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A child's a plaything for an hour.
An adolescent is both an impulsive child and a self-starting adult.
Beat your child once a day. If you don't know why, he does.
Children have no use for psychology. They detest sociology. They still believe in God, the family, angels, devils, witches, goblins, logic, clarity, punctuation, and other such obsolete stuff. When a book is boring, they yawn openly. They don't expect their writer to redeem humanity, but leave to adults such childish allusions.
Juvenile appraisals of other juveniles make up in clarity what they lack in charity.
Of all animals, the boy is the most unmanageable.
Childhood - a period of waiting for the moment when I could send everyone and everything connected with it to hell.
The great cathedral space which was childhood.
A child thinks twenty shillings and twenty years can scarce ever be spent.
If children grew up according to early indications, we should have nothing but geniuses.
What children expect from grownups is not to be 'understood', but only to be loved, even though this love may be expressed clumsily or in sternness. Intimacy does not exist between generations - only trust.
Healthy children will not fear life if their elders have integrity enough not to fear death.
William Blake really is important, my cornerstone. Nobody ever told me before he did that childhood was such a damned serious business.
Out of the mouths of babes and sucklings hast thou ordained strength.
When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child; but when I became a man I put away childish things.
Children have more need of models than of critics.
Children are remarkable for their intelligence and ardour, for their curiosity, their intolerance of shams, the clarity and ruthlessness of their vision.
The events of childhood do not pass but repeat themselves like seasons of the year.
Children have never been very good at listening to their elders, but they have never failed to imitate them.
Ask your child what he wants for dinner only if he is buying.
All children wear the sign: 'I want to be important NOW.' Many of our juvenile delinquency problems arise because nobody reads the sign.
If a child lives with approval, he learns to live with himself.
Your children are not dead. They are just waiting until the world deserves them.
What's done to children, they will do to society.
The hardest job kids face today is learning good manners without seeing any.
Unlike grownups, children have little need to deceive themselves.
We've had bad luck with our kids - they've all grown up.
There are only two lasting bequests we can hope to give our children. One of these is roots, the other, wings.
Give me the children until they are seven and anyone may have them afterwards.
There are only two things a child will share willingly - communicable diseases and his mother's age.
Do not mistake a child for his symptom.
Babies are such a nice way to start people.
Children need love, especially when they do not deserve it.
If a child is to keep alive his inborn sense of wonder without any such gift from the fairies, 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.
Nothing has a stronger influence psychologically on their environment, and especially on their children, than the unlived lives of the parents.
Books ... rarely, if ever, talk about what children can make of themselves, about the powers that from the day or moment of birth are present in every child.


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