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Childhood Quotes

Heaven lies about us in our infancy and the world begins lying about us pretty soon afterward.

Author: Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914)

Profession: American Author, Editor, Journalist, "The Devil's Dictionary"

But childhood prolonged, cannot remain a fairyland. It becomes a hell.

Author: Louise Bogan (1897-1970)

Profession: American Poet, Critic

There is always one moment in childhood when the door opens and lets the future in.

Author: Deepak Chopra

Profession: East-Indian- American M.D., New Age Author, Lecturer

Seven to eleven is a huge chunk of life, full of dulling and forgetting. It is fabled that we slowly lose the gift of speech with animals, that birds no longer visit our windowsills to converse. As our eyes grow accustomed to sight they armor themselves against wonder.

Author: Leonard Cohen (1934)

Profession: Canadian-born American Musician, Songwriter, Singer

What a man takes in by contemplation, that he pours out in love.

Author: Meister Eckhart (1260-1326)

Profession: German Mystic

Childhood is a disease -- a sickness that you grow out of.

Author: William Golding (1911-1993)

Profession: British Author

Let a man turn to his own childhood -- no further -- if he will renew his sense of remoteness, and of the mystery of change.

Author: Alice Meynell (1847-1922)

Profession: British Poet, Essayist

Childhood is the kingdom where nobody dies. Nobody that matters, that is.

Author: Edna St. Vincent Millay (1892-1950)

Profession: American Poet

The childhood shows the man, as morning shows the day.

Author: John Milton (1608-1674)

Profession: British Poet

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.

Author: Pablo Picasso (1881-1973)

Profession: Spanish Artist

There are perhaps no days of our childhood we lived so fully as those we spent with a favorite book.

Author: Marcel Proust (1871-1922)

Profession: French Novelist

The stories of childhood leave an indelible impression, and their author always has a niche in the temple of memory from which the image is never cast out to be thrown on the rubbish heap of things that are outgrown and outlived.

Author: Howard Pyle


Come children, let us shut up the box and the puppets, for our play is played out.

Author: William M. Thackeray (1811-1863)

Profession: Indian-born British Novelist

Is it not strange, that an infant should be heir of the whole world, and see those mysteries which the books of the learned never unfold?

Author: Thomas Traherne (1636-1674)

Profession: British Clergyman, Poet, Mystic

I am convinced that, except in a few extraordinary cases, one form or another of an unhappy childhood is essential to the formation of exceptional gifts.

Author: Thornton Wilder (1897-1975)

Profession: American Novelist, Playwright