Quotations About / On:
Parents have to get over the idea that their children belong just to them; children are a family affair.
(Frank Pittman (20th century), U.S. psychiatrist and family therapist. "How to Manage Mom and Dad," Psychology Today (November/December 1994).)
If help and salvation are to come, they can only come from the children, for the children are the makers of men.
(Maria Montessori (1870-1952), Italian educationist. The Absorbent Mind, ch. 1 (1949).)
If women's role in life is limited solely to housewife/mother, it clearly ends when she can no longer bear more children and the children she has borne leave home.
(Betty Friedan (20th century), U.S. feminist writer. The Fountain of Age, ch. 4 (1993).)
Happiness is an imaginary condition, formerly often attributed by the living to the dead, now usually attributed by adults to children, and by children to adults.
(Thomas Szasz (b. 1920), U.S. psychiatrist. "Emotions," The Second Sin (1973).)
She discovered with great delight that one does not love one's children just because they are one's children but because of the friendship formed while raising them.
(Gabriel García Márquez (b. 1928), Colombian writer. Love in the Time of Cholera (1985, repr. 1988).
Said of Fermina Daza.)
The future which we hold in trust for our own children will be shaped by our fairness to other people's children.
(Marian Wright Edelman (20th century), U.S. author and child advocate. As quoted in Richard B. Stolley, "Our Future Depends on How We Treat America's Children," Money (May 1995).)
Children from humble families must be taught how to command just as other children must be taught how to obey.
(Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900), German philosopher, classical scholar, critic of culture. Friedrich Nietzsche, Sämtliche Werke: Kritische Studienausgabe, vol. 2, p. 268, eds. Giorgio Colli and Mazzino Montinari, Berlin, de Gruyter (1980). Human, All-Too-Human, "Woman and Child," aphorism 395, "Teaching to Command," (1878).)
Always remember that a child doesn't have to be average to be normal. Children with very different temperaments can be equally successful.
(Lawrence Kutner (20th century), U.S. child psychologist and author. Pregnancy and Your Baby's First Year, ch. 8 (1993).)
Winning children (who appear so guileless) are children who have discovered how effective charm and modesty and a delicately calculated spontaneity are in winning what they want.
(Thornton Wilder (1897-1975), U.S. novelist, dramatist. Interview in Writers at Work, First Series, ed. Malcolm Cowley (1958).)
We in the West do not refrain from childbirth because we are concerned about the population explosion or because we feel we cannot afford children, but because we do not like children.
(Germaine Greer (b. 1939), Australian feminist writer. Sex and Destiny, ch. 1 (1984).)