Best Quotes about Children
It might sound a paradoxical thing to say --for surely never has a generation of children occupied more sheer hours of parental time --but the truth is that we neglected you. We allowed you a charade of trivial freedoms in order to avoid making those impositions on you that are in the end both the training ground and proving ground for true independence. We pronounced you strong when you were still weak in order to avoid the struggles with you that would have fed your true strength. We proclaimed you sound when you were foolish in order to avoid taking part in the long, slow, slogging effort that is the only route to genuine maturity of mind and feeling. Thus, it was no small anomaly of your growing up that while you were the most indulged generation, you were also in many ways the most abandoned to your own meager devices by those into whose safe-keeping you had been given.
We've had bad luck with our kids -- they've all grown up.
Always be nice to your children because they are the ones who will choose your rest home.
You see much more of your children once they leave home.
Alas! regardless of their doom, the little victims play! No sense have they of ills to come nor care beyond today.
D'you call life a bad job? Never! We've had our ups and downs, we've had our struggles, we've always been poor, but it's been worth it, ay, worth it a hundred times I say when I look round at my children.
W. Somerset Maugham
Young people should be helped, sheltered, ignored, and clubbed of necessary.
For truly it is to be noted, that children's plays are not sports, and should be deemed as their most serious actions.
Montaigne, Michel Eyquem De
What the vast majority of American children needs is to stop being pampered, stop being indulged, stop being chauffeured, stop being catered to. In the final analysis it is not what you do for your children but what you have taught them to do for themselves that will make them successful human beings.
Every child is an artist. The problem is to remain an artist once they grow up.
It goes without saying that you should never have more children than you have car windows.
Children enjoy the present because they have neither a past nor a future.
La Bruyere, Jean De
A child is not a salmon mousse. A child is a temporarily disabled and stunted version of a larger person, whom you will someday know. Your job is to help them overcome the disabilities associated with their size and inexperience so that they get on with being that larger person.
A little less worry over the child and a bit more concern about the world we make for the child to live in.
Children are all foreigners.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Childhood is the sleep of reason.
Rousseau, Jean Jacques
As much as I converse with sages and heroes, they have very little of my love and admiration. I long for rural and domestic scene, for the warbling of birds and the prattling of my children
Children might or might not be a blessing, but to create them and then fail them was surely damnation.
Lois McMaster Bujold
Let your children be as so many flowers, borrowed from God. If the flowers die or wither, thank God for a summer loan of them.
Discipline is a symbol of caring to a child. He needs guidance. If there is love, there is no such thing as being too tough with a child. A parent must also not be afraid to hang himself. If you have never been hated by your child, you have never been a parent.
If men do not keep on speaking terms with children, they cease to be men, and become merely machines for eating and for earning money.
A society in which adults are estranged from the world of children, and often from their own childhood, tends to hear children's speech only as a foreign language, or as a lie. Children have been treated. as congenital fibbers, fakers and fantasisers.
Ignorance... is a painless evil; so, I should think, is dirt, considering the merry faces that go along with it.
A rich child often sits in a poor mothers lap.
Children are a great comfort to us in our old age, and they help us reach it faster too.
People who get nostalgic about childhood were obviously never children.
Children suck the mother when they are young and the father when they are old.
The reason grandparents and grandchildren get along so well is that they have a common enemy.
Our children change us... whether they live or not.
Lois McMaster Bujold
It were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and he cast into the sea, than that he should offend one of these little ones. [Luke 17:2]
Pretty much all the honest truth telling there is in the world is done by children.
Holmes, Oliver Wendell
The best way to keep children at home is to make the home a pleasant atmosphere and let the air out of the tires.
How sharper than a serpent's tooth it is To have a thankless child!
If you want to see what children can do, you must stop giving them things.
One can love a child, perhaps, more deeply than one can love another adult, but it is rash to assume that the child feels any love in return.
Children are apt to live up to what you believe of them.
Johnson, Lady Bird
Children begin by loving their parents; as they grow older they judge them; sometimes they forgive them.
Children are not casual guests in our home. They have been loaned to us temporarily for the purpose of loving them and instilling a foundation of values on which their future lives will be built.
Dobson, Dr. James C.
Nothing you do for children is ever wasted. They seem not to notice us, hovering, averting our eyes, and they seldom offer thanks, but what we do for them is never wasted.
You know children are growing up when they start asking questions that have answers.
What you don't know takes a lot of explaining to the children.
Children's talent to endure stems from their ignorance of alternatives.
We cannot fashion our children after our desires, we must have them and love them as God has given them to us.
Goethe, Johann Wolfgang Von
My children cause me the most exquisite suffering of which I have any experience. It is the suffering of ambivalence: the murderous alternation between bitter resentment and raw-edged nerves, and blissful gratification and tenderness. Sometimes I seem to myself, in my feelings toward these tiny guiltless beings, a monster of selfishness and intolerance.
The test of the morality of a society is what it does for its children.
Adults are obsolete children.
Of all the needs (there are none imaginary) a lonely child has, the one that must be satisfied, if there is going to be hope and a hope of wholeness, is the unshaken need for an unshakable God.
Your children will see what you're all about by what you live rather than what you say.
In all our efforts to provide advantages we have actually produced the busiest, most competitive, highly pressured, and over-organized generation of youngsters in our history.
Shan, Eda J. Le
Birds in their little nest agree; and 'Tis a shameful sight, when children of one family fall out, and chide, and fight.
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