Respectfully Quoted: A Dictionary of Quotations. 1989.
Homer (c. 700 B.C.)
Thou knowst the oer-eager vehemence of youth, How quick in temper, and in judgement weak.
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.