Best Quotes about Children
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.
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.
Every child is an artist. The problem is to remain an artist once they grow up.
The reason grandparents and grandchildren get along so well is that they have a common enemy.
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 three ways to get something done: do it yourself, employ someone, or forbid your children to do it.
In all our efforts to provide advantages we have actually produced the busiest, most competitive, highly pressured, and over-organized generation of youngsters in our history.
Shan, Eda J. Le
Children enjoy the present because they have neither a past nor a future.
La Bruyere, Jean De
Children are the keys of paradise.
Stoddard, Richard Henry
Children seldom have a proper sense of their own tragedy, discounting and keeping hidden the true horrors of their short lives, humbly imagining real calamity to be some prestigious drama of the grown-up world.
Hugs can do great amounts of good -- especially for children.
Diana, Princess of Wales
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.
Children are apt to live up to what you believe of them.
Johnson, Lady Bird
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.
It goes without saying that you should never have more children than you have car windows.
Be gentle with the young.
Kids use to ask where they came from, now they tell you where to go
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's no point in being grown up if you cant be childish sometimes.
A child miseducated is a child lost.
Kennedy, John F.
Our children change us... whether they live or not.
Lois McMaster Bujold
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.
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
You know children are growing up when they start asking questions that have answers.
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
Facing a mirror you see merely your own countenance; facing your child you finally understand how everyone else has seen you.
Birds in their little nest agree; and 'Tis a shameful sight, when children of one family fall out, and chide, and fight.
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.
Pretty much all the honest truth telling there is in the world is done by children.
Holmes, Oliver Wendell
Children might or might not be a blessing, but to create them and then fail them was surely damnation.
Lois McMaster Bujold
It is not giving children more that spoils them; it is giving them more to avoid confrontation.
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.
A child learns to discard his ideals, whereas a grown-up never wears out his short pants.
Strange new problems are being reported in the growing generations of children whose mothers were always there, driving them around, helping them with their homework --an inability to endure pain or discipline or pursue any self-sustained goal of any sort, a devastating boredom with life.
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 are poor men's riches.
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.
Children are given to us to discourage our better emotions.
There is no sinner like a young saint.
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.
Behold the child, by nature's kindly law, pleased with a rattle, tickled with a straw.
When children are doing nothing, they are doing mischief.
Too often when give children answers to remember rather than problems to solve.
If you raise your children to feel that they can accomplish any goal or task they decide upon, you will have succeeded as a parent and you will have given your children the greatest of all blessings.
Childhood is the sleep of reason.
Rousseau, Jean Jacques
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.
It needs courage to let our children go, but we are trustees and stewards and have to hand them back to life--to God. As the old saying puts it: What I gave I have. We have to love them and lose them.
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.
Do not handicap your children by making their lives easy.
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.
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