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Young Adults Quotes


"No one thinks that young adults read hooks for YOUNG ADULTS, books for young adults are read by kids." - Terry Pratchett

"I'm looking forward to writing more novels for young adults." - Candace Bushnell

"When we are young we believe to be adults; when we are adults we believe to be young." - Simone Bittencourt de Oliveira

"Young people and adults need equitable relationships-they do not need equal ones." - Adam Fletcher

"The welfare state inhibits the maturation of its young citizens into responsible adults" - Dennis Prager

"We must not reject all sexual contact between adults and young people as inherently oppressive." - Gayle Rubin

"Young adults that actually read are reading bodice rippers and best-sellers and me. And Horror." - Terry Pratchett

"The arts' position in the school curriculum symbolizes to the young what adults believe is important." - Elliot W. Eisner

"The young have all the same flaws adults do. Plus one: immaturity." - Nelson Rodrigues

"It's important that the adults appreciate that young people are capable of doing really astounding work." - Vint Cerf

"My book group has one rule: no books for adults. We read young adult fiction only." - Lev Grossman

"How you define yourself is a major issue for young people and adults alike." - Jim Mckay

"Today's population of adolescents and young adults is the largest in our nation's history." - Ruben Hinojosa

"Why are young adults so self-centered and always seeking instant gratification? Because older adults, often in positions of power, paint them that way." - Raymond Arroyo

"When we're young nothing offends us, except adults telling us what should. Then when we become adults, nothing offends us, except we are offended on behalf of our young." - Craig Stone

"When we"re young nothing offends us, except adults telling us what should. Then when we become adults, nothing offends us, except we are offended on behalf of our young." - Craig Stone

"When we're young nothing offends us, except adults telling us what should. Then when we become adults, nothing offends us, except we are offended on behalf of our young." - Craig Stone

"Christianity may be OK between consenting adults in private but should not be taught to young children." - Francis Crick

"The fact that I am so young So Immature Seems unforgivable to The decrepit Perfect and faultless adults" - Tite Kubo

"When I was growing up in the 1960s, there was starting to be more books geared towards young adults." - Alison Bechdel

"I have always loved reading books for children and young adults, particularly when those books are mysteries." - Eleanor Catton

"In the late 1990s, I left the teaching field to write biographies and histories for young adults." - Charles J Shields

"I write books for all age groups - young kids, teenagers and adults - because I get a range of different ideas." - Catherine Jinks

"At this stage I am not involved with young adults as closely as many other writers. My children are grown up and my grandchildren are still quite young." - Margaret Mahy

"When you write for children and young adults, you have much more affect and influence on them than when you write for adults. The books that get us through our childhood stay with us for life." - O.R. Melling

"Adultism leads to a phenomenon of little adults, who are young people who are treated as adults-in-the-making. A non-discriminatory perspective would be to treat children and youth as whole and complete people right now." - Adam Fletcher

"When you write for children and young adults, you have much more affect and influence on them than when you write for adults. The books that get us through our childhood stay with us for life." - O R Melling

"I woke up one morning and realized that what I wanted to say to everyone - children, young people, adults - was: Read for your life." - Katherine Paterson

"It is good to be taught humility when we are young. If we do not exeperience pain as children, we will cause pain as adults." - Darren Shan

"A shelf of classics for our young adults: Tolkien, Hesse, Casteneda, Kerouac, Salinger, Tom Robbins, and _The Last Whole Earth Catalog_." - Edward Abbey

"I was a young person once, shortly after the polar ice caps retreated, and I distinctly recall believing that virtually all adults were clueless goobers." - Dave Barry

"If we want to raise young adults who know how to solve problems, we must let them have problems to solve while they are still adolescents." - Wendy Mogel

"Never have the young taken themselves so seriously, and the calamity is that they are listened to and deferred to by so many adults." - Eric Hoffer

"Paradoxically, in fantasy for young people I was able to express my own deepest feelings and attitudes more than I had ever done in writing for adults." - Lloyd Alexander

"Mentoring is the cultivation of young adults, the tender caring for and nurturing of them so that they will grow, flourish, and be fruitful." - Jeff Myers

"Our young people - and adults - should be aware that considerable dissent exists in the scientific world regarding the validity of molecules-to-man evolution." - Ken Ham

"I don't think too much about the audience when I'm writing... I'm aware that 'Holes' was read by kids as young as 8, up to adults." - Louis Sachar

"When it comes to expanding opportunity, businesses and young adults are not the sources of the problem - they are a substantial part of the solution." - Gerald Chertavian

"Studies indicate that most of young adults struggle to grasp even the most basic financial principles that will allow them to manage money and prepare for their future." - Ron Lewis

"I actually was rebelling as all young adults tend to do at or around the age of 19, to experiment with their lives and have fun." - Brian Bosworth

"In the melting pot that is America, inclusive trumps exclusive. Whether it's single women, young adults, or minorities, alienating the rapidly growing voting blocs is not smart politics." - Eliot Spitzer

"A lot of negative words adults call the young, like 'naive,' 'impulsive' and 'way too connected online,' are all things we can turn into strengths to help us." - Adora Svitak

"As adults, we've seen so much before that we often turn the pages of a picture book without really looking. Young children tend to look more carefully." - Anthony Browne

"I love writing for young adults because they are such a wonderful audience, they are good readers, and they care about the books they read." - Katherine Paterson

"Young persons, because of their immaturity, may not fully comprehend the consequences of their actions and should therefore benefit from less severe sanctions than adults. More importantly, it reflects the firm belief that young persons are more susceptible to change, and thus have a greater potential for rehabilitation than adults." - Mary Robinson

"Almost 40% of all young adults are living with their parents. This is a 75-year high in America. Forty percent of young adults are living with their parents. I see stuff like this, and I think it's a good thing I didn't become a parent, because if that were happening to me, you wouldn't want to be my kid." - Rush Limbaugh

"Adults are obsolete children." - Dr. Seuss

"Persecution matures young rebels." - Han Suyin

"We're only young once." - Proverbs

"Oh, wise young judge." - Dodie Smith

"Incredibly, nearly 70,000 Young Adults between 15-39 are diagnosed with cancer each year. 10,000 will not survive. This is a very important stat for me, because I fall in this category. I am one of these statistics. Unlike every other age group, there has been no improvement in the 5-year survival of young adults in 30 years. That means many young adults have the same chance of getting cancer and dying from it as they did in the 1970's. This is not OK." - Jenna Morasca

"I know that I'll be writing for young adults for a long time. Mostly because I just love the readers and the teachers and librarians that I interact with." - Veronica Roth

"Young people...have more compassion and tenderness toward the elderly than most middle-aged adults. Nothing-not avarice, not pride, not scrupulousness, not impulsiveness-so disillusions a youth about her parents as the seemingly inhumane way they treat her grandparents." - Louise J Kaplan

"This book blew me away. Kelly Parra writes with the keen eye of an artist. Graffiti Girl is warm, gutsy, and true-to-life - an unflinching, honest portrayal of young adults. A seamless and impressive debut." - Anne Frasier

"Young children were always so important to me. Adults should treat children with more respect. We should put more monies in our schools. I grew up on that side of the coin." - Steve Wozniak

"It is, indeed, one of the capital tragedies of youth-and youth is the time of real tragedy-that the young are thrown mainly with adults they do not quite respect." - H L Mencken

"There was a time, from 1935-1946, when teenagers and young adults danced to jazz-orientated bands. When jazz orchestras dominated pop charts and when influential clarinettists were household names. This was the swing era." - Scott Yanow

"I'm grateful for my children, who are slowly emerging to become their own wonderful, interesting, compassionate young adults - which makes me believe that along the way I must have done something right." - Jodi Picoult

"Of course we need children! Adults need children in their lives to listen to and care for, to keep their imagination fresh and their hearts young and to make the future a reality for which they are willing to work." - Margaret Mead

"TRUTH: When a child believes he must win to be worthy, when young adults define themselves by what they do and not who they are, it is a kind of slavery a slave master would envy." - Tom Shadyac

"Young people wonder how the adult world can be so boring. The secret is that it is not boring to adults because they have learnt to enjoy simple things like covert malice at one another's expense." - Celia Green

"I tend to not use the word "socialist," because even though more young adults in the United States in a poll say they support socialism than do capitalism, the word socialism doesn't have a lot of meaning in this country." - Cynthia Kauffman

"The most significant thing about the Monkees as a pop phenomenon is that we were the only TV show about young adults that did not feature a wiser, older person." - Peter Tork

"I do not believe in public shaming. I do believe that young adults go to college to learn things, and that this process will almost inevitably result in their making mistakes and misjudgments and otherwise acting badly." - Gene Weingarten

"Al Gore announced Tuesday that he plans to launch a 24-hour cable news network for young adults. Gore claims he's been wanting to do this since he invented cable TV in the 1990s." - Tina Fey

"It is, indeed, one of the capital tragedies of youth - and youth is the time of real tragedy - that the young are thrown mainly with adults they do not quite respect." - H L Mencken

"Rousseau ranks among the great educational theorists of the modern era, even if he was the last man to put in charge of a classroom. Young adults, he thought, should be allowed to develop their capabilities in their distinctive way." - Terry Eagleton

"I don't think I prefer writing for one age group above another. I am just as pleased with a story which I feel works well for very small children as I do with a story for young adults." - Margaret Mahy

"The most effective young Facebook users, however - the ones who will probably be winners if Facebook turns out to be a model of the future they will inhabit as adults - are the ones who create successful online fictions about themselves." - Jaron Lanier

"Year Up for me is a year in which the young adults that we serve have an opportunity to move up in their lives and gain the access and opportunity they need to realize their potential." - Gerald Chertavian

"I represented many of these kids as they become young adults in the criminal justice system when I was a public defender. One way of reaching out is by the mind of experimentation." - Matt Gonzalez

"From an evolutionary perspective children are, literally, designed to learn. Childhood is a special period of protected immaturity. It gives the young breathing time to master the things they will need to know in order to survive as adults." - Alison Gopnik

"Young adults enrolled in universities and colleges or other postsecondary training should avail themselves of the opportunity to take institute of religion courses or, if attending a Church school, should take at least one religion course every term." - Ezra Taft Benson

"In California, of all places, entertainment is the key to a vibrant economy. If we do not develop young adults capable of entering that world, the financial base of this state is sure to suffer and impact all of us." - David Cassidy

"I took care of young adults with cystic fibrosis when I was in my residency training and found this to be a disease that was desperately in need of some explanation." - Francis Collins

"One of the many interesting and surprising experiences of the beginner in child analysis is to find in even very young children a capacity for insight which is often far greater than that of adults." - Melanie Klein

"As someone who has seen war first hand, and as a father of three young adults, it was my hope that we could have resolved this conflict and disarmed Saddam Hussein without war. However, this was not the case." - Allen Boyd

"I love to feature children and young adults as real people - flawed, naive, virtuous, venal - but real. I think it adds nuance and depth to the stories that wouldn't exist without them." - C J Box

"Young readers are the most challenging, demanding, and rewarding of audiences. Adults often ask why I write for the younger set. My reply: 'I can't think of anyone I'd rather write for.'" - Karen Hesse

"We just happened to come along at time where there hadn't been a new young adult drama that also could appeal to adults as well in quite some time. We sort of found a little bit of a niche." - Josh Schwartz

"The Teenage Cancer Trust does incredible work supporting and caring for teenagers and young adults with cancer, and it's a cause that is really close to me and my family." - Florence Welch

"You like to think with young adults that with your books, a little part of it has reached them and will stay with them. It is great to be part of an eight-year-old's world." - Anthony Horowitz

"I think about my audience when I write, to some extent. Thinking of writing for young adults, I try to keep the stories moving, never a dull moment, to hold their interest." - William Sleator

"I write books for young adults because I truly connect with them on some very deep level. They are our hope, our future, and inspiring them to be the best they can be is very important to me." - Ellen Hopkins

"There are great parents of small children - they keep their little hair in bows - but those parents are not always good parents of young adults. As soon as their children get up to some size, it's "Shut up, sit down, you talk too much, keep your distance, I'll send you to Europe!" My mom was a terrible parent of small children but a great parent of young adults. She'd talk to me as if I had some sense." - Maya Angelou

"When you're really young, you're young for life." - Pablo Picasso

"Though children can accept adults as adults, adults can never accept children as anything but adults too." - William Faulkner

"The adults were completely wrong." - Aaron Swartz

"Adults are only obsolete children." - Dr. Seuss

"Adults are the real monsters." - Stephen King

"Adults are just outdated children." - Dr. Seuss

"I'm generally intimidated by adults." - Mayim Bialik

"I'm sorry. I'm very young." - Britney Spears

"May you stay Forever Young" - Bob Dylan

"We're all idealistic when young." - Pat Oliphant

"Genius, when young, is divine." - Benjamin Disraeli

"He hated it when adults told him he only felt the way he did because he was young. As if being young was like being insane or drunk, like the convictions he held were hallucinations caused by a mental illness that could only be cured by waiting five years." - Cory Doctorow

"the term 'young adults' which is so often used today seems to me a misnomer, and one which, if taken seriously, may lead the adolescent into misunderstanding as to his nature and his role in life. 'Young" he is; 'adult' he is not." - Eleanor Roosevelt

"In studies asking why young people left their family religion, their most frequent response was unanswered doubts and questions. The researchers were surprised: They expected to hear stories of broken relationships and wounded feelings. But the top reason given by young adults was that they did not get answers to their questions." - Nancy Pearcey

"I'm working on a young adult novel. I've been working on it for a while, because I don't know how to write a novel and I'm teaching myself. For that reason, I've been reading a lot of YA [young adults], which I never have before. It's totally new to me." - Morgan Parker

"Adults don't know how to respect and really love their young ones. Often love is confused with possession. You say "this is my" about your child, without taking into account that you're dealing with a real person with his/her own personality, rights, and autonomy, even when very young." - Dacia Maraini

"For being a young guy, I'm articulate and can hold a decent conversation with somebody. But I've been able to do that since I was young. I don't think that has to do too much with schooling, it has more to do with the people I was raised around, my parents. I have respect for adults." - Larry Fitzgerald

"There are so many opportunities where people are thirsting: young people who are preparing for Confirmation, young adults who are searching, people of every age. There's a great thirst, I think, of people to come to understand and to belong to the Church of Christ." - Joseph Edward Kurtz

"I suspect that authors who start their careers writing for an adult audience - and who eventually produce a young adult novel or two - are more common than authors who begin by writing for young adults and who then gravitate toward composing something for an adult audience." - Paul Di Filippo

"Well, I never got into the young adult headspace. With 'Twilight,' they are pretty adult themes, aside from maybe the first one, but even that. They're very adult themes, actually, particularly as the characters age. I never wrote for young adults. I wrote for myself, as an audience." - Melissa Rosenberg

"Young adults love to play games and they're thirsty for social interaction, but a lot of bar and restaurant experiences are quite unsatisfactory on the social level. What young people need is a place that has the feel of an unhosted party where they find themselves interacting with like-minded strangers." - Nolan Bushnell

"Some say it is the elements of hope and wonder in children's books that make them special. But there are many dark young adult novels these days. Adults loved Harry Potter, though it was written for the young. In the end, it is probably up to the reader of any age to decide if this book is for him or her." - Katherine Paterson

"Although we like to think of young children's lives as free of troubles, they are in fact filled with disappointment and frustration. Children wish for so much, but can arrange so little of their own lives, which are so often dominated by adults without sympathy for the children's priorities. That is why children have a much greater need for daydreams than adults do. And because their lives have been relatively limited they have a greater need for material from which to form daydreams." - Bruno Bettelheim

"Adults are always telling young people, 'These are the best years of your life.' Are they? I don't know. Sometimes when adults say this to children I look into their faces. They look like someone on the top seat of the Ferris wheel who has had too much cotton candy and barbecue. They'd like to get off and be sick but everyone keeps telling them what a good time they're having." - Erma Bombeck

"I never think of my work as writing for a young audience, frankly, because I think it risks talking 'down' to them. The idea is for these books to work just as well as for adults as kids. As for what readers will take away, I just want them to love being in the world and see it as a safe place to explore things that adults are often uncomfortable talking to them about." - Soman Chainani

"Having girlfriends is... I can't do it. It doesn't mean I don't hang out with girls. It just means that I don't like being in a relationship, because it makes things very complicated. The one piece of advice that I listen to adults on - because I don't listen to adults when it comes to most things - is that I'm too young to have a girlfriend." - Jaden Smith

"The world is wide, wide, wide, and I am young, young, young, and we"re all going to live forever!" - Elaine Dundy

"Jesus is Santa Claus for Adults" - Christopher Hitchens

"Adults are only kids grown up" - Walt Disney

"Some children are wiser than adults." - Thubten Yeshe

"Everything we do is based at adults." - Ingrid Newkirk

"Evolution is a fairy tale for adults" - Paul Lemoine

"When adults wage war, children perish." - Elie Wiesel

"If children could, if adults knew." - Sigmund Freud

"Acting, is not a profession for adults." - Laurence Olivier

"I'm fascinated in the children within adults." - Jason Gann

"Tact is just lying for adults." - Cassandra Clare

"Adults under threat feel like children." - Martha Beck

"I love doing serious movies for adults." - Carla Gugino

"Adults are just children who earn money." - Kenneth Branagh

"Children refuse to compromise. Adults learn how." - Madeleine M Kunin

"I had been writing comic books for years and I was doing them to please a publisher, who felt that comics are only read by very young children or stupid adults. And therefore, we have to keep the stories very simplistic. And that was the thing I hated." - Stan Lee

"Young adults living with a stutter is hard work. How do they handle job interviews? What do they do when the phone rings? How do they chat someone up? All these things the average person takes for granted prove to be a stammerers biggest challenge." - Gareth Gates

"Polygamy has an ancient history and is legal in many parts of the world. I find the rules of polygamy to be damaging and it's potentially dangerous to young girls and terrible for "excess" boys. But polyamory is supposed to be a more equal arrangement among agreeing adults." - Emily Yoffe

"It is, I suppose, the common grief of children at having to protect their parents from reality. It is bitter for the young to see what awful innocence adults grow into, that terrible vulnerability that must be sheltered from the rodent mire of childhood." - Katherine Dunn

"Many adults play roles when they speak to young children. They use silly words and sounds. They talk down to the child. They don't treat the child as an equal. The fact that you temporarily know more, or you're bigger does not mean the child is not your equal." - Eckhart Tolle

"Perhaps a modern society can remain stable only by eliminating adolescence, by giving its young, from the age of ten, the skills, responsibilities, and rewards of grownups, and opportunities for action in all spheres of life. Adolescence should be a time of useful action, while book learning and scholarship should be a preoccupation of adults." - Eric Hoffer

"I've always found, when I was younger, that the older guys - the guys who weren't of my generation but were 20, 30 years older than me - were the cool guys. I always wanted to be around adults when I was young." - Stephen Dorff

"The roughest thing was learning the realities of the world at such a young age. I was 10 or 11, going to church, hearing the adults standing on the podium talking about world affairs, about history, about war, and how America was founded." - Michelle Rodriguez

"Preaching is compelling to young secular adults ... - not if preachers use video clips from their favorite movies and dress informally and sound sophisticated, - but if the preachers understand their hearts and culture so well that listeners feel the force of the sermon's reasoning, even if in the end they don't agree with it." - Timothy Keller

"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

"All in all, I am not surprised that the people who want to unravel the social contract start with young adults. Those who are urged to feel afraid, very afraid, have both the greatest sense of independence and the most finely honed skepticism about government." - Ellen Goodman

"The 2.5 billion adults [around the world] without access to financial services are disproportionately women and young people. There are at least 44 million unbanked or underbanked people in the United States, so clearly financial inclusion is needed in all markets." - Ajaypal Singh Banga

"Despite their tremendous talent, (NBA players) are still, by and large, young adults, seeking validation from an authority figure, and there is no greater authority figure on a team than the coach. Needless to say, in today's warped, self-indulgent climate, too many players couldn't care less about appeasing the coach." - Phil Jackson

"Youth Ministry, as traditionally organized, has also suffered the impact of social changes. Young people often fail to find responses to their concerns, needs, problems and hurts in the usual structures. As adults, we find it hard to listen patiently to them, to appreciate their concerns, demands, and to speak to them in a language they can understand." - Pope Francis

"What we need now is the greatest generation of young adults in the history of the Church. We need your whole heart and soul. In other words, it's time to raise the bar not only for missionaries but also for returned missionaries and for your entire generation." - M Russell Ballard

""Little Brother" sounds an optimistic warning. It extrapolates from current events to remind us of the ever-growing threats to liberty. But it also notes that liberty ultimately resides in our individual attitudes and actions. In our increasingly authoritarian world, I especially hope that teenagers and young adults will read it - and then persuade their peers, parents and teachers to follow suit." - Dan Gillmor

"I'm not reading any kind of fantasy [for young adults] or Hunger Games or anything like that. It's more just like geeks with crushes. It's very sweet, and I'm enjoying how honest they are, and I'm enjoying the humanity in them." - Morgan Parker

"I suspect the popularity of young adults and dystopian novels has something to do with a desire for allegory and old-fashioned morality tales. In fact, you might find your religious framework here in dystopian, post-apocalyptic fiction. Here, and in videogames, you find strict codes of authority, the "rules of the game," the life-or-death quest and struggle that people crave." - Allegra Goodman

"If you write for children with respect and treat them with dignity - you'll capture the adults as well. Children deserve nothing but our very best. Nothing but excellence will do for the young, because the responsibility is greater. We write up for children, never down." - Sally Lloyd-Jones

"You're 25 and you're looking at adults of your parents' age and older saying, "I don't want to live that way," and this is how it happens. It evolves slowly and it's not the result of any movement. It's just young people look at the way their parents are living and if they don't like it they don't want to duplicate it." - Rush Limbaugh

"In our family, at this point,[Sunday School] its not a choice for my kids. It's a duty for us as parents to give them faith as a foundation and hope that when they bemuse older teens and young adults they will choose the same thing for themselves." - Gretchen Carlson

"The great news is that overwhelmingly far more than adults, youth already care about the environment. Young people are recognizing that we have largely made a mess of things with respect to the environment [and] that the burden to fix it will fall on them." - Philippe Cousteau, Jr.

"I'm an active and involved senator. It's very difficult to do the job I want to do and spend as much time as I want with my kids... It is time for me to be a father first to them, and I realize as I watch them grow and become young adults that I won't be able to get this time back." - Robert J Garagiola

"Young adults living with a stutter is hard work. How do they handle job interviews? What do they do when the phone rings? How do they 'chat someone up'? All these things the average person takes for granted prove to be a stammerer's biggest challenge." - Gareth Gates



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