Best Quotes about Children
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.
The countenances of children, like those of animals, are masks, not faces, for they have not yet developed a significant profile of their own.
Auden, W. H.
Children are the only form of immortality that we can be sure of.
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.
I have been assured by a very knowing American of my acquaintance in London, that a young healthy child, well nursed, is at a year old, a most delicious, nourishing, and wholesome food, whether stewed, roasted, baked, or boiled; and I make no doubt that it will equally serve in a fricassee, or a ragout.
Children are apt to live up to what you believe of them.
Johnson, Lady Bird
The distinctive character of a child is to always live in the tangible present.
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
Children are poor men's riches.
You can learn many things from children. How much patience you have, for instance.
Jones, Franklin P.
I am amused when goody-goodies proclaim, from the safety of their armchairs, that children are naturally prejudice-free, that they only learn to "hate" from listening to bigoted adults. Nonsense. Tolerance is a learned trait, like riding a bike or playing the piano. Those of us who actually live among children, who see them in their natural environment, know the truth: Left to their own devices, children will gang up on and abuse anyone who is even slightly different from the norm.
People who get nostalgic about childhood were obviously never children.
The thing that impresses me the most about America is the way parents obey their children.
King Edward VIII
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.
Better a snotty child than his nose wiped off.
Before I got married, I had six theories about bringing up children. Now I have six children and no theories.
There never was a child so lovely, but his mother was glad to get him asleep.
Emerson, Ralph Waldo
If you have a great passion it seems that the logical thing is to see the fruit of it, and the fruit are children.
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.
But the child's sob curses deeper in the silence than the strong man in his wrath!
Browning, Elizabeth Barrett
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.
We worry about what a child will be tomorrow, yet we forget that he is someone today.
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.
I take my children everywhere, but they always find their way back home.
Children are a great comfort to us in our old age, and they help us reach it faster too.
There are few successful adults who were not first successful children.
The best way to keep children home is to make the home atmosphere pleasant--and let the air out of the tires.
For success in training children the first condition is to become as a child oneself, but this means no assumed childishness, no condescending baby-talk that the child immediately sees through and deeply abhors. What it does mean is to be as entirely and simply taken up with the child as the child himself is absorbed by his life.
You see much more of your children once they leave home.
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.
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.
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
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.
How sharper than a serpent's tooth it is To have a thankless child!
For many children, joy comes as the result of mining something unique and wondrous about themselves from some inner shaft.
Cottle, Thomas J.
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.
There are three ways to get something done: do it yourself, employ someone, or forbid your children to do it.
Always be nice to your children because they are the ones who will choose your rest home.
Those who have lost an infant are never, in a way, without an infant.
Children need love, especially when they don't deserve it.
There is no finer investment for any community than putting milk into babies.
A child of five would understand this. Send someone to fetch a child of five.
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.
It goes without saying that you should never have more children than you have car windows.
In great countries, children are always trying to remain children, and the parents want to make them into adults. In vile countries, the children are always wanting to be adults and the parents want to keep them children.
Who is not attracted by bright and pleasant children, to prattle, to creep, and to play with them?
Children are unpredictable. You never know what inconsistency they're going to catch you in next.
Jones, Franklin P.
Your children need your presence more than your presents.
Youth isn't always all it's touted to be.
We must teach our children to dream with their eyes open.
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