Children Quotations

Children Quotations
Children's Book Week is celebrated each year in mid to late August - consider how important it is to read to your children with this captivating collection of quotations about kids...

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  1. " A child is a beam of sunlight from the Infinite and Eternal, with possibilities of virtue and vice -- but as yet unstained."
    -- Lyman Abbott

  2. "You can learn many things from children. How much patience you have, for instance."
    -- Franklin P. Adams

  3. "It is no wonder that people are so horrible when they start their life as children."
    -- Kingsley Amis

  4. "Just think of the tragedy of teaching children not to doubt."
    -- Paul Anderson

  5. "Men fear death, as children fear to go in the dark; and as that natural fear in children is increased with tales, so is the other."
    -- Maya Angelou

  6. "Children's talent to endure stems from their ignorance of alternatives."
    -- Maya Angelou

  7. "It's fun being a kid."
    -- Bradford Arthur Angier

  8. "If a child annoys you, quiet him by brushing his hair. If this doesn't work, use the other side of the brush on the other end of the child."
    -- Anonymous

  9. "Give me a child for the first seven years, and you may do what you like with him afterwards."
    -- Anonymous

  10. "Our children's children will hear a good story. "
    -- Anonymous

  11. "A child reminds us that playtime is an essential part of our daily routine."
    -- Anonymous

  12. "Mothers are fonder than fathers of their children because they are more certain they are their own."
    -- Aristotle

  13. "Our earth is degenerate in these latter days; bribery and corruption are common; children no longer obey their parents; and the end of the world is evidently approaching. " --Assyrian clay tablet 2800 B.C.

  14. "For that's what a woman, a mother wants -- to teach her children to take an interest in life. She knows it's safer for them to be interested in other people's happiness than to believe in their own."
    -- Athenæus

  15. "The countenances of children, like those of animals, are masks, not faces, for they have not yet developed a significant profile of their own."
    -- Wystan Hugh Auden

  16. "It is as painful perhaps to be awakened from a vision as to be born."
    -- James Augustine

  17. "The joys of parents are secret, and so are their grieves and fears."
    -- Sir Francis Bacon

  18. "Young people are fitter to invent than to judge; fitter for execution than for counsel; and more fit for new projects than for settled business."
    -- Sir Francis Bacon

  19. "Children have never been very good at listening to their elders, but they have never failed to imitate them."
    --James Baldwin

  20. "A child cannot be taught by anyone who despises him, and a child cannot afford to be fooled."
    -- James Baldwin

  21. "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 moment we break faith with one another, the sea engulfs us and the light goes out."
    -- James Baldwin

  22. "The distinction between children and adults, while probably useful for some purposes, is at bottom a specious one, I feel. There are only individual egos, crazy for love."
    -- Don Barthelme

  23. "If you can give your son or daughter only one gift, let it be enthusiasm."
    -- Bruce Barton

  24. "The best inheritance a person can give to his children is a few minutes of his time each day "
    --O. A. Battista

  25. "What's done to children, they will do to society."
    -- O. A. Battista

  26. "There is nothing funny about Halloween. This sarcastic festival reflects, rather, an infernal demand for revenge by children on the adult world."
    -- Jean Baudrillard

  27. "The dog was created especially for children. He is the God of frolic."
    -- Henry Ward Beecher

  28. "Recommend virtue to your children; it alone, not money, can make them happy. I speak from experience."
    -- Ludwig van Beethoven

  29. "There is no sinner like a young saint."
    -- Aphra Behn

  30. "It is amazing how quickly the kids learn to drive a car, yet are unable to understand the lawnmower, snow-blower, or vacuum cleaner."
    -- Ben Bergor

  31. "Adolescence is a period of rapid changes. Between the ages of 12 and 17, for example, a parent ages as much as 20 years."
    -- Al Bernstein

  32. "I am afraid we must make the world honest before we can honestly say to our children that honesty is the best policy."
    -- Sir Walter Besant

  33. "Parentage is a very important profession, but no test of fitness for it is ever imposed in the interest of the children."
    -- Sir Walter Besant

  34. "If you must hold yourself up to your children, hold yourself up as an object lesson and not as an example."
    -- Sir Walter Besant

  35. "Children require guidance and sympathy far more than instruction."
    -- Ambrose Gwinett Bierce

  36. "I don't know any parents that look into the eyes of a newborn baby and say, How can we screw this kid up."
    -- Russell Bishop

  37. "Having children is like having a bowling alley installed in your brain."
    -- Alan Bleasdale

  38. "Parenting is a negative thing. Keep your children from killing themselves, or anyone else, and hope for the best."

  39. "Men, in general, are but great children."
    -- Napolean Bonaparte

  40. "The test of the morality of a society is what it does for its children."
    -- Dietrich Bonhoeffer

  41. "We need to make a world in which fewer children are born, and in which we take better care of them."
    -- Max Born

  42. "Many children, many cares; no children, no felicity."
    -- Christian Nevell Bovee

  43. "Children are curious and are risk takers. They have lots of courage. They venture out into a world that is immense and dangerous. A child initially trusts life and the processes of life."
    -- John Bradshaw

  44. "Adults are just children who earn money."
    -- Kenneth Branaugh

  45. "The only moral lesson which is suited for a child, the most important lesson for every time of life, is this: "Never hurt anybody."
    -- Denis Breeze

  46. "There was a time when we expected nothing of our children but obedience, as opposed to the present, when we expect everything of them but obedience."
    -- Anatole Broyard

  47. "Live so that when your children think of fairness and integrity, They think of you."
    -- H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

  48. "Children have neither a past nor a future. Thus they enjoy the present-- which seldom happens to us."
    -- Jean de La Bruyère

  49. "The young do not know enough to be prudent, and therefore they attempt the impossible, and achieve it, generation after generation."
    -- Pearl Sydenstricker Buck

  50. "People who say they sleep like a baby usually don't have one."
    -- Leo J. Burke

  51. " You have to love your children unselfishly. That is hard. But it is the only way."
    -- Barbara Bush

  52. "If you want to recapture your youth, just cut off his allowance."
    -- Red Buttons

  53. "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."
    -- Mary Steichen Calderone

  54. "The only truly happy people are children and the creative minority."
    -- Jean Caldwell

  55. "A society in which adults are estranged from the world of children, and often from their own childhood, tends to hear children's speech only as a foreign language, or as a lie. Children have been treated as congenital fibbers, fakers and fantasisers."
    -- Beatrix Campbell

  56. "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."
    -- Elias Canetti

  57. "It is good to realize that if love and peace can prevail on earth, and if we can teach our children to honor nature's gifts, the joys and beauties of the outdoors will be here forever."
    -- Jimmy Carter

  58. "You must work--- we must all work To make the world worthy of its children."
    -- Pablo Casals

  59. "If your parents never had children, chances are you won't, either."
    -- Dick Cavett

  60. "There is always one moment in childhood when the door opens and lets the future in."
    -- Deepak K. Chopra

  61. "There is no finer investment for any community than putting milk into babies."
    -- Winston Churchill

  62. "To be ignorant of what occurred before you were born is to remain always a child."
    -- Marcus T. Cicero

  63. "The most important thing that parents can teach their children is how to get along without them."
    -- Frank A. Clark

  64. "Children have more need of models than of critics."
    -- Carolyn Coats

  65. "Imagine a school with children that can read or write, but with teachers who cannot, and you have a metaphor of the Information Age in which we live."
    -- Peter Cochrane

  66. "My childhood should have taught me lessons for my own parenthood, but it didn't because parenting can be learned only by people who have no children."
    -- Bill Cosby

  67. "Human beings are the only creatures that allow their children to come back home."
    -- Bill Cosby

  68. "For many children, joy comes as the result of mining something unique and wondrous about themselves from some inner shaft."
    -- Thomas J. Cottle

  69. "Parents are often so busy with the physical rearing of children that they miss the glory of parenthood, just as the grandeur of the trees is lost when raking leaves."
    -- Marcelene Cox

  70. "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."
    -- Marcelene Cox

  71. "There are three ways to get something done: do it yourself, employ someone, or forbid your children to do it."
    -- Monta Crane

  72. "The children despise their parents until the age of 40, when they suddenly become just like them - thus preserving the system."
    -- Quentin Crewe

  73. "Father Time is not always a hard parent, and, though he tarries for none of his children, often lays his hand lightly upon those who have used him well; making them old men and women inexorably enough, but leaving their hearts and spirits young and in full vigour. With such people the grey head is but the impression of the old fellow's hand in giving them his blessing, and every wrinkle but a notch in the quiet calendar of a well-spent life."
    -- Quentin Crisp

  74. "All my life through, the new sights of Nature made me rejoice like a child."
    -- Madame Marie Curie

"National Kids Day is the first Sunday every August. It's a day to celebrate and honor children through the gift of meaningful time. Meaningful Time is time spent between adults and children that both consider engaging, important, and enjoyable."


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