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''It is no wonder that people are so horrible when they start their life as children.''
- Kingsley Amis

''If you can give your son or daughter only one gift, let it be enthusiasm.''
- Bruce Barton

''There was a time when we expected nothing of our children but obedience, as opposed to the present, when we expect everything of them but obedience.''
- Anatole Broyard

''Children might or might not be a blessing, but to create them and then fail them was surely damnation.''
- Lois McMaster Bujold "Barrayar", 1991

''Our children change us whether they live or not.''
- Lois McMaster Bujold "Barrayar", 1991

''People who say they sleep like a baby usually don't have one.''
- Leo J. Burke

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

''If your parents never had children, chances are you won't, either.''
- Dick Cavett

''Human beings are the only creatures that allow their children to come back home.''
- Bill Cosby

''The first half of our lives is ruined by our parents, and the second half by our children.''
- Clarence Darrow

''A happy childhood has spoiled many a promising life.''
- Robertson Davies "What's Bred in the Bone"

''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 "The Little Prince"

''If you want to see what children can do, you must stop giving them things.''
- Norman Douglas

''The thing that impresses me the most about America is the way parents obey their children.''
- King Edward VIII

''Children are all foreigners.''
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

''It is not giving children more that spoils them; it is giving them more to avoid confrontation.''
- John Gray "Children Are From Heaven"

''Be gentle with the young.''
- Juvenal

''Ask your child what he wants for dinner only if he's buying.''
- Fran Lebowitz

''I must take issue with the term 'a mere child,' for it has been my invariable experience that the company of a mere child is infinitely preferable to that of a mere adult.''
- Fran Lebowitz

''The reason grandparents and grandchildren get along so well is that they have a common enemy.''
- Sam Levenson

''Level with your child by being honest. Nobody spots a phony quicker than a child.''
- Mary MacCracken

''A child of five would understand this. Send someone to fetch a child of five.''
- Groucho Marx

''My mother loved children -- she would have given anything if I had been one.''
- Groucho Marx

''D'you call life a bad job? Never! We've had our ups and downs, we've had our struggles, we've always been poor, but it's been worth it, ay, worth it a hundred times I say when I look round at my children.''
- W. Somerset Maugham 'Of Human Bondage', 1915

''Humans are the only animals that have children on purpose with the exception of guppies, who like to eat theirs.''
- P. J. O'Rourke

''I take my children everywhere, but they always find their way back home.''
- Robert Orben

''Never raise your hand to your children; it leaves your midsection unprotected.''
- Robert Orben

''The best way to keep children home is to make the home atmosphere pleasant--and let the air out of the tires.''
- Dorothy Parker

''You know that children are growing up when they start asking questions that have answers.''
- John J. Plomp

''Don't limit a child to your own learning, for he was born in another time.''
- Rabbinical Saying

''How sharper than a serpent's tooth it is
To have a thankless child!''

- William Shakespeare "King Lear", Act 1 scene 4

''It is a wise father that knows his own child.''
- William Shakespeare "The Merchant of Venice", Act 2 scene 2

''I have found 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

''Anyone who uses the phrase 'easy as taking candy from a baby' has never tried taking candy from a baby.''
- Unknown

''Never have children, only grandchildren.''
- Gore Vidal

''People who get nostalgic about childhood were obviously never children.''
- Bill Watterson Calvin and Hobbes

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