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If you want grown-ups to recycle, just tell their kids the importance of recycling, and they'll be all over it.
I felt cheated by the way grown-ups told me that the future of the world was bleak when I became a teenager in the 1970s. The pollution explosion was unstoppable. Global famine was inevitable. I genuinely want the next generation, my own kids, to know that actually it's possible that the future might be better than the past.
One of the most obvious facts about grown-ups, to a child, is that they have forgotten what it is like to be a child.
Most kids are smarter than most grown-ups. Kids see the world in black and white... They look through all the garbage and see a world run by fools and dullards and lazy people. And there's nothing they can do about it because they have no power.
Babies and young children are like the research and development division of the human species, and we grown-ups are production and marketing.
I saw my parents as model grown-ups, and their manner, their silence, informed my sense of what adulthood looked and felt like. Grown-ups behaved rationally and calmly. Grown-ups worked during the day and came home at night and sat down for drinks and passed the evening quietly.
Grown-ups never understand anything for themselves, and it is tiresome for children to be always and forever explaining things to them.
Antoine de Saint-Exupery
Oh wow, you know what's wrong with all these families on TV? All these kids say stuff no kid would say. Stuff grown-ups want them to say. Man, I'd make a really realistic family. Where kids get spankings. On TV parents say, 'Oh, you shouldn't do that ever again. Now you can have ice cream.' Forget it.
Baseball was made for kids, and grown-ups only screw it up.
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.
Well, most grown-ups forget what it was like to be a kid. I vowed that I would never forget.
I think the shyness one feels in childhood is often overcome with time. There are children who hide behind their parents' legs, but you don't see grown-ups hiding behind people. It just doesn't happen. I mean, not that often. People develop social skills over time.
I started at home as a kid putting on shows and lip-syncing Michael Jackson for the grown-ups. Then, in musicals and plays in school. At 17, I was performing in coffee shops and in parking lots at Phish shows. At 18, I had a band that played local shows in the Northwest.
Children are perfectly happy to sit next to spiders; it is only grown-ups who are frightened away.
We learn differently as children than as adults. For grown-ups, learning a new skill is painful, attention-demanding, and slow. Children learn unconsciously and effortlessly.
Children know from a remarkably early age that things are being kept from them, that grown-ups participate in a world of mysteries.
Even when I was a kid, I had a good thing with kids. To this day, if I go to a birthday party with one of my kids, I swear to you, I am so much happier hanging out with my kids and their friends than talking to the grown-ups.
My work in books, films and talks lies almost wholly with children, and I have very little time to give to grown-ups.
It is remarkable how easily children and grown-ups adapt to living in a dictatorship organised by lunatics.
A. N. Wilson
Grown-ups do a lot of complaining!
Grown-ups are afraid for children. It's not children who are afraid.
Perhaps life is actually more confusing and unknowable to an adult than a child, but grown-ups have learned to deceive themselves and act as if they understand what's going on; and some are elected to high office on the basis of their ability to create this impression.
I'm one of those people who never really joined the grown-ups.
The kids all knew me from Wayne's World. The grown-ups knew me after True Lies.
The thing I would most like to see invented is a way of teaching children and grown-ups the difference between right and wrong.
A. P. J. Abdul Kalam
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