Celebrations in Youth

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There are several types of rites of passage at a young age. These rites carry such names as e.g. confirmation, Bar and Bat Mitzvah, Coming of Age, Sweet Sixteen, Quinceañera and Seijin Shiki.

Youth is also marked by several steps of graduation and these rites carry such names as e.g. general admission, matriculation, commencement, convocation and invocation. All these major celebrations require words of guidance and congratulations. Good parents and teachers may also find inspiration from this section.

Application of One's Knowledge and Gifts

  • Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Willing is not enough; we must do. - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
  • The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing. - Edmund Burke
  • It is not in the stars to hold our destiny but in ourselves. - William Shakespeare
  • The aim, if reached or not, makes great the life: try to be Shakespeare, leave the rest to fate! - Robert Browning
  • There is no comparison between that which is lost by not succeeding and that which is lost by not trying. - Francis Bacon
  • Use your gifts faithfully, and they shall be enlarged; practice what you know, and you shall attain to higher knowledge. - Matthew Arnold
  • 'He means well' is useless unless he does well. - Titus Maccius Plautus
  • He that will not apply new remedies must expect new evils; for time is the greatest innovator. - Francis Bacon
  • Great ability develops and reveals itself increasingly with every new assignment. - Baltasar Gracián y Morales
  • Luck is a matter of preparation meeting opportunity. - Lucius Annaeus Seneca
  • Shun no toil to make yourself remarkable by some talent or other; yet do not devote yourself to one branch exclusively. Strive to get clear notions about all. Give up no science entirely; for science is but one. - Lucius Annaeus Seneca
  • When love and skill work together, expect a masterpiece. - John Ruskin
  • No one knows what he can do until he tries. - Publilius Syrus
  • If you wish to reach the highest, begin at the lowest. - Publilius Syrus
  • Don't judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant. - Robert Louis Stevenson