Children should be very understanding of grown-ups.[translation by Richard Howard]Children should always show great forbearance toward grown-up people.[translation by Katherine Woods]
All grown-ups were once children first. But few of them remember it.[translation by Richard Howard]All grown-ups were once children — although few of them remember it.[translation by Katherine Woods]
Young people love what is interesting and exceptional, indifferent whether it is truth or falsehood. Riper minds love what is interesting and extraordinary when it is truth. Matured minds, finally, love truth even in those in whom it appears plain and simple and is found tiresome by ordinary people, because they have observed that truth is in the habit of giving utterance to its highest intellectual verities with all the appearance of simplicity.
When adults say, “Teenagers think they are invincible” with that sly, stupid smile on their faces, they don’t know how right they are. We need never be hopeless, because we can never be irreparably broken. We think that we are invincible because we are. We cannot be born, and we cannot die. Like all energy, we can only change shapes and sizes and manifestations. They forget that when they get old. They get scared of losing and failing. But that part of us greater than the sum of our parts cannot begin and cannot end, and so it cannot fail.
Only teenagers think boring is bad. Adults, grown men and women who’ve been around the block a few times, know that boring is a gift straight from God. Life has more than enough excitement up its sleeve, ready to hit you with as soon as you’re not looking, without you adding to the drama.
I have lived a great deal among grown-ups. I have seen them intimately, close at hand. And that hasn’t much improved my opinion of them.[translation by Katherine Woods]
Grown-ups never understand anything by themselves, and it is exhausting for children to have to provide explanations over and over again.[translation by Richard Howard]Grown-ups never understand anything by themselves, and it is tiresome for children to be always and forever explaining things to them.[translation by Katherine Woods]