May 182012

We are always too busy for our children; we never give them the time or interest they deserve. We lavish gifts upon them; but the most precious gift, our personal association, which means so much to them, we give grudgingly.

— Mark Twain

The child must know that he is a miracle, that since the beginning of the world there hasn’t been, and until the end of the world there will not be, another child like him.

— Pau (Pablo) Casals

There are only two lasting bequests we can hope to give our children. One of these is roots; the other, wings.

— William Hodding Carter, Jr.

Children are born true scientists. They spontaneously experiment and experience and re-experience again. They select, combine, and test, seeking to find order in their experiences – “which is the mostest? which is the leastest?” They smell, taste, bite, and touch-test for hardness, softness, springiness, roughness, smoothness, coldness, warmness: they heft, shake, punch, squeeze, push, crush, rub, and try to pull things apart.

— Richard Buckminster Fuller

Children are not soul-less, unguided creatures made for adults to manipulate like chattel. They are spirited beings, complete at every given moment and age. They have differentiated minds, specialized abilities and unique gifts that give testimony to themselves and their Creator. Children look to us for guidance. And they see us as symbols of love and hate, truth and deceit, selflessness and selfishness, and good and evil. Children are not our subordinates. They are our co-conspirators — breathing the same pneuma as us and contributing to a world far beyond present comprehension. Ultimately, in our webs of relationships, it is the children who will write, rewrite, and edit our scripts of life.

— Anthony Gregorc

Recommend to your children virtue; that alone can make them happy, not gold.

— Ludwig van Beethoven

Lo, children are an heritage of the LORD: and the fruit of the womb is his reward. As arrows are in the hand of a mighty man; so are children of the youth.

— Psalm 127:3-4

The easiest way for your children to learn about money is for you not to have any.

— Katherine Whitehorn

Few things are more satisfying than seeing your own children have teenagers of their own.

— Doug Larson

Before I got married I had six theories about bringing up children; now I have six children and no theories.

— John Wilmot

If you want to see what children can do, you must stop giving them things.

— Norman Douglas

Educate your children to self-control, to the habit of holding passion and prejudice and evil tendencies subject to an upright and reasoning will, and you have done much to abolish misery from their future and crimes from society.

— Benjamin Franklin

You and I have a rendezvous with destiny. We will preserve for our children this, the last best hope of man on earth, or we will sentence them to take the first step into a thousand years of darkness. If we fail, at least let our children and our children’s children say of us we justified our brief moment here. We did all that could be done.

Ronald Reagan

Bricks and mortar make a house, but the laughter of children makes a home.

— Irish Proverb

Children need love, especially when they do not deserve it.

— Harold S. Hulbert

The best inheritance a parent can give to his children is a few minutes of their time each day

— M. Grundler

No matter how old a mother is, she watches her middle-aged children for signs of improvement.

— Florida Scott-Maxwell

Teach children to be polite and courteous in the home, and, when they grow up, they’ll never be able to edge their car onto a freeway.

— Unknown

Children today are tyrants. They contradict their parents, gobble their food, and tyrannize their teachers.

— Socrates (469 – 399 B.C.)

If your children look up to you, you’ve made a success of life’s biggest job.

— Unknown

Education commences at the mother’s knee, and every word spoken within the hearing of little children tends towards the formation of character.

— Hosea Ballou (1796-1861)

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