Selected Quotes about Maturity

By the time I'd grown up, I naturally supposed that I'd be grown up. -- Eve Babitz

What I look forward to is continued immaturity followed by death. -- Dave Barry

To exist is to change, to change is to mature, to mature is to go on creating oneself endlessly. -- Henri Bergson

Age is no guarantee of maturity. -- Lawana Blackwell

Adulthood isn't an award they'll give you for being a good child. You can waste ... years, trying to get someone to give that respect to you, as though it were a sort of promotion or raise in pay. If only you do enough, if only you are good enough. No. You have to just ... take it. Give it to yourself, I suppose. Say, I'm sorry you feel like that and walk away. But that's hard. -- Lois McMaster Bujold

If growing up is the process of creating ideas and dreams about what life should be, then maturity is letting go again. -- Mary Beth Danielson

Maturity is only a short break in adolescence. -- Jules Feiffer

Infantile love follows the principle: "I love because I am loved." / Mature love follows the principle: "I am loved because I love." / Immature love says: "I love you because I need you." / Mature love says: "I need you because I love you." -- Erich Fromm

We have not passed that subtle line between childhood and adulthood until we move from the passive voice to the active voice -- that is, until we stop saying "It got lost," and say "I lost it." -- Sydney J. Harris

We have not passed that subtle line between childhood and adulthood until we move from the passive voice to the active voice--that is, until we have stopped saying "It got lost," and say, "I lost it." -- Sydney J. Harris

Every human being on this earth is born with a tragedy, and it isn't original sin. He's born with the tragedy that he has to grow up. That he has to leave the nest, the security, and go out to do battle. He has to lose everything that is lovely and fight for a new loveliness of his own making, and it's a tragedy. A lot of people don't have the courage to do it. -- Helen Hayes

To be mature means to face, and not evade, every fresh crisis that comes. -- Fritz Kunkel

When we were children, we used to think that when we were grown-up we would no longer be vulnerable. But to grow up is to accept vulnerability ... To be alive is to be vulnerable. -- Madeleine L'Engle

How is one to live a moral and compassionate existence when one is fully aware of the blood, the horror inherent in life, when one finds darkness not only in one's culture but within oneself? If there is a stage at which an individual life becomes truly adult, it must be when one grasps the irony in its unfolding and accepts responsibility for a life lived in the midst of such paradox. One must live in the middle of contradiction, because if all contradiction were eliminated at once life would collapse. There are simply no answers to some of the great pressing questions. You continue to live them out, making your life a worthy expression of leaning into the light. -- Barry Lopez

We do not grow absolutely, chronologically. We grow sometimes in one dimension, and not in another; unevenly. We grow partially. We are relative. We are mature in one realm, childish in another. The past, present, and future mingle and pull us backward, forward, or fix us in the present. We are made up of layers, cells, constellations. -- Anais Nin

You know your children are growing up when they stop asking you where they came from and refuse to tell you where they're going. -- P. J. O'Rourke

All children are artists. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up. -- Pablo Picasso

My Father taught me how to be a man – and not by instilling in me a sense of machismo or an agenda of dominance. He taught me that a real man doesn’t take, he gives; he doesn’t use force, he uses logic; doesn’t play the role of trouble-maker, but rather, trouble-shooter; and most importantly, a real man is defined by what’s in his heart, not his pants. -- Kevin Smith

When I was a boy of fourteen, my father was so ignorant I could hardly stand to have the old man around. But when I got to be twenty-one, I was astonished at how much the old man had learned in seven years. -- Mark Twain

The purpose of life is to fight maturity. -- Dick Werthimer

There's no point in being grown up if you can't be childish sometimes. -- Doctor Who

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