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.
Childhood is supposed to be happy, and if you can't remember yours with any happiness, what hope have you later, when life starts handing you fresh grief?
Childhood is a disease -- a sickness that you grow out of.
Childhood is measured out by sounds and smells and sights, before the dark hour of reason grows.
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.
I had no idea that mothering my own child would be so healing to my own sadness from my childhood.
Everything else you grow out of, but you never recover from childhood.
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.
Genius is only childhood recovered at will, childhood now gifted to express itself with the faculties of manhood and with the analytic mind that allows him to give order to the heap of unwittingly hoarded material.
All parents damage their children. It cannot be helped. Youth, like pristine glass, absorbs the prints of its handlers. Some parents smudge, others crack, a few shatter childhoods completely into jagged little pieces, beyond repair.
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.
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