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Oh, what a tangled web do parents weave when they think that their children are naive.
Ogden Nash

Start your child's day with love and encouragement and end the day the same way.
Zig Ziglar

Children are born true scientists. They spontaneously experiment and experience and
reexperience again. They select, combine, and test, seeking to find order in their experiences
– "which is the mostest? which is the leastest?" They smell, taste, bite, and touch-test for
hardness, softness, springiness, roughness, smoothness, coldness, warmness: they heft,
shake, punch, squeeze, push, crush, rub, and try to pull things apart.
Richard Buckminster Fuller

Kids are curious. Kids are watching ants while adults are stepping on them.
Jim Rohn

There's nothing like having grandchildren to restore your faith in heredity.
Doug Larson

If we see a child who is two or three, perhaps four years old, we find a free human. Why is
this human free? Because this human does whatever he or she wants to do... And if we
observe humans who are two years old, we find that most of the time these humans have a
big smile on their face and they're having fun. They are exploring the world. They are not
afraid to play.
Don Miguel Ruiz

Of all the animals, the boy is the most unmanageable.
Plato

A child can teach an adult three things: to be happy for no reason, to always be busy with
something, and to know how to demand with all his might that which he desires.
Paulo Coelho

The first thing you have to do if you want to raise nice kids, is you have to talk to them like
they are people instead of talking to them like they're property.
Frank Zappa

Our children are our greatest treasure. They are our future. Those who abuse them tear at
the fabric of our society and weaken our nation.
Nelson Mandela

I suppose it is because nearly all children go to school nowadays and have things arranged
for them that they seem so forlornly unable to produce their own ideas.
Agatha Christie

But she didn't laugh. "When you have children," she said, staring at her glass, "you accept
life. Do you accept life?"
Cesare Pavese

The reason grandparents and grandchildren get along so well is that they have a common
enemy.
Sam Levenson

Don't you understand that we need to be childish in order to understand? Only a child sees
things with perfect clarity, because it hasn't developed all those filters which prevent us from
seeing things that we don't expect to see.
Douglas Adams

He who possesses virtue in abundance may be compared to an infant.
Lao Tzu

A happy childhood is poor preparation for human contacts.
Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette

The ability to retain a child's view of the world with at the same time a mature understanding
of what it means to retain it, is extremely rare - and a person who has these qualities is likely
to be able to contribute something really important to our thinking.
Mortimer Adler

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

Telling a teenager the facts of life is like giving a fish a bath.
Arnold H. Glasow

Credulity is the man's weakness, but the child's strength.
Charles Lamb

If the young are not initiated into the village, they will burn it down just to feel its warmth.
African proverb

Play is often talked about as if it were a relief from serious learning. But for children, play is
serious learning. Play is really the work of childhood.
Fred Rogers

A child is not a vase to be filled, but a fire to be lit.
Rabelais

It is amazing how quickly the kids learn to drive a car, yet are unable to understand the lawn
mower, snowblower and vacuum cleaner.
Ben Bergor

Cherishing children is the mark of a civilized country.
Joan Ganz Cooney

If you want your children to improve, let them overhear the nice things you say about them
to others.
Haim Ginott

Making the decision to have a child - it's momentous. It is to decide forever to have your
heart go walking around outside your body.
Elizabeth Stone

There are no seven wonders of the world in the eyes of a child. There are seven million.
Walt Streightiff

If from infancy you treat children as gods they are liable in adulthood to act as devils.
P. D. James

My best creation is my children.
Diane von Furstenberg

My father always said there are four things a child needs: plenty of love, nourishing food,
regular sleep, and lots of soap and water. After that, what he needs most is some intelligent
neglect.
Ivy Baker Priest

The childhood shows the man, as morning shows the day.
John Milton

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

I would be most content if my children grew up to be the kind of people who think
decorating consists mostly of building enough bookshelves.
Anna Quindlen

What's done to children, they will do to society.
Dr. Karl Menninger

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