Best Quotes about Children
Adults are obsolete children.
Ignorance... is a painless evil; so, I should think, is dirt, considering the merry faces that go along with it.
We in the West do not refrain from childbirth because we are concerned about the population explosion or because we feel we cannot afford children, but because we do not like children.
Childhood is the sleep of reason.
Rousseau, Jean Jacques
The distinctive character of a child is to always live in the tangible present.
You know children are growing up when they start asking questions that have answers.
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.
How sharper than a serpent's tooth it is To have a thankless child!
There is no sinner like a young saint.
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.
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.
A child is beset with long traditions. And his infancy is so old, so old, that the mere adding of years in the life to follow will not seem to throw it further back -- it is already so far.
The child with his sweet pranks, the fool of his senses, commanded by every sight and sound, without any power to compare and rank his sensations, abandoned to a whistle or a painted chip, to a lead dragoon, or a gingerbread dog, individualizing everything, generalizing nothing, delighted with every new thing, lies down at night overpowered by the fatigue, which this day of continual pretty madness has incurred. But Nature has answered her purpose with the curly, dimpled lunatic. She has tasked every faculty, and has secured the symmetrical growth of the bodily frame, by all these attitudes and exertions --an end of the first importance, which could not be trusted to any care less perfect than her own.
Emerson, Ralph Waldo
Children are a great comfort to us in our old age, and they help us reach it faster too.
We must teach our children to dream with their eyes open.
Once you bring life into the world, you must protect it. We must protect it by changing the world.
If your parents never had children, chances are you won't, either.
Our children change us... whether they live or not.
Lois McMaster Bujold
She discovered with great delight that one does not love one's children just because they are one's children but because of the friendship formed while raising them.
Marquez, Gabriel Garcia
Even a minor event in the life of a child is an event of that child's world and thus a world event.
Few parents nowadays pay any regard to what their children say to them. The old-fashioned respect for the young is fast dying out.
You may give them your love but not your thoughts. For they have their own thoughts. You may house their bodies but not their souls, for their souls dwell in the house of tomorrow, which you cannot visit, not even in your dreams.
Children and drunks always speak the truth.
We do our children no favour by keeping them near, coddling them, or showing them off to adult visitors. Not that a nursemaid does not sometimes spoil them. But the greatest favour we can do our children is to give visible example of love and esteem to our spouse. As they grow up, they may then look forward to maturity so they too can find such love.
Too many parents are not on spanking terms with their children.
Ask your child what he wants for dinner only if he's buying.
The child is the father of the man.
Where children are, there is the golden age.
Children are apt to live up to what you believe of them.
Johnson, Lady Bird
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.
Americans, indeed, often seem to be so overwhelmed by their children that they'll do anything for them except stay married to the co-producer.
Even though your kids will consistently do the exact opposite of what you're telling them to do, you have to keep loving them just as much.
Every child is an artist. The problem is to remain an artist once they grow up.
It is amazing how quickly the kids learn to drive a car, yet are unable to understand the lawnmower, snow-blower, or vacuum cleaner.
Don't limit a child to your own learning, for he was born in another time.
Kids use to ask where they came from, now they tell you where to go
Children are given to us to discourage our better emotions.
Children are living jewels dropped unsustained from heaven.
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.
There is not so much comfort in having children as there is sorrow in parting with them.
We inevitably doom our children to failure and frustration when we try to set their goals for them.
Lair, Dr. Jess
Children's talent to endure stems from their ignorance of alternatives.
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.
There are few successful adults who were not first successful children.
The planting of trees in the least self-centered of all that we can do. It is a purer act of faith than the procreation of children.
The thing that impresses me the most about America is the way parents obey their children.
King Edward VIII
Listen to the desires of your children. Encourage them and then give them the autonomy to make their own decision.
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
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.
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.
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