Quotations About / On:
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.)
Children who are pushed into adult experience do not become precociously mature. On the contrary, they cling to childhood longer, perhaps all their lives.
(Peter Neubauer (20th century), U.S. psychoanalyst. As quoted in Children Without Childhood, by Marie Winn, 1981, ch. 13.)
... the physical and domestic education of daughters should occupy the principal attention of mothers, in childhood: and the stimulation of the intellect should be very much reduced.
(Catherine E. Beecher (1800-1878), U.S. educator and author. Treatise on Domestic Economy for the Use of Young Ladies at Home and at School, ch. 4 (1843).)
Adolescence is a border between childhood and adulthood. Like all borders, it's teeming with energy and fraught with danger.
(Mary Pipher (20th century), U.S. clinical psychologist. Reviving Ophelia, ch. 15 (1994).)
Everything in Italy that is particularly elegant and grand ... borders upon insanity and absurdityor at least is reminiscent of childhood.
(Alexander Herzen (1812-1870), Russian journalist, political thinker. Trans. by Constance Garnett (1924-1927). "Miscellaneous Pieces: Beyond the Alps," vol. 3, pt. 8, My Past and Thoughts (1921).)
All our pursuits, from childhood to manhood, are only trifles of different sorts and sizes, proportioned to our years and views.
(Samuel Richardson (1689-1761), British novelist. Third edition, London (1751). Lovelace, in Clarissa, vol. 4, p. 263, AMS Press (1990).)
I cannot think of any need in childhood as strong as the need for a father's protection.
(Sigmund Freud (1856-1939), Austrian psychiatrist. repr. in Complete Works, vol. 21, eds. James Strachey and Anna Freud (1961). Civilization and Its Discontents (1931).)
Friendships in childhood are usually a matter of chance, whereas in adolescence they are most often a matter of choice.
(David Elkind (20th century), U.S. child psychologist and author. Parenting Your Teenager in the 90's, ch. 2 (1993).)
I never meet anyone nowadays who admits to having had a happy childhood. Everyone appears to think happiness betokens a lack of sensitivity.
(Jessamyn West (1907-1984), U.S. novelist and autobiographer. The Life I Really Lived, part 1 (1979).)
One of the luckiest things that can happen to you in life is, I think, to have a happy childhood.
(Agatha Christie (1890-1976), British mystery writer. As quoted in Wit and Wisdom for the Peanut Butter Gang, by H. Jackson Brown (1994).)