35 Growing Up Quotes

A collection of growing up quotes to remind us that growing up is not always easy, that growing up is not always a good thing, and that in life we should never wish our days away by wishing we were older.

Today's children are growing up in a new reality, one where they are attuning more to machines and less to people than has ever been true in human history. Daniel Goleman, Focus: The Hidden Driver of Excellence
Children   |

Growing old is unavoidable, but never growing up is possible. I believe you can retain certain things from your childhood if you protect them - certain traits, certain places where you don't let the world go.
Martin Luther King, Jr.
Possibilities  |

Age is a necessary but insufficient requirement for growing up. There are immature old people, and there are appropriately mature young people.
Henry Cloud; John Townsend, Boundaries in Marriage
Age  |

Growing old is mandatory; growing up is optional. Chili Davis
Growing old is mandatory; growing up is optional.
Chili Davis
Funny  |

To grow up is to stop putting blame on parents.
Maya Angelou, Becoming Myself
Quote of The Day  |

Most of us grow up with a strong sense of individual responsibility. Parents, teachers, coaches, and role models of all kinds shape our values based on individual accomplishment.
Douglas Smith; Jon Katzenbach, The Wisdom of Teams: Creating the High-Performance Organization
Inspirational Quotes   |

Who we are, is what we believe. As you were growing up, you may have been told over and over that you were good at doing something. You believed it. Similarly, if you constantly tell people they are doing a good job, they will eventually believe it even if, in the beginning, they have doubts about their ability. In essence, we become what we believe.
Catherine Pulsifer, What We Believe Becomes Who We Are
Believe   |

One of the great lessons I remember my dad constantly emphasizing in our family while I was growing up was "Use your R&I." That is, use your resourcefulness and initiative. He taught us that we were not victims of the circumstances surrounding us, but rather masters of our own destiny.
Stephen M. R. Covey
Destiny   |

Growing up we are told many things,
One being, you can do anything.
But somewhere between child and adult, things change
Julie Hebert, Why Not You
Poems about Life

Growing up you sometimes got the blame for things I did, but you always loved me not matter what. Now that I am older you my sister I am grateful for.
Kate Summers
Sister  |

As I learned from growing up, you don't mess with your grandmother.
Prince William
Grandmother   |

As children, we don't get to pick the ways in which we're loved. But then we grow up, and if we're smart and prepared and very determined, every once in a while we actually do get the life we wanted.
Oprah Winfrey, Food, Health, and Happiness: 115 On-Point Recipes for Great Meals and a Better Life
Quotes about Life  |

When I was growing up, I remember my mother saying, "Your friends are like elevators; they will bring you up or down - the choice is yours.
David DeNotaris
Friend  |

It was nice growing up with someone like you, someone to lean on, someone to count on, someone to tell on!
Author Unknown
Funny Quotes about Life   |

You know children are growing up when they start asking questions that have answers.
John J. Plomp
Questioning  |

It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are. e. e. cummings
It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are.
e. e. cummings
Courage   |

Growing up was certainly not easy for Albert Einstein and part of the problem was the way in which his father's business would either be struggling or close to failing on a number of occasions.
Jack Steinberg, Albert Einstein: The Life of a Genius
Albert Einstein Quotes  |

Children love to hear stories about what their Mommies and Daddies were like growing up.
Deborah Williams, How To Talk To Your Kids & Grandkids
Mother   |     Father

Yet Jesus taught that it is more blessed to give than to receive (Acts 20:35), and part of growing up is learning the art of giving.
Miroslav Volf, Free of Charge
Learning   |    Giving

The more solid, sensible, common-sense, loving steps we take, the greater the chances of helping our children become the kind of children we want them to be and wish we had been when we were growing up.
Zig Ziglar, Raising Positive Kids in a Negative World
Common Sense  |

When I was still in a stroller, I couldn't wait to be older,
Life as a child went too slow.
But now that I'm older, I'm somewhat unsure,
Of why growing up quick was needed so.
Julie Hebert, Wait For Life To Begin
Motivational Poems

When we are children we seldom think of the future. This innocence leaves us free to enjoy ourselves as few adults can. The day we fret about the future is the day we leave our childhood behind.
Patrick Rothfuss, The Name of the Wind
Future   |

The moment you grow up is the moment you decide that nothing and no one will affect your actions. Inner strength from God alone can take you to places that reality says you can't go. Growing up is the recognition to know that you are the only human on this planet that can affect your own actions.
Alan Magliocca, From Misery to Millions: The Power of Payoff Through Persistence
Decision   |     Quotes about Being Strong

Too many people grow up. That's the real trouble with the world, too many people grow up. They don't remember what it's like to be 12 years old. They patronize, they treat children as inferiors. Well I won't do that.
Walt Disney
Words of Encouragement  |

My dad encouraged us to fail. Growing up, he would ask us what we failed at that week. If we didn't have something, he would be disappointed. It changed my mindset at an early age that failure is not the outcome, failure is not trying. Don't be afraid to fail.
Sara Blakely
Encouraging  |    Failure

I want my children to have a strong foundation, to help them maintain a faith in God throughout their life. They are growing up in a world that is quickly turning away from God.
Dennis Lominac, My Family is My Life
Faith   |     God

A mother is a child's first teacher. We are raising the people who will grow up to influence society and the world.
Marie Osmond, The Key Is Love
Teacher   |

Where does wisdom come from? When I was growing up, I thought wisdom was learned as it was passed down through the generations from grandmothers to mothers to daughters.
Ana Barreto; Sarah Evans, Women, Rice and Beans: Nine Wisdoms I Learned From My Mother When I Really Paid Attention
Wise  |

It's one of the most powerful assets we can have, and living with siblings means that your children will grow up in the best training ground they could have for developing this skill. Because they grow up having to share your time and attention as well as the family possessions, they'll have to learn how to negotiate and compromise when there are the inevitable conflicts of interest.
Linda Blair, Siblings: The family guide to managing sibling rivalry, coping with arguments and handling family fights
Family   |

Because of destructive criticism in childhood, adults grow up afraid of making a mistake or failing at their work. This fear serves as a form of paralysis and holds people back from taking risks, volunteering for new responsibilities, or extending themselves in any way.
Brian Tracy
Quotes about Taking A Risk   |

Macrosocial changes such as growing up in a context of ethnic diversity and living in single-parent families are increasingly experienced by adolescents in Western industrialized countries.
Aiden Sisler, Siblings in Adolescence: Emerging individuals, lasting bonds
Diversity   |

Imagine for only a moment what this world would be like if change did not occur. You may say life was simpler, yes in some cases that is right. But just as children grow, we grow with change. Imagine trying to stop a child from growing up, it is impossible to do. Accepting change as a way of life allows you to continue to develop and move forward.
Catherine Pulsifer, Thoughts About Change
Change   |

To be able to watch your children's children grow up is truly a blessing from above. Byron Pulsifer
To be able to watch your children's children grow up is truly a blessing from above.
Byron Pulsifer
Blessed  |

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
Birthday Poems   |

Yes, Christmas is for children - except that children grow up to be adults who just might love Christmas as much as they did in their younger years.
Cherie Lowe, Keep the Happy in Your Holidays
Christmas  |

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