Among the mind's powers is one that comes of itself to many children and artists. It need not be lost, to the end of his days, by anyone who has ever had it. This is the power of taking delight in a thing, or rather in anything, not as a means to some other end, but just because it is what it is. A child in the full health of his mind will put his hand flat on the summer lawn, feel it, and give a little shiver of private glee at the elastic firmness of the globe.
Every child comes with the message that God is not yet discouraged of man.
The parents exist to teach the child, but also they must learn what the child has to teach them; and the child has a very great deal to teach them
True genius sees with the eyes of a child and thinks with the brain of a genie
Creativity represents a miraculous coming together of the uninhibited energy of the child with its apparent opposite and enemy, the sense of order imposed on the disciplined adult intelligence.
People don't expect government to solve all their problems. But they sense, deep in their bones, that with just a slight change in priorities, we can make sure that every child in America has a decent shot at life, and that the doors of opportunity remain open to all. They know we can do better.
Abuse is often of service. There is nothing so dangerous to an author as silence. His name, like a shuttlecock, must be beat backward and forward, or it falls to the ground.
You send your child to the schoolmaster, but 'tis the schoolboys who educate him.
Love is the child of illusion and the parent of disillusion.
We abuse land because we regard it as a commodity belonging to us. When we see land as a community to which we belong, we may begin to use it with love and respect.
To bring up a child in the way he should go, travel that way yourself once in a while.
Our system is the height of absurdity, since we treat the culprit both as a child, so as to have the right to punish him, and as an adult, in order to deny him consolation.
I have the right to do whatever I wish with my property. If I own a pile of wood, I can set fire to it even if it is currently nailed together in the shape of a barn. Cigarettes may not be healthy for me in the long run, but I have the freedom to smoke them anyway. Drinking alcohol may or may not have negative side effects, but even if it does, the government has no authority to prohibit you from consuming it, even if it is "in your own best interest." Since when do we let the government decide what is or isn't good for us? What the hell does Congress know about nutrition, anyway? (For that matter, what does Congress know about the Constitution?) If the government can use force whenever something is "in our best interest" then government should force everyone to wake up at 6am every morning for calisthenics in the front yard. Fast food establishments should be torn down and replaced with bars that serve carrot juice and alfalfa sprouts, since - "it's in your best interest." This paternalistic attitude that "the government knows best" and that you are merely a helpless child is insulting and reprehensible. Hitler used the same attitude to persuade the Germans to subjugate themselves to the "Fatherland."
The wisest keeps something of the vision of a child. Though he may understand a thousand things that a child could not understand, he is always a beginner, close to the original meaning of life.
There's nothing sadder in this world than to awake Christmas morning and not be a child.
When you are a mother, you are never really alone in your thoughts. A mother always has to think twice, once for herself and once for her
There is only one pretty child in the world, and every mother has it.
The secret of genius is to carry the spirit of the child into old age, which means never losing your enthusiasm.
Experience is the child of Thought, and Thought is the child of Action. We cannot learn men from books.
Christmas, my child, is love in action. ... Every time we love, every time we give, it's Christmas.
Your child will be better prepared to tackle the bumps on the road of life if he has been given the gift of guided independence.
Labor Day is a glorious holiday because your child will be going back to school the next day. It would have been called Independence Day, but that name was already taken.
No woman wants an abortion. Either she wants a child or she wishes to avoid pregnancy.
If we accept that a mother can kill even her own child, how can we tell other people to not kill each other? Any country that accepts abortion is not teaching its people to love, but to use any violence to get what they want.
Man's maturity: to have regained the seriousness that he had as a child at play.