Child Quotes

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Christopher Moore
“Children see magic because they look for it.”
Christopher Moore, Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ's Childhood Pal

Jodi Picoult
“In the English language there are orphans and widows, but there is no word for the parents who lose a child.”
Jodi Picoult, My Sister's Keeper

Mother Teresa
“It is a poverty to decide that a child must die so that you may live as you wish.”
Mother Theresa of Calcutta

Carlos Ruiz Zafón
“The words with which a child’s heart is poisoned, whether through malice or through ignorance, remain branded in his memory, and sooner or later they burn his soul.”
Carlos Ruiz Zafón, The Shadow of the Wind

Anne Fadiman
“My daughter is seven, and some of the other second-grade parents complain that their children don't read for pleasure. When I visit their homes, the children's rooms are crammed with expensive books, but the parent's rooms are empty. Those children do not see their parents reading, as I did every day of my childhood. By contrast, when I walk into an apartment with books on the shelves, books on the bedside tables, books on the floor, and books on the toilet tank, then I know what I would see if I opened the door that says 'PRIVATE--GROWNUPS KEEP OUT': a child sprawled on the bed, reading.”
Anne Fadiman, Ex Libris: Confessions of a Common Reader

Shannon L. Alder
“A best friend is the only one that walks into your life when the world has walked out.”
Shannon l. Alder

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
“A torn jacket is soon mended, but hard words bruise the heart of a child.”
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Ambrose Bierce
Sweater, n. Garment worn by child when its mother is feeling chilly.”
Ambrose Bierce, The Unabridged Devil's Dictionary

Richard Dawkins
“Faith can be very very dangerous, and deliberately to implant it into the vulnerable mind of an innocent child is a grievous wrong.”
Richard Dawkins, The God Delusion

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
“Art is the child of nature in whom we trace the features of the mothers face.”
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Clementine von Radics
“I wonder if you know yet that you’ll leave me. That you are a child playing with matches and I have a paper body. You will meet a girl with a softer voice and stronger arms and she will not have violent secrets or an affection for red wine or eyes that never stay dry. You will fall into her bed and I’ll go back to spending Friday nights with boys who never learn my last name. ”
Clementine von Radics

Emma Donoghue
“If I was made of cake I'd eat myself before somebody else could.”
Emma Donoghue, Room

Chuck Palahniuk
“Fathers. Mothers. With all their caring and attention. They will f--- you up, every time.”
Chuck Palahniuk, Snuff

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

Criss Jami
“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, Killosophy

Terry Pratchett
“Hello, inner child, I'm the inner babysitter!”
Terry Pratchett, Hogfather

Beverly Engel
“Why isn't there a commandment to "honor thy children" or at least one to "not abuse thy children"? The notion that we must honor our parents causes many people to bury their real feelings and set aside their own needs in order to have a relationship with people they would otherwise not associate with. Parents, like anyone else, need to earn respect and honor, and honoring parents who are negative and abusive is not only impossible but extremely self-abusive. Perhaps, as with anything else, honoring our parents starts with honoring ourselves. For many adult children, honoring themselves means not having anything to do with one or both of their parents.”
Beverly Engel, Divorcing a Parent

Peggy O'Mara
“Don't stand unmoving outside the door of a crying baby whose only desire is to touch you. Go to your baby. Go to your baby a million times. Demonstrate that people can be trusted, that the environment can be trusted, that we live in a benign universe.”
Peggy O'Mara

Eve Merriam
“I dream of giving birth to a child who will ask,
Mother, what was war?”
Eve Merriam

Nicholas Sparks
“And I learned what is obvious to a child. That life is simply a collection of little lives, each lived one day at a time. That each day should be spent finding beauty in flowers and poetry and talking to animals. That a day spent with dreaming and sunsets and refreshing breezes cannot be bettered.”
Nicholas Sparks, The Notebook

Margery Williams Bianco
“When a child loves you for a long, long time, not just to play with, but REALLY loves you, then you become Real.”
Margery Williams Bianco, The Velveteen Rabbit

Margaret Atwood
“Sometimes she would cry. I was so lonely, she'd say. You have no idea how lonely I was. And I had friends, I was a lucky one, but I was lonely anyway.

I admired my mother in some ways, although things between us were never easy. She expected too much from me, I felt. She expected me to vindicate her life for her, and the choices she'd made. I didn't want to live my life on her terms. I didn't want to be the model offspring, the incarnation of her ideas. We used to fight about that. I am not your justification for existence, I said her to once.
I want her back. I want everything back, the way it was. But there is no point to it, this wanting.”
Margaret Atwood, The Handmaid's Tale

Eileen Kennedy-Moore
“By loving them for more than their abilities we show our children that they are much more than the sum of their accomplishments.”
Eileen Kennedy-Moore, Smart Parenting for Smart Kids: Nurturing Your Child's True Potential

Shannon Hale
“I'm Razo, a member of Bayern's Own," he said, stopping himself from adding "Loafing is just a hobby of mine."
"Bayern's Own? But you're a child."
Razo looked up to the sky. "I'm not a child, I'm just short.”
Shannon Hale, River Secrets

Anne Fadiman
“I can think of few better ways to introduce a child to books than to let her stack them, upend them, rearrange them, and get her fingerprints all over them.”
Anne Fadiman, Ex Libris: Confessions of a Common Reader

Marilyn Manson
“Is adult amusement killing our children, or is killing our children amusing adults?”
Marilyn Manson

Alberto Manguel
“I don't remember ever feeling lonely; in fact, on the rare occasions when I met other children I found their games and their talk far less interesting than the adventures and dialogues I read in my books.”
Alberto Manguel, A History of Reading

Sara Teasdale
“Child, child, love while you can
The voice and the eyes and the soul of a man;
Never fear though it break your heart-
Out of the wound new joy will start;
Only love proudly and gladly and well,
Though love be heaven or love be hell.

Child, child, love while you may,
For life is short as a happy day;
Never fear the thing you feel-
Only by love is life made real;
Love, for the deadly sins are seven,
Only through love will you enter heaven.”
Sara Teasdale

Michael Bassey Johnson
“The more you try to impress, the more you become depressed, and the more they get tired of your coercion. It doesn't make them love you, instead, they'll see you as a little child, trying to draw a senseless picture on a piece of paper, begging people to look at it and admire it by force. You can persuade someone to look at your face, but you can't persuade them to see the beauty therein.”
Michael Bassey Johnson

Susan Elizabeth Phillips
“I love you, Daisy. I love you so much I hurt.”
Susan Elizabeth Phillips, Kiss an Angel

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