Quotes for
the Journey:

The Inner Child

The reluctance to put away
childish things may be a
requirement of genius.

Rebecca Pepper Sinkler


A child who does not play is not a child, but the adult who does not play has lost forever the child who lived within.     -Pablo Neruda


No matter how old you get, if you can keep the desire to be creative, you're keeping the child inside alive.    -John Cassavetes

Some things can only be understood when you're in a tree house.  With a pile of warm chocolate chip cookies.  And a book.     -Dr. SunWolf
In every real man a child is hidden that wants to play.     -Friedrich Nietzsche
Youth is not a time of life, it is a state of mind.  You are as old as your doubt, your fear, your despair.  The way to keep young is to keep your faith young.  Keep your self-confidence young.  Keep your hope young.     -Luella F. Phean
Everybody's 12 years old in an apple orchard.     -Rachael Ray
Some day you will be old enough to start reading fairy tales again.     -C.S. Lewis
To speak truly, few adult persons can see nature. Most persons do not see the sun. At least they have a very superficial seeing.  The sun illuminates only the eye of the man, but shines into the eye and heart of the child. The lover of nature is he whose inward and outward senses are still truly adjusted to each other; who has retained the spirit of infancy even into the era of manhood.
-Ralph Waldo Emerson

Caring for your inner child has a powerful and surprisingly quick result: Do it and the child heals.     -Martha Beck
Maybe we should develop a Crayola bomb as our next secret weapon. A happiness weapon. A beauty bomb. And every time a crisis developed, we would launch one. It would explode high in the air--explode softly--and send thousands, millions, of little parachutes into the air. Floating down to earth - boxes of Crayolas. And we wouldn't go cheap, either--not little boxes of eight. Boxes of sixty-four, with the sharpener built right in. With silver and gold and copper, magenta and peach and lime, amber and umber and all the rest. And people would smile and get a little funny look on their faces and cover the world with imagination.     -Robert Fulghum
Our inner child is still in there somewhere, aching to be let loose from all the layers we’ve piled on over the years.  Why not break him/her out for the day or even a moment?  Be playful.  Blow some bubbles.  Skip around the block.  Feel the freedom.  Take fearlessness out for a test run.  Let yourself have some fun.     -Lynn Hasselberger
O men, grown sick with toil and care,
Leave for awhile the crowded mart;
O women, sinking with despair,
Weary of limb and faint of heart,
Forget your years to-day and come
As children back to childhood's house.

Phoebe Cary
Think what a better world it would be if we all, the whole world, had cookies and milk about three o'clock every afternoon and then lay down on our blankets for a nap.     -Barbara Jordan
A friend and I were walking recently in the park.  We stopped to sit and chat on a bench overlooking the children's swings and playground equipment.  As we relaxed, enjoying the warm sunlight and the sounds of children's happy laughter, a man in his "latter years" came walking spryly along, swinging an umbrella, wearing a baseball cap and a bright red cardigan over his khaki pants and red and white plaid shirt.  He smiled a greeting at us and proceeded directly to a nearby swing set.  Laying his umbrella on the ground, he settled himself into one of the swings and vigorously, with great joy, exercised his inner and outer child!  His image and actions held me transfixed for a moment.

Shortly, the man stopped swinging, picked up his umbrella, and started up the path toward where my friend and I sat.  As he came abreast of our bench, he paused, smiled, and said that he came to the park every day, swung exactly fifty times in the swing, and continued his walk.  This man glowed with the fullness of life.  His eyes sparkled with the joy of living, and he had no knowledge of the gift he gave to us that day.  His simple, childlike exuberance and enthusiasm for life touched me deeply.  I have thought of him many times since that incident, and his joy touches my soul.  He must be quite a remarkable presence in this world, bringing joy where he goes, and his age is clearly of no concern to him.  He has the joy of spirit!

related by John Marks Templeton

Grown-ups never understand anything for themselves, and it is tiresome for children to be always and forever explaining things to them.     -Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, The Little Prince
Happy are they who still love something they loved in the nursery:   They have not been broken in two by time; they are not two persons, but one, and they have saved not only their souls but their lives.     -G.K. Chesterton
The most sophisticated people I know--inside they are all children.     -Jim Henson
After a while the middle-aged person who lives in her head begins to talk to her soul, the kid.     -Anne Lamott
Let us liberate ourselves from any form of control. Let us focus at the inner drum, where the rhythm aligns with that of our heart.  The measure of responsibility, equals to the need for evolution.  Just listen, the inner child, let it whisper in your ear.     -Grigoris Deoudis
I am often accused of being childish.  I prefer to interpret that as child-like.  I still get wildly enthusiastic about little things.  I tend to exaggerate and fantasize and embellish.  I still listen to instinctual urges.  I play with leaves.  I skip down the street and run against the wind.  I never water my garden without soaking myself.  It has been after such times of joy that I have achieved my greatest creativity and produced my best work.     -Leo Buscaglia
When the heart speaks, the mind finds it indecent to object.     -Milan Kundera, The Unbearable Lightness of Being
There is within each of us a child.  A child who, to one degree or another, did not receive the parenting he or she wanted.  There was not enough love or care or support.

We keep looking for someone to be the good parent, someone to count on.  We demand that our own parents change and apologize for their mistakes or inadequacies.  They often become defensive and refuse; they didn't have a "total" parent, either.

There is only one way to get superb parenting of the child who will always be within you.  Only one person truly knows what that child wants.  Only one person will, or can, love and nurture that child to the point of peace and joy.  Only one person can be the good mother, father, brother, sister.  You are your best parent and friend.

Accept, love, and care for the child within you.

Joan Chittister

In my soul, I am still that small child who did not care about anything else but the beautiful colors of a rainbow.
-Papiha Ghosh
The real you is still a little child who never grew up.  Sometimes that little child comes out when you are having fun or playing, when you feel happy, when you are painting, or writing poetry, or playing the piano, or expressing yourself in some way.  These are the happiest moments of your life--when the real you comes out, when you don't care about the past and you don't worry about the future.  You are childlike.     -Don Miguel Ruiz, The Four Agreements
We must remain as close to the flowers, the grass, and the butterflies as the child is who is not yet so much taller than they are.  We adults, on the other hand, have outgrown them and have to lower ourselves to stoop down to them.  It seems to me that the grass hates us when we confess our love for it.  Whoever would partake of all good things must understand how to be small at times.     -Friedrich Nietzsche


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