An aphorism is nothing else but the slightest
form of writing raised to the highest level of expressive communication. Carl William Brown





A child is a beam of sunlight from the Infinite and Eternal, with possibilities of virtue and vice -- but as yet unstained.


Lyman Abbott (1835-1922, American congregational clergyman and editor)


There is no finer investment for any community than putting milk into babies.


Winston Churchill (1874-1965, British statesman, Prime Minister)


Children's talent to endure stems from their ignorance of alternatives.


Maya Angelou (1928-, African-American poet, writer, performer)

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Of all the needs (there are none imaginary) a lonely child has, the one that must be satisfied, if there is going to be hope and a hope of wholeness, is the unshaken need for an unshakable God.


Maya Angelou (1928-, African-American poet, writer, performer)

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It's fun being a kid.


Bradford Arthur Angier (Author of “Field Guide to Edible Wild Plants”)


Anyone who has a child today should train him to be either a physicist or a ballet dancer. Then he'll escape.


W. H. Auden (1907-1973, Anglo-American poet)


The countenances of children, like those of animals, are masks, not faces, for they have not yet developed a significant profile of their own.


W. H. Auden (1907-1973, Anglo-American poet)


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)


Children have never been very good at listening to their elders, but they have never failed to imitate them.


James Baldwin (1924-1987, American author)


There is a "sanctity" involved with bringing a child into this world: it is better than bombing one out of it.


James Baldwin (1924-1987, American author)


You see much more of your children once they leave home.


Lucille Ball (1911-1989, American actress, producer)


There is no sinner like a young saint.


Aphra Behn (1640-1689, British playwright, poet)


Children are very precious. We are blessed to have them, but we are blessed even more if we take care of them and see to their needs.


Delores Bennett


It is amazing how quickly the kids learn to drive a car, yet are unable to understand the lawnmower, snow-blower, or vacuum cleaner.


Ben Bergor


It goes without saying that you should never have more children than you have car windows.


Erma Bombeck (1927-, American author, humorist)

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Never lend your car to anyone to whom you have given birth.


Erma Bombeck (1927-, American author, humorist)

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There is no better time than right now to start your own "family tradition" of helping needy children.


Debby Boone


Many children, many cares; no children, no felicity.


John Christian Bovee (1820-1904, American author, lawyer)


Children are curious and are risk takers. They have lots of courage. They venture out into a world that is immense and dangerous. A child initially trusts life and the processes of life.


John Bradshaw (American author, lecturer, leading expert, recovery & dysfunctional families)


The only moral lesson which is suited for a child, the most important lesson for every time of life, is this: "Never hurt anybody."


Denis Breeze


But the child's sob curses deeper in the silence than the strong man in his wrath!


Elizabeth Barrett Browning (1806-1861, British poet)


What is a neglected child? He is a child not planned for, not wanted. Neglect begins, therefore, before he is born.


Pearl S. Buck (1892-1973, American novelist)


If we had paid no more attention to our plants than we have to our children, we would now be living in a jungle of weed.


Luther Burbank (1849-1926, American horticulturist)


The first duty to children is to make them happy, If you have not made them so, you have wronged them, No other good they may get can make up for that.


Charles Buxton (1823-1871, British author)


A society in which adults are estranged from the world of children, and often from their own childhood, tends to hear children's speech only as a foreign language, or as a lie. Children have been treated as congenital fibbers, fakers and fantasisers.


Beatrix Campbell (1947-, British journalist)


The suffering of little children is not what is so intolerable, but the fact that it is undeserved.


Albert Camus (1913-1960, French existential writer)


Adults find pleasure in deceiving a child. They consider it necessary, but they also enjoy it. The children very quickly figure it out and then practice deception themselves.


Elias Canetti (1905-1994, Austrian novelist, philosopher)


Young people should be helped, sheltered, ignored, and clubbed of necessary.


Al Capp (1909-1979, American cartoonist)


The world today is bad... because people don't talk to the children in the way that the children need.


Pablo Casals (1876-1973, Spanish cellist, conductor, composer)


There are few successful adults who were not first successful children.


Alexander Chase


To be ignorant of what occurred before you were born is to remain always a child.


Marcus T. Cicero (c. 106-43 BC, Roman orator, politician)


It is not a bad thing that children should occasionally, and politely, put parents in their place.


Sidonie Gabrielle Colette (1873-1954, French author)


Even though your kids will consistently do the exact opposite of what you're telling them to do, you have to keep loving them just as much.


Bill Cosby (1937-, American actor, comedian, producer)


For many children, joy comes as the result of mining something unique and wondrous about themselves from some inner shaft.


Thomas J. Cottle


Children in a family are like flowers in a bouquet: there's always one determined to face in an opposite direction from the way the arranger desires.


Marcelene Cox (American writer)


Parents are often so busy with the physical rearing of children that they miss the glory of parenthood, just as the grandeur of the trees is lost when raking leaves.


Marcelene Cox (American writer)


There are three ways to get something done: do it yourself, employ someone, or forbid your children to do it.


Monta Crane


It takes three to make a child.


EE Cummings (1894-1962, American poet)


All my life through, the new sights of Nature made me rejoice like a child.


Madame Marie Curie (1867-1934, Polish-born French physicist)


Better to be driven out from among men than to be disliked of children.


Richard H. Dana (1815-1882, American writer, lawyer)


When I was a kid my parents moved a lot, but I always found them.


Rodney Dangerfield (1921-, American comedian, actor)


It might sound a paradoxical thing to say -- for surely never has a generation of children occupied more sheer hours of parental time -- but the truth is that we neglected you. We allowed you a charade of trivial freedoms in order to avoid making those impositions on you that are in the end both the training ground and proving ground for true independence. We pronounced you strong when you were still weak in order to avoid the struggles with you that would have fed your true strength. We proclaimed you sound when you were foolish in order to avoid taking part in the long, slow, slogging effort that is the only route to genuine maturity of mind and feeling. Thus, it was no small anomaly of your growing up that while you were the most indulged generation, you were also in many ways the most abandoned to your own meager devices by those into whose safe-keeping you had been given.


Midge Decter (1927-, American author, editor, social critic)


Always be nice to your children because they are the ones who will choose your rest home.


Phyllis Diller (1917-, American author, actor)


Children are not casual guests in our home. They have been loaned to us temporarily for the purpose of loving them and instilling a foundation of values on which their future lives will be built.


Dr. James C. Dobson (American psychologist, author)


Don't throw away your friendship with your teenager over behavior that has no great moral significance. There will be plenty of real issues that require you to stand like a rock. Save your big guns for those crucial confrontations.


Dr. James C. Dobson (American psychologist, author)


There's no point in being grown up if you cant be childish sometimes.


Doctor Who


Adults are obsolete children.


Dr. Seuss (1904-1991, American writer and illustrator of children's books)


So long as little children are allowed to suffer, there is no true love in this world.


Isadora Duncan (1878-1927, American dancer)


The finest inheritance you can give to a child is to allow it to make its own way, completely on its own feet.


Isadora Duncan (1878-1927, American dancer)


Your children will see what you're all about by what you live rather than what you say.


Wayne Dyer (1940-, American  psychotherapist, author, lecturer)

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Children must have at least one person who believes in them. It could be a counselor, a teacher, a preacher, a friend. It could be you. You never know when a little love and support will plant a small seed of hope.


Marian Wright Edelman


We must teach our children to dream with their eyes open.


Harry Edwards


A child is not a salmon mousse. A child is a temporarily disabled and stunted version of a larger person, whom you will someday know. Your job is to help them overcome the disabilities associated with their size and inexperience so that they get on with being that larger person.


Barbara Ehrenreich (1941-, American author, columnist)


Grown men can learn from very little children for the hearts of little children are pure. Therefore, the Great Spirit may show to them many things which older people miss.


Black Elk (1863-1950, Native American religious leader)


Ignorance... is a painless evil; so, I should think, is dirt, considering the merry faces that go along with it.


George Eliot (1819-1880, British novelist)


The child with his sweet pranks, full of his senses, commanded by every sight and sound, without any power to compare and rank his sensations, abandoned to a whistle or a painted chip, to a lead dragoon, or a gingerbread dog, individualizing everything, generalizing nothing, delighted with every new thing, lies down at night overpowered by the fatigue, which this day of continual pretty madness has incurred. But Nature has answered her purpose with the curly, dimpled lunatic. She has tasked every faculty, and has secured the symmetrical growth of the bodily frame, by all these attitudes and exertions -- an end of the first importance, which could not be trusted to any care less perfect than her own.


Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882, American poet, essayist)


There never was a child so lovely, but his mother was glad to get him asleep.


Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882, American poet, essayist)


Who is not attracted by bright and pleasant children, to prattle, to creep, and to play with them?


Epictetus (50-138, Phrygian philosopher)


Children are excellent observers, and will often perceive your slightest defects. In general, those who govern children, forgive nothing in them, but everything in themselves.


Francois de Salignac Fenelon (1651-1715, French writer)


When children are doing nothing, they are doing mischief.


Henry Fielding (1707-1754, British novelist, dramatist)


We don’t see the passage of time so much in ourselves as in our children.


Hayley Foster (American motivational trainer, speaker, coach)

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Let the child's first lesson be obedience, and the second will be what thou wilt.


Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790, American scientist, publisher, diplomat)


Children are completely egoistic; they feel their needs intensely and strive ruthlessly to satisfy them.


Sigmund Freud (1856-1939, Austrian physician, founder of Psychoanalysis)


Strange new problems are being reported in the growing generations of children whose mothers were always there, driving them around, helping them with their homework -- an inability to endure pain or discipline or pursue any self-sustained goal of any sort, a devastating boredom with life.


Betty Friedan (1921-, American feminist writer)


My best creation is my children.


Diane Von Furstenberg


It is dangerous to confuse children with angels.


David Fyfe (1900-1967, British statesman, jurist)


You may give them your love but not your thoughts. For they have their own thoughts. You may house their bodies but not their souls, for their souls dwell in the house of tomorrow, which you cannot visit, not even in your dreams.


Kahlil Gibran (1883-1931, Lebanese poet, novelist)


If children grew up according to early indications, we should have nothing but geniuses.


Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832, German poet, dramatist, novelist)


We cannot fashion our children after our desires, we must have them and love them as God has given them to us.


Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (1749-1832, German poet, dramatist, novelist)


Alas! regardless of their doom, the little victims play! No sense have they of ills to come nor care beyond today.


Thomas Gray (1716-1771, British poet)


Unhappiness in a child accumulates because he sees no end to the dark tunnel. The thirteen weeks of a term might just as well be thirteen years.


Graham Greene (1904-1991, British novelist)


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 (1939-, Australian feminist writer)


I believe in making the world safe for our children, but not our children's children, because I don't think children should be having sex.


Jack Handey


Children always turn to the light.


David Hare (1947-, British playwright, director)


A young and vital child knows no limit to his own will, and it is the only reality to him. It is not that he wants at the outset to fight other wills, but that they simply do not exist for him. Like the artist, he goes forth to the work of creation, gloriously alone.


Jane Harrison (1850-1928, British classical scholar, writer)


Children seldom have a proper sense of their own tragedy, discounting and keeping hidden the true horrors of their short lives, humbly imagining real calamity to be some prestigious drama of the grown-up world.


Shirley Hazzard (1931-, Australian-born American author)


A child's education should begin at least one hundred years before he is born.


Oliver Wendell Holmes (1809-1894, American author, wit, poet)


Children are our most valuable natural resource.


Herbert Clark Hoover (1874-1964, American President (31st))


Kids are wonderful, but I like mine barbecued.


Bob Hope (1903-2003, American comedian, actor)


Families with babies and families without babies are sorry for each other.


Edgar Watson Howe (1853-1937, American journalist, author)


Children need love, especially when they don't deserve it.


Harold Hulbert


Each child is an adventure into a better life -- an opportunity to change the old pattern and make it new.


Hubert H. Humphrey (1911-1978, American Vice President)


Those who have lost an infant are never, in a way, without an infant.


Leigh Hunt (1784-1859, British poet, essayist)


Your children need your presence more than your presents.


Jesse Jackson (1941-, American clergyman, Civil Rights leader)


Childhood sometimes does pay a second visit to man; youth never.


Anna Jameson (1794-1860, British essayist)


One of the most obvious facts about grownups to a child is that they have forgotten what it is like to be a child.


Randall Jarrell (1914-1965, American poet, critic)


Children are unpredictable. You never know what inconsistency they're going to catch you in next.


Franklin P. Jones


You can learn many things from children. How much patience you have, for instance.


Franklin P. Jones


Our children will not survive our habits of thinking, our failures of the spirit, our wreck of the universe into which we bring new life as blithely as we do. Mostly, our children will resemble our own misery and spite and anger, because we give them no choice about it. In the name of motherhood and fatherhood and education and good manners, we threaten and suffocate and bind and ensnare and bribe and trick children into wholesale emulation of our ways.


June Jordan (1939-, American poet, civil rights activist)


To rescue our children we will have to let them save us from the power we embody; we will have to trust the very difference that they forever personify. And we will have to allow them the choice, without fear of death, that they may come and do likewise or that they may come and that we will follow them; that a little child will lead us back to the child we will always be, vulnerable and wanting and hurting for love and for beauty.


June Jordan (1939-, American poet, civil rights activist)


Children need models rather than critics.


Joseph Joubert (1754-1824, French moralist)


Normally, children learn to gauge rather accurately from the tone of their parent's voice how seriously to take his threats. Of course, they sometimes misjudge and pay the penalty.


Louis Kaplan


Nothing you do for children is ever wasted. They seem not to notice us, hovering, averting our eyes, and they seldom offer thanks, but what we do for them is never wasted.


Garrison Keillor (1942-, American humorous writer, radio performer)


A child miseducated is a child lost.


John F. Kennedy (1917-1963, American President (35th))


For success in training children the first condition is to become as a child oneself, but this means no assumed childishness, no condescending baby-talk that the child immediately sees through and deeply abhors. What it does mean is to be as entirely and simply taken up with the child as the child himself is absorbed by his life.


Ellen Key (1849-1926, Swedish author, feminist)


Often and often afterwards, the beloved Aunt would ask me why I had never told anyone how I was being treated. Children tell little more than animals, for what comes to them they accept as eternally established.


Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936, British author of Prose, Verse)


Children also have artistic ability, and there is wisdom in there having it! The more helpless they are, the more instructive are the examples they furnish us; and they must be preserved free of corruption from an early age.


Paul Klee (1879-1940, Swiss artist)


A child learns to discard his ideals, whereas a grown-up never wears out his short pants.


Karl Kraus (1874-1936, Austrian satirist)


Children enjoy the present because they have neither a past nor a future.


Jean De La Bruyere (1645-1696, French classical writer)


The secret of dealing successfully with a child is not to be its parent.


Mel Lazarus


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