Quotations About / On:
Adolescence is the conjugator of childhood and adulthood.
(Louise J. Kaplan (20th century), U.S. psychologist. Adolescence, ch. 3 (1984).)
Pleasing illusion: "if my childhood had been the Paradise it should have been, all would now be well."
(Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Fifth Selection, New York (1988).)
Blessed be childhood, which brings down something of heaven into the midst of our rough earthliness.
(Henri-Frédéric Amiel (20th century), Swiss poet, philosopher.)
... a country encapsulates our childhood and those lanes, byres, fields, flowers, insects, suns, moons and stars are forever reoccurring.
(Edna O'Brien (b. c. 1932), Irish author; relocated to England. Mother Ireland, ch. 7 (1976).)
Very early in my childhood I associated poverty, toil, unemployment, drunkenness, cruelty, quarreling, fighting, debts, jail with large families.
(Margaret Sanger (1879-1966), U.S. birth control advocate. My Fight for Birth Control, ch. 1 (1931).
Sanger, one of eleven children in a financially stressed family, became the first prominent advocate of birth control and of the dissemination (then illegal) of birth control information.)
Vietnam was what we had instead of happy childhoods.
(Michael Herr (b. 1940), U.S. journalist. "Colleagues," sct. 3, Dispatches (1977).)
All our pursuits, from childhood to manhood, are only trifles of different sorts and sizes, proportioned to our years and views.
(Samuel Richardson (1689-1761), British novelist. Third edition, London (1751). Lovelace, in Clarissa, vol. 4, p. 263, AMS Press (1990).)
I cannot think of any need in childhood as strong as the need for a father's protection.
(Sigmund Freud (1856-1939), Austrian psychiatrist. repr. in Complete Works, vol. 21, eds. James Strachey and Anna Freud (1961). Civilization and Its Discontents (1931).)
Childhood itself is scarcely more lovely than a cheerful, kind, sunshiny old age.
(Lydia M. Child (1802-1880), U.S. abolitionist, writer, editor. Letter, March 1843. Letters from New York, vol. 1, letter 37 (1843).)
There is always one moment in childhood when the door opens and lets the future in.
(Graham Greene (1904-1991), British novelist. The Power and the Glory, pt. 1, ch. 1 (1940).)