Childhood Quotes

There are perhaps no days of our childhood we lived so fully as those we spent with a favorite book. - Marcel Proust


The stories of childhood leave an indelible impression, and their author always has a niche in the temple of memory from which the image is never cast out to be thrown on the rubbish heap of things that are outgrown and outlived. - Howard Pyle


That great Cathedral space which was childhood. - Virginia Woolf


Heaven lies about us in our infancy! Shades of the prison-house begin to close upon the growing boy. - William Wordsworth


But childhood prolonged, cannot remain a fairyland. It becomes a hell. - Louise Bogan


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


Childhood is a promise that is never kept. - Ken Hill


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

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

The greatest poem ever known
Is one all poets have outgrown:
The poetry, innate, untold,
Of being only four years old. - Christopher Morley


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

Childhood is that wonderful time of life when all you need to do to lose weight is take a bath. - Author Unknown

The older I grow the more earnestly I feel that the few joys of childhood are the best that life has to give. - Ellen Glasgow

Old age lives minutes slowly, hours quickly; childhood chews hours and swallows minutes. - Malcolm de Chazal


If you carry your childhood with you, you never become older. - Tom Stoppard

I'd give all wealth that years have piled,
The slow result of Life's decay,
To be once more a little child
For one bright summer day. - Lewis Carroll

It is never too late to have a happy childhood. - Tom Robbins

What we remember from childhood we remember forever - permanent ghosts, stamped, inked, imprinted, eternally seen. - Cynthia Ozick


The childhood shows the man
As morning shows the day. - John Milton, Paradise Regained

Childhood is a short season. - Helen Hayes


There is a garden in every childhood, an enchanted place where colors are brighter, the air softer, and the morning more fragrant than ever again. - Elizabeth Lawrence

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

Sweet childish days, that were as long As twenty days are now. - William Wordsworth

Childhood: the period of human life intermediate between the idiocy of infancy and the folly of youth - two removes from the sin of manhood and three from the remorse of age. - Ambrose Bierce

We could never have loved the earth so well if we had had no childhood in it. - George Eliot

Childhood is the most beautiful of all life's seasons. - Author Unknown

Childhood is the fiery furnace in which we are melted down to essentials and that essential shaped for good. - Katherine Anne Porter


Let a man turn to his own childhood -- no further -- if he will renew his sense of remoteness, and of the mystery of change. - Alice Meynell


Creativity is not merely the innocent spontaneity of our youth and childhood; it must also be married to the passion of the adult human being, which is a passion to live beyond one's death. - Rollo May


Yesterday: The infancy of youth, the youth of manhood, the entire past of age. (The Devil's Dictionary) - Ambrose Bierce


Happy, happy Christmas, that can win us back to the delusions of our childhood days, recall to the old man the pleasures of his youth, and transport the traveller back to his own fireside and quiet home! - Charles Dickens


From infancy on, we are all spies; the shame is not this but that the secrets to be discovered are so paltry and few. - John Updike


Life is the childhood of our immortality. - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe


We have not passed that subtle line between childhood and adulthood until we move from the passive voice to the active voice, that is, until we have stopped saying, 'It got lost,' and say, 'I lost it.' - Sydney J. Harris


A happy childhood is poor preparation for human contacts. - Sidonie Gabrielle Colette


Childhood: The period of human life intermediate between the idiocy of infancy and the folly of youth, two removes from the sin of manhood and three from the remorse of age. (The Devil's Dictionary) - Ambrose Bierce


The nearer people approach old age the closer they return to a semblance of childhood, until the time comes for them to depart this life, again like children, neither tired of living nor aware of death.-Desiderius Erasmus


The new album is a childhood dream come true. Got to sing with Ronnie Spector, got to cover a bunch of songs that were influential in drawing a line between the punk form and original rock and roll.-Jerry Only


The only difference between the Bel Air of the '90s and the Bel Air of my childhood is that now the nannies are Latina instead of British, and the cars European instead of American.-Lorna Luft


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


The rate of childhood obesity is just ridiculous. Anytime I can get involved with teaching them how to get physical exercise, I want to help in any way possible.-Shannon Miller


The reason for this project comes from my childhood, that is clear to me. I did not have any toys. So, I played in the bricks of ruined buildings around me and with which I built houses.-Anselm Kiefer


The satiric ethos of Mad was a much bigger childhood influence.-Alison Bechdel


The secret of the truly successful, I believe, is that they learned very early in life how not to be busy. They saw through that adage, repeated to me so often in childhood, that anything worth doing is worth doing well.-Barbara Ehrenreich


The very desire for guarantees that our values are eternal and secure in some objective heaven is perhaps only a craving for the certainties of childhood or the absolute values of our primitive past.-Isaiah Berlin


The world is full of people who have never, since childhood, met an open doorway with an open mind.-E. B. White


There are perhaps no days of our childhood we lived so fully as those we spent with a favorite book.-Marcel Proust


There are three terrible ages of childhood - 1 to 10, 10 to 20, and 20 to 30.-Cleveland Amory


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


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


There was a special challenge in describing the awful childhood of a person who happens to be my own husband. It was very painful at times, for both of us.-Pamela Stephenson


There's something about childhood friends that you just can't replace.-Lisa Whelchel


These days, there are a great many books about childhood trauma and its effects, but at the time all the experts agreed that one should forget about it as quickly as possible and pick up where you left off.-Peter Straub


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


To become truly immortal, a work of art must escape all human limits: logic and common sense will only interfere. But once these barriers are broken, it will enter the realms of childhood visions and dreams.-Giorgio de Chirico


Today the traveller on the Nile enters a wonderland at whose gates rise the colossal pyramids of which he has had visions perhaps from earliest childhood.-James H. Breasted


My whole family actually, but my parents. I had such a normal and amazing childhood. I've been so lucky. My parents are cool and normal. They don't talk about the business and I still have stuff to do at their house.-Kaley Cuoco


Nobody became an actor because he had a good childhood.-William H. Macy


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


One of the luckiest things that can happen to you in life is, I think, to have a happy childhood.-Agatha Christie


One of the reasons I get so much joy out of my own children's childhoods is that I'm having my first childhood myself.-Al Sharpton


One of the things I want to do that's outside the realm of acting and the arts - although both have their place in this - is ending childhood hunger here in America.-Jeff Bridges


One thing that people keep on saying to me is that the wealth and the fame must have made up for missing out on my childhood. But the idea of money - putting a price on your childhood - is ridiculous. You will never get those years back and you can't put a price on them.-Tom Felton


One's age should be tranquil, as childhood should be playful. Hard work at either extremity of life seems out of place. At midday the sun may burn, and men labor under it; but the morning and evening should be alike calm and cheerful.-Thomas Arnold


People ask 'do you make a conscious effort not to swear?' - if you're doing silly stuff you're not tempted to put swearing in. All the comics from my childhood, who were funny without swearing, were the people that influenced me. What I do is quite traditional anyway.-Tim Vine


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


Poetry is one of the few nasty childhood habits I've managed to grow out of.-Tom Holt


Quite often somebody will say, What year do your books take place? and the only answer I can give is, In childhood.-Beverly Cleary


Remember Graham Green's dictum that childhood is the bank balance of the writer? I think that all writers feel alienated. Most of us go back to an alienated childhood in some way or another. I know that I do.-John Le Carre


Right now I belong to the wonderful organization called The Children's Action Network. The first thing we did was immunize 200,000 children across the country against childhood diseases.-Henry Winkler


Sadism is not an infectious disease that strikes a person all of a sudden. It has a long prehistory in childhood and always originates in the desperate fantasies of a child who is searching for a way out of a hopeless situation.-Alice Miller


She is the first head of government in history to give a whole country its second childhood.-Simon Hoggart


Since an early age I was taught to be very politically aware and knew from childhood that the process was something I wanted to contribute towards if I could.-Adam Rickitt


Since childhood she had walked the Devon rivers with her father looking for flowers and the nests of birds, passing some rocks and trees as old friends, seeing a Spirit everywhere, gentle in thought to all her eyes beheld.-Henry Williamson


Since my earliest childhood a barb of sorrow has lodged in my heart. As long as it stays I am ironic if it is pulled out I shall die.-Soren Kierkegaard


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

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