Quotations About / On: CHILDHOOD

  • 71.
    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).)
  • 72.
    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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  • 73.
    [T]ea, that uniquely English meal, that unnecessary collation at which no stimulants—neither alcohol nor meat—are served, that comforting repast of which to partake is as good as second childhood.
    (Angela Carter (1940-1992), British postmodern novelist. repr. Vintage (1992). Expletives Deleted, ntroduction to Walter de la Mare, Memoirs of a Midget, Oxford University Press (1982).)
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  • 74.
    We have not passed that subtle line between childhood and adulthood until we move from the passive voice to the active voice—that is, until we have stopped saying "It got lost," and say, "I lost it."
    (Sydney J. Harris (b. 1917), U.S. journalist. On the Contrary, ch. 7 (1962).)
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  • 75.
    It is with our brothers and sisters that we learn to love, share, negotiate, start and end fights, hurt others, and save face. The basis of healthy (or unhealthy) connections in adulthood is cast during childhood.
    (Jane Mersky Leder (20th century), U.S. magazine writer, author. Brothers and Sisters, ch. 3 (1991).)
  • 76.
    When we suffer anguish we return to early childhood because that is the period in which we first learnt to suffer the experience of total loss. It was more than that. It was the period in which we suffered more total losses than in all the rest of our life put together.
    (John Berger (b. 1926), British author, critic. (repr. 1976). A Fortunate Man, p. 122 (1967).)
  • 77.
    Today the world changes so quickly that in growing up we take leave not just of youth but of the world we were young in.... Fear and resentment of what is new is really a lament for the memories of our childhood.
    (Peter B. Medawar (1915-1987), British immunologist. "On 'The Effecting of All Things Possible'," Pluto's Republic (1982).)
  • 78.
    I am continually amazed at how old young has become. Didn't we, like our grandchildren, begin with a childhood we thought would never end? Now, all of a sudden, I'm older than my parents were when I thought they were old.
    (Lois Wyse (20th century), U.S. author. Funny, You Don't Look Like a Grandmother, "Age-Old Conversations," (1990).)
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  • 79.
    'Please always remember our age is only a number. When we keep our childhood memories in our hearts, we will remain young forever.'
    -Ronald J Chapman 2015
    (Dedicated to DJ Jenny Jo of Arirang Radio Seoul Korea)
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  • 80.
    Fish-Irrigated ০ Murari Sinha

    The signature of the afternoon gradually fades away
    Bearing the foot-prints offered by a lucky pot
    The new born happiness hangs around the edge of lips
    Busy eating hot omelet

    I'm still dwelling in my home-stead
    As if tied by shackles made of water

    Attached with me is
    a lot of my childhood
    a lot of swimming lessons

    Air painted by fish-fry
    I admit
    is earthen and sweet

    Soaked up by the evening
    is my tiredness
    hidden beneath my cloak

    My trigonometric figure daubs itself
    with the dripping womb from a moon

    June gloom
    Presents my ear
    The beats of Bangla-Dhak

    Even that has so many transformations
    sometimes to the invocation of the deity
    sometimes to the sacrifice of a he-goat
    sometimes to the immersion of idol

    Filled only with the cyclone of
    so many easily digestives
    is this fish-irrigated lifestyle
    (translated from Bengali original by Abhishek Sinha)
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