Quotations on the Children Themselves
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Kids go where there is excitement. They stay where there is love.

Zig Ziglar


When the first baby laughed for the first time, the laugh broke into a thousand pieces and they all went skipping about, and that was the beginning of the fairies.

Sir James M. Barrie, in Peter Pan I

In the faces of children I have seen a look of wisdom and of kindness expressed with such ease and such certainty that I know it was the expression of the whole race.

Robert Henri (see images of other paintings besides the one above by this artist)


We find delight in the beauty and happiness of children that makes the heart too big for the body.

Ralph Waldo Emerson


It should be noted that children at play are not playing about; their games should be seen as their most serious-minded activity.



The natural inclination of a child is to take pleasure in the use of the mind no less than of the body. The child's primary business is learning. It is also the primary entertainment. To retain that orientation into adulthood, so that consciousness is not a burden but a joy, is the mark of the successfully developed human being.

Nathaniel Branden


To see helpless infancy stretching out her hands, and pouring out her cries in testimony of dependence, without any powers to alarm jealousy, or any guilt to alienate affection, must surely awaken tenderness in every human mind; and tenderness once excited will be hourly increased by the natural contagion of felicity, by the repercussion of communicated pleasure, by the consciousness of dignity of benefaction.

Samuel Johnson: Rambler #148


Don't forget that compared to a grownup person every baby is a genius. Think of the capacity to learn! The freshness, the temperament, the will of a baby a few months old!

May Sarton


Children haven't changed. Childhood has.

Barbara Oehlberg


Every baby needs a lap.

Henry Robin


There was a child went forth everyday, And the first object he looked upon and received with wonder or pity or dread, that object he became, And that object became part of him for the day or a certain part of the day... or for many years or stretching cycles of years...

Walt Whitman, There Was a Child Went Forth, in Leaves of Grass


Children need guidance and sympathy far more than instruction.

Anne Sullivan


Kids: they dance before they learn there is anything that isn't music.

William Stafford


To endure is the first thing that a child ought to learn, and that which he will have the most need to know.

Jean Jacques Rousseau


The surest way to corrupt a youth is to instruct him to hold in higher esteem those who think alike than those who think differently.

Friedrich Nietzsche


Childhood is measured out by sounds and smells and sights, before the dark hour of reason grows.

John Betjeman, Summoned by Bells


A truly appreciative child will break, lose, spoil, or fondle to death any really successful gift within a matter of minutes.

Russell Lynes


A three year old child is a being who gets almost as much fun out of a 56 dollar set of swings as it does out of finding a small green worm.

Bill Vaughan


All children are gifted. Some just open their presents later than others.



Likely as not, the child you can do the least with, will do the most to make you proud.

Mignon Mclaughlin


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