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Train them to virtue; habituate them to industry, activity, and spirit. Make them consider every vice as shameful and unmanly. Fire them I with ambition to be useful. Make them disdain to be destitute of any useful knowledge. Fix their ambition upon great and solid objects, and their contempt upon little, frivolous, and useless ones.
      - John Adams

A man shall see, where there is a house full of children, one or two of the eldest restricted, and the youngest ruined by indulgence; but in the midst, some that are, as it were, forgotten, who many times, nevertheless, prove the best.
      - Francis Bacon

Children sweeten labors, but they make misfortunes more bitter; they increase the cares of life, but they mitigate the remembrance of death.
      - Francis Bacon

Seeing you sleeping peacefully on your back among your stuffed ducks, bears and basset hounds, would remind me that no matter how good the next day might be, certain moments were gone forever because we could not go backwards in time.
      - Joan Baez

You see much more of your children once they leave home.
      - Lucille Ball

A mother's love, in a degree, sanctifies the most worthless offspring.
      - Hosea Ballou

Children are the hands by which we take hold of heaven. By these tendrils we clasp it and climb thitherward. And why do we think that we are separated from them? We never half knew them, nor in this world could.
      - Henry Ward Beecher

If a boy is not trained to endure and to bear trouble, he will grow up a girl; and a boy that is a girl has all a girl's weakness without any of her regal qualities. A woman made out of a woman is God's noblest work; a woman made out of a man is His meanest.
      - Henry Ward Beecher

Our children that die young are like those spring bulbs which have their flowers prepared beforehand, and leave nothing to do but to break ground, and blossom, and pass away. Thank God for spring flowers among men, as well as among the grasses of the field.
      - Henry Ward Beecher

A scout troop consists of twelve little kids dressed like schmucks following a big schmuck dressed like a kid.
      - Jack Benny

Thy wife shall be as a fruitful vine by the sides of thine house: thy children like olive plants round about thy table.
      - Bible, Psalms (ch. CXXVIII, v. 3)

Many children, many cares; no children, no felicity.
      - Christian Nestell Bovee

We are the people our parents warned us about.
      - Jimmy Buffett

Be ever gentle with the children God has given you; watch over them constantly; reprove them earnestly, but not in anger. In the forcible language of Scripture, "Be not bitter against them." "Yes, they are good boys," I once heard a kind father say. "I talk to them very much, but do not like to beat my, children--the world will beat them." It was a beautiful thought not elegantly expressed.
      - Elihu Burritt

The first duty toward children is to make them happy. If you have not made them happy, you have wronged them; no other good they may get can make up for that.
      - Charles Buxton

Learning to dislike children at an early age saves a lot of expense and aggravation later in life.
      - Robert Byrne

A rose with all its sweetest leaves yet folded.
      - Lord Byron (George Gordon Noel Byron)

To aid thy mind's development, to watch
  Thy dawn of little joys, to sit and see
    Almost thy very growth, to view thee catch
      Knowledge of objects, wonders yet to thee!
        To hold thee lightly on a gentle knee,
          And print on thy soft cheek a parents kiss,
            This, it should seem, was not reserved for me;
              Yet this was in my nature: as it is,
                I know not what is there, yet something like to this.
      - Lord Byron (George Gordon Noel Byron),
        Childe Harold (III, 116)

Good Christian people, here lies for you an inestimable loan; take all heed thereof, in all carefulness, employ it: with high recompense, or else with heavy penalty, will it one day be required back.
      - Thomas Carlyle

Happy season of childhood! Kind Nature, that art to all a bountiful mother; that visitest the poor man's hut With auroral radiance; and for thy nursling hast provided a soft swathing of love and infinite hope wherein he waxes and slumbers, danced round by sweetest dreams!
      - Thomas Carlyle

The child's grief throbs against the round of its little heart as heavily as the man's sorrow, and the one finds as much delight in his kite or drum as the other in striking the springs of enterprise or soaring on the wings of fame.
      - Edwin Hubbell Chapin

The scenes of childhood are the memories of future years.
      - John Overton Choules

Childhood, who like an April morn appears,
  Sunshine and rain, hopes clouded o'er with fears.
      - Charles Churchill

What gift has Providence bestowed on man, that is so dear to him as his children?
      - Cicero (Marcus Tullius Cicero) (often called "Tully" for short)

A child, like your stomach, doesn't need all you can afford to give it.
      - Frank A. Clark

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