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Quotations for Prom Night

On with the dance! let joy be unconfined;
No sleep till morn, when Youth and Pleasure meet
To chase the glowing Hours with flying feet...
~Lord Byron, Childe Harold's Pilgrimage, 1812

They may talk of a comet, or a burning mountain, or some such bagatelle; but to me, a modest woman, dressed out in all her finery, is the most tremendous object of the whole creation. ~Oliver Goldsmith

Dance till the stars come down from the rafters;
Dance, dance, dance till you drop.
~W. H. Auden, "Death's Echo," 1936

Adolescence is a period of rapid changes. Between the ages of twelve and seventeen, for example, a parent ages as much as twenty years. ~Henny Youngman, c. 1960s

Just around the corner — in every woman's mind — is a lovely dress, a wonderful suit, or coat, or entire costume which will make an enchanting new creature of her. The vision is elusive, but persistent. ~Wilhela Cushman, "Something New," 1946

      The invention of the teenager was a mistake, in Miss Manners' opinion. She has nothing against people of that age; indeed, she is quite foolishly fond of some such individuals. It is not teenagers whom she wishes to abolish, but only the category.
      Once you identify a period of life in which people have few restrictions and, at the same time, few responsibilities — they get to stay out late but don't have to pay taxes — naturally, nobody wants to live any other way. ~Judith Martin, "Adolescence," Miss Manners' Guide for the Turn-of-the-Millennium, 1989,

I climbed up the door and opened the stairs.
I said my pajamas and put on my prayers.
I turned off the bed and crawled into the light,
And all because you kissed me goodnight.
~Eddie Pola and George Wyle, "I Said My Pajamas (And Put On My Prayers)," 1949

There is a bit of insanity in dancing that does everybody a great deal of good. ~Edwin Denby

Here's to the Clock!
Whose hands, we pray heaven,
When we come home at three,
Have stopped at eleven!
~Oliver Herford, "To the Clock"

But it is one of the blessings of old friends that you can afford to be stupid with them... ~Ralph Waldo Emerson, 1838

Never crowd youngsters about their private affairs... When they are growing up, they are nerve ends all over, and resent (quite properly) any invasion of their privacy. Oh, sure, they'll make mistakes — but... You made your own mistakes, did you not? ~Robert A. Heinlein (1907–1988)

Where's the man could ease a heart
Like a satin gown?...
~Dorothy Parker

Nobody cares if you can't dance well. Just get up and dance. ~Dave Barry, "25 Things I Have Learned in 50 Years," Dave Barry Turns 50, 1998,

...most glorious night!
Thou wert not sent for slumber!...
~Lord Byron

And the night shall be filled with music... ~Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Most people do not consider dawn to be an attractive experience — unless they are still up. ~Ellen Goodman, Close to Home, 1979 are the music
While the music lasts...
~T. S. Eliot

It’s spring fever. That is what the name of it is. And when you’ve got it, you want — oh, you don’t quite know what it is you do want, but it just fairly makes your heart ache, you want it so! ~Mark Twain, Tom Sawyer, Detective, 1896

April dress'd in all his trim
Hath put a spirit of youth in every thing...
~William Shakespeare

...memory is a way of holding onto the things you love, the things you are, the things you wish to never lose. ~Bob Brush

Life moves pretty fast — you don't stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it. ~John Hughes, Ferris Bueller's Day Off, 1986

We do not remember days, we remember moments. ~Cesare Pavese

There are short-cuts to happiness, and dancing is one of them. ~Vicki Baum (1888–1960)

...time you enjoy wasting is not wasted time. ~Marthe Troly-Curtin, Phrynette Married, 1912  []

Men are those creatures with two legs and eight hands. ~Jayne Mansfield, as quoted in New Woman, 1986

It kills you to see them grow up. But I guess it would kill you quicker if they didn't. ~Barbara Kingsolver, Animal Dreams, 1990

Life doesn't hold still. A good snapshot stopped a moment from running away. ~Eudora Welty (1909–2001)

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