A son is your son until he takes him a wife. A daughter is your daughter for the rest of your life.
At every step the child should be allowed to meet the real experience of life; the thorns should never be plucked from the roses.
When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things.
If you have never been hated by a child, you have never been a parent.
The intimation never wholly deserts us that there is, in the unformed activities of childhood and youth, the possibilities of a better life for the community as well as for individuals here and there. This dim sense is the ground of our abiding idealization of childhood.
If we had paid no more attention to our plants than we have to our children, we would now be living in a jungle of weed.
Children feel the whiteness of the lily with a graphic and passionate clearness which we cannot give them at all. The only thing we can give them is information – the information that if you break the lily in two it won’t grow again.
A child’s life is like a piece of paper on which every passerby leaves a mark.
The easy way to teach children the value of money is to borrow from them.
We are the buffoons of our children.