Quotes about Boys

Tush! tush! fear boys with bugs.

William Shakespeare

Farewell! a long farewell, to all my greatness!
This is the state of man: to-day he puts forth
The tender leaves of hopes; to-morrow blossoms,
And bears his blushing honours thick upon him;
The third day comes a frost, a killing frost,
And when he thinks, good easy man, full surely
His greatness is a-ripening, nips his root,
And then he falls, as I do. I have ventured,
Like little wanton boys that swim on bladders,
This many summers in a sea of glory,
But far beyond my depth: my high-blown pride
At length broke under me and now has left me,
Weary and old with service, to the mercy
Of a rude stream, that must forever hide me.
Vain pomp and glory of this world, I hate ye:
I feel my heart new opened. O, how wretched
Is that poor man that hangs on princes' favours!
There is betwixt that smile we would aspire to,
That sweet aspect of princes, and their ruin,
More pangs and fears than wars or women have:
And when he falls, he falls like Lucifer,
Never to hope again.

William Shakespeare

Triumphs for nothing and lamenting toys
Is jollity for apes and grief for boys.

William Shakespeare

Three merry boys, and three merry boys,
And three merry boys are we,
As ever did sing in a hempen string
Under the gallows-tree.

John Fletcher

Homer himself must beg if he want means, and as by report sometimes he did "go from door to door and sing ballads, with a company of boys about him."

Robert Burton

As boys do sparrows, with flinging salt upon their tails.

Jonathan Swift

There is now less flogging in our great schools than formerly,--but then less is learned there; so that what the boys get at one end they lose at the other.

Samuel Johnson

Claret is the liquor for boys, port for men; but he who aspires to be a hero must drink brandy.

Samuel Johnson

And when with envy Time, transported,
Shall think to rob us of our joys,
You 'll in your girls again be courted,
And I 'll go wooing in my boys.

Thomas Percy

O Life! how pleasant is thy morning,
Young Fancy's rays the hills adorning!
Cold-pausing Caution's lesson scorning,
We frisk away,
Like schoolboys at th' expected warning,
To joy and play.

Robert Burns

A wet sheet and a flowing sea,
A wind that follows fast,
And fills the white and rustling sail,
And bends the gallant mast.
And bends the gallant mast, my boys,
While like the eagle free
Away the good ship flies, and leaves
Old England on the lee.

Allan Cunningham

Put your trust in God, my boys, and keep your powder dry!

Colonel Blacker

Earth laughs in flowers to see her boastful boys
Earth-proud, proud of the earth which is not theirs;
Who steer the plough, but can not steer their feet
Clear of the grave.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Ho, pretty page, with the dimpled chin
That never has known the barber's shear,
All your wish is woman to win,
This is the way that boys begin.
Wait till you come to Forty Year.

William Makepeace Thackeray

There's a good time coming, boys!
A good time coming.

Charles Mackay

When one asked him what boys should learn, "That," said he, "which they shall use when men."


It was the saying of Bion, that though the boys throw stones at frogs in sport, yet the frogs do not die in sport but in earnest.


Aristippus being asked what were the most necessary things for well-born boys to learn, said, "Those things which they will put in practice when they become men."

Diogenes Laërtius

Never be possessive. If a female friend lets on that she is going out with another man, be kind and understanding. If she says she would like to go out with the Dallas Cowboys, including the coaching staff, the same rule applies. Tell her: "Kath, you just go right ahead and do what you feel is right." Unless you actually care for her, in which case you must see to it that she has no male contact whatsoever.

Bruce Friedman

The Boys and the Frogs Some boys, playing near a pond, saw a number of Frogs in the water and began to pelt them with stones. They killed several of them, when one of the Frogs, lifting his head out of the water, cried out: Pray stop, my boys: what is sport to you, is death to us.


Homer himself must beg if he want means, and as by report sometimes he did "go from door to door and sing ballads, with a company of boys about him."

Robert Burton

I pay the schoolmaster, but 'tis the schoolboys that educate my son.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Only little boys and old men sneer at love.

Louis Auchincloss

Boys will be boys, and so will a lot of middle-aged men.

Kin Hubbard

Boys don't make passes at female smart-asses.

Letty Cottin Pogrebin

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