Quotations on Childhood

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And I started with this: I have not painted at all my childhood. In fact, I never painted. But I helped my father who was a house painter and decorative painter. He made stage sets, he made glass paintings, he made everything.
- Josef Albers
(Keywords: Father, Childhood, Fact)

When I moved to Seattle, I was hanging out with kids who had done drugs, had sex a million times. I look at them now and realize their childhood was taken away.
- Jeff Ament
(Keywords: Sex, Childhood, Drugs, Kids, Now)

One's age should be tranquil, as childhood should be playful. Hard work at either extremity of life seems out of place. At midday the sun may burn, and men labor under it; but the morning and evening should be alike calm and cheerful.
- Thomas Arnold
(Keywords: Age, Life, Men, Work, Childhood, Evening, Hard work, Labor, May, Sun)

My daddy died when I was two years old. My mother raised my two older brothers and me. And we couldn't have had a better situation. I mean, she was the - ran the concession stand at the Little League, and she was the first woman president of The Touchdown Club, the booster club for the high school football team. And so, I had a wonderful childhood.
- Haley Barbour
(Keywords: Mother, Brothers, Childhood, First, Football, Old, President, School, Woman, Years)

Genius is childhood recalled at will.
- Charles Baudelaire
(Keywords: Genius, Childhood, Will)

What laughter is to childhood, sex is to adolescence.
- Martha Beck
(Keywords: Sex, Adolescence, Childhood, Laughter)

My father was a farmer and my mother was a farmer, but, my childhood was very good. I am very grateful for my childhood, because it was full of gladness and good humanity.
- Roberto Benigni
(Keywords: Mother, Father, Childhood, Humanity)

The very desire for guarantees that our values are eternal and secure in some objective heaven is perhaps only a craving for the certainties of childhood or the absolute values of our primitive past.
- Isaiah Berlin
(Keywords: Values, Childhood, Desire, Heaven, Past)

My whole career has been fulfilling my childhood fantasies, playing characters that are larger than life, getting to play a knight, an elf, a prince, and a soldier.
- Orlando Bloom
(Keywords: Life, Career, Childhood, Knight, Play)

We are all, in a sense, experts on secrecy. From earliest childhood we feel its mystery and attraction. We know both the power it confers and the burden it imposes. We learn how it can delight, give breathing space and protect.
- Sissela Bok
(Keywords: Power, Burden, Childhood, Delight, Experts, Mystery, Secrecy, Sense, Space)

It's the continuation of everyone's childhood to see these young children who grow up full of life, full of intelligence, full of a sense of wonder. And within an instant they're gone from this world. It's terrible.
- Lucien Bouchard
(Keywords: Intelligence, Life, Childhood, Children, Sense, Wonder, World)

I had an Edinburgh, middle-class childhood and a public school education.
- Rory Bremner
(Keywords: Education, Childhood, Public, School)

One of the things I want to do that's outside the realm of acting and the arts - although both have their place in this - is ending childhood hunger here in America.
- Jeff Bridges
(Keywords: Acting, America, Childhood, Ending, Hunger, Want)

I had no idea that mothering my own child would be so healing to my own sadness from my childhood.
- Susie Bright
(Keywords: Idea, Childhood, Healing, Sadness)

I think people tend to see the bigger point, which is maybe not fitting in and feeling like you didn't have the childhood that you expected you would have, or that you felt lonely or struggled with drugs and alcohol or just that you were able to achieve your dreams.
- Augusten Burroughs
(Keywords: Dreams, People, Alcohol, Childhood, Drugs, Feeling, Lonely)

There must be a law against forcing children to perform at an early age. Children should have a wonderful childhood. They should not be given too much responsibility.
- Maria Callas
(Keywords: Age, Childhood, Children, Law, Responsibility)

Any acceleration constitutes progress, Miss Glory. Nature had no understanding of the modern rate of work. From a technical standpoint the whole of childhood is pure nonsense. Simply wasted time. An untenable waste of time.
- Karel Capek
(Keywords: Nature, Time, Work, Progress, Childhood, Glory, Nonsense, Understanding, Waste)

My major regret in life is that my childhood was unnecessarily lonely.
- Truman Capote
(Keywords: Life, Childhood, Lonely, Regret)

The monsters of our childhood do not fade away, neither are they ever wholly monstrous. But neither, in my experience, do we ever reach a plane of detachment regarding our parents, however wise and old we may become. To pretend otherwise is to cheat.
- John le Carre
(Keywords: Experience, Childhood, May, Old, Parents)

Remember Graham Green's dictum that childhood is the bank balance of the writer? I think that all writers feel alienated. Most of us go back to an alienated childhood in some way or another. I know that I do.
- John Le Carre
(Keywords: Balance, Childhood, Writer, Writers)

Childhood itself is scarcely more lovely than a cheerful, kindly, sunshiny old age.
- Lydia M. Child
(Keywords: Age, Childhood, Old)

To become truly immortal, a work of art must escape all human limits: logic and common sense will only interfere. But once these barriers are broken, it will enter the realms of childhood visions and dreams.
- Giorgio de Chirico
(Keywords: Art, Dreams, Work, Childhood, Common sense, Logic, Visions, Will)

Quite often somebody will say, What year do your books take place? and the only answer I can give is, In childhood.
- Beverly Cleary
(Keywords: Books, Childhood, Will)

In childhood I developed a serious throat infection, and my heart stopped beating. I recovered from that illness with a voice that boomed forth like Kate Smith's!
- Patsy Cline
(Keywords: Heart, Childhood, Illness, Voice)

I didn't grow up with my mother, and so losing her for real was like, some sort of latent childhood, some sort of unresolved issue. When she left for real, it was sort of like, I was done.
- Billy Corgan
(Keywords: Mother, Childhood, Losing)

My childhood should have taught me lessons for my own fatherhood, but it didn't because parenting can only be learned by people who have no children.
- Bill Cosby
(Keywords: Parenting, People, Childhood, Children)

Typically diagnosed during childhood and adolescent years, juvenile diabetes, also referred to as Type I diabetes, currently affects more than 3 million Americans and more then 13,000 children are diagnosed each year.
- Elijah Cummings
(Keywords: Americans, Childhood, Children, Years)

My whole family actually, but my parents. I had such a normal and amazing childhood. I've been so lucky. My parents are cool and normal. They don't talk about the business and I still have stuff to do at their house.
- Kaley Cuoco
(Keywords: Business, Family, Childhood, Parents, Talk)

My father was a very unhappy person, very sarcastic, and my mother was very nervous and worried about what people thought. They weren't monsters, but it wasn't a good childhood.
- Paula Danziger
(Keywords: Mother, Father, Thought, People, Childhood, Sarcastic)

I think there is a sense of last things in my work that probably comes from a Catholic childhood.
- Don DeLillo
(Keywords: Work, Childhood, Sense)

Everything I write comes from my childhood in one way or another. I am forever drawing on the sense of mystery and wonder and possibility that pervaded that time of my life.
- Kate DiCamillo
(Keywords: Life, Time, Possibility, Childhood, Mystery, Sense, Wonder)

My childhood was safe and sane. No abuse and no traumas. I was surrounded by a large and loving family who taught me the importance of hard work and a meaningful education.
- Ronnie James Dio
(Keywords: Education, Family, Work, Abuse, Childhood, Hard work, Importance)

All of us have moments in our childhood where we come alive for the first time. And we go back to those moments and think, This is when I became myself.
- Rita Dove
(Keywords: Time, Childhood, First, Moments)

We have common enemies today. It's called childhood poverty. It's called cancer. It's called AIDS. It's called Parkinson's. It's called Muscular Dystrophy.
- Jerry Doyle
(Keywords: Cancer, Childhood, Enemies, Poverty, Today)

It was a small provincial place with great people and I had a happy childhood growing up in Queens.
- Fran Drescher
(Keywords: People, Childhood, Growing up)

The secret of the truly successful, I believe, is that they learned very early in life how not to be busy. They saw through that adage, repeated to me so often in childhood, that anything worth doing is worth doing well.
- Barbara Ehrenreich
(Keywords: Life, Successful, Childhood, Worth)

Friendships in childhood are usually a matter of chance, whereas in adolescence they are most often a matter of choice.
- David Elkind
(Keywords: Adolescence, Chance, Childhood, Choice)

The nearer people approach old age the closer they return to a semblance of childhood, until the time comes for them to depart this life, again like children, neither tired of living nor aware of death.
- Desiderius Erasmus
(Keywords: Age, Death, Time, Life, People, Childhood, Children, Living, Old)

When you finally go back to your old home, you find it wasn't the old home you missed but your childhood.
- Sam Ewing
(Keywords: Home, Childhood, Old)

It was a great experience for a kid, because it was a bunch of kids playing on pirate ships and water slides, so looking back on it, it was the fondest experience of my childhood.
- Corey Feldman
(Keywords: Experience, Childhood, Kids, Ships, Water)

A lot of people have gotten into comedy because of certain influences in their lives or events that were painful, and I really have wracked my brain to figure it out. I pretty much have had a normal childhood. Maybe it was too normal.
- Will Ferrell
(Keywords: People, Childhood, Comedy, Events, Pretty)

Childhood obesity is best tackled at home through improved parental involvement, increased physical exercise, better diet and restraint from eating.
- Bob Filner
(Keywords: Diet, Home, Childhood, Eating, Exercise, Obesity, Restraint)

Some men have a necessity to be mean, as if they were exercising a faculty which they had to partially neglect since early childhood.
- F. Scott Fitzgerald
(Keywords: Men, Childhood, Necessity, Neglect)

I still love making hamburgers on the grill. I guess whenever I eat them childhood memories come up for me.
- Bobby Flay
(Keywords: Love, Childhood, Memories)

When I went back to visit my native Berlin after World War II, I noticed that the only thing I really remembered from my childhood Berlin days is the shoe store.
- Lukas Foss
(Keywords: War, Childhood, Visit, World, World war)

I cannot think of any need in childhood as strong as the need for a father's protection.
- Sigmund Freud
(Keywords: Father, Childhood, Protection)

I don't remember the first half of my life. All I say is a happy childhood is the worst possible preparation for life.
- Kinky Friedman
(Keywords: Life, Childhood, First, Preparation)

A happy childhood... is the worst possible preparation for life.
- Kinky Friedman
(Keywords: Life, Childhood, Preparation)

And we had a DJ - my childhood friend from Chicago came to be the DJ at our party out in LA. It was a party, rockin' and rolling, and it was dancing and fun. For me it was different; just to have family with us.
- Jami Gertz
(Keywords: Family, Friend, Chicago, Childhood, Dancing, Fun, Party)

But when alcohol comes in, start running. Because there's a demon there, and it goes back to her childhood.
- David Gest
(Keywords: Alcohol, Childhood, Running)



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