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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


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,
www.robertbrault.com


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


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


Do your kids a favor - don't have any.  ~Robert Orben


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


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


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


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,
www.robertbrault.com


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
 
A child is a curly dimpled lunatic.  ~Ralph Waldo Emerson
A little girl is sugar and spice and everything nice - especially when she's taking a nap.  ~Author Unknown
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,
www.robertbrault.com


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


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,
www.robertbrault.com


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


Boy, n.:  a noise with dirt on it.  ~Not Your Average Dictionary


I am fond of children - except boys.  ~Lewis Carroll


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

 

Childhood is the world of miracle or of magic: it is as if creation rose luminously out of the night, all new and fresh and astonishing. Childhood is over the moment things are no longer astonishing. When the world gives you a feeling of "déjà vu," when you are used to existence, you become an adult.~EUGENE IONESCO, Present Past / Past Present~

Stay a child while you can be a child.~STEPHEN SONDHEIM, Into the Woods~

All of us have moments in out lives that test our courage. Taking children into a house with a white carpet is one of them.~ERMA BOMBECK~

Truly wonderful the mind of a child is.~YODA, Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones~

Old men can make war, but it is children who will make history.~RAY MERRITT, Full of Grace~

The more we shelter children from every disappointment, the more devastating future disappointments will be.~FRED G. GOSMAN, How to Be a Happy Parent ... In Spite of Your Children~

I learn things from my kids constantly. Most of their knowledge comes from Snapple caps.~JIMMY KIMMEL, TV Guide, June 12-18~

Self-esteem is the real magic wand that can form a child’s future. A child’s self-esteem affects every area of her existence, from friends she chooses, to how well she does academically in school, to what kind of job she gets, to even the person she chooses to marry.~STEPHANIE MARTSON, The Magic of Encouragement~

The family is both the fundamental unit of society as well as the root of culture. It ... is a perpetual source of encouragement, advocacy, assurance, and emotional refueling that empowers a child to venture with confidence into the greater world and to become all that he can be.~MARIANNE E. NEIFERT, Dr. Mom's Parenting Guide~

Never lend your car to anyone to whom you have given birth.~ERMA BOMBECK~

Not having children makes less work—but it makes a quiet house.~SUSAN GLASPELL, Trifles~

If we could destroy custom at a blow and see the stars as a child sees them, we should need no other apocalypse.~G.K. CHESTERTON, "A Defence of Baby-Worship"~

If from infancy you treat children as gods they are liable in adulthood to act as devils.~P.D. JAMES, The Children of Men~

Children's games are hardly games. Children are never more serious than when they play.~MONTAIGNE, Essays~

There are children playing in the street who could solve some of my top problems in physics, because they have modes of sensory perception that I lost long ago.~J. ROBERT OPPENHEIMER, quoted in Pearls of Wisdom~

We teach children to save their money. As an attempt to counteract thoughtless and selfish expenditure, that has value. But it is not positive; it does not lead the child into the safe and useful avenues of self-expression or self-expenditure. To teach a child to invest and use is better than to teach him to save.~HENRY FORD, My Life and Work~

There was an old woman who lived in a shoe,
She had so many children she didn't know what to do;
She gave them some broth without any bread,
She whipped them all well and put them to bed. ~ANONYMOUS, nursery rhyme~

Children need models more than they need critics.~JOSEPH JOUBERT, Pensées~

In old days there were angels who came and took men by the hand and led them away from the city of destruction. We see no white-winged angels now. But yet men are led away from threatening destruction: a hand is put into theirs, which leads them forth gently towards a calm and bright land, so that they look no more backward; and the hand may be a little child's.~GEORGE ELIOT, Silas Marner~

Children are a comfort to men because the youngsters cannot contradict them.~ABRAHAM MILLER, Unmoral Maxims~

We know that the outcasts and misfits are the children most likely to become violent, so it only follows that we must pull them into the arms of love and/or acceptance, and find a place where they fit. If our system doesn't have a place where a child fits, there's something wrong with the system, not the child.~WILLIAM G. DEFOORE, Anger~

Parents of young children should realize that few people, and maybe no one, will find their children as enchanting as they do.~BARBARA WALTERS, How to Talk with Practically Anybody About Practically Anything~

Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these.~BIBLE, Mark 10:14~

Motherhood is an early retirement position. Your children do grow up.~COLLEEN PARRO, PBS interview~

Life doesn't count for much unless you're willing to do your small part to leave our children – all of our children – a better world. Even if it's difficult. Even if the work seems great. Even if we don't get very far in our lifetime.~BARACK OBAMA, speech, Jun. 15, 2008~

Children sweeten labours, but they make misfortunes more bitter.~FRANCIS BACON, Essays~

Train a child in the way he should go,
and when he is old he will not turn from it. ~BIBLE, Proverbs 22:6~

Children are the brightest treasures we bring forth into this world, but too large a percentage of the population continues to treat them as inconveniences and nuisances, when they're not treating them as possessions or toys.~CHARLES DE LINT, The Onion Girl~

Only to children children sing,
Only to youth will spring be spring. ~RALPH WALDO EMERSON, The Harp~

The deeds of the children are a testament to the upbringing they received from their parents.~CHRISTOPHER PAOLINI, Brisingr~

A strange mixture of fear and joy comes with driving off from the hospital with your firstborn in the vehicle. There's a powerful sense of transition and new beginning, and yet fear as well. It's a fear closely attached to the question, "What do I do with this thing?" It's a healthy fear born out of an awareness of the fragility of new life.~CHRIS SEIDMAN, Little Buddy~

To lose a child ... was something that could end one's world. One could never get back to how it was before. The stars went out. The moon disappeared. The birds became silent.~ALEXANDER MCCALL SMITH, The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency~

Have you never, when waves were breaking, watched children at sport on the beach,
With their little feet tempting the foam-fringe, till with stronger and further reach
Than they dreamed of, a billow comes bursting, how they turn and scamper and screech! ~ALFRED AUSTIN, "A Woman's Apology"~

Something in the heart of most human beings simply cannot abide pain inflicted on the innocent, especially children. Even broken men serving in the worst correctional facilities will often first take out their own rage on those who have caused suffering to children. Even in such a world of relative morality, causing harm to a child is still considered absolutely wrong. Period!~WM. PAUL YOUNG, The Shack~

There is more in the education of children than the everlasting iteration of the word "don't!"~AUSTIN O'MALLEY, Keystones of Thought~

Nothing you do for a child is ever wasted.~GARRISON KEILLOR, Leaving Home~

If a child is given love, he becomes loving ... If he's helped when he needs help, he becomes helpful. And if he has been truly valued at home ... he grows up secure enough to look beyond himself to the welfare of others.~DR. JOYCE BROTHERS, Good Housekeeping, Aug. 2010~

The soul is healed by being with children.~FYODOR DOSTOEVSKY, The Idiot~

The brightest light, the light of Italy, the purest sky of Scandinavia in the month of June is only a half-light when one compares it to the light of childhood. Even the nights were blue.~EUGENE IONESCO, Present Past / Past Present~

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I seem to have been like a child playing on the seashore, finding new and then a prettier shell than ordinary, whilst the great ocean of truth lay undiscovered before me.~Isaac Newton~