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A woman's natural protector is less an aged father or tall brother than a very young child.
      - Madame Delphine Gay de Girardin

Children, like dogs, have so sharp and fine a scent that they detect and hunt out everything--the bad before all the rest. They also know well enough how this or that friend stands with their parents; and as they practice no dissimulation whatever, they serve as excellent barometers by which to observe the degree of favor or disfavor at which we stand with their parents.
      - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Dispel not, the happy delusions of children.
      - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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

In praising or loving a child, we love and praise not that which is, but that which we hope for.
      - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Unlike grownups, children have little need to deceive themselves.
      - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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

What in us the women leave uncultivated, children cultivate when we retain them near us.
      - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

The sports of children satisfy the child.
      - Oliver Goldsmith

I hardly know so melancholy a reflection as that parents are necessarily the sole directors of the management of children, whether they have or have not judgment, penetration or taste to perform the task.
      - Sir Fulke Greville, 1st Baron Brooke, Lord Brooke

Children are born optimists and we slowly educate them out of their heresy.
      - Louise Imogen Guiney

As in the Master's spirit you take into your arms the little ones, His own everlasting arms will encircle them and you. He will pity both their and your simplicity; and as in unseen presence He comes again, His blessing will breathe upon you.
      - James Hamilton

Bring your little children to the Saviour. Place them in His arms. Devote them to His service. Born in His camp, let them wear from the first His colors. Taking advantage of timely opportunities, and with all tenderness of spirit, seek to endear them to the Friend of Sinners, the Good Shepherd of the lambs, the loving Guardian of the little children. And not only teach them, but govern them. And in order to govern them, govern yourselves.
      - James Hamilton

If I were to choose among all gifts and qualities that which, on the whole, makes life pleasantest, I should select the love of children. No circumstance can render this world wholly a solitude to one who has this possession.
      - Thomas Wentworth Higginson

One of the greatest pleasures of childhood is found in the mysteries which it hides from the skepticism of the elders, and works up into small mythologies of its own.
      - Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.

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

Don't take up a man's time talking about the smartness of your children; he wants to talk to you about the smartness of his children.
      - Edgar Watson Howe

God sends children for another purpose than merely to keep up the race--to enlarge our hearts, to make us unselfish, and full of kindly sympathies and affections; to give our souls higher aims, and to call out all our faculties to extended enterprise and exertion; to bring round our fireside bright faces and happy smiles, and loving, tender hearts. My soul blesses the Great Father every day, that He has gladdened the earth with little children.
      - Mary Howitt

I know he's coming by this sign,
  That baby's almost wild;
    See how he laughs and crows and starts--
      Heaven, bless the merry child!
        He's father's self in face and limb,
          And father's heart is strong in him.
            Shout, baby, shout! and clap thy hands,
              For father on the threshold stands.
      - Mary Howitt

No day can be so sacred but that the laugh of a little child will make it holier still.
      - Robert Green Ingersoll

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

Blessed be the hand that prepares a pleasure for a child, for there is no saying when and where it may bloom forth.
      - Douglas William Jerrold

Accustom your children constantly to this; if a thing happened at one window and they, when relating it, say that it happened at another, do not let it pass, but instantly check them; you do not know where deviation from truth will end.
      - Samuel Johnson (a/k/a Dr. Johnson) ("The Great Cham of Literature")

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

Children must be rendered reasonable, but not reasoners. The first thing to teach them is that it is reasonable for them to obey, and unreasonable for them to dispute.
      - Joseph Joubert

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