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  • #1
    “People never grow up, they just learn how to act in public.”
    Bryan White

  • #2
    Margaret Atwood
    “I believe that everyone else my age is an adult whereas I am merely in disguise.”
    Margaret Atwood

  • #3
    Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr.
    “Men do not quit playing because they grow old; they grow old because they quit playing.”
    Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr.

  • #4
    Rudyard Kipling
    “Yet there be certain times in a young man’s life, when, through great sorrow or sin, all the boy in him is burnt and seared away so that he passes at one step to the more sorrowful state of manhood”
    Rudyard Kipling

  • #5
    James Thurber
    “In his grief over the loss of a dog, a little boy stands for the first time on tiptoe, peering into the rueful morrow of manhood. After this most inconsolable of sorrows there is nothing life can do to him that he will not be able somehow to bear.”
    James Thurber

  • #6
    Mokokoma Mokhonoana
    “Life is a process during which one initially gets less and less dependent, independent, and then more and more dependent.”
    Mokokoma Mokhonoana

  • #7
    Josie Sigler
    “As a man begins to understand the sacrifices he must make to live the life he dreams of, he often loses his courage for such a life.”
    Josie Sigler, The Galaxie and Other Rides

  • #8
    Fredrik Backman
    “When you're a child you long to be an adult and decide everything for yourself, but when you're an adult you realize that's the worst part of it.”
    Fredrik Backman, Anxious People

  • #9
    Ursula K. Le Guin
    “It's so much easier to blame the grownups than to be one.”
    Ursula K. Le Guin, No Time to Spare: Thinking About What Matters

  • #10
    Pradip Bendkule
    “Growing up as an adult does not mean that you have to kill a child inside you.”
    Pradip Bendkule

  • #11
    Shaneika Marie
    “Stop waiting for people approval of your own life , an live it”
    Shaneika Marie

  • #12
    Margaret Mead
    “I was wise enough never to grow up, while fooling people into believing I had.”
    Margaret Mead

  • #13
    Neil LaBute
    “The future is now. It's time to grow up and be strong. Tomorrow may well be too late.”
    Neil LaBute, Reasons to Be Pretty

  • #14
    Anne Frank
    “Parents can only give good advice or put them on the right paths, but the final forming of a person's character lies in their own hands.”
    Anne Frank

  • #15
    Paula Poundstone
    “Adults are always asking little kids what they want to be when they grow up ’cause they’re looking for ideas.”
    Paula Poundstone

  • #16
    J.D. Salinger
    “The mark of the immature man is that he wants to die nobly for a cause, while the mark of the mature man is that he wants to live humbly for one.”
    J.D. Salinger, The Catcher in the Rye

  • #17
    Patrick Rothfuss
    “When we are children we seldom think of the future. This innocence leaves us free to enjoy ourselves as few adults can. The day we fret about the future is the day we leave our childhood behind.”
    Patrick Rothfuss, The Name of the Wind

  • #18
    Erma Bombeck
    If I had my life to live over...

    Someone asked me the other day if I had my life to live over would I change anything.

    My answer was no, but then I thought about it and changed my mind.

    If I had my life to live over again I would have waxed less and listened more.

    Instead of wishing away nine months of pregnancy and complaining about the shadow over my feet, I'd have cherished every minute of it and realized that the wonderment growing inside me was to be my only chance in life to assist God in a miracle.

    I would never have insisted the car windows be rolled up on a summer day because my hair had just been teased and sprayed.

    I would have invited friends over to dinner even if the carpet was stained and the sofa faded.

    I would have eaten popcorn in the "good" living room and worried less about the dirt when you lit the fireplace.

    I would have taken the time to listen to my grandfather ramble about his youth.

    I would have burnt the pink candle that was sculptured like a rose before it melted while being stored.

    I would have sat cross-legged on the lawn with my children and never worried about grass stains.

    I would have cried and laughed less while watching television ... and more while watching real life.

    I would have shared more of the responsibility carried by my husband which I took for granted.

    I would have eaten less cottage cheese and more ice cream.

    I would have gone to bed when I was sick, instead of pretending the Earth would go into a holding pattern if I weren't there for a day.

    I would never have bought ANYTHING just because it was practical/wouldn't show soil/ guaranteed to last a lifetime.

    When my child kissed me impetuously, I would never have said, "Later. Now, go get washed up for dinner."

    There would have been more I love yous ... more I'm sorrys ... more I'm listenings ... but mostly, given another shot at life, I would seize every minute of it ... look at it and really see it ... try it on ... live it ... exhaust it ... and never give that minute back until there was nothing left of it.”
    Erma Bombeck, Eat Less Cottage Cheese and More Ice Cream: Thoughts on Life from Erma Bombeck

  • #19
    Virginia Woolf
    “Growing up is losing some illusions, in order to acquire others.”
    Virginia Woolf

  • #20
    Maya Angelou
    “Most people don't grow up. Most people age. They find parking spaces, honor their credit cards, get married, have children, and call that maturity. What that is, is aging.”
    Maya Angelou

  • #21
    Tom Waits
    “My kids are starting to notice I'm a little different from the other dads. "Why don't you have a straight job like everyone else?" they asked me the other day.

    I told them this story:
    In the forest, there was a crooked tree and a straight tree. Every day, the straight tree would say to the crooked tree, "Look at me...I'm tall, and I'm straight, and I'm handsome. Look at you...you're all crooked and bent over. No one wants to look at you." And they grew up in that forest together. And then one day the loggers came, and they saw the crooked tree and the straight tree, and they said, "Just cut the straight trees and leave the rest." So the loggers turned all the straight trees into lumber and toothpicks and paper. And the crooked tree is still there, growing stronger and stranger every day.”
    Tom Waits

  • #22
    It's the children the world almost breaks who grow up to save it.
    “It's the children the world almost breaks who grow up to save it.”
    Frank Warren

  • #23
    Michelle Obama
    “Now I think it’s one of the most useless questions an adult can ask a child—What do you want to be when you grow up? As if growing up is finite. As if at some point you become something and that’s the end.”
    Michelle Obama, Becoming

  • #24
    I'm selfish, impatient and a little insecure. I make mistakes, I am out of control
    “I'm selfish, impatient and a little insecure. I make mistakes, I am out of control and at times hard to handle. But if you can't handle me at my worst, then you sure as hell don't deserve me at my best.”
    Marilyn Monroe

  • #25
    Oscar Wilde
    “Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.”
    Oscar Wilde

  • #26
    Albert Einstein
    “Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I'm not sure about the universe.”
    Albert Einstein

  • #27
    William W. Purkey
    “You've gotta dance like there's nobody watching,
    Love like you'll never be hurt,
    Sing like there's nobody listening,
    And live like it's heaven on earth.”
    William W. Purkey

  • #28
    Dr. Seuss
    “You know you're in love when you can't fall asleep because reality is finally better than your dreams.”
    Dr. Seuss

  • #29
    Robert Frost
    “In three words I can sum up everything I've learned about life: it goes on.”
    Robert Frost

  • #30
    J.K. Rowling
    “If you want to know what a man's like, take a good look at how he treats his inferiors, not his equals.”
    J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire



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