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A babe is nothing but a bundle of possibilities.

HENRY WARD BEECHER, Proverbs from Plymouth Pulpit

When people talk about wanting to "have children someday," what they really mean is that they want babies. Nobody wants an angry adolescent. Nobody wants an obnoxious seven-year-old trying to wear out dirty words they just learned in school that day. What they really want is cute, adorable babies who love you and need you. The bad stuff is just the price you agree to pay for having the good stuff.


The truth is we never stop being children, terrible children covered in sores and knotty veins and tumors and age spots, but ultimately children.


Men are generally more careful of the breed of their horses and dogs than of their children.

WILLIAM PENN, Some Fruits of Solitude

Some people never learn how to talk to kids. They turn up the volume and enunciate with extra care, as if talking to a partially deaf immigrant. They sound as if they're reading lines somebody else wrote for them, or as if what they're saying is really for the benefit of other adults listening and not just for the child. Kids sense that and turn off.


Children, no matter how gifted, can't see far into the future, you know. To them, a year is almost a lifetime, and telling them that things will be fine when they grow up does no good at all.

JOHN SAUL, Shadows

Children consume and fracture our lives. Children drag us towards disaster, it's unavoidable. When you see those laughing couples casting off into the sea of matrimony, you say to yourself, they have no idea, poor things, they just have no idea, they're happy. No one tells you anything when you start out. I have an old school pal who's just about to have a child with his new girlfriend. I said to him, "A child, at your age, are you insane?" The ten or dozen good years left to us before we get cancer or a stroke, and you're going to bugger yourself up with some brat?

YASMINA REZA, The God of Carnage

Boys have a period of mischief as much as they have measles or chicken-pox.

HENRY WARD BEECHER, Proverbs from Plymouth Pulpit

Most children feel immortal--they have no sense that they're ever going to die. For a child, even growing up is something that's barely comprehensible.

JOHN SAUL, Shadows

If children had teachers for judgment and eloquence just as they have for languages, if their memory was exercised less than their energy or their natural genius, if instead of deadening their vivacity of mind we tried to elevate the free scope and impulse of their souls, what might not result from a fine disposition? As it is, we forget that courage, or love of truth and glory are the virtues that matter most in youth; and our one endeavour is to subdue our children's spirits, in order to teach them that dependence and suppleness are the first laws of success in life.


That energy which makes a child hard to manage is the energy which afterward makes him a manager of life.

HENRY WARD BEECHER, Proverbs from Plymouth Pulpit

Love, by reason of its passion, destroys the in-between which relates us to and separates us from others. As long as its spell lasts, the only in-between which can insert itself between two lovers is the child, love's own product. The child, this in-between, to which the lovers now are related and which they hold in common, is representative of the world in that it also separates them; it is an indication that they will insert a new world into the existing world. Through the child, it is as though the lovers return to the world from which their love had expelled them. But this new worldliness, the possible result and the only possibly happy ending of a love affair, is, in a sense, the end of love, which must either overcome the partners anew or be transformed into another mode of belonging together.

HANNAH ARENDT, The Human Condition

And where, on earth, dwell hope and truth?
In childhood's uncorrupted heart;
Alas! too soon to guileless youth
The world doth its dark code impart!

ANNE S. BUSHBY, "The Morn of Life"

Children keep a family together, especially when one can't get a babysitter.

FREDERICK SHEPPERD, Electricity on the Farm

A child is an uncut diamond.

AUSTIN O'MALLEY, Keystones of Thought

Half the human race are taken out of the world as children. I think that proves God's great fondness for children as children.

REUEN THOMAS, Thoughts for the Thoughtful

Few are fit to train monkeys, yet not one of us but thinks himself competent to bring up children.

ABRAHAM MILLER, Unmoral Maxims

A childless man is like a loose engine in a ship. A man must be bolted and screwed to the community before he can work well for its advancement; and there are no such screws and bolts as children.

HENRY WARD BEECHER, Proverbs from Plymouth Pulpit

It is better to have only one son endowed with good qualities than a hundred devoid of them. For the moon though one, dispels the darkness, which the stars, though numerous, do not.

CHANAKYA, Vridda-Chanakya

Americans, it seems to me, tend to protect their children from the harshness of life, in their interest. That’s not the way my people rear their children. They let them experience the world as it is.

CHINUA ACHEBE, Philadelphia Inquirer, Apr. 2, 2008

Children are taught to fear and obey; the avarice, pride, or timidity of parents teaches children economy, arrogance, or submission. They are also encouraged to be imitators, a course to which they are already too much inclined. No one thinks of making them original, courageous, independent.


If we would amend the world, we should mend our selves; and teach our children to be, not what we are, but what they should be.

WILLIAM PENN, Some Fruits of Solitude

Children are natural mimics. They act like their parents in spite of every attempt to teach them good manners.

GRENVILLE KLEISER, Dictionary of Proverbs

Our children are the only possessions we can take to heaven.

CROFT M. PENTZ, The Complete Book of Zingers

It's pretty easy to kind of lose your way. Having kids is really helpful. They kind of disabuse you of the notion of your greatness pretty quickly.

MATT DAMON, Good Housekeeping, Jul. 2010

Love not your children unequally; or if you do, show it not, lest you make the one proud, and the other envious, and both fools.

WELLINS CALCOTT, Thoughts Moral and Divine

We know not what the child may become.


Your children are not little mirrors reflecting back the good or bad job you've done.

HARRIET LERNER, Twitter post, May 17, 2014

Children are God's Apostles, day by day
Sent forth to preach of love, and hope, and peace.

JAMES RUSSELL LOWELL, "The Death of a Friend's Child"

Thus parents, by humouring and cockering them when little, corrupt the principles of nature in their children, and wonder afterwards to taste the bitter waters, when they themselves have poison'd the fountain.

JOHN LOCKE, Some Thoughts Concerning Education

We should never permit ourselves to do anything that we are not willing to see our children do.

BRIGHAM YOUNG, Journal of Discourses

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

FRAN LEBOWITZ, attributed, Say It With Style

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