All adults who care about a baby will naturally be in competition for that baby.... Each adult wishes that he or she could do each job a bit more skillfully for the infant or small child than the other.
(T. Berry Brazelton (20th century), U.S. author, pediatrician. Touchpoints, ch. 1 (1992).)
The conscientious mother of this age approaches the birth of her first baby with two ideas firmly in mind. One is that she will raise the baby by schedule. The other, that she will not let it suck its thumb.
(Gladys D. Schultz. originally appeared in "Must Parents Worry About Thumb- sucking?" The Parents Magazine (July 1935). As quoted in Mothering, by Elaine Heffner, ch. 11 (1978).)
Media mystifications should not obfuscate a simple, perceivable fact; Black teenage girls do not create poverty by having babies. Quite the contrary, they have babies at such a young age precisely because they are poorbecause they do not have the opportunity to acquire an education, because meaningful, well-paying jobs and creative forms of recreation are not accessible to them ... because safe, effective forms of contraception are not available to them.
(Angela Davis (b. 1944), U.S. political activist. Address, November 15, 1987. "Facing Our Common Foe," published in Women, Culture and Politics (1989).)
Differences between sad remembrance ceremonies honouring the dead, and government romance parades glorifying war, justifying new wars; remembrance of sad tragic youth soldiers lost serves as a warning, do not enter lightly into conflict zones swift foolish run off to fight wars, saber rattling foolish leaders politicians too soon condemn, new generations of healthy steadfast youth into hellstorm baptism of fire; abstain from war, let children bury parents in natural cycle of life, let not old crippled parents bury their babies as young men as slain blown apart dead.
Being a poet is about aspiring to truth and beauty, it is not about being BEAUTIFUL, about being TRUTH, so perhaps simply acknowledging the fledging poet in me does make me a poet? Is not a a baby bird that has just emerged from the egg still a bird, even though he cannot yet fly!
(From Facebook conversation with Abekah Emmanuel on Jan 8,2015)
God who freed from fruit the seed can pick a pear from a baby tree. God who sired the hallowed fig does harvest fruit from a barren sprig. God made blooms pastel and bright fruits and can a kumquat take from a tree of quince. He Who made Pluto and the Pleiades can pluck a plum where there is no tree.
Women may give lip service to wanting husbands who take on an equal role in raising children, but many will pull rank when an important decision, like how to discipline or what baby sitter to hire, has to be made.
(Pepper Schwartz (20th century), U.S. professor of sociology, and author. "When Dads Participate, Families Benefit," The New York Times (August 18, 1994).)
It is a pleasant thing to reflect upon, and furnishes a complete answer to those who contend for the gradual degeneration of the human species, that every baby born into the world is a finer one than the last.
(Charles Dickens (1812-1870), British novelist. Nicholas Nickleby, ch. 36 (1838-1839).)