"What is happening to our young people? They disrespect their elders, they disobey their parents. They ignore the law. They riot in the streets inflamed with wild notions. Their morals are decaying. What is to become of them?"
"The denunciation of the young is a necessary part of the hygiene of older people, and greatly assists the circulation of their blood."
— Logan Piersall Smith
"Let me tell you something. When I was your age, I had my feet on the ground. You didn't see me trying to find myself! What's to find? I'm right here! Now when I was your age I got a job, I married your mother, I bought a house. Not bad for a 22 year old, huh? Now when I was your age, I listened to my father. Oh, I had dreams too when I was your age, pipe dreams! What do you think would have happened if I had done my own thing?!"
— Narrator, Combat Roach Control Systems ad
"I can't wait till I have grandchildren. 'When I was younger, I had to walk to the rim of a crater. Uphill! In an EVA suit! On Mars, ya little shit! Ya hear me? Mars!'"
— Mark Watney, (while stranded on Mars), The Martian
"The behaviour of young men today is not what it was when I was young. In those days men hankered after deeds of derring-do, either by going raiding or by winning wealth and honour through exploits in which there was some element of danger. But nowadays young men want to be stay-at-homes, and sit by the fire, and stuff their stomachs with mead and ale; and so it is that manliness and bravery are on the wane."
— Ketil the Large, The Saga of the People of Vatnsdal