The Teenage Years Are Brought To Horrifying Life With These 13 Quotes About Teens That Make Us Glad We’re All Grown Up.
1. Socrates, Greek philosopher
Our youth now love luxury. They have bad manners, contempt for authority; they show disrespect for their elders and love chatter in place of exercise; they no longer rise when elders enter the room; they contradict their parents, chatter before company; gobble up their food and tyrannize their teachers.
It is amazing that this quote is something that would resonate with everyone – who is not currently a teen. That being said, Socrates could not have foreseen what ‘flame to the fire’ of his main contention that technology and social media would add to the teenage years.
Respect and traditional values, the ability to effectively communicate face-to-face, even dating are all being eroded by technology and the younger generations adoption of it. The world that Socrates once knew is all but gone.
2.George Carlin, Brain Droppings
And although I broke a lot of laws as a teenager, I straightened out immediately upon turning eighteen, when I realized the state had a legal right to execute me.
The transition from teen to legally responsible for some is easy, while for others is rather hard – and not always straightforward. Many teens rebel, challenge authority all trying to ‘find their place in the world’.
3. My Chemical Romance, “Teenagers” (lyrics by Gerard Way)
Teenagers scare the living s*** out of me / They could care less as long as someone’ll bleed / So darken your clothes or strike a violent pose / Maybe they’ll leave you alone, but not me.
There is no question, that boundaries have moved. From ‘back in the day’ when an issue was sorted out with a simple dust up, to today where bloodsports – or even worse – sometimes ensue. School shootings, guns, MMA you name it…where does it stop?
4. J.B. Priestley, author of An Inspector Calls
Like its politicians and its wars, society has the teenagers it deserves.
“Spare the rod, spoil the child’ comes to mind here. It is so true that we are all a product of our surroundings, our education, our upbringing. So next time you walk around blaming the teens for the way they are, look in the mirror and ask again.
5. Stephen King, author of Carrie
You know, small children take it as a matter of course that things will change every day and grown-ups understand that things change sooner or later and their job is to keep them from changing as long as possible. It’s only kids in high school who are convinced they’re never going to change. There’s always going to be a pep rally and there’s always going to be a spectator bus, somewhere out there in their future.
Teens are wired to think that they are in a holding pattern, that they are in a vortex – that will all change, but for the short term at least the Master of all things scary has a point.
6.Dan Chaon, author of Among the Missing
We leave such a trail of bodies through our teens and twenties that it’s hard to tell which one is us. How many versions do we abandon over the years?
There is something about ‘recreating’ the image of ourselves in order to fit in, it could be argued that this happens more often in our later years to than we would like to admit. But in the teens, it is all about the what you do, where you are doing and what you are wearing. Influenced by anything and everything, it is important that teens find who they are…we all did, I think.
Teenagers are the most misunderstood people on earth. Treated like children, but expected to act like adults.
Nothing truer in terms of the teen voice today. Expected to do so much, yet not given the chance to enjoy the liberties adults do. Told to step up, but not too much. It is a time of contradiction, hypocrisy and emotions running high, but like all things, it does come to an end.
8. Ray Bradbury, author of Dandelion Wine
In the teen years, there is most certainly a feeling that you are at the top of your game, you finish high school only to enter the big, bad world realizing you know nothing…nothing at all.
9. Michael Crichton, author of Prey
Kids are more advanced these days. The teenage years now start at 11.
Technology again has had a huge influence on kids growing up faster. Access to new platforms, news, and tabloids, they are feeling like they need to get older fast – not just enjoy playing as kids. Youth is something we never get back, they should always be encouraged to enjoy every moment of it.
10. Tina Fey, author of Bossypants
It was a major and deeply embarrassing teenage revelation. It must be how straight teenage boys feel when they realize those boobs they like have heads attached to them.
This is a topic that is true for all sexes and all sexual orientations – in the teen years, hormones run wild and learning to control them is a lifelong struggle…for some.
Teenage — young enough to know you can, old enough to know you shouldn’t, and stupid enough to do it anyway.
We all pushed the boundaries in one way or another. Sometimes, this ‘stupidity’ to do it anyway, challenges & disrupts the world to become a better place. This can’t always be a bad thing?
12. Scott Thompson, author of Young Men Shall See
When we became teenagers boredom grew like a moth in a cocoon fighting to escape, and the peace created by our parents became a prison. We sought excitement and adventure. We sought anything but the sinless, pure, and average of the faux idyllic.
It is ironic that the older we get, the more we wish we had have taken advantage of the cocoon, the peace and the ‘prison-like conditions’. When we age, we have responsibilities and as much as we try, we can never turn back the clock.
13. Rebecah McManus, author of Colliding Worlds
For in today’s generation of teenagers finding acceptance is hard, especially for those who dare to be different — then it’s impossible.
This may have been truer several years ago, but in today’s world, it is arguably becoming a place where ‘being different is required’. Personalizing almost everything from clothes, technology, profiles, hair and even meals is on the cards with the Millennials.
14. Sarah Newton, author of The Teen Years: Don’t Get Mad, Get Through
The biggest test for parents is not how they parent, but how they respond to disorder and unpredictability.
Teens wanted to be treated like they matter, like their opinions matter. They will lash out, they will be unpredictable, but it is no different to managing teams of employees. In the child years, we are teachers, in the teen years, we need to move from teachers to coaches…and let them be the best they can be.
The teen years are hard, and thankfully (for many of us) over. Which of these Quotes About Teens did you find to be the most accurate?