A collection of growing up quotes that’ll inspire and guide not only you but your children as well.
Whether we like it or not, aging, growing old, and growing up are all a part of life. Change is inevitable and with that comes growth and maturity.
What does growing up mean to you?
I believe that growing up is a never-ending process. We never really stop making mistakes. We never stop evolving. We continue to grow, learn and mature as we navigate our lives and figure out who and what we want to be in this world.
We have gathered the best growing up quotes and maturity quotes below from various sources to inspire and guide you.
May these quotes give you a few insights, inspirations, and lessons on what growth and maturity are truly about.
Growing up Quotes and Sayings
The turning point in the process of growing up is when you discover the core of strength within you that survives all hurt.
— Max Lerner
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
The trick is growing up without growing old.
— Casey Stengel
Growing up is losing some illusions, in order to acquire others.
— Virginia Woolf
Today the world changes so quickly that in growing up we take leave not just of youth but of the world we were young in.
— Peter Medawar
Everyone thinks you make mistakes when you’re young. But I don’t think we make any fewer when we’re grown up
— Jodi Picoult
I think that the best thing we can do for our children is to allow them to do things for themselves, allow them to be strong, allow them to experience life on their own terms, allow them to take the subway… let them be better people, let them believe more in themselves.
— C. JoyBell C.
Maturity is a high price to pay for growing up.
— Tom Stoppard
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
Growing up, I was taught a man’s word is his bond.
— Logan Mankins
Some day you will be old enough to start reading fairy tales again.
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
Inspirational Growing up Quotes
Everything will change. The only question is growing up or decaying.
— Nikki Giovanni
Doing all the little tricky things it takes to grow up, step by step, into an anxious and unsettling world.
— Sylvia Plath
When I was young, I used to wish I would fit in… I’m glad I didn’t get my wish.
— Steve Maraboli
Growing up happens when you start having things you look back on and wish you could change.
— Cassandra Clare
Life has a funny way of turning you into the one thing you don’t want to be.
— Jonathan Levine
If growing up is the process of creating ideas and dreams about what life should be, then maturity is letting go again.
— Mary Beth Danielson
It happens to everyone as they grow up. You find out who you are and what you want, and then you realize that people you’ve known forever don’t see things the way you do. So you keep the wonderful memories, but find yourself moving on.
— Nicholas Sparks
Growing up, I have discovered over time, is rather like housework, never finished.
— Lois McMaster Bujold
In this day and age, some turn 18 and think they’re a man or a woman and that’s it, but that’s just not true. You have to establish your manhood or your womanhood with actions.
— Orlando McGuire
It was a sign of growing up, when the dark made no more difference to you than the day.
— Roddy Doyle
Growing up is never straight forward. There are moments when everything is fine, and other moments where you realize that there are certain memories that you’ll never get back, and certain people that are going to change, and the hardest part is knowing that there’s nothing you can do except watch them.
— Alden Nowlan
You grow up the day you have your first real laugh, at yourself.
— Ethel Barrymore
Growing up Quotes About Life
Even though you’re growing up, you should never stop having fun.
— Nina Dobrev
As children, we don’t get to pick the ways in which we’re loved. But then we grow up, and if we’re smart and prepared and very determined, every once in a while we actually do get the life we wanted.
— Oprah Winfrey
You must welcome change as the rule but not as your ruler.
— Denis Waitley
You have to do your own growing no matter how tall your grandfather was.
— Abraham Lincoln
One sign of maturity is the ability to be comfortable with people who are not like us.
— Virgil A. Kraft
All change is not growth, as all movement is not forward.
— Ellen Glasgow
Turning I would to I did is the grammar of growing up.
— Anthony Marra
Growing apart doesn’t change the fact that for a long time we grew side by side; our roots will always be tangled. I’m glad for that.
— Ally Condie
They must often change, who would be constant in happiness or wisdom.
Wrinkles should merely indicate where smiles have been.
— Mark Twain
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
Don’t grow old to give up and don’t give up growing up.
— Bernard Kelvin Clive
Quotes about Growing up
To exist is to change, to change is to mature, to mature is to go on creating oneself endlessly.
— Henri Bergson
Don’t try to make me grow up before my time…
— Louisa May Alcott
It is only because of problems that we grow mentally and spiritually.
— M. Scott Peck
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
Young alienation, disappointment and heartache is all a part of the first real growing up that we do.
— Judd Nelson
Maturity is when your world opens up and you realize that you are not the center of it.
— M.J. Croan
It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are.
— e. e. cummings
One of the oddest things about being grown-up was looking back at something you thought you knew and finding out the truth of it was completely different from what you had always believed.
— Patricia Briggs
Age is no guarantee of maturity.
— Lawana Blackwell
I was so good at being a kid, and so terrible at being whatever I was now.
— John Green
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 growing into consciousness, and my wish for you is that you feel no need to constrict yourself to make other people comfortable.
— Ta-Nehisi Coates
More Growing up Quotes
That’s the real trouble with the world, too many people grow up.
— Walt Disney
Part of growing up is realizing you learn to love so many people. It’s about forming those relationships and finding what will last forever.
— Dylan O’Brien
A grownup is a child with layers on.
— Woody Harrelson
Part of growing up is just taking what you learn from that and moving on and not taking it to heart.
— Beverley Mitchell
Sometimes you have to grow up before
you appreciate how you grew up.
— Daniel Black
Most people don’t really grow up. What they do is grow old, they grow tiresome even and self-righteous maybe, for it is very hard to grow.
— Larry Chang
That’s one of the things we learn as we grow older — how to forgive. It comes easier at forty than it did at twenty.
— L. M. Montogomery
Age is a necessary but insufficient requirement for growing up. There are immature old people, and there are appropriately mature young people.
— Henry Cloud
We grow neither better nor worse as we get old, but more like ourselves.
— May Lamberton Becker
Born to be wild – live to outgrow it.
— Lao Tzu
Sometimes we’re so concerned about giving our children what we never had growing up, we neglect to give them what we did have growing up.
— James Dobson
You know your children are growing up when they stop asking you where they came from and refuse to tell you where they’re going.
— P. J. O Rourke