The Most Relatable Quotes about Growing Up

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Growing up is a natural part of life that everybody will experience. When people grow older, they don’t do it just physically; they also grow up emotionally, mentally and through the process of maturity. Life is a journey of twits and turns and we all encounter highs and lows and good times and bad times. In fact, that is what makes us human. We know for sure we will experience all of those emotions and ups and downs. But at the end of the day, life is always moving forward to tomorrow. If you are feeling stuck, or down or frustrating, just remember my favorite saying “tomorrow is another day” – you get a chance to start over tomorrow. And remember, just keep moving forward.

Quotes about Growing Up

Here some quotes about developing that will help people to better understand this natural experience.

1. 1 Corinthians 13:11(paraphrased)

The Bible is considered the best book of all time. Even if a person don’t believe in God, this book contains a lot of wisdom about life. One piece of scripture given by Paul the Apostle provides insight into the maturation process that people must go through as they become adults.

“When a person is a child, they talked like a child, they thought like a child, they reasoned like a child. When that child became a man, they put away childish things.” – Paul the Apostle

2. “Kids Grow Like Weeds” – unknown author

This is an old saying that reflects how kids tend to grow up fast. The early years of life doesn’t last forever. If a parent doesn’t stay involved with their kids when they’re young; they could end up missing out on their growth and development.

3. “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

Anne Frank is a historical figure that represents hope, courage, and wisdom in the face of adversity. This courageous young girl has left the world some important advice about coming up in the world.

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

Woolf was a famous American writer who has given the world some timely novels such as “Orlando” and a “Room of One’s Own”.  Virginia Woolf wants people to understand that older people have illusions about life just like children. This doesn’t change because people will always try to see and define some things in life outside of reality.

5. Maya Angelou is careful to distinguish between aging and maturity. She claims that many people confuse the two because of what they do as adults. However, she believes that maturity is something completely different.

“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.”

6. “You can find it odd,” she continued, “that when you’re a kid, everyone, all the world, encourages people to follow your dreams. But when you’re older, somehow they act offended when a person tries to achive their dreams.”― Ethan Hawke, The Hottest State. Ethan Hawke is a contemporary actor. He makes an observation about being a child and pursing your dreams as opposed to being an adult and how people expect a person to give up their dreams.

7. Cassandra Clare is an author. She believes that: “Growing up happens when a person starts having things that they look back on and wish they could change.” This simply means that people really grow up and mature into adults when they make mistakes and do things that help to show that we are human.

8. “That’s one of the things we learn as we grow older, how to forgive. It comes easier at forty than it did at twenty.” LM Montgomery was a famous Canadian author during the 20th century. She wants people to know that forgiveness is easier for middle age and older adults. This has to do with seeing life from a more mature perspective.

9. Modern American author John Green sees his life from the perspective of his childhood. He believes that his time as a child was better than his days as an adult. He honestly points out how people can be terrible at being adults even though they were good at being children.

“I was so good at being a kid, and so terrible at being the person that now defines me.” by John Green

10. Modern author Chant, Austin sees the troubles and pain that happens from getting older. In one of his novel he provides some timely advice about this situation. “That’s the trick of becoming an adult. Things change. You will see the issues with everything and in yourself most of all.”

11. Singer Billy Joel wants people to know that they should work to get what they want and need in life. Otherwise, life will pass them by and they will become to old to get anything. “You can get chase your dreams or just grow into an old person while you do anything with your life.”

12. Contemporary fantasy writer Patrick Rothfruss states: “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 our childhood is over.” He simply is saying that once we start to worry about the future, then we truly have become adults.

13. MJ Croan explains that real maturity happens to people when they realize that life doesn’t revolve around them. Good parents understand this concept and so do older and wise adults. “Maturity happens when you no longer see yourself as the center of the world.”

14. “I wanted to fit in when I was young and I’m glad that I wasn’t ablet to as an adult.” This insightful bit of wisdom comes from an internet radio commentator named Steve Maraboli. He just wants people to know that being an adult is not about fitting in; it’s more about doing what must be done for your life.

15. “You know your children are maturing when they stop asking explaining where they came from and refuse to inform you about where they’re going.” P. J. O’Rourke is a political satirist that provides some witty advice about kids becoming adults. When a young person repeatedly exerts their independence, they will no longer feel the need to tell you about everything that is happening in their life. This is a sign of them becoming an adult.

16. Daniel Goleman is a psychologist provides some timely wisdom about kids becoming adults in the modern world. In his book Focus: The Hidden Driver of Excellence. He points out: “Today’s children are developing in a new reality, one where they are attuning more to machines and less to people than has ever been true in human history.”

17. “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 developing into adults.” Motivational speaker and author Zig Ziglar informs us about this outlook on life. He just wants parents to understand how important it is for them to support their kids and guide them in the right way in life.

18. “People who doubt they cannot fly will not be able to do it.” Peter Pan by J.R. Barrie. This quote simply tells people that they must believe in themselves and what they can do. This shouldn’t only happen when a person is young but it should also be something they do in adulthood.

19. “You’re a man now, SpongeBob, and it’s time to behave like one.” Patrick Star is a cartoon character, and he is SpongeBob’s best friend. He encourages his BFF to stop always playing around and to start taking some things seriously. This is a true sign of him becoming a man and an adult.

20. “Learn from yesterday, live for today, look to tomorrow, rest this afternoon.” Charlie Brown is a character created by Charles M. Schulz. This particular quote tells people that life is about learning from their past (when they were younger), living in the moment (where they are now) and looking forward to a better future as they grow and mature.


Growing up is hard. It takes time and patience and is full of struggle. The important thing is to not take things too seriously and to keep going no matter what. As we get older, and we encounter problems or struggles we often get caught up in our own heads with judgment or replaying old memories. Usually our brain is biased toward negativity so we might be replaying old negative experiences. Take a moment and refocus yourself right now for today. Remember that you have potential to change right now and tomorrow. And keep going forward, pursuing your goals.