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“Make it a rule never to give a child a book you would not read yourself.”
“Children begin by loving their parents; as they grow older they judge them; sometimes they forgive them.”
“The soul is healed by being with children.”
“Grown-up people do not know that a child can give exceedingly good advice even in the most difficult case.”
“Your children are not your children. They are the sons and daughters of Life's longing for itself...
You may house their bodies but not their souls, for their souls dwell in the house of tomorrow, which you cannot visit, not even in your dreams.”
“Two worst things as can happen to a child is never to have his own way - or always to have it.”
“Love children especially, for they too are sinless like the angels; they live to soften and purify our hearts and, as it were, to guide us.”
“How is it that little children are so intelligent and men so stupid? It must be education that does it”
“It is frightfully difficult to know much about the fairies, and almost the only thing for certain is that there are fairies wherever there are children.”
“Children are living beings - more living than grown-up people who have built shells of habit around themselves. Therefore it is absolutely necessary for their mental health and development that they should not have mere schools for their lessons, but a world whose guiding spirit is personal love.”
“Children can feel, but they cannot analyse their feelings; and if the analysis is partially effected in thought, they know not how to express the result of the process in words.”
“In the little world in which children have their existence, whosoever brings them up, there is nothing so finely perceived and so finely felt as injustice.”
“I sadly want a reform in the construction of children. Nature's only idea seems to be to make them machines for the production of incessant noise.”
“Stunt dwarf or destroy the imagination of a child and you have taken away its chances of success in life. Imagination transforms the commonplace into the great and creates the new out of the old.”