Each generation doubtless feels called upon to reform the world. Mine knows that it will not reform it, but its task is perhaps even greater. It consists in preventing the world from destroying itself.

~Albert Camus

We are raising today's children in sterile, risk-averse and highly structured environments. In so doing, we are failing to cultivate artists, pioneers and entrepreneurs, and instead cultivating a generation of children who can follow the rules in organized sports games, sit for hours in front of screens and mark bubbles on standardized tests.

 ~Darell Hammond

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

They say genes skip generations.  Maybe that's why grandparents find their grandchildren so likeable. 

~Joan McIntosh

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

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

A father lives after death in his son. 


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

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

~Lewis Mumford

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

~Clarence Darrow

Parents often talk about the younger generation as if they didn't have anything to do with it. 

~Haim Ginott

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

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

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

Old customs are easy to forget with the flashing of events in our lives. Easy to forget, like the heavy clothing we once wore to survive the winters. It is an old custom, the handing down of things. A good knife, a well-made pipe, a heavy robe. Tradition falls prey to constant change, and creativity becomes so revered that the past is a relic, only to be admired. But in this coat, I was held to the earth, pulled to the past by its weight.

~Craig Childs

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

~Jane Haddam

I think there is a generation gap. I personally look forward to, as our generation becomes the leaders, you are gonna see a change, and I think hopefully gay marriage will be a part of that country.

~Vanessa Kerry

I'm speaking for all of us. I'm the spokesman for a generation.

 ~Bob Dylan

My idea is always to reach my generation. The wise writer writes for the youth of his own generation, the critics of the next, and the schoolmasters of ever afterward.

~F. Scott Fitzgerald

There is a mysterious cycle in human events. To some generations much is given. Of other generations much is expected. This generation of Americans has a rendezvous with destiny.

~Franklin D. Roosevelt

The known is finite, the unknown infinite; intellectually we stand on an islet in the midst of an illimitable ocean of inexplicability. Our business in every generation is to reclaim a little more land, to add something to the extent and the solidity of our possessions.

~Thomas Huxley

I do not write for this generation. I am writing for other ages. If this could read me, they would burn my books, the work of my whole life. On the other hand, the generation which interprets these writings will be an educated generation; they will understand me and say: 'Not all were asleep in the nighttime of our grandparents.'

~Jose Rizal

Each generation goes further than the generation
preceding it because it stands on the shoulders of that generation. You will have opportunities beyond anything we've ever known.

~Ronald Reagan

“Whereas previous generations had to face some unpredictability, current generations are facing unprecedented levels of instability.”

~ Miles Anthony

A generation which ignores history has no past — and no future.

~Robert A. Heinlein

The lessons of the past are ignored and obliterated in a contemporary antagonism known as the generation gap.

~Spiro T. Agnew

I really have a generation gap about modern clothes.

~Julie Harris

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

~Charles Dudley Warner

I think there's a gigantic generation gap in terms of how people understand the Internet and how much they think technology is an important factor in social change.

~Alex Steffen

Every generation needs regeneration

~Charles Spurgeon

Our generation has an incredible amount of realism, yet at the same time it loves to complain and not really change. Because, if it does change, then it won't have anything to complain about.

~Tori Amos

Life is no brief candle to me. It is a sort of splendid torch which I have got a hold of for the moment, and I want to make it burn as brightly as possible before handing it on to future generations.

~George Bernard Shaw

If I were given the opportunity to present a gift to the next generation, it would be the ability for each individual to learn to laugh at himself.

~Charles M. Schulz

It is incumbent on every generation to pay its own debts as it goes. A principle which if acted on would save one-half the wars of the world.

~Thomas Jefferson

Books are the treasured wealth of the world and the fit inheritance of generations and nations.

~Henry David Thoreau

It is wrong to think that love comes from long companionship and persevering courtship. Love is the offspring of spiritual affinity and unless that affinity is created in a moment, it will not be created for years or even generations.

~Khalil Gibran

Every old man complains of the growing depravity of the world, of the petulance and insolence of the rising generation.

~Samuel Johnson

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

I see no hope for the future of our people if they are dependent on the frivolous youth of today, for certainly all youth are reckless beyond words. When I was a boy, we were taught to be discrete and respectful of elders, but the present youth are exceedingly wise and impatient of restraint.


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

Politicians all too often think about the next election. Statesmen think about the next generation.

~Linda Lingle

In the long history of the world, only a few generations have been granted the role of defending freedom in its hour of maximum danger. I do not shrink from this responsibility - I welcome it.

~John F. Kennedy

Nothing separates the generations more than music. By the time a child is eight or nine, he has developed a passion for his own music that is even stronger than his passions for procrastination and weird clothes.

~Bill Cosby

An author is a fool who, not content with boring those he lives with, insists on boring future generations.

~Baron de Montesquieu

If our language, our programs, our creations are not strongly present in the new media, the young generation of our country will be economically and culturally marginalized.

~Jacques Chirac

Each new generation born is in effect an invasion of civilization by little barbarians, who must be civilized before it is too late.

~Thomas Sowell

Only God Forgives was very much a generation gap in a way. It was all the youth of the world that embraced it. I make films for young people. That's what I will continue to do.

~Nicolas Winding Refn

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

Every old man complains of the growing depravity of the world, of the petulance and insolence of the rising generation.

~Samuel Johnson

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

~Igor Stravinsky

People who don't cherish their elderly have forgotten whence they came and whither they go. 

~Ramsey Clark

As is the generation of leaves, so is that of humanity.
The wind scatters the leaves on the ground, but the live timber Burgeons with leaves again in the season of spring returning. So one generation of men will grow while another dies.

~Homer, Iliad

We didn't have a generation gap, we had a generation Grand Canyon.

~Mary Brave Bird

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.



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