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One trouble with a kind of falsely therapeutic and always reassuring attitude that it is easy to fall into with old people, is the tendency to be satisfied with too little.
Be content with what you are, and wish not change; not dread your last day, not long for it.
Real maturity is the ability to imagine the humanity of every person as fully as you believe in your own humanity.
Strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age.
There is nothing noble about being superior to some other men. The true nobility is in being superior to your previous self.
Growing up is after all only the understanding that one's unique and incredible experience is what everyone shares.
A mark of maturity seems to be the range and extent of one's feeling of self-involvement in abstract ideals.
The mark of a mature man is the ability to give love and receive it joyously and without guilt.
My poetry doesn't change from place to place - it changes with the years. It's very important to be one's age. You get ideas you have to turn down - 'I'm sorry, no longer'; 'I'm sorry, not yet.'
Maturity is the capacity to endure uncertainty.
I believe that the sign of maturity is accepting deferred gratification.
You don't learn to hold your own by standing on guard, but by attacking, and getting well hammered yourself.
Our judgements about things vary according to the time left us to live -that we think is left us to live.
Grow up, and that is a terribly hard thing to do. It is much easier to skip it and go from one childhood to another.
How many really capable men are children more than once during the day?
The immature mind hops from one thing to another; the mature mind seeks to follow through.
One of the signs of passing youth is the birth of a sense of fellowhip with other human beings as we take our place among them.
It is unjust to claim the privileges of age and retain the playthings of childhood.


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