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

Attractive Grownup quotations

God wants a child's heart and a grownup's head.

I totally enjoy what I'm doing and bringing joy into people's lives.

To me, and if I can bring one second of joy into a child or a grown-up's life, then I have achieved my lifetime ambition.

Children from the age of five to ten should watch more television.

Television depicts adults as rotten SOB's given to fistfights, gunplay, and other mayhem. Kids who believe this about grownups aren't likely to argue about bedtime.

To this day, if I ever meet grownups who play ukulele, I love 'em.

A child's fear is a world whose dark corners are quite unknown to grownup people; it has its sky and its abysses, a sky without stars, abysses into which no light can ever penetrate.

I began feeling the way I imagine an actor or athlete must feel when, after years of commitment to a particular dream...he realizes that he's gone just about as far as talent or fortune will take him. The dream will not happen, and he now faces the choice of accepting this fact like a grownup and moving on to more sensible pursuits, or refusing the truth and ending up bitter, quarrelsome, and slightly pathetic.

Is not Jesus pointing to children even as models for grownups?

What if there were no grownups? Suppose the whole idea of grownups was an illusion? What if their money was really just playground marbles, their business deals no more than baseball-card trades, their wars only games of guns in the park? What if they were all still snotty-nosed kids inside their suits and dresses? Christ, that couldn't be, could it? It was too horrible to think about.

Eddie discovered one of his childhood's great truths. Grownups are the real monsters, he thought.

That's what my books are, now that I'm a grownup - mosaics of jokes.

Naivete in grownups is often charming;

but when coupled with vanity it is indistinguishable from stupidity.

Perhaps a modern society can remain stable only by eliminating adolescence, by giving its young, from the age of ten, the skills, responsibilities, and rewards of grownups, and opportunities for action in all spheres of life. Adolescence should be a time of useful action, while book learning and scholarship should be a preoccupation of adults.

"Aren't you frightened?" Somehow I expected her to say no, to say something wise like a grownup would, or to explain that we can't presume to understand the Lord's plan. She looked away. "Yes," she finally said, "I'm frightened all the time." "Then why don't you act like it?" "I do. I just do it in private." "Because you don't trust me?" "No," she said, "because I know you're frightened, too."

The young woman was crying, in the way that grownups cry, keeping it inside as much as they can, and hating it when it still pushes out at the edges, making them ugly and funny-looking on the way.

We just got to go on, that's all. That's what grownups would do.

This is our island. It's a good island. Until the grownups come to fetch us we'll have fun.

Children exist in the world as well as in the family.

From the moment they are born, they depend on a host of other “grownups” — grandparents, neighbors, teachers, ministers, employers, political leaders, and untold others who touch their lives directly and indirectly.

All children are born geniuses; 9,999 out of every 10,000 are swiftly, inadvertently degeniusized by grownups.

Embracing the fear of freedom, deciding to determine your own path, this is the work of a grownup.

Life, just as we first thought, is playing grownup.

I feel bad for the kids that are in school right now and the young people all across America who don't realize that the grownups who are supposed to be running this country are the verge of leaving them as the first generation of Americans worse off than the generation before.

I hated the company of other children.

I wanted to be a grownup person, to be taken seriously. I hated the idea of childhood; I thought it was a moment of endless stupidity.

Children hold spring so tightly in their brown fists-just as grownups, who are less sure of it, hold it in their hearts.

if a book is not good enough for a grownup, it is not good enough for a child.

If it's not good enough for adults, it's not good enough for children.

If a book that is going to be marketed for children does not interest me, a grownup, then I am dishonoring the children for whom the book is intended, and I am dishonoring books. And words.

Integrity is not something that grownups have and adolescents can aspire to.

Integrity is something that all of us, at all ages, are constantly striving for.

Next time I’ll just send the three of you e-mails.

What was I thinking when I decided to have this meeting? (Acheron) Oh, I know. That men who are a couple of thousand years old could actually behave like grownups? (Nick) (Zarek elbowed Nick in the stomach.) Oops. Involuntary arm spasm. (Zarek)

There are poets and there are grownups.

Time always seems long to the child who is waiting - for Christmas, for next summer, for becoming a grownup: long also when he surrenders his whole soul to each moment of a happy day.

Everybody thinks you reach a certain age and you're a grownup, but it's not true. Nobody grows up until the day they croak.

I tell personal stories associated with aspects of the theory, and I hope they are interesting and compelling. I don't feel you're going to change a grownup's mind in one reading. People have to be exposed to scientific ideas over and over again for years. It's also not a textbook.

I say to the grownups, if you want to deny evolution and live in your world, that's completely inconsistent with the world we observe, that's fine. But don't make your kids do it. Because we need them. We need scientifically literate voters and taxpayers for the future. We need engineers that can build stuff and solve problems.

I think people are interested in anything that's a little bigger than life and that's colorful and - you know, what they like? They like fairy tales for grownups.

Let's face it: part of being a grownup is that every day you have to choose between going out at night or staying home, and it is one of life's unhappy truths that there is not enough time to do both.

This is not a game, ... Debt has become a part of who we are. It's become that spoiled child in the grocery store with their lip stuck out: 'I want it. I want it. I deserve it because I breathe air.' And, well, that's an uphill climb in our culture right now, to go against that and say, 'Hey, let's be grownups here. Let's be mature, learn to delay pleasure, save up and pay for things.'

I believe that children long for form just as grownups do, and that it releases rather than cramps creative energy.

Don't forget that compared to a grownup person every baby is a genius.

Think of the capacity to learn! The freshness, the temperament, the will of a baby a few months old!

Don't forget that compared to a grownup person every baby is a genius.

Grownups have to say 'please,' too.

The last jobs I had were fixing cars and covering football games for a local access tv station. As in driving the mobile van to the field, setting up 3 cameras, teaching depressed grownups and interns how to use them and directing the game from the van and then wanting to kill myself.

Kids are beautiful, man. And they know much more than grownups think they know. Kids are just perfect people until grownups get their hands on them.

Kids are perfect people till grownups get their hands on them.

When I was very young every grownup was a hero.

It's been all downhill since then, and I have only two left.

Every kid who hated grownups becomes a grownup. Well, except the ones who died.