I read a cute book of quotations from Penguin Books called Child: Quotations About the Delight, Wonder, and Mystery of Being a Child, edited by Helen Handley and Andra Samelson.  Here are ten of my favorite quotes from the book:

“Babies are such a nice way to start people.”

– Don Herold

“In a secular age, children have become the last sacred objects.”

– Joseph Epstein

“One laugh of a child will make the holiest day more sacred still.”

– R.G. Ingersoll

“Ah! What would the world be to us

If the children were no more?

We should dread the desert behind us

Worse than the dark before.”

– Henry  Wadsworth Longfellow

“If a child is to keep alive his inborn sense of wonder, he needs the companionship of at least one adult who can share it, rediscovering with him the joy, excitement and mystery of the world we live in.”

– Rachel Carson

“My music is best understood by children and animals.”

– Igor Stravinsky

“When I was younger, I could remember anything, whether it had happened or not.”

– Mark Twain

“The lost child cries, but still he catches fireflies.”

– Ryusui Yoshida

“Diogenes struck the father when the son swore.”

– Robert Burton

“If there is anything we wish to change in the child, we should first examine it and see whether it is not something that could be better changed in ourselves.”

– C.G. Jung

Get my book The Human Odyssey: Navigating the Twelve Stages of Life (Ixia Press, 2019)

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