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Generation Quotes and Sayings
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Every generation laughs at the old fashions,
but follows religiously the new.
- Henry David Thoreau

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Friendship must dare to risk, or it's not friendship.
- Captain Jean-Luc Picard in the TV show Star Trek: The Next Generation

The philosophy of the school room in one generation
will be the philosophy of government in the next.
- Abraham Lincoln

The greatest discovery of any generation
is that a human being
can alter his life by
altering his attitude
- William James

 

Raising children is an incredibly hard and risky business
in which no cumulative wisdom is gained:
each generation repeats the mistakes the previous one made.
- Bill Cosby

Faith is the highest passion in a human being.
Many in every generation may not come that far, but none comes further.
- Soren Kierkegaard

Trouble is, kids feel they have to shock their elders
and each generation grows up into something harder to shock.
- Ben Lindsey

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Education is simply the soul of a society as it passes
from one generation to another.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton

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

He plants trees to benefit another generation.
- Caecilius Statius

There are times, sir, when men of good conscience
cannot blindly follow orders.
- Captain Picard, STAR TREK: The Next Generation

This generation has given up on growth.
They're just hoping for survival.
- Penelope Spheeris

Things are only impossible until they're not.
- Jean-Luc Picard, character in STAR TREK: The Next Generation

Married people from my generation are like an endangered species!
- Patrice Leconte

Take some time in a quiet place to contemplate
the balance between being of service -
both to this generation and to generations yet unborn -
and renewing your vitality with play and celebration.
Without play, one becomes old and dry.
Without service, life becomes meaningless.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Posterity: you will never know how much it has cost
my generation to preserve your freedom.
I hope you will make good use of it.
- John Quincy Adams

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

For some reason, it popped into my head the notion
that a lot of the Next Generation cast in the long
run of that show managed to step behind the camera.
- Michael Shanks

We have the power to make this the best generation of mankind
in the history of the world or to make it the last.
- John F. Kennedy

I think Blank Generation holds up pretty well.
You listen to that with headphones and there's a lot
going on there with the guitars-
it's the product of a lot of fighting.
- Robert Quine

The case for freedom, the case for our constitutional
principles the case for our heritage has to be made anew in each generation.
The work of freedom is never done.
- Anthony Kennedy

I'm not saying that more performance wouldn't be better -
all these technologies are going to get better -
that's the difference between first generation and second generation.
- Trip Hawkins

With artists of my own generation there was at first no group identity -
and never a clique.
- Kenneth Noland

Every generation deals with the breaking down of its tradition,
and I think that they rediscovered the film.
- Norman Jewison

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 had always loved expressionist painting,
like every European.
In fact I admired it all the more because these were
precisely the paintings despised by my father's generation.
- Georg Baselitz

An author ought to write for the youth of his own generation,
the critics of the next, and the schoolmaster of ever afterwards.
- F. Scott Fitzgerald

When a new generation watches the films,
people might mention that it has improved their lovemaking.
I guess it's because it isn't threatening.
It was very sweet and delicate.
- Sylvia Kristel

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

The New York City Ballet is obviously speaking to a
whole new generation and bringing it the same wonder
and beauty that it brought previous generations.
- Robert Caro

Parents who wonder where the younger generation is
going should remember where it came from.
- Sam Ewing

The modern minds in each generation are the critics
who preserve us from a petrifying world,
who will not leave us to walk undisturbed in the ways of our fathers.
- Edith Hamilton

With Star Wars fans, there's so much enthusiasm,
and it's a completely different generation now.
- Peter Mayhew

For the first time in the history of mankind,
one generation literally has the power to destroy the past,
the present and the future, the power to bring time to an end.
- Hubert H. Humphrey

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

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

It is easy enough to praise men for the courage of their convictions.
I wish I could teach the sad young of this mealy generation
the courage of their confusions.
- John Ciardi

As patients and consumers, we are better informed today
about our health care than any previous generation.
- Patricia Hewitt

The little religion that I have clung to-that what
matters most is the continuity of life,
and its improvement from one generation to another.
- David O. Selznick

My generation, faced as it grew with a choice between
religious belief and existential despair,
chose marijuana.
Now we are in our Cabernet stage.
- Peggy Noonan

Going out in Paris was like going out in the '30s dressed
like the Andrews Sisters.
It was everything I'd seen in books at my grandparents' house,
only it was our generation.
- Christian Lacroix

The generation which lived through the Second World War is disappearing.
Post-war generations see Europe's great achievements -
liberty,
peace and prosperity - as a given.
- Jan Peter Balkenende

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

Yes, many immigrants cherish the value of choice and
opportunity and the value of education more than 7th
or 8th generation Americans.
- Malcolm Wallop

If the truth be known, we are on the verge of losing
an entire generation of our young people,
killing and dying in the streets of America.
- Ron Dellums

I forever felt that I've fallen right between the crack
of way too young for the first generation of classic
rock 'n' roll and too old to be brand-new.
It's hard.
- Paul Westerberg

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

Most of the suicide hijackers came from Saudi Arabia,
a place not lacking in wealth.
But due to rapid population growth, the wealth per
capita has fallen by about half in a generation.
- Keith Henson

The stone which Jacob consecrated at Bethel the generation
of the living continues to anoint,
paying the tithes which of old he vowed to the house of God there.
- Julius Wellhausen

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

A theater is being given over to market forces,
which means that a whole generation that should be
able to do theater as well as see it is being completely deprived.
- Vanessa Redgrave

I'm doing research for a large comic book on the Beat Generation guys -
Allen Ginsberg and Jack Kerouac and those guys.
- Harvey Pekar

The President has no real plan to address the fiscal
challenges arising from the retirement of the baby boom generation,
let alone a plan to fix Social Security.
- Jack Reed

We, the generation that faces the next century,
can add the solemn injunction "If we don't do the impossible,
we shall be faced with the unthinkable."
- Petra Kelly

I used to think that all my Wings stuff was second-rate stuff,
but I began to meet younger kids, not kids from my Beatle generation,
who would say, We really love this song.
- Paul McCartney

Great men, unknown to their generation,
have their fame among the great who have preceded them,
and all true worldly fame subsides
from their high estimate beyond the stars.
- Henry David Thoreau

These kids are the future of the National Football League.
They're the next generation that will be playing high school football,
NCAA football, and some even to the pros.
- Troy Vincent

As the Constitution endures, persons in every generation
can invoke its principles in their own search for greater freedom.
- Anthony Kennedy

Every ten years there is a new generation of actors.
- Barbet Schroeder

One has to nurture a new generation,
to raise children in the spirit of Islam.
- Akhmad Kadyrov

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

Civilization is not a spontaneous generation with any
race or nation known to history,
but the torch to be handed down from race to race from age to age.
- Kelly Millar

In my opinion, Al Moritz may be the best poet of his generation in Canada.
- George Murray

After 1929, so many people had been traumatized by
the stock market crash that there was a lost generation.
- Ron Chernow

You say that you hope I will be recognized as the best
novelist of my generation.
I want you to know now and know completely that that
would mean to me absolutely nothing.
- Jean Stafford

It's a struggle but that's why we exist,
so that another generation of Lesbians of color will
not have to invent themselves,
or their history, all over again.
- Audre Lorde

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

Books are the legacies that a great genius leaves to mankind,
which are delivered down from generation to generation
as presents to the posterity of those who are yet unborn.
- Joseph Addison

Today's younger generation is no worse than my own.
We were just as ignorant and repulsive as they are,
but nobody listened to us.
- Al Capp

They say the death of a parent puts you in time because
that means there's now no generation standing between you and ordinary death:
you're next.
I don't buy it.
- Bruce Jackson

The awakening of the people of China to the possibilities
under free government is the most significant,
if not the most momentous, event of our generation.
- Woodrow Wilson


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