Best Quotes about Children
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
It's fun being a kid.
Angier, Bradford Arthur
Children are excellent observers, and will often perceive your slightest defects. In general, those who govern children, forgive nothing in them, but everything in themselves.
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.
Children enjoy the present because they have neither a past nor a future.
La Bruyere, Jean De
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.
What's more enchanting than the voices of young people, when you can't hear what they say?
Smith, Logan Pearsall
You see much more of your children once they leave home.
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 all foreigners.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
A little less worry over the child and a bit more concern about the world we make for the child to live in.
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 aren't happy with nothing to ignore, and that's what parents were created for.
There never was a child so lovely, but his mother was glad to get him asleep.
Emerson, Ralph Waldo
Alas! regardless of their doom, the little victims play! No sense have they of ills to come nor care beyond today.
Instead of needing lots of children, we need high-quality children.
We worry about what a child will be tomorrow, yet we forget that he is someone today.
Children are given to us to discourage our better emotions.
Behold the child, by nature's kindly law, pleased with a rattle, tickled with a straw.
What is a neglected child? He is a child not planned for, not wanted. Neglect begins, therefore, before he is born.
Buck, Pearl S.
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.
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.
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.
Your children need your presence more than your presents.
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.
Our children will not survive our habits of thinking, our failures of the spirit, our wreck of the universe into which we bring new life as blithely as we do. Mostly, our children will resemble our own misery and spite and anger, because we give them no choice about it. In the name of motherhood and fatherhood and education and good manners, we threaten and suffocate and bind and ensnare and bribe and trick children into wholesale emulation of our ways.
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
Children see in their parents the past, their parents see in them the future; and if we find more love in the parents for their children than in children for their parents, this is sad but natural. Who does not entertain his hopes more than his recollections.
The child is the father of the man.
There is no sinner like a young saint.
It is not giving children more that spoils them; it is giving them more to avoid confrontation.
It is dangerous to confuse children with angels.
Pretty much all the honest truth telling there is in the world is done by children.
Holmes, Oliver Wendell
If your parents never had children, chances are you won't, either.
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.
Be gentle with the young.
Facing a mirror you see merely your own countenance; facing your child you finally understand how everyone else has seen you.
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]
Wen I was a child, I spoke as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man I put away my childish things. [I Corinthians]
Children are apt to live up to what you believe of them.
Johnson, Lady Bird
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.
All my life through, the new sights of Nature made me rejoice like a child.
Curie, Madame Marie
If you can give your son or daughter only one gift, let it be enthusiasm.
You know children are growing up when they start asking questions that have answers.
What you don't know takes a lot of explaining to the children.
Never raise your hand to your children; it leaves your midsection unprotected.
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
The best way to keep children home is to make the home atmosphere pleasant--and let the air out of the tires.
We've had bad luck with our kids -- they've all grown up.
We inevitably doom our children to failure and frustration when we try to set their goals for them.
Lair, Dr. Jess
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