Quotation Explorer - 'Childhood'

What was wonderful about childhood is that anything in it was a wonder. It was not merely a world full of miracles; it was a miraculous world. - G.K. Chesterton
We don't notice things change. We know that things change, we've been told since childhood that things change, we've witnessed things change ourselves many a time, and yet we're still utterly incapable of noticing the moment that change comes--or we search for change in all the wrong places. - Arkady Strugatsky
My childhood was a drag show! - Nuno Roque
I believe there are few whose view of life has not been affected by the stern or kindly influences of their early childhood, which threw them in upon themselves in timidity and reserve, or drew them out in genial confidence and sympathy with their fellow creatures.
After a cruel childhood, one must reinvent oneself. Then reimagine the world. - Mary Oliver
When I hear a man say that his childhood was the happiest time of his life, I think (puff) my friend, you have had a pretty poor life. - Winston S. Churchill
Ever since childhood, when I lived within earshot of the Boston and Maine, I have seldom heard a train go by and not wished I was on it. Those whistles sing bewitchment: railways are irresistible bazaars... Anything is possible on a train... - Paul Theroux
A happy childhood is poor preparation for human contacts. - Colette
Do you have a personal mantra? Mine comes from a childhood song. "Wherever I go the grass grows greener. - Richie Norton
(speaking of Ann Radcliffe) A work of art worthy of the name is one which gives us back the freshness of the emotions of childhood. - André Breton
His adolescents are displaced aristocrats who have lost their kingdom and wealth, which was childhood. [On J.D. Salinger] - Heather O'Neill
All of us are products of our childhood. - Michael Jackson
They have, and bring with them, that upper-body strength. They have apparently developed that in their childhood and growing up, and they've further advanced in that regard.
Common-sense appears to be only another name for the thoughtlessness of the unthinking. It is made of the prejudices of childhood, the idiosyncrasies of individual character and the opinion of the newspapers. - W. Somerset Maugham
Its never too late to have a happy childhood. - Tom Robbins
There is nothing romantic about childhood. Children can enjoy their childhood only if the adults create the necessary atmosphere. - Sadghuru
Modern humans are taught from the childhood that they are weak and sinners. Teach them that they are embodiment of glory and children of immortal strength. Eventually a society full of bravehearts will rise. - Abhijit Naskar
I think after all I found a feature which is incredible and kind of mein or let's say it something which is part of my childhood in the Jack Ketchum Novels and films. - Deyth Banger
For what is love if one loves a woman without knowing her? Just a decision to love? Or even an imitation? The question concerns us all: If, from our childhood on, the examples of love were not there inviting us to copy them, would we know what "loving" means? - Milan Kundera
A graceful and honorable old age is the childhood of immortality. - Pindar
Childhood, n. The period of human life intermediate between the idiocy of infancy and the folly of youth - two removes from the sin of manhood and three from the remorse of age. - Ambrose Bierce
To express nostalgia for a childhood we no longer share is to deny the actual significance and humanity of children. - Perry Nodelman
... Angus had a "pretty normal childhood." Bertie had immediately mistrusted him. Nobody had a normal childhood. - Kate Atkinson
I nodded, trying to imagine the very particular sadness of a vanished childhood yogurt now found only in France. It was a very special sort of sadness, individual, and in its inability to induce sympathy, in its tuneless spark, it bypassed poetry and entered science. - Lorrie Moore
Even where the affections are not strongly moved by any superior excellence, the companions of our childhood always possess a certain power over our minds, which hardly any later friend can obtain. ~ Frankestein - Marry Shelly
A lot of childhood effort, worry, and whispering goes into cracking the codes of adult life. Children have to be accomplished spies. - Vera B. Williams
Throughout my entire miserable childhood I woke at least once a night weeping from overwhelming delight. I did it hungry, I did it after beatings, I did it after the deaths of loved ones.Now you tell me if I’m crazy or if I’ve always been blessed. - Bob Thurber
There are three terrible ages of childhood - 1 to 10, 10 to 20, and 20 to 30. - Cleveland Amory
Childhood only comes around once. Make your child's memories special. Take them on a new adventure each day. It is as simple as opening a book. - K. Lamb
The darling mispronunciations of childhood! - dear me, there's no music that can touch it; and how one grieves when it wastes away and dissolves into correctness, knowing it will never visit his bereaved ear again. - Mark Twain
I was only 44, which is childhood philosophy. - Will Durant
Its the map of my childhood, my sadness, my Eden, my hell and home. when I look at it now, my heart swells with gratitude, then shrinks with disgust. - Otessa Moshfegh
No one chooses his parent or childhood, but you can choose your own direction. Everyone has problems and obstacles to overcome. - Anonymous
Childhood is the time and children's books are the place for powerful emotions, powerful language, powerful art... There is no room for cutesy books, dull books, or books that talk down. Children are not inferior. They may be small in stature but not in what they feel, think, listen, and see. - Betsy Hearne
The distance to the corner shops of childhood becomes unfathomable, immeasurable; the candy bars have changed. And change has changed. - Ilse Aichinger
One day I had nothing but my childhood to defend myself.......... - Sameh Elsayed
To become truly immortal, a work of art must escape all human limits: logic and common sense will only interfere. But once these barriers are broken, it will enter the realms of childhood visions and dreams. - Giorgio de Chirico
God is also born again and again on this earth to enjoy the childhood. - Tanmaya Guru
The women’s entire education should be planned in relation to men. To please men, to be useful to them, to win their love and respect, to raise them as children, care for them as adults… these are women’s duties in all ages and these are what they should be taught from childhood. - Jacques Rousseau
To be free to roam our own consciousness and be responsible for ourselves, a letting go process is required. We have to let go of how others define us; what damaging messages remain from childhood; how others define our relationship with the creator; and what expectations they may have for us. - David W. Earle
The exact location of your dream lies in entangled in your childhood memorie - Vanshika Dhyani
A childhood without books that would be no childhood. That would be like being shut out from the enchanted place where you can go and find the rarest kind of joy. - Astrid Lindgren
Vampires were myths, childhood stories– as were werewolves, mermaids and dragons. I believed none of it. - Ashley Madau
The greatest compliment in the world is your adult children telling you they had a wonderful childhood. - Ron Baratono
We carry our childhood with us. - Gary D. Schmidt
Anyone that insults my country, my intelligence, my feminist ideals, all women in general, and a favorite childhood food, and refers to both himself and me in the third person in one sentence automatically gets an honorary spot on my Hate With Every Fiber of My Being For All Time list. - J. T. Geissinger
A complying memory has obliterated many of them and edited my childhood down to a brief cinematic blur. - V.S. Naipaul
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
Willingness to be puzzled is a valuable trait to cultivate, from childhood to advanced inquiry. - Noam Chomsky
The crazy game of pilling stones was also in you and your friends’ marvelous innovation. And how really hard you would hit the phony big guy who you hated like anything. - ChildHood
Life is ironic. Some people use their terrible childhood as an excuse of their unfortunate rest of the life… while others create a masterpiece out of their terrible childhood, they create a story loved by the entire world. - Nino Varsimashvili
Because of you my golden childhood is lost in the corridors of wastes. - Tanmaya Guru
and children are still the way you were ...as a child, sad and happy in just the same way and if you think of your childhood, you once again live among them, among the solitary children, and the grownups are nothing, and their dignity has no value. - Rainer Maria Rilke
The halcyon days of childhood, a time when everything lay open before him, when the most minor episodes could be construed as events and every chance encounter gave rise to fresh insights. - Ivan Klíma
Childhood is not from birth to a certain age and at a certain age. The child is grown, and puts away childish things. Childhood is the kingdom where nobody dies. - Edna St. Vincent Millay
There is always one moment in childhood when the door opens and lets the future in. - Graham Greene
You can reawaken your childhood ability to use a smartphone before you could read. - Dr. Asoka Jinadasa
We have survived the death of our childhood. We are soldiers now, maybe the last soldiers who will ever fight, the Earth’s final and only hope, united as one in the spirit of vengeance. - Rick Yancey
Childhood is the best period of life... - Ray
In a way I haven't quite stopped mourning the end of my childhood. - Emma Koenig
One's age should be tranquil, as childhood should be playful. Hard work at either extremity of life seems out of place. At midday the sun may burn, and men labor under it; but the morning and evening should be alike calm and cheerful.
CHILDHOOD, n. The period of human life intermediate between the idiocy of infancy and the folly of youth -- two removes from the sin of manhood and three from the remorse of age. - Ambrose Bierce
Whenever someone shares a thought that says ‘Follow your heart but take your brain with you’, it just reminds about the childhood story in which a monkey applies his brain to misguide the crocodile by saying that he has kept his heart on the tree. - Anuj Somany
Childhood trauma does not come in one single package. - Asa Don Brown
A team goes through stages of birth, childhood, puberty, adolescence, maturity, and aging in its development. - Sunday Adelaja
All that grieved me - that I was half one thing and half another and nothing wholly - was the sorrow of my childhood, but the strength and use of my life after I grew up. - Ursula K. Le Guin
Adoption isn't just a childhood experience, it's a life-long experience. - DaShanne Stokes
A preserved childhood is better than a repaired adulthood - Fabcos Famas
The art and craft of early childhood teaching is in making decisions about fun, play and work. And it is this crafting that distinguishes the professional from the baby-sitter, parent or child minder. - Susan Grieshaber and Felicity McArdle
In early childhood you may lay the foundation of poverty or riches, industry of idleness, good or evil, by the habits to which you train your children. Teach them right habits then, and their future life is safe.
Peanut butter is the pate of childhood. - Florence Fabricant
We all have a childhood dream that when there is love, everything goes like silk, but the reality is that marriage requires a lot of compromise. - Raquel Welch
Today, childhood is trying to find his future in the trash. - Tanmaya Guru
The exact location of your dream lies entangled in your childhood memories. - Vanshika Dhyani
This was the perfect day of his childhood. This the day to shape the days upon. - Cormac McCarthy
Genius is childhood recaptured.
It's never too late to have a happy childhood.
Golf is a game in which you claim the privileges of age, and retain the playthings of childhood. - Samuel Johnson
... I wrote about ... my childhood, when dreams were small and attainable for all. When sweets were a penny and god was a rabbit. - Sarah Winman
I owe my first inkling of the problem of infinity to a large biscuit tin that was a source of vertiginous mystery during my childhood. - Jorge Luis Borges
One discovers that destiny can be diverted, that one does not have to remain in bondage to the first wax imprint made on childhood sensibilities. Once the deforming mirror has been smashed, there is a possibility of wholeness. There is a possibility of joy. - Anaïs Nin
Genius is no more than childhood recaptured at will, childhood equipped now with man's physical means to express itself, and with the analytical mind that enables it to bring order into the sum of experience, involuntarily amassed. - Charles Baudelaire
Friendship among men is always part war, something learned from childhood. - Terry Kay
Everything was brighter and more colorful in those years, as if my childhood was ending in an explosion of unreal passion that made my life feel sacred and holy. - Roman Payne
Why are you perpetuating a childhood you grew up despising? Pg 57 - Mona Rodriguez
Childhood is shorter now, but senility lasts longer. - Marty Rubin
What we learn in childhood is carved in stone. What we learn as adults is carved in ice. - David Kherdian
When childhood dies, its corpses are called adults and they enter society, one of the politer names of hell. That is why we dread children, even if we love them. They show us the state of our decay. - Brian W. Aldiss
A happy childhood can't be cured. Mine'll hang around my neck like a rainbow, that's all, instead of a noose. - Hortense Calisher
I'm in my 40s and I'm constantly surprised by how much my childhood still plays a part in my life. - Sara Sheridan
I didn't have a catharsis for my childhood pain, most of us don't, and until I learned how to forgive those people and let it go, I was unhappy. - Tyler Perry
Either I can go back to my childhood or my childhood can come forth to me. This is what I'm desperately wishes... - Hira Shahid Kazim
Dan P. McAdams argues that children develop a narrative tone which influences their stories for the rest of their lives. Children gradually adopt an enduring assumption that everything will turn out well, or badly, depending on their childhood. - David Brooks
I still can remember some of the poems and proverbs, I learnt in my childhood. - Laillah Gifty Akita
Almost all great writers have as their motif, more or less disguised, the passage from childhood to maturity, the clash between the thrill of expectation and the disillusioning knowledge of truth. 'Lost Illusion' is the undisclosed title of every novel. - André Maurois
That which he projects ahead of him as his ideal, is merely his substitute for the lost narcissism of his childhood - the time when he was his own ideal. - Sigmund Freud
Growing old is unavoidable, but never growing up is possible. I believe you can retain certain things from your childhood if you protect them - certain traits, certain places where you don’t let the world go. - Johnny Depp
In early childhood you may lay the foundation of poverty or riches, industry or idleness, good or evil, by the habits to which you train your children. Teach them right habits then, and their future life is safe. - Lydia Sigourney
Blessed be childhood which brings down something of heaven into the midst of our rough earthliness.
There is no land like the land of your childhood. - Michael Powell
A person who has proper guidance from his or her early childhood can himself or herself expanding his or her horizons living in a well established environment with great level of knowledge and being financially stable. - Saaif Alam
Parts of my 20s and 30s have gone by in a flash but my childhood is with me all the time. - Sara Sheridan
Since childhood I’d been suspected of imagination - Steve Aylett
The discovery of this strange society was a curiously refreshing thing; to realize that there were ten new trades in the world was like looking at the first ship or the first plough. It made a man feel what he should feel, that he was still in the childhood of the world. - G. K. Chesterton
The secret of childhood happiness is to succeed to be happy with the simplest things ever possible! - Mehmet Murat ildan
Remember, childhood only lasts 10-12 years. There's a lot that has to be squeezed in to make for a lifetime of happy memories. - Susan Branch
No matter what happens, always Keep your childhood innocence. It's the most important thing. - Federico Fellini
Whatever became of the moment when one first knew about death? There must have been one. A moment. In childhood. When it first occured to you that you don't go on forever. It must have been shattering, stamped into one's memory. And yet, I can't remember it.
Every summer, like the roses, childhood returns. - Marty Rubin
Never stop screaming, playing and laughing, it's part of our childhood wich will always be with us. - Romina Noriega
It is time for a return to childhood, to simplicity, to running and climbing and laughing in the sunshine, to experiencing happiness instead of being trained for a lifetime of pursuing happiness. It is time to let children be children again. - L.R. Knost
The books you read in childhood shape the person you become. - Paula Berinstein
The exact location of your dream lies in entangled in your childhood memories. - Vanshika Dhyani
It is my opinion that a story worth reading only in childhood is not worth reading even then. - C.S. Lewis
Some people discard their childhood like an old hat. They forget about it like a phone number that's no longer valid. They used to be kids, then they became adults - but what are they now?Only those who grow up but continue to be children are humans. - Erick Kästner
During childhood, it’s about trying to help develop who your kid’s going to be. During adolescence, it’s about responding to who your kid wants to be. - Jennifer Senior
I remember my own childhood vividly...I knew terrible things. But I knew I mustn't let adults know I knew. It would scare them - Maurice Sendak
And yet if I drew my thoughts back from him, what life would I have? I would be like a dancer who had practiced since childhood for a performance she would never give. - Arthur Golden
Childhood is trying to find his future and frustrating has become his destiny. - Tanmaya Guru
The monsters of our childhood do not fade away, neither are they ever wholly monstrous - John le Carré
People who get nostalgic about childhood were obviously never children. - Bill Watterson
A happy childhood has spoiled many a promising life. - Robertson Davies
The thought of our past years in me doth breed Perpetual benediction: not indeed For that which is most worthy to be blest— Delight and liberty, the simple creed Of Childhood, whether busy or at rest, With new-fledged hope still fluttering in his breast. - William Wordsworth
Everything is ceremony in the wild garden of childhood. - Pablo Neruda
My whole career has been fulfilling my childhood fantasies, playing characters that are larger than life, getting to play a knight, an elf, a prince and a soldier. - Orlando Bloom
Childhood has no forebodings, but then, it is soothed by no memories of outlived sorrow. - George Eliot
Your responsibility as an adult is accept your childhood and make your own choice of life. - Kathy Mckeon
We take the most difficult relationship of our childhood... and we MARRY it. - Rick Cormier
I remember my own childhood vividly..I knew terrible things. But I knew I mustn't let adults know I knew. It would scare them. (In conversation with Art Spiegelman, The New Yorker, September 27, 1993) - Maurice Sendak
And that's when I heard the whisper in my heart's ear: "It's not about your childhood. It's about who you are! - C. JoyBell C.
I had lived my life before in accordance with the poverty and itinerancy of my childhood, sliding in and out of other people’s leases, never expecting to stay very long and tolerating circumstances that strike me now as completely absurd. - Kathleen Alcott
The same way that a tiny thought in our childhood can manifest thirty years later as an anxiety disorder, one tiny thought right now can manifest just six months from now as unconditional love and unshakable happiness. - Vironika Tugaleva
There's one best thing about childhood our genuine smile... - shivangi lavaniya
Naughtiness is a diamond of childhood. - Aabid Surti
Interpersonal tensions can provide opportunities that transform an early childhood curriculum from pre-primary preparedness to sites of political practice. - Pamela Wallberg
Childhood is not all candy stores and recess; it’s frustrations and confusions, too. - Chelsey Philpot
The books we read in childhood don't exist anymore; they sailed off with the wind, leaving bare skeletons behind. Whoever still has in him the memory and marrow of childhood should rewrite these books as he experienced them. - Bruno Schulz
In the midst of the vagaries of life, they provide us a trip to the land of goodness and fairies, of imaginations and possibilities.A childhood that wasn't spent watching cartoons or reading comic strips, no wonder, seems too dull to imagine. - Sanhita Baruah
Being in love means being at the mercy of someone's childhood. - Hanif Kureishi
One of the luckiest things that can happen to you in life is to have a happy childhood. - Agatha Christie
Brushing my little teeth every morning of my childhood, I stood on my tippy toes, leaned over the sink and said to myself that when I am a big girl I will see from this high.Today I did the same thing, but the view from my toes was the same from flat feet.I'm a big girl now. - Audrey Regan
The fundamental condition of childhood is powerlessness. - Jane Smiley
Childhood has its secrets and its mysteries; but who can tell or who can explain them! - Friedrich Max Müller
The minds of small children are more interested in clockwork trains, jumping in puddles and other important childhood endeavours. - Maxwell Grantly
By 30, we've almost completely replaced our actual childhood with a mythical one. - Marty Rubin
The only walk of life where you can rightfully chill and run.Celebrate childhood!! Happy Childrens Day!! - Vidya
The four stages of man are infancy, childhood, adolescence and obsolescence. - Art Linkletter
Thank you for this precious day,These gifts you give to me,My heart so full of love for you,Sings praise for all I see,Oh, sing, for every mother's love,For every childhood tear,Oh, sing, for all the stars above,The peace beyond all fear - John Denver
When the power falls on me, it buzzes in the warm, dark spaces of my skull. It stings like nettles at the tips of my fingers. The power is a fever I have felt since early childhood, a heat in the blood that leaves me flushed and unsteady, dreaming in daylight. - Victoria Lamb
Life is three hours journey; childhood, adulthood & old-hood; filled with inspiration, perspiration and desperation. - Santosh Kalwar
Childhood is cannibals and psychotics vomiting in your mouth! - Maurice Sendak
Wounded parents often unintentionally inflict pain and suffering on their children and these childhood wounds causes a laundry list of maladaptive behaviors commonly called codependency. These habits restrict people to love-limiting relationships causing much unhappiness and distress. - David W. Earle
Grown up, and that is a terribly hard thing to do. It is much easier to skip it and go from one childhood to another. - F. Scott Fitzgerald
One day I had nothing but my childhood to defend myself………. - Sameh Elsayed
I was just four when a hired teenage field hand attempted to molest me. Miraculously, I got away, and I told my dad. My father made three important choices that day: He listened to me, he believed me, and he took action. I was one of the fortunate ones--I had a childhood. - Carolyn Byers Ruch
The verbal patterns and the patterns of behavior we present to children in these lighthearted confections are likely to influence them for the rest of their lives. These aesthetic impressions, just like the moral teachings of early childhood, remain indelible. - Esphyr Slobodkina
One Life With Many Names, Childhood, Boyhood, Manhood And Old, Then? Then! All Unknown, Uncertain Destination.... - Muhammad Imran Hasan
The topics we learn from our four core subjects during our childhood and adolescent stage of our lives help us to understand the norms of common knowledge and take pride of our citizenship. - Saaif Alam
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