Top 2059 Growing Up Quotes

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“Growing up in Highbridge was real. Me and all my friends, we never really went to any other places in the Bronx but Highbridge. We always just stayed in Highbridge. It was like territory, to be honest, because Highbridge is like a town.”

― A Boogie wit da Hoodie

“Even though I can’t dance, that’s, like, the one thing I wished I could do growing up. I used act like I was MJ, doing the moonwalk, tip toes, leg kick, all that.”

― A Boogie wit da Hoodie

“As a kid growing up in California, I collected autographs.”

― Aaron Judge

“Growing up my mother played Sarah Vaughan and Nat Cole in the house regularly.”

― Aaron Neville

“When I was a kid growing up, I used to watch ‘DuckTales.’”

― Aaron Paul

“I was on the snowboard team at my school, but that was the only sports team I was on. I played soccer growing up in elementary school.”

― Aaron Paul

“I always had games on Saturdays as I was growing up.”

― Aaron Ramsey

“I worshiped Judd Nelson in ‘The Breakfast Club’ growing up. I must’ve seen that movie 100 times.”

― Aaron Stanford

“I love comedy, but I was just obsessed with ‘SNL’ growing up.”

― Abbi Jacobson

“My dad was so much fun growing up.”

― Abby Elliott

“I’m still a huge Yankees fan. Growing up, Jeter was my guy, but Bernie Williams was my favorite player.”

― Action Bronson

“I have a cousin who is a spiritual advisor for Native veterans in Canada, so I’m very familiar with the history of Natives in the military. And growing up as an American Indian myself, the story of Ira Hayes is one that is often told.”

― Adam Beach

“Growing up, dad coached my footy and cricket teams, but that’s all he could do for me.”

― Adam Elliott

“Queen is my all-time favorite band in history. I was an obsessive growing up after I discovered them at 10 at summer camp.”

― Adam F. Goldberg

“First love is such a big thing growing up.”

― Adam F. Goldberg

“Growing up in Livingston, New Jersey, was terrific.”

― Adam Pally

“Growing up, I really didn’t have a lot of role models.”

― Adam Rippon

“As an athlete, I know that I’m such a perfectionist that I’ll want to go out and keep working on something over and over until it’s perfect. Part of growing up is learning to take a step back.”

― Adam Rippon

“I wasn’t a kid growing up thinking, ‘One day I’ll get an Oscar and make a speech.’ That wasn’t on my mind.”

― Adam Sandler

“Growing up, I did not have many friends with parents who were together.”

― Adam Scott

“To me, the thing about anime is that it’s so adult-oriented. I remember going to Suncoast growing up, and you see ‘Akira’ there with the little ‘Not for Kids’ sticker on it. That always made an impact on me.”

― Adam Wingard

“My favorite action movie growing up was ‘Supergirl.’ It wasn’t good by any stretch of the imagination, but it was my favorite because I wanted to be her. I have a Supergirl tattoo.”

― Adrianne Palicki

“I’ve always liked simple. Growing up, I wore corduroys and Lacoste shirts, Maraolo flats, and maybe one gold bracelet.”

― Aerin Lauder

“Growing up in New York, I loved watching my grandmother Estee put on her make-up – I always admired her sense of style.”

― Aerin Lauder

“When I was growing up, I said to my ex-girlfriend, ‘I will not be successful until everyone in Holland knows my name.’ And it worked.”

― Afrojack

“There aren’t as many women in my industry in comedy as there should and could and hopefully will be, but it is interesting growing up watching a woman in a male-dominated industry and kind of, like, plowing ahead.”

― Aisling Bea

“I didn’t have the easiest time growing up; it’s no secret. We were just poor.”

― AJ Lee

“Horses and dogs were part of my growing up years.”

― Ajay Piramal

“When people talked about protecting their privacy when I was growing up, they were talking about protecting it from the government. They talked about unreasonable searches and seizures, about keeping the government out of their bedrooms.”

― Al Franken

“I could have easily been a statistic. Growing up in Brooklyn, N.Y., it was easy – a little too easy – to get into trouble. Surrounded by poor schools, lack of resources, high unemployment rates, poverty, gangs and more, I watched as many of my peers fell victim to a vicious cycle of diminished opportunities and imprisonment.”

― Al Sharpton

“And as I stumbled onto Eastern philosophy and Buddhism, it was the first time I had ever read any sort of philosophy that really made a tremendous amount of sense. What I liked that was missing from my experience of Christianity growing up was a sort of acceptance, a sort of being OK with being imperfect and not focusing on the sin.”

― Alan Ball

“I think there’s nothing wrong with being fixated on superheroes when you are 7 years old, but I think there’s a disease in not growing up.”

― Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu

“When I think about growing up, I feel most affected by two travels that I made working in cargo boats when I was 16 and 18. One of them crossed through the Mississippi and Baton Rouge and Mobile, Alabama, and another went all the way to Europe.”

― Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu

“Growing up, I used to think I’d never get on a plane – I was terrified. But when I joined Mis-Teeq, being on a plane was my job. I used to scream on flights. Full-on screams.”

― Alesha Dixon

“Yeah, I’ve played a lot of instruments, and I played in a lot of bands growing up, and I’ve even had to play music in a lot of films that I’ve done.”

― Alessandro Nivola

“Growing up, I listened to a lot of jazz and blues records – John Coltrane and Etta James. I was also really into Radiohead and the BeeGees.”

― Alex Clare

“I was growing up in England and England was the only national team I knew, so I was actually very pleased to play at the national level.”

― Alex Iwobi

“Growing up I’ve been playing as an attacking midfielder, more central in the midfield. I wouldn’t say if I’m most comfortable there but that’s where I grew up playing.”

― Alex Iwobi

“Growing up, I had always looked up to LG as a big brand and they are doing very well.”

― Alex Iwobi

“I was the biggest tomboy growing up. Now I love playing with a full face of makeup.”

― Alex Morgan

“Growing up, I played more centrally, which is why, whenever I do get asked to play there, I’m more than happy to do that.”

― Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain

“Growing up, I never listened to English music. I was more into Motown, as well as early rock n’ roll like Chuck Berry and Little Richard.”

― Alex Winston

“My parents tried to shield me from how famous they were when I was growing up on Long Island. I had no idea.”

― Alexa Ray Joel

“Growing up on a set is completely different than coming onto a brand new set for the first time.”

― Alexa Vega

“Growing up in a family of doctors, I wanted to be a brain surgeon for a while. But ultimately, I get most excited about creating things, which is why I decided to become an entrepreneur.”

― Alexa Von Tobel

“When I was growing up, I played a lot of different sports. There was a time when I was playing field hockey, tennis, and soccer at the same time. I was actually quite good at all of those sports.”

― Alexander Zverev

“I was obsessed with Nancy Drew growing up – I couldn’t get enough.”

― Alexandra Daddario

“Growing up in Waterloo, the Governor General’s Award wasn’t something I even thought to wish for.”

― Alexi Zentner

“The main thing I got from growing up in a suburb is the boredom you have as a child.”

― Alia Shawkat

“I’ve been a big fan of Michael Showalter’s for a long time. I watched ‘Stella’ growing up.”

― Alia Shawkat

“When I was growing up, my mother always wore Chanel.”

― Alice Dellal

“I grew up on film sets but more around the process of making films. I saw a lot of the editing process and the writing process, which takes years. That really affected me growing up, that side of it.”

― Alice Englert

“I think growing up is difficult and it’s a process that I’m always interested in, with kids and adults, they are often on two different universes.”

― Alice Hoffman

“Growing up I definitely looked up to Dominique Moceanu. She was my favorite gymnast and she was on that ’96 Olympic team. She was always so fun to watch. I kind of wanted to model my career after hers.”

― Alicia Sacramone

“I love crosswords! Actually, when I was growing up, me and my girlfriends would collect them and see who finished them first!”

― Alicia Vikander

“When I was growing up in the 1960s, there was starting to be more books geared towards young adults.”

― Alison Bechdel

“Growing up, we had folk records.”

― Alison Krauss

“I spoke Franglais growing up.”

― Alison Moyet

“The Southern California arena rock, hair metal, laidback hippie garden culture – for many growing up in the ’70s and ’80s, none of it made us who we were like Lou Reed did.”

― Alissa Quart

“I had a lot of growing up to do. A lot of times, I learned the hard way.”

― Allen Iverson

“I have the power of my height. Growing up, it was a total drawback. There was nothing good about it at all.”

― Allison Janney

“I’m a big Aqua fan. ‘Barbie Girl’ was a big deal growing up.”

― Allison Williams

“I’ve grown up with kids watching me and as they’re growing up, I’m growing up.”

― Amanda Bynes

“All my family were brilliant cooks when I was growing up, but I ended up just cleaning up, so I’ve always lacked confidence in the kitchen.”

― Amanda Eliasch

“I was always depressed growing up. There wasn’t a reason for it, I just was. I was sad and morose. I cried a lot, I wrote a lot, and I read a lot; and that was how I dealt with it.”

― Amanda Hocking

“I enjoyed acting growing up; I did musical theater. I had a secret desire to be a television and movie actress, but it wasn’t something I admitted to myself that I wanted to do, I guess.”

― Amanda Schull

“Intimacy is a wonderful thing. It’s frustrating that growing up I thought it was wrong. It isn’t. Exploring your sexuality is important when you’re growing up.”

― Amanda Seyfried

“Growing up, I was always super into fantasy and ‘The Lord of the Rings’ and ‘Game of Thrones’ and all of that, but I could never find black characters whom I really liked.”

― Amandla Stenberg

“I know when I was growing up, I was always lost and just thought I was alone and that I needed to find where I belonged.”

― Amber Liu

“I wanted to tour the United States because I feel I owe it to the community that I grew up in. When I was growing up, the only people I saw on TV were Jackie Chan, Lucy Liu and Jet Li. Our representation as Asians wasn’t big, but I wanted to be like Lucy Liu and then Maggie Q.”

― Amber Liu

“I haven’t had a lot of celebrities around me growing up.”

― Amber Tamblyn

“I struggled with being a Latino growing up in Los Angeles. I felt very American. I still do. I went to 35 bar mitzvahs before I went to a single quinceanera. I could talk all day about my culture and what it means to me.”

― America Ferrera

“Growing up in San Antonio, I was the dork at the Friday night football games with my head buried in a book – Jack Kerouac or Oscar Wilde, years before I really understood them.”

― Amy Chozick

“The most successful hyperpowers are the ones where there was actual intermixing. Tang dynasty China was China’s golden age, and contrary to what I was told when I was growing up, Tang China was founded by a man who by today’s standards was no more than half Chinese. It was a mixed-blood dynasty that pulled in ‘barbarians’ from the steppe.”

― Amy Chua

“The most consistent musical experience I had growing up was church music.”

― Amy Grant

“I’ve always hated the way Hollywood has portrayed accountants. They’re always little nerd balls, wimpy, afraid of everything. Growing up with accountants, I don’t see them that way.”

― Amy Heckerling

“I’ve always dreamed of growing up to be Amy Poehler.”

― Amy Poehler

“When I was growing up I actually was into Bon Jovi!”

― Amy Ryan

“I love costumes. My dream growing up was always to have my own costume and prop shop.”

― Amy Sedaris

“The dance world was a big part of my growing up.”

― Amy Sherman-Palladino

“Growing up, I was sort of a tomboy. I was the one skating with the boys.”

― Amy Smart

“I was a ballerina for 10 years growing up, but I stopped.”

― Amy Smart

“I didn’t get to play many video games when I was growing up.”

― Ana de Armas

“As a teenager growing up in the suburbs of Washington, I ritually watched the Sunday-morning political talk shows with my family. We parsed and argued and jeered at the screen as national figures delivered careful, poll-tested talking points.”

― Anand Giridharadas

“I have an ambivalent feeling about the Israeli army. Growing up in Tel Aviv, being involved in the arts, the last thing artists want to do is fight.”

― Anat Cohen

“The clarinet is not so dominant in Israeli music as it is in klezmer. I heard klezmer when I was growing up, but for some reason I avoided it. I listened to Louis Armstrong instead. But the sense of melody is the connection between jazz and klezmer.”

― Anat Cohen

“’Ders’ is something I’ve been called since I was six by neighbors and stuff growing up.”

― Anders Holm

“Music was kind of a precious commodity growing up.”

― Anderson East

“You can’t take a kid from north Alabama and growing up in church – some of that is just gonna seep out.”

― Anderson East

“When I was growing up, there wasn’t too much technology. There weren’t so many channels that we were glued to on TV. We had to go outside and create our games. Kids had the habit of being active and exercising, just enjoying the fresh air.”

― Andre Iguodala

“Growing up, I didn’t think it would be possible to be an actress – I didn’t see a lot of Latina faces on TV or in movies. But that didn’t stop me from trying. I realized early that anything I really wanted was worth working for.”

― Andrea Navedo

“Acting was always a secret desire of mine when I was growing up.”

― Andrea Navedo

“On a personal level, my mom is my biggest inspiration. She’s always been an idol for me. I used to dream about growing up and being like her.”

― Andreja Pejic

“Growing up, I was a big Red Sox fan and looked up to guys like Dustin Pedroia, who’s obviously not the biggest guy, but the way he competes, the way he works, it was motivating for me.”

― Andrew Benintendi

“We were under a lot of financial pressure when I was growing up.”

― Andrew Garfield

“I didn’t enjoy growing up. I was lonely. That’s probably my base level to feel like that.”

― Andrew Haigh

“I feel like, throughout lots of my life, especially growing up, I felt powerless.”

― Andrew Haigh

“When I was growing up, I was watching fairly standard American cinema.”

― Andrew Haigh

“When I was growing up the obvious antisemites were the knuckle-draggers in the National Front.”

― Andrew Neil

“When I was growing up, there was a feeling in one’s living room as much as in one’s local gallery that a little elitism was good for the soul.”

― Andrew O’Hagan

“When I was growing up, my idea of a writer was someone like Sven Hassel, that mysterious Danish author who wrote thrillers about men clambering over walls and getting tangled in barbed wire.”

― Andrew O’Hagan

“A lot of times, adults confuse growing up or becoming more mature with a sense of seriousness, a sense of boringness, a sense of just stupidness.”

― Andrew W.K.

“When I was a kid growing up, we had a cherry tree in the backyard, 100 years old. I climbed it, and it gave shade in the summertime and excellent cherries in the late summer. Having cherry blossoms around gives the best springtime vibe ever.”

― Andrew Wyatt

“When I was growing up, I’d study for days trying to get good grades. When I’d get an ‘A,’ I’d feel elation for about 30 seconds, and then a feeling of emptiness.”

― Andrew Yang

“One of the things that always disappointed me as a kid, growing up, was when you could tell the singer had a fancy for something different and turned the band into something else.”

― Andy Biersack

“I had Batman stuff all over my house growing up.”

― Andy Biersack

“Growing up, I went to the Warped Tour a lot, and I got to see bands like Rancid and AFI and Dropkick Murphys and these bands that meant so much to me when I was a kid – all in succession on these stages, so to get to play that same stage that I watched those bands play is a huge thing for me.”

― Andy Biersack

“Growing up, my religious identity was primarily one of confusion. Nothing was pushed on me; nothing was overtly offered.”

― Andy Dunn

“I grew up a huge jock, a lot of basketball and football. We had a pond in my back yard growing up, and we played a lot of hockey, too. I loved to score goals.”

― Andy Grammer

“I wasn’t cut out to be an opera singer, but it was a nice fantasy for a teenager growing up in Hungary during the Stalinist era.”

― Andy Grove

“’Hook’ was one of my favorite movies when I was growing up, so we played with that theme on the title ‘Never Land.’”

― Andy Mineo

“I wanted to be a painter, really, when I was growing up as a kid. It was one thing that really took a grip on me.”

― Andy Serkis

“I grew up in a physical world, and I speak English. The next generation is growing up in a digital world, and they speak social.”

― Angela Ahrendts

“When I was growing up, I wanted to adopt, because I was aware there were kids that didn’t have parents.”

― Angelina Jolie

“I was very worried about my mother, growing up – a lot. I do not want my children to be worried about me.”

― Angelina Jolie

“I loved Disney. ‘Fantasia’ was my first, favorite Disney movie. And it just kept going. I loved ‘Bambi.’ I loved ‘Cinderella,’ ‘Lady and the Tramp’ and ‘Snow White’ and even ‘Mary Poppins’ which wasn’t even fully animated – it was just a little bit animated. They were such a part of my growing up years; I was just very connected to them.”

― Anika Noni Rose

“Growing up in a rural setting in Minnesota, I was raised with the outdoors and a sense of adventure.”

― Ann Bancroft

“When I was growing up, I was surrounded by people that were listening to a lot of pop music.”

― Anne-Marie

“Growing up, I loved drama and fantasies. I hated the Marx Brothers. I took all that confusion seriously.”

― Anne Meara

“Growing up in public is especially hard sometimes.”

― Annette Funicello

“As cliche as it is, I was a huge Audrey Hepburn girl growing up.”

― Annie Murphy

“I had a very wonderful growing up. I was surrounded by loving people.”

― Annie Murphy

“Growing up, I loved to play. Writing was a natural outtake of play. I realize now, having kids, that maybe that’s unusual. Living out in the middle of nowhere, I entertained myself by writing.”

― Anthony Doerr

“Growing up, I didn’t really know who the Tuskegee Airmen were.”

― Anthony Hemingway

“Growing up in eastern Germany, I knew of Superman, but he didn’t resonate emotionally with me.”

― Antje Traue

“Growing up, I’d always visit boutiques with my father on the weekends.”

― Antoine Arnault

“When I was younger, growing up in Pittsburgh, they had a ‘Golden Gloves’ program through the Boys and Girls Club. In Pittsburgh, New York, Philly, Washington, those areas, I would go and spar at competitions.”

― Antoine Fuqua

“I grew up an athlete, growing up in Pittsburgh. I played basketball. I played football. I played a little bit of baseball in my earlier years.”

― Antoine Fuqua

“I was a fan of baseball growing up. We played baseball; I used to play in an A&P parking lot. It wasn’t always easy to find a good baseball field to play in.”

― Antoine Fuqua

“Because we had no money when I was growing up, when I started dancing, I wasn’t allowed to be frivolous – my mum made me go to every lesson because she was paying for it.”

― Anton du Beke

“I’d lived in West Virginia on and off for four to five years growing up. I’m familiar with Bible Belt, with Appalachia, ‘Hillbilly Elegy.’”

― Antoni Porowski

“My favorite book growing up was ‘The Little Prince.’”

― Antoni Porowski

“I did martial arts and karate for eight years when I was growing up.”

― Antony Starr

“I don’t actually watch that much TV, but I was obsessed with ‘Dawson’s Creek’ growing up. And ‘Freaks and Geeks.’ And ‘8 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter.’”

― Anya Taylor-Joy

“As I was growing up, it was made clear that the fat me wasn’t welcome, that a thin person was expected and awaited, and impatiently so.”

― Arabella Weir

“In my family, as in most middle-class Indian families I knew when I was growing up, science and mathematics were held in awe.”

― Aravind Adiga

“When I was growing up in the south Indian city of Madras, there were only two political parties that mattered; one was run by a former matinee idol, and the other was run by his former screenwriter.”

― Aravind Adiga

“That’s been a huge recurring thing in growing up – allowing two things to exist in the same space even though, instinctively, they might not be designated to.”

― Arca

“Mariah and Whitney Houston were my goddesses growing up.”

― Ariana Grande

“Almost 24 million children – one in three – are likely growing up without their father involved in their lives.”

― Arne Duncan

“One of the things about being a boy, especially growing up without a father, is you really don’t have that role model to teach you how to do things.”

― Art Alexakis

“I know, I’m like a kid. Maybe I was a bit too spoilt growing up. Everything just came like I wanted it to.”

― Asafa Powell

“When I was growing up, I saw the Aaliyah shirts, the DMX shirts, or the collab shirts with DMX and Aaliyah when they had a single together. Those were the dope collage shirts with their faces all over it. They were doing cool things like that.”

― ASAP Ferg

“For me, growing up in Harlem and then migrating down to SoHo and the Lower East Side and chillin’ down there and making that my stomping ground… That was a big thing, because I’m from Harlem, and downtown is more artsy and also more open-minded. So I got the best of both worlds.”

― ASAP Rocky

“I was always into animals and animal protection, ever since I was growing up.”

― Ashlan Gorse Cousteau

“Growing up I felt like my nose was big. I was always like, ‘I’m going to get a nose job one day’. I’m glad I didn’t.”

― Ashlee Simpson

“When you’re growing up and thinking about being a footballer, you want to make as many caps and play as many games as you can.”

― Ashley Cole

“When I was growing up, I cheered and danced and ran and stuff like that. I’m probably thinner now than I was in high school. I had a lot of muscle – a lot of muscle in high school.”

― Ashley Greene

“My style is chic, streamlined and original. I don’t like to wear the same things as other people – I push boundaries. Growing up, I was really excited about costumes.”

― Ashley Leggat

“Growing up, the Opry was my Hollywood.”

― Ashley McBryde

“When I was growing up, radio DJs were celebrities, not just the people singing the songs.”

― Ashley McBryde

“I wanted to be a marine biologist when I was growing up and always wanted to be surrounded by wildlife.”

― Ashley Roberts

“Growing up I always knew I had a deviated septum on the right side of my nose, which caused trouble breathing. The older I got, the worse it got.”

― Ashley Tisdale

“I’m just the same as everyone – I can remember, growing up, watching the World Cup.”

― Ashley Young

“I remember growing up, having sports to go to, having recess, those were the things I looked forward to. Yes, I’m an athlete, but I had buddies who weren’t, and they looked forward to it, too.”

― Ashton Eaton

“When I was growing up, I used to watch ‘Power Rangers’ and ‘Ninja Turtles.’ It seemed like every movie had someone doing martial arts in it, so I would go around punching and kicking trees.”

― Ashton Eaton

“Having trained as a dancer growing up, I love any dance related events.”

― Aslaug Magnusdottir

“Growing up near Scarsdale, I should have had at least one Jewish girlfriend. Maybe at some point it’ll happen.”

― Ato Essandoh

“Well, I was obsessed with Judy Garland growing up. Like, obsessed.”

― Aubrey Plaza

“I would like to have seen my sons growing up.”

― Aung San Suu Kyi

“Ever since I was growing up, I knew I was going to play in the NFL. I never thought anything else.”

― Austin Seferian-Jenkins

“I love finding out-of-the-box inspirations and blending them with what I’ve done in the past. And when I started to experiment with genres, it didn’t sound forced. Maybe that’s because it’s all music that I listened to growing up, and it’s all music that I love.”

― Avicii

“I always just sit down at the piano and make the main hook – what I want the track to be about melodically – and then I’ll build everything else around that. But growing up, I did not play any instruments.”

― Avicii

“When I was growing up, ‘Ebony Magazine’ was a must read in our household. In those pages I found our news, our stories, and my pride.”

― Ayanna Pressley

“Before I was married, I didn’t consider my failure to manage even basic hand tools a feminist inadequacy. I thought it had more to do with being Jewish. The Jews I knew growing up didn’t do ‘do-it-yourself.’ When my father needed to hammer something he generally used his shoe, and the only real tool he owned was a pair of needle-nose pliers.”

― Ayelet Waldman

“The kitchen was the center of our household. I spent all of my time there growing up.”

― Ayesha Curry

“When I was growing up, I never heard the word ‘racism.’ It was only in Paris I encountered that.”

― Azzedine Alaia

“Growing up on the plantation there in Mississippi, I would work Monday through Saturday noon. I’d go to town on Saturday afternoons, sit on the street corner, and I’d sing and play.”

― B. B. King

“As a child growing up during the Korean War, I knew poverty. I studied by candlelight.”

― Ban Ki-moon

“So as I was growing up, my father was always in the middle of making a film or preparing a film. It was a full-time, all-consuming type of operation.”

― Barbara Broccoli

“At home, growing up, we weren’t really poor. We had everything we needed, we just didn’t have what we wanted.”

― Barbara Kingsolver

“I had a lot of difficulty growing up in a society where everything is very closed-minded, especially with beauty.”

― Barbie Ferreira

“I also have intense relationships with furniture… probably because we practically had none when I was growing up.”

― Barbra Streisand

“For me, growing up, I’d always been a part of team sports, except for when I was boxing.”

― Baron Corbin

“A lot of the times, what girls go through when they’re growing up gets minimized. ‘Mean Girls’ marked the first time I saw teenage female aggression articulated well and with importance.”

― Barrett Wilbert Weed

“I was born in Clinton, Mississippi, which had 1,500-2,500 people when I was growing up – a village.”

― Barry Hannah

“Growing up watching WWE, they used to have bra-and-panties matches or pillow fights, and that’s why my mom didn’t want me to watch wrestling. But when my parents divorced, I was able to watch wrestling again, and that’s when I started to really get into wrestlers like Ivory.”

― Bayley

“Look, I had a passion for comic books growing up.”

― Baz Luhrmann

“When I was growing up you would see big American films that really mythologised their landscape, that really showed the vastness and the drama of their country.”

― Baz Luhrmann

“Growing up, I wanted straight hair so bad, like Justin Bieber.”

― Bazzi

“That’s the one thing I think I have figured out pretty decently well is I’m a performer. I’ve always been an entertainer; y’know, growing up, that’s all I’ve ever done.”

― Bazzi

“My real name is Elizabeth, but I had a nanny growing up who called me ‘Elizabeanie.’ So from 4 months old, my brothers were, like, ‘Let’s call her Beanie.’ To show people the validity of it, I always say that if I met the president, I would say, ‘Hi, my name is Beanie.’”

― Beanie Feldstein

“I always wanted to be Robin Hood or John the Baptist when I was growing up.”

― Bear Grylls

“St. Louis has a super-rich history of soccer, so I was very fortunate growing up to have coaches that played.”

― Becky Sauerbrunn

“I was always a tomboy growing up in Africa.”

― Behati Prinsloo

“My mom used to call me a ‘jean hoarder’ growing up because I had so many pairs of jeans – and I still do.”

― Behati Prinsloo

“I didn’t have any pets growing up.”

― Ben Barnes

“I was definitely an at-risk kid growing up.”

― Ben Carson

“We watched a lot of Hong Kong action movies in my house when I was growing up.”

― Benedict Wong

“’Starman’ was one of my favorite movies growing up.”

― Benji Hughes

“I didn’t know when I was growing up that this was a very special program, that this wasn’t going on in other parts of the country. Now I realize that I was lucky.”

― Benny Green

“I have a lot of feminist idols. My favorite thing about growing up in Arkansas – well, not favorite but something I’ve always felt grateful for – was that I really had to dig for what I could. There was no Internet. There wasn’t tons of feminist literature floating around.”

― Beth Ditto

“Growing up as a chubby kid with a ton of imaginary friends and a Cyndi Lauper obsession, I learned about rejection early on and was constantly trying to avoid it.”

― Beth Ditto

“Growing up in Minnesota, I had a lot of freedom to run around, and we had go-carts and four-wheelers and all that stuff. I like that adrenalin-rush stuff. I did a little bit of dance, but mostly sports.”

― Beth Riesgraf

“I played tennis and softball, and we had horses, growing up.”

― Beth Riesgraf

“I’ve always wanted to design a home collection line because growing up, I was obsessed with reorganizing my room.”

― Bethany Mota

“Growing up, I was a self-loathing Igor who carried the queen’s books. My job was to be the sarcastic sherpa, quietly providing the farce and adoration, then becoming part of the wall when cued.”

― Betty Gilpin

“What interests me is what children go through while growing up.”

― Beverly Cleary

“I was a very observant child. The boys in my books are based on boys in my neighborhood growing up.”

― Beverly Cleary

“Growing up in an old-fashioned Bengali Hindu family and going to a convent school run by stern Irish nuns, I was brought up to revere rules. Without rules, there was only anarchy.”

― Bharati Mukherjee

“I grew up on the west side of Detroit – 6 mile and Wyoming – so I was really in the ‘hood. And I would go to school at Detroit Waldorf, and that was not the ‘hood. Growing up in Detroit was good. I had a good perspective, a well-rounded one, and not being one-sided.”

― Big Sean

“I was a fan of ‘The Jetsons’ growing up.”

― Big Show

“Growing up in Bombay, I saw many sick people.”

― Bikram Choudhury

“When I was growing up, my parents were almost involved in various volunteer things. My dad was head of Planned Parenthood. And it was very controversial to be involved with that.”

― Bill Gates

“I loved growing up in Tulsa.”

― Bill Hader

“Growing up in Texas and Oklahoma, Ben Johnson was more famous than John Wayne to some of us. I knew him. I worked with him on a low budget film years ago, and we’d sit around at night while waiting for a shot.”

― Bill Paxton

“Until your mid-twenties, you’re still growing up mentally. It’s fair to say there’s a bigger difference between twenty and twenty-five than between twenty-five and forty in terms of who you are, how you relate to your work, and what you want out of it.”

― Bill Skarsgard

“When I was growing up in the house, we’d watch the Oscars.”

― Billy Crystal

“I loved all awards shows growing up, but of course, the Oscars was the biggest one.”

― Billy Eichner

“I just worship Madonna. As, like, a young gay kid growing up in the ’80s and ’90s… I was at the Blond Ambition tour with my parents vogue-ing up in the mezzanine at the Nassau Coliseum.”

― Billy Eichner

“I was like a fat, sweaty kid growing up in Queens who just was plopped down in front of ‘Entertainment Tonight’ by my parents.”

― Billy Eichner

“The male singers who had the same range I did, when I was growing up, didn’t do much for me. But put on Nina Simone, Carmen McRae or Nancy Wilson, and I’d be in seventh heaven. Female vocalists just did more with their voices, and that’s why I paid more attention to them.”

― Billy Paul

“Growing up, I was listening to a ton of Motown music, Otis Redding, Aretha, and then there was the Beatles and Led Zeppelin and Janis Joplin. These were all people that I felt as though they truly felt every single lyric they said, and they weren’t afraid of imperfection.”

― Bishop Briggs

“I really thought, with my background growing up, and my service, and all that, I thought it would be enough for the presidency. But… It sure was enough when I ran for Congress.”

― Bob Dole

“When the kids were growing up, we didn’t have a television in the house connected to a cable or an antenna. If something bad happened in the world, I wanted the kids to hear about it from me.”

― Bob Goff

“When I was growing up on our 53-acre dairy farm, we were obsessed with food; it was the center of our lives. We planted it, grew it, harvested it, peeled it, cooked it, served it, consumed it – endlessly, day after day, season after season.”

― Bobbie Ann Mason

“I suppose the desire to go to town helped make me ambitious, and the allure of the worlds that came in over the radio also helped. But the rewards of growing up on a farm were far greater in many ways than life in town.”

― Bobbie Ann Mason

“Growing up, I wasn’t an athlete or anything like that. The only place I felt like I belonged was in the theater.”

― Bobby Cannavale

“I like flawed characters very much. A lot of times I get asked to do parts that are kind of small but key – three-scene roles that are three kick-ass scenes. Growing up, watching as many movies as I did, I was always into character actors like that.”

― Bobby Cannavale

“My father was a very disciplined singer who worked hard at his craft, and I was around that growing up.”

― Bobby McFerrin

“My heroes, growing up, were people like Andy Kaufman and Groucho Marx and people that very rarely drop the persona.”

― Bobcat Goldthwait

“My mom played the recorder. But not having electricity, we had minimal exposure to music. As I got a little older, we had Walkmans and things that were battery-powered, but it would have been nice to be growing up in the iPod era. A tape only has six songs on a side.”

― Bode Miller

“In my neighborhood growing up, 8, 10,12 kids were the norm. Those stay-at-home moms would handle so much physically and emotionally. Even in my early teens, I could tell those ladies were something.”

― Bonnie Hunt

“A big piece of my heart is definitely in Michigan and will always be in Michigan. Growing up there is definitely a big part of who I am as a person.”

― Borns

“My music diet growing up was lots of sugar. Lots of retro-pop sugar. Motown, disco. A lot of English rock, like the Turtles, the Zombies, Bowie and stuff like that.”

― Borns

“When I was growing up, the brands that were most powerful were people brands, like Michael Jackson or Madonna. They stood for something that, perhaps, wasn’t wholly who they were, which then became an image that they sold. That’s still a brand to me.”

― Bozoma Saint John

“Athletics are not my wheelhouse because sports were mean to this uncoordinated kid growing up, a 6-foot-2 14-year-old who never could do a layup.”

― Brad Garrett

“I listen to the same things that a lot of my fans do, and I grew up in much the same way they’re growing up.”

― Brad Paisley

“Growing up, the news agents round my way in Kilburn all had ‘Time Out’ on their shopfronts. The logo is a London icon.”

― Bradley Wiggins

“There are things about growing up in a small town that you can’t necessarily quantify.”

― Brandon Routh

“My interests were in fantasy more than comics growing up.”

― Brandon Routh

“It was magical growing up in New Jersey. My sister and I would go nuts in the basement and do full theater productions. We used a humidifier as a fog machine. It was over the top.”

― Brandon Uranowitz

“I really only knew the name Berry Gordy growing up, but I didn’t know what he looked like or anything about him.”

― Brandon Victor Dixon

“Growing up, I never saw Asian-Americans on TV at all.”

― Brenda Song

“I haven’t mowed a lawn in quite a while, but I remember hating that when I was growing up. To please Dad, you have to get it right, and that’s the thing. You have to please Dad.”

― Brendon Urie

“Growing up, my earliest memories are listening to Sinatra Christmas albums.”

― Brendon Urie

“I love ’80s rock music. I was fascinated with Stevie Nicks when I was growing up.”

― Bresha Webb

“It might be a little embarrassing, but I never ever missed an episode of ‘Dawson’s Creek’ growing up.”

― Brett Young

“I sang a lot growing up; I always loved music.”

― Brian d’Arcy James

“I loved ‘Lord of the Rings,’ growing up, so I always wanted to play a wizard with a staff.”

― Brian Gleeson

“My world was small growing up. I never really left the three-mile radius of my tiny neighborhood in the San Fernando Valley.”

― Brian Grazer

“I didn’t actually get along with my dad when I was growing up, so by the time I was in my 20s, I didn’t think I was going to be a writer.”

― Brian Herbert

“’Ghoul’ was what my world looked like, growing up in the late Seventies and early Eighties, and what I thought it looked like. A lot of my personal experiences went into it.”

― Brian Keene

“Growing up, I supported Manchester United, and my hero was Mark Hughes.”

― Brian O’Driscoll

“I watched all these movies like ‘King Kong’ and ‘Godzilla’ when I was growing up, and the fact that dinosaurs actually lived on this earth, the fact that they are not fake, made them very fascinating.”

― Brian Tee

“Growing up, we were always the feisty Latin girls.”

― Brie Bella

“Growing up, I just loved movies. It was how I saw the world, which I wanted to learn more about.”

― Brie Larson

“One of my favorite stories growing up was ‘A Wrinkle in Time’. I loved that book.”

― Brit Marling

“I’d studied theater growing up and loved that, but didn’t have many examples of artists around me.”

― Brit Marling

“I was a super tomboy growing up.”

― Britt Robertson

“Growing up in Florida and having naturally curly hair was a bit tough. I had to learn to do treatments and masks to keep the frizz under control.”

― Brittany Snow

“CNN was just a glimmer in my eye when I was growing up in Atlanta.”

― Brooke Baldwin

“I can’t say that it’s a dream come true because when I was growing up, I never dreamed of playing in the Olympics.”

― Brooke Sweat

“L.A. Woman is amazing, but when I was growing up I was into the Who.”

― Bruce McCulloch

“When I was growing up, there were two things that were unpopular in my house. One was me, and the other was my guitar.”

― Bruce Springsteen

“I have an older son, Josh, and growing up, he just didn’t care that much for baseball. And that was fine. But Chaddie, he always wanted to go to the ballpark. He just kind of took to it right away.”

― Bruce Sutter

“I’ve got this diverse education, growing up in classical music and existing between that and music that is more visceral, so for sure, I’ve always been interested in music from other cultures.”

― Bryce Dessner

“There is a lot of learning I have to do and a lot of growing up I have to do.”

― Bubba Watson

“That was my first love growing up – classical orchestral music, especially Impressionism.”

― Butch Trucks

“Growing up, I was fascinated with Buck Rogers’ airplanes. As I began to mature in World War II, it became jets and rocket planes. But it was always in the air.”

― Buzz Aldrin

“My father was also a painter – actually, a traditional Chinese painter. His personality is pretty timid and cautious. Like him, I was growing up as a cautious kid.”

― Cai Guo-Qiang

“Growing, up I didn’t really have anyone to look up to. There weren’t a lot of Mexicans on T.V. except for those in boxing.”

― Cain Velasquez

“I was growing up in the 50’s and 60’s. Back then they didn’t even know what dyslexia was.”

― Caitlyn Jenner

“Growing up around British music, you realise how much depth there is to it… my stuff is different to the likes of Pitbull for that reason.”

― Calvin Harris

“Growing up, I was the plain one. I had no style. I was the tough kid with the comb in the back pocket and the feathered hair.”

― Cameron Diaz

“One of my favorite memories from growing up in Brazil is being in the kitchen with my family and watching everyone bake and cook.”

― Camila Alves

“Rachel Bilson, Nicole Richie, Vanessa Hudgens… so many of my idols growing up were Bongo girls.”

― Camila Mendes

“Just growing up in Harlem, it didn’t matter what you had to do to get fresh – you would do it.”

― Cam’ron

“I still call Texas home. It is where I spent most of my life growing up.”

― Candace Kita

“I was a ballet dancer growing up and that’s what I was convinced I would be.”

― Candice Swanepoel

“Growing up, me and my brother, we were kind of exact opposites. We were completely yin and yang. He was more rough and tumble, and I just wanted to play with my girlfriends.”

― Candis Cayne

“I wrote three books about growing up in the Bronx.”

― Carl Reiner

“When I first joined the team, I was playing with the likes of Mia Hamm, Shannon MacMillan, Tiffeny Milbrett – all those big-time players. It was very intimidating. I had some of these players’ posters on my wall growing up, and now I was able to play with them.”

― Carli Lloyd

“We all have to go through our own experiences of growing up.”

― Carmen Cusack

“I think America may be growing up and accepting the fact that the bulk of life exists beyond 50. Because demographically… the vast population is over 50.”

― Carmen Dell’Orefice

“Well, I don’t know how astute I am, but I did want to be a journalist when I was growing up.”

― Carol Burnett

“Like every child growing up in America, I read ‘The Adventures of Tom Sawyer’ and ‘Huckleberry Finn.’ I liked them well enough, but I didn’t love them.”

― Caroline Lawrence

“Growing up, I played softball and I was a cheerleader.”

― Carrie Underwood

“When I was growing up in Texas, I didn’t think there was anywhere else to live; that’s how we’re raised in Texas.”

― Case Keenum

“The trick is growing up without growing old.”

― Casey Stengel

“Both my parents were working in politics when I was growing up, so going on stage was not that great a leap.”

― Casey Wilson

“Growing up, my favorite TV show was Star Trek.”

― Casper Van Dien

“Growing up in Florida was really amazing. I spent most my time at the beach.”

― Cassadee Pope

“Growing up, I tried to be involved in school a lot, and I had good grades. I was an active kid, and I loved being social.”

― Cassadee Pope

“No one knew I was gay growing up but I was bullied. I was a cheerleader, fairly popular and considered straight.”

― Cat Cora

“I’ve been mostly influenced by experiences in the theater growing up.”

― Cate Blanchett

“I’m from Canada, so I did a lot of camping and rafting growing up.”

― Caterina Scorsone

“There was definitely a wild side to me that couldn’t run free growing up in England.”

― Catherine Oxenberg

“I was a big fan of Coolio, growing up, and I was excited to meet him. We played golf, which definitely is not my sport, and he was a character.”

― Catherine Reitman

“I remember growing up knowing I wanted to be on the stage. I wanted to get to London as soon as possible and start auditioning for theater.”

― Catherine Zeta-Jones

“Growing up in Niagara Falls, Ontario, I took classes as a young girl and became very serious about ballet, and also performed with a local company, although it wasn’t a professional company.”

― Cathy Marie Buchanan

“My dad is 20 years older than my mom. Growing up, I felt like he knew everything. I felt like, for every question I had, he had an answer.”

― Catriona Gray

“The girls show more skin these days, but I think, generally, they behave the same way as when I was growing up.”

― Cecily von Ziegesar

“So many of the bands that influenced me growing up were English, even if I didn’t realise it. English pop ruled the world in the ’80s!”

― CeeLo Green

“I loved growing up in Shaker Heights, and I really miss it.”

― Celeste Ng

“I was a big fan of Kurt Angle when I was growing up. Actually, his book is a big part of the reason that I work out so hard.”

― Cesaro

“I was a big fan of wrestling growing up and of WWE.”

― Cesaro

“I didn’t get to go to school functions growing up. I didn’t get to go to dances. I was never invited to a party ever. Until I got to college and threw a party, I had never even been to one.”

― Chael Sonnen

“The only thing that I know is that, growing up, I came across stumbling blocks, and I always said to myself, ‘If I ever get into a position to do something about this, I would like to, so that somebody does not deal with what I went through.’”

― Chandra Wilson

“Just growing up and maturing has made my music so much better.”

― Chanel West Coast

“But I stuttered as a kid. I went to classes to help it, and it just went away around fourth grade, when I became more aware of how others spoke, I think. But also, growing up in the South, a mumble is a way of speaking.”

― Channing Tatum

“I’ve found that in now having experienced what it’s like to make records and just through growing up in general that you should be expressive about what’s affecting you instead of trying to sing about a subject just for the sake of other people getting something from it.”

― Chantal Kreviazuk

“When I began teaching, my colleagues and I quickly realized that our students didn’t have access to the same resources we had growing up. We knew there were supplies and resources that could help our students, but our school district simply couldn’t afford them.”

― Charles Best

“’Death Of A Salesman,’ ‘Streetcar Named Desire,’ these are the things that, when I was growing up, made me want to be an artist.”

― Charles Bock

“Growing up I played in garage bands and cover bands with my older brother, and he got us a gig opening up for some hippie jam band. I was 15. I felt like such an adult!”

― Charles Kelley

“Growing up in Rhode Island, my friends would have strung me up if I had been a Yankees fan.”

― Charlie Day

“When I was growing up my parents never thought I would be an actor.”

― Charlie Plummer

“I started modeling, doing the Sears catalog kind of thing, then did a lot of commercials when I was growing up.”

― Charlotte Arnold

“My dad was my favorite wrestler growing up, obviously.”

― Charlotte Flair

“I’ve always been a big fan of the Body Issue. Growing up as an athlete and having a very athletic body, I was always able to relate to them and look up to the athletes who posed for it.”

― Charlotte Flair

“Growing up, I used to go to an inlet to lay out and try to meet all the surfer guys.”

― Charlotte McKinney

“I got ‘Smooth’ when I was growing up. I got ‘Bigshot’ playing in Detroit. People who know me from Denver call me ‘Smooth.’”

― Chauncey Billups

“Growing up in Southern California, it’s all car culture. When I was a kid, I knew every single model of every single car dealer; I knew every style of every year.”

― Cheech Marin

“Growing up, I was so involved in music in different ways, be it taking piano lessons or guitar lessons. As a listener, I was always so inspired.”

― Chelsea Lankes

“I didn’t listen to Girls Aloud growing up – no way. Too cheesy, man!”

― Cher Lloyd

“Growing up around people with the same culture as me made me a lot tougher.”

― Cher Lloyd

“I’ve always been a strong family advocate. I had a wonderful family growing up.”

― Cheryl Ladd

“Growing up, I always liked Catwoman and Superman; they inspired me.”

― Chiara Ferragni

“Growing old is mandatory; growing up is optional.”

― Chili Davis

“The art world seems so much bigger than it was when I was growing up.”

― China Chow

“I think back to the old people I knew when I was growing up, and they always seemed larger than life.”

― Chinua Achebe

“I’m too careful with money – comes out of being poor for several years while growing up.”

― Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni

“I got offered ‘Black Mirror,’ and my boyfriend and I were so excited. I used to read Charlie Brooker’s column growing up.”

― Chloe Pirrie

“When I was growing up in Nigeria – and I shouldn’t say Nigeria, because that’s too general, but in Afikpo, the Igbo part of the country where I’m from – there were always rites of passage for young men. Men were taught to be men in the ways in which we are not women; that’s essentially what it is.”

― Chris Abani

“Growing up in Seattle, I was always that kid who didn’t subscribe to what everyone else was wearing.”

― Chris Benz

“I wasn’t a big science-fiction fan growing up. But I loved Jules Verne and Sherlock Holmes. Both came into play on ‘The X-Files.’”

― Chris Carter

“Rock never meant the same thing to everyone, but when I was growing up in the late seventies, everyone could identify the five, ten bands that formed the center.”

― Chris Cornell

“Growing up, I really liked ‘Star Wars.’ Han Solo would’ve been really cool to meet. But my stuff was real low-brow. I was watching ‘Bugs Bunny.’”

― Chris Evans

“I’ve raised three kids: my wife and I have three kids. I’ve observed through direct contact the adults they are now is partially the product of where they came from and what we did. With them growing up, but partially how they were wired at birth.”

― Chris Hadfield

“I loved Lil Wayne growing up; he was like the king when I was growing up. I remember ‘Fireman.’ That was one of my favorite songs.”

― Chris Harris, Jr.

“Growing up, my parents were my heroes, in the way they conducted their lives.”

― Chris Hemsworth

“Growing up, I always considered the Grand Ole Opry to be hallowed ground.”

― Chris Lane

“Back when I was growing up, if I loved a song, I would record it off of the radio so I could hear them as many times as I wanted.”

― Chris Lane

“I always felt most at home on a basketball court, dating all the way back to when I was growing up in Brooklyn.”

― Chris Mullin

“I was an athlete growing up and I miss that. I miss hanging out with dudes and making raunchy jokes and telling stories, trading details, you know? There’s something I really miss about that.”

― Chris Pratt

“So many of the fantasy stories I encountered growing up were set in worlds that were largely modelled on medieval Europe in one way or another. Lots of white folks in feudal societies, castles and kings, that kind of thing.”

― Chris Roberson

“Growing up in the 1950s, in Grand Rapids, Michigan, boys were supposed to be athletic.”

― Chris Van Allsburg

“I did a lot of musicals growing up.”

― Chris Wood

“We didn’t have a whole lot of cash growing up. My mom was a single parent for a while before my stepdad came into the picture.”

― Chris Young

“I studied and sang lot of jazz when I was growing up. I think that plays a little bit into some of the things I do vocally, notes that I pick in chords.”

― Chris Young

“One of the places where we lived when I was growing up had this big wood out the back. And starting when I was about 8, I used to enjoy just walking alone through the wood late. Eleven p.m. Midnight. Later.”

― Christian Bale

“I didn’t even know ‘Vogue’ existed when I was growing up.”

― Christian Louboutin

“I was always very small, so growing up, I was always getting kicked around. It was something I kind of grew up with.”

― Christian Pulisic

“My favorite player growing up was actually Jeter.”

― Christian Yelich

“I’ve definitely been to my fair share of Dodger games growing up. Didn’t grow up too far from the stadium. That’s where I first learned, first watched major-league baseball.”

― Christian Yelich

“I think this country is growing up a little bit.”

― Christie Hefner

“I felt like a dork growing up so this is shocking.”

― Christina Milian

“I was a Tina Turner fan growing up.”

― Christina Milian

“Theatre is expensive to go to. I certainly felt when I was growing up that theatre wasn’t for us. Theatre still has that stigma to it. A lot of people feel intimidated and underrepresented in theatre.”

― Christopher Eccleston

“I spent a lot of time in London when I was growing up and I’ve always picked up accents without even really meaning to. It used to get me into trouble as a child.”

― Christopher Guest

“I don’t want my kids growing up believing that there is nothing destructive in the world.”

― Chuck Connors

“When I was a kid growing up, my dad being a football coach, he asked the same question of all the assistants that he ever hired: ‘Is your goal to be a head football coach?’”

― Chuck Pagano

“I’m not a comic person at all. It never reached me in the north of Ireland, in the ’60s and ’70s growing up. We used to get stupid comics like ‘The Topper’ and ‘The Beezer,’ things like that.”

― Ciaran Hinds

“When I was growing up, it was ‘Communists’. Now it’s ‘Terrorists’. So you always have to have somebody to fight and be afraid of, so the war machine can build more bombs, guns, and bullets and everything.”

― Cindy Sheehan

“Growing up in the country, you’re left to the wilds of your imagination.”

― Cindy Williams

“I think it’s in my blood: both of my parents are very hard workers and were always working when I was growing up. I love working and what I do.”

― CL

“Growing up, I listened to a lot of Queen and Lauryn Hill because of my dad. Those are songs that have messages.”

― CL

“Growing up, I wanted desperately to please, to be a good girl.”

― Claire Danes

“Growing up, I was obsessed with Leonardo DiCaprio.”

― Claire Foy

“My parents listened to music in our house all the time when we were growing up. It was everything from Dolly Parton to Paul Simon… We packed in everything.”

― Clare Bowen

“I like health-conscious cooking, but growing up in the South, I do love southern cooking; southern France, southern Italy, southern Spain. I love southern cooking.”

― Clarence Clemons

“Growing up, Karuna Shinsho on CNN was one of my idols, so I wanted to become either an anchorwoman or an international lawyer.”

― Claudia Kim

“Growing up in Kigali, the capital city of Rwanda, I had a wonderful life, one that I have not experienced anywhere since, even after living in nine countries.”

― Clemantine Wamariya

“When I was growing up, I wasn’t an extrovert. If anything, I was an introverted kid and a very average pupil at school. I was very quiet.”

― Clint Eastwood

“I’ve always liked trees. And then, growing up, I took an interest in ecology, hedges being destroyed, the landscape being turned into prairies.”

― Clive Anderson

“I have a large collection of town cars because when I was just a snipe in the gutter, growing up in Los Angeles, a town car drove by. I remember running in the house to get my mother so she could see it. It was utterly magnificent.”

― Clive Cussler

“When I was growing up in north-west London, our milkman’s cart was pulled by a horse, and cattle still grazed on the meadows near Church Farm.”

― Clive Sinclair

“My favorite player growing up was Julius Erving, because I loved the way he played above the rim, all of the tricks with the ball, big hands, and just phenomenal showmanship.”

― Clyde Drexler

“My mom was very strict when I was growing up. I could not talk to boys until I was 18. I had to study and work hard.”

― Coco Lee

“When I was growing up, I never really knew my father. I didn’t get to know my father until I was about 14 years old.”

― Cole Hauser

“Growing up, I wanted to be a pilot!”

― Colin Donnell

“My grandmother had always played show tunes from classic musicals at the piano when we were growing up, so that helped me fall in love with Rodgers and Hammerstein, Cole Porter, Lerner and Loewe, etc.”

― Colin Donnell

“Growing up, my mates and I would have rather been Sid Vicious or members of the Royal Family.”

― Colin Firth

“I spent a lot of time in Tower Records. I’m a huge music nerd, and Tower was instrumental to me when I was growing up.”

― Colin Hanks

“I had seen ‘Hook’ growing up – it was one of my favorite films – and I had seen the version of ‘Peter Pan’ that Jason Issacs was in, and I had seen the older versions, obviously the Disney version.”

― Colin O’Donoghue

“I was a ‘Star Wars’ fanatic growing up. I guess I still am. Pretty much for everybody who grew up in the 1980s as well, it’s a symbol of their childhood.”

― Colin O’Donoghue

“A flapper is just a little girl trying to grow up – in the process of growing up.”

― Colleen Moore

“For me, my mythology growing up was ‘Raiders Of The Lost Ark’ and ‘Star Wars’ and ‘E.T.’ and ‘Ghostbusters.’ That’s what I grew up on, and there aren’t many people who can write that kind of scale of story, stories that are that big.”

― Colm McCarthy

“I’m from a small Irish family of 10, so there always was music in the house. Growing up, my older sisters had things like ‘South Pacific’ and opera on.”

― Colm Wilkinson

“Growing up devouring horror comics and novels, and being inspired to become a writer because of horror novels, movies, and comic books, I always knew I was going to write a horror novel.”

― Colson Whitehead

“Growing up as a product of the black civil-rights movement, I had a lot of different models for black weirdness, whether it’s Richard Pryor or James Baldwin or Jimmy Walker.”

― Colson Whitehead

“I want to have some fun with my kids growing up.”

― Colton Underwood

“I knew I wanted to do music at eight years of age. I listened to a lot of Motown growing up, and it got to the point where I started mimicking people – Michael Jackson or whoever. People started to notice I could hold a tone. The bug was always there.”

― Conrad Sewell

“People are embracing the thing that made them different growing up instead of letting that thing elicit shame.”

― Constance Wu

“Growing up, I used to babysit, but, thinking back on what I was like at 15, this was probably a terrible idea.”

― Corey Stoll

“When I was growing up, I didn’t know anything existed outside the borders of Buffalo.”

― Cory Wells

“The only black folks in town when I was growing up were me and my cousins and one other family.”

― Courtney A. Kemp

“I very much want to write about some elements of my own growing up.”

― Courtney A. Kemp

“Our parents didn’t let us watch a lot of television growing up. We had Disney on Sunday nights, and at 8:30, they were like, ‘Turn it off! Go to bed!’”

― Courtney B. Vance

“Growing up, my dad and my mom were there for my sister and I.”

― Courtney B. Vance

“We were the only black family in an estate with 1,000 white families. Liverpool being quite racist in the Sixties, it was a bit grim growing up.”

― Craig Charles

“We weren’t poor growing up on Long Island, but it wasn’t lavish – just a regular middle-class house.”

― Criss Angel

“As a black woman I always felt growing up I had to do above and beyond stuff to be noticed, to feel like I could hang with everybody else.”

― Crystal Dunn

“Growing up, I fluctuated between wanting to modify my looks and embracing them.”

― Crystal Hana Kim

“Skateboarding was the only thing I was ever good at. Growing up, I was doing that from, like, dusk till dawn.”

― D. J. Cotrona

“Growing up, I was into ‘Power Rangers.’”

― Dacre Montgomery

“Growing up, I’ve enjoyed hunting with my father.”

― Dale Earnhardt

“Growing up, our meals consisted primarily of vegetables, and then we had small amounts of meat.”

― Damaris Phillips

“I love going for a swim. Growing up in England, anywhere with a pool seems like the height of glamour to me.”

― Damian Lewis

“Growing up, I always wanted to sing.”

― Damian McGinty

“Music enables me to cleanse and shed the things that I feel are holding me back from growing, or growing up.”

― Damien Rice

“Being gay immediately placed me outside the values of the society I was growing up in. Apartheid was a very patriarchal system, so its assumptions seemed foreign to me from the outset. I’ve always had the advantage of alienation.”

― Damon Galgut

“My kids have a competitive drive I never had growing up.”

― Damon Wayans

“Growing up, I was the awkward, chubby kid. I had a few close friends, but I was the first one to be bullied.”

― Dan Amboyer

“I never listen to Led Zeppelin. But, I mean, I don’t think Robert Plant or Jimmy Page listen to Led Zeppelin, either. We all probably obsessed over the same old blues records growing up.”

― Dan Auerbach

“My brother and I, we were both relatively good-looking guys growing up, but we had our awkward stages, where we were just hard to look at.”

― Dan Fogler

“We definitely have a football mentality. My dad was a football player also, so just growing up, that’s how it was.”

― Dan Gronkowski

“Emotionally, shows like ‘Cheers’ and ‘Taxi’ were classic sitcoms when I was growing up.”

― Dan Harmon

“When you watch the sitcoms that were the big hits when I was growing up, TV was still just TV. It was allowed to just be TV. There were three channels that were competing for the whole family and you couldn’t take your business elsewhere.”

― Dan Harmon

“There is no doubt that the way journalism worked when I was growing up and getting started has changed forever.”

― Dan Rather

“I was a little rebellious growing up.”

― Dan Reynolds

“When my grandchildren are older and my great-grandchildren start growing up, first of all, I want them to be in Israel. I don’t want them to leave the country because they have no choice.”

― Dan Shechtman

“Food as a hobby used to be an elite pastime, and it has become something that is totally ordinary for people of every background. In that way, we see the growing up of the American food scene: that it’s okay to be a regular person and be really into food.”

― Dana Goodyear

“When I was growing up, I was running around; I was a little tomboy. So I was just running around trying to be an athlete and trying to reenact things from TV, but I wasn’t really into reading comic books or anything like that.”

― Dania Ramirez

“As a child growing up, it’s going to be what you’re going to remember most. What you liked or not liked then is going to define who you are at the table!”

― Daniel Boulud

“My favorite wrestler growing up was Dean Malenko. He was a very technical wrestler, and when I trained with Shawn Michaels, he wasn’t that kind of a technical wrestler. So, when I finally met Regal in 2001, he was that kind of a wrestler, and all of a sudden, I could ask him things, and he would know what I was talking about and how to do it.”

― Daniel Bryan

“I have fond memories from growing up in Switzerland and drinking a glass of warm milk with a spoonful of honey before bed.”

― Daniel Humm

“It certainly was unusual growing up with two fairly well-known pastors as my parents.”

― Daniel Mallory Ortberg

“Bruce Lee was the first star I idolized. Growing up as a Chinese American, there weren’t many people like me on the big screen.”

― Daniel Wu

“Growing up, I wasn’t sure about acting, but I knew I wanted to be part of the movie industry.”

― Daniella Alonso

“Growing up, I spent a lot of time on film sets all over the world.”

― Danny Huston

“Growing up in Boston and dancing in the streets, you see a lot of things.”

― Danny Wood

“When I was growing up, I always knew that if I ever got anything, I was going to give back as much as I can. I learned that all you have to be willing to do is give your time.”

― Darius Rucker

“I play mostly guitar, and I played drums in my brother’s band for a while growing up.”

― Darren Criss

“I have been making hip-hop since I was a kid growing up in New York in the ’80s and ’90s. It’s always been a hobby of mine – I’ve been making beats and writing songs for as long or longer than I’ve been acting.”

― Dash Mihok

“I had a lot of reading problems growing up.”

― Dav Pilkey

“To be honest, I was kind of a shy kid growing up.”

― Dave Franco

“I had a Super Grover doll growing up. Super Grover was very clumsy, he wasn’t very good-looking. But in his own way he’d always save the day.”

― Dave Grohl

“Well, the stuff that I liked growing up was AC/DC, Led Zeppelin, but I also liked the Beatles and guys like Cat Stevens and Elton John.”

― Dave Mustaine

“I didn’t know a single musical soundtrack, really, growing up. Nobody listened to musicals. That wasn’t a thing I did.”

― Daveed Diggs

“Growing up a career cop, I was always taught, ‘Stay out of politics.’ I didn’t have any particular allegiance to any particular party.”

― David A. Clarke, Jr.

“Growing up in a Mennonite background, there’s not much media.”

― David A. R. White

“My grandmother was born in 1900, and she would regale me with tales I call ‘Little House on the Prairie’ tales, but they were tales of segregated and racist America growing up in Alabama and Mississippi, where she came from.”

― David Alan Grier

“I’m used to being around kids. Even when I was growing up in London, I had an older sister, I had a younger sister that I used to look after from time to time.”

― David Beckham

“I was a huge fantasy geek growing up. I was the dungeon master in my D&D game.”

― David Benioff

“Basically, I was a kid growing up with a single mother in Brooklyn.”

― David Blaine

“When I was growing up, I had more comedy albums than musical ones. George Carlin, Cheech and Chong, Steve Martin, Richard Pryor – those were my main men.”

― David Bryan

“When I was growing up, there was hate. I looked around and saw that it was so wrong. I got to go round the world with my rock band, and you can bring harmony.”

― David Bryan

“I remember very vividly, as a child growing up in England, living through the Cuban Missile Crisis. For a few days, the entire biosphere seemed to be on the verge of destruction. And the same weapons are still here, and they’re still armed. If we avoid that trap, others are waiting for us.”

― David Christian

“Books were a huge part of my childhood growing up. We would go on vacation, and my mom was always carting manuscripts around.”

― David Grann

“Growing up in the San Fernando Valley, I grew up around a lot of Jews. I grew up culturally Jewish, ethnically Jewish, but without real belief and without a strong faith.”

― David Gregory

“I often heard about his cases and I often sat in on his trials. In the late 1960s when I was growing up I wanted to be a crusader like him but I didn’t want to wear a suit and commute.”

― David Guterson

“Growing up, I really looked up to the classic Hollywood actors like Spencer Tracy, Robert Mitchum, and Peter Falk. I love character actors – I’ve never wanted to be the leading guy.”

― David Harewood

“When I was growing up, it was not the heyday of the western.”

― David Milch

“Home wasn’t a pleasant place to live, growing up.”

― David Morse

“As a young Scottish footballer growing up – I always used to follow Scotland and watch the games – Kenny Dalglish, Graeme Souness, and Joe Jordan were players I looked up to.”

― David Moyes

“I was a typical teen growing up in the 1960s, when everybody was into gurus and meditation.”

― David Suchet

“I never listened to country music growing up.”

― Deana Carter

“I used to watch my grandmother make fancy, Julia Child-style beef bourguignon. And growing up in New York City, I was exposed to many cultures. I experimented with Puerto Rican and Jamaican food.”

― Debi Mazar

“I sang in the choir growing up and more recently served on the worship team at my church in California.”

― Deborah Joy Winans

“Chick Corea was a great influence on me, musically, as I was growing up.”

― Debra Wilson

“Growing up, John Terry was my obvious idol. I based my whole game on him.”

― Declan Rice

“No one in the group was really growing up besides me, which is pretty weird ’cause there was no one in that group more self-destructive than I was.”

― Dee Dee Ramone

“Growing up, I was very aware that there weren’t many people like me on the screen.”

― Dee Rees

“When I was growing up, I went to an Irish-Christian missionary school.”

― Deepak Chopra

“The thing is, what most people don’t understand is that there are so many of us growing up in Europe who are not free to be ourselves. We’re not allowed to be who we are. We are not free to marry or to be in relationships with people that we choose. We can’t even pick our own career. This is the norm in the Muslim heartlands of Europe.”

― Deeyah Khan

“Growing up, I didn’t have a lot and always wanted things. But I was too prideful to ask for anything; I always worked for it.”

― DeMar DeRozan

“I wasn’t even a big comedy nerd. A lot of the comedians I know – a lot of my friends are comedians – they knew a lot about comedy growing up.”

― Demetri Martin

“Growing up, you hear Tupac’s music, it’s kind of like… it goes without saying that everyone likes Tupac.”

― Demetrius Shipp, Jr.

“My brother and I tortured my mother growing up.”

― Denis Leary

“I’m not changing to the point where suddenly I wear floor-length skirts and start playing the violin; I’m just growing up a little bit, I guess.”

― Denise Van Outen

“I’m not a person who particularly had heros when growing up.”

― Dennis Ritchie

“Growing up I didn’t watch movies.”

― Denzel Washington

“Lars Ulrich, he was my hero growing up. I wanted to be like him. I played the drums.”

― Derek Cianfrance

“In terms of Ray Liotta, when I was a teenager growing up in Colorado, I didn’t have pictures of girls on my wall. I had pictures of Ray Liotta on my wall. Along with Mike Patton, he was one of my heroes.”

― Derek Cianfrance

“Growing up as a high jumper, I said if I could ever jump 2.40, I’d be pretty satisfied with my career. It’s definitely a barrier for high jumpers.”

― Derek Drouin

“I’m actually a Type 1 diabetic, so growing up, I had to eat pretty healthy.”

― Derek Theler

“Growing up, Paul Newman seemed like the ultimate manly actor. And then, I got to work with him and we became friends, so that was nice.”

― Dermot Mulroney

“My mother was a huge Steelers fan, so they were my team growing up.”

― Deron Williams

“When I was growing up, Green Day had just come out.”

― Deryck Whibley

“’Slumdog’ was my first movie, and I had never been to India before – I was just a teenager in the U.K. with my headphones and my Nike shoes. What did I know about growing up in a slum?”

― Dev Patel

“I always messed around a little bit growing up, just shooting with my left hand, but now I’m actually getting real work in with my left hand. I think it’s going to be a big help.”

― Devin Booker

“I guess I’m growing up in the film world.”

― Devon Sawa

“Being a kid and growing up is such a cool part of life.”

― Devon Werkheiser

“It’s funny, because music is one of those things it is natural to go into. You hear it so much growing up, it kind of permeates you and eventually you spew out some music of your own.”

― Dhani Harrison

“When I was growing up, I wanted to be a tennis player.”

― Diana Silvers

“Growing up, I was afraid of the dark.”

― Diana Silvers

“Growing up without my parents by my side is a weight I still carry today.”

― Diane Guerrero

“Growing up I wanted to be a mixture of Audrey Hepburn and Lucille Ball. Apparently I told my mum when I was eight that I wanted to be an actor.”

― Dianna Agron

“I had a few celebrity crushes when I was growing up, including Eddie Kendricks from the Temptations. And I loved Marvin Gaye – I thought he was everything and instantly fell for his voice.”

― Dianne Reeves

“When I was growing up in the theater there were all these amazing girls telling me about the guy who broke their heart. And I was always wishing that it was me.”

― Diego Luna

“Growing up in Arizona, I love fireworks, shooting off bottle rockets and M80s.”

― Dierks Bentley

“I’m not a super blues player, but I was exposed to the Texas blues sound while I was growing up, and that definitely rubbed off on me.”

― Dimebag Darrell

“Growing up, my idols were Lucky Luke and Jolly Jumper. And Scottie Pippen.”

― Dirk Nowitzki

“As a little girl growing up in a small farming town in Michigan, my idols were women like Marlene Dietrich and Rita Hayworth.”

― Dita Von Teese

“I had nothing growing up, but I always wanted to be ‘sexy,’ even before I knew what the word was.”

― Dolly Parton

“My mama never wore a pair of pants when I was growing up, and now that’s all she wears. It was so funny for me when I first started seeing Mama wear pants. It was like it wasn’t Mama. Now I’ve bought her many a pantsuit because she just lives in them.”

― Dolly Parton

“I didn’t really know many girls, growing up, because there weren’t many other people living around where I lived.”

― Dolores O’Riordan

“Growing up in Cleveland, the first time I went to a WWE event, Cleveland didn’t even have an arena. The Cavaliers were playing at the Richfield Coliseum. I would go out there.”

― Dolph Ziggler

“I was actually born in Miami. We would spend the summers there growing up, so it’s like my second home.”

― Dominik Garcia-Lorido

“Mark Ronson was a dear friend through family and through growing up in New York, being in that scene, and Mark came to a show and really liked it and asked us to join his record label Allido records, or ‘all I do’ records, and that was sort of a development deal.”

― Domino Kirke

“Growing up, I feel like my character was so much about being a problem-solver and a truth-seeker and always needing to get to the bottom of everything.”

― Domino Kirke

“One of the expectations growing up was that I’d become a well-known artist.”

― Domino Kirke

“When I was growing up, I always wanted to be somebody else and live somewhere else. I’ve always felt a little uncomfortable around people.”

― Donald Ray Pollock

“When I was growing up, I just wanted to be somewhere else. I didn’t like living in Knockemstiff, and I figured when I got older, I’d move off to some big city.”

― Donald Ray Pollock

“I don’t want my kids growing up to be city kids.”

― Donald Trump, Jr.

“When I was growing up, our nation was partitioned: Blacks were segregated by law in the South and largely by custom in the North, though it, too, had segregation laws. Our best universities had quota systems. Many white communities had real estate covenants to keep nonwhites out.”

― Donna Brazile

“There are two types of Chinese growing up in America. One is the kind that does really well in school, with thick, thick glasses. And the other is involved with the gangs.”

― Donnie Yen

“There’s an unconscious bias in our society: girls are wonderful; boys are terrible. And to be a boy, or young man, growing up, having to listen to all this, it must be painful.”

― Doris Lessing

“When I was growing up, I always read horror books, while my sister read romance novels.”

― Dorothy Allison

“I loved ‘Harry Potter’ growing up. I’m dyslexic and a slow reader, but I could get through the thick ones in days!”

― Douglas Booth

“Growing old is not growing up.”

― Douglas Horton

“Margaret Thatcher, growing up in a bombed and battered Britain, derived a distrust which has grown with the years not just of Germany but of all continental Europe.”

― Douglas Hurd

“Growing up in a cold place, in Southern Ontario, Woolrich was a brand of choice for us because it was always warm and comfortable. The parka with the fur on it was standard fare for us. It’s extraordinary that they have kept up with the times. Beyond the parka, they have changed, and they have some pretty hip, cool items which I wear.”

― Douglas Kirkland

“Growing up in the north of Holland, I had a healthy and balanced diet.”

― Doutzen Kroes

“Leslie Nielsen was my favorite growing up; getting to work with him was amazing.”

― Drake Bell

“I always loved comic books when I was growing up, and Spider-Man was definitely a character I gravitated towards because I loved the story of an average teenager having super powers.”

― Drake Bell

“Clearly, the works of John Carpenter and Sam Raimi are front and center here. Argento is definitely there. But even stuff like the ‘Friday the 13th’ movies had quite an influence on me growing up.”

― Drew Goddard

“I was a big fan of Bret Hart growing up, and Shawn Michaels, the Undertaker, Triple H. I’ve probably drawn from them when I was younger.”

― Drew McIntyre

“There was nothing exceptional about growing up as the son of a congressman.”

― Duncan D. Hunter

“I’m a film maker who started on the Atari and then went onto the Commodore 64 and the Amiga. So I possibly have a different sensibility to people who didn’t play games growing up.”

― Duncan Jones

“Growing up, I was on film sets occasionally, when my dad was acting, so I got to run around and do odd jobs on films like ‘Labyrinth’ and others… I seemed destined to make films.”

― Duncan Jones

“I would hole up in my bedroom growing up and teach myself guitar.”

― Dustin Lynch

“When I was a kid, I loved Elvis, and Harrison Ford as Indiana Jones. But I had no connection to Hollywood – and being a movie star was such a far-fetched idea, growing up in Hawaii.”

― Dwayne Johnson

“A lot of the fiction I read growing up was post-war American, and not all of it centers on Manhattan, but around people of the Mad Men generation, people like John Cheever and, in more modern times, Don DeLillo, who I always mention.”

― Dylan Moran

“You try various things when you’re growing up. I was an attache in the Foreign Service for a while and then I drove a bulldozer, but neither of those panned out for me so it had to be stand-up.”

― Dylan Moran

“Growing up, I was in love with Jennifer Aniston from ‘Friends.’”

― Dylan O’Brien

“Part of growing up is realizing you learn to love so many people. It’s about forming those relationships and finding what will last forever.”

― Dylan O’Brien

“Professionally, I remember Cronkite as a kid growing up, and more so for me, the importance of Cronkite was not him sitting there at the anchor desk, but him out there doing things.”

― Ed Bradley

“In terms of comedians, I loved, growing up, Jonathan Winters, Sid Caesar, Jackie Gleason, Phil Silvers, Carol Burnett, all those people.”

― Ed O’Neill

“Growing up, I was inspired by The Beatles and Bob Dylan. Damian Rice was a huge influence for me musically.”

― Ed Sheeran

“’Spawn’ was my favorite growing up, but I loved ‘X-Men’ and the ‘Hulk’ too.”

― Ed Skrein

“Growing up, I liked all the stuff that everyone else was listening to, like Motown, but the biggest group of all was The Beatles.”

― Eddie Murphy

“When I was growing up and listening to bands like the Dave Clark Five, the groove was what initially got me going. I really like that funky, heavy groove.”

― Eddie Van Halen

“Growing up, there were TV shows that were very funny but very traditional. Classic things like ‘Fawlty Towers,’ obviously, and ‘Blackadder’ were pretty traditionally shot. And then there were the ones that start to break the mold or be really ambitious. The ones that spring particularly to mind would be ‘The Young Ones.’”

― Edgar Wright

“When I was growing up, I had three channels, and I didn’t know what happened in the Philippines instantly if it happened. Now you can be on the Internet and find out what’s going on in Zimbabwe. It’s changed.”

― Edge

“I wrestled my guys growing up. I’ve wrestled with Hulk Hogan. I’ve wrestled against Shawn Michaels. I’ve wrestled against Ric Flair.”

― Edge

“When I was growing up, David Bowie was my idol. I grew up in inner-city London, and he was from Brixton, which is even more urban.”

― Edward Enninful

“Growing up in Israel, how can I not be an optimist? When you remember what Israel was 50 years ago and you see Israel now, one of the most successful countries in the world, stable, democratic, with an enormously stable economy despite everything that has happened in the global economy in the last few years, how can I not be an optimist?”

― Ehud Olmert

“When I was growing up, I wanted passionately to be a physicist.”

― Eileen Pollack

“I realized that conventional views of Christian faith that I’d heard when I was growing up were simply made up – and I realized that many parts of the story of the early Christian movement had been left out.”

― Elaine Pagels

“Growing up, most girls have this image of how they want their wedding to be and things like that. I had none of that except for the cake I wanted, and that’s what I got. The cake was the first thing we ordered.”

― Elana Meyers

“I played all kinds of sports growing up: soccer, basketball, track. You name it, I’ve probably played it.”

― Elana Meyers

“There was a computer in our garage when I was growing up, and I’d go out there in winter and wrap myself in a blanket and write a story.”

― Eleanor Catton

“I’m 36 years old, and I’m growing up. Little by little.”

― Elena Anaya

“I think a lot of guys want a son because of all of the things they do while growing up. A lot of guys want to share those experiences with their own sons.”

― Eli Manning

“Growing up in Georgia, it was sort of the last place to jump on the bandwagon of the integrated frontier. I have aunts and uncles and grandparents that experienced the ‘whites only’ and segregated schools.”

― Elijah Kelley

“I grew up actually reading ‘The Hobbit,’ not ‘The Lord of the Rings.’ I loved ‘The Hobbit’ growing up.”

― Elijah Wood

“Growing up with three boys in a heavily male-dominated world, I especially needed to express myself as a woman.”

― Elisabeth Shue

“Growing up I was as big a tomboy as you can get.”

― Eliza Dushku

“Growing up in an Italian family, you use a harsh tone and 10 minutes later everybody forgets about it.”

― Elizabeth Edwards

“I like growing up; I feel like I have an old soul. I like the age to match as much as it can.”

― Elizabeth Gillies

“I was a total bad girl growing up.”

― Elizabeth Reaser

“I think I’m finally growing up – and about time.”

― Elizabeth Taylor

“Growing up and working at the same time is difficult.”

― Ella Purnell

“I didn’t really have idols growing up, but some of my friends were huge fangirls.”

― Ella Purnell

“Growing up, my dad was the ultimate person for open-mindedness.”

― Ella Woodward

“I feel like that’s so ingrained in so many children that you are so confined and repressed growing up that, anything you do, you have to rebel against it at some point.”

― Ellar Coltrane

“I was really heavy growing up, so it was never feeling like the pretty girl, never being popular.”

― Elle Varner

“When we’re growing up there are all sorts of people telling us what to do when really what we need is space to work out who to be.”

― Ellen Page

“I wasn’t able to relate to anyone on TV growing up, so I wanted to bring my own experiences to the screen.”

― Ellen Wong

“Growing up, I had one very specific idea of what a wedding should be, and that was the wedding of Fraulein Maria and Captain von Trapp in ‘The Sound of Music.’”

― Ellie Kemper

“Growing up, I had one very specific idea of what a wedding should be, and that was the wedding of Fraeulein Maria and Captain von Trapp in ‘The Sound of Music.’”

― Ellie Kemper

“Fairy tales were great because they provided a no-limits playground for my imagination, and growing up, there’s nothing more exciting.”

― Elliot Knight

“My family… always had the value of the family table and these cultural influences of growing up.”

― Emeril Lagasse

“Growing up in New England, being schooled and classically trained, it needed to shake, it needed to evolve.”

― Emeril Lagasse

“When I was growing up, I wanted to be my half-sister Lucy. She was 14 years older than me and was impossibly glamorous. I grew up in awe of her.”

― Emilia Fox

“My whole family are in the entertainment industry. It is always something I was used to; I was quite lucky growing up. To all my friends, it was quite exciting, but to me it was quite normal.”

― Emily Atack

“The thought of me wanting to act was not an option when I was growing up, so I was getting my teaching credential.”

― Emily Kuroda

“Growing up, I always looked up to males or comedians such as Dustin Hoffman and Robert De Niro. I also love Lucille Ball, from the show ‘I Love Lucy.’”

― Emily Meade

“I think everyone has their awkward phases. Growing up isn’t easy for everyone. I definitely had my awkward moments.”

― Emily Ratajkowski

“It’s hard growing up in Hollywood, you know? I’m not from L.A. originally.”

― Emma Kenney

“Being in the business and growing up in L.A., I think I turned out pretty OK.”

― Emma Roberts

“I was working on ‘Harry Potter’ while I was growing up, and the attention it brought me made me feel quite isolated.”

― Emma Watson

“Naughtiness is a part of growing up. It starts when you’re a toddler and never ends.”

― Engelbert Humperdinck

“When I was growing up, I’d be in the choir. My mum was the organist in the church, so I’d sing in the church.”

― Enya

“As a kid growing up, I did idolize Chris Jericho at one point.”

― Enzo Amore

“I was taught growing up that you always do what you believe.”

― Eric Reid

“Growing up, one of my cousins was an out gay man.”

― Eric Stonestreet

“As a Latino growing up in Spanish harlem, it’s not easy trying not to be hot-headed.”

― Erik Estrada

“I didn’t have a pool growing up, and we went to the beach to lay out and get sun.”

― Erika Eleniak

“I played sports growing up in high school.”

― Erin Heatherton

“Having two families is just natural to me. I guess when you’re growing up, whatever is happening around you is the natural thing.”

― Erin Moran

“My plan growing up was to leave home and try not to panic. I always knew that to strive to be self-sufficient was an important ambition.”

― Erin O’Connor

“When you’re physically growing up, you develop emotionally with that.”

― Erin O’Connor

“Growing up, I had an insane crush on Neil Tennant of the Pet Shop Boys.”

― Erin O’Connor

“I was a total jock growing up. I went to super-dorky basketball clinics and was handpicked to play on a state team called the Texas Heat.”

― Erin Wasson

“Growing up in rural Ohio, I knew my way around a double-wide pretty well.”

― Ernest Cline

“While I was growing up, all the boys used to be my buddies. I never got that special kind of attention from them, and I was the tomboy around. Although I’ve become an actress today, I still have those traits.”

― Esha Gupta

“I love Australia and loved growing up here, and that’s something I don’t want to deny our children, but it’s difficult sustaining a career in Australia.”

― Essie Davis

“When I was growing up, hip-hop was still a pretty specialised thing.”

― Estelle

“When I became minister for employment, that was my ideal job because it meant I was able to reflect on what I saw growing up and actually try to change it.”

― Esther McVey

“When I was growing up, my parents put money into food, utility bills, and the mortgage.”

― Esther McVey

“I always thought, as I was growing up, that I’d be married with children. That hasn’t happened.”

― Esther McVey

“When I was growing up in the U.S. in the 1970s, 35-40% of an average nightly newscast focused on international stories.”

― Ethan Zuckerman

“I mean, like a lot of kids growing up in the early seventies, I was fed Dr. Kissinger with my Fruit Loops. He was the Dr. Ruth of American foreign policy, and the model statesman.”

― Eugene Jarecki

“Growing up, I was going to school for broadcast journalism. I wanted to be Oprah.”

― Eva Gutowski

“Growing up in Vancouver, it’s not like growing up, you know, in Middle America or the middle of Canada or something. It’s a very movie town.”

― Evan Goldberg

“In the pie chart of my brain growing up, there’s a huge slice for ‘Ghostbusters.’”

― Evan Goldberg

“I was a big fan of all the ‘X-Men’ films growing up.”

― Evan Peters

“I love the smell of vanilla, but I didn’t have perfumes growing up, so I wore vanilla extract.”

― Evan Rachel Wood

“Having been bullied growing up, it’s something that’s really near and dear to my heart. You probably won’t have many friends on Snapchat if you’re being a jerk.”

― Evan Spiegel

“Notre Dame was my dream school growing up. But in recruiting, they had some other plans, what position they wanted me to play.”

― Ezekiel Elliott

“We didn’t have much money growing up, so we hopped around L.A. a lot in the ’70s, ’80s and ’90s. I’m very familiar with the shifting culture there.”

― F. Gary Gray

“Growing up in the neighborhoods I did in Oakland, you don’t know the Beatles, but I started learning their songs.”

― Fantastic Negrito

“I think all kids are rebellious. It’s a part of growing up.”

― Farhan Akhtar

“My grandma was a nurse, and she helped a lot of transgender clients, so growing up, I was very aware of that, and my family and I have always been very supportive of people going through this.”

― Farrah Abraham

“When I was growing up, I thought I was getting bored of acting, so I left that. Then after a few years, I started missing it. I left my studies mid-way, and I used to give lots of auditions.”

― Fatima Sana Shaikh

“Growing up, I loved films like ‘A Streetcar Named Desire’ and ‘On the Waterfront’ and became a huge fan of Marlon Brando.”

― Fawad Khan

“My baby will be growing up in Liverpool, so we have another Scouser.”

― Fernando Torres

“Chelsea gave me all the trophies I have as a football player. I saw my kids growing up in London.”

― Fernando Torres

“As a kid growing up, I was a huge gamer – The NES, SuperNES, N64, GameCube – and I had a GameBoy, which went everywhere with me.”

― Finn Balor

“I played baseball growing up, second base, and then when I got to high school,it just didn’t exist there.”

― Finn Wittrock

“I think just growing up in Miami, there’s gumbo of different cultures that influence us.”

― Flo Rida

“Growing up in my household with seven women, I’d hear all types of music.”

― Flo Rida

“When people see what I have now, they have no idea of where I came from and how I didn’t have anything growing up.”

― Floyd Mayweather, Jr.

“Now I have a deal with Swarovski! Growing up, my grandma, mum, and I collected the crystals, so that is really incredible.”

― Fran Kirby

“Growing up a preacher’s kid wasn’t the easiest thing. Everybody’s always watching you to see how you’ll behave – or misbehave.”

― Frances McDormand

“Growing up, I was constantly labeled an ‘oreo’ by my black peers because of my proper speech and ‘valley girl accent.’”

― Franchesca Ramsey

“Growing up, I was vaguely aware of things that went on in church, because I was in the boys’ choir at the local Episcopal church. But I got the clear message that I was supposed to learn music there, and not pay too much attention to the rest of it, and I followed those instructions very carefully.”

― Francis Collins

“I remember growing up with television, from the time it was just a test pattern, with maybe a little bit of programming once in a while.”

― Francis Ford Coppola

“I was spoiled growing up in the 1970s because magazines were publishing the photographs of Helmut Newton and Guy Bourdin without compromise. You really felt that sense of freedom through their images.”

― Francois Nars

“I think it just seems like something that somebody else does, like they raise actors somewhere in Ohio, and once in a while, people go and pick their actors and move to Hollywood. It seemed like such a distant idea. But then, as I started growing up, I’m like, ‘Oh, this is an occupation.’”

― Frank Grillo

“You can see things growing up, be inspired by things. Just because they’re not around anymore doesn’t mean that you can’t take those inspirations and bring them to life and bring them to the next generation.”

― Frankie Grande

“You can still have a very productive, crime-free life when you’re growing up in show business.”

― Fred Savage

“Growing up in California, I grew up a JT Snow fan.”

― Freddie Freeman

“I think, definitely, I was hugely influenced by – obviously like Adele and Florence the Machine. They were my complete idols growing up. But also, there were a lot of influences from my dad, like singer-songwriters of the ’70s like Carole King and James Taylor.”

― Freya Ridings

“I always loved the look of musicians. I’ve always admired them because they have a look – when I was growing up, it seemed that the ones I liked didn’t need to have a stylist.”

― Frida Giannini

“I’ve got some growing up to do.”

― G-Eazy

“Growing up in the Bay, I was still looking for a lot of East Coast hip-hop. I had an older homie put me on to a lot of stuff like Nas’ ‘Illmatic.’”

― G-Eazy

“Growing up, I heard as much E-40 and Mac Dre on the radio as I did 50 Cent. It’s in our culture to support our own.”

― G-Eazy

“Growing up in the Sacramento Valley in the ’70s, we were all pretty big into cars. Of course, I had to nerd out and be a fan of Bob Tullius’ Group 44 Jaguars instead of Corvettes/Camaros.”

― Gabe Newell

“We all got driven out of Manhattan. It was a very conducive place for artists when I was growing up, and now it’s definitely not. The city has been completely taken over by the rich.”

― Gaby Hoffmann

“Growing up, I was a dancer. I wanted to be a choreographer.”

― Gal Gadot

“Growing up in Denver, I’m sure it started with loving the Colorado mountains.”

― Gale Norton

“There’s all these idealistic things that TV and movies tell you that you should want to be. And when you’re growing up, you find out what you really care about and what really matters.”

― Garrett Clayton

“Growing up, I would watch a movie on video and would go to the back of the VHS and locate the address for Universal Pictures or MGM or whatever. I’d write to the studios asking them if I could be in a movie. They never wrote me back.”

― Garrett Hedlund

“I was growing up listening to Queen. Freddie Mercury threw those incredible melodies into his songs.”

― Gary Cherone

“When I was growing up, I would go hang out with older guys at night in blues clubs.”

― Gary Clark, Jr.

“I love to see a wood full of bluebells. Growing up in the Kent countryside, I have special memories of this brief annual spectacle.”

― Gary Hume

“I always think that good writers should be growing up on the brink of death – it really lets them see mortality very clearly.”

― Gary Shteyngart

“I was very, very sick when I was growing up in Russia. The ambulance constantly came to our house. I had horrible asthma that is easily treated in America, but they didn’t even have inhalers back in Russia.”

― Gary Shteyngart

“People probably growing up said U.S. Open wouldn’t suit me, because I’m a long hitter, I’m a bomber.”

― Gary Woodland

“It was hard growing up because there was nothing close. I never went to a golf tournament.”

― Gary Woodland

“Growing up, I was in and out of trouble in group homes and other institutions, and when I was 14, I was locked up in a psychiatric hospital for a number of months for behavioral problems.”

― Gbenga Akinnagbe

“Growing up, I never saw any Asian faces on TV, so it didn’t feel like a viable option.”

― Gemma Chan

“My experiences growing up in both a Chinese American household and the Catholic Church define much of who I am.”

― Gene Luen Yang

“When I was growing up, I did go to the arcade. We had a neighborhood arcade, and my friends and I would go fairly regularly.”

― Gene Luen Yang

“Dwayne McDuffie was one of my favorite writers. When I was growing up, he was one of the few African Americans working in American comics.”

― Gene Luen Yang

“I remember my time growing up. It was a little bit difficult because the Soviet Union was broken.”

― Gennady Golovkin

“One of the great privileges of my life was growing up in a house without books.”

― Geoff Dyer

“When I was growing up, kids used to talk about snitching… It never extended as a cultural norm outside of the gangsters.”

― Geoffrey Canada

“A lot of what I listened to growing up was blues, but also folk and indie music. So there’s this marriage of songs that structurally are quite bluesy. Sound-wise, there’s a lot of indie as well. But you can’t really say I’m pop-blues, because that’s insulting to blues. It just can’t exist.”

― George Ezra

“When I was growing up, my brother liked the Beatles, and I liked the Rolling Stones. I think if I were a girl, Keith would be the one I fancied.”

― George Ezra

“Growing up, I listened to a lot of American singer/songwriters, so a lot of Tom Waits, Paul Simon – also Woody Guthrie and Bob Dylan. And bands like Vampire Weekend.”

― George Ezra

“When I was a youngster growing up in South Dakota, we never referred to the national debt, it was always referred to as the war debt because it stemmed from World War I.”

― George McGovern

“I spent years growing up being told what my sexuality was.”

― George Michael

“When I was growing up in the United States and Sweden, I never thought about becoming a politician.”

― George Papandreou

“I was a big fan of Jean-Claude Van-Damme growing up, and I always wanted to be a martial artist ’cause of him.”

― Georges St-Pierre

“When I was growing up, I got a lot of, ‘Oh, well, she bought the nicest horse, so of course she’s going to win.’ And I dealt with a lot of that.”

― Georgina Bloomberg

“I’m really open-minded, musically. The credo I ascribe to is, ‘Take care of the music, and let the rest take care of itself.’ Growing up, I was a sponge and soaked up everything I was exposed to.”

― Gerald Clayton

“When I was growing up in Newcastle, there was one other Indian girl, and we got confused for each other constantly.”

― Geraldine Viswanathan

“Freddie Mercury, to me, was probably the most important frontman to me growing up.”

― Gerard Way

“We’re all just trying to fit in and find ourselves, particularly when we’re growing up.”

― Geri Halliwell

“My thighs were huge; they were like rock! Growing up, I was really athletic, and I had a very athletic body.”

― Gigi Hadid

“I didn’t really watch action films growing up! I grew up on stuff like ‘Anne of Green Gables’ – that was more when I was in elementary school. It was all I ever watched.”

― Gina Carano

“Growing up in Memphis, I have always admired St. Jude’s for the magnificent work they do.”

― Ginnifer Goodwin

“I always wanted to go to Cuba growing up. It was this fascinating, forbidden country that seemed to have a lot of politics and folklore and history behind it.”

― Giovanni Ribisi

“What guy didn’t want to be an astronaut growing up?”

― Glen Powell

“Growing up, just singing in bands, I didn’t have the same kind of voice as everyone else.”

― Glenn Danzig

“Growing up is mostly the process of having to acknowledge the differences between your world and the whole world.”

― Glenn Kelman

“Korea taught me nothing, for no one spoke of it when I was growing up, except as something about how wonderful the girls in Japan were. Vietnam taught some of us more than we perhaps ever wished to know.”

― Gloria Emerson

“Growing up I watched a lot of Hong Kong movies, I watched big stars like Chow Yun Fat, Andy Lau, and Tony Leung on the big screens.”

― Gong Yoo

“Although we didn’t have much when I was growing up in Split, Croatia, my parents always tried to ensure that my sister and I had the things we needed, and it was enough for us.”

― Goran Ivanisevic

“It’s been said that, while growing up, I ate meals with my skates on. It’s true.”

― Gordie Howe

“Growing up, I probably raised a bit more hell than I should have.”

― Gordie Howe

“We have lost sight of nature’s role in the whole process of maturation and growing up. Parents and nature are a team. And nature can’t go on without the parental role of being able to foster individuality and viability unless the attachment needs are fully met.”

― Gordon Neufeld

“I wanted to be an Olympic swimmer when I was growing up.”

― Grace Gummer

“I came from a very strict background, and didn’t hear any Jamaican music when I was growing up.”

― Grace Jones

“Growing up in Jamaica, the Pentecostal church wasn’t that fiery thing you might think. It was very British, very proper. Hymns. No dancing. Very quiet. Very fundamental.”

― Grace Jones

“When I was growing up, Asians were so few and far between as to be almost invisible. And so the idea of an Asian American movement or an Asian American thrust in this country was unthinkable.”

― Grace Lee Boggs

“When I was growing up, golf was the geeky sport. No one really wanted to be associated with it.”

― Graham DeLaet

“I loved Lucille Ball growing up.”

― Graham Norton

“I was at Elon University in North Carolina for two years pursuing my BFA. And after my sophomore year, I was cast in the Broadway Tour of ‘West Side Story.’ I just kind of – it always was my favorite show growing up.”

― Grant Gustin

“I was always interested in myths growing up. So, first I got into some Roman myths, then I was interested in Norse, then Celtic, then I started spreading to all the other mythologies.”

― Grant Morrison

“To a young kid growing up in Canada, America seemed to be crazy about the future; dazzled by it.”

― Graydon Carter

“’Turtles’ was by far my favourite TV show when I was growing up. It would be the show that I would wanna watch more than anything. We’d record it on the big VHS tapes, and I’d watch it before school, after school, on the weekend, wear the costume, have all the weapons.”

― Greg Cipes

“Growing up with Bronx Irish parents during an era of protests against the status quo, I was especially committed to doing the opposite of what I was told to do. Forty-four years later, I am left with only one means of making a living: comedy.”

― Greg Fitzsimmons

“I love the ocean; growing up around Laguna Beach, I spent my summers surfing, diving, and snorkeling.”

― Greg MacGillivray

“Growing up in Terre Haute, Indiana, there’s not a whole lot to do. What I did was I just went to the basketball court at the Boys & Girls Club and literally stayed there all day until my mom got off of work.”

― Greg Oden

“My favorite player, growing up, was David Robinson. He was really the first person that I actually knew about and actually watched.”

― Greg Oden

“Since I was growing up, I liked love songs – Smokey Robinson, Sam Cooke. That was the kind of songs getting the girls dancing.”

― Gregory Isaacs

“I didn’t watch a lot of cop shows growing up, but I am a huge fan of ‘Southland’ now.”

― Gregory Smith

“Growing up with brothers, I’ve always been a very competitive person and also very involved in sports. So when I was younger, whatever sport I was involved in, I wanted to go to the Olympics for that!”

― Gretchen Bleiler

“We all remember growing up with mean girls, right?”

― Gretchen Carlson

“Growing up in Kansas City, I was always neat, the teacher’s pet, know-it-all type.”

― Gretchen Rubin

“This is going to sound really sad, but I didn’t really have any heartthrobs when I was growing up. I was a bit of a geek.”

― Gugu Mbatha-Raw

“I’ve always sung. I was really into musical theater when I was growing up. As a kid, I listened to Ella Fitzgerald and Nina Simone, actually, on cassette tapes.”

― Gugu Mbatha-Raw

“I never wanted to be like anyone growing up. It’s always been about the enjoyment, and I’ve just never wanted to imitate anyone.”

― Gugu Mbatha-Raw

“I came up with a lot of characters when I was growing up that were just creative outlets, and then, at one point, I came across Gus Dapperton in the back of my head when I was making music.”

― Gus Dapperton

“Growing up, I always wanted kids, and that was one of the things that made it hard for me to accept being gay, but now I know it’s totally an option to have kids.”

― Gus Kenworthy

“My family’s dog, when I was growing up, was an adopted dog that I got in a shelter for my birthday. I’ve always felt really strongly about adopting animals and trying to save animals’ lives.”

― Gus Kenworthy

“Growing up, I was a kid pretending to be an adult.”

― Guy Pearce

“When I was growing up, to be an emcee meant to write the most clever, intellectual, and wittiest rap. And that’s what we did.”

― Gza

“I never really thought I had an extensive vocabulary like that, and I’m not an avid reader. I didn’t read a lot growing up – at all.”

― Gza

“When I was growing up, I never really ate vegetables. I was just a hot dog, hamburger, French fry person like most kids.”

― Gza

“My guy growing up was Deacon Jones from Eatonville, Florida, where I’m from.”

― Ha Ha Clinton-Dix

“I never met him. But just growing up where Deacon Jones did, he motivated me to be great, showing the NFL was possible.”

― Ha Ha Clinton-Dix

“When I was growing up in South Korea in the ’70s and early ’80s, the country was too poor to buy original records. Everything was bootlegged.”

― Ha-Joon Chang

“Growing up in Kentucky, I used to hang out with four running buddies as a kid – 6, 10, and 11 years old. Two of them would later come out, and so 50 percent of my friends as a kid were gay.”

― Hal Sparks

“I made a lot of mistakes growing up, trying so hard to fit in. I got so lost trying to please everybody.”

― Halima Aden

“I was black growing up in an all-white neighborhood, so I felt like I just didn’t fit in. Like I wasn’t as good as everybody else, or as smart, or whatever.”

― Halle Berry

“I brought in a yogurt master from Turkey. I went to Greece. I was always going back and forth, from New York to Turkey and Greece. The recipe we use has been around hundreds and hundreds of years. Growing up in Turkey, not a day would go by that we wouldn’t eat yogurt like this.”

― Hamdi Ulukaya

“There was always Helmut Newton coffee table books around when I was growing up.”

― Hannah Bronfman

“Growing up in Manhattan has given me a thick skin.”

― Hannah Bronfman

“Growing up with strong female role models is always inspiring, and growing up, that was something I aspired to play.”

― Hannah John-Kamen

“While I was growing up all over, in all my different schools, I was always doing theater, auditioning for plays.”

― Hannah Simone

“Growing up with four older brothers, we were into everything! They started snowboarding when I was just a tiny button, and I loved watching them shredding in the backyard. After seeing them compete in a few contests, it was all over. I idolized the sport from day one.”

― Hannah Teter

“I grew up in Vermont, so we didn’t really have a TV, growing up, or a football team.”

― Hannah Teter

“Switzerland felt incredibly narrow, growing up. It was good, in a way. There were so many museums. But it was always a no-brainer that I would have to leave, and I’m grateful for that.”

― Hans-Ulrich Obrist

“For a spinner growing up in England, it is challenging to become an off-spinner. The line and length needs to be altered on each of the four days of county cricket or five days of Test matches. The pitches in England don’t have a set pattern. It changes with each day, and accordingly, the length varies.”

― Harbhajan Singh

“’Airplane’ was my favorite movie growing up.”

― Harley Pasternak

“Beckham was a great inspiration to me growing up.”

― Harry Kane

“When I was growing up, Keane and Sheringham were my idols, and they wore 10. So it was always my dream to wear it.”

― Harry Kane

“I was incredibly competitive, growing up with two brothers; we’d argue and play against each other in the garden continuously. If we have a competition, I want to beat them.”

― Harry Maguire

“Growing up in the States, there’s this part of me that’s like, man, I’m Indian. Like, this is where I belong. And as soon as I got to India, and I had to go to the bathroom in some places, I was, like, ‘Man – I am American.’”

― Hasan Minhaj

“We had a ranch, growing up, that we used to spend a lot of time at. I guess anything from the ranch house would probably be some of my favorite childhood memories.”

― Haylie Duff

“Children are very addicting. Once they start growing up, you miss when they were little.”

― Heidi Klum

“I should have known growing up and not having any money ever that I should have kept every dollar that I had.”

― Heidi Montag

“Growing up in Sweden, I decided pretty early on that I wanted to go to acting school.”

― Helena Mattsson

“After ‘Dil Aashna Hai,’ I became busy, as my daughters Esha and Ahana were growing up, and I had to look after them.”

― Hema Malini

“I’ve learnt music, since this is a part and parcel of growing up in a traditional Tamil Brahmin family. In fact, I’ve even given three exams in music when I was young.”

― Hema Malini

“Growing up, I wanted to be a fashion designer, which I’m still in school for. Like, that’s what I want to be: a fashion designer.”

― Hennessy Carolina

“I chose ‘BronxWorks’ because I’m from The Bronx, and I got raised in The Bronx, and I just know the struggle and how it is growing up in The Bronx.”

― Hennessy Carolina

“In an effort to eliminate the possibility of any rival growing up, some monopolists would sacrifice democracy itself.”

― Henry A. Wallace

“I didn’t see a lot of comic books growing up.”

― Henry Cavill

“Growing up in Malaysia, there wasn’t really a problem with representation. We saw faces like ours on screen because Malaysia, Thailand, Singapore, China and Hong Kong all have their own film markets. It was only until I went back to the U.K. when I realized, ‘Where did all these faces go?’”

― Henry Golding

“As a young person growing up in Washington, D.C., summers were hot, humid and relentless. My friends and I grew more restless and adventurous with every passing year.”

― Henry Rollins

“Obviously growing up, the ultimate dream is to play for Fiji. When I was growing up, everyone wanted to play for Fiji on the biggest stage, which is Hong Kong Sevens, and then the other events on the HSBC Series. So I guess the biggest moment I can have is to play against Fiji: my homeland.”

― Henry Speight

“When I was growing up, I was told I was stupid and that I would never achieve. I suffered from dyslexia, and in those days it wasn’t recognised.”

― Henry Winkler

“I didn’t know I was a conservative when it didn’t matter to me growing up.”

― Herman Cain

“Growing up, as a kid, I loved to read. I liked to read books that were above my range. I always tried to aim higher and read difficult books.”

― Hidetaka Miyazaki

“Growing up, I was restricted at home from playing video games until I reached university.”

― Hidetaka Miyazaki

“I grew up in the United Methodist Church, and church was always a very big part of my growing up.”

― Hilarie Burton

“I’m from northern Virginia, but I grew up next to the West Virginia border, so it was hills and farmland. We had that sense of adventure you get from growing up around old farmhouses and lazy, rolling hills, you know?”

― Hilarie Burton

“I went to a lot of Chicago Wolves games when I was growing up… They would come out of the tunnel, the pyramid would be there, and the fire would come out of the pyramid. I thought it was the coolest thing.”

― Hilary Knight

“I’ve always been sensitive to the phrase ‘like a girl,’ especially when I was growing up and was told I couldn’t play with the boys. It really resonated with me. I was so inspired by the first #LikeAGirl video, and I wanted to be a part of such a powerful message.”

― Hilary Knight

“Growing up in the Libya of the 1970s, I remember the prevalence of local bands who were as much influenced by Arabic musical traditions as by the Rolling Stones or the Beatles. But the project of ‘Arabisation’ soon got to them, too, and western musical instruments were declared forbidden as ‘instruments of imperialism.’”

― Hisham Matar

“Growing up in any sort of spotlight is difficult. Everything is magnified.”

― Holly Marie Combs

“Public libraries were a huge source of comfort and joy for me when I was growing up. I still spend time there.”

― Hong Chau

“Growing up the way I did, being an actor in Hollywood was definitely never a plausible career choice at all.”

― Hong Chau

“Growing up, I felt insecure about my build. I didn’t feel very feminine. But as time went on, I learned to completely embrace my body.”

― Hope Solo

“When I was growing up, nobody was really supporting me, especially in L.A.”

― Hopsin

“My mom told me I never had enough Tonka toys when I was growing up.”

― Howard Graham Buffett

“Growing up I always felt like I was living on the other side of the tracks. I knew the people on the other side had more resources, more money, happier families.”

― Howard Schultz

“For me growing up, I had a Christian upbringing, and I just noticed this Catholic influence in school.”

― Hozier

“Growing up in Ireland, there are a lot of aspects of God that hang in the air. And my music reflects that.”

― Hozier

“I spent quite a bit of time in choirs, growing up, and in the world-touring music group Anuna.”

― Hozier

“I knew I wanted to be an actor when I was growing up, really. So when I decided to go to university instead of drama school, it was with the intention of becoming an actor afterwards.”

― Hugh Dancy

“The people who had the most impact on me when I was young were Freud and Darwin, but growing up I also had my film idols.”

― Hugh Hefner

“But in another world, another life, probably growing up in another country, I might have been more of a dancer.”

― Hugh Jackman

“Is it possible that literacy standards are falling because young Australians are growing up in a culture in which they can be entertained and informed, and in which they can communicate effectively, without having to master any but the most rudimentary literacy skills?”

― Hugh Mackay

“My first instrument was an accordion. Growing up in Louisiana, my grandmother gave me an accordion because of our Cajun heritage.”

― Hunter Hayes

“Soccer and cricket were my main sports growing up. I had trials as a soccer player with a few clubs interested, Crystal Palace being one, but it was cricket which became my chosen profession.”

― Ian Botham

“I think men, growing up, you have to go through some form of hardship. You’ve got to harden the metal.”

― Ice T

“Growing up I studied classically and did lots of shows in school.”

― Idina Menzel

“My family called me the ‘why kid’ growing up. I always needed to know why something is happening, why I had to do something, why whatever.”

― Ilhan Omar

“I was a big fan of sketch comedy and cartoons growing up.”

― Iliza Shlesinger

“When I was growing up, I didn’t really have a lot of different things I could wear. As I got older, the more I could look different on an everyday basis, the better.”

― Iman Shumpert

“In Chicago, growing up there, that’s how we played. You play for something more than just yourself. You play to win, and that’s all that really matters.”

― Iman Shumpert

“Growing up, I felt a little bit invisible.”

― Inbar Lavi

“My curls were my worst nightmare growing up.”

― Inbar Lavi

“There was a period of time when I studied ballet a lot when I was growing up.”

― India Eisley

“When we were growing up, we had all these crazy, in-your-face guys around the house. For us, it was like, ‘Ugh! Actors again.’”

― Inga Cadranel

“When I was growing up in Russia, my grandmothers would cook the best pancakes in the world, the best meatballs, the best dumplings.”

― Irina Shayk

“I don’t think I related to the Irish Catholic surroundings that was my environment when I was growing up.”

― Isabela Moner

“Of course, yes, I watched ‘Dora’ growing up. I’m bilingual, and she’s like my icon.”

― Isabela Moner

“I was a tomboy growing up. Even after I started modeling at thirteen, I didn’t learn how to do my makeup.”

― Isabeli Fontana

“I wasn’t very academically inclined, growing up as a child, and the only subject I was good at was English. I had a flair for it, since I came from a literary background.”

― Ishaan Khatter

“I didn’t always have a lot of self confidence growing up.”

― Iskra Lawrence

“Growing up playing the drums, I idolised Questlove from an early age. ‘Phrenology’ was the first Roots record that I ever heard, and that was like my introduction to hip hop.”

― Isom Innis

“When I was growing up in Israel, Cantorial music was something I heard over and over on the radio, so it wasn’t at all strange to me. I was very familiar with the music.”

― Itzhak Perlman

“The Trump World Tower was home growing up, and it’s where my office is.”

― Ivanka Trump

“I was a huge Radiohead fan growing up.”

― Iwan Rheon

“I was a huge Mike Tyson fan growing up; his fights were always on in my house.”

― J. Cole

“I don’t think I ever thought of growing up to be anything other than a musician. There really wasn’t a plan B. Well, a kind of a distant plan B was to be a Formula One driver, but there really wasn’t an entry point.”

― J. D. Souther

“Growing up, you’d see Michael Jordan on everything from Gatorade to shoes – everything. Obviously, that’s something pretty cool for an athlete to aspire to.”

― J. J. Watt

“Growing up as a kid, we moved all over the country on a fairly frequent basis, from New Jersey to Texas, California, Illinois… we moved 21 times in my first 17 years.”

― J. Michael Straczynski

“When I was growing up, it was a lot of punk and hardcore music going on in legion halls and firehouses, and we’d play those shows, and it was very Jersey. It was very suburban, and there’s just a great pride there.”

― Jack Antonoff

“Growing up in inner-city Glasgow, it sometimes seemed to me money hadn’t been invented.”

― Jack Bruce

“The thing that was most constant when I was growing up was just complete support and adoration from my parents.”

― Jack Garratt

“I found my first dinosaur bone when I was 6, growing up in Montana. Ever since then I’ve been interested in dinosaurs.”

― Jack Horner

“As a kid growing up, I put a lot of pressure on myself.”

― Jack Reynor

“I was a huge fan of ‘Blade Runner.’ That was a pretty formative film for me growing up. It really got my sci-fi juices flowing, as it were.”

― Jack Reynor

“Part of growing up is realizing the frustrating, heartbreaking truth that intense and sustained long-term effort is needed to effect change.”

― Jack Schlossberg

“I came up from growing up with a lot of Catholic guilt, a lot of punk rock, hipster guilt in the later years where I think people have thrown a lot of things on me. Where I always felt like I’m not supposed to tell the horn section what to play or I don’t want to come off egotistical.”

― Jack White

“I’ve had a bond with West Ham since growing up as a kid, going to Upton Park, looking up to the players.”

― Jack Wilshere

“My family have always been West Ham fans, so growing up, I used to go and watch them, and so I was a West Ham supporter.”

― Jack Wilshere

“Salman Khan is doing really well in his career. I know him since the time he was growing up.”

― Jackie Shroff

“I’m a hybrid, and I kind of like that. Raised by African parents, growing up I lived between Burkina Faso and Stains, a suburb just outside of Paris. In Stains, I had all the cultures in the world on my doorstep, and that opens up your mind.”

― Jacky Ido

“Growing up as a dancer, the stage is really where I love to be performance wise.”

― Jacob Artist

“My favorite team while I was growing up was the New Orleans Saints. My favorite player was Joe Horn.”

― Jacoby Jones

“I was an athlete growing up. I did a lot of sports: soccer, basketball, so I was always so used to hardcore training, a lot of running. I got to a point where I felt like I just wanted to get toned; I didn’t need to shed pounds, so now I do Pilates.”

― Jacquelyn Jablonski

“Shaquille O’Neal was probably my favorite athlete growing up. I loved how dominant and unstoppable he was, but also his charisma off the court. He was someone I gravitated toward.”

― Jahlil Okafor

“I’ve done quite a lot of growing up in public, which has been tricky at times.”

― Jaime Winstone

“When I was growing up, I used to love television. TV was everything. And it was a real connector for my family.”

― Jake Johnson

“I overcame a lot of things, growing up, as everyone does.”

― Jake Paul

“Growing up, I played football and was always one of the best on the team.”

― Jake Paul

“When I was growing up, there was no such thing as a touring ukulele player.”

― Jake Shimabukuro

“One thing I was taught growing up is it’s only pressure when you’re not prepared. And you’re just not working hard. Those are two things I do all the time.”

― Jalen Brunson

“I’ve always been a big-time Scottie Pippen fan. That was my guy growing up!”

― Jalen Rose

“The Rock was one of my favourite comedy characters growing up, and I still think he is. Mainly because he took himself so seriously by being ridiculous and a buffoon all the time but always took the high status.”

― James Acaster

“For me, growing up in Los Angeles in the ’90s, Huell Howser was the most consistently watchable entertainer on TV. I was more of a radio geek as a teenager, but Huell I watched whenever I got the chance. A lot of us did.”

― James Adomian

“Growing up, my education about Test cricket came from dad’s video of the 1981 Ashes series – and Ian Botham’s incredible match at Headingley.”

― James Anderson

“Growing up in Hitchin was comfortable and easy enough. My parents had some great records – and some not-so-great ones – and that’s where I got introduced to Motown and the Stones and Springsteen.”

― James Bay

“I remember at 16 years old, growing up in Queens, we were punks, but hey, when we went to the theater, we wore a shirt and tie! Similarly, I believe that to keep movie theaters in existence, they’re gonna have to make ’em an event, have a couch, a table and drinks or something. Otherwise, there’s no reason to get out of your bed!”

― James Caan

“When I was growing up, I always had the dream of being an analyst for a minor league baseball team or something like that.”

― James Carville

“Sometimes we’re so concerned about giving our children what we never had growing up, we neglect to give them what we did have growing up.”

― James Dobson

“I was a Depression kid, growing up in Oklahoma.”

― James Garner

“Growing up in college, in high school, I was the focal point.”

― James Harden

“Words played an important part in my growing up. Not only the written word… but words that flew through the air: jokes, riddles, puns.”

― James Howe

“Linking up the things you were with the things you become is what growing up is.”

― James L. Brooks

“Growing up in Rhode Island, I dreamed of a career in law enforcement. That hasn’t worked out exactly as I had planned, but life seldom does.”

― James Langevin

“When I was growing up, ‘Butch and Sundance’ was my absolute favorite film.”

― James Purefoy

“Growing up with three brothers and three sisters, I was the storyteller of the family… what my mother called ‘The Liar.’”

― James Rollins

“My aunt Marcia Cope-Hart was in ‘Phantom Of the Opera’ in San Francisco for quite a few years when I was growing up, so we would go into the city a lot to see her.”

― James Snyder

“Language-wise, my mom and dad’s dialect, they’re pretty obscure. It’s Chinese, but not your traditional Chinese, like Cantonese or Mandarin. It wasn’t something that I got to use very much growing up. We eventually just spoke English around the house.”

― James Wan

“I have very distinct memories about growing up as part of what was then a very small Jewish community in Buffalo Grove, IL.”

― Jami Attenberg

“Growing up in England, I was constantly surrounded by the Arthurian legend.”

― Jamie Campbell Bower

“My maternal granddad, Leonard, was full of amazing stories. He was an orphan, with 11 or 12 brothers and sisters, and he used to tell us about growing up near the Irrawaddy river and how one brother was eaten by a crocodile.”

― Jamie Cullum

“I was a skinny guy growing up, and I still feel like that same skinny kid.”

― Jamie Dornan

“When I was a kid growing up, I lived in a little rural village called Woolton Hill, and the nearest town was Newbury. No bands played anywhere near us, so as much as I wanted to be on the grid and in the loop, I never was.”

― Jamie Hince

“Growing up, I was very much interested in jazz music.”

― Jan Hammer

“A lot of what I experienced growing up in the U.S.S.R. and coming to the U.S. as an immigrant actually reflects itself in Whatsapp. Experiences from our youth shape what we do later in life.”

― Jan Koum

“Growing up, I was prone to anxiety.”

― Jane McGonigal

“When I was growing up, both my grandmothers would play the organ, and we would all sing.”

― Janelle Monae

“I was very independent growing up, but there were things that were bothering me that I never told anybody. I would talk to our animals at home.”

― Janet Jackson

“When we were growing up, all of us kids were vegetarians. No one had asked me to stop eating meat – I just noticed everyone else around me had stopped, so I followed the crew.”

― Janet Jackson

“Yes, I was slightly outside everything when I was growing up. My mother jokes that I was exchanged at birth. She brought us up to have traditional values. She was absolutely not part of the ’60s generation.”

― Janet McTeer

“I want to create the content I didn’t have while growing up.”

― Janet Mock

“I spent a lot of time on farms when I was growing up, and I’ve been obsessed with the practical logic of farmyards – the turning radius of tractors, where the chickens and ducks might go. It’s not a place where stand-alone aesthetic decisions make a lot of sense.”

― Jaquelin T. Robertson

“Rich Aurelia was my favorite growing up.”

― Jared Goff

“I was very lucky growing up, and I got all my dad’s and aunts’ toys from the 1950s and 1960s and loved those old pedal cars.”

― Jasmine Guinness

“’Tattoos’ reminds me of where I’m from, and some of the stuff I did when I was growing up. That was one of the things that was appealing about the song when I heard it the first time.”

― Jason Aldean

“I was the teenage kid growing up in New Jersey watching the Tony Awards and thinking, ‘Oh, maybe if I’m lucky I’ll make it to Broadway by the time I’m 40!’”

― Jason Alexander

“I played a ton of team sports growing up, and team wins are just incredibly gratifying.”

― Jason Bateman

“I did play other sports growing up. I played cricket and all those other things, but I was just so much more talented in golf, and that’s all I wanted to do.”

― Jason Day

“My father was an electrical engineer who worked at Westinghouse in Pittsburgh. When I was growing up, my mother wrote humor columns for the local paper. She was the Erma Bombeck of Murrysville, Pa.”

― Jason Kilar

“Growing up as a singer, and a cast member, and now as an adult, a songwriter, I get the luxury of choosing the kinds of songs that I want to sing, because I’ll write, you know, hundreds of songs. Even though only 12 appear on the album. That’s 12 that I’ve chosen to sing of my catalog.”

― Jason Mraz

“I turned up my nose at yoga for years. I was a rugby player growing up. But now I know. When I’m on those long international flights, like 22 hours from L.A. to Sydney, I’ll get up sometimes and do yoga in the aisle just to stretch out a little bit.”

― Jason O’Mara

“I didn’t care if it was ‘Daredevil’ or ‘Captain America,’ I was a fan of all of it. It was just a part of my growing up.”

― Jason O’Mara

“Growing up, as a kid, my father was always there.”

― Jason Pierre-Paul

“I didn’t think of football growing up. This wasn’t my career, something I chose. It was something I was picked in.”

― Jason Pierre-Paul

“I was a huge Muppet fan growing up. I want to bring it back to the early ’80s Muppet movies, when the scripts could have been performed by humans.”

― Jason Segel

“Working with Sylvester Stallone is beyond a ‘pinch yourself’ moment. I remember growing up watching his films.”

― Jason Statham

“When I was growing up, my dad didn’t have weights, so he made himself a weight bench. Instead of a hand-me-down jacket, it was a hand-me-down weight bench.”

― Jason Statham

“Growing up, my sisters were both into dancing, so I went to a lot of dance recitals, mostly because there were always pretty girls in leotards.”

― Jason Sudeikis

“I am an Asian designer. I was born in Taiwan. That is who I am. But I am a designer, like any designer of any race. Growing up in the ’80s in Taiwan, the arts were not considered a career.”

― Jason Wu

“I think our kids live an extraordinarily different life than what I lived growing up. Pretty much everything about their life is different than mine was.”

― Jay DeMarcus

“I was a big fan of ‘The Smurfs’ growing up, even though by default – my mom used to force me to watch because she was a ‘Smurfs’ fan.”

― Jayma Mays

“Growing up I played piano and I sang at a lot of weddings; I grew up in a very small town, a little coal-mining town in Virginia called Grundy. And my family was very sing-songy at home.”

― Jayma Mays

“I am growing up, but I still need help along the way.”

― Jayson Tatum

“Growing up with videos and YouTube, being able to see content from the ’90s – music and games – that really helped me stay connected with the time before me.”

― Jayson Tatum

“I used to watch LeBron on TV growing up, and now I’m playing my first game against him.”

― Jayson Tatum

“I’ve always known exactly who I am, but growing up has always been a struggle. I’ve even been called an ‘it.’”

― Jazz Jennings

“When I lived in China, there were no libraries. My mother bought books for me, and they were mostly the classics. I read ‘Peter Pan,’ ‘The Secret Garden,’ the ‘Rosemary’ books, and Kipling’s ‘Just So’ Stories was one of my favorites. No, I didn’t read historical fiction. It didn’t exist where I was growing up in China.”

― Jean Fritz

“When I was a little girl growing up in Elmira, I always wanted to be a lawyer.”

― Jeanine Pirro

“Growing up, I always dreamed of winning a major championship.”

― Jeev Milkha Singh

“I’m healthy enough to still skate, so I gotta go because growing up I didn’t have – I mean, I grew up in Montana so… there was kind of a little half-pipe in my yard, and that was the extent of the skate terrain in Montana. So I’ve got to go out and make up for lost time.”

― Jeff Ament

“Yeah I loved, as a kid growing up, I loved science-fiction.”

― Jeff Bridges

“Growing up doing those Kiwanis Clubs, doing those Cub Scout banquets, doing those church shows, I learned to find that sensibility that most people could laugh at – that all ages and demographics could laugh at.”

― Jeff Dunham

“Growing up, I thought it would be great if I could do big theaters. Now we’re doing arenas.”

― Jeff Dunham

“When I was growing up, I could tell you everything about the three radio stations in Nashville. My 12- and 14-year-olds can’t tell me one radio station here but can tell me three on Sirius.”

― Jeff Jarrett

“Many of Judy Blume’s books – which I devoured when I was growing up and where I found characters that were believable because they were a lot like me – caused considerable consternation when they were first published, but now they’re widely accepted as an essential part of the children’s literary canon.”

― Jeff Kinney

“One of my favorite things about the DC Universe, growing up as a reader, was just how big it was and just how many characters and superheroes there were. And how many odd characters there were.”

― Jeff Lemire

“’Indiana Jones’ was me growing up. I could quote lines from ‘Tango and Cash’ as much as I could quote lines from ‘The Searchers’.”

― Jeff Nichols

“When I was growing up, there was a character on TV; there was a character stereotype: it was personified by Mel on ‘The Dick Van Dyke Show.’”

― Jeffrey Tambor

“As a lonely teenager growing up in Virginia, I fed off any pop culture that could show me different ways of being from what I saw on ‘The Cosby Show’ reruns or read about in an Ann M. Martin book.”

― Jenna Wortham

“I’ve never had a roommate, even when I was growing up.”

― Jennette McCurdy

“I never shared a room growing up because I was the only girl.”

― Jennette McCurdy

“While growing up, every sitcom you could think of, I would watch it, and I loved it.”

― Jennifer Bini Taylor

“Growing up, being watched from the outside… it’s kind of very taxing and maybe I should just do some kind of manual labor-it might be more relaxing. But I can’t, it’s not in my nature.”

― Jennifer Connelly

“My favorite genre of movies growing up was the romantic comedy.”

― Jennifer Finnigan

“Growing up, I didn’t know anybody who didn’t have a miner in the family. Both of my grandfathers were miners.”

― Jennifer Haigh

“I had, probably, a more challenging experience growing up than most middle-class chicks.”

― Jennifer Hale

“I was a homebody growing up.”

― Jennifer Hudson

“Acting for kids is like playing house, you know? But growing up in Hollywood, it just made it seem possible.”

― Jennifer Jason Leigh

“I had to learn how to chop wood actually – I don’t think my dad would have let me go chop wood in the backyard growing up.”

― Jennifer Lawrence

“Growing up in Florida, it rained a lot, so we spent a lot of time indoors. I used to love Frogger. I got a lot of use out of that and Ms. Pac-man on my little Atari.”

― Jennifer Sky

“I was a big fan of ‘Days of Our Lives’ growing up.”

― Jenny Lewis

“I am a huge hip-hop fan, and growing up, I only listened to hip-hop, so I dressed accordingly.”

― Jenny Lewis

“Growing up, I had to cobble together a scarecrow of things I loved from various different writers.”

― Jenny Zhang

“While I was growing up in Flushing, Queens, we socialized exclusively with other Chinese immigrants. I was forbidden to make contact with nonapproved, non-Chinese peers outside school. That was fine with me.”

― Jenny Zhang

“I was a big Michael Jordan fan growing up. I don’t feel my game resembles his though.”

― Jeremy Lin

“Growing up, my brother and I were begging for attention.”

― Jeremy London

“When I was growing up, I was always on stage but I loved other things.”

― Jeremy Piven

“I was an athlete when I was growing up.”

― Jeremy Renner

“When I was growing up, I wasn’t taught how to feel or communicate feelings.”

― Jeremy Renner

“I grew up watching shows like ‘Martin’ and ‘Fresh Prince’ and ‘Moesha,’ and I was inspired by all these shows. When I was growing up, there were so many black people in TV. That’s just the world I was around.”

― Jermaine Fowler

“Growing up, I’ve always made a point to not be placed in a box.”

― Jermaine Fowler

“My favorite sneakers, growing up, were always the Air Force 1 and the Air Max line. I started collecting when I was 13 or 14 years old.”

― Jerome Boateng

“Growing up in Texas, mum had five girls to feed on a very limited budget, so we’d end up eating the same thing until it was gone – some weeks it was carrots.”

― Jerry Hall

“I was brought up in black neighborhoods in South Baltimore. And we really felt like we were very black. We acted black and we spoke black. When I was a kid growing up, where I came from, it was hip to be black. To be white was kind of square.”

― Jerry Leiber

“I had been a basketball fan growing up, and I felt that if we brought in the proper coach, and we played basketball the old fashioned way – where defense is paramount and offense involved movement off the ball and movement of the ball – we could build a winning team, and Chicago would respond to that.”

― Jerry Reinsdorf

“When I was growing up, the first thing I wanted to be was a cowboy. That lasted till I was about ten. Then I wanted to be a baseball player. Preferably shortstop for the New York Yankees.”

― Jerry Spinelli

“One of the things that is so striking to me about the South, especially living here now as an adult, is that I see a lot more mixed-race couples than I saw when I was growing up in the 1980s and the 1990s. I feel like living across the color lines has become something that’s more expected.”

― Jesmyn Ward

“I watched a ton of films growing up, but in a haphazard way. There was nothing scholarly or focused about it.”

― Jesse Andrews

“I was in a lot of bands growing up.”

― Jesse Andrews

“I didn’t read comic books, growing up. I was more of a science fiction/fantasy novel guy. I loved reading Edgar Rice Burroughs’ ‘Tarzan’ and that kind of stuff.”

― Jesse L. Martin

“When I was growing up in Alabama in the ’50s, even though we were poor and the laws were against blacks, we still had a sense of morality.”

― Jesse Lee Peterson

“I didn’t really watch ‘Dallas’ growing up, as I was a bit young and into other things, like sports.”

― Jesse Metcalfe

“I’m a Slovak. And when I was growing up, I believed that I was Czechoslovakian because of what Russia did. They came in and took two separate countries – Slovakia and the Czech Republic – put them together as one.”

― Jesse Ventura

“Growing up in the Philippines, I loved all kinds of movies. We had a very healthy film industry there when I was a child.”

― Jessica Hagedorn

“I never felt like I belonged in Minnesota when I was growing up there. That’s why I was out the door as soon as I turned 18.”

― Jessica Lange

“I loved rom-coms growing up. So, of course I wanted to be in one and be the girl that I had watched up on the screen so many times when I was 13.”

― Jessica Rothe

“I’m glad I was faced with different cultures when I was growing up because I wasn’t fazed by it. It has been a huge benefit to me; I feel comfortable wherever I go.”

― Jessie J

“Growing up, I never felt like the pretty girl.”

― Jessie Mueller

“My musical influences growing up were limited to Korean folk songs and hymns as I went to a Christian boarding school where I was not allowed to listen to secular music.”

― Jihae

“I just didn’t work that much while the kids were growing up.”

― Jill Clayburgh

“Growing up, my two favorite books were Woody Allen’s ‘Side Effects’ and Phyllis Diller’s ‘Housekeeping Hints.’ I carried that Phyllis Diller book with me everywhere when I was in fifth or sixth grade. Eventually, it just fell apart.”

― Jill Davis

“My whole British culture in growing up is still with me for sure. I’m very grateful for that.”

― Jill Ellis

“When I was growing up, my mother would take me to plays and museums, and we’d talk about life. Those times helped shape who I became.”

― Jill Scott

“The best gift I was ever given was the arts. My mum gave me those on a silver platter. Growing up, her and my grandmother would take me to ballets, classical concerts, even smoky jazz clubs I wasn’t supposed to be in!”

― Jill Scott

“I love vintage Chanel and Prada. When I was growing up, my mum had a Prada backpack, which she’s now given to me. I love it because it reminds me of when I was little.”

― Jillian Hervey

“It’s always been the same, growing up in Manhattan… the idea of living within a giant archer’s target… for use by the bad Russia bowman with the atomic arrows.”

― Jim Carroll

“As a youngster, I played in Little League, Pony League, and all sorts of amateur baseball programs growing up.”

― Jim Evans

“I was the youngest of six kids, so yeah, feeding myself was important, but it’s not like I was obsessed with food growing up.”

― Jim Gaffigan

“I was trying to write an autobiography using prints and patterns that reference emotional, psychological, and personal development in my work, as a person growing up, figuring out who I was. I used fabrics to stand in for occurrences.”

― Jim Hodges

“Many in the creative professions were nerds in their pasts because they spent so long reading comics and using their imaginations when they were growing up.”

― Jim Lee

“I think that getting responsibility and structure are huge parts of growing up.”

― Jim Rash

“That’s been the dream since you were a little kid growing up. You want to be the guy playing in the Super Bowl. It’s what you live for, really.”

― Jimmy Garoppolo

“I loved ‘Top Gun.’ I watched it all growing up.”

― Jimmy Graham

“Growing up in New York, we lived all around the city depending on our economic circumstance. I also lived in Puerto Rico for a number of years.”

― Jimmy Smits

“My favorite growing up was Bret Hart. I just idolized him when I was a child; he was my hero.”

― Jinder Mahal

“Before ‘Austenland,’ I got do a lead role in ‘Northanger Abbey’, which is Jane Austen. Growing up in England, you can’t really ignore Jane Austen. It’s always been there.”

― JJ Feild

“When I was growing up as a child, a magazine, to me, was like a finger beckoning me to the future.”

― Joanna Coles

“Growing up, ‘Cosmo’ was my lifeline to the world. A world that I wanted to be in but couldn’t get to yet.”

― Joanna Coles

“Growing up South African, I was comparatively in a world of privilege, especially being the youngest and being figuratively wrapped up in cotton wool by the rest of the family.”

― Jodi Balfour

“I did little theater things growing up.”

― Jody Hill

“In some cases I feel like they haven’t appreciated enough that growing up doesn’t mean boring and old and not full of life. I like to talk about that also.”

― Jody Watley

“When I was growing up, my dad was away a lot. He did a lot of work in crisis zones, places like Uganda or Rwanda.”

― Joe Alwyn

“When I was growing up in the ’60s I would have thought that westerns would last forever.”

― Joe Dante

“For me, growing up, my main role model was Rio Ferdinand when he was playing with England. He was a centre half. I liked his style of play, and he played with a lot of passion.”

― Joe Gomez

“Growing up, David Seaman was a massive role model for me. Peter Schmeichel and him were the ones I looked up to.”

― Joe Hart

“When I was growing up, it was Clint Eastwood, it was Harrison Ford and Steve McQueen – these guys were tough. They were leading men, but they were also tough and physical.”

― Joe Manganiello

“When you’re a kid growing up, you say you want to make it to the Major Leagues, and when you reach that dream, that’s what it’s all about.”

― Joe Morgan

“When I was a kid growing up in Cleveland, I believed – completely, wholeheartedly, without reservation or pause – that the Cleveland Indians were named to honor a Native American ballplayer named Louis Sockalexis, who played for Cleveland in the late 19th Century.”

― Joe Posnanski

“First favorite character growing up was Spider-Man, second was Wolverine.”

― Joe Russo

“I knew what the Dodgers uniform represented as a kid growing up in Brooklyn.”

― Joe Torre

“I guess everything having to do with your background has some influence on how you tell stories but it’s hard to parse how growing up in a Jewish community in Minnesota really affected it.”

― Joel Coen

“It seems like when I was growing up there was more compromise, wanting to work with each other, and I think all of them – all of the lawmakers – have hearts to do what’s right, and they all are passionate about it.”

― Joel Osteen

“I am from Michigan; I am from Grosse Pointe. I was upper class growing up there.”

― John 5

“When I was a kid growing up in the States in the late ’70s and early ’80s, as soon as ‘Dallas’ came on on a Friday night on CBS at 9 P.M., we stopped everything from that moment on as a family.”

― John Barrowman

“My dad and my uncles owned a bar outside of Cincinnati. I worked there growing up, mopping floors, waiting tables.”

― John Boehner

“Growing up, I lived in a house without art: no picture books on the shelves, no visits to museums, no posters on the bedroom wall.”

― John Burnside

“Growing up in Wales was a pretty Draconian experience with religion.”

― John Cale

“The thrill I got discovering Buster Keaton when I was growing up was so exciting. He was one of the greats.”

― John Cleese

“I wasn’t a silver-spoon kid on the golf course growing up.”

― John Daly

“When I was growing up I spent a lot of time reading about ancient China and was really fascinated.”

― John Fusco

“Growing up, the only acts that came to us in Alaska were the big ones. The Mariah Careys.”

― John Gourley

“I was a shy kid growing up, and I liked the idea of playing under this alter ego: like, I could be Ziggy Stardust, but I also knew I could never be Ziggy Stardust.”

― John Gourley

“Growing up, I just always doodled, which is the worst word for it. I would just draw things in class, get yelled at by my teachers, get my drawings taken away. That stuff happened all the time.”

― John Gourley

“The whole band is from Alaska. It’s like growing up anywhere else.”

― John Gourley

“I still get scared every time I go out. I get scared taking off; I get scared on the wave, falling, everything. But, you know, growing up with it, I guess you’re a little more comfortable.”

― John John Florence

“One of my biggest influences growing up was Jamie O’Brien. He was like an older brother to me.”

― John John Florence

“Growing up, I remember the ‘Cheers’ finale and ‘M*A*S*H’ and all these amazing finales, and I remember them being very, very important.”

― John Krasinski

“Growing up, my favorite TV show was ‘The Man From U.N.C.L.E.’, hands down.”

― John Lasseter

“Texas was a hotbed for professional wrestling when I was growing up.”

― John Layfield

“We weren’t allowed to have secular music in the house growing up. I was home-schooled, and gospel was the only choice we had.”

― John Legend

“When I was growing up in rural Alabama, it was impossible for me to register to vote. I didn’t become a registered voter until I moved to Tennessee, to Nashville, as a student.”

― John Lewis

“I would say the country is a different country. It is a better country. The signs I saw when I was growing up are gone and they will not return. In many ways the walls of segregation have been torn down.”

― John Lewis

“I always felt growing up that in the South there was evil but also good – so much good.”

― John Lewis

“Growing up in an atmosphere of storytelling made me an actor.”

― John Lithgow

“I loved growing up in Ohio.”

― John Lithgow

“As a young boy growing up on the South Side of Chicago, I was inspired by the nascent space age.”

― John M. Grunsfeld

“Growing up, I found I was good at two things: Art and Math. To hear my parents say it, though, it was only, ‘John is good at Math.’”

― John Maeda

“Believe it or not, I was a pretty shy youngster growing up.”

― John McEnroe

“I have too many influences to name. I like a wide variety of stuff, which I think has been helpful. I liked every comedian I saw on TV growing up in the ’80s. Every comedian.”

― John Mulaney

“I remembered being young in the late ’70s and early ’80s and growing up at the height of the Cold War. I remembered how scared I was of nuclear weapons, how often I though about them and about the possibility of everything and everyone I knew vanishing in a second in temperatures hotter than the centre of the sun.”

― John Niven

“Armando Iannucci is one of my heroes. As I was growing up, he was probably the most influential comic voice that I had.”

― John Oliver

“A solitary child growing up in Africa, you’re really quite dependent on books.”

― John Rhys-Davies

“Growing up in California, I obviously knew about our deep connections with the Japanese.”

― John Roos

“When I was growing up, the top movies dealt with grown-up, complex emotions.”

― John Slattery

“In the scattered settlements of this Diocese, schools and Churches are of necessity for many years few in number, and multitudes of both sexes are growing up in great ignorance.”

― John Strachan

“I had a lovely time growing up. But I was very aware of the miners’ strike going on, friends’ families collapsing, and people being unemployed.”

― John Tiffany

“When you’re growing up, it’s very easy to feel lonely and insecure.”

― John Tiffany

“The whole notion of never growing up is incredibly intense and emotional.”

― John Tiffany

“I spent every bit of my money to try and get a Mickey Mantle card, and I don’t have one. Growing up in Oklahoma, Mickey Mantle was my idol. And here I am, and I’d go pick cotton to have enough money, and I’d buy all of these packs, and I’d chew all of the gum, and I’d never find a Mickey Mantle card.”

― Johnny Bench

“That was the big thing when I was growing up, singing on the radio. The extent of my dream was to sing on the radio station in Memphis. Even when I got out of the Air Force in 1954, I came right back to Memphis and started knocking on doors at the radio station.”

― Johnny Cash

“When I was growing up, chocolate milk was a treat, and the chocolate milk that ended up in a bowl of Cocoa Puffs when I had those for breakfast was the biggest treat of all.”

― Johnny Iuzzini

“I was an amusement and water park fiend as a kid growing up. I loved them. My brothers and I would go whenever we could. We liked all the super steep/fast slides and flumes where you would get completely soaked. Our absolute favorite was the tubes, though.”

― Johnny Iuzzini

“The world changes. The world is completely different now from when I was growing up. Back then, you didn’t say things like they say now, out loud, about race and things. But that’s just progress. When are we going to find out that we’re all the same – we’re all absolutely, without a doubt, the same?”

― Johnny Mathis

“I spent a lot of my childhood growing up in Oklahoma, where I wrestled and played baseball.”

― Johny Hendricks

“Growing up wrestling, you get injured, and they expect you back on the mat in a couple weeks unless it’s really bad.”

― Johny Hendricks

“I love movin’. I was observant growing up, watching Michael Jackson and John Travolta. I’d close my eyes, see the moves.”

― Jon Heder

“Growing up, I was poor. In college, I was poor. I never had anything.”

― Jon Jones

“Growing up, it was mainly just players I followed more than teams, with the exception of the Mariners. I never really had time to follow a team throughout a season.”

― Jon Lester

“I took tap classes growing up.”

― Jon M. Chu

“When I was growing up, Asians weren’t known for dancing. I knew all my older aunts and uncles did, like, ballroom dancing and stuff. And then you saw all those dance crews, like Quest and Jabbawockeez, and now they’re, like, known for dance.”

― Jon M. Chu

“I wouldn’t say I was a massive comic fan growing up, just because I now know people that really are, and I would never claim to be in that same category.”

― Jon Watts

“If I could ban boxing, I probably would, but I’ll tell you in the same breath, I loved it growing up.”

― Jonathan Banks

“Growing up, I would have to say I loved ‘Peter Pan’ because I was fascinated by Captain Hook; I was fascinated by Hans Conried, who was an actor on screen and also a theatrical and television actor.”

― Jonathan Freeman

“As a kid growing up in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, all I wanted to do was be on Broadway in a musical. ‘Spring Awakening’ kind of answered all of my questions and fulfilled all of my dreams – beyond my wildest dreams.”

― Jonathan Groff

“Growing up, I enjoyed drawing, but it was always in the service of an idea. I drew all the time, and I enjoyed making.”

― Jonathan Ive

“I am very aware that I’m the product of growing up in England and the tradition of designing and making, of England industrialising first.”

― Jonathan Ive

“Growing up, we were in a strict household, so we weren’t allowed to have posters of our crushes and stuff on the wall – mine was Cristina Applegate.”

― Jonathan Scott

“When I was growing up, I was a big Ultimate Warrior fan; I liked Macho Man Randy Savage and a lot of other bad dudes.”

― Jordan Burroughs

“Growing up, I was such a big fan of Nintendo games.”

― Jordan Fisher

“New York is about as cosmopolitan as it gets. It’s a fairly mixed and woke town, so there weren’t a lot of situations growing up where I felt like the outsider or the alien.”

― Jordan Peele

“Petr Cech has been a top keeper in the Premier League for the last 10-12 years. When you’re growing up, you see him making these saves week in, week out. He’s probably been the most consistent goalkeeper in these last 10 years in the Premier League, so you can’t give him too much criticism.”

― Jordan Pickford

“I was growing up watching Rooney as an England legend and as one of the top players in England in my lifetime.”

― Jordan Pickford

“I grew up in Berkeley and my parents were hippies, obviously, since my name’s ‘Jorma.’ I didn’t watch much television growing up because they weren’t into it at all.”

― Jorma Taccone

“I listened to all the Misfits albums growing up and Red Hot Chili Peppers, too.”

― Jose Gonzalez

“The music that I’m known for is quiet and gentle, although when I was growing up and as a teenager, I was playing the opposite – I was screaming and playing bass and those loud electric guitars.”

― Jose Gonzalez

“I went to an international school in Holland, and I didn’t have any memories of growing up in the United States or England or any of these places which other novelists are able to write about in relation to their childhoods.”

― Joseph O’Neill

“When I was growing up, I always wanted to do well in boxing. I wanted to look after my parents, and I wanted to look after myself.”

― Joseph Parker

“My idol growing up was Charlie Chaplin. I was obsessed with him. I mean, while other kids were watching Jim Carrey and the likes in the ’90s, I was watching Charlie Chaplin films, because I was a bit of a geek. I became obsessed with this idea of physical comedy.”

― Josh Gad

“Growing up, I started to realize I was surrounded by people who were passionately alive. Seventh Street felt raw, but I found it incredibly theatrical.”

― Josh Pais

“One of my favorite places is Seattle. Growing up, I never thought I’d be able to go to Seattle. I grew up in eastern South Carolina, so that’s as far as you can get from Seattle, unless I lived in Miami.”

― Josh Turner

“I will sing whatever I’m given to sing. Growing up, I would sing anything that I was given. If the choir needed a first tenor, I would sing first tenor. If they needed a bass, I would sing bass. Throughout my life, I just figured out ways to hit notes I needed to hit.”

― Josh Young

“My favorites growing up were always Billy Joel, Michael Jackson… and Placido Domingo.”

― Josh Young

“I never tire of the heroes that I knew growing up.”

― Joss Whedon

“’Buffy’ is about growing up. ‘Angel’ is really about already having grown up, dealing with what you’ve done, and redemption.”

― Joss Whedon

“Growing up I was a total movie-holic, but I always wanted to play the role that Clark Gable was playing or Spencer Tracy was playing. I was really never interested in the parts that women were playing. I found the parts that guys were playing were so much more interesting.”

― Joyce DeWitt

“Young alienation, disappointment and heartache is all a part of the first real growing up that we do.”

― Judd Nelson

“When I was a kid growing up, I liked the sympathetic characters played by Alan Arkin, Jack Lemmon, and James Stewart. They were my heroes. No matter what happened to them, they survived with their dignity intact.”

― Judge Reinhold

“Ours was not a political household, when I was growing up.”

― Judith Guest

“When I was growing up in the 1950s, sweaters were a huge thing.”

― Judy Blume

“Growing up in New Jersey, bat mitzvas were all about the elegant parties.”

― Judy Gold

“My grandfather was a vicar, and there was quite a lot of churchgoing when I was growing up. It’s a world that I spent a lot of time around.”

― Julia Davis

“When I was growing up, I was really into ‘Rent’ and I actually slept on the street in New York all night to get to sit in the first few rows for it.”

― Julia Jones

“I was actually a huge tomboy growing up.”

― Julia Jones

“When I was growing up, I always thought my hair was messy.”

― Julia Louis-Dreyfus

“Growing up, when we would get dragged to these events, I didn’t want to be there. Over time, as we got older, I developed a real appreciation of the importance of being involved in the democratic process.”

― Julian Castro

“When I was growing up, I was a huge San Francisco 49ers fan. The New England Patriots have a similar mold and plan to win a lot of games – reminiscent to that Bill Walsh era.”

― Julian Edelman

“Every child is so different. Their experience growing up and their experience relating to the world has so much to do with their temperament, and their likes and their dislikes.”

― Julianne Moore

“We didn’t have a lot of money growing up, so my mom didn’t buy a lot of extras, like sweet things.”

― Julianne Moore

“When I was growing up, the place I felt least alone was when I was reading.”

― Julianne Moore

“If I wasn’t acting, I would probably be working with children. I was a camp counselor growing up and I loved it.”

― Julianne Nicholson

“Growing up in England, of course you do absorb certain ways the royals wave their hands and carry themselves.”

― Julie Andrews

“I loved being an attacker so much. I mean, it wasn’t so much that I didn’t think defending was fun or anything like that. It was just – growing up, that’s kind of all I knew – was attack, attack, attack.”

― Julie Ertz

“When I was growing up, you couldn’t watch soccer on TV. But now, you can get it on every channel, every hour of the day, every day, literally.”

― Julie Foudy

“Growing up, I remember watching ‘Little House on the Prairie’ and ‘L.A. Law’ and being so obsessed with it.”

― Julie Plec

“I watched a lot of soap operas, when I was growing up, and a lot of those great serialized soap dramas.”

― Julie Plec

“I didn’t have a good childhood growing up.”

― Julie Roberts

“I love going to the movies; I grew up going to the movies. I didn’t really watch TV, growing up, other than weird cartoons like ‘Beavis & Butt-Head.’”

― Juno Temple

“My absolute idols growing up were Michael Jackson and Prince, and so, to get the stamp of approval from someone like Timbaland whom I know that these artists respect, that is a huge feat.”

― Jussie Smollett

“I make mistakes growing up. I’m not perfect; I’m not a robot.”

― Justin Bieber

“I sang in church growing up. Memphis is the blues capital of the world, we like to say.”

― Justin Timberlake

“Vancouver is home. I spent a huge amount of time here as a kid growing up with my mom, with my grandparents who lived here.”

― Justin Trudeau

“Growing up, all I did was write about the fact that I’m from where I’m from. I was a big champion of where I was from and Wisconsin in general, and the Midwest.”

― Justin Vernon

“When it comes to dance hall music, I definitely listened to a lot of Vybz Kartel growing up or Gyptian and Mavado.”

― Justine Skye

“I started taekwondo at 5 or 6 years old and did a bunch of kick-boxing later, too. Eventually I became a black belt and coached as well. I did some basketball and softball growing up, but most of my activity was martial arts.”

― JWoww

“While growing up, I used to go to the beach, as I used to find peace there.”

― K. L. Rahul

“Growing up, I played on matting wickets. I always enjoyed the pace and bounce and somewhere that has a big role or big effect on your game.”

― K. L. Rahul

“I never dreamt of the Olympics growing up. It’s not something that I watched on TV; it’s not something my parents ever talked about.”

― Kaetlyn Osmond

“When I was growing up, hand washing was a ritual, but now it’s a necessity. A child dies every 15 seconds from preventable causes, which has got to stop.”

― Kajol

“I’m just inspired by life and, growing up, I listened to all types of different sounds, genres, and areas of music.”

― Kali Uchis

“Juanes is one of the legendary, iconic Colombian artists. Growing up in Colombia, you can’t really not have him on your radar. His songs are everywhere, and there’s a statue of him. He’s pretty big for Latin America, and for Colombia especially.”

― Kali Uchis

“I’ve always been very insecure and had a lot of self-doubt growing up. That was partially because of how I was raised.”

― Kali Uchis

“In summers, while growing up in India, we often slept in the courtyard under the stars.”

― Kalpana Chawla

“The idea of the beauty of diversity came from just growing up where I grew up. Los Angeles is a very big city – there’s Little Ethiopia, Little Armenia, Little Tokyo, Chinatown, there’s African-Americans, Latinos, Europeans.”

― Kamasi Washington

“I got bullied so much growing up for being a different color in a majority white school.”

― Kane Brown

“Growing up, we really didn’t have a lot of money.”

― Kane Brown

“We lived in eight or nine different houses and six or seven different apartments growing up.”

― Kane Brown

“Growing up, I never had a steady home.”

― Kane Brown

“I was taught, growing up, that there are two ends of the political spectrum: left and right. But there’s so much more than that. For me, it’s about liberty versus authoritarianism.”

― Kane

“From my side, there was no acceptance to this fact that I am any less than anyone around me. So there was a certain discomfort that I felt growing up that I am not seen as I want to be seen as.”

― Kangana Ranaut

“I used to live on a reserve, but I went back and forth between my reserve and Ottawa where my father lived, so I kind of had a double life growing up.”

― Kaniehtiio Horn

“Historically, hip-hop is about a generation of artists rapping about the realities they see in their neighborhoods or the ‘truths’ they hear growing up in their homes.”

― Karamo Brown

“There are constant messages I heard growing up… like, ‘If you’re unfit, you go in goal’ or, ‘If you’re crap, you go in goal.’ No, no, no! How do we change that? How do we give goalkeeping more respect?”

― Karen Bardsley

“When I was growing up, some of the lads weren’t very nice about me playing.”

― Karen Carney

“Growing up in America, even in the rougher parts of Elizabeth, I had two nice playgrounds to choose from as a child.”

― Karen Civil

“I wasn’t the biggest hip-hop fan, because I had to listen to whatever my parents listened to, so growing up, it was a lot of Dolly Parton, Elvis, and Whitney Houston. When they finally put a TV in my room and I got to listen to MTV Jams I was like: ‘Here I am!’”

― Karen Civil

“While growing up in Baltimore, Maryland, I dreamed of becoming many things: an archaeologist, an ambassador, an actor, an author.”

― Karen Hesse

“When I was growing up, my stepmother’s sister was the chief detective in one of the adjoining towns, so she piqued my interest in crime.”

― Karin Slaughter

“I paid for my name a lot when I was growing up because other kids teased me.”

― Karin Slaughter

“My dad believed in scaring us as we were growing up. Scaring the boys who wanted to date us more.”

― Karin Slaughter

“I read a lot of true crime growing up – ‘The Stranger Beside Me’ by Ann Rule about Ted Bundy.”

― Karin Slaughter

“Growing up, I’d always been told that my biggest weakness was my body and how that was probably going to hold me back from accomplishing my dreams.”

― Karl-Anthony Towns

“I did every sport under the sun while growing up.”

― Karlie Kloss

“Growing up in a house of five girls, I couldn’t help but glance at a fashion magazine or two.”

― Karlie Kloss

“While growing up, I used to sleep at 8 P.M. and get up at 4 A.M. to study.”

― Kartik Aaryan

“Growing up, my imagined life as a musician was something along the lines of me lounging in a Learjet en route to a swelling outdoor amphitheatre on a dazzling summer’s eve.”

― Kat Edmonson

“I know from growing up in the spotlight, as it were, that the most important thing is your family.”

― Kate Burton

“Fairytales were never really meant for children; they were meant as cautionary tales for teenagers on the verge of growing up.”

― Kate Forsyth

“I was addicted to the original ‘Star Trek’ when I was growing up, because of my dad. We grew up in St. Helens, Oregon and we weren’t allowed to watch a lot of TV.”

― Katee Sackhoff

“’Star Wars’ meant everything to me growing up.”

― Katee Sackhoff

“I’m very comfortable as a singer. In fact, I think it’s more – I identified my self-esteem, my self more in those ways when I was growing up. I really – it was kind of my calling card as a kid.”

― Katey Sagal

“I think I felt like a regular kid. Growing up in New York, I never felt I was a big deal.”

― Katharine Weymouth

“Bullying has existed forever. Everyone has dealt with it, and teenagers, regardless of where they are, are dealing with the same stuff growing up.”

― Katherine Langford

“Growing up in Canada, I dated a few ice hockey players.”

― Katherine Ryan

“Growing up, I loved comedy even before I knew that you could be a stand-up comedian.”

― Katherine Ryan

“When I was growing up, there were times I had to compete against boys in tae kwon do, and I’d show them right away that I wasn’t someone to mess with.”

― Katheryn Winnick

“Life seemed so simple and joyous when I was growing up.”

― Kathie Lee Gifford

“From the spiritual came the blues, gospel, and rhythm-and-blues. I heard all of that music growing up, and that has influenced how I approached classical music. I’m sure of it.”

― Kathleen Battle

“I went to Catholic school growing up. I can barely remember any prayers or anything!”

― Kathryn Hahn

“When I was growing up I loved reading historical fiction, but too often it was about males; or, if it was about females, they were girls who were going to grow up to be famous like Betsy Ross, Clara Barton, or Harriet Tubman. No one ever wrote about plain, normal, everyday girls.”

― Kathryn Lasky

“I always wondered what it was like to be just a normal kid growing up in trying times or during a great moment in history.”

― Kathryn Lasky

“I loved scary movies growing up.”

― Katie Featherston

“I loved growing up and going to haunted houses and being scared. I loved watching ‘The Exorcist,’ ‘Candyman’ and all sorts of scary movies.”

― Katie Featherston

“My two favorite musicals growing up in were ‘Annie’ and ‘Sweeney Todd,’ and my best friend and I would sing all the songs when I was a kid.”

― Katie Finneran

“Growing up, I always had my dreams set on being an actor, so I looked up to Julia Roberts, Audrey Hepburn.”

― Katie Holmes

“I came from a different mind-set growing up, and my mind has changed.”

― Katy Perry

“When I was growing up, I didn’t have a hometown hero.”

― Kawhi Leonard

“I was a bit of an introvert growing up, and I tended to do better in math and science at school, so I went with it.”

― Keahu Kahuanui

“Growing up in Vermont, no matter what I did, I didn’t get much recognition.”

― Keegan Bradley

“When I was growing up… I’m not going to say I listened to everything, but when it comes to vocals, I was really adamant about imitating all kinds of voices.”

― Kelela

“Growing up, Missy Elliot and Janet Jackson were definitely major references.”

― Kelela

“Growing up in an Ethiopian household allowed me to feel like I had an audience before I had an audience.”

― Kelela

“We didn’t have a lot of live theater in Oklahoma. I didn’t visit New York when I was growing up. I watched movie musicals, and I believed in an idealistic, idyllic version of Broadway.”

― Kelli O’Hara

“I had a ton of animals; I had a goat growing up, a bunch of rabbits, a vegetable garden.”

― Kelli Williams

“Growing up, my friends played soccer or did gymnastics after school; I went on auditions with my mom.”

― Kellie Martin

“When I was growing up listening to music, it was 2004, when The Starting Line and Finch and The Used were kind of my favorite bands.”

― Kellin Quinn

“There weren’t a lot of action roles growing up – there were a few, maybe, like Wonder Woman, but then it wasn’t real action.”

― Kelly Hu

“I knew what it was like growing up in a world where I never saw myself in anything.”

― Kelly Marie Tran

“I didn’t see a lot of women who looked like me on TV when I was growing up.”

― Kelly McCreary

“I’ve done a lot of growing up since the age of 16 and I really wanted that to be reflected in my music.”

― Kelly Osbourne

“I didn’t see a ton of movies growing up.”

― Kelly Preston

“Growing up in east Tennessee gave me my country roots, my twang, and a lot of my stories.”

― Kelsea Ballerini

“One of the first things people think of when they think of Native Americans is reservations. We didn’t have any idea what that was. We were just young kids growing up in normal blue-collar America.”

― Kelvin Sampson

“Of course, I’ve been a Knicks fan growing up, always rooted for the home team. But I really can’t see myself in a Knicks jersey – only because I’ve been in one jersey.”

― Kemba Walker

“Growing up, my mom would watch ‘Notting Hill’ a lot. She loves Hugh Grant.”

― Ken Baumann

“I’m a huge candy fan. My favorite growing up was always Sour Belts or Sour Straws.”

― Kendall Schmidt

“I’m into Incubus. Growing up, I was a huge Taking Back Sunday fan. I’m still a fan, but I don’t listen as much as I used to. When I was 13 or 14, I started getting into emo-pop-rock, so that influenced me. I also love Drake… I have a pretty diverse collection.”

― Kendall Schmidt

“When I was growing up, Mandela’s name was synonymous with terror. We were scared of him. You couldn’t see any photos of him. A photo of him could have gotten you in jail.”

― Kenneth Bonert

“When I was growing up, I thought there was only WWE. That’s it. One promotion in the world. And then, as I grew up, I found that there’s local wrestling. There’s WCW, there’s ECW. In Mexico, there are the luchadores. And then, finally, I realized there’s wrestling in Japan.”

― Kenny Omega

“I used to get made fun of a lot for being a male dancer, especially growing up in Boston. Kids are terrible, they don’t realize how heavy words can be.”

― Kenny Wormald

“For me, one of the big things I really worried about a lot was nuclear war growing up.”

― Kenya Barris

“I didn’t have a father when I was growing up, and I vowed to be there with my kids.”

― Kenyon Martin

“Of course there’s some things that I would have liked to have… none of my friends growing up had their father in the house. None of ’em. We had uncles and stuff like that, but nobody had a father in the house, none of my friends.”

― Kenyon Martin

“Growing up, Michael Jordan was my Olympic hero.”

― Kerri Walsh Jennings

“It’s funny because, growing up, I found inspiration from watching Steffi Graf and Amanda Coetzer, a South African who was in the top 10 for many years. Oh, and then there’s someone I’ve gotten to know over the last few years: Martina Navratilova.”

― Kevin Anderson

“Growing up, ‘Newsday’ was the paper that was delivered to my doorstep every day.”

― Kevin Connolly

“I’ve had many idols growing up. The inclination for idol worship comes naturally to me.”

― Kevin Corrigan

“I’ve had many idols growing up. The inclination for idol worship comes naturally to me. Or it did, anyway. I think I’ve gotten over it. It came as naturally to me as wanting to act.”

― Kevin Corrigan

“I was a hockey player growing up. Being a big guy and being imposing, I had to use my size to protect my teammates.”

― Kevin Durand

“I was just a big fan of tattoos always growing up, and I wanted something cool that symbolizes what I’ve been through in my life, and everything on my chest and my back is like a collage.”

― Kevin Durant

“Every memory I had growing up was involving a basketball. I didn’t go to the prom and stuff like that. It was always basketball for me.”

― Kevin Durant

“I always had music growing up, but music was also like a journal. It was like my personal diary or personal journal. A lot of the things I couldn’t express to an individual, I would express them in my music.”

― Kevin Gates

“Oh, my mama was awesome. Very strict, overreligious, loved the Lord, loved rules. But she had to be that way because of where we were growing up, the neighborhood I was from.”

― Kevin Hart

“I never played a musical instrument growing up but I knew kids who did and took it very seriously.”

― Kevin James

“For us, our musical journey has just been a progression. We’re not trying to grow up too fast or anything, and I’m saying that even coming from being married. For us, we’re growing up with our audience.”

― Kevin Jonas

“My whole family growing up played sports, so I’m definitely from a strong sporting background.”

― Kevin Knox

“The competitive spirit and the way we worked hard growing up came naturally to me from my family.”

― Kevin Knox

“That’s something I loved growing up – the other team yelling, hyped, student section, all of that gets me going.”

― Kevin Knox

“Growing up in Singapore, I wasn’t allowed to visit China. So when I was finally able to go there after the country began opening up to tourism in the 1990s, I found it to be utterly astounding.”

― Kevin Kwan

“I’m kind of a dirty guy, a little Bill Laimbeer-ish. Those are the guys I used to watch growing up. I used to watch Karl Malone; now I watch Boozer and Elton Brand and try to emulate those guys as much as possible because those guys are about the same size as me.”

― Kevin Love

“When I was growing up on Loch Lomondside, one of the first albums I ever bought was Marley’s ‘Uprising.’ I guess that would have been 1980 – just before he died.”

― Kevin Macdonald

“I was actually a big Owen Hart fan, but I wasn’t a Bret Hart fan at all growing up.”

― Kevin Owens

“I was never a WCW fan growing up, so I was never a Goldberg fan at all – and I’ve told him that.”

― Kevin Owens

“Chris Jericho was always someone I looked up to. I was a WWE fan growing up, and I remember his debut.”

― Kevin Owens

“When I was growing up there was a product made by Sony called the Sony Walkman – a rage, everyone had to have one. Well, you don’t hear about the Walkman anymore.”

― Kevin Rollins

“For kids growing up now, there’s no difference watching ‘Avatar’ on an iPad or watching YouTube on TV or watching ‘Game of Thrones’ on their computer. It’s all content. It’s just story.”

― Kevin Spacey

“Kids aren’t growing up with a sense of television as the aspirational place for their ideas.”

― Kevin Spacey

“I didn’t know any poets growing up in Kansas.”

― Kevin Young

“Growing up, my ideals were Barbra Streisand, Cher, and my mom.”

― Kevyn Aucoin

“It wasn’t like I was specifically wanting to write songs about technology. It’s just what I lived, what I was experiencing growing up.”

― Khalid

“Growing up, I was always chubby. My girlfriends were always running around in two-pieces, and I never felt comfortable to do that.”

― Khloe Kardashian

“I think the beauty of growing up is not really knowing and figuring it out for yourself.”

― Khloe Kardashian

“I was teased a lot, growing up, because of my skin tone.”

― Khoudia Diop

“As a kid growing up in Southern California, I was a frequent visitor to the Disneyland and developed a deep love of the magic and wonder of Disney.”

― Kidada Jones

“I’m a huge fan of Canadian rock-and-roll. When I was growing up, Rush came out with a record called Hemispheres, and I must have listened to that record for two years straight. Even when I was asleep I had it on. So, yeah, whenever I hear a Rush tune, the first thing I think of is Toronto.”

― Kiefer Sutherland

“Growing up, I had really big hair. Giant hair. As I got older, the goal was to make it smaller – I wanted to look like everyone else. So I got a weave. I would manipulate my hair and try to make it straight.”

― Kiersey Clemons

“I’m a good businessman. I pay my bills. Growing up in a situation where everything counted helps.”

― Kim Cattrall

“I’m totally growing up.”

― Kim Kardashian

“Growing up, I used to literally run home from school to watch the Dior and Galliano shows online.”

― Kim Petras

“Growing up as a child actress, there was much I got to do and yet so much that I missed out on. Therefore, when I had kids, I made it a point to make sure that they could do anything and everything that they dreamed of. A great education was definitely right at top of my list!”

― Kim Richards

“Growing up, I cooked in the house, and when I cooked, everyone would sit down and eat, and it was just kind of the way I connected with my family.”

― Kimbal Musk

“Growing up, we used to watch a lot of ‘Indiana Jones’ and ‘Star Wars’ and wear hand-me-down jeans and jumpers. I wasn’t really one for dresses.”

― Kimberley Nixon

“I don’t think that growing up in the entertainment industry is the healthiest place for kids. The track record kind of shows that.”

― Kirk Cameron

“I wanted to be a concert pianist at Carnegie Hall; that is what I wanted to do from really early on. I actually was the accompanist for a couple of the musicals I was in growing up.”

― Kirsten Nelson

“I actually was the accompanist for a couple of the musicals I was in growing up.”

― Kirsten Nelson

“Young voters may be growing up in an era of increased global connection, cooperation and commerce. But they’re very open to politicians who tell them it is these very things that are keeping elites in power and keeping their generation down.”

― Kristen Soltis Anderson

“I was quite a shy person growing up, and drag was very much a shield for me to perform behind.”

― Kristian Nairn

“Sometimes guys are so concerned with being cool and hanging out with their friends. They don’t want to seem like the guy that ‘has to call his girlfriend.’ It’s just boys growing up.”

― Kristin Cavallari

“I did gymnastics when I was growing up and to this day I can still do the splits.”

― Kristin Kreuk

“I’ve never been a fearful person. When I was growing up, I wanted to be an actress, a writer, and a musician and I never really processed that those are the three hardest jobs – I just never even processed it.”

― Krysten Ritter

“I grew up as a very sarcastic person. I was always the class clown, and to date girls, I had to be really funny. I was really skinny growing up. I was so thin, I had to run around in the shower to get wet. That kind of thin. So I always had to rely on humor and sarcasm.”

― Kurt Fuller

“I was a Cowboys fan growing up.”

― Kurt Warner

“My brother was a Chargers fan, so we watched Dan Fouts a lot growing up.”

― Kurt Warner

“My biggest influence growing up was Avicii, who put me onto creating the sorts of melodies that feature throughout my songs today.”

― Kygo

“I watched the Bulls growing up. To be part of an organization like that is great.”

― Kyle Korver

“Flint is a big, industrial city. But when I was growing up, they had the recession, lead in the water, and all this other stuff. The city was really depleted.”

― Kyle Kuzma

“Growing up, I was always that kid that kinda watched All-Star Weekend on TV, every event.”

― Kyle Kuzma

“Growing up, I was a Detroit Pistons fan, being from Flint. During not the Bad Boys but Chauncey Billups and Ben Wallace era, and growing up, I always wanted to be a Piston.”

― Kyle Kuzma

“Growing up in San Diego, my main interests were the Beatles, Louis Armstrong, ‘Star Wars,’ baseball cards, and drawing.”

― Kyle Mooney

“I immerse myself in things that meant something to me while I was growing up.”

― Kyle Mooney

“Growing up in California has completely made me the person that I am.”

― Kyle

“Growing up in Beverly Hills, everyone was Jewish, and I always secretly wanted to be.”

― Kyle Richards

“Growing up as a child actress, I was tutored on movie and TV sets.”

― Kyle Richards

“I was a tomboy growing up, so I think I naturally take on a little male swagger.”

― Kylie Bunbury

“Baseball wasn’t necessarily my first sport in terms of liking it. I’d never played baseball or softball growing up.”

― Kylie Bunbury

“I’m not really big on video games at all, I played a lot at the arcade as a kid. I didn’t have a system growing up at my house.”

― Kyp Malone

“Growing up in the Raleigh theater scene was a big factor in developing the ability, which I have now, to be freely me.”

― Lachlan Watson

“I did accents and funny voices for the family when I was growing up.”

― Lake Bell

“Growing up, I wanted to be in WWE because of watching characters like Stephanie McMahon and Paul Heyman. They just are such incredible storytellers, such incredible, compelling characters.”

― Lana

“Growing up, I never imagined I would be an actor.”

― Lance Reddick

“Growing up I’ve watched Lewis and aspired to have some of his attributes, mainly his speed. His raw pace is probably the best of everyone on the whole grid, so there are bits you want from different drivers.”

― Lando Norris

“Being Irish was a big thing for me, particularly growing up in Chicago.”

― Lara Flynn Boyle

“I was fascinated by fairies when I was growing up, and I wanted to see one dreadfully.”

― Laura Amy Schlitz

“’Hairspray’ was a show I was involved in from the very first reading, and I was 19. And, ‘Hairspray’, was one of my favorite movies growing up.”

― Laura Bell Bundy

“I loved theatre and film when I was growing up in Harpenden, Hertfordshire. My mum’s a reflexologist and my dad’s a corporate financier.”

― Laura Haddock

“People are like, ‘Was it hard growing up mixed?’ ‘Did you not fit in?’ and I’m like, ‘No? What? That’s the dumbest question ever.’”

― Laura Harrier

“Growing up, there were no families on TV that looked like mine.”

― Laura Harrier

“Being a journalist, being exposed to the world, to social injustice, to intolerance, growing up here, under apartheid, benefitting from that, has all shaped who I am and what my passions are, and of course that’s going to come through in my writing.”

― Lauren Beukes

“When I was growing up, there actually wasn’t a lot of YA literature as it exists today. Most of the YA that I read was from the ’60s and ’70s, older than me.”

― Lauren DeStefano

“Growing up an only child with a single parent is probably why I’m an actor.”

― Lauren Graham

“Growing up in Miami, being Cuban is integrated into our culture. When we greet anyone, we give them a kiss on the cheek.”

― Lauren Jauregui

“That messed me up, growing up in the public eye when I was a teenager. That’s when everyone is trying to find themselves.”

― Lauren Jauregui

“For me, I love Marc Anthony a lot. He’s one of my dad’s favorite artists, and I listened to him a lot growing up.”

― Lauren Jauregui

“When I was growing up, I watched every sitcom imaginable.”

― Lauren Lapkus

“Austin is a big music town, so growing up, I had a lot of local heroes. Toni Price I was very, very into; she was one of the first people I tried to emulate. She’s a local Austin blues artist. Marsha Paul I was also a very big fan of.”

― Lauren Worsham

“Growing up, the dream was to be on Broadway. I always loved theater.”

― Lauren Worsham

“My profession is about as far away from growing up in southern Illinois as you can get.”

― Laurie Metcalf

“The arguments about parents being too permissive and kids growing up without superegos are not based on fact. Our research tells us that the family is not the only purveyor of morality.”

― Lawrence Kohlberg

“I mostly played ‘Pac-Man’, but I played ‘The Sims’ with my kids when they were growing up.”

― Lea Thompson

“When I was growing up, so many of the important changes for African-Americans were being made in the United States Supreme Court and were being made by lawyers. I followed the court very intensely and wanted to do that for my life.”

― Leah Ward Sears

“Where I grew up – I grew up on the north side of Akron, lived in the projects. So those scared and lonely nights – that’s every night. You hear a lot of police sirens, you hear a lot of gunfire. Things that you don’t want your kids to hear growing up.”

― LeBron James

“I was a Chicago Bulls, Michael Jordan fan growing up.”

― LeBron James

“It’s always a struggle growing up in Akron.”

― LeBron James

“Growing up in inner-city neighborhoods, there’s a particular structure, which I’m sure is true of most social contexts. The type of person you are determines the role you play.”

― Lecrae

“I was a fan of westerns growing up. Every boy wanted to ride a horse and be a cowboy.”

― Lee Byung-hun

“I have twins that I didn’t want to have the life that I had. I didn’t have a great life growing up.”

― Lee Daniels

“I always had influences musically with punk, and then growing up, I dyed my hair every color. I did the dip-dye blue, before anybody was dip-dyeing their hair. And streaks of pinks and purples and whatnot.”

― Leigh Lezark

“But the truth is, growing up in California, we knew nothing about hockey.”

― Leigh Steinberg

“When I was growing up, we spoke Egyptian, we ate Egyptian food, we had other Egyptian friends. It was my father’s preference.”

― Leila Aboulela

“My mom was a big feminist, and when I was growing up, I wasn’t allowed to have typical girl toys: she did not let me have dolls. Barbies were banned in our household. She read feminist books to me; my mom was a major feminist.”

― Leila Janah

“I’m from Sacramento, and I have no idea what growing up in a city is like.”

― Lela Loren

“I was a tomboy growing up, and an athlete.”

― Lela Rochon

“Growing up in America is like being taught to be stupid.”

― Lemmy

“My parents were very supportive when I was growing up and have been all the way through.”

― Lena Dunham

“Growing up, I didn’t just watch ‘The Cosby Show.’ I watched ‘Growing Pains’ and ‘Family Ties,’ too.”

― Lena Waithe

“When I was growing up and watching ‘The Sweeney,’ the notion of police officers being an inch away from the villains that they’re chasing was commonplace.”

― Lennie James

“I am still into the people I listened to growing up, so I completely remember what is like to be a fan, I haven’t changed.”

― Lenny Kravitz

“The story that I wanna tell is pretty much about the way I grew up. Being bi-racial, growing up in a big city and being an artist.”

― Lenny Kravitz

“Money was always on my mind when I was growing up. So I was always wondering how we were going to afford this and that. Acting seemed to be a shortcut out of the mess.”

― Leonardo DiCaprio

“Growing up in the 1960s, I can’t remember a time when I wasn’t fascinated by airplanes and rockets.”

― Leroy Chiao

“Growing up, I knew you were supposed to have a profession – and something better than being a shopkeeper, which is what my parents were.”

― Les Wexner

“To be able to make up stories has been a great gift to me from my ancestors and from the storytellers who were so numerous at Laguna Pueblo when I was growing up. I learned to read as soon as I could because I wanted stories without having to depend on adults to tell or read stories to me.”

― Leslie Marmon Silko

“We didn’t go to Broadway musicals when I was growing up; it was too expensive.”

― Leslie Odom, Jr.

“I didn’t see a lot of role models or women who looked like me on screen when I was growing up. For me, one thing that changed all of that was seeing Keke Palmer in ‘Akeelah and The Bee.’ That film made me realize that I wasn’t an alien.”

― Letitia Wright

“Growing up in the ’70s and ’80s, science fiction and especially fantasy had such a stigma attached to them. I felt so punished and exiled for being devoted to these things.”

― Lev Grossman

“Conway Twitty was always our local hero while I was growing up. He had a series of good bands. I wanted to sit in, if Conway would let me. And he did a couple of times.”

― Levon Helm

“At this early stage in our evolution, now through our infancy and into our childhood and then, with luck, our growing up, what our species needs most of all, right now, is simply a future.”

― Lewis Thomas

“I started with golf because I saw my brothers play, I was always watching them. It was my life. Growing up, we always played competitions like chipping, hitting.”

― Lexi Thompson

“I started golfing at a young age, and growing up with two older brothers, it made me mature a lot younger.”

― Lexi Thompson

“Growing up, I lived a moderate lifestyle with my family.”

― Liam Hemsworth

“Growing up with my brothers all boxing has stood me in good stead for nights like these. You should have seen some the fights we used to have in our front room.”

― Liam Smith

“I have created a capsule collection for Genetic inspired by memories of growing up in LA. Denim has always been my go-to, especially during my modelling days. I discovered Genetic Denim about five years ago – they are so comfy, you could almost be wearing your pyjamas.”

― Liberty Ross

“Telling my grandchildren stories of my growing up is some of our favorite times spent together. They want to know what it was like and what I did as a child. They seem to be especially interested in the organic and simplistic setting I grew up in.”

― Lidia Bastianich

“My perspective of capitalism growing up in Berkeley, Calif. in a low-income project, growing up poor, is that capitalism wanted to destroy me, they wanted me to become a worker.”

― Lil B

“I’ve always been totally enamored by hip-hop. I wouldn’t say I liked it exclusively growing up. It was, like, that and alt-rock. But I always preferred it. It set a tone for everything I wanted to do in life.”

― Lil Dicky

“Growing up, the one thing I noticed was that everyone seemed to laugh at my jokes wherever I went.”

― Lil Dicky

“Growing up, I always liked so many different sounds from so many different genres – the different aspects they could bring.”

― Lil Nas X

“Travis Scott is definitely a big inspiration. Lil Wayne was a big one. Lil Wayne, 50 Cent. Those were my two, like, big ones growing up. Then I got into Mac Miller, Wiz Khalifa phase.”

― Lil Skies

“I was always curious about, like, how does hot sauce work? Growing up I used to wonder, ‘If I touched it, was it hot?’”

― Lil Yachty

“I think, growing up, the female friendships that I saw on television were portrayed as catty and vicious.”

― Lili Reinhart

“Growing up, I watched a lot of TLC – I loved ‘Four Weddings’ and ‘Hoarding: Buried Alive.’ They’re so binge-able.”

― Lili Reinhart

“Growing up, I idolised Madhuri Dixit. She’s my favourite actress, and I used to pretend I was her all the time.”

― Lilly Singh

“I’ve always loved fantasy books. Even just growing up, I’ve always kind of loved magic and fantasy.”

― Lily Collins

“I’ve only ever known growing up across different countries – to me it’s just fun.”

― Lily Collins

“Growing up in the English countryside, I feel like I’m in a Jane Austen novel when I walk around. I just feel comfortable and confident in those surroundings.”

― Lily Collins

“I’ve always loved being active, and I used to do sports – basketball, soccer, volleyball – growing up.”

― Lily Collins

“Growing up I always used to shop in Oxfam. I’d find things for 50p and then take them home, cut them up and make them into something new.”

― Lily Donaldson

“To be honest, when I was growing up – I think it’s because of Kate Winslet and ‘Titanic’ – I always wanted to do period.”

― Lily James

“I don’t have an exact moment when I decided I wanted to be an actress – it kind of was just really a part of my growing up.”

― Lily James

“Growing up, I was always prancing around and singing… and I just never really stopped.”

― Lily James

“I loved fairy tales growing up.”

― Lily James

“When I was growing up, particularly during puberty in my teen years, I was so miserable because I elicited so much teasing and meanness from my teenage cohorts.”

― Linda Hunt

“I always sang harmony with my family growing up.”

― Linda Ronstadt

“It makes me sad that our kids are growing up in a country where they are American but, in a sense, have to prove it. They can’t just be who they are like everyone else. Who they are is something suspicious, something scary, something misunderstood.”

― Linda Sarsour

“My dad was a bass player in a Latino band when I was growing up. So we always had musical instruments in our basement.”

― Lindi Ortega

“Growing up I always shopped at Victoria’s Secret with my mom and saw Angels like Gisele and Karolina Kurkova in the windows.”

― Lindsay Ellingson

“I loved Judy Garland growing up, and I also loved Ella Fitzgerald.”

― Lindsay Mendez

“Even growing up, I was always the helper-outer, the sous-chef to my parents.”

― Lindsey Vonn

“I worked hard learning harmony and theory when I was growing up in Chicago in the 1920s.”

― Lionel Hampton

“By growing up in Alabama, I had a melting pot of the whole pie: R&B, gospel, country.”

― Lionel Richie

“Growing up with country, R&B, gospel, and classical music from my grandmother and pop, Tuskegee was the perfect melting pot for my influences as a writer.”

― Lionel Richie

“I was terrified of growing up to become the anti-me, maturing into a woman whom I would not recognise and who wouldn’t recognise her younger self.”

― Lionel Shriver

“I danced growing up. I had two friends of mine that, actually, one of them wound up dancing with Alvin Ailey.”

― Lisa Ann Walter

“When I was growing up in California, being vegetarians differentiated my mother and me from normal, held us away from the masses.”

― Lisa Brennan-Jobs

“I was the typical little sister who wanted to be just like her older brother. When I was growing up, my brother wrote phenomenal stories, so I wanted to write them, too.”

― Lisa Graff

“Growing up, I was listening to Scissor Sisters.”

― Liv Bruce

“I’m Christian. Growing up in Ethiopia, it’s half-Christian and half-Muslim. You grow up with Muslim kids. I’m very much aware of their religion.”

― Liya Kebede

“Growing up in Hollywood it seemed like every kid was the child of some star.”

― Liza Minnelli

“Well, when I was growing up it was Ozzie and Harriet on TV – nobody’s parents were like that.”

― Liza Minnelli

“I saw ‘Clueless’ five times in the theatre when I was growing up.”

― Lizzy Caplan

“I don’t have too much spare time, but I try to play games as much as possible. I played a little growing up, but I never played any tennis games before.”

― Lleyton Hewitt

“Growing up, I was taught a man’s word is his bond.”

― Logan Mankins

“I sacrificed a lot of things growing up.”

― Logic

“Growing up in eastern Kentucky like I did, I’m used to having a few guns around to protect me.”

― Loretta Lynn

“I was a nerd growing up, and I’m a little antisocial and awkward.”

― Louis C. K.

“I talked to Marvel about ‘Thor’ at one point, but I didn’t want to do Thor. It wasn’t something I read growing up, really; it wasn’t one of the books I loved.”

― Louis Leterrier

“For me, Robbie Williams was a massive influence when I was growing up. But also Cheryl Cole. Being in her presence was intimidating, because she’s so hot.”

― Louis Tomlinson

“Growing up, I’d watch ‘Rambo’ or ‘Commando,’ and so many action heroes were these huge guys with six-pack abs. It almost became a novelty.”

― Lucas Till

“I can’t do tricks, but I absolutely loved trying, and one of my fondest memories growing up was trying to imitate Ronaldinho and do his dance.”

― Lucy Bronze

“My mother loved Gene Wilder when I was growing up, so I used to watch all his movies with her. I just adore him.”

― Lucy Punch

“Growing up, I was listening to a lot of Metallica, a lot of instrumental guitar music because I started out as a guitar player.”

― Ludwig Goransson

“As a kid growing up in Sweden loving American music, I always dreamt of migrating here and working with brilliant artists like Donald Glover.”

― Ludwig Goransson

“Growing up in Sweden, musical education is something really special. There are music schools everywhere, and the education is very advanced.”

― Ludwig Goransson

“No, ‘Point Break’ for me – growing up on the beaches of Sydney as a surfer, it was kind of the movie that we watched every week. For me to be Johnny Utah, I’m beside myself.”

― Luke Bracey

“To me, growing up in South Wales, a pair of Diesel jeans were the thing to have – if you could afford them.”

― Luke Evans

“Maybe there’s less oppression growing up in a small village, and fewer rules, and less danger.”

― Luke Treadaway

“The thing about being an actor is that you’re in the business of not growing up.”

― Luke Wilson

“I have friends growing up in Egypt. I have friends in England. And they just can’t believe that what I used to say, it used to be almost like a joke. I used to say I’ll be in the NBA one day.”

― Luol Deng

“I had to learn to sew when I was growing up, because nothing else fitted me.”

― L’Wren Scott

“Growing up, the last thing I ever thought I’d do is be an entertainer.”

― Lyle Lovett

“When I was growing up, we had a widow living next door to us. So the habit was that if we went to the grocery store, we called her first. If we cut our yard, we cut her yard, no questions asked.”

― Lynn Good

“Growing up, I didn’t know anything about money other than we didn’t have any.”

― LZ Granderson

“We’re so preoccupied with protecting children from disappointment and discomfort that we’re inadvertently excusing them from growing up.”

― LZ Granderson

“What people don’t normally know about us is the hustle is very real, and it’s sorely driven a lot by how we consider ourselves. We don’t pay a whole lot of attention to any type of judgment that we might get from outside people. I think that comes from growing up onstage.”

― Lzzy Hale

“One thing I loved when I was growing up, you maybe saw one review from a magazine like ‘Rolling Stone,’ but now there are 150 reviews before an album even comes out. There are so many opinions out there, but the only one that really matters is your own.”

― M. Shadows

“When we were growing up, we listened to all sorts of music, but the first band that really grabbed all of us live was AFI.”

― M. Shadows

“Growing up, I was always playing with video games.”

― M. Shadows

“I think growing up, people want to put you in a box and label you quite often, just because it’s kind of easier, I guess.”

― Mabel

“Youssou N’Dour was really important to me growing up.”

― Mabel

“I definitely idolised Beyonce growing up.”

― Mabel

“I have a lot of growing up to do, or a lot of growing down. I think that’s probably more appropriate.”

― Macaulay Culkin

“I was a huge punker growing up.”

― Machine Gun Kelly

“Hip-hop influences my talent, but I think that punk and everything else I listened to growing up was who my idols were.”

― Machine Gun Kelly

“I wanted to be Beetlejuice. I watched nonstop ‘Beetlejuice’ and ‘The Princess Bride’ growing up.”

― Mackenzie Davis

“I grew up doing musical theater. I went to a school for musical theater, so that was always what I wanted to do growing up.”

― Madeline Brewer

“I loved the time I got to spend in Denver. My boys, Arin and Ryan, were growing up. I got to spend time with them without being pried upon. There was no public scrutiny. I was free and could take them to the supermarket or to the park without being noticed or looked at.”

― Madhuri Dixit

“Growing up, I didn’t feel cool; I didn’t fit into any crowd.”

― Madonna Ciccone

“I always felt like I was a freak when I was growing up and that there was something wrong with me because I couldn’t fit in anywhere.”

― Madonna Ciccone

“I was thinking as a little girl growing up that I would be there. When I look at whether we can go to Mars, it’s definitely something we can do.”

― Mae Jemison

“I’ve always enjoyed the teen angst thing. I had a lot of teen angst as I was growing up, so I think I have a lot to say about it through characters before I have to move on.”

― Magda Apanowicz

“I played softball for a few years growing up. Both my brothers played baseball.”

― Maggie Lawson

“Ask about music growing up, I’ll tell you I grew up playing classical music, and I didn’t grow up in a musical household.”

― Maggie Rogers

“The big thing in my family growing up is that everybody had to play a musical instrument. We were like the von Trapps.”

― Maggie Stiefvater

“I wanted to do two things when I was growing up, about your age. I wanted to play in the NBA, and I wanted to be a businessman after my basketball career was over, and that is what I am doing now.”

― Magic Johnson

“I have got the best of both worlds; growing up in Edinburgh and now living outside Glasgow.”

― Magnus Magnusson

“I really wasn’t into comic books growing up.”

― Mahershala Ali

“When I was growing up, in the ’80s and ’90s, I just never really saw myself reflected in the things that I had a liking for. It makes a difference.”

― Mahershala Ali

“As a kid, my dad would take me to see indie films when I would visit him in New York. Films that I just wouldn’t see growing up in the Bay Area.”

― Mahershala Ali

“When I was growing up, I didn’t have tons and tons of friends.”

― Makoto Shinkai

“When I was growing up and until I got married, I had some times when I felt a bit lonely and a little bit isolated – even after I got married.”

― Makoto Shinkai

“The kids growing up in the apartheid era were so restricted and angry – if they spoke out against it, they were thrown in jail.”

― Malik Bendjelloul

“Growing up, my favorite pass-rusher was Julius Peppers. He was just a beast.”

― Malik Jackson

“I don’t really have an issue with showing certain parts of my body. I’d rather not, but it’s not a big deal. Growing up in Sweden, it’s natural over there.”

― Malin Akerman

“Growing up, I was in all the musicals and everything… I’d come home from school and bash out a few Whitney Houston songs.”

― Mallory Jansen

“Growing up, I was always in my high school musicals and everything, but I kind of stopped doing all that when I finished school and acting became my main priority.”

― Mallory Jansen

“Ricky Martin is one of the artists I wanted to be growing up.”

― Maluma

“Growing up in the public spotlight and having insecurities like every other girl, I really know what it’s like to feel self-conscious.”

― Mandy Moore

“I don’t think I had the aspiration to be a star growing up. I loved Madonna and Bette Midler, and I had my karaoke machine and would sing their songs.”

― Mandy Moore

“Growing up, my parents always played artists like Alanis Morissette, Aerosmith and Michael Jackson, so I just grew to love their music. And I just love so many diverse artists for different reasons; some for their instruments, some for their edge, some for their vocals.”

― Manika

“Steven Spielberg was my idol growing up. I knew that all of his movies have a very specific message and point of view, and the always are really epic.”

― Manish Dayal

“Huge Kobe fan growing up. My dog’s name is Kobe.”

― Manny Machado

“I was very sheltered growing up, so the only real beauty exposure I had was my mom. And still, to this day, she is my number 1 beauty icon.”

― Manny MUA

“Most of the movies I saw growing up were viewed as totally disposable, fine for quick consumption, but they have survived 50 years and are still growing.”

― Manuel Puig

“Well, my father was in the Army and we traveled quite a bit when I was growing up, and I thought that I would like to have a military career, although I was drawn more towards the Navy.”

― Marc Garneau

“Growing up, Wayne Rooney and Cristiano Ronaldo were the players I looked up to – and Carlos Tevez when he was at the club.”

― Marcus Rashford

“I grew up in the north woods of Canada. You had to know certain things about survival. Wilderness survival courses weren’t very formalized when I was growing up, but I was taught certain things about what to do if I got lost in the woods.”

― Margaret Atwood

“I was a dancer, growing up, and I definitely thought that was going to be my profession.”

― Margaret Qualley

“Growing up, I saw the world as an inspiring place full of interesting people.”

― Margherita Missoni

“I’m a massive ‘Seinfeld’ freak, and growing up, I always wanted to be Elaine – but I think everybody has a little bit of George in them, even if nobody wants to admit it.”

― Margo Price

“Growing up in Hampton, the face of science was brown like mine.”

― Margot Lee Shetterly

“I felt like that growing up – that I didn’t have a voice.”

― Marianne Elliott

“I read a lot of the ‘Pern books’ growing up – basically up through ‘All the Weyrs of Pern,’ maybe a couple after that. As far as formative dragon influences are concerned, she’s probably one of the top ones; I know I read other fantasy novels that had them, but none particularly stick in mind.”

― Marie Brennan

“Growing up, I didn’t know any writers and felt somewhat isolated.”

― Marie Lu

“I never had a sister growing up. Donny was the closest thing.”

― Marie Osmond

“Everything I was afraid of when I was growing up, I’ve become. I’ve taken on my nightmares, like the devil and the end of the world, and I’ve become those things.”

― Marilyn Manson

“My public is growing up just as I am. After all, I’m not 19 anymore and if I stick with the sex bit, who will be paying to see me when I’m 50?”

― Marilyn Monroe

“I find that the hardest work in the world… is to persuade Easterners that growing up in the West is not intellectually crippling.”

― Marilynne Robinson

“I think we need to do as much as we can to give back to these young kids growing up. I think we’ve done a pretty decent job so far.”

― Mario Lemieux

“When I was growing up, the Spanish-speaking world was Balkanized. We were isolated. We didn’t know what was happening in cultural terms in Ecuador, Colombia and Chile. Nowadays, this has changed a lot – fortunately for writers and readers. There is much more integration.”

― Mario Vargas Llosa

“Growing up as Chinese-American, as someone who experienced racism, questions of ‘otherness’ are always at the forefront of my mind.”

― Marjorie Liu

“I figure if you have one person that loves you, that’s enough, growing up. You just need one person in your corner.”

― Mark Bradford

“I was always extremely independent growing up.”

― Mark Foster

“My parents were pretty lenient with me. But, they gave me morality while I was growing up. They taught me the difference between right and wrong.”

― Mark Hoppus

“I’ve learned some of the greatest life lessons from growing up in the skate and punk rock communities.”

― Mark Hoppus

“The last few years I became a lot more into sports. Growing up, the sports I liked were independent sports, like skateboarding. I was really into skateboarding, and not necessarily team televised sports.”

― Mark Hoppus

“As a post-Holocaust kid, growing up in a neighborhood with a lot of Jewish refugees, I had got the idea there were no Jews left in Europe. But I found in my European wanderings that many of them had gone back and rebuilt their lives.”

― Mark Kurlansky

“My favorite record, growing up, was ‘Songs of the Haunted House,’ a Disney record that was just wackiness. It’s still one of my favorites, actually.”

― Mark Lanegan

“I was a competitive guy growing up.”

― Mark Sanchez

“Bill Gates has always been a mentor and inspiration for me even before I knew him. Just growing up, I admired how Microsoft was mission-focused.”

― Mark Zuckerberg

“Growing up, I didn’t have any inspirations.”

― Marsai Martin

“I remember my first job, when I was working in a retail store down there, growing up in Laurel, Mississippi. I was making, like, $2.15 an hour. And I was taught how to responsibly handle those customer interactions.”

― Marsha Blackburn

“Growing up in the south, N.Y.C. always seemed like a destination to visit but not to live in.”

― Martha Hunt

“Growing up, I was told I could be anything I wanted to be. There were no limitations restraining me just because I was a girl. Then I joined the military.”

― Martha McSally

“When I was growing up, it was the guys who were hardest at school who got the prettiest girls. It’s a status thing.”

― Martin Compston

“I’ve become a lot more relaxed about my career, but maybe that’s a part of growing up. I realise there are things I hold dear and value, aside from professional achievements.”

― Martin Henderson

“As a lad growing up in the Fifties and Sixties, I played both Gaelic football and soccer and loved them both.”

― Martin McGuinness

“I mean I have a project that I have been wanting to make for quite a while now; and basically, it’s a story of my parents growing up in the Lower East Side.”

― Martin Scorsese

“Growing up in a specific area has a certain sociological and economic reason, so I’m interested in using myself as a case study to look as those things.”

― Martine Syms

“I played sports growing up, and I worked out a lot. Then, when I moved back to L.A., I just fell off everything.”

― Martine Syms

“Like most North Americans, I’d been raised on the notion that milk is the first food, and everybody must like it because it’s so good and so important for growing up and for being healthy.”

― Marvin Harris

“That’s so important for children when they’re growing up, to have a strong male role model.”

― Mary Badham

“I hated myself for so many reasons, and I thought so many things were my fault that happened to me growing up.”

― Mary J. Blige

“Growing up, I was the preferred hairstylist for all of my friends.”

― Mary J. Blige

“At the time I was growing up, literature was involved with the so-called confessional poets. And I was not interested in that. I did not think that specific and personal perspective functioned well for the reader at all.”

― Mary Oliver

“I’ve often wondered if the trade-off for growing up in the relative newness and freshness of the West Coast was befuddlement when it comes to historical preservation. We don’t have many old things, and we don’t really know what to do with the few that are around when our default response is to compost or field burn.”

― Mary Pilon

“When I was growing up, kids would go outside and play all day and invent things. And my brothers and I pretended our picnic table was a ship one summer. Our bikes were horses, and our trees were forts. We turned everything in the world into make-believe.”

― Mary Pope Osborne

“I really didn’t have one particular athlete I liked growing up.”

― Masahiro Tanaka

“I’m really influenced by ’90s hip hop. A Tribe Called Quest and De La Soul were my heroes growing up.”

― Mat Kearney

“Growing up in Eugene, Oregon, there was everything from The Notorious B.I.G. to Weezer playing in my car.”

― Mat Kearney

“My dad was a scratch golfer growing up. When I’m on the road, I always bring my clubs with me.”

― Mat Kearney

“Growing up, I watched shows such as ‘Blackadder’ and ‘Monty Python’ with my parents.”

― Mathew Baynton

“What’s really great about Buddhism is its rational, informal quality. Coming from my experience of growing up a Catholic, I found Buddhism to be refreshingly easygoing and forgiving.”

― Matt Dillon

“I’ve been a Lakers fan since growing up in Oklahoma. My hometown’s finally got the Thunder, which is really exciting, but I’ve still got to stick with the Lakers.”

― Matt Kemp

“We definitely weren’t poor growing up, but we weren’t rich.”

― Matt Kemp

“Growing up, my family wasn’t really into sports, so we didn’t really watch sports, and then one day I stumbled across the TV: pro wrestling.”

― Matt Riddle

“Growing up, I was always a fan of wrestling, but I was also a fan of MMA and stuff.”

― Matt Riddle

“I was a bit of a troubled kid growing up, let’s put it that way. I didn’t take pleasure in hard work.”

― Matt Taibbi

“Growing up, I watched other teams, and I fell in love with Arsenal. I wasn’t really interested in posters, but I saw many, many videos. Players like Thierry Henry and Patrick Vieira made me love the club, and I dreamt of going there.”

― Matteo Guendouzi

“I spent a lot of time growing up in Ireland in Donegal.”

― Matthew Broderick

“’Sag Harbor’ brought me a new readership – it’s a coming of age tale about growing up in the ’80s.”

― Matthew Desmond

“Growing up in the digital age of filmmaking, I’m as guilty as anyone of overshooting.”

― Matthew Heineman

“I wasn’t attractive when I was growing up, and I don’t think I am now.”

― Matthew Lewis

“My favorite actor was, is, Michael Keaton. Certainly growing up, in the movie ‘Night Shift’ he did something brand new that I hadn’t seen before that we all steal from now. And then it was in 1987 he did the movie ‘Clean and Sober’ and ‘Beetlejuice’ in the same year, and that was when I said, ‘Wow, that’s what I want to do.’”

― Matthew Perry

“I think I may have to grow up without growing old. I think we’re going to have to define differently what I’m going to be. We’re going to have to define my growing up differently.”

― Mattie Stepanek

“I watched a ton of cartoons growing up, but I don’t remember specifically what networks they were on, I’ll be honest. But I did like cartoons as a kid.”

― Maulik Pancholy

“Growing up, I’ve always felt I was God’s favoured child. Circumstances to help me just happen.”

― Mawra Hocane

“Growing up, I didn’t really like folk music – I wasn’t a fan of Bob Dylan. I grew up mostly listening to rap and hip-hop; it was this new form of music.”

― Max Casella

“I did an interview for MMA Hawaii when I was growing up, and I told them the guys I want to fight are Anthony Pettis and Jose Aldo.”

― Max Holloway

“The turning point in the process of growing up is when you discover the core of strength within you that survives all hurt.”

― Max Lerner

“When I was growing up, because I was a bit overweight and boyish, I thought I wasn’t attractive to the opposite sex, but I have since met lads from my school who said I just seemed unapproachable.”

― Maxine Peake

“Growing up, my grandmother did not want worldly music in the house. Then when I went out to California, I started listening to Spanish music, mostly Mexican music. But were I in Egypt, I would listen to the music of the people, or if I was in Italy, I’d listen to Italian music.”

― Maya Angelou

“When you’re growing up with a learning disability, it shoots your confidence and belief in what you can accomplish academically; it really damages it.”

― Maya Hawke

“I really struggled, growing up, with reading and writing. I had a hard time to do that, but I was really passionate about storytelling and about books.”

― Maya Hawke

“Growing up, I thought I was white. It didn’t occur to me I was Asian-American until I was studying abroad in Denmark and there was a little bit of prejudice.”

― Maya Lin

“When I was growing up, I lived in a neighborhood that was largely Latino and I thought I was Latino!”

― Meagan Good

“When I’m not in the booth, I’m one of the most laid-back guys. But growing up, I liked DMX, Jay-Z, 50 Cent, and T.I. – dudes that went all out on the track. My first songs were energetic because I liked their energy.”

― Meek Mill

“We can all agree that first loves can be a scary thing, and that growing up is hard to do.”

― Meg Cabot

“I’ve always been drawn to writing for young readers. The books that I read growing up remain in my mind very strongly.”

― Meg Wolitzer

“I’ve always been sort of drawn to storytelling, and I was always very playful growing up.”

― Megan Boone

“My parents lived, breathed, ate and slept theatre. Emotions were right on the surface. Growing up, the unreal had as much importance as the real.”

― Megan Follows

“I’m the biggest nerd – I love comic books and stuff like that! I don’t have any friends who are actresses. I only had one girlfriend when I was growing up. Most of my friends were boys. I was such a tomboy. I enjoyed doing guy things.”

― Megan Fox

“I trained in Toronto with a private acting teacher, who was wonderful, for years growing up.”

― Megan Park

“I’ve always been a risk taker. Growing up, I had a lot of freedom and room to roam and do what I wanted, and I think that’s a huge part of my game.”

― Megan Rapinoe

“At the start of each week, I generally cook a box of quinoa, and while it’s simmering, I saute onions, garlic and any veggies I have on hand in a separate pan. I season the vegetables with Spike, a seasoning blend my mom always used when I was growing up, or a little Bragg Liquid Aminos. I always add crushed red pepper and chopped fresh herbs.”

― Meghan Markle

“My father loves Las Vegas, and he loves to play craps. Growing up, I’d find old Caesars Palace chips in his pocket that he forgot to cash out.”

― Meghan McCain

“Since my father is a musician as well, he taught me growing up that if you can play jazz, you can learn all instruments and write on them. He wanted me to be a songwriter that can do anything in any genre. I’m all about doing every genre.”

― Meghan Trainor

“I had a lot of Barbies growing up, and a lot of porcelain dolls, but I was scared of them. I was so scared of them, I would try to turn their head away and would make my mom take them out of my room.”

― Melanie Martinez

“Growing up, I always took things too personal and was very emotional, and I got made fun of for it.”

― Melanie Martinez

“I’ve always been kind of an introvert growing up.”

― Melissa De Sousa

“I always loved ‘90210’ growing up. It was one of my favorites – the old-school ‘90210’.”

― Melissa Ordway

“I’ve always felt this, from when I was growing up to now with my son Riley. We don’t let them be little. I was not a normal kid, but I had a sense of innocence far longer than we let kids.”

― Melissa Peterman

“Growing up, flute riffs was big in rap back then. It’s what I listened to.”

― Metro Boomin

“I’m from Queensbridge. It’s the largest housing project in New York. And growing up in Queens, it was different because I wasn’t really experienced in traveling to the City. I never really got used to the City.”

― Metta World Peace

“I grew up in the ‘hood, but it was like growing up in Beverly Hills because there were so many superstars around.”

― Metta World Peace

“I spent 35 years growing up in the U.S., and it had its ups and downs.”

― MF Doom

“’Rugrats’ was my favorite cartoon growing up as a kid.”

― Michael Angarano

“I love sports. I’ve played basketball, baseball, soccer, tennis, track and field growing up.”

― Michael B. Jordan

“And a lot of the artists and people that we hired were fans of Transformers growing up, so having so many fans working on my crew really kept me on point.”

― Michael Bay

“Growing up, I ate a lot of candy. If you were my dentist, you would know that, you know, but I eat a lot of candy, so from eight to probably, like, 15, you wouldn’t see me without a pack of Skittles.”

― Michael Beasley

“Growing up, there was only classical music on BBC Radio. We had to listen to the American Forces Network in Germany, which played pop songs, or the pirate radio boats off the coast.”

― Michael Caine

“Growing up as a kid, I played for Wallsend Boys Club, a famous boys club. I had such a good childhood and upbringing there.”

― Michael Carrick

“We all know from growing up with TV that John Wells shows are usually very large ensembles with amazingly written characters. He tends to redefine the way stories are told in a specific genre, whether it’s ‘China Beach,’ ‘The West Wing,’ or ‘E.R.’”

― Michael Cudlitz

“When I was growing up, I always liked playing football, and my mum always took me to football games. I owe her a lot. She was my pillar. She was the biggest influence on me.”

― Michael Essien

“The African greats who were playing when I was growing up inspired me – players like George Weah, Abedi Pele, Tony Yeboah, Kalusha Bwalya, and all the others who made Africa proud.”

― Michael Essien

“I think my writing has an old-fashioned feel to it for whatever reason. I’m just so influenced by the music that I listened to growing up, a lot of it out of the ’60s, so it has a natural tendency to feel like it’s from another era.”

― Michael Giacchino

“When I was growing up, every show had live music. Now, almost none have live music. Probably 97 percent of the shows on television are probably synthesized, or mostly synthesized, and that’s a shame.”

― Michael Giacchino

“The ‘Jonny Quest’ theme had a huge influence on me while I was growing up.”

― Michael Giacchino

“I had all the usual ambition growing up. I wanted to be a writer, a musician, a hockey player. I wanted to do something that wasn’t nine to five. Acting was the first thing I tried that clicked.”

― Michael J. Fox

“I had a lovely time growing up.”

― Michael Kiwanuka

“To be scrupulously honest, I only met Noel Coward twice in my life, and then briefly, but I heard so much about him at home when I was growing up that I always felt I knew him well.”

― Michael Korda

“I played so many clubs growing up, and back in that period, in the ’60s, we’d play, like, four, five sets a night.”

― Michael McDonald

“I loved growing up in Washington, but I have been a diehard, 100 percent 49ers fan since I was 11.”

― Michael Mina

“I was not allowed to talk about being adopted when growing up. I walked around feeling like I was going to explode.”

― Michael Nyqvist

“Like most kids growing up, I had a very wide interest. I was interested in everything. I tried to take advantage of everything, from the sciences to music to writing to literature.”

― Michael P. Anderson

“I didn’t spend much time with my parents when I was growing up.”

― Michael Reagan

“I knew from a young age that I was attracted to guys. I didn’t know if it was a phase… I didn’t want to say, ‘Hey, I might be gay. I might be bi.’ I just didn’t know… I wanted to find who I was and make sure I knew what was comfortable. So I didn’t tell anyone growing up.”

― Michael Sam

“One of the reasons I’m an actor is because I was no physical specimen as a child. I wasn’t athletic and didn’t have any prowess in that regard. Growing up in Kentucky, most little boys were trying to get into sports, and it was very competitive, so that was not to be. But I did want to do something.”

― Michael Shannon

“I know this’ll sound obnoxious, but acting was very much an accident for me. I didn’t have, like, posters of Marlon Brando in my bedroom when I was growing up.”

― Michael Shannon

“I was obsessed with football when I was growing up.”

― Michael Sheen

“I have a daughter, and fairies meant a lot to her growing up.”

― Michael Sheen

“I’m a first-generation American, so I had friends from several cultures while growing up, including Indian and Iranian friends.”

― Michael Steger

“Growing up, when I’d throw out the trash, I’d toss it and dart because all the cats would come running. That’s why I still don’t like cats.”

― Michael Tubbs

“Growing up, I read all three of Frederick Douglass’ autobiographies by the time I was 12.”

― Michael Tubbs

“Growing up in Stockton wasn’t all doom and gloom.”

― Michael Tubbs

“I’ve matured – just growing up and learning more about my sport and more about myself.”

― Michelle Carter

“When I was growing up, my parents took in foster children. From a young age, I learned that there are a lot of children in need.”

― Michelle Monaghan

“I have nice muscle tone in my arms. I can’t really take credit for it, though – all the members of my family do. A lot of arm wrestling happened in our family growing up!”

― Michelle Monaghan

“We cannot forget about Rachel Maddow. She is the Peter Pan of MSNBC. But instead of never growing up, she never gets to the point.”

― Michelle Wolf

“I learned English at school, or at least that’s how it started. Also, in Holland – as opposed to some other European countries – we don’t dub anything, so as a kid growing up, always watching English and American movies in their original language really helped.”

― Michiel Huisman

“Growing up, I always wanted a bedroom of my own.”

― Mickey Drexler

“When I was growing up, I didn’t know who Jewish people were, what it was to be Jewish.”

― Mike Birbiglia

“When I was growing up in New York, we were the anomaly. Our family stayed, but back then families didn’t stay. Once you had a second kid, you immediately left, so the kids could run around outside.”

― Mike D

“When Yauch died, it was really like losing my older brother. I mean, I have biological older brothers, but growing up, Adam really was my older brother.”

― Mike D

“Growing up in New York City and hip-hop are two inseparable things, two things that are totally intertwined in our lives.”

― Mike D

“I was always intrigued when I was growing up, and then in engineering school, with the idea of a perpetual machine. I think of the Wal-Mart culture as that.”

― Mike Duke

“I had a really bad temper, when I was growing up. Sport helped me channel that temper into more positive acts.”

― Mike Krzyzewski

“One of the very first serious books I read when I was growing up was ‘Atlas Shrugged.’”

― Mike Pompeo

“As a kid growing up in a rural area, I was always tinkering with parts and machinery.”

― Mike Schultz

“If a dad does his job, we don’t need prisons, we don’t need jails. That’s what I saw growing up.”

― Mike Singletary

“Growing up, I was such a picky eater. I’m finally starting to expand.”

― Mike Trout

“Growing up, I felt like I couldn’t talk about certain things until I had the outlets to do so. Once you’re able to be honest and say things as they are, it removes this crazy stigma and fear around it.”

― Miles Heizer

“Some of the worst things that have happened in my career, like things getting leaked, have actually been what’s best for me, because people knew when I was on that show that I was really growing up.”

― Miley Cyrus

“Growing up, I thought I’d have at least five kids.”

― Minnie Driver

“I didn’t watch a lot of TV growing up.”

― Missy Peregrym

“Growing up, I was surrounded by R&B and Hip-Hop, and the closest thing I could find to dance was gymnastics which I watched on TV. So, I just used those avenues I found available right in my milieu to express what was inside of me.”

― Misty Copeland

“Growing up, I never really felt like anything was my own. I moved a lot, and I never belonged anywhere.”

― Mitski

“I think my real influences are out of my control, which are the things that entered my brain when I was a kid growing up.”

― Mitski

“Growing up in Connecticut, all the Colonial houses looked alike. In Los Angeles, the diversity is so extreme, it’s baffling.”

― Moby

“When I was growing up, I was the most pretentious person I have ever met. I only read obscure books and watched obscure movies and only listened to obscure music.”

― Moby

“I credit a lot of my success to being from Harlem, growing up there.”

― Mohamed Bamba

“If I had planned to be a singer, I would have got trained. In fact, I was more into theatre and plays while growing up.”

― Mohit Chauhan

“Growing up in Pakistan in the 1980s, I lived in the shadow of a tyrannical state.”

― Mohsin Hamid

“When the forces are aligning against hybridity, it harms everyone, as we are all migrants. Growing up in Pakistan, I know just how oppressive that kind of puritanical mindset can be.”

― Mohsin Hamid

“Growing up Catholic has been a gift.”

― Moira Kelly

“I come from a big family of storytellers and, growing up, I liked hearing about the years before I was born.”

― Molly Antopol

“I lived across from a cornfield when I was growing up.”

― Molly Bloom

“Growing up, I looked to people who had the same issues as me and were still living great lives.”

― Molly Tarlov

“I think everybody’s always attracted to both sexes. I mean, I think that women are very attractive. I’ve kissed girls, but everybody experiments. It’s part of growing up.”

― Monica Keena

“I knew who Buckley and Vidal were growing up, being a political junkie.”

― Morgan Neville

“My brother was an avid Stoke City fan and a good footballer. We shared a room, growing up, and the walls were covered with 1970s Stoke players, like Peter Shilton, Gordon Banks, and Jimmy Greenhoff.”

― Morten Harket

“When I was growing up, my family was so poor we couldn’t afford to pay attention.”

― Mr. T

“Growing up as a kid in inner city of Baltimore, Maryland, the way I played the game, I used to always steal the basketball.”

― Muggsy Bogues

“My favorite wrestler growing up was Bret ‘The Hitman’ Hart.”

― Mustafa Ali

“Mustafa Ali is who I wanted to see when I was growing up. I’m not wearing anything on my head; I’m not saying anything in Arabic. I’m just going to come out as Mustafa Ali.”

― Mustafa Ali

“It means everything to be a father. I had a father growing up, so I wanted my kids to have a father as well.”

― Mustard

“Growing up where I grew up in Queens, you have the United Nations all around you.”

― Nadia Ali

“When you’re growing up, you realize you’ve got a lot of heavy things on your shoulders.”

― Nadia Comaneci

“I just longed for certain connections and attachments with another person that I really lacked, I believe, growing up.”

― Nadya Suleman

“Growing up, I’d watch ‘The Cosby Show’ and ‘The Fresh Prince of Bel Air;’ I’d look at the little brown girls and be inspired by them.”

― Nafessa Williams

“I didn’t have a brown-skinned superhero growing up who wore cornrows and who reflected the inner city where I come from in Philadelphia.”

― Nafessa Williams

“When we were growing up, the only person we saw on TV that vaguely resembled us was the Iron Sheik – the pro wrestler whose signature move was the ‘Camel Clutch.’”

― Nahnatchka Khan

“My family never took vacations growing up. It just wasn’t a thing.”

― Nahnatchka Khan

“When I was growing up, I loved stories in which a girl sets out on a quest to rescue the prince instead of the other way around.”

― Nancy Willard

“Growing up, I thought I was going to be Madonna. I wanted to be a pop star. I wanted to dance and sing.”

― Natalie Maines

“My dad was a big runner. Growing up, I watched him do half marathons, and he was always running six or seven miles.”

― Natalie Morales

“Growing up, I had a natural love for women like Diana Ross, Mary Wells, Ella Fitzgerald. Then I got into Dionne Warwick, Nina Simone, and Patsy Cline.”

― Natalie Prass

“I wasn’t taken seriously being the only girl playing in band growing up.”

― Natalie Prass

“Almost every girl falls in love with the wrong man, I suppose it’s part of growing up.”

― Natalie Wood

“So many of us can recall growing up with Gene Okerlund as the voice of our childhoods while interviewing the likes of Andre The Giant, Hulk Hogan, Roddy Piper, Ultimate Warrior, Randy Savage, Sting, and others.”

― Natalya Neidhart

“Growing up, I had no idea just how hard my dad worked to make it all work.”

― Natalya Neidhart

“When I was growing up there, North Gulfport was referred to as ‘Little Vietnam’ because of the perception of crime and depravity within its borders – as if its denizens were simply a congregation of the downtrodden.”

― Natasha Trethewey

“As a kid growing up, I wanted the Allen Iverson shoes that came out, the Questions. My dad got them for me, so I was excited about that.”

― Nate Robinson

“I didn’t go to drama school, so I feel like I did all my growing up on ‘Hollyoaks.’”

― Nathalie Emmanuel

“I think that ballet and skating definitely go hand in hand, especially growing up at Ballet West, which is an incredible academy.”

― Nathan Chen

“Growing up in the middle of nowhere, there was a lot of twangy music around, but it didn’t really connect with me then.”

― Nathaniel Rateliff

“Growing up, I always thought of Detroit as a basketball town because of the Pistons, but everyone says it’s really, at its core, a football town.”

― Ndamukong Suh

“Growing up in Vegas, over time you get to see shows like Tom Jones, Wayne Newton, I mean, The Rat Pack ran Vegas way, way back, and I’m a huge fan of that whole era and vibe.”

― Ne-Yo

“I had spindly little ankles, and growing up in Canada, I couldn’t skate. I was no good at any sports so was very much a pariah through those adolescent years.”

― Neil Peart

“Growing up, my wildest dream was always to be part of the WWE, and I’d been in NXT by that time for two and a half years, so I felt very, very ready to go.”

― Neville

“There weren’t many options growing up, so I would wear whatever possible. I once saw a little boy wearing Jordan sneakers in a movie… and that made me dream.”

― Neymar

“I’ve been bullied because of the way I’ve looked growing up.”

― Nia Jax

“I’m an athlete; my dad had made sure I played all the same sports as boys growing up, so I was always super competitive.”

― Nia Jax

“Yes, my fashion sense is outrageous, but I am a rebel. I am young and still growing up.”

― Nia Sharma

“I’m not scared of growing up, but it just happens, doesn’t it?”

― Nicholas Hoult

“When I was growing up, yearning with my pals to be a track star, one of our heroes was Bruce Jenner. He won a gold medal at the 1976 Olympics in the decathlon, and he adorned our Wheaties boxes. We all wanted to be Bruce Jenner.”

― Nicholas Kristof

“It’s funny, growing up there was never anybody around me with any kind of artistic bent.”

― Nick Offerman

“When I was growing up, I was lucky to benefit from a first class education.”

― Nicola Sturgeon

“Growing up, I was very conservative in my wardrobe, so when I first joined the Pussycat Dolls, the biggest challenge was wearing those cabaret costumes. I didn’t feel comfortable showing my body so much, showing my legs and butt, chest and midriff.”

― Nicole Scherzinger

“Growing up, my mom was very strict about how I dressed and how I behaved, and I said to myself that I wasn’t going to be like that. But now I know I’m going to be exactly like my mom. I’m going to be worse!”

― Nicole Scherzinger

“I always hated my mole growing up. I even thought about having it removed. At the time I didn’t do it because I thought it would hurt, and now I’m glad I didn’t.”

― Niki Taylor

“I’m so proud to be a Latina. Growing up and being Latina and growing up with my father and getting to do a lot of the Hispanic traditions, I loved it.”

― Nikki Bella

“Everything will change. The only question is growing up or decaying.”

― Nikki Giovanni

“Being pretty was always a very big thing growing up.”

― Nikki Glaser

“My brother and I had a lot of freedom growing up, and thankfully, we both turned out OK.”

― Nikki Reed

“My ambition has always been to work with English and American actors and directors. Those were the movies that I was watching when I was growing up.”

― Nikolaj Coster-Waldau

“Even though you’re growing up, you should never stop having fun.”

― Nina Dobrev

“When I was growing up in East Germay, everyone said there was no God. So I started looking for it myself.”

― Nina Hagen

“While growing up, I lived in a traditional joint family in Mumbai’s suburbs.”

― Nita Ambani

“Directing was rarely a thought in my head growing up. Especially not when I first began acting or working on my first professional sets.”

― Noah Centineo

“I had trouble getting jeans when I was growing up. I had little skinny legs and this booty that came out of nowhere.”

― Noah Cyrus

“Growing up in the place I did I never was aware of any other option but to question everything.”

― Noam Chomsky

“If a child from an Amazonian hunter-gatherer tribe comes to Boston, is raised in Boston, that child will be indistinguishable in language capacities from my children growing up here, and vice versa.”

― Noam Chomsky

“Los Angeles is my home – I have my wife and two daughters growing up there.”

― Nobu Matsuhisa

“I am so passionate about representation because, growing up, I didn’t see myself, and now people can say, ‘I see myself there.’ We’re all trying to find where we are.”

― Noma Dumezweni

“I liked Roy Jones, Sugar Ray Leonard, Ali… those were the guys I was looking at growing up.”

― Nonito Donaire

“Growing up as an amateur, I wasn’t much of a power puncher. I was more of a speed guy.”

― Nonito Donaire

“Owning the Eagles is the ultimate fulfillment of every fantasy I ever had growing up in Philadelphia.”

― Norman Braman

“I never danced growing up.”

― Nyle DiMarco

“Growing up, I was always involved in the deaf community.”

― Nyle DiMarco

“I probably wanted to be Pam Grier growing up.”

― Octavia Spencer

“Growing up in a very poor orphanage in Ukraine, there wasn’t much food.”

― Oksana Masters

“I watched the Disney Channel all the time growing up. ‘Lizzie McGuire’ was my all-time favorite. I’m pretty sure I had every piece of merchandise that involved Lizzie. And I loved ‘That’s So Raven.’”

― Olivia Holt

“I was a handful growing up.”

― Olivia Wilde

“It felt when I was growing up that sport was, like, the only thing you should do… if you do music, you’re really different and a bit weird.”

― Olly Murs

“Growing up, I didn’t have a lot of role models – Bonnie Raitt, Lita Ford, Jennifer Batten.”

― Orianthi

“I had plenty of vices growing up.”

― Orlando Bloom

“I remember, growing up, if something big – God forbid – happened, the first jokes you heard on the subject came out of Jersey.”

― Oscar Nunez

“Movies I liked growing up were like Francis Ford Coppolla movies and Scorsese movies.”

― Owen Wilson

“You know your children are growing up when they stop asking you where they came from and refuse to tell you where they’re going.”

― P. J. O’Rourke

“I didn’t have bands that I was playing with growing up, so I learned to try to adapt and play these songs that were guitar songs on the piano, and sing them.”

― Page McConnell

“Growing up, people would always say, ‘You have such a pretty face.’ It’s kind of backhanded. That’s the kind of things we have to stomach.”

― Paloma Elsesser

“I went to private school my whole life. Growing up in Los Angeles, you’re surrounded by not just Connecticut privilege but, like, your-dad’s-a-movie-star privilege.”

― Paloma Elsesser

“I had seen images of Crystal Renn and Sophie Dahl growing up, but I didn’t really know about the plus-size fashion industry or how lucrative it was or, like, that it was changing or that I was even invited.”

― Paloma Elsesser

“When I was growing up, we were taught in school that North Koreans, and especially the North Korean leadership, were all devils.”

― Park Chan-wook

“Busking taught me so much on so many levels, not just about being a musician or writing songs – actually about growing up and being a human!”

― Passenger

“Bullying is something every kid in public, parochial, or private school has witnessed by graduation. While unfortunate, it is part of growing up.”

― Pat Buchanan

“My dad was an alcoholic, growing up, so I knew how scary that was from a child’s perspective – the volatility.”

― Patricia Arquette

“I have a good idea of how lucky we are to be growing up in Canada.”

― Patrick Chan

“I was a closet Journey fan when I was growing up.”

― Patty Jenkins

“I’d spent summers growing up in Mississippi, so I had an idea of what the South is like.”

― Patty Jenkins

“The idea that, you know – when I was growing up – that everybody would carry around a portable communicating device, that was science fiction when I was a kid.”

― Paul Allen

“Math was always my best subject growing up.”

― Paul G. Tremblay

“One of my favourite things growing up was ‘Asterix’, those books.”

― Paul Giamatti

“Growing up, I didn’t know where I was headed, except to the grave or maybe to the gutter. I went through wanting to do a lot of things, but acting wasn’t one of them.”

― Paul Giamatti

“I still consider myself working class. I know my circumstances have changed dramatically since I was growing up back in Birkenhead.”

― Paul O’Grady

“There is something about growing up in the Midwest that gives a different kind of sensibility. But if I’m feeling insecure, the smiles and politeness get upped a notch, and maybe that isn’t totally reflective of how I’m feeling on the inside.”

― Paul Rudd

“Growing up, I was certainly drawn to comedy, but my goal was just to be as well-rounded an actor as possible. I really liked Daniel Day-Lewis, and I thought, ‘Oh, he’s a good guy to try and emulate.’”

― Paul Rudd

“I was such a fan of Quentin’s growing up. I remembered I wanted to see ‘Pulp Fiction’ so badly, but my mom had seen it, and even though she loved it, she just thought it wasn’t appropriate for a 13-year-old.”

― Paul Rust

“Growing up in a small town, in the Midwest, and Catholic – those are sort of three layers of repression.”

― Paul Rust

“Growing up in Iowa, there weren’t many people who looked like me. And then when I moved out to L.A., every guy in comedy looked like me.”

― Paul Rust

“If you want a measure of how private a place the dressing room was when I was growing up at Manchester United, consider this: even Sir Alex Ferguson would knock before coming into the dressing room at the Cliff, the old training ground. The dressing room is for the players – and the players only.”

― Paul Scholes

“Growing up, I wanted to make the kind of movies that would play in a multiplex, and those were the kinds of movies I ended up making.”

― Paul W. S. Anderson

“I’m South American, and growing up in New York, I had the total stereotypical way of thinking of what Texas was about. I’m like, Texas. Big. Cows. Cowboys. Cowboy hats and cowboy boots. And barbeque.”

― Paula Garces

“When I was growing up, ‘Anna Karenina’ was one of my favourite books.”

― Paullina Simons

“Growing up, it was very clear that I was a member of a royal family with a potential function later on. The question was: when and how and if?”

― Pavlos, Crown Prince of Greece

“Growing up as a South Asian-American, I didn’t have any female role models.”

― Payal Kadakia

“For me, personally, I didn’t see many people like me on TV growing up.”

― Pearl Mackie

“I came from Iowa, south central Iowa. It was a very rural area. I saw a lot more hogs growing up than I saw people.”

― Peggy Whitson

“Making a living out of acting sounded like science-fiction when I was growing up. I didn’t know anyone around me who lived from anything related to art.”

― Penelope Cruz

“I’m not someone who has had to deal with much personal drama outside of the usual: growing up with parents who hated each other, two marriages and divorces of my own. There was the cancer thing, too.”

― Penny Marshall

“I was really scared of the devil growing up: I was convinced I was going to be possessed.”

― Perfume Genius

“He was my biggest crush when I was 12, and it’s never really stopped. I was on a lot growing up. I don’t know why.”

― Perfume Genius

“Music helped me, growing up: it very much felt like a companion and made me less lonely.”

― Perfume Genius

“I feel bad for kids growing up that, like, their favorite rapper is Lil Yachty.”

― Pete Davidson

“My grandmother was not a U.S. citizen. Growing up along the border, you see the real human side of immigration – not the picture often drawn by politicians far removed from the border.”

― Pete Gallego

“My childhood growing up in that part of Glasgow always sounds like some kind of sub-Catherine Cookson novel of earthy working-class immigrant life, which to some extent it was, but it wasn’t really as colourful that.”

― Peter Capaldi

“My parents didn’t take me to the theatre to see Chekhov when I was growing up – we went to see ‘Francie and Josie’ once every five years.”

― Peter Capaldi

“I never was a big comic book fan. Obviously I’d heard them growing up from my friends who did read them, but I never was a big comic book reader.”

― Peter Dinklage

“When I was growing up, I never felt that I belonged anywhere because we never lived in a house for more than three months. That’s all I knew, and that’s why I don’t really belong anywhere.”

― Peter Doig

“When I was a kid growing up, you maybe secretly wanted to be an actor, but you never said.”

― Peter Falk

“When I was growing up in Ossining, N.Y., playing pool with the guys, the thought that any one of us might become an actor was as far-fetched as being knighted by the queen of England.”

― Peter Falk

“You cannot separate sexuality from cheerleading. It is inherently what it is – growing up with the Dallas Cowboy Cheerleaders and all of that stuff.”

― Peyton Reed

“It was awesome growing up in New Orleans because there were great metal bands, there were great hardcore bands, there were great thrash metal bands in the middle ’80s and what-not. But then, take me out of New Orleans, and I moved to Fort Worth in 1987, and there’s a scene there, too. And Texas absolutely has a different sound.”

― Phil Anselmo

“I played hockey in North Dakota growing up and watch a lot of that.”

― Phil Jackson

“I started watching ‘Daria’ when I was in college because I didn’t have cable growing up. It’s such a smart show with a different type of female character.”

― Phoebe Robinson

“Cleaning your house while your kids are still growing up is like shoveling the walk before it stops snowing.”

― Phyllis Diller

“A lot of times, I faced bullies – or the ‘big dogs’ at school. What I wanted ‘Red Rising’ to be is not necessarily an indictment on bullies, but it reflects my experiences and attitudes that I had with bullies growing up.”

― Pierce Brown

“My parents divorced, and I didn’t have much of a daddy growing up.”

― Pink

“When I was growing up, I read Britney Spears’ and Mariah Carey’s biographies. I just wanted to see how they did it because I was so eager to get into the biz.”

― Pixie Lott

“I didn’t have anything growing up.”

― Playboi Carti

“I listened to R. Kelly growing up.”

― PnB Rock

“I was definitely considered different growing up. I learned that being me was all right because my family celebrated those differences.”

― Prabal Gurung

“As I learned from growing up, you don’t mess with your grandmother.”

― Prince William

“When my sister and I were growing up, she was made out to be the goody-goody one.”

― Princess Margaret

“Growing up in Delhi, India, I did puzzles, explored numbers, and searched for patterns in everyday settings long before I ever saw an equation.”

― Priyamvada Natarajan

“Growing up in bad neighborhoods, you see and experience a lot.”

― Prodigy

“I sang in church, but growing up in the neighborhood, music was more of an expression of relief or entertainment.”

― Q-Tip

“I was a fan of T-Pain’s music growing up. I bought ‘Epiphany’ and ‘Rappa Ternt Sanga.’”

― Quavo

“When I was growing up, there were so many musicals you could watch. I like the fantasy of musicals and I love music.”

― Queen Latifah

“Growing up, I was not used to good things happening to me.”

― Quinton Aaron

“I couldn’t believe I was working with Michael Jackson. I thought, growing up as a kid, I thought Michael was a cartoon.”

― R. Kelly

“I like to work out. I work out hard when I get to it, but it’s so sporadic, I’m not sure it counts at all! I eat pretty much anything, but I eat high-quality food. There was never a packet of chips or box of candy in my house when I was growing up. Ever.”

― Rachael Taylor

“All I listened to until age 18 growing up was musical theater. I liked the escapism of it.”

― Rachel Bloom

“Growing up on a mountain in Tennessee, I spent most of my childhood outside.”

― Rachel Boston

“I am occasionally enraptured by Western landscape. But I don’t identify that state of mind as having to do with my own origins, having grown up in the West, although I certainly crisscrossed Nevada countless times growing up, and then as a young adult, in cars and on motorcycles.”

― Rachel Kushner

“Growing up, I was not told that there were women’s areas of preoccupation or male ones.”

― Rachel Kushner

“I had a Stuart Davis poster growing up.”

― Rachel Kushner

“I played piano growing up. I played classical piano since I was 5, and I sang in choirs, and I sang in plays and musicals.”

― Rachel Platten

“My mom is a therapist, and my dad has a doctorate in psychology, and growing up, I felt ‘very understood.’”

― Rachel Platten

“I was used to Essex boys growing up. Russian boys are a lot more gentlemanly and thoughtful. They will express their emotions a bit more.”

― Rachel Riley

“Girls, to me, growing up were very, very petty and didn’t want me to succeed and didn’t want the best for me.”

― Rachel Zoe

“In the early 2000s, I was going through a lot. I didn’t have my head screwed on right. Where I was at as a man, I was still growing up.”

― Raekwon

“It’s properly scary playing a leading man. Growing up, I always wanted to be a character actor.”

― Rafe Spall

“Growing up in the north, it was natural for me to absorb the Punjabiness around me. I like their way of living, their large-heartedness. I know no other way.”

― Raftaar

“I did keep detailed journals from about fifth grade on, and every so often as I was growing up, I would re-read them and reflect on the previous years of my life.”

― Raina Telgemeier

“My favorite movies growing up were things like ‘The Wizard of Oz,’ but as I got older, I really began to admire people like Steven Soderbergh.”

― Rainey Qualley

“’That’s So Raven’ was my favorite show growing up! I loved Raven so much! That show is what made me want to be on Disney Channel!”

― Raini Rodriguez

“I was this weird misfit guy from suburban Seattle, I never really fit in, and then I became a drama geek, among all the other different kinds of geek that I was growing up, and I found I was pretty good at it.”

― Rainn Wilson

“My dad is extremely successful, so I’ve seen the money and luxury growing up. I’m nowhere close to his stature.”

― Ram Kapoor

“I used to love American Westerns, growing up in Germany.”

― Ramin Djawadi

“My love, growing up on the Prairies, was country music.”

― Randy Bachman

“Radio was my lifeline as a kid growing up in Winnipeg in the 1950s. It connected me with the wider world outside our little prairie city.”

― Randy Bachman

“I have an unusual hobby: I collect pictures of people I don’t know. It started when I was a kid growing up in South Florida, the land of junk stores, garage sales, and flea markets, as a kind of coping mechanism.”

― Ransom Riggs

“When I was growing up, Chef Charlie Trotter inspired me a lot.”

― Ranveer Brar

“I remember growing up as a kid in Houston, playing 3-on-3 in my grandmother’s driveway. I was lucky to be the youngest of four kids, so we had each other to keep ourselves busy and out of trouble. Not all kids are that fortunate.”

― Rashard Lewis

“I was the third parent, growing up, and it did make me a very overly responsible adult.”

― Rashida Tlaib

“I was huge fan of most of the animated series growing up in the golden era of ’90s superhero animation. I didn’t care who was producing – it was much more about the specific heroes that I connected with.”

― Ray Fisher

“Growing up, I didn’t have many comics, but I grew to love these characters through their film and television universes. I’ve been geeking out about these superheroes ever since I could tie a towel around my neck like a cape and jump off my grandmother’s porch.”

― Ray Fisher

“I was a huge fan of that Cyborg growing up as a kid because that was when the original cartoon show was on, and Khary Payton is a master at what he does.”

― Ray Fisher

“I felt like a typical kid growing up, and Lawnside is a nice town with a huge historical significance.”

― Ray Fisher

“I was a huge fan of the Justice League growing up. I watched all of the cartoons, all of the animated series, all of the movies, superhero related, since my personal beginning.”

― Ray Fisher

“Growing up as a kid, I wanted to be a ninja. In martial arts, even though I did Chinese kung fu, I always wanted to be this secret samurai or a ninja. There’s something about ninjas that was very appealing to me as a kid. So of course, I was climbing a lot of trees and other things and getting up to mischief – good mischief.”

― Ray Park

“My kids are growing up and it’s hard to accept they are their own person and they’re independent.”

― Ray Romano

“Growing up is not being so dead-set on making everybody happy.”

― Reba McEntire

“I like listening to old soul music. I like Sam Cooke. When I was growing up, the first things I was listening to was Whitney Houston and Cher. They were really big inspirations for me.”

― Rebecca Ferguson

“Twitter is growing up, expanding into other countries, and recognizing that the Internet is contrary to what people hoped; the government does reach into the Internet.”

― Rebecca MacKinnon

“I was a really big fan of cartoons growing up, and I loved to read too much into them most of the time.”

― Rebecca Sugar

“I love nutcrackers, as I was a ballerina growing up.”

― Ree Drummond

“Growing up in Beirut, I used to go to the souks with my mother to buy fabrics… I understood fashion at an early age, and my first designs were when I was five.”

― Reem Acra

“When you’re growing up, you want to feel part of something.”

― Reese Hoffa

“Well I had my kids so young that I kind of feel that I’m a kid too and am growing up with them. The things they’re interested in tend to really influence me.”

― Reese Witherspoon

“I always idolized guys like Deion Sanders, Barry Sanders, Steve Young and the entire 49ers team, really. I was a huge 49ers fan growing up.”

― Reggie Bush

“When I was growing up in the Philippines, the story that was read to me most was Pinocchio.”

― Reggie Lee

“Growing up in postwar Japan has made me the person I am, but it is not why I do the work I do. It is a very personal thing – everything comes from inside.”

― Rei Kawakubo

“Growing up in Jersey makes you a little bit ballsier, a little more outspoken.”

― Retta

“When I was growing up, I was regularly involved in local activities such as food collections, food kitchens, and other initiatives.”

― Rex Tillerson

“My uncle inspired me, and it was because of him that I become a wrestler, but besides him, the one Superstar that really caught my attention growing up as a kid was ‘Macho Man’ Randy Savage.”

― Rey Mysterio

“I jabbered too much in class about all the Russian writers whom I admired for being, among other things, uncouth and somewhat humorously melodramatic, such as Gogol and Dostoyevsky, just as it was in my own household when I was growing up.”

― Richard Elman

“Bob Dylan is my idol. Everybody has that person growing up that made them see things a little differently than they did before, Dylan is that guy for me. My dad gave me the ‘Blonde on Blonde’ album on cassette tape when I was seven or eight. It took me a while to get into Dylan’s vibe, but once I did, I never looked back.”

― Richard Harmon

“There’s a mythical status to the Tony Awards. When you’re growing up as an actor, you hear about Broadway and the Tonys, but it’s not something you ever expect to experience.”

― Richard McCabe

“Growing up watching the Premier League, the person with the most presence was Gilberto Silva. He was everywhere in Brazil. His matches were always televised. He was the main figure I was following in the Premier League.”

― Richarlison

“As a kid growing up, one of the brands I thought was tremendous was Karl Kani… and I don’t see Karl Kani today. I want to see SheaMoisture tomorrow.”

― Richelieu Dennis

“I wouldn’t know how to write a weak female character. I read so much epic fantasy growing up, where you have these sword-wielding, in-your-face warrior maidens.”

― Richelle Mead

“As a young man growing up in that era, I was very influenced by Hendrix and took to a wah wah, and I learned how to really use one effectively as Hendrix did.”

― Rickey Medlocke

“When I was growing up, I didn’t like cheese. I had to wean myself onto cheese.”

― Ricky Gervais

“Growing up with two sisters, you either play by yourself or play Barbie with them. I played by myself.”

― Ricky Williams

“Growing up, my mom always knew that I was more on the Black side than the Spanish side, just because I didn’t speak Spanish.”

― Rico Nasty

“Dancing was always part of my culture growing up in Barbados. When I shot my 1st video I worked really hard with my choreographer to perfect the routines.”

― Rihanna

“I don’t really remember much about Kosovo. I only remember growing up in London, where my parents had to basically start from scratch.”

― Rita Ora

“Streetwear for me is what I was raised wearing in London, and my style influences growing up were always people who wore streetwear.”

― Rita Ora

“Growing up in London was the best.”

― Rita Ora

“What I’ll remember about New York is growing up really fast.”

― Rita Ora

“I remember, growing up, you didn’t wear an England shirt. The English flag was very much – and still is, to some extent – associated with the far-right movements of the 1980s that I grew up around.”

― Riz Ahmed

“When you’re growing up, you need to stay around people who are headed in the right direction and stay away from people who will take you in the wrong direction.”

― Rob Gronkowski

“Growing up as a kid, I watched Jeremy Shockey… Tony Gonzalez… Antonio Gates. I looked up to them. I watched what they did to be successful.”

― Rob Gronkowski

“I’ve watched ‘Family Guy,’ growing up and throughout my whole life.”

― Rob Gronkowski

“I was always blessed growing up with opportunities and access to facilities, equipment, and playing with my brothers in the backyard to be the best athlete I could be.”

― Rob Gronkowski

“Growing up together with my brothers and working out – knowing that they bring intensity to the workout and they really, truly believe in it – it’s awesome.”

― Rob Gronkowski

“I never thought, growing up, I’d be a TV host.”

― Rob Gronkowski

“I always wanted to be an athlete growing up.”

― Rob Gronkowski

“My initial introduction to him was – this is a funny story… My Aunt Marian, my entire life growing up, told me that I looked like Charlie Chaplin. That didn’t really resonate with me when I was younger – I hadn’t seen a lot of his films.”

― Rob McClure

“I’ve always been physical. I loved sports growing up. I was never specifically a dancer or anything like that.”

― Rob McClure

“As a kid growing up in the back streets of Dublin I used to pretend I was playing in the World Cup with my mates out on the streets, and now I will be doing it for real.”

― Robbie Keane

“Usually, when I liked athletes growing up, it was because they could hit a ball very far or they can throw a ball very fast. They can shoot a jumper, or they can dunk the ball.”

― Robbie Lawler

“I was on the set when I was five years old with Spencer Tracy. A lot of what I learned growing up in terms of artistry is very clean, very tidy, very organized.”

― Robert Blake

“I loved cinema while growing up and, for the longest time, wanted to be a director.”

― Robert Carlyle

“Everything we do in our growing up has been done before. But it needs recognition and validation each time for each one of us – public, private, and secret.”

― Robert Fulghum

“Working 14 hours a day until you’re 55 and missing your kids growing up is not what I would consider a recipe for happiness.”

― Robert Harris

“I was the little kid growing up. I wasn’t picked on because, honestly, I was fast, so I could run away from the bullies.”

― Robert Knepper

“When I was growing up, you’d read about actors, and they’d never tell you their age and how much they made a year as part of their definition.”

― Robert Osborne

“My access to music when I was growing up was through pirate radio, you know, transistor radio under the pillow, listening to one more and then ‘just one more’ until your favourite track comes on.”

― Robert Palmer

“I was the one in charge of the kids growing up.”

― Robert Rodriguez

“As a very young man growing up in Texas, usually I got a shotgun or cowboy boots for Christmas.”

― Robert Wilson

“My parents gave up things for me when I was growing up.”

― Roberto Firmino

“I loved theater growing up, and my mom always took us to the touring productions that would come through town. We would go to Chicago all the time and see shows. I loved it.”

― Robin Lord Taylor

“’Batman Returns’ was a huge movie and one of my favorites growing up. It’s incredible.”

― Robin Lord Taylor

“Growing up, I loved Bill Cosby.”

― Robin Thicke

“I’ve completely embraced life in Florida after growing up in the Midwest. This is home for me.”

― Robin Zander

“I used the bus when I was growing up in Brazil. I don’t want to diminish anyone who travels on the bus, but I haven’t done that for a long time.”

― Robinho

“In Brazil, I didn’t have it easy growing up.”

― Robinho

“When I was a kid growing up, there might be 10 shows on the air that had been on for ten seasons or eleven seasons. ‘Gunsmoke’ ran for over twenty years.”

― Rocky Carroll

“When I was growing up, the exam system didn’t allow you to write fiction, so you never did.”

― Roddy Doyle

“One of my very favorite television shows growing up was ‘The Prisoner.’”

― Roger Avary

“I love ‘Jungle Book’ and all the classics growing up, but what I learned about this is that these Disney films are basically classic fables that have been told for thousands of years.”

― Roger Ross Williams

“When you’re growing up in Jamaica and you don’t have much, and then you gain more and more… you can now share the more that you have with the people that have less because you know what less is like.”

― Rohan Marley

“I thought I would be a visual artist when I was growing up, so I’m always up for a bit of experimentation.”

― Roisin Murphy

“While growing up in Birmingham around a lot of West Indian people, reggae and calypso were big influences early on but Otis Redding was the one person who made me wanna sing myself.”

― Roland Gift

“I probably felt most out of place as a young kid growing up in Sri Lanka. My mental world was somewhere else, partly because of reading and daydreaming.”

― Romesh Gunesekera

“When I was growing up, I don’t think I knew any other child who had been out of Sri Lanka.”

― Romesh Gunesekera

“’Commonwealth’ is not a word I ever used growing up in Colombo. There, in the late 1950s, it would have meant little more than New Zealand lamb and Anchor butter at the cold stores.”

― Romesh Gunesekera

“I lived with my auntie and my cousin when I was growing up, and they always wore black, and I thought it was quite chic. It wasn’t a goth or a social group sort of thing.”

― Romy Madley Croft

“Personally, I never had any negative encounters with the law growing up.”

― Ron Stallworth

“Having loved the Stones all the time I was growing up, I wasn’t about to see them go and split up. It got very close to it in the 80s, when Mick thought that Keith hated him and vice versa.”

― Ronnie Wood

“Growing up in bars might sound like child abuse. And if it does, then you’re what my mom would call ‘Protestants.’”

― Rory O’Malley

“I obsessively listened to all of James Lapine’s shows as a child growing up in Cleveland and had every cast recording and every VHS tape of ‘Into the Woods’ and everything that James had done that I could get my hands on.”

― Rory O’Malley

“My parents were so relaxed by the time I was growing up that I got away with a lot more.”

― Rose Byrne

“Growing up in Britain, Michael Caine has always been such an icon. Chatting with him, I know I came across as the biggest doofus. Literally, I was, like, bowing to him.”

― Rose Leslie

“I was kind of a loner growing up.”

― Rose Namajunas

“When I was growing up, my mom didn’t let me watch a lot of TV. She said I couldn’t watch ‘Friends’ or that era of sitcoms.”

― Ross Butler

“Growing up, my favorite movies were ‘Forrest Gump,’ ‘Shawshank Redemption,’ ‘Gladiator’ – none of them really had Asian leading men.”

― Ross Butler

“If you played basketball growing up, you learn the importance of follow-through when you shoot: forming the gooseneck, waving good-bye to the ball, reaching into the far off hoop like it’s a cookie jar – think Michael Jordan’s last shot as a Bull.”

― Rowan Ricardo Phillips

“I realized why I can cook for different environments. Because of everything I’ve gone through growing up. Why can I cook for a Hollywood event without blinking an eye? Because I cooked at the Beverly Hilton and because I moved to Villa Park. Why can I cook for kids on Hollywood Boulevard at night? Because I went through it.”

― Roy Choi

“I was a late bloomer, and that was my issue growing up.”

― Rozonda Thomas

“Tango was very popular in Panama at the time when I was growing up. In the Fifties in Panama, the radio stations played all types of music.”

― Ruben Blades

“Fashion is such a weird thing. Growing up, I just made do with whatever I had access to – a lot of hand-me-downs and thrift store shopping.”

― Ruby Rose

“Growing up, mostly in Montreal, I was an only child of loving parents.”

― Rudolph A. Marcus

“When I was growing up, I had a nanny who would always play ‘The Sound of Music’ and ‘Bye Bye Birdie,’ so I was always listening to that stuff.”

― Rumer Willis

“Being that my parents and I were immigrants to Canada, I didn’t have the most lavish life growing up.”

― Rupi Kaur

“Films and books have been intertwined as far as my growing up is concerned.”

― Ruskin Bond

“When I was growing up, I remember having read all the books in the library. I often tried to emulate my favourite writers.”

― Ruskin Bond

“When I was growing up, I thought I’d be a lot happier if I was famous and successful and if I had money.”

― Russell Brand

“Magic Johnson was my favorite player growing up.”

― Russell Westbrook

“I’ve always had to prove myself to people growing up. I had to show them that I could do this and I could do that and paying no mind to what the critics said.”

― Russell Westbrook

“Growing up, it was just me and my mom, so we would play games where we’d listen to the radio and sing harmonies to each other.”

― Ruthie Ann Miles

“Well, I’m from Indiana. So to me when I was a little kid growing up, Cincinnati was the glamorous New York of it all.”

― Ryan Murphy

“When I was growing up my favorite show was ‘The Mary Tyler Moore Show’, and I loved all the stuff that Norman Lear did.”

― Ryan Murphy

“When we were growing up, we supported Liverpool.”

― Ryan Sessegnon

“Growing up, we were very similar, but Steven got a bad injury. It set him back a year. But for that, we would have progressed at the same time.”

― Ryan Sessegnon

“Growing up, all of my friends would set their schedules to the showing of kung fu movies on TV.”

― Rza

“When I was growing up, we went to Musikfest every year, and I have vivid memories of the corn on the cob. I’m going for the concert, but I’m really going for the corn.”

― Sabrina Carpenter

“The first songs I learned was ‘Crazy’ by Patsy Cline and ‘At Last’ by Etta James. I had been growing up with the Beatles, Pink Floyd, great bands.”

― Sabrina Carpenter

“When I was growing up, anyone who wasn’t white was black. It meant all of us. Though when I was at university, we started to be called Asians.”

― Sadiq Khan

“When I was growing up watching Marilyn Monroe, I learned that you can be very beautiful, very glamorous and very vulnerable and not give up your soul just because you were a movie star.”

― Sally Kirkland

“In the ’50s, listening to Elvis and others on the radio in Bombay – it didn’t feel alien. Noises made by a truck driver from Tupelo, Mississippi, seemed relevant to a middle-class kid growing up on the other side of the world. That has always fascinated me.”

― Salman Rushdie

“I’d pull my little brother on our motorcycle on an inner tube behind it. We would go fishing, we would hunt some, growing up.”

― Sam Brownback

“I spent a lot of time growing up in Oregon after I left California. Spent a lot of time in the woods.”

― Sam Elliott

“’Pi’ was one of my favorite films growing up because I thought it employed paranoia and voice-over, and also because it used this unreliable narrator in a very fascinating way.”

― Sam Esmail

“That’s what I did growing up. Other than being on the computer, I was watching TV and movies. I make no apologies.”

― Sam Esmail

“I remember growing up in suburban New Jersey, and all the computer stores were like, ‘Motherboard Mayhem’ and all these cheesy names.”

― Sam Esmail

“Growing up, my parents were very much about the Egyptian culture. They never really wanted to assimilate in American culture.”

― Sam Esmail

“I remember specifically, for me, as a kid growing up or as a young teenager, if I ever cried or got upset in front of anybody, I would be so humiliated.”

― Sam Fender

“When I was growing up, we had cats, dogs, guinea pigs, rabbits, goats, chickens – a whole menagerie.”

― Sam Heughan

“Growing up, you tended to just go through school to get out, then figure out what you want to do in this big ball of mud.”

― Sam Worthington

“When I was growing up in the Isle of Man with ambitions of being a performer, I really wanted to go to see a Broadway show.”

― Samantha Barks

“Growing up, I was aware of the kids-don’t-like-vegetables trope, but it didn’t make much sense to me. I never had any choice; all the traditional Iranian dishes my mom cooked teemed with herbs and vegetables.”

― Samin Nosrat

“Growing up, I thought salt belonged in a shaker at the table and nowhere else.”

― Samin Nosrat

“I love being the bad guy, simply because I was always so responsible, so predictable growing up.”

― Sandra Brown

“We had a small farm growing up. It was my grandfather’s farm, and we didn’t torture the animals, and we didn’t feed them stuff we wouldn’t eat.”

― Sandra Lerner

“I was a fat girl growing up and had to change schools because kids were so mean.”

― Sara Bareilles

“My dad encouraged us to fail. Growing up, he would ask us what we failed at that week. If we didn’t have something, he would be disappointed. It changed my mindset at an early age that failure is not the outcome, failure is not trying. Don’t be afraid to fail.”

― Sara Blakely

“Acting was my after-school activity. I never planned on growing up and becoming an actor.”

― Sara Paxton

“Traveling Wilburys was always played in my house growing up.”

― Sara Rue

“I’ve always been interested in space and the idea of exploration in that area since I was a child growing up through the ’60s.”

― Sarah Brightman

“Growing up, I really wanted my own theater company, and I really wanted to do theater, so I was consciously pursuing it.”

― Sarah Goldberg

“I did a lot of theater growing up, and in college I was in the musical ‘Chicago.’”

― Sarah Shahi

“Growing up, I loved Morticia Addams and Lily Munster on one hand, and Jeannie from ‘I Dream of Jeannie’ on the other. Two completely different ends of the spectrum, kind of like me.”

― Sarah Shahi

“I was mad about the theatre growing up, really mad. We had a local theatre, the Torch, and I used to usher there. I would see the shows over and over again.”

― Sarah Waters

“I still feel like I have a lot of growing up to do ’til I find the voice. Everybody has their own voice and their own thing they want to say to the world.”

― Sasha Alexander

“We want to create a kind of cycle where casual gamers are gradually growing up to become passionate players.”

― Satoru Iwata

“I think most of my tastes were British, as far as comedy went, when I was growing up.”

― Scott Adsit

“When I was growing up, I wanted to do Letterman and I loved that live, in-studio model. I still would do something like that.”

― Scott Aukerman

“I’m a runner from sports. I’ve been a runner, but I wasn’t a cross-country runner or anything like that. I played a lot of soccer growing up.”

― Scott Bakula

“As I look back, I have to say growing up was fun, not a problem at all.”

― Scottie Pippen

“When I was growing up, I never thought I would play in the NBA.”

― Scottie Pippen

“I was an Elvis freak. That’s all I listened to growing up.”

― Scotty McCreery

“I think that’s good that I have to watch how I act and what I say. I think that’s a part of growing up.”

― Sean Combs

“As for growing up on TV, I have just let things happen.”

― Sean Giambrone

“Growing up, I fantasized about being a rock musician and that somehow it would be really easy. I didn’t realize that it’s so much work.”

― Sean Lennon

“My lyrics come from my experiences growing up in life, trying to find out and express who I am. That’s basically it. I’m not trying to be a prophet or anything like that. I’m just reflecting on life.”

― Sean Paul

“When I was growing up and somebody like Robert De Niro had a movie come out, it was a cultural event. Because he had such a confidence and a single mission that was so intimate.”

― Sean Penn

“From a child growing up in the U.K., I used to listen until the wee hours of the night to talk radio.”

― Sebastian Gorka

“Growing up in an Italian family, we used our body to convey a message.”

― Sebastian Maniscalco

“When I was growing up, we dressed up for church.”

― Sebastian Maniscalco

“I’m a young woman, and I’m growing up and trying to do it in a way I feel comfortable with.”

― Selena Gomez

“When I was growing up, I always knew I’d be in the top of my class in math, and that gave me a lot of self-confidence.”

― Sergey Brin

“I was a huge ‘Star Trek’ fan. I loved the ‘Twilight Zone’ growing up. In the future, I hope to create some thoughtful, sci-fi drama.”

― Seth MacFarlane

“I was a big Hulkamaniac growing up in the early ’90s.”

― Seth Rollins

“Growing up, I always wanted to be a singer, and I’ve done that.”

― Sevyn Streeter

“I didn’t have a choice growing up but to be more insecure because others had more.”

― Shania Twain

“Charles Barkley, I used to watch him growing up. Then I met him. He was a big teddy bear.”

― Shannon Miller

“I love the nostalgic feel of the ’80s and, oh, I love Winona Ryder so much. I was such a huge fan of hers growing up, so breathing the same air as her was an honor for sure.”

― Shannon Purser

“Growing up in the South, we say ‘Yes Ma’am’ and ‘No Ma’am.’ Here in Hollywood, people get offended.”

― Shanola Hampton

“I watched ‘A Chorus Line’ over and over when I was growing up, to the point that I was able to recite the entire movie.”

― Sharni Vinson

“When I was growing up in L.A. in the late ’70s and early ’80s, Michael Jackson’s was the first face on TV that looked like mine.”

― Shawn Amos

“Comic books and The Chronicles of Narnia. My mother used to read those to me and my twin brother growing up.”

― Shawn Ashmore

“I have songs about growing up, about ex-relationships – ex-relationship, I should say.”

― Shawn Mendes

“I learned very early that you don’t get time back. I’d miss my children growing up, so that’s the reason I retired.”

― Shawn Michaels

“I wrote what it was like growing up as a female in India, and I got two and a half million shares, and people came up to me and thanked me for speaking up.”

― Shenaz Treasury

“I hate that word, mature, but I guess I am growing up.”

― Sheryl Crow

“There are so many kids in this country growing up in poverty, facing very, very hard challenges… We need resilience for all of them.”

― Sheryl Sandberg

“I think from here on it’s up to me to prove that I’m growing up and that I have other things to say, but in terms of the show it definitely gave me all of the opportunities I’ve had so far.”

― Shiri Appleby

“Growing up on set, the director is the person that, as a child, you admire and gives you validation.”

― Shiri Appleby

“While growing up, I always wanted to see myself on the big screen – more so because there were no laptops then, and viewing on mobile was a far-fetched dream.”

― Shweta Tripathi

“For me, growing up, I felt like there was something fatally and tragically flawed in my nature and that it was my duty to try to avoid falling for that vice.”

― Shyam Selvadurai

“I used to be addicted to ‘Reader’s Digest’ growing up. I would read the stories about love, and I guess that’s where I became a hopeless romantic. I draw from that a lot.”

― Sia

“Being an Indian in the U.S. and growing up in the suburbs were the two things that really shaped my outlook.”

― Sid Sriram

“Growing up in the U.S., I’d siloed off my identities. While I was an Indian at home, I was an American at school. I have now embraced both the identities.”

― Sid Sriram

“Growing up, I always wanted to play a fighter.”

― Sidharth Malhotra

“Growing up in Canada, I didn’t watch football much.”

― Sidney Crosby

“I hated Sundays when I was growing up in Streatham, south London. Everything closed down and stopped.”

― Simon Callow

“I never thought about competing in the Olympic Games when I was growing up.”

― Simone Biles

“As a kid growing up, I was never like, ‘I want to go to the Olympics,’ so having to pass on 2012 because I was too young didn’t bother me at all.”

― Simone Biles

“I am an American, but a sense of otherness was part of my growing up. I spoke Norwegian before I spoke English. My mother is Norwegian.”

― Siri Hustvedt

“Jingle taps on the majorette boots were an important part of a little girl growing up in the South.”

― Sissy Spacek

“I hated country music growing up, but it gets in your bone marrow, kind of like a disease.”

― Sissy Spacek

“I’m from Los Angeles, and growing up here, I’ve always been enamored by Hollywood and the industry. It’s just something I grew up with, and I loved it.”

― Skyler Samuels

“Growing up, I was a big boxing and wrestling fan. I love people like the Undertaker and Prince Naseem: they knew how to make a big entrance!”

― Slowthai

“I never borrowed clothes from Beyonce when we were growing up. But now my style is a little more tame and hers is a little more adventurous.”

― Solange Knowles

“At 15, saying I wanted to do a reggae album after growing up in a snazzy house in Houston – it was kind of random.”

― Solange Knowles

“I was never growing up saying, ‘Dude, I want to sing in a band.’”

― Sonny Sandoval

“I was born in Faridabad and I spent a major part of my growing up years in Delhi before shifting to Mumbai. Delhi-NCR is still very special to me.”

― Sonu Nigam

“Fashion is in my blood. Growing up, I was always clacking around the house in my mother’s shoes.”

― Sophia Bush

“Going on to train with Lecoq in Paris meant I discovered European theatre at a formative moment growing up.”

― Sophie Hunter

“When I was growing up, I always saw Karen Millen as a resource for women who were a bit older.”

― Sophie Turner

“Growing up, I always wanted a dog, but my parents never wanted one.”

― Sophie Turner

“I was a very quiet child growing up. I always knew that I was funny – I just never put it to use.”

― Spoken Reasons

“I used to watch ‘The Jetsons’ growing up. I used to think that this woman, Rosie, the robot housekeeper, was going to exist. I think we’re far away from that happening.”

― Stacy Brown-Philpot

“I wasn’t a wrestling fan growing up; I knew who Hulk Hogan was and stuff but I didn’t watch it. I started watching wrestling about three years before I got involved with WCW.”

― Stacy Keibler

“By growing up at a center for people with special needs, I learned to always fight hard to achieve what I want. In this regard, I was incredibly lucky.”

― Stan Wawrinka

“I’m a good whistler. As I was growing up, we had a family whistle, so if we were spread out somewhere, like in a grocery store, and heard the call, everyone came.”

― Stana Katic

“Pearl Jam were a part of my growing up.”

― Stana Katic

“I don’t want to offend nobody, and I don’t rub anybody the wrong way. That’s a part of growing up.”

― Stefon Diggs

“Growing up, I was always really inspired by Disney, and I had a great love of everything they created. My mum was huge fan, and she used to collect stills, and so they were all around the house, and we very much grew up on the early Disney films.”

― Stella McCartney

“We always had our own vegetables growing up and now I’m doing it with my kids at our house in the country.”

― Stella McCartney

“Growing up, I was always into sports – basketball and volleyball – but I wasn’t really a runner.”

― Stephan James

“I loved ‘Roger Rabbit’ growing up.”

― Stephanie Leonidas

“I was a big wrestling fan growing up. That was my thing. I had the action figures and the magazines and everything like that.”

― Stephen Amell

“I wasn’t aware of Green Arrow as a kid. My thing growing up was wrestling.”

― Stephen Amell

“I loved Superman growing up. I saw a couple of those movies in the theater, and I watched ‘Superman II’ 8000 times.”

― Stephen Amell

“I always wished I had a chance to meet an NFL player or even a college player when I was growing up in Los Angeles.”

― Stephen Baker

“’Top Gun’ was one of my favorite movies growing up.”

― Stephen Colletti

“Film schools didn’t exist when I was growing up. I learned by working with clever people. Good writers and cinematographers.”

― Stephen Frears

“When you’re the artsy, weirdo, introverted outsider growing up, you don’t fit into your community.”

― Stephen Karam

“I didn’t know any actors growing up. My dad was a builder, and we didn’t know any arty types.”

― Stephen Mangan

“I’m an English boy. I played a lot of sports growing up, but I never had any kind of workout regimen.”

― Stephen Moyer

“I think the arts are very important for children growing up.”

― Stephen Schwartz

“When I was growing up, there was no such thing as Off-Broadway. You either got your show on or you didn’t.”

― Stephen Sondheim

“I’ve always watched the NBA growing up.”

― Stephon Marbury

“I lived in St. Louis, Missouri, and now my kids are growing up in Los Angeles, so that’s culturally very different.”

― Sterling K. Brown

“I learned to cook from my mom. Most of what I ate growing up was Italian cooking.”

― Steve Albini

“The opportunity I had growing up in Montana isn’t the opportunities for a whole lot of people.”

― Steve Bullock

“I had a lot of coaches growing up that were very hard on the kids in the name of building character, but it could have the opposite effect on kids.”

― Steve Carell

“San Antonio is like a military town. It’s like literally – when I was growing up there, there were five Air Force bases, plus Fort Sam Houston. I was always sort of near the military.”

― Steve Earle

“Music was everything. Now it is just not as important as it used to be. When I was growing up, where everyone was trying to outdo each other by being more outrageous and sounding more different, now there is a homogeneous sameness to it all.”

― Steve Lukather

“I had started writing for ‘Sports Illustrated,’ which was really my dream job growing up. But the writing probably read like I was auditioning to write for ‘Letterman’ or ’70s-era Carson.”

― Steve Rushin

“When I was growing up, the blues did seem too simple to me. I was just a muso.”

― Steve Vai

“Next? Growing up to be Clint Eastwood, I hope.”

― Steven Bauer

“I missed my dad a lot growing up, even though we were together as a family. My dad was really a workaholic. And he was always working.”

― Steven Spielberg

“I made ‘Saving Private Ryan’ for my father. He’s the one who filled my head with war stories when I was growing up.”

― Steven Spielberg

“That’s such a great thing about New York, after growing up in a place and being there for twenty plus years, there’s still a whole island to discover.”

― Steven Strait

“I grew up in New York, in the Village, and I started going to Stella Adler pretty young. I was 13 or 14 years old. But I was also really shy when I was growing up.”

― Steven Strait

“Growing up in the ’60s and early ’70s, with the space flight and the Apollo program, I always loved planes. I always loved rockets and I always loved space travel.”

― Stewart O’Nan

“These things have a life of there own and never existed when I was growing up certainly worrying when one would get made. It’s kind of amazing how that one movie kept living through all these years.”

― Stockard Channing

“YouTube is growing up, is basically my view of it. Growing up means our creators are growing up; they’re getting more well known. We’re providing programs for them to generate more revenue so they can generate even better, high-quality shows, and then also connecting them with the advertisers.”

― Susan Wojcicki

“Growing up, I never imagined a girl from a border town could one day become a governor.”

― Susana Martinez

“Money was a big differentiator when I was growing up, but I made sure it doesn’t stay that way.”

― Sushant Singh Rajput

“When I was growing up, one or two girls were beautiful, but it was not an aspiration, right?”

― Susie Orbach

“When I was growing up, everyone dressed the same. You had to have bootcut pants and chunky heels.”

― Sutton Foster

“My personal style has developed from growing up in Oklahoma, middle America, where I was wearing jeans and cowboy boots and where people were not running around in miniskirts.”

― Suzy Amis

“Man, I listened Nas and B.I.G growing up. I listened to both of them when I was younger for sure.”

― Swae Lee

“When I was growing up, there were so many things I thought were stylish. Jabo jeans, V Bombers, Clarks, Vikings, Nugget watches, Lee pants with the patches, leather hats – which I still wear now. All hip-hop stuff, all South Bronx stuff.”

― Swizz Beatz

“Growing up, I was definitely a tomboy, an overall-and-Converse type of girl, and I still am, but for events, I love dressing up.”

― Sydney Sweeney

“I acted in high school and studied at the British American Drama Academy in Oxford for one summer. I minored in theater, and I was always acting growing up, but really, I was just more interested in the comedy of it all.”

― T. J. Miller

“I was an all-sport athlete growing up. My dad, I think, hoped I would go to college on a scholarship.”

― T. J. Perkins

“Films like ‘Shaan,’ ‘Sholay,’ ‘Muqaddar Ka Sikander’ and so many others… they’ve been a part of my growing up years.”

― Tabu

“Growing up, I was always in normal public school which is very important in my eyes.”

― Tahj Mowry

“I had a country upbringing in a predominantly Maori community, and that contrasted with a very multi-cultured arts community in the Aro Valley in Wellington: growing up around a lot of theatre and poets and writers and stuff.”

― Taika Waititi

“All the music that I play today, I actually heard either at home or in my neighborhood when I was growing up in the ’40s and ’50s.”

― Taj Mahal

“I was always in love with Judy Garland, and when I was growing up, I fell in love with Leonardo DiCaprio, of course.”

― Tammy Blanchard

“When we were growing up, women in their late 40s generally didn’t dye their hair.”

― Tamsin Greig

“When I was growing up, I was obsessed with ‘Cagney and Lacey.’”

― Tamsin Greig

“We’d had books in my house growing up, but we had never had anything like lectures. I had never written an essay for my mother. I had never taken an exam. Because I was working a lot as a kid, I just hadn’t elected to read that much.”

― Tara Westover

“I’m a huge James Bond fan and watched the movies growing up.”

― Taran Killam

“I applied to drama school when I was about 18 and didn’t have any luck anywhere. They basically turned me away and said I had a bit of growing up to do. I went back to Aberystwyth and did my growing up by spending eight months working in Peacocks.”

― Taron Egerton

“When I was growing up, it was so embarrassing to be from Jersey.”

― Tate Donovan

“Growing up, I was a nerd. With actual taped eyeglasses.”

― Taye Diggs

“There were definitely curveballs in my growing up, from a family aspect. My parents got divorced when I was in second grade. I moved around a lot. Actually, I went to about four different schools when I was in fourth grade.”

― Taylor Hicks

“Growing up, I watched a lot of Shirley Temple movies.”

― Taylor Louderman

“I didn’t watch a lot of TV growing up; I watched more films.”

― Taylor Momsen

“I still have mixed feelings about what growing up is – this thing that happens to everyone, so I’ve heard.”

― Taylor Swift

“When I was growing up in Pennsylvania, auditioning for Broadway was my dream.”

― Taylor Swift

“My reward in life for growing up a little bit was that Mary Steenburgen came into my life, and we have been together for 19 years.”

― Ted Danson

“When I was growing up, I didn’t know of anybody who was trans. There was always, like, this shame, anxiety thing around all of that, even if I wasn’t actively expressing it.”

― Teddy Geiger

“When I was growing up, I knew I wanted to be a mathematician, but I had no idea what that entailed.”

― Terence Tao

“When I was growing up, it was a bad time to be in the military. It was the time of Vietnam, but I was never called up.”

― Terry O’Quinn

“I have minor characters who are Asian-American, and I’ve been using them throughout my career, but they’ve never taken center stage, they’ve never been really powerful, they’ve never expressed some of the experiences I had growing up in the U.S. Johnny Tam is the first one.”

― Tess Gerritsen

“My voice is a combination of how I grew up and what I was listening to growing up. I like a lot of different kinds of music and am always being inspired in different ways by different artists for different reasons.”

― Tess Henley

“When I was a kid growing up, I ate my vitamins, worked out because Hulk Hogan told me to.”

― The Miz

“My favorite wrestler growing up was The Ultimate Warrior.”

― The Miz

“As a kid, growing up, my heroes all had the Intercontinental Championship. Ultimate Warrior, Bret Hart, Shawn Michaels, Mr. Perfect, Ric Rude, all of them. And they were the people I looked up to and wanted to be like.”

― The Miz

“Growing up in the streets of Bed-Stuy, it was hard, yo.”

― The Notorious B.I.G.

“Going to a therapist is not something you do when you’re growing up as a street kid in Toronto.”

― The Weeknd

“Growing up as a city kid is a joyous time!”

― Theophilus London

“Charleston is an amazing place. I probably didn’t appreciate it enough when I was growing up.”

― Thomas Gibson

“The idea is not to please the most amount of people. Growing up in Versailles, the idea was to please the least amount of people.”

― Thomas Mars

“Growing up in Versailles is like growing up in a museum, and the people living there are almost the security.”

― Thomas Mars

“My choice growing up was the ‘Star Wars’ role playing game. At that time in the Nineties, they had a pretty robust pen and paper system.”

― Thomas Middleditch

“Me being dark-skinned, that was like a big thing. Growing up, I hated myself. It was, like, weird. Kids are cruel.”

― Tierra Whack

“As a kid when I was growing up, as any kid, you think you know every thing and I was no different to that.”

― Tiger Woods

“In many ways, people growing up with the Web and now the Semantic Web take the power at their fingertips for granted.”

― Tim Berners-Lee

“My parents didn’t have much money growing up, but they always had a budget for books.”

― Tim Ferriss

“Part of what was in the ether all around me growing up, until I was between 19 and 20, was a terrible, debilitating stutter. It was part of what made me very reclusive as a kid.”

― Tim Gunn

“But I was so wrapped up in sports growing up as a kid, that I think I was going to grow to be a pro ball player. But I found out real quick that was not going to happen.”

― Tim McGraw

“I was not funny growing up.”

― Tim Meadows

“I got kids that are growing up in a Donald Trump world because we screwed up because we haven’t been able to craft a message and push policies that connect with working class people.”

― Tim Ryan

“Kids are growing up with a bombardment of information through technology.”

― Tim Ryan

“A huge part of what a kid learns when they’re growing up is social and emotional development. As adults, we take it for granted that other people have emotions that are different from ours, and we can identify what they are, but those are skills that children have to learn.”

― Tim Schafer

“My sister was in ballet growing up. I spent almost the entirety of 7 through 12 backstage at Lincoln Center, just running around, waiting for ‘The Nutcracker’ to end.”

― Timothee Chalamet

“My dad’s French, and I spent my summers in France growing up. So I speak French fluently, and obviously, I speak English because I was raised in New York, and I grew up here.”

― Timothee Chalamet

“I played the piano growing up and then stopped for 10 or 12 years.”

― Timothee Chalamet

“I spent a lot of time in a small town in France, growing up.”

― Timothee Chalamet

“I regret not having had more time with my kids when they were growing up.”

― Tina Turner

“I always knew I wanted to have a family because I didn’t have one growing up.”

― Tito Ortiz

“I spent my time, growing up, essentially between two things: technology and retail. I was fascinated by selling and loved the idea of making a profit, but I also spent a lot of time on technology.”

― Tobias Lutke

“Growing up, I went to many schools, and I had to fit in to many different types of environments with totally different social groups. It helps me out as I move from job to job.”

― Toby Stephens

“I’m a guitar player, really – I mean, first and foremost – I grew up with all that great 1960s music, in terms of growing up, becoming a musician, so it’s like first-love stuff; I’m always going to go back to it.”

― Todd Rundgren

“Kids in Alaska don’t know they’re growing up on the Last Frontier. It’s just what they see on the license plates, and it’s something tourists like to say a lot because they’ve never been around so many mountains and moose before.”

― Tom Bodett

“My dad never explained anything growing up.”

― Tom Douglas

“I grew up in Swaledale, in Iowa. Its population was 220 when I was growing up, and it’s probably 150 now. I lived in town and sometimes worked on the farms outside of town in the summers.”

― Tom Drury

“I’m very sensitive. Because my mum was my primary emotional caregiver growing up, I found myself being pinned into dresses, darting her dresses, choosing her high heels for the evening or what to wear. I’m very much a mommy’s boy.”

― Tom Hardy

“I often find that superheroes are the bachelors or the billionaires – and everyone loves them. Peter Parker is basically the complete opposite. I just think that’s what a lot of kids feel like as they’re growing up.”

― Tom Holland

“Peter Parker’s storyline hits every key point of growing up.”

― Tom Holland

“When I was growing up my mother would say, ‘Your dad may have to learn about being a father because he lost his own and that would have affected him’.”

― Tom Hooper

“I love continuity. I was a continuity nerd growing up. I loved buying a comic in the middle of something and loved digging for back issues or going forward and trying to figure it all out.”

― Tom King

“Green Day were heroes of mine growing up.”

― Tom Kitt

“I write about kids growing up, I write a lot about schools and parents, and all of my experiences with those things have been suburban experiences.”

― Tom Perrotta

“Maturity is a high price to pay for growing up.”

― Tom Stoppard

“It was awesome growing up listening to Oasis and Paolo Nutini, but I also loved growing up listening to Ray Charles and Muddy Waters.”

― Tom Walker

“My dad took me to loads of concerts when I was growing up.”

― Tom Walker

“Acting never crossed my mind for a moment when I was growing up.”

― Tommy Flanagan

“I’ve always gravitated towards the beats, obviously. And when I was growing up, I always loved funk music or even – dare I say it – disco.”

― Tommy Lee

“The one thing that made me somewhat of an animal is I didn’t have anything growing up.”

― Tommy Morrison

“Oh, I definitely want to direct. I have young children. My job is already big enough, and I imagine it will be even more so as a director, and I don’t want to miss out on them growing up. I’m going to wait until they’re a bit older before I leap into that seat.”

― Toni Collette

“It was tough, so hard; it really was horrible when I was growing up. I was called so many names, all sorts.”

― Toni Duggan

“I like the way Luis Suarez plays. When I was growing up, I was a Liverpool fan, and I watched a lot of him when he came to Liverpool. He did a really good job.”

― Toni Duggan

“One of the things I learned growing up, a rule that I go by, is just never give up. That’s one thing that I had to keep telling myself.”

― Tony Finau

“My pops, the whole time while I was growing up, was conscious of what we ate. He made sure we exercised and had time outside. He knew having a healthy lifestyle meant exercise.”

― Tony Rock

“Growing up, I wanted to be Chris Evert.”

― Tory Burch

“I loved being a redhead! I always wanted to try it. I was obsessed with Lucille Ball growing up. I really wanted to try it but I always thought that doing it would ruin my hair.”

― Tracee Ellis Ross

“Growing up in Cleveland, I learned about singing from my mother, who had once sung professionally and who admired Mahalia Jackson and Aretha Franklin.”

― Tracy Chapman

“Being funny wasn’t a career choice growing up, it was my way out of situations; a way to survive another day.”

― Tracy Morgan

“Growing up in the ghetto is pretty hard. It’s poverty; it’s frustration.”

― Tracy Morgan

“My life growing up was a twisted Bronx version of ‘The Color Purple.’ It had a much different soundtrack and no trees, but that desperation was the same.”

― Tracy Morgan

“I remember me being that kid growing up. Me being the kid that grew up going to games and being a ball boy and wanting a high five from Blake Griffin or the other players.”

― Trae Young

“My favorite player growing up was Steve Nash, so that’s been a guy I look up to and a guy I’ve gotten to talk to a few times, too.”

― Trae Young

“Growing up in Houston, the music scene is super boring.”

― Travis Scott

“No matter how good you are, your mentality has got to be right. A lot of young players, that’s where they go wrong, and that’s what I’ve always seen when I was growing up – players who are almost there but couldn’t quite get there because the mentality wasn’t right.”

― Trent Alexander-Arnold

“When I was growing up, I was focused on football and school.”

― Trent Alexander-Arnold

“I always loved watching the Champions League, growing up.”

― Trent Alexander-Arnold

“When I was growing up, the people who liked the Beatles, I didn’t like, so I didn’t pay attention to them.”

― Trent Reznor

“When I was growing up, rock & roll helped give me my sense of identity, but I had to search for it.”

― Trent Reznor

“I was really squeamish growing up – not too fond of blood and guts.”

― Trevante Rhodes

“I got a chance to work with Mystikal and Mannie Fresh and Juvenile and all these people as I was growing up, and so that really influenced everything I do.”

― Trombone Shorty

“I was put on so many different musical stages growing up that I didn’t think about what kind of music we played. I just thought music was music.”

― Trombone Shorty

“Growing up in Orange County, it was all O.C. punk, L.A. punk. Black Flag, all the SST stuff.”

― Ty Segall

“Growing up, I didn’t have a chance to watch a lot of films. It wasn’t until my teen years that I had to chance to see the classic films.”

― Tye Sheridan

“Madea is a cross between my mother and my aunt. She’s the type of grandmother that was on every corner when I was growing up.”

― Tyler Perry

“Growing up, I was brought up around Irish music, Irish traditions.”

― Tyson Fury

“As we were all growing up, there used to be a very big mantra in India which was called ‘export or perish.’ There was a long period when we used to focus on import substitution.”

― Uday Kotak

“I’m a big fan of ‘The Last Dragon’ – Bruce Leroy and Sho’nuff – that’s one of my favorite movies growing up.”

― Urijah Faber

“Track and field was very big when I was growing up.”

― Usain Bolt

“Growing up in Fife, you were aware that there were these creatures called lesbians, but it was in the realms of complete freakishness. And I didn’t feel like a freak.”

― Val McDermid

“My family didn’t have any money growing up. I’m just a girl from the ghetto; from Indio, California.”

― Vanessa Marcil

“Growing up, my skin wasn’t so great. I did everything, even Accutane, because I was always having breakouts.”

― Vanessa Williams

“Growing up, I’d just be at home, playing tennis, spending my allowance on an ice-cream truck.”

― Venus Williams

“When I was growing up, my father never got his profession to the house. We didn’t discuss films on the dining table.”

― Vicky Kaushal

“Growing up in Paterson wasn’t the easiest thing.”

― Victor Cruz

“I dreamed of growing up and becoming a zookeeper.”

― Victoria Coren Mitchell

“Growing up with Koli boys is a different experience. It teaches you survival.”

― Vikrant Massey

“Almost all of us growing up have played baseball on some level. It has an inside track with people. It has a unifying effect.”

― Vin Scully

“Anybody who knew me growing up calls me Vinny.”

― Vince Flynn

“When I was growing up, skateboarding was big and basketball was big.”

― Vince Staples

“Growing up, I thought wearing a suit was a burden.”

― Vincent Piazza

“Acting came from growing up in dysfunction. I mean, a lot of great times, but a lot of dysfunction.”

― Viola Davis

“When I was growing up, I played a lot of ten- and 12-over games, and I would bat in the middle order. I got only ten-odd balls to face, and I tried to score as much as I could. I applied the same approach in domestic and international cricket, and people were appreciating my strike rate being more than 80 or 90 in Test cricket.”

― Virender Sehwag

“When I was growing up, we would play a 10-over or 15-over game, and the asking-rate would always be high, and I would end up scoring 30 or 40 runs in 15 balls, so I built that mindset right from the beginning and still continue to bat in the same manner.”

― Virender Sehwag

“My dad traveled a lot, so I only usually saw him on weekends, growing up. His favorite actors in the world were Clint Eastwood and Burt Reynolds. If Clint or Burt had a movie out, we would go to the movies. He didn’t like movies, generally, unless Clint or Burt were in them.”

― W. Earl Brown

“My best friend growing up was a truck driver, and it was big in truck stops. He’d have his ‘Deadwood’ DVDs, and they’d watch them in the lounge.”

― W. Earl Brown

“Growing up in the Midwest, Boston, and Alabama, I didn’t know any Puerto Ricans… at least, I didn’t know if I knew any Puerto Ricans. The only Puerto Rican that I had ever even heard of was Juan Epstein, one of the students from the classic 1970s sitcom ‘Welcome Back, Kotter.’”

― W. Kamau Bell

“Growing up, all I cared about in a song, before I really listened to lyrics, was that beat.”

― Walker Hayes

“Growing up, we played sports nonstop. I mean every single day. As soon I got done with breakfast, I was ready to go.”

― Walter Payton

“I watched a lot of comedy growing up.”

― Wanda Sykes

“I loved growing up in Montclair… I think it’s grown and changed and embraced change.”

― Warren Littlefield

“Growing up, I was always the small guy.”

― Wayne Gretzky

“Growing up, I could never decide what I wanted to be because I wanted to be so many things.”

― Wes Bentley

“If you would ask my mom what books I liked growing up, I liked Dr. Seuss.”


“When I was growing up, I installed refrigerators in supermarkets. My father was an electrical engineer.”

― Will Smith

“My father was one of the first Tae Kwon Do Masters to come to the states in the ’60s. He had one of the first all-African-American fighting teams, and I was basically raised in a karate studio since I was 3. It’s part of my blood, competing, and all that stuff was responsible for a lot of me just growing up.”

― Will Yun Lee

“Growing up in Memphis and listening to all kinds of music and dreaming… So that was one of the first times I wrote a complete song and set it to music and the whole bit. From then on, I was busy with it.”

― William Bell

“Irish poets, learn your trade, sing whatever is well made, scorn the sort now growing up all out of shape from toe to top.”

― William Butler Yeats

“Montreal is a very cosmopolitan, sophisticated, erudite, educated, glorious city today. But it wasn’t quite that way when I was growing up there. There was a lot of anti-Semitism. And I had to deal with that in an area of the city that had very few Jews.”

― William Shatner

“When I was growing up, I didn’t know there was a world outside of California.”

― Willie Aames

“I was a big Dave Winfield guy growing up.”

― Willie Geist

“I’ve always been drawn to love stories. Growing up, I would devour films like ‘Moonstruck,’ ‘Ghost,’ ‘Love and Basketball,’ and ‘Love, Jones,’ replacing the lovers in my imagination with two men.”

― Wilson Cruz

“The Flaming Lips have been on Warner Bros. forever, and certainly everything I heard growing up was on a major label in some way, from the Cure to Radiohead to Bjork.”

― Win Butler

“When I got older, it got harder because when kids get older, they get meaner, so I went through a lot of bullying and people calling me, like, ‘zebra’ or ‘cow,’ so it was really hard growing up.”

― Winnie Harlow

“Growing up, I didn’t have a lot of real friends, and the people I was friends with, I’ve grown apart from – they were frenemies more than anything.”

― Winnie Harlow

“Growing up in the greater Toronto area, I was a happy kid. I was my mother’s first child, surrounded by admiring godparents and cousins.”

― Winnie Harlow

“To be completely honest, I never thought I could become a model growing up. I actually wanted to be an entertainment journalist.”

― Winnie Harlow

“I have this sense that I didn’t really start growing up until my twenties.”

― Winona Ryder

“Growing up, I was raised by a single mother.”

― Winston Duke

“Just growing up in Pittsburgh and knowing different neighborhoods, having family there and just loving it, it’s like no other place.”

― Wiz Khalifa

“When I was growing up, all the art that touched me was lens-generated, like Gerhard Richter, or Polke, Rauschenberg, Warhol.”

― Wolfgang Tillmans

“My music is roots music: it’s a combination of growing up on the coast and mucking around with wood and wooden tones and sounds, salt, sand, fire, dogs, and heaps of brothers.”

― Xavier Rudd

“I didn’t have very many friends growing up. I was very much a nerd. I read comic books, and I wanted to do well in school.”

― Xavier Woods

“One of my concerns for my children is growing up with your parents having a lot of money.”

― Xochi Birch

“I did not sit down and watch ‘Baywatch’ growing up. But I do specifically remember it coming on, and I remember it going off. I watched something that came on right before and then going back to that channel to watch what was coming on afterwards.”

― Yahya Abdul-Mateen II

“I had parties in church halls. My mama knew people that had venues and all that, and I knew a lot of people from forever. I was always popular growing up. She used to get me the spots, and I used to have parties. Probably about 300, 400 people.”

― YG

“Me and Mustard the same age, and when we was growing up, he was DJing all the parties, and I was at all the parties.”

― YG

“I didn’t know much about golf growing up.”

― Yogi Berra

“Growing up, I never expressed myself to nobody. I never told nobody when something was wrong.”

― Young M.A

“I’ve been a fan of BET since I was a kid, growing up watching the awards, thinking that one day I would be there.”

― Young M.A

“I always spoke my mind, and that was a result of the music I listened to growing up.”

― Yungblud

“I remember, growing up, it wasn’t sexy to be African. We got called names.”

― Yvonne Orji

“I had an addiction to sugar growing up – major, major, major.”

― Yvonne Strahovski

“Growing up in Australia, space exploration wasn’t something I was too aware of.”

― Yvonne Strahovski

“Everybody in my family cooks, so growing up and being around it… if I was going to spend time with everybody, it was helping them in the kitchen.”

― Zac Brown

“I think that maybe growing up and being dyslexic early on, the visual quality of cookbooks specifically was something very enticing to me.”

― Zac Posen

“That image is a couple different people’s homes that I knew growing up.”

― Zach Braff

“Elmcrest CC, in Cedar Rapids, is where it all started when I was growing up. The tree-lined course has a very demanding layout that requires you to be accurate off the tee and avoid a number of well-placed water hazards on some of the holes.”

― Zach Johnson

“Lunchtime and recess, that was a big part for me growing up. I think it’s important for kids to have that.”

― Zach LaVine

“If I get to spoil myself, I’m going to DQ. I always had it growing up, so I stick to it.”

― Zach LaVine

“My family had a business where they worked with gravestones, and I remember growing up and playing in cemeteries like it was a normal playground.”

― Zach Roerig

“English fiction was something I loved growing up, and it changed my life – it changed the trajectory of my life.”

― Zadie Smith

“I’ve got three sisters, five aunties, and my mom. It must have had an influence on me growing up.”

― Zayn Malik

“Growing up I definitely, definitely had a bunch of things of, ‘Um, am I black enough?’ – and I guess specifically, ‘Am I German enough?’ Why are we measuring blackness?”

― Zazie Beetz

“Growing up, my aunts would always put in hair ties and bows and all kinds of stuff, and I always hated it.”

― Zazie Beetz

“Growing up in a small town in upstate New York, some of the first real friendships I had were in chat rooms.”

― Zoe Quinn

“Growing up, my dolls were doctors and on secret missions. I had Barbie Goes Rambo.”

― Zoe Saldana

“Women I admired growing up – Debra Winger, Diane Keaton, Meryl Streep – were all beautiful and thin, but not too thin. There are a lot of actresses who are unhealthy-skinny – much, much too skinny. You can’t Pilates to that.”

― Zooey Deschanel

“I feel growing up in Mumbai is an advantage, as we grow up speaking so many languages that when we go abroad, it becomes easier to learn new languages.”

― Zubin Mehta
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