Childhood Quotes

Katerina Stoykova Klemer

Be nice to your children. They may grow up to be writers.

Natasa Pantovic Nuit

A child has a deep longing to discover that the World is based on Truth. Respect that longing. In our attempt to help children grow into Inspired Adults, we wish them to carry the Youthfulness of their Souls, and the Wonders of Childhood into their old age.

Svetlana Alexievich

В каждом из нас есть сосуд любви, если он не заполнится в детстве, то всю жизнь
В каждом из нас есть сосуд любви, если он не заполнится в детстве, то всю жизнь будешь мучиться от жажды и неутоления. И не спастись, не уберечься. В ее сосуде было только на донышке... Бабушкино...

Ruskin Bond

and when all the wars are over, a butterfly will still be beautiful.

Roald Dahl

Grown ups are complicated creatures, full of quirks and secrets.

Laurie Halse Anderson

Gym should be illegal. It's humiliating.

Flannery O'Connor

Anybody who has survived his childhood has enough information about life to last him the rest of his days.

P.G. Wodehouse

I know I was writing stories when I was five. I don't know what I did before that. Just loafed, I suppose.

Anne Frank

Work, love, courage and hope,
Make me good and help me cope!

Rudyard Kipling

(An unhappy childhood was not) an unsuitable preparation for my future, in that it demanded a constant wariness, the habit of observation, and the attendance on moods and tempers; the noting of discrepancies between speech and action; a certain reserve of demeanour; and automatic suspicion of sudden favours.

Raghad Khalil

as kids we counted on our fingers, as we grew up we started counting more on people, now what do you think was more disappointing?

Evan Meekins

If we truly detach from our childhood and abandon our inherent romanticism, then we shred any bit of humanity left in us.

Roberta Pearce

. . . I suppose one starts out, as a child, being romantic and dreaming of adventure. Poetic. Then reality comes along, and with it, a whole lot of prose.

Anne Frank

The art of living. Isn't that a funny expression?

Ram Mohan

Amidst the chaos of the cities, a part of you always yearns for the silence of the woods.

Lailah Gifty Akita

Parent should never forget the great excitement they felt for the birth of a new born into the world.

Ryū Murakami

This was a factory, a sorting house. We were no different from dogs and pigs and cows: all of us were allowed to play when we were small, but then, just before reaching maturity, we were sorted and classified. Being a high school student was the first step toward becoming a domestic animal.

Scott K. Edinger

A person's integrity develops early in life. Once formed, it is difficult to alter, change, or improve.

P.J. Roscoe

The world would be a brighter, happier place, if we could only remember our childhood wonder.

Markus Zusak

If only she could be so oblivious again, to feel such love without knowing it, mistaking it for laughter.

Scott Dikkers

Be sure to lie to your kids about the benevolent, all-seeing Santa Claus. It will prepare them for an adulthood of believing in God.

Garth Nix

My parents are going to kill me!"
"That seems rather harsh...

George Carlin

My mother would say, 'Why are you always playing alone?' And I would say, 'I'm not playin', Ma. I'm fuckin' serious!

C. JoyBell C.

I think that the best thing we can do for our children is to allow them to do things for themselves, allow them to be strong, allow them to experience life on their own terms, allow them to take the subway... let them be better people, let them believe more in themselves.

Carlos Ruiz Zafón

One of the pitfalls of childhood is that one doesn't have to understand something to feel it. By the time the mind is able to comprehend what has happened, the wounds of the heart are already too deep.

John Boyne

He didn't want to play football. He wanted to be told the truth.

Toni Maguire

I remember the pain I felt, and wonder why a man who was such an accomplished liar had to tell the truth that day.

Alison Espach

All fathers are liars . . . If you want to be a father, you have to be prepared to become a liar.

Simon Van Booy

Children are the closest we have to wisdom, and they become adults the moment that final drop of everything mysterious is strained from them.

Betsy Cornwell

Children’s and YA books are about being brave and kind, about learning wisdom and love, about that journey into and through maturity that we all keep starting, and starting again, no matter how old we get. I think that’s why so many adults read YA: we’re never done coming of age.

Neil Gaiman

I do not miss childhood, but I miss the way I took pleasure in small things, even as greater things crumbled. I could not control the world I was in, could not walk away from things or people or moments that hurt, but I took joy in the things that made me happy.

Charles Addams

It's hard to say. Sometimes people have had terrible childhoods. And sometimes they just haven't found their special place in life. And sometimes they're dogs from hell and must be destroyed.

Marisa De Los Santos

I know how syrupy this sounds, how dull, provincial, and possibly whitewashed, but what can I do? Happy childhoods happen

Andrew Galasetti

No child should ever be too sad to play.

John Steinbeck

Benar. Kita tak pernah lagi menjumpai kebahagiaan yang setara dengan kebahagiaan masa kanak-kanak kita. Pablo mengangguk
Benar. Kita tak pernah lagi menjumpai kebahagiaan yang setara dengan kebahagiaan masa kanak-kanak kita." Pablo mengangguk sedih.

A.S. Neill

No teacher has the right to cure a child of making noises on a drum. The only curing that should be practiced is the curing of unhappiness.

Dave Matthes

I never had a childhood. Not like the rest of them anyway. I had a starting
I never had a childhood. Not like the rest of them anyway. I had a starting point from which I have never stopped running.

Pat Cunningham Devoto

No matter how much he talked, she never answered him, but he knew she was still there. He knew it was like the soldiers he had read about. They would have an arm or a leg blown off, and for days, even weeks after it happened, they could still feel the arm itching, the leg itching, the mother calling.


The day she was born,her grandfather made her a ring of silver and a polished stone, because he loved her already.

Maud Hart Lovelace

In silence the three of them looked at the sunset and thought about God.

Lailah Gifty Akita

What parent can give to their children is the gift of daily prayer.

Maurice Sendak

Each month is gay,
Each season nice,
When eating
Chicken soup
With rice

John Clare

O I never thought that joys would run away from boys,
Or that boys would change their minds and forsake such summer joys;
But alack I never dreamed that the world had other toys

Jim Henson

[Kids] don't remember what you try to teach them. They remember what you are.

Albert Einstein

Play is the highest form of research.

Keith Richards

When you are growing up there are two institutional places that affect you most powerfully: the church, which belongs to God, and the public library, which belongs to you. The public library is a great equaliser.

E.M. Forster

School was the unhappiest time of my life and the worst trick it ever played on me was to pretend that it was the world in miniature. For it hindered me from discovering how lovely and delightful and kind the world can be, and how much of it is intelligible.

Caitlín R. Kiernan

You know, it's a sad and unfortunate state of affairs that you have to live in a world where eight-year-olds refuse to believe in anything that they cannot touch or measure, and anyone who happens to see a thing that is invisible to most people is immediately branded a lunatic.

L.R. Knost

It's not our job to toughen our children up to face a cruel and heartless world. It's our job to raise children who will make the world a little less cruel and heartless.

Charles F. Glassman

Often, under the layers of our maturity is a child’s insecurity screaming for love and attention.

CL Bennett

the imagination of a child is the most precious gift we can share

Lailah Gifty Akita

The circumstances surrounding your birth are not as important as the opportunity to live life.

Lailah Gifty Akita

Children act on the words they hear.
May your words be gracious to the hearing of children.
May your words inspire and challenge children to fulfill their true potential.

Amit Kalantri

The problem with a man is, he is no more a child.

Christopher Earle

Time grants a unique perspective which allows us to see events through a filter of accumulated wisdom.

Emily Brontë

The red firelight glowed on their two bonny heads and revealed their faces, animated with the eager interest of children; for, though he was twenty-three and she eighteen, each had so much of novelty to feel, and learn, that neither experienced nor evinced the sentiments of sober disenchanted maturity.

Neil DeGrasse Tyson

As a child, I was aware that, at night, infrared vision would reveal monsters hiding in the bedroom closet only if they were warm-blooded. But everybody knows that your average bedroom monster is reptilian and cold-blooded.

Adriana Trigiani

People have often told me that one of their strongest childhood memories is the scent of their grandmother's house. I never knew my grandmothers, but I could always count of the Bookmobile.

Mizuki Nomura

There’s a different flavor to children’s literature you read after you grow up than there was reading it as a child. Things that were sweet as a child become bitter once you grow up.

Carlos Ruiz Zafón

Max had once read in one of his father's books that some childhood images become engraved in the mind like photographs, like scenes you can return to again and again and will always remember, no matter how much time goes by.

Steve Rasnic Tem

I was never very good with either my hands or feet. It always seemed to me they'd just been stuck on as an afterthought during my making. Dreams didn't translate through sports, or music, dancing, carpentry, plumbing. I was the bookish kid, more at home in the pages of a fantasy than in the room in the town on the planet.

Judy Blume

I think the child I was until 12 was so much more interesting than the teenager I became. As a teenager, you get wrapped up in your friends and sexual stuff, and the imaginative life you had, it just goes. And mine was so rich and fun. Fortunately, I was able to tap back into that later on [through my books] to save my life.

Dean Koontz

Although he never speaks of how or what or why, I know that his childhood was difficult, that his parents broke his heart. Books and excess poundage are his insulation against pain.

John Steinbeck

I remember my childhood names for grasses and secret flowers. I remember where a toad may live and what time the birds awaken in the summer - and what trees and seasons smelled like - how people looked and walked and smelled even. The memory of odors is very rich.

Richelle E. Goodrich

It's strange how in childhood it feels like tomorrow won't come until the end of forever, but in adulthood it feels like the end of forever could come tomorrow.

Louise Glück

We look at the world once, in childhood.
The rest is memory

J.U. Scribe

For him, it appeared he could freeze
the moment in a memory; only for it to slip through his
hands like water.

Ruth Ozeki

Time plays tricks on mothers. It teases you with breaks and brief caesuras, only to skip wildly forward, bringing breathtaking changes to your baby's body. Only he wasn't a baby anymore, and how often did I have to learn that? The lessons were painful.

Brian K. Vaughan

But nothing warps time quite like childhood

Alfred Hitchcock

Fear isn't so difficult to understand. After all, weren't we all frightened as children? Nothing has changed since Little Red Riding Hood faced the big bad wolf. What frightens us today is exactly the same sort of thing that frightened us yesterday. It's just a different wolf. This fright complex is rooted in every individual.

Maurice Sendak

I remember my own childhood vividly...I knew terrible things. But I knew I mustn't let adults know I knew. It would scare them

Jenny Wingfield

They’d have people out looking for her, and nothing makes grown-ups quite so mad as finding a child safe when they’d been scared silly that they might find that child dead.

Carolyn Byers Ruch

Imagine, pretend, and play so you can become anyone you want to be. You don't need to be afraid.

Patrick Yee

Harry was a bright boy. And like many bright boys, he had a little mischief in him.

Luisa Weiss

So I had nothing to distract me from my books and their other worlds that swallowed me whole, from Narnia to the Wisconsin woods, from a small town in Sweden to the red earth of Prince Edward Island. Nothing and no one interested me as much as my books.

Chelsey Philpot

Childhood is not all candy stores and recess; it’s frustrations and confusions, too.

Sanhita Baruah

In the midst of the vagaries of life, they provide us a trip to the land of goodness and fairies, of imaginations and possibilities.
A childhood that wasn't spent watching cartoons or reading comic strips, no wonder, seems too dull to imagine.

AnnaMarie Ralph

I think the closest thing to a time machine that I've ever found is the Children's section of a library.

Álvaro Siza

Every child likes to take a pencil to make a mark. Everybody makes beautiful things when they are three, four, or five years old. Most people lose that spontaneity; I think that always happens. Some are able to win a second spontaneity.

Rudolfo Anaya

Ultima came to stay with us the summer I was almost seven. When she came the beauty of the llano unfolded before my eyes, and the gurgling waters of the river sang to the hum of the turning earth. The magical time of childhood stood still, and the pulse of the living earth pressed its mystery into my living blood.

Roman Payne

The poet believed that 'Beauty' first entered the world not at its creation, nor with the first garden, the first sunrise, the birth of the first man and woman and their first sexual act. The poet believed that 'Beauty' entered the world the day the first child blushed.

Chelsea Handler

Seeing your mother naked is not something you easily recover from. Seeing your mother naked and jumping from one side of a king-sized bed to the other with a nurse's hat on while your father, who is also naked, is chasing her with a bandanna around his neck, is reason to put yourself up for adoption.

Richard Louv

An environment-based education movement-at all levels of education-will help students realize that school isn't supposed to be a polite form of incarceration, but a portal to the wider world.

Richard Louv

The woods were my Ritalin. Nature calmed me, focused me, and yet excited my senses.

Sofía Segovia

Siempre flotaban en el aire los perfumes de los dulces de leche y nuez que hacía mi abuela, los de sus conservas y mermeladas, los del tomillo y el epazote que crecían en macetas en el jardín, y más recientemente los de naranjas, azahares y miel.

Mikhail Lermontov

I felt somehow happy to be so high above the world - a childish feeling, I grant, but we can't help becoming children as we leave social conventions behind and come nearer to nature. All life's experience is shed from us and the soul becomes anew what it once was and will surely be again

Italo Calvino

That wish to enter into an elusive element which had urged Cosimo into the trees, was still working now inside him unsatisfied, making him long for a more intimate link, a relationship which would bind him to each leaf and twig and feather and flutter.

Italo Calvino

We'll make an army in the trees and bring the earth and the people on it to their senses.

Maurice Sendak

. . .from their earliest years children live on familiar terms with disrupting emotions, fear and anxiety are an intrinsic part of their everyday lives, they continually cope with frustrations as best they can. And it is through fantasy that children achieve catharsis. It is the best means they have for taming Wild Things.

Neil Gaiman

It is good for children to find themselves facing the elements of a fairy tale - they are well-equipped to deal with these

Brian Jacques

Was it magic? Of course it was.

Pat Conroy

These are the quicksilver moments of my childhood I cannot remember entirely. Irresistible and emblematic, I can recall them only in fragments and shivers of the heart.

Harley King

I climb aboard my tricycle and pedal my heart to the stars.

Margery Williams

When a child loves you for a long, long time, not just to play with, but REALLY loves you, then you become Real.

Dan Simmons

What, after all, is more real to us than the geography of our childhoods?

Brielle A. Marino

That’s the trouble with memories: everything seems much more fantastical with a childhood lens to filter out the limitations of reality.

Karen Harrington

There's the parent you want and the parent you have.

Kim Stanley Robinson

You can't choose your childhood, it's just what happens to you. But after that you choose. And that's really what (makes you).

Patrick Harpur

What you knew in your childhood is true; the Otherworld of magic and enchantment is real, sometimes terribly real - and certainly more real than the factual reality which our culture has built up, brick by brick, to shut out colour and light and prevent us from flying.

Orson Scott Card

While you're governing the colony and I'm writing political philosophy, They'll never guess that in the darkness of night we sneak into each other's room and play checkers and have pillow fights.

Alice Miller

Without realizing that the past is constantly determining their present actions, they avoid learning anything about their history. They continue to live in their repressed childhood situation, ignoring the fact that is no longer exists, continuing to fear and avoid dangers that, although once real, have not been real for a long time.

C. JoyBell C.

And that's when I heard the whisper in my heart's ear: "It's not about your childhood. It's about who you are!

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