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Childhood Quotes

I hope you find value in these encouraging quotes about Childhood.

My childhood should have taught me lessons for my own fatherhood,
but it didn't because parenting can only be learned
by people who have no children.
- Bill Cosby

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It is utterly false and cruelly arbitrary
to put all the play and learning into childhood,
all the work into middle age,
and all the regrets into old age.
- Margaret Mead

Childhood obesity is best tackled at home through improved parental involvement,
increased physical exercise, better diet and restraint from eating.
- Bob Filner

My father was a farmer and my mother was a farmer,
but, my childhood was very good.
I am very grateful for my childhood,
because it was full of gladness and good humanity.
- Roberto Benigni

 

The most important influence in my childhood was my father.
- DeForest Kelley

Friendships in childhood are usually a matter of chance,
whereas in adolescence they are most often a matter of choice.
- David Elkind

Adolescence is the conjugator of childhood and adulthood.
- Louise J. Kaplan

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Personally, I have fond memories of playing
on slippery rocks on the banks of a rushing river
as a child and hitchhiking in college.
To those who say, "But times are different now,"
I reply that statistically life is much safer now
than in the 1950s, with regard to both crime and accidents.
What has changed is our attitudes.
In those years, a broken leg from falling off a swing
or the back of a tractor was just part of childhood -
an excuse for gathering autographs.
Today that broken leg would be a source
of outrage and probably lawsuits.
I long for a simpler time when life was taken less seriously.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

When you finally go back to your old home,
you find it wasn't the old home you missed but your childhood.
- Sam Ewing

Confused Memories of Childhood:
Hate to my father, cruel hate,
confused with love - a mix not great.
The man I love - the man I hate;
the man I want to emulate.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

I had no idea that mothering my own child would be
so healing to my own sadness from my childhood.
- Susie Bright

My music had roots which I'd dug up from my own childhood,
musical roots buried in the darkest soil.
- Ray Charles

I was always a dreamer, in childhood especially.
People thought I was a little strange.
- Charley Pride

Nothing is more memorable than a smell.
One scent can be unexpected, momentary and fleeting,
yet conjure up a childhood summer beside a lake in the mountains.
- Diane Ackerman

To be ignorant of the lives of the most celebrated
men of antiquity is to continue in a state of childhood all our days.
- Plutarch

My childhood is completely...
when I look back, it was '50s in New York,
upper-middle class, it was completely idyllic and golden and wonderful -
sweet in every way.
- Peter Jurasik

My childhood may have been more demented than most,
because I learned to read very early and was allowed
to read whatever I wanted.
- Poppy Z. Brite

If you had an essentially happy childhood,
that tends to dwell with you.
- Tracy Kidder

I write in that space between Ella's childhood and mine.
I know it all sounds a bit sinister.
- Carol Ann Duffy

At heart, this job is about continuing to make great
theatre for the people of Sheffield -
a city I've known and loved since childhood.
- Samuel West

What is a normal childhood? We weren't rich,
we were pretty middle-class.
My dad survived from job to job; with him taking care of so many relatives,
he couldn't save any money.
- Charlie Sheen

I had a wonderful childhood, coming from Cincinnati,
and I think that it was great going into the life that I was going to have,
where you have to start young as a dancer.
- Suzanne Farrell

There is always one moment in childhood when the door
opens and lets the future in.
- Graham Greene

He carried his childhood like a hurt warm bird held
to his middle-aged breast.
- Herbert Gold

My actual childhood, as opposed to my adolescence,
was not spent in London.
- Peter Shaffer

Childhood is measured out by sounds and smells and sights,
before the dark hour of reason grows.
- John Betjeman

I remember seeing war hero Jimmy Doolittle fly a Gee Bee racer there.
He was my childhood hero.
Many years later, I was lucky enough to go hunting with him.
- Wally Schirra

If a nation loses its storytellers, it loses its childhood.
- Peter Handke

I'm mostly influenced by life, what's around me,
and my own childhood.
- Jack Prelutsky

The four stages of man are infancy, childhood,
adolescence, and obsolescence.
- Art Linkletter

I look back to a happy childhood.
- Catherine Helen Spence

I grew up in Cambridge in England, and my love of mathematics
dates from those early childhood days.
- Andrew Wiles

I spent my whole childhood looking for an escape.
- Dennis Rodman

Mexico is only a memory of childhood safety.
- Sandra Cisneros

From childhood I was passionately fond of music and wanted to be a musician.
I have no recollection of any real desire ever to be anything else.
- John Philip Sousa

All the time a person is a child he is both a child
and learning to be a parent.
After he becomes a parent he becomes predominantly
a parent reliving childhood.
- Benjamin Spock

The concentration in my book on Marie Antoinette's
childhood and on her family influences.
It is surprising how some books actually start with her arrival in France!
- Antonia Fraser

We all have a childhood dream that when there is love,
everything goes like silk, but the reality is that
marriage requires a lot of compromise.
- Raquel Welch

Play is often talked about as if it were a relief from serious learning.
But for children play is serious learning.
Play is really the work of childhood.
- Fred Rogers

How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.
I love thee to the depth and breadth and height
My soul can reach, when feeling out of sight
For the ends of Being and ideal Grace.
I love thee to the level of every day's
Most quiet need, by sun and candlelight.
I love thee freely, as men strive for Right;
I love thee purely, as they turn from Praise.
I love with a passion put to use
In my old griefs, and with my childhood's faith.
I love thee with a love I seemed to lose
With my lost saints, - I love thee with the breath,
Smiles, tears, of all my life! - and, if God choose,
I shall but love thee better after death.
- Elizabeth Barrett Browning

Well, I was born and raised in the Midwest,
in Indiana specifically, and my childhood was full of weekend movies,
you know, the Saturday and Sunday popcorn movies.
- Sydney Pollack

Boston's freeway system is insane.
It was clearly designed by a person who had spent his
childhood crashing toy trains.
- Bill Bryson

From childhood on I have had the dream of life lived as a sacrament...
the dream implied taking life ritually as something holy.
- Bernard Berenson

Because of my faith and my imagination,
I was able to enjoy my childhood, even though it was tough.
- Donna Brazile

How one handles success or failure is determined by their early childhood.
- Harold Ramis

What laughter is to childhood, sex is to adolescence.
- Martha Beck

I did not compose my work as one might put on a church vestment...
rather it sprung from the truly fervent faith of my heart,
such as I have felt it since my childhood.
- Franz Liszt

I had this rare privilege of being able to pursue in my adult life,
what had been my childhood dream.
- Andrew Wiles

I alone, as the sharer of their way of life,
presented a replica of childhood.
- Neal Cassady

The only hero known to my childhood was Henry Clay.
- Rebecca H. Davis

When I look back, it was a strange period in my life,
looking at my childhood and then my teenage years and
forming Slayer when I was still 17,
not out of high school.
- Dave Lombardo

It was a perfectly average well- adjusted childhood,
not a bit unlike that of millions of other individuals.
- DeForest Kelley

We were fortunate to have the Russians as our childhood enemies.
We practiced hiding under our desks in case they had
the temerity to drop a nuclear weapon.
- Kary Mullis

There must be a law against forcing children to perform at an early age.
Children should have a wonderful childhood.
They should not be given too much responsibility.
- Maria Callas

My early childhood was spent in Newark,
New Jersey, but my family moved to Denver when I was 12.
- Anita Diament

I've never outgrown my childhood.
- David McCallum

I was brought up in a very poor and very violent household.
I spent much of my childhood being afraid.
- Patrick Stewart

I had a really happy childhood - my siblings were great,
my mother was very fanciful, and I loved to read.
But there was always financial strife.
- Patti Smith

It's only in hindsight that you realize what indeed
your childhood was really like.
- Maya Lin

Snow provokes responses that reach right back to childhood.
- Andy Goldsworthy

It was a great experience for a kid,
because it was a bunch of kids playing on pirate ships and water slides,
so looking back on it, it was the fondest experience of my childhood.
- Corey Feldman

I still love making hamburgers on the grill.
I guess whenever I eat them childhood memories come up for me.
- Bobby Flay

Your emotional life is not written in cement during childhood.
You write each chapter as you go along.
- Harry Stack Sullivan

It's never too late to have a happy childhood.
- Berke Breathed

So, like a forgotten fire, a childhood can always flare up again within us.
- Gaston Bachelard

Everything in Italy that is particularly elegant and
grand borders upon insanity and absurdity or at least
is reminiscent of childhood.
- Alexander Herzen

A sister is a little bit of childhood that can never be lost.
- Marion C. Garretty

As a child, I was never drawn toward depraved or extreme situations;
I really wanted a normal little childhood.
Unfortunately, that's just not what happened.
- Augusten Burroughs

I had an Edinburgh, middle-class childhood and a public school education.
- Rory Bremner

In my childhood I always felt that I was treated unjustly,
without a mother, sick, and with the threat of punishment
in Hell hanging over my head.
- Edvard Munch

When trying to remember my share in the glow of the eternal present,
in the smile of God, I return to my childhood,
too, for that is where the most significant discoveries turn up.
- Herman Hesse


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