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Thoughts on generation gap

Published: Mar 5, 2016 07:57:51 AM IST
Updated: Mar 1, 2016 06:10:12 PM IST
Thoughts on generation gap
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It is one of nature’s ways that we often feel closer to distant generations than to the generation immediately preceding us.
—Igor Stravinsky

That which seems the height of absurdity in one generation often becomes the height of wisdom in another.
—Adlai Stevenson

The first half of our lives is ruined by our parents and the second half by our children. 
—Clarence Darrow

There is nothing wrong with today’s teenager that twenty years won’t cure. 
—Author Unknown

There is always a heavy demand for fresh mediocrity. In every generation the least cultivated taste has the largest appetite.
—Paul Gauguin

I fear the day when technology overlaps with our humanity. The world will have a generation of idiots.—Albert Einstein

Each new generation born is in effect an invasion of civilisation by little barbarians, who must be civilised before it is too late.
—Thomas Sowell

Older men declare war. But it is the youth that must fight and die.
—Herbert Hoover

The older generation thought nothing of getting up at five every morning—and the younger generation doesn’t think much of it either. 
—John J Welsh

My generation is not strong. My grandfather fought in World War II. I had a panic attack during the series finale of Breaking Bad. 
—Matt Donaher

Every generation laughs at the old fashions, but follows religiously the new. —Henry David Thoreau

Each generation imagines itself to be more intelligent than the one that went before it, and wiser than the one that comes after it.
—George Orwell

Age considers; youth ventures.
—Rabindranath Tagore

Parents often talk about the younger generation as if they didn’t have anything to do with it.
—Haim Ginott

Generation Gap: A chasm, amorphously situated in time and space, that separates those who have grown up absurd from those who will, with luck, grow up absurd.
—Bernard Rosenberg

(This story appears in the 18 March, 2016 issue of Forbes India. To visit our Archives, click here.)

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