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Children have never been very good at listening to their elders, but they have never failed to imitate them. James Baldwin

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Of all the needs (there are none imaginary) a lonely child has, the one that must be satisfied, if there is going to be hope and a hope of wholeness, is the unshaken need for an unshakable God. Maya Angelou

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It goes without saying that you should never have more children than you have car windows. Erma Bombeck

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Your children will see what you're all about by what you live rather than what you say. Wayne Dyer

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Foolishness is bound in the heart of a child; but the rod of correction shall drive it far from him. -- Proverbs 22:15

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Even a minor event in the life of a child is an event of that child's world and thus a world event. Gaston Bachelard

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There is a sanctity involved with bringing a child into this world: it is better than bombing one out of it. James Baldwin

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As much as I converse with sages and heroes, they have very little of my love and admiration. I long for rural and domestic scene, for the warbling of birds and the prattling of my children John Adams

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The countenances of children, like those of animals, are masks, not faces, for they have not yet developed a significant profile of their own. W. H. Auden

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Never lend your car to anyone to whom you have given birth. Erma Bombeck

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Discipline is a symbol of caring to a child. He needs guidance. If there is love, there is no such thing as being too tough with a child. A parent must also not be afraid to hang himself. If you have never been hated by your child, you have never been a parent. Bette Davis

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But the child's sob curses deeper in the silence than the strong man in his wrath! Elizabeth Barrett Browning

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Wen I was a child, I spoke as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man I put away my childish things. -- I Corinthians

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It takes three to make a child. E. E. Cummings

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Even though your kids will consistently do the exact opposite of what you're telling them to do, you have to keep loving them just as much. Bill Cosby

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What is a neglected child? He is a child not planned for, not wanted. Neglect begins, therefore, before he is born. Pearl S. Buck

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Children's talent to endure stems from their ignorance of alternatives. Maya Angelou

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There never was a child so lovely, but his mother was glad to get him asleep. Ralph Waldo Emerson

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A child is not a salmon mousse. A child is a temporarily disabled and stunted version of a larger person, whom you will someday know. Your job is to help them overcome the disabilities associated with their size and inexperience so that they get on with being that larger person. Barbara Ehrenreich

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The finest inheritance you can give to a child is to allow it to make its own way, completely on its own feet. Isadora Duncan

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A rich child often sits in a poor mothers lap.

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Many children, many cares; no children, no felicity. Christian Nevell Bovee

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It were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and he cast into the sea, than that he should offend one of these little ones. -- Luke 17:2

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If children grew up according to early indications, we should have nothing but geniuses. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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Children enjoy the present because they have neither a past nor a future. Jean de La Bruyère

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Who is not attracted by bright and pleasant children, to prattle, to creep, and to play with them? Epictetus

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There is no finer investment for any community than putting milk into babies. Winston Churchill

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A torn jacket is soon mended; but hard words bruise the heart of a child. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

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To be ignorant of what occurred before you were born is to remain always a child. Cicero

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Adults find pleasure in deceiving a child. They consider it necessary, but they also enjoy it. The children very quickly figure it out and then practice deception themselves. Elias Canetti

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It is not a bad thing that children should occasionally, and politely, put parents in their place. Colette

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Kids are wonderful, but I like mine barbecued. Bob Hope

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Your children need your presence more than your presents. Jesse Jackson

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My mother loved children -- she would have given anything if I had been one. Groucho Marx

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Children are unpredictable. You never know what inconsistency they're going to catch you in next. Franklin P. Jones

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You can learn many things from children. How much patience you have, for instance. Franklin P. Jones

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Our children will not survive our habits of thinking, our failures of the spirit, our wreck of the universe into which we bring new life as blithely as we do. Mostly, our children will resemble our own misery and spite and anger, because we give them no choice about it. In the name of motherhood and fatherhood and education and good manners, we threaten and suffocate and bind and ensnare and bribe and trick children into wholesale emulation of our ways. June Jordan

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I have found the best way to give advice to your children is to find out what they want and then advise them to do it. Harry S. Truman

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If you raise your children to feel that they can accomplish any goal or task they decide upon, you will have succeeded as a parent and you will have given your children the greatest of all blessings. Brian Tracy

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Children suck the mother when they are young and the father when they are old.

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Children are our most valuable natural resource. Herbert Hoover

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A child's education should begin at least one hundred years before he is born.

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Hugs can do great amounts of good -- especially for children. Diana, Princess of Wales

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Ignorance... is a painless evil; so, I should think, is dirt, considering the merry faces that go along with it. George Eliot

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Children always turn to the light. David Hare

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The child with his sweet pranks, the fool of his senses, commanded by every sight and sound, without any power to compare and rank his sensations, abandoned to a whistle or a painted chip, to a lead dragoon, or a gingerbread dog, individualizing everything, generalizing nothing, delighted with every new thing, lies down at night overpowered by the fatigue, which this day of continual pretty madness has incurred. But Nature has answered her purpose with the curly, dimpled lunatic. She has tasked every faculty, and has secured the symmetrical growth of the bodily frame, by all these attitudes and exertions --an end of the first importance, which could not be trusted to any care less perfect than her own. Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Let the child's first lesson be obedience, and the second will be what thou wilt. Benjamin Franklin

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Children are excellent observers, and will often perceive your slightest defects. In general, those who govern children, forgive nothing in them, but everything in themselves. François Fénelon

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So long as little children are allowed to suffer, there is no true love in this world. Isadora Duncan

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Children need models rather than critics. Joseph Joubert