Quotes of Childhood

“ Childhood has no forebodings, but then, it is soothed by no memories of outlived sorrow. ”

- George Eliot

“ My father was a farmer and my mother was a farmer, but, my childhood was very good. I am very grateful for my childhood, because it was full of gladness and good humanity. ”

- Roberto Benigni

“ The childhood shows the man, as morning shows the day. ”

- John Milton

“ The four stages of man are infancy, childhood, adolescence and obsolescence. ”

- Art Linkletter

“ Childhood occupies the biggest part of your brain, so a lot of my memories subconsciously enter the videos I do. ”

- Michel Gondry

“ Better to be driven out from among men than to be disliked of children. ”

- Richard H. Dana

“ A little curly-headed, good-for-nothing, And mischief-making monkey from his birth. ”

- Lord Byron

“ Teach your child to hold his tongue; he'll learn fast enough to speak. ”

- Benjamin Franklin

“ When childhood dies, its corpses are called adults and they enter society, one of the politer names of hell. That is why we dread children, even if we love them, they show us the state of our decay. ”

- Brian Aldiss

“ Childhood is a short season. ”

- Helen Hayes

“ It is utterly false and cruelly arbitrary to put all the play and learning into childhood, all the work into middle age, and all the regrets into old age. ”

- Margaret Mead

“ There are three terrible ages of childhood - 1 to 10, 10 to 20, and 20 to 30. ”

- Cleveland Amory

“ People who get nostalgic about childhood were obviously never children. ”

- Bill Watterson

“ A happy childhood can't be cured. Mine'll hang around my neck like a rainbow, that's all, instead of a noose. ”

- Hortense Calisher

“ Life is the childhood of our immortality. ”

- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

“ Our hearts grow tender with childhood memories and love of kindred, and we are better throughout the year for having, in spirit, become a child again at Christmas-time. ”

- Laura Ingalls Wilder

“ A happy childhood... is the worst possible preparation for life. ”

- Kinky Friedman

“ But childhood prolonged, cannot remain a fairyland. It becomes a hell. ”

- Louise Bogan

“ Childhood is the kingdom where nobody dies. Nobody that matters, that is. ”

- Edna St. Vincent Millay

“ Communists are people who fancied that they had an unhappy childhood. ”

- Gertrude Stein

“ I am convinced that, except in a few extraordinary cases, one form or another of an unhappy childhood is essential to the formation of exceptional gifts. ”

- Thornton Wilder

“ I cannot think of any need in childhood as strong as the need for a father's protection. ”

- Sigmund Freud

“ If you carry your childhood with you, you never become older. ”

- Abraham Sutzkever

“ Let a man turn to his own childhood — no further — if he will renew his sense of remoteness, and of the mystery of change. ”

- Alice Meynell

“ Men's second childhood begins when a woman gets a hold of him. ”

- James M. Barrie

“ Since my earliest childhood a barb of sorrow has lodged in my heart. As long as it stays I am ironic — if it is pulled out I shall die. ”

- Soren Kierkegaard

“ That great Cathedral space which was childhood. ”

- Virginia Woolf

“ There are perhaps no days of our childhood we lived so fully as those we spent with a favorite book. ”

- Marcel Proust

“ I am a citizen of the world, and I have met, in my time, with so many different sorts of virtue, that I am puzzled, in my old age, to say which is the right sort and which is the wrong. ”

- Wilkie Collins

“ Nothing is more memorable than a smell. One scent can be unexpected, momentary and fleeting, yet conjure up a childhood summer beside a lake in the mountains. ”

- Diane Ackerman
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