Quotations About / On:
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).)
She discovered with great delight that one does not love one's children just because they are one's children but because of the friendship formed while raising them.
(Gabriel García Márquez (b. 1928), Colombian writer. Love in the Time of Cholera (1985, repr. 1988).
Said of Fermina Daza.)
The future which we hold in trust for our own children will be shaped by our fairness to other people's children.
(Marian Wright Edelman (20th century), U.S. author and child advocate. As quoted in Richard B. Stolley, "Our Future Depends on How We Treat America's Children," Money (May 1995).)