Quotations on the Children Themselves
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I tell myself that God gave my children many gifts -- spirit, beauty, intelligence, the capacity to make friends and to inspire respect. .. .There was only one gift he held back -- length of life.

Rose Kennedy


One boy is more trouble that a dozen girls.

English Proverb


It is familiarity with life that makes time speed quickly. When every day is a step in the unknown--as for children--the days are long with gathering of experience.

George Gissing (1857-1903)

The Private Papers of Henry Ryecroft


The childhood shows the man,
As morning shows the day

John Milton, Paradise Regained (bk. IV, l. 220)


There is always a moment in childhood when the door opens and lets the future in.

Graham Green


Many children are intuitively sensitive to people close to them. A child who is in her heart can know when a parent or buddy needs a kind word, a hug, or some friendly conversation.

Doc Childre, A Parenting Manual


Boys are found everywhere-on top of, underneath, inside of, climbing on, swinging from, running around or jumping to. Mothers love them, little girls hate them, older sisters and brothers tolerate them, adults ignore them and Heaven protects them. A boy is Truth with dirt on its face, Beauty with a cut on its finger, Wisdom with bubble gum in its hair and the Hope of the future with a frog in its pocket.

A little girl can be sweeter (and badder) oftener than anyone else in the world. She can jitter around, and stomp, and make funny noises that frazzle your nerves, yet just when you open your mouth she stands there demure with that special look in her eyes. A girl is Innocence playing in the mud, Beauty standing on its head, and Motherhood dragging a doll by the foot.

Alan Marshall Beck


The distinction between children and adults, while probably useful for some purposes, is at bottom a specious one, I feel. There are only individual egos, crazy for love.

Don Barthelme


The only truly happy people are children and the creative minority

Jean Caldwell


In the little world in which children have their existence, whosoever brings them up, there is nothing so finely perceived and so finely felt, as injustice.

Charles Dickens


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