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Quotations about Inner Child & Play

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Well, one can't get over the habit of being a little girl all at once.... ~Lucy Maud Montgomery, Anne of Avonlea, 1909

If you never did,
you should.
These things are fun
and fun is good.
~Dr. Seuss, One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish, 1960

You will find more happiness growing down than up. ~Author Unknown

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

The right to play is one of the divine rights of men and women, of boys and girls, and is just as essential to the peace, happiness and prosperity of the world as is the right to pray. Never be afraid or ashamed, my young friends, of honest, vigorous, healthy play. ~Silas X. Floyd (1869–1923), "The Right to Play," Floyd's Flowers: or, Duty and Beauty for Colored Children, 1905

Happy is he who still loves something he loved in the nursery:  He has not been broken in two by time; he is not two men, but one, and he has saved not only his soul but his life.  ~G.K. Chesterton

The great man is he who does not lose his child's-heart.  ~Mencius, Book IV

You're never too old to do goofy stuff.  ~From the television show Leave it to Beaver, spoken by the character Ward Cleaver

So, like a forgotten fire, a childhood can always flare up again within us.  ~Gaston Bachelard

When I grow up I want to be a little boy.  ~Joseph Heller, Something Happened, 1974

There is a child in every one of us, not always accompanied by an adult. ~Robert Brault,

I wish I didn't know now what I didn't know then.  ~Bob Seger, "Against the Wind"

Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up. ~Pablo Picasso, quoted in Time, October 1976

One must ask children and birds how cherries and strawberries taste.  ~Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Grown-ups never understand anything for themselves, and it is tiresome for children to be always and forever explaining things to them.  ~Saint-Exupéry, The Little Prince, 1943

Everybody's twelve years old in an apple orchard. ~Rachael Ray, Rachael Ray Show, while making autumn stew, original airdate 2007 October 11th

Anticipate the day as if it was your birthday and you are turning six again.  ~Mike Dolan, @HawaiianLife

To speak truly, few adult persons can see nature.  Most persons do not see the sun.  At least they have a very superficial seeing.  The sun illuminates only the eye of the man, but shines into the eye and heart of the child.  The lover of nature is he whose inward and outward senses are still truly adjusted to each other; who has retained the spirit of infancy even into the era of manhood.  ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

The reluctance to put away childish things may be a requirement of genius.  ~Rebecca Pepper Sinkler

Maybe we should develop a Crayola bomb as our next secret weapon.  A happiness weapon.  A beauty bomb.  And every time a crisis developed, we would launch one.  It would explode high in the air - explode softly - and send thousands, millions, of little parachutes into the air.  Floating down to earth - boxes of Crayolas.  And we wouldn't go cheap, either - not little boxes of eight.  Boxes of sixty-four, with the sharpener built right in.  With silver and gold and copper, magenta and peach and lime, amber and umber and all the rest.  And people would smile and get a little funny look on their faces and cover the world with imagination.  ~Robert Fulghum

When you're green you're growing, and when you're ripe you start to rot.  ~Ray Kroc

A grownup is a child with layers on.  ~Woody Harrelson

The end of childhood is when things cease to astonish us.  When the world seems familiar, when one has got used to existence, one has become an adult.  ~Eugene Ionesco

Some things can only be understood when you're in a tree house.  With a pile of warm chocolate chip cookies.  And a book.  ~Dr. SunWolf,

A child who does not play is not a child, but the man who does not play has lost forever the child who lived in him.  ~Pablo Neruda

I am often accused of being childish.  I prefer to interpret that as child-like.  I still get wildly enthusiastic about little things.  I tend to exaggerate and fantasize and embellish.  I still listen to instinctual urges.  I play with leaves.  I skip down the street and run against the wind.  I never water my garden without soaking myself.  It has been after such times of joy that I have achieved my greatest creativity and produced my best work. ~Leo F. Buscaglia, Bus 9 to Paradise

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

One of the virtues of being very young is that you don't let the facts get in the way of your imagination.  ~Sam Levenson

Creativity represents a miraculous coming together of the uninhibited energy of the child with its apparent opposite and enemy, the sense of order imposed on the disciplined adult intelligence.  ~Norman Podhoretz

A pillow fight and a good night's sleep had done wonders. ~Janis Mackay, Magnus Fin and the Moonlight Mission, 2011

We mature in knowledge and wisdom but never leave the playground of our hearts. ~Terri Guillemets

Long time a child, and still a child, when years
Had painted manhood on my cheek, was I;
For yet I lived like one not born to die;
A thriftless prodigal of smiles and tears—
No hope I needed, and I knew no fears.
But sleep, though sweet, is only sleep—and waking,
I waked to sleep no more; at once o'ertaking
The vanguard of my age, with all arrears
Of duty on my back. Nor child, nor man,
Nor youth, nor sage, I find my head is gray,
For I have lost the race I never ran.
A rathe December blights my lagging May:
And still I am a child, though I be old
Time is my debtor for my days untold.
~Hartley Coleridge (1796–1849)

In my soul, I am still that small child who did not care about anything else but the beautiful colors of a rainbow. ~Papiha Ghosh, August 2011 winner of The Quote Garden create your own quote contest on Twitter

Each man carries within him the soul of a poet who died young.  ~Sainte-Beuve, Portraits littéraires, 1862

Those who play rarely become brittle in the face of stress or lose the healing capacity for humor.  ~Stuart Brown

O men, grown sick with toil and care,
Leave for awhile the crowded mart;
O women, sinking with despair,
Weary of limb and faint of heart,
Forget your years to-day and come
As children back to childhood's house.
~Phoebe Cary

O God... make me a child again, even before I die; give me back the simple faith, the clear vision of the child that holds its father's hand. ~Israel Zangwill, Dreamers of the Ghetto, "From a Mattress Grave," 1897  [spoken by the character Heinrich Heine —tεᖇᖇ¡·g]

It is a happy talent to know how to play. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson, journal, 1835 April 19th

When childhood dies, its corpses are called adults and they enter society, one of the politer names of hell.  That is why we dread children, even if we love them, they show us the state of our decay.  ~Brian Aldiss

A man is getting old when he walks around a puddle instead of through it.  ~R.C. Ferguson

Sane and healthy play tends to blot out the remembrance of cares and hardship; it gives our minds something else to think about. ~Silas X. Floyd (1869–1923), "The Right to Play," Floyd's Flowers: or, Duty and Beauty for Colored Children, 1905

If you want to be creative, stay in part a child, with the creativity and invention that characterizes children before they are deformed by adult society.  ~Jean Piaget

Never neglect an opportunity to play leap-frog; it is the best of all games, and, unlike the terribly serious and conscientious pastimes of modern youth, will never become professionalized. ~Herbert Beerbohm Tree, as quoted by Hesketh Pearson ("Sir Herbert Tree," Modern Men and Mummers)

[N]egative experiences... and separation from our second side cause most of us to reach adulthood as second-hand people.  ~Stephen G. Scalese, The Whisper in Your Heart

Think what a better world it would be if we all - the whole world - had cookies and milk about three o’clock every afternoon and then lay down with our blankies for a nap.  ~Robert Fulghum, All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten, commonly misattributed to Barbara Jordan because she quoted Fulghum in a commencement address

My childhood may be over, but that doesn't mean playtime is.  ~Ron Olson

We all have periods in our lives when life seems a little too real... That's when we look to our inner child to rescue us from the burdens of adult existence, if only for an hour or two... Unfortunately, the typical inner child is petrified of loud voices, Mylanta, and severe PMS, and therefore goes into hiding in times of stress. Should this happen to yours, you may need to acquire a dog, whip up some cupcakes, or initiate a pillow fight, since no inner child can resist any of these. ~Nancy Shulins, Every Day I Love You More (Just Not Today), 2001

The opposite of play is not work.  It's depression.  ~Brian Sutton-Smith (play theorist, b.1924)

We must remain as close to the flowers, the grass, and the butterflies as the child is who is not yet so much taller than they are.  We adults, on the other hand, have outgrown them and have to lower ourselves to stoop down to them.  It seems to me that the grass hates us when we confess our love for it.  Whoever would partake of all good things must understand how to be small at times.  ~Friedrich Nietzsche

Always jump in the puddles! Always skip alongside the flowers. Never turn down a good pillow fight. ~Terri Guillemets

Seriousness is a disease. ~Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh

Somehow it feels wrong to have so much fun, but I can't figure out what's wrong with it. ~The Bishop's Wife, 1947 (writing credits: R. Nathan, R.E. Sherwood, L. Bercovici, B. Wilder, C. Brackett; spoken by the character Julia)

[H]e retained to his last hour his taste for the adventurous, the singular, and the uncommon, and never was steady enough to pursue perseveringly the drudgery of life. ~The O'Hara Family (Michael Banim), The Ghost-Hunter and His Family, 1833

The playing adult steps sideward into another reality; the playing child advances forward to new stages of mastery.  ~Erik H. Erikson

If children grew up according to early indications, we should have nothing but geniuses.  ~Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Grown-ups love figures.  When you tell them that you have made a new friend, they never ask you any questions about essential matters.  They never say to you, "What does his voice sound like?  What games does he love best?  Does he collect butterflies?" Instead, they demand:  "How old is he?  How many brothers has he?  How much does he weigh?  How much money does his father make?"  Only from these figures do they think they have learned anything about him.  ~Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, The Little Prince, 1943, translated from French

Whoever wants to understand much must play much.  ~Gottfried Benn

Children ask better questions than adults.  "May I have a cookie?" "Why is the sky blue?" and "What does a cow say?" are far more likely to elicit a cheerful response than "Where's your manuscript?" Why haven't you called?" and "Who's your lawyer?"  ~Fran Lebowitz

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

A child's world is fresh and new and beautiful, full of wonder and excitement.  It is our misfortune that for most of us that clear-eyed vision, that true instinct for what is beautiful and awe-inspiring, is dimmed and even lost before we reach adulthood.  ~Rachel Carson

Some day you will be old enough to start reading fairy tales again. ~C.S. Lewis

I want to giggle myself to sleep each night and jump on the fluffy, comforting pillows of faith. ~Terri Guillemets

Deep meaning lies often in childish play. ~Johann Friedrich von Schiller

In my soul there is an immortal kid refusing to keep up with my aging body. ~Shyma, @Shymalicious, August 2011 entry to The Quote Garden create your own quote contest on Twitter

There are children playing in the streets who could solve some of my top problems in physics, because they have modes of sensory perception that I lost long ago.  ~J. Robert Oppenheimer

Children have neither past nor future; they enjoy the present, which very few of us do.  ~Jean de la Bruyere

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