"You may strive to be like them, but seek not to make them like you.
For Life goes not backward nor tarries with yesterday.
You are the bows from which your children, as living arrows, are sent forth."
– Kahlil Gibran
The Prophet, 1923
"How is it that little children are so intelligent and men so stupid? It must be education that does it."
– Alexandre Dumas
"Children sweeten labours, but they make misfortunes more bitter. They increase the cares of life, but they mitigate the remembrance of death."
– Francis Bacon
"By trying to make things easier for their children parents can make things much harder for them."
– Mardy Grothe
psychologist and author
"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 Buscaglia
The First Step
"How many thousands of miles away from me
Lives my childhood wife?
She is on the Pacific Ocean, I am on the Atlantic Ocean.
We are a whole country apart,
But we will be together again, sometime, in some year.
And even though we are so very, very far apart,
We will stay married to each other.
I will be friends with other girls, and
She will be friends with other boys.
That is important for children.
But I just hope that she is not picking up a shoe with another boy.
Picking up a shoe is the very first step
In "tying the knot" you know."
– Mattie J.T. Stepanek
"If you can keep your head when all about you
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you;
If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,
But make allowance for their doubting too;
If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
Or, being lied about, don't deal in lies,
Or, being hated, don't give way to hating,
And yet don't look too good, nor talk too wise;
If you can dream — and not make dreams your master;
If you can think — and not make thoughts your aim;
If you can meet with triumph and disaster
And treat those two imposters just the same;
If you can bear to hear the truth you've spoken
Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
Or watch the things you gave your life to broken,
And stoop and build 'em up with wornout tools;
If you can make one heap of all your winnings
And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
And lose, and start again at your beginnings
And never breathe a word about your loss;
If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
To serve your turn long after they are gone,
And so hold on when there is nothing in you
Except the Will which says to them: "Hold on!";
If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,
Or walk with kings — nor lose the common touch;
If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you;
If all men count with you, but none too much;
If you can fill the unforgiving minute
With sixty seconds' worth of distance run —
Yours is the Earth and everything that's in it,
And — which is more — you'll be a Man my son!"
– Rudyard Kipling
"Let early education be a sort of amusement, you will then better be able to find out the natural bent of the child."
"The best inheritance a parent can give to his children is a few minutes of their time each day."
"Parents can tell but never teach, unless they practice what they preach."
– Arnold Glasow
"What a child doesn't receive he can seldom later give."
– P.D. James
"Your children need your presence more than your presents."
– Jesse Jackson
clergyman and civil rights leader
"The most important thing a father can do for his children is to love their mother."
– Theodore M. Hesburgh
"If you want your children to turn out well, spend twice as much time with them, and half as much money."
– Abigail Van Buren
"Children today are tyrants.They contradict their parents, gobble their food, and tyrannize their teachers."
"Too many parents make life hard for their children by trying, too zealously, to make it easy for them."
– Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
poet, dramatist, novelist, and philosopher
"It sometimes happens, even in the best of families, that a baby is born. This is not necessarily cause for alarm. The important thing is to keep your wits about you and borrow some money."
– Elinor Goulding Smith
"… that's the wonderful thing about babies. They love you."
– Marilyn French
"There is only one pretty child in the world, and every mother has it."
– Chinese Proverb
"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
"The mother's heart is the child's schoolroom."
– Henry Ward Beecher
'The best way to keep children home is to make the home atmosphere pleasant—and to let the air out of the tires."
"The bravest battle that ever was fought
Shall I tell you where and when?
On the maps of the world you will find it not
It was fought by the mothers of men."
– Joaquin Miller
"A mother is the truest friend we have, when trials, heavy and sudden, fall upon us; when adversity takes the place of prosperity; when friends who rejoice with us in our sunshine, desert us; when troubles thicken around us, still will she cling to us, and endeavor by her kind precepts and counsels to dissipate the clouds of darkness, and cause peace to return to our hearts."
"If you bungle raising your children, I don't think whatever else you do well matters very much."
– Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis
American first lady
"Your children are always your "babies" even if they have gray hair."
– Janet Leigh
"All kids are gifted; some just open their packages earlier than others."
– Michael Carr