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Grace Hudson, "Let others worry" (1927)

boy is a young male human, usually child or adolescent.


  • Better build schoolrooms for "the boy"
    Than cells and gibbets for "the man."
  • Mad about the boy,
    It's pretty funny but I'm mad about the boy.
    He has a gay appeal
    That makes me feel
    There may be something sad about the boy.
  • 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!
  • When boys go first to bed,
    They step into their voluntary graves.
  • Virginibus puerisque canto.
    • I sing for maidens and boys.
    • HoraceOdes, Book III, ode i, line 4.
  • When you can't do anything else to a boy, you can make him wash his face.
    • E. W. Howe‎, Travel Letters from New Zealand, Australia and Africa (1913), p. 120
  • Boys believe nothing can hurt them, his doubt whispered. Grown men know better.
  • What boy does not wish to find secret powers hidden in himself?
  • No one has the right to make a boy learn Latin, because learning is a matter for individual choice; but if in a Latin class, a boy fools all the time, the class should throw him out, because he interferes with the freedom of others.
  • I do not know what I may appear to the world, but to myself I seem to have been only like a boy, playing on the sea shore, and diverting myself, in now and then finding a smoother pebble, or a prettier shell than ordinary, whilst the great ocean of truth lay all undiscovered before me.
    • Isaac Newton, just before his death, as quoted in The Annual Review, and History of Literature for 1806, Vol. V (1807), Ch. 14, Art. XIV (Memoirs of Sir Isaac Newton by Edmund Turnor), p. 471
  • Boys and girls should be taught respect for each other's liberty; they should be made to feel that nothing gives one human being rights over another, and that jealousy and possessiveness kill love.
  • I found one day in school a boy of medium size ill-treating a smaller boy. I expostulated, but he replied: "The bigs hit me, so I hit the babies; that's fair." In these words he epitomized the history of the human race.
  • Make the boy interested in natural history if you can; it is better than games.
    • Robert Falcon Scott, last letter to his wife, quoted in Scott's Last Expedition, Vol. I (1913), Ch. 20
  • The senshi are very sexy, and boys like it. In Japan, moreover, boys are quite weak and they search for a strong partner. They want to be dominated, and the senshi are ready to do it.
  • Maybe what a lot of authors don't understand is the masochistic component of boys. They write love stories that are now outdated.
  • Naoko Takeuchi [1]
  • O formose puer, nimium ne crede colori.
    • O charming boy, trust not too much in thy beauty.
    • Virgil, Eclogues (37 BC), Book II, line 17.
  • Macte nova virtute, puer, sic itur ad astra.

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