Quotations About / On: CHILD
We in the West do not refrain from childbirth because we are concerned about the population explosion or because we feel we cannot afford children, but because we do not like children.
(Germaine Greer (b. 1939), Australian feminist writer. Sex and Destiny, ch. 1 (1984).)
Children use all their wiles to get their way with adults. Adults do the same with children.
(Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Eighth Selection, New York (1991).)
If parents award freedom regardless of whether their children have demonstrated an ability to handle it, children never learn to see a clear link between responsible behavior and adult privileges.
(Melinda M. Marshall (20th century), U.S. writer and editor. Good Enough Mothers, ch. 3 (1993).)
History is a child building a sand-castle by the sea, and that child is the whole majesty of man's power in the world.
(Heraclitus (c. 535-475 B.C.), Greek philosopher. Herakleitos and Diogenes, pt. 1, fragment 24, trans. by Guy Davenport (1976).)
Not only is our love for our children sometimes tinged with annoyance, discouragement, and disappointment, the same is true for the love our children feel for us.
(Bruno Bettelheim (20th century), Austrian-born child psychologist. A Good Enough Parent, ch. 2 (1987).)
Blessed be Providence which has given to each his toy: the doll to the child, the child to the woman, the woman to the man, the man to the devil!
(Victor Hugo (1802-1885), French poet, novelist, playwright, essayist. Trans. by William G. Allen. Le Journal de Victor Hugo, 1830-1848, entry of January 1, 1832, Gallimard (1954).)
Parents lend children their experience and a vicarious memory; children endow their parents with a vicarious immortality.
(George Santayana (1863-1952), U.S. philosopher, poet. "Reason in Society," ch. 2, The Life of Reason (1905-1906, revised 1953).)
Live free, child of the mist,and with respect to knowledge we are all children of the mist.
(Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862), U.S. philosopher, author, naturalist. "Walking" (1862), in The Writings of Henry David Thoreau, vol. 5, p. 240, Houghton Mifflin (1906).)
It is healthier, in any case, to write for the adults one's children will become than for the children one's "mature" critics often are.
(Alice Walker (b. 1944), U.S. author, critic. repr. In In Search of our Mothers' Gardens (1983). "A Writer Because of, Not in Spite of, Her Children," Ms. (New York, Jan. 1976).)
Let America first praise mediocrity even, in her children, before she praises ... the best excellence in the children of any other land.
(Herman Melville (1819-1891), U.S. author. "Hawthorne And His Mosses," Literary World (August 17-24, 1850).)