Many of Trollope’s heros are young men.
To all mothers their sons are ever young.
I am not sure that those whose boyhoods are so protracted have the worst of it ... Fruit that grows ripe the quickest is not the sweetest; nor when housed and garnered will it keep the longest.
Young men are pretty much the same everywhere, I guess. They never have their wits about them. They never mean what they say, because they don't understand the use of words. They are generally half impudent and half timid ... Indeed there is no such thing as a young man, for a man is not really a man till he is middle-aged.
The Duke's Children
Solitude is surely for the young, who have time before them ... and who can, therefore, take delight in thinking.
The Last Chronicle of Barset
That terrible habit which prevails among bachelors, of allowing his work to remain ever open, never finished, always confused, with papers above books, and books above papers, looking as though no useful product could ever be made to come forth from such chaotic elements.
We constantly talk of the thoughtlessness of youth. I do not know whether we might not more appropriately speak of its thoughtfulness.
The Small House at Allington