„No wonder that in this setting [Eton], during those impressionable years, I acquired lasting respect for tradition and veneration of the past. Here, too, from masters and boys alike, I learnt responsibility, the decencies of life, and standards of civilised behaviour.“
— Wilfred Thesiger British explorer 1910 - 2003
The Life Of My Choice (1987), p. 73.
„The Men! O what venerable and reverend creatures did the aged seem! Immortal Cherubims! And young men glittering and sparkling Angels, and maids strange seraphic pieces of life and beauty! Boys and girls tumbling in the street, and playing, were moving jewels. I knew not that they were born or should die; But all things abided eternally as they were in their proper places.“
— Thomas Traherne English poet 1637 - 1674
Centuries of Meditations, Third Century, sect. 3.
„You are a human boy, my young friend. A human boy. O glorious to be a human boy!… O running stream of sparkling joy To be a soaring human boy!“
— Charles Dickens, livro Bleak House
Bleak House (1852-1853), Ch. 19
„Will it be a great source of comfort to certain Canadian boys to know that the bullet that maimed them for life was made from Canadian nickel sold by the International Nickel Company?“
— Tommy Douglas Scottish-born Canadian politician 1904 - 1986
Debate, House of Commons, Ottawa, Ontario, April 3, 1939.
— Virgil, Eneida
Aeneid (29–19 BC), Book IX, Macte nova virtute, puer, sic itur ad astra. Line 641
„Aglionby Academy was the number one reason Blue had developed her two rules: One, stay away from boys because they were trouble. And two, stay away from Aglionby boys, because they were bastards.“
— Maggie Stiefvater American writer 1981
The Raven Cycle Series, The Raven Boys (2012), Blue
„Valmiki stood up and broke free out of that hard anthill. Suddenly he saw all around him many houses of hermits and their families, young trees carefully watered, a retreat cleared from the forest. Four boys ran up to him from the river and cried "The wife of some great warrior weeps by Ganges. She is fair as a Goddess fallen from heaven, all bewildered, all alone, never seen before, with child, and with small gifts tied from the city within a silk cloth beside her. Go to her, welcome her and protect her.“
— Vālmīki, Ramayana
Ramayana, In p. 6. Narada to Valmiki.
„What a curious portrait this is for the supposed founder of a religion. The Old Boy didn't preach. He didn't organize or promote. He wrote a few pages on request, rode off on a water buffalo, and that was it was far as he was concerned.“
— Huston Smith, livro The World's Religions
The World's Religions (1991), On Lao-Tzu, the legendary author of the Tao Te Ching and founder of Taoism.
„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
"A Wet Sheet and a Flowing Sea"; reported in Bartlett's Familiar Quotations, 10th ed. (1919).
„Been on the river thirty years, York. Rafted down to New Orleans when I was just a boy, and worked flatboats and keelboats both before steamers. I been a pilot and a mate and a striker, even a mud clerk. Been everything there is to be in this business, but one thing I never been, and that's a sharper.“
— George Raymond Richard Martin, Fevre Dream
Abner Marsh to Joshua York when York questions his honesty, Fevre Dream (1982)
„Wherever they go, and whatever happens to them on the way, in that enchanted place on the top of the forest, a little boy and his Bear will always be playing.“
— A.A. Milne, The House at Pooh Corner
The House at Pooh Corner (1928), Context: Then Christopher Robin and Winnie the Pooh walked hand in hand down the forest path and they said goodbye. So they went off together. But wherever they go, and whatever happens to them on the way, in that enchanted place on the top of the forest a little boy and his bear will always be playing.
„Where young boys plan for what they will achieve and attain, young girls plan for whom they will achieve and attain.“
— Charlotte Perkins Gilman American feminist, writer, commercial artist, lecturer and social reformer 1860 - 1935
Women and Economics (1898), Ch. 5 http://books.google.com/books?id=94EEAAAAYAAJ&q=%22achieve+and+attain+young+girls+plan+for+whom+they+will+achieve+and+attain%22&pg=PA87#v=onepage
„Now, I ain't alone, as you may think I am. There's a young man hid with me, in comparison with which young man I am a angel. That young man hears the words I speak. That young man has a secret way pecooliar to himself of getting at a boy, and at his heart, and at his liver. It is in wain for a boy to attempt to hide himself from that young man. A boy may lock his door, may be warm in bed, may tuck himself up, may draw the clothes over his head, may think himself comfortable and safe, but that young man will softly creep and creep his way to him and tear him open.“
— Charles Dickens, Great Expectations
Great Expectations (1860-1861), Ch. 1
„That night when he went back to his hotel, he wept for his dead children and all the other castrated boys, for his own lost youth, for those who were young no longer and those who died young, for those who fought for Salvador Allende and those who were too scared to fight.“
— Roberto Bolaño, Last Evenings on Earth
Last Evenings on Earth (2006), Mauricio ('The Eye') Silva