A Quote by William Orville Douglas on common sense, confidence, democracy, maturity, and people

The First Amendment makes confidence in the common sense of our people and in the maturity of their judgement the great postulate of our democracy.

William Orville Douglas (1898 - 1980)

Source: Quoted in the New York Times, January 20, 1980

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A Quote by William C. Menninger on absence, anxiety, creativity, experience, fear, freedom, giving, learning, maturity, profit, reality, satisfaction, and serenity

In positive terms, we can state that psychological maturity entails finding greater satisfaction in giving than in receiving; having a capacity to form satisfying and permanent loyalties; being primarily a creative, contributing person; having learned to profit from experience; having a freedom from fear (anxiety) with a resulting true serenity and not a pseudo absence of tension; and accepting and making the most of unchangeable reality when it confronts one.

William C. Menninger

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A Quote by William Arthur Ward on laughter, maturity, and mistakes

To make mistakes is human; to stumble is commonplace; to be able to laugh at yourself is maturity.

William Arthur Ward

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A Quote by Wilfrid Sheed on maturity and possibility

The American male doesn't mature until he has exhausted all other possibilities.

Wilfrid Sheed (1930 -)

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A Quote by Virgil A. Kraft on ability, maturity, and people

One sign of maturity is the ability to be comfortable with people who are not like us.

Virgil A. Kraft

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A Quote by Vincent Canby on death, life, maturity, music, and television

Radio wasn't outside our lives. It coincided with and helped to shape our childhood and adolescence. As we slogged toward maturity, it also grew up and turned into television, leaving behind, like dead skin, transistorized talk-radio and nonstop music. . . .

Vincent Canby (1924 -)

Source: On the Golden Age of radio, in New York Times, 30 January 1987.

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A Quote by Ursula K. Le Guin on art, boredom, children, despair, evil, facts, habits, happiness, intelligence, joy, laws, life, losing, maturity, nobility, pain, passion, people, police, praise, rules, secrets, simplicity, slavery, society, stupidity, tr

They did not use swords, or keep slaves. They were not barbarians. I do not know the rules and laws of their society, but I suspect that they were singularly few. As they did without monarchy and slavery, so they also got on without the stock exchange, the advertisement, the secret police, and the bomb. Yet I repeat that these were not simple folk, not dulcet shepherds, noble savages, bland utopians. They were not less complex than us. The trouble is that we have a bad habit, encouraged by pedants and sophisticates, of considering happiness as something rather stupid. Only pain is intellectual, only evil interesting. This is the treason of the artist: a refusal to admit the banality of evil and the terrible boredom of pain. If you can't lick 'em, join 'em. If it hurts, repeat it. But to praise despair is to condemn delight, to embrace violence is to lose hold of everything else. We have almost lost hold, we can no longer describe a happy man, nor make any celebration of joy. How can I tell you about the people of Omelas? They were not naive and happy children - though their children were, in fact happy. They were mature, intelligent, passionate adults whose lives were not wretched

Ursula K. Le Guin (1929 -)

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A Quote by unknown on action, day, earth, future, garden, god, maturity, nature, sleep, and time

March 20th. Marks the 1st day of true spring. The Goddess blankets the Earth with fertility, bursting forth from Her sleep, as the God stretches and grows to maturity. He walks the greening fields and delights in the abundance of Nature. This is a time of beginnings, of action, of planting spells for future gains, and of tending ritual gardens.


Source: Ostara/Spring Equinox, Catala Silver Moon

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A Quote by unknown on maturity

You are not mature until you expect the unexpected.


Source: a Chicago newspaper

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A Quote by unknown on ability, maturity, and pain

The real test of a man's maturity is his ability to make wise adjustments to painful realities.


Source: Albert W. Daw Collection

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