Quotations About / On: CHILDHOOD

  • 31.
    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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  • 32.
    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).)
  • 33.
    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).)
  • 34.
    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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  • 35.
    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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  • 36.
    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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  • 37.
    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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  • 38.
    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).)
  • 39.
    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).)
  • 40.
    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).)
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