Humanities › Literature Get Some 411 on Growing Up With These Quotes Wise Words From Those Who Have Been There Share Flipboard Email Print Zing Images/Digital Vision/Getty Images Literature Quotations Funny Quotes Love Quotes Great Lines from Movies and Television Quotations For Holidays Best Sellers Classic Literature Plays & Drama Poetry Shakespeare Short Stories Children's Books By Simran Khurana Education Expert M.B.A, Human Resource Development and Management, Narsee Monjee Institution of Management Studies B.S., University of Mumbai, Commerce, Accounting, and Finance Simran Khurana is the Editor-in-Chief for ReachIvy, and a teacher and freelance writer and editor, who uses quotations in her pedagogy. our editorial process Simran Khurana Updated July 29, 2017 If you're in the midst of some serious growing up stress -- boyfriends, girlfriends, friends, cliques, popularity, grades, sports, parents -- you might need a little life from those who have been there and survived. Quotes About Growing Up "The Wonder Years""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." "Growing up is never easy. You hold on to things that were. You wonder what's to come. But that night, I think we knew it was time to let go of what had been and look ahead to what would be. Other days. New days. Days to come. The thing is, we didn't have to hate each other for getting older. We just had to forgive ourselves ... for growing up." 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." May Lamberton Becker"We grow neither better nor worse as we get old, but more like ourselves." Walt Disney"Too many people grow up. That's the real trouble with the world, too many people grow up. They forget. 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." Christopher Morley"We've had bad luck with children; they've all grown up." Meredith Grey"I've heard that it's possible to grow up -- I've just never met anyone who's actually done it." Dr. James C. Dobson"Sometimes, we're so concerned about giving our children what we never had growing up, we neglect to give them what we did have growing up." Tom Stoppard"Maturity is a high price to pay for growing up." John J. Plomp"You know children are growing up when they start asking questions that have answers." P. J. O'Rourke"You know your children are growing up when they stop asking you where they came from and refuse to tell you where they're going." Elizabeth Taylor"I think I'm finally growing up -- and about time." Elvis Presley"I was an only child, and Mother was always right with me all my life. I used to get very angry at her when I was growing up -- it's a natural thing." Abraham Lincoln"You have to do your own growing no matter how tall your grandfather was." J. M. Barrie"Growing up is such a barbarous business, full of inconvenience ... and pimples." Mary Beth Danielson"If growing up is the process of creating ideas and dreams about what life should be, then maturity is letting go again." Ethel Barrymore"You grow up the day you have your first real laugh -- at yourself." M. Scott Peck"It is only because of problems that we grow mentally and spiritually." Sylvia Plath"Doing all the little tricky things it takes to grow up, step by step, into an anxious and unsettling world." Casey Stengel"The trick is growing up without growing old." Woody Harrelson"A grown-up is a child with layers on." Christopher Atkins"Now I'm growing and I can see my faults. I can look at myself objectively and say I can't blame anyone else; it was my own damn fault." Beverly Mitchell"Part of growing up is just taking what you learn from that and moving on and not taking it to heart."