Quotations About / On: CHILDHOOD

  • 31.
    Dear, sweet, unforgettable childhood! Why does this irrevocable time, forever departed, seem brighter, more festive and richer than it actually was?
    (Anton Pavlovich Chekhov (1860-1904), Russian author, playwright. The bishop's thoughts in The Bishop, Works, vol. 10, p. 188, "Nauka" (1976).)
  • 32.
    I am convinced that, except in a few extraordinary cases, one form or another of an unhappy childhood is essential to the formation of exceptional gifts.
    (Thornton Wilder (1897-1975), U.S. novelist, dramatist. Interview in Writers at Work, First Series, ed. Malcolm Cowley (1958).)
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  • 33.
    Some men have a necessity to be mean, as if they were exercising a faculty which they had to partially neglect since early childhood.
    (F. Scott Fitzgerald (1896-1940), U.S. author. "Notebook O," The Crack-Up, ed. Edmund Wilson (1945).)
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  • 34.
    In the man whose childhood has known caresses and kindness, there is always a fibre of memory that can be touched by gentle issues.
    (George Eliot [Mary Ann (or Marian) Evans] (20th century), British novelist. Ed. By Carolyn Warner. The Last Word, ch. 26 (1992).)
  • 35.
    We seem but to linger in manhood to tell the dreams of our childhood, and they vanish out of memory ere we learn the language.
    (Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862), U.S. philosopher, author, naturalist. Journals, entry for February 19, 1841 (1906).)
  • 36.
    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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  • 37.
    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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  • 38.
    Let a man turn to his own childhood—no further—if he will renew his sense of remoteness, and of the mystery of change.
    (Alice Meynell (1847-1922), British poet, essayist. "The Illusion of Historic Time," Essays (1914).)
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  • 39.
    All those writers who write about their childhood! Gentle God, if I wrote about mine you wouldn't sit in the same room with me.
    (Dorothy Parker (1893-1967), U.S. humorous writer. Interview in Writers at Work, First Series, ed. Malcolm Cowley (1958).)
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  • 40.
    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).)
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