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1. “I think that the best thing we can do for our children is to allow them to do things for themselves, allow them to be strong, allow them to experience life on their own terms, allow them to take the subway... let them be better people, let them believe more in themselves.”

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Author : C. JoyBell C.

2. “Summer will end soon enough, and childhood as well.”

Tags : Childhood Summer Winter
Source : A Game of Thrones

3. “It's not our job to toughen our children up to face a cruel and heartless world. It's our job to raise children who will make the world a little less cruel and heartless.”

Tags : Childhood Children Inspirational Quotes Motherhood Parenting
Author : L.R. Knost
Source : Two Thousand Kisses a Day: Gentle Parenting Through the Ages and Stages

4. “Trauma does not have to occur by abuse alone...”

Tags : Childhood Psychologist Psychology Ptsd Recovery Research Resiliency Trauma
Author : Asa Don Brown
Source : The effects of childhood trauma on adult perception and worldview

5. “For in every adult there dwells the child that was, and in every child there lies the adult that will be.”

Tags : Adulthood Childhood
Author : John Connolly
Source : The Book of Lost Things

6. “That's what makes it so right. Your eyes—your soul is there, but the rest of you is still so undefined. That's the beauty of childhood. The eyes show everything you've seen so far, but the rest of you is still so open to possibility, to whatever you might become.”

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Author : Bree Despain
Source : The Dark Divine

7. “It's never too late to have a happy childhood.”

Tags : Childhood Children Innocence Youth
Author : Tom Robbins
Source : Still Life with Woodpecker

8. “But the hearts of small children are delicate organs. A cruel beginning in this world can twist them into curious shapes. The heart of a hurt child can shrink so that forever afterward it is hard and pitted as the seed of a peach. Or again, the heart of such a child may fester and swell until it is a misery to carry within the body, easily chafed and hurt by the most ordinary things.”

Tags : Childhood Cruelty Heart Love Neglect
Source : The Ballad of the Sad Café and Other Stories

9. “and when all the wars are over, a butterfly will still be beautiful.”

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Author : Ruskin Bond
Source : Scenes from a Writer's Life

10. “I glanced in the first open door and stopped short. Desks. Four tiny desks. A wall of faded posters of alphabet animals. A blackboard, still showing the ghost of numbers. I blinked, certain I was seeing wrong.Derek nudged my legs, telling me to get moving. I looked at him, and I looked at the classroom.This was where Derek had grown up. Four tiny desks. Four little boys. Four young werewolves.For a second, I could see them—three boys working at the three clustered desks, Derek alone at the fourth, pushed slightly away, hunched over his work, trying to ignore the others.Derek nudged me again, whining softly, and I looked down to see him eyeing the room, every hair on his neck on end, anxious to get away from this place.”

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Source : The Reckoning

11. “What you knew in your childhood is true; the Otherworld of magic and enchantment is real, sometimes terribly real - and certainly more real than the factual reality which our culture has built up, brick by brick, to shut out colour and light and prevent us from flying.”

Tags : Childhood Magic Otherworld Reality
Source : A Complete Guide to the Soul

12. “Fear isn't so difficult to understand. After all, weren't we all frightened as children? Nothing has changed since Little Red Riding Hood faced the big bad wolf. What frightens us today is exactly the same sort of thing that frightened us yesterday. It's just a different wolf. This fright complex is rooted in every individual.”

Tags : Childhood Fairy Tales Fear Wolves

13. “When you are growing up there are two institutional places that affect you most powerfully: the church, which belongs to God, and the public library, which belongs to you. The public library is a great equaliser.”

Tags : Books Childhood Church Education Equality Growing Up Institutions Library Public Library Reading

14. “[Kids] don't remember what you try to teach them. They remember what you are.”

Tags : Childhood Education Learning Teaching
Author : Jim Henson
Source : It's Not Easy Being Green: And Other Things to Consider

15. “Sometimes I have trouble falling asleep but it's not so badI don't worry and I don't weep. In fact I'm glad.Because I get up off my pillow and I flip on the light.I get down and get hip in the still of the night I stretch and I yawn and then I breathe real deep And dance myself to sleep.I hoof around my beddie just a-tappin' my toes Before I know what's happened I'm a-ready to doze Got some partners I can count the boogie-woogie sheepI dance myself to sleep.”

Tags : Childhood Dance Sleeplessness
Author : Jim Henson
Source : It's Not Easy Being Green: And Other Things to Consider

16. “The sky is blue today, Max, and there is a big long cloud, and it's stretched out, like a rope. At the end of it, the sun islike a yellow hole. . .”

Tags : Childhood Cloud Liesel Max Sun The Book Thief Weather
Author : Markus Zusak
Source : The Book Thief

17. “Puff, the Magic Dragon, lived by the sea, and frolicked in the Autumn Mist in a land called Honah Lee, little Jacky Paper loved that rascal Puff, and gave him strings and sealing wax and other fancy stuff.”

Tags : Childhood Dragon Songs
Author : Peter Yarrow
Source : Puff, The Magic Dragon

18. “The nutcracker sits under the holiday tree, a guardian of childhood stories. Feed him walnuts and he will crack open a tale...”

Tags : Childhood Christmas Holiday Holidays Nutcracker Nuts Stories Story Tale Tree Walnuts
Author : Vera Nazarian
Source : The Perpetual Calendar of Inspiration

19. “Childhood trauma does not come in one single package.”

Tags : Child Abuse Child Trauma Childhood Childhood Abuse Childhood Trauma Childhood Traumas Posttraumatic Stress Disorder Psychologist Psychology Ptsd Recovery Research Resiliency Trauma
Author : Asa Don Brown

20. “Resiliency is the essence of a global positive framework...”

Tags : Childhood Psychologist Psychology Ptsd Recovery Research Resiliency Trauma
Author : Asa Don Brown
Source : The effects of childhood trauma on adult perception and worldview

21. “Resiliency is not gender-, age-, or intellectually specific...”

Tags : Childhood Psychologist Psychology Ptsd Recovery Research Resiliency Trauma
Author : Asa Don Brown

22. “They thought more before nine a.m. than most people thought all month. I remember once declining cherry pie at dinner, and Rand cocked his head and said, 'Ahh! Iconoclast. Disdains the easy, symbolic patriotism.' And when I tried to laugh it off and said, well, I didn't like cherry cobbler either, Marybeth touched Rand's arm: 'Because of the divorce. All those comfort foods, the desserts a family eats together, those are just bad memories for Nick.' It was silly but incredibly sweet, these people spending so much energy trying to figure me out. The answer: I don't like cherries.”

Tags : Bad Memories Broken Home Cherry Pie Childhood Childhood Memories Divorce Funny Iconoclast Ironic Irony Logic Memories Over Thinking Patriotism Psychologist Psychology Simplicity Symbolism The Mind Thoughts
Author : Gillian Flynn
Source : Gone Girl

23. “Some of the most evil human beings in the world are psychiatrists. Not all psychiatrists. Some psychiatrists are selfless, caring people who really want to help. But the sad truth is that in today's society, mental health isn't a science. It's an industry. Ritalin, Zoloft, Prozac, Lexapro, Resperidone, happy pills that are supposed to "normalize" the behavior of our families, our colleagues, our friends - tell me that doesn't sound the least bit creepy! Mental health is subjective. To us, a little girl talking to her pretend friends instead of other children might just be harmless playing around. To a psychiatrist, it's a financial opportunity. Automatically, the kid could be swept up in a sea of labels. "not talking to other kids? Okay, she's asocial!" or "imaginary friends? Bingo, she has schizophrenia!" I'm not saying in any way that schizophrenia and social disorders aren't real. But the alarming number of people, especially children, who seem to have these "illnesses" and need to be medicated or locked up... it's horrifying. The psychiatrists get their prestigious reputation and their money to burn. The drug companies get fast cash and a chance to claim that they've discovered a wonder-drug, capable of "curing" anyone who might be a burden on society... that's what it's all about. It's not about really talking to these troubled people and finding out what they need. It's about giving them a pill that fits a pattern, a weapon to normalize people who might make society uncomfortable. The psychiatrists get their weapon. Today's generations get cheated out of their childhoods. The mental health industry takes the world's most vulnerable people and messes with their heads, giving them controlled substances just because they don't fit the normal puzzle. And sadly, it's more or less going to get worse in this rapidly advancing century.”

Tags : Asocial Child Innocence Childhood Creepy Imaginary Friend Lexapro Little Girl Morals Normal Normalize Overactive Imagination Pretend Prozac Psychiatrist Psychiatry Resperidone Ritalin Science Social Issue Social Misfit Subjective Weapon Wrong Zoloft

24. “Growing apart doesn't change the fact that for a long time we grew side by side; our roots will always be tangled. I'm glad for that.”

Tags : Childhood Friendship Growing Up
Author : Ally Condie
Source : Matched

25. “Adults are just obsolete children and the hell with them.”

Tags : Adulthood Childhood
Author : Dr. Seuss

26. “Literature is a textually transmitted disease, normally contracted in childhood.”

Tags : Childhood Disease Literature
Author : Jane Yolen
Source : Touch Magic: Fantasy, Faerie & Folklore in the Literature of Childhood

27. “If only she could be so oblivious again, to feel such love without knowing it, mistaking it for laughter. ”

Tags : Childhood Laughter Love Oblivious
Author : Markus Zusak
Source : The Book Thief

28. “When we are children we seldom think of the future. This innocence leaves us free to enjoy ourselves as few adults can. The day we fret about the future is the day we leave our childhood behind.”

Tags : Childhood Growing Up Innocence
Source : The Name of the Wind

29. “Critics who treat 'adult' as a term of approval, instead of as a merely descriptive term, cannot be adult themselves. To be concerned about being grown up, to admire the grown up because it is grown up, to blush at the suspicion of being childish; these things are the marks of childhood and adolescence. And in childhood and adolescence they are, in moderation, healthy symptoms. Young things ought to want to grow. But to carry on into middle life or even into early manhood this concern about being adult is a mark of really arrested development. When I was ten, I read fairy tales in secret and would have been ashamed if I had been found doing so. Now that I am fifty I read them openly. When I became a man I put away childish things, including the fear of childishness and the desire to be very grown up.”

Tags : Adult Childhood Children Maturity
Author : C.S. Lewis

30. “I do not miss childhood, but I miss the way I took pleasure in small things, even as greater things crumbled. I could not control the world I was in, could not walk away from things or people or moments that hurt, but I took joy in the things that made me happy.”

Tags : Childhood Happiness
Author : Neil Gaiman
Source : The Ocean at the End of the Lane

31. “As a child I felt myself to be alone, and I am still, because I know things and must hint at things which others apparently know nothing of, and for the most part do not want to know.”

Tags : Childhood Psychology
Author : C.G. Jung
Source : Memories, Dreams, Reflections

32. “Grown ups are complicated creatures, full of quirks and secrets.”

Tags : Childhood Children Humor
Author : Roald Dahl

33. “Once upon a time, there was a boy. He lived in a village that no longer exists, in a house that no longer exists, on the edge of a field that no longer exists, where everything was discovered, and everything was possible. A stick could be a sword, a pebble could be a diamond, a tree, a castle. Once upon a time, there was a boy who lived in a house across the field, from a girl who no longer exists. They made up a thousand games. She was queen and he was king. In the autumn light her hair shone like a crown. They collected the world in small handfuls, and when the sky grew dark, and they parted with leaves in their hair.Once upon a time there was a boy who loved a girl, and her laughter was a question he wanted to spend his whole life answering.”

Tags : Childhood Love
Author : Nicole Krauss
Source : The History of Love

34. “Don't you find it odd," she continued, "that when you're a kid, everyone, all the world, encourages you to follow your dreams. But when you're older, somehow they act offended if you even try.”

Tags : Adulthood Childhood Dreams Ethan Hawke Follow Your Dreams Growing Up Judgement
Author : Ethan Hawke
Source : The Hottest State

35. “Anybody who has survived his childhood has enough information about life to last him the rest of his days.”

Tags : Authors Childhood Humor Southern Authors Southern Writers Writing
Source : Mystery and Manners: Occasional Prose

36. “We cannot always build the future for our youth, but we can build our youth for the future.”

Tags : Childhood Children Future Parenthood Parenting
Source : Great Speeches

37. “Gym should be illegal. It's humiliating.”

Tags : Childhood Gym Humiliation Humor P E Physical Education
Source : Speak

38. “Because never in my entire childhood did I feel like a child. I felt like a person all along―the same person that I am today.”

Tags : Childhood Introduction Orson Scott Card Personhood
Source : Ender's Game

39. “In a child's eyes, a mother is a goddess. She can be glorious or terrible, benevolent or filled with wrath, but she commands love either way. I am convinced that this is the greatest power in the universe.”

Tags : Childhood Children Mother Motherhood
Author : N.K. Jemisin
Source : The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms

40. “Think for a minute, darling: in fairy tales it's always the children who have the fine adventures. The mothers have to stay at home and wait for the children to fly in the window.”

Tags : Childhood Mothers
Source : The Time Traveler's Wife

41. “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.”

Tags : Childhood Loss Of Innocence

42. “...so one day my mother sat me down and explained that I couldn't become an explorer because everything in the world had already been discovered. I'd been born in the wrong century, and I felt cheated.”

Tags : Childhood Exploration
Author : Ransom Riggs
Source : Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children

43. “Childhood should be carefree, playing in the sun; not living a nightmare in the darkness of the soul.”

Tags : A Child Called It Abuse Carefree Child Abuse Childhood Nightmares Soul
Author : Dave Pelzer
Source : A Child Called "It"

44. “I think all of us are always five years old in the presence and absence of our parents.”

Tags : Age Childhood Family Parents
Source : The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian

45. “Because children grow up, we think a child's purpose is to grow up. But a child's purpose is to be a child. Nature doesn't disdain what lives only for a day. It pours the whole of itself into the each moment. We don't value the lily less for not being made of flint and built to last. Life's bounty is in its flow, later is too late. Where is the song when it's been sung? The dance when it's been danced? It's only we humans who want to own the future, too. We persuade ourselves that the universe is modestly employed in unfolding our destination. We note the haphazard chaos of history by the day, by the hour, but there is something wrong with the picture. Where is the unity, the meaning, of nature's highest creation? Surely those millions of little streams of accident and wilfulness have their correction in the vast underground river which, without a doubt, is carrying us to the place where we're expected! But there is no such place, that's why it's called utopia. The death of a child has no more meaning than the death of armies, of nations. Was the child happy while he lived? That is a proper question, the only question. If we can't arrange our own happiness, it's a conceit beyond vulgarity to arrange the happiness of those who come after us.”

Tags : Childhood Death Happiness Meaning Of Life Moment Of Being Tom Stoppard Utopias
Author : Tom Stoppard
Source : The Coast of Utopia

46. “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.”

Tags : Childhood Growth

47. “The hardest part of being a Canadian kid is having to color in Nunavut with a crayon in school, hell on earth.”

Tags : Art Canada Canadian Childhood Class Coloring Colour Crayola Crayon Drawing Education Funny Geography Growing Up Hell On Earth Land Map Nunavut Rainbow School Weird
Source : Super 8: The Sequel to Smog City

48. “Some details in life may look insignificant but appear to be vital leitmotifs in a person's life. They may have the value of "Rosebuds" of Citizen Kane or "Madeleine cookies" of Marcel Proust or "Strawberry fields" of the Beatles. People regularly walk down the memory lane of their early youth. The paper boats of their childhood are recurrently floating on the waves of their mind and bring back the mood and the spirit of the early days. They enable us to retreat from the trivial, daily worries and can generate delightful bliss and true joy in a sometimes frantic and chaotic life. ("Paper boats forever" )”

Tags : Bliss Chaotic Childhood Citizen Kane Daily Delightful Floating Frantic Leitmotif Life Marcel Proust Memory Lane Mind Mood Retreat Rosebuds Spirit Strawberry Value Vital Walk Down Worries

49. “Be nice to your children. They may grow up to be writers.”

Tags : Childhood Children Parents Relationships Writing

50. “If I'd been a cowboy, it might've ended well.Somewhere on the ramble, I'm sure I'd have to sellMy guns along the highway. My coins to the table To make a gambler's double, I'd double debts to pay.Prob'ly shrink and slink away, It mightn't've ended well.What If I'd been a sailor? I think it might've ended well.From August to MayFor a searat of man drifting through eternal blue, aboard the finest Debris.I might've called the shanties. From daybreak to storm's set, lines stay Taught, over rhythm unbroken.But, oh, there's a schism unspoken, a mighty calling of the lee.An absentminded Pirate, unaccustomed to the sea;To the land, a traitor. I think it mightn't've ended well. What might've worked for me? What might've ended well?Soldier, to bloody sally forth through hell?Teacher of glorious stories to tell?Man of gold, or stores to sell?Lover to a gentle belle? Maybe a camel;A seashell.What mightn't've been a life where it mightn't've ended well?”

Tags : Childhood Choices Choices And Consequences Doubting Fate Life Wondering

51. “When a child loves you for a long, long time, not just to play with, but REALLY loves you, then you become Real.”

Tags : Alive Being Child Childhood Love Meaning Real Reality True
Source : The Velveteen Rabbit

52. “Children are often like hostages under the care of authority, with spankings and groundings nudging them like guns pointed at their skulls, threatening to shoot if the wrong words are uttered.”

Tags : Abuse Another Childhood Controversial Feminism Just Maggie Memoir Number Southern Women Young
Author : Maggie Young
Source : Just Another Number

53. “When loneliness is a constant state of being, it harkens back to a childhood wherein neglect and abandonment were the landscape of life.”

Tags : Abandonment Childhood Loneliness Neglect
Source : Mirror of Intimacy: Daily Reflections on Emotional and Erotic Intelligence

54. “Being sent to bed is a terrible command to all children, because it means the most public possible humiliation in front of adults, the confession that they bear the stigma of childhood, of being small and having a child's need for sleep.”

Tags : Bed Child Childhood Children Sleep
Author : Stefan Zweig
Source : The Burning Secret and other stories

55. “It's a beautiful day in this neighborhood,A beautiful day for a neighbor.Would you be mine?Could you be mine?...It's a neighborly day in this beauty wood,A neighborly day for a beauty.Would you be mine?Could you be mine?...I've always wanted to have a neighbor just like you.I've always wanted to live in a neighborhood with you.So, let's make the most of this beautiful day.Since we're together we might as well say:Would you be mine?Could you be mine?Won't you be my neighbor?Won't you please,Won't you please?Please won't you be my neighbor?”

Tags : Childhood Inspirational Love Mister Rogers Neighborhood Television
Author : Fred Rogers

56. “Age is a seasoned trickster. To our parents, we will always be children. Within ourselves, the same yearnings of youth; the same aspirations of adolescence, will last a lifetime. Only to the young - blinded by our grey hair and slowing gait - do we appear old and increasingly beyond the pale.”

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Author : Alex Morritt
Source : Impromptu Scribe

57. “My dad had limitations. That's what my good-hearted mom always told us. He had limitations, but he meant no harm. It was kind of her to say, but he did do harm.”

Tags : Abuse Abusive Bad Parenting Brainwashing Broken Home Childhood Didn T Mean It Divorce Emotional Abuse Family Heartbreak Hurt Indoctrination Limits Love Lost Loyalty Mental Abuse Parenthood Parents Parents And Children Psychological Abuse Relationships Scars
Author : Gillian Flynn
Source : Gone Girl

58. “Remember that you own what happened to you. If your childhood was less than ideal, you may have been raised thinking that if you told the truth about what really went on in your family, a long bony white finger would emerge from a cloud and point to you, while a chilling voice thundered, "We *told* you not to tell." But that was then. Just put down on paper everything you can remember now about your parents and siblings and relatives and neighbors, and we will deal with libel later on.”

Tags : Abuse Advice Childhood Getting Started Incest Memoir Memories Memory Remembering Writing
Author : Anne Lamott
Source : Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life

59. “A criminal always returns home.”

Tags : Alienation Always Aphorisms Attention Child Childhood Consequence Criminal Criminal Minds Family Family Life Family Values Home Irony Love Parents Quote Returns Sarcasm

60. “Every November of my boyhood, we put on red poppies and attended highly patriotic services in remembrance of those who had 'given' their lives. But on what assurance did we know that these gifts had really been made? Only the survivors—the living—could attest to it. In order to know that a person had truly laid down his life for his friends, or comrades, one would have to hear it from his own lips, or at least have heard it promised in advance. And that presented another difficulty. Many brave and now dead soldiers had nonetheless been conscripts. The known martyrs—those who actually, voluntarily sought death and rejoiced in the fact—had been the kamikaze pilots, immolating themselves to propitiate a 'divine' emperor who looked (as Orwell once phrased it) like a monkey on a stick. Their Christian predecessors had endured torture and death (as well as inflicted it) in order to set up a theocracy. Their modern equivalents would be the suicide murderers, who mostly have the same aim in mind. About people who set out to lose their lives, then, there seems to hang an air of fanaticism: a gigantic sense of self-importance unattractively fused with a masochistic tendency to self-abnegation. Not wholesome.The better and more realistic test would therefore seem to be: In what cause, or on what principle, would you risk your life?”

Tags : Boyhood Causes Christian Martyrs Christianity Comrades Conscription Death Martyrdom Masochism Memorials Orwell Patriotism Poppies Principles Sacrifice Self Abnegation Self Importance Soldiers Suicide Suicide Attack Theocracy Torture Ugliness War
Source : Hitch-22: A Memoir

61. “It was too quiet for hope, and then too loud for safety.She thought of the people she had lost, of the affection, the smiles, the belonging she could never again take for granted. It was the end of a life, and as she stood there, shivering in the brief night-time chill, it dawned on her that it was the end of her childhood.”

Tags : Childhood Forbidden Love Indian Independence Movement Loss Memory Pakistan Partition Punjab Separation Trauma
Source : Where the River Parts

62. “Children expect their mothers to love them, no matter what. Those who don't get this tend to feel cheated the rest of their lives.”

Tags : Childhood Motherhood
Author : Bella Pollen
Source : Midnight Cactus

63. “Young children begin very early to internalize information that either encourages or discourages self-disclosure. Cues are intuitively understood. Most of what we feel is unexamined and articulated. Cultural norms are unwittingly absorbed. We learn when to speak and when to stay silent. - Pam MacRae (Ch. 2)”

Tags : Childhood Children Culture Development Growth Internalizing Intuitive Development Silence Speaking Out
Source : Unseduced and Unshaken: The Place of Dignity in a Young Woman's Choices

64. “It didn't matter he was brilliant and dedicated and good. He was a child. He was young.No he isn't, thought Ender. Small, yes. Bur Bean has been through a battle with a whole army depending on him and on the soldiers that he led. and he performed splendidly, and the won. There's no youth in that. No childhood.”

Tags : Child Childhood Good Life Live Responsibility Small Young
Source : Ender's Game

65. “Once we were young, now we are adult.”

Tags : Adult Adult Humor Adulthood Advice Age Childhood Elderly Inspiration Life Life Philosophy Old Age Wisdom Wise Words Young Youthful
Source : Pearls of Wisdom: Great mind

66. “To have the experience I did as a child, I would have to be a physically different being, one with whom I share nearly nothing. On a cellular level, aside from the neurons of my cerebral cortex and a few other stranglers in my heart and eyes, I am not him.”

Tags : Age Aging Childhood Old Young Youth
Source : A Creature Was Stirring

67. “Sometimes when the three of us were together on our own, we would have a good time. I was pretty young, but sometimes we would go off in the woods and build forts and fight Indians and I think things were about as close to fine as they ever got right then during those times. In the woods. No parents. No yelling.”

Tags : Child Child Abuse Childhood Children Young Youth
Author : Dan Groat
Source : An Enigmatic Escape: A Trilogy

68. “It was the world-without-adults daydream. In my dream I'd never quite figured out where the adults went but we kids were free to roam, to help ourselves to anything we wanted. We'd pick up a Merc from a showroom when we wanted wheels, and when it ran out of petrol we'd get another one. We'd change cars the way I change socks. We'd sleep in different mansions every night, going to new houses instead of putting new sheets on the beds. Life would be one long party.Yes, that had been the dream.”

Tags : Childhood Daydream Kids Young
Author : John Marsden
Source : The Dead of Night

69. “I don't know where to start," one [writing student] will wail. Start with your childhood, I tell them. Plug your nose and jump in, and write down all your memories as truthfully as you can. Flannery O' Connor said that anyone who has survived childhood has enough material to write for the rest of his or her life. Maybe your childhood was grim and horrible, but grim and horrible is Okay if it is well done. Don't worry about doing it well yet, though. Just get it down.”

Tags : Advice Child Childhood Encouragement Memoir Memories Writers Writing Young
Author : Anne Lamott
Source : Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life

70. “Fear is a product of doubt. it is a negative energy. Fear is an opposite of faith. Law is not necessary for people who have freedom. Law is the control switch that produces fear. That Fear produces lawful citizens is a delusion, it only creates fearful citizens .”

Tags : Abused Anxiety Beaten Bipolar Control Delusion Family Fear Freedom Freespirit Held Captive Hurt Insecurity Lied To Mental Disorders Molested Perception Politics Resentment Self Imposed Pain Speculation Taking Things Personally

71. “In the same way, teenagers imagine dying young because death is more imaginable than the person that all the decisions and burdens of adulthood may make of you.”

Tags : Adulthood Beath Burden Childhood Decision Dying Future Imagination Present Suicide Teenager Young Adult Youth
Source : A Field Guide to Getting Lost

72. “Thirty years ago my older brother, who was ten years old at the time, was trying to get a report written on birds that he'd had three months to write, which was due the next day. We were out at our family cabin in Bolinas, and he was at the kitchen table close to tears, surrounded by binder paper and pencils and unopened books about birds, immobilized by the hugeness of the task ahead. Then my father sat down beside him put his arm around my brother's shoulder, and said, "Bird by bird, buddy. Just take it bird by bird.”

Tags : Bird By Bird Breaking Down Assignment Childhood Encouragement Homework Project Project Management School Time Time Management Writing Writing Advice
Author : Anne Lamott
Source : Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life

73. “That was when it was all made painfully clear to me. When you are a child, there is joy. There is laughter. And most of all, there is trust. Trust in your fellows. When you are an adult...then comes suspicion, hatred, and fear. If children ran the world, it would be a place of eternal bliss and cheer. Adults run the world; and there is war, and enmity, and destruction unending. Adults who take charge of things muck them up, and then produce a new generation of children and say, "The children are the hope of the future." And they are right. Children are the hope of the future. But adults are the damnation of the present, and children become adults as surely as adults become worm food. Adults are the death of hope.”

Tags : Adulthood Adults Childhood Children Distrust Hatred Leadership Love Maturity Peace Suspicion Trust War
Author : Peter David
Source : Tigerheart

74. “Harry was a bright boy. And like many bright boys, he had a little mischief in him.”

Tags : A Boy Named Harry Boy Bright Childhood Early Years History Lee Kuan Yew Mischief Patrick Yee Politics
Author : Patrick Yee
Source : A Boy Named Harry: The Childhood of Lee Kuan Yew

75. “A Second Childhood.”When all my days are endingAnd I have no song to sing,I think that I shall not be too oldTo stare at everything;As I stared once at a nursery doorOr a tall tree and a swing.Wherein God’s ponderous mercy hangsOn all my sins and me,Because He does not take awayThe terror from the treeAnd stones still shine along the roadThat are and cannot be.Men grow too old for love, my love,Men grow too old for wine,But I shall not grow too old to seeUnearthly daylight shine,Changing my chamber’s dust to snowTill I doubt if it be mine.Behold, the crowning mercies melt,The first surprises stay;And in my dross is dropped a giftFor which I dare not pray:That a man grow used to grief and joyBut not to night and day.Men grow too old for love, my love,Men grow too old for lies;But I shall not grow too old to seeEnormous night arise,A cloud that is larger than the worldAnd a monster made of eyes.Nor am I worthy to unlooseThe latchet of my shoe;Or shake the dust from off my feetOr the staff that bears me throughOn ground that is too good to last,Too solid to be true.Men grow too old to woo, my love,Men grow too old to wed;But I shall not grow too old to seeHung crazily overheadIncredible rafters when I wakeAnd I find that I am not dead.A thrill of thunder in my hair:Though blackening clouds be plain,Still I am stung and startledBy the first drop of the rain:Romance and pride and passion passAnd these are what remain.Strange crawling carpets of the grass,Wide windows of the sky;So in this perilous grace of GodWith all my sins go I:And things grow new though I grow old,Though I grow old and die.”

Tags : Childhood Death Joy Life Love Old Wonder
Source : The Collected Poems of G. K. Chesterton

76. “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.”

Tags : Animation Anime Cartoons Childhood Children Comic Comics Fairies Goodness Imagination Imagine Kids Possibility Reading

77. “Youth is but the painted shell within which, continually growing, lives that wondrous thing the spirit of a man, biding its moment of apparition, earlier in some than in others.”

Tags : Adult Child Childhood Growing Older Growing Up Man Painted Shell Youth
Author : Lew Wallace
Source : Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ

78. “If we had to earn our age by thinking for ourselves at least once a year, only a handful of people would reach adulthood.”

Tags : Adult Age Aphorisms Aphorist Child Childish Crazy Grow Herd Mentality Illogical Jokes Mad Minority Original Thinkers Original Thought Originality Philosophers Philosophy Reach Adulthood Sanity Satire Standard Thinker Unreasonable

79. “When I was a little kid I had a very different meaning of life; simple like a cup of tea with sugar and a piece of cake, today the whole world doesn’t give me that life.”

Tags : Cake Childhood Kid Life Simple Sugar

80. “The mind, placed before any kind of difficulty, can find an ideal outlet in the absurd. Accommodation to the absurd readmits adults to the mysterious realm inhabited by children.”

Tags : Absurd Absurdity Childhood
Author : André Breton

81. “So basically, you get to play Super Mario all you want, any time you want, for FREE !""That is the single most amazing thing I've ever heard.”

Tags : Childhood Gamer Gamers Games Gaming Geek Geeks Nintendo Super Mario Video Games
Source : Level Up

82. “FORKED BRANCHESWe grew up on the same street,You and me.We went to the same schools,Rode the same bus,Had the same friends,And even shared spaghettiWith each other's families.And though our roots belong toThe same tree,Our branches have grownIn different directions.Our tree,Now resembles a thousandOther treesIn a sea of a trillionOther treesWith parallel destiniesAnd similar dreams.You cannot envy the branchThat grows biggerFrom the same seed,And you cannotBlame it on the sun's direction.But you still compare us,As if we're still those twoKids at the parkSlurping down slushies andEating ice cream. Suzy Kassem, Rise Up and Salute the Sun (2010)”

Tags : Branches Childhood Competition Destiny Envy Family Branches Family Branches Quote Friends Grow Different Directions Growing Up Jealousy Life Living Paths Paths Of Life Real Life Relationships Resentment Reunion Roots Schoolmates Seed Success In Life Tree Truth Of Life Youth Youth Culture
Author : Suzy Kassem
Source : Rise Up and Salute the Sun: The Writings of Suzy Kassem

83. “We grew up on the same street,You and me.We went to the same schools,Rode the same bus,Had the same friends,And even shared spaghettiWith each other's families.And though our roots belong toThe same tree,Our branches have grownIn different directions.Our tree,Now resembles a thousandOther treesIn a sea of a trillionOther treesWith parallel destiniesAnd similar dreams.You cannot envy the branchThat grows biggerFrom the same seed,And you cannotBlame it on the sun's direction.But you still compare us,As if we're still those twoKids at the parkSlurping down slushies andEating ice cream.Suzy Kassem, Rise Up and Salute the Sun (2010)”

Tags : Bestfriends Changes Of Life Childhood Comparison To Others Different Directions Different Journies Different Paths Direction Family Branches Growing Growing Up Jealousy Life Life And Living Life Cycle Life Direction Park Path Paths Poetry Relatives Roots Sun Suzy Kassem Truths Of Life Youth
Author : Suzy Kassem
Source : Rise Up and Salute the Sun: The Writings of Suzy Kassem

84. “There is something about being loved and protected by a parent (or guardian) knowing that I can be loved for who I am, not what I can do, or might one day become. Unfortunately it’s not usually like this in every single situation. From time to time, my parents made mistakes during my childhood. Possibly I was the mistake, or unwanted. But I don’t know. I had every material thing that I could have ever wanted, but there was still something missing, as if I felt distanced from my parents, or misunderstood, in the ways that they treated me. At times, I had felt completely loved and accepted by my parents, but for one reason or another, they were unable to care for me, provide for me, in some ways that would have been very important. Sometimes I feel like I am trying to make up for the experiences in life that were absent when I was a child.”

Tags : Child Child Rape Child Sexual Abuse Childhood Childhood Abuse Innocence Introspection Introspective Introspective Quote Mental Health Mental Illness Mental Illness Discrimination Parent Parental Love Parenthood Parenting Parenting Advice Parenting Children Parenting Quotes Parenting Teens Parents Parents And Children Trauma Traumatic Experiences
Source : Sex, Drugs, and Schizophrenia

85. “When you’re a kid, you don’t think about big stuff that could change your life. You think about small things that might terrify you –like a bad report card or missing a goal in front of all your friends or your friends no longer wanting to play with you. Because that's the biggest stuff you know. The biggest disappointments are all tied to this small little universe of yours, because bigger things cannot fit into a small universe. If you wanted bigger things in there you needed to have more room –or make more room. Perhaps you thought about your parents or your pets dying, which was rare. But all you knew was you would be terribly sad and lonely. And on those occasions when people or pets actually died, someone usually came along and distracted you from feeling too much of your actual feelings. Grownups did that –they never left you alone to feel alone or think alone too much. They tended to think you are too small to know how to think and feel in big heaps, so they took parts of your heap onto themselves. To help – but in the long run –it doesn’t help at all. Because if you do not see, or feel or think, or taste the bitter things in life, you don’t know they exist. You have not seen enough of the world to know how terrible it could be. And unfortunately for Sam, this inability to process change persisted into adulthood.”

Tags : Abuse Acceptance Change Child Psychology Childhood Disappointment Growing Up Growth Lack Life Life Lessons Parenting Parenting Children Psychology Trauma Understanding
Source : Consequence

86. “Be sure to lie to your kids about the benevolent, all-seeing Santa Claus. It will prepare them for an adulthood of believing in God.”

Tags : Advice Atheism Childhood Humor Kids Parenting Religion Santa
Author : Scott Dikkers
Source : You Are Worthless: Depressing Nuggets of Wisdom Sure to Ruin Your Day

87. “Think of the Christmas presentof gashes you opened when, in an attempt to be Superman, you slid in stocking feet on a slippery wood floor and crashed half way through a window. Hopes of heroism dashed on the heels of no clear sighting of Santa.”

Tags : Childhood Christmas Disappointment Heroes Injury Irony Kid Santa Stocking Feet Superman
Source : Of My Maiden Smoking

88. “So what was Jonah like before high school? As a kid?”“As a kid?” Hallelujah brings up the picture in her mind. “He was . . . sweet, I guess. Dorky. He’d wear these outfits his mom picked out—pleated khaki pants and polo shirts, with his hair slicked down with gel. And he would get really enthusiastic about things. Too enthusiastic. He went through this cowboy phase where he wore a cowboy hat and boots to school every day. Didn’t care what anyone thought.” The mental image makes her smile.“And he and Luke were best friends?”“Starting in middle school, yeah. They played soccer together.”“Huh.” Rachel pauses. “So when did Jonah get cute?”“He was still pretty short in middle school. And skinny. But he did start dressing better.”“No more pleated khakis?”“No more pleated khakis. And then the summer before ninth grade, he had this growth spurt. And he started to, uh, fill out. So I guess ninth grade is when I noticed . . .” Hallelujah fades off. “This is embarrassing.”“No, it’s not. This is what girls talk about.” Rachel grins. “Besides. I wanted to see if you were paying as close attention to him as he was to you.”“I didn’t realize I was. We were just friends.”“You can be friends and still objectively notice someone’s cuteness.”

Tags : Childhood Clothes Cute Dorky Hallelujah Kid Luke Willis Notice Pay Attention Rachel Jackson

89. “The past does not define me, it ignites me. The past is not a piece of me, it has placed me”

Tags : Abuse Addiction Adult Child Childhood Depressed Depression Forgive Growing Growth Grudge Grudges Help Jesus Faith Negative Older Pain Possitive Quote Sad Scars Self Help Struggle Transform Transformation Twloha
Author : Ricky Maye

90. “You’re a good boy. I wish you didn’t have to be quite so good”

Tags : Childhood Meaningful
Author : Patrick Ness
Source : A Monster Calls

91. “I wept because I was re-experiencing the enthusiasm of my childhood; I was once again a child, and nothing in the world could cause me harm.”

Tags : Child Childhood Enthusiasm Tears
Author : Paulo Coelho
Source : The Pilgrimage

92. “Whatever I learned,Whatever I knew,Seems like those faded years of childhood that flew,Away in some dilemma,Always in some confusion,The purpose of this life,Seems like an illusion!”

Tags : Breakup Breakups Childhood Confusion Dilemma Experience Hurt Illusion Information Knowledge Life Love Love Story Lovers Memories Memory Pain Philosophy Separation Time
Author : Mehek Bassi
Source : Chained: Can you escape fate?

93. “Ultimately, we are all products of the experiences we have and the decisions we make as children, and it remains a peculiar detail of human condition that something as precious as the future is entrusted to us when we possess so little foresight. Perhaps that's what makes hindsight so intriguing. When you're young the future is a blank canvas, but looking back you are always able to see the big picture.”

Tags : Childhood Experiences Future Life
Author : Simon Pegg
Source : Nerd Do Well

94. “What fabrications they are, mothers. Scarecrows, wax dolls for us to stick pins into, crude diagrams. We deny them an existence of their own, we make them up to suit ourselves -- our own hungers, our own wishes, our own deficiencies.”

Tags : Archetype Childhood Motherhood Projection Psychology
Source : The Blind Assassin

95. “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.”

Tags : Childhood Children Happiness Play
Author : L.R. Knost

96. “For a child, it is in the simplicity of play that the complexity of life is sorted like puzzle pieces joined together to make sense of the world.”

Tags : Childhood Children Motherhood Parenting Play
Author : L.R. Knost
Source : Two Thousand Kisses a Day: Gentle Parenting Through the Ages and Stages

97. “On some days she was able to see both sun and moon at the same time. Like feuding cousins, they hung in two corners of the vast world-ceiling refusing to look at one another. The moon was always harder to spot and more faded, but it was there if you looked, as many things were.”

Tags : Author Carla H Krueger Childhood Growing Up Imagination Learning The Truth Moon Sleeping With The Sun
Source : Sleeping with the Sun

98. “I puked rainbows all over my childhood, and it felt so good.”

Tags : Childhood Childhood Memory Childhood Suffering Hot Mess Improvement Inspirational Rainbows Self Help
Author : L.K. Elliott
Source : Confessions of an Ex Hot Mess

99. “Accepting necessary conflicts for the sake of improving the lives of children is the only fundamental moral crusade that matters.”

Tags : Abuse Bravery Child Abuse Cycle Cycle Of Abuse Ethics Hitting Individual Kids Libertarian Liberty Moral Courage Natural Law Natural Rights Naughty Parenting Peaceful Punishment Rights Suffering Time Out Universal Universally Preferable Behavior Violence Wellbeing

100. “I love to help children's souls shine.”

Tags : Child Child Abuse Child Sexual Abuse Childhood Children Children Books Children S Books Children S Literature Childrens Childrens Books Jew Jewish Jews Soul Souls Spiritual Spiritual Growth Spiritual Wisdom Spirituality
Author : Bracha Goetz

101. “The circumstances surrounding your birth is not as important as the opportunity to live life.”

Tags : Advice For Daily Living Birthday Quotes Circumstances Circumstances And Attitude Daily Living Daily Quotes Faith Quotes Gratitude Quotes Inspirational Quotes Joyful Living Quotes Life And Death Life And Living Life Experience Life Lessons Life Philosophy Live Your Life Parental Love Parents And Children Pregnancy Quotes Pregnant Woman Spiritual Quotes Thankful Quotes Wise Sayings Wise Words
Source : Think Great: Be Great!

102. “Because we are human we have a long childhood, and one of the jobs of that childhood is to sculpt our brains. We have years--about twelve of them--to draw outlines of the shape we want our sculpted brain to take. Some of the parts must be sculpted at critical times. One cannot, after all, carve out toes unless he knows where the foot will go. We need tools to do some of the fine work. The tools are our childhood experiences. And I'm convinced that one of those experiences must be children's books. And they must be experienced within the early years of our long childhood.”

Tags : Books Brains Childhood Children Children S Books Children S Lit Children S Literature Development Experiences Life Life Experiences Literature Reading
Source : Talk, Talk : A Children's Book Author Speaks to Grown-Ups

103. “Running in the wind, in the pollen and dust, a flower in flight”

Tags : Childhood Girls Running Wild Youth
Source : Lolita

104. “(An unhappy childhood was not) an unsuitable preparation for my future, in that it demanded a constant wariness, the habit of observation, and the attendance on moods and tempers; the noting of discrepancies between speech and action; a certain reserve of demeanour; and automatic suspicion of sudden favours.”

Tags : Childhood Observation Unhappiness Writers Writing
Source : Something of Myself

105. “I am still every age that I have been. Because I was once a child, I am always a child. Because I was once a searching adolescent, given to moods and ecstasies, these are still part of me, and always will be... This does not mean that I ought to be trapped or enclosed in any of these ages...the delayed adolescent, the childish adult, but that they are in me to be drawn on; to forget is a form of suicide... Far too many people misunderstand what *putting away childish things* means, and think that forgetting what it is like to think and feel and touch and smell and taste and see and hear like a three-year-old or a thirteen-year-old or a twenty-three-year-old means being grownup. When I'm with these people I, like the kids, feel that if this is what it means to be a grown-up, then I don't ever want to be one. Instead of which, if I can retain a child's awareness and joy, and *be* fifty-one, then I will really learn what it means to be grownup.”

Tags : Adulthood Age Childhood Forgetting

106. “As adults we get so entrapped in illusions and trivia, that we forget the true essence of life; and so often we need to connect with children, to understand that it is the little, priceless joys that make life beautiful and worthy.”

Tags : Adults Beautiful Beautiful Life Childhood Children Connect Illusions Joys Joys In Life Life Worthy
Author : Manprit Kaur

107. “Small boys often produce their own plays; but usually the parts are not written out. They hardly need to be, for the main line of each character is always "Stick 'em up!" In these plays the curtain is always rung down on a set of corpses, for small boys are by nature through and uncompromising.”

Tags : Boys Childhood Gangsters Imagination Make Believe Plays Theatre Writing
Author : A.S. Neill
Source : Summerhill: A Radical Approach to Child Rearing

108. “Summerhill children are allowed to go through their gangster period, and consequentially more furniture is destroyed.”

Tags : Childhood Destruction Gangsters Growing Up Imagination Make Believe
Author : A.S. Neill
Source : Summerhill: A Radical Approach to Child Rearing

109. “My mood, as I identify with each of my heroes, resembles what I used to feel when I played alone as a child. Like all children, I liked to play make-believe, to put myself in someone else's place and imagine dream worlds in which I was a soldier, a famous soccer player, or a great hero.”

Tags : Childhood Make Believe Writing Process
Author : Orhan Pamuk
Source : The Naive and the Sentimental Novelist

110. “Resting on the roots of this old oak I lean back against his knotted trunk, shine my granny smith on my sleeve And ponder the days…”

Tags : Childhood Children Coming Of Age Cute Dreamer Dreams Growing Up Imagination Life Magic Memories Youth
Author : Kellie Elmore
Source : Magic in the Backyard

111. “When you are a grown up your brothers become your neighbors and your unconditional brotherhood become your conditional neighborhood.”

Tags : Amit Kalantri Amit Kalantri Quotes Brother Brotherhood Brothers Child Childhood Children Conditional Grown Ups Humans Inspiration Inspirational Inspirational Quotes Kid Kids Motivation Motivational Quotes Neighborhood Neighbors Philosophy Unconditional Wisdom Wisdom Quotes
Author : Amit Kalantri

112. “In our folk nobody has any experience of youth, there’s barely even any time for being a toddler. The children simply don’t have any time in which they might be children........Indeed... there’s simply no way that we would be able to provide our children with a viable childhood, one that is real. Naturally, there are consequences. There’s a certain ever present, not to be liquidated childishness that permeates our folk; We often act in ways that are totally and utterly ridiculous and, indeed, precisely like children we do things that are crazy, letting loose with our assets in a manner that is bereft of all rationality, prodigious in our celebrations, partaking in a light-headed frivolousness that is divorced from all sensibility, and often enough all simply for the sake of some small token of fun, so much do we love having our small amusements. But our folk isn’t only childish, to a certain extent we also age prematurely, childhood and old age mix themselves differently with us than by others. We don’t have any youth, we jump right away into maturity and, then, we remain grown-ups for too long and as a consequence to this there’s a broad shadow of a certain tiredness and a sort of hopelessness that colours our essential nature, a nature that as a whole is otherwise so tenacious and permeated by hope, strong hope. This, no doubt, this is related to why we’re so disinclined toward music—we’re too old for music, so much excitement, so much passion doesn’t sit well with our heaviness;”

Tags : Childhood Grown Ups Maturity
Author : Franz Kafka
Source : The Complete Stories

113. “The problem with a man is, he is no more a child.”

Tags : Amit Kalantri Amit Kalantri Quotes Amit Kalantri Writer Being Child Child Childhood Children Curiosity Grown Ups Human Beings Inspiration Inspirational Inspirational Quotes Kids Man Motivation Motivational Motivational Quotes Philosophy Problem
Author : Amit Kalantri

114. “When you become a teenager, you step onto a bridge. You may already be on it. The opposite shore is adulthood. Childhood lies behind. The bridge is made of wood. As you cross, it burns behind you”

Tags : Adulthood Bridge Childhood
Source : Writing Magic: Creating Stories that Fly

115. “Men do not quit playing because they grow old; they grow old because they quit playing.”

Tags : Adulthood Aging Childhood Play

116. “People never grow up, they just learn how to act in public.”

Tags : Adulthood Childhood
Author : Bryan White

117. “Would it be possible for me to see something from up there?" asked Milo politely."You could," said Alec, "but only if you try very hard to look at things as an adult does."Milo tried as hard as he could, and, as he did, his feet floated slowly off the ground until he was standing in the air next to Alex Bings. He looked around very quickly and, an instant later, crashed back down to the earth again."Interesting, wasn't it?" asked Alex."Yes, it was," agreed Milo, rubbing his head and dusting himself off, "but I think I'll continue to see things as a child. It's not so far to fall.”

Tags : Adulthood Childhood Perspective
Author : Norton Juster
Source : The Phantom Tollbooth

118. “Dance. Dance for the joy and breath of childhood. Dance for all children, including that child who is still somewhere entombed beneath the responsibility and skepticism of adulthood. Embrace the moment before it escapes from our grasp. For the only promise of childhood, of any childhood, is that it will someday end. And in the end, we must ask ourselves what we have given our children to take its place. And is it enough?”

Tags : Adulthood Childhood Children Parenting Play
Source : The Christmas Box Miracle: My Spiritual Journey of Destiny, Healing and Hope

119. “The child, screaming for refuge, senses how feeble a shelter the twig hut of grown-up awareness is. They claim strength, these parents, and complete sanctuary. The weeping earth itself knows how desperate is the child's need for exactly that sanctuary. How deep and sticky is the darkness of childhood, how rigid the blades of infant evil, which is unadulterated, unrestrained by the convenient cushions of age and its civilizing anesthesia. Grownups can deal with scraped knees, dropped ice-cream cones, and lost dollies, but if they suspected the real reasons we cry they would fling us out of their arms in horrified revulsion. Yet we are small and as terrified as we are terrifying in our ferocious appetites.”

Tags : Adulthood Age Childhood

120. “... People with great passions, people who accomplish great deeds, people who possess strong feelings, even people with great minds and a strong personality, rarely come out of good little boys and girls.”

Tags : Childhood Human Behavior Human Nature Parenting

121. “The circumstances surrounding your birth are not as important as the opportunity to live life.”

Tags : Birth Mother Birthday Challenge And Attitude Childhood Children S Books Circumstances And Attitude Daily Life Daily Living Fearless Quotes Hope And Healing Inspirational Quotes Life And Death Life Changing Life Lessons Living Life Living Your Best Life Mothers And Daughters Optimism Quotes Parenting Parenting Advice Situational Quote Wise Quotes Wise Words
Source : Think Great: Be Great!

122. “All fathers are liars . . . If you want to be a father, you have to be prepared to become a liar.”

Tags : Adulthood Childhood Father Fear Liar Lying Parenting Truth
Author : Alison Espach
Source : The Adults

123. “Carelessness was once something to be owned. They wore it around their necks as they joined the springtime breeze while ducking in and out of the forest believing their fairy tale.”

Tags : Carelessness Childhood Fairy Tales Forest
Author : A. Lynn
Source : Itsy's Ugly

124. “Oh Christ, he groaned to himself, if this is the stuff adults have to think about I never want to grow up”

Tags : Adults Bill Childhood Grownups Horror It Pennywise Stephen King
Author : Stephen King
Source : It

125. “One may enter the literary parlor via just about any door, be it the prison door, the madhouse door, or the brothel door. There is but one door one may not enter it through, which is the child room door. The critics will never forgive you such. The great Rudyard Kipling is one of a number of people to have suffered from this. I keep wondering to myself what this peculiar contempt towards anything related to childhood is all about.”

Tags : Adults Childhood Children S Children S Books Good Sense Literature Wisdom
Author : Michael Ende

126. “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.”

Tags : Adults Childhood Grow Up Human Kids

127. “[One way] researchers sometimes evaluate people's judgments is to compare those judgments with those of more mature or experienced individuals. This method has its limitations too, because mature or experienced individuals are sometimes so set in their ways that they can't properly evaluate new or unique conditions or adopt new approaches to solving problems.”

Tags : Adult Adults Childhood Creativity Education Reform Experience Innovation Judgment Logic Neuroscience Problem Problem Solving Psychiatry Research School School System Science Study Teenagers Wisdom Young People
Source : Teen 2.0: Saving Our Children and Families from the Torment of Adolescence

128. “…because I was only eleven years old, I was wrapped in the best cloak of invisibility in the world.”

Tags : Attention Attitude Childhood Invisibility Noticeable
Author : Alan Bradley
Source : A Red Herring Without Mustard

129. “There are miracles and glory in every child. Our glory lies in empowering them to flourish their glory.”

Tags : Child Childhood Children S Park Children S Theme Park Compassion Empower Empowering Empowering Children Empowering Quote Empowering Quotes Empowerment Girl Child Glory Glory Of Life Inspiration Inspirational Miracles
Author : Amit Ray

130. “You know, it's pretty easy reading this book to see why I was angry and confused for all those years. I lived my life being told different stories: some true, some lies and I still don't know which is which. Children are born innocent. At birth we are very much like a new hard drive - no viruses, no bad information, no crap that's been downloaded into it yet. It's what we feed into that hard drive, or in my case "head drive" that starts the corruption of the files.”

Tags : Childhood Children Corruption Knowledge Mind Nikki Sixx Youth
Author : Nikki Sixx
Source : The Heroin Diaries: A Year In The Life Of A Shattered Rock Star

131. “People ask me where I got my x-ray powers. I inherited them from my parents in parental supervision. Erase the dots and your doubts if you think that I was 'raysed' alone.”

Tags : Autobiographical Autobiography Childhood Childhood Memories Enlightment Figurative Homographic Homophonic Humorous Paranormal Play On Words Pun Puns Raised Rethorical Super Powers Supernatural Supervision Telepathy Third Eye Wordplay X Ray X Ray Vision
Source : The Tao of Physical and Spiritual

132. “Adoption isn't just a childhood experience, it's a life-long experience.”

Tags : Adopted Adopted Kids Adoptees Adoption Adoption And Attitude Adoption Story Childhood Experience Inspiration Life Experience Life Experiences

133. “Those of us who have overcome so many adversities from a very young age, are privileged to be able to communicate profound insights and advice to others, speaking from a place of genuine confidence and knowing.”

Tags : Adversity Advice Challenge Childhood Confidence Insight Inspirational Knowing Life Experience Motivational Privileged
Source : Embrace Your Sexual Self: A Practical Guide for Women

134. “The monsters of our childhood do not fade away, neither are they ever wholly monstrous”

Tags : Childhood Monsters

135. “Kids believe in Santa; adults believe in childhood.”

Tags : Childhood Santa Short Stories
Author : Cate Kennedy
Source : Dark Roots: Stories

136. “My childhood in Corfu shaped my life. If I had the craft of Merlin, I would give every child the gift of my childhood.”

Tags : Childhood Corfu Magic Merlin
Source : My Family and Other Animals

137. “Children played guessing games, telling each other whether the gun fired was and AK-47, a G3, an RPG, or a machine gun.”

Tags : Childhood Coming Of Age Memoirs Sierra Leone
Author : Ishmael Beah
Source : A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier

138. “You can go other places, all right - you can live on the other side of the world, but you can't ever leave home”

Tags : Childhood Home Nostalgia
Author : Sue Monk Kidd
Source : The Mermaid Chair

139. “Children’s and YA books are about being brave and kind, about learning wisdom and love, about that journey into and through maturity that we all keep starting, and starting again, no matter how old we get. I think that’s why so many adults read YA: we’re never done coming of age.”

Tags : Adolescence Adulthood Adults Reading Ya Age Childhood Children S Books Coming Of Age Kids Kids Books Learning Literature Maturity Reading Wisdom Ya Young Adult Books

140. “But we left camp after a while and we was driving in a real spooky place cause all the roads up near camp are dark and in the woods and we had to drive for a while to get to a highway cause there was no street lights or anything and nothing but woods and my dad asked me if I had a good time and I told him I did, but that’s really a lie and I felt like telling him what it was like at that mean old camp, but I thought he’d get mad and tell me I’m making it up and I thought I’d tell him some other time like Febuary and cause I didn’t think he’d believe me anyway, but so I changed my mind and then I thought I should tell him now cause he’ll wonder howcome I never told him sooner, so when he said that’s a nasty gash and when he said what did I do, stumble on the trail and hit a big rock or something? I told him no and I told him that lots of bad things happened to me at camp and that I never want to go there again cause I hate it and I almost cried. But he said I always had a bibid emigination cause he’s sure it wasn’t that bad! And I don’t know about those big words either, but what he said made me kind of mad cause grownups always think they know what happened to you better than you do yourself.”

Tags : Boys Camp Child Childhood Childhood Memories Family Family Relationships Frightening Funny Grownups Humor Initiation
Source : Morning Song

141. “Beating heroin is child's play compared to beating your childhood.”

Tags : Childhood Heroin
Author : Stephen King
Source : The Waste Lands

142. “Childhood is this time of magic and monsters; hoping for one and fearing the other... The worst part of being a kid is discovering which one exists... So, I chose to believe in magic.”

Tags : Childhood Fear Hope Magic Monsters
Source : We Shadows

143. “High school will probably be better. I mean, some kids will still be jerks, but it's not so bad if you have at least one good friend. Someone who gets you.”

Tags : Advice Bad Better Bullying Childhood Coming Of Age Companion Education Friend Friendly Friendship Gets Growing Up High School Jerk Kid Life Someone Teasing
Source : The World Without Us

144. “It’s the poet we love in Caeiro, not the philosopher. What we really get from these poems is a childlike sense of life, with all the direct materiality of the child’s mind, and all the vital spirituality of hope and increase that exist in the body and soul of nescient childhood. Caeiro’s work is a dawn that wakes us up and quickens us; a more that material, more than anti-spiritual dawn. It’s an abstract effect, pure vacuum, nothingness.”

Tags : Alberto Caeiro Anti Spiritual Being Childhood Clarity Directness Elan Existence Hope It Is What It Is Materialism Nature Nothingness Paganism Pantheism Philosophy Poetry Purity Reality Soul Spirituality Vacuum Vitalism

145. “I came because I've spent my whole life in the company of the brother that I hated. Now I want a chance to know the brother that I love, before it's too late, before we're not children anymore.”

Tags : Brother Child Childhood Ender Love
Source : Ender's Game

146. “A crush of bodies surrounded the featureless monument. The enraged dead clambered atop their ghastly kin. Caiaphas tucked his knees to his chest and hugged his legs tightly, staring at the scores of ragged, flailing hands as they scratched for purchase over the edge of the cylinder. Metal thrummed and thunder roared, filling his head. Now there were words within the deafening roar. “Straaaange,” they seemed to say. “Daaaace…” “Straaaangerrrr…” Then a quick, awful chant: “CAIAPHAS! FOREVER! CAI—” And with a piercing whistle it ended as his eardrums burst.”

Tags : Childhood Fantasy Horror Metaphysical Sci Fi Visionary Zombie
Author : Scott Kaelen
Source : Island in the Sands

147. “With the fading of the final notes the saxophone player turns to me. Its baleful, otherworldly gaze bores into my soul. It lowers its instrument to the disc and extends a podgy, grey hand to point at me. It looms closer, its head expanding, arm elongating. A clammy digit brushes the tip of my nose and a tingling numbness spreads over my face like an ice-cold spider web. A voice like the rustle of dried leaves whispers inside my head: “Forever…” The last syllable stretches, just like my grandfather’s dying breath. And the beady, black orbs are no longer eyes but deep, obsidian pits…”

Tags : Childhood Fantasy Metaphysical Sci Fi Visionary
Author : Scott Kaelen
Source : Falling

148. “As a child I would play with such imagination that the ‘real’ world was never real at all. It was full of mystery, adventure and possibility.”

Tags : Adventure Childhood Mystery Play Possibility
Author : Fennel Hudson
Source : A Meaningful Life - Fennel's Journal - No. 1

149. “It's strange how in childhood it feels like tomorrow won't come until the end of forever, but in adulthood it feels like the end of forever could come tomorrow.”

Tags : Adulthood Age Aging Childhood Life Quotes Old Age Passing Of Time Patience Perception Of Time Richelle Richelle E Goodrich Richelle Goodrich Time Youth
Source : Making Wishes: Quotes, Thoughts, & a Little Poetry for Every Day of the Year

150. “People give you a hard time about being a kid at twelve. They didn't want to give you Halloween candy anymore. They said things like, "If this were the Middle Ages, you'd be married and you'd own a farm with about a million chickens on it." They were trying to kick you out of childhood. Once you were gone, there was no going back, so you had to hold on as long as you could.”

Tags : Childhood Growing Up Maturity
Source : Lullabies for Little Criminals

151. “It's like I'm dreaming of the imaginary friend Katie and I had when we were little. She'd been so real to us as kids. We each remembered Anna, that's what we'd called her, just like we remembered bits of our parents. But now, in this dreamscape of Paradise Lost, our imaginary third twin has all grown up.”

Tags : Canada Cape Breton Childhood Coming Of Age Death Foster Grown Up Imaginary Friend Nostalgia Parents Tulpa Twin
Source : Twin Loyalties: From the Chronicles of Tar Ponds City

152. “And so seated next to my father in the train compartment, I suddenly asked, "Father, what is sexsin?"He turned to look at me, as he always did when answering a question, but to my surprise he said nothing. At last he stood up, lifted his traveling case off the floor and set it on the floor.Will you carry it off the train, Corrie?" he said.I stood up and tugged at it. It was crammed with the watches and spare parts he had purchased that morning.It's too heavy," I said.Yes," he said, "and it would be a pretty poor father who would ask his little girl to carry such a load. It's the same way, Corrie, with knowledge. Some knowledge is too heavy for children. When you are older and stronger, you can bear it. For now you must trust me to carry it for you.”

Tags : Childhood Father Knowledge
Source : The Hiding Place

153. “Every Saturday morning, first thing before breakfast, his parents held conferences with their children requiring them to answer two questions put to each of them: 1. What have you learned that is true (and how do you know)? 2. What problem do you have?”

Tags : Childhood Family Rituals
Author : Toni Morrison
Source : God Help the Child

154. “I know nothing about her. Just some books, and some stories she tried to tell me, and things I didn't understand, and I remember big red soft hands and that smell. I never knew who she really was. I mean, she must have been nine too, once.”

Tags : Childhood Grandmothers
Source : The Wee Free Men

155. “Nonsense. Young boys should never be sent to bed. They always wake up a day older, and then before you know it, they're grown.”

Tags : Childhood Punishment
Author : J.M. Barrie

156. “To Alef, the letterthat begins the alphabetsof both Arabic and Hebrew-two Semitic languages,sisters for centuries.May we find the languagethat takes usto the only home there is - one another's hearts....Alef knowsThat a threadOf a storyStitches togetherA wound.”

Tags : Childhood Israel Language Palestine Peace The Eyes Of Babes
Source : Tasting the Sky: A Palestinian Childhood

157. “She was always daydreaming. She never wanted to live in the real world; she always seemed to be separated from other children her age. They couldn’t understand her or her imagination. She was always thinking outside of the box, breaking rules, and only following what her heart told her was right.”

Tags : Childhood Daydreaming Follow Your Heart Imagination
Source : November Snow

158. “This is the great world, and I am only Kim. Who is Kim?' He considered his own identity, a thing he had never done before, till his head swam. He was one insignificant person in all this roaring whirl of India, going southward to he knew not what fate.”

Tags : Childhood Identity Orphan

159. “When the others were picked up and walked home by friends or fathers or best friend’s sisters,I was the kid in a grey hoodie, walking with the poets, the singers, the thinkers, and I was not alone.”

Tags : Berlin Charlotte Eriksson Childhood Gothenburg Not Alone Poetry Poets Prose Singers Sweden The Glass Child Thinkers Writers Writing You Are Not Alone Youth

160. “My parents are going to kill me!""That seems rather harsh...”

Tags : Childhood Humor Paranoia Parents
Author : Garth Nix
Source : Sir Thursday

161. “(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.”

Tags : Art Childhood Gothic Imagination Radcliffe
Author : André Breton

162. “The path of development is a journey of discovery that is clear only in retrospect, and it’s rarely a straight line.”

Tags : Child Child Development Childhood Children Growth Parenting Parents And Children
Source : Smart Parenting for Smart Kids: Nurturing Your Child's True Potential

163. “It is so fatally easy to make young children believe that they are horrible.”

Tags : Childhood Children Mistakes Upbringing
Author : T.H. White
Source : The Once and Future King

164. “There's a great power of imagination about these little creatures, and a creative fancy and belief that is very curious to watch . . . I am sure that horrid matter-of-fact child-rearers . . . do away with the child's most beautiful privilege. I am determined that Anny shall have a very extensive and instructive store of learning in Tom Thumbs, Jack-the-Giant-Killers, etc.”

Tags : Childhood Children Fairy Tales Upbringing

165. “My sister's bringing up had made me sensitive. In the little world in which children have their existence whosoever brings them up, there is nothing so finely perceived and so finely felt, as injustice. It may be only small injustice that the child can be exposed to; but the child is small, and its world is small, and its rocking-horse stands as many hands high, according to scale, as a big-boned Irish hunter. Within myself, I had sustained, from my babyhood, a perpetual conflict with injustice. I had known, from the time when I could speak, that my sister, in her capricious and violent coercion, was unjust to me. I had cherished a profound conviction that her bringing me up by hand, gave her no right to bring me up by jerks. Through all my punishments, disgraces, fasts and vigils, and other penitential performances, I had nursed this assurance; and to my communing so much with it, in a solitary and unprotected way, I in great part refer the fact that I was morally timid and very sensitive.”

Tags : Childhood Fairness Upbringing
Source : Great Expectations

166. “I cannot overemphasize the impact our childhood has on our ability to be honest because we live out what we learned as children in our adult relationships.”

Tags : Ability Adult Relationship Childhood Children Honest Impact Learn Live Overemphasize
Source : Lies We Tell Ourselves: The Psychology of Self-Deception

167. “My days of torment were over, but the damage was done. I conflated the bullies and my bathroom accidents with an inchoate sense that something was wrong with me. I broadcast my sense of otherness through my slumped posture, downcast expression, and extreme timidity. Kids at school called weird so often that after a while I believed them. I hid myself behind a curtain of tangled hair.”

Tags : Bullying Childhood Shyness
Author : Alysia Abbott
Source : Fairyland: A Memoir of My Father

168. “Mom hadn't met Ramon; her advocacy was more arm's length - petitions, the website, letter writing, meetings with politicians. Her friend Hanna had formed a close friendship with Ramon though, visiting him as often as she could. Hanna told me that Ramon's greatest regret was that he wouldn't get to see his daughter grow up.And Jeremy's dad, who had that opportunity, was just throwing it away.It made me furious, and I couldn't let it go.”

Tags : Away Childhood Crime Dad Daughter Death Death Penalty Ethics Family Fatherhood Friend Furious Grief Grow Up Hanna Love Mom Parent Petition Prison Ramon Teen Throw Website Young Adult
Source : The World Without Us

169. “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.”

Tags : Adolescence Boyhood Childhood Girlhood Growing Up Memories Roman Payne Roman Payne Quote Teen Teenage Love Teenagers Teens Youth
Author : Roman Payne

170. “Without realizing that the past is constantly determining their present actions, they avoid learning anything about their history. They continue to live in their repressed childhood situation, ignoring the fact that is no longer exists, continuing to fear and avoid dangers that, although once real, have not been real for a long time.”

Tags : Amnesia Child Sex Abuse Childhood Chile Abuse Danger Denial Emotional Neglect Emotions Facts Fear History Memories Memory Past Reality Repressed Repression
Author : Alice Miller
Source : The Drama of the Gifted Child: The Search for the True Self

171. “Ultima came to stay with us the summer I was almost seven. When she came the beauty of the llano unfolded before my eyes, and the gurgling waters of the river sang to the hum of the turning earth. The magical time of childhood stood still, and the pulse of the living earth pressed its mystery into my living blood.”

Tags : Anaya Beauty Bless Childhood Llano Me Mystery River Rudolfo Ultima
Author : Rudolfo Anaya
Source : Bless Me, Ultima

172. “To grow up is to wonder about things; to be grown up is to slowly forget the things you wondered about as a child.”

Tags : Childhood
Source : When the Snow Fell

173. “Sometimes, without effort, you live in the moment. You don't regret the past or worry about the future, and in that moment everything flashes before your eyes , a clear snapshot of what has to be done, and everything pauses.”

Tags : Childhood Clarity Clear Dream Future Imagination Kodak Moment Life Moment Nostalgia Past Pause Photography Regret Snapshot Time Worry
Source : Shadowed Skies: The Third Smog City Novel

174. “Will the time ever come when I am not so completely dependent on thoughts I first had in childhood to furnish the feedstock for my comparisons and analogies and sense of the parallel rhythms of microhistory? Will I reach a point where there will be a good chance, I mean a more than fifty-fifty chance, that any random idea popping back into the foreground of my consciousness will be an idea that first came to me when I was an adult, rather than one I had repeatedly as a child?”

Tags : Adulthood Childhood Living In The Moment Nostalgia

175. “It was a gaze that held the comfort of familiarity. There was no mystery, no enigmatic depth, but unrestrained length, the length of years—the laughter of childhood games and Christmas carols of home— lining its pathways with simple, yet easily overlooked, understanding.”

Tags : Childhood Familiarity Family Gaze Understanding
Source : The Rose and the Sword

176. “People have often told me that one of their strongest childhood memories is the scent of their grandmother's house. I never knew my grandmothers, but I could always count of the Bookmobile.”

Tags : Books Childhood Grandparents Memories Scents
Source : Big Stone Gap

177. “You see, we were able to give you something, something which even now no one will ever take from you, and we were able to do that principally by sheltering you. Hailsham would not have been Hailsham if we hadn’t. Very well, sometimes that meant we kept things from you, lied to you. Yes, in many ways we fooled you, I suppose you could even call it that. But we sheltered you during those years, and we gave you your childhoods. Lucy was well-meaning enough. But if she’d have her way, your happiness at Hailsham would have been shattered. Look at you both now! I’m so proud to see you both. You built your lives on what we gave you. You wouldn’t be who you are today if we’d not protected you. You wouldn’t have become absorbed in your lessons, you wouldn’t have lost yourselves in your art and your writing. Why should you have done, knowing what lay in store for each of you? You would have told us it was all pointless, and how could we have argued with you? So she had to go.”

Tags : Childhood Emily Hailsham Kathy Lucy Miss Tommy
Source : Never Let Me Go

178. “From early childhood his mother had taught him that to discuss in public a profound emotional experience-which, in the open air, immediately evanesces and fades, and, oddly, becomes similar to an analogous experience of one's interlocutor-was not only vulgar, but also a sin against sentiment.”

Tags : Childhood Sentiment
Source : Glory

179. “Moral obligations verses Legal obligations. Legally, you must abide by the laws of the land or face the consequences of being fined, imprisoned or both. Moral obligations tend to lean more towards a spiritual nature of a person. Some people perform immoral acts because legally there are no consequences. Morals birth in the heart of the individual. Moral characteristics are developed at an early age and continue into adulthood. It's a disgrace to neglect having good moral character.”

Tags : Adulthood Adults Age Articles Caring Character Disgrace Faith Forgiving Hope Inspirational Inspire Kindness Legalism Neglect Parents Politics Quotes Space Trust Trustworthy
Source : Sweet Destiny

180. “Your pants didn't get smaller, Mommy," I assured her. "Your butt got bigger.”

Tags : Childhood Humor Silly
Author : Gordon Korman
Source : No More Dead Dogs

181. “Never stop screaming, playing and laughing, it's part of our childhood wich will always be with us.”

Tags : Childhood Childhood Memories Inspirational Quote Yolo

182. “Childhood is the time of man's greatest content. 'Tis during these years of innocent pleasure that the little ones are most free from care. [...] Their joy is in being alive, and they do not stop to think. In after-years the doom of mankind overtakes them, and they find they must struggle and worry, work and fret, to gain the wealth that is so dear to the hearts of men.”

Tags : Carefree Childhood
Author : L. Frank Baum
Source : The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus

183. “The imagination is precious. Don't lose it. Don't lose the child in you.”

Tags : Brian Warner Childhood Imagination Marilyn Manson

184. “I once had a mind of quicksand,That dragged ideas into its depths,Inhaling specks of sunlight,Every time I drew a breath,But the world thought me a hazard,When every word I spoke, I meant,So around me they put caution tape,And filled me with cement.”

Tags : Censorship Childhood Free Speech Freedom Society Youth
Author : Erin Hanson

185. “It felt like being a child again, though it was not. Being a child is like nothing. It's only being. Later, when we think about it, we make it into youth.”

Tags : Childhood Memory Youth
Source : Embassytown

186. “You can't go home again. Your childhood is lost. The friends of your youth are gone. Your present is slipping away from you. Nothing is ever the same.”

Tags : Childhood Heraclitus Philosophy
Source : The fragments of the work of Heraclitus of Ephesus on nature; translated from the Greek text of Bywater, with an introd. historical and critical

187. “I liked to be off by myself, away from the eyes of adults who always had some task or errand to demand of an unoccupied child.”

Tags : Childhood Leisure
Source : The Secret Chord

188. “They climbed the wide stairways. Their footsteps echoed and echoed through the house. "What on earth will you be doing with something so large?" said Mum."I shall live in it with my servants, of course," said Mina. "Or I shall establish a school.""A school, my lady?""Yes. A school for the writing of nonsense and the pursuit of extraordinary activities.”

Tags : Child Childhood Dream Education Fun House Inheritance Learning Nonsense School Unusual Weird
Author : David Almond
Source : My Name Is Mina

189. “I do not love. Love is only for women who are complete. I cannot love while my heart lacks safety and in my wallet there is enough money to pay for a loaf of bread. I cannot kiss you while I am thinking of the house rent and the electricity bills. I cannot behave as a mature woman who can exchange with you phrases of love while my childhood is not yet complete. This is an unfair compromise for safety and for existence.  We only call it love to preserve our dignity.”

Tags : Childhood Dignity Egyptian Egyptian Writer Existence Love Safety Unfair
Author : jihad eltabey

190. “There is something about Christmas that requires a rug rat. Little kids make Christmas fun. I wonder if could rent one for the holidays. When I was tiny we would by a real tree and stay up late drinking hot chocolate and finding just the right place for the special decorations. It seems like my parents gave up the magic when I figured out the Santa lie. Maybe I shouldn't have told them I knew where the presents really came from. It broke their hearts.”

Tags : Childhood Christmas Innocence Santa
Source : Speak

191. “I am a divorced child, of divided, uncertain background. Within this division I - supposed fruit of their love - no longer exist. It happened nearly forty years ago, yet to me nothing is sadder than my parents' divorce.”

Tags : Childhood Childhood Trauma Divorce Divorce Quotes Divorce Separation Children Parents Parents And Children
Source : Undressing Emmanuelle: A Life Stripped Bare

192. “But Claire had long ago realized, even after those constant dreams of her mother leaving faded away, that when you are abandoned as a child, you are never able to forget that people are capable of leaving, even if they never do.”

Tags : Abandonment Childhood Leaving Left Behind
Source : First Frost

193. “He had been haunted his whole life by a mildcase of claustrophobia—the vestige of a childhood incident he had never quite overcome.Langdon’s aversion to closed spaces was by no means debilitating, but it had always frustrated him.It manifested itself in subtle ways. He avoided enclosed sports like racquetball or squash, and he hadgladly paid a small fortune for his airy, high-ceilinged Victorian home even though economical facultyhousing was readily available. Langdon had often suspected his attraction to the art world as a youngboy sprang from his love of museums’ wide open spaces.”

Tags : Attraction Aversion Avoid Childhood Claustrophobia Economical Frustrated High Ceilings Housing Manifest Manifested Museums Overcome Sports Subtle Ways Suspect Vestige Wide Open Spaces
Author : Dan Brown
Source : Angels & Demons

194. “My childhood was a drag show!”

Tags : Art Artist Artists Quotes Childhood Childhood Memories Childhood Memory Drag Drag Queen Drag Queens Drag Show Funny And Random Funny Quote Funny Quotes
Author : Nuno Roque

195. “It tugs at me, filling me with the kind of seasick nostalgia that can hit you in the gut when you find an old concert ticket in your purse or an old coin machine ring you got down at the boardwalk on a day when you went searching for mermaids in the surf with your best friend.That punch of nostalgia hits me now and I start to sink down on the sky-coloured quilt, feeling the nubby fabric under my fingers, familiar as the topography of my hand.”

Tags : Best Friend Childhood Coin Machine Concert Finger Friendship Guilt Hand Homesick Kodak Moment Laughter Life Loss Love Memory Mermaid Play Quilt Regret Ring Sad Seasick Sky Surf Ticket
Source : Placid Girl

196. “Nel piccolo mondo in cui i bambini vivono la loro esistenza, chiunque li allevi, non c'è nulla che venga percepito più acutamente dell'ingiustizia. Può darsi che sia solo una piccola ingiustizia quella che il bambino si trova a subire; ma il bambino è piccolo, e il suo mondo è piccolo, e il suo cavallino a dondolo è tante spanne più alto di lui quanto, in proporzione, un cavallo irlandese dalla grossa ossatura. Io, dentro di me, avevo sostenuto un perpetuo conflitto contro l'ingiustizia fin dalla prima infanzia.”

Tags : Childhood Grandi Speranze Injustice Italiano Pip
Source : Great Expectations

197. “There is much that I do not know and I'd like to know even less.”

Tags : Back To The Roots Childhood Focus Focussed Knowledge Knowledge Wisdom Small World

198. “I think repressing what happened is what saved me in my childhood. I was able to use my imagination to create happy events, but a little girl can carry only so much on her own.”

Tags : Child Abuse Childhood Imagination Molestation Repressed Memories Survival Survivor Trigger Trigger Warning
Author : Erin Merryn
Source : Living for Today: From Incest and Molestation to Fearlessness and Forgiveness

199. “How beautiful it is to feel that what you cannot describe?”

Tags : Beautiful Cannot Childhood Describe Elation Emotion Feel Glee Happiness Joy Love Positivity Pure Simple Smile

200. “I remember our childhood dayswhen life was easyand math problems hard.Mom would help us with our homeworkand dad was not at home but at work.After our chores, we’d go to the old fort museum with clips in our hair and pure joy in our hearts.You, sister, wore the bangles thatyou, brother, got as a prize from the Dentist.“Why the bangles?” the Dentist asked, surprised, for boys picked the stickers of cars instead.“They’re for my sisters,” you said.Mom would treat us to a bottle of Coke,a few sips each. Then,we’d buy the sweet smelling bread from the same white vanand hand-in-hand,we’d walk to our small flat above the restaurant.I remember our childhood days.Do you remember them too?”

Tags : Bangles Boys Bread Cars Children Chores Cute Days Easy Family Flat Girls Good Times Hearts Home Kamand Kamand Kojouri Kids Kojouri Life Little Math Mom Prize Pure Remember Remind Reminisce Sister Stickers Van