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Quotations About / On: CHILDHOOD

  • 21.
    The middle years of childhood arrive just as your own are getting uncomfortably close.
    (Marguerite Kelly (20th century), U.S. author. The Mothers Almanac II ... Your Child From Six to Twelve, part I (1989).)
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  • 22.
    We linger in manhood to tell the dreams of our childhood, and they are half forgotten ere we have learned the language.
    (Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862), U.S. philosopher, author, naturalist. A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers (1849), in The Writings of Henry David Thoreau, vol. 1, p. 406, Houghton Mifflin (1906).)
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  • 23.
    Communists are people who fancied that they had an unhappy childhood.
    (Gertrude Stein (1874-1946), U.S. author. Quoted by Thornton Wilder in Writers at Work, First Series, ed. George Plimpton (1958).)
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  • 24.
    But childhood prolonged, cannot remain a fairyland. It becomes a hell.
    (Louise Bogan (1897-1970), U.S. poet and critic. repr. In Selected Criticism: Poetry and Prose (1955). "Childhood's False Eden," (1940). Referring to Katherine Mansfield.)
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  • 25.
    The real dividing line between early childhood and middle childhood is not between the fifth year and the sixth year—it is more nearly when children are about seven or eight, moving on toward nine. Building the barrier at six has no psychological basis. It has come about only from the historic-economic-political fact that the age of six is when we provide schools for all.
    (James L. Hymes, Jr. (20th century), U.S. child development specialist, author. Teaching the Child Under Six, ch. 2 (1968).)
  • 26.
    Childhood lasts all through life. It returns to animate broad sections of adult life.... Poets will help us to find this living childhood within us, this permanent, durable immobile world.
    (Gaston Bachelard (1884-1962), French scientist, philosopher, literary theorist. "Introduction," sct. 6, The Poetics of Reverie (1960, trans. 1969).)
  • 27.
    When we raise our children, we relive our childhood. Forgotten memories, painful and pleasurable, rise to the surface.... So each of us thinks, almost daily, of how our own childhood compares with our children's, and of what our children's future will hold.
    (Richard Louv (20th century), U.S. journalist, author. Childhood's Future, part 1, ch. 1 (1991).)
  • 28.
    Genius is no more than childhood recaptured at will, childhood equipped now with man's physical means to express itself, and with the analytical mind that enables it to bring order into the sum of experience, involuntarily amassed.
    (Charles Baudelaire (1821-1867), French poet. repr. In Selected Writings on Art and Artists, ed. P.E. Charvet (1972). "The Painter of Modern Life," sct. 3, L'Art Romantique (1869).)
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  • 29.
    Sadism is not an infectious disease that strikes a person all of a sudden. It has a long prehistory in childhood and always originates in the desperate fantasies of a child who is searching for a way out of a hopeless situation.
    (Alice Miller (20th century), German psychoanalyst and author. For Your Own Good, "Unlived Anger," (trans. 1983).)
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  • 30.
    Since my earliest childhood a barb of sorrow has lodged in my heart. As long as it stays I am ironic—if it is pulled out I shall die.
    (Soren Kierkegaard (1813-1855), Danish philosopher. The Diary of Soren Keirkegaard, pt. 1, no. 26, 1847 entry, ed. Peter Rohde (1960).)
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