Quotes, sayings & poems

21st Birthday Sayings

Experience teaches us that

Experience teaches us that love does not consist of gazing at each other, but in looking outward together in the same direction.

- Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

We pay when old

We pay when old for the excesses of youth.

- Proverb

When I was as you are now

When I was as you are now, towering in the confidence of twenty-one, little did I suspect that I should be at forty-nine, what I now am.

- Samuel Johnson

How soon hath Time

How soon hath Time, the subtle thief of youth, stolen on his wing my three-and-twentieth year!

- John Milton

At twenty a man is a peacock

At twenty a man is a peacock, at thirty a lion, at forty a camel, at fifty a serpent, at sixty a dog, at seventy an ape, at eighty a nothing at all.

- Baltasar Gracia

At twenty a man is full of fight and hope

At twenty a man is full of fight and hope. He wants to reform the world. When he is seventy he still wants to reform the world, but he know he can't.

- Clarence S. Darrow

The disappointment of manhood succeeds

The disappointment of manhood succeeds the delusion of youth.

- Benjamin Disraeli

At twenty years of age

At twenty years of age the will reigns; at thirty, the wit; and at fourty, the judgment.

- Benjamin Franklin

An important antidote to American democracy is American gerontocracy

An important antidote to American democracy is American gerontocracy. The positions of eminence and authority in Congress are allotted in accordance with length of service, regardless of quality. Superficial observers have long criticized the United States for making a fetish of youth. This is unfair. Uniquely among modern organs of public and private administration, its national legislature rewards senility.

- John Kenneth Galbraith

When a man is tired

When a man is tired of life on his 21st birthday it indicates that he is rather tired of something in himself.

- F. Scott Fitzgerald

Finally 21 and ready

Finally 21 and ready for some fun.

- Unknown

The best way to remember

The best way to remember your 21st birthday, is not at all. Have fun blacking out.

- Unknown