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In every child who is born, under no matter what circumstances, and no matter what parents, the potentiality of the human race is born again. (James Agee)

To be five years old is to be surprised by life. I'm amused by my children's awe at quotidian things - a toy helicopter, a bubble bath, the visible tentacles on a plate of calamari. And I'm envious of their ability to attain something I often can't: a state of transcendence induced by art. (Rumaan Alam)

When childhood dies, its corpses are called adults and they enter society, one of the politer names of hell. That is why we dread children, even if we love them; they show us the state of our decay. (Brian Aldiss)

There must be such a thing as a child with average ability, but you can't find a parent who will admit that it is his child. (Thomas Bailey Aldrich)

- planning music for his funeral...
Most of the people who will walk after me will be children, so make the beat keep time with short steps. (Hans Christian Andersen)

Most children instinctively draw objects from the viewpoint that gives the most information. They draw a house from the front, but a truck from the side. (Anonymous)

Political history is far too criminal and pathological to be a fit subject of study for the young. Children should acquire their heroes and villains from fiction. (W. H. Auden)

If you can give your child only one gift, let it be enthusiasm. (Bruce Barton)

I like kids' work more than work by real artists any day. (Jean-Michel Basquiat)

- interview with Carol Crenna, December 15, 2012...
Children don't play outside enough. For hundreds of thousands of years young people spent time outside - until 15 years ago. (Robert Bateman)

- The Wizard of Oz...
Some of my youthful readers are developing wonderful imaginations. This pleases me. (L. Frank Baum)

In childhood, time is kind. A moment is swallowed whole, by senses open and able. (Nicoletta Baumeister)

I am married to a very dear girl who is an artist. We have no children except me. (Brendan Francis Behan)

Children need to have stand-and-stare time, time imagining and pursuing their own thinking processes or assimilating their experiences through play or just observing the world around them. (Teresa Belton)

Nothing fortuitous happens in a child's world. There are no accidents. Everything is connected with everything else and everything can be explained by everything else... For a young child everything that happens is a necessity. (John Berger)

I wish to thank my parents for making this night possible. And my children for making it necessary. (Victor Borge)

When elementary schools include art programs in the curriculum, children do better with math. (Kelly Borsheim)

How often a mother initiates a conversation with her child is not predictive of the language outcomes - what matters is, if the infant initiates, whether the mom responds. (Po Bronson)

Obese kids watch no more television than kids who aren't obese. All the thin kids watch massive amounts of television, too. There is no statistical correlation between obesity and media use, period. (Po Bronson)

I'm worried about parents who aren't parenting. (Barbara Bush)

You teach a child to read, and he or her will be able to pass a literacy test. (George W. Bush)

Libraries allow children to ask questions about the world and find the answers. And the wonderful thing is that once a child learns to use a library, the doors to learning are always open. (Laura Bush)

Kids, they break your stuff and eat your dreams. (Louis C.K.)

The purpose of school should be to prepare kids for the rest of their lives, but too often what kids need to be prepared for is surviving the school day itself. (Susan Cain)

If a child is to keep alive his inborn sense of wonder, he needs the companionship of at least one adult who can share it, rediscovering with him the joy, excitement and mystery of the world we live in. (Rachel Carson)

Sometimes, when I look at my children, I say to myself, 'Lillian, you should have remained a virgin.' (Lillian Carter)

If I had one wish for my children, it would be that each of them would reach for goals that have meaning for them as individuals. (Lillian Carter)

We must all work to make this world worthy of its children. (Pablo Casals)

What do we teach our children? We teach them that two and two make four, and that Paris is the capital of France. When will we also teach them what they are? (Pablo Casals)

We should say to each of them [our children]: Do you know what you are? You are a marvel. You are unique. In all the years that have passed, there has never been another child like you. Your legs, your arms, your clever fingers, the way you move. You may become a Shakespeare, a Michelangelo, a Beethoven. You have the capacity for anything. Yes, you are a marvel. And when you grow up, can you then harm another who is, like you, a marvel? (Pablo Casals)

Something you consider bad may bring out your child's talents; something you consider good may stifle them. (Francois Rene de Chateaubriand)

Women make us poets, children make us philosophers. (Malcolm de Chazal)

Painting like a child does not mean painting with child-like strokes and random scribbles of paints. But rather it's painting fearless... approaching painting with a new light and courage... learning endlessly without ceasing... painting boldly. (Elisa Choi)

I suppose it is because nearly all children go to school nowadays and have things arranged for them that they seem so forlornly unable to produce their own ideas. (Agatha Christie)

- Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother...
Western parents worry a lot about their children's self-esteem. But as a parent, one of the worst things you can do for your child's self-esteem is to let them give up. (Amy Chua)

The kids are so much fun. I'm always taking a look over at what they're doing because it reminds me of when I was so small before. (Oksana Chusovitina)

- b.1865 d.1946...
What adults call 'wrong' in Child Art is the most beautiful and most precious. I value highly those things done by small children. They are the first and purest source of artistic creation. (Franz Cizek)

The most beautiful things in the creating of the child are his "mistakes." The more a child's work is full of these individual mistakes the more wonderful it is. And the more a teacher removes them from the child's work the duller, more desolate and impersonal it becomes. (Franz Cizek)

The object of teaching a child is to enable the child to get along without the teacher. We need to educate our children for their future, not our past... (Arthur C. Clarke)

A child can teach an adult three things: to be happy for no reason, to always be busy with something, and to know how to demand with all his might that which he desires. (Paulo Coelho)

It is not a bad thing that children should occasionally, and politely, put parents in their place. (Sidonie Gabrielle Colette)

The easiest way to convince my kids that they don't really need something is to get it for them. (Joan Collins)

I am like a child who blows up a bubble of soap. At first the bubble is very small, but it is already spherical. Then the child blows the bubble up very softly, until he is afraid that it will burst. (Jean-Baptiste Camille Corot)

Even though your kids will consistently do the exact opposite of what you're telling them to do, you have to keep loving them just as much. (Bill Cosby)

When you work with kids, people tell you to be very delicate, but that's the last thing you should do with kids. They feel patronized if you're like that. They just want you to be normal. (Alfonso Cuaron)

Just think of the tragedy of teaching children not to doubt. (Clarence Darrow)

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. (Richard Dawkins)

Teach your children how to think for themselves, how to evaluate evidence, and how to disagree with you... The majority of children born into the world tend to inherit the beliefs of their parents, and that to me is one of the most regrettable facts of them all. (Richard Dawkins)

Children become what they are told they are. (Dorothy DeLay)

A child raised on a desert island, alone, without social interaction, without language, and thus lacking empathy, is still a sentient being. (Daniel Dennett)

We need to let our children grow up to face the world armed with knowledge, with much more knowledge than we ourselves had at their age. It is scary, but the alternative is worse. (Daniel Dennett)

We spend the first twelve months of our children's lives teaching them to walk and talk and the next twelve telling them to sit down and shut up. (Phyllis Diller)

I want my children to have all the things I couldn't afford. Then I want to move in with them. (Phyllis Diller)

Children have to be educated, but they have also to be left to educate themselves. (Ernest Dimnet)

All children have rights and those rights must be protected. (Novak Djokovic)

- Children of the World lyrics...
Children believe in friends, / Children believe in having friends / Children believe in friends. (Donovan)

Every day is a gift with a child, no matter what problems you have. (Carol Ann Duffy)

I think poetry can help children deal with the other subjects on the curriculum by enabling them to see a subject in a new way. (Carol Ann Duffy)

How is it that little children are so intelligent and men so stupid? It must be education that does it. (Alexandre Dumas)

Tired mothers find that spanking takes less time than reasoning and penetrates sooner to the seat of the memory. (Will Durant)

Parents forgive their children least readily for the faults they themselves instilled in them. (Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach)

In early childhood, children develop a set of symbols that 'stand for' things they see in the world around them... Children are happy with symbolic drawing until about the age of eight or nine... when children develop a passion for realism. Our schools do not provide drawing instruction. Children try on their own to discover the secrets of realistic drawing, but nearly always fail and, sadly, give up on trying. (Betty Edwards)

The arts teach children that problems can have more than one solution and that questions can have more than one answer. (Elliot W. Eisner)

The arts help children learn to say what cannot be said. When children are invited to disclose what a work of art helps them feel, they must reach into their poetic capacities to find the words that will do the job. (Elliot W. Eisner)

The arts teach children that in complex forms of problem-solving, purposes are seldom fixed, but change with circumstance and opportunity. (Elliot W. Eisner)

The arts teach children to make good judgments about qualitative relationships. Unlike much of the curriculum in which correct answers and rules prevail, in the arts it is judgment rather than rules that prevail. (Elliot W. Eisner)

I like trying to get pregnant. I'm not so sure about childbirth. (George Eliot)

Little children are still the symbol of the eternal marriage between love and duty. (George Eliot)

There was never a child so lovely but his mother was glad to get him to sleep. (Ralph Waldo Emerson)

Years of educational treatment have convinced us that learning is, and can only be, the result of teaching. We grow up into adults who insist that our children 'receive' an education. We trust neither ourselves nor our children. (Aaron Falbel)

- a childless couple (friends with his grandparents) asked Luc, knowing he had recently been to San Francisco, if there was anything in particular that he thought they might enjoy there...
'The Science Museum is very good but it's mostly oriented towards children.' (Luc Faris, age 12)

You know what, Sally, Suzie, Timmy, Tom, you are wonderful; the world is your oyster. But you will not always be the best at everything. Chances are excellent that in your lifetime, you will encounter people who are smarter, wittier, more industrious and yes, more graceful, athletic, thinner, maybe even prettier, and sooner or later, younger, than you are. That, dear child, is called life. (Bridget Foley)

When we women give ourselves permission to pursue our passion, we give our children permission to do the same. This is especially true for our daughters. (Gwen Fox)

Always be available to your kids. Because if you say, 'Give me five minutes, give me ten minutes,' it'll be 15, it'll be 20. And then when you get there, the shine will have worn off whatever it is they wanted to share with you. (Michael J. Fox)

Don't worry that children never listen to you; worry that they are always watching you. (Robert Fulghum)

The simplest way to make sure that we raise literate children is to teach them to read, and to show them that reading is a pleasurable activity. (Neil Gaiman)

If you've ever watched a child with a cardboard carton and a box of crayons create a spaceship with cool control panels, or listened to their improvised rules, such as 'Red cars can jump all others,' then you know that this impulse to make a toy do more is at the heart of innovative childhood play. It is also the essence of creativity. (Bill Gates)

It's been a horrifying academic secret for decades that the children who walk away with the highest formal honors, the valedictorians and National Merit Scholars, have a horrendous performance record in later life. (John Taylor Gatto)

I was lucky to have parents who loved me. (Jean Paul Gaultier)

I am very lucky because I am realizing my childhood dreams. (Jean Paul Gaultier)

Your children are not your children, they are the sons and daughters of Life's longing for itself. They come through you but are not from you, and though they are with you yet they belong not to you. (Kahlil Gibran)

Your children are not your children. You may give them your love but not your thoughts, For they have their own thoughts. You may house their bodies but not their souls. For their souls dwell in the house of tomorrow, which you cannot visit, even in your dreams. You are the bows from which your children, as living arrows, are sent forth. (Kahlil Gibran)

What do we tell our children? Haste makes waste. Look before you leap. Stop and think. Don't judge a book by its cover. We believe that we are always better off gathering as much information as possible and spending as much time as possible in deliberation. (Malcolm Gladwell)

The race of children possesses magically sagacious powers. (Gail Godwin)

If children grew up according to early indications, we should have nothing but geniuses. (Johann Wolfgang von Goethe)

By trying to make things easier for their children, parents can make things much harder for them. (Dr. Mardy Grothe)

There is something that all children are born with that I connect with. As my painting begins to unfold, the child and I are drawn together into a magical process of creativity. Meeting on this creative level, we journey together into the realm of imagination - and into the world of art we go. (Nancy Guzik)

I started writing books for children because I could illustrate them myself and because, in my innocence, I thought they'd be easier. (Mark Haddon)

Bore children, and they stop reading. There's no room for self-indulgence or showing off or setting the scene. (Mark Haddon)

One with artistic talent must be encouraged as a child - to be and to do that for which he was born. For a child to abandon that talent is to abandon his very self. (Hap Hagood)

Forgiveness is the answer to the child's dream of a miracle by which what is broken is made whole again, what is soiled is made clean again. (Dag Hammarskjold)

I love experiencing the real emotions of children before they are taught to be 'nice.' (Carla Hannaford)

Children see things very well sometimes - and idealists even better. (Lorraine Hansberry)

We must show trust and confidence in ourselves and the abilities of our children, and highlight what we really value in them as human beings and as equal contributors to our society. We have to condemn the concept of hurrying, of pushing to grow up, and instead respect the dignity of individual growth (Suzannah Harris)

The scribblings of any... child clearly indicates how thoroughly immersed he is in the sensation of moving his hand and crayon aimlessly over a surface, depositing a line in his path. There must be some quality of magic in this alone. (Edward Hill)

Every child is a deliberate, passionate creation of God. If you doubt that, just look into their eyes. You will find a gentle little spirit who hungers for life - and for your love. (Gary Holland)

The child is bold. He is not afraid of making mistakes. And he is patient. He can tolerate an extraordinary amount of uncertainty, confusion, ignorance, and suspense... (John Holt)

The child is curious. He wants to make sense out of things, find out how things work, gain competence and control over himself and his environment, and do what he can see other people doing. He is open, perceptive, and experimental. (John Holt)

Children should learn to draw as they learn to write, and such a mystery should not be made of it. They should be encouraged, not flattered... then [later in life] double the effort is required to get the facility which might have been gained insensibly. (William Morris Hunt)

Take children seriously... they can teach you so much. (Melissa Jean)

Children are likely to live up to what you believe of them. (Lady Bird Johnson)

Nothing has a stronger influence on their children than the unlived lives of their parents. (Carl Gustav Jung)

Children are educated by what the grown-up is and not by his talk. (Carl Gustav Jung)

Children are the same the world over. They may have a different culture, but an ache or a laugh is universal. (Danny Kaye)

Children also have artistic ability, and there is wisdom in their having it! The more helpless they are, the more instructive are the examples they furnish us; and they must be preserved free of corruption from an early age. (Paul Klee)

Admittedly, the acquisition of knowledge is not easy and some children are apt to resist it. (George Kneller)

As children, we are remarkably aware. We absorb and process information at a speed that we'll never again come close to achieving... we are learning about our world and its possibilities. (Maria Konnikova)

I know how art has come in and really changed my life, so to give these children that opportunity just to come into contact with art - that's wonderful. (Jeff Koons)

In our relationship with children and young people, we are not dealing with mechanical devices that can be quickly repaired, but with living beings who are impressionable, volatile, sensitive, afraid, affectionate; and to deal with them we have to have great understanding, the strength of patience and love... (Jiddu Krishnamurti)

A child's appetite for new toys appeal to the desire for ownership and appropriation: the appeal of toys comes to lie not in their use but in their status as possessions. (Christopher Lasch)

The creative adult is the child who has survived. (Ursula K. LeGuin)

Every intelligent child is an amateur anthropologist. The first thing such a child notices is that adults don't make sense. (John Leonard, critic)

Most children are given far too much praise for their early drawings, so much so that they rarely learn the ability to refine their first crude efforts the way their early attempts at language are corrected. (Charles de Lint)

As children, we come into the world with a natural desire to both speak and draw. Society makes sure that we learn language properly, right from the beginning, but art is treated as a gift of innate genius, something we either have or don't. (Charles de Lint)

How hard would it be to ask children what they see in their heads? How big should the house be in comparison to the family standing in front of it? What is it about the anatomy of the people that doesn't look right? Then let them try it again. Teach them to learn how to see and ask questions. (Charles de Lint)

A torn jacket is soon mended; but hard words bruise the heart of a child. (Henry Wadsworth Longfellow)

Children are God's Apostles, sent forth, day by day, to preach of love, and hope, and peace. (James Russell Lowell)

The important thing is not so much that every child should be taught, as that every child should be given the wish to learn. (John Lubbock)

The mother loves her child most divinely, not when she surrounds him with comfort and anticipates his wants, but when she resolutely holds him to the highest standards and is content with nothing less than his best. (Hamilton Wright Mabie)

One visit with a child can supply us with enough creativity dust to last for a lifetime... Visit with children like you're the child you ought to be more often. (Eric Maisel)

The wider the range of possibilities we offer children, the more intense will be their motivations and the richer their experiences. (Loris Malaguzzi)

A child wants some kind of undisrupted routine or rhythm. He seems to want a predictable, orderly world. (Abraham Maslow)

Children of any age flourish with options. Art should be mandatory at all ages. (Donna Jo Massie)

Children feel successful when they are able to complete a task... External motivators such as prizes, i.e., toys, pencils, food treats, etc., placate rather than instill the value and sense of doing a job well done. The focus shifts to getting the prize. (Terri Mauro)

I remember in grammar school the teacher asked if anyone had any hobbies. I was the only one with any hobbies and I had every hobby there was... name anything, no matter how esoteric. I could have given everyone a hobby and still had 40 or 50 to take home. (Cormac McCarthy)

Watch what you say and do because little eyes are watching you. (Reba McEntire)

The Internet is bringing all kinds of information into the home. There's just a lot of distraction, a lot of competition for the parent's voice to resonate in the children's ears. (Phil McGraw)

Likely as not, the child you can do the least with will do the most to make you proud. (Mignon McLaughlin)

The child lives in a world which he unhesitatingly believes accessible to all around him. (Maurice Merleau-Ponty)

Let my children have music! Let them hear live music. Not noise. My children! You do what you want with your own! (Charles Mingus)

One test of the correctness of educational procedure is the happiness of the child. (Maria Montessori)

Never help a child with a task at which he feels he can succeed. (Maria Montessori)

Free the child's potential, and you will transform him into the world. (Maria Montessori)

A child's parents are not his makers but his guardians. (Maria Montessori)

The first thing to understand about working with children's dreams is that adults need to listen up. (Robert Moss)

Every year, when you're a child, you become a different person. (Alice Munro)

I was pretty impressed during the opening of one of my shows, when the five-year-old daughter of a well-known movie actress took a running jump at one of my paintings, like she was diving into a swimming pool. I preferred to treat her impulse as a compliment rather than insult. Sadly (I think) she hurt herself more than the painting. (James Nares)

Children aren't happy with nothing to ignore, and that's what parents were created for. (Ogden Nash)

Where did we ever get the crazy idea that in order to make children do better, first we have to make them feel worse? (Jane Nelson)

Everything is ceremony in the wild garden of childhood. (Pablo Neruda)

We reward people a lot for being rich, for being famous, for being cute, for being thin... one of the values I think we need to instill in our country, in our children, is a sense of 'usefulness.' In other words, are we useful, are we making other people's lives a little bit better? (Barack Obama)

Children play earnestly as if it were work. But people grow up, and they work with a sorrow upon them. It's duty. (Mary Oliver)

Part of the reason for the ugliness of adults, in a child's eyes, is that the child is usually looking upwards, and few faces are at their best when seen from below. (George Orwell)

My advice is: go find a child, a fearless child, and let them do the talking. Then pick up your tools and go flying. What Dreams May Come? (Mary Ann Pals)

When a mother takes pictures of her children on the beach, she doesn't take herself for an artist; she does it for love, which is an excellent reason, from my point of view. (Martin Parr)

When I approach a child, he inspires in me two sentiments; tenderness for what he is, and respect for what he may become. (Louis Pasteur)

What we are teaches the child far more than what we say, so we must be what we want our children to become. (Joseph Chilton Pearce)

Play is the work of childhood. (Jean Piaget)

Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up. (Pablo Picasso)

I remember that as I was writing a poem on 'Snow' when I was eight, I said aloud, 'I wish I could have the ability to write down the feelings I have now when I am little, because when I grow up, I will know how to write, but I will have forgotten what being little feels like.' (Sylvia Plath)

Always remember your kid's name. Always remember where you put your kid. Don't let your kid drive until their feet can reach the pedals. Use the right size diapers... for yourself. And, when in doubt, make funny faces. (Amy Poehler)

- Body and Soul, 1947...
Twenty years ago I wanted to move to a nice place so our Charley would grow up a nice boy and learn a profession. But instead we live in a jungle, so he can only be a wild animal. D'you think I picked the East Side like Columbus picked America? (Abraham Polonsky)

The best lesson we can teach our children is to have fun. It's infectious, it's contagious. (Vince Poscente)

Parents are sometimes a bit of a disappointment to their children. They don't fulfill the promise of their early years. (Anthony Powell)

I figure all any kid needs is hope and the feeling he or she belongs. If I could do or say anything that would give some kid that feeling, I would believe I had contributed something to the world. (Elvis Presley)

From birth to five, you're learning / From five to ten, you're playing / By the time you're fifteen you're never wrong / But then you turn around and it's all gone / Your childhood (The Proclaimers)

By constantly entertaining our kids, we are stealing their childhood and creating major obstacles to their future success... Let them be bored at times and don't feel guilty about it. (Victoria Prooday)

It takes a whole village to raise a child. (African proverb)

For children in their most impressionable years, there is, in fantasy, the highest of stimulating and educational powers. (Arthur Rackham)

Motherhood is the biggest gamble in the world. It is the glorious life force. It's huge and scary - it%u2019s an act of infinite optimism. (Gilda Radner)

The worst thing that can be done to children is to drain their energy while correcting them. (James Redfield)

Our children take our level of vibration and raise it even higher. This is how we, as humans, continue evolution. (James Redfield)

The smallest children are nearest to God, as the smallest planets are nearest the sun. (Jean Paul Richter)

Men... look back on the children who were once themselves, and attempt to reconstruct them. But they can no longer think like the child... (Mary Roberts Rinehart)

As children we recognized that we belonged to an unusual, even exceptional, family, but the effect was different on each of us. (David Rockefeller)

Kids are curious. Kids are watching ants while adults are stepping on them. (Jim Rohn)

I've learned... that having a child fall asleep in your arms is one of the most peaceful feelings in the world. (Andy Rooney)

I've learned... that you should never say no to a gift from a child. (Andy Rooney)

I've learned... that simple walks with my father around the block on summer nights when I was a child did wonders for me as an adult. (Andy Rooney)

At the birth of a child, if a mother could ask a fairy godmother to endow it with the most useful gift, that gift should be curiosity. (Eleanor Roosevelt)

Children love to be alone because alone is where they know themselves, and where they dream. (Roger Rosenblatt)

There may be no more pleasing picture in the world than that of a child peering into a book - the past and the future entrancing each other. (Roger Rosenblatt)

Every child has the spirit of creation. The rubbish of life often exterminates the spirit through plague and a soul's own wretchedness. (Peter Paul Rubens)

As little children, we are authentic. Only the present time is real for us; we don't care about the past, and we aren't worried about the future. We enjoy life; we want to explore and have fun. Nobody teaches us to be that way; we are born that way. (Don Miguel Ruiz)

The art of drawing which is of more real importance to the human race than that of writing... should be taught to every child just as writing is... (John Ruskin)

I am so grateful to be a writer. I hope every child grows up and finds something to do that will seem important and that will seem precious. Happy living and, especially, happy playing. (Cynthia Rylant)

The visions we offer our children shape the future. It matters what those visions are. Often they become self-fulfilling prophecies. Dreams are maps. (Carl Sagan)

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)

We carry our childhood with us. (Gary D. Schmidt)

You know, nothing is more important than education, because nowhere are our stakes higher; our future depends on the quality of education of our children today. (Arnold Schwarzenegger)

We deprive our children, our charges, of persistence. What I am trying to say is that we need to fail, children need to fail, we need to feel sad, anxious and anguished. If we impulsively protect ourselves and our children, as the feel-good movement suggests, we deprive them of learning-persistence skills. (Martin Seligman)

No light shines brighter than the smile of a child. (Ian Semple)

Children's laughter is the pealing of life's carillons. (Ian Semple)

Children are tough, though we tend to think of them as fragile. They have to be tough. Childhood is not easy. We sentimentalize children, but they know what's real and what's not. They understand metaphor and symbol. (Maurice Sendak)

Children do live in fantasy and reality; they move back and forth very easily in a way we no longer remember how to do. (Maurice Sendak)

Once a little boy sent me a charming card with a little drawing on it. I loved it. I answer all my children's letters - sometimes very hastily - but this one I lingered over. I sent him a card and I drew a picture of a Wild Thing on it. I wrote, 'Dear Jim: I loved your card.' Then I got a letter back from his mother and she said, 'Jim loved your card so much he ate it.' That to me was one of the highest compliments I've ever received. He didn't care that it was an original Maurice Sendak drawing or anything. He saw it, he loved it, he ate it. (Maurice Sendak)

Adults are obsolete children. (Dr. Seuss)

What we want to see is the child in pursuit of knowledge, not knowledge in pursuit of the child. (George Bernard Shaw)

- Falling Up...
'Why can't you see I'm a kid', said the kid. / 'Why try to make me like you? / Why are you hurt when I don't cuddle? / Why do you sigh when I splash through a puddle? / Why do you scream when I do what I did? / I'm a kid.' (Shel Silverstein)

Art for kids offers exercise for the right brain, and it shows there are different ways to arrive at a solution to a problem... (Helen Ormiston Simpson)

Any kid will run any errand for you, if you ask at bedtime. (Red Skelton)

It is a libel to suggest that children need rewards for attending to tasks, apart from intrinsic interest and satisfaction. Children work very hard in their purposeful endeavors in the world, when they have ends they want to accomplish themselves. It is meaningless teaching, not learning, that demands irrelevant incentives. (Frank Smith)

Big Bird went through his very human kind of struggles as a child. No other children's character has been that complete and detailed. (Caroll Spinney)

The Millennials are the most threatening and exciting generation since the baby boomers brought about social revolution, not because they're trying to take over the Establishment but because they're growing up without one. (Joel Stein)

- East of Eden...
Perhaps it takes courage to raise children... (John Steinbeck)

Receive the children in reverence; educate them in love; let them go forth in freedom. (Rudolf Steiner)

-teacher of Helen Keller...
Let the child go and come freely, let him touch real things and combine his impressions for himself, instead of sitting indoors at a little round table, while a sweet-voiced teacher suggests that he build a stone wall with his wooden blocks, or make a rainbow out of strips of coloured paper, or plant straw trees in bead flower-pots. Such teaching fills the mind with artificial associations that must be got rid of, before the child can develop independent ideas out of actual experience. (Anne Sullivan)

Every child comes with the message that God is not yet tired of the man. (Rabindranath Tagore)

Don't limit a child to your own learning, for he was born in another time. (Rabindranath Tagore)

Children retain a great deal, and when they grow up they start going over things and rejudging them from a grownup's point of view. This must have been this way, and that was that way, they say. That's why you have to be careful with children - some day they grow up. (Junichiro Tanizaki)

The most influential of all educational factors is the conversation in a child's home. (Sir William Temple)

Making a film is like raising a child. You cannot raise a child to be liked by everyone. You raise a child to excel, and you teach the child to be true to his own nature. There will be people who'll dislike your child because he or she is who they are, and there will be people who'll love your child immensely for the very same reason. (Guillermo del Toro)

The best way to give advice to your children is to find out what they want and then advise them to do it. (Harry S. Truman)

Children have an extraordinary capacity to see into the heart of things and to expose sham and humbug for what they are. (Desmond Tutu)

All children have creative power. (Brenda Ueland)

The visually illiterate children of one generation become the arrogantly insensitive adults of the next. (Author unknown)

The Founding Fathers in their wisdom decided that children were an unnatural strain on parents. So they provided jails called schools, equipped with tortures called an education. (John Updike)

Never have children, only grandchildren. (Gore Vidal)

All children alarm their parents, if only because you are forever expecting to encounter yourself. (Gore Vidal)

- art students, 7-8 years old ..
Kids have few inhibitions and they're not so critical. With their strong personalities, mistakes become a positive part of the process. Even autistic kids settle right in and concentrate. And shy kids love it because they get a few moments to shine. (Katarina Vlasic)

- art students, 7-8 years old ..
In this series we studied Marc Chagall. The kids loved the strangeness and weirdness. Chagall stimulated their imagination - gave them permission to play. (Katarina Vlasic)

The greatest gifts you can give your children are the roots of responsibility and the wings of independence. (Denis Waitley)

When I was small, my parents came back from Tijuana, and my dad bought me a very small acoustic guitar. I loved it. I started making up my own songs right away. (Diane Warren)

Working with children keeps my art fresh, keeps me motivated and keeps me young at heart. I learn to see art through the eyes of the children and they teach me so much! (Dorenda Crager Watson)

Children, like animals, use all their senses to discover the world. Then artists come along and discover it the same way all over again. (Eudora Welty)

I love young children for their way. I love them for the way they don't dwell forever and can be with you right now. I love to paint. It keeps my soul happy. (Dana van Westrienen)

I belong to a tradition that believes that the death of a single child is a blemish on creation... (Elie Wiesel)

Make a child a painting and he'll be happy for a day. Teach a child to paint and he'll be miserable for a lifetime. (Christopher Willard)

I love kids, but they are a tough audience. (Robin Williams)

Adults forget the depths of languor into which the adolescent mind descends with ease. They are prone to undervalue the mental growth that occurs during daydreaming and aimless wandering. (Edward O. Wilson)

The hand enjoys a privileged status in the learning process, being not only a catalyst but an experiential focal point for the organisation of the young child's perceptual, motor, cognitive, and creative world. (Frank Wilson, Neurologist)

I tell every child I meet, whether they have asked me or not, 'You have greatness inside you, and your job is to figure out what that is, dig it out, and give it to the world. Because the world needs everything, every one of you.' (Henry Winkler)

A Mother who radiates self-love and self-acceptance actually vaccinates her daughter against low self-esteem. (Naomi Wolf)

Obstacles... are developmentally necessary: they teach kids strategy, patience, critical thinking, resilience and resourcefulness. (Naomi Wolf)

- adapted from Robert Genn...
Parents can be intimidating. They may even cause their children to give up because there's too much to learn. Effective parents are able to draw the child in and put the child's creativity ahead of their own. (Bruce Wood)

We were lucky enough to grow up in an environment where there was always much encouragement to children to pursue intellectual interests; to investigate what ever aroused curiosity. (Orville Wright)

We may find that like-minded people come in the form of children. They are the inspiration. And we download their child-like apps. A refurbished soul can be rebooted. (Miles Patrick Yohnke)

It's important to give kids an opportunity to see what the world is about, and music is a fantastic friend. (Pinchas Zukerman)