Children Quotes

I said…how, and why, young children, were sooner allured by love, than driven by beating, to attain good learning.

Roger Ascham 1515-68 ‘The Schoolmaster’ (1570) preface

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.

Charles Babbage 1792-1871 ‘Essays’ (1625) ‘Of Death’

The joys of parents are secret, and so are their griefs and fears.

Charles Babbage 1792-1871 ‘Essays’ (1625) ‘Of Parents and Children’

Children sweeten labours, but they make misfortunes more bitter.

Charles Babbage 1792-1871 ‘Essays’ (1625) ‘Of Parents and Children’

Children have never been very good at listening to their elders, but they have never failed to imitate them. They must, they have no other models.

James Baldwin 1924-87 ‘Nobody Knows My Name’ (1961) ‘Fifth Avenue, Uptown: a letter from Harlem’

There is no end to the violations committed by children on children, quietly talking alone.

Elizabeth Bowen 1899-1973 ‘The House in Paris’ (1935) pt. 1, ch. 2

The human race, to which so many of my readers belong, has been playing at children’s games from the beginning, and will probably do it till the end, which is a nuisance for the few people who grow up.

G. K. Chesterton 1874-1936 ‘The Napoleon of Notting Hill’ (1904) bk. 1, ch. 1

Men deal with life, as children with their play,
Who first misuse, then cast their toys away.

William Cowper 1731-1800 ‘Hope’ (1782) l. 127

The value of marriage is not that adults produce children but that children produce adults.

Peter De Vries 1910— ‘The Tunnel of Love’ (1954) ch. 8

For secrets are edged tools,
And must be kept from children and from fools.

‘Sir Martin Mar-All’ (1667) act 2, sc. 2

Your children are not your children.
They are the sons and daughters of Life’s longing for itself.
They came through you but not from you
And though they are with you yet they belong not to you.
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.
You may strive to be like them, but seek not to make them like you,
For life goes not backward nor tarries with yesterday.
You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth.

Kahlil Gibran 1883-1931 ‘The Prophet’ (1923) ‘On Children’

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