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Early Twenties Quotes


"I started going gray in my early twenties." - Matt Leblanc

"I first read 'Madame Bovary' in my teens or early twenties." - Lydia Davis

"I've been a much happier person in my early thirties than I was in my twenties." - Jake Shears

"I was really, really wild in my early twenties and a bit self-destructive." - Kirk Hammett

"In your late teens and early twenties, everything is idealism. Everything should just work in black and white. That's good. You need that. I think most revolutions are started by people in their teens and twenties." - LeCrae

"within that ageing outer shell we remain very much the same as we did in our late teens and early twenties." - M.M. Kaye

"Umlaut snaps around and we cut to a blond apparition in her early twenties, clearly descended from Olympus by way of Hugh Hefner's mansion." - Woody Allen

"There are many women in their late teens and early twenties who have either experienced violence in a relationship or have witnessed it at home in their childhood." - Miquita Oliver

"Since I was in my early twenties, at ABC, I was always only interested in things that were not already being done." - Barry Diller

"In my early twenties, that's when I really began to write. Before that, I was too busy working, keeping myself going." - Paula Fox

"I suffered when I was in my late twenties and early thirties. I was awkward, I stuck out, I was nerdy." - Stephen Merchant

"If you look at most beauty advertisements, you would think that makeup is only for beautiful women in their early twenties." - Isabella Rossellini

"I used to have about a hundred suits in my late twenties and early thirties when my stock was riding high and I was rich." - Sebastian Horsley

"Learn early, learn often." - Drew Houston

"Its getting late early" - Yogi Berra

"Release early and often." - Kevin Rose

"I do know that girls in their early twenties are easy and sweet. (Girls in their late twenties are easier but sad, and that isn't so sweet.) They are easy, I think, because they are sweet, and they are sweet, I think, because they are dumb." - Joseph Heller

"I think when I was in my early twenties and middle twenties I didn't even know I wasn't living up to my potential. A couple of friends told me I wasn't and told me to get my act together, and it made a huge impact on me." - Shirley Maclaine

"When women reach the age of maturity, Mother Nature sometimes overworks their frustration to the point of irrationalism. Like themiddle-aged man...who finds himself looking longingly at a girl in her early twenties." - Mark Hanna

"I survived a number of garage bands during my teens and early twenties, both as drummer and guitarist. It's nigh impossible for me to listen to music without parsing it." - F. Paul Wilson

"If Tao Lin had been born to Gary Shteyngart's parents and spent his early twenties slaving for pageviews at, he would have written something like this, the Bright Lights, Big City of the click-here-now generation." - Gideon Lewis-Kraus

"In my twenties, I was determined to change the world. In my thirties, I tried to transform the church. In my early forties, I discovered I was the problem." - Jeff Iorg

"I think most people start rock bands in their early twenties or teens, but I was almost thirty at the time when the band started really doing anything and it took another several years before people started caring about us." - Matt Berninger

"I always wanted to be a one-club man, I always wanted to play for Liverpool. If I had gone out of the team in my twenties or early thirties I would've left because I love playing football." - Jamie Carragher

"If I had had success when I was early twenties I'm sure I would have lost my mind, I would've just partied like crazy and probably blown everything I had." - Butch Vig

"The first fiction I ever wrote was short stories. I was writing short stories in my late teens and early twenties, and I think it's how you teach yourself to write." - Jess Walter

"When I was in my early twenties I was doing tenant organizing - rent strikes, specifically - in my building. I think that was how I started doing poster art. It was something very concrete." - Eric Drooker

"By the time I was in my early-twenties and was living there on the Lower East Side, I was so surrounded by tragedy that I think that inspired me to try to reflect it in the artwork." - Eric Drooker

"It wasn't something I started off in my teens or early twenties thinking I want to be a war correspondent. I still don't think of myself as a war correspondent. I'm not. I'm a foreign correspondent." - Stephen Farrell

"Before the professionalization of architecture in the nineteenth century, it was standard for an aspiring mason or carpenter to begin his apprenticeship at fourteen and to become a master builder by his early twenties." - Martin Filler

"But I've never been really rebellious. I've got a lot of support and I'm not pushed so hard that I feel like I'm going to burn out, which is what happens to a lot of actors in their early twenties." - Ellen Page

"I've never really socialized; I've always been anti-social and preferred to be at home. I was never, even my late teens and early twenties, into clubs and parties and stuff like that." - Megan Fox

"My father was second-generation Chinese-American, born in 1923 in California. My mother emigrated to the States from China when she was in her early twenties, in part to escape the political turmoil in China." - Tess Gerritsen

"I just did in my early twenties what most did when they were teenagers, being free and exploring and making mistakes, but I did it in France. I did it privately." - Molly Ringwald

"I know that when I grew up I was pretty sheltered, and didn't come to understand much about the world until I was in my really late teens and early twenties, and that process continues." - Ryan Phillippe

"I think that every young person is a little mentally ill, you know? If we're not totally shutting down, we're all a little bit mentally ill in our twenties and maybe into our early thirties." - Gaby Hoffmann

"I kind of romanticized what it was like to be a writer and director when I was in my early twenties. Working as a production assistant knocked that right out of me." - Bill Hader

"I think certainly if I'd started getting published when I was in my early twenties, I was quite sheltered then and didn't know anything much about the world. I hadn't had any direct experience of how the world works." - Richard K Morgan

"When you plant early, you bring spring early." - Jean Hersey

"Begin early to teach, for children begin early to sin." - Charles Spurgeon

"Early genius, like early cabbage, does not head well." - Josh Billings

"Go to bed early, get up early-this is wise." - Mark Twain

"It's early yet. It's always early, while you still alive." - Esi Edugyan

"Early childhood education begins early, even before birth." - Madeleine M Kunin

"Late children are early orphans." - John Wilmot

"Good luck beats early rising." - Proverbs

"Early numbers are always wrong." - Mary Cheney

"I'm an early-morning owl." - Patrick Wilson

"Wilhelmine Germany was hostile to the expression of same-sex love - and, of course, Mann would have known of the fate of Oscar Wilde. His early reading of Platen's poetry, and, probably when he was in his early twenties, of Platen's diaries, introduced him to a form of sexual expression he found profoundly congenial. It's not quite Platonic." - Philip Kitcher

"I was in my early thirties writing about my early twenties, so there was this way of seeing my younger self from enough of a distance to have perspective but also not to feel that I had to protect myself. My dreams for myself then would have undersold myself in a way." - Dani Shapiro

"Adequate early rest is best...."Early to bed and early to rise" is still good counsel." - Ezra Taft Benson

"In your twenties, everything makes you crazy." - John Densmore

"When I was in my early twenties, my mom started repeating things, asking the same questions, telling the same stories. It was like, Oh, God, this is not right. When I was 25, my brother and I finally told our dad we had to take her to the doctor." - Lauren Miller

"If you're in your early twenties, don't put so much importance on the money, on the raise. Getting an extra thousand dollars a year is okay, but the real thing is the responsibility and the power and the experience that you're learning." - Robert Greene

"We carry adolescence around in our bodies all our lives. We get through the Car Crash Age alive and cruise through our early twenties as cool dudes, wily, dashing, winsome . . . shooting baskets, the breeze, the moon, and then we try to become caring men, good husbands, great fathers, good citizens." - Garrison Keillor

"I've never really been on a date, because I've been with the same girl since my early twenties, but on our first date, I showed her The Texas Chain Saw Massacre. I was like, "Hey, you've got to see this!" And we've been together ever since." - Nicolas Winding Refn

"Hiro is a talented drifter. This is the kind of lifestyle that sounded romantic to him as recently as five years ago. But in the bleak light of full adulthood, which is to one's early twenties as Sunday morning is to Saturday night, he can clearly see what it really amounts to: He's broke and unemployed." - Neal Stephenson

"I'm 23 right now and I feel like I'm still trying to figure it out. Maybe in another two years, I'll have it all together. So maybe 25 is the age at which a woman feels her most beautiful just because she's survived her teenage years and early twenties." - Chanel Iman

"I think there's an audience for The Wombles at almost all levels. We thought it was going to be confined to people in their late twenties, early thirties, who remembered it from before - they were maybe 10 or 12 in the Seventies when it was happening." - Mike Batt

"I started to study the flute in 1951. The flute has been utilized by African-American musicians as far back as the early Twenties. If you take a look at some of the old pictures of Chick Webb, then you will see the flute right there on the bandstand among the woodwinds." - Yusef Lateef

"I'm 23 right now and I feel like I'm still trying to figure it out. Maybe in another two years, I"ll have it all together. So maybe 25 is the age at which a woman feels her most beautiful just because she's survived her teenage years and early twenties." - Chanel Iman

"In my twenties, I thought it was getting a sitcom. Then I got a sitcom pilot in my early thirties, and realized I didn't want it. It was a rude awakening. When it wasn't picked up, I was crushed, but then in retrospect I've made two films and produced three one-man shows since then. It's the luckiest thing that happened in my life." - Mike Birbiglia

"I started using drugs when I was thirteen. By twenty-one, I was shooting up coke and heroin. In my early twenties, I unconsciously used asana to make the "getter" inside me stronger. Sure, I got a hit of the yoga high - serenity at the end of class - but how sustainable is that if you're holding grudges against yourself or others?" - Angel Grant

"I was dyslexic as a child and it took me years to get passed that. I read a lot but it was hard and that didn't go away until my early-to-mid-twenties. So really what I was looking at were the photographs and the illustrations in magazines." - Robert Benton

"In Among the White Moon Faces, I wrote about my desire to be a writer as rooted in my obsessive hours of reading English novels and poetry. It was that spur, that desire, that pushed me to set aside love and marriage in my early twenties." - Shirley Geok-lin Lim

"Somewhere in my early twenties I realized I was pretty constantly monitoring myself, judging how I was always falling short, whether it was about not being a good enough daughter or friend, or my appearance, or whatever. I ended up becoming involved with a spiritual path in the yogic tradition, living in an ashram, doing a very rigorous spiritual practice." - Tara Brach

"I don't know what age the people who review my concerts reached puberty, I don't know if people in America reach puberty a lot later than they do in England or something like that, but the majority of those people are in their late teens and early twenties." - George Michael

"Of course, I can't separate my queerness from my brownness - if anything, my queerness amplifies my brownness, and vice versa - but I spent so much of my early twenties trying to erase my differences, often without awareness of what I was doing." - Vivek Shraya

"I didn't really have anyone in particular who inspired me or that I found fascinating as a kid. It wasn't until I was in my early twenties that I began to find people - and they were all historic figures - that I began to relate to and find some inspiration in." - Chelsea Manning

"Every snotty egotistical teenager thinks they're smarter than the world they crawled out of. It didn't take me so long to grow out of that. I think I was only in my early twenties when I realized I was just relying on received ideas." - Matthew Specktor

"In my teen years and early twenties I was really interested in this fellaheen worlds that, of course, Kerouac invokes and wanting to go below the border and wanting to get to these other places or interstices of the culture where you were encountering the realities of these other kinds of cultures, experiences, language, I think of jazz culture of course." - Anne Waldman

"I've read some of Kurt Vonnegut letters from when he was young. He was a prisoner of war, and even when he was in his early twenties, there were things mentioned that showed up in his novels. One of the sweetest things in those letters was him wanting to be a writer but doubting himself, not having confidence in himself." - Susan Sarandon

"Leading a band and producing yourself and picking cool tunes and putting a show together takes a lot of thought, and a certain amount of courage. In my early twenties, if I wasn't getting good enough at it, then people would not come and see me. Anybody who has lasted this long - I hope we get better with age." - Bonnie Raitt

"I have a lot of teenage readers and readers in their early twenties. My writing style appeals to them. And if they look at my picture on the back of the book, they don't see someone who looks like their mother." - Julia Quinn

"I should be more vocal about the things I believe are doing us harm, but many years ago in my early twenties, I learned a bit of a lesson. I started to realise at that time the benefits of eating healthy food and drink." - Jasper Carrott

"In my late teens and early twenties, I thought having children was possibly the most irresponsible thing you could do because I thought that the world was a dreadful place; I thought the sooner we all got off the planet, the better." - Mariella Frostrup

"When you're seventeen to early twenties, that's the time you're trying to work out who you are. If you're trying to make some kind of artistic or creative impact, that's the age when you start to figure out how to do that." - Daniel Radcliffe

"Writers always say, 'I always knew I wanted to be a writer; when I was a three-month-old foetus a pen formed in my hand and I began to scratch my first story on the inside of my mother's womb.' I started later, in my early twenties." - Harlan Coben

"I've never forgotten what it's like to be in your early twenties, which is not a particularly easy time. You've left your family, you've left the strictures of high school, and you're trying to break free and form yourself but you have to support yourself as well. We don't really give enough credence to that time of life and to its troubles." - Julia Leigh

"It was a bizarre existence I led in my early twenties - that cliche of the comedian who goes out and entertains a roomful of people and then goes home to a lonely bedsit was unbelievably poignant for me because that was exactly what I was doing. I had periods of real loneliness." - Paul Merton

"When I was in my early twenties, my mom started repeating things, asking the same questions, telling the same stories. It was like, 'Oh, God, this is not right.' When I was 25, my brother and I finally told our dad we had to take her to the doctor." - Lauren Miller

"I am haunted by what my life would have been had I not had the courage in my early twenties to leave Pittsburgh for New York City and really commit to being a writer. Pittsburgh is both post-industrial and provincial, and the opportunities there are limited. It would have been quite easy to simply drift through life." - Said Sayrafiezadeh

"There ought to be more grants that go to people in their late twenties and early thirties. That's a crucial age, although it's very hard to judge who is worth supporting and who is not. Looking back on my own life, I see that was the period when I was closest to giving up as a novelist and when I most needed some encouragement." - Edmund White

"I suppose I'm led to do so by the fact of what happened to my contemporaries - people whom I've admired, people who I thought were ten times better than me when I was in my twenties and early thirties. I may have been right." - George Woodcock

"In my early twenties, I had no idea who I was. And I think that's one reason you should try different relationships. I've had good and bad ones, but I took away things from them that helped me become who I am." - Cobie Smulders

"The most important difference between these early American families and our own is that early families constituted economic unitsin which all members, from young children on up, played important productive roles within the household. The prosperity of the whole family depended on how well husband, wife, and children could manage and cultivate the land. Children were essential to this family enterprise from age six or so until their twenties, when they left home." - Kenneth Keniston

"If you sacrifice early, you'll win late." - Charles Haley

"You have crossbows: Shoot early; shoot often." - Janet Morris

"It's too early for a Polish pope." - Pope John Paul Ii

"The early worm deserves the bird." - Robert A Heinlein

"Win small, win early, win often." - Gary Hamel

"From candlelight to early bedtime, I read." - Thomas Jefferson

"It's never too early to panic." - Len Goodman

"Girls must be thwarted early in life." - Jean-Jacques Rousseau

"I hate mornings. They start so early." - Janet Evanovich

"I learned failure early and mastered it." - Gregory Maguire

"What early tongue so sweet saluteth me?" - William Shakespeare

"God is never early and never late." - David Jeremiah

"Heaven's help is better than early rising." - Miguel De Cervantes

"War makes early risers of us all." - Julian Fellowes

"Early human thought proceeded by metaphor," - Gerald Edelman

"I understood early that beauty was power." - Kevyn Aucoin

"[Bob] Corker was an early endorser." - Andrea Mitchell

"It's never too early for a cocktail." - Noel Coward

"The fin is coming early this siecle." - Angela Carter

"In any election year, Washington vibrates early." - Shirley Temple

"That large utterance of the early gods!" - John Keats

"Heaven gives its favourites-early death." - Lord Byron

"The early bird gets the worm." - Proverbs

"Early morning does not mince words." - John Galsworthy

"He who matures early lives in anticipation." - Theodor Adorno

"It's always too early to quit." - Norman Vincent Peale

"Early youth is a baffling time." - Bruce Catton

"Life learned early on to recognize itself." - Lynn Margulis

"A useless life is an early death." - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

"He who gives early gives twice." - Miguel De Cervantes

"I was exposed to jazz early on." - Mark White

"I got an early education from television." - Debra Wilson

"It gets late early out there." - Yogi Berra

"Early to bed and early to rise makes a person dull, boring, and despised." - Ernie J Zelinski

"Early to bed and early to rise, and you'll meet very few of the best people." - George Ade

"I romanced internally about early death till it was too late to die early ..." - Harriet Martineau

"Go to bed early and wake up early. The morning hours are good." - Jeff Bezos

"Early to bed and early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise." - Benjamin Franklin

"A love that took an early root, And had an early doom." - Thomas Kibble Hervey

"I find it's as hard to live down an early triumph as an early indiscretion." - Edna St Vincent Millay

"The good-news stories in medicine are early detection, early intervention." - Thomas R Insel

"Rise early. Write. Disappoint your sons. Read the newspaper. Go to bed early. Success." - Arthur Miller

"I always wake up kind of early - well, early for me, which is about 8 A.M." - Romain Grosjean

"The early bird gets the worm. The early worm... gets eaten." - Norman Ralph Augustine

"Sometimes the early bird gets the worm, but sometimes the early bird gets frozen to death." - Myron Scholes

"I produced Run DMC. I produced some early records, lots of records early on." - Russell Simmons

"I like to go to bed early so I can get up early." - Freddie Highmore

"One of the leading uses of photography by the mass media came to be called photojournalism. From the late 'twenties' to the early 'fifties' what might have been the golden age of this speciality - photographers worked largely as the possessors of special and arcane skills, like the ancient priests who practiced and monopolized the skills of pictography or carving or manuscript illumination. In those halcyon days the photographer enjoyed a privileged status." - John Szarkowski

"Four or five years - nothing at all. But no one over thirty could understand this peculiarly weighted and condensed time, from late teens to early twenties, a stretch of life that needed a name, from school leaver to salaried professional, with a university and affairs and death and choices in between. I had forgotten how recent my childhood was, how long and inescapable it once seemed. How grown up and how unchanged I was." - Ian Mcewan

"In 1976 I was working in the Gulf Country around Cape York, in an aboriginal community of about 300 people. The Health Department sent around a team and vaccinated about 100 of them against flu. Six were dead within 24 hours or so and they weren't all old people, one man being in his early twenties. They threw the bodies in trucks to take to the coast where autopsies were done. It appeared they had died from heart attacks." - Archie Kalokerinos

"Growing up I wasn't sure I was female. As I grew further I wanted to be a lesbian but I wasn't sure I would meet even the most basic membership criteria (though eventually I created a 'femme dyke' persona that worked well for over fifteen years). It wasn't until my early twenties that I was sure of at least one thing: I was an artist. Quite an accomplishment for anyone assigned female at birth in a culture that calls only male artists 'great'." - Del LaGrace Volcano

"When I was at seminary in my early twenties, one of my teachers said to me, "You're going to have to decide. Either you're going to be an academic or you're going to be a pastor. You can't be both." I remember thinking, Rats! I want to be both! Why are you telling me I can't do these two things?And so I have kind of oscillated to and always wanted to do both." - N T Wright

"Growing up I was' sure I was female. As I grew further I wanted to be a lesbian but I was' sure I would meet even the most basic membership criteria (though eventually I created a "femme dyke" persona that worked well for over fifteen years). It was' until my early twenties that I was sure of at least one thing: I was an artist. Quite an accomplishment for anyone assigned female at birth in a culture that calls only male artists "great"." - Del LaGrace Volcano

"In my early twenties the nature of conservatism itself changed. When I identified as a fourteen-year-old conservative, it was closer to what we today think of as libertarianism - conservatism, at least for me, had been defined by Jeffersonian credos like "the best governed are the least governed" and "I have sworn eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man" that were very idealistic and romantic to a kid." - Steve Erickson

"I am not a historian, but I find myself being more and more fascinated by history and now I find myself reading more and more about history. I am very interested in Napoleon, at the present: I'm very interested in battles, in wars, in Gallipoli, the First World War and so on, and I think that as I age I am becoming more and more historical. I certainly wasn't at all in my early twenties." - Sylvia Plath

"In the early years of the Roaring Twenties, American women not only won the right to vote but they also earned headlines along side their male counterparts during the Golden Age of American sports. Michael Bohn shares an engaging story of how two sports heroines, tennis player Helen Wills and swimmer Gertrude Ederle, helped embolden women to seek self-fulfillment by challenging the status quo." - Donna de Varona

"I have a lot of land. I bought it because I had a very strong feeling. I was in my early twenties, and I had grown up in Los Angeles and had seen that city slide off into the sea from the city I knew as a little kid. It lost its identity - suddenly there was cement everywhere and the green was gone and the air was bad - and I wanted out." - Robert Redford

"I didn't cry at my father's funeral, and I felt guilty about that. Of course, he got sick not too long after he and I had had that final altercation, and I felt real guilty because of that, too. Then years later, one day, I was probably in my late twenties, early thirties, and I just broke down crying, because I finally got my father." - Billy Bob Thornton

"I like to say I had a very varied undergraduate education. I was an English major first, and then at the end of my college career I decided I was interested in urban planning. I became an urban studies major, with a minor in poetry. I don't think I knew what I was looking for in my early twenties, but I know I kept not finding it." - Ayana Mathis

"I love the U.S. We came the first time in 2003, and it seems like we haven't left since. James Iha from The Smashing Pumpkins came to Stockholm to see one of our shows, and he really fell in love with the band. He said, "I'm going to take you to America, I'm going to release you on my label." When you're in your early twenties and you get that kind of opportunity, you just gotta roll with it." - Maja Ivarsson

"My church accepts all denominations - fivers, tenners, twenties." - Dave Allen

"In my twenties, I was a huge, insane risk-taker." - James Ransone

"I was just dying to get out of my twenties." - Juliana Hatfield

"Then, early, early, early in the morning-just as in countless Disney films-I heard a rooster crow. But guess what? They don't do it just once." - Vivian Vande Velde



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