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






We inevitably doom our children to failure and frustration when we try to set their goals for them.


Dr. Jess Lair (1911-, American professor, counselor)


When I consider how little of a rarity children are -- that every street and blind alley swarms with them -- that the poorest people commonly have them in most abundance -- that there are few marriages that are not blest with at least one of these bargains -- how often they turn out ill, and defeat the fond hopes of their parents, taking to vicious courses, which end in poverty, disgrace, the gallows, etc. -- I cannot for my life tell what cause for pride there can possibly be in having them.


Charles Lamb (1775-1834, British essayist, critic)


A child is fed with milk and praise.


Mary Lamb


What the vast majority of American children need is to stop being pampered, stop being indulged, stop being chauffeured, stop being catered to. In the final analysis it is not what you do for your children but what you have taught them to do for themselves that will make them successful human beings.


Ann Landers (1918-, American advice columnist)


Above all, though, children are linked to adults by the simple fact that they are in process of turning into them. For this they may be forgiven much. Children are bound to be inferior to adults, or there is no incentive to grow up.


Philip Larkin (1922-1986, British poet)


Give me four years to teach the children and the seed I have sown will never be uprooted.


Vladimir Ilyich Lenin (1870-1924, Russian revolutionary leader)


Too often we give children answers to remember rather than problems to solve.


Roger Lewin


Do not handicap your children by making their lives easy.


Lazarus Long


A torn jacket is soon mended; but hard words bruise the heart of a child.


Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1819-1892, American poet)


Ah! what would the world be to us If the children were no more? We should dread the desert behind us Worse than the dark before.


Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1819-1892, American poet)


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 Garcia Marquez (1928-, Colombian writer)


My mother loved children -- she would have given anything if I had been one.


Groucho Marx (1895-1977, American comic actor)


Instead of needing lots of children, we need high-quality children.


Margaret Mead (1901-1978, American anthropologist)


What is done to children, they will do to society.


Karl A. Menninger (1893-1990, American psychiatrist)


A little less worry over the child and a bit more concern about the world we make for the child to live in.


Adolph Meyer


A child is beset with long traditions. And his infancy is so old, so old, that the mere adding of years in the life to follow will not seem to throw it further back -- it is already so far.


Alice Meynell (1847-1922, British poet, essayist)


For truly it is to be noted, that children's plays are not sports, and should be deemed as their most serious actions.


Michel Eyquem De Montaigne (1533-1592, French philosopher, essayist)


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 educator)


We've had bad luck with our kids -- they've all grown up.


Christopher Morley (1890-1957, American novelist, journalist, poet)


He continued to be an infant long after he ceased to be a prodigy.


Robert Moses


Viewing the child solely as an immature person is a way of escaping comforting him.


Clark Moustakas (Humanistic psychologist)


Children aren't happy with nothing to ignore, and that's what parents were created for.


Ogden Nash (1902-1971, American humorous poet)


Where children are, there is the golden age.


Novalis (1772-1801, German poet, novelist)


The ones that matter the most are the children.


Native American Proverb (Sayings of Native American origin)


Before you beat a child, be sure you are not the cause of the offense.


Austin O'Malley


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, "Animal Farm")


How little is the promise of the child fulfilled in the man.


Ovid (BC 43-18 AD, Roman poet)


The best way to keep children at home is to make the home a pleasant atmosphere and let the air out of the tires.


Dorothy Parker (1893-1967, American humorous writer)


Every child is an artist. The problem is to remain an artist once they grow up.


Pablo Picasso (1881-1973, Spanish artist)


You know children are growing up when they start asking questions that have answers.


John Plomp


The wildest colts make the best horses.


Plutarch (46-120, Greek essayist, biographer)


Children's liberation is the next item on our civil rights shopping list.


Letty Cottin Pogrebin (1939-, American journalist, author)


If you have a great passion it seems that the logical thing is to see the fruit of it, and the fruit are children.


Roman Polanski (1933-, Polish film, director)


Children are living jewels dropped unsustained from heaven.


Robert Pollok (1798-1827, Scottish religious poet)


Behold the child, by nature's kindly law, pleased with a rattle, tickled with a straw.


Alexander Pope (1688-1744, British poet, critic, translator)


Children are the living messages we send to a time we will not see.


Neil Postman


Hugs can do great amounts of good -- especially for children.


Princess Diana (1961-1997, British Princess)


Do not confine your children to your own learning, for they were born in another time.


Chinese Proverb (Sayings of Chinese origin)


If you want your children to have a peaceful life, let them suffer a little hunger and a little coldness.


Chinese Proverb (Sayings of Chinese origin)


Better a snotty child than his nose wiped off.


English Proverb (Sayings of British origin)


Children suck the mother when they are young and the father when they are old.


English Proverb (Sayings of British origin)


Bricks and mortar make a house, but the laughter of children make a home.


Irish Proverb (Sayings of Irish origin)


With a child in the house, all corners all full.


Yiddish Proverb (Sayings of Yiddish origin)


Children are poor men's riches.


John Ray (1627-1705, British naturalist)


For unflagging interest and enjoyment, a household of children, if things go reasonably well, certainly all other forms of success and achievement lose their importance by comparison.


Theodore Roosevelt (1858-1919,  American President (26th))


Childhood is the sleep of reason.


Jean Jacques Rousseau (1712-1778, Swiss political philosopher, educationist, essayist)


The training of children is a profession, where we must know how to waste time in order to save it"


Jean Jacques Rousseau (1712-1778, Swiss political philosopher, educationist, essayist)


Children see in their parents the past, their parents see in them the future; and if we find more love in the parents for their children than in children for their parents, this is sad but natural. Who does not entertain his hopes more than his recollections.


John Ruskin (1819-1900, British critic, social theorist)


Give a little love to a child, and you get a great deal back.


John Ruskin (1819-1900, British critic, social theorist)


In great countries, children are always trying to remain children, and the parents want to make them into adults. In vile countries, the children are always wanting to be adults and the parents want to keep them children.


John Ruskin (1819-1900, British critic, social theorist)


The distinctive character of a child is to always live in the tangible present.


John Ruskin (1819-1900, British critic, social theorist)


Let your children be as so many flowers, borrowed from God. If the flowers die or wither, thank God for a summer loan of them.


Samuel Rutherford (1600-1661, Scottish pastor)


Children are given to us to discourage our better emotions.


Saki (1870 - 1916, British (Burmese-born) short story author)


Some of my best friends are children. In fact, all of my best friends are children.


J. D. Salinger (1919-, American author)


You save an old man and you save a unit; but save a boy, and you save a multiplication table.


Gypsy Smith


Children wish fathers looked but with their eyes; fathers that children with their judgment looked; and either may be wrong.


William Shakespeare (1564-1616, British poet, playwright, actor)


How sharper than a serpent's tooth it is to have a thankless child.


William Shakespeare (1564-1616, British poet, playwright, actor)


In all our efforts to provide "advantages" we have actually produced the busiest, most competitive, highly pressured, and over-organized generation of youngsters in our history."


Eda J. Le Shan (1922-, American educator, author)


What's more enchanting than the voices of young people, when you can't hear what they say?


Logan Pearsall Smith (1865-1946, Anglo-American essayist, aphorist)


Give me a child for the first seven years, and you may do what you like with him afterwards.


Society of Jesus


The more people have studied different methods of bringing up children the more they have come to the conclusion that what good mother and fathers instinctively feel like doing for their babies is the best after all.


Benjamin Spock (1903-1998, American pediatrician)


There are few places outside his own play where a child can contribute to the world in which he finds himself. His world: dominated by adults who tell him what to do and when to do it -- benevolent tyrants who dispense gifts to their "good" subjects and punishment to their "bad" ones, who are amused at the "cleverness" of children and annoyed by their "stupidities."


Viola Spolin (1911-, American theatrical director, producer)


With children we must mix gentleness with firmness. They must not always have their own way, but they must not always be thwarted.


Charles Haddon Spurgeon (1834-1892, British Baptist preacher)


Children are the keys of paradise.


Richard Henry Stoddard (1825-1903, American critic, poet)


Each day of our lives we make deposits in the memory banks of our children.


Charles Swindoll (1934-, American pastor, author)


We worry about what a child will be tomorrow, yet we forget that he is someone today.


Stacia Tauscher


No man can tell but he that loves his children, how many delicious accents make a man's heart dance in the pretty conversation of those dear pledges; their childishness, their stammering, their little angers, their innocence, their imperfections, their necessities, are so many little emanations of joy and comfort to him that delights in their persons and society.


Jeremy Taylor (1613-1667, British churchman, writer)


Foolishness is bound in the heart of a child; but the rod of correction shall drive it far from him.


The Holy Bible (Sacred scriptures of Christians and Judaism)

Source: Proverbs 22:15


It were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and he cast into the sea, than that he should offend one of these little ones.


The Holy Bible (Sacred scriptures of Christians and Judaism)

Source: Luke 17:2


It needs courage to let our children go, but we are trustees and stewards and have to hand them back to life -- to God. As the old saying puts it: "What I gave I have." We have to love them and lose them.


Alfred Torrie


I have found the best way to give advice to your children is to find out what they want and then advise them to do it.


Harry S. Truman (1884-1972, American President (33rd))


A rich child often sits in a poor mothers lap.


Author Unknown


Children and drunks always speak the truth.


Author Unknown


Children are a great comfort to us in our old age, and they help us reach it faster too.


Author Unknown


Don't limit a child to your own learning, for he was born in another time.


Author Unknown


Kids use to ask where they came from, now they tell you where to go


Author Unknown


Little girl's definition of conscience: "Something that makes you tell your mother before your brother or sister does. "


Author Unknown


The best way for a man to train up a child in the way he should go is to travel that way himself.


Author Unknown


The child is the father of the man.


William Wordsworth (1770-1850, British poet)


There is not so much comfort in having children as there is sorrow in parting with them.


Author Unknown


Too many parents are not on spanking terms with their children.


Author Unknown


What you don't know takes a lot of explaining to the children.


Author Unknown


With children... it is a fact that most parents criticize children more than they laud or congratulate them. We tend to be quick to criticize, slow to praise. We should be careful to keep the praise and the expectations far ahead of the criticism.


Author Unknown


You should study not only that you become a mother when your child is born, but also that you become a child.


Author Unknown


If men do not keep on speaking terms with children, they cease to be men, and become merely machines for eating and for earning money.


John Updike (1932-, American novelist, critic)


A three year old child is a being who gets almost as much fun out of a fifty-six dollar set of swings as it does out of finding a small green worm.


Bill Vaughan (1915-1977, American author, journalist)


Never have children, only grand children.


Gore Vidal (1925-, American novelist, critic)


Listen to the desires of your children. Encourage them and then give them the autonomy to make their own decision.


Denis Waitley (1933-, American author, speaker, trainer, peak performance expert)

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We are given children to test us and make us more spiritual.


George F. Will (1941-, American political columnist)


Give me the children until they are seven and anyone may have them afterwards.


St.Francis Xavier (1506-1552, Roman Catholic missionary)


Birds in their little nest agree; and 'Tis a shameful sight, when children of one family fall out, and chide, and fight.


Isaac Watts (1674-1748, British hymn-writer)


Americans, indeed, often seem to be so overwhelmed by their children that they'll do anything for them except stay married to the co-producer.


Katharine Whitehorn (1926-, British journalist)


Once you bring life into the world, you must protect it. We must protect it by changing the world.


Elie Wiesel (1928-, Rumanian-born American writer)


The potential possibilities of any child are the most intriguing and stimulating in all creation.


Ray L. Wilbur


Children begin by loving their parents. After a time they judge them. Rarely, if ever, do they forgive them.


Oscar Wilde (1856-1900, British author, wit)


Few parents nowadays pay any regard to what their children say to them. The old-fashioned respect for the young is fast dying out.


Oscar Wilde (1856-1900, British author, wit)


The best way to make children good is to make them happy.


Oscar Wilde (1856-1900, British author, wit)


The planting of trees in the least self-centered of all that we can do. It is a purer act of faith than the procreation of children.


Thornton Wilder (1897-1975, American novelist, playwright)


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, American novelist, playwright)


Before I got married, I had six theories about bringing up children. Now I have six children and no theories.


John Wilmot (1647-1680, British courtier, poet)


When you put faith, hope and love together, you can raise positive kids in a negative world.


Zig Ziglar (1926-, American sales trainer, author, motivational speaker)

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