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You are troubled at seeing him spend his early years in doing nothing. What! is it nothing to be happy? Is it nothing to skip, to play, to run about all day long? Never in all his life will he be so busy as now. ~Jean Jacques Rousseau, "Concerning the Memory," Émile: or, Concerning Education, 1762, translated by Eleanor Worthington, 1886


The world is as many times new as there are children in our lives. ~Robert Brault, rbrault.blogspot.com


Children are the living messages we send to a time we will not see. ~Neil Postman, The Disappearance of Childhood, 1982


The love of children inspires an interest in the welfare of all humanity. ~James Lendall Basford (1845–1915), Sparks from the Philosopher's Stone, 1882


Kids:
      They dance before they learn
      there is anything that isn't music.
~William Stafford, "Keepsakes," c.1950s


Children make your life important. ~Erma Bombeck, Motherhood: The Second Oldest Profession, 1983


It's not easy to be crafty and winsome at the same time, and few accomplish it after the age of six. ~D. Sutten, as quoted in John W. Gardner & Francesca Gardner Reese, Quotations of Wit and Wisdom: Know or Listen to Those Who Know, 1975


A three-year-old child is a being who gets almost as much fun out of a $56 set of swings as it does out of finding a small green worm. ~Bill Vaughan, as quoted in The Reader's Digest, 1955


A party of little children at play is one of the most beautiful sights in nature, and a sight which for the moment almost leads us to mistrust our theories of human misery. Little children are happy because they have no carking cares nor troublesome responsibilities, no painful memories and no anxious anticipations. ~Frederick Canon Oakeley, "Vestiges of the Fall," The Voice of Creation as a Witness to the Mind of its Divine Author, 1876


Toddlers take half an hour to get a pair of shoes on but can open 5 apps, delete your photos, and call your boss all within 16 seconds. ~Internet meme


But there was never child so lovely but his mother was glad to get him asleep. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson, 1837


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, rbrault.blogspot.com


I brought children into this dark world because it needed the light that only a child can bring. ~Liz Armbruster (d.2009)


Even when freshly washed and relieved of all obvious confections, children tend to be sticky. ~Fran Lebowitz


Children raced outside. She surveyed their trail — traces of sticky fingerprints across everything, like wee poems. ~Dr. SunWolf, @WordWhispers, tweet, 2011, professorsunwolf.com


Small sons should be patented as dirt collectors. It is a proven fact that paint, glue, mud, soot, oil, ink, jam, scum and ketchup will leap considerable distances to adhere to them. ~Pam Brown, To a Very Special Son, 2008, helenexley.com


Boy:  A noise with dirt on it. ~Punch, as quoted in The Reader's Digest, 1933


Cleaning your house
While your kids are still growing
Is like shoving the walk
Before it stops snowing.
THE SLOPPY HOUSEKEEPER'S ALMANAC
~Phyllis Diller, Phyllis Diller's Housekeeping Hints, 1966


As the father of two young girls, I have come to the realization that they are just as messy as boys but the dirt that they create around the house is comprised of at least 50% glitter. ~Andrew K. Keller, 2012


Girl, n.  A giggle with glitter on it. ~Author unknown


...but boys will be boys, and so will girls too, for that matter. ~Judy, or the London Serio-Comic Journal, 1879


Little children, sweet and lovely
      Buds from Heaven sent to earth!
      Let us love them, teach them, guide them,
      Fill their lives with joy and mirth...
Looking up with eyes of laughter,
      Holding out their tiny hands;
      Bless these little ones, oh, Master!
      Precious children of all lands!
~Gertrude Tooley Buckingham, "Little Children," 1940s


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, quoted in James E. Kilgore, Dr. Kilgore's Feel Good Parenting Book, 1986


A child seldom needs a good talking to as a good listening to. ~Robert Brault, rbrault.blogspot.com


If we would listen to our kids, we'd discover that they are largely self-explanatory. ~Robert Brault, rbrault.blogspot.com


Children seldom misquote. In fact, they usually repeat word for word what you shouldn't have said. ~Author unknown, 1960s


Child... curly, dimpled lunatic. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson, "Nature"


While we try to teach our children all about life,
Our children teach us what life is all about.
~Angela Schwindt


I have compared these boys and girls to things
Of beauty and of promise; they have stirred
My mind to seeking for the unknown word
To name the marvel of their wonderings.
But like the distant whisper of the wings
Of some untouchable and nameless bird,
Or like the mystery of music heard
In half-forgotten dream that ever sings
And fades, the naming has eluded me.
They are like blossoms, but no bud shall yield
So rich a blooming; I might call them seed
But yet no searching eye could reach to see
The fertile borders of the mighty field
In which their growth and harvest is decreed.
~Gerald Raftery (1905–1986), "Schoolroom Soliloquy," c.1936 [What a beautiful ode to students! Raftery was a poet as well as a junior high school teacher and librarian. –tg]


Every child comes with the message that God is not yet discouraged of man. ~Rabindranath Tagore, Stray Birds


Beloved Children, — Look at those happy, light-hearted young people. How gaily and gladly they trip upon the grass! It cheers one's heart even to look at such a joyous band... When the sunshine floods the earth and all appears most charming, what so nice as 'the play-hour' to young hearts! When the bloom of health mantles the cheek — when brilliancy lights up the eye, and buoyancy adds grace to the frame, how delightful is the play-hour; then care vanishes, and sadness flies away; the young spirit is glad and free and enters fully into enjoyment... Be all as merry as possible when it is proper to do so. ~"The Play-Hour," The Dew-Drop: A Monthly Magazine for the Young, 1858


Tarry a moment to watch the chaos of a playground, crayola-colored shirts of running children, all trying out their wings. ~Dr. SunWolf, @WordWhispers, tweet, 2012, professorsunwolf.com


The laughing faces of children on a school playground. A thousand gifts. ~Dr. SunWolf, @WordWhispers, tweet, 2017, professorsunwolf.com


Anyone who thinks the art of conversation is dead ought to tell a child to go to bed. ~Robert Gallagher, in National Enquirer, as quoted in The Reader's Digest, 1986


A rose can say I love you,
Orchids can enthrall.
But a weed bouquet in a chubby fist—
Oh my, that says it all!
~Author unknown, as quoted in Barbara Johnson, Stick a Geranium in Your Hat and Be Happy!, 1990


The vivacity of children is always charming, because it is always sincere. A grave child is a rose without fragrance. ~Anonymous, Aphorisms; or, A Glance at Human Nature, in Original Maxims, 1820


A torn jacket is soon mended; but hard words bruise the heart of a child. ~Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807–1882), "Drift Wood, A Collection of Essays: Table-Talk," Prose Works of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, 1857


Our genes make us immortal. ~The Secret of Life, Public Broadcasting Service


Children's talent to endure stems from their ignorance of alternatives. ~Maya Angelou, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, 1969


I love these little people; and it is not a slight thing when they, who are so fresh from God, love us. ~Charles Dickens, The Old Curiosity Shop, 1840


Little girls are cute and small only to adults. To one another they are not cute. They are life-sized. ~Margaret Atwood, Cat's Eye, 1988


What is home without children? Quiet. ~Liguorian, 1964


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, 1963


You know you are a parent when you learn that a small child takes up nine-tenths of the space in any shared bed. ~Pam Brown, Welcome to the New Baby, 1994, helenexley.com


If you haven't time to respond to a tug at your pants leg, your schedule is too crowded. ~Robert Brault, rbrault.blogspot.com


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, The Untamed Tongue: A Dissenting Dictionary, 1990


If our American way of life fails the child, it fails us all. ~Pearl S. Buck, Children for Adoption, 1964


Lady, the sun's light to our eyes is dear,
And fair the tranquil reaches of the sea,
And flowery earth in May, and bounding waters;
And so right many fair things I might praise;
Yet nothing is so radiant and so fair
As for souls childless, with desire sore-smitten,
To see the light of babes about the house.
~Euripides (c. 484–406 BCE)


Long before they grow out of their susceptibility to such childhood scourges as measles, mumps, and chicken pox, modern school children fall prey to another great epidemic ailment — romance. I've noticed that little girls from the age of ten onward seem to be the carriers of the virus; and while little boys of the same age display great powers of resistance to the contagion, along with a remarkable ability to shake off any of the symptoms, they're almost invariably affected to some extent. ~Gerald Raftery, "Boys vs. the Birds and Bees," in The New York Herald Tribune, 1960


Children are one third of our population and all of our future. ~Author unknown, 1970s



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