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Quotations About / On: CHILDHOOD

  • 31.
    When we suffer anguish we return to early childhood because that is the period in which we first learnt to suffer the experience of total loss. It was more than that. It was the period in which we suffered more total losses than in all the rest of our life put together.
    (John Berger (b. 1926), British author, critic. (repr. 1976). A Fortunate Man, p. 122 (1967).)
  • 32.
    It is with our brothers and sisters that we learn to love, share, negotiate, start and end fights, hurt others, and save face. The basis of healthy (or unhealthy) connections in adulthood is cast during childhood.
    (Jane Mersky Leder (20th century), U.S. magazine writer, author. Brothers and Sisters, ch. 3 (1991).)
  • 33.
    We have not passed that subtle line between childhood and adulthood until we move from the passive voice to the active voice—that is, until we have stopped saying "It got lost," and say, "I lost it."
    (Sydney J. Harris (b. 1917), U.S. journalist. On the Contrary, ch. 7 (1962).)
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  • 34.
    ... 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).)
  • 35.
    [T]ea, that uniquely English meal, that unnecessary collation at which no stimulants—neither alcohol nor meat—are served, that comforting repast of which to partake is as good as second childhood.
    (Angela Carter (1940-1992), British postmodern novelist. repr. Vintage (1992). Expletives Deleted, ntroduction to Walter de la Mare, Memoirs of a Midget, Oxford University Press (1982).)
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  • 36.
    Adolescence is a border between childhood and adulthood. Like all borders, it's teeming with energy and fraught with danger.
    (Mary Pipher (20th century), U.S. clinical psychologist. Reviving Ophelia, ch. 15 (1994).)
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  • 37.
    Sadism is not an infectious disease that strikes a person all of a sudden. It has a long prehistory in childhood and always originates in the desperate fantasies of a child who is searching for a way out of a hopeless situation.
    (Alice Miller (20th century), German psychoanalyst and author. For Your Own Good, "Unlived Anger," (trans. 1983).)
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  • 38.
    Since my earliest childhood a barb of sorrow has lodged in my heart. As long as it stays I am ironic—if it is pulled out I shall die.
    (Soren Kierkegaard (1813-1855), Danish philosopher. The Diary of Soren Keirkegaard, pt. 1, no. 26, 1847 entry, ed. Peter Rohde (1960).)
  • 39.
    Everything in Italy that is particularly elegant and grand ... borders upon insanity and absurdity—or at least is reminiscent of childhood.
    (Alexander Herzen (1812-1870), Russian journalist, political thinker. Trans. by Constance Garnett (1924-1927). "Miscellaneous Pieces: Beyond the Alps," vol. 3, pt. 8, My Past and Thoughts (1921).)
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  • 40.
    In all our efforts to provide "advantages" we have actually produced the busiest, most competitive, highly pressured and over-organized generation of youngsters in our history—and possibly the unhappiest. We seem hell-bent on eliminating much of childhood.
    (Eda Le Shan (b. 1922), U.S. educator, author. The Conspiracy Against Childhood, ch. 1 (1967).)
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