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CHILDHOOD
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The children in Holland take pleasure in making
  What the children in England take pleasure in breaking.
      - Unattributed Author, Old Nursery Rhyme

It is no wonder that people are so horrible when they start their life as children.
      - Kingsley Amis

Dare we let children grow up with no vital contact with the Saviour, never intentionally and consciously put into His arms? Not to bring them to Him, not to teach them to walk toward Him, as soon as they can walk toward anyone, is wronging a child beyond words. The terrible indictment uttered by the Lord, "Them that were entering in ye hindered," and the millstone warning for offending little ones, are close akin to the deserts of those who ruin a man's whole day of life by wronging his morning hours. Not to help a child to know the saving power of Christ is to hold back a man from salvation.
      - Maltbie Davenport Babcock

A man shall see, where there is a house full of children, one or two of the eldest restricted, and the youngest ruined by indulgence; but in the midst, some that are, as it were, forgotten, who many times, nevertheless, prove the best.
      - Francis Bacon

Children sweeten labors, but they make misfortunes more bitter; they increase the cares of life, but they mitigate the remembrance of death.
      - Francis Bacon

I took the stairs and felt like my childhood took the elevator.
      - Drew Barrymore

'Tis not a life,
  'Tis but a piece of childhood thrown away.
      - Francis Beaumont and John Fletcher,
        Philaster (act V, sc. 2, l. 15)

Every child walks into existence through the golden gate of love.
      - Henry Ward Beecher

If a boy is not trained to endure and to bear trouble, he will grow up a girl; and a boy that is a girl has all a girl's weakness without any of her regal qualities. A woman made out of a woman is God's noblest work; a woman made out of a man is His meanest.
      - Henry Ward Beecher

When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things.
      - Bible, I Corinthians (ch. XIII, v. 11)

In Rama was there a voice heard, lamentation, and weeping, and great mourning, Rachel weeping for her children, and would not be comforted, because they are not.
      - Bible, Matthew (ch. II, v. 18)

A wise son maketh a glad father: but a foolish son is the heaviness of his mother.
      - Bible, Proverbs (ch. X, v. 1)

Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.
      - Bible, Proverbs (ch. XXII, v. 6)

Many daughters have done virtuously, but thou excellest them all.
      - Bible, Proverbs (ch. XXXI, v. 29)

Lo, children are an heritage of the Lord: and the fruit of the womb is his reward.
  As arrows are in the hand of a mighty man; so are children of the youth.
    Happy is the man that hath his quiver full of them: they shall not be ashamed, but they shall speak with the enemies in the gate.
      - Bible, Psalms (ch. CXXVII, v. 3-5)

Thy wife shall be as a fruitful vine by the sides of thine house: thy children like olive plants round about thy table.
      - Bible, Psalms (ch. CXXVIII, v. 3)

A child develops individuality long before he discovers taste.
      - Erma Bombeck

Women know
  The way to rear up children (to be just);
    They know a simple, merry, tender knack
      Of tying sashes, fitting baby-shoes,
        And stringing pretty words that make no sense,
          And kissing full sense into empty words;
            Which things are corals to cut life upon,
              Although such trifles.
      - Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Aurora Leigh
         (bk. I, l. 48)

Do ye hear the children weeping, O my brothers,
  Ere the sorrow comes with years?
    They are leaning their young heads against their mothers,
      And that cannot stop their tears.
      - Elizabeth Barrett Browning,
        The Cry of the Children

[Witches] steal young children out of their cradles, ministerio doemonum, and put deformed in their rooms, which we call changelings.
      - Robert Burton, Anatomy of Melancholy
         (pt. I, sect. II, memb. 1, subsect. 3)

Diogenes struck the father when the son swore.
      - Robert Burton, Anatomy of Melancholy
         (pt. III, sect. II, memb. 6, subsect. 5)

Thine are the hours and days when both are cheering
  And innocent.
      - Lord Byron (George Gordon Noel Byron)

Besides, they always smell of bread and butter.
      - Lord Byron (George Gordon Noel Byron),
        Beppo

A little curly-headed, good-for-nothing,
  And mischief-making monkey from his birth.
      - Lord Byron (George Gordon Noel Byron),
        Don Juan (canto I, st. 25)

The dutifulness of children is the foundation of all virtues.
  [Lat., Pietas fundamentum est omnium virtutum.]
      - Cicero (Marcus Tullius Cicero) (often called "Tully" for short),
        Oratio Pro Cnoeo Plancio (XII)


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