Quotations on Childhood

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Nothing is more memorable than a smell. One scent can be unexpected, momentary and fleeting, yet conjure up a childhood summer beside a lake in the mountains.
- Diane Ackerman
(Keywords: Childhood, Mountains, Nothing, Summer)

I sailed through my childhood with a complete lack of any drama.
- Kate Adie
(Keywords: Childhood, Drama)

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)

Blessed be childhood, which brings down something of heaven into the midst of our rough earthliness.
- Henri Frederic Amiel
(Keywords: Childhood, Heaven)

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)

So, like a forgotten fire, a childhood can always flare up again within us.
- Gaston Bachelard
(Keywords: Childhood, Fire)

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)

The satiric ethos of Mad was a much bigger childhood influence.
- Alison Bechdel
(Keywords: Childhood, Influence)

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)

Childhood is measured out by sounds and smells and sights, before the dark hour of reason grows.
- John Betjeman
(Keywords: Childhood, Reason)

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)

But childhood prolonged, cannot remain a fairyland. It becomes a hell.
- Louise Bogan
(Keywords: Childhood, Hell)

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)

Today the traveller on the Nile enters a wonderland at whose gates rise the colossal pyramids of which he has had visions perhaps from earliest childhood.
- James H. Breasted
(Keywords: Childhood, Today, Visions)

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)

My childhood may have been more demented than most, because I learned to read very early and was allowed to read whatever I wanted.
- Poppy Z. Brite
(Keywords: Childhood, May)

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)

As a child, I was never drawn toward depraved or extreme situations; I really wanted a normal little childhood. Unfortunately, that's just not what happened.
- Augusten Burroughs
(Keywords: Childhood, Extreme)

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)

I think you never forget your childhood, whether it was happy or unhappy.
- Marcel Carne
(Keywords: Childhood, Forget)

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)

I found one remaining box of comics which I had saved. When I opened it up and that smell came pouring out, that old paper smell, I was struck by a rush of memories, a sense of my childhood self that seemed to be contained in there.
- Michael Chabon
(Keywords: Childhood, Memories, Old, Self, Sense)

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)

Mexico is only a memory of childhood safety.
- Sandra Cisneros
(Keywords: Childhood, Memory, Safety)

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 had a really good childhood up until I was nine, then a classic case of divorce really affected me.
- Kurt Cobain
(Keywords: Childhood, Divorce)

A happy childhood is poor preparation for human contacts.
- Sidonie Gabrielle Colette
(Keywords: Childhood, Poor, Preparation)

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)

The essence of childhood, of course, is play, which my friends and I did endlessly on streets that we reluctantly shared with traffic.
- Bill Cosby
(Keywords: Childhood, Friends, Play)

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)

Happy, happy Christmas, that can win us back to the delusions of our childhood days, recall to the old man the pleasures of his youth, and transport the traveler back to his own fireside and quiet home!
- Charles Dickens
(Keywords: Childhood, Christmas, Man, Old, Quiet, Youth)

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)



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