Best Quotes about Children
Your children need your presence more than your presents.
What is done to children, they will do to society.
Menninger, Karl A.
If we had paid no more attention to our plants than we have to our children, we would now be living in a jungle of weed.
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 always turn to the light.
Children are a great comfort to us in our old age, and they help us reach it faster too.
Children have never been very good at listening to their elders, but they have never failed to imitate them.
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 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
When you put faith, hope and love together, you can raise positive kids in a negative world.
There is not so much comfort in having children as there is sorrow in parting with them.
The wildest colts make the best horses.
It goes without saying that you should never have more children than you have car windows.
Never have children, only grand children.
Too many parents are not on spanking terms with their children.
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.
There are three ways to get something done: do it yourself, employ someone, or forbid your children to do it.
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.
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]
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 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.
He continued to be an infant long after he ceased to be a prodigy.
The distinctive character of a child is to always live in the tangible present.
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.
How sharper than a serpent's tooth it is To have a thankless child!
It takes three to make a child.
Cummings, E.E. (Edward. E.)
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.
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.
There never was a child so lovely, but his mother was glad to get him asleep.
Emerson, Ralph Waldo
Children's talent to endure stems from their ignorance of alternatives.
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.
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.
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.
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.
There is no sinner like a young saint.
Kids use to ask where they came from, now they tell you where to go
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.
But the child's sob curses deeper in the silence than the strong man in his wrath!
Browning, Elizabeth Barrett
Families with babies and families without babies are sorry for each other.
Howe, Edgar Watson
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.
The child is the father of the man.
Children suck the mother when they are young and the father when they are old.
There is no finer investment for any community than putting milk into babies.
Youth isn't always all it's touted to be.
If your parents never had children, chances are you won't, either.
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
Let the child's first lesson be obedience, and the second will be what thou wilt.
For many children, joy comes as the result of mining something unique and wondrous about themselves from some inner shaft.
Cottle, Thomas J.
There are few successful adults who were not first successful children.
Children need models rather than critics.
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