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CHILDHOOD
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If there is anything that will endure
  The eye of God, because it still is pure,
    It is the spirit of a little child,
      Fresh from his hand, and therefore undefiled.
      - Richard Henry Stoddard,
        The Children's Prayer

"Not a child: I call myself a boy,"
  Says my king, with accent stern yet mild;
    Now nine years have brought him change of joy--
      "Not a child."
      - Algernon Charles Swinburne, Not a Child
         (st. 1)

But still I dream that somewhere there must be
  The spirit of a child that waits for me.
      - Bayard Taylor,
        The Poet's Journal--Third Evening

No man can tell but he that loves his children how many delicious assents make a man's heart dance in the pretty conversation of those dear pledges.
      - Jeremy Taylor

It is better to keep children to their duty by a sense of honor and by kindness than by fear.
      - Terence (Publius Terentius Afer)

For he who has acquired the habit of lying or deceiving his father, will do the same with less remorse to others. I believe that it is better to bind your children to you by a feeling of respect, and by gentleness, than by fear.
  [Lat., Nam qui mentiri, aut fallere insuerit patrem, aut
    Audebit: tanto magis audebit caeteros.
      Pudore et liberalitate liberos
        Retinere satius esse credo, quam meto.]
      - Terence (Publius Terentius Afer), Adelphi
         (I, 1, 30)

As each one wishes his children to be, so they are.
  [Lat., Ut quisque suum vult esse, ita est.]
      - Terence (Publius Terentius Afer), Adelphi
         (III, 3, 46)

In books, or work, or healthful play,
  Let my first years be past,
    That I may give for every day
      Some good account at last.
      - Isaac Watts,
        Divine and Moral Songs for Children--Against Idleness and Mischief
         (song XX)

Birds in their little nests agree:
  And 'tis a shameful sight,
    When children of one family
      Fall out, and chide, and fight.
      - Isaac Watts, Divine Songs (XVII)

Children are the to-morrow of society.
      - Archbishop Richard Whately

I do not like punishments. You will never torture a child into duty; but a sensible child will dread the frown of a judicious mother more than all the rods, dark rooms, end scolding school-mistresses in the universe.
      - Henry Kirke White

Oh, for boyhood's time of June,
  Crowding years in one brief moon,
    When all things I heard or saw.
      Me, their master, waited for.
      - John Greenleaf Whittier, The Barefoot Boy
         (st. 3)

The sweetest roamer is a boy's young heart.
      - George Edward Woodberry, Agathon

Heaven lies about us in our infancy.
      - William Wordsworth

The child is father of the man.
      - William Wordsworth, My Heart Leaps Up

Sweet childish days, that were as long
  As twenty days are now.
      - William Wordsworth, To a Butterfly

A simple child,
  That lightly draws its breath,
    And feels its life in every limb,
      What should it know of death?
      - William Wordsworth, We Are Seven

The booby father craves a booby son,
  And by heaven's blessing thinks himself undone.
      - Edward Young, Love of Fame
         (satire II, l. 1)


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