Quotes About Growing Up and Aging

“Age is just a measure of how long one has been breathing and not necessarily how much they have grown.” – InspirationCafe.org

Most people view growing up as an age thing. The older one gets, the more grown-up they are… or is it? Below are a handful of quotes about growing up from what it means to get older to the definition of age.

Is growing up more about the number of years you’ve lived or more about how you act? Is it about the level of maturity one has? How about how many responsibilities one can handle? Or perhaps growing up is about the process of discovering and accepting who we are, understanding the value of every day, and allowing ourselves to be happy.

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Growing Up Quotes

“Maturity is when your world opens up and you realize that you are not the center of it.” | M.J. Croan

“The day the child realizes that all adults are imperfect, he becomes an adolescent; the day he forgives them, he becomes an adult; the day he forgives himself, he becomes wise.” | Alden Nowlan

“You are only young once, but you can stay immature indefinitely.” | Unknown

“Growing up is never easy. You hold on to things that were. You wonder what’s to come. But that night, I think we knew it was time to let go of what had been, and look ahead to what would be. Other days. New days. Days to come. The thing is, we didn’t have to hate each other for getting older. We just had to forgive ourselves… for growing up.” | The Wonder Years

“None are so old as those who have outlived enthusiasm.” | Henry David Thoreau

“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

“How old would you be if you didn’t know how old you were?” | Satchel Paige

“Life would be infinitely happier if we could only be born at the age of eighty and gradually approach eighteen.” | Mark Twain

“If you’re gonna screw up, do it while you’re young. Older you get, the harder it is to bounce back.” | Winston Groom

“I regret not having had more time with my kids when they were growing up.” | Tina Turner

“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

“If growing up means it would be beneath my dignity to climb a tree, I’ll never grow up, never grow up, never grow up! Not me! | J.M. Barrie (Peter Pan)

“Growing up happens when you start having things you look back on and wish you could change.” | Cassandra Clare

“Some day you will be old enough to start reading fairy tales again.” | C.S. Lewis

“The process of growing up was nothing more than figuring out what doors hadn’t yet been slammed in your face.” | Jodi Picoult

“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

“We don’t stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing.” | George Bernard Shaw

“Everyone is the age of their heart.” | Guatemalan Proverb

“Life is change. Growth is optional. Choose wisely.” | Unknown

“Growing up happens in a heartbeat. One day you’re in diapers; the next day you’re gone. But the memories of childhood stay with you for the long haul.” | The Wonder Years

“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

“You grow up the day you have your first real laugh… at yourself.” | Ethel Barrymore

“Part of growing up is just taking what you learn from that and moving on and not taking it to heart.” | Beverly Mitchell

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