Children quotes and sayings

If this was adulthood the only improvement she could detect in her situation was that she could now eat dessert without eating her vegetables.
Lisa Alther

The business of being a child interests a child not at all. Children very rarely play at being other children.
David Holloway

I wish I’d been a mixed infant.
Brendan Behan

Twas on a Holy Thursday, their innocent faces clean, The children walking two and two, in red and blue and green.
William Blake

Desire not a multitude of unprofitable children, neither delight in ungodly sons.
Bible: Ecclesiasticus

And whoso shall receive one such little child in my name receiveth me. But whoso shall offend one of these little ones which believe in me, it were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and that he were drowned in the depth of the sea.
Bible: Matthew

The four eaglets are my four sons who cease not to persecute me even unto death. The youngest of them, whom I now embrace with so much affection, will sometime in the end insult me more grievously and more dangerously than any of the others.
Henry II

Part of the reason for the ugliness of adults, in a child’s eyes, is that the child is usually looking upwards, and few faces are at their best when seen from below.
George Orwell

For nothing is fixed, forever and forever and forever, it is not fixed; the earth is always shifting, the light is always changing, the sea does not cease to grind down rock. Generations do not cease to be born, and we are responsible to them because we are the only witnesses they have. The sea rises, the light fails, lovers cling to each other, and children cling to us. The moment we cease to hold each other, the sea engulfs us and the light goes out.
James Baldwin

Anything to me is sweeter Than to see Shock-headed Peter.
Heinrich Hoffman

Boys are capital fellows in their own way, among their mates; but they are unwholesome companions for grown people.
Charles Lamb

Common morality now treats childbearing as an aberration. There are practically no good reasons left for exercising one’s fertility.
Germaine Greer

He that spareth his rod hateth his son: but he that loveth him chasteneth him betimes.
Bible: Proverbs

I am married to Beatrice Salkeld, a painter. We have no children, except me.
Brendan Behan

I guess that’ll hold the little bastards.
Don Carney

It is…sometimes easier to head an institute for the study of child guidance than it is to turn one brat into a decent human being.
Joseph Wood Krutch

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.
Kahlil Gibran

Monday’s child is fair of face, Tuesday’s child is full of grace, Wednesday’s child is full of woe, Thursday’s child has far to go, Friday’s child is loving and giving, Saturday’s child works hard for his living, And the child that is born on the Sabbath day Is bonny and blithe, and good and gay.
Nursery Rhyme

Were we closer to the ground as children or is the grass emptier now?
Alan Bennett

Man hands on misery to man. It deepens like a coastal shelf. Get out as early as you can, And don’t have any kids yourself.
Philip Larkin

Where did we ever get the crazy idea that in order to make children do better, first we have to make them feel worse? Think of the last time you felt humiliated or treated unfairly. Did you feel like cooperating or doing better?
Jane Nelson

Where are the children I might have had? You may suppose I might have wanted them. Drowned to the accompaniment of the rattling of a thousand douche bags.
Malcolm Lowry

Give me the children until they are seven and anyone may have them afterward.
St. Francis Xavier

The most important thing a father can do for his children is to love their mother.Theodore Hesburgh