Quotations About / On:
However painful the process of leaving home, for parents and for children, the really frightening thing for both would be the prospect of the child never leaving home.
(Robert Neelly Bellah (20th century), U.S. professor of sociology and author. Habits of the Heart, pt. 1, ch. 3 (1985).)
When men talk about defense, they always claim to be protecting women and children, but they never ask the women and children what they think.
(Patricia Schroeder (b. 1940), U.S. politician. First quoted in Ms. magazine (June 1976). As quoted in The Decade of Women, by Suzanne Levine and Harriet Lyons (1980).)
Children must eventually train their own children, and any impoverishment of their impulse life, for the sake of avoiding friction, must be considered a possible liability affecting more than one lifetime
(Erik H. Erikson (20th century), U.S. psychoanalyst. Childhood and Society, ch. 8 (1950).)
We passed the Children's Bureau bill calculated to prevent children from being employed too early in factories.
(William Howard Taft (1857-1930), U.S. president. Henry F. Pringle, The Life and Times of William Howard Taft, 2: 621, Farrar & Rinehart (1939).
Taft appointed Julia Lathrop to head a Children's Bureau. She was the first woman ever to become a bureau chief, April 15, 1912.)
Any beast can cry over the misfortunes of its own child. It takes a mensch to weep for others' children.
(Sam Levenson (20th century), U.S. humorist. As quoted in Raising Your Child to Be a Mensch by Neil Kurshan, ch. 2 (1987).)
I never met anyone who didn't have a very smart child. What happens to these children, you wonder, when they reach adulthood?
(Fran Lebowitz (20th century), U.S. author. "Words Are Easy, Books Are Not," The New York Times (August 10, 1994).)
Parents have to get over the idea that their children belong just to them; children are a family affair.
(Frank Pittman (20th century), U.S. psychiatrist and family therapist. "How to Manage Mom and Dad," Psychology Today (November/December 1994).)
If help and salvation are to come, they can only come from the children, for the children are the makers of men.
(Maria Montessori (1870-1952), Italian educationist. The Absorbent Mind, ch. 1 (1949).)
If women's role in life is limited solely to housewife/mother, it clearly ends when she can no longer bear more children and the children she has borne leave home.
(Betty Friedan (20th century), U.S. feminist writer. The Fountain of Age, ch. 4 (1993).)
Happiness is an imaginary condition, formerly often attributed by the living to the dead, now usually attributed by adults to children, and by children to adults.
(Thomas Szasz (b. 1920), U.S. psychiatrist. "Emotions," The Second Sin (1973).)