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  At ten years, a wonder child; at 15, a talented youth; at 20, a common man.  
 -  Japanese proverb
  

  A child who is carried on the back will not know how far the journey is.  
 -  African proverb, Nigeria
  

  If you want your children to have a quiet life, let them always be a little hungry and cold.  
 -  Chinese proverb
  

  If the young are not initiated into the village, they will burn it down just to feel its warmth.  
 -  African proverb
  

  If you want your children to turn out well, spend twice as much time with them, and half as much money.  
 -  Abigail Van Buren
  

  It is my pleasure that my children are free, happy and unrestrained by parental tyranny. Love is the chain to lock a child to its parent.  
 -  Abraham Lincoln
  

  I suppose it is because nearly all children go to school nowadays and have things arranged for them that they seem so forlornly unable to produce their own ideas.  
 -  Agatha Christie
  

  If you want your children to be intelligent, read them fairy tales. If you want them to be more intelligent, read them more fairy tales.  
 -  Albert Einstein
  

  Instilling a sense of self-discipline and focus when the kids are younger makes it so much easier by the time they get into high school.  
 -  Amy Chua
  

  I've learned... that having a child fall asleep in your arms is one of the most peaceful feelings in the world.  
 -  Andy Rooney
  

  It is not what you do for your children, but what you have taught them to do for themselves that will make them successful human beings.  
 -  Ann Landers
  

  I would be most content if my children grew up to be the kind of people who think decorating consists mostly of building enough bookshelves.  
 -  Anna Quindlen
  

  Telling a teenager the facts of life is like giving a fish a bath.  
 -  Arnold H. Glasow
  

  Every child is in a way a genius; and every genius is in a way a child.  
 -  Arthur Schopenhauer
  

  You have to love your children unselfishly. That is hard. But it is the only way.  
 -  Barbara Bush
  

  It is amazing how quickly the kids learn to drive a car, yet are unable to understand the lawn mower, snowblower and vacuum cleaner.  
 -  Ben Bergor
  

  Virtue and a trade, are a child's best portion.  
 -  Benjamin Franklin
  

  Human beings are the only creatures that allow their children to come back home.  
 -  Bill Cosby
  

  We should never permit ourselves to do anything that we are not willing to see our children do.  
 -  Brigham Young
  

  If you can give your son or daughter only one gift, let it be enthusiasm.  
 -  Bruce Barton
  

  If there is anything 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.  
 -  Carl Jung
  

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

  Children have more need of models than critics.  
 -  Carolyn Coats
  

  But she didn't laugh. 'When you have children,' she said, staring at her glass, 'you accept life. Do you accept life?'  
 -  Cesare Pavese
  

  Treat your kid like a darling for the first five years. For the next five years, scold them. By the time they turn sixteen, treat them like a friend. Your grown up children are your best friends.  
 -  Chanakya
  

  In the little world in which children have their existence, whosoever brings them up, there is nothing so finely perceived and so finely felt as injustice.  
 -  Charles Dickens
  

  I think most kids have a sense that it's not supposed to be this way. You're not supposed to hate Monday, or be happy when you don't have to go to school. School should be something that you love. Life should be something that you love.  
 -  Charles Eisenstein
  

  Credulity is the man's weakness, but the child's strength.  
 -  Charles Lamb
  

  Just taught my kids about taxes by eating 38% of their ice cream.  
 -  Conan O'Brien
  

  The greatest natural resource any country can have is its children.  
 -  Danny Kaye
  

  Curiousity - I find that's the most commonly seen charcateristic of happy people. They're curious. They love to learn, they love to read, they love to travel, they love to listen to other people's opinions, they love to learn! If you can teach your kids one thing, I think it will lead to happiness, is to develop curiousity.  
 -  David Chilton
  

  Children are a wonderful gift. They have an extraordinary capacity to see into the heart of things and to expose sham and humbug for what they are.  
 -  Desmond Tutu
  

  My best creation is my children.  
 -  Diane von Furstenberg
  

  If we see a child who is two or three, perhaps four years old, we find a free human. Why is this human free? Because this human does whatever he or she wants to do... And if we observe humans who are two years old, we find that most of the time these humans have a big smile on their face and they're having fun. They are exploring the world. They are not afraid to play.  
 -  Don Miguel Ruiz
  

  There's nothing like having grandchildren to restore your faith in heredity.  
 -  Doug Larson
  

  Don't you understand that we need to be childish in order to understand? Only a child sees things with perfect clarity, because it hasn't developed all those filters which prevent us from seeing things that we don't expect to see.  
 -  Douglas Adams
  

  What's done to children, they will do to society.  
 -  Dr. Karl Menninger
  

  The object of teaching a child is to enable him to get along without a teacher.  
 -  Elbert Hubbard
  

  Making the decision to have a child - it's momentous. It is to decide forever to have your heart go walking around outside your body.  
 -  Elizabeth Stone
  

  It goes without saying that you should never have more children than you have car windows.  
 -  Erma Bombeck
  

  A child needs your love most when he deserves it least.  
 -  Erma Bombeck
  

  The first thing you have to do if you want to raise nice kids, is you have to talk to them like they are people instead of talking to them like they're property.  
 -  Frank Zappa
  

  We may not be able to prepare the future for our children, but we can at least prepare our children for the future.  
 -  Franklin D. Roosevelt
  

  You can learn many things from children. How much patience you have, for instance.  
 -  Franklin P. Jones
  

  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.  
 -  Fred Rogers
  

  The soul is healed by being with children.  
 -  Fyodor Dostoyevsky
  

  Children are innocent and love justice, while most adults are wicked and prefer mercy.  
 -  G. K. Chesterton
  

  What we want to see is the child in pursuit of the knowledge not the knowledge in pursuit of the child.  
 -  George Bernard Shaw
  

  Every family should have at least three children. Then, if one of them turns out to be a genius, the other two can support him.  
 -  George Coote
  

  Our virtues are dearer to us the more we have had to suffer for them. It is the same with our children. All profound affection entertains a sacrifice.  
 -  George Eliot
  

  All my children have spoken for themselves since they first learned to speak, and not always with my advance approval, and I expect that to continue in the future.  
 -  Gerald R. Ford
  

  Most American children suffer too much mother and too little father.  
 -  Gloria Steinem
  

  When a child hits a child, we call it aggression. When a child hits an adult, we call it hostility. When an adult hits an adult, we call it assault. When an adult hits a child, we call it discipline.  
 -  Haim Ginott
  

  If you want your children to improve, let them overhear the nice things you say about them to others.  
 -  Haim Ginott
  

  Children are like wet cement. Whatever falls on them makes an impression.  
 -  Haim Ginott
  

  Children nowadays have too many gadgets to fool with and not enough chores.  
 -  Harry Truman
  

  I have found that the best way to give advice to your children is to find out what they want, and then advise them to do it.  
 -  Harry Truman
  

  I affirm, in words as true and literal as any that belong to geometry, that the man who withholds knowledge from a child not only works diabolical miracles for the destruction of good, but for the creation of evil also.  
 -  Horace Mann
  

  What we want to see is the child in pursuit of the knowledge not the knowledge in pursuit of the child.  
 -  George Bernard Shaw
  

  Every family should have at least three children. Then, if one of them turns out to be a genius, the other two can support him.  
 -  George Coote
  

  Our virtues are dearer to us the more we have had to suffer for them. It is the same with our children. All profound affection entertains a sacrifice.  
 -  George Eliot
  

  All my children have spoken for themselves since they first learned to speak, and not always with my advance approval, and I expect that to continue in the future.  
 -  Gerald R. Ford
  

  Most American children suffer too much mother and too little father.  
 -  Gloria Steinem
  

  If you want your children to improve, let them overhear the nice things you say about them to others.  
 -  Haim Ginott
  

  Children are like wet cement. Whatever falls on them makes an impression.  
 -  Haim Ginott
  

  Children nowadays have too many gadgets to fool with and not enough chores.  
 -  Harry Truman
  

  I have found that the best way to give advice to your children is to find out what they want, and then advise them to do it.  
 -  Harry Truman
  

  I affirm, in words as true and literal as any that belong to geometry, that the man who withholds knowledge from a child not only works diabolical miracles for the destruction of good, but for the creation of evil also.  
 -  Horace Mann
  

  My father always said there are four things a child needs: plenty of love, nourishing food, regular sleep, and lots of soap and water. After that, what he needs most is some intelligent neglect.  
 -  Ivy Baker Priest
  

  Children have never been good at listening to their elders, but they have never failed to imitate them.  
 -  James Baldwin
  

  The most sophisticated people I know - inside they are all children. We never really loose a certain sense we had when we were kids.  
 -  Jim Henson
  

  Kids don't lack capacity, only teachers.  
 -  Jim Rohn
  

  Here's what we must teach our children: The skill of selective listening. Don't spend most of your time on the voices that don't count, voices that are going to add too little worth to your future. Don't waste time on the shallow and the silly. Tune those voices out, and tune in the vioces that are going to add something to your life.  
 -  Jim Rohn
  

  Kids are curious. Kids are watching ants while adults are stepping on them.  
 -  Jim Rohn
  

  Cherishing children is the mark of a civilized country.  
 -  Joan Ganz Cooney
  

  There are two things children should get from their parents: roots and wings.  
 -  Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
  

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

  Children should be educated and instructed in the principles of freedom.  
 -  John Adams
  

  The reason why kids are crazy is because nobody can face the responsibility of bringing them up.  
 -  John Lennon
  

  The important thing is not so much that every child should be taught, as that every child should be given the wish to learn.  
 -  John Lubbock
  

  The childhood shows the man, as morning shows the day.  
 -  John Milton
  

  Before I got married I had six theories about bringing up children; now I have six children and no theories.  
 -  John Wilmot
  

  Our children may learn about heroes of the past. Our task is to make ourselves architects of the future.  
 -  Jomo Kenyatta
  

  Children need boundaries, so they can know how far they have to go to get beyond them.  
 -  Katharine Hepburn
  

  He who possesses virtue in abundance may be compared to an infant.  
 -  Lao Tzu
  

  Stop telling your kids they're special. Really! They're special to you because they're yours. I mean all they had to do is be born to be special to you. Really! They didn't earn that at all. But the minute they step out your door, they're gonna find out real quickly there's nothing special about them. You better teach them how to be good, how to be people of honesty and integrity, how to work hard.  
 -  Larry Winget
  

  Acting childish seems to come naturally, but acting like an adult, no matter how old we are, just doesn't come easy to us.  
 -  Lily Tomlin
  

  When I approach a child, he inspires in me two sentiments; tenderness for what he is, and respect for what he may become.  
 -  Louis Pasteur
  

  Recommend to your children virtues, that alone can make them happy, not gold.  
 -  Ludwig von Beethoven
  

  Children are innocent, loving and benevolent by nature. Evil comes only when they become older.  
 -  Mahatma Gandhi
  

  If we are to reach real peace in the world, we shall have to begin with the children.  
 -  Mahatma Gandhi
  

  Children must be taught how to think, not what to think.  
 -  Margaret Mead
  

  Children are happy because they don't have a file in their minds called 'All the things that could go wrong.'  
 -  Marianne Williamson
  

  The most interesting information come from children, for they tell all they know and then stop.  
 -  Mark Twain
  

  Grandchildren are God's way of compensating us for growing old.  
 -  Mary H. Waldrip
  

  Chilren's talent to endure stems from their ignorance of alternatives.  
 -  Maya Angelou
  

  Any book that helps a child to form a habit of reading, to make reading one of his deep and continuing needs, is good for him.  
 -  Maya Angelou
  

  The great man is he who does not lose his child-heart.  
 -  Mencius
  

  There is no experience like having children. There is no substitute for it. You cannot do it with a friend. You cannot do it with a lover. If you want the experience of having complete responsibility for another human being, and to learn how to love and bond in the deepest way, then you should have children.  
 -  Mitch Albom
  

  The ability to retain a child's view of the world with at the same time a mature understanding of what it means to retain it, is extremely rare - and a person who has these qualities is likely to be able to contribute something really important to our thinking.  
 -  Mortimer Adler
  

  There can be no keener revelation of a society's soul than the way in which it treats its children.  
 -  Nelson Mandela
  

  Our children are our greatest treasure. They are our future. Those who abuse them tear at the fabric of our society and weaken our nation.  
 -  Nelson Mandela
  

  The best thing we can do for our children is to consciously work at being role models for them. Teach them by your example, and they'll remember and even try to imitate. Talk to them one way and then act contrary to your words, and you've lost a kid.  
 -  Og Mandino
  

  Oh, what a tangled web do parents weave when they think that their children are naive.  
 -  Ogden Nash
  

  Children have a natural antipathy to books - handicraft should be the basis of education. Boys and girls should be taught to use their hands to make something, and they would be less apt to destroy and be mischievous.  
 -  Oscar Wilde
  

  If from infancy you treat children as gods they are liable in adulthood to act as devils.  
 -  P. D. James
  

  You know your children are growing up when they stop asking you where they came from and refuse to tell you where they're going.  
 -  P. J. O'Rourke
  

  Try to live with the same intensity as a child. He doesn't ask for explanations; he dives into each day as if it were a new adventure and, at night, sleeps tired and happy.  
 -  Paulo Coelho
  

  A child can teach an adult three things: to be happy for no reason, to always be busy with something, and to know how to demand with all his might that which he desires.  
 -  Paulo Coelho
  

  Always be nice to your children because they are the ones who will choose your rest home.  
 -  Phyllis Diller
  

  Of all the animals, the boy is the most unmanageable.  
 -  Plato
  

  It is easier for a father to have children than for children to have a real father.  
 -  Pope John XXIII
  

  Educate the children and it won't be necessary to punish the men.  
 -  Pythagoras
  

  A child is not a vase to be filled, but a fire to be lit.  
 -  Rabelais
  

  Every child comes with the message that God is not yet discouraged of man.  
 -  Rabindranath Tagore
  

  Children are born true scientists. They spontaneously experiment and experience and reexperience again. They select, combine, and test, seeking to find order in their experiences – 'which is the mostest? which is the leastest?' They smell, taste, bite, and touch-test for hardness, softness, springiness, roughness, smoothness, coldness, warmness: they heft, shake, punch, squeeze, push, crush, rub, and try to pull things apart.  
 -  Richard Buckminster Fuller
  

  Children listen best with their eyes. What you do is what they hear.  
 -  Richard Carlson
  

  Don't handicap your children by making their lives easy.  
 -  Robert A. Heinlein
  

  Don't worry that children never listen to you; worry that they are always watching you.  
 -  Robert Fulghum
  

  The successful mother sets her children free and becomes more free herself in the process.  
 -  Robert J. Havighurst
  

  The reason grandparents and grandchildren get along so well is that they have a common enemy.  
 -  Sam Levenson
  

  A happy childhood is poor preparation for human contacts.  
 -  Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette
  

  You can never reconcile your life unless you rediscover that inner child and learn to keep it happy. Go to a toy store and buy yourself some games, play in the rain, roll in the mud, or whack your face into a cream pie.  
 -  Stuart Wilde
  

  Children reinvent the world for you.  
 -  Susan Sarandon
  

  The best things you can give children, next to good habits, are good memories.  
 -  Sydney J. Harris
  

  Police arrested two kids yesterday, one was drinking battery acid, and the other was eating fireworks. They charged one and let the other one off.  
 -  Tommy Cooper
  

  I have long felt that the way to keep children out of trouble is to keep them interested in things. Lecturing to children is no answer to delinquency. Preaching won't keep youngsters out of trouble, but keeping their minds occupied will.  
 -  Walt Disney
  

  Children are people, and they should have to reach to learn about things, to understand things, just as adults have to reach if they want to grow in mental stature. Life is composed of lights and shadows, and we would be untruthful, insincere, and saccharine if we tried to pretend there were no shadows. Most things are good, and they are the strongest things; but there are evil things too, and you are not doing a child a favor by trying to shield him from reality. The important thing is to teach a child that good can always triumph over evil.  
 -  Walt Disney
  

  Our greatest national resource is the minds of our children.  
 -  Walt Disney
  

  There are no seven wonders of the world in the eyes of a child. There are seven million.  
 -  Walt Streightiff
  

  Your children will see what you're all about by what you live rather than what you say.  
 -  Wayne Dyer
  

  Kids are always the only future the human race has.  
 -  William Saroyan
  

  Start your child's day with love and encouragement and end the day the same way.  
 -  Zig Ziglar