Quotes About Children

Quotes tagged as "children" (showing 211-240 of 3,000)
“Breasts are a scandal because they shatter the border between motherhood and sexuality.”
Iris Marion Young

Margaret Wise Brown
“I like dogs
Big dogs
Little dogs
Fat dogs
Doggy dogs
Old dogs
Puppy dogs
I like dogs
A dog that is barking over the hill
A dog that is dreaming very still
A dog that is running wherever he will
I like dogs.”
Margaret Wise Brown, The Friendly Book

Bruno Bettelheim
“The child intuitively comprehends that although these stories are unreal, they are not untrue ...”
Bruno Bettelheim, The Uses of Enchantment: The Meaning and Importance of Fairy Tales

Jane Goodall
“One thing I had learned from watching chimpanzees with their infants is that having a child should be fun.”
Jane Goodall

“When we are no longer children we are already dead”
Constantin Brancusi

A.S. Neill
“The function of a child is to live his/her own life, not the life that his/her anxious parents think he/she should live, nor a life according to the purpose of the educators who thinks they knows best”
A.S. Neill

Hans Fallada
“Not that she's a political animal, she's just an ordinary woman, but as a woman she's of the view that you don't bring children into the world to have them shot.”
Hans Fallada, Every Man Dies Alone

Jodi Picoult
“It was so damn hard to find love in this world, to locate someone who could make you feel that there was a reason you'd been put on this earth. A child, I imagined, was the purest form of that. A child was the love you didn't have to look for, didn't have to prove anything to, didn't have to worry about losing. Which is why, when it happened, it hurt so badly.”
Jodi Picoult, Change of Heart

Christopher Paul Curtis
“...that was Bud Caldwell's Rules and Things to Have a Funner LIfe and Make a Better Liar Out of Yourself Number 83...If a Adult Tells You Not to Worry, and You Weren't Worried Before, You Better Hurry Up and Start 'Cause You're Already Running Late.”
Christopher Paul Curtis, Bud, Not Buddy

Richelle E. Goodrich
“Without you there would be no me.
I am everything reflected in your eyes.
I am everything approved by your smile.
I am everything born of your guidance.
I am me only because of you.”
Richelle E. Goodrich, Making Wishes

Josh Billings
“To bring up a child in the way he should go, travel that way yourself once in a while.”
Josh Billings

Neil Gaiman
“Loyalty was a great thing, but no lieutenants should be forced to choose between their leader and a circus with elephants.”
Neil Gaiman, Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch

Kaiden Blake
“Raise your children to love and embrace others. Tell them they are beautiful; they may grow up to be stars one day, and "beautiful" will never mean as much in a magazine as it will coming from you.”
Kaiden Blake

Meg Wolitzer
“You stayed around your children as long as you could, inhaling the ambient gold shavings of their childhood, and at the last minute you tried to see them off into life and hoped that the little piece of time you’d given them was enough to prevent them from one day feeling lonely and afraid and hopeless. You wouldn’t know the outcome for a long time.”
Meg Wolitzer, The Ten-Year Nap

Maggie Stiefvater
“You and I both know that love is for children,'' he said. ''We're adults. Compatibility is for adults.''

''Compatibility is for my Bluetooth and my car,'' Teresa replied. ''Only they get along just fine, and my car never makes my bluetooth feel like shit.”
Maggie Stiefvater, Sinner

Jennifer Crusie
“Feel no guilt. Getting married and giving birth does not mean that you have sold your life away to perfectly healthy people who can get their own damn socks.”
Jennifer Crusie

Anne Bishop
“Not fault of teaching spider if little spider pay more attention to catching fly than doing lesson.”
Anne Bishop, Queen of the Darkness

Jay Woodman
“The world is a wide place where we stumble like children learning to walk. The world is a bright mosaic where we learn like children to see, where our little blurry eyes strive greedily to take in as much light and love and colour and detail as they can.

The world is a coaxing whisper when the wind lips the trees, when the sea licks the shore, when animals burrow into earth and people look up at the sympathetic stars. The world is an admonishing roar when gales chase rainclouds over the plains and whip up ocean waves, when people crowd into cities or intrude into dazzling jungles.

What right have we to carry our desperate mouths up mountains or into deserts? Do we want to taste rock and sand or do we expect to make impossible poems from space and silence? The vastness at least reminds us how tiny we are, and how much we don't yet understand. We are mere babes in the universe, all brothers and sisters in the nursery together. We had better learn to play nicely before we're allowed out..... And we want to go out, don't we? ..... Into the distant humming welcoming darkness.”
Jay Woodman, SPAN

Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
“No one is ever satisfied where he is....Only the children know what they’re looking for....”
Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, The Little Prince

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

Nancy E. Turner
“[Children] just cannot be sad too long, it is not in them, as children mourn in little bits here and there like patchwork in their lives.”
Nancy E. Turner, These Is My Words: The Diary of Sarah Agnes Prine, 1881-1901

Tom Waits
“Children make up the best songs, anyway. Better than grown-ups. Kids are always working on songs and throwing them away, like little origami things or paper airplanes. They don't care if they lose it; they'll just make another one.”
Tom Waits

George R.R. Martin
“Remember Old Nan's stories, Bran. Remember the way she told them, the sound of her voice. So long as you do that, part of her will always be alive in you.”
George R.R. Martin, A Storm of Swords

Shel Silverstein
“Pirate Captain Jim
"Walk the plank," says Pirate Jim
"But Captain Jim, I cannot swim."
"Then you must steer us through the gale."
"But Captain Jim, I cannot sail."
"Then down with the galley slaves you go."
"But Captain Jim, I cannot row."
"Then you must be the pirate's clerk."
"But Captain Jim, I cannot work.”
Shel Silverstein

Milan Kundera
“Darling, my darling, don't think that I don't love you or that I didn't love you, but it's precisely because I love you that I couldn't have become what I am today if you were still here. It's impossible to have a child and despise the world as it is, because that's the world we've put the child into. The child makes us care about the world, think about it's future, willingly join in its racket and its turmoils, take its incurable stupidity seriously.”
Milan Kundera, Identity

Jean-Paul Sartre
“It’s the well-behaved children that make the most formidable revolutionaries. They don’t say a word, they don’t hide under the table, they eat only one piece of chocolate at a time. But later on, they make society pay dearly.”
Jean-Paul Sartre

Franklin D. Roosevelt
“We cannot always build a future for our youth, but we can always build our youth for the future.”
Franklin D. Roosevelt

Ivan Turgenev
“That's what children are for—that their parents may not be bored.”
Ivan Turgenev, Diary of a Superfluous Man

“Children, as persons, are entitled to the greatest respect. Children are given to us as free-flying souls, but then we clip their wings like we domesticate the wild mallard. Children should become the role-models for us, their parents, for they are coated with the spirit from which they came- out of the ether, clean, innocent, brimming with the delight of life, aware of the beauty of the simplest thing; a snail, a bud....”
Gerry Spence, Give Me Liberty: Freeing Ourselves in the Twenty-First Century

Jodi Picoult
“Babies don't come with instruction booklets. You'd learn the same way we all do -- you'd read up on dinosaurs, you'd Google backhoes and skidders. And you don't need a penis to go buy a baseball glove.”
Jodi Picoult, Sing You Home

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