Adulthood Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old adulthood quotes, adulthood sayings, and adulthood proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.

Adulthood is like the vet, and we're all the dogs that were excited for the car ride until we realized where we're going.     


Adulthood is not an age, but a stage of knowledge of self.     

John Fowles

Maturity is a bitter disappointment for which no remedy exists, unless laughter could be said to remedy anything.     

Kurt Vonnegut

For in every adult there dwells the child that was, and in every child there lies the adult that will be.     

John Connolly

Adults are just obsolete children and the hell with them.     

Dr. Seuss

The tough thing about adulthood is it starts before you even know it starts.     

Robert Redford

Adulthood brings with it a pernicious illusion of control.     

Juan Gabriel

Adulthood is the ever-shrinking period between childhood and old age. It is the apparent aim of modern industrial societies to reduce this period to a minimum.     

Thomas Szasz

Until you're grown-up they send you to reform school. After you're grown-up they send you to the penitentiary.     

Ernest Hemingway

Adulthood does not exist. Man is an eternal child.     

Nelson Rodrigues

Growing up is losing some illusions, in order to acquire others.     

Virginia Woolf

Adulthood was invented to repair the wounds of childhood.     

Joy Browne

Adulthood it a glacier encroaching quietly on youth. When it arrives, the stamp of childhood suddenly freezes, capturing us for good in the image of our last act, the pose we struck when the ice of age set in.     

Ian Caldwell

Adulthood is knowing that a fully realized character is always more important than the lines.     

Megan Crane

Adolescence is the conjugator of childhood and adulthood.     

Louise J. Kaplan

People evolve and it's important to not stop evolving just because you've reached adulthood.     

J. K. Simmons

Adulthood has something to do with not choosing any of the pure points of view, but living about half of what you really want to live.     

Robert Bly

Adulthood is like looking both ways before you cross the street and then getting hit by an airplane.     


Try not to become a man of success. Rather become a man of value.     

Albert Einstein

Once you've raised a child to adulthood, you can only be as demanding as your offspring allow.     

Mariella Frostrup

Part of adulthood is searching for the people who understand you.     

Hanya Yanagihara

People thought becoming an adult meant that all your acts had consequences; in fact it was just the opposite.     

Chad Harbach

The great challenge of adulthood is holding on to your idealism after you lose your innocence.     

Bruce Springsteen

Childhood and adulthood were not factors of age but states of mind.     

Alex Shakar

You're a grown-up, and you get to decide what behaviors affect you for five minutes versus what behaviors change you as a person.     

Kelly Williams Brown

Adolescence is a border between childhood and adulthood. Like all borders, it's teeming with energy and fraught with danger.     

Mary Pipher

With adulthood comes responsibility.     

Mary Lydon Simonsen

A child becomes an adult when he realizes that he has a right not only to be right but also to be wrong.     

Thomas Szasz

The great challenge of adulthood is holding on to your idealism after you lose your innocence     

Bruce Springsteen

The body grows slowly and steadily but the soul grows by leaps and bounds. It may come to its full stature in an hour.     

L.M. Montgomery

Adulthood can do the most horrific things to the best of people.     

Neal Shusterman

Being an adult means accepting those situations where no action is possible.     

John D. MacDonald