Quotations About / On:
If a nation loses its storytellers, it loses its childhood.
(Peter Handke (b. 1942), Austrian author, playwright, poet. Independent (London, June 9, 1988).)
The four stages of man are infancy, childhood, adolescence and obsolescence.
(Art Linkletter (20th century), U.S. broadcaster and humorist. A Child's Garden of Misfortune, ch. 8 (1965).)
Friendships in childhood are usually a matter of chance, whereas in adolescence they are most often a matter of choice.
(David Elkind (20th century), U.S. child psychologist and author. Parenting Your Teenager in the 90's, ch. 2 (1993).)
I do not remember joy or sorrow in childhood, but listening for clues.
(Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Tenth Selection, New York (1992).)
One of the luckiest things that can happen to you in life is, I think, to have a happy childhood.
(Agatha Christie (1890-1976), British mystery writer. As quoted in Wit and Wisdom for the Peanut Butter Gang, by H. Jackson Brown (1994).)
Some men have a necessity to be mean, as if they were exercising a faculty which they had to partially neglect since early childhood.
(F. Scott Fitzgerald (1896-1940), U.S. author. "Notebook O," The Crack-Up, ed. Edmund Wilson (1945).)
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, eds. Giorgio Colli and Mazzino Montinari, Berlin, de Gruyter (1980). Unpublished fragments dating to Spring-Summer 1875.)
Childhood is a diseasea sickness that you grow out of.
(William Golding (b. 1911), British author. Quoted in Guardian (London, June 22, 1990).)
In the man whose childhood has known caresses and kindness, there is always a fibre of memory that can be touched by gentle issues.
(George Eliot [Mary Ann (or Marian) Evans] (20th century), British novelist. Ed. By Carolyn Warner. The Last Word, ch. 26 (1992).)
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).)