Quotes and proverbs about children and childhood.

A child without a mother is like a fish in shallow water.

Myanmar proverb

Childhood shows the man, as morning shows the day.


Children and fools tell the truth.

Children are a poor man's riches.

English proverb

Children make your life important.

Erma Bombeck

Children must be taught how to think, not what to think.

Margaret Mead

Children need love, especially when they do not deserve it.

Harold Hulbert

Don't handicap your children by making their lives easy.

Robert A. Heinlein

Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up.

Pablo Picasso

Fruits of the same tree have different tastes; children of the same mother have various qualities.

Give an apple to the little ones, a book to the old.

He who plants a coconut tree plants vessels and clothing, food and drink, a habitation for himself and a heritage for his children.

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.


Make it a rule never to give a child a book you would not read yourself.

George Bernard Shaw

One must ask children and birds how cherries and strawberries taste.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Sunt pueri pueri, puerilia tractant. (Children are children, children do childish things)

P. Strik
Our Latin teacher would say this when we were misbehaving in class.

The children eat the fruit and the father sleeps on the peel.

The end of a novel, like the end of a children’s dinner-party, must be made up of sweetmeats and sugar-plums.

Anthony Trollope

The more stupid the child the dearer it is.

The most important thing a father can do for his children is to love their mother.

Theodore Hesburgh

There is no cure for stupid wives and willful children.

Chinese proverb

We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children.

Native American