Thoughtful quotes about children.

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"Children need models more than they need critics." (Joseph Joubert)

"There is only one smartest dog in the whole world and every boy has it." (author unknown)

"Children have never been very good at listening to their elders, but they have never failed to imitate them." (James Baldwin)

"Too often an abandoned child is one who is still living with his parents." (author unknown)

"It took me four years to paint like Raphael, but a lifetime to paint like a child." (Picasso)

"...In their early years few children experience a high degree of appropriate visibility from adults." (Nathaniel Branden, Honoring The Self)

"Children are gifts, if we accept them." (Kathleen Tierney Grilly)

"Your children are not your children. They are the sons and daughters of Life's longing for itself." (Kahil Gibran)

"Those who have the humility of a child may find again the key to reverence for, and kinship with, all of life." (J. Allen Boone)

"Childhood decides." (Jean Paul Sartre)

"The child is father to the man." (William Wadsworth)

"Whence come I? I come from my childhood, I come from childhood as from a homeland." (Antoine de Saint-Exupery)

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"Children begin by loving their parents. After a time they judge them. Rarely, if ever, do they forgive them." (Oscar Wilde)

"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)

"The lost child cries, but still he catches fireflies." (Ryusui Yoshida)

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APA Reference
Staff, H. (2008, November 8). Children, HealthyPlace. Retrieved on 2024, July 25 from

Last Updated: July 18, 2014

Medically reviewed by Harry Croft, MD

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