Childhood and youth are ends in themselves, not stages.
(Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900), German philosopher, classical scholar, critic of culture. Friedrich Nietzsche, Sämtliche Werke: Kritische Studienausgabe, vol. 8, p. 93, selection 5, eds. Giorgio Colli and Mazzino Montinari, Berlin, de Gruyter (1980). Unpublished fragments dating to Spring-Summer 1875.)
Very early in my childhood I associated poverty, toil, unemployment, drunkenness, cruelty, quarreling, fighting, debts, jail with large families.
(Margaret Sanger (1879-1966), U.S. birth control advocate. My Fight for Birth Control, ch. 1 (1931).
Sanger, one of eleven children in a financially stressed family, became the first prominent advocate of birth control and of the dissemination (then illegal) of birth control information.)