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The absence of children in Hieronymus Bosch’s The Garden of Earthly Delights (Hmmm…) suggested that today we might have some quotes about children—well aware that some of our readers have them, ranging from newborns on up to the terrible teens.

In America there are two classes of travel—first-class, and with children. [Robert Charles Benchley, Kiddie-Car Travel]

Prince, I warn you, under the rose,
Time is the thief you cannot banish.
These are my daughters, I suppose.
But where in the world did the children vanish.
          [Phyllis McGinley, Ballade of Lost Objects]

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-Exupéry, The Little Prince]

[Daddy] said: “All children must look after their own upbringing.” Parents can only give good advice or put them on the right paths, but the final forming of a person’s character lies in their own hands. [Anne Frank, The Diary of a Young Girl]

The child is the father of the man. [William Wordsworth, My Heart Leaps Up When I Behold, often quoted by Maria Montessori]

The golf links lie so near the mill
That almost every day
The laboring children can look out
And watch the men at play.
          [Sarah Northcliffe Cleghorn, The Golf Links Lie So Near the Mill]

Suffer the little children to come unto me, and forbid them not, for such is the kingdom of God. [Luke 10:14]

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