YOUTH - Samuel Ullman

Youth is not a time of life; it is astateof mind; it is not a matter of rosy cheeks, red lips and supple knees; itis amatter of the will, a quality of the imagination, a vigor of the emotions;itis the freshness of the deep springs of life.

Youth means a tempera-mental predominanceofcourage over timidity, of the appetite for adventure over the love of ease.Thisoften exists in a man of 60 more than a boy of 20. Nobody grows old merelyby anumber of years. We grow old by deserting our ideals.

Years may wrinkle the skin, but to giveupenthusiasm wrinkles the soul. Worry, fear, self-distrust bows the heartandturns the spring back to dust.

Whether 60 or 16, there is in everyhumanbeing’s heart the lure of wonder, the unfailing childlike appetite of what’snextand the joy of the game of living.

In the center of your heart and myheartthere is a wireless station: so long as it receives messages of beauty,hope,cheer, courage and power from men and from the Infinite, so long are youyoung.

When the aerials are down, and yourspiritis covered with snows of cynicism and the ice of pessimism, then you aregrownold, even at 20, but as long as your aerials are up, to catch wavesofoptimism, there is hope you may die young at 80.