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Growing Old & Growing Up

“Most people don’t grow up. Most people age. They find parking spaces, honor their credit cards, get married, have children and call that maturity. What that is, is aging.” – Maya Angelou

 

“You don’t stop laughing when you grow old, you grow old when you stop laughing.” – George Bernard Shaw

 

“Love does not begin and end the way we seem to think it does. Love is a battle, love is war; love is growing up.”- James Baldwin

 

“Everyone thinks you make mistakes when you’re young. But I don’t think we make any fewer mistakes when we’re grown up.” – Jodi Picoult

 

“The trick is growing up without growing old. “- Casey Stengel

 

“I am convinced that most people do not grow up…We may 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 real children inside, are innocent and shy as magnolias.” – Maya Angelou

 

“Parents can only give good advice or put them on the right paths, but the final forming of a person’s character lies in their own hands.” – Anne Frank

 

“My mother…she is beautiful, softened at the edges and tempered with a spine of steel. I want to grow old and be like her.” – Jodi Picoult

 

“The place is changed now, and many familiar faces are gone, but the greatest change is myself. I was a child then, I had no idea what the world would be like. I wished to trust myself on the waters and the sea. Everything was romantic in my imagination. The woods were people by the mysterious good folk. The Lords and Ladies of the last century walked with me along the overgrown paths, and picked the old fashioned flowers among the box of rose hedges of the garden.” – Beatrix Potter

 

“Growing up is losing some illusions, in order to acquire others.” – Virginia Woolf

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Quotes gathered at BrainyQuote.com

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  1. jesusfuckingchristwhydoeseveryusernameexist says

    “Everyone thinks you make mistakes when you’re young. But I don’t think we make any fewer mistakes when we’re grown up.” I specially like this one. When I was a kid, I thought when you grew up, you were ‘perfect’. Only morons and idiots made mistakes. But as I have grown, I still make mistakes. The only tip is how to fix that mistake and makes sure no one else knows about it.

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    • Definitely. I assumed that by the time I was in my 20’s I’d understand everything and nearly every decision I made would be perfect. But now that I realize being an “adult” isn’t that simple, I’m enjoying the opportunity to make mistakes and grow from them.

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