Sometimes, one wakens in the night with the sensation of having heard a child crying. --James Hillman
It seems to me I saw something deeper, more infinite, more eternal than the ocean in the expression of the eyes of a small child when it wakes in the morning, crows or laughs because it sees the sun shining into its little crib.
--Vincent Van Gogh, Letters
Children have never been very good at listening to their elders, but they have never failed to imitate them.
Nothing is more stunting than the efforts of a mother to embody herself in her child, without ever considering that a child is not a mere appendage, but a new and individual creature, often furnished with a character which is not in the least like that of the parents and sometimes seems to be quite frighteningly alien.
--Carl Jung, The Development of the Personality
``You know the reason mother proposed not having any presents this Christmas was because it's going to be a hard winter for everyone; and she thinks we ought not to spend money for pleasure when our men are suffering so in the army. We can't do much but we can make our little sacrifices, and ought to do it gladly. But I'm afraid I don't." And Meg shook her head as she thought regretfully of all the pretty things she wanted.
--Louisa May Alcott, Little Women
Grown-ups never understand anything by themselves, and it is tiresome for children to be always and forever explaining things to them.
--Antoine de Saint-Exupery, The Little Prince
``My child, if I do not cut off both your hands, the Devil will carry me away, and in my terror I have promised to do it. Help me in my need, and forgive me the harm I do you." She replied: ``Dear father, do with me what you will, I am your child."
--The Brother's Grimm, The Girl without Hands
I asked a child, walking with a candle, ``From where comes that light?" Instantly, he blew it out. ``Tell me where it is gone-then I will tell you where it came from."
--Hasan of Basra in The Sufis