“Our youth now love luxury. They have bad manners, contempt for authority; they show disrespect for their elders and love chatter in place of exercise; they no longer rise when elders enter the room; they contradict their parents, chatter before company; gobble up their food and tyrannize their teachers.”
- a paraphrase of a quote from Aristophanes‘ Clouds in 423 B.C.E., (see w:The Clouds,) a comedic play known for its caricature of Socrates.
Although a quote any of us with teenaged children or students can relate to, no less fascinating is its misattribution!
It was actually written by Cambridge doctoral candidate, Kenneth John Freeman, in 1907 to broadly summarise complaints toward young people in the ancient world.
What’s that quote? “The more things change, the more they stay the same”!