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Happy, happy Christmas, that can win us back to the delusions of our childhood days, recall to the old man the pleasures of his youth, and transport the traveler back to his own fireside and quiet home!
I cannot think of any need in childhood as strong as the need for a father's protection.
I had a really good childhood up until I was nine, then a classic case of divorce really affected me.
What is a normal childhood? We weren't rich, we were pretty middle-class. My dad survived from job to job; with him taking care of so many relatives, he couldn't save any money.
My childhood should have taught me lessons for my own fatherhood, but it didn't because parenting can only be learned by people who have no children.
The essence of childhood, of course, is play, which my friends and I did endlessly on streets that we reluctantly shared with traffic.
When you finally go back to your old home, you find it wasn't the old home you missed but your childhood.
It is utterly false and cruelly arbitrary to put all the play and learning into childhood, all the work into middle age, and all the regrets into old age.
Life is the childhood of our immortality.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
The innocence of childhood is like the innocence of a lot of animals.
Some of the companies we helped start are names you know. An office supply company called Staples - where I'm pleased to see the Obama campaign has been shopping; The Sports Authority, which became a favorite of my sons. We started an early childhood learning center called Bright Horizons that First Lady Michelle Obama rightly praised.
Play is often talked about as if it were a relief from serious learning. But for children play is serious learning. Play is really the work of childhood.
What might be taken for a precocious genius is the genius of childhood. When the child grows up, it disappears without a trace. It may happen that this boy will become a real painter some day, or even a great painter. But then he will have to begin everything again, from zero.
Since my earliest childhood a barb of sorrow has lodged in my heart. As long as it stays I am ironic if it is pulled out I shall die.
Concepts, like individuals, have their histories and are just as incapable of withstanding the ravages of time as are individuals. But in and through all this they retain a kind of homesickness for the scenes of their childhood.
Childhood is a short season.
If we don't somehow stem the tide of childhood obesity, we're going to have a huge problem.
There are perhaps no days of our childhood we lived so fully as those we spent with a favorite book.
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.
Snow provokes responses that reach right back to childhood.
The world is full of people who have never, since childhood, met an open doorway with an open mind.
E. B. White
If you carry your childhood with you, you never become older.
One of the luckiest things that can happen to you in life is, I think, to have a happy childhood.
I suppose if you look back to your early childhood you accept everything people tell you, and that includes a heavy dose of irrationality - you're told about tooth fairies and Father Christmas and things.
Childhood has its secrets and its mysteries; but who can tell or who can explain them!
I had no idea that mothering my own child would be so healing to my own sadness from my childhood.
I had a very happy childhood, but I wasn't that happy a child. I liked being alone and creating characters and voices. I think that's when your creativity is developed, when you're young. I liked the world of the imagination because it was an easy place to go to.
To be ignorant of the lives of the most celebrated men of antiquity is to continue in a state of childhood all our days.
Some men have a necessity to be mean, as if they were exercising a faculty which they had to partially neglect since early childhood.
F. Scott Fitzgerald
I think looking back to my own childhood, the fact that so many of the stories I read allowed the possibility of frogs turning into princes, whether that has a sort of insidious affect on rationality, I'm not sure. Perhaps it's something for research.
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