Quotations with a Perspective on Parenting and Children
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Siblings are important because you know them the longest. You will probably outlive your parents and you don't meet your friends or your husband until later, but your sisters are there for almost the same time that you are...they are just a given.

Erika Duncan


Beware of him who hates the laugh of a child.

Johann Kaspar Lavater


Children are remarkable for their intelligence and ardor, for their curiosity, their intolerance of shams, the clarity and ruthlessness of their vision.

Aldous Huxley


Pretty much all the honest truth-telling there is in the world is done by children.

Oliver Wendell Holmes


It is our task in our time and in our generation to hand down undiminished to those who come after us, as was handed down to us by those who went before, the natural wealth and beauty which is ours.

John F. Kennedy


Give me the children until they are seven and anyone may have them afterwards.

St. Francis Xavier


Remember, your basic assignment as a parent is to work yourself out of a job.

Paul Lewis


A man who gives his children habits of industry provides for them better than by giving them fortune.

Richard Whately


The most important thing that parents can teach their children is how to get along without them.

Frank A. Clark


Human models are more vivid and more persuasive than explicit moral commands. Daniel J. Boorstin "The Image: A Guide to Pseudo-Events in America"

Nobody suffers the pain of birth or the anguish of loving a child in order for presidents to make wars, for governments to feed on the substance of their people, for insurance companies to cheat the young and rob the old.

Lewis Lapham

If there is anything that we wish to change in the child, we should first examine it and see whether it is not something that could better be changed in ourselves.

Carl Gustav Jung

It is not possible to 'spoil' a child with love and affection.... A child needs all the love and affection it can possibly get.... The spoiled child is the child whose decisions have been interrupted continuously and who is robbed of his independence. Affection could no more spoil a child than the sun could be put out by a bucket of gasoline.

L. Ron Hubbard


Each generation imagines itself to be more intelligent than the one that went before it, and wiser than the one that comes after it.

George Orwell


The care of children. . . is infinitely better left to the best-trained practitioners of both sexes who have chosen it as a vocation, rather than to harried and all too frequently unhappy persons with little time or taste for the work of educating minds.

Kate Millett


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