Quotations About / On:
If a nation loses its storytellers, it loses its childhood.
(Peter Handke (b. 1942), Austrian author, playwright, poet. Independent (London, June 9, 1988).)
Adolescence is the conjugator of childhood and adulthood.
(Louise J. Kaplan (20th century), U.S. psychologist. Adolescence, ch. 3 (1984).)
The four stages of man are infancy, childhood, adolescence and obsolescence.
(Art Linkletter (20th century), U.S. broadcaster and humorist. A Child's Garden of Misfortune, ch. 8 (1965).)
I do not remember joy or sorrow in childhood, but listening for clues.
(Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Tenth Selection, New York (1992).)
Childhood and youth are ends in themselves, not stages.
(Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900), German philosopher, classical scholar, critic of culture. Friedrich Nietzsche, Sämtliche Werke: Kritische Studienausgabe, vol. 8, p. 93, selection 5, eds. Giorgio Colli and Mazzino Montinari, Berlin, de Gruyter (1980). Unpublished fragments dating to Spring-Summer 1875.)
Childhood is a diseasea sickness that you grow out of.
(William Golding (b. 1911), British author. Quoted in Guardian (London, June 22, 1990).)
Every generation rediscovers and re-evaluates the meaning of infancy and childhood.
(Arnold Gesell (20th century), U.S. child development specialist, and Frances L. Ilg (20th century), U.S. child development specialist. Infant and Child in the Culture of Today, ch. 24 (1943).)
The middle years of childhood arrive just as your own are getting uncomfortably close.
(Marguerite Kelly (20th century), U.S. author. The Mothers Almanac II ... Your Child From Six to Twelve, part I (1989).)
Communists are people who fancied that they had an unhappy childhood.
(Gertrude Stein (1874-1946), U.S. author. Quoted by Thornton Wilder in Writers at Work, First Series, ed. George Plimpton (1958).)
In one sense, childhood lives in paradise, youth lives in this world and old age lives in hell.
(to my students)