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

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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.

— L.R. Knost, Two Thousand Kisses a Day: Gentle Parenting Through the Ages and Stages

Parenting has nothing to do with perfection. Perfection isn’t even the goal, not for us, not for our children. Learning together to live well in an imperfect world, loving each other despite or even because of our imperfections, and growing as humans while we grow our little humans, those are the goals of gentle parenting. So don’t ask yourself at the end of the day if you did everything right. Ask yourself what you learned and how well you loved, then grow from your answer. That is perfect parenting.

— L.R. Knost, The Gentle Parent: Positive, Practical, Effective Discipline

Discipline is helping a child solve a problem. Punishment is making a child suffer for having a problem. To raise problem solvers, focus on solutions, not retribution.

— L.R. Knost

Want to help stop the bullying epidemic? Don’t act like a bully. Don’t hit, threaten, ignore, isolate, intimidate, ridicule, or manipulate your child. Children really do learn what they live…

— L.R. Knost, The Gentle Parent: Positive, Practical, Effective Discipline

Parents, choose your words wisely, carefully, thoughtfully. In the same way that violence begets violence and anger begets anger, kindness begets kindness and peace begets peace. Sow words of peace, words that build, words that show respect and belief and support.

— L.R. Knost, Whispers Through Time: Communication Through the Ages and Stages of Childhood

All of our ancestors give us the precious gift of life. Do we use it wisely? Do we use it well? Do we make a name for ourselves and for our children of which we can be proud?

— Laurence Overmire

It is paradoxical that many educators and parents still differentiate between a time for learning and a time for play without seeing the vital connection between them.

— Leo F. Buscaglia

The character and history of each child may be a new and poetic experience to the parent, if he will let it.

— Margaret Fuller

One test of the correctness of educational procedure is the happiness of the child.

— Maria Montessori

Play is the work of the child.

— Maria Montessori

If you as parents cut corners, your children will too. If you lie, they will too. If you spend all your money on yourselves and tithe no portion of it for charities, colleges, churches, synagogues, and civic causes, your children won’t either. And if parents snicker at racial and gender jokes, another generation will pass on the poison adults still have not had the courage to snuff out.

— Marian Wright Edelman

Parents forgive their children least readily for the faults they themselves instilled in them

— Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach

When I was a boy of fourteen, my father was so ignorant I could hardly stand to have the old man around. But when I got to be twenty-one, I was astonished at how much the old man had learned in seven years.

— Mark Twain, attributed in error

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

— Maya Angelou

It should be noted that children at play are not playing about; their games should be seen as their most serious-minded activity.

— Michel de Montaigne

Since philosophy is the art which teaches us how to live, and since children need to learn it as much as we do at other ages, why do we not instruct them in it?

— Michel de Montaigne

But in truth I know nothing about the philosophy of education except this: that the greatest and the most important difficulty known to human learning seems to lie in that area which treats how to bring up children and how to educate them.

— Michel de Montaigne

No fathers or mothers think their own children ugly; and this self-deceit is yet stronger with respect to the offspring of the mind.

— Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra

Child who does not play is not a child, but the man who does not play has lost forever the child who lived within him and who he will miss terribly.

— Pablo Neruda

All children are artists. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up.

— Pablo Picasso

Bitter are the tears of a child: Sweeten them.
Deep are the thoughts of a child: Quiet them.
Sharp is the grief of a child: Take it from him.
Soft is the heart of a child: Do not harden it.

— Pamela Glenconner

I love people. I love my family, my children . . . but inside myself is a place where I live all alone and that’s where you renew your springs that never dry up.

— Pearl S. Buck

The belief that young people are incapable of making reasonable decisions is a cornerstone of our system of compulsory, closely monitored education.

— Peter O. Gray, Free to Learn

A child of today can detect a lie quicker than the wisest adult of two decades ago. When I want to know what is true, I ask my children.

— Philip K. Dick

I want my children to have all the things I couldn’t afford. Then I want to move in with them.

— Phyllis Diller

Do not train a child to learn by force or harshness; but direct them to it by what amuses their minds, so that you may be better able to discover with accuracy the peculiar bent of the genius of each.

— Plato

If a child is to keep alive his inborn sense of wonder, he needs the companionship of at least one adult who can share it, rediscovering with him the joy, excitement and mystery of the world we live in.

— Rachel Carson

I sincerely believe that for the child, and for the parent seeking to guide him, it is not half so important to know as to feel. If facts are the seeds that later produce knowledge and wisdom, then the emotions and the impressions of the senses are the fertile soil in which the seeds must grow. The years of early childhood are the time to prepare the soil. Once the emotions have been aroused — a sense of the beautiful, the excitement of the new and the unknown, a feeling of sympathy, pity, admiration or love — then we wish for knowledge about the subject of our emotional response. Once found, it has lasting meaning. It is more important to pave the way for the child to want to know than to put him on a diet of facts he is not ready to assimilate.

— Rachel Carson

If I had influence with the good fairy who is supposed to preside over the christening of all children, I should ask that her gift to each child in the world be a sense of wonder so indestructible that it would last throughout life.

— Rachel Carson

I shouldn’t have to defend play for children any more than I should have to defend their eating, sleeping, and breathing.

— Rae Pica

The sun illuminates only the eye of the man, but shines into the eye and the heart of the child.

— Ralph Waldo Emerson

Respect the child. Wait and see the new product of Nature. Nature loves analogies, but not repetitions. Respect the child. Be not too much his parent. Trespass not on his solitude.

— Ralph Waldo Emerson

There never was a child so lovely, but his mother was glad to get him asleep.

— Ralph Waldo Emerson

Some of us teach ourselves and our children to love the superficial outer; our looks, hair, skin, clothes rather than the greater beauty that resides within whereas it is that inner beauty that really defines you and who you truly are.

— Rassool Jibraeel Snyman

Every child deserves a champion – an adult who will never give up on them, who understands the power of connection and insists that they become the best that they can possibly be.

— Rita Pierson

The golf links lie so near the mill
That almost every day
The laboring children can look out
And see the men at play.

— Sarah Norcliffe Cleghorn, from “Through the Needle’s Eye,” 1916

The idea that we can enjoy the benefits of society while owing nothing in return is literally infantile. Only children owe nothing.

— Sebastian Junger

The two pillars of a future-proof education: # 1 Teach kids how to lead. # 2 Help them learn to solve interesting problems.

— Seth Godin

It’s frightening to think that you mark your children merely by being yourself. It seems unfair. You can’t assume the responsibility for everything you do — or don’t do.

— Simone de Beauvoir

It is vital that when educating our children’s brains we do not neglect to educate their hearts by nurturing their compassionate nature.

— Tenzin Gyatso, 14th Dalai Lama

People usually consider walking on water or in thin air a miracle. But I think the real miracle is not to walk either on water or in thin air, but to walk on earth. Every day we are engaged in a miracle which we don’t even recognize: a blue sky, white clouds, green leaves, the black, curious eyes of a child — our own two eyes. All is a miracle.

— Thich Nhat Hanh

Family life is full of major and minor crises — the ups and downs of health, success and failure in career, marriage, and divorce — and all kinds of characters. It is tied to places and events and histories. With all of these felt details, life etches itself into memory and personality. It’s difficult to imagine anything more nourishing to the soul.

— Thomas Moore

Prosperity, in any meaningful sense of the term, is about the quality of our lives and relationships, about the reliance of our communities and about our sense of individual and collective meaning […] Prosperity itself – as the Latin roots of the English word reveal – is about hope. Hope for the future, hope for our children, hope for ourselves. An economics of hope remains a task worth engaging in.

— Tim Jackson

When a child walks in the room, your child or anybody else’s child, do your eyes light up? That’s what they’re looking for.

— Toni Morrison

Supporting children to play requires us to remember what life is all about. It’s not about getting from A-Z, but rather dreaming beyond both.

— Vince Gowmon

Mama exhorted her children at every opportunity to ‘jump at de sun.’ We might not land on the sun, but at least we would get off the ground.

— Zora Neale Hurston
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