The hardest job kids face today is learning good manners without seeing any.
There are perhaps no days of our childhood we lived so fully as those we spent with a favorite book.
There is always one moment in childhood when the door opens and lets the future in.
Happy, happy Christmas, that can win us back to the delusions of our childhood days, recall to the old man the pleasures of his youth, and transport the traveler back to his own fireside and quiet home!
Play is often talked about as if it were a relief from serious learning. But for children play is serious learning. Play is really the work of childhood.
If there is anything that we wish to change in the child, we should first examine it and see whether it is not something that could better be changed in ourselves.
We all have a childhood dream that when there is love, everything goes like silk, but the reality is that marriage requires a lot of compromise.
The essence of childhood, of course, is play, which my friends and I did endlessly on streets that we reluctantly shared with traffic.
My childhood was safe and sane. No abuse and no traumas. I was surrounded by a large and loving family who taught me the importance of hard work and a meaningful education.
We could never have loved the earth so well if we had had no childhood in it.
Childhood is measured out by sounds and smells and sights, before the dark hour of reason grows.
Little girls are cute and small only to adults. To one another they are not cute. They are life-sized.
Childhood is a short season.
There was a special challenge in describing the awful childhood of a person who happens to be my own husband. It was very painful at times, for both of us.
Grown up, and that is a terribly hard thing to do. It is much easier to skip it and go from one childhood to another.
What is a normal childhood? We weren't rich, we were pretty middle-class. My dad survived from job to job; with him taking care of so many relatives, he couldn't save any money.
For almost thirty years I repeatedly saw one and the same dream: I would arrive in Vienna at long last. I would feel really happy, for I was returning to my serene childhood.
To trade a childhood wonder for a plausible explanation - is there a worst trade one makes in life?
The whole purpose of education is to turn mirrors into windows.
My whole career has been fulfilling my childhood fantasies, playing characters that are larger than life, getting to play a knight, an elf, a prince, and a soldier.
Childhood itself is scarcely more lovely than a cheerful, kindly, sunshiny old age.
Childhood has its secrets and its mysteries; but who can tell or who can explain them!
I am convinced that, except in a few extraordinary cases, one form or another of an unhappy childhood is essential to the formation of exceptional gifts.
The most important influence in my childhood was my father.
My father was a farmer and my mother was a farmer, but, my childhood was very good. I am very grateful for my childhood, because it was full of gladness and good humanity.
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