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Childhood Quotes and Sayings
Quotes about Childhood

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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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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Everyone has a childhood, everyone had awkward years and weird stages.
Mine were broadcast for eight years.
- Tina Yothers

All our pursuits, from childhood to manhood,
are only trifles of different sorts and sizes,
proportioned to our years and views.
- Samuel Richardson

I don't remember the first half of my life.
All I say is a happy childhood is the worst possible preparation for life.
- Kinky Friedman

If only my folks had beaten me, I could have gotten
some material about my miserable childhood.
But as it is, I've had a great life.
- Tim Conway

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

I never had any childhood, for the word means sunshine and freedom from care.
I had a starved and pinched little childhood,
as far as love and merriment go.
- Frank Leslie

Well I was an asthmatic child.
So that for most of my childhood I was in bed.
Bedridden.
- Gerald Scarfe

I had always wanted to be on SNL, it's not always great,
but it's this leftover childhood dream.
- Rachel Dratch

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

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

I didn't have a childhood.
- Pat Morita

I would like to go back to Wales.
I'm obsessed with my childhood and at least three times
a week dream I am back there.
- Anthony Hopkins

Childhood is a short season.
- Helen Hayes

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

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

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

Adulthood is the ever-shrinking period between childhood and old age.
It is the apparent aim of modern industrial societies
to reduce this period to a minimum.
- Thomas Szasz

For me, however, that beloved, glowing little word
happiness has become associated with everything I have
felt since childhood upon hearing the sound of the word itself.
- Herman Hesse

Childhood smells of perfume and brownies.
- David Leavitt

My relationship with "Pollyanna" is a very personal one,
because Pollyanna got me through my childhood.
- Eleanor Porter

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

I had a wonderful childhood, but I was a wanderer from year one.
- Maureen Forrester

It sounds ideal, a sort of beach childhood.
But it wasn't really.
I didn't use the beach very much at all.
- Miranda Richardson

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

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

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

Genius is the recovery of childhood at will.
- Arthur Rimbaud

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

The highlight of my childhood was making my brother
laugh so hard that food came out of his nose.
- Garrison Keillor

That great Cathedral space which was childhood.
- Virginia Woolf

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

Childhood is the kingdom where nobody dies.
Nobody that matters, that is.
- Edna St.
Vincent Millay

I'm one of those unlucky people who had a happy childhood.
- Jonathan Coe

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

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

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

You draw on your own childhood every time you tee it up as an actor.
- Ron Perlman

The events of childhood do not pass,
but repeat themselves like seasons of the year.
- Eleanor Farjeon

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

Genius is childhood recalled at will.
- Charles Baudelaire

I attended Sunday School and then church with my father
and mother throughout my childhood.
- Leverett Saltonstall

Coming from a barely clothed childhood as a swimmer
makes me really comfortable with my body.
- Estella Warren

I am obsessive, also I am industrious.
Besides, the time when you are most alive and most
aware is in childhood and one is trying to recapture
that heightened awareness.
- Edna O'Brien

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

Mom was the greatest influence of my childhood.
She wanted to save me from the vice,
lust,
and drinking that was all about me.
- Ethel Waters

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

My childhood was safe and sane.
No abuse and no traumas.
I was surrounded by a large and loving family who taught
me the importance of hard work and a meaningful education.
- Ronnie James Dio

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

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

Writing gives me the opportunity to explore ideas,
play with language, solve problems, use my imagination,
and draw on my own childhood.
- Jack Prelutsky

My childhood here...
was very limited.
So it was a long, long time before I actually went out to Brooklyn.
- Frank McCourt

I always wanted to be a rock star.
That was my childhood dream.
That's what I told everybody I was going to be when I grew up.
- Chester Bennington

Childhood has its secrets and its mysteries;
but who can tell or who can explain them!
- Max Muller

I cannot think of any need in childhood as strong as
the need for a father's protection.
- Sigmund Freud

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


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