Children

We worry about what a child will become tomorrow, yet we forget that he is someone today. ~Stacia Tauscher
You can learn many things from children. How much patience you have, for instance. ~Franklin P. Jones
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, on robertbrault.com
A characteristic of the normal child is he doesn’t act that way very often. ~Author Unknown
We’ve had bad luck with our kids – they’ve all grown up. ~Christopher Morley
A child can ask questions that a wise man cannot answer. ~Author Unknown
Children need love, especially when they do not deserve it. ~Harold Hulbert
Kids: they dance before they learn there is anything that isn’t music. ~William Stafford
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 (introduction), 1982
Children are one-third of our population and all of our future. ~Select Panel for the Promotion of Child Health, 1981
Even when freshly washed and relieved of all obvious confections, children tend to be sticky. ~Fran Lebowitz
Every child comes with the message that God is not yet discouraged of man. ~Rabindranath Tagore
You are worried about seeing him spend his early years in doing nothing. What! Is it nothing to be happy? Nothing to skip, play, and run around all day long? Never in his life will he be so busy again. ~Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Emile, 1762
A three-year-old child is a being who gets almost as much fun out of a fifty-six dollar set of swings as it does out of finding a small green worm. ~Bill Vaughan
If our American way of life fails the child, it fails us all. ~Pearl S. Buck
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
Children are unpredictable. You never know what inconsistency they’re going to catch you in next. ~Franklin P. Jones
Children make you want to start life over. ~Muhammad Ali
Boy, n.: a noise with dirt on it. ~Not Your Average Dictionary
I am fond of children – except boys. ~Lewis Carroll
Youth is a wonderful thing. What a crime to waste it on children. ~George Bernard Shaw
There was never a child so lovely but his mother was glad to get him to sleep. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson
Children seldom misquote. In fact, they usually repeat word for word what you shouldn’t have said. ~Author Unknown
A little girl is a sugar and spice and everything nice – especially when she’s taking a nap. ~Author Unknown
A child is a curly dimpled lunatic. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson
In America, there are two classes of travel – first class, and with children. ~Robert Benchley
The prime purpose of being four is to enjoy being four – of secondary importance is to prepare for being five. ~Jim Trelease, The Read-Aloud Handbook, 1985
Youth is a perpetual intoxication; it is a fever of the mind. ~François Duc de la Rochefoucauld
Little girls are cute and small only to adults. To one another they are not cute. They are life-sized. ~Margaret Atwood
While we try to teach our children all about life,
Our children teach us what life is all about.
~Angela Schwindt
What is a home without children? Quiet. ~Henny Youngman
It is not easy to be crafty and winsome at the same time, and few accomplish it after the age of six. ~John W. Gardner and Francesca Gardner Reese
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
There are only two things a child will share willingly – communicable diseases and his mother’s age. ~Benjamin Spock, Dr. Spock’s Baby and Child Care, 1945
Do your kids a favour – don’t have any. ~Robert Orben
Children find everything in nothing; men find nothing in everything. ~Giacomo Leopardi, Zibaldone Scelto
Children’s talent to endure stems from their ignorance of alternatives. ~Maya Angelou, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, 1969
Our genes make us immortal. ~The Secret of Life, PBS
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, 1960
Cleaning your house while your kids are still growing up is like shovelling the walk before it stops snowing. ~Phyllis Diller
Anyone who thinks the art of conversation is dead ought to tell a child to go to bed. ~Robert Gallagher
Any kid will run an errand for you if you ask at bedtime. ~Red Skelton
The only thing worth stealing is a kiss from a sleeping child. ~Joe Houldsworth
There’s nothing that can help you understand your beliefs more than trying to explain them to an inquisitive child. ~Frank A. Clark
If there were no schools to take the children away from home part of the time, the insane asylums would be filled with mothers. ~Edgar W. Howe
It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men. ~Frederick Douglass
If you haven’t time to respond to a tug at your pants leg, your schedule is too crowded. ~Robert Brault
The real menace in dealing with a five-year-old is that in no time at all you begin to sound like a five-year-old. ~Joan Kerr, Please Don’t Eat the Daisies, 1957
Children are contemptuous, haughty, irritable, envious, sneaky, selfish, lazy, flighty, timid, liars and hypocrites, quick to laugh and cry, extreme in expressing joy and sorrow, especially about trifles, they’ll do anything to avoid pain but they enjoy inflicting it: little men already. ~Jean de La Bruyère, Les Caractères, 1688
There are no seven wonders of the world in the eyes of a child. There are seven million. ~Walt Streightiff

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