It is good to be children sometimes, and never better than at Christmas, when its mighty Founder was a child himself.
Inuring children gently to suffer some degrees of pain without shrinking, is a way to gain firmness to their minds, and lay a foundation for courage and resolution in the future part of their lives.
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.
If you must hold yourself up to your children as an object lesson, hold yourself up as a warning and not as an example.
If parents had children who were good sleepers, they assumed this was due to their good parenting, not good luck.
I think all mothers shine a little, you know, at least until their kids grow up enough to watch out for themselves.
Grown-ups never understand anything by themselves, and it is exhausting for children to have to provide explanations over and over again.[translation by Richard Howard]Grown-ups never understand anything by themselves, and it is tiresome for children to be always and forever explaining things to them.[translation by Katherine Woods]
Come on back and we’ll see if you remember the simplest thing of all: how it is to be children, secure in belief and thus afraid of the dark.
Children will always be afraid of the dark, and men with minds sensitive to hereditary impulse will always tremble at the thought of the hidden and fathomless worlds of strange life which may pulsate in the gulfs beyond the stars, or press hideously upon our own globe in unholy dimensions which only the dead and the moonstruck can glimpse.
Children show scars like medals. Lovers use them as secrets to reveal. A scar is what happens when the word is made flesh.