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Quotes for
the Journey:

Children


  

When they tell you to grow up,
they mean stop growing.

Tom Robbins

   

It is only by introducing the young to great literature, drama and music,
and to the excitement of great science that we open to them the
possibilities that lie within the human spirit--enable them to see visions and dream dreams.       -Eric Anderson

   

And then I thought: what fools we are with our children--always plotting what we shall make of them, always planning for a future that never comes, always intent on what they may be, never accepting what they are.       -Howard Vincent O'Brien

   

I must take issue with the term "a mere child," for it has been my invariable experience that the company of a mere child is infinitely preferable to that of a mere adult.       -Fran Lebowitz

   

To carry feelings of childhood into the powers of adulthood, to combine the child's sense of wonder and novelty with the appearances which every day for years has rendered familiar, this is the character and privilege of genius, and one of the marks which distinguish it from talent.       -Samuel Taylor Coleridge

   

The only thing worth stealing is a kiss from a sleeping child.       -Joe Houldsworth

    
Those who help a child help humanity with an immediateness which no other help given to human creature in any other stage of human life can possibly give again.       -Phillips Brooks

What the majority of American children needs is to stop being pampered, stop being indulged, stop being chauffeured, stop being catered to.  In the final analysis, it is not what you do for your children but what you have taught them to do for themselves that will make them successful human beings.        -Ann Landers

   
For the children of the world
Every single little boy and girl
Heaven plants a special seed
And we must have faith for these
Red and yellow, black and white
They are precious in the Father's eyes
Like the Father may we see
That they have a destiny
And give them the light of love to lead
Through the darkness around us now
To a place where hope is found

Sims/Grant/Kirkpatrick
   

Our religion is one which challenges the ordinary human standards by holding that the ideal of life is the spirit of a little child. We tend to glorify adulthood and wisdom and worldly prudence, but the Gospel reverses all this. The Gospel says that the inescapable condition of entrance into the divine fellowship is that we turn and become as a little child. As against our natural judgment we must become tender and full of wonder and unspoiled by the hard skepticism on which we so often pride ourselves. But when we really look into the heart of a child, willful as he or she may be, we are often ashamed.  God has sent children into the world, not only to replenish it, but to serve as sacred reminders of something ineffably precious which we are always in danger of losing.  The sacrament of childhood is thus a continuing revelation.       -Elton Trueblood

   
Love your children with all your hearts, love them enough to discipline them before it is too late. . . Praise them for important things, even if you have to stretch them a bit.  Praise them a lot.  They live on it like bread and butter and they need it more than bread and butter.       -Lavina Christensen Fugal
    

Children are not casual guests in our home.  They have been loaned to us temporarily for the purpose of loving them and instilling a foundation of values on which their future lives will be built.       -James Dobson

   
Every child should know a hill,
And the clean joy of running down its long slope
With the wind in his hair.
He should know a tree--
The comfort of its cool lap of shade,
And the supple strength of its arms
Balancing him between earth and sky
So he is a creature of both.
He should know bits of singing water--
The strange mysteries of its depths,
And the long sweet grasses that border it.
Every child should know some scrap
Of uninterrupted sky, to shout against;
And have one star, dependable and bright,
For wishing on.

Edna Casler Joll
   

Sometimes looking deep into the eyes of a child, you are conscious of meeting a glance full of wisdom.  The child has known nothing yet but love and beauty.  All this piled-up world knowledge you have acquired is unguessed at by her.  And yet you meet this wonderful look that tells you in a moment more than all the years of experience have seemed to teach.        -Hildegarde Hawthorne

    
I love little children, and it is not a slight thing when they, who are fresh from God, love us.        -Charles Dickens
    
The Kingdom of Ideas
Wilferd A. Peterson

To enter the Kingdom of Ideas, become as a little child.

"There is nothing more resembles God's eyes," wrote Nikos Kazantzakis, "than the eyes of a child."

A child has wide-eyed interest in everything.  As God did, he looks upon the world and finds it good.

A child does not block the flow of goodness into her life by thoughts of fear and prejudice. Her mind is as open as are her eyes.  She experiences the wonder of life.

A child is an explorer.  He is curious.  He wants to know what is on the other side of the moon, or the room.  He investigates things to find out what they are and how they work.  He asks questions.  He loves to experiment.

A child lives in the world of fantasy where all great ideas are born.  It was probably a child who first dreamed of flying through the air, hearing voices and music from the sky, penetrating to the ocean depths.  Before the reality comes the dream.

A child has the magic gift of imagination.  She sees things that aren't there.  She creates in her mind the kind of a world she wants to live in.  She visualizes things as she wants them to be.

A child has freshness of response.  To him the world is ever new and full of miracles and adventures.  He reacts spontaneously to the discoveries he makes each day.

A child follows the simple way.  She does not become bogged down in the complex and the obscure.  She is natural, direct and genuine.

A child is confident.  He has not learned all of the reasons why a thing cannot be done.  He ignores obstacles because he does not know they exist.

This we learn from the child:  The more childlike we are in our approach to problems, the more creative we will be.  Try the fresh approach of a child.

   
People with bad consciences always fear the judgment of children.       - Mary McCarthy

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The world was not left to us by our parents; it was lent to us by our children.       -African Proverb
    
To become mature is to recover that sense of seriousness which one had as a child at play.       -Friedrich
Nietzsche
   
We can't form our children on our own concepts; we must take them and love them as God gives them to us.        -Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
   
I advise the young to tell themselves constantly that most often it is up to them alone.      -Andre Gide
   
   
A happy childhood can't be cured.  Mine'll hang around my neck like a rainbow, that's all, instead of a noose.       -Hortense Calisher
   
Children need models more than they need critics.       -Joseph Joubert
   

Your children are not your children.
They are the sons and daughters of Life's longing for itself.
They come through you but not from you,
And though they are with you, yet they belong not to you.
You may give them your love but not your thoughts
For they have their own thoughts.

You may house their bodies but not their souls,
For their souls dwell in the house of tomorrow,
which you cannot visit, not even in your dreams.
You may strive to be like them, but seek not to make them like you.
For life goes not backward nor tarries with yesterday

Khalil Gibran

   
We find delight in the beauty and happiness of children that makes the heart too big for the body.       -Ralph Waldo Emerson
    
Little children are still the symbol of the eternal marriage between love and duty.       -George Eliot
   
Nurse's Song

When the voices of children are heard on the green,
And laughing is heard on the hill,
My heart is at rest within my breast,
And everything else is still.

"Then come home, my children, the sun is gone down,
And the dews of the night arise;
Come, come, leave off play, and let us away
Till the morning appears in the skies."

"No, no, let us play, for it is yet day,
And we cannot go to sleep;
Besides, in the sky the little birds fly,
And the hills are all cover'd with sheep."

"Well, well, go and play till the light fades away,
And then go home to bed."
The little ones leaped and shouted and laughed
And all the hills echoed.

William Blake
   
If it's hard for you to daydream, hang around children and ask them to tell you stories.  They are experts at using their imagination.  Boys and girls freely use fantasy to cope with the pressures of life.  Unfortunately, many of us take ourselves much too seriously and, in the name of maturity and responsibility, work too hard.  Take time for make-believe.  Abandon yourself in play.  I think God gives us an imagination for a reason.  Christ knows the pressures we endure. Perhaps this is one reason He encourages us to "become as little children."        -Jean Lush
   
The spiritual interests of children have a lot to teach us. . . . I have listened to children of eight or nine or ten getting to the heart of the Bible.  I have found in elementary schools a good deal of spiritual curiosity that does not reflect mere indoctrination.       -Robert Coles
   
When my little daughter Margaret was about five years old, I was awakened one morning by the sound of her childish voice in the nursery next to my room.  It was about six o'clock, and she was carrying on a great conversation with herself, interspersed with bubbling laughter.

I went into the nursery and interrupted the monologue by saying:  "Margaret, this is a strange time for you to be talking so noisily to yourself.  You are disturbing everyone who is trying to sleep in this house.  Furthermore," I continued, "it seems to me rather foolish for you to lie there talking to yourself and laughing at your own remarks."

"Oh, Daddy," she said in that tone with which children immemorially have put parents in their proper place, "Oh, Daddy, you don't understand.  I have an awful good time with myself."


Norman Vincent Peale
   
If you want your children to be intelligent, read them fairy tales. If you want them to be more intelligent, read them more fairy tales.     -Albert Einstein
  
Children must be taught how to think, not what to think.     -Margaret Mead
  
We find these joys to be self evident: That all children are created whole, endowed with innate intelligence, with dignity and wonder, worthy of respect. The embodiment of life, liberty and happiness, children are original blessings, here to learn their own song. Every girl and boy is entitled to love, to dream and belong to a loving “village.” And to pursue a life of purpose.
   We affirm our duty to nourish and nurture the young, to honour their caring ideals as the heart of being human. To recognize the early years as the foundation of life, and to cherish the contribution of young children to human evolution.
   We commit ourselves to peaceful ways and vow to keep from harm or neglect these, our most vulnerable citizens. As guardians of their prosperity we honour the bountiful Earth whose diversity sustains us. Thus we pledge our love for generations to come.     -Raffi
  

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