As others have said, I too have resembled that comment.
I think the point that a person "grows up" and becomes a true photographer, pro or amateur, is that time when you buy a camera and/or a lens, and you simply don't give a flying hoot what other people think or say about your gear, or if it makes a top ten list of sharpest lens, etc. You don't care what the web site or magazine reviews say or what popular opinion seems to be on the message boards, you get to a point where you are comfortable, and capturing/creating your image is top priority.
I was just taking to a professional photographer the other day. He pointed out a "new" lens he had bought a year ago, certainly not a top of the line lens by any standard, but not bad either. He says to me; " You know, people make fun of me or do a double take when they see the lens I use, but you know what, I pay the rent and buy groceries with photographs I take using this lens. Further more if I drop or break it, I toss it right away, but a new the same day and never loose any real downtime."
Another pro I know uses either Nikon or Canon, they flip back and forth all the time, simply depending on his need at the time. He doesn't care what brand they use as long as the camera has the features he needs.
There is one bit of "gear" advice I was given 30 years ago, that despite all the technological advances I still agree with. I was taught that 90% of the world's photographs could be improved by using a tripod. Two reasons. One, it steadies the camera and makes any lens you use sharper that a jiggy hand held shot. Even today with IS or VR, i still see "shaky shots" that people take even with the IS or VR turned on, so I think that still hold true. Secondly, using a tripod mounted camera forces you to slow down and think about what you are shooting.
So the real lesson is, not to always use a tripod, but to hold your camera steady and think about your shots. In other words, technique over gear wins out almost every time.