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You can only be young once. But you can always be immature. Dave Barry, journalist

Maturity includes the recognition that no one is going to see anything in us that we don't see in ourselves. Stop waiting for a producer. Produce yourself. Marianne Williamson, author

Maturity is the ability to reap without apology and not complain when things don't go well. Jim Rohn, businessman

Ah, but I was so much older then, I'm younger than that now. Bob Dylan, musician

A child becomes an adult when he realizes that he has a right not only to be right but also to be wrong. Thomas Szasz, psychologist

When the apple is ripe it will fall. Proverbs,

To be adult is to be alone. Jean Rostand, scientist

One does not get better but different and older and that is always a pleasure. Gertrude Stein, author

'Age' is the acceptance of a term of years. But maturity is the glory of years. Martha Graham, dancer

Basically my wife was immature. I'd be at home in the bath and she would come in and sink my boats. Woody Allen, director

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

Maturity is often more absurd than youth and very frequently is most unjust to youth. Thomas Alva Edison, inventor

Where id was, there shall ego be. Sigmund Freud, psychologist

If boyhood and youth are but vanity, must it not be our ambition to become men? Vincent Van Gogh, painter

In my case, adulthood itself was not an advance, although it was a useful waymark. Nicholson Baker, novelist

Show me a man with both feet on the ground and I'll show you a man who can't get his pants on. Joe E. Lewis, comedian

My experience is that as soon as people are old enough to know better, they don't know anything at all. Oscar Wilde, dramatist

Maturity is a bitter disappointment for which no remedy exists, unless laughter could be said to remedy anything. Kurt Vonnegut, author

Maturity is knowing when to be immature. Randall Hall,

Part of the reason for the ugliness of adults, in a child's eyes, is that the child is usually looking upwards, and few faces are at their best when seen from below. George Orwell, author

The immature man wants to die nobly for a cause, while the mature man wants to live humanely for one. Wilhelm Stekel,

Youth condemns; maturity condones. Amy Lowell, poet

It is sad to grow old but nice to ripen. Brigitte Bardot, actress

I believe the sign of maturity is accepting deferred gratification. Peggy Cahn,

Maturity is the capacity to endure uncertainty. John Huston Finley,

True maturity is only reached when a man realizes he has become a father figure to his girlfriends boyfriends -- and he accepts it. Larry Mcmurtry, writer

Maturity consists in no longer being taken in by oneself. Kajetan Von Schlaggenberg,

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, psychologist

We seem but to linger in manhood to tell the dreams of our childhood, and they vanish out of memory ere we learn the language. Henry David Thoreau, author

By the time a person has achieved years adequate for choosing a direction, the die is cast and the moment has long since passed which determined the future. Source Unknown,

Maturity is the time of life when, if you had the time, you'd have the time of your life. Source Unknown,

Age is a very high price to pay for maturity. Tom Stoppard, dramatist

True maturity is only reached when a man realizes he has become a father figure to his girlfriends' boyfriends - and he accepts it. Larry Mcmurtry, writer

Only the middle-aged have all their five senses in the keeping of their wits. Hervey Allen,

The distinction between children and adults, while probably useful for some purposes, is at bottom a specious one, I feel. There are only individual egos, crazy for love. Don Barthelme,

Men are but children of a larger growth, Our appetites as apt to change as theirs, And full as craving too, and full as vain. John Dryden, poet

Maturity: among other things, the unclouded happiness of the child at play, who takes it for granted that he is at one with his play-mates. Dag Hammarskjold, diplomat

We have not passed that subtle line between childhood and adulthood until we move from the passive voice to the active voice--that is, until we have stopped saying It got lost, and say, I lost it. Sydney J. Harris, journalist

A boy becomes an adult three years before his parents think he does, and about two years after he thinks he does. Lewis B Hershey,

By the age of twenty, any young man should know whether or not he is to be a specialist and just where his tastes lie. By postponing the question we have set on immaturity a premium which controls most American personality to its deathbed. Robert S. Hillyer,

Maturity: Be able to stick with a job until it is finished. Be able to bear an injustice without having to get even. Be able to carry money without spending it. Do your duty without being supervised. Ann Landers, journalist

Your lordship, though not clean past your youth, have yet some smack of age in you, some relish of the saltiness of time. William Shakespeare, dramatist

Grown up, and that is a terribly hard thing to do. It is much easier to skip it and go from one childhood to another. Source Unknown,

A glimpse of any one moment in a life can be deeply misleading. A man at 20 who appears the model of altruism may turn out to be a kind of emotional prodigy Joshua Wolf Shenk,

One of the signs of passing youth is the birth of a sense of fellowship with other human beings as we take our place among them. Virginia Woolf, author

Maturity - among other things, the unclouded happiness of the child at play, who takes it for granted that he is at one with his play-mates. Dag Hammarskjold, diplomat

Adolescence is society's permission slip for combining physical maturity with psychological irresponsibility. Terri Apter,

I would say that the surest measure of a man's or a woman's maturity is the harmony, style, joy, and dignity he creates in his marriage, and the pleasure and inspiration he provides for his spouse. Benjamin Spock, scientist

I'm 18 in this album. I'm not losing fans, and I'm not disrepecting women, but you reach the maturity of taking it to the next level with a girl. It was only necessary for me to have at least one song like that. Chris Brown, musician

The other day the President said, I know you've had some rough times, and I want to do something that will show the nation what faith that I have in you, in your maturity and sense of responsibility. He paused, then said, would you like a puppy? Dan Quayle, vice president

Maturity is only a short break in adolescence. Jules Feiffer, cartoonist

Maturity is achieved when a person accepts life as full of tension. Joshua L. Liebman, clergyman

The Peace Corps is a sort of Howard Johnson's on the main drag into maturity. Paul Theroux, novelist

The vow of celibacy is a matter of keeping one's word to Christ and the Church. a duty and a proof of the priest's inner maturity; it is the expression of his personal dignity. Pope John Paul II, clergyman

Maturity is a high price to pay for growing up. Tom Stoppard, dramatist

Maturity is achieved when a person postpones immediate pleasures for long-term values. Joshua L. Liebman, clergyman

I think age is a very high price to pay for maturity. Tom Stoppard, dramatist

Character... is a habit, the daily choice of right over wrong; it is a moral quality which grows to maturity in peace and is not suddenly developed on the outbreak of war. Charles Wilson, public servant

It seldom happens that a premature shoot of genius ever arrives at maturity. Quintilian, educator

If any human being is to reach full maturity both the masculine and feminine sides of the personality must be brought up into consciousness. M. Esther Harding, psychologist

Spaniards have always shown great maturity and great common sense when it comes to voting. Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero, statesman

Throughout the whole vegetable, sensible, and rational world, whatever makes progress towards maturity, as soon as it has passed that point, begins to verge towards decay. Robert Blair,

How often I have found that we grow to maturity not by doing what we like, but by doing what we should. How true it is that not every 'should' is a compulsion, and not every 'like' is a high morality and true freedom. Karl Rahner, theologian

How do we know that Moses was grown up? Because he went out unto his brethren, and was ready to bear the burdens and share the plight of his people. Maturity is sensitivity to human suffering. Julius Gordon,

Maturity implies otherness... The art of living is the art of living with. Julius Gordon,

The possibility of a scientific treatment of history means a wider experience, a greater maturity of practical reason, and finally a fuller realization of certain basic ideas regarding the nature of life and time. Muhammad Iqbal, poet

I don't know whether it's age or maturity, but I certainly find myself committed more and more to the looser forms of Western democracy at any price. John Le Carre, writer

You know, it's a different world now, but to skip ahead and really answer your question, only in the last five years did I find what I call holy maturity, finding the balance, finding the right person in my life so that I could live a normal life. Burt Ward, actor

Mr. Darwin refers to the multitude of the individual of every species, which, from one cause or another, perish either before, or soon after attaining maturity. Richard Owen, scientist

I think that shows a level of maturity and understanding that I think bodes well for getting to the bottom of this. But it is really up to you and your staff, on behalf of the American people, to take on that challenge. David Kay, scientist

Only through the conscious action of the working masses in city and country can it be brought to life, only through the people's highest intellectual maturity and inexhaustible idealism can it be brought safely through all storms and find its way to port. Rosa Luxemburg, activist

Maturity is when you stop complaining and making excuses, and start making changes. Roy Bennett, politician

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