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.
Best Quotes about Children
Birds in their little nest agree; and 'Tis a shameful sight, when children of one family fall out, and chide, and fight.
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.
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.
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.
Children might or might not be a blessing, but to create them and then fail them was surely damnation.
Lois McMaster Bujold
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
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.
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
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.
It takes three to make a child.
Cummings, E.E. (Edward. E.)
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 living jewels dropped unsustained from heaven.
You can learn many things from children. How much patience you have, for instance.
Jones, Franklin P.
The best way to keep children at home is to make the home a pleasant atmosphere and let the air out of the tires.
You know children are growing up when they start asking questions that have answers.
The test of the morality of a society is what it does for its children.
Pretty much all the honest truth telling there is in the world is done by children.
Holmes, Oliver Wendell
Grown-ups never understand anything for themselves, and it is tiresome for children to be always and forever explaining things to them.
Antoine de Saint-Exupery
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.
You should study not only that you become a mother when your child is born, but also that you become a child.
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.
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
There was a time when we expected nothing of our children but obedience, as opposed to the present, when we expect everything of them but obedience.
Children are apt to live up to what you believe of them.
Johnson, Lady Bird
But the child's sob curses deeper in the silence than the strong man in his wrath!
Browning, Elizabeth Barrett
Who is not attracted by bright and pleasant children, to prattle, to creep, and to play with them?
Foolishness is bound in the heart of a child; but the rod of correction shall drive it far from him. [Proverbs 22:15]
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.
Even a minor event in the life of a child is an event of that child's world and thus a world event.
Wen I was a child, I spoke as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man I put away my childish things. [I Corinthians]
For unflagging interest and enjoyment, a household of children, if things go reasonably well, certainly all other forms of success and achievement lose their importance by comparison.
The best way to make children good is to make them happy.
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.
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.
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.
Viewing the child solely as an immature person is a way of escaping comforting him.
Children need models rather than critics.
Children are given to us to discourage our better emotions.
Never have children, only grand children.
For many children, joy comes as the result of mining something unique and wondrous about themselves from some inner shaft.
Cottle, Thomas J.
Always be nice to your children because they are the ones who will choose your rest home.
Better a snotty child than his nose wiped off.
Children's liberation is the next item on our civil rights shopping list.
Pogrebin, Letty Cottin
Few parents nowadays pay any regard to what their children say to them. The old-fashioned respect for the young is fast dying out.
Families with babies and families without babies are sorry for each other.
Howe, Edgar Watson
He continued to be an infant long after he ceased to be a prodigy.
Kids are wonderful, but I like mine barbecued.
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.
The best way for a man to train up a child in the way he should go is to travel that way himself.
Little girl's definition of conscience: Something that makes you tell your mother before your brother or sister does.
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