Best Quotes about 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.
Children have never been very good at listening to their elders, but they have never failed to imitate them.
Adults find pleasure in deceiving a child. They consider it necessary, but they also enjoy it. The children very quickly figure it out and then practice deception themselves.
There are three ways to get something done: do it yourself, employ someone, or forbid your children to do it.
What is done to children, they will do to society.
Menninger, Karl A.
Children need models rather than critics.
Behold the child, by nature's kindly law, pleased with a rattle, tickled with a straw.
He continued to be an infant long after he ceased to be a prodigy.
Where children are, there is the golden age.
Ah! what would the world be to us If the children were no more? We should dread the desert behind us Worse than the dark before.
Longfellow, Henry Wadsworth
Our children change us... whether they live or not.
Lois McMaster Bujold
If your parents never had children, chances are you won't, either.
Better a snotty child than his nose wiped off.
It goes without saying that you should never have more children than you have car windows.
Never have children, only grand children.
Adults are obsolete children.
Level with your child by being honest. Nobody spots a phony quicker than a child.
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
Let the child's first lesson be obedience, and the second will be what thou wilt.
Childhood is the sleep of reason.
Rousseau, Jean Jacques
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.
Ignorance... is a painless evil; so, I should think, is dirt, considering the merry faces that go along with it.
Your children need your presence more than your presents.
Children's liberation is the next item on our civil rights shopping list.
Pogrebin, Letty Cottin
How little is the promise of the child fulfilled in the man.
Children and drunks always speak the truth.
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
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.
The best way to keep children at home is to make the home a pleasant atmosphere and let the air out of the tires.
There is no sinner like a young saint.
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
Before I got married, I had six theories about bringing up children. Now I have six children and no theories.
It is amazing how quickly the kids learn to drive a car, yet are unable to understand the lawnmower, snow-blower, or vacuum cleaner.
Each child is an adventure into a better life --an opportunity to change the old pattern and make it new.
Humphrey, Hubert H.
Children are apt to live up to what you believe of them.
Johnson, Lady Bird
The best way to keep children home is to make the home atmosphere pleasant--and let the air out of the tires.
Alas! regardless of their doom, the little victims play! No sense have they of ills to come nor care beyond today.
Viewing the child solely as an immature person is a way of escaping comforting him.
You know that children are growing up when they start asking questions that have answers.
John J. Plomp
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.
It's fun being a kid.
Angier, Bradford Arthur
D'you call life a bad job? Never! We've had our ups and downs, we've had our struggles, we've always been poor, but it's been worth it, ay, worth it a hundred times I say when I look round at my children.
W. Somerset Maugham
For many children, joy comes as the result of mining something unique and wondrous about themselves from some inner shaft.
Cottle, Thomas J.
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.
Hugs can do great amounts of good -- especially for children.
Diana, Princess of Wales
Anyone who uses the phrase'easy as taking candy from a baby'has never tried taking candy from a baby.
If you can give your son or daughter only one gift, let it be enthusiasm.
A rich child often sits in a poor mothers lap.
Children are the keys of paradise.
Stoddard, Richard Henry
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.
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