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Friday, April 27, 2012

QUOTES ABOUT CHILDREN AND CHILDHOOD












We worry about what a child will become tomorrow, yet we forget that he is someone today.  ~Stacia Tauscher



You can learn many things from children.  How much patience you have, for instance.  ~Franklin P. Jones




In a dark moment I ask, "How can anyone bring a child into this world?"  And the answer rings clear, "Because there is no other world, and because the child has no other way into it."  ~Robert Brault.




I brought children into this dark world because it needed the light that only a child can bring.  ~Liz Armbruster.





A characteristic of the normal child is he doesn't act that way very often.  ~Author Unknown




We've had bad luck with our kids - they've all grown up.  ~Christopher Morley




A child can ask questions that a wise man cannot answer.  ~Author Unknown




Children need love, especially when they do not deserve it.  ~Harold Hulbert




Kids: they dance before they learn there is anything that isn't music.  ~William Stafford




The world is as many times new as there are children in our lives.  ~Robert Brault.





 

Children are the living messages we send to a time we will not see.  ~Neil Postman, The Disappearance of Childhood (introduction), 1982



Children are one third of our population and all of our future.  ~Select Panel for the Promotion of Child Health, 1981




Even when freshly washed and relieved of all obvious confections, children tend to be sticky.  ~Fran Lebowitz




Every child comes with the message that God is not yet discouraged of man.  ~Rabindranath Tagore




You are worried about seeing him spend his early years in doing nothing.  What!  Is it nothing to be happy?  Nothing to skip, play, and run around all day long?  Never in his life will he be so busy again.  ~Jean-Jacques Rousseau,
Emile, 1762



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.  ~Bill Vaughan



If our American way of life fails the child, it fails us all.  ~Pearl S. Buck







In the United States today, there is a pervasive tendency to treat children as adults, and adults as children.  The options of children are thus steadily expanded, while those of adults are progressively constricted.  The result is unruly children and childish adults.  ~Thomas Szasz





Children are unpredictable.  You never know what inconsistency they're going to catch you in next.  ~Franklin P. Jones




Children make you want to start life over.  ~Muhammad Ali





Youth is a wonderful thing.  What a crime to waste it on children.  ~George Bernard Shaw



There was never a child so lovely but his mother was glad to get him to sleep.  ~Ralph Waldo Emerson



Children seldom misquote.  In fact, they usually repeat word for word what you shouldn't have said.  ~Author Unknown



A little girl is sugar and spice and everything nice - especially when she's taking a nap.  ~Author Unknown



A child is a curly dimpled lunatic.  ~Ralph Waldo Emerson



In America there are two classes of travel - first class, and with children.  ~Robert Benchley



The prime purpose of being four is to enjoy being four - of secondary importance is to prepare for being five.  ~Jim Trelease, The Read-Aloud Handbook, 1985



Youth is a perpetual intoxication; it is a fever of the mind.  ~François Duc de la Rochefoucauld



Little girls are cute and small only to adults.  To one another they are not cute.  They are life-sized.  ~Margaret Atwood


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While we try to teach our children all about life,
Our children teach us what life is all about.
~Angela Schwindt



What is a home without children?  Quiet.  ~Henny Youngman



It is not easy to be crafty and winsome at the same time, and few accomplish it after the age of six.  ~John W. Gardner and Francesca Gardner Reese



A child seldom needs a good talking to as a good listening to.  ~Robert Brault.



If we would listen to our kids, we'd discover that they are largely self-explanatory.  ~Robert Brault.




Creative play is like a spring that bubbles up from deep within a child.  ~Joan Almon




There are only two things a child will share willingly - communicable diseases and his mother's age.  ~Benjamin Spock, Dr. Spock's Baby and Child Care, 1945


Tarry a moment to watch the chaos of a playground, crayola-colored shirts of running children, all trying out their wings.  ~Dr. SunWolf.





Children find everything in nothing; men find nothing in everything.  ~Giacomo Leopardi, Zibaldone Scelto




A rose can say "I love you",
orchids can enthrall,
but a weed bouquet in a chubby fist,
yes, that says it all.
~Author Unknown




Having a two-year-old is like having a blender that you don't have the top for.  ~Jerry Seinfeld




Children's talent to endure stems from their ignorance of alternatives.  ~Maya Angelou, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, 1969




Our genes make us immortal.  ~The Secret of Life, PBS




Women gather together to wear silly hats, eat dainty food, and forget how unresponsive their husbands are.  Men gather to talk sports, eat heavy food, and forget how demanding their wives are.  Only where children gather is there any real chance of fun.  ~Mignon McLaughlin, The Neurotic's Notebook, 1960




Cleaning your house while your kids are still growing up is like shoveling the walk before it stops snowing.  ~Phyllis Diller




Anyone who thinks the art of conversation is dead ought to tell a child to go to bed.  ~Robert Gallagher


Any kid will run any errand for you if you ask at bedtime.  ~Red Skelton




Children need the freedom and time to play.  Play is not a luxury.  Play is a necessity.  ~Kay Redfield Jamison




The only thing worth stealing is a kiss from a sleeping child.  ~Joe Houldsworth




There's nothing that can help you understand your beliefs more than trying to explain them to an inquisitive child.  ~Frank A. Clark




If there were no schools to take the children away from home part of the time, the insane asylums would be filled with mothers.  ~Edgar W. Howe


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Children raced outside.  She surveyed their trail - traces of sticky fingerprints across everything, like wee poems.  ~Dr. SunWolf.



It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men.  ~Frederick Douglass




If you haven't time to respond to a tug at your pants leg, your schedule is too crowded.  ~Robert Brault.



Pausing to listen to an airplane in the sky, stooping to watch a ladybug on a plant, sitting on a rock to watch the waves crash over the quayside - children have their own agendas and timescales.  As they find out more about their world and their place in it, they work hard not to let adults hurry them.  We need to hear their voices.  ~Cathy Nutbrown



The real menace in dealing with a five-year-old is that in no time at all you begin to sound like a five-year-old.  ~Joan Kerr, Please Don't Eat the Daisies, 1957



Children are contemptuous, haughty, irritable, envious, sneaky, selfish, lazy, flighty, timid, liars and hypocrites, quick to laugh and cry, extreme in expressing joy and sorrow, especially about trifles, they'll do anything to avoid pain but they enjoy inflicting it:  little men already.  ~Jean de La Bruyère, Les Caractères, 1688



There are no seven wonders of the world in the eyes of a child.  There are seven million.  ~Walt Streightiff







For it is good to be children sometimes, and never better than at Christmas, when its mighty Founder was a child himself. - Charles Dickens



We could never have loved the earth so well if we had had no childhood in it. - George Eliot



Childhood has no forebodings; but then, it is soothed by no memories of outlived sorrow.- George Eliot



The companions of our childhood always possess a certain power over our minds which hardly any later friend can obtain. - Mary Shelley



Mother is the name for God in the lips and hearts of little children. - William Makepeace Thackeray



"For not an orphan in the wide world can be so deserted as the child who is an outcast from a living parent's love." - Charles Dickens







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