Wednesday, February 10, 2010


Inspired by the new coffee table book by Pamela Hanson, I gathered some of my favorite photos and quotes on boys. Here's to our brothers, friends, loves, and more-- enjoy!

“Boys will be boys.”
- Unknown

“Boys will be boys.
And even that wouldn’t matter if we could prevent girls from being girls.”
- Anne Frank

“A boy is a magical creature.
You can lock him out of your workshop, but never out of your heart.”
- Allan Beck

“Can’t live with ‘em, can’t live without ‘em.”
- Britney Spears

“One of the best things in the world is to be a boy.
It requires no experience, but some practice to be a good one.”
- Charles Dudley Warner

Photos: Summer Boys by Christian Coinbergh for Bon International via FGR

“There comes a time in every rightly constructed boy’s life
that he has the raging desire to go somewhere and dig for treasure.”
- Mark Twain

“Every genuine boy is a rebel and and anarch.”
- John Andrew Holmes

“A boy’s will is a wind’s will.”
- Unknown

Photos: Channing Tatum by Nathaniel Goldberg for GQ

“A boy is naturally full of humor.” 
Robert Baden-Powell

“Never underestimate a boy’s ability to get into even more trouble.”
- Martin Mull

“A boy is trust with dirt on its face, beauty with a cut on its finger,
wisdom with bubble gum in its hair, and the hope of the future with a frog in its pocket.”
- Unknown

Photos: Jamie Dornan by Cedric Buchet for Vogue Hommes International via The Fashionisto

“Blue jeans and trucks, scrapes on his knees,
Running in the dirt, being a tease
Making a face, build and destroy
There’s nothing like just being a boy!”
- Unknown

“Boys are meant for kisses and hugs,
For watching rainbows and catching bugs,
For sharing all of your favorite things,
For books to read and songs to sing.”
- Unknown

“I want to see you game boys,
I want to see you brave and manly,
and I also want to see you gentle and tender.”
- Theodore Roosevelt

“Of all the animals, the boy is the most unmanageable.”
- Plato
Photo: My brother as a child with his toad

“To become a real boy you must prove yourself brave, truthful, and unselfish.”
- Jiminey Cricket
Photo: My cousin as a child with Maxwell

“Trucks and dirt and shades of blue,
but all those boys are angels too.”
- Unknown

Photo: My grandfather as a teen with his catch

“With boys, you always know where you stand.
Right in the path of a hurricane.”
- Erma Bombeck

Photo: Gable, Heflin, Cooper, and Stewart by Slim Aarons

“The spirit is there in every boy, it just has to be brought to light.”
Robert Baden-Powell

Photo: Jon Hamm via The Simply Luxurious Life

“[Boys are] tender, independent, fun, sensitive, smarter than you think,
resilient, delicious, and best of all full of surprises.”
- Unknown

Assouline presents a photographic tribute by the talented Pamela Hanson evoking the moods and subtle intentions that are boys. Pamela Hanson perfectly captures this spirit in moments of friendship, foolishness, and romanticism: the essence of the male youth. Hanson’s photos are extremely intimate, yet also evoke a general mood that is universally experiencedby anyone coming of age. Naivety and self-assertion, gentleness and insolence, this is a poignant book about life and its most elusive moments. Accompanying the photographs are insightful quotes by some of the writers (Plato, Mark Twain, Charles Dickens), and women (Christy Turlington, Julianne Moore, Sofia Coppola) who know them best. From the beaches of East Hampton to the cafes of Paris, on soccer fields, or behind the wheel of vintage cars, Boys captures the male spirit in all its glory.

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