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If youth knew, if age could proverbial saying, early 17th century, comparing the strength and effectiveness of youth with the wisdom of age; a similar saying is recorded in French from the late 16th century.

youth must be served proverbial saying, early 19th century, meaning that some indulgence should be given to the wishes and enthusiasms of youth.

See also gilded youth.

Subjects: Arts and Humanities.

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