Quotes About Children

Children are offspring of a parental entity; though generally the word child refers to a human between birth and puberty it also is used to refer to sons or daughters of any age.

These famous quotations speak of our call to care for the world’s children. Children are the most vulnerable to the devastating effects of poverty, war and famine. These children quotes encourage us that together we can speak up for children’s rights and make a difference.

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Quotes About Children

Adam, the first man, and Eve, the first woman, were created together at the very beginning of human existence. This indicates that marriage is natural. Reproduction is the most important purpose of this natural state. A marriage made for reasons other than bringing up new generations is no more than a temporary entertainment and adventure. The children who come into the world through such a marriage are the unfortunate products of a transient emotion. – M. Fethullah Gulen

A nation’s durability depends on the education of young generations, upon their being awakened to national spirit and consciousness and spiritually perfected. If nations cannot raise perfect generations to whom they can entrust their future, their future is dark indeed. There is no doubt that the main responsibility for raising such generations falls on parents. – M. Fethullah Gulen

Human generations come and go. Those who have attained high levels of spiritual attainment are worthy of being considered human. Those who do not develop their spiritual faculties, due to their low level of education, scarcely merit being called human. They are nothing more than strange creatures, even though they are descended from Adam. And their parents, to whom they are a burden, are unfortunate to have nurtured them. – M. Fethullah Gulen

When trees are pruned properly, they produce fruit and their growth improves. If they are not pruned properly, they shrivel and become stunted. Given this, should not each human being, all of whom possess so many talents and abilities, be given at least as much care as a tree? – M. Fethullah Gulen

Those of you who bring children into this world are responsible for raising them to the realms beyond the heavens. Just as you take care of their bodily health, so take care of their spiritual life. For God’s sake, have pity and save the helpless innocents. Do not let their lives go to waste. – M. Fethullah Gulen

If parents encourage their children to develop their abilities and be useful to themselves and the community, they have given the nation a strong new pillar. If, on the contrary, they do not cultivate their children’s human feelings, they will have released scorpions into the community. – M. Fethullah Gulen

Parents have the right to claim their children as long as they educate and equip them with virtue. They cannot make such a claim, however, if they neglect them. But what shall we call parents who introduce their children to wickedness and indecency, and cause them to break with humanity? – M. Fethullah Gulen

The child has the same meaning for the continuation of the human race as the seed of a tree has for the continued growth and multiplication of that tree. Any people who neglect their children are subject to decay, and those who abandon them to foreign culture risk losing their identity. – M. Fethullah Gulen

Children form the most active and productive part of a community after every thirty or forty years. Those who have little children and pay no attention to them should consider how important an element of a people’s life they are disregarding and shudder. – M. Fethullah Gulen

The reasons for the vices observed in today’s generation and the incompetence of some administrators and other nation-wide troubles, lie in the conditions prevailing, and the ruling elite, of thirty years ago. Likewise, those who are charged with the education of today’s young generations will be responsible for both the vices and virtues that will be apparent thirty years from now. – M. Fethullah Gulen

Any people who would like to secure their future, should apply as much energy to the upbringing of children as they devote to other problems. The energy devoted to many other things may go in vain, but whatever is spent for the upbringing of young generations to elevate them to the rank of humanity will be like an inexhaustible source of income. – M. Fethullah Gulen

Miserable, evil ones in a community the anarchists, the drug or wine addicts, and the dissolute, etc. – were once children whom we neglected to educate properly. I do not know whether we are giving enough consideration to what kind of people will be walking about in our streets tomorrow. – M. Fethullah Gulen

The peoples who attach due importance to the institution of the family and the education of their young generations – not those who are more advanced in sciences and technology than others -will get the upper hand in the world of the future. The peoples who neglect the institution of the family and the education of their young generations, are destined to be crushed by pitiless wheels of time. – M. Fethullah Gulen

Parents should feed the minds of other children with knowledge and science before they are engaged in useless things. For souls that are empty of truth and devoid of knowledge are fields in which all kinds of evil thought are cultivated and grown. – M. Fethullah Gulen

Quotes About Children

Children are great imitators. So give them something great to imitate.Anonymous

Children have never been very good at listening to their elders, but they have never failed to imitate them. James Baldwin

A child is a beam of sunlight from the Infinite and Eternal, with possibilities of virtue and vice, but as yet unstained. Lyman Abbott

A person’s a person, no matter how small. Dr. Seuss

Adults are just outdated children. Dr. Seuss

Children are likely to live up to what you believe of them. Lady Bird Johnson

If a man leaves little children behind him, it is as if he did not die. – Moroccan Proverb

If we don’t stand up for children, then we don’t stand for much. – Marian Wright Edelman

If we wish to create a lasting peace we must begin with the children. – Mahatma Gandhi 

There is a brilliant child locked inside every student. – Marva Collins

You know who’s going to build that better world? It’s the youth. Children will do things that are now considered impossible. – Kacey McCallister

The essence of our effort to see that every child has a chance must be to assure each an equal opportunity, not to become equal, but to become different – to realize whatever unique potential of body, mind and spirit he or she possesses. – John Fischer

If you make children happy now, you make make them happy twenty years hence by the memory of it. -Kate Douglas Wiggin

The extra hours you put in today will keep a smile on the faces of your children a few years from now. – Unknown

The child must know that he is a miracle, that since the beginning of the world there hasn’t been, and until the end of the world there will not be, another child like him. – Pablo Casals

How far you go in life depends on your being tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving, and tolerant of the weak and strong. Because some day in life you will have been all of these.– George Washington Carver

Today our children are our reflection. Tomorrow they will be our shadows. – Maralee McKee 

The first happiness of a child is to know that he is loved. – Don Bosco

Children need models rather than critics. Joseph Joubert

Every child you encounter is a divine appointment. Wess Stafford

Children are the hands by which we take hold of heaven. Henry Ward Beecher

The soul is healed by being with children.Fyodor Dostoevsky

You have to love your children unselfishly. That is hard. But it is the only way. Barbara Bush

The potential possibilities of any child are the most intriguing and stimulating in all creation. Ray L. Wilbur

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

If I could relive my life, I would devote my entire ministry to reaching children for God! Dwight L. Moody

Pretty much all the honest truth telling there is in the world is done by children. Oliver Wendell Holmes

Don’t worry that children never listen to you; worry that they are always watching you. Robert Fulghum

Old men can make war, but it is children who will make history.Ray Merritt

A child is a curly dimpled lunatic. Ralph Waldo Emerson

Safety and security don’t just happen, they are the result of collective consensus and public investment. We owe our children, the most vulnerable citizens in our society, a life free of violence and fear.Nelson Mandela

It’s the greatest poverty to decide that a child must die so that you may live as you wish. Mother Teresa

Always kiss your children goodnight, even if they’re already asleep. H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

Children will listen to you after they feel listened to. – Jane Nelsen

Let us sacrifice our today so that our children can have a better tomorrow. – A. P. J. Abdul Kalam

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

You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth. – Kahlil Gibran

Children must be taught how to think, not what to think. – Margaret Mead

Children learn more from what you are, than what you teach. – W. E. B. Du Bois

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

A child is an uncut diamond. – Austin O’Malley

Don’t handicap your children by making their lives easy. – Robert A. Heinlein

If you want your children to be intelligent, read them fairy tales. If you want them to be more intelligent, read them more fairy tales. – Albert Einstein

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

To every child – I dream of a world where you can laugh, dance, sing, learn, live in peace and be happy. – Malala Yousafzai

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

Our most important task as a nation is to make sure all our young people can achieve their dreams. – Barack Obama

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

Seven things every child needs to hear: I love you, I’m proud of you, I’m sorry, I forgive you, I’m listening. This is your responsibility. You have what it takes to succeed. – Sherrie Campbell

One generation plants the trees; another gets the shade. – Chinese proverb

Teach your children they’re unique. That way, they won’t feel pressured to be like everybody else. – Cindy Cashman

There are only two lasting bequests we can hope to give our children. One is roots; the other, wings. – Hodding Carter

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

Children are mirrors, they reflect back to us all we say and do. – Pam Leo

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

If you want your children to turn out well, spend twice as much time with them and half as much money. – Abigail Van Buren

Let parents bequeath to their children not riches, but the spirit of reverence. – Plato

A child can teach an adult three things… To be happy for no reason. To always be busy with something. And to know how to demand with all his might that which he desires. – Paulo Coelho

The greatest gifts you can give your children are the roots of responsibility and the wings of independence. – Denis Waitley

Always smile back at little children. To ignore them is to destroy their belief that the world is good. – Pam Brown

Always kiss your children goodnight, even if they’re already asleep. – H. Jackson Brown Jr.

It is a wise father that knows his own child. – William Shakespeare

All little girls should be told they are pretty. – Marilyn Monroe

It took me four years to paint like Raphael, but a lifetime to paint like a child. – Pablo Picasso

All children are artists. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up. – Pablo Picasso

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

A child is not a vase to be filled, but a fire to be lit. – Francois Rabelais

Adults follow paths. Children explore. – Neil Gaiman

Children make your life important. – Erma Bombeck

Children are our most valuable resource. – Herbert Hoover

It takes a village to raise a child. – African proverb

Children are the keys of paradise. – Eric Hoffer

One book, one pen, one child, and one teacher can change the world. – Malala Yousafzai

A child miseducated is a child lost. – John F. Kennedy

The mother’s heart is the child’s schoolroom. – Henry Ward Beecher

Children re-invent your world for you. – Susan Sarandon

An honest man is always a child. – Socrates

Children are the anchors that hold the mother to life. – Sophocles

Wealth and children are the adornment of life. – The Quran

Kids spell love T-I-M-E. – John Crudele

All men know their children mean more than life. – Euripides

Noble fathers have noble children. – Euripides

Having one child makes you a parent; having two, you are a referee. – David Frost

When kids hit 1 year old, it’s like hanging out with a miniature drunk. You have to hold onto them. They bump into things. They laugh and cry. They urinate. They vomit. – Johnny Depp

Mothers are fonder than fathers of their children because they are more certain they are their own. – Aristotle

You know your children are growing up when they stop asking you where they came from and refuse to tell you where they’re going. – P. J. O’Rourke

The most effective form of birth control I know is spending the day with my kids. – Jill Bensley

The first half of our lives is spoiled by our parents, and the last half by our children. – Jennifer James

Most children threaten at times to run away from home. This is the only thing that keeps some parents going. – Phyllis Diller

I want my children to have all the things I couldn’t afford. Then I want to move in with them. – Phyllis Diller

There are three things that a child can teach an adult: To be happy for no reason; to be always busy doing something; And to know how to demand – with all one’s might – what one wants. – Paulo Coelho

I’ve been to war. I’ve raised twins. If I had a choice, I’d rather go to war. – George W. Bush

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

Don’t try to make children grow up to be like you, or they may do it. – Russell Baker

Before I got married I had six theories about bringing up children; now I have six children and no theories. – John Wilmot

Give me the children until they are seven and anyone may have them afterward. – St. Francis Xavier

A characteristic of the normal child is he doesn’t act that way very often. – Unknown

Children are the living messages we send to a time we will not see. – John F. Kennedy

Kids go where there is excitement, they stay where there is love. – Zig Ziglar

When you are a mother, you are never really alone in your thoughts. A mother always has to think twice, once for herself and once for her child. – Sophia Loren

Too much love never spoils children. Children become spoiled when we substitute presents for presence. – Anthony Witham

There is no friendship, no love, like that of the parent for the child. – Henry Ward Beecher

We never know the love of a parent till we become parents ourselves. – Henry Ward Beecher

Children begin by loving their parents; as they grow older they judge them; sometimes they forgive them. – Oscar Wilde

Loving a child doesn’t mean giving in to all his whims; to love him is to bring out the best in him, to teach him to love what is difficult. – Nadia Boulanger

Our job is not to toughen our children up to face a cruel and heartless world. Our job is to raise children who will make the world a little less cruel and heartless. – L. R. Knost

Your kids require you most of all to love them for who they are, not to spend your whole time trying to correct them. – Bill Ayers

I don’t remember who said this, but there really are places in the heart you don’t even know exist until you love a child. – Anne Lamott

It’s a funny thing about mothers and fathers. Even when their own child is the most disgusting little blister you could ever imagine, they still think that he or she is wonderful. – Roald Dahl

If there must be trouble, let it be in my day, that my child may have peace. – Thomas Paine 

Children are the only form of immortality that we can be sure of. – Peter Ustinov

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

Children astound me with their inquisitive minds. The world is wide and mysterious to them, and as they piece together the puzzle of life, they ask ‘Why?’ ceaselessly. – John C. Maxwell

Your children make it impossible to regret your past. They’re its finest fruits. Sometimes the only ones. – Anna Quindlen

Love children especially, for they too are sinless like the angels; they live to soften and purify our hearts and, as it were, to guide us. – Fyodor Dostoevsky

At the end of your life, you will never regret not having passed one more test, not winning one more verdict or not closing one more deal. You will regret time not spent with a husband, a friend, a child, or a parent. – Barbara Bush

There is no sound more annoying than the chatter of a child, and none more sad than the silence they leave when they are gone. – Mark Lawrence

Being considerate of others will take your children further in life than any college degree. – Marian Wright Edelman

May what I do flow from me like a river, no forcing and no holding back, the way it is with children. – Rainer Maria Rilke

Do not indoctrinate your children. Teach them how to think for themselves, how to evaluate evidence, and how to disagree with you. – Richard Dawkins

Let us put our minds together and see what life we can make for our children. – Sitting Bull

Children require guidance and sympathy far more than instruction. – Anne Sullivan 

When do children cry? When they want something. Adults are no different. – Naval Ravikant

There never was a child so lovely, but his mother was glad to get him asleep. – Ralph Waldo Emerson

The way we talk to our children becomes their inner voice. – Peggy O’Mara

Your children need your presence more than your presents. – Jesse Jackson

Children aren’t coloring books. You don’t get to fill them with your favorite colors. – Khaled Hosseini

If you as parents cut corners, your children will too. If you lie, they will too. – Marian Wright Edelman

The greatest legacy one can pass on to one’s children and grandchildren is not money or other material things accumulated in one’s life, but rather a legacy of character and faith. – Billy Graham

The most important thing a father can do for his children is to love their mother. – Theodore Hesburgh

Children are not things to be molded, but are people to be unfolded. – Jess Lair

Each day of our lives we make deposits in the memory banks of our children. – Charles R. Swindoll

Indeed – judicious, consistent parenting is a dream of mine. No judgments, learning space and listening carefully are my goals. – Emma Thompson

We spend the first year of a child’s life teaching it to walk and talk and the rest of its life to shut up and sit down. There’s something wrong there. – Neil deGrasse Tyson

The best way to make children good is to make them happy. – Oscar Wilde

I have found the best way to give advice to your children is to find out what they want and then advise them to do it. – Harry S. Truman

The best inheritance a parent can give his children is a few minutes of his time each day. – Orlando Aloysius Battista

If you can give your son or daughter only one gift… Let it be enthusiasm. – Bruce Barton 

Don’t worry that children never listen to you; worry that they are always watching you. – Robert Fulghum 

Anyone who does anything to help a child is a hero to me. – Fred Rogers

Where parents do too much for their children… the children will not do much for themselves. – Elbert Hubbard

What a child doesn’t receive, he can seldom later give. – P. D. James

Live so that when your children think of fairness, caring, and integrity, they think of you. – H. Jackson Browne Jr.

Children need love especially when they don’t deserve it. – Harold Hulbert

Kindness to children. Love for children. Goodness to children… These are the only investments that never fail. – Henry David Thoreau

A sense of worthiness is a child’s most important need. – Polly Berends 

Children don’t need much advice but they really do need to be listened to and not just with half an ear. – Emma Thompson

To value his own good opinion, a child has to feel that he is a worthwhile person. He has to have confidence in himself as an individual. – Sidonie Gruenberg

Nothing you do for children is ever wasted. They seem not to notice us, hovering, averting our eyes, and they seldom offer thanks, but what we do for them is never wasted. – Garrison Keillor

Where did we ever get the crazy idea that in order to make children do better, first we have to make them feel worse? Think of the last time you felt humiliated or treated unfairly. Did you feel like cooperating or doing better? – Jane Nelson

A moving child is a learning child. – Gill Connel and Cheryl McCarthy 

Supporting children to play requires us to remember what life is all about. It’s not about getting from A-Z, but rather dreaming beyond both. – Vince Gowmon

Only those who look with the eyes of children can lose themselves in the object of their wonder. – Eberhard Arnold

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

Children see magic because they look for it. – Christopher Moore 

Only where children gather is there any real chance of fun. – Mignon McLaughlin

Children don’t need meaning” to get up in the morning. Life is the meaning. – Naval Ravikant

The secret of genius is to carry the spirit of the child into old age, which means never losing your enthusiasm. – Aldous Huxley

A child who sings is a happy child. – Elder Enrique Falabella

There’s nothing more contagious than the laughter of young children; it doesn’t even have to matter what they’re laughing about. – Criss Jami

There’s nothing sadder in this world than to awake Christmas morning and not be a child. – Erma Bombeck

Children learn to smile from their parents. – Shinichi Suzuki

Babies are such a nice way to start people. – Don Herold

If a child is to keep alive his inborn sense of wonder, he needs the companionship of at least one adult who can share it, rediscovering with him the joy, excitement and mystery of the world we live in. – Rachel Carson

We find delight in the beauty and happiness of children that makes the heart too big for the body. – Ralph Waldo Emerson

Every child is a different kind of flower, and all together, make this world a beautiful garden. – Anonymous

A baby is God’s opinion that the world should go on. – Carl Sandburg 

Every child is a thought in the mind of God, and our task is to recognize this thought and help it toward completion. – Eberhard Arnold

Raising children should mean helping them to become what they already are in God’s eyes. – Eberhard Arnold

There is all the difference in the world between teaching children about religion and handing them over to be taught by the religious. – Polly Toynbee

If religious instruction were not allowed until the child had attained the age of reason, we would be living in a quite different world. – Christopher Hitchens

The world of religion isn’t a logical world; that’s why children like it. It’s a world of worked-out fantasies, very similar to children’s stories or fairy tales. – Yehuda Amichai

My children, the secret of religion lies not in theories but in practice. – Swami Vivekananda

Children pick up words, as pigeons peas, and utter them again as God shall please. – Portuguese Proverb

The voice of parents is the voice of gods, for to their children they are heaven’s lieutenants. – William Shakespeare

If you ask children in the west where’s God, they’d point to the sky. If you ask children in India, they point at themselves. – Mother Teresa

I love these little people; and it is not a slight thing when they, who are so fresh from God, love us. – Charles Dickens 

Play is training for the unexpected. – Marc Bekoff 

Play is the only way the highest intelligence of humankind can unfold. – Joseph Chilton Pearce

Play gives children a chance to practice what they are learning. – Fred Rogers

Play is often talked about as if it were a relief from serious learning. But for children play is serious learning. Play is really the work of childhood. – Fred Rogers

In every real man a child is hidden that wants to play. – Friedrich Nietzsche

Children understand and remember concepts best when they learn from direct personal experiences. – Joseph Campbell

Play is the royal road to childhood happiness and adult brilliance. – Joseph Chilton Pearce

Let the child be the scriptwriter, the director and the actor in his own play. – Magda Gerber

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

Don’t limit a child to your own learning, for he was born in another time. – Rabindranath Tagore

Man is most nearly himself when he achieves the seriousness of a child at play. – Heraclitus

Play is our brain’s favorite way of learning. – Diane Ackerman

A child educated only at school is an uneducated child. – George Santayana 

Any book that helps a child to form a habit of reading, to make reading one of his deep continuing needs, is good for him. – Maya Angelou 

Good habits formed at youth make all the difference. – Aristotle

Children are made readers in the laps of their parents. – Emilie Buchwald

Don’t educate your children to be rich. Educate them to be happy, so they know the value of things, not the price. – Victor hugo

Make it a rule never to give a child a book you would not read yourself. – George Bernard Shaw

Education in the true sense is helping the individual to be mature and free, to flower greatly in love and goodness. That is what we should be interested in, and not in shaping the child according to some idealistic pattern. – Jiddu Krishnamurti

Learning is a result of listening, which in turn leads to even better listening and attentiveness to the other person. In other words, to learn from the child, we must have empathy, and empathy grows as we learn. – Alice Miller

Example is the school of mankind, and they will learn at no other. – Edmund Burke

Children are educated by what the grown-up is and not by his talk. – Carl Jung

When you read to a child, when you put a book in a child’s hands, you are bringing that child news of the infinitely varied nature of life. You are an Awakener. – Paula Fox

I sincerely believe that for the child, and for the parent seeking to guide him, it is not half so important to know as to feel. If facts are the seeds that later produce knowledge and wisdom, then the emotions and the impressions of the senses are the fertile soil in which the seeds must grow. The years of early childhood are the time to prepare the soil. Once the emotions have been aroused – a sense of the beautiful, the excitement of the new and the unknown, a feeling of sympathy, pity, admiration or love – then we wish for knowledge about the subject of our emotional response. Once found, it has lasting meaning. It is more important to pave the way for the child to want to know than to put him on a diet of facts he is not ready to assimilate. – Rachel Carson

Don’t just teach your children to read. Teach them to question what they read. Teach them to question everything. – George Carlin

A young child is, indeed, a true scientist, just one big question mark. What? Why? How? I never cease to marvel at the recurring miracle of growth, to be fascinated by the mystery and wonder of this brave enthusiasm. – Victoria Wagner

Too often, I think, children are required to write before they have anything to say. Teach them to think and read and talk with self-repression, and they will write because they cannot help it. – Anne Sullivan

Parents can only give good advice or put them on the right paths, but the final forming of a person’s character lies in their own hands. – Anne Frank

Too often we give our children answers to remember rather than problems to solve. – Roger Lewin 

Only children believe they are capable of everything. – Paulo Coelho

Kids deserve the right to think that they can change the world. – Lois Lowry

How is it that little children are so intelligent and men so stupid? It must be education that does it. – Alexander Dumas

Childhood means simplicity. Look at the world with the child’s eye – it is very beautiful. – Kailash Satyarthi

Children are people we should be spending a lot of time talking to, listening to and helping because they’re new here. – Deb Lewis

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

A child thinks that life is really beautiful and that it will become even more beautiful. It is the duty of society to fulfil that expectation. – Robert Muller

Observe your children closely: they have often fundamental approaches and answers to the mysteries of life which we have lost as adults. – Robert Muller

Children are the true connoisseurs, what’s precious to them has no price, only value. – Bel Kaufman

We should all be inspired by children: they don’t care about fear and mistakes. – Maxime Lagacé

Children are a wonderful gift. They have an extraordinary capacity to see into the heart of things and to expose sham and humbug for what they are. – Bishop Desmond Tutu

Blessed be childhood, which brings down something of Heaven into the midst of our rough earthliness. – Henri Frederic Amiel

Play is the work of the child. – Maria Montessori 

Never help a child with a task at which he feels he can succeed. – Maria Montessori

When children come into contact with nature, they reveal their strength. – Maria Montessori

The most important period of life is not the age of university studies, but the first one, the period from birth to the age of six. – Maria Montessori

The greatest sign of success for a teacher… is to be able to say, ‘The children are now working as if I did not exist.’ – Maria Montessori

Early childhood education is the key to the betterment of society. – Maria Montessori

The development of language is part of the development of the personality, for words are the natural means of expressing thoughts and establishing understanding between people. – Maria Montessori

Free the child’s potential, and you will transform him into the world. – Maria Montessori

Now, what really makes a teacher is love for the human child; for it is love that transforms the social duty of the educator into the higher consciousness of a mission. – Maria Montessori

Joy, feeling one’s own value, being appreciated and loved by others, feeling useful and capable of production are all factors of enormous value for the human soul. – Maria Montessori

When you have solved the problem of controlling the attention of the child, you have solved the entire problem of its education. – Maria Montessori

One test of the correctness of educational procedure is the happiness of the child. – Maria Montessori

Adults are just obsolete children and the hell with them. – Dr. Seuss 

You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose. – Dr. Seuss 

Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind. – Dr. Seuss 

Today you are you, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is youer than you. – Dr. Seuss 

You’re never too old, too wacky, too wild, to pick up a book and read to a child. – Dr. Seuss  

Each of us as citizens, has a role to play in creating a better world for our children. – Nelson Mandela 

We owe our children – the most vulnerable citizens in any society – a life free from violence and fear. – Nelson Mandela 

Our children are the rock on which our future will be built, our greatest asset as a nation. They will be the leaders of our country, the creators of our national wealth, those who care for and protect our people. – Nelson Mandela 

Educating all of our children must be one of our most urgent priorities. We all know that education, more than anything else, improves our chances of building better lives. – Nelson Mandela 

Education is the great engine of personal development. It is through education that the daughter of a peasant can become a doctor, that the son of a mineworker can become the head of the mine, that a child of farm workers can become the president of a great nation. It is what we make out of what we have, not what we are given, that separates one person from another. – Nelson Mandela

I believe adults and parents who do not get involved in children’s lives effectively forfeit any right to attempt to influence their lives. – Les Brown

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

Kids are kids the world around. No matter what, if you give them a soccer ball, a deck of cards, or anything, and if you close your eyes, you would never know where you were from the sound of it. It’s just incredible to hear them laughing. I know that what I’m getting is far more than anything I possibly can give them. – Fay Deavignon

Indeed, the world children are being born into now is in many ways enormously different from the era in which we were raising our children. – Myla and Jon Kabat-Zinn

Often mothers and fathers hesitate to be too involved, not wanting to be seen as clamoring or insistent – as stereotypical sports parents. It is a difficult thing to balance: coaches may know a sport, but they are rarely the best judges of what is best for a child. – Michael Sokolove

The most valuable gift that you can give your children is not money; it is the ability to think positively. The money will soon be gone, but the ability to think positively will go on to help your children be a success throughout their lives. – Mary Kay

Parents with their words, attitudes, and actions possess the ability to bless or curse the identities of their children. – Craig Hill

I understood once I held a baby in my arms, why some people… keep having them. – Spalding Gray

And, most importantly, I know that we need to directly teach our children the most vital lessons, rather than assume that they’ll be understood. – Galit Breen

We are children of a large family, and must learn, as such children do, not to expect that our little hurts will be made much of – to be content with little nurture and caressing, and help each other the more. – George Eliot

In the best of all possible worlds, parents and guardians love their children, unconditionally. They accept their children with all their imperfections, flaws, quirks and challenges, because real love never has to be earned; it’s given freely by those who are able to love. – Marcia Sirota

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. – Ann Landers

It takes sacrifice and commitment and dying to self as we spend eighteen short – let’s be honest LIGHTNING FAST – years pouring into them and equipping them to be responsible, productive, kind, and ideally, employed adults. And make no mistake; our kids will model what they see much more than what we say. – Melanie Shankle

Help a parent and you’ve already helped the child. – Johana Scot

Seven things every child needs to hear: I love you, I’m proud of you, I’m sorry, I forgive you, I’m listening, This is your responsibility, You have what it takes. – Josh Shipp

Little moments, over and over, mold our children’s foundation, a cache of learning that they will pass on to their children. – June Cotner

In your later years, you want to look back and feel a sense of accomplishment about how you raised your children and the fulfillment you brought into their lives. – Nicoline Ambe

Always kiss your children goodnight even if they’re already asleep. – Andrew Carnegie

Family dinners are the one activity found to foster the greatest child development.Deborah Norville

Kids sometimes have a problem listening but never a problem copying. – David DeNotaris

Maybe they won’t grow up to be the next great artist, but after working on art projects, they will know how to work as a team and to have confidence and self-esteem. Even if we just change one child’s life, we’re changing the world. – Matt D’Arrigo

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

Children deserve to be loved and to know they are loved. They deserve to be cherished and to know they are valuable. – Dave Ramsey

Choose to commit to your children that you will become the living example of what they should strive to live up to in their adult lives. – Keith and Maya Traver

I believe that it is our behaviors and activities that we are passing on to children – not our preachings or teachings. – Hyacinth Mottley

Children will not respect you just because you are their parents. It takes virtue and good parenting for children to understanding why they should respect you. – Dr. Fred Cremone

We do not inherit the Earth from our Ancestors, we borrow it from our children. – American Proverb

First we are children to our parents, then parents to our children, then parents to our parents, then children to our children. – Milton Greenblatt

Sensible children bring joy to their father; foolish children despise their mother. – Proverbs 15:20 (NLT)

The greatest gift that parents can give to their children is to let them see how much their parents love each other. – Marko Petkovic

Children are gifts from the Lord. They are fruits of His labour, through acts of love in the bond of marriage. – Elijah Mcleon

Yes, Christmas is for children – except that children grow up to be adults who just might love Christmas as much as they did in their younger years. – Cherie Lowe

As the child grows, the relationship becomes complex, with the mother taking on different roles in the child’s life, many times growing into a healthy adult relationship of mutual respect. – Sarah Goldberg

When teaching your kids about the concept of respect, teach them of their worth as a person. – Claire Stranberg

. . . living with siblings means that your children will grow up in the best training ground they could have for developing this skill. Because they grow up having to share your time and attention as well as the family possessions, they’ll have to learn how to negotiate and compromise when there are the inevitable conflicts of interest. – Linda Blair

We aren’t perfect people, but with the grace God supplies, we’re doing our best to raise our children in an atmosphere that is heavily seasoned with grace, mercy, compassion, structure, wisdom and love that we believe find their source in Christ. – John Stange

Parents usually have a wider perspective on life than their children, giving them the ability to make wiser decisions. – Joann Richardson

The Earth needs more of her children to take their rightful position as her keepers. – Brian M. Heater

Children love freedom, they thrive on it. As a teacher I know it is important to build others confidence in themselves. – Paul Keller

It is important to me that everyone has the opportunity to reach their potential, especially as children. – Kylie Dunn

You may wonder how to encourage the spirit of authenticity. I say simply, let your child be. – Magda Gerber

The fascinating thing about our thoughts, beliefs and values is that they were mostly developed when we were children. – Jessica Minty

It’s important that we understand that our children have their own thoughts and opinions. – Nurit Levi

Every time those little eyes open, your child is going to be looking for something familiar to anchor to. As a father, your voice is going to be your identifying feature. – Colin Adams

I am constantly and actively looking for ways to minimize the effort involved in homeschooling, and I try to enable my children to help themselves as much as possible. – Katherine Leigh

Model the kind of behavior you want your children to exhibit. – Iovana Yao

Our children are watching us live, and what we are shouts louder than anything we can say. – Wilfred Peterson

After all, kids will be kids and they are going to act out sometimes, but if you take the time to get your children’s behavior under control, much of the stress of your life is going to disappear. – Ashlee Meadows

Given that every single child is blessed with a world of creation between his or her ears, it absolutely astounds me how children shun such a gift for the mind-numbing activity of watching television. – Tucker Colburn

Unfortunately, most of those in charge of educating our children still overlook emotional intelligence. School systems do not teach or train about it, when in fact it is a vital part of who we are. – John C. Allen

One of the most appreciated and memorable things you can do regarding an acquaintance that is not a close friend (and who happens to be a parent) is to remember his or her children’s names. – Jeff Johnson

What we must remember is that all children require a balanced and consistent approach to parenting, and all have emotional needs that it is a parent’s responsibility to fulfil. – Carole Saad

Having children is one of the most tremendous, life-changing decisions anyone can make. – Chelsea Faber

It’s sometimes remarked that our kids don’t come with manuals – neither do we. It’s a part of the human condition that our minds and behaviours are complex and multifaceted. – David Halpern

Be an example to your children, your extended family and your community of what a lasting and devoted marriage looks like. – John Stange

Giving your teenage child the opportunity to become more independent can be extremely beneficial for both you and for your child. – Mary Appleton

For kids who learn differently, making learning fun will engage them and make what they learn stick better. For example, when you read to your child, have fun. – Mira Halpert

I think it is absolutely vital when you are married with children to have at least one trip away a year without the kids. No matter how much we love them, it’s really important to remember we are part of a couple too, otherwise the kids completely take over. – Jason Ayres

Experiencing the present moment, and enjoying the child who is in front of you without worrying about your meeting the next day is paramount to any other obligation you currently have. – Nathalie Perlman

Every kid is different and they need individualized attention. Anyone who is a parent knows how unique each child is. – W. H. Thomas

What I am saying is that from where I sit today, children are worth everything they cost us. – James Dobson

Parents need to learn how to listen to their children, regardless of their age. The greatest gift you can give your children is to pay attention to them and listen intently. – John Savage

If you raise your children to feel that they can accomplish any goal or task they decide upon, you will have succeeded as a parent and you will have given your children the greatest of all blessings. – Brian Tracy

We must come together if we want to redesign the world that our children will inherit. The alternative is too terrible to contemplate. – Jay Naidoo

History will judge us by the difference we make in the everyday lives of children. – Nelson Mandela

If God places a child before you, and you are too busy to wield either a positive or negative influence…you just did the latter! You communicated that the child doesn’t matter and isn’t important. – Wess Stafford

Every child is an artist. – Pablo Picasso

Let us reach out to the children. Let us do whatever we can to support their fight to rise above their pain and suffering. – Nelson Mandela

If we nurture the dreams of children, the world will be blessed. If we destroy them, the world is doomed! – Wess Stafford

Poverty is a very complicated issue, but feeding a child isn’t. – Jeff Bridges

But when adults speak up for the vulnerable and the weak, working and demanding that safety and respect prevail, God’s little lambs are protected and nourished. They know they are not abandoned; they are loved. And the world becomes a little more like heaven as a result. – Wess Stafford

Even if people are still very young, they shouldn’t be prevented from saying what they think. – Anne Frank

Children are more than we think they are; they can do more than we think they can do. All they need is a vote of confidence from grownups, whom they will ultimately replace anyway. Their dream today will become the realities of tomorrow. – Wess Stafford

The child is the beauty of God present in the world, that greatest gift to a family. – Mother Theresa

The one lost child matters to the Lord. – Danielle Strickland

You may speak but a word to a child, and in that child there may be slumbering a noble heart which shall stir the Christian Church in years to come. – Charles Spurgeon

Children have one kind of silliness, as you know, and grown-ups have another kind. – C.S. Lewis

Few things make the life of a parent more rewarding and sweet as successful children. – Nelson Mandela 

Our children are our greatest treasure. They are our future. Those who abuse them tear at the fabric of our society and weaken our nation. – Nelson Mandela 

One way that we can build a better future for children is by empowering them through allowing them to speak up for themselves. Of course, we as adults have to guide them and to take ultimate responsibility but that is something quite different from patronizing them. The rights of children must, importantly, include the right to be themselves and to talk for themselves. – Nelson Mandela 

There can be no keener revelation of a society’s soul than the way in which it treats its children. – Nelson Mandela  

You know, you cannot give your faith to your children, you can only show them. – Mother Teresa

If you judge people, you have no time to love them. – Mother Teresa

The child is the beauty of God present in the world, that greatest gift to a family. – Mother Teresa

Some people come in your life as blessings. Some come in your life as lessons. – Mother Teresa

If you want to bring happiness to the whole world, go home and love your family. – Mother Teresa

The problem with our world is that we draw the circle of family too small. – Mother Teresa

Never worry about numbers. Help one at a time, and always start with those nearest you. – Mother Teresa 

How can there be too many children? That is like saying there are too many flowers. – Mother Teresa

Children’s talent to endure stems from their ignorance of alternatives meaning. – Maya Angelou 

If you are always trying to be normal you will never know how amazing you can be. – Maya Angelou 

The best candy shop a child can be left alone in, is the library. – Maya Angelou 

Never whine. Whining lets a brute know that a victim is in the neighborhood. – Maya Angelou 

I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel. – Maya Angelou 

Love recognizes no barriers. It jumps hurdles, leaps fences, penetrates walls to arrive at its destination full of hope. – Maya Angelou 

When you know better, you do better. – Maya Angelou 

If I have a monument in this world, it is my son. – Maya Angelou  

That’s the real trouble with the world. Too many people grow up. – Walt Disney

All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them. – Walt Disney

Our greatest natural resource is the minds of our children. – Walt Disney

Laughter is timeless, imagination has no age, dreams are forever. – Walt Disney

First, think. Second, believe. Third, dream. And finally, dare. – Walt Disney

I have long felt that the way to keep children out of trouble is to keep them interested in things. – Walt Disney

I do not make films primarily for children. I make them for the child in all of us, whether he be six or sixty. Call the child innocence. – Walt Disney

Everybody in the world was once a child. We grow up. Our personalities change. But in every one of us, something remains of our childhood. – Walt Disney

When you’re curious, you find lots of interesting things to do. – Walt Disney

If you can dream it, you can do it. Always remember that this whole thing was started by a mouse. – Walt Disney

There’s a child in us all. – Walt Disney 

The law of love could be best understood and learned through little children. – Mahatma Gandhi 

If we are to teach real peace in this world, and if we are to carry on a real war against war, we shall have to begin with the children. – Mahatma Gandhi

The greatest lessons in life, if we would but stoop and humble ourselves, we would learn not from the grown-up learned men, but from the so-called ignorant children. – Mahatma Gandhi 

Happiness is when what you think, what you say, and what you do are in harmony. – Mahatma Gandhi 

The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong. – Mahatma Gandhi 

Nobody can hurt me without my permission. – Mahatma Gandhi 

Hate the sin, love the sinner. – Mahatma Gandhi  

It is vital that when educating our children’s brains, that we do not neglect to educate their hearts. – Dalai Lama

Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible. – Dalai Lama

I defeat my enemies when I make them my friends. – Dalai Lama 

Children are our greatest untapped resource. – Dalai Lama

It’s the children the world almost breaks who grow up to save it. – Frank Warren

The visions we offer our children shape the future. – Carl Sagan

For these are all our children. We will all profit by, or pay for, whatever they become. – James Baldwin

Children are our future, and the only way for the world to evolve, as I have been shown it should be, is for each generation to be more loving and compassionate than the one before. This is only possible if we support the children around us, and protect and encourage them so that they don’t need to lock their love away. – Lorna Byrne

Cherish your children… for they are the footprints you will leave behind. – Taylor Evan Fulks 

I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character. – Martin Luther King, Jr.

Children are a gift from the Lord, the fruit of the womb a reward. – Psalms 127:3

And He took the children in his arms, placed his hands on them and blessed them. – Mark 10:16

Children are a heritage from the LORD, offspring a reward from him. – Psalms 127:3

Children’s children are a crown to the aged, and parents are the pride of their children. – Proverbs 17:6

Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it. – Proverbs 22:6

Children are like wet cement: whatever falls on them makes an impression. – Haim Ginott

Hugs can do great amounts of good, especially for children. – Diana, Princess of Wales

Always kiss your children goodnight, even if they’re already asleep. – H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

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. – James Dobson

When I approach a child, he inspires in me two sentiments – tenderness for what he is and respect for what he may become. – Louis Pasteur

At every step the child should be allowed to meet the real experience of life; the thorns should never be plucked from his roses. – Ellen Key

Children seldom misquote. In fact, they usually repeat word for word what you shouldn’t have said. – Unknown

Children are a great comfort to us in our old age, and they help us reach it faster too. – Unknown

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

Our heritage and ideals, our code and standards – the things we live by and teach our children – are preserved or diminished by how freely we exchange ideas and feelings. – Walt Disney

I continue to believe that if children are given the necessary tools to succeed, they will succeed beyond their wildest dreams. – David Vitter

It’s not about what you tell your children, but how you show them how to live life. – Jada Pinkett Smith

If the day ever came when we were able to accept ourselves and our children exactly as we and they are, then, I believe, we would have come very close to an ultimate understanding of what ‘good’ parenting means. – Fred Rogers

Children represent the future, encourage, support and guide them. – Catherine Pulsifer

My children have always been great inspiration for me, and great teachers, and keep me very close to the ground and very humble. – Wayne Dyer

As a parent, you must increase socialization skills in your children so that they will feel motivated enough to mingle with others. – Marvin Ryan


  • All children, except one, grow up.
    • J.M. Barrie, Peter and Wendy (1911), Ch. 1.
  • Some of my youthful readers are developing wonderful imaginations. This pleases me. Imagination has brought mankind through the Dark Ages to its present state of civilization. Imagination led Columbus to discover America. Imagination led Franklin to discover electricity. Imagination has given us the steam engine, the telephone, the talking-machine, and the automobile, for these things had to be dreamed of before they became realities. So I believe that dreams — day dreams, you know, with your eyes wide open and your brain machinery whizzing — are likely to lead to the betterment of the world. The imaginative child will become the imaginative man or woman most apt to create, to invent, and therefore to foster civilization. A prominent educator tells me that fairy tales are of untold value in developing imagination in the young. I believe it.
    • L. Frank Baum, Introduction to The Lost Princess of Oz (1917).
  • Not a day passes, but I get a letter from a child. They come sometimes singly, sometimes in batches of 50 or 100. Entire classes, where school teachers have read my stories, have written to me. I answer every one personally. When I was a child I know how, if I had received a real letter from an author whose book I’d read, I would have been the happiest boy alive. And if I am to do any good in this world my highest ambition will be to make children happy.
  • L. Frank Baum
  • My God, how can you stand such things, children? They say, “Mom, don’t you know it is only television, it is not real.”
There’s no such thing as a normal child.

  • Dr. Lauretta Bender Testimony of Dr. Lauretta Bender Testimony of Dr. Lauretta Bender, senior psychiatrist, Belleveu hospital Newyork N.Y.
  • Every age and degree of understanding should have its proper measure of discipline. With regard to boys and adolescents, therefore, or those who cannot understand the seriousness of the penalty of excommunication, whenever such as these are delinquent let them be subjected to severe fasts or brought to terms by harsh beatings, that they may be cured.
    • Benedict of Nursia Rule of St. Benedict: Chapter 30: How Boys Are to Be Corrected
  • Love for children is perhaps the most intense love; for it knows that it has nothing to hope for.
    • Werner Bergengruen, Dichtergehäuse (Zurich-Munich, 1966), p. 40.
  • Monday’s child is fair in face,
    Tuesday’s child is full of grace,
    Wednesday’s child is full of woe,
    Thursday’s child has far to go,
    Friday’s child is loving and giving,
    Saturday’s child works hard for its living;
    And a child that’s born on a Christmas day,
    Is fair and wise, good and gay.

    • Anonymous; reported in Traditions, Legends, Superstitions, and Sketches of Devonshire (1838), by Anna E. K. S. Bray, vol. 2, pp. 287–88. In some versions, “the Sabbath day” is substituted for “a Christmas day”. For further information and other alternative wordings, see Monday’s Child.
  • The first duty towards children is to make them happy. If you have not made them so, you have wronged them. No other good they may get can make up for that.
    • Charles Buxton, Notes of Thought (1883). London: John Murray, p. 147.
  • Scripture points out this difference between believers and unbelievers; the latter, as old slaves of their incurable perversity, cannot endure the rod; but the former, like children of noble birth, profit by repentance and correction.
    • John Calvin Golden Booklet of the True Christian Life, pg. 57
  • That they may not become too complacent or delighted in married life, he makes them distressed by the shortcomings of their partners, or humbles them through willful offspring, or afflicts them with the want or loss of children. But, if in all these matters he is more merciful to them, he shows them by diseases and dangers how unstable and passing all mortal blessings are, that they may not be puffed up with vain glory.
    • John Calvin Golden Booklet of the True Christian Life, pg. 69
  • Look! Sons are an inheritance from Jehovah; the fruitage of the belly is a reward.
    • David, Psalms 127:3, NWT
  • Over at our place, we’re sure of just one thing: everybody in the world was once a child. So in planning a new picture, we don’t think of grown-ups, and we don’t think of children, but just of that fine, clean, unspoiled spot down deep in every one of us that maybe the world has made us forget and that maybe our pictures can help recall.
    • Walt Disney Recorded statement (1938) used in The Pixar Story (2008)
  • Nothing matters more to a child than a place to call home.
    • Brenda Donald, Secretary of the Maryland Department of Human Resources, “Brenda Donald: Mission possible for Maryland: 1,000 new foster parents by 2010”, Examiner.com (5 February 2008).
  • Sometimes, you have to take a risk to give your kids what you want to give them.
    • Noel Edmonds, from the gameshow, Deal or no Deal, (5 November 2008).
  • 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 (Chapter 14, 1861).
  • If a man sell his daughter to be a maidservant … If she please not her master, who hath betrothed her to himself, then shall he let her be redeemed … If he take him another wife; her food, her raiment, and her duty of marriage, shall he not diminish.
    • Exodus 21:7-10
  • As I traveled, talking about these issues, I met so many young people who had lost hope. Some were depressed; some were apathetic; some were angry and violent. And when I talked to them, they all more or less felt this way because we had compromised their future and the world of tomorrow was not going to sustain their great-grandchildren.
    • Jane Goodall “Then & Now: Jane Goodall”, CNN (June 19, 2005)
  • It is terrible, absolutely mindless, … Hundreds of children die every minute. But instead of giving them the basics of life we spend more than a million dollars a minute on arms. And all we buy is more and more insecurity, more and more instability.
    • George Ignatieff, former Canadian ambassador to the United Nations and NATO. Cited in Awake! magazine, 9/22, 1984.
  • It seemed proper indeed to crowd the pages with children, for in real life they run all over; the world is covered thickly with the prints of their little footsteps, though, as a rule, books written for grown-up people are kept almost clear of them.
    • Jean Ingelow, in her Preface to the American edition of Fated to be Free.
  • And all your sons will be persons taught by Jehovah, and the peace of your sons will be abundant.
    • Isaiah, Isaiah 54:13, NWT
  • Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven. Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven. And whoso shall receive one such little child in my name receiveth me. But whoso shall offend one of these little ones which believe in me, it were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and that he were drowned in the depth of the sea…Take heed that ye despise not one of these little ones; for I say unto you, That in heaven their angels do always behold the face of my Father which is in heaven.
    • Jesus, Matthew 18:3-20 (KJV).
  • If there is anything that we wish to change in the child, we should first examine it and see whether it is not something that could better be changed in ourselves.
    • Carl Jung, The Integration of the Personality (1939)
  • People now began bringing him young children for him to touch them, but the disciples reprimanded them. At seeing this, Jesus was indignant and said to them: “Let the young children come to me; do not try to stop them, for the Kingdom of God belongs to such ones. Truly I say to you, whoever does not receive the Kingdom of God like a young child will by no means enter into it.” And he took the children into his arms and began blessing them, laying his hands on them.
    • Mark 10: 13-16 (NWT).
  • If you could meet your grandkids as elderly citizens in the year 2100 … you would view them as being, basically, Greek gods… that’s where we’re headed.
    • Michio Kaku “Captain Michio and the World of Tomorrow” in The Wall Street Journal (9 March 2012)
  • The children wear military uniforms and become used to handling the anti-aircraft artillery flak guns. Fifteen and sixteen-year-old children as warriors! If the war still continues to last for a long time, perhaps the babies will also be employed. Total war!!
    • Friedrich Kellner, My Opposition, 1943.
  • Children are the world’s most valuable resource and its best hope for the future.
    • John F. Kennedy, Re: United States Committee for UNICEF July 25, 1963,” Box 11, President’s Outgoing Executive Correspondence Series, White House Central Chronological File, Presidential Papers, Papers of John F. Kennedy.
  • Put a child in a den of thieves (but the child must not remain there so long that it is corrupted itself); that is, let it remain there only for a brief time. Then let it come home and tell everything it has experienced. You will note that the child, who is a good observer and has an excellent memory (as does every child), will tell everything in the greatest detail, yet in such a way that in a certain sense the important is omitted. Therefore someone who does not know that the child has been among thieves would least suspect it on the basis of the child’s story. What is it, then, that the child leaves out, what is it that the child has not discovered? It is the evil. Yet the child’s story about what it has seen and heard is entirely accurate. What then does the child lack? What is it that so often makes a child’s story the most profound mockery of the adults? It is knowledge of evil, that the child lacks knowledge of evil, that the child does not even feel inclined to want to be knowledgeable about evil.
    • Soren Kierkegaard Works of Love 1847 Hong 1995 p. 285-286
  • The Negro constitutes half the poor of the nation. Like all poor, Negro and white, they have many unwanted children. This is a cruel evil they urgently need to control. There is scarcely anything more tragic in human life than a child who is not wanted. That which should be a blessing becomes a curse for parent and child. There is nothing inherent in the Negro mentality which creates this condition. Their poverty causes it. When Negroes have been able to ascend economically, statistics reveal they plan their families with even greater care than whites. Negroes of higher economic and educational status actually have fewer children than white families in the same circumstances.
    • Martin Luther King Jr., Family Planning – A Special and Urgent Concern
  • All I know is Nanhoï’s love. My son is my life. I believe in the magic of this love. He is the embodiment of life to me. The embodiment of beauty. Through him I’ll find redemption and salvation. Then the wound in my soul – the wound I thought would never scar over – will stop bleeding.
    • Klaus Kinski, Kinski Uncut : The Autobiography of Klaus Kinski (1996), p. 316.
  • C’est l’honneur de l’homme de retrouver dans ses enfants l’ingratitude qu’il eut pour ses pères, et de finir ainsi, comme Dieu, par un sentiment désintéressé.
    • Translation: It is the honor of man to find again in his children the ingratitude which he showed towards his own parents, and thus to conclude, like God, by a disinterested sentiment.
      • Henri Lacordaire, “Trente-neuvième Conférence: De l’établissement du regne de Jésus-Christ” (1846), Conférences de Notre-Dame de Paris, Tome III (Paris: Libraire Ch. Poussielgue, 1893), p. 73.
        • Paraphrased variant: “It is an honor for you to find again in your children the same ingratitude you showed toward your own fathers and thus attain to the perfection of loving, like God, without self-interest.” In Josef Pieper, Faith, Hope, Love (San Francisco: Ignatius Press, 1997), p. 255.
  • A child born today in the United Kingdom stands a ten times greater chance of being admitted to a mental hospital than to a university … This can be taken as an indication that we are driving our children mad more effectively than we are genuinely educating them. Perhaps it is our way of educating them that is driving them mad.
    • R.D. Laing, The Politics of Experience.
  • Sexual play was a regular practice among the children from the earliest period. The adult attitude toward it, if not one of active encouragement, was at least that of mild amusement. […] Regular intercourse began before puberty with patterns of group sexual play, two or three girls in the gang serving a number of boys in rapid succession with the other boys looking on. Occasionally there were individual affairs. Sexual techniques were learned through imitation of the adults. […] Homosexuality was present in the form of mutual masturbation, but I have no data as to its frequency. […] The gap between adults and children was such that it was impossible for an adult to win the child’s confidence. Relations between them were amiable but entirely dissociated.
    • Ralph Linton [Linton, Ralph. Marquesan Culture (July 1925), American Anthropologist Volume 27. Issue 3 (p. 474-478)]
  • The next day, as soon as it was light, we were surrounded by a still greater multitude of these people. There were now a hundred females at least; and they practised all the arts of lewd expression and gesture, to gain admission on board. It was with difficulty I could get my crew to obey the orders I had given on this subject. Amongst these females were some not more than ten years of age. But youth, it seems, is here no test of innocence; these infants, as I may call them, rivalled their mothers in the wantonness of their motions and the arts of allurement.
    • Yuri Lisyansky 
  • Children should be obscene, and not heard.
    • Reverend Loveshade as quoted in Ek-sen-trik-kuh Discordia: The Tales of Shamlicht edited by Reverend Loveshade.
  • Children hallow small things. A child is a priest of the ordinary, fulfilling a sacred office that absolutely no one else can fill. The simplest gesture, the ephemeral movement, the commonest object all become precious beyond words when touched, noticed, lived by one’s own dear child.
    • Mike Mason, The Mystery of Children (Colorado Springs: Waterbrook Press, 2001), p. 27.
  • Children have rights that adults do not have, and these rights come before the rights of adults.
    • Janne Haaland Matlary, quoted in “Professor Puts Kids’ Rights First”, Zenit (23 March 2007).
  • With the birth of each child you lose two novels.
    • Candia McWilliam, as quoted in The Guardian (5 May 1993).
  • The welfare of a child is not to be measured by money only, nor by physical comfort only.
    • Nathaniel Lindley, Baron Lindley, L.J., In re McGrath (Infants), L. R. 1 C. D. (1893), p. 148; reported in James William Norton-Kyshe, Dictionary of Legal Quotations (1904), p. 188.
  • Look around you. Everywhere. They are there. In every home — lurking in dark corners … small, bi-pedal entities with almost human brains play their games in which adults are the pawns. They play and wait for the time when they will take over the world!
    • John Blair Moore, Invaders from Home, Piranha Press, 1990, Book 1 of 6.
  • A child is innately wise and realistic. If left to himself without adult suggestion of any kind, he will develop as far as he is capable of developing.
    • A. S. Neill, Summerhill (1960), Ch. 1.
  • But she didn’t laugh. “When you have children,” she said, staring at her glass, “you accept life. Do you accept life?”
    • Cesare Pavese, Among women only.
  • Even if they (Children) try to pluck it,
    the flower submits itself onto their hands.
    If it happens to prick their heels,
    the thorn scorns itself all its life.

    • Suman Pokhrel, Children
  • The dream too thinks twice,
    gets filtered to go soft
    to be seated on children’s eyes.

    • Suman Pokhrel, Children
  • Once positioned on their(children’s) lips,
    even the scariest of words
    come out as a melodious lisp.

    • Suman Pokhrel, Children
  • I like desires like children
    and their plays
    that tease me now and then into
    knowing life.

    • Suman Pokhrel, Desire
  • “I thought you said people see what they expect to see.”
    Children don’t. Too often they see what’s there.

    • Terry Pratchett, Hogfather (1996), p. 59 (ISBN 978-0-06-105905-6)
  • Neither of you have a need for children in your present personalities. You are almost finished with incarnations on the earth, so much so that the physical bodies will return completely and unfragmented upon your physical death. This is always the case in the final earth life. The physical property is left behind, no portion of it being carried on that plane through children.
    • Jane Roberts, The Early Sessions: Book 1, Session 9, Page 46.
  • A close watch must be kept on the children, and they must never be left alone anywhere, whether they are in ill or good health. This constant supervision should be exercised gently and with a certain trustfulness calculated to make them think that one loves them, and that it is only to enjoy their company that one is with them. This will make them love their supervision rather than fear it.
    • Advice to Jesuit school ushers at Port Royal 1615; as quoted in Wonder Woman: Bondage and Feminism in the Marston/Peter comics, 1941-1948 pp. 99-100
  • A person’s lifeworm is a tangle of atomic worldlines. A braid. The dotty little atoms trace out smooth lines in spacetime: you are the pattern that these lines make up. There is no one single atom that is exclusively yours. I breathe an atom out, you breathe it in. Your garbage helps my tomatoes grow. And so the little spacetime threads weave us all together. The human race is a single vast tapestry, linked by our shared food and air. There are larger links as well: sperm, egg and umblilicus. Each family tree is an organic whole. Your spacetime body tapers back to the threads of mother’s egg and father’s sperm. And children, if you have them, are forever rooted in your flesh.
    • Rudy Rucker in The Sex Sphere, p. 108.
  • Children who willingly participate in sexual acts have the right to make that decision as well, even if it’s distasteful to us personally. Some children will make poor choices just as some adults do in smoking and drinking to excess; this is part of life. When we outlaw child pornography, the prices paid for child performers rise, increasing the incentives for parents to use children against their will.
    • Mary Ruwart. Short answers to the tough questions, ISBN 978-0963233653, 1998. As quoted at Can the Libertarians Go Mainstream?
  • I believe the children are the future… Unless we stop them now!
    • Homer Simpson, in “The Wandering Juvie”, episode 16 of The Simpsons’ fifteenth season (aired March 28, 2004), written by John Frink & Don Payne.
  • Children are a battle of a different sort … A battle without banners or warhorns, but no less fierce … As hard as birth can be, what comes after is even harder.
    • Catelyn Stark, in A Clash of Kings (1999) by George R. R. Martin, Ch. Catelyn (VI)
  • Children are the keys of Paradise … They alone are good and wise, Because their thoughts, their very lives, are prayer.
    • Richard Henry Stoddard, Songs of Summer (1856), p. 113.
  • The fear that seeing naked people in some way harms children is not supported, however, by academic research. The small handful of studies on this topic in psychology and sociology have shown, instead, that children reared in an atmosphere containing family social nudity may benefit from the practice. If this is true, then proposed laws outlawing either social nudity in the home or children’s participation at naturist (or nudist) settings are unjustified.
    • Mark Storey in Children, Social Nudity and Scholarly Study.
  • Happiness is an imaginary condition, formerly attributed by the living to the dead, now usually attributed by adults to children, and by children to adults.
    • Thomas Szasz, The Second Sin (1973) Emotions.
  • Every child comes with the message that God is not yet discouraged of man.
    • Rabindranath Tagore, Stray Birds (1916).
    • Paraphrased variants:
      • Every child comes with the message that God is not yet discouraged of humanity
      • The birth of a child, is God’s way of saying, life must go on.
  • I honestly don’t understand the big fuss made over nudity and sex in films. It’s silly. On TV, the children can watch people murdering each other, which is a very unnatural thing, but they can’t watch two people in the very natural process of making love. Now, really, that doesn’t make any sense, does it?
    • Sharon Tate as quoted in Sharon Tate and the Manson Murders (2000) by Greg King
  • You’ll never know how I watched you
    From the shadows as a child
    You’ll never know how it feels to be the one
    Who’s left behind

    • Tina Turner GoldenEye theme
  • You do not chop off a section of your imaginative substance and make a book specifically for children, for — if you are honest — you have no idea where childhood ends and maturity begins. It is all endless and all one.
    • P. L. Travers, as quoted in Sticks and Stones : The Troublesome Success of Children’s Literature from Slovenly Peter to Harry Potter (2002) by Jack Zipes.
  • So what if a kid dies? God will take care of him.
    • Tamerlan Tsarnaev, in April 2013, as quoted in “Boston Bombing Day 1: The Stunning Stop the Killers Made After the Attack” (18 April 2016), by Brian Ross, ABC News
  • I think there’s a lot of people out there who say we must not have horror in any form, we must not say scary things to children because it will make them evil and disturbed… That offends me deeply, because the world is a scary and horrifying place, and everyone’s going to get old and die, if they’re that lucky. To set children up to think that everything is sunshine and roses is doing them a great disservice. Children need horror because there are things they don’t understand. It helps them to codify it if it is mythologized, if it’s put into the context of a story, whether the story has a happy ending or not. If it scares them and shows them a little bit of the dark side of the world that is there and always will be, it’s helping them out when they have to face it as adults.
    • Joss Whedon to Michael Silverberg of NPR; quote featured in the Buffy Monster Book (2000)
  • These experiences are not ‘religious’ in the ordinary sense. They are natural, and can be studied naturally. They are not ‘ineffable’ in the sense the sense of incommunicable by language. Maslow also came to believe that they are far commoner than one might expect, that many people tend to suppress them, to ignore them, and certain people seem actually afraid of them, as if they were somehow feminine, illogical, dangerous. ‘One sees such attitudes more often in engineers, in mathematicians, in analytic philosophers, in book keepers and accountants, and generally in obsessional people’. The peak experience tends to be a kind of bubbling-over of delight, a moment of pure happiness. ‘For instance, a young mother scurrying around her kitchen and getting breakfast for her husband and young children. The sun was streaming in, the children clean and nicely dressed, were chattering as they ate. The husband was casually playing with the children: but as she looked at them she was suddenly so overwhelmed with their beauty and her great love for them, and her feeling of good fortune, that she went into a peak experience . . .
    • Colin Wilson in New Pathways In Psychology, p. 17 (1972)
  • Children begin by loving their parents. After a time they judge them. Rarely, if ever, do they forgive them.
    • Oscar Wilde, A Woman of No Importance (1893), Act 2.
  • A child, not knowing what is extraordinary and what is commonplace, usually lights midway between the two, finds interest in incidents adults consider beneath notice, and calmly accepts the most improbable occurrences.
    • Gene Wolfe, “The Fifth Head of Cerberus”, Orbit 10 (1972), ed. Damon Knight. Reprinted in a set of three novellas, The Fifth Head of Cerberus (1972).
  • I’m feeling honored that I am being chosen as a Nobel laureate and I have been honored with this – this precious award, the Nobel Peace Prize. And I’m proud that I’m the first Pakistani and the first young woman or the first young person who is getting this award. It’s a great honor for me. And I’m also really happy that I’m sharing this award with a person – with a person from India whose name is Kailash Satyarthi and his great work for child’s right, his great work against – against child slavery.
    • Malala Yousafzai, Nobel Peace Prize Winner Speech (October 10, 2014)
  • Train them to virtue; habituate them to industry, activity, and spirit. Make them consider every vice as shameful and unmanly. Fire them with ambition to be useful. Make them disdain to be destitute of any useful knowledge. Fix their ambition upon great and solid objects, and their contempt upon little, frivolous, and useless ones.
    • John Adams, p. 50.
  • Never despair of a child. The one you weep the most for at the mercy-seat may fill your heart with the sweetest joys.
    • Theodore L. Cuyler, p. 50.
  • Precious Saviour! come in spirit, and lay Thy strong, gentle grasp of love on our dear boys and girls, and keep these our lambs from the fangs of the wolf.
    • Theodore L. Cuyler, p. 50.
  • Jesus was the first great teacher of men who showed a genuine sympathy for childhood. When He said “Of such is the kingdom of heaven,” it was a revelation.
    • Edward Eggleston, p. 49.
  • As in the Master’s spirit you take into your arms the little ones, His own everlasting arms will encircle them and you. He will pity both their and your simplicity; and as in unseen presence He comes again, His blessing will breathe upon you.
    • James Hamilton, p. 50.
  • Bring your little children to the Saviour. Place them in His arms. Devote them to His service. Born in His camp, let them wear from the first His colors. Taking advantage of timely opportunities, and with all tenderness of spirit, seek to endear them to the Friend of Sinners, the Good Shepherd of the lambs, the loving Guardian of the little children. And not only teach them, but govern them. And in order to govern them, govern yourselves.
    • James Hamilton, p. 50.
  • Children have more need of models than of critics.
    • Joseph Joubert, p. 49.
  • Let us be men with men, and always children before God; for in His eyes we are but children. Old age itself, in presence of eternity, is but the first moment of a morning.
    • Joseph Joubert, p. 51.
  • Johnny is but gone an hour or two sooner to bed as children are wont to do, and we are undressing to follow. And the more we put off the love of this present world, and all things superfluous beforehand, we shall have the less to do when we lie down.
    • Robert Leighton, p. 51.
  • God has given you your child, that the sight of him, from time to time, might remind you of His goodness, and induce you to praise Him with filial reverence.
    • Christian Scriver, p. 50.
  • We speak of educating our children. Do we know that our children also educate us?
    • Lydia Sigourney, p. 51.
  • The glorified spirit of the infant is as a star to guide the mother to its own blissful clime.
    • Lydia Sigourney, p. 53.
  • We are but children, the things that we do
    Are as sports of a babe to the Infinite view,
    That sees all our weakness, and pities it too.
    And oh! when aweary, may we be so blest
    As to sink, like an innocent child, to our rest,
    And feel ourselves clasped to the Infinite breast.

    • F. Burge Smith, p. 51.

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