Quotes and proverbs about children and childhood.

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A burnt child dreads the fire.
A bad experience can be a good lesson to avoid danger or problems.

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

A child's sense of reality vs. fantasy can be a bit blurred at the preschool age.
Eva Amurri

A perfect parent is a person with excellent child-rearing theories and no actual children.
Dave Barry

All grown-ups were once children, but only few of them remember it.
Antoine De Saint-Exupery

Anyone who hates children and animals can't be all bad.
W.C. Fields

Childhood is a disease - a sickness that you grow out of.
William Golding

Childhood shows the man, as morning shows the day.

Children and fools tell the truth.

Children are a poor man's riches.

Children have a right not to have their minds addled by nonsense.
Nicholas Humphrey

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

Children need the freedom and time to play. Play is not a luxury. Play is a necessity.
Kay Redfield Jamison

Children see magic because they look for it.
Christopher Moore

Do not indoctrinate your children. Teach them how to think for themselves, how to evaluate evidence, and how to disagree with you.
Richard Dawkins

Do not keep children to their studies by compulsion but by play.

Don't grow up, its a trap.
(unknown author)

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

Don't limit a child to your own learning, for she was born in another time.
Rabindranath Tagore

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

Faith can be very very dangerous, and deliberately to implant it into the vulnerable mind of an innocent child is a grievous wrong.
Richard Dawkins

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.

I believe we should encourage children to sing and play instruments from an early age.
Mick Jagger

I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.
Martin Luther King, Jr.

If you want real peace in the world, start with children.
Mahatma Gandhi

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

It is time for parents to teach young people early on that in diversity there is beauty and there is strength.
Maya Angelou

It rots the sense in the head!
It kills imagination dead!
It clogs and clutters up the mind!
It makes a child so dull and blind
he can no longer understand
a fantasy, a fairyland!
His brain becomes as soft as cheese!
His powers of thinking rust and freeze!
He cannot think--he only sees!
Roald Dahl
Source: Poem: Television

It seems ridiculous to me that people are so afraid that their children are going to miss a month of learning. How about using this month to teach them how to plant, cook, do taxes, basic first aid, handle stress, critical thinking, etc. Not all learning is done in a classroom.
Mohamad Safa

Listen to them - the children of the night. What music they make!
Bram Stoker
Source: Dracula
This refers to the singing of wolves.

Little children, headache; big children, heartache.

Little children, little problems; big children, big problems.

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

Our most basic common link is that we all inhabit this planet. We all breathe the same air. We all cherish our children's future. And we are all mortal.
John F. Kennedy

Parents should not smoke in order to discourage their kids from smoking. A child is more likely to smoke when they have been raised in the environment of a smoker.
Christy Turlington

Proverbs are the children of experience.

Religion teaches you to be satisfied with nonanswers. It's a sort of crime against childhood.
Richard Dawkins

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 best way to make children good is to make them happy.
Oscar Wilde

The child is father of the man.
William Wordsworth

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

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

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