Puberty Quotes

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Edgar Allan Poe
“The best things in life make you sweaty.”
Edgar Allan Poe

Eoin Colfer
“Hey, look—your girlfriend is saying something."
Artemis had a vast mental reserve of scathing comebacks at his disposal, but none of them covered girlfriend insults. He wasn't even sure if it was an insult. And if it was, who was being insulted? Him or the girl?”
Eoin Colfer

Tina Fey
“Almost everyone first realized they were becoming a grown woman when some dude did something nasty to them. ...It was mostly men yelling shit from cars. Are they a patrol sent out to let girls know they've crossed into puberty? If so, it's working.”
Tina Fey, Bossypants

Michael Bassey Johnson
“Young girls are like helpless children in the hands of amorous men, whatever is said to them is true and whatever manipulation on their bodies seems like love to them, sooner or later, they come back to their senses, but the scars are not dead inasmuch as her spoiler lives.”
Michael Bassey Johnson, Trials Of A Damsel

Michael Buckley
“So Henry," Puck said as he kicked off his shoes and propped his smelly feet on the kitchen table. "I was wondering what you can tell me about puberty."
Henry turned pale and stammered.
Sabrina wanted to crawl under the table and die.”
Michael Buckley

Leigh Bardugo
“When had she stopped being a child? The first time a guy whistled at her out of a car window when she was walking to school? The moment she started wondering how she looked when she ran, what jiggled or bounced, instead of the pace she was setting? The first time she'd kept from raising her hand because she didn't want to seem too smart or too eager? No one had sung? No one had told her how much she would lose until the time for grieving was long over.”
Leigh Bardugo, Wonder Woman: Warbringer

David James Duncan
“When people are kids their parents teach them all sorts of stuff, some of it true and useful, some of it absurd hogwash (example of former: don't crap your pants; example of latter: Columbus discovered America). This is why puberty happens. The purpose of puberty is to shoot an innocent and gullible child full of nasty glandular secretions that manifest in the mind as confusion, in the innards as horniness, upon the skin as pimples, and on the tongue as cocksure venomous disbelief in every piece of information, true or false, gleaned from one's parents since infancy. The net result is a few years of familial hell culminating in the child's exodus from the parental nest, sooner or later followed by a peace treaty and the emergence of the postpubescent as an autonomous, free-thinking human being who knows that Columbus only trespassed on an island inhabited by our lost and distant Indian relatives, but who also knows not to crap his pants.”
David James Duncan, The River Why

David Brin
“Prison for the crime of puberty -- that was how secondary school had seemed.”
David Brin, Earth

Craig Ferguson
“I don't think wood was discovered in Britain until the 1970's. That's when I discovered it anyway.”
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Ian Christe
“That's certainly the roots of heavy metal. That whole sense of revolution and wanting to be powerful is definetly a puberty thing. Fans don't have to be offended by that. Everybody goes through it. That's why heavy metal is so powerful.”
Ian Christe, Sound of the Beast: The Complete Headbanging History of Heavy Metal

Caroline Knapp
“And so I was scared. I was scared of my own sexual hunger, which felt so secretive and uncharted, and I was scared of the sexual hunger of boys, which felt so vivid and overt, and I was terribly uncertain of the relationships between sex and power and value, which seemed so merged and hard to tease apart. In the midst of all that, I didn't exactly loathe my body, or feel ashamed of it, but I was deeply ashamed of my fear, which felt disabling and immature and woefully, painfully uncool, a terrible secret, evidence of some profound failing and ignorance on my part. Other girls, or so I imagined, knew what to do, how to use their power, how to derive pleasure from it, and in contrast, I felt not only freakish but isolated, as though I was standing outside a vital, defining loop.”
Caroline Knapp, Appetites: Why Women Want

“Saul had gained his six-foot frame at sixteen, but his muscles didn’t arrive until his early twenties. Between those lost years, he was a gangly, uncoordinated klutz. He was told that he could improve his dancing by watching himself in the mirror. He tried. What he saw was so repulsive that he resolved never to inflict himself on a dance partner.
These days, Saul hid those memories behind weight lifting and jogging. His new athletic physique hid his aimless decade as an outsider, an odd and lonely kid--as he remembered it.”
Michael Benzehabe

Emma Cline
“At that age I looked at women with brutal and emotionless judgement. Assessing the slope of their breasts, imagining how they would look in very crude positions.”
Emma Cline, The Girls

Israelmore Ayivor
“When you are silent on the truth, you have given a transport fare for the lie to travel and spread fast.”
Israelmore Ayivor, Leaders' Frontpage: Leadership Insights from 21 Martin Luther King Jr. Thoughts

Becky Albertalli
“Middle school is like this endless horror show. Well, maybe not endless, because it ended, but it really burns into your psyche. I don't care who you are.”
Becky Albertalli, Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda

Wilhelm Reich
“Most of what official adolescent psychology considers the "characteristics of puberty," turn out in character-analytic work to be the artificially produced effect of obstructed natural sexuality. This holds true for daydreaming as well as for inferiority feelings.”
Wilhelm Reich, Character Analysis

Richard Bachman
“When everything is at its worst, your mind just throws it all into the wastebasket and goes to Florida for a little while. There is a sudden electric what-the-hell glow as you stand there looking back over your shoulder at the bridge you just burnt down.”
Richard Bachman

Krystal Sutherland
“after I hit puberty, it was like a switch inside me flipped, and instead of becoming a testosterone-driven sex monster like most of the guys in my school, I failed to find anyone I wanted in my life in that way.”
Krystal Sutherland, Our Chemical Hearts

“Ovšemže úsudky mohou být v mnoha případech nesprávné, jak se správně obáváte. Ale o to právě nejde, nýbrž o to, aby se dal žákům svobodný prostor pro to vyjádřit své vlastní pocity, vlastní úsudky - i když jsou zkreslené.”
Hermann Koepke, Tři stupně ve vývoji školního dítěte : Sedmý, devátý a dvanáctý rok života z hlediska waldorfské pedagogiky

Harper Lee
“Cal had told her all girls had it, it was natural as breathing, it was a sign they were growing up, and they had it until they were in their fifties. At the time, Jean Louise was so overcome with despair at the prospect of being too old to enjoy anything when it would finally be over, she refrained from pursuing the subject.”
Harper Lee, Go Set a Watchman

Aaron Dries
“Michael Delaney used to be fat. Not puppy-padding fat—bursting-frankfurts-in-a-boiling-pot fat. He remembered gym class and swimming lessons. All of the thin guys who could be divided into one of two groups: those who looked but did not comment and those who looked and commented, with enthusiasm...
Fat kids are like alcoholics; they always have excuses.”
Aaron Dries, House of Sighs

Adam Haslett
“He's in that larva stage, the damp, pained shedding of the child's body. This is what boarding school is for. To store them away during years like this, so they can suffer without the embarrassment of their parents watching.”
Adam Haslett, Imagine Me Gone

Israelmore Ayivor
“When liberators hide their liberty tools, injustice prevails. True leaders intervene by dealing with injustice before it passes puberty.”
Israelmore Ayivor

Carina Chocano
“It [puberty] is not that you lose control of your body so much as that you lose control over the way your body is interpreted. Your body becomes an alien body, a question rather than a statement.”
Carina Chocano, You Play the Girl: On Playboy Bunnies, Stepford Wives, Train Wrecks, & Other Mixed Messages

Roberto Hogue
“When you’re a young male, the penis is like a non-stop fountain of semen. Sometimes all you gotta do is look at it sideways and it goes off. Clouds go by a little too suggestively and puh-pow! Time for a fresh pair of underwear…”
Roberto Hogue

Peggy Orenstein
“Whereas discussion of male puberty includes the emergence of a near unstoppable sex drive, female puberty is defined by periods and the possibility of unwanted pregnancy. When do we talk to girls about desire and pleasure?”
Peggy Orenstein, Don't Call Me Princess: Essays on Girls, Women, Sex, and Life

Nick Hornby
“All I know is that you could, if you wanted to, find the answers to all sorts of difficult questions buried in that terrible war-torn interregnum between the first pubic hair and the first soiled Trojan.”
Nick Hornby, High Fidelity

Ta-Nehisi Coates
“I was peace pipes and treaties. My style was to talk and duck. It was an animal tactic, playing dead in hopes that the predators would move to an actual fight.”
Ta-Nehisi Coates, The Beautiful Struggle: A Father, Two Sons and an Unlikely Road to Manhood

“Even though most won't admit it, every young man asks the questions The Boy's Body Guide answers.”
Greta L. B. Laube, M.D., The Boy's Body Guide: A Health and Hygiene Book for Boys 8 and Older

Edward J. Santella
“Puberty. The word itself sounded like a half-digested lump of rubber.”
Edward J. Santella, American Ghosts

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