Quotes About Growing Up

Quotes tagged as "growing-up" (showing 91-120 of 538)
Junot Díaz
“If you didn't grow up like I did then you don't know, and if you don't know it's probably better you don't judge.”
Junot Díaz, The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao

Hugo Hamilton
“People say you're born innocent, but it's not true. You inherit all kinds of things that you can do nothing about. You inherit your identity, your history, like a birthmark that you can't wash off. ... We are born with our heads turned back, but my mother says we have to face into the future now. You have to earn your own innocence, she says. You have to grow up and become innocent.”
Hugo Hamilton, The Sailor in the Wardrobe

Shauna Niequist
“There is a season for wildness and a season for settledness, and this is neither. This season is about becoming. Don't lose yourself at happy hour, but don't lose yourself on the corporate ladder, either.”
Shauna Niequist, Bittersweet: Thoughts on Change, Grace, and Learning the Hard Way

John Green
“I kept thinking there were two kinds of adults: There were...miserable creatures who scoured the earth in search of something to hurt. And then there were people like my parents, who walked around zombically, doing whatever they had to do to keep walking around.”
John Green, The Fault in Our Stars

Jeanette Winterson
“I was happy, but happy is an adult word. You don't have to ask a child about happy, you see it. They are or they are not. Adults talk about being happy because largely they are not. Talking about it is the same as trying to catch the wind. Much easier to let it blow all over you. This is where I disagree with the philosophers. They talk about passionate things but there is no passion in them. Never talk happiness with a philosopher.”
Jeanette Winterson, The Passion

Daniel Black
“Sometimes you have to grow up before you appreciate how you grew up.”
Daniel Black, Perfect Peace

Judith Martin
“The invention of the teenager was a mistake. Once you identify a period of life in which people get to stay out late but don't have to pay taxes - naturally, no one wants to live any other way.”
Judith Martin

Russell Baker
“Don't try to make children grow up to be like you, or they may do it.”
Russell Baker

Beatrix Potter
“The place is changed now, and many familiar faces are gone, but the greatest change is myself. I was a child then, I had no idea what the world would be like. I wished to trust myself on the waters and the sea. Everything was romantic in my imagination. The woods were peopled by the mysterious good folk. The Lords and Ladies of the last century walked with me along the overgrown paths, and picked the old fashioned flowers among the box and rose hedges of the garden.”
Beatrix Potter

J.M. Barrie
“Growing up is such a barbarous business, full of inconvenience... and pimples.”
J.M. Barrie

Bryan Lee O'Malley
“Scott: I don't think I'm ready to be a grown-up.
Kim: I don't think you are either, buddy. But hey, you'll get it. It just takes practice.”
Bryan Lee O'Malley, Scott Pilgrim's Finest Hour

Karen Marie Moning
“Life is too hard, too much to handle. Nobody told me there’d be days like these. How could nobody tell me there’d be days like these? How could they let me grow up like that—happy and pink and stupid?”
Karen Marie Moning, Shadowfever

Douglas Coupland
“Do you remember how you felt at seventeen? I do and I don't (...) Imagine you came from outer space and someone showed you a butterfly and a caterpillar. Would you ever put the two of them together? That's me and my memories.”
Douglas Coupland, The Gum Thief

“Life has a funny way of turning you into the one thing you don't want to be.”
Jonathan Levine, The Wackness

Richard Peck
“The years went by, and Mary Alice and I grew up, Slower than we wanted to, faster than we realized.”
Richard Peck, A Long Way from Chicago

Alice Hoffman
“She didn't like being twelve. It felt like someplace between who she'd been and who she was about to be. It felt like no place at all.”
Alice Hoffman, The Story Sisters

Sloane Crosley
“On occasion, it occurs to adults that they are allowed to do all the things that being a child prevented them from doing. But those desires change when you're not looking. There was a time when your favorite color transferred from purple to blue to whatever shade it is when you realize having a favorite color is a trite personality crutch, an unstable cultivation of quirk and a possible cry for help. You just don't notice the time of your own metamorphosis. Until you do. Every once in a while time dissolves and you remember what you liked as a kid. You jump on your hotel bed, order dessert first, decide to put every piece of jewelry you own on your body and leave the house. Why? Because you can. Because you're the boss. Because . . . Ooooh. Shiny.
Sloane Crosley, How Did You Get This Number

Neil Gaiman
“Adult helplessness destroys children. Or it forces them to become tiny adults of their own.”
Neil Gaiman, The Tragical Comedy or Comical Tragedy of Mr. Punch

Terry Pratchett
“I reckon responsible behavior is something to get when you grow older. Like varicose veins.”
Terry Pratchett, Wyrd Sisters

Charles Bukowski
“when we were kids
laying around the lawn
on our

we often talked
we'd like to

we all
agreed on the

we'd all
like to die

none of us
done any

and now
we are hardly
any longer

we think more
not to


most of
prefer to
do it

under the


most of

have fucked
our lives
Charles Bukowski, You Get So Alone at Times That it Just Makes Sense

Lorrie Moore
“I often think that at the center of me is a voice that at last did split, a house in my heart so invaded with other people and their speech, friends I believed I was devoted to, people whose lives I can simply guess at now, that it gives me the impression I am simply a collection of them, that they all existed for themselves, but had inadvertently formed me, then vanished. But, what: Should I have been expected to create my own self, out of nothing, out of thin, thin air and alone?”
Lorrie Moore

Roman Payne
“In the boundaryless forests,
there’re dancers of nude.
Yet in the confines of pasture,
there’s promise of food.
On which is your side?
Ô, but tarry and bide,
ere you decide,
in both do confide.”
Roman Payne

Billy Joel
“You can get what you want or you can just get old.”
Billy Joel

Charlotte Eriksson
“I am not collarbones or drunken letters never sent. I am not the way I leave or left or didn’t know how to handle anything,
at any time,
and I am not your fault.”
Charlotte Eriksson

Diana Wynne Jones
“Oh! Polly thought. Why aren't all girls locked up by law the year they turn fifteen? They do such stupid things!”
Diana Wynne Jones

Lew Wallace
“Youth is but the painted shell within which, continually growing, lives that wondrous thing the spirit of a man, biding its moment of apparition, earlier in some than in others.”
Lew Wallace, Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ

Keith Richards
“When you are growing up there are two institutional places that affect you most powerfully: the church, which belongs to God, and the public library, which belongs to you. The public library is a great equaliser.”
Keith Richards

Tim Dorsey
“Look forward to the wonderment of growing up, raising a family and driving by the gas station where the popular kids now work.”
Tim Dorsey, Gator A-Go-Go

Kimberly Novosel
“It was strange walking through the empty apartment. My battered purple room was gone, Brittany’s bruised blue was gone. Two coats covered everything. It was like none of it had ever happened.”
Kimberly Novosel, Loved

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