Best Quotes about Children
What is a neglected child? He is a child not planned for, not wanted. Neglect begins, therefore, before he is born.
Buck, Pearl S.
Children aren't happy with nothing to ignore, and that's what parents were created for.
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.
Better a snotty child than his nose wiped off.
The best way to make children good is to make them happy.
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.
Above all, though, children are linked to adults by the simple fact that they are in process of turning into them. For this they may be forgiven much. Children are bound to be inferior to adults, or there is no incentive to grow up.
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.
How little is the promise of the child fulfilled in the man.
Children begin by loving their parents; as they grow older they judge them; sometimes they forgive them.
Ask your child what he wants for dinner only if he's buying.
The test of the morality of a society is what it does for its children.
Children are apt to live up to what you believe of them.
Johnson, Lady Bird
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.
Always be nice to your children because they are the ones who will choose your rest home.
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.
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.
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.
The best way to keep children at home is to make the home a pleasant atmosphere and let the air out of the tires.
Children have never been very good at listening to their elders, but they have never failed to imitate them.
The best way for a man to train up a child in the way he should go is to travel that way himself.
We must teach our children to dream with their eyes open.
Never have children, only grandchildren.
How sharper than a serpent's tooth it is to have a thankless child.
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
Pretty much all the honest truth telling there is in the world is done by children.
Holmes, Oliver Wendell
I have been assured by a very knowing American of my acquaintance in London, that a young healthy child, well nursed, is at a year old, a most delicious, nourishing, and wholesome food, whether stewed, roasted, baked, or boiled; and I make no doubt that it will equally serve in a fricassee, or a ragout.
Facing a mirror you see merely your own countenance; facing your child you finally understand how everyone else has seen you.
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.
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.
Instead of needing lots of children, we need high-quality children.
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.
But the child's sob curses deeper in the silence than the strong man in his wrath!
Browning, Elizabeth Barrett
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]
Even a minor event in the life of a child is an event of that child's world and thus a world event.
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.
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 are a great comfort to us in our old age, and they help us reach it faster too.
Don't throw away your friendship with your teenager over behavior that has no great moral significance. There will be plenty of real issues that require you to stand like a rock. Save your big guns for those crucial confrontations.
Dobson, Dr. James C.
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.
Children always turn to the light.
The thing that impresses me the most about America is the way parents obey their children.
King Edward VIII
We worry about what a child will be tomorrow, yet we forget that he is someone today.
The child is the father of the man.
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.
My mother loved children -- she would have given anything if I had been one.
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.
It's fun being a kid.
Angier, Bradford Arthur
We inevitably doom our children to failure and frustration when we try to set their goals for them.
Lair, Dr. Jess
You can learn many things from children. How much patience you have, for instance.
Jones, Franklin P.
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