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QUOTES ON CHILDREN


Listen: if everyone must suffer, in order to buy eternal harmony with their suffering, pray tell me what have children got to do with it? It’s quite incomprehensible why they should have to suffer, and why they should buy harmony with their suffering.

FYODOR DOSTOEVSKY, The Brothers Karamazov

It is good to be children sometimes, and never better than at Christmas, when its mighty Founder was a child himself.

CHARLES DICKENS, A Christmas Carol

Children are sweet as the buds in spring,
But I've noticed that those who have them
Have nothing but trouble all their lives.

EURIPIDES, Medea

One thing's sure and nothing's surer
The rich get richer and the poor get -- children.

F. SCOTT FITZGERALD, The Great Gatsby

When the voices of children are heard on the green
And laughing is heard on the hill,
My heart is at rest within my breast
And everything else is still.
WILLIAM BLAKE, Nurse's Song

Gods! How the son degenerates from the sire!

HOMER, The Iliad

When a child asks you something, answer him, for goodness' sake. But don't make a production of it. Children are children, but they can spot an evasion quicker than adults, and evasion simply muddles 'em.

HARPER LEE, To Kill a Mockingbird

I should have liked, I do confess, to have had the lightest license of a child, and yet to have been man enough to know its value.

CHARLES DICKENS, A Christmas Carol

How sharper than a serpent's tooth it is
To have a thankless child!

WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE, King Lear

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.

CHARLES DICKENS, Great Expectations

The truth is we never stop being children, terrible children covered in sores and knotty veins and tumors and age spots, but ultimately children.

ROBERTO BOLAÑO, 2666

Children and dogs sense the invisible.

JOHN UPDIKE, Rabbit, Run

There is no harm in a man's cub.

RUDYARD KIPLING, The Jungle Book

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