Quotes About Childhood
1. Growing apart doesn’t change the fact that for a long time we grew side by side; our roots will always be tangled. I’m glad for that.
2. Adults are just obsolete children and the hell with them.
3. Literature is a textually transmitted disease, normally contracted in childhood.
4. When we are children we seldom think of the future. This innocence leaves us free to enjoy ourselves as few adults can. The day we fret about the future is the day we leave our childhood behind.
5. If only she could be so oblivious again, to feel such love without knowing it, mistaking it for laughter.
6. Kids don’t remember what you try to teach them. They remember what you are.
7. Men do not quit playing because they grow old; they grow old because they quit playing.
8. 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
9. As a child I felt myself to be alone, and I am still, because I know things and must hint at things which others apparently know nothing of, and for the most part do not want to know.
10. It’s never too late to have a happy childhood.
11. The mind, placed before any kind of difficulty, can find an ideal outlet in the absurd. Accommodation to the absurd readmits adults to the mysterious realm inhabited by children.
12. Grown ups are complicated creatures, full of quirks and secrets.
13. Don’t you find it odd,” she continued, “that when you’re a kid, everyone, all the world, encourages you to follow your dreams. But when you’re older, somehow they act offended if you even try.
14. For in every adult there dwells the child that was, and in every child there lies the adult that will be.
15. Summer will end soon enough, and childhood as well.
16. Anybody who has survived his childhood has enough information about life to last him the rest of his days.
17. We cannot always build the future for our youth, but we can build our youth for the future.
18. In a child’s eyes, a mother is a goddess. She can be glorious or terrible, benevolent or filled with wrath, but she commands love either way. I am convinced that this is the greatest power in the universe.
19. and when all the wars are over, a butterfly will still be beautiful.
20. Because never in my entire childhood did I feel like a child. I felt like a person all along―the same person that I am today.
21. Gym should be illegal. It’s humiliating.
22. Childhood is not from birth to a certain age and at a certain age. The child is grown, and puts away childish things. Childhood is the kingdom where nobody dies.
23. I wept because I was re-experiencing the enthusiasm of my childhood; I was once again a child, and nothing in the world could cause me harm.
24. Childhood should be carefree, playing in the sun; not living a nightmare in the darkness of the soul.
25. Think for a minute, darling: in fairy tales it’s always the children who have the fine adventures. The mothers have to stay at home and wait for the children to fly in the window.
26. You can’t love your mother or father if you don’t also have the capacity to grieve their deaths and, perhaps even more so, grieve parts of their lives.
27. I think all of us are always five years old in the presence and absence of our parents.
28. Grown up, and that is a terribly hard thing to do. It is much easier to skip it and go from one childhood to another.
29. Play is the highest form of research.
30. 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.
31. I know I was writing stories when I was five. I don’t remember what I did before that. Just loafed, I suppose.
32. After all, who isn’t a survivor from the wreck of childhood?
33. On these magic shores children at play are for ever beaching their coracles. We too have been there; we can still hear the sound of the surf, though we shall land no more.
34. 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.
35. 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.
.36. Did you know that childhood is the only time in our lives when insanity is not only permitted to us, but expected?
37. You can go other places, all right – you can live on the other side of the world, but you can’t ever leave home
38. I cannot for the life of me understand why small children take so long to grow up. I think they do it deliberately, just to annoy me.
39. All of us are products of our childhood.
40. Everything is ceremony in the wild garden of childhood.
41. You cannot predict the outcome of human development. All you can do is like a farmer create the conditions under which it will begin to flourish.
42. Sunsets, like childhood, are viewed with wonder not just because they are beautiful but because they are fleeting.
43. Kids believe in Santa; adults believe in childhood.
44. It will be the kiss by which all others in your life will be judged… and found wanting.
45. Later, when you’re grown up, you realize you never really get to hang out with your family. You pretty much have only eighteen years to spend with them full time, and that’s it.
46. Nonsense. Young boys should never be sent to bed. They always wake up a day older, and then before you know it, they’re grown.
47. My dad had limitations. That’s what my good-hearted mom always told us. He had limitations, but he meant no harm. It was kind of her to say, but he did do harm.
48. Your pants didn’t get smaller, Mommy,” I assured her. “Your butt got bigger.
49. The smells of Christmas are the smells of childhood
50. So was I once myself a swinger of birches. And so I dream of going back to be.
51. The woods were my Ritalin. Nature calmed me, focused me, and yet excited my senses.
52. Children are not a zoo of entertainingly exotic creatures, but an array of mirrors in which the human predicament leaps out at us.
53. People with great passions, people who accomplish great deeds, people who possess strong feelings, even people with great minds and a strong personality, rarely come out of good little boys and girls.
54. This was me before I knew about anything hard, when my whole life was packed lunches and art projects and spelling quizzes.
55. When you become a teenager, you step onto a bridge. You may already be on it. The opposite shore is adulthood. Childhood lies behind. The bridge is made of wood. As you cross, it burns behind you
56. I was a hip kid. When I saw Bambi it was the midnight show.
57. Running in the wind, in the pollen and dust, a flower in flight
58. The ground was silvery, as if some stars had fallen there.
59. My mother would say, ‘Why are you always playing alone?’ And I would say, ‘I’m not playin’, Ma. I’m fuckin’ serious!
60. We grew up learning to cheer on the underdog because we see ourselves in them.