Best Coming Of Age Quotes

Coming Of Age Quotes

  • I think a child should be allowed to take his father’s or mother’s name at will on coming of age. Paternity is a legal fiction.

    James Joyce
  • Wisdom doesn’t necessarily come with age. Sometimes age just shows up all by itself.

    Tom Wilson
  • The nicest thing about coming of age is that I can do whatever I like.

    Cilla Black
  • Woman must come of age by herself. This is the essence of ‘coming of age’-to learn how to stand alone. She must learn not to depend on another, nor to feel she must prove her strength by competing with another. In the past, she has swung between these two opposite poles of dependence and competition, of Victorianism and Feminism. Both extremes throw her off balance; neither is the center, the true center of being a whole woman. She must find her true center alone. She must become whole.

    Anne Morrow Lindbergh
  • There is a time for everything – a time for being born and a time for coming of age. There is a time for death, too.

    Barbara Bel Geddes
  • One is not born, but rather becomes, a woman.

    Simone de Beauvoir
  • I would definitely write to the kid that I was before, to embrace the moment. I think that often times when you’re coming of age or growing up you look forward and you work really hard instead of sitting back and relaxing and enjoying the moment.

    Sean Mackin
  • These are the pieces of my youth, the small secrets and the not-so-great expectations that defined my coming of age.

  • People are looking to have more meaning in their lives. It is a sign the technology community is coming of age.

    John Doerr
  • Music and time have such an interesting relationship. Music makes time fall away like almost nothing else. You hear a song from another moment of your life and it really is like you’re still there. That’s why the music of our youth ends up being particularly powerful. The coming of age music that you grab a hold of as the symbol or the expression of your independence and hopes for the future and anger and rebellion or whatever it is you’re feeling is so powerful for the rest of your life when you hear it.

    Jennifer Egan
  • But, on another level it’s really sort of this really cool coming of age story, it reminds me of like The Breakfast Club or something like that, if I can be so bold to associate with The Breakfast Club.

    Will Estes
  • Dullness is the coming of age of seriousness.

    Oscar Wilde
  • We become male automatically because of the Y chromosome and the little magic peanut, but if we are to become men we need the helpof other men–we need our fathers to model for us and then to anoint us, we need our buddies to share the coming-of-age rituals with us and to let us join the team of men, and we need myths of heroes to inspire us and to show us the way.

    Frank Pittman
  • The coming-of-age story has sort of become a joke. It’s something to capitalize on, and that is painful because when you are coming of age – when you are going through something like that – the genre is so meaningful.

    Mae Whitman
  • Planning your own coming-of-age experience may wither you prematurely, but just think of it this way: If you can get through this, childbirth should be a breeze.

    Mimi Pond
  • Women were also urged to work on a mysterious quality called ‘fascination.’ Coming of age in the 1920’s was a competitive business.

    Susan Cain
  • Prom has all the elements of a popular story. It reeks of all-Americanness, tension, drama. It has romance. Pretty dresses. Dancing. Limos. High school. Coming of age.

    Adora Svitak
  • I am often asked why I started to write poetry. The answer is that my motivation sprang from a visceral need to creatively articulate the experiences of the black youth of my generation, coming of age in a racist society.

    Linton Kwesi Johnson
  • There aren’t a lot of films about adolescents or quote-unquote coming-of-age films that are realistic nowadays.

    Shailene Woodley
  • I have always been drawn to coming-of-age stories and books and movies featuring compelling young characters.

    Emily Giffin
  • Divorce is my generation’s coming of age ceremony – a ritual scarring that makes anything that happens afterward seem bearable.

    Erica Jong
  • In my coming-of-age time, there was no internet, no social networking, nothing. It was just show after show, hoping one day somebody would notice you.

    Madonna Ciccone
  • There’s also some element of coming of age during the Reagan administration, which everybody has painted as some glorious time in America, but I remember as being a very, very dark time. There was apocalypse in the air; the punk rock movement made sense.

    John Cusack
  • Coming of age in a fascist police state will not be a barrel of fun for anybody, much less for people like me, who are not inclined to suffer Nazis gladly and feel only contempt for the cowardly flag-suckers who would gladly give up their outdated freedom to live for the mess of pottage they have been conned into believing will be freedom from fear.

    Hunter S. Thompson
  • [A] new generation, innocent of the divisions of the Cold War, this coming-of-age. … If its members do not feel the urgency to escape the nuclear danger that some of its parents felt, neither has it developed the deep attachment to nuclear arms also often found among their parents, including most of the governing class. … The call for abolition should therefore be, among other things, a call from an older generation to younger one.

    Jonathan Schell
  • I think we all have a certain number of “coming of age” songs, and then a writer has to expand and grow into more varied and specific themes. And the music industry is, like Jawbreaker says, “selling kids to other kids,” so it makes sense that those early songs in a writer’s life are often the ones that catch people’s ears, and later work is more difficult and less immediate.

    John K. Samson
  • The convention of the coming-of-age story and the love story were literally abandoned – because they had to be – and a new kind of coming-of-age and love story emerged that required a different kind of telling the story.

    Lidia Yuknavitch
  • I’m sort of coming of age into a different time of acting, and I feel kind of like a kid again. I used to think that I could climb anything, do anything. But I’ve just been like a skinny white girl my whole life.

    Jena Malone
  • Although becoming a singer was my plan A after first hearing Whitney Houston when I was 17, I started off with plan B by going to the teacher-training college that my dad went to. It was a slow coming of age.

    Toni Braxton
  • I did not write it [Coming of Age in Samoa] as a popular book, but only with the hope that it would be intelligible to those who might make the best use of its theme, that adolescence need not be the time of stress and strain which Western society made it; that growing up could be freer and easier and less complicated; and also that there were prices to pay for the very lack of complication I found in Samoa – less intensity, less individuality, less involvement with life.

    Margaret Mead
  • The day of our decease will be that of our coming of age; and with our last breath we shall become free of the universe. And in some region of infinity, and from among its splendors, this earth will be looked back on like a lowly home, and this life of ours be remembered like a short apprenticeship to duty.

    William Mountford
  • When I did a study of all the coming-of-age movies that meant a lot to me, whether it was ‘The Graduate’ or ‘Rebel Without a Cause’ or ‘Dead Poet’s Society,’ they all had that timeless feel. None of them were completely married to the details of their age. They felt timeless in their treatment of it. That’s what made them resonate with me.

    Stephen Chbosky
  • If you look at films about becoming a man, coming-of-age movies are made with 12-, 16-, 40-, 50-year-olds… For a guy to feel like hes a 100 percent grown-up is almost like giving up. Like admitting that youre on your way into the grave.

    Kevin Bacon
  • You know, your first album is about really amazing things. Your first album is always about coming of age, first love, first loss, usually you suffer a first loss of someone that you love to death, even, you know, really big life lessons, things you learn from your parents’ divorce or from the travels that you took.

    Brandi Carlile
  • This time, we’re living in such a crazy moment in history. People still write and talk about Watergate, which was such a huge, looming backdrop when I was coming of age and when I was a kid growing up. I think we’re living in one of those times right now where, in 20 years, people will be writing and talking about it.

    Patterson Hood
  • Are we on the tail-end of a generation that is enamored with the novelty of these devices and will younger people coming of age be more blasé about them in a healthy way? You look back at the history of any medium and the people who were there when it was developing, whether it was the telegraph or cable television or radio, thought, This is amazing, it’s going change everything, or, The human community will finally be able to recognize each other and speak and be one – I mean, some people thought the telegraph or television would usher in world peace.

    Astra Taylor
  • I love outsider stories. And I also like a lot of genre fiction, too. So I wanted to write a literary book that flirted with thriller and fantasy and even science fiction. I wanted the coming-of-age story and the love story to be about “outsiderdom” – one of the themes I am most interested in.

    Porochista Khakpour
  • Many decry rising inequality because it makes those who’ve fallen behind feel impoverished. But it’s done much more than cause hurt feelings. It has also raised the real cost to middle-income families of achieving many basic goals. The process begins with the completely unremarkable fact that top earners have been spending at a substantially higher rate than before. They’ve been building bigger mansions, staging more elaborate weddings and coming-of-age parties for their kids, buying more and better of everything.

    Robert H. Frank
  • I’m just open to doing all different kinds of movies. I have a movie called Scout coming out and it’s a coming of age story. [] I have a very small role in it, but it was really fun to make and really light, but I do want darker roles.

    Shelley Hennig
  • Anthony Ryan is a new fantasy author destined to make his mark on the genre. His debut novel, Blood Song, certainly has it all: great coming of age tale, compelling character, and a fast-paced plot. If his first book is any indication of things to come, then all fantasy readers should rejoice as a new master storyteller has hit the scene.

    Michael J. Sullivan
  • Dastardly devious, cleverly conceived, and just a whole lot of fun to read, DEATH PERCEPTION is Lee Allen Howard on fire and at his finest. Rife with winsome weirdness, it’s like the mutant stepchild of Carl Hiaasen and Stephen King, mixing a truly unique paranormal coming-of-age story with a quirky cast of offbeat noir characters into a novel that’s simply unforgettable… and hilariously original. A supernatural crime story, blazing with creative intrigue… don’t miss it.

    Michael Arnzen
  • It should come as no surprise to readers of the MAPS Bulletin that psychedelic plants are used as a sacrament by many native cultures all over the world. It may not be so obvious that these same plants are often incorporated into the coming-of-age ceremonies of these various societies.

    Rick Doblin
  • J.R. Angelella is a truly gifted writer. Zombie is one of the smartest, strangest, and most beautifully crafted coming-of-age stories you will ever encounter.

    Donald Ray Pollock
  • I think that clearly it has an influence, to be coming of age during the punk rock era, to come from a difficult and sporadically violent background, to have been in and out of such chaos, I think it actually helps. But I don’t know for sure.

    Craig Ferguson
  • For my generation, coming of age at the height of the Cold War, fear of nuclear winter seemed the leading existential threat on the horizon. But the danger posed by war to all humanity-and to our planet-is at least matched by climate change.

    Ban Ki-moon
  • It’s possible that you have been told a time or 10 that you don’t appreciate how tough your elders had it. It’s true that, if you had been coming of age back in, say, 1960, you would probably be feeling more restricted, if only because you were doomed to spend your days in a skirt, nylon stockings and girdle.

    Gail Collins
  • Yes, ‘Black Girl/White Girl’ might be described as a ‘coming-of-age’ novel, at least for the survivor Genna. It is also intended as a comment on race relations in America more generally: we are ‘roommates’ with one another, but how well do we know one another?

    Joyce Carol Oates
  • Forty is the old age of youth; fifty the youth of old age.

    Victor Hugo
  • I was born in Darien, Connecticut, but in 1959, when I was four, my parents moved to the suburbs of Toronto. Then, in the late 1960s, they bought a cottage in a resort/trailer park in the Kawarthas region of Ontario, and we moved up there. I wrote a book about it in 2000 called ‘Last Resort: Coming of Age in Cottage Country.

    Linwood Barclay
  • Eragon started as me but ended up evolving into his very own character, .. Even as he has gone through his coming- of- age story, the process of writing and publishing these novels has been my own coming- of- age story. There are parallels between my own experience and Eragon’s, but fortunately, I don’t have people charging at me with swords.

    Christopher Paolini

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