When we build let it not be for present delights nor for present use alone. Let it be such work as our descendants will thank us for, and let us think that a time is to come when these stones will be held sacred because our hands have touched them, and that men will say
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.
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.
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.
Children have never been very good at listening to their elders, but they have never failed to imitate them.