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 stop saying "It got lost," and say "I lost it."
People repeat in adult life emotions they experience in childhood. Many of the people whom I spent the last 30 or 40 years treating at so much per minute wouldn't have needed any treatment at all if they had had the right care as children
Childhood lasts all through life. It returns to animate broad sections of adult life. . . . Poets will help us to find this living childhood within us, this permanent, durable immobile world
I am convinced that, except in a few extraordinary cases, one form or another of an unhappy childhood is essential to the formation of exceptional gifts.
When we work to end childhood hunger, we are giving our love to kids who need it so much they will never ask for it.
My life is fair game for anybody. I spent an unhappy penniless childhood in Brooklyn. I had to slug my way up in a town called Hollywood where people love to trample you to death. I don`t relax because I don`t know how. I don`t want to know how. Life is too short to relax.
As we try to change, we will discover within us a fierce struggle between our loyalty to that battle-scarred victim of his own childhood, our father, and the father we want to be. We must meet our childhood father at close range: get to know him, learn to forgive him, and somehow, go beyond him.
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.
The secret of genius is to carry the spirit of childhood into maturity
I cannot think of any need in childhood as strong as the need for a father's protection.
The four stages of man are infancy, childhood, adolescence and obsolescence
A game in which you claim the privileges of age, and retain the playthings of childhood.
"It is a hopeless endeavour to unite the contrarieties of spring and winter; it is unjust to claim the priveleges of age, and retain the play-
things of childhood,"
Childhood is the kingdom where nobody dies. Nobody that matters, that is.
The happy childhood is hardly worth your while.
Our whole life is but a greater and longer childhood
My childhood was a period of waiting for the moment when I could send everyone and everything connected with it to hell.
A happy childhood has spoiled many a promising life.
Childhood sometimes does pay a second visit to man, youth never
A happy childhood is poor preparation for human contacts.
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.
We could never have loved the earth so well if we had had no childhood in it.
Everything else you grow out of, but you never recover from childhood
People who get nostalgic about childhood were obviously never children.
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