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CHILDHOOD
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Better to be driven out from among men than to be disliked of children.
      - Richard Henry Dana, Sr.,
        The Idle Man--Domestic Life

A happy childhood has spoiled many a promising life.
      - Robertson Davies

I love these little people; and it is not a slight thing when they, who are so fresh from God, love us.
      - Charles Dickens

They are idols of hearts and of households;
  They are angels of God in disguise;
    His sunlight still sleeps in their tresses,
      His glory still gleams in their eyes;
        Those truants from home and from Heaven
          They have made me more manly and mild;
            And I know now how Jesus could liken
              The kingdom of God to a child.
      - Charles Monroe Dickinson, The Children

When the lessons and tasks are all ended,
  And the school for the day is dismissed,
    The little one gather around me,
      To bid me good-night and be kissed;
        On, the little white arms that encircle
          My neck in their tender embrace
            Oh, the smiles that are halos of heaven,
              Shedding sunshine of love on my face.
      - Charles Monroe Dickinson, The Children

To a mother, a child is everything; but to a child, a parent is only a link in the chain of her existence.
      - Benjamin Disraeli, 1st Earl of Beaconsfield

My lovely living Boy,
  My hope, my hap, my Love, my life, my joy.
      - Guillaume de Salluste Du Bartas,
        Divine Weekes and Workes--Second Week, Fourth Day
         (bk. II)

Childhood has no forebodings; but then, it is soothed by no memories of outlived sorrow.
      - George Eliot (pseudonym of Mary Ann Evans Cross),
        The Mill on the Floss (bk. I, ch. IX)

When you finally go back to your old hometown, you find it wasn't the old home you missed but your childhood.
      - Sam Ewing

A man cannot cast aside his childhood, though he run from it as he would the devil. He may make of it a burden under which to stumble and fall, or a shield to hide behind, or he may make of it a tool.
      - Ann Fairbairn (pseudonym of Dorothy Tait),
        Five Smooth Stones

Wynken, Blynken and Nod one night
  Sailed off in a wooden shoe--
    Sailed on a river of crystal light
      Into a sea of dew.
      - Eugene Field, Wynken, Blynken and Nod

Teach your child to hold his tongue,
  He'll learn fast enough to speak.
      - Benjamin Franklin, Poor Richard Maxims

We should treat children as God does us, who makes us happiest when He leaves us under the influence of innocent delusions.
      - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

By sports like these are all their cares beguil'd,
  The sports of children satisfy the child.
      - Oliver Goldsmith, The Traveller (l. 153)

Alas! regardless of their doom,
  The little victims play;
    No sense have they of ills to come,
      Nor care beyond to-day.
      - Thomas Gray,
        On a Distant Prospect of Eton College
         (st. 6)

But still when the mists of doubt prevail,
  And we lie becalmed by the shores of age,
    We hear from the misty troubled shore
      The voce of children gone before.
        Drawing the soul to its anchorage.
      - Bret Harte (Francis Bret Harte),
        A Greyport Legend (st. 6)

I think that saving a little child
  And bringing him to his own,
    Is a derned sight better business
      Than loafing around the throne.
      - John Hay, Little Breeches

An infallible way to make your child miserable is to satisfy all his demands. Passion swells by gratification; and the impossibility of satisfying every one of his demands will oblige you to stop short at last, after he has become a little headstrong.
      - Henry Home, Lord Kames

It is a wise child that knows his own father.
  [Lat., Nondum enim quisquam suum parentem ipse cognosvit.]
      - Homer ("Smyrns of Chios"), The Odyssey
         (bk. I, 216),
        (translated from the Greek by Clarke)

Few sons attain the praise
  Of their great sires and most their sires disgrace.
      - Homer ("Smyrns of Chios"), The Odyssey
         (bk. II, l. 315), (Pope's translation)

Another tumble! that's his precious nose!
      - Thomas Hood, Parental Ode to My Son

Oh, when I was a tiny boy
  My days and nights were full of joy.
    My mates were blithe and kind!
      No wonder that I sometimes sigh
        And dash the tear drop from my eye
          To cast a look behind!
      - Thomas Hood, Retrospective Review

Children, ay, forsooth,
  They bring their own love with them when they come,
    But if they come not there is peace and rest;
      The pretty lambs! and yet she cries for more:
        Why, the world's full of them, and so is heaven--
          They are not rare.
      - Jean Ingelow, Supper at the Mill

A creature undefiled by the taint of the world, unvexed by its injustice, unwearied by its hollow pleasures; a being fresh from the source of light, with something of its universal lustre in it. If childhood be this, how holy the duty to see that in its onward growth it shall be no other!
      - Douglas William Jerrold

Children have more need of models than of critics.
      - Joseph Joubert


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