There are few places outside his own play where a child can contribute to the world in which he finds himself. His world: dominated by adults who tell him what to do and when to do it --benevolent tyrants who dispense gifts to their good subjects and punishment to their bad ones, who are amused at the cleverness of children and annoyed by their stupidities.
Best Quotes about Children
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 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.
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
Before I got married, I had six theories about bringing up children. Now I have six children and no theories.
Children aren't happy with nothing to ignore, and that's what parents were created for.
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
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.
Kids are wonderful, but I like mine barbecued.
Children are completely egoistic; they feel their needs intensely and strive ruthlessly to satisfy them.
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
Where children are, there is the golden age.
Youth isn't always all it's touted to be.
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.
Let the child's first lesson be obedience, and the second will be what thou wilt.
Children are given to us to discourage our better emotions.
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]
What is done to children, they will do to society.
Menninger, Karl A.
It is amazing how quickly the kids learn to drive a car, yet are unable to understand the lawnmower, snow-blower, or vacuum cleaner.
Children are the keys of paradise.
Stoddard, Richard Henry
A three year old child is a being who gets almost as much fun out of a fifty-six dollar set of swings as it does out of finding a small green worm.
Give me four years to teach the children and the seed I have sown will never be uprooted.
Lenin, Vladimir Ilyich
Children need models rather than critics.
A child learns to discard his ideals, whereas a grown-up never wears out his short pants.
A rich child often sits in a poor mothers lap.
There is no finer investment for any community than putting milk into babies.
It is not giving children more that spoils them; it is giving them more to avoid confrontation.
Our children change us... whether they live or not.
Lois McMaster Bujold
You know that children are growing up when they start asking questions that have answers.
John J. Plomp
The child is the father of the man.
A happy childhood has spoiled many a promising life.
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.
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.
Childhood sometimes does pay a second visit to man; youth never.
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.
Kids use to ask where they came from, now they tell you where to go
Pretty much all the honest truth telling there is in the world is done by children.
Holmes, Oliver Wendell
Never have children, only grandchildren.
You can learn many things from children. How much patience you have, for instance.
Jones, Franklin P.
You should study not only that you become a mother when your child is born, but also that you become a child.
Young people should be helped, sheltered, ignored, and clubbed of necessary.
Children might or might not be a blessing, but to create them and then fail them was surely damnation.
Lois McMaster Bujold
Children always turn to the light.
Listen to the desires of your children. Encourage them and then give them the autonomy to make their own decision.
If you want to see what children can do, you must stop giving them things.
What's more enchanting than the voices of young people, when you can't hear what they say?
Smith, Logan Pearsall
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.
Your children need your presence more than your presents.
Ask your child what he wants for dinner only if he's buying.
We've had bad luck with our kids -- they've all grown up.
Americans, indeed, often seem to be so overwhelmed by their children that they'll do anything for them except stay married to the co-producer.
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