Quotations on the Importance of Children
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The values we impart to our children today, consciously and unconsciously, will have a major impact on society tomorrow. If we continue to leave the teaching of values to chance, we, as a nation, risk losing an integral piece of our culture altogether.

Pam Schiller and Tamera Bryant The Values Book


There is no single effort more radical in its potential for saving the world than a transformation of the way we raise our children.

Marianne Williamson


If you want to work for world peace, go home and love your families.

Mother Teresa


Each of us must come to care about everyone else's children. We must recognize that the welfare of our children is intimately linked to the welfare of all other people's children. After all, when one of our children needs life-saving surgery, someone else's child will perform it. If one of our children is harmed by violence, someone else's child will be responsible for the violent act. The good life for our own children can be secured only if a good life is also secured for all other people's children.

Lilian Katz, Director of the ERIC Clearinghouse for Early Childhood Education and Professor of Early Childhood Education at the University of Illinois


We must ... renew our commitment to improving the health, welfare, and future hopes of children around the world. We shall pursue this promise -- country-by-country, village-by-village, home-by-home, and child-by-child -- until the goal of an equitable, merciful, and joyful life for all God’s children is within our sights.

Queen Noor’s message to Save the Children. 1989


I don't know who my grandfather was, but I am more concerned to know what his grandson will be."

Abraham Lincoln


What a father says to his children is not heard by the world, but it will be heard by posterity.

Jean Paul Richter


The frog does not drink up the pond in which he lives.

Native American Proverb


One generation plants the trees; another gets the shade.

Chinese proverb


I thought I couldn't have children. Then I worked with a people called the Mudugumor that disliked children. And I decided, no matter how many miscarriages I had, I was somehow going to have a child. Because having a child is a necessary attachment to life and to the future.

Margaret Mead


We of the living generation are dispensers of the natural gifts of our successors, and we should rise to the level of our high opportunities.

Sir Francis Galton


"We are not what we were!" That's probably the lament of every generation.

Gore Vidal on T.U.C. Radio San Francisco



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