Words of hope and promise.


"Children make you want to start life over."

-- Muhammad Ali

"We do not stop playing because we grow old. We grow old because we stop playing."

-- Anon.

"Few things are more rewarding than a child's open uncalculating devotion."

-- Vera Brittain, Testament of Friendship

"I do not believe in a child world ... I believe the child should be taught from the very first that the whole world is his world, that adult and child share one world, that all generations are needed."

-- Pearl S. Buck

"There are two lasting bequests we can give our children. One is roots. The other is wings."

-- Hodding Carter Jr.

"The best things in life aren't things."

-- Anthony J. D'Angelo

"The soul is healed by being with children."

-- Fyodor Dostoevsky

"In youth we learn, in age we understand."

-- Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach

"Being a child is in itself a profession."

-- Clifton Fadiman

"The heart is the toughest part of the body. Tenderness is in the hands."

-- Carolyn Forche

"Pretty much all the honest truth-telling there is in the world is done by children."

-- Oliver Wendell Holmes

"Whoever takes the child by the hand takes the mother by the heart."

-- German proverb

"You can learn many things from children. How much patience you have, for instance."

-- Franklin P. Jones

"Children are the world's most valuable resource and its best hope for the future."

-- John F. Kennedy

"Children are not things to be molded, but are people to be unfolded."

-- Jess Lair

"A sweet child is the sweetest thing in nature."

-- Charles Lamb

"Only love can be divided endlessly and still not diminish."

-- Anne Morrow Lindbergh

"To heir is human."

-- Dolores E. McGuire

"The happiest days are when babies come."

-- Margaret Mitchell

"Each child has one extra line to your heart, which no other child can replace."

-- Marguerite Kelly and Elia Parsons

"Wisdom leads us back to childhood."

-- Blaise Pascal

"To a real child anything will serve as a toy."

-- John Cowper Powys

"What one loves in childhood stays in the heart forever."

-- Mary Jo Putney

"A child is not a vase to be filled but a fire to be lit."

-- Rabelais

"A baby is a blank check made payable to the human race."

-- Barbara Christine Seifert

"Listen to the mustn'ts, child. Listen to the don'ts. Listen to the shouldn'ts, the impossibles, the won'ts. Listen to the never haves, then listen close to me ... Anything can happen, child. Anything can be."

-- Shel Silverstein

"Trust yourself, you know more than you think you do."

-- Benjamin Spock

Originally published on AmericanBaby.com, February 2007.

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