Quotations on the Children Themselves
page II

If you want to see what children can do, stop giving them things.

Norman Douglas

 

Some of my best friends are children. In fact, all of my best friends are children.

J. D. Salinger

 

The potential possibilities of any child are the most intriguing and stimulating in all creation

Ray R Wilbur

 

Every child is born a potential genius.

Buckminister Fuller

 

Long before I wrote stories, I listened for stories. Listening for them is something more acute than listening to them. When their elders sit and begin, children are just waiting and hoping for one to come out, like a mouse from its hole.

Eudora Welty

 

Little girls, like butterflies, need no excuse.

Robert A. Heinlein

 

Adults are obsolete children.

Dr. Seuss

 

Better a snotty child than his nose wiped off.

English Proverb

 

Children ask better questions than adults. "May I have a cookie?" "Why is the sky blue?" and "What does a cow say?" are far more likely to elicit a cheerful response than "Where's your manuscript?" Why haven't you called?" and "Who's your lawyer?

Fran Lebowitz

 

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

 

Children are a wonderful gift . . . They have an extraordinary capacity to see into the heart of things and to expose sham and humbug for what they are.

Desmond Tutu

 

There is a garden in every childhood, an enchanted place where colors are brighter, the air softer, and the morning more fragrant than ever again.

Elizabeth Lawrence

 

No child is born with a really cold heart, and it is only in proportion as we lose that youthful heart that we lose the inner warmth in ourselves.

Lin Yutang

 

Children seldom have a proper sense of their own tragedy, discounting and keeping hidden the true horrors of their short lives, humbly imagining real calamity to be some prestigious drama of the grown-up world.

Shirley Hazzard

 

For many children, joy comes as the result of mining something unique and wondrous about themselves from some inner shaft.

Thomas J. Cottle


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