Best Quotes about Children
Kids use to ask where they came from, now they tell you where to go
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 enjoy the present because they have neither a past nor a future.
La Bruyere, Jean De
A child is not a salmon mousse. A child is a temporarily disabled and stunted version of a larger person, whom you will someday know. Your job is to help them overcome the disabilities associated with their size and inexperience so that they get on with being that larger person.
Ignorance... is a painless evil; so, I should think, is dirt, considering the merry faces that go along with it.
Adults are obsolete children.
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
Alas! regardless of their doom, the little victims play! No sense have they of ills to come nor care beyond today.
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
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.
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.
There are few successful adults who were not first successful children.
A little less worry over the child and a bit more concern about the world we make for the child to live in.
It goes without saying that you should never have more children than you have car windows.
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.
You know children are growing up when they start asking questions that have answers.
Children suck the mother when they are young and the father when they are old.
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
Where children are, there is the golden age.
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.
Children are not casual guests in our home. They have been loaned to us temporarily for the purpose of loving them and instilling a foundation of values on which their future lives will be built.
Dobson, Dr. James C.
No man can tell but he that loves his children, how many delicious accents make a man's heart dance in the pretty conversation of those dear pledges; their childishness, their stammering, their little angers, their innocence, their imperfections, their necessities, are so many little emanations of joy and comfort to him that delights in their persons and society.
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
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.
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.
If you want to see what children can do, you must stop giving them things.
How little is the promise of the child fulfilled in the man.
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.
How sharper than a serpent's tooth it is To have a thankless child!
Our children change us... whether they live or not.
Lois McMaster Bujold
But the child's sob curses deeper in the silence than the strong man in his wrath!
Browning, Elizabeth Barrett
When children are doing nothing, they are doing mischief.
Give me four years to teach the children and the seed I have sown will never be uprooted.
Lenin, Vladimir Ilyich
There are three ways to get something done: do it yourself, employ someone, or forbid your children to do it.
The reason grandparents and grandchildren get along so well is that they have a common enemy.
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.
Children are poor men's riches.
There is no finer investment for any community than putting milk into babies.
What is a neglected child? He is a child not planned for, not wanted. Neglect begins, therefore, before he is born.
Buck, Pearl S.
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.
Listen to the desires of your children. Encourage them and then give them the autonomy to make their own decision.
Do not handicap your children by making their lives easy.
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.
Your children will see what you're all about by what you live rather than what you say.
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.
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.
Children always turn to the light.
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.
Children are given to us to discourage our better emotions.
Let the child's first lesson be obedience, and the second will be what thou wilt.
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