Top 37 Elders Quotes of 2020

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“You will be courteous to your elders who have explored to the point from which you may advance; and helpful to your juniors who will progress farther by reason of your labors.”

― Abbott L. Lowell

“We always reference kids but very rarely ask their opinion. Our inexperience might be what gives us the ability to teach our elders something, due to the fact that we are not jaded or cynical.”

― Adora Svitak

“I savour the adulation and love I have been getting from my fans and the blessings of elders in my family.”

― Akshay Kumar

“Mysteries, like the Masonic rites, are ones parents and elders are sworn not to reveal to the uninitiated, which include all children. And so we sought for signs.”

― Anthony Hecht

“Trouble is, kids feel they have to shock their elders and each generation grows up into something harder to shock.”

― Ben Lindsey

“The music business can be very cold. And it doesn’t honor its elders.”

― Brenda Lee

“Liberal elites and Democratic Party elders want all Hispanics to fall into a monolithic liberal agenda.”

― Carlos Lopez-Cantera

“Ruling elders are declared to be the representatives of the people.”

― Charles Hodge

“The functions of these elders, therefore, determine the power of the people; for a representative is one chosen by others to do in their name what they are entitled to do in their own persons; or rather to exercise the powers which radically inhere in those for whom they act.”

― Charles Hodge

“The Senate is the last primitive society in the world. We still worship the elders of the tribe and honor the territorial imperative.”

― Eugene McCarthy

“Just as kids need to learn to respect their elders, we are a society that increasingly respects our youth.”

― Faith Salie

“I look at my elders as the leaders.”

― Gilbert Arenas

“I have always listened to elders in my life.”

― Govinda

“I did get bullied and I did get picked on and I did have that feeling in my gut of being incredibly self-conscious. I naturally gravitated towards my elders because I didn’t know how to speak or be present with my peers.”

― Heather Matarazzo

“Young men have a passion for regarding their elders as senile.”

― Henry Adams

“History offers us vicarious experience. It allows the youngest student to possess the ground equally with his elders; without a knowledge of history to give him a context for present events, he is at the mercy of every social misdiagnosis handed to him.”

― Hilary Mantel

“There are two barriers that often prevent communication between the young and their elders. The first is middle-aged forgetfulness of the fact that they themselves are no longer young. The second is youthful ignorance of the fact that the middle aged are still alive.”

― Jessamyn West

“The Bible is the ultimate authority and infallible, not the pastor and not the elders. And it doesn’t mean that you believe everything he says without examining it.”

― John Piper

“White people don’t seem to have many Elders. They do have a lot of oldsters.”

― John Trudell

“Schooling should not be left to the whim or wealth of village elders. I believe that we should fund all schools in the U.S. with our national resources. All these kids are being educated to be Americans, not citizens of Minneapolis or San Francisco.”

― Jonathan Kozol

“We young Filipinos are trying to make over a nation and must not halt in our march, but from time to time turn our gaze upon our elders. We shall wish to read in their countenances approval of our actions.”

― Jose Rizal

“One of the things I’ve been taught by Native American elders is the importance of patience, of waiting to do things when the time is right.”

― Joseph Bruchac

“Writers and artists never pay attention to advice given by their elders, quite rightly. The only worthwhile advice is the most general: ‘Keep trying, don’t give up, don’t be discouraged, don’t pay attention to detractors.’ Everyone knows this.”

― Joyce Carol Oates

“Coming from an Asian culture, I was always taught to respect my elders, to be a better listener than a talker.”

― Lisa Ling

“Thanks to television, for the first time the young are seeing history made before it is censored by their elders.”

― Margaret Mead

“For the very first time the young are seeing history being made before it is censored by their elders.”

― Margaret Mead

“Slow down and think about the lessons of the elders.”

― Maya Soetoro-Ng

“When my elders mentioned ‘The War,’ they invariably meant that of 1914-1918, even after 1939, for the Second World War was merely the continuation of the first, ‘an armistice of 20 years,’ as Marshal Foch had accurately predicted at the Versailles Peace Conference, with some changes of side.”

― Michael Korda

“The millennials were raised in a cocoon, their anxious parents afraid to let them go out in the park to play. So should we be surprised that they learned to leverage technology to build community, tweeting and texting and friending while their elders were still dialing long-distance?”

― Nancy Gibbs

“The advice of the elders to young men is very apt to be as unreal as a list of the hundred best books.”

― Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

“Instead of expecting truck drivers and warehouse workers to rapidly retrain so they can compete with tireless, increasingly capable machines, let’s play to their human strengths and create opportunities for workers as companions and caregivers for our elders, our children, and our special-needs population.”

― Oren Etzioni

“I always believe that the elders in my family are the reason for my success.”

― R. Madhavan

“The old idea that you grow wiser as you get older, and you learn from your elders, is actually completely wrong.”

― Romesh Gunesekera

“It takes a strong effort on the part of each American Indian not to become Europeanized. The strength for this effort can only come from the traditional ways, the traditional values that our elders retain.”

― Russell Means

“I’d never been religious, but I’d always obeyed my elders. My decision to become an omnivore was fraught, not because it was a religious transgression but because it was my first act of self-assertion as a young adult.”

― Samin Nosrat

“I was the youngest of nine siblings… I lost my father when I was just 13. For me, the elders have been my gods.”

― Tina Ambani

“As a teenager, I worked on Indian reservations, and it was such an incredible culture: the elders are so respected.”

― Winona Ryder
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