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28th Mar '16 3:09:44 AM JulianLapostat
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* Creator/GustavFlaubert's ''Literature/SentimentalEducation'' invokes this at the finale when Gustave Moreau and Deslauriers, the two main characters look back on their years of friendship and youthful hijinks and finally remember an early misadventure where they gatecrashed a brothel, early in their youth before going to Paris:

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* Creator/GustavFlaubert's Creator/GustaveFlaubert's ''Literature/SentimentalEducation'' invokes this at the finale when Gustave Moreau and Deslauriers, the two main characters look back on their years of friendship and youthful hijinks and finally remember an early misadventure where they gatecrashed a brothel, early in their youth before going to Paris:
28th Mar '16 3:07:54 AM JulianLapostat
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* ''Film/TheBestYearsOfOurLives'' uses this concept via irony. The three ShellShockedVeteran spent their best years fighting UsefulNotes/WorldWarII, and come back to their former lives. One of them finds out that his wife is cheating on him, and she is unrepentant:
--> '''Marie''': ''I've given you every chance to make something of yourself. I gave up my own job when you asked me. I gave up the best years of my life, and what have you done? You flopped!''


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* Creator/GustavFlaubert's ''Literature/SentimentalEducation'' invokes this at the finale when Gustave Moreau and Deslauriers, the two main characters look back on their years of friendship and youthful hijinks and finally remember an early misadventure where they gatecrashed a brothel, early in their youth before going to Paris:
--> '''Gustave Moreau''': I believe that was the best time of our lives!
--> '''Deslauriers''': Well perhaps. But yes, I too believe that was the best time of our lives!
28th Mar '16 2:52:46 AM zerohelix
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** John Cheese in particular seems to hate this phrase, noting the insanity of telling someone dealing with peer pressure, relationship problems, anxiety, raging uncertainty and, in many unfortunate cases, mental illness that can lead to suicidal thoughts that Their lives are only going to get worse. He has repeatedly made a point of saying that things can and do get much better because You gain freedom to decide Your own fate and are no longer bound by anyone else's mistakes or rules. His article ''5 Reasons Life Actually Does Get Better'' informed teens that, while They may feel that They can't survive High school, [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming They will and things will improve]].

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** John Cheese in particular seems to hate this phrase, noting the insanity of telling someone dealing with peer pressure, relationship problems, anxiety, raging uncertainty and, in many unfortunate cases, mental illness that can lead to suicidal thoughts that Their their lives are only going to get worse. He has repeatedly made a point of saying that things can and do get much better because You gain freedom to decide Your own fate and are no longer bound by anyone else's mistakes or rules. His article ''5 Reasons Life Actually Does Get Better'' informed teens that, while They may feel that They can't survive High school, [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming They will and things will improve]].



* ''WesternAnimation/{{Daria}}'' Daria and Jane once reflected on the dreadful likelihood of this. (It seemed less dreadful after some ComedicSociopathy a moment later.)

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* ''WesternAnimation/{{Daria}}'' ''WesternAnimation/{{Daria}}'': Daria and Jane once reflected on the dreadful likelihood of this. (It seemed less dreadful after some ComedicSociopathy a moment later.)
9th Dec '15 12:39:00 PM StFan
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* ''ComicStrip/CalvinAndHobbes''. Mostly invoked by Calvin's dad.
-->'''Calvin:''' People who get nostalgic about childhood were obviously never children.

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* ''ComicStrip/CalvinAndHobbes''. ''ComicStrip/CalvinAndHobbes'':
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Mostly invoked by Calvin's dad.
-->'''Calvin:''' --->'''Calvin:''' People who get nostalgic about childhood were obviously never children.



* A ''LifeInHell'' comic panel titled "The Beginning of Wisdom" has Bongo responding to said phrase with "You mean it gets '''WORSE?!'''"
* In ''ComicStrip/{{Frazz}}'', a girl recounts how her father had told her this. She had countered that this probably said less about school than about his actuary career.

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* A ''LifeInHell'' ''ComicStrip/LifeInHell'' comic panel titled "The Beginning of Wisdom" has Bongo responding to said phrase with "You mean it gets '''WORSE?!'''"
* In ''ComicStrip/{{Frazz}}'', a ''ComicStrip/{{Frazz}}'':
** A
girl recounts how her father had told her this. She had countered that this probably said less about school than about his actuary career.



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* The movie ''Film/ShowMeLove'' (''Fucking Åmål'') has an inversion, which somehow has the exact same horrible effect. Agnes' father tries to be understanding, and says she shouldn't worry -- things won't always be this bad, you'll be a lot happier in twenty or thirty years...
** Even the low end of that wait is more than double Agnes's current age (she's 16), so it would seem like an eternity. Also, the wording makes it sound like things won't improve ''until'' she's in her mid-thirties or later. Between the two, that's plenty of reason for a teenager to despair.

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* The movie ''Film/ShowMeLove'' (''Fucking Åmål'') has an inversion, which somehow has the exact same horrible effect. Agnes' father tries to be understanding, and says she shouldn't worry -- things won't always be this bad, you'll be a lot happier in twenty or thirty years...
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years... Even the low end of that wait is more than double Agnes's current age (she's 16), so it would seem like an eternity. Also, the wording makes it sound like things won't improve ''until'' she's in her mid-thirties or later. Between the two, that's plenty of reason for a teenager to despair.



--> Pink: "All I'm saying is that if I ever start referring to these as the best years of my life - remind me to kill myself."

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--> Pink: "All -->'''Pink:''' All I'm saying is that if I ever start referring to these as the best years of my life - -- remind me to kill myself."



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* Cruelly, cruelly mocked by ''TheOnion'' [[http://www.theonion.com/content/node/27818 here]].

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* Cruelly, cruelly mocked by ''TheOnion'' ''Website/TheOnion'' [[http://www.theonion.com/content/node/27818 here]].



* WesternAnimation/{{Daria}} and Jane once reflected on the dreadful likelihood of this. (It seemed less dreadful after some ComedicSociopathy a moment later.)

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* WesternAnimation/{{Daria}} ''WesternAnimation/{{Daria}}'' Daria and Jane once reflected on the dreadful likelihood of this. (It seemed less dreadful after some ComedicSociopathy a moment later.)



4th Dec '15 2:54:39 PM eroock
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->''When I look back now''

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->''Those were the best days of my life''
-->-- '''Bryan Adams''', ''Summer of 69''

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->''Those were the best days of my life''
life."''
-->-- '''Bryan Adams''', ''Summer "Summer of 69''
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25th Nov '15 9:25:35 PM JDButler
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--> Pink: "All I'm saying is that if I ever start referring to these as the best years of my life - remind me to kill myself."
23rd Sep '15 10:17:14 AM Morgenthaler
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* The movie ''ShowMeLove'' (''Fucking Åmål'') has an inversion, which somehow has the exact same horrible effect. Agnes' father tries to be understanding, and says she shouldn't worry -- things won't always be this bad, you'll be a lot happier in twenty or thirty years...

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* The movie ''ShowMeLove'' ''Film/ShowMeLove'' (''Fucking Åmål'') has an inversion, which somehow has the exact same horrible effect. Agnes' father tries to be understanding, and says she shouldn't worry -- things won't always be this bad, you'll be a lot happier in twenty or thirty years...
22nd Aug '15 8:39:04 AM zerohelix
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* In ''ComicStrip/{{Frazz}}'', a girl recounts how her father had told her this. She had countered that probably said less about school than about his actuary career.
** On another occasion, a child asks for and gets assurance it's not true.

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* In ''ComicStrip/{{Frazz}}'', a girl recounts how her father had told her this. She had countered that this probably said less about school than about his actuary career.
** On another occasion, a child asks for and gets assurance that it's not true.
22nd Aug '15 8:36:30 AM zerohelix
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StockPhrase frequently deployed by [[NostalgiaFilter nostalgic adults]], who want to think that GrowingUpSucks but childhood was good. Generally indicates that AdultsAreUseless, as few if any stories exist where the adults are actually right to say this. When an adult is reflecting on the best years of ''his'' life, the trope is GloryDays. (Overlap is likely.)

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A StockPhrase frequently deployed by [[NostalgiaFilter nostalgic adults]], who want to think that GrowingUpSucks but childhood was good. Generally indicates that AdultsAreUseless, as few if any stories exist where the adults are actually right to say this. When an adult is reflecting on the best years of ''his'' life, the trope is GloryDays. (Overlap is likely.)
22nd Aug '15 8:36:13 AM zerohelix
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You're miserable. You're unpopular. Your erstwhile Best Friend Forever just got a glance from AlphaBitch and charged off to join the GirlPosse without a backwards glance. The JerkJock is harrassing you to prove that YouthIsWastedOnTheDumb. You have too much homework and you've put it off too late. You have no time and no qualifications to make money, so you can afford nothing. Most of your little money is spent to keep you in the hellhole that is your high school.

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You're miserable. You're unpopular. Your erstwhile Best Friend Forever just got a glance look from the AlphaBitch and charged off to join the GirlPosse without a backwards glance. The JerkJock is harrassing you to prove that YouthIsWastedOnTheDumb. You have too much homework and you've put it off too late. You have no time and no qualifications to make money, so you can afford nothing. Most of your little money is spent to keep you in the hellhole that is your high school.
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