Quotations About / On: CHILDREN

  • 11.
    A young child is no longer simply a child; he or she is a preschooler, poised at the starting gate in the race of life.
    (Neil Kurshan (20th century), U.S. rabbi. Raising Your Child to Be a Mensch, ch. 3 (1987).)
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  • 12.
    The decision to have a child is both a private and a public decision, for children are our collective future.
    (Sylvia Ann Hewitt (20th century), economist. A Lesser Life, ch. 6 (1986).)
  • 13.
    Sexual abuse of children now presents society with the ultimate crisis of patriarchy, when children refuse to protect their fathers by keeping secrets.
    (Beatrix Campbell (b. 1947), British journalist. Unofficial Secrets, ch. 2 (1988).)
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  • 14.
    Part of the reason for the ugliness of adults, in a child's eyes, is that the child is usually looking upwards, and few faces are at their best when seen from below.
    (George Orwell (1903-1950), British author. repr. in The Collected Essays, Journalism and Letters of George Orwell, eds. Sonia Orwell and Ian Angus (1968). "Such, Such Were the Joys," (1947).)
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  • 15.
    One can love a child, perhaps, more deeply than one can love another adult, but it is rash to assume that the child feels any love in return.
    (George Orwell (1903-1950), British author. repr. in The Collected Essays, Journalism and Letters of George Orwell, eds. Sonia Orwell and Ian Angus (1968). "Such, Such Were the Joys," (1947). Orwell added: "Looking back on my own childhood, after the infant years were over, I do not believe that I ever felt love for any mature person, except my mother.... Love, the spontaneous, unqualified emotion of love was something I could only feel for people who were young.")
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  • 16.
    Children play soldier. That makes sense. But why do soldiers play children?
    (Karl Kraus (1874-1936), Austrian satirist. repr. In Half-Truths and One-And-A Half-Truths: Selected Aphorisms, "In This War We Are Dealing ...," ed. Harry Zohn (1976). Sprüche und Widersprüche, ch. 4 (1909).)
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  • 17.
    Even a minor event in the life of a child is an event of that child's world and thus a world event.
    (Gaston Bachelard (1884-1962), French scientist, philosopher, literary theorist. "The Phoenix, a Linguistic Phenomenon," ch. 1, Fragments of a Poetics of Fire (1988, trans. 1990).)
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  • 18.
    Children's self-esteem develops in proportion to the depth of trust that is reached in the parent/child relationship.
    (Stephanie Martson (20th century), U.S. family therapist, author. The Magic of Encouragement, ch. 3 (1990).)
  • 19.
    Development, it turns out, occurs through this process of progressively more complex exchange between a child and somebody else—especially somebody who's crazy about that child.
    (Urie Bronfenbrenner (b. 1917) U.S. (Russian-born) psychologist, advocate for families. Quoted in Childhood, Robert H. Wozniak (1991). A viewer's guide produced in collaboration with Thirteen WNET.)
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  • 20.
    You can make children believe whatever you want, and the children of today are the soldiers and mothers of tomorrow.
    (Dudley Nichols, U.S. screenwriter. Jean Renoir. Major Von Keller (Walter Slezak), This Land Is Mine (1943).)
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