Best Quotes about Children
What is a neglected child? He is a child not planned for, not wanted. Neglect begins, therefore, before he is born.
Buck, Pearl S.
A three year old child is a being who gets almost as much fun out of a fifty-six dollar set of swings as it does out of finding a small green worm.
Do not handicap your children by making their lives easy.
Pretty much all the honest truth telling there is in the world is done by children.
Holmes, Oliver Wendell
A young and vital child knows no limit to his own will, and it is the only reality to him. It is not that he wants at the outset to fight other wills, but that they simply do not exist for him. Like the artist, he goes forth to the work of creation, gloriously alone.
Level with your child by being honest. Nobody spots a phony quicker than a child.
Children suck the mother when they are young and the father when they are old.
We've had bad luck with our kids -- they've all grown up.
My mother loved children -- she would have given anything if I had been one.
When I consider how little of a rarity children are -- that every street and blind alley swarms with them -- that the poorest people commonly have them in most abundance -- that there are few marriages that are not blest with at least one of these bargains -- how often they turn out ill, and defeat the fond hopes of their parents, taking to vicious courses, which end in poverty, disgrace, the gallows, etc. -- I cannot for my life tell what cause for pride there can possibly be in having them.
Children might or might not be a blessing, but to create them and then fail them was surely damnation.
Lois McMaster Bujold
If you want to see what children can do, you must stop giving them things.
The best way to keep children at home is to make the home a pleasant atmosphere and let the air out of the tires.
Those who have lost an infant are never, in a way, without an infant.
Children enjoy the present because they have neither a past nor a future.
La Bruyere, Jean De
Be gentle with the young.
Kids are wonderful, but I like mine barbecued.
It is not giving children more that spoils them; it is giving them more to avoid confrontation.
Winning children (who appear so guileless) are children who have discovered how effective charm and modesty and a delicately calculated spontaneity are in winning what they want.
The thing that impresses me the most about America is the way parents obey their children.
King Edward VIII
Children are completely egoistic; they feel their needs intensely and strive ruthlessly to satisfy them.
Children see in their parents the past, their parents see in them the future; and if we find more love in the parents for their children than in children for their parents, this is sad but natural. Who does not entertain his hopes more than his recollections.
Children's liberation is the next item on our civil rights shopping list.
Pogrebin, Letty Cottin
You don't pay back your parents. You can't. The debt you owe them gets collected by your children, who hand it down in turn. It's a sort of entailment. Or if you don't have children of the body, it's left as a debt to your common humanity. Or to your God, if you possess or are possessed by one.
Lois McMaster Bujold
To rescue our children we will have to let them save us from the power we embody: we will have to trust the very difference that they forever personify. And we will have to allow them the choice, without fear of death: that they may come and do likewise or that they may come and that we will follow them, that a little child will lead us back to the child we will always be, vulnerable and wanting and hurting for love and for beauty.
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.
It is amazing how quickly the kids learn to drive a car, yet are unable to understand the lawnmower, snow-blower, or vacuum cleaner.
With children... it is a fact that most parents criticize children more than they laud or congratulate them. We tend to be quick to criticize, slow to praise. We should be careful to keep the praise and the expectations far ahead of the criticism.
The child is the father of the man.
Your children need your presence more than your presents.
Too often when give children answers to remember rather than problems to solve.
Outings are so much more fun when we can savor them through the children's eyes.
Your children will see what you're all about by what you live rather than what you say.
If help and salvation are to come, they can only come from the children, for the children are the makers of men.
Children are given to us to discourage our better emotions.
You know children are growing up when they start asking questions that have answers.
Adults are obsolete children.
Ignorance... is a painless evil; so, I should think, is dirt, considering the merry faces that go along with it.
There are few successful adults who were not first successful children.
Children also have artistic ability, and there is wisdom in there having it! The more helpless they are, the more instructive are the examples they furnish us; and they must be preserved free of corruption from an early age.
Listen to the desires of your children. Encourage them and then give them the autonomy to make their own decision.
Too many parents are not on spanking terms with their children.
Above all, though, children are linked to adults by the simple fact that they are in process of turning into them. For this they may be forgiven much. Children are bound to be inferior to adults, or there is no incentive to grow up.
I must take issue with the term'a mere child,'for it has been my invariable experience that the company of a mere child is infinitely preferable to that of a mere adult.
I would be the most content if my children grew up to be the kind of people who think decorating consists mostly of building enough bookshelves.
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.
Childhood is the sleep of reason.
Rousseau, Jean Jacques
Youth isn't always all it's touted to be.
Behold the child, by nature's kindly law, pleased with a rattle, tickled with a straw.
That's the funny thing about havin'a kid. They come with their own set of problems; make everything else you were worried about seem kinda silly.
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