Nov 9, 2011

Quote : Youth

"Youth is not a time of life; it is a state of mind; it is not a matter of rosy cheeks, red lips and supple knees; it is a matter of the will, a quality of the imagination, a vigor of the emotions; it is the freshness of the deep springs of life.

Youth means a temperamental predominance of courage over timidity of the appetite for adventure over the love of ease. This often exists in a man of 60 more than a boy of 20. Nobody grows old by the number of years. We grow old by deserting our ideals.

Years may wrinkle in the skin, but to give up enthusiasm wrinkles the soul. Worry, fear, self-distrust bows the heart and turns the spirit back to dust. Whether 60 or 16, there is in every human being's heart the lure of wonder, the unfailing childlike appetite of what's next and the joy of the game of living. In the center of your heart and my heart there is a wireless station : so long as it receives messages of beauty, hope, cheer, courage and power from men and from the Infinite, so long are you young.

When the aerials are down, and your spirit is covered with snows of cynicism and the ice of pessimism, then you are grown old, even at 20, but as long as your aerials are up, to catch the waves of optimism, there is hope you may die young at 80."

                                                                        - Samuel Ullman



Reading the above quote, do you feel inspired? I do! And this quote is what I have on my table at work. I don't have to elaborate further, everything is mentioned in it about what real youth is.


17 comments:

  1. Youth is wasted on youth ..some says that too .

    Love the post ;).

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  2. Thanks so much, ♥●• ─░zdiher •●♥. :)

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  3. Right Balqis, youth is not on how young or old the person is,it's how he/she look or response to what is going on. Very inspiring post for me!:)

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  4. Thank you, Ros. It's really inspiring. :)

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  5. wow..you have chosen the right piece Balqis..I agree and in it's shortest terms..Age is just but a number..it is on how you accept life and live with it ;)..that's why I don't look 35 wahahaha..running hahaha ;)

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  6. I love this, and at the age of 25 by now, I feel like 15~! I am young, my heart will always be! My desire will never grow old because I am always alive and kicking to catch the wave of optimism! I slept late last night, and I never spent it with negative things, rather I spent it with my dreams and vision about how life will it be in the near future! I will never grow old for sure! "Years may wrinkle in the skin, but to give up enthusiasm wrinkles the soul." ~ Wow, I love this my friend! Positivity can give us the medicine to stay young at mind, at heart :) mmmmm

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  7. @Sie - It inspires me so much that's why I chose it. Yes, age is just a number. You look like sweet 15 to me! Just go on with life, enjoy it and do what you love to do. Stay positive! These will keep us young. :)

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  8. @Prime Aque - You're another sweet 15! Glad to know that. Keep positivity in your soul, it will do wonders. You won't feel how fast time flies and you won't know how another year adds another number to your age.

    Thank you, Prime. :)

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  9. Ohhhh!!!
    You made me wordless! Anyway, I had to manage some words for the comment, otherwise i fear you will start sulking like a young girl on not being offered a chocolate!! Am I right? :D

    Thank you soooo much for making me sooo young by quote therapy! :)

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  10. I always believe soul has no age- youth is the name of spirit and anyone could have it- :))

    Wonderful words by Samuel Ullman- thank you so much for the read- I love it!!

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  11. @Omo - Wisely said! Remember, you ever said, "We'll be young forever". We can match that with this quote.

    Thanks for your comment. :)

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  12. hi balqis, even with this post, i wont tell you how old i am- ha ha ha surely not sweet 17, cos i dont like to be too young.. to me feeling youthful is being in a state of good health- means i am so very youthful heh heh

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  13. It's really nice to be very youthful, Wan. Thanks for your comments.

    Congrats for being featured! Will check it out. :)

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  14. It is an inspiring quote thank you for sharing - don't they say that staying youthful is one of the secrets to long life :)

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  15. You're welcome! May be that's the secret to long life. Let's stay youthful! Thanks, Maria. :)

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