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Quotations: Maturity Includes Responsibility

6 Levels of Emotional Maturity


Maturity Is the Child of Responsibility


Quotations from Various Sources

Organized Alphabetically

“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

“A ship is safe in harbor, but that’s not what ships are for.” —William Shedd

“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

“Conceit is a trait of an immoral person while modesty of a serious one.” —Filo, fragment

“Discipline is doing what you know needs to be done, even though you don’t want to.” —Jeff Fisher

“Do we need more time? Or do we need to be more disciplined with the time we have?” —Kerry Johnson

“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

“Every night before going to sleep, we must ask ourselves: what weakness did I overcome today? What virtue did I acquire?” —Seneca

“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

“He who has learned how to laugh at himself shall never cease to be entertained.” —John Powell

“Hold yourself responsible for a higher standard than anybody else expect of you.” —Henry Ward Beecher

“Humility doesn’t mean to think less of yourself, it means to think of yourself less.” —Anonymous

“Humility is to make a right estimate of oneself.” —Charles H. Spurgeon

“I believe that the sign of maturity is accepting deferred gratification.” —Peggy Cahn

“I believe the first test of a truly great man is humility.” —John Ruskin

“If people can’t control their own emotions, then they have to start trying to control other people’s behavior.” —Robin Skynner, noted psychiatrist

“If you’ll not settle for anything less than your best, you will be amazed at what you can accomplish in your lives.” —Vince Lombardi

“If you’re the problem it also means you’re the solution.” —Dave Ramsey

“It is not easy to find happiness in ourselves, and it is not possible to find it elsewhere.” —Agnes Repplier

“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 arrives the day we don’t need to be lied to about anything.” —Frank Yerby

“Maturity begins to grow when you can sense your concern for others outweighing your concern for yourself.” —John Maclaren

“Maturity comes when keeping a secret gives you more satisfaction than passing it along.” —John M. Henry

“Maturity has more to do with what types of experiences you’ve had, and what you’ve learned from them, and less to do with how many birthdays you’ve celebrated.” —Phillip McClendon

“Maturity implies otherness . . . The art of living is the art of living with.” —Julius Gordon

“Maturity is feeling happy today that you will be happy tomorrow.” —Kevin Everett FitzMaurice

“Maturity is having the ability to escape categorization.” —K. Rexroth

“Maturity is not being taken in by oneself.” —K. von Schlaggenberg

“Maturity is not the absence of conflict, but knowing how to cope with it.” —Anonymous

“Maturity is the ability to live in someone else’s world.” —Oren Arnold

“Maturity is the ability to postpone gratification.” —Sigmund Freud

“Maturity is the ability to think, speak and act your feelings within the bounds of dignity. The measure of your maturity is how spiritual you become during the midst of your frustrations.” —Samuel Ullman

“Maturity is the capacity to endure uncertainty.” —J. Finley

“Maturity is the high price of self-ownership.” —Eli J. Schleifer

“Maturity is the slowness in which a man believes.” —Baltasar Gracian

“Maturity is to face, and not evade, every fresh crisis that comes.” —Fritz Kunkel

“Maturity is when we can treat ourselves in our own way rather than within the automatic ways of our parents in childhood.” —Hugh Missildine

“Maturity is when you can sense your concern for others outweighing your concern for yourself.” —Anonymous

“Maturity is when you start to check on your illusions.” —Eugene E. Brussell

“Only those who attempt the absurd will achieve the impossible.” —Miguel de Unamuno (not M. C. Escher)

“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 cause of all sins in every case lies in the person’s excessive love of self.” —Plato, Laws

“The greatest treasure you can leave your children is a sense of modesty and the advice to follow virtuous persons.” —Theognis

“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 turning point in the process of growing up is when you discover the core of strength within you that survives all hurt.” —Max Lerner

“The willingness to forgive is a sign of spiritual and emotional maturity. It is one of the greater virtues which we should all aspire to develop.” —Gordon B. Hinckley

“There is in this world no such force as the force of a person determined to rise. The human soul cannot be permanently chained.” —W.E.B. DuBois

“These possessions of a simpleton being the three I choose and cherish: to care, to be fair, to be humble.” —Lao Tzu

“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 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 someone is properly grounded in life, they shouldn’t have to look outside themselves for approval.” —Epictetus

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

“You’re not an adult until someone else matters more than you do.” —Jordan B. Peterson

“Youth condemns; maturity condones.” —Amy Lowell


Note on Quotations


More Quotations that Are Related to Responsibility

“Be the change you seek.” —Mahatma Gandhi

“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

“Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all others.” —Cicero

“Love is a verb.” —Sister Mary Tricky

“Love life. Take great pleasure in small offerings. Believe that the world owes you nothing. Understand that every gift given to you is exactly that.” —Maya Angelou, novelist

“Maturity begins the day you take responsibility for your own feelings.” —Kevin Everett FitzMaurice

“Maturity is doing good for evil.” —Kevin Everett FitzMaurice

“You will come to your own when you shall understand that those whom the world calls fortunate are really the most unfortunate of all.” —Seneca


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