These quotations include wise words about children: being children, being around children, raising children.

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It takes a village to raise a child.

— African proverb

The secret of genius is to carry the spirit of the child into old age, which means never losing your enthusiasm.

— Aldous Huxley

All our institutions, our traditional attitudes, our laws, our morals, our customs, give evidence of the fact that they are determined and maintained by privileged males for the glory of male domination. These institutions reach out into the very nurseries and have a great infl uence upon the child’s soul.

— Alfred Adler, 1927

Good manners are the technique of expressing considerations for the feelings of others.

— Alice Miller

No child should ever be too sad to play.

— Andrew Galasetti

Recently a young mother asked for advice. What, she wanted to know, was she to do with a 7-year-old who was obstreperous, outspoken, and inconveniently willful? ‘Keep her,’ I replied…. The suffragettes refused to be polite in demanding what they wanted or grateful for getting what they deserved. Works for me.

— Anna Quindlen

Too often, I think, children are required to write before they have anything to say. Teach them to think and read and talk with self-repression, and they will write because they cannot help it.

— Anne Sullivan

A child loves his play, not because it’s easy, but because it’s hard.

— Benjamin Spock

It’s always been my feeling that God lends you your children until they’re about eighteen years old. If you haven’t made your points with them by then, it’s too late.

— Betty Ford

If there is anything that 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

Treat the earth well: it was not given to you by your parents, it was loaned to you by your children. We do not inherit the Earth from our Ancestors, we borrow it from our Children.

— Crazy Horse

Beyond all sciences, philosophies, theologies, and histories, a child’s relentless inquiry is truly all it takes to remind us that we don’t know as much as we think we know.

— Criss Jami, Killosophy

The fundamental emotional need of every child is being-with.

— Dragos Bratasanu, Ph.D.

It takes a village to raise a child. It takes a child with autism to raise the consciousness of the village.

— Elaine Hall

Backward, turn backward, O Time, in your flight,
Make me a child again just for to-night!

— Elizabeth Akers Allen, “Rock Me to Sleep” 1860

Children don’t need much advice but they really do need to be listened to and not just with half an ear.

— Emma Thompson

We should teach our children nothing which they shall ever need to unlearn; we should strive to transmit to them the best possessions, the truest thought, the noblest sentiments of the age in which we live.

— Felix Adler

One of the greatest gifts you can give anybody is the gift of your honest self. I also believe that kids can spot a phony a mile away.

— Fred Rogers

Play is often talked about as if it were a relief from serious learning. But for children, play is serious learning.

— Fred Rogers

One of the most important gifts a parent can give a child is the gift of accepting that child’s uniqueness.

— Fred Rogers

Play gives children a chance to practice what they are learning.

— Fred Rogers

When children pretend, they’re using their imaginations to move beyond the bounds of reality. A stick can be a magic wand. A sock can be a puppet. A small child can be a superhero.

— Fred Rogers

We want to raise our children so that they can take a sense of pleasure in both their own heritage and the diversity of others.

— Fred Rogers

You can’t be too careful what you tell a child because you never know what he’ll take hold of and spend the rest of his life remembering you by.

— Frederick Buechner

It’s easier to build strong children than to repair broken men.

— Frederick Douglass

A person’s maturity consists in having found again the seriousness one had as a child, at play.

— Friedrich Nietzsche

How far you go in life depends on your being tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving, and tolerant of the weak and strong. Because some day in life you will have been all of these.

— George Washington Carver

Never advise anyone to go to war or to get married. Write down the advice of him who loves you, though you like it not at present. He that has no children brings them up well.

— Germaine Greer

As astronauts and space travelers children puzzle over the future; as dinosaurs and princesses they unearth the past. As weather reporters and restaurant workers they make sense of reality; as monsters and gremlins they make sense of the unreal.

— Gretchen Owocki

A child of five would understand this. Send someone to fetch a child of five.

— Groucho Marx

Live so that when your children think of fairness, caring, and integrity, they think of you.

— H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

We teach children how to measure and how to weigh. We fail to teach them how to revere, how to sense wonder and awe.

— Harold S. Kushner

I have found the best way to give advice to your children is to find out what they want and then advise them to do it.

— Harry S Truman

Time is a game played beautifully by children.

— Heraclitus, Fragments

Look well to the growing edge! All around us worlds are dying and new worlds are being born; all around us life is dying and life is being born. The fruit ripens on the tree, the roots are silently at work in the darkness of the earth against a time when there shall be new leaves, fresh blossoms, green fruit. Such is the growing edge! It is the extra breath from the exhausted lung, the one more thing to try when all else has failed, the upward reach of life when weariness closes in upon all endeavor. This is the basis of hope in moments of despair, the incentive to carry on when times are out of joint and men have lost their reason, the source of confidence when worlds crash and dreams whiten into ash. The birth of the child — life’s most dramatic answer to death — this is the growing edge incarnate. Look well to the growing edge!

— Howard Thurman

The children are always ours, every single one of them, all over the globe; and I am beginning to suspect that whoever is incapable of recognizing this may be incapable of morality.

— James Baldwin

For nothing is fixed, forever and forever and forever, it is not fixed; the earth is always shifting, the light is always changing, the sea does not cease to grind down rock. Generations do not cease to be born, and we are responsible to them because we are the only witnesses they have. The sea rises, the light fails, lovers cling to each other, and children cling to us. The moment we cease to hold each other, the sea engulfs us and the light goes out.

— James Baldwin

It is doubtless only during a time of war that the men and women of Chicago could tolerate whipping for children in our city prison, and it is only during such a time that the introduction in the legislature of a bill for the re-establishment of the whipping post could be possible. National events determine our ideals, as much as our ideals determine national events.

— Jane Addams

America’s future will be determined by the home and the school. The child becomes largely what he is taught; hence we must watch what we teach, and how we live.

— Jane Addams

Where did we ever get the crazy idea that in order to make children do better, first we have to make them feel worse? Think of the last time you felt humiliated or treated unfairly. Did you feel like cooperating or doing better?

— Jane Nelson

Give kids the space to learn and grow.

— Jessica Joelle Alexander, The Danish Way of Parenting

I must study Politicks and War that my sons may have liberty to study Mathematicks and Philosophy. My sons ought to study Mathematicks and Philosophy, Geography, natural History, Naval Architecture, navigation, Commerce and Agriculture, in order to give their Children a right to study Painting, Poetry, Musick, Architecture, Statuary, Tapestry, and Porcelaine.

— John Adams, letter to Abigail Adams, 1780

Let children walk with Nature, let them see the beautiful blendings and communions of death and life, their joyous inseparable unity, as taught in woods and meadows, plains and mountains and streams of our blessed star, and they will learn that death is stingless indeed, and as beautiful as life.

— John Muir

Give a little love to a child, and you get a great deal back.

— John Ruskin

The real magic wand is the child’s own mind.

— José Ortega y Gasset

Patriotism is not so much protecting the land of our fathers as preserving the land of our children.

— José Ortega y Gasset

Keep me away from the wisdom which does not cry, the philosophy which does not laugh and the greatness which does not bow before children.

— Kahlil Gibran

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

— Kay Redfield Jamison

No matter what parents do, kids retain their uniqueness.

— Kirstie Alley

It is time for a return to childhood, to simplicity, to running and climbing and laughing in the sunshine, to experiencing happiness instead of being trained for a lifetime of pursuing happiness. It is time to let children be children again.

— L. R. Knost
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