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Then gathering 'round his bed, they climb to share
  His kisses and with gentle violence there,
    Break in upon a dream not half so fair.
      - Samuel Rogers

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

Give a little to love a child, and you get a great deal back.
      - John Ruskin

Love, children, and work are the great sources of fertilizing contact between the individual and the rest of the world.
      - Bertrand Arthur William Russell

Let your children be as so many flowers, borrowed from God. If the flowers die or wither, thank God for a summer loan of them.
      - Samuel Rutherford

A baby is God's opinion that the world should go on.
      - Carl Sandburg

God has given you your child, that the sight of him, from time to time, might remind you of His goodness, and induce you to praise Him with filial reverence.
      - Christian Scriver (used pseudonym Gotthold)

The whining schoolboy, with his satchel and shining morning face, creeping like snail unwillingly to school.
      - William Shakespeare

Unblown flowers, new-appearing streets.
      - William Shakespeare

If only for a half hour a day, a child should do something serviceable to the community.
      - George Bernard Shaw

Every child has a right to its own bent. . . . It has a right to find its own way and go its own way, whether that way seems wise or foolish to others, exactly as an adult has. It has a right to privacy as to its own doings and its own affairs as much as if it were its own father.
      - George Bernard Shaw,
        Parents and Children--The Manufacture of Monsters

Nothing has a letter effect upon children than praise.
      - Sir Philip Sidney (Sydney)

"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

The glorified spirit of the infant is as a star to guide the mother to its own blissful clime.
      - Lydia Huntley Sigourney

We speak of educating our children. Do we know that our children also educate us?
      - Lydia Huntley Sigourney

"A fig-tree looking on a fig-tree becometh fruitful," says the Arabian proverb. And so it is with children; their first great instructor is example.
      - Samuel Smiles

Childhood is like a mirror, which reflects in after life the images first presented to it.
      - Samuel Smiles

We are but children, the things that we do
  Are as sports of a babe to the Infinite view,
    That sees all our weakness, and pities it, too.
      And oh! when aweary, may we be so blest
        As to sink, like an innocent child, to our rest,
          And feel ourselves clasped to the Infinite breast.
      - F. Burge Smith (Frances Irene Burge Smith Griswold)

What is more enchanting than the voices of young people when you can't hear what they say.
      - Logan Pearsall Smith

A house is never perfectly furnished for enjoyment unless there is a child in it rising three years old, and a kitten rising three weeks.
      - Robert Southey

Call not that man wretched, who whatever ills he suffers, has a child to love.
      - Robert Southey

Of all sights which can soften and humanize the heart of man, there is none that ought so surely to reach it as that of innocent children enjoying the happiness which is their proper and natural portion.
      - Robert Southey

Of all the sights which can soften and humanize the heart of men, there is none that ought so surely to reach it as that of innocent children, enjoying the happiness which is their proper and natural portion.
      - Robert Southey

Do not try to produce an ideal child, it would find no fitness in this world.
      - Herbert Spencer

Never educate a child to be a gentleman or lady alone, but to be a man, a woman.
      - Herbert Spencer

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