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It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are. e. e. cummings, poet
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To me, old age is always fifteen years older than I am. Bernard Baruch, businessman
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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, psychologist
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We never really grow up, we only learn how to act in public. Bryan White, musician
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I read over a hundred books a year and have done so since I was fifteen years old, and every book I've read has taught me something. Nicholas Sparks, author
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Children, even infants, are capable of sympathy. But only after adolescence are we capable of compassion. Louise J. Kaplan,
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Growing up, I didn't have a lot of toys, and personal entertainment depended on individual ingenuity and imagination - think up a story and go live it for an afternoon. Terry Brooks, writer
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Teenagers who are never required to vacuum are living in one. Fred G. Gosman,
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Being a teenager is an amazing time and a hard time. It's when you make your best friends - I have girls who will never leave my heart and I still talk to. You get the best and the worst as a teen. You have the best friendships and the worst heartbreaks. Sophia Bush, actress
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I've had this reoccurring dream for the last ten to fifteen years. Tommy Tune, dancer
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Friendships in childhood are usually a matter of chance, whereas in adolescence they are most often a matter of choice. David Elkind, psychologist
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It's always been my feeling that God lends you your children until they're about eighteen years old. If you haven't made your points with them by then, it's too late. Betty Ford, first lady
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The toddler must say no in order to find out who she is. The adolescent says no to assert who she is not. Louise J. Kaplan,
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Adolescence is the conjugator of childhood and adulthood. Louise J. Kaplan,
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So many people try to grow up too fast, and it's not fun! You should stay a kid as long as possible! Vanessa Hudgens, actress
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I did try to get a few of those teen high-school movies, but they just didn't like me. I guess I wasn't a certain type. Leelee Sobieski, actress
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I come from a generation that suffered school lessons in portacabins and crumbling hospitals. I tell you one thing, for the eighteen years they were in power the Tories did nothing to fix the roof when the sun was shining. Ed Miliband, politician
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T Bone and I grew up together in Fort Worth, Texas. He had his own recording studio by the time he was seventeen years old. When we were both nineteen he made the first archival recording of my voice. Betty Buckley, actress
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I really liked 'Starter For Ten' because I grew up watching 1980s teen films like 'St. Elmo's Fire' and 'The Breakfast Club' and I've always wanted to play the underdog lead hero in a 1980s-inspired film. James McAvoy, actor
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There's so much excitement around the Phish tours, and if it stopped feeling that way, it would ruin everything we've done for seventeen years. Trey Anastasio, musician
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I have been in teen shows for years, so doing that stuff - kissing - is kind of commonplace and not a big deal. It was way more cool just because it was Meg Ryan. Adam Brody, actor
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As a teen, I was both anorexic and bulimic. Alanis Morissette, musician
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I'd like a pop-up magazine with 45 articles on Russell Crowe. I'm like a teenager. I'd have 'Teen Beat' if I could, for grown-ups. Caroline Rhea, comedian
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I don't know if this is too weird to say, but this is completely surreal for me. Bizarre. The cover of 'Teen Vogue' has been on my bucket list forever. Lily Collins, actress
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Before my teen years, I was losing my hearing pretty quickly, and I was getting very, very angry. I was beginning to become an angry person because of that. Evelyn Glennie, musician
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When I found out I had to take off my shirt in 'Teen' movie, I panicked and hit the gym. I was like, 'It's going to be on film, documented, for my children to see. I can't be 140 pounds. I need to put on a little bit of muscle.' Chris Evans, actor
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I think I'm also more open to other writers being present and listening to other opinions, whereas before I was going through my angsty teen years while making records. Michelle Branch, musician
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I had no idea of the size of my bank account as a teen, and I didn't care to know. That was my mom's job, I figured that I would just find out when I turned 18. If you can't trust your mom, then who can you trust? Anna Chlumsky, actress
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I thought if my son was now eighteen years old and he was tempted to join the fight and take the burden of protecting his family - because it's always tempting especially for young men - what would I do as a mother to stop him? Nadine Labaki, actress
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My dad told me, 'It takes fifteen years to be an overnight success', and it took me seventeen and a half years. Adrien Brody, actor
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I was never interested in 'Teen Beat' like roles. I just wanted to work. Jared Leto, actor
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My parents still treat Christmas like I'm thirteen years old. Mike Shinoda, musician
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It took me fifteen years to discover I had no talent for writing, but I couldn't give it up because by that time I was too famous. Robert Benchley, comedian
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Your modern teenager is not about to listen to advice from an old person, defined as a person who remembers when there was no Velcro. Dave Barry, journalist
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Maturity is only a short break in adolescence. Jules Feiffer, cartoonist
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Old age is fifteen years older than I am. Oliver Wendell Holmes, writer
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As a teenager you are at the last stage in your life when you will be happy to hear that the phone is for you. Fran Lebowitz, journalist
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Heredity is what sets the parents of a teenager wondering about each other. Laurence J. Peter, writer
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Adolescence is just one big walking pimple. Carol Burnett, actress
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The greatest day in your life and mine is when we take total responsibility for our attitudes. That's the day we truly grow up. John C. Maxwell, clergyman
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I was a teen star. That's disgusting enough. John Cusack, actor
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I don't think there's a problem with being a teen idol, if that happens to me, I'll be happy to deal with it. Josh Hartnett, actor
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Being a teen idol is what I've waited for my whole life. Sarah Michelle Gellar, actress
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I was a veteran, before I was a teenager. Michael Jackson, musician
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As far as I'm concerned, Aaron is the best ball player of my era. He is to baseball of the last fifteen years what Joe DiMaggio was before him. He's never received the credit he's due. Mickey Mantle, athlete
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When I look in the mirror I see the girl I was when I was growing up, with braces, crooked teeth, a baby face and a skinny body. Heather Locklear, actress
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Michael Jackson was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. It caused quite a controversy, because his nose isn't eligible for another fifteen years. Conan O'Brien, entertainer
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To an adolescent, there is nothing in the world more embarrassing than a parent. Dave Barry, journalist
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The time not to become a father is eighteen years before a war. E. B. White, writer
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As a teenager I was so insecure. I was the type of guy that never fitted in because he never dared to choose. I was convinced I had absolutely no talent at all. For nothing. And that thought took away all my ambition too. Johnny Depp, actor
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You do live longer with bran, but you spend the last fifteen years on the toilet. Alan King, comedian
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In the Top 40, half the songs are secret messages to the teen world to drop out, turn on, and groove with the chemicals and light shows at discotheques. Art Linkletter, journalist
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At the age of 16 I was already dreaming of having a baby because I felt myself to be an adult, but my mum forbid it. Right now, I feel like a teenager and I want to have fun for one or two more years before starting a family. Milla Jovovich, model
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I spent the first fourteen years of my life convinced that my looks were hideous. Adolescence is painful for everyone, I know, but mine was plain weird. Uma Thurman, actress
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You have teenagers thinking they're going to make millions as NBA stars when that's not realistic for even 1 percent of them. Becoming a scientist or engineer is. Dean Kamen, inventor
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I don't like being compared to anyone or being in a class with someone. I'm a teen actress and therefore I'm competing against Hilary Duff. We're different people like everyone else. Amanda Bynes, actress
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I think I am too old to be doing teen movies. I am just kind of annoyed, because you have all these teen movies coming out with usually either Lindsay Lohan or Hilary Duff doing four of the exact teen movies over and over again. Alexa Vega, actress
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I've made a career over the last seventeen years of mostly playing men in uniform, especially cops. The one thing for an actor that is death, is if you're bored. The boredom will show in your work. Benjamin Bratt, actor
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A revolution only lasts fifteen years, a period which coincides with the effectiveness of a generation. Jose Ortega y Gasset, philosopher
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After a year or so I really thought I was Howard Hughes. Here I was at eighteen years old, getting all these checks. Michael J. Fox, actor
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Teenagers today are more free to be themselves and to accept themselves. John Knowles, novelist
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Fifteen years before I became a screen actor, I was in the theatre. A lot of my work was comedy, which I loved doing. It's harder. Ben Kingsley, actor
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I love the live performances and Las Vegas. I also like making films that are being discovered by another generation. Having been a teen idol of the '60s is great because you realize you left your generation with a smile and good memories. Connie Stevens, actress
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Everybody is a teenage idol. Barry Gibb, musician
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I've been doing TV for fourteen years, and I've always had a fascination with the political business side. It's ruled my life. Ratings or no ratings have decided where I live, who I work with, and how long I'll be doing that particular job. Charlotte Ross, actress
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All teenagers have this desire to somehow run away. Joan Chen, actress
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Yes, but I don't think of the Teen Angel as of an age. Frankie Avalon, actor
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Teen drug use went up dramatically in the 1990s. John Walters, musician
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Research shows that parents are the single biggest influence on children - if you are worried about your teen and drugs, talk to them. John Walters, musician
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I don't want to be a 'teen star' because so many people don't ever grow out of that. Lacey Chabert, actress
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The most important role models should and could be parents and teachers. But that said, once you're a teenager you've probably gotten as much of an example from your parents as you're going to. Andrew Shue, actor
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If you can get a teen leader in each sector of a student population, you can pull people in. Everybody wants to get involved, but most are too afraid. When they see a person they think is cool leading it, they're first to join. Andrew Shue, actor
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I progressed through so many different styles of music through my teen years, both as a player and a vocalist, particularly the jazz and pop of the early 20th Century. Jeff Healey, musician
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Most bands don't even last fourteen months let alone fourteen years. Peter Steele, musician
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I have always had a sense that we are all pretty much alone in life, particularly in adolescence. Robert Cormier, author
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I've always been fascinated by numbers. Before I was seventeen years old, I had lived in twenty-one different houses. In my mind, each of those houses had a number. Robert Indiana, artist
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The place of my birth, and residence for nearly sixteen years, in the early part of my life, became endeared to my feelings and affections; and more especially so after I had quitted it for an unknown place, and to associate with strangers. John Britton, mathematician
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I've now been in this country for thirteen years, since I was seventeen. So this is my second home. Hakeem Olajuwon, athlete
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I was a quiet teenager, introverted, full of angst. Nigella Lawson, journalist
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Adolescence isn't just about prom or wearing sparkly dresses. Jena Malone, actress
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I mean, I'm pretty good in real life, but sometimes people seem surprised that I'm like a normal teenager and wear black nail polish and I'm just a little bit more edgy than the person I play on television. Brittany Snow, actress
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I think you go through a period as a teenager of being quite cool and unaffected by things. Miranda Otto, actress
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Thirteen years after the end of the Soviet Union, the American press establishment seemed eager to turn Ukraine's protested presidential election on November 21 into a new cold war with Russia. Stephen Cohen, educator
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Comics were going down for the second time and here, all of a sudden, came this thing and for the next fifteen years, romance comics were about the top sellers in the field; they outsold everything. Gil Kane, artist
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I think there's a time in your life where you don't feel like you fit in. I think everyone has that when you're a teenager, especially, and especially in the society we live in. Matthew Vaughn, producer
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I heard Mr. Wild Bill Davis. I heard him play in 1930 and he told me that it would take me fifteen years just to learn the pedals, the pedals of the organ and I got mad. Jimmy Smith,
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Frank Sinatra is the only one that went from teen idol to superstar. Leif Garrett, musician
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Growing up, I've enjoyed hunting with my father. Dale Earnhardt, celebrity
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Fifteen years ago I walked out of a production of one of my plays at the RSC because I decided it was a waste of time. Edward Bond, playwright
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I've been with Life now for seventeen years and I have written several articles for them and will be doing more writing and do at least two assignments a year besides my writing. Gordon Parks, photographer
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I was born in Massachusetts and lived there until I was thirteen years old. Robert Goulet, musician
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We won a contest at the teen fair in Vancouver and the first prize was a recording contract and we recorded at a radio station on the stairway, and we did a record and it got put out. Tommy Chong, actor
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I found my niche as a character actor, and I've never felt like a movie star or teen idol and never wanted to. Vincent D'Onofrio, actor
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I was fifteen years old, and I hardly knew how to play a simple Bach prelude on the piano when I began to compose music, and at the most advanced level. I had never studied such things as harmony. Gyorgy Legeti,
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Fifteen years ago, while I was temporarily chairing meetings of pro-life leaders, I pleaded with the angry males to say no to interviews, and instead let beautiful pro-life women become the face for the movement. Marvin Olasky, educator
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Can you imagine young people nowadays making a study of trigonometry for the fun of it? Well I did. Clyde Tombaugh, scientist
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Final Destination was the closest thing I've done to a teen movie but it certainly had an edge to it. Devon Sawa, actor
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I'm still working, I've got two arms, two legs, two gorgeous kids, a lovely wife. Fifteen years ago, I was homeless. So when you think about it, I'm lucky. Ian Hart, actor
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In No. 1 of this street the cholera first appeared seventeen years ago, and spread up it with fearful virulence; but this year it appeared at the opposite end, and ran down it with like severity. Henry Mayhew, journalist
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I think growing up is difficult and it's a process that I'm always interested in, with kids and adults, they are often on two different universes. Alice Hoffman, author
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I lived with them in my studio in New York. And of course if I were doing that book today or even ten years, fifteen years later, I would have gone to where the wild ducks were and where I could study them - I would have gone to the country somewhere. Robert McCloskey, author
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I'm a teenager, but I'm independent - I have my own apartment, I have my own life. And I think I have learned more than any of those teenagers have in school. I learned to be responsible, leaving my family and coming here alone. Adriana Lima, model
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But when I was a teenager, the idea of spending the rest of my life in a factory was real depressing. So the idea that I could become a musician opened up some possibilities I didn't see otherwise. Wayne Kramer,
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When I was a teenager, I read a lot of Poe. Dario Argento, director
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In fact when Sweet Honey was ten years old it was too big for me to run, and I knew it, but I ran it for another thirteen years because I couldn't convince other people to really do it. And this year, I'm not running it. Bernice Johnson Reagon, musician
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As I've said many times, the single most oppressed class in America right now is the teenager. Joe Bob Briggs, critic
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I savour the adulation and love I have been getting from my fans and the blessings of elders in my family. Fourteen years have given me a lot and I can't thank God and the industry enough. Akshay Kumar, actor
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Maybe that's the whole teen oeuvre, you know covering people in disgusting bodily fluids and whatnot. Rider Strong, actor
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Eighteen years ago, the Holy Spirit led me to establish a church in the heart of Times Square. David Wilkerson, clergyman
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The Teen Challenge Training Center on Pennsylvania farmland houses over 200 men in rehab. Other farms and centers have been birthed out of this ministry all over the world. David Wilkerson, clergyman
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I am not officially involved now in the direction of the Teen Challenge ministry, but I rejoice that God permits me to be the father of these ministries. David Wilkerson, clergyman
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Every Teen Challenge ministry is responsible for raising its own finances, but we assist these works with finances, prayer and counseling, especially overseas in areas such as Siberia, Africa, South America. David Wilkerson, clergyman
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