Maturity Quotes

Most popular maturity quotes

Maturity implies time.


You're never too old to grow up.

growing up

Age is a high price to pay for maturity.


You are not mature until you expect the unexpected.
— Chicago Tribune
It takes a long time to bring excellence to maturity.


One of the marks of maturity is the need for solitude.
Compassion for our parents is the true sign of maturity.


Maturity: the confidence to have no opinions on many things.
Mature people relate to each other without the need to merge.


You grow up the day you have your first real laugh—at yourself.

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To live with fear and not be afraid is the final test of maturity.
The young man knows the rules, but the old man knows the exceptions.


It seems to me that a meditation about maturity would do us all good.
To do the work that you are capable of doing is the mark of maturity.
Maturity means reacquiring the seriousness one had as a child at play.


Maturity is reached the day we don't need to be lied to about anything.
Maturity means understanding the different characters inside our own heads.
The first sign of maturity is the discovery that the volume knob also turns to the left.
— “SMILE” ZINGERS in Chicago Tribune


A man's maturity consists in having found again the seriousness one had as a child, at play.
To exist is to change, to change is to mature, to mature is to go on creating oneself endlessly.

change a bitter disappointment for which no remedy exists, unless laughter can be said to remedy anything.
If maturity was only something that developed as part of our genetic code, then we really wouldn't have much to do.
For a conscious being, to exist is to change, to change is to mature, to mature is to go on creating oneself endlessly.


Maturity begins when we're content to feel we're right about something without feeling the necessity to prove someone else wrong.
The awareness of the ambiguity of one's highest achievements (as well as one's deepest failures) is a definite symptom of maturity.
There is no "trick" in being young: it happens to you.  But the process of maturing is an art to be learned, an effort to be sustained.

youth & age

When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things.
— The Bible—I Corinthians 13:11


Youth is when you blame all your troubles on your parents; maturity is when you learn that everything is the fault of the younger generation.


Maturity is gratification delayed,
Self-confidence conveyed,
Opportunity parlayed,
Risk delayed,
Self-esteem displayed,
And self-denial repaid.
Maturity includes discovering that even an opinion contrary to ours may contain a vein of truth we could profitably assimilate to our own views.
That the world can be improved and yet must be celebrated as it is are contradictions. The beginning of maturity may be the recognition that both are true.
Maturity is the ability to do a job whether or not you are supervised, to carry money without spending it and to bear an injustice without wanting to get even.
For I suspect that maturity's reached the day we don't need to be lied to about anything, when we can accept, or at least endure, truth's atrociously appalling ugliness!
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.
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.
And is it true that for any person, man or woman, to develop full maturity it is necessary for both the masculine and the feminine parts to be brought up into consciousness?
Youth has its romance, and maturity its wisdom, as morning and spring have their freshness, noon and summer their power, night and winter their repose.  Each attribute is good in its own season.

youth & age

At sixteen I was stupid, confused and indecisive.  At twenty-five I was wise, self-confident, prepossessing, and assertive.  At forty-five I am stupid, confused, insecure, and indecisive. Who would have supposed that maturity is only a short break in adolescence?