101 Adulthood Quotes To Inspire You

Following is our list of adulthood quotations and slogans full of insightful wisdom and perspective about adolescence to adulthood.

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Top 10 Adulthood Quotes (BEST)

  1. Maturity is the ability to postpone gratification. — Sigmund Freud
  2. The great challenge of adulthood is holding on to your idealism after you lose your innocence. — Bruce Springsteen
  3. When I became a man I put away childish things, including the fear of childishness and the desire to be very grown up. — C. S. Lewis
  4. Being an adult is overrated. I refuse to grow up. — Lex Fridman
  5. Movies can and do have tremendous influence in shaping young lives in the realm of entertainment towards the ideals and objectives of normal adulthood. — Walt Disney
  6. A life-long blessing for children is to fill them with warm memories of times together. Happy memories become treasures in the heart to pull out on the tough days of adulthood. — Charlotte Davis Kasl
  7. I think you should be a child for as long as you can. I have been successful for 74 years being able to do that. Don't rush into adulthood, it isn't all that much fun. — Bob Newhart
  8. A life-long blessing for children is to fill them with warm memories of times together. Happy memories become treasures in the heart to pull out on the tough days of adulthood. — Charlotte Sophia Kasl
  9. In childhood be modest, in youth temperate, in adulthood just, and in old age prudent. — Socrates
  10. Just try to stay a child as long as you can. Don't force into adulthood. — Michael Jackson

The Most Famous Adulthood Quotes

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What is an adult? A child blown up by age. — Simone de Beauvoir

The disappointment of manhood succeeds the delusion of youth. — Benjamin Disraeli

I've matured, maybe, but not grown up. — Tre Cool

I've got the rest of my life to be a grown-up. And for now, it's OK to be young. — Cory Monteith

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Growing old is mandatory; growing up is optional. — Chili Davis

The ripeness of adolescence is prodigal in pleasures, skittish, and in need of a bridle. — Plutarch

I find the subject of childhood fascinating. I explored this subject in Speak to me of love and I am curious about portraying the often painful transition into the adult world. — Sophie Marceau

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The four stages of man are infancy, childhood, adolescence, and obsolescence. — Art Linkletter

Adolescents are not monsters. They are just people trying to learn how to make it among the adults in the world, who are probably not so sure themselves. — Virginia Satir

Thirty was so strange for me. I've really had to come to terms with the fact that I am now a walking and talking adult. — C. S. Lewis

Short Adulthood Quotes

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  • I don't want to feel like I've matured. That's a stupid word that I never want to use. — Marilyn Manson
  • I'm growing older, but not up. — Jimmy Buffett
  • You're only young once, but you can be immature forever. — John P. Grier
  • Age is just a number, maturity is a choice. — Harry Styles
  • You can only be young once. But you can always be immature. — Dave Barry
  • If you carry your childhood with you, you never become older. — Abraham Sutzkever
  • Man's maturity: to have regained the seriousness that he had as a child at play. — Friedrich Nietzsche
  • Adolescence isn't just about prom or wearing sparkly dresses. — Jena Malone
  • Marriage is our last, best chance to grow up. — Joseph Barth
  • Growing old is not growing up. — Doug Horton

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Childhood To Adulthood Quotes

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The goal of my philanthropic work has always been to make sure that every child has a chance to live up to his or her potential. That means our work won't be done until every child has access to quality education from early childhood to adulthood. — Shakira

Childhood is not merely basic training for utilitarian adulthood. It should have some claims upon our mercy, not for its future value to the economic interests of competitive societies but for its present value as a perishable piece of life itself. — Jonathan Kozol

The day you graduate from childhood to adulthood is the day you take full responsibility for your life. — Darren Hardy

Adulthood was invented to repair the wounds of childhood. — Joy Browne

... social environment in childhood affects achieved adult height, life chances, and ultimately mortality rates in adult life. (...) ... social circumstances acting in childhood do have a persisting effect on adult disease rates, in addition to influences acting in adulthood. — Michael Marmot

Adulthood is the ever-shrinking period between childhood and old age. It is the apparent aim of modern industrial societies to reduce this period to a minimum. — Thomas Szasz

If from infancy you treat children as gods, they are liable in adulthood to act as devils. — P. D. James

I had spent my childhood and the better part of my early adulthood trying to understand my mother. She had been an extraordinarily difficult person, spiteful and full of rage, with a temper that could flare, seemingly out of nowhere, scorching everything and everyone who got in its way. [pp. 40-41] — Dani Shapiro

When we strive to remove all risk from childhood we also remove the foundations of a rational adulthood, and we eliminate the very experiences that will help kids grow up to be the empowered, creative, brave problem-solvers that they can and must be. — Gever Tulley

Jesus Christ - He means the world to me. So many different situations I've been through, through my childhood and now my adulthood; I lost my brother at a young age. He got hit by a car right in front of me. I had to be strong for my mom. — Adrian Peterson

Adolescence To Adulthood Quotes

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I had low blood sugar, a chemical imbalance, plus the normal nervous breakdown everyone goes through from adolescence to adulthood. — Mel Brooks

It may comfort you to know that if your child reaches the age of eleven or twelve and you have a good bond or relationship, no matter how dramatic adolescence becomes, you children will probably turn out all right and want some form of connection to you in adulthood. — Charlotte Sophia Kasl

Massachusetts is the first state in America to reach full adulthood. The rest of America is still in adolescence. — Uwe Reinhardt

Although I was well past my teenage troubles, our music was specifically designed to lubricate the passage from adolescence to adulthood. — Pete Townshend

I think the category of perpetual adolescence, it's a new thing, and it's a dangerous thing. Adolescence is a pretty glorious concept. It's about intentionally transitioning from childhood to adulthood. Being stuck in adolescence - that's a hell. Peter Pan is a dystopia, and we forget that. — Benjamin E. Sasse

As every parent knows, children go through an adolescent growth spurt, during which they put on inches at an alarming rate. Humans are unique in this respect: most mammalian species, including apes, progress almost directly from infancy to adulthood. — Richard Leakey

Adolescence Quotes

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Adolescence is like cactus. — Anais Nin

Adolescents need freedom to choose, but not so much freedom that they cannot, in fact, make a choice. — Erik Erikson

The political lesson of Watergate is this: Never again must America allow an arrogant, elite guard of political adolescents to by-pass the regular party organization and dictate the terms of a national election. — Gerald R. Ford

I see no greatness in my self...I'm a simple-minded, child-like, insipid sort of moronic and kind of akward feeling adolescent. — Neal Cassady

The adolescents of my generation, greedy for life, forgot in body and soul about their hopes for the future until reality taught them that tomorrow was not what they had dreamed, and they discovered nostalgia. — Gabriel Garcia Marquez

Elegance is not the prerogative of those who have just escaped from adolescence, but of those who have already taken possession of their future. — Coco Chanel

You have to stand for what you believe in and sometimes you have to stand alone. — Queen Latifah

My adolescent rebellions took the form of, if anything, passive-aggressively doing what was asked of me but doing it ten times more than what was asked of me, so that eventually they'd have to beg me to stop. — Robert M. Sapolsky

Adolescence is when girls experience social pressure to put aside their authentic selves and to display only a small portion of their gifts. — Mary Pipher

I believe in humanity. We are an incredible species. We're still just a child creature, we're still being nasty to each other. And all children go through those phases. We're growing up, we're moving into adolescence now. When we grow up - man, we're going to be something! — Gene Roddenberry

People Writing About Adulthood

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Read quotes by C. S. Lewis

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More Adulthood Quotes

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According to Herodotus, the ancient Persians felt that what was necessary in the background of a young man entering adulthood was his ability to ride, shoot straight, and speak the truth. Perhaps we should now grant our college degrees to young men who measure up to that standard. — Jeff Cooper

This is what I learned at the end of this long and very strange trip through the causes and cures of airway obstruction. That our noses and mouths are not predetermined at birth, childhood, or even in adulthood. We can reverse the clock on much of the damage that’s been done in the past few hundred years by force of will, with nothing more than proper posture, hard chewing, and perhaps some mewing. And with the obstruction out of the way, we can finally get back to breathing. — James Nestor

Creating a world that is truly fit for children does not imply simply the absence of war... It means having primary schools nearby that educate children, free of charge... It means building a world fit for children, where every child can grow to adulthood in health, peace and dignity. — Carol Bellamy

The male role models I had all seemed to have been in the military. My father served in the army. My uncle was in the Marine Corps. Both of my grandfathers served in WWII. There weren't any career soldiers in my family, but when I was young it seemed like a way of arriving at adulthood. — Kevin Powers

There Are No Adults. Everyone’s making it up as they go along. Figure it out yourself, and do it. — Naval Ravikant

There are two novels that can transform a bookish 14-year-old's life: The Lord of the Rings and Atlas Shrugged. One is a childish daydream that can lead to an emotionally stunted, socially crippled adulthood ...in which large chunks of the day are spent inventing ways to make real life more like a fantasy novel. The other is a book about orcs. — Raj Patel

A pony is a childhood dream. A horse is an adulthood treasure. — Rebecca Carroll

All human beings, all persons who reach adulthood in the world today are programmed biocomputers. No one of us can escape our own nature as programmable entities. Literally, each of us may be our programs, nothing more, nothing less. — John C. Lilly

Be sure to lie to your kids about the benevolent, all-seeing Santa Claus. It will prepare them for an adulthood of believing in God. — Scott Dikkers

We have not passed that subtle line between childhood and adulthood until we have stopped saying 'It got lost,' and say, 'I lost it.' — Sydney J. Harris

Rearing a family is probably the most difficult job in the world. It resembles two business firms merging their respective resources to make a single product. All the potential headaches of that operation are present when an adult male and an adult female join to steer a child from infancy to adulthood. — Virginia Satir

One of the most jolting days of adulthood comes the first time you run out of toilet paper. Toilet paper, up until this point, always just existed. And now it's a finite resource, constantly in danger of extinction, that must be carefully tracked and monitored, like pandas? — Kelly Williams Brown

Being silly is still allowed, not excluded by adulthood. What's excluded by adulthood is thoughtlessness, so be thoughtful and silly — Hank Green

Love and spiritual values received from parents are the strongest assets for a child to face the various trials of adulthood. — Mata Amritanandamayi

I feel that adolescence has served its purpose when a person arrives at adulthood with a strong sense of self-esteem, the ability to relate intimately, to communicate congruently, to take responsibility, and to take risks. The end of adolescence is the beginning of adulthood. What hasn't been finished then will have to be finished later. — Virginia Satir

There is a point in every young person's life when you realize that the youth that you've progressed through and graduate to some sort of adulthood is equally as messed up as where you're going. — Jena Malone

Someone who is perennially surprised that depravity exists, who continues to feel disillusioned (even incredulous) when confronted with evidence of what humans are capable of inflicting in the way of gruesome, hands-on cruelties upon other humans, has not reached moral or psychological adulthood. — Susan Sontag

For me adulthood is realising that there are no grown-ups and everyone else is winging it. — Sarah Beeny

Movies can and do have tremendous influence in shaping young lives. — Walt Disney

I had been riding horses before my memory kicked in, so my life with horses had no beginning. It simply appeared from the fog of infancy. I survived a difficult childhood by traveling on the backs of horses, and in adulthood the pattern didn't change. — Monty Roberts

Adulthood brings with it a pernicious illusion of control. — Juan Gabriel

Both humans and dogs love to play well into adulthood, and individuals from both species occasionally display evidence of having a conscience. — Jon Winokur

I spent my whole childhood wishing I were older and now I'm spending my adulthood wishing I were younger. — Ricky Schroder

Learning to code makes kids feel empowered, creative, and confident. If we want our young women to retain these traits into adulthood, a great option is to expose them to computer programming in their youth. — Susan Wojcicki

Adults are just obsolete children and the hell with them. — Dr. Seuss

More than one philosopher has claimed that we ever remain children, far beneath the indurated layers that make up the armour of adulthood. Armour encumbers, restricts the body and soul within it. But it also protects. Blows are blunted. Feelings lose their edge, leaving us to suffer naught but a plague of bruises, and, after a time, bruises fade. — Steven Erikson

Adolescence is the conjugator of childhood and adulthood. — Louise J. Kaplan

I think one of the defining moments of adulthood is the realization that nobody's going to take care of you. That you have to do the heavy lifting while you're here. And when you don't, well, you suffer the consequences. — Adam Savage

A central theme of all about love is that from childhood into adulthood we are often taught misguided and false assumptions about the nature of love. Perhaps the most common false assumption about love is that love means we will not be challenged or changed. — Bell Hooks

A child's world is fresh and new and beautiful, full of wonder and excitement. It is our misfortune that for most of us that clear-eyed vision, that true instinct for what is beautiful, is dimmed and even lost before we reach adulthood. — Rachel Carson

The tough thing about adulthood is it starts before you even know it starts. — Robert Redford

The responsibility of building leadership in the Church belongs to the father and the mother. . . . As youth grow and mature through their teenage years and move toward adulthood, the Church picks up an important role in this process of giving youth an opportunity to lead, but it begins in the home. — Dieter F. Uchtdorf

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