them as the first generation of Americans worse off than the generation before.-Marco Rubio

 

We are the generation that brought the bomb in. We have got to be the generation that should take it out.-Martin Sheen

 

As a teacher, as a propagandist, Mr. Shaw is no good at all, even in his own generation. But as a personality, he is immortal.-Max Beerbohm

 

I'm not of this generation.-Charles Manson

 

It's not good enough to give it tender, loving care, to supply it with breakfast foods, to buy it expensive educations. Those things don't mean anything unless this generation has a future. And we're not sure that it does.-George Wald

 

There's so much talk about the drug generation and songs about drugs. That's stupid. They aren't songs about drugs; they're about life.-Cass Elliot

 

We don't have a prayer of defeating the Red Threat of our generation without a long boom of almost unprecedented duration.-Mitch Daniels

 

There is good news in the data the strongest support for priests is to be found among the younger generation.-Andrew Greeley

 

The console games, as they come out with this new generation, will have a temporary advantage in price performance, but there are still many things you can do on a PC, more conveniently than you can do on a console machine.-Will Wright

 

As for AIDS, it's a plague. We are human, we get plagues. They come along every so often, kill off two thirds of the population; in the next generation it's a quarter; after that it's a childhood disease.-Larry Niven

 

The new generation of consoles has as much power to do the kind of games that we do as the PC does.-Will Wright

 

We learned in the university to consider Wordsworth and Keats as Romantics. They were only a generation apart, but Wordsworth didn't even read Keats's book when he gave him a copy.-Thom Gunn

 

I think we're the first generation to successfully integrate American society.-Ted Rall

 

When the painting is hanging on your wall for a long time, you don't notice it. You get tired of it, even if it's a Picasso. When the next generation inherits the painting, they sell it. I don't want to be sold.-Julio Iglesias

 

A man must be sacrificed now and again to provide for the next generation of men.-Amy Lowell

 

Nothing in the reporting of a nation's history could so mislead the younger generation as to represent great events in such a way that they appear to have happened as a matter of course.-Gustav Stresemann

 

As a consequence of the terms of the Treaty of Versailles, the officer corps of the old army became part of this class, as did that part of the younger generation who, in the old Germany, would have become officers or civil servants.-Gustav Stresemann

 

I know if I were in your generation I would be really tired of seeing Sophia Loren as a sex object.-atherine Dunn

 

Let the message go out - a new generation has taken charge of Labour which is optimistic about our country, optimistic about our world, optimistic about the power of politics. We are optimistic and together we will change Britain.-Ed Miliband

 

I come from a generation that suffered school lessons in portacabins and crumbling hospitals. I tell you one thing, for the eighteen years they were in power the Tories did nothing to fix the roof when the sun was shining.-Ed Miliband

 

The new generation of Labour is different. Different attitudes, different ideas, different ways of doing politics.-Ed Miliband

 

I think I'm the most positive guy still going in my generation, and I'm out there to prove that.-Luther Allison

 

My father comes from a generation of film that actors my age don't even know about, which is really sad.-Amber Tamblyn