Often, we expect too much [from a nanny]. We want someone like ourselvesbright, witty, responsible, loving, imaginative, patient, well-mannered, and cheerful. Also, we want her to be smart, but not so smart that she's going to get bored in two months and leave us to go to medical school.
(Louise Lague (20th century), U.S. editor and writer. The Working Mom's Book of Hints, Tips, and Everyday Wisdom, ch. 4 (1995).)
I thought I seen some mean little gals in my time, but you're the meanest. You want to know how I know how mean you are? 'Cause I'm mean. I'm smart and I'm mean. And you're smart and you're mean. And you never get caught and I never get caught.
(John Lee Mahin (1902-1984), U.S. screenwriter, and novel by William March. Mervyn Le Roy. Leroy (Henry Jones), The Bad Seed, telling Rhoda that he's on to her (1956).)
If you want your kids to grow up and be smart
Don't give them milk and honey
Give them a rock, seed and a cup of water
Smash the rock into small pieces
Pour it into the cup of water, mix it
Place the seed in it
That's how you can make your kids grow.
(I wrote this Sunday, March 08,2015. I was sleeping on a sofa and talking to myself. I don't know where I got the inspiration from. Maybe life. Life without morals.)