Inspirational Young Man Quotes & Sayings In Life

These young man quotes will inspire you. A young man a male youth especially, one in early manhood.

A collection of motivating, happy, and encouraging young man quotes, young man sayings, and young man proverbs.

Best Young Man Quotes

  1. “I learned as a young man that I don’t write jokes, but that I can deliver more mundane material and get a laugh. I call myself a humorist.” ~ Nick Offerman
  2. “Time has been lost and opportunity thrown away, but I am yet a young man, and may retrieve it.” ~ Charles Dickens
  3. “When a man is born…there are nets flung at it to hold it back from flight. You talk to me of nationality, language, religion. I shall try to fly by those nets.” ~ James Joyce
  4. “When the soul of a man is born in this country there are nets flown at it to hold it back from flight.” ~ James Joyce

  5. “A young man who doesn’t have the foresight to seek out the girl he wants to be with and actively pursue her, doesn’t deserve her.” ~ Colleen Houck
  6. “The artist, like the God of the creation, remains within or behind or beyond or above his handiwork, invisible, refined out of existence, indifferent, paring his fingernails.” ~ James Joyce
  7. “Once upon a time and a very good time it was there was a moocow coming down along the road and this moocow that was coming down along the road met a nicens little boy named baby tuckoo” ~ James Joyce
  8. “Of all the advantages which come to any young man … poverty is the greatest.” ~ J. G. Holland

  9. “Welcome, O life! I go to encounter for the millionth time the reality of experience and to forge in the smithy of my soul the uncreated conscience of my race.” ~ James Joyce
  10. “I will tell you what I will do and what I will not do. I will not serve that in which I no longer believe, whether it calls itself my home, my fatherland, or my church: and I will try to express myself in some mode of life or art as freely as I can and as wholly as I can, using for my defense the only arms I allow myself to use — silence, exile, and cunning.” ~ James Joyce
  11. “I’ve successfully lobbied and testified for stalking laws in several states, but I would trade them all for a high school class that would teach young men how to hear “no,” and teach young women that it’s all right to explicitly reject.” ~ Gavin de Becker
  12. “It was an experience of a lifetime to sit only a few feet away from him [Castro] and watch him relive an experience he lived as a very young man.” ~ Kevin Costner

  13. “Young men and young women, full of courage, originality, and genius, are everywhere to be met with.” ~ Frank Crowninshield
  14. “Me? Beautiful? I’m plain as cardboard. That may be how you see yourself, but the rest of the world would be hard to agree. You shine brighter than the Milky Way. Now there are those who might try to take that from you, but you don’t have to give it away. Keep on shining Pattyn. And when the right young man comes along, he’ll love you all the more for giftin’ this sad planet with your light.” ~ Ellen Hopkins
  15. “I did not myself set a high estimation on wealth, and had the affectation of most young men of lively imagination, who suppose that they can better dispense with the possession of money than resign their time and faculties to the labor necessary to acquire it.” ~ Walter Scott
  16. “Young man the simple answer is land, land, and land. No one gives upland. Ever.” ~ Munir Butt

  17. “I was always moved by all of the music. As a young man, Duke Ellington and Lionel Hampton, Count Basie and all these great musicians would come through our town of Memphis. There wasn’t adequate hotels, so these musicians – the lady who ran the theater knew my mother, who had a large house, and many of them would stay with us. So that was another great blessing, so I’m always around these great geniuses, and to realize their humanity is such a touching thing.” ~ Charles Lloyd
  18. “For Irishmen, there is no football game to match rugby and if all our young men played rugby not only would we beat England and Wales but France and the whole lot of them put together.” ~ Eamon de Valera
  19. “The atrocious crime of being a young man . . . I shall neither attempt to palliate nor deny.” ~ William Pitt, 1st Earl of Chatham
  20. “If I’d had fame early on, I’d have been able to abuse it in the way that a young man should.” ~ Benedict Cumberbatch

  21. “Become familiar with your home, but know also about your neighbors. The young man who never went anywhere thinks his mother is the greatest cook.” ~ Chinua Achebe
  22. “when a great war has cut off the young men of a nation it never can be told thereafter what losses of scholars, poets, thinkers and great designers the country and the world have suffered.” ~ James Vila Blake
  23. “As a young man, I lived through the Great Depression, when banks failed and so many lost their jobs and homes and went hungry. I was fortunate to have a job at a canning factory that paid 25 cents an hour.” ~ James E. Faust
  24. “While the death of young men in war is unfortunate, it is no more serious than the touching of mountains and wilderness areas by humankind.” ~ David R. Brower

  25. “Young men, I beseech you earnestly, beware of pride. Two things are said to be very rare sights in the world- one is a young man that is humble, and the other is an old man that is content. I fear that this is only too true.” ~ J. C. Ryle
  26. “Every young man should aim at independence and should prepare himself for a vocation; above all, he should so manage his life that the steps of his progress are taken without improper aids; that he calls no one master, that he does not win or deserve the reputation of being a tool of others, and that if called to public service he may assume its duties with the satisfaction of knowing that he is free to rise to the height of his opportunity.” ~ Charles Evans Hughes
  27. “The young man who joins a political party is a traitor to his generation and to his race.” ~ Corneliu Zelea Codreanu
  28. “A lot of young men are frustrated and looking for someone to blame.” ~ Warren Farrell

  29. “It may be that at this moment every battlement of heaven is alive with the redeemed. There is a sainted mother watching for her daughter. Have you no response to that long hushed voice which has prayed for you so often? And for you, young man, are there no voices there that have prayed for you? And are there none whom you promised once to meet again, if not on earth, in heaven?” ~ Dwight L. Moody
  30. “A young man ought to cross his own rules, to awake his vigor, and to keep it from growing faint and rusty. And there is no course of life so weak and sottish as that which is carried on by rule and discipline.” ~ Michel de Montaigne
  31. “Had I not gone through the ordeal, in more than one country, of landing a job, I would he tempted to lose patience over the number of letters pouring in from fellows who want me or someone else to hand them a job on a silver platter with a guarantee that they will receive the wonderful promotion their talents warrant…. But a tragic number of young men and even older men have a notion that it is not up to them to prosecute the bettering process. They look to someone else to perform the trick for them.” ~ B. C. Forbes
  32. “I was never an Angry Young Man. I am angry only when I hit my thumb with a hammer.” ~ Kingsley Amis

  33. “Many concerns now make part or the whole of their dividends from by-products that formerly went to waste. How do we, as individuals, utilize our principal by-product? Our principal by-product is, of course, our leisure time. Many years of observation forces the conclusion that a man’s success or failure in life is determined as much by how he acts during his leisure as by how he acts during his work hours. Tell me how a young man spends his evenings and I will tell you how he is likely to spend the latter part of his life.” ~ B. C. Forbes
  34. “The young man who addresses himself in stern earnest to organizing his life-his habits, his associations, his reading, his study, his work-stands far more chance of rising to a position affording him opportunity to exercise his organizing abilities than the fellow who dawdles along without chart or compass, without plan or purpose, without self-improvement and self-discipline.” ~ B. C. Forbes
  35. “If the sewing societies, the avails of whose industry are now expended in supporting and educating young men for the ministry, were to withdraw their contributions to these objects, and give them where they are more needed, to their advancement of their own sex in useful learning, the next generation might furnish sufficient proof, that in intelligence and ability to master the whole circle of sciences, woman is not inferior to man.” ~ Sarah Moore Grimke
  36. “Every young man is prone to be misled by the suggestions of his own ill-founded ambition which he mistakes for the promptings of a secret genius, and thence dreams of unrivaled greatness.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

  37. “Mr. Speaker, at a time when the nation is again confronted with necessity for calling its young men into service in the interests of National Security, I cannot see the wisdom of denying our young women the opportunity to serve their country.” ~ Lyndon B. Johnson
  38. “I regard the effort to introduce women into colleges for young men as very undesirable, and for many reasons. That the two sexes should be united, both as teachers and pupils, in the same institution seems very desirable, but rarely in early life by a method that removes them from parental watch and care, and the protecting influences of a home.” ~ Catharine Beecher
  39. “We see young men who owe us a new world, so readily and lavishly they promise, but they never acquit the debt; they die young and dodge the account: or if they live, they lose themselves in the crowd.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
  40. “Old men dream dreams; young men see visions.” ~ Melvin B. Tolson

  41. “The best hopes of any community rest upon that class of its gifted young men who are not encumbered with large possessions…. I now speak of extensive scholarship and ripe culture in science and art…. It is not large possessions, it is large expectations, or rather large hopes, that stimulate the ambition of the young.” ~ Rutherford B. Hayes
  42. “The best advice I can give to any young man or young woman upon graduation from school can be summed up in exactly eight words, and they are-be honest with yourself and tell the truth.” ~ James Farley
  43. “[About his marijuana use] I did. It’s not something that I’m proud of. It was a mistake as a young man, but you know? I mean not going to — I never understood that line. The point was to inhale. That was the point.” ~ Barack Obama
  44. “Derek Taylor was where all the razz-ma-tazz and class sprang from; the Beatles were just charming, rich young men.” ~ Eve Babitz

  45. “I saw battle-corpses, myriads of them,
    And the white skeletons of young men-I saw them;
    I saw the debris and debris of all the dead soldiers of the war;
    But I saw they were not as was thought;
    They themselves were fully at rest-they suffer’d not;
    The living remain’d and suffer’d-the mother suffer’d,
    And the wife and the child, and the musing comrade suffer’d,
    And the armies that remain’d suffer’d.” ~ Walt Whitman
  46. “…no man of genuinely superior intelligence has ever been an actor. Even supposing a young man of appreciable mental powers to be lured upon the stage, as philosophers are occasionally lured into bordellos, his mind would be inevitably and almost immediately destroyed by the gaudy nonsense issuing from his mouth every night.” ~ H. L. Mencken
  47. “Old men who never cheated never doubted,
    Communicated monthly, sit and stare
    At the new suburb stretched beyond the run-way
    Where a young man lands hatless from the air.” ~ John Betjeman
  48. “We earnestly recommend young men to read what has been to ourselves a truly delightful work.” ~ Dean Alford

  49. “The most amazing thing about young men is how invisible they were to you when you were young. It is also the most poignant.” ~ Perry Brass
  50. “With the young man starting in business, let him understand the value of money by earning it.” ~ P. T. Barnum , Young man quotes business
  51. “Recruiting is the one thing I hate. I won’t do it unless my coaches tell me I’ve just got to. The whole process is kind of undignified for me and the young man.” ~ Bear Bryant
  52. “You know Moms has been accused of liking young men, and I’m guilty.” ~ Moms Mabley

  53. “We must diligently strive to make our young men decent, God-fearing, law-abiding, honor-loving, justice-doing and also fearless and strong.” ~ Theodore Roosevelt
  54. “My father was a man of the theater. I grew up in a theater family. As a young man, as a boy, I gypsied around with my siblings and my parents too, like, eight different towns, went to eight different schools. All those things were extremely formative, and I think that’s what happens.” ~ John Lithgow
  55. “I do occasionally wonder if you were to bring to life one of those young men who sacrificed themselves in what was advertised to them as the Great War, and the war to end all war, and show them that we’re still engaged in armed conflict in the same area, I’m not sure that they would be pleased about what their sacrifices amounted to.” ~ Russell Crowe
  56. “As a young man, I was very introverted and quiet, but with a lot of intensity and feelings.” ~ Om Puri

  57. “Young men just don’t know what it means to be a man. There are so many lies about what it means to be a man whether that be get a bunch of girls or get a bunch of money or don’t cry and don’t have emotions. Nobody is teaching them how to be men.” ~ Trip Lee
  58. “Young men especially – I don’t know if young women feel much the same – but young men think they are immortal, automatically. They have no idea of time because they have so much energy and I was like that.” ~ Clive James
  59. “There’s this whole problem of trafficking, which has gotten worse in the economic downturn, which disproportionately affects young women, but also affects some young men who are sold into bondage, into basically servitude for indebted work that they can often never escape from.” ~ William J. Clinton
  60. “I didn’t save my money for a lawyer. I was a very young man, and saved my money for having a good time.” ~ Jack Kirby

  61. “Speaking as a human being, not as a businessman – the unions are great. The unions are great for the working people because they protect you, but I didn’t see them that way as a young man. First of all, the papers would connect them with thee communists – labor unions were communists.” ~ Jack Kirby
  62. “When I was a young man, my friends and I and all of us in New York were very influenced by French cinema. French cinema played an enormous influence on those of us who wanted to be filmmakers.” ~ Woody Allen
  63. “Living is the original art. As a young man I wanted to be a poet and I learned along the way that I already was a poet.” ~ Mark Nepo

  64. “Most of my last 30 years have been like that. Results and manifestations of things I’d dreamed of as a young kid and wanted as a child and as a young man. I realized it maybe 30 years ago. I thought, “This is unreal. This has happened as I expected it to, as I’d pictured it.” My whole life has been like that and I’m fascinated by that power that we all have. That we create our lives as we go.” ~ Anthony Hopkins
  65. “Young men need a positive influence, especially when they don’t have a strong male figure in their lives. They can be influenced by a great, godly man in the church, which gives men a great mission in the church to influence these kids.” ~ Tony Evans

A young man a male in early manhood.

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