Quotes About Grown Ups

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Madeleine L'Engle
“You have to write the book that wants to be written. And if the book will be too difficult for grown-ups, then you write it for children.”
Madeleine L'Engle

Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
“They never say to you, 'What does his voice sound like? What games does he love best? Does he collect butterflies?' Instead, they demand 'How old is he? How many brothers has he? How much money does his father make?' Only from these figures do they think they have learned anything about him.”
Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

C.S. Lewis
“Children have one kind of silliness, as you know, and grown-ups have another kind.”
C.S. Lewis

Nicholas Sparks
“grown-ups always say that things are complicated.”
Nicholas Sparks, A Bend in the Road

Anne Frank
“I think it's odd that grown-ups quarrel so easily and so often and about such petty matters. Up to now I always thought bickering was just something children did and that they outgrew it.”
Anne Frank, The Diary of a Young Girl

Catherynne M. Valente
“Who told you you couldn't come back when you're grown? Was it the same person who told you grown-ups don't cry or blush or clap their hands when they're happy? Don't try to say otherwise, I've seen you fighting like a boxer to change your face so that it never shows anything. Whoever told you that's what growing up means is a villain, as true as a mustache. I am growing up, too, and look at me! I cry and I blush and I live in Fairyland always!”
Catherynne M. Valente, The Girl Who Soared Over Fairyland and Cut the Moon in Two

Paulo Coelho
“Only children believe they're capable of everything.
They're trusting and fearless; they believe in their own power and get exactly what they want.
When children grow up, they start to realize that they're not as powerful as they thought and that they need other people in order survive.
Then the child begins to love and to hope his love will be requited; and as life goes on, he develops an ever-greater need to be loved in return, even if that means having to give up his power.
We all end up where we are now:
Grown-ups doing everything we can to be accepted and loved.”
Paulo Coelho, Aleph

Kami Garcia
“Some things are private, Ethan. Even for grown-ups.”
Kami Garcia, Beautiful Creatures

Paula Pimenta
“Alguns episódios tristes são necessários para darmos valor aos felizes. Afinal, são todos eles somados que nos fazem crescer... e que fazem a série da nossa vida valer a pena.”
Paula Pimenta, Minha Vida Fora de Série - 2ª Temporada

Nicholas Sparks
“Miles: Well, things are kind of complicated right now. When you’re
a grown-up, you’ll understand.
Jonah: I don’t want to be a grown-up.
Miles: Why not?
Jonah: Because grown-ups always say that things are complicated.”
Nicholas Sparks, A Bend in the Road

Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
“Why should anyone be frightened by a hat?”
Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, The Little Prince

Larry McMurtry
“It seemed to him harder, as he got older, to find a simple way of life.”
Larry McMurtry, Lonesome Dove

Clementine von Radics
“There will always be those
who say you are too young and delicate
to make anything happen for yourself.
They don't see the part of you that smolders.
Don't let their doubting drown out
the sound of your own heartbeat.

You are the first drop of rain in a hurricane.

Your bravery builds beyond you.
You are needed by all the little girls
still living in secret, writing oceans
made of monsters, and
throwing like lightning.
You don't need to grow up
to find greatness.

You are so much stronger than the world
has ever believed you could be.
The world is waiting for you
to set it on fire. Trust in yourself

and burn.”
Clementine von Radics, Mouthful of Forevers

Franz Kafka
“In our folk nobody has any experience of youth, there’s barely even any time for being a toddler. The children simply don’t have any time in which they might be children........Indeed... there’s simply no way that we would be able to provide our children with a viable childhood, one that is real. Naturally, there are consequences. There’s a certain ever present, not to be liquidated childishness that permeates our folk; We often act in ways that are totally and utterly ridiculous and, indeed, precisely like children we do things that are crazy, letting loose with our assets in a manner that is bereft of all rationality, prodigious in our celebrations, partaking in a light-headed frivolousness that is divorced from all sensibility, and often enough all simply for the sake of some small token of fun, so much do we love having our small amusements. But our folk isn’t only childish, to a certain extent we also age prematurely, childhood and old age mix themselves differently with us than by others. We don’t have any youth, we jump right away into maturity and, then, we remain grown-ups for too long and as a consequence to this there’s a broad shadow of a certain tiredness and a sort of hopelessness that colours our essential nature, a nature that as a whole is otherwise so tenacious and permeated by hope, strong hope. This, no doubt, this is related to why we’re so disinclined toward music—we’re too old for music, so much excitement, so much passion doesn’t sit well with our heaviness;”
Franz Kafka, The Complete Stories

Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
“So I have had, in the course of my life, lots of encounters with lots of serious people. I have spent lots of time with grown-ups. I have seen them at close range...which hasn’t much improved my opinion of them.”
Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

Lemony Snicket
“Telling an adult to go see something for themselves always works. They never take your word for it. They always, always, have to go see, and Hungry was no different.”
Lemony Snicket, Shouldn't You Be in School?

Neil Gaiman
“She really was pretty, for a grown-up, but when you are seven, beauty is an abstraction, not an imperative.”
Neil Gaiman, The Ocean at the End of the Lane

Amit Kalantri
“When you are a grown up your brothers become your neighbors and your unconditional brotherhood become your conditional neighborhood.”
Amit Kalantri

Günter Grass
“… there is something very strange and childish in the way grown-ups feel about their clocks—in that respect, I was never a child. I am willing to agree that the clock is probably the most remarkable thing that grown-ups ever produced. Grown-ups have it in them to be creative, and sometimes, with the help of ambition, hard work, and a bit of luck they actually are, but being grown-ups, they have no sooner created some epoch-making invention than they become a slave to it.”
Günter Grass

Larry McMurtry
“When he walked out into the lots to catch his horse, he felt grown and complete for the first time in his life.”
Larry McMurtry, Lonesome Dove

Mehmet Murat ildan
“Watch the littlest kids carefully; the biggest messages for the grown-ups are hidden there!”
Mehmet Murat ildan

K. Weikel
“Saying everything is okay doesn't make you a grown-up.”
K. Weikel, The One-Hundred: Tamir

Joss Whedon
“Nobody treating us like kids. For once, we gt to be equals, not babies. Could use more of that in the twenty-first. Age doesn’t make grown-ups.”
Joss Whedon, Runaways, Vol. 8: Dead End Kids

Agona Apell
“There are three houses that the ultimate adult must leave: their parents' house, their employer's house, and their teacher's house. So they must someday found their own home, their own business, and their own school of thought so that they can live under their own roof at home, at work, and in thought.”
Agona Apell, The Success Genome Unravelled: Turning Men from Rot to Rock

“Grown ups’ could learn a lesson from watching cartoons.”
James Jean-Pierre

Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
“I have had, in the course of my life, lots of encounters and lots of serious people. I have spent lots of time with grown-ups. I have seen them at close range... which haven't much improved my opinion of them.”
Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

Neil Gaiman
“Being a grown up is highly over rated. Just be an author.”
Neil Gaiman

“The entrepreneurs are only about my age, probably younger, but they don't seem so. Their tailored clothes and unbending hairdos, their clipboards and laser pointers, make them seem like real grown-up people in a way I have never been.”
Sara Baume, A Line Made by Walking

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