13 Quotes About Growing Up That Will Give You Serious Nostalgia

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Bittersweet memories, here we come.

When it comes down to it, there's nothing as confusing, polarizing, and nostalgia-inducing than looking back on childhood memories.

For some of us, childhood is when we formed the beliefs and behaviors that have landed us on the therapist's couch today (hey, no shame). For others, it's remembered as a blissful time of innocence and playfulness. As all of us get older, the memories get hazier and hazier until we can hardly tell if they're memories at all, or maybe just dreams. (Anyone else feeling that?)

Either way, reminiscing on the days of our youth is as bittersweet as it gets. Looking for a dose of nostalgia? Read these 13 quotes about growing up and feel all the feelings.

"Some days I wish I could go back in life, not to change things, just to feel a few things twice."

"Wasn't it beautiful when you believed in everything?"

"I spent my whole childhood wishing I were older and now I'm spending my adulthood wishing I were younger."

"Nothing is more memorable than a smell. One scent can be unexpected, momentary and fleeting, yet conjure up a childhood summer beside a lake in the mountains."

"Sometimes you will never know the value of a moment until it becomes a memory."

"You know that place between sleep and awake, that place where you still remember dreaming? That's where I'll always love you. That's where I'll be waiting."

"If you don't do wild things while you're young you'll have nothing to smile about when you're old."

"We didn't realize we were making memories, we just knew we were having fun."

"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."

"When we are children we seldom think of the future. This innocence leaves us free to enjoy ourselves as few adults can. The day we fret about the future is the day we leave our childhood behind."

"Growing up is such a barbarous business, full of inconvenience… and pimples."

"You don’t stop laughing when you grow old, you grow old when you stop laughing."

"The invention of the teenager was a mistake. Once you identify a period of life in which people get to stay out late but don’t have to pay taxes — naturally, no one wants to live any other way."

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