Quotations About / On: CHILDHOOD

  • 11.
    Childhood and youth are ends in themselves, not stages.
    (Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900), German philosopher, classical scholar, critic of culture. Friedrich Nietzsche, Sämtliche Werke: Kritische Studienausgabe, vol. 8, p. 93, selection 5[186], eds. Giorgio Colli and Mazzino Montinari, Berlin, de Gruyter (1980). Unpublished fragments dating to Spring-Summer 1875.)
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  • 12.
    Childhood is a disease—a sickness that you grow out of.
    (William Golding (b. 1911), British author. Quoted in Guardian (London, June 22, 1990).)
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  • 13.
    Every generation rediscovers and re-evaluates the meaning of infancy and childhood.
    (Arnold Gesell (20th century), U.S. child development specialist, and Frances L. Ilg (20th century), U.S. child development specialist. Infant and Child in the Culture of Today, ch. 24 (1943).)
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  • 14.
    The middle years of childhood arrive just as your own are getting uncomfortably close.
    (Marguerite Kelly (20th century), U.S. author. The Mothers Almanac II ... Your Child From Six to Twelve, part I (1989).)
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  • 15.
    Communists are people who fancied that they had an unhappy childhood.
    (Gertrude Stein (1874-1946), U.S. author. Quoted by Thornton Wilder in Writers at Work, First Series, ed. George Plimpton (1958).)
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  • 16.
    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).)
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  • 17.
    ... 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).)
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  • 18.
    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.)
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  • 19.
    Children who are pushed into adult experience do not become precociously mature. On the contrary, they cling to childhood longer, perhaps all their lives.
    (Peter Neubauer (20th century), U.S. psychoanalyst. As quoted in Children Without Childhood, by Marie Winn, 1981, ch. 13.)
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  • 20.
    ... the physical and domestic education of daughters should occupy the principal attention of mothers, in childhood: and the stimulation of the intellect should be very much reduced.
    (Catherine E. Beecher (1800-1878), U.S. educator and author. Treatise on Domestic Economy for the Use of Young Ladies at Home and at School, ch. 4 (1843).)
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