Quotes About Coming Of Age

Quotes tagged as "coming-of-age" (showing 1-30 of 477)
John Steinbeck
“When a child first catches adults out -- when it first walks into his grave little head that adults do not always have divine intelligence, that their judgments are not always wise, their thinking true, their sentences just -- his world falls into panic desolation. The gods are fallen and all safety gone. And there is one sure thing about the fall of gods: they do not fall a little; they crash and shatter or sink deeply into green muck. It is a tedious job to build them up again; they never quite shine. And the child's world is never quite whole again. It is an aching kind of growing.”
John Steinbeck, East of Eden

Lewis Carroll
“Where should I go?" -Alice. "That depends on where you want to end up." - The Cheshire Cat.”
Lewis Carroll, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland & Through the Looking-Glass

Rudyard Kipling
“If you can keep your head when all about you
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you,
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
But make allowance for their doubting too;!”
Rudyard Kipling, If: A Father's Advice to His Son

Roman Payne
“Never did the world make a queen of a girl who hides in houses and dreams without traveling.”
Roman Payne, The Wanderess

Stephen Chbosky
“It's great that you can listen and be a shoulder to someone, but what about when someone doesn't need a shoulder? What if they need the arms or something like that? You can't just sit there and put everybody's lives ahead of yours and think that counts as love. You just can't. You have to do things.”
Stephen Chbosky, The Perks of Being A Wallflower

Janet Fitch
“I imagined the lies the valedictorian was telling them right now. About the exciting future that lies ahead. I wish she'd tell them the truth: Half of you have gone as far in life as you're ever going to. Look around. It's all downhill from here. The rest of us will go a bit further, a steady job, a trip to Hawaii, or a move to Phoenix, Arizona, but out of fifteen hundred how many will do anything truly worthwhile, write a play, paint a painting that will hang in a gallery, find a cure for herpes? Two of us, maybe three? And how many will find true love? About the same. And enlightenment? Maybe one. The rest of us will make compromises, find excuses, someone or something to blame, and hold that over our hearts like a pendant on a chain.”
Janet Fitch, White Oleander

Magenta Periwinkle
“Could a scar be like the rings of a tree, reopened with each emotional season?”
Magenta Periwinkle, Cutting Class

Jennifer Elisabeth
“Don’t worry if people think you’re crazy. You are crazy. You have that kind of intoxicating insanity that lets other people dream outside of the lines and become who they’re destined to be.”
Jennifer Elisabeth, Born Ready: Unleash Your Inner Dream Girl

Jennifer Elisabeth
“I want to be the best version of myself for anyone who is going to someday walk into my life and need someone to love them beyond reason.”
Jennifer Elisabeth, Born Ready: Unleash Your Inner Dream Girl

Priya Ardis
“Do you think we can be friends?” I asked.
He stared up at the ceiling. “Probably not, but we can pretend.”
Priya Ardis, Ever My Merlin

Priya Ardis
“Did you recently turn into a jerk or have you been one since birth?”
Priya Ardis, My Boyfriend Merlin

Jennifer Elisabeth
“For so many years, I couldn’t understand why every time I thought that someone finally loved me, like… for real, they would eventually turn to vapor. Every person whom I’ve ever loved is trapped inside of my chest. I’ve breathed all of them in so deeply that I’ve nearly choked and died on every soul that I’ve ever given myself to.”
Jennifer Elisabeth, Born Ready: Unleash Your Inner Dream Girl

Priya Ardis
“Vane grabbed me. “DuLac, let’s chat.”
Chat. British-speak for “Stand still while I yell at you.”
Priya Ardis, My Merlin Awakening

Jennifer Elisabeth
“I can do this… I can start over. I can save my own life and I’m never going to be alone as long as I have stars to wish on and people to still love.”
Jennifer Elisabeth, Born Ready: Unleash Your Inner Dream Girl

Ursula K. Le Guin
“There's a point, around the age of twenty, when you have to choose whether to be like everybody else the rest of your life, or to make a virtue of your peculiarities.”
Ursula K. Le Guin, The Dispossessed

Jennifer Elisabeth
“Stop trying to be less of who you are. Let this time in your life cut you open and drain all of the things that are holding you back.”
Jennifer Elisabeth, Born Ready: Unleash Your Inner Dream Girl

Priya Ardis
“Do I look like I want to be involved in your teen love saga? Ask someone who cares.”
Priya Ardis, My Boyfriend Merlin

Priya Ardis
“Vane’s lips tightened to suppress a smile. “Why so hostile, love?”
“You whacked me on the head with a ball!”
“You deserved it.”
Priya Ardis, My Merlin Awakening

Priya Ardis
“I caught his hand. “What do you want me to do?”
Leaning down, he kissed the pulse beating on my neck just above the damaged skin. “Tomorrow, I need you to die.”
Priya Ardis, My Merlin Awakening

Priya Ardis
“Why did you wear heels? How are you supposed to fight a gargoyle in what you're wearing?”
Priya Ardis, My Boyfriend Merlin

Ai Yazawa
“I wanted to have a good relationship. One that's romantic and dramatic, like in the movies. But I finally became a woman at 17 and learned that men aren't really that simple.”
Ai Yazawa, Nana, Vol. 1

Dodie Smith
“Only half a page left now. Shall I fill it with 'I love you, I love you'-- like father's page of cats on the mat? No. Even a broken heart doesn't warrant a waste of good paper.”
Dodie Smith

Richelle E. Goodrich
“Life is a valuable and unique opportunity
to discover who you are.
But it seems as soon as you near
answering that age-old question,
something unexpected always happens
to alter your course.
And who it is you thought you were
suddenly changes.

Then comes the frustrating realization
that no matter how long life endures,
no matter how many experiences
are muddled through in this existence,
you may never really be able
to answer the question....

Who am I?

Because the answer, like the seasons,
constantly, subtly, inevitably changes.
And who it is you are today,
is not the same person you will be tomorrow.”
Richelle E. Goodrich, Eena, The Dawn and Rescue

Carmen Laforet
“Me parece que de nada vale correr si siempre ha de irse por el mismo camino, cerrado, de nuestra personalidad. Unos seres nacen para vivir, otros para trabajar, y otros para mirar la vida. Yo tenia un pequeño y ruin papel de espectadora. Imposible salirme de él. Imposible libertarme. Una tremenda congoja fue para mí lo único real en aquellos momentos.”
Carmen Laforet, Nada

Priya Ardis
“He’d used the amulet to read my thoughts again.
I pictured smacking him in the face.”
Priya Ardis, Ever My Merlin

Priya Ardis
“I noticed him right away. No, it wasn’t his lean, rugged face. Or the dark waves of shiny hair that hung just a little too long on his forehead. It wasn’t the slim, collarless biker jacket he wore, hugging his lean shoulders. It was the way he stood. The confident way he waited in the cafeteria line to get a slice of pizza. He didn’t saunter. He didn’t amble. He stood at the center, and let the other people buzz around him. His stance was straight and sure.”
Priya Ardis, Ever My Merlin

Priya Ardis
“Well, can you tell her that?"
He looked down at his feet. "I will. I will."
Guy-speak for, "I plan to keep avoiding her until she gives up.”
Priya Ardis, My Merlin Awakening

Dodie Smith
“I have really sinned. I am going to pause now, and sit here on the mound repenting in deepest shame...”
Dodie Smith, I Capture the Castle

Jennifer Elisabeth
“Let this time in your life cut you open and drain all of the things that are holding you back. I’m going to help you forgive the things that you won’t let yourself forget.”
Jennifer Elisabeth

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