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That season of childhood, when the soul, on the rainbow bridge of fancy, glides along, dry-shod, over the walls and ditches of this lower earth.
      - Jean Paul Friedrich Richter (Johann Paul Richter) (used ps. Jean Paul)

There is nothing more to say,
  They have all gone away
    From the house on the hill.
      - Edwin Arlington Robinson,
        The House on the Hill

Man to the last is but a froward child;
  So eager for the future, come what may,
    And to the present so insensible.
      - Samuel Rogers

Pointing to such, well might Cornelia say,
  When the rich casket shone in bright array,
    "These are my Jewels!" Well of such as he,
      When Jesus spake, well might the language be,
        "Suffer these little ones to come to me!"
      - Samuel Rogers, Human Life (l. 202)

The training of children is a profession where we must know to lose time in order to gain it.
      - Jean-Jacques Rousseau

Childhood is the sleep of reason.
  [Fr., L'enfance est le sommeil de la raison.]
      - Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Emile (bk. II)

Happy child! the cradle is still to thee a vast space; but when thou art a man the boundless world will be too small for thee.
  [Ger., Glucklicher Saugling! dir ist ein unendlicher Raum noch die Wiege,
    Werde Mann, und dir wird eng die unendliche Welt.]
      - Johann Christoph Friedrich von Schiller,
        Das Kind in der Wiege

Dare to err and to dream. Deep meaning often lies in childish plays.
  [Ger., Wage du zu irren und zu traumen. Hoher Sinn liegt oft im kind'schen Spiel.]
      - Johann Christoph Friedrich von Schiller,
        Theklo (st. 6)

And children know,
  Instinctive taught, the friend and foe.
      - Sir Walter Scott, The Lady of the Lake
         (canto II, st. 14)

Thou hast her, France; let her be thine, for we
  Have no such daughter, nor shall ever see
    That face of hers again. Therefore be gone
      Without our grace, our love, our benison.
      - William Shakespeare, King Lear
         (King Lear at I, i)

Fathers that wear rags
  Do make their children blind,
    But fathers that bear bags
      Shall see their children kind.
        Fortune, that arrant whore,
          Ne'er turns the key to th' poor.
      - William Shakespeare, King Lear
         (Fool at II, iv)

O Lord! my boy, my Arthur, my fair son!
  My life, my joy, my food, my all the world!
    My widow-comfort, and my sorrows' cure!
      - William Shakespeare,
        The Life and Death of King John
         (Constance at III, iv)

Nay, indeed if you had your eyes you might fail of the knowing me; it is a wise father that knows his own child.
      - William Shakespeare,
        The Merchant of Venice
         (Launcelot at II, ii)

O, 'tis a perilous boy,
  Bold, quick, ingenious, forward, capable:
    He is all the mother's, from the top to toe.
      - William Shakespeare,
        The Tragedy of King Richard the Third
         (King Richard at III, i)

A grandam's name is little less in love
  Than is the doting title of a mother;
    They are as children but one step below,
      Even of your metal, of your every blood,
        Of all one pain, save for a night of groans
          Endured of her for whom you bid like sorrow;
            Your children were vexation to your youth,
              But mine shall be a comfort to your age.
      - William Shakespeare,
        The Tragedy of King Richard the Third
         (King Richard at IV, iv)

Behold, my lords.
  Although the print be little, the whole matter
    And copy of the father--eye, nose, lip,
      The trick of's frown, his forehead, nay, the valley,
        The pretty dimples of his chin and cheek, his smiles,
          The very mould and frame of hand, nail, finger.
      - William Shakespeare, The Winter's Tale
         (Paulina at II, iii)

A little child born yesterday
  A thing on mother's milk and kisses fed.
      - Percy Bysshe Shelley,
        Homer's Hymn to Mercury (st. 69)

A truthful page is childhood's lovely face,
  Whereon sweet Innocence has record made--
    An outward semblance of the young heart's grace,
      Where truth, and love, and trust are all portrayed.
      - Benjamin Penhallow Shillaber,
        On a Picture of Lillie

"Beware," said Lavater, "of him who hates the laugh of a child." "I love God and little children," was the simple yet sublime sentiment of Richter.
      - Lydia Huntley Sigourney

It is very nice to think
  The world is full of meat and drink
    With little children saying grace
      In every Christian kind of place.
      - Robert Louis Stevenson,
        A Child's Garden of Verses, "A Thought"

In winter I get up at night
  And dress by yellow candle-light.
    In summer, quite the other way,
      I have to go to bed by day.
      - Robert Louis Stevenson,
        A Child's Garden of Verses,
        "Bed in Summer"

When I am grown to man's estate
  I shall be very proud and great
    And tell the other girls and boys
      Not to meddle with my toys.
      - Robert Louis Stevenson,
        A Child's Garden of Verses,
        "Looking Forward"

Every night my prayers I say,
  And get my dinner every day,
    And every day that I've been good,
      I get an orange after food.
      - Robert Louis Stevenson,
        A Child's Garden of Verses, "System"

While here at home, in shining day,
  We round the sunny garden play,
    Each little Indian sleepy-head
      Is being kissed and put to bed.
      - Robert Louis Stevenson,
        A Child's Garden of Verses,
        "The Sun's Travels"

Children are the keys of Paradise,
  They alone are good and wise,
    Because their thoughts, their very lives, are prayer.
      - Richard Henry Stoddard,
        The Children's Prayer

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