Children Quotes

Most popular children quotes

Children are not things to be molded, but are people to be unfolded.

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Every child comes with the message that God is not yet discouraged of man.
There can be no keener revelation of a society's soul than the way in which it treats its children.
They came through you but not from you and though they are with you yet they belong not to you.
A person's a person, no matter how small.

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Children begin by loving their parents; as they grow older they judge them; sometimes they forgive them.

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Children need love, especially when they do not deserve it.

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Children have never been very good at listening to their elders, but they have never failed to imitate them.

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Children are the living messages we send to a time we will not see.

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We worry about what a child will be tomorrow, yet we forget that he is someone today.

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Every adult needs a child to teach; it's the way adults learn.

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Life is a flame that is always burning itself out; but it catches fire again every time a child is born.

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You know children are growing up when they start asking questions that have answers.

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I take my children everywhere. Unfortunately, they find a way home.

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If children grew up according to early indications, we should have nothing but geniuses.

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Everything matters terribly to children, you know, they're fresh and unformed.
Here all mankind is equal; rich and poor alike, they love their children.

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What we want is to see the child in pursuit of knowledge, and not knowledge in pursuit of the child.

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Oh, what a tangled web do parents weave
When they think that their children are naΓ―ve.

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The value of marriage is not that adults produce children, but that children produce adults.
Nature makes boys and girls lovely to look upon so they can be tolerated until they acquire some sense.
It now costs more to amuse a child than it once did to educate his father.

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Children are a great comfort in your old ageβ€”and they help you reach it faster, too.

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I wouldn't give you a nickel for another child, but I wouldn't take a million for the ones l've got.
There are no seven wonders of the world in the eyes of a child. There are seven million.
It is not easy to be crafty and winsome at the same time, and few accomplish it after the age of six.
The only thing worth stealing is a kiss from a sleeping child.

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Parents are the bones on which children cut their teeth.

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Children need admiration rather than affection.

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Insanity is hereditary; you get it from your children.

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Is there any delight as great as the child's discovering ability?

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Children are innocent and love justice, while most adults are wicked and prefer mercy.

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Our children will hate us too, y'know.
The greatest aid to adult education is children.

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Children are without pity.
Children are all foreigners.
The child is father of the man.

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My best creation is my children.
Children are a poor man's riches.
β€” English proverb

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A child is the root of the heart.
Children's mouths speak the truth.
β€” Chinese proverb

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Some children are wiser than adults.

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So many children don't know how to pray!

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Life's aspirations come
in the guise of children.

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Kids are always the only future the human race has.

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Children are the anchors that hold a mother to life.

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The great man is he who does not lose his child-heart.

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Cherishing children is the mark of a civilized society.
Anyone who hates children and animals can't be all bad.
Children are likely to live up to what you believe of them.

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Ask your child what he wants for dinner only if he's buying.

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Give a little love to a child and you get a great deal back.
A man never stands as tall as when he kneels to help a child.
The one thing children wear out faster than shoes is parents.

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A wretched child is one who does not return his parents' care.

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Children sweeten labors; but they make misfortunes more bitter.

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Babies are always more trouble than you thoughtβ€”and more wonderful.

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How sharper than a serpent's tooth it is
To have a thankless child.

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All grown-ups were once children... Although few of them remember it.

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Having children is like having a bowling alley installed in your brain.

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Children's talent to endure stems from their ignorance of alternatives.

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Better to be driven out from among men than to be disliked of children.
The greatest natural resource that any country can have is its children.
You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth.
Children...are like wet cement.  Any word that falls on them makes an impact.
How paramount the future is to the present when one is surrounded by children.
Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up.

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The thing that impresses me most about America is the way parents obey their children.

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Children are a great comfort in your old age - and they help you reach it faster, too.
Children aren't happy with nothing to ignore, 
And that's what parents were created for.

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Train up a child in the way he should go, And when he is old he will not depart from it.

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Men are generally more careful of the breed of their horses and dogs than of their children.

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The reason grandparents and grandchildren get along so well is that they have a common enemy.

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Reasoning with a child is fine, if you can reach the child's reason without destroying your own.
Ah, the patter of little feet around the house. There's nothing like having a midget for a butler.
I see the mind of the five year old as a volcano with two vents: destructiveness and creativeness.
We find delight in the beauty and happiness of children that makes the heart too big for the body.
Each child is an adventure into a better life - an opportunity to change the old pattern and make it new.
To show a child what once delighted you, to find the child's delight added to your ownβ€”this is happiness.

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Children today are tyrants. They contradict their parent, gobble their food, and tyrannize their teachers.
Before I got married I had six theories about bringing up children; now I have six children, and no theories.

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If you treat a sick child like an adult and a sick adult like a child, everything usually works out pretty well.

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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.
What world are we leaving our children? Maybe it would be better to ask, "What children are we giving this world?"
A child's nature is too serious a thing to admit of its being regarded as a mere appendage to another human being.

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There's nothing that can help you understand your beliefs more than trying to explain them to an inquisitive child.

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You cannot write for children... They're much too complicated. You can only write books that are of interest to them.
One of the most obvious facts about grown-ups, to a child, is that they have forgotten what it is like to be a child.

Adulthood

United States in the 1980s may be the first society in history in which children are distinctly worse off than adults.
The hearts of small children are delicate organs.  A cruel beginning in this world can twist them into curious shapes.

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I have found the best way to give advice to your children is to find out what they want and then advise them to do it.

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Adorable children are considered to be the general property of the human race. (Rude children belong to their mothers.)
β€” Judith Martin (Miss Manners’ Guide to Rearing Perfect Children)
Children require  guidance and sympathy far more than instruction.  They will educate themselves under right conditions.

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I have often thought what a melancholy world this would be without childrenβ€” and what an inhuman world, without the aged.
When I approach a child, he inspires in me two sentiments: tenderness for what he is, and respect for what he may become.

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Parents lend children their experience and a vicarious memory; children endow their parents with a vicarious immortality.

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Having a young child explain something exciting he has seen is the finest example of communication you will ever hear or see.

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Lucky that parent whose children make them happiness in life and not their grief, the anguished disappointment of their hopes.

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

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Children are incurable romantics.  Brimful of romance and tragedy, we whirl through childhood hopelessly in love with our parents.
β€” Roger Gould (Transformations: Growth and Change in Adult Life)

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Children are born with imaginations in mint condition, able to leap tall buildings in a single bound. Then life corrects for grandiosity.

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Children are an enlarging, if sobering, experience, and often amusing.  But childhood is frequently a solemn business for those inside it.

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When I was a child, love to me was what the sea is to a fish: something you swim in while you are going about the important affairs of life.

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If your plan is for one year, plant rice. If your plan is for ten years, plant trees. If your plan is for one hundred years, educate children.

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In every child who is born, under no matter what circumstances, and of no matter what parents, the potentiality of the human race is born again.
β€” James Agee (Let Us Now Praise Famous Men)
Our children are not going to be just our children; they are going to be other people's husbands and wives, and the parents of our grandchildren.
Perhaps parents would enjoy their children more if they stopped to realize that the film of childhood can never be run through for a second showing.

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Only a child sees things with perfect clarity, because it hasn't developed all those filters which prevent us from seeing things that we don't expect to see.
β€” Douglas Adams (Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency)

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Grown men can learn from very little children for the hearts of little children are pure. Therefore, the Great Spirit may show to them many things which older people miss.
Was there ever a grandparent, bushed after a day of minding noisy youngsters, who hasn't felt the Lord knew what He was doing when He gave little children to young people?

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Adults find pleasure in deceiving a child. They consider it necessary, but they also enjoy it. The children very quickly figure it out and then practice deception themselves.

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You don't really understand human nature unless you know why a child on a merry-go-round will wave at his parents every time aroundβ€”and why his parents will always wave back.

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A child develops individuality long before he develops taste. I have seen my kid straggle into the kitchen in the morning with the outfits that need only one accessory: an empty gin bottle.
Children are forced to live very rapidly in order to live at all. They are given only a few years in which to learn hundreds of thousands of things about life and the planet and themselves.
When you take the time to actually listen, with humility, to what people have to say, it's amazing what you can learn. Especially if the people who are doing the talking also happen to be children.
What is happening to our children? Or better put: what is happening with us, that we're incapable of taking charge of the situation of abandonment and loneliness in which our children find themselves?
It is customary to speak of children as vessels into which books are poured, but I think the reverse analogy is more accurate: children pour themselves into books, changing their shape to fit each vessel.
β€” Anne Fadiman (Rereadings: Seventeen Writers Revisit Books They Love)

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I'm sorry, it's true. Having children really changes your view on these things. We're born, we live for a brief instant, and we die. It's been happening for a long time. Technology is not changing it muchβ€”if at all.
β€” Steve Jobs (Wired magazine, February 1996)

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You may give them your love but not your thoughts, For they have their own thoughts. You may house their bodies but not their souls, For their souls dwell in the house of tomorrow, which you cannot visit, not even in your dreams.
What is childlike humility? It's not the lack of intelligence, but the lack of guile. The lack of an agenda. It's that precious, fleeting time before we have accumulated enough pride or position to care what other people might think.
β€” Todd Burpo (Heaven is for Real: A Little Boy's Astounding Story of His Trip to Heaven and Back)
Children live in occupied territory.  The brave and the foolhardy openly rebel against authority, whether harsh or benign. But most tread warily, outwardly accommodating themselves to alien mores and edicts while living in secret their iconoclastic and subversive lives.
β€” P. D. James (Time To Be in Earnest: A Fragment of Autobiography)
The children now love luxury; they have bad manners, contempt for authority; they show disrespect for elders and love chatter in place of exercise. They no longer rise when elders enter the room. They contradict their parents, chatter before company, gobble up their food and tyrannize their teachers.
Children don't need to be taught how to learn; they are born learners. They come out of the womb interacting with and exploring their surroundings. Babies are active learners, their burning curiosity motivating them to learn how the world works. And if they are given a safe, supportive environment, they will continue to learn hungrily and naturally – in the manner and at the speed that suits them best.

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