An aphorism is nothing else but the slightest
form of writing raised to the highest level of expressive communication. Carl William Brown





Only the middle-aged have all their five senses in the keeping of their wits.


Hervey Allen (1889-1949, American author)


Basically my wife was immature. I'd be at home in the bath and she would come in and sink my boats.


Woody Allen (1935-, American director, screenwriter, actor, comedian)


It is sad to grow old but nice to ripen.


Brigitte Bardot (1934-, French actress)


I believe the sign of maturity is accepting deferred gratification.


Peggy Cahn


Candid and generous and just, boys care but little whom they trust. An error soon corrected . . . for who but learns in riper years, that man, when smoothest he appears, is most to be suspected?


William Cowper (1731-1800, British poet)


Ah, but I was so much older then, I'm younger than that now.


Bob Dylan (1941-, American musician, singer, songwriter)


Maturity is often more absurd than youth and very frequently is most unjust to youth.


Thomas A. Edison (1847-1931, American inventor, founder of GE)


Maturity is the capacity to endure uncertainty.


John Huston Finley (1904-1995, American classicist)


Where id was, there shall ego be.


Sigmund Freud (1856-1939, Austrian physician, founder of Psychoanalysis)


Maturity is knowing when to be immature.


Randall Hall


Maturity: among other things, the unclouded happiness of the child at play, who takes it for granted that he is at one with his play-mates.


Dag Hammarskjold (1905-1961, Swedish statesman, Secretary-General of the UN)


Maturity: Be able to stick with a job until it is finished. Be able to bear an injustice without having to get even. Be able to carry money without spending it. Do your duty without being supervised.


Ann Landers (1918-, American advice columnist)


Show me a man with both feet on the ground and I'll show you a man who can't get his pants on.


Joe E. Lewis (American writer)


Maturity begins to grow when you can sense your concern for others outweighing your concern for yourself.


John MacNaughton


True maturity is only reached when a man realizes he has become a father figure to his girlfriend's boyfriends -- and he accepts it.


Larry McMurtry (1936-, American screenwriter, novelist, essayist)


When the apple is ripe it will fall.


Irish Proverb (Sayings of Irish origin)


Maturity is the ability to reap without apology and not complain when things don't go well.


Jim Rohn (American businessman, author, speaker, philosopher)

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Maturity consists in no longer being taken in by oneself.


Kajetan Von Schlaggenberg


Your lordship, though not clean past your youth, have yet some smack of age in you, some relish of the saltiness of time.


William Shakespeare (1564-1616, British poet, playwright, actor)


One does not get better, but different and older and that is always a pleasure.


Gertrude Stein (1874-1946, American author)


The immature man wants to die nobly for a cause, while the mature man wants to live humanely for one.


Wilhelm Stekel


Wen I was a child, I spoke as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man I put away my childish things.


The Holy Bible (Sacred scriptures of Christians and Judaism)


Maturity is the time of life when, if you had the time, you'd have the time of your life.


Author Unknown


If boyhood and youth are but vanity, must it not be our ambition to become men?


Vincent Van Gogh (1853-1890, Dutch-born French painter)


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