you cannot put an old head on young shoulders

1591 H. SMITH Preparative to Marriage 14 It is not good grafting of an olde head vppon young shoulders, for they will neuer beare it willingly but grudgingly.

1794 E. DRINKER Journal 31 Dec. (1889) 256 ’Tis not the way I could wish my children to conclude the year—in parties—but we can’t put old heads on young shoulders.

1951 Sport 30 Mar.-5 Apr. 11 I no longer believe in the old proverb that you cannot put an old head on young shoulders.

1975 J. PORTER Package included Murder xvi. The Hon. Con generously forgave her. Well, you can’t expect old heads on young shoulders, can you?


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