21 Thoughts on Adulthood to Share with Graduates

If you need help saying what you think or feel, these quotes are a good start

Writing a letter

What is adulthood really about? It's a good bet that many college graduates wonder about this as they step out into the real world and begin their lives as grown people. Everyone has advice and insight to share with the young adults in their lives, but sometimes finding the right words can be a challenge. Looking to the experts, writers and philosophers to give your thoughts form and eloquence is not only a good idea, but it will make writing that graduation card with the well-deserved check inside of it easier and more meaningful than simply saying "congratulations."


Keep your inner child alive

“For in every adult there dwells the child that was, and in every child there lies the adult that will be.” 
― John Connolly

“I am still every age that I have been. Because I was once a child, I am always a child. Because I was once a searching adolescent, given to moods and ecstasies, these are still part of me, and always will be..." Madeleine L'Engle

“Being silly is still allowed, not excluded by adulthood. What's excluded by adulthood is thoughtlessness, so be thoughtful and silly” 
― Hank Green

We should be dreaming. We grew up as kids having dreams, but now we're too sophisticated as adults, as a nation. We stopped dreaming. We should always have dreams. -  Herb Brooks

“You see, I don't think age matters so much as people think. Parts of me are still 12 and I think other parts were already 50 when I was 12….” C.S. Lewis

Everyone is the age of their heart. - Guatemalan Proverb

The aging process has you firmly in its grasp if you never get the urge to throw a snowball. - Doug Larson

I don’t think I’d have been in such a hurry to reach adulthood if I’d known the whole thing was going to be ad-libbed. — Bill Watterson


Appreciate every moment

“She had the feeling, the tingling, lingering sense that something or someone life altering was just over the horizon.

She had no idea what it was, but she wanted to rush headlong to bring it to her.” ― Mandy Nachampassack-Maloney

“Not old enough to feel like an adult , really, but old enough to look like one, and to know the distinction between being carefree and careless.” 
― Gregory Maguire

Age is a question of mind over matter. If you don't mind, it doesn't matter.  - Leroy "Satchel" Paige

“Relax. You will become an adult. You will figure out your career. You will find someone who loves you. You have a whole lifetime; time takes time. The only way to fail at life is to abstain.” 
― Johanna de Silentio

You don’t stop laughing when you grow old, you grow old when you stop laughing. — George Bernard Shaw

Don't say you don't have enough time. You have exactly the same number of hours per day that were given to Helen Keller, Pasteur, Michelangelo, Mother Teresa, Leonardo da Vinci, Thomas Jefferson, and Albert Einstein. - H. Jackson Brown, Jr.


Philosophical and thoughtful

He who knows others is learned;
He who knows himself is wise.
- Lao-tzuTao te Ching

One half of knowing what you want is knowing what you must give up before you get it. - Sidney Howard

“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

You have to leave the city of your comfort and go into the wilderness of your intuition. What you'll discover will be wonderful. What you'll discover is yourself. ~Alan Alda

“You can’t just be. You have to become.” ― Dominic Riccitello

“It's strange how in childhood it feels like tomorrow won't come until the end of forever, but in adulthood it feels like the end of forever could come tomorrow.” 
― Richelle E. Goodrich

“We do not grow absolutely, chronologically. We grow sometimes in one dimension, and not in another; unevenly. We grow partially. We are relative. We are mature in one realm, childish in another. The past, present, and future mingle and pull us backward, forward, or fix us in the present. We are made up of layers, cells, constellations.” ― Anaïs Nin