Definition of Maturity & Quotations on Maturity
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“A mature person is one who does not think only in absolutes, who is able to be objective even when deeply stirred emotionally, who has learned that there is both good and bad in all people and in all things, and who walks humbly and deals charitably with the circumstances of life, knowing that in this world no one is all knowing and therefore all of us need both love and charity.” —Eleanor Roosevelt
“As you grow older, you stand for more and fall for less.” —Anonymous
“At twenty years of age, the will reigns; at thirty, the wit; and at forty, the judgment.” —Benjamin Franklin
“By the time we hit fifty, we have learned our hardest lessons. We have found out that only a few things are really important. We have learned to take life seriously, but never ourselves.” —Marie Dressler
“Education as growth or maturity should be an ever-present process.” —Dewey
“Every calamity severs a string from the heart, until one scene of sorrow on the back of another matures us for eternity.” —W. H. Brown
“From a timid shy girl I had become a woman of resolute character, who could no longer be frightened by the struggle with troubles.” —Anna Dostoevsky
“Having the ability to escape categorization.” —K. Rexroth
“I believe that the sign of maturity is accepting deferred gratification.” —Peggy Cahn
“It takes a mature person to be really young.” —Anonymous
“It takes years and maturity to make the discovery that the power of faith is nobler than the power of doubt; and that there is a celestial wisdom in the ingenuous propensity to trust, which belongs to honest and noble creatures.” —Harriet Beecher Stowe
“Man matures through work which inspires him to difficult good.” —Pope John Paul II
“Mature means neither “too soon” nor “too late,” but something between the two.” —Publilius Nigidius
“Maturity begins to grow when you can sense your concern for others outweighing your concern for yourself.” —John Maclaren
“Maturity implies otherness . . . The art of living is the art of living with.” —Julius Gordon
“Maturity is the capacity to endure uncertainty.” —J. Finley
“Not being taken in by oneself.” —K. von Schlaggenberg
“Not the absence of conflict, but knowing how to cope with it.” —Anonymous
“People look with sympathetic eyes only at the blossom and the fruit, and disregard the long period of transition during which the one is ripening into the other.” —B. Auerbach
“Perfection is always found in maturity, whether it be in the animal or in the intellectual world. Reflection is the mother of wisdom, and wisdom the parent of success.” —James Fenimore Cooper
“Sound within silence, struggle within serenity, war within peace–these are the confusions that dissolve as the mind matures.” —Guggenheimer
“Taste is the mark of an educated man, imagination the sign of a productive man, and emotional balance the token of a mature man.” —Philip N. Youtz
“The ability to live in someone else’s world.” —Oren Arnold
“The ability to postpone gratification.” —Sigmund Freud
“The day we don’t need to be lied to about anything.” —Frank Yerby
“The high price of self-ownership.” —Eli J. Schleifer
“The immature mind hops from one thing to another; the mature mind seeks to follow through.” —Harry A. Overstreet
“The last part of a wise man’s life is taken up in curing the follies, prejudices, and false opinions he had contracted in the former.” —Jonathan Swift
“The mark of a mature man is the ability to give love and receive it joyously and without guilt.” —Leo Baeck
“The process of maturing is an art to be learned, an effort to be sustained. By the age of fifty you have made yourself what you are, and if it is good, it is better than your youth.” —Marya Mannis
“The slowness in which a man believes.” —Baltasar Gracian
“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
“To face, and not evade, every fresh crisis that comes.” —Fritz Kunkel
“We allowed you a charade of trivial freedoms in order to avoid making those impositions on you that are in the end both the training ground and proving ground for true independence. We pronounced you strong when you were still weak in order to avoid taking part in the long, slow, slogging effort that is the only route to genuine maturity of mind and feeling. Thus, it was no small anomaly of your growing up that while you were the most indulged generation, you were also in many ways the most abandoned to your own meager devices by those into whose safe-keeping you had been given.” —Midge Decter
“We have not passed that subtle line between childhood and adulthood until we move from the passive voice to the active voice–that is, until we have stopped saying ‘It got lost,’ and say, ‘I lost it.’” —Sydney J. Harris
“What the old chew, the young spit out.” —Yiddish proverb
“When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things.” —I Corinthians 13:11
“When keeping a secret gives you more satisfaction than passing it along.” —John M. Henry
“When Moses was grown up, he went unto his brethren, and looked on their burdens” [Exodus 2:11] How do we know that Moses was grown up? Because he went out unto his brethren, and was ready to bear the burdens and share the plight of his people. Maturity is sensitivity to human suffering.” —Julius Gordon
“When we can treat ourselves in our own way rather than within the automatic ways of our parents in childhood.” —Hugh Missildine
“When you can sense your concern for others outweighing your concern for yourself.” —Anonymous
“When you start to check on your illusions.” —Eugene E. Brussell
“You grow up the day you have your first real laugh at yourself.” —Ethel Barrymore
“Youth condemns; maturity condones.” —Amy Lowell
- Above quotations reprinted from The Secret of Maturity: Third Edition, by Kevin Everett FitzMaurice. Reprinted by permission of FitzMaurice Publishers.
Quotations from Various Sources
“Be the change you seek.” —Mahatma Gandhi
“Maturity begins the day you take responsibility for your own feelings.” —Kevin Everett FitzMaurice
“For what glory is it, if, when ye be buffeted for your faults, ye shall take it patiently? but if, when ye do well, and suffer for it, ye take it patiently, this is acceptable with God.” —I Peter 2:20
“Maturity is doing good for evil.” —Kevin Everett FitzMaurice
“Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all others.” —Cicero
“Love is a verb.” —Sister Mary Tricky
“I realized that they had already taken everything from me except my mind and my heart. Those they could not take without my permission. I decided not to give them away. And neither should you.” —Nelson Mandela
“If we are willing to survey human nature as a whole, we shall find that the majority of men do not take pleasure in the food that is most wholesome, nor in the pursuits that are the most honorable, nor in the actions that are the noblest, nor in the creatures that are the most useful, but that they have tastes which are in every way contrary to their best interests, while they view those who have some regard for their duty as men of austere and laborious lives.” —Isocrates, letter to Nicocles