131 Inspiring Quotes about Growing up

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Growing up quotes

I played sports growing up in high school.

— Erin Heatherton

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.

— Johnny Depp

When I was a little kid growing up in Iceland, I always dreamed about creating something that could have an impact on the whole world, and even as a young boy I was passionate about fitness and sports.

— Magnus Scheving

When I was a youngster growing up in South Dakota, we never referred to the national debt, it was always referred to as the war debt because it stemmed from World War I.

— George McGovern

For me, growing up in Los Angeles in the ’90s, Huell Howser was the most consistently watchable entertainer on TV. I was more of a radio geek as a teenager, but Huell I watched whenever I got the chance. A lot of us did.

— James Adomian

When I was growing up we didn’t have a massive house and there were five women running around, so my dad and I had to stick together!

— Louis Tomlinson, Dare to Dream: Life as One Direction

There’s a whole generation growing up thinking…the government exists to care for them.

— Dave Ramsey

I’m trying to picture you growing up with sisters.” “I can do a double French braid in less than three minutes and I’ve bought more tampons than a thirty-one-year-old man should ever admit to.

— Avery Flynn, Bang

I was growing up listening to Queen. Freddie Mercury threw those incredible melodies into his songs.

— Gary Cherone

As a kid growing up in a small town in Washington State, my only exposure to New York City was through movies. The town with its towering skyscrapers, fascinating people and teeming energy absolutely captivated me.

— Robert Osborne

Oh you, my generation!- we were a lovely lot! Sharp minds- arguing all the time and brittle bodies and even more brittle laughter- and all the time knowing that we were growing up to die.

— Joan Wehlen Morrison, Home Front Girl: A Diary of Love, Literature, and Growing Up in Wartime America

She was a former Texan – proud, loud and stubborn. But you can’t really be a former Texan. You can only move out of Texas. To be a former Texan would be like growing up in Italy, moving out and being formerly Italian.

— Jeffrey Michelson, Laura Meets Jeffrey: Both Sides of an Erotic Memoir

There’s a certain type of character that you can’t help but come in contact with growing up and living in Brooklyn and Long Island. A certain mixture of moxie, heart, and a wise guy sense of humor.

— Steve Buscemi

Artificial intelligence is growing up fast, as are robots whose facial expressions can elicit empathy and make your mirror neurons quiver.

— Diane Ackerman

The saddest thing of growing up is people no longer believe in fairy tales.

— Cao Đức Trọng

I have no doubt that, had I actually been growing up in the 1930s or 1940s, I would have been grooving to turn-of-the-century beats.

— Emma Brockes, What Would Barbra Do?: How Musicals Changed My Life

One of the best things about growing up in New Zealand is that if you are prepared to work hard and have faith in yourself, truly anything is possible.

— Peter Jackson

Everything will change. The only question is growing up or decaying.

— Nikki Giovanni

If there isn’t some sort of rule about annoying kid brothers growing up to be walking, talking sex, there should be. ~Carly

— H.B. Heinzer, Breaking the Rules

We all have the best laid plans for our children, and they go and ruin it all by growing up any way they want to. What the hell was it all for, then? (Real Life and Liars)

— Kristina Riggle

My parents were mourning the death of my sister. She was killed in a car accident before I was born, and I didn’t know she existed until I was 13 or 14 years old. I knew I was growing up in a house where people were angry and sad.

— Andrew Hudgins

The turning point in the process of growing up is when you discover the core of strength within you that survives all hurt.

— Max Lerner

I had spindly little ankles, and growing up in Canada, I couldn’t skate. I was no good at any sports so was very much a pariah through those adolescent years.

— Neil Peart

You get used to sadness, growing up in the mountains, I guess.

— Loretta Lynn

One of the places where we lived when I was growing up had this big wood out the back. And starting when I was about 8, I used to enjoy just walking alone through the wood late. Eleven p.m. Midnight. Later.

— Christian Bale

The only show my mother could afford to take me to when I was growing up was ‘Cats’, for my birthday.

— Tammy Blanchard

My mom’s best friend growing up was diagnosed with AIDS, and he basically raised me when my mom was launching her business. Although I didn’t understand at the time what HIV or AIDS was, I knew that’s what he passed away from.

— Solange Knowles

In my experience, growing up in Brooklyn and all that, the real tough guys didn’t act tough. They didn’t talk tough. They were tough, you know? I think about these politicians who try to pose as tough guys – it makes me laugh.

— Pete Hamill

Teenage girls read in packs. It’s true today, and it was true when I was a teen growing up in a small town in northeast Oklahoma.

— Ally Carter

When it came to my childhood – growing up in a single-parent home, often struggling financially – my mother definitely instilled in me and my siblings this strength, this will, to just continue to survive and succeed.

— Misty Copeland

It’s hard to give up the self-esteem connected to being codependent and appearing ‘right, ‘ which is probably a survival behavior learned from growing up in a crazy family. It feels like you will actually disappear.

— Melody Beattie

So many of our young women today, they’re growing up without a father, but they’re still thirsty for that and desiring positive male love.

— Hill Harper

Here was a king who saw his subjects as peers and allies around whom he had growing up rather than semi-alien entities to be suspected and persecuted.

— Dan Jones, The Wars of the Roses: The Fall of the Plantagenets and the Rise of the Tudors

When I was growing up in Virginia, the Civil War was presented to me as glorious with dramatic courage and military honor. Later, I realized how death was central to the reality. It was at the core of women’s lives. It’s what they talked about most.

— Drew Gilpin Faust

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.

— P.J. O’Rourke

When we were growing up our parents somehow made it clear that being famous was good. And I mistakenly thought that if I was famous then everyone would love me.

— Ellen DeGeneres

You know your children are growing up when they stop asking where they came from and refuse to tell you where they’re going.

— P. O’Brien

I think growing up in a big family taught me a lot of problem solving and how to share and compromise, and that’s been helpful in my marriage.

— Sarah Jessica Parker

I lost something magical in the process of growing up – my disillusionment.

— Bauvard, The Prince Of Plungers

Part of growing up is narrowing your life choices to a manageable size.

— Amy E. Spiegel, Letting Go of Perfect: Women, Expectations, and Authenticity

It’s not a question of God `sending’ us to Hell. In each of us there is something growing up which will of itself be Hell unless it is nipped in the bud.

— C.S. Lewis, God in the Dock: Essays on Theology (Making of Modern Theology)

It used to upset me – now it makes me sad – to see people use patriotism and our troops as a pawn in their political argument. Because I know personally, growing up in a military family, the sacrifice that is made on a daily basis.

— Tamron Hall

I think growing up is difficult and it’s a process that I’m always interested in, with kids and adults, they are often on two different universes.

— Alice Hoffman

Why is it when people are proud of me that my life sucks?”“Because growing up means making tough choices, and doing the right thing doesn’t necessarily mean doing the thing that feels good.

— Katie McGarry, Pushing the Limits

The trick is growing up without growing old.

— Casey Stengel

Not even God who made us all can kill everybody at once. He kills people one by one, and the more he kills the more people are gonna be born and grow up and go on being born and growing up and mixing, and no son-of-a-bitch is gonna stop ’em!

— Jorge Amado, Tent of Miracles

It would take me the better part of growing up to understand that intimacy, more than sex or even sexual orientation, was the universal battleground, and no easier for straight than gay.

— Paul Monette, Becoming a Man: Half a Life Story

Isn’t that the tragedy of growing up though? One day you wake up and realize that everything you are and everything you feel is not much different from what everyone else feels.

— Nadine Rose Larter, Coffee at Little Angels

When you are growing up there are two institutional places that affect you most powerfully: the church, which belongs to God, and the public library, which belongs to you.

— Keith Richards

When you are growing up there are two institutional places that affect you most powerfully: the church, which belongs to God, and the public library, which belongs to you. The public library is a great equaliser.

— Keith Richards

The humiliation of growing up a Jew in the Soviet Union, of cleaning piss-stained bathrooms in the States, of worshiping a country that would collapse as simply and inelegantly as the one he had abandoned.

— Gary Shteyngart, Super Sad True Love Story

I was on the snowboard team at my school, but that was the only sports team I was on. I played soccer growing up in elementary school.

— Aaron Paul

Everyone else we knew growing up is the same: image of their parents, no matter how loud they told themselves they’d be different

— Tana French, In the Woods

but it seems to me that growing up means you stop hoping for the best, and start expecting the worst. So how do you tell an adult that maybe everything wrong in the world stems from the fact that she’s stopped believing the impossible can happen?

— Jodi Picoult, Between the Lines

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

— Beverley Mitchell

The result is that the same generation is in danger of growing up with 170 terabytes of knowledge and information, but not more than a few bits of wisdom.

— Sachin Kalbag

Maybe growing up was just about becoming closer to the person you always were.

— Cecily von Ziegesar, I Will Always Love You

When we’re growing up there are all sorts of people telling us what to do when really what we need is space to work out who to be.

— Ellen Page

As a child growing up during the Korean War, I knew poverty. I studied by candlelight.

— Ban Ki-moon

My dad has a dry, deadpan sense of humor, and my mom has an unexpected, wacky take on things. They really encouraged laughing at ourselves and the weirdness of situations that come up growing up in politics.

— Kristin Gore

I guess that’s what growing up is. Saying good-by to a lot of things. Sometimes it is easy and sometimes it isn’t. But it is all right.

— Beverly Cleary, The Luckiest Girl

I have this sense that I didn’t really start growing up until my twenties.

— Winona Ryder

When I was growing up on our 53-acre dairy farm, we were obsessed with food; it was the center of our lives. We planted it, grew it, harvested it, peeled it, cooked it, served it, consumed it – endlessly, day after day, season after season.

— Bobbie Ann Mason

I don’t think I set out to have a career in female groups, but it’s just kind of happened, and by nature of having worked with my sister – growing up with a sister who also plays, and being in communication with other female musicians.

— Emily Robison

My favorite toy growing up was Polly Pocket. But one gift that I wanted though never received for Christmas was a pair of trampoline moon shoes. You strap them to your feet and they have springs on them, and you can just jump around!

— Lucy Hale

and he imagines carsand rides them in his dreams, so lonely growing up amongthe imaginary automobilesand dead souls of Tarrytownto createout of his own imaginationthe beauty of his wildforebears – a mythology he cannot inherit.

— Allen Ginsberg

Who is going to teach fighting spirit to our kids if they are growing up watching us sitting in a comfortable zone in life.We got to wake up and fight it out in our areas of passion, and be an example for our kids.

— Manoj Arora, From the Rat Race to Financial Freedom

I think actually it’s kind of sad because something I looked forward to just getting to the NFL growing up was just being able to have more fun, the rules loosen up, being able to celebrate.

— Ezekiel Elliott

When I was growing up I always wanted to be someone. Now I realize I should have been more specific.

— Lily Tomlin

Mum and Dad were very much friends and up for life. There was no anxiety for anything when I was growing up they just taught me to be me.

— Kate Winslet

You are either growing up or going down

— Saji Ijiyemi

When I first joined SAG, there was another John Reilly. My dad was John Reilly, too, but growing up I was John John. Nobody in life calls me John C. It’s more like, ‘Hey you, Step Brother!’

— John C. Reilly

I guess, growing up at Australia Zoo and getting to travel all over the world, I have this great outlook on life, and that’s what I hope I inspire other kids to have.

— Bindi Irwin

The advantage of growing up with siblings is that you become very good at fractions.

— Robert Brault

Jacen reflected bitterly that a large part of growing up seemed to involve watching everything change, and discovering that all changes are permanent. That nothing ever changes back. That you can’t go home again.

— Matthew Woodring Stover

Every single substitute teacher growing up could not pronounce my name, so whenever someone pauses, I’m like, ‘Oh, that’s me.’

— Cary Fukunaga

Maybe that’s what growing up is. When you can’t be who you are and do what everyone’s telling you to do at the same time anymore. – Rowie from Sister Mischief

— Laura Goode, Sister Mischief

I have lived my life growing up with emptiness in hope that I would someday find you. That emptiness is now a broken Heart

— Duane Henderson

[Our children] had the privilege of growing up where they’d raised a lot of food. They were never hungry. They could share their food with people. And so you share your lives with people.

— Ella Baker

It’s hard to have done all one’s growing up since 33 — but that’s a damn sight better than not growing up at all.

— H.P. Lovecraft, Selected Letters V: 1934-1937

Perhaps I just wanted to know what it was that I wanted. Maybe that is all that growing up means.

— Mark Lawrence, King of Thorns

My maternal granddad, Leonard, was full of amazing stories. He was an orphan, with 11 or 12 brothers and sisters, and he used to tell us about growing up near the Irrawaddy river and how one brother was eaten by a crocodile.

— Jamie Cullum

So – people a thousand years from now…This is the way we were: in our growing up and in our marrying and in our living and in our dying.

— Thornton Wilder

One of life’s mysteries is why two children growing up in the same home sometimes take radically different paths—one following Christ, the other rebellious and scornful. Yet it happens.

— Billy Graham, Billy Graham in Quotes

We are always growing up. I’m growing up as I type this. An eighty-seven-year-old woman is still technically growing up. So be as immature as you want. Right now, you are the youngest you you’re ever going to be.

— Mamrie Hart, You Deserve a Drink: Boozy Misadventures and Tales of Debauchery

Perhaps if I’d had God in my life growing up I would have been able to understand the total and complete unfairness of the universe rewarding mean girls

— Sloane Crosley, I Was Told There’d Be Cake

If you’re growing up in a chaotic world without reason, your instinct is to become a performer and control the circumstances around you. You lead from weakness into strength; you have an undefended back.

— John le Carre

Some of my favorite records growing up were Christmas albums. The ones I liked best were the albums that you could listen to from start to finish. You could put them on while you’re decorating the tree or driving around looking at Christmas lights.

— Chris Young

These things have a life of there own and never existed when I was growing up certainly worrying when one would get made. It’s kind of amazing how that one movie kept living through all these years.

— Stockard Channing

I am musical and I enjoy theatre, but I never wanted to just do theatre. I always wanted to go into film. I love film. I loved growing up in the theatre, but I always wanted to do film all along. But, I still pursue music separately.

— Sabrina Lloyd

Growing up in a particular neighborhood, growing up in a working-class family, not having much money, all of those things fire you and can give you an edge, can give you an anger.

— Gary Oldman

Just growing up in Pittsburgh and knowing different neighborhoods, having family there and just loving it, it’s like no other place.

— Wiz Khalifa

The most important thing that I learned in growing up is that forgiveness is something that, when you do it, you free yourself to move on.

— Tyler Perry

onething i have learnt is that parents should treat their kids in a way they would love in return, because growing up litteraly makes you a kid again. you will get it too.

— Mohlalefi j motsima

I’m on the younger end of Gen X, and for me, growing up gay was not cool.

— Jillian Michaels

A huge thing for me growing up was going to see my favorite bands and feeling like, ‘Okay, cool, they proved themselves and did things in a special way.’ That’s the most important thing.

— Kellin Quinn

Part of growing up was learning not to be quite that honest – learning when it was better to lie, rather than to hurt someone with the truth.

— Jodi Picoult, Nineteen Minutes

It’s usually my mom who gets on me about my facial hair. I can’t grow a good mustache, so I guess it’s just a neck beard. I just have trouble growing up there.

— Andrew Luck

We’re growing up and I don’t like it, ” said Tacy, as they say at Heinz’s later, drinking coffee.

— Maud Hart Lovelace, Betsy Was a Junior

‘The Simpsons’ was about children and married parents; ‘Futurama’ is about people in between; they’re growing up and haven’t settled down. Every other cartoon show seemed to be, you know, dumb dad, bratty kids.

— Matt Groening

As a very young man growing up in Texas, usually I got a shotgun or cowboy boots for Christmas.

— Robert Wilson

Growing older is mandatory, but growing up is optional.

— Heather Brewer

The problem with growing up fearing and expecting rejection is that you cannot enter into adult relationship in the expectation of happiness.

— Dorothy Rowe, Depression: The Way Out of Your Prison

One thing you learn early growing up a girl–people always talk, whatever you do, ‘ Glain said. ‘What bliss it must be to be male.

— Rachel Caine, Paper and Fire

We had two rules growing up in my house: If you’re going to take a shower, do it with whomever you’re dating so you don’t waste water; and if you buy one for yourself, buy six, because everybody’s going to want one.

— Moon Unit Zappa

I was taught growing up not to be unequally yoked with unbelievers, to withdraw myself from the sinful ‘others’. But we are all others. We are all sinners in someone’s eyes.

— Anna White, Mended: Thoughts on Life, Love, and Leaps of Faith

There was a time when that kind of thing looked like the kingdom of heaven, but somewhere along the line it had lost its glow. Maybe that was just the cost of growing up. And maybe the cost of growing up was too high.

— James P. Blaylock, Night Relics

I think that the main thing that you can learn from watching ‘The Spectacular Now’ is just learning about growing up and moving on.

— Kaitlyn Dever

Maybe that was what growing up was, understanding where the real magic lived in this world. Inside our very own hearts.

— Gina Linko, Flower Moon

If growing up means not seeing one’s family and friends on the regular—all in the name of paying the bills, then growing up is overrated.

— Mokokoma Mokhonoana, The Confessions of a Misfit

Today the world changes so quickly that in growing up we take leave not just of youth but of the world we were young in.

— Peter Medawar

All of the signs we invented growing up and we never invented one for ‘he’s standing right behind you’?

— Skye Callahan, Fractured Legacy

That did explain his sucky home life growing up but didn’t excuse the way he treated others. Was there childcare for abused werewolves?

— Jazz Feylynn, Colorado State of Mind

I was a typical teen growing up in the 1960s, when everybody was into gurus and meditation.

— David Suchet

most of us, as we undergo the growing up process, do not get what we want or even what we should. We get what we have, and no more, and we find out how to make what we have work for us.

— Lilith Saintcrow

This the kind of world, if you don’t die, you just keep on growing up and living through everything that comes.

— J. California Cooper, Some Soul to Keep

I’ve screwed everything up royally. I remember you saying that growing up happens when you start having things you look back on and wish you could change.

— Cassandra Clare, City of Ashes

Yeah, but most of the time I think being an adult is not all it’s cracked up to be. I’ve always wanted to postpone growing up for as long as possible.

— Adrianne Noel, The Year After

…for if we try to go on protecting them we prevent them from growing up to be ordinary, confident adults, capable of looking after themselves.

— Dorothy Rowe, Depression: The Way Out of Your Prison

I loved growing up in Canada. It’s a great place to grow up because – well, at least where I grew up – it’s very multicultural. There’s also good health care and a good education system.

— Ryan Gosling

The second hardest part about growing up is trying to figure out who you are. The hardest part comes after you’ve figured it out and the rest of the world wants to pull you in a different direction.

— Jen Malone, Map to the Stars

I think I may have to grow up without growing old. I think we’re going to have to define differently what I’m going to be. We’re going to have to define my growing up differently.

— Mattie Stepanek

The thing about growing up with Fred and George, ” said Ginny thoughtfully, “is that you sort of start thinking anything’s possible if you’ve got enough nerve.

— J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

It was a very cool thing to be a smart girl, as opposed to some other, different kind. And I think that made a great deal of difference to me growing up and in my life afterward.

— Elena Kagan

The thing is, that world doesn’t exist. All growing up means is that your realize no one will come along to fix things. No one will come along to save you.

— Elizabeth Scott, Love You Hate You Miss You

I’d internalized an astonishing amount of misogyny growing up that I didn’t even recognize until my early twenties.

— Kameron Hurley, The Light Brigade

My dad is a lawyer and my mom is an artist. So growing up was exactly what it sounds like – strict household but a lot of creativity. They are so psyched that I get to make music for a living. My parents rule.

— Ty Segall

It’s not nice to think of children growing up like mushrooms, in the dark.

— Shirley Jackson

It’s alright, just wait and see, your string of lights is still bright to me. Who you are is not where you’ve been. You’re still an innocent. It’s okay life is a tough crowd, 32 is still growing up now.

— Taylor Swift, Taylor Swift: Speak Now

The bones of the oak tree that had stood by the spring branch during my youth were scattered about the ground, pieces of the skeleton of a majestic life that had passed while I was off growing up and old.

— Dan Groat, An Enigmatic Escape: A Trilogy

I had a very simple life growing up in the farm country outside of Perugia, and biscotti and warm milk with a tiny bit of coffee were a big part of my morning ritual before walking to school.

— Brunello Cucinelli

When you’re a famous, successful person at 16 years old, the rules change for you. Everybody is doing things for you to make life easier so you can go out and play. And I think you miss out on lot of growing up and a lot of reality checks.

— Chris Evert