| Respectfully Quoted: A Dictionary of Quotations. 1989.|
|AUTHOR:||Homer (c. 700 B.C.)|
|QUOTATION:||Thou knowst the oer-eager vehemence of youth,|
How quick in temper, and in judgement weak.
|ATTRIBUTION:||HOMER, The Iliad, book 23, lines 67778, trans. Edward, Earl of Derby, ed. 5, vol. 2, pp. 37273 (1865).|
The many translations of these lines of Homers vary: The Iliad of Homer, trans. into blank verse by William Cullen Bryant, vol. 4, p. 139 (1905),
Thou dost know
The faults to which the young are ever prone;
The will is quick to act, the judgment weak;
Robert Graves, The Anger of Achilles, p. 364 (1959), It is easy for a youngster to go wrong from hastiness and lack of thought; and Robert Fitzgerald, p. 553, lines 58889 (1974), You know a young man may go out of bounds: / his wits are nimble, but his judgment slight.