There are perhaps no days of our childhood we lived so fully as those we spent with a favorite book.
The hardest job kids face today is learning good manners without seeing any.
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!
There is always one moment in childhood when the door opens and lets the future in.
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.
We could never have loved the earth so well if we had had no childhood in it.
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.
Childhood is measured out by sounds and smells and sights, before the dark hour of reason grows.
I'd give all the wealth that years have piled, the slow result of life's decay, To be once more a little child for one bright summer day.
The whole purpose of education is to turn mirrors into windows.
Childhood sometimes does pay a second visit to man; youth never.
Little girls are cute and small only to adults. To one another they are not cute. They are life-sized.
I cannot think of any need in childhood as strong as the need for a father's protection.
Kids: they dance before they learn there is anything that isn't music.
It is utterly false and cruelly arbitrary to put all the play and learning into childhood, all the work into middle age, and all the regrets into old age.
In every real man a child is hidden that wants to play.
Quite often somebody will say, What year do your books take place? and the only answer I can give is, In childhood.
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.
What we want is to see the child in pursuit of knowledge, and not knowledge in pursuit of the child.
As a child I felt myself to be alone, and I am still, because I know things and must hint at things which others apparently know nothing of, and for the most part do not want to know.
I've begun to appreciate the generational patterns that ripple out from our lives like stones dropped in water, pulsing outward even after we are gone. Although we have but one childhood, we relive it first through our children's and then our grandchildren's eyes.
I do not miss childhood, but I miss the way I took pleasure in small things, even as greater things crumbled....
Childhood: the period of human life intermediate between the idiocy of infancy and the folly of youth - two removes from the sin of manhood and three from the remorse of age.
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