Top 141 Young Man Quotes

Words matter. These are the best Young Man Quotes from famous people such as Cillian Murphy, Maya Angelou, Akkineni Nagarjuna, Reiss Nelson, George Santayana, and they’re great for sharing with your friends.

Patience is something that, as a young man, I didn't ha

Patience is something that, as a young man, I didn’t have – when waiting for parts to arrive or waiting for people to behave as I wanted them to.
Cillian Murphy
I have a son, who is my heart. A wonderful young man, daring and loving and strong and kind.
Maya Angelou
Early in my career, I got roles that demanded that I be fit to carry off the angry young man look. Of course, I’m a fitness freak, and that’s something I picked up from my dad.
Akkineni Nagarjuna
I’ve got a lot of time and respect for Arsene, and I think he developed me into a good young man as well, and I’m very thankful for that.
Reiss Nelson
The young man who has not wept is a savage, and the older man who will not laugh is a fool.
George Santayana
I used to send Tony Romo texts throughout the season just to encourage him, just to wish him luck and just to tell him to get on his offensive line. I hated watching this young man get sacked as much as he did, especially when it came down to big games.
Emmitt Smith
As a child I liked to watch movies. As a young man I wanted to work in films.
In a summer marked by instability in the Middle East and Eastern Europe, I know the world also took notice of the small American city of Ferguson, Missouri – where a young man was killed, and a community was divided. So yes, we have our own racial and ethnic tensions.
Barack Obama
As a young man, the temptation was to drink the minibar dry. I did all that – now I prefer to get outdoors.
Bill Bailey
I want to reach everybody, from the little girls who are 3 years old, to the grandmother who watches my soap, to a young man in love.
My father, my Mormon father, took off when I was a young man and, or actually very young, I was like six years old, so a young boy.
Dustin Lance Black
If you are lucky enough to have lived in Paris as a young man, then wherever you go for the rest of your life it stays with you, for Paris is a moveable feast.
Ernest Hemingway
It is bad for a young man to sin; but it is worse for an old man to sin.
Abu Bakr
John Muir, the famous naturalist, wrote in his journal that you should never go to Alaska as a young man because you’ll never be satisfied with any other place as long as you live. And there’s a lot of truth to that.
Tom Bodett
When I was a young man, an individual with one million dollars was very rich. Anyone with a few millions more was considered richer than rich.
Paul Craig Roberts
The word knight, which originally meant boy or servant, was particularly applied to a young man after he was admitted to the privilege of bearing arms.
Thomas Bulfinch
You know, this whole thing about Ricky Martin, and how successful that young man is. He’s 27, I was 29.
Robert Conrad
Oxford is the most dangerous place to which a young man can be sent.
Anthony Trollope
The basic equation that mystified me as a young man was looking at guys who could actually get girls. I was always amazed, because they never seemed to care. I was like, ‘How do they do that?’
Andy Richter
As a young man, I saw families prosper without reading because there were always sufficient opportunities for willing workers who could follow simple instructions. This is no longer the case. Children who don’t read are, in the main, destined for lesser lives. I feel a deep sense of responsibility to change this.
Walter Dean Myers
If I walk in a home, and a young man disrespects his mother or grandfather, grandmother in front of me, I’m out. Because if that’s the case, he respects no one. He is not going to respect me.
John Calipari
How many women in this world are served breakfast in bed every morning by a gorgeous young man? I am. So how do I feel about older age? Crazy about it! Wouldn’t trade it for anything!
Olivia De Havilland
I think I wanted to be a doctor. In Iran, the engineering and medical professions are worshipped. My father very much wanted me to be a doctor. I was certainly eager to please as a young man – as a kid, I should say.
Dara Khosrowshahi
I used to look so immature, like a young man without self-confidence. There was one particular light blue, shiny cape outfit I wore that still makes me cringe.
Bjorn Ulvaeus
Well, I think they’re all basically the same story. Every culture in the world has them. When you strip it down and analyze it, it’s the young man or girl who goes through a trial or ordeal and hits a very low ebb but manages to get guidance from a Merlin type figure.
Liam Neeson
I think it is perfectly natural for any artist to admire intensely and love a young man. It is an incident in the life of almost every artist.
Oscar Wilde
People say that if you’re still angry at 52, you’re not an angry young man, just a grumpy old git.
Paul Weller
After marching across the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma as a young man, John Lewis went on to become a legendary leader for civil rights alongside other giants of the movement like Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Rev. Fred Shuttlesworth.
Kay Ivey
As a young man, even if I was going to see a play or a film by myself, I didn’t feel like I was alone. There was something that was unfolding up there that brought me into it. And I recognised that. For those two hours, it made me feel like I belonged to something really good.
Tom Hanks
I ran track in high school. I was a fragile young man, personally and physically. I tried football. That didn’t work out; I broke my collarbone. But I always loved running.
Danny Pudi
In high school, I began to dig my way into Ethiopian history, and began to understand myself as a young man formed by multiple narratives.
Dinaw Mengestu
Poverty is uncomfortable; but nine times out of ten the

Poverty is uncomfortable; but nine times out of ten the best thing that can happen to a young man is to be tossed overboard and compelled to sink or swim.
James A. Garfield
Reading, solitude, idleness, a soft and sedentary life, intercourse with women and young people, these are perilous paths for a young man, and these lead him constantly into danger.
Jean-Jacques Rousseau
I’ve been married three times, but I’ll never forget my first trip as a young man, on my honeymoon, with my new wife.
Joe Pesci
As a young man, I felt a need to communicate with somebody or something, but it seemed in my own particular environment that that wasn’t an option. On the other hand, I probably lacked the courage to do so, even if it was an option.
Nick Tosches
Virtually all my conscious life I had been involved in theatre – I had been a child actor – but as a young man who had experienced the 1960s, British theatre seemed remote from my aspirations in life – theatre was still a posh thing, a middle-class thing, something for an elite.
Tony Robinson
When you’re playing in the NFL, you can only do this for a short amount of time. Guys retire before they’re 30. If you play forever, you play into your 40s – and you’re still a young man with a lot of life left to live.
Nick Foles
The great Muhammad Ali used to have that phrase where he would say: ‘Rumble young man, rumble’ and ‘I’m so pretty I’m ready to rumble.’ I kind of just fine tuned it to ‘Let’s get ready to rumble.’
Michael Buffer
A young man without ambition is an old man waiting to be.
Steven Brust
Every young man or woman should weigh the matter well before concluding that a college education is out of the question.
Orison Swett Marden
And there is no trade or employment but the young man following it may become a hero.
Walt Whitman
I have no problems with a young man being allowed to understand the mistakes he makes, and let’s move forward. Let’s move forward, and let’s not do it again. That is how I look at it.
John Dorsey
When about fifteen I once made a great scandal by taking out my knife in prayer meeting and assaulting a young man who, while I was kneeling down during the prayer, stood above me and squeezed my neck.
Simon Newcomb
To be honest, I never, ever thought I’d ever do comedy. I was so frequently cast early on as a high-born young man with… ‘problems’ and, later, as a heavy, from black-hatted western villains to the corporate raider to bad cops.
Leslie Nielsen
I have never met a man who I could still say, ‘That is the love of my life.’ Stuart is. I never met anybody as full of love and giving as this young man.
Astrid Kirchherr
I’m not just a rapper; I’m an intelligent young man. But being able to give my mother everything she’s ever wanted, I could care less about being famous or the money; that’s my dream. That’s all that matters to me.
In ancient African cultures, a young man was not considered a full member of the tribe, an elder, a man. He couldn’t marry and he couldn’t own land until he had killed a lion. It was symbolic.
John Eldredge
It’s hard to be a hungry young man when you’re not hungry anymore. We were very hungry young men when we wrote ‘Black Sabbath’ and when we wrote ‘War Pigs.’
Bill Ward
K. Thiagarajan is a painfully shy young man. But he is the human personification of the idiom ‘Still waters run deep.’
Jackie Shroff
In many of my plays, there was a kind of autobiographical character in the form of a son or young man.
Sam Shepard
I worked in the family business, which was my father’s shoe making company that he had inherited from his father, and that led me to become interested in what could be achieved by a great Italian brand. That became my ambition as a young man.
Diego Della Valle
As a young man, I was angry about all things legal.
David Lammy
Before Nelson Mandela was arrested in 1962, he was an angry, relatively young man. He founded the ANC’s military wing. When he was released, he surprised everyone because he was talking about reconciliation and forgiveness and not about revenge.
Desmond Tutu
The average bright young man who is drafted hates the whole business because an army always tries to eliminate the individual differences in men.
Andy Rooney
Richard Sherman is a creation of the media and a bright young man who has learned how to capitalize on everything, and sometimes at the expense of his other teammates.
Jim Brown
The young man knows the rules, but the old man knows the exceptions.
Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.
I didn’t start out angry. I started out a young man wanting adventure.
Andrew Vachss
Like the Negro League players, I traveled through the segregated south as a young man. Because I was black, I was denied service at many restaurants and could only drink from water fountains marked ‘Colored.’ When I went to the movies, I would have to sit in the Colored balcony.
Walter Dean Myers
I was a confused young man. I didn’t know what I wanted to be.
John Candy
I’m estranged from my father and that relationship, as a young man, is incredibly important. It’s probably responsible for the man I’ve become.
Jesse Metcalfe
Clinton impressed Assad: a young man who appeared to want to be neutral in the Arab-Israeli dispute – an illusion of course, but that’s what Assad thought.
Robert Fisk
A relatively young woman is perceived as younger than a relatively young man.
Federica Mogherini
Caravaggio was a tormented, defiant, bisexual, angry yo

Caravaggio was a tormented, defiant, bisexual, angry young man – a maestro who looked nothing like a maestro.
Alvaro Enrigue
No worse fate can befall a young man or woman than becoming prematurely entrenched in prudence and negation.
Knut Hamsun
When I was a young man, I understood that poetry was two things – it was difficult to understand, but you could understand that the poet was miserable. So for a while there, I wrote poems that were hard to understand, even by me, but gave off whiffs of misery.
Billy Collins
My thing was play as hard as you can, don’t be stupid, pay attention to details, and have enough guts in the clutch that you’re not afraid to make a play. Some things I thought were important for a young man to know.
Joe Paterno
Joining the Liberal Party was a no-brainer for me… And when you are a young man, you don’t get a calculator out saying, ‘Am I going to get to power?’ You get propelled forward by idealism.
Nick Clegg
My father was trained as a saddler, but in fact as a young man worked in his father’s business of rearing and selling cattle, so he grew up in the countryside.
Aaron Klug
The school in the Yorkshire mining village in which my father grew up in the 1920s and 1930s allowed only a few children to go to high school, and my father was not one of them. He spent much of his time as a young man repairing this deprivation, mostly at night school.
Angus Deaton
My mother was a Bloomsbury figure: a great friend of TS Eliot, Duncan Grant, Vanessa Bell. My grandmother, Mary Hutchinson, gave her life to works of art, being an admirer of Matisse and Giaometti, whom I collected as a young man because of her.
Jacob Rothschild
What I like most about the series is that the stories deal 75 percent of the time with the problems of Peter Parker, a normal, unremarkable young man when he isn’t out fighting crime.
Nicholas Hammond
In truth, I never dreamed of being a manager. Like every other boy in Brazil who was marked by the ’70 World Cup, I dreamed of wearing the yellow shirt for the national team. Unfortunately, that was not my fate. I had to undergo seven surgeries on my knee. At 27, my career was over, and I was still a young man.
Robb Stark was a young man not expecting anything, thinking his life is going to be on one path, and then he’s pushed. More weight and responsibility get put onto him; more demands are made of him. For me, as an actor, there are parallels to that.
Richard Madden
I’m gonna reveal something to you that’s going to come as a shock: If you’re a stupid young man, you’re usually a stupid old man. Most people, including myself, keep repeating the same mistakes.
William Shatner
I’d never known of an architect as a young man. I think there was only one architect in Tucuman.
Cesar Pelli
I’ve been involved with ‘Hamilton’ for about two and a half years. I’ve learned so much. I came into it a young man. Now I’ve dropped the ‘young.’
Leslie Odom, Jr.
Luther Campbell is the only person that has ever paid me for sampling me. I’m out for the rest of ’em, but the young man paid me.
Rudy Ray Moore
A young man who knows and loves the Book of Mormon, who has read it several times, who has an abiding testimony of its truthfulness, and who applies its teachings will be able to stand against the wiles of the devil and will be a mighty tool in the hands of the Lord.
Ezra Taft Benson
When a young man massacres innocents, we have been trained to believe that the act was due to improper levels of chemical enzymes and misfiring synapses. As we learn more about our cells, we forget more about our souls.
Gary Bauer
That women are mysterious and unknowable is something every young man grows up believing. Men, on the other hand, never think of themselves as mysterious or confusing, and we are often at a loss as to why women want to figure us out.
Chris Abani
I remember that Scott Jacoby was a nice young man.
Kim Hunter
When I was a young man, I was poor. In a war with other nations, I was in eighty-seven fights. There I received my name and was made Chief of my nation. But now I am old and am for peace.
Red Cloud
I don’t feel old. I feel like a young man that has something wrong with him.
Dick Cavett
One of my biggest attributes, if you speak to my coaches from when I was a young lad, is that I’ve always believed in my own ability and been a confident young man.
James Maddison
I’m not the same young man I was when I first got into music.
The practice of shaving makes its first appearance in the Bible in connection with the story of Joseph, who as a young man was sold by his brothers into slavery in Egypt, where he was subsequently imprisoned on false charges.
Meir Soloveichik
It was the nearest to a casualty on the Spray in her whole course, so far as I know. The young man having come on board with compliments made the mishap most embarrassing.
Joshua Slocum
If you can ask a young man to give his life for his country, you can lead people.
Robert Kiyosaki
A young man is so strong, so mad, so certain, and so lost. He has everything and he is able to use nothing.
Thomas Wolfe
Here in America, money is something everyone can have, and because Trump poured cement with blue collars when he was a young man, he knows the vernacular; he speaks that language. In fact, he was probably much more comfortable with them than he is with the aristocrats, who are his financial peers.
Gavin McInnes
I cannot understand why any young man – or young woman, for that matter – would wish to undergo the painful process of disfiguring the skin with various multicolored representations of people, animals, and various symbols.
Gordon B. Hinckley
If I were a young man today, I might be lured into the moviemaking industry. You can really make a statement there.
James A. Michener
When I was a young man, I used to dream maybe someday I could be an alderman. Instead of that I became an attorney general, a senator, a vice president, a Democratic nominee.
Walter F. Mondale
A woman at the Limited once asked me, 'Why do you work?

A woman at the Limited once asked me, ‘Why do you work?’ She said, ‘You made a lot of money as a young man, so why are you still working?’ I had never thought about it before. Forced to consider it, I told her, ‘You know why? Because I think that if you stop to smell the roses, you’ll get hit by a truck.’
Les Wexner
Later on, there were some problems with our navy, so he made me the head of the navy – all things that I hardly knew anything about. I was basically an ignorant young man.
Shimon Peres
When it all got taken away, I was becoming a young man. So I had to sacrifice to leave my family… Sleeping in my car, getting an apartment for a month and getting evicted the next month. Staying in the $25, $50 hotels.
DJ Khaled
I thought Winston Churchill was a young man of promise, but it appears he is a young man of promises.
Arthur Balfour
The fact is, if a young man is naturally indolent, the spur of necessity will drive him but a very little way, while the having enough to live upon is often the means of preserving his self-respect.
James Payn
A young man who isn’t a socialist hasn’t got a heart; an old man who is a socialist hasn’t got a head.
David Lloyd George
Corey Graves – he’s thrown jabs at me; I’ve thrown jabs back, you know? And you know, the thing is, Corey Graves, of course, yeah, he’s a college educated young man. His vernacular is a little different than mine.
Booker T
There’s a crystallization that goes on in a poem which the young man can bring off, but which the middle-aged man can’t.
John Updike
I have the same interests as women. Well, apart from football and music, obviously. I’ve always had as many female friends as male ones. The novels I read as a young man were all by women writers, and when I started writing, I wanted to set my books inside the home.
Nick Hornby
I was introduced to classical music by my grandparents – my parents were mostly into folk and jazz. Even as a young man, I was literally unaware of the distinctions between any of that, and I still think it’s pointless.
Chris Thile
I have been using Victorinox Cutlery since I was a young man, when my parents gave me a block set to properly equip me for my culinary apprenticeship.
Daniel Humm
The misery of a child is interesting to a mother, the misery of a young man is interesting to a young woman, the misery of an old man is interesting to nobody.
Eric Hoffer
I’m quite an independent person, and I had to be. As a boy and growing into a young man I had to look out for myself. And now I’m very family-oriented. It’s a big priority in my life.
Hugh Jackman
I was waiting for a train at Waverley Station in Edinburgh. My knee was hurting, so I asked a young man for his seat. He replied, ‘There’s one over there’. I said, ‘Please’, and when he refused I poured my water over him.
Miriam Margolyes
Hoover was incredibly ambitious as a young man. He was highly motivated to succeed in Washington, primarily due to his mother’s expectations of him.
Leonardo DiCaprio
When I was a young man, barely 18, I discovered Jesus Christ as my personal saviour, and for six months I told my mother she was damned to hell. That wasn’t much fun. I abandoned it.
Luke Rhinehart
What you’ve got to do in any coaching job, whether it is moving to Sweden as a young man – where being English gave you a slight advantage – or something else, you’ve got to win the players’ respect.
Roy Hodgson
I see a young man playing ‘Plaisir d’Amour’ on guitar. I knew I didn’t want to go to college; I was already playing a ukulele, and after I saw that, I was hooked. All I wanted to do was play guitar and sing.
Joan Baez
I feel people may see me as that young pop star artist, which I guess I am, but I’m not that cutesy little guy anymore. I’m a young man, and I want to come off that way.
Tyler Shaw
Young man, the secret of my success is that at early age I discovered that I was not God.
Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.
There is this strange fog of being a young man that I would refer to as soft time. Time does not go forward there. It’s a series of doors that kind of wind back into one another, like a series of doors in the upper floor of a house. You revisit the same lessons over and over again, or you choose to ignore them.
Ryan Adams
The sudden death of the leading man will cause change, making another man leader. Soon, but too late, the young man will attain high office. By land and sea, he will be feared.
When a young man complains that a young lady has no heart, it’s pretty certain that she has his.
George Dennison Prentice
When I first ran for public office, it was with the passion and idealism of a young man who believed that government could help make our lives better, that public service was a calling and that citizenship demanded responsibilities. There was a greater good.
James McGreevey
We’re trying to give a young man life lessons – sacrifice, commitment, teamwork, self-confidence, self-esteem. That’s what this sport does for kids.
Bill Cowher
It’s about a young man who has climbed to fame and he discovers that his writing and the relationship with his wife are really more important for him than anything else.
Ismail Merchant
I was kind of wild. I enjoyed myself as a young man. I was moving 100 miles per hour – on and off the field.
Charles Woodson
The cliches are all true! My son Max has just turned two, and he’s literally turned into this driven young man overnight! The terrible twos are not a myth, but he’s such a laugh to be around.
Burn Gorman
To play the trumpet, you must train your lips for a long time. When I was twelve or thirteen I was a good player, but I lost the skill and now I play very badly. I do it every day even so. The reason is that I want to return to my childhood. For me, the trumpet is evidence of the sort of young man I was.
Umberto Eco
It’s quite flattering to have Leonardo DiCaprio play you in the movie. He’s a great-looking young man.
Frank Abagnale
Jason McDermott can be the most ingratiating young man: a born politician.
Bill Dedman
The first symptom of love in a young man is timidity; i

The first symptom of love in a young man is timidity; in a girl boldness.
Victor Hugo
To many a man, and sometimes to a youth, there comes the opportunity to choose between honorable competence and tainted wealth. The young man who starts out to be poor and honorable, holds in his hand one of the strongest elements of success.
Orison Swett Marden
The Middle East has been a part of my life since I was a young man, when I went to teach in Cairo.
Lawrence Wright
When I was a young man, I worked at the Boys and Girls Club in St. Louis, Missouri, and another boys club called Matthews-Dickey.
Sterling K. Brown
A young man must let his ideas grow, not be continually rooting them up to see how they are getting on.
William McFee
Jekyll is quite me: young man; polite. But being able to play Hyde was quite fun, to create a character that’s nothing like me. I quite enjoyed creating a new character like that: he had a different voice; physicality; mannerisms. Everything had to be thought about. It was a real challenge.
Tom Bateman
Obviously I am not the young man who came to Hollywood in 1946.
Burt Lancaster
The young man who’s had the Guggenheim fortune behind him all his life – he can hire all the authorities on the subject to teach him how to do a monologue, but he’s never going to have the right stuff to pull it off. If he doesn’t walk out onstage needing to walk out there, he doesn’t have a dream of doing well.
Jerry Lewis
Every boy in a free country ought to be instructed in boxing, wrestling, and the use of weapons. Every young man ought to be drilled. Every householder ought, at least, to have a right to own a rifle, and should know how to make cartridges.
John Boyle O’Reilly
No young man ever thinks he shall die.
William Hazlitt
I have to say that Adam Levine is truly a daring young man to go on Twitter to bash Fox News. He’s so rebellious, so subversive. I mean, for a musician, seriously, could you find a more predictable stance than that? He’s as edgy as a hacky sack, which also describes his music.
Greg Gutfeld
When I was a young man in the 1970s, tech firms were scattered across the developed world. Since then, America has come to dominate tech almost totally.
Kenneth Fisher
I’ve lived so much life as a young man. New Orleans, we got terms, and one’s like, ‘He jumped off the porch early.’ That’s kind of what happened to me. I had to grow up really quick.
Jason Mitchell
I was a young man working in Omaha, Nebraska, in the mid-1960s when I received a call, and I was summoned to Atlanta to work at WSB. It was, for me, the beginning of a real education about the South.
Tom Brokaw
During the session of the Supreme Court, in the village of -, about three weeks ago, when a number of people were collected in the principal street of the village, I observed a young man riding up and down the street, as I supposed, in a violent passion.
Augustus Baldwin Longstreet
There are a lot of people who have the same fears and problems I had as a young man growing up. You read about it all the time. If you can help someone in some way, terrific.
Tab Hunter
I’m a very humble young man. I’ve always had to work for everything that I had.
Robert Covington