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Quotations about Children

You are troubled at seeing him spend his early years in doing nothing. What! is it nothing to be happy? Is it nothing to skip, to play, to run about all day long? Never in all his life will he be so busy as now. ~Jean Jacques Rousseau, "Concerning the Memory," Émile: or, Concerning Education, 1762, translated by Eleanor Worthington, 1886

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

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

The love of children inspires an interest in the welfare of all humanity. ~James Lendall Basford (1845–1915), Sparks from the Philosopher's Stone, 1882

      They dance before they learn
      there is anything that isn't music.
~William Stafford, "Keepsakes," c.1950s

Children make your life important. ~Erma Bombeck, Motherhood: The Second Oldest Profession, 1983

It's not easy to be crafty and winsome at the same time, and few accomplish it after the age of six. ~D. Sutten, as quoted in John W. Gardner & Francesca Gardner Reese, Quotations of Wit and Wisdom: Know or Listen to Those Who Know, 1975

A three-year-old child is a being who gets almost as much fun out of a $56 set of swings as it does out of finding a small green worm. ~Bill Vaughan, as quoted in The Reader's Digest, 1955

A party of little children at play is one of the most beautiful sights in nature, and a sight which for the moment almost leads us to mistrust our theories of human misery. Little children are happy because they have no carking cares nor troublesome responsibilities, no painful memories and no anxious anticipations. ~Frederick Canon Oakeley, "Vestiges of the Fall," The Voice of Creation as a Witness to the Mind of its Divine Author, 1876

I had one grown friend who very nearly approached the realm of child play. He was an old bachelor who often came to our house. He was so deliciously embarrassed by the advances of us children. He could not quite understand why we existed. But he rather liked having us climb up on his knees and play with him, although he never showed it. He was continually making faces at us — it seemed to be his only method of amusement. We children realized that here was one person who "had the stuff in him" to make a good playfellow. So we worked over him until finally we had him trained... Children have a certain understanding of human nature that is unerring. They seem to be able to see deep down into one's being and to discover hidden sources of playfulness, even in grown-ups, which they immediately develop and turn into their own enjoyment. ~Anonymous freshman college student, "The Grown-up World," c.1916

There are no problem children — only children with problems. ~Arnold H. Glasow (1905–1999)

What a distressing contrast there is between the radiant intelligence of the child and the feeble mentality of the average adult. ~Sigmund Freud

But there was never child so lovely but his mother was glad to get him asleep. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson, 1837

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

I brought children into this dark world because it needed the light that only a child can bring. ~Liz Armbruster (d.2009)

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

Children raced outside. She surveyed their trail — traces of sticky fingerprints across everything, like wee poems. ~Dr. SunWolf, @WordWhispers, tweet, 2011,

Small sons should be patented as dirt collectors. It is a proven fact that paint, glue, mud, soot, oil, ink, jam, scum and ketchup will leap considerable distances to adhere to them. ~Pam Brown, To a Very Special Son, 2008,

Boy:  A noise with dirt on it. ~Punch, as quoted in The Reader's Digest, 1933

Cleaning your house
While your kids are still growing
Is like shoveling the walk
Before it stops snowing.
~Phyllis Diller, "How To Get The Chenille Marks Off Your Face When The Doorbell Rings," Phyllis Diller's Housekeeping Hints, 1966

As the father of two young girls, I have come to the realization that they are just as messy as boys but the dirt that they create around the house is comprised of at least 50% glitter. ~Andrew K. Keller, 2012

...but boys will be boys, and so will girls too, for that matter. ~Judy, or the London Serio-Comic Journal, 1879

Boys will be boys, they say, that's all about it,
      And though of course I don't presume to doubt it,
      I often listen through the noise and squall,
      And vainly ask why boys are boys at all?
I cannot think what fate decreed the plan,
      Or mixed the ingredients for the future man;
      But I maintain the mixture must have been
      Just scrapings up to leave all matters clean.
The refuse left from half-a-thousand ills,
      Stirred up as quackery might mix its pills;
      Profoundly wonderful, in action sure,
      A mystery that is bound to work a cure.
Boys may be boys, but still I fail to see
      Why boys such imps of mischief need to be;
      All Nature's elements in one combined,
      From July's sunshine to November's wind.
A human hurricane, to rush and tear
      Without civility or common care,
      The puzzle's so profoundly dense; indeed,
      We lean a little to the Darwin creed.
But boys are  boys, and 'tisn't you nor me
      Can make them other than they will to be;
      So Heaven preserve us through their din and noise,
      And God, for ever, bless our happy boys.
~Lizzie Marshall Berry (1847–1919), "Boys," Heart Echoes: Original Miscellaneous and Devotional Poems, 1886

Little children, sweet and lovely
      Buds from Heaven sent to earth!
      Let us love them, teach them, guide them,
      Fill their lives with joy and mirth...
Looking up with eyes of laughter,
      Holding out their tiny hands;
      Bless these little ones, oh, Master!
      Precious children of all lands!
~Gertrude Tooley Buckingham, "Little Children," 1940s

Children in a family are like flowers in a bouquet: there's always one determined to face in an opposite direction from the way the arranger desires. ~Marcelene Cox, quoted in James E. Kilgore, Dr. Kilgore's Feel Good Parenting Book, 1986

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

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

Child... curly, dimpled lunatic. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson, "Nature"

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

Vaseball:  a game of catch played by children in the living room. ~Russ Beland, Washington Post word contest, 1998

I have compared these boys and girls to things
Of beauty and of promise; they have stirred
My mind to seeking for the unknown word
To name the marvel of their wonderings.
But like the distant whisper of the wings
Of some untouchable and nameless bird,
Or like the mystery of music heard
In half-forgotten dream that ever sings
And fades, the naming has eluded me.
They are like blossoms, but no bud shall yield
So rich a blooming; I might call them seed
But yet no searching eye could reach to see
The fertile borders of the mighty field
In which their growth and harvest is decreed.
~Gerald Raftery (1905–1986), "Schoolroom Soliloquy," c.1936 [What a beautiful ode to students! Raftery was a poet as well as a junior high school teacher and librarian. –tg]

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

Beloved Children, — Look at those happy, light-hearted young people. How gaily and gladly they trip upon the grass! It cheers one's heart even to look at such a joyous band... When the sunshine floods the earth and all appears most charming, what so nice as 'the play-hour' to young hearts! When the bloom of health mantles the cheek — when brilliancy lights up the eye, and buoyancy adds grace to the frame, how delightful is the play-hour; then care vanishes, and sadness flies away; the young spirit is glad and free and enters fully into enjoyment... Be all as merry as possible when it is proper to do so. ~"The Play-Hour," The Dew-Drop: A Monthly Magazine for the Young, 1858

Tarry a moment to watch the chaos of a playground, crayola-colored shirts of running children, all trying out their wings. ~Dr. SunWolf, @WordWhispers, tweet, 2012,

The laughing faces of children on a school playground. A thousand gifts. ~Dr. SunWolf, @WordWhispers, tweet, 2017,

Anyone who thinks the art of conversation is dead ought to tell a child to go to bed. ~Robert Gallagher, in National Enquirer, as quoted in The Reader's Digest, 1986

The vivacity of children is always charming, because it is always sincere. A grave child is a rose without fragrance. ~Anonymous, Aphorisms; or, A Glance at Human Nature, in Original Maxims, 1820

A torn jacket is soon mended; but hard words bruise the heart of a child. ~Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807–1882), "Drift Wood, A Collection of Essays: Table-Talk," Prose Works of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, 1857

Our genes make us immortal. ~The Secret of Life, Public Broadcasting Service

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

I love these little people; and it is not a slight thing when they, who are so fresh from God, love us. ~Charles Dickens, The Old Curiosity Shop, 1840

Little girls are cute and small only to adults. To one another they are not cute. They are life-sized. ~Margaret Atwood, Cat's Eye, 1988

What is home without children? Quiet. ~Liguorian, 1964

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, 1963

You know you are a parent when you learn that a small child takes up nine-tenths of the space in any shared bed. ~Pam Brown, Welcome to the New Baby, 1994,

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

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, The Untamed Tongue: A Dissenting Dictionary, 1990

If our American way of life fails the child, it fails us all. ~Pearl S. Buck, Children for Adoption, 1964

Long before they grow out of their susceptibility to such childhood scourges as measles, mumps, and chicken pox, modern school children fall prey to another great epidemic ailment — romance. I've noticed that little girls from the age of ten onward seem to be the carriers of the virus; and while little boys of the same age display great powers of resistance to the contagion, along with a remarkable ability to shake off any of the symptoms, they're almost invariably affected to some extent. ~Gerald Raftery, "Boys vs. the Birds and Bees," in The New York Herald Tribune, 1960

Children are one third of our population and all of our future. ~Author unknown, 1970s

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