All children have creative power.
I wish you would moderate that fondness you have for your children.
Mary Wortley Montagu
Bitter are the tears of a child: Sweeten them. Deep are the thoughts of a child: Quiet them. Sharp is the grief of a child: Take it from him. Soft is the heart of a child: Do not harden it.
Youth is a wonderful thing. What a crime to waste it on children.
George Bernard Shaw
We’ve had bad luck with our kids – they’ve all grown up.
Children in a family are like flowers in a bouquet: there’s always one determined to face in an opposite direction from the way the arranger desires.
The test of the morality of a society is what it does for its children.
It is not giving children more that spoils them; it is giving them more to avoid confrontation.
Children and fools speak true.
Children and fools cannot lie.
Humans are the only animals that have children on purpose with the exception of guppies, who like to eat theirs.
P. J. O’Rourke
Children are all foreigners.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Children learn to creep ere they can learn to go.
I would be the most content if my children grew up to be the kind of people who think decorating consists mostly of building enough bookshelves.
Spare the rod and spoil the child.
You know your children are growing up when they stop asking you where they came from and refuse to tell you where they’re going.
P. J. O-Rourke
If our American way of life fails the child, it fails us all.
Pearl S. Buck
Too often we give our children answers to remember rather than problems to solve.
Children are the keys of paradise.
You will always be your child’s favorite toy.
Youth is a perpetual intoxication; it is a fever of the mind.
Francois Duc de la Rochefoucauld
How sharper than a serpent’s tooth it is, To have a thankless child!
While we try to teach our children all about life, our children teach us what life is all about.
The only thing worth stealing is a kiss from a sleeping child.
Children make you want to start life over.
Our children change us… whether they live or not.
Lois McMaster Bujold
The easiest way to teach children the value of money is to borrow some from them.
Nothing you do for children is ever wasted. They seem not to notice us, hovering, averting our eyes, and they seldom offer thanks, but what we do for them is never wasted.
It is not a bad thing that children should occasionally, and politely, put parents in their place.
Becoming responsible adults is no longer a matter of whether children hang up there pajamas or put dirty towels in the hamper, but whether they care about themselves and others — and whether they see everyday chores as related to how we treat this planet.
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.
Harry S Truman
A young child is, indeed, a true scientist, just one big question mark. What? Why? How? I never cease to marvel at the recurring miracle of growth, to be fascinated by the mystery and wonder of this brave enthusiasm.
There are only two things a child will share willingly – communicable diseases and his mother’s age.
Dr Benjamin Spock
There are only two lasting bequests we can hope to give our children. One is roots; the other, wings.
Making the decision to have a child – it’s momentous. It is to decide forever to have your heart go walking outside your body.
There’s nothing sadder in this world than to awake Christmas morning and not be a child.
Our genes make us immortal.
The Secret of Life
But at three, four, five, and even six years the childish nature will require sports; now is the time to get rid of self-will in him, punishing him, but not so as to disgrace him.
Kids haven’t changed much, but parents seem increasingly unhappy with the child raising phase of their lives.
A child of five would understand this. Send someone to fetch a child of five.
Anyone who thinks the art of conversation is dead ought to tell a child to go to bed.
Do your kids a favor – don’t have any.
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 Caracteres
Children find everything in nothing; men find nothing in everything.
Giacomo Leopardi and Zibaldone Scelto
Children’s talent to endure stems from their ignorance of alternatives.
The prime purpose of being four is to enjoy being four – of secondary importance is to prepare for being five.
At work, you think of the children you have left at home. At home, you think of the work you’ve left unfinished. Such a struggle is unleashed within yourself. Your heart is rent.
To bear many children is considered not only a religious blessing but also an investment. The greater their number, some Indians reason, the more alms they can beg.
Cleaning your house while your kids are still growing up is like shoveling the walk before it stops snowing.
The nice thing about having relatives’ kids around is that they go home.
It is easier for a father to have children than for children to have a real father.
Pope John XXIII
Sometimes when I look at my children I say to myself, ‘Lillian, you should have stayed a virgin.’
Mrs Lillian Carter
A food is not necessarily essential just because your child hates it.
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.
Alas! That such affected tricks Should flourish in a child of six!
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.
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
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.
It is only rarely that one can see in a little boy the promise of a man, but one can almost always see in a little girl the threat of a woman.
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