Monday, 28 May 2012


“Children are people, and they should have to reach to learn about things, to understand things, just as adults have to reach if they want to grow in mental stature. Life is composed of lights and shadows, and we would be untruthful, insincere, and saccharine if we tried to pretend there were no shadows. Most things are good, and they are the strongest things; but there are evil things too, and you are not doing a child a favor by trying to shield him from
reality. The important thing is to teach a child that good can always triumph over evil.”

 "Children are great imitators. So give them something great to imitate."
Barbara Bush, former U.S. first lady
"You have to love your children unselfishly. That is hard. But it is the only way."
Henry Ward Beecher, reverand and social activist
"Children are the hands by which we take hold of heaven."
Doc Childre, founder of the nonprofit institute HeartMath, a research and education organization
"An aware parent loves all children he or she interacts with - for you are a caretaker for those moments in time."
English proverb
"The soul is healed by being with children."
Mohandes Ghandi
"If we are to teach real peace in this world, and if we are to carry on a real war against war, we shall have to begin with the children."
Emma Goldman,
"No one has yet fully realized the wealth of sympathy, kindness and generosity hidden in the soul of a child. The effort of every true education should be to unlock that treasure."
Lady Bird Johnson, former U.S. first lady
"Children are likely to live up to what you believe of them."
Herbert Hoover
"Children are our most valuable resource."
Nelson Mandela

"Safety and security don't just happen, they are the result of collective consensus and public investment. We owe our children, the most vulnerable citizens in our society, a life free of violence and fear."
Nelson Mandela
"There can be no keener revelation of a society's soul than the way in which it treats its children."
Patrick McDonald,
"Why is it that a child's death amounts to a tragedy, but the death of millions is merely a statistic?"
Mignon McLaughlin
"Only where children gather is there any real chance of fun."
Dwight L. Moody
"If I could relive my life, I would devote my entire ministry to reaching children for God!"
Brad Pitt
"Let us be the ones who say we do not accept that a child dies every three seconds simply because he does not have the drugs you and I have. Let us be the ones to say we are not satisfied that your place of birth determines your right to life. Let us be outraged, let us be loud, let us be bold."
Princess Diana
"Hugs can do great amounts of good, especially for children."
Dr. Seuss
"A person's a person, no matter how small."
Wess Stafford, President, Compassion International

"Every child you encounter is a divine appointment."
David Vitter

"I continue to believe that if children are given the necessary tools to succeed, they will succeed beyond their wildest dreams!"
John W. Whitehead, founder
"Children are the living messages we send to a time we will not see."
Ray L. Wilbur
"The potential possibilities of any child are the most intriguing and stimulating in all creation."
Bono, lead singer of U2
"God is in the slums, in the cardboard boxes where the poor play house. God is in the silence of a mother who has infected her child with a virus that will end both their lives. God is in the cries heard under the rubble of war. God is in the debris of wasted opportunity and lives, and God is with us if we are with them."
Bono, lead singer of U2
"To me, a faith in Jesus Christ that is not aligned with the poor ... it's nothing."
Frank Buchman, 
"There is enough in the world for everyone's need, but not for everyone's greed."
Mohandas Ghandi,
"There are people in the world so hungry that God cannot appear to them except in the form of bread."
C.S. Lewis
"Nothing that you have not given away will ever truly be yours."
Mother Teresa
"The hunger for love is much more difficult to remove than the hunger for bread."
Mother Teresa

"When a poor person dies of hunger, it has not happened because God did not take care of him or her. It has happened because neither you nor I wanted to give that person what he or she needed."
Mother Teresa
"It's the greatest poverty to decide that a child must die so that you may live as you wish."
Princess Diana
"You can't comfort the afflicted without afflicting the comfortable."
Adam Schiff
"Americans are blessed with great plenty; we are a generous people and we have a moral obligation to assist those who are suffering from poverty, disease, war and famine."
Jim Wallis
"The Bible insists that the best test of a nation's righteousness is how it treats the poorest and most vulnerable in its midst."
Albert Einstein
"The world is a dangerous place, not because of those who do evil, but because of those who look on and do nothing."
"There's more to doing good than hating evil."
Bill Gates
"I believe that if you show people the problems and you show them the solutions they will be moved to act."
Edmund Burke
"The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good people to do nothing."
Epitaph, tombstone
"For the Lord Jesus Christ's sake, Do all the good you can, To all the people you can, In all the ways you can, As long as ever you can."
John Charles Salak
"Failures are divided into two classes — those who thought and never did, and those who did and never thought."
Martin Luther King Jr.
"The first question which the priest and the Levite asked was: 'If I stop to help this man, what will happen to me?' But ... the good Samaritan reversed the question: 'If I do not stop to help this man, what will happen to him?'"
Martin Luther King Jr.
"Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter."
Mohandas Ghandi,
"Be the change that you want to see in the world."
Sir Winston Churchill
"The price of greatness is responsibility."
“If you want your children to be intelligent, read them fairy tales. If you want them to be more intelligent, read them more fairy tales.”
  Albert Einstein

“You have to write the book that wants to be written. And if the book will be too difficult for grown-ups, then you write it for children.”
  Madeleine L'Engle

“Make it a rule never to give a child a book you would not read yourself.”
  George Bernard Shaw

“To lose one parent may be regarded as a misfortune; to lose both looks like carelessness.”
  Oscar Wilde,

“I cannot go to school today"
Said little Peggy Ann McKay.

"I have the measles and the mumps,
A gash, a rash and purple bumps.

My mouth is wet, my throat is dry.
I'm going blind in my right eye.
My tonsils are as big as rocks,
I've counted sixteen chicken pox.

And there's one more - that's seventeen,
And don't you think my face looks green?
My leg is cut, my eyes are blue,
It might be the instamatic flu.

I cough and sneeze and gasp and choke,
I'm sure that my left leg is broke.
My hip hurts when I move my chin,
My belly button's caving in.

My back is wrenched, my ankle's sprained,
My 'pendix pains each time it rains.
My toes are cold, my toes are numb,

I have a sliver in my thumb.

My neck is stiff, my voice is weak,
I hardly whisper when I speak.
My tongue is filling up my mouth,

I think my hair is falling out.

My elbow's bent, my spine ain't straight,
My temperature is one-o-eight.
My brain is shrunk, I cannot hear,

There's a hole inside my ear.

I have a hangnail, and my heart is ...
What? What's that? What's that you say?
You say today is .............. Saturday?

G'bye, I'm going out to play!”
  Shel Silverstein

“No sight so sad as that of a naughty child," he began, "especially a naughty little girl. Do you know where the wicked go after death?"

"They go to hell," was my ready and orthodox answer.

"And what is hell? Can you tell me that?"

"A pit full of fire."

"And should you like to fall into that pit, and to be burning there for ever?"

"No, sir."

"What must you do to avoid it?"

I deliberated a moment: my answer, when it did come was objectionable: "I must keep in good health and not die.”
  Charlotte Brontë 

Not leaving: an act of trust and love,
often deciphered by children”
  Markus Zusak,

“A baby is God's opinion that the world should go on.”
  Carl Sandburg

“I want my kids to have the things in life that I never had when I was growing up. Things like beards and chest hair.”
  Jarod Kintz, 

“Children begin by loving their parents; after a time they judge them; rarely, if ever, do they forgive them.”
  Oscar Wilde

“The way I wrestle five-year-olds makes me think if I were ever attacked by a pack of midgets, I’d be OK.
  Jarod Kintz
“Grown-ups never understand anything by themselves, and it is tiresome for children to be always and forever explaining things to them”
Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

“Children aren't coloring books. You don't get to fill them with your favorite colors.”
  Khaled Hosseini

“Young people don't always do what they're told, but if they can pull it off and do something wonderful, sometimes they escape punishment. ”
  Rick Riordan

“Children must be taught how to think, not what to think.”
  Margaret Mead

“Schizoid behavior is a pretty common thing in children. It's accepted, because all we adults have this unspoken agreement that children are lunatics.”
  Stephen King

“Don't handicap your children by making their lives easy.”
  Robert A. Heinlein

“When God Created Mothers"

When the Good Lord was creating mothers, He was into His sixth day of "overtime" when the angel appeared and said. "You're doing a lot of fiddling around on this one."

And God said, "Have you read the specs on this order?" She has to be completely washable, but not plastic. Have 180 moveable parts...all replaceable. Run on black coffee and leftovers. Have a lap that disappears when she stands up. A kiss that can cure anything from a broken leg to a disappointed love affair. And six pairs of hands."

The angel shook her head slowly and said. "Six pairs of hands.... no way."

It's not the hands that are causing me problems," God remarked, "it's the three pairs of eyes that mothers have to have."

That's on the standard model?" asked the angel. God nodded.

One pair that sees through closed doors when she asks, 'What are you kids doing in there?' when she already knows. Another here in the back of her head that sees what she shouldn't but what she has to know, and of course the ones here in front that can look at a child when he goofs up and say. 'I understand and I love you' without so much as uttering a word."

God," said the angel touching his sleeve gently, "Get some rest tomorrow...."

I can't," said God, "I'm so close to creating something so close to myself. Already I have one who heals herself when she is sick...can feed a family of six on one pound of hamburger...and can get a nine year old to stand under a shower."

The angel circled the model of a mother very slowly. "It's too soft," she sighed.

But tough!" said God excitedly. "You can imagine what this mother can do or endure."

Can it think?"

Not only can it think, but it can reason and compromise," said the Creator.

Finally, the angel bent over and ran her finger across the cheek.

There's a leak," she pronounced. "I told You that You were trying to put too much into this model."

It's not a leak," said the Lord, "It's a tear."

What's it for?"

It's for joy, sadness, disappointment, pain, loneliness, and pride."

You are a genius, " said the angel.

Somberly, God said, "I didn't put it there.”
  Erma Bombeck,

“Critics who treat 'adult' as a term of approval, instead of as a merely descriptive term, cannot be adult themselves. To be concerned about being grown up, to admire the grown up because it is grown up, to blush at the suspicion of being childish; these things are the marks of childhood and adolescence. And in childhood and adolescence they are, in moderation, healthy symptoms. Young things ought to want to grow. But to carry on into middle life or even into early manhood this concern about being adult is a mark of really arrested development. When I was ten, I read fairy tales in secret and would have been ashamed if I had been found doing so. Now that I am fifty I read them openly. When I became a man I put away childish things, including the fear of childishness and the desire to be very grown up.”
  C.S. Lewis

“It's never too late to have a happy childhood.”
  Tom Robbins
“When kids hit 1 year old, it's like hanging out with a miniature drunk. You have to hold onto them. They bump into things. They laugh and cry. They urinate. They vomit.”
  Johnny Depp

“Children are made readers on the laps of their parents.”
  Emilie Buchwald

“Grown ups are complicated creatures, full of quirks and secrets.”
  Roald Dahl

“Your children are the greatest gift God will give to you, and their souls the heaviest responsibility He will place in your hands. Take time with them, teach them to have faith in God. Be a person in whom they can have faith. When you are old, nothing else you've done will have mattered as much.”
Lisa Wingate

“You think the only people who are people, are the people who look and think like you. But if you walk the footsteps of a stranger, you'll learn things you never knew you never knew." - Pocahontas”
  Walt Disney Company

“Nothing you do for children is ever wasted.”
  Garrison Keillor,

“Children see magic because they look for it.”
  Christopher Moore,

“Times are bad. Children no longer obey their parents, and everyone is writing a book.”
  Marcus Tullius Cicero

“We may not be able to prepare the future for our children, but we can at least prepare our children for the future.”
  Franklin D. Roosevelt

“Accept the children the way we accept trees—with gratitude, because they are a blessing—but do not have expectations or desires. You don’t expect trees to change, you love them as they are.”
  Isabel Allende

“My daughter is seven, and some of the other second-grade parents complain that their children don't read for pleasure. When I visit their homes, the children's rooms are crammed with expensive books, but the parent's rooms are empty. Those children do not see their parents reading, as I did every day of my childhood. By contrast, when I walk into an apartment with books on the shelves, books on the bedside tables, books on the floor, and books on the toilet tank, then I know what I would see if I opened the door that says 'PRIVATE--GROWNUPS KEEP OUT': a child sprawled on the bed, reading.”
  Anne Fadiman

“Come away, O human child!
To the waters and the wild
With a faery, hand in hand,
For the world's more full of weeping than you can understand.”
  W.B. Yeats,

“The soul is healed by being with children.”
  Fyodor Dostoyevsky

“So I began to think maybe it was true that when you were married and had children it was like being brainwashed, and afterward you went about as numb as a slave in a totalitarian state.”
  Sylvia Plath

“Cleaning your house while your kids are still growing is like shoveling the sidewalk before it stops snowing.”
  Phyllis Diller

“Look at children. Of course they may quarrel, but generally speaking they do not harbor ill feelings as much or as long as adults do. Most adults have the advantage of education over children, but what is the use of an education if they show a big smile while hiding negative feelings deep inside? Children dont usually act in such a manner. If they feel angry with someone, they express it, and then it is finished. They can still play with that person the following day.”
  Dalai Lama XIV

“Age does not make us childish, as some say; it finds us true children.”
  Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

“All children, except one, grow up. They soon know that they will grow up, and the way Wendy knew was this. One day when she was two years old she was playing in a garden, and she plucked another flower and ran with it to her mother. I suppose she must have looked rather delightful, for Mrs Darling put her hand to her heart and cried, ‘Oh, why can’t you remain like this for ever!’ This was all that passed between them on the subject, but henceforth Wendy knew that she must grow up. You always know after you are two. Two is the beginning of the end.”
  J.M. Barrie

“To terrify children with the image of hell, to consider women an inferior creation—is that good for the world?”
  Christopher Hitchens

“Anyone who does anything to help a child in his life is a hero to me. ”
  Fred Rogers

“You are always in my thoughts. When you were little, I knew your whereabouts at any given moment. Now that you on your own, I still always know where you are, because I keep you in my heart.”
  Elizabeth Berg

“That's the nature of being a parent, Sabine has discovered. You'll love your children far more than you ever loved your parents, and -- in the recognition that your own children cannot fathom the depth of your love -- you come to understand the tragic, unrequited love of your own parents.”
  Ursula Hegi

“All children mythologise their birth. It is a universal trait. You want to know someone? Heart, mind and soul? Ask him to tell you about when he was born. What you get won’t be the truth: it will be a story. And nothing is more telling than a story. ”
  Diane Setterfield, 

“Your kids require you most of all to love them for who they are, not to spend your whole time trying to correct them.”
  Bill Ayers

“Instead of being presented with stereotypes by age, sex, color, class, or religion, children must have the opportunity to learn that within each range, some people are loathsome and some are delightful.”
  Margaret Mead

“His name is Marcus: he is four and a half and possesses that deep gravity and seriousness that only small children and mountain gorillas have ever been able to master.”
  Neil Gaiman 

“If we are worried about the future, then we must look today at the upbringing of children.”
  Gordon B. Hinckley, 

“Rebel children, I urge you, fight the turgid slick of conformity with which they seek to smother your glory.”
  Russell Brand

Childhood is the world of miracle or of magic: it is as if creation rose luminously out of the night, all new and fresh and astonishing. Childhood is over the moment things are no longer astonishing. When the world gives you a feeling of "déjà vu," when you are used to existence, you become an adult.
Eungene Io
Stay a child while you can be a child.
Stephen Sondhem

All of us have moments in out lives that test our courage. Taking children into a house with a white carpet is one of them.
Erma Bombeck

Truly wonderful the mind of a child is.
Yoda, Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones
Old men can make war, but it is children who will make history.
Ray Merritt

The more we shelter children from every disappointment, the more devastating future disappointments will be.
Fred G. Gosman
I learn things from my kids constantly. Most of their knowledge comes from Snapple caps.
Jimmy Kimmel 

Self-esteem is the real magic wand that can form a child’s future. A child’s self-esteem affects every area of her existence, from friends she chooses, to how well she does academically in school, to what kind of job she gets, to even the person she chooses to marry.
Stephanie Martson

The family is both the fundamental unit of society as well as the root of culture. It ... is a perpetual source of encouragement, advocacy, assurance, and emotional refueling that empowers a child to venture with confidence into the greater world and to become all that he can be.
Marianne E. Neifer

Never lend your car to anyone to whom you have given birth.
Erma Bombeck

Not having children makes less work—but it makes a quiet house.
Susan Glaspell

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