Quotations with a Perspective on Parenting and Children
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We never know the love of our parents for us till we have become parents.

Henry Ward Beecher

 

Example is not the main thing in influencing others; It is the only thing.

Albert Schweitzer

 

Modern parents believe toilet training should be an easy and casual affair. Just let the child s*%# all over everything. This prepares him or her for a brilliant career as a talk show host. It used to be thought that children should act like "little adults." Like many things that used to be thought, this is true. In fact, now more than ever. Today's real adults are self-involved, impulsive, inarticulate, and spend as much time as possible out playing. They can't sit still, don't like to get dressed up, and hate every kind of activity that requires self-restraint. Adults are the children of today, and therefore children have to be adults because there's only so much room in the world for kids.

P.J. O'Rouke

 

But, good gracious, you've got to educate him first. You can't expect a boy to be vicious till he's been to a good school.

H H Munro "The Baker's Dream."

 

Anybody who has survived his childhood has enough information about life to last him the rest of his days.

Flannery O'Connor

 

I found one day in school a boy of medium size ill-treating a smaller boy. I expostulated, but he replied: 'The bigs hit me, so I hit the babies; that's fair.' In these words he epitomized the history of the human race."

Bertrand Russell

 

Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired signifies, in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed. This world in arms is not spending money alone. It is spending the sweat of its laborers, the genius of its scientists, the hopes of its children.

Dwight D. Eisenhower

 

I would be the most content if my children grew up to be the kind of people who think decorating consists mostly of building enough bookshelves.

Anna Quindlen (Thinking out Loud)

 

Somewhere between the ages of eleven and fifteen, the average child begins to suffer from an atrophy, the paralysis of curiosity and the suspension of the power to observe. The trouble, I should judge, to lie with the schools.

Thomas Alva Edison

 

After puberty the personality develops impetuously and all extraneous intervention becomes odious. . . . Now it so happens that parents feel the responsibility towards their children precisely during this second period, when it is too late.

Antonio Gramsci

 

Misery is when grown-ups don’t realize how miserable kids can feel.

Suzanne Heller

 

To maintain a joyful family requires much from both the parents and the children. Each member of the family has to become, in a special way, the servant of the others.

Pope John Paul II

 

So long as little children are allowed to suffer, there is no true love in this world.

Isadora Duncan

 

Now nobody knows the way a child should go. All the ways discovered so far lead to the horrors of our existing civilizations, described quite justifiably by Ruskin as heaps of agonizing human maggots, struggling with one another for scraps of food.

George Bernard Shaw

 

It isn't what a teenager knows that worries his parents. It's how he found out.

Ann Landers

 

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