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maturity

Cynical Definitions

n. A quality which the young attempt to show and the old attempt to hide.

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n. A short break in adolescence.

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n. A point in time when we quit saying "I can" and start saying "I shouldn't", as in "I can drink a fifth of tequila!".

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Cynical Quotations

I think age is a very high price to pay for maturity.

— Tom Stoppard

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We are born charming, fresh and spontaneous and must be civilized before we are fit to participate in society.

— Judith Martin

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We seldom become the people we want to be, but we always become the people that we try to be.

— Guy Smith

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