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William James Bennett, New York From  Brooklyn Heights
1. The state or quality of being mature;  
     a) being fully grown ripe, or fully developed.  
     b) being perfect, complete or ready.   
2   a) a becoming due  
Websters New World Dictionary.  
    Maturity is the ability to control anger and settle differences without violence.  

    Maturity is patience.  It is the willingness to pass up immediate pleasure in favor of a long-term gain.  

    Maturity is perseverance, the ability to sweat out a project or a situation in spite of heavy opposition and discouraging setback.  

    Maturity is the capacity to face unpleasantness and frustration, discomfort and defeat, without complaint or collapse.  

    Maturity is being big enough to say, "I was wrong." And, when right, the mature person need not experience the satisfaction of saying, "I told you so."  

    Maturity is the ability to make a decision and stand by it.  The immature spend their lives exploring endless possibilities and then do nothing.  

    Maturity means dependability, keeping one's word and coming through in a crisis.   The immature are masters of the alibi.  They are the confused and conflicted.  Their lives are a maze of broken promises, former friends, unfinished business and good intentions that somehow never materialize.  

    Maturity is the art of living in peace with what we cannot change, the courage to change what should be changed and the wisdom to know the difference. 

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