quotations about maturity
Maturity is only skin-deep, or not even that much. Scratch any man a little bit and you will find childishness arising out of him.
OSHO, Maturity: The Responsibility of Being Oneself
We do not grow absolutely, chronologically. We grow sometimes in one dimension, and not in another; unevenly. We grow partially. We are relative. We are mature in one realm, childish in another. The past, present, and future mingle and pull us backward, forward, or fix us in the present. We are made up of layers, cells, constellations.
ANAÏS NIN, The Diary of Anais Nin
You simply don't get to be wise, mature, etc., unless you've been a raving cannibal for thirty years or so.
DORIS LESSING, The Golden Notebook
Maturity ... is a bitter disappointment for which no remedy exists.
KURT VONNEGUT, JR., Cat's Cradle
A mature person is one who does not think only in absolutes, who is able to be objective even when deeply stirred emotionally, who has learned that there is both good and bad in all people and all things, and who walks humbly and deals charitably with the circumstances of life, knowing that in this world no one is all-knowing and therefore all of us need both love and charity.
ELEANOR ROOSEVELT, You Learn by Living
There is no such thing as maturity. There is instead an ever-evolving process of maturing. Because when there is a maturity, there is a conclusion and a cessation. That's the end. That's when the coffin is closed.
BRUCE LEE, The Warrior Within: The Philosophies of Bruce Lee
I believe that maturity is not an outgrowing, but a growing up: that an adult is not a dead child, but a child who survived.
URSULA K. LE GUIN, The Language of the Night: Essays on Fantasy and Science Fiction
Age is a very high price to pay for maturity.
TOM STOPPARD, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead
An obstinate, ungovernable self-sufficiency plainly points out to us that state of imperfect maturity at which the graceful levity of youth is lost, and the solidity of experience is not yet acquired.
JUNIUS, attributed, Day's Collacon
Youth is pliant and elastic; if it receives impressions easily, they are as easily effaced; but maturity is rigid, and admitting them slowly, retains them with a proportionate tenacity.
MARGARET BLESSINGTON, attributed, Day's Collacon
If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. It is not important that he should mature as soon as an apple-tree or an oak. Shall he turn his spring into summer?
HENRY DAVID THOREAU, Walden
A man's maturity: that is to have rediscovered the seriousness he possessed as a child at play.
FRIEDRICH NIETZSCHE, Beyond Good and Evil
That the world can be improved and yet must be celebrated as it is are contradictions. The beginning of maturity may be the recognition that both are true.
WILLIAM STOTT, Documentary Expression and Thirties America
The elevation of the mind in its maturity is valuable, most especially from the discriminative retrospect it commands over the fairy scenes of childhood.
CHARLES MORDAUNT, attributed, Day's Collacon
I am convinced that most people do not grow up ... We marry and dare to have children and call that growing up. I think what we do is mostly grow old. We carry accumulation of years in our bodies, and on our faces, but generally our real selves, the children inside, are innocent and shy as magnolias.
MAYA ANGELOU, Letter to My Daughter
Scars fade with time. And the ones that never go away, well, they build character, maturity, caution.
ERIN MCCARTHY, The Pregnancy Test
I'd proven to the world that maturity, experience, dedication, and ingenuity can make up for a little senescence.
DANA TORRES, Age Is Just a Number
I began to understand that suffering and disappointments and melancholy are there not to vex us or cheapen us or deprive us of our dignity but to mature and transfigure us.
HERMANN HESSE, Peter Camenzind
To the intelligent and virtuous, old age presents a scene of tranquil enjoyments, of obedient appetite, of well-regulated affections, of maturity in knowledge, and of calm preparation for immortality.
J. G. PERCIVAL, attributed, Day's Collacon
To have maturity is to have power to forgive people that do you wrong.
GARRICK BRIDGEFORTH, Words of the Bible Explained