31 Quotes About Growing Up

Growing up is a universal journey, filled with a mix of challenges, discoveries, and moments of profound insight. It’s a path that everyone walks, yet each experience is uniquely personal.

This collection of quotes about growing up captures the essence of this journey. It offers a mirror to our own growth and the ever-evolving understanding of what it means to grow up.

Understanding Growth

“It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are.” – E.E. Cummings

“Part of growing up is just taking what you learn from that and moving on and not taking it to heart.” – Beverley Mitchell

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

“The trick is growing up without growing old.” – Casey Stengel

Transition and Change

“You grow up the day you have your first real laugh at yourself.” – Ethel Barrymore

“Growing up happens when you start having things you look back on and wish you could change.” – Cassandra Clare

“We don’t stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing.” – George Bernard Shaw

“Maturity is a high price to pay for growing up.” – Tom Stoppard

“Growing up is such a barbarous business, full of inconvenience… and pimples.” – J.M. Barrie

Life Lessons and Wisdom

“The hardest part about growing up is letting go of what you were used to, and moving on with something you’re not.” – Lyrikal

“I am convinced that most people do not grow up… We marry and dare to have children and call that growing up. I think what we do is mostly grow old.” – Maya Angelou

“Growing up is never straightforward. There are moments when everything is fine, and other moments where you realize that there are certain memories you’ll never get back, and certain people that are going to change, and the hardest part is knowing that there’s nothing you can do except watch them.” – Alden Nowlan

“The day the child realizes that all adults are imperfect, he becomes an adolescent; the day he forgives them, he becomes an adult; the day he forgives himself, he becomes wise.” – Alden Nowlan

Embracing Identity and Self-Discovery

“As we grow up, we realize it becomes less important to have more friends and more important to have real ones.” – Laguna Beach

“You don’t have to be a certain thing just because you like a certain thing.” – Jim Benton

“Growing up is learning to throw away the ladder and make your own way to your dreams.” – Ursula K. Le Guin

“The process of growing up is to be valued for what we gain, not for what we lose.” – C.S. Lewis

“Growing up is, after all, only the understanding that one’s unique and incredible experience is what everyone shares.” – Doris Lessing

Overcoming Challenges and Building Resilience

“Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up.” – Pablo Picasso

“To grow up is to stop putting blame on parents.” – Maya Angelou

“You grow up the day you have the first real laugh – at yourself.” – Ethel Barrymore

“Growing up happens in a heartbeat. One day you’re in diapers; the next day you’re gone. But the memories of childhood stay with you for the long haul.” – The Wonder Years

Reflections on Childhood and Adulthood

“I guess that’s part of growing up, too—saying goodbye to the things you used to love.” – Jenny Han

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

“Some day you will be old enough to start reading fairy tales again.” – C.S. Lewis

“Age is foolish and forgetful when it underestimates youth.” – J.K. Rowling

“It’s never too late to have a happy childhood.” – Tom Robbins

Finding Purpose and Direction

“Growing up means learning what life is. When you’re little, you have a set of ideals, standards, criteria, plans, outlooks. Then you grow up and you realize that life is not exactly what you thought it was. You accept reality.” – Judith Guest

“The only time you should ever look back is to see how far you’ve come.” – Bang Yong-guk

“I am not what happened to me, I am what I choose to become.” – Carl Jung

“No matter how much you think you love somebody, you’ll step back when the pool of their blood edges up too close.” – Chuck Palahniuk