65+ Quotes on Children and Parenting

Charles Darwin Quote: How paramount the future is to the present when one is surrounded by children.

How paramount the future is to the present when one is surrounded by children.

Charles Darwin

A child is a curly, dimpled lunatic.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

A two-year old is kind of like having a blender, but you don’t have a top for it.

Jerry Seinfeld

While we try to teach our children all about life, our children teach us what life is all about.

Angela Schwindt

Children are remarkable for their intelligence and ardour, for their curiosity, their intolerance of shams, the clarity and ruthlessness of their vision.

Aldous Huxley

A child, like your stomach, doesn’t need all you can afford to give it.

Frank A. Clark

Children have to be educated, but they have also to be left to educate themselves.

Ernest Dimnet

Children Quote (Carl Jung): Children are educated by what the grown-up is and not by his talk.

Children are educated by what the grown-up is and not by his talk.

Carl Jung

Children are completely egoistic; they feel their needs intensely and strive ruthlessly to satisfy them.

Sigmund Freud

Children are natural Zen masters; their world is brand new in each and every moment.

John Bradshaw

If you can give your son or daughter only one gift, let it be enthusiasm.

Bruce Barton

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

Franklin P. Jones

Children need models more than they need critics.

Joseph Joubert

Children Quote (Juvenal): Be gentle with the young.

Be gentle with the young.


Level with your child by being honest. Nobody spots a phony quicker than a child.

Mary MacCracken

Allow children to be happy in their own way, for what better way will they find?

Samuel Johnson

When I approach a child He inspires in me two sentiments: Tenderness for what he is, And respect for what he may become.

Benjamin Spock

Children are the hands by which we take hold of heaven.

Henry Ward Beecher

Your children need your presence more than your presents.

Jesse Jackson

Children aren't happy without something to ignore, And that's what parents were created for.

Ogden Nash

Children Quote (English proverb): Children are poor men's riches.

Children are poor men's riches.

English Proverb

Children are natural mimics. They act like their parents in spite of every attempt to teach them good manners.

Dictionary of Proverbs

There was a time when we expected nothing of our children but obedience, as opposed to the present, when we expect everything of them but obedience.

Anatole Broyard

Children are a great comfort in your old age – and they hep you reach it faster, too.

Lionel Kauffman

A child’s spirit is like a child, you can never catch it by running after it; you must stand still, and, for love, it will soon itself come back.

Arthur Miller

Little children are till the symbol of the eternal marriage between love and duty.

George Eliot

Children will not remember you for the material things you provided but for the feeling that you cherished them.

Richard L. Evans

That energy which makes a child hard to manage is the energy which afterward makes him a manager of life.

Henry Ward Beecher

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 C. Dobson

Children Quote (Dostoyevsky): The soul is healed by being with children.

The soul is healed by being with children.

Fyodor Dostoyevsky

We worry about what a child will become tomorrow, yet we forget that he is someone today.

Stacia Tauscher

Children are curious and are risk takers. They have lots of courage. They venture out into a world that is immense and dangerous. A child initially trusts life and the processes of life.

John Bradshaw

Children are likely to live up to what you believe of them.

Lady Bird Johnson

Children aren’t dogs; adults aren’t gods.

Haitian Proverb

Your descendants shall gather your fruits.


Children are our most valuable natural resource.

Herbert Hoover

Children Quote (Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr): Pretty much all the honest truth-telling there is in the world is done by children.

Pretty much all the honest truth-telling there is in the world is done by children.

Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.

A child is an uncut diamond.

Austin O’Malley

A man who gives his children habits of industry provides for them better than by giving them fortune.

Richard Whately

Children are the only form of immortality that we can be sure of.

Peter Ustinov

Every sleepy boy and girl in every bed around the world. Can hear the stars up in the sky whispering a lullaby.

Mary Chapin Carpenter

The childless do not attain heaven.


Children have but little charity for one another's defects.

Mark Twain

The child must know that he is a miracle, that since the beginning of the world there hasn't been, and until the end of the world there will not be, another child like him. 

Pablo Casals

Children Quote (Shinichi Suzuki): Children learn to smile from their parents.

Children learn to smile from their parents.

Shinichi Suzuki

Children are like wet cement. Whatever falls on them makes an impression.

Dr. Haim Ginott

Children, who play life, discern its true law and relations more clearly than men, who fail to live it worthily, but who think that they are wiser by experience, that is, by failure.

Henry David Thoreau

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

What's done to children, they will do to society.

Orlando A. Battista

Children have a natural antipathy to books - handicraft should be the basis of education. Boys and girls should be taught to use their hands to make something, and they would be less apt to destroy and be mischievous.

Oscar Wilde

Children are all foreigners.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Children really brighten up a household – they never turn the lights off.

Ralph Bus

Children are more influenced by sermons you act than by sermons you preach.

David McKay

Children are the living messages we send to a time we will not see.

John W. Whitehead

Every child born, has innate goodness.

Chinese Proverb

Children Quote (Cicero): Of all nature's gifts to the human race, what is sweeter to a man than his children?

Of all nature's gifts to the human race, what is sweeter to a man than his children?

Marcus Tullius Cicero

All children have creative power.

Brenda Ueland

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

James Arthur Baldwin

If from infancy you treat children as gods they are liable in adulthood to act as devils.

P. D. James

Children find everything in nothing; men find nothing in everything.

Unknown Author

Kids: they dance before they learn there is anything that isn't music.

William Stafford

Children love to be alone because alone is where they know themselves, and where they dream.

Unknown Author

Let parents bequeath to their children not riches, but the spirit of reverence.


What right has any human being to talk of bringing up a child? You do not bring up a tree or a plant. It brings itself up. You have to give it a fair chance by tilling the soil.

George Bernard Shaw

A child enters your home and makes so much noise for twenty years that you can hardly stand it: then departs leaving the house so silent that you think you will go mad.

John Andrew Holmes

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