Quotes About Children

Many will view the compromises that will be made during your negotiations as painful concessions. But why not view them as peace offerings, ones that will provide in return the priceless gifts of hope, security and freedom for our children and our children’s?

— Abdullah II of Jordan

I still feel that in India we look upon sports as a recreational activity – which it is – but people have to understand that there is a career in sports. It’s not just necessary to be a doctor or a lawyer or an engineer, as most of us Indians appear to think that our children should grow up to be.

— Abhishek Bachchan

Students read for tests and because their parents ask them to, but I think it’s very important to tell children that you can read for fun, too, and to understand human spirit. It builds empathy.

— Adora Svitak

Hoping to instill my love of learning in other children, I taught my first class at a local elementary school the year my first book, ‘Flying Fingers,’ debuted since then, I have spoken at hundreds of schools, classrooms and conferences around the world.

— Adora Svitak

There are lots of different interpretations of the word ‘prodigy.’ My own is of someone who is talented and tries to help other children. So in that respect I could be called one, although I don’t think I’ll go off the rails.

— Adora Svitak

As children, we have a tenuous idea of love we often try to quantify it with how much we feel seen and heard.

— Adora Svitak

I used to be a shopper before I had children. I’d go to Bergdorf and Barneys all the time. But now my weekends are spent differently. I go to the skating rink or the park, not the stores.

— Aerin Lauder

Like everywhere in the world, people of the Middle East aspire to liberty and justice. They wish to have a better life and a decent education for their children.

— Ahmed Zewail

For me, now, working and children is it. There’s nothing more to life.

— Aidan Gillen

An infinite God can give all of Himself to each of His children. He does not distribute Himself that each may have a part, but to each one He gives all of Himself as fully as if there were no others.

— Aiden Wilson Tozer

Sure, I’d love to have children some day. But world domination comes first.

— Aimee Mullins

I love doing kids’ shows, and I love working with kids. I’ve done a lot of it. A lot of people don’t like working with children, but I love it.

— Alan Arkin

Were we closer to the ground as children, or is the grass emptier now?

— Alan Bennett

I have five young children, and I take being a role model very seriously.

— Albert Pujols

I grew up in southern Sudan, one of nine children. Our life was simple but very happy.

— Alek Wek

I feel, in 2015, when we see human beings and children dying to cross the ocean, trying to find safety, something more must be done to help them because refugees are just like me and you.

— Alek Wek

I’ve seen mothers and children really being vulnerable in the refugee camps it’s supposed to be temporary, but they end up having children who have grown up in refugee camps.

— Alek Wek

I have eight brothers and sisters, so I’d like to have a few children.

— Alek Wek

My life was filled with family in South Sudan. I am the seventh of nine children, and we grew up in what would be considered a middle-class family. We did not have a lot, but we did have more than a lot of other people.

— Alek Wek

I feel like now my kids can run around and say, ‘My mom was the Rock’s daughter.’ I don’t have kids yet, but my future children – I just feel like it’s the coolest thing ever.

— Alexandra Daddario

My children have gone to Catholic school… Part of their whole education is talking about the inner life and looking at your life, even though you’re only 15 or 16 – thinking about your mortality, thinking about the value of your life, thinking about your obligations.

— Alice McDermott

Those children who are beaten will in turn give beatings, those who are intimidated will be intimidating, those who are humiliated will impose humiliation, and those whose souls are murdered will murder.

— Alice Miller

The deep, personal material of the latter half of your life is your children. You can write about your parents when they’re gone, but your children are still going to be here, and you’re going to want them to come and visit you in the nursing home.

— Alice Munro

I was a grade B housewife, maybe a B minus. But when I got time to write, I would be unable to finish a sentence. I had anxiety attacks. Partly it was a way of personifying the situation because I couldn’t breathe. I was surrounded by people and by duties. I was a housewife and the children’s mother, and I was judged on how I performed those roles.

— Alice Munro

Young children seem to be learning who to share this toy with and figure out how it works, while adolescents seem to be exploring some very deep and profound questions: ‘How should this society work? How should relationships among people work?’ The exploration is: ‘Who am I, what am I doing?’

— Alison Gopnik

Asking questions is what brains were born to do, at least when we were young children. For young children, quite literally, seeking explanations is as deeply rooted a drive as seeking food or water.

— Alison Gopnik

Like most parents, I think, my children have been the source of some of my most intense joys and despairs, my deepest moral dilemmas and greatest moral achievements.

— Alison Gopnik

I’m the oldest of six children and I had my own first baby when I was 23. So I’ve always been interested in babies, and I had lots of opportunities to watch them.

— Alison Gopnik

Putting together philosophy and children would have been difficult for most of history. But very fortunately for me, when I started graduate school there was a real scientific revolution taking place in developmental psychology.

— Alison Gopnik

Childhood is a fundamental part of all human lives, parents or not, since that’s how we all start out. And yet babies and young children are so mysterious and puzzling and even paradoxical.

— Alison Gopnik

Being a developmental psychologist didn’t make me any better at dealing with my own children, no. I muddled through, and, believe me, fretted and worried with the best of them.

— Alison Gopnik

Teaching is a very effective way to get children to learn something specific – this tube squeaks, say, or a squish then a press then a pull causes the music to play. But it also makes children less likely to discover unexpected information and to draw unexpected conclusions.

— Alison Gopnik

We learn differently as children than as adults. For grown-ups, learning a new skill is painful, attention-demanding, and slow. Children learn unconsciously and effortlessly.

— Alison Gopnik

One of the best ways of understanding human nature is to study children. After all, if we want understand who we are, we should find out how we got to be that way.

— Alison Gopnik

In most places and times in human history, babies have had not just one person but lots of people around who were really paying attention to them around, dedicated to them, cared to them, were related to them. I think the big shift in our culture is the isolation in which many children are growing up.

— Alison Gopnik

We do nothing for children between the ages of zero and five. And we seem to be quite happy to have children growing up in not just poverty, which wouldn’t be so bad, but isolation, lack of people around them, lack of support, lack of ability to go out and play in the dirt.

— Alison Gopnik

Babies and young children are like the research and development division of the human species, and we grown-ups are production and marketing.

— Alison Gopnik

Scientists learn about the world in three ways: They analyze statistical patterns in the data, they do experiments, and they learn from the data and ideas of other scientists. The recent studies show that children also learn in these ways.

— Alison Gopnik

We say that children are bad at paying attention, but we really mean that they’re bad at not paying attention – they easily get distracted by anything interesting.

— Alison Gopnik

I wanted to answer big questions about humanity, about how it is that we understand about the world, how we can know as much as we do, why human nature is the way that it is. And it always seemed to me that you find answers to those questions by looking at children.

— Alison Gopnik

A majority, perhaps as many as 75 percent, of abortion clinics are in areas with high minority populations. Abortion apologists will say this is because they want to serve the poor. You don’t serve the poor, however, by taking their money to terminate their children.

— Alveda King

Our children need to remember to love each other, how to honor each other, their parents, God, and their neighbors.

— Alveda King

Our notion of the perfect society embraces the family as its center and ornament, and this paradise is not secure until children appear to animate and complete the picture.

— Amos Bronson Alcott

I live for my children, so my number one rule is I won’t go away from home for more than two weeks.

— Andrea Bocelli

While they are kids, my children must do as I say.

— Andrea Bocelli

I did criminal defense work part-time, and that paid the bills for representing abused and neglected children… and for defending in juvenile court those kids the ‘child protective system’ had missed when it had the chance.

— Andrew Vachss

Everyone prefers some foods over others, but some adults take this tendency to an extreme. These people tend to prefer the kinds of bland food they may have enjoyed as children – such as plain or buttered pasta, macaroni and cheese, cheese pizza, French fries and grilled cheese sandwiches – and to restrict their eating to just a few dishes.

— Andrew Weil

The more people have, the less content they seem to be. In America, the cultural expectation that we’re to be happy all the time and our children are to be happy all the time is toxic, and I think that really gets in the way of emotional well-being.

— Andrew Weil

My hope for my children must be that they respond to the still, small voice of God in their own hearts.

— Andrew Young

You have to realise that I am the third out of six children, and I am raised with very strong core values and a very strong upbringing. I always put myself in other people’s shoes.

— Angela Ahrendts

We are all children of the same God, and we have to come together to solve our problems and not be fighting so much.

— Ann Romney

A series of studies in the 1990s and 2000s revealed that as women gained more access to education, jobs, and birth control, they had fewer children. As a result, developed countries in western Europe, Japan, and the Americas were seeing zero or negative population growth.

— Annalee Newitz

She was trusted and valued by her father, loved and courted by all dogs, cats, children, and poor people, and slighted and neglected by everybody else.

— Anne Bronte

Whenever an earthquake or tsunami takes thousands of innocent lives, a shocked world talks of little else. I’ll never forget the wrenching days I spent in Haiti last year for Save the Children just weeks after the earthquake.

— Anne M. Mulcahy

It used to be the one or the other, right? You were the ‘bad girl’ or the ‘good girl’ or the ‘bad mother’ or ‘the good mother,’ ‘the horrible businesswoman who eschewed her children’ or ‘the earth mother who was happy to be at home baking pies,’ all of that stuff that we sort of knew was a lie.

— Annette Bening

Our children see us a certain way, and we want to be seen by them in a certain way. I certainly want to be a strong, stable, loving, consistent presence in my children’s lives. But we are human beings, too.

— Annette Bening

When I started, I was a theater actress, and there were roles that I couldn’t imagine not playing, like Rosalind in ‘As You Like It.’ I used to think I would die if I could play that. But then I started doing movies, and I had children, and I moved to Los Angeles. And now I kind of can’t remember what those roles would be.

— Annette Bening

Pneumococcal disease is a real threat. Pneumococcal disease is a bacterial infection that causes anything from middle ear infection to pneumonia to meningitis. Children are particularly vulnerable to it, but adults can get pneumococcal disease themselves.

— Anthony Fauci

I always wanted to be a model, never an actress. I would see children in ads and stuff and wanted to be like them.

— Anushka Sharma

Research shows that children do better in school and are less likely to drop out when fathers are involved. Engaged parents can strengthen communities, mentor and tutor students, and demonstrate through their actions how much they value their children’s education.

— Arne Duncan

When I ask teachers why they teach, they almost always say that it is because they want to make a difference in the lives of children.

— Arne Duncan

Only the pun remains. The pun, beloved of Shakespeare, children and tabloid headline-writers, is normally eschewed in the modern, sophisticated circles in which I move.

— Arthur Smith

I’m a father to four kids, so it bothers me that even though our children think big naturally, our society systematically trains them out of thinking that way.

— Astro Teller

Love, it has been said, flows downward. The love of parents for their children has always been far more powerful than that of children for their parents and who among the sons of men ever loved God with a thousandth part of the love which God has manifested to us?

— Augustus Hare

A mother should give her children a superabundance of enthusiasm that after they have lost all they are sure to lose on mixing with the world, enough may still remain to prompt fated support them through great actions.

— Augustus Hare

I believe that the dysfunctional Muslim family constitutes a real threat to the very fabric of western life. It is in the family that children are groomed to practise, promote and pass on the norms of their parents’ culture.

— Ayaan Hirsi Ali

Even if I was to give my children a small part of my wealth, it would be more than they can digest in many lifetimes.

— Azim Premji

A girl child who is even a little bit educated is more conscious of family planning, health care and, in turn, her children’s own education.

— Azim Premji

Is ‘The Wind in the Willows’ a children’s book? Is ‘Alice in Wonderland?’ Is ‘Treasure Island?’ These are masterpieces which we read with pleasure as children, but with how much more pleasure when we are grown-up.

— A. A. Milne

While children are struggling to be unique, the world around them is trying all means to make them look like everybody else.

— A. P. J. Abdul Kalam

A test of a people is how it behaves toward the old. It is easy to love children. Even tyrants and dictators make a point of being fond of children. But the affection and care for the old, the incurable, the helpless are the true gold mines of a culture.

— Abraham Joshua Heschel

The man who could go to Africa and rob her of her children, and then sell them into interminable bondage, with no other motive than that which is furnished by dollars and cents, is so much worse than the most depraved murderer that he can never receive pardon at my hand.

— Abraham Lincoln

Marriage is a school itself. Also, having children. Becoming a father changed my whole life. It taught me as if by revelation.

— Abraham Maslow

With the amount of money I have, it’s difficult raising children the way I was raised.

— Adam Sandler

Growing up in New York, I was sort of shocked when I realized that my children are Californians. They are 14 years old, and I explain to them frequently that they will never realize the glory of a snow day. You wake up and the world says, ‘Oops, it’s too much fun to go to school, you’ve got to stay home and deal with the snow!’

— Adam Savage

I’m actually the fourth generation in my family to have no practical use for the church, or God, or religion. My children continue this trend.

— Adam Savage

Why don’t we focus on what Afghan women can do? They can cook, bear children and pray. As I recall, that was fine for our grandmothers.

— Al Franken

From racial profiling and being pulled over just for ‘driving while black’ to this new phenomenon of killing unarmed people out of some preconceived idea of fear, our lives and our children’s lives are not being valued.

— Al Sharpton

My message to everyone: the next time you hear about migrant children near the border, just picture them as your own. Then think what you would want our government to do.

— Al Sharpton

Throughout my years championing for civil rights, analyzing politics and advocating on behalf of the voiceless, I am disturbed the most when harmless children suffer because of politics or detrimental policies.

— Al Sharpton

I did have a child, and I was reading a lot of picture books to her, but at the same time writing a children’s book was something that I’d been wanting to do for many years, pretty much since the start of my career.

— Al Yankovic

I keep a picture of my beloved children close by. Also, water and plenty of pads and pens.

— Alain de Botton

I tell my children what I think myself: That religion is not necessarily convincing, but it is still interesting and not to be laughed at or denigrated.

— Alain de Botton

I never talk about ‘Harry Potter’ because I think that would rob children of something that’s private to them. I think too many things get explained, so I hate talking about it.

— Alan Rickman

Three children have become adults since a phone call with Jo Rowling, containing one small clue, persuaded me that there was more to Snape than an unchanging costume, and that even though only three of the books were out at that time, she held the entire massive but delicate narrative in the surest of hands.

— Alan Rickman

The only people whose opinions I worry about are my wife, my children, and my employees.

— Alan Sugar

I believe employment regulations for women, whereby the prospective employer is not able to inquire about the interviewee’s status regarding children, childcare, or indeed their intention of becoming a parent, are counterproductive.

— Alan Sugar

I have often been struck by the fact that most parents who are experiencing positive and rewarding relationships with their pre-adolescent children are, nevertheless, waiting apprehensively and bracing themselves for the stormy adolescent period.

— Albert Bandura

Every man needs slaves like he needs clean air. To rule is to breathe, is it not? And even the most disenfranchised get to breathe. The lowest on the social scale have their spouses or their children.

— Albert Camus

Children are remarkable for their intelligence and ardor, for their curiosity, their intolerance of shams, the clarity and ruthlessness of their vision.

— Aldous Huxley

As my friend said to me, when you have children, typically in a second marriage, when you’re older and you get married again to a woman who would have children, you must always remember that you make sure the children attend a college where the commencement ceremonies are held in a facility with a wheelchair accessible ramp.

— Alec Baldwin

There are women who get divorced in order to punish. Out of this bitter, bitter hatred that some of these women have for their ex-husbands, they turn their children against them.

— Alec Baldwin

Once you became associated with a children’s show, you’re finished.

— Alexis Korner

It is healthier, in any case, to write for the adults one’s children will become than for the children one’s ‘mature’ critics often are.

— Alice Walker

I see children, all children, as humanity’s most precious resource, because it will be to them that the care of the planet will always be left.

— Alice Walker

We must, I believe, start teaching our children the sanity of nonviolence much earlier.

— Alice Walker

A people do not throw their geniuses away. And if they are thrown away, it is our duty as artists and as witnesses for the future to collect them again for the sake of our children and, if necessary, bone by bone.

— Alice Walker

I know from having had a child, and from having been a child myself, that children will copy you.

— Alice Walker

I think America’s food culture is embedded in fast-food culture. And the real question that we have is: How are we going to teach slow-food values in a fast-food world? Of course, it’s very, very difficult to do, especially when children have grown up eating fast food and the values that go with that.

— Alice Waters

I really am at a place where I think we need to feed every child at school for free and feed them a real school lunch that’s sustainable and nutritious and delicious. It needs to be part of the curriculum of the school in the same way that physical education was part of the curriculum, and all children participated.

— Alice Waters

Create a garden bring children to farms for field trips. I think it’s important that parents and teachers get together to do one or two things they can accomplish well – a teaching garden, connecting with farms nearby, weave food into the curriculum.

— Alice Waters

I am disappointed because nobody is talking about food and agriculture. They’re talking about the diets of children, but they’re talking about Band-Aids. We’re not seeing a vision.

— Alice Waters

If we want children to learn to tend the land and nourish themselves and have conversations at the table, we need to communicate with them in ways that are positive.

— Alice Waters

Children remind us to treasure the smallest of gifts, even in the most difficult of times.

— Allen Klein

You have to start with slavery because those abuses have never been eradicated. You know, people are not living in slums because they voted to. You know, their children are not in jail because they wanted them to. You know, these are the results of a people who have been oppressed and suffer national oppression, you know.

— Amiri Baraka

Just as we teach our children how to ride a bike, we need to teach them how to navigate social media and make the right moves that will help them. The physical world is similar to the virtual world in many cases. It’s about being aware. We can prevent many debacles if we’re educated.

— Amy Jo Martin

I never ‘shunned’ L.A., like people say. And I do think you can raise children well there, but it’s definitely harder.

— Andie MacDowell

When the children were little, I’d fly into L.A. for a specific work project, but then I’d leave again, and when I was home, I wouldn’t even read a script.

— Andie MacDowell

Corny answer is of course is that everyone who wants musicals are children in different ways, aren’t they? So you think of them in different ways. There are things of mine I’m sorry haven’t come here.

— Andrew Lloyd Webber

I appeal to you, my friends, as mothers: are you willing to enslave your children? You stare back with horror and indignation at such questions. But why, if slavery is not wrong to those upon whom it is imposed?

— Angelina Grimke

I trust the time is coming, when the occupation of an instructor to children will be deemed the most honorable of human employment.

— Angelina Grimke

I think the depth, what children can handle and what they’re interested in, is much deeper than I think what people assume. I think it’s why sometimes we make things too simple for them.

— Angelina Jolie

Maleficent has suffered abuse in the past, and there’s a reason why she is now as furious as she is. And I think that children who have been outcast and abused in any way will relate to her. There’s a beautiful side to her she’s not just a dark person. She has all these facets. And that is interesting.

— Angelina Jolie

Once you have six children, you’re committed.

— Angelina Jolie

I’ve told Billy if I ever caught him cheating, I wouldn’t kill him because I love his children and they need a dad. But I would beat him up. I know where all of his sports injuries are.

— Angelina Jolie

I’m just glad I was able to return to some of that innocence and beauty I had as a child when I started my own family, and my children brought me back some of that spirit.

— Angelina Jolie

I never thought I’d have children I never thought I’d be in love, I never thought I’d meet the right person. Having come from a broken home – you kind of accept that certain things feel like a fairy tale, and you just don’t look for them.

— Angelina Jolie

My children love Maleficent’s voice, so they always make me do it at home.

— Angelina Jolie

My mother was a full-time mother. She didn’t have much of her own career, her own life, her own experiences… everything was for her children. I will never be as good a mother as she was. She was just grace incarnate. She was the most generous, loving – she’s better than me.

— Angelina Jolie

Sometimes when I’m watching television and something, an image, will come on that has to do with 9/11 or some of these families telling their stories, or children talking about drawing pictures of airplanes flying into towers, you know, I find myself still choking up.

— Ann Richards

I grew up in a pretty large family. We were really close-knit, so I definitely want to have lots and lots of children.

— Anne Hathaway

Oh, my God. I want to be a mother, and I anticipate loving my children quite fiercely. I think about it all the time, though it’s a silly thing to think about because the kind of mother I’ll be depends on the kind of children I have. I can’t wait to meet them.

— Anne Hathaway

Every woman’s path is difficult, and many mothers were as equipped to raise children as wire monkey mothers. I say that without judgment: It is, sadly, true. An unhealthy mother’s love is withering.

— Anne Lamott

We can’t understand when we’re pregnant, or when our siblings are expecting, how profound it is to have a shared history with a younger generation: blood, genes, humor. It means we were actually here, on Earth, for a time – like the Egyptians with their pyramids, only with children.

— Anne Lamott

You want to give me chocolate and flowers? That would be great. I love them both. I just don’t want them out of guilt, and I don’t want them if you’re not going to give them to all the people who helped mother our children.

— Anne Lamott

I see that children fill the existential hollowness many people feel that when we have children, we know they will need us, and maybe love us, but we don’t have a clue how hard it is going to be.

— Anne Lamott

Sometimes I think God loves the ones who most desperately ache and are most desperately lost – his or her wildest, most messed-up children – the way you’d ache and love a screwed-up rebel daughter in juvenile hall.

— Anne Lamott

Most marriages are a mess, and the children get caught between two bitter, antagonistic parents. My parents stayed married for 27 unhappy years, till their kids were grown, and this was a catastrophe for us.

— Anne Lamott

As a parent, the most responsible thing I can do is get as much information about my children as possible so I can then think through how I can make them as healthy as possible.

— Anne Wojcicki

For people who want to be proactive about their health, there is a lot of information that we can provide. If you are going to have children, I think you have a responsibility to know if you are carrying anything. A lot of people tend to do the testing once they are pregnant.

— Anne Wojcicki

People are used to dealing with risk. You are told if you smoke, you are at higher risk of lung cancer. And I think people are able to also understand, when they are told they are a carrier for a genetic disease, that is not a risk to them personally but something that they could pass on to children.

— Anne Wojcicki

It’s a great mistake, I think, to put children off with falsehoods and nonsense, when their growing powers of observation and discrimination excite in them a desire to know about things.

— Anne Sullivan

To me in my childhood, elves and fairies of all sorts were very real things, and my dolls were as really children as I was myself a child.

— Annie Besant

I woke in bits, like all children, piecemeal over the years. I discovered myself and the world, and forgot them, and discovered them again.

— Annie Dillard

I have a reputation for being cold and aloof, but I’m so not that woman. I’m passionate. I love my girls, being with my girlfriends, getting involved with issues that affect other women and children who are suffering.

— Annie Lennox

When you go to Africa, and you see children, they’re usually barefoot, dirty and in rags, and they’d love to go to school.

— Annie Lennox

Having children, they’re not your property. They need to figure out their own views. I think my daughters have a pretty healthy self-awareness, but I can’t speak on their behalf.

— Annie Lennox

It’s a very telling thing when you have children. You have to be there for them, you’ve got to set an example, when you’re not sure what your example is, and anyway the world is changing so fast you don’t know what is appropriate anymore.

— Annie Lennox

As I see it, fast food outfits have targeted small children with their advertising in a very effective way. You know, it’s clowns and kid’s toys and bright colors and things like that.

— Anthony Bourdain

It is, of course, traditional in children’s literature to get rid of the parents.

— Anthony Horowitz

If my children were as unhappy as I was at school, I’d send them somewhere else, but it never occurred to my parents.

— Anthony Horowitz

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

But, in fact, there is nothing that can bring you closer to fearlessness about everything else in the world than being a parent – because everyday fears – like not being approved of – pale by comparison to the fears you have about your children.

— Arianna Huffington

Those who educate children well are more to be honored than they who produce them for these only gave them life, those the art of living well.

— Aristotle

You know, nothing is more important than education, because nowhere are our stakes higher our future depends on the quality of education of our children today.

— Arnold Schwarzenegger

I am not sure how much good is done by moralising about fairy tales. This can be unsubtle – telling children that virtue will be rewarded, when in fact it is mostly simply the fact of being the central character that ensures a favourable outcome. Fairy tales are not, on the whole, parables.

— A. S. Byatt

A surprising number of people – including many students of literature – will tell you they haven’t really lived in a book since they were children. Sadly, being taught literature often destroys the life of the books.

— A. S. Byatt

It is ironic that it doesn’t matter how successful I am in any other capacity: ultimately, my parents’ marker is ‘Do you have a wife?’ and ‘Do you have children?’

— Aasif Mandvi

Many Christians do not believe God sends tornadoes. But they do believe that God walks with His children through the storms, that He sends His people to help after the storms, and that with and through God, there is always hope.

— Adam Hamilton

When my kids were growing up, I wanted their teachers to teach them science, reading, math and history. I also wanted them to care about my kids. But I did not want my children’s public school teachers teaching them religion. That was my job as a parent and the job of our church, Sunday school, and youth group.

— Adam Hamilton

Children crave routine and find listening to the same stories over and over again soothing. If you’ve grown weary of the holiday books you’ve read your kid 7,883 times, try adding ‘dude’ to the end of every line of dialogue.

— Adam Mansbach

I really like being thrown into the works. Many actors, I have found, have this as a common trait. We had to, as children, adapt to various situations with either a military family or things like that.

— Adelaide Clemens

I take leave of Prome and her towering god, Shwa Lan-dau, at whose base I have been laboring with the kindest intentions for the last three months and a half. Too firmly founded art thou to be overthrown at present but the children of those who now plaster thee with gold will yet pull thee down, nor leave one brick upon another.

— Adoniram Judson

The nomads’ egalitarian lifestyle astonished the Greeks, who kept their own women indoors weaving and minding children. The exotic Scythian lifestyle fueled the Greek imagination and led to an outpouring of myths about fierce Amazons, ‘the equals of men.’

— Adrienne Mayor

The worker can unionize, go out on strike mothers are divided from each other in homes, tied to their children by compassionate bonds our wildcat strikes have most often taken the form of physical or mental breakdown.

— Adrienne Rich

I was so tired once ‘Abba’ was over and just wanted to be calm and with my children. I married, was in ‘Abba,’ had my children, divorced, all in ten years. I wonder how I managed it, but I was young.

— Agnetha Faltskog

My life contains so many other things I have my children, my grandchildren, my two dogs and a big place in the country. I have my own life.

— Agnetha Faltskog

Ancestor worship, or filial piety so characteristic of Asian cultures, for example, does not really resonate with Americans who favor children, not grandparents.

— Alan Dundes

Unless everyone grasps the importance of having only two children per couple, wars won’t be over just oil anymore, they will be over water and food.

— Alexandra Paul

Can you believe approximately 17 percent of American children ages 2 to 19 years are obese? How about this fact: approximately 60 percent of overweight children ages 5 to 10 already have at least one risk factor for heart disease? We are all to blame for this – parents, schools, kids – all of us.

— Alison Sweeney

Our pets rely on us entirely for their nutrition. So if you’re making your own judgments, that could lead to a mistake. At the same time, we have more control over our pet’s diet than we do with our children or with ourselves, so your vet can tell you what is appropriate for your dog and you can assign them that.

— Alison Sweeney

I have two beautiful children and my husband. The perfect day for me is just to be with them and have fun. We like simple things, you know.

— Alison Sweeney

The two real leads in ‘Children of Men’ are Clive Owen and the social environment. You know, this same movie without the social environment maybe is just like a generic chase movie.

— Alfonso Cuaron

For me, my films are not like my children. They are like my ex-wife. They gave me so much I gave them so much I loved them so much we part ways, and it’s OK, we part ways.

— Alfonso Cuaron

When I first got out of school, I went on a children’s theater tour, and I went around the country a little bit that fall, and it was the first time I went to Chicago. We spend a couple of days in Chicago, and I was really struck viscerally by the city.

— Allison Tolman

I do think, in general, children are so perceptive, and they watch and they get so much, and that’s wonderful. And it’s also difficult for them because they see so much, but they don’t understand.

— Amity Gaige

I researched children’s rights, divorce law, and parental kidnapping. Millions of children and parents are touched by the inadequacy of the legal system to deal with the human heart.

— Amity Gaige

I was born on an even keel. Family lore says I never cried, even at birth. I felt at ease on earth, in the right place. And like many children, I took comfort in life’s regularity: Every few days it rained, the school bus came and went, and my parents were rooted in their union.

— Amity Gaige

The donning of the ear buds marks the beginning of teen life, when children set off on their own for the passage through adolescence.

— Amity Shlaes

As children, we think our mother has always been a mother, but it is just one of the roles you may have the opportunity to play. They don’t define you as a human being.

— Amy Bloom

It is a wonderful, moving, heart-filling experience to sit with the man or woman you love and your beloved children and know that all are happy to be just where they are with each other and loving one another. This doesn’t happen very often.

— Amy Bloom

A lot of parents today are terrified that something they say to their children might make them ‘feel bad.’ But, hey, if they’ve done something wrong, they should feel bad. Kids with a sense of responsibility, not entitlement, who know when to experience gratitude and humility, will be better at navigating the social shoals of college.

— Amy Chua

In Chinese culture, it wouldn’t occur to kids to question or talk back to their parents. In American culture, kids in books, TV shows and movies constantly score points with their snappy back talk. Typically, it’s the parents who need to be taught a life lesson – by their children.

— Amy Chua

Westerners often laud their children as ‘talented’ or ‘gifted’, while Asian parents highlight the importance of hard work. And in fact, research performed by Stanford psychologist Carol Dweck has found that the way parents offer approval affects the way children perform, even the way they feel about themselves.

— Amy Chua

Real self-esteem has to be earned. I also believe in virtuous circles, like, nothing is fun until you are good at it. It is great if you can instill in children the ability to not give up, to have a work ethic.

— Amy Chua

You can coddle your child and tell them, ‘You’re the best no matter what.’ But in the end, when they go out into the real world, I think it’s pretty tough out there and other children are cruel.

— Amy Chua

I really feel that most things are difficult at the beginning and they become fun, something you love, only after you’ve worked at them. Making children do something hard can, in the long run, be a great parental service.

— Amy Chua

Questioning authority is, I think, a great thing to instill in children. I just didn’t have enough of that when I was little.

— Amy Chua

I think the biggest difference is that I’ve noticed Western parents seem much more concerned about their children’s psyches, their self-esteem, whereas tough immigrant parents assume strength rather than fragility in their children and therefore behave completely differently.

— Amy Chua

I read Claire Messud’s ‘The Emperor’s Children,’ I read Joseph O’Neill’s ‘Netherland’ – but to me, they’re not 9/11 novels. In ‘The Emperor’s Children,’ 9/11 felt to me like a piece of the plot the novel wasn’t wrestling with what 9/11 meant. And ‘Netherland’ felt the same way. I liked both books a lot but I don’t see them as 9/11 novels.

— Amy Waldman

My children, who are almost two: watching them develop has made me pay much closer attention to how we become who we are.

— Amy Waldman

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

I like to do projects in which you can see statistical results. I am very happy for all these small children, who have been the biggest group of victims of iodine deficiency.

— Anatoly Karpov

When a woman earns a dollar, the payback is higher. She’ll invest in her children, in their education, health care, and basic needs. The impact of a woman’s role in the economy benefits society at large.

— Andrea Jung

Jamie Oliver, quite rightly, was talking about trying to improve the diet of children in schools and improving school meals, but the net effect was the number of children eating school meals in many of these places didn’t go up, it went down.

— Andrew Lansley

Like children all over the world, by the age of 10 I’d come to believe that most of the really humane creatures were not really human at all.

— Andrew O’Hagan

In Britain, the great hidden secret of talking animals and children’s literature is how political it was in its bones, beneath the obvious cuteness.

— Andrew O’Hagan

Susan Lucci was the biggest star in the daytime galaxy, and she served it up hot and fresh and chic five days a week. Before there was Joan Collins’s Alexis Morrell Carrington Colby Dexter Rowan on ‘Dynasty,’ there was Erica Kane Martin Brent Cudahy Chandler Montgomery Montgomery Chandler Marick Marick Montgomery on ‘All My Children.’

— Andy Cohen

The important things are children, honesty, integrity and faith.

— Andy Williams

I’ve always enjoyed making up stories, especially when I was bored and just sitting around. It got really serious after the children came along.

— Ann Leckie

All countries have poor people. Yet it’s a very rare country which understands the indignities of poverty, while education systems maintain the status quo. The children of the elite go to the best schools and get the best jobs, not because they are the best. We’re not taking advantage of the intellectual power on this planet.

— Ann Cotton

I recall an 18-year-old girl named Rachel in Zambia who was given a grant to start a business of her choosing. She decided to breed goats so she could sell the meat and the milk, and donate the kids to orphan children. She herself was an orphan, stepping into young adulthood with no resources, and it was her first opportunity to earn her own money.

— Ann Cotton

To expose the hardships experienced by children who are deprived of the right to attend school, Camfed has produced a series of films about educational exclusion. ‘Every Child Belongs in School’ provides a glimpse into the lives of children who have been forced by poverty to leave school at a very young age and take a difficult life path.

— Ann Cotton

It was when my children were 5, 3 and 10 months old that I just felt the desperate need to get to know God through the pages of my Bible. And as a result, I started a Bible class in my city for the primary purpose of being in it.

— Anne Graham Lotz

As any parent knows, part of your mind is always engaged – wondering and worrying that everything is okay and calculating all the stuff that has to get done in the course of a day. When the children are asleep in their beds, I can go where I really need to go in my head.

— Anne Michaels

I want to love all the children of God – Christian, Jew, Moslem, Hindu, Buddhist – everyone. I want to love gay Christians and straight Christians.

— Anne Rice

The illustrations in picture books are the first paintings most children see, and because of that, they are incredibly important. What we see and share at that age stays with us for life.

— Anthony Browne

I never want to make a child worried or afraid, and I don’t think I do. My pictures are born from the belief that children are far more capable and aware of social complexities than we give them credit for.

— Anthony Browne

Picture books are being marginalised. I get the feeling children are being pushed away from picture books earlier and earlier and being told to look at ‘proper’ books, which means books without pictures.

— Anthony Browne

People in Hollywood go home to their wives and children who look like they do. If you’re in that position, your natural thought pattern is sometimes to think, ‘Superman, oh yeah he’s white.’ You can’t get mad at somebody for doing that. It’s the world they live in and for some, they only live in that bubble.

— Antoine Fuqua

If you were not a sinful, polluted, helpless, and miserable creature, this Savior would not be suited to you, and you would not be comprehended in his gracious invitations to the children of men.

— Archibald Alexander

Working with children is very different than the way in which I work with adults. One has to work just as much with children as with adults, but the manner of work is very different. I never tell the children the actual truth of the thing that I want them to act.

— Asghar Farhadi

We have a house in Umbria that we bought just before we went to America. That meant we couldn’t go there as often as we thought, but now we’re back, we’re going to start using it more. I love the light, the countryside, the language and the fact that children are accepted everywhere. The Italians get passionate about everything, too.

— Ashley Jensen

I think that children that are acting are always pretty savvy anyway because you’re conducting yourself around adults a lot of the time, aren’t you? But there is this worry now that children just want to be famous.

— Ashley Jensen

A good mother remembers to serve fruit at breakfast, is always cheerful and never yells, manages not to project her own neuroses and inadequacies onto her children, is an active and beloved community volunteer. She remembers to make play dates, her children’s clothes fit, she does art projects with them and enjoys all their games.

— Ayelet Waldman

Yes, I have four children. Four children with whom I spend a good part of every day: bathing them, combing their hair, sitting with them while they do their homework, holding them while they weep their tragic tears. But I’m not in love with any of them. I am in love with my husband.

— Ayelet Waldman

If a good mother is one who loves her child more than anyone else in the world, I am not a good mother. I am in fact a bad mother. I love my husband more than I love my children.

— Ayelet Waldman

I did not want to raise a genetically compromised child. I did not want my children to have to contend with the massive diversion of parental attention, and the consequences of being compelled to care for their brother after I died. I wanted a genetically perfect baby, and because that was something I could control, I chose to end his life.

— Ayelet Waldman

I believe that mothers should tell the truth, even – no, especially – when the truth is difficult. It’s always easier, and in the short term can even feel right, to pretend everything is okay, and to encourage your children to do the same. But concealment leads to shame, and of all hurts shame is the most painful.

— Ayelet Waldman

One of the darkest, deepest shames so many of us mothers feel nowadays is our fear that we are Bad Mothers, that we are failing our children and falling far short of our own ideals.

— Ayelet Waldman

By presenting a faithful and honest record of my experience as a mother, I hope to show both my readers and my children how truth can redeem even what you fear might be the gravest of sins.

— Ayelet Waldman

By the time the children go to bed, I am as drained as any mother who has spent her day working, car pooling, building Lego castles and shopping for the precisely correct soccer cleat.

— Ayelet Waldman

Because of my bipolar disorder, I tend to these mixed states, which are depressed but loud and agitated. So I can be terribly irritable. I go to cognitive behavioral therapy in order not to yell at my children.

— Ayelet Waldman

In a perfect world, probably we’d never yell, we’d just be firm and dispassionate. But of course, everyone yells at their children.

— Ayelet Waldman

I think I wish I had never spanked my children, but I have. And they remember every instance like they tattooed it on their palms. I think it’s a terrible lesson, to use physical punishment to make a point about not behaving, not being kind to their siblings, to other people. I mean that’s just absurd. But I’ve lost it, I understand it.

— Ayelet Waldman

I hate homework. I hate it more now than I did when I was the one lugging textbooks and binders back and forth from school. The hour my children are seated at the kitchen table, their books spread out before them, the crumbs of their after-school snack littering the table, is without a doubt the worst hour of my day.

— Ayelet Waldman

It’s hard to separate your remembered childhood and its emotional legacy from the childhoods that are being lived out in your house, by your children. If you’re lucky, your kids will help you make that distinction.

— Ayelet Waldman

Personally, I think four is the perfect number of children for our particular family. Four is enough to create the frenzied cacophony that my husband and I find so joyful.

— Ayelet Waldman

I tend to approach giving interviews with the same sense of circumspection and restraint as I approach my writing. That is to say, virtually none. When asked what I made of blogs like my own, blogs written by parents about their children, I said, ‘A blog like this is narcissism in its most obscene flowering.’

— Ayelet Waldman

Look, if you ask a child, ‘Would you rather have a fulfilled mother or a stay-at-home Sylvia Plath,’ they’ll pick Sylvia Plath every time. But I think it’s really important that children don’t feel their parents’ emotional lives depend on their success.

— Ayelet Waldman

So many women today have become so focused on their children, they’ve developed these romantic entanglements with their children’s lives, and the husbands are secondary. They’re left out. And the romantic focus is on the children.

— Ayelet Waldman

Is Valentine’s Day a day to make cupcakes with your children? No, Valentine’s is supposed to be a day about romantic love.

— Ayelet Waldman

My own husband was divorced when we met, but without kids. I don’t know what I would have done if he’d had them. I got the message very early on that the worst mistake a woman can make is marrying a man with children.

— Ayelet Waldman

There is a sensuality about fabric. I think all materials should be inviting when they touch the skin. When I watch children stroking their mother’s clothes, I feel that I have succeeded.

— Azzedine Alaia

To the Parisians, and especially to the children, all Americans are now ‘heros du cinema.’ This is particularly disconcerting to sensitive war correspondents, if any, aware, as they are, that these innocent thanks belong to those American combat troops who won the beachhead and then made the breakthrough. There are few such men in Paris.

— A. J. Liebling

I think Michelle Obama is on the right track with her Let’s Move campaign to bring down childhood obesity. She and I come from the same state, Illinois, which is number four in the nation for obese children. One out of five Illinois children are considered obese. Not overweight, obese. And two-thirds of Americans are either overweight or obese.

— Aaron Schock

We go fish, we also catch fighting fish, looking for birds and it was for kampong people, the paddy field was our the play field for the children.

— Abdullah Ahmad Badawi

I, talking about my children, of course I wanted them to succeed in life, they have to choose whatever job or occupation that they want, I will not try to influence.

— Abdullah Ahmad Badawi

If my children do not behave according to Islam, if they do not pray for instance, I will punish them.

— Abu Bakar Bashir

If giving points to some students to achieve greater diversity is a quota system in violation of the Constitution, how can the awarding of points to the children of a less diverse alumni be upheld?

— Adam Schiff

Autism currently affects one in 88 children in the U.S., and its prevalence continues to rise. That’s why it’s important to help organizations like Autism Speaks raise awareness and funds to support families and individuals impacted by it.

— Adrienne Bailon

Germany is in terrible condition this year. This is particularly true of the working masses, who are so undernourished that tuberculosis is having a rich harvest, particularly of adolescent children.

— Agnes Smedley

I wanted to make an adult vampire film, not something for children.

— Alexandra Cassavetes

Getting inside the mind of a terrorist wasn’t difficult at all. Even as children, human beings fabricate elaborate revenge fantasies. We’re not a particular species. Check out popular video games.

— Alan Dean Foster

As a father, my first priority is to help my sons set and attain personal goals so they will develop self-confidence and individual strength. Engaging in regular fitness activities with my children helps me fulfill those responsibilities.

— Alan Thicke

My children have stolen my dreams in a very literal sense. I’ve lost months in the minutes and hours that Sabine and Zoey have needed me at night, their thin, butterfly-beating hearts pushed against me in the darkness.

— Alexi Zentner

There is a huge tension in trying to write with small children because they demand your attention and your time with a fierceness that can be matched by nothing else, but if you are successful in writing while you have small children, I actually think that your writing is likely to be deeper than it was before.

— Alexi Zentner

I’ve said many times that there only two things to write about: love and death. And when you have children, you remember that the world is full of sharp corners and dangerous things, and suddenly you have these small, soft creatures, which you love in almost painful way.

— Alexi Zentner

There is something inexpressibly sad in the thought of the children who crossed the ocean with the Pilgrims and the fathers of Jamestown, New Amsterdam, and Boston, and the infancy of those born in the first years of colonial life in this strange new world.

— Alice Morse Earle

The men in those old days of the seventeenth century, when in constant dread of attacks by Indians, always rose when the services were ended and left the house before the women and children, thus making sure the safe exit of the latter.

— Alice Morse Earle

Any abuse of animals is the same as abuse of men, women, or children.

— Alison Goldfrapp

Rock gives children, on a silver platter, with all the public authority of the entertainment industry, everything their parents always used to tell them they had to wait for until they grew up and would understand later.

— Allan Bloom

If there were some recipe that would make all of our children really sane and civic-minded and hugely intelligent, I think we’d probably all do it. But I don’t know that there is a recipe for creating that.

— Amanda Peet

When my career first began, I didn’t have children – so there’s a whole lot of difference in the way I choose roles now. Not just films for my children, but how long I’m going to be away, and is Dad going to be home while I’m gone. That sort-of factor plays a part.

— Amy Irving

I’m an exile. My father had the courage to leave with his wife, his mother and three children under twelve. It took more courage to leave, to sacrifice everything for freedom, than to stay.

— Andy Garcia

I’ve had my moments of insanity. But there is a certain responsibility to set proper examples for your children, and that influences your choices in every aspect of your life.

— Andy Garcia

Children make you a better everything. Daughters open up a whole different sensibility to you. When you have children, it focuses you on them as opposed to on yourself.

— Andy Garcia

I got hit by the bug of reading – not via a person, but via the one-room library in our small town. I remember that the children’s books were in the right-hand corner near the floor. Often when I went there, I was the only visitor.

— Anita Shreve

When I did get married and then had children, it was Beatles’ songs I sang to them at night. As one of the youngest of 24 cousins, I had never held an infant or baby-sat. I didn’t know any lullabies, so I sang Sam and Grace to sleep with ‘I Will’ and ‘P.S. I Love You.’

— Ann Hood

I am a step mother, so how children deal with divorce is something I’ve witnessed first hand and thought about a lot.

— Ann Hood

When I was seven years old, I fell in love with a series published by Bobbs-Merrill called ‘The Childhood of Famous Americans.’ In it, historical figures like Clara Barton, Nancy Hanks, Elias Howe, Patrick Henry, and dozens more came to life for me as children.

— Ann Hood

Peter Lucas and I live in Durham but spend a great of time in North Wales, where we have a cottage in the mountains, and in Vermont, USA, with my sister – who is a children’s writer married to a poet.

— Anne Stevenson

I knew from a young age that I wanted to be an actor. I never even thought about other careers. The acting field is certainly not the path many Indian parents encourage their children to take, but mine were very supportive. They wanted me to have an education, but understood that this is what I wanted to do.

— Archie Panjabi

I am still married, yes – no children. I have Benzo, though he’s my dog, a Lhasa apso.

— Archie Panjabi

Let’s remember the children who come from broken homes, surrounded by crime, drugs, temptation, their peers having babies out of wedlock, but who still manage to get a good education despite the many obstacles they face every day.

— Armstrong Williams

I admire but don’t envy people who have children and also have big, wonderful perfect houses. Maybe Martha Stewart could do it to me those two things aren’t compatible, but I know our children will grow up with a feeling that home is a place of comfort.

— Audra McDonald

Chum was a British boy’s weekly which, at the end of the year was bound into a single huge book and the following Christmas parents bought it as Christmas presents for male children.

— A. E. van Vogt

I think if we understand better the impact of war on women and children, we might be more careful about the wars we start.

— Abigail Disney

I think all children draw, as soon as they figure out the thumb and can grab crayons. The only difference with people like myself is that we never stopped drawing.

— Adam Hughes

It’s a significant question: should black people only adopt black children, and white people white children?

— Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje

If it’s taught well, art really is important to kids early on. It helps children develop language and allows them to see themselves in a way that isn’t right or wrong, because if they draw an animal with five legs instead of four, nobody’s criticizing them for it.

— Agnes Gund

Thirteen, 13 children, and I love – I love them all. And I think I’ve been a good father to all of them.

— Anthony Quinn

The United States is where I want to finish. I love the States. I want to have a subscription to NBA and go with my children to every game. I can already see myself there. I do not yet know the city, but why not play for Beckham’s franchise in Miami? Playing under Beckham would be the best.

— Antoine Griezmann

Here in Spain, there are Argentine Jews, children and grandchildren of immigrants of Jews who fled Germany or Austria in the thirties, and in the seventies during the dictatorship, they had to go into exile again.

— Antonio Munoz Molina

Years later I would hear my father say the divorce had left him dating his children. That still meant picking us up every Sunday for a matinee and, if he had the money, an early dinner somewhere.

— Andre Dubus III

From a building right in front of my windows, I can observe the speed of the sunrises and sunsets. The voices of children playing, laughing, yelling, and crying on the playground crawl up to the eighth floor, where I write. Their voices sound so innocent from a distance.

— Andrea Hirata

The truth of the matter is I stayed in L.A. raising my children, and when they went to college, I packed my bags along with them and came to New York and looked for parts in the theatre, because that’s always what I preferred doing.

— Andrea Martin

I believe very firmly that gay people of every stripe and age should be role models for all children, and that means interacting with them.

— Armistead Maupin

One has to nurture a new generation, to raise children in the spirit of Islam.

— Akhmad Kadyrov

When we, through our educational culture, through the media, through the entertainment culture, give our children the impression that human beings cannot control their passions, we are telling them, in effect, that human beings cannot be trusted with freedom.

— Alan Keyes

The truth is that contraception saves lives, prevents unplanned pregnancies, improves outcomes for children and reduces the number of abortions.

— Ann McLane Kuster

Children’s programming in America, I think it’s pretty shoddy in terms of lack of diversity. It’s pretty much cartoons and Disney sort of shows. I don’t find any of that stimulating for children.

— Alex Kingston

In England, ‘Doctor Who’ has always been considered a children’s show, at least by children.

— Alex Kingston

I believe in less government interference in people’s personal lives, including whom to marry, when and whether to bear a child and how to raise kind and compassionate children.

— Ann McLane Kuster

Courage: Great Russian word, fit for the songs of our children’s children, pure on their tongues, and free.

— Anna Akhmatova

My parents had four children quickly, divorced quickly – when I was two – and my mother remarried quickly. We were suddenly in a different environment with a different father.

— Anna Chancellor

It is unacceptable that the system we rely on to develop children into well-adjusted, learned, cultured adults allows drones to dominate and increasingly devalues freethinkers.

— Alexandra Robbins

New York offers a bubble out of the literary life that is very useful. We have more time for the children, for the cooking.

— Alvaro Enrigue

I have no regrets about not having children. I still wait for the pang of guilt, but I have none. I tune into the television show ‘Nanny 911’ occasionally which reminds me how much patience and love it take to be a good parent.

— Amanda Donohoe

A lot of professional dancers become professional when they turn 15 or 16 years old, when they’re still children. So you’ve trained every single waking moment up until that point for a career that could maybe only last 10 years, maybe longer if your body holds up, if your injuries are kept at bay.

— Amanda Schull

I can’t imagine what it’s like to go through life without shoes to protect your feet, and yet millions of kids do it. That’s why TOMS is such an incredible company – it gives shoes to children who need them!

— Amanda Hearst

There are so many issues in society – we talk about the violence, the drugs, the unwanted pregnancies – but at the end of the day, it comes down to what we taught our children to be.

— Allan Houston

I loved Dad more for treating the biological reality as trivial, irrelevant. He loved me no less than his other three children.

— Allegra Huston

As a parent with young children, I would always find little things that bothered me when I was reading bedtime stories or watching shows or listening to children’s music. I couldn’t find any stories, games or television shows that were fun and exciting while also being morally instructive and patriotic.

— Allen Covert

Always be prepared always work hard and take pride in your work no matter what it is. I still follow that advice and have already tried to pass it on to my children. They, of course, ignored me.

— Allen Covert

I was taught that in this country if you work hard, you can do anything, and I don’t see a lot of those principles in children’s books today.

— Allen Covert

When you have kids, there’s a tendency to put the marriage stew on the back burner and give it a quick stir now and then. But it’s important to remember why you had children with this person.

— Allison Pearson

My ideals told me that men and women could both go out to work and be truly equal. My children told me something more complicated, something I really didn’t want to hear. Their need for me was like the need for water or light: it had a devastating simplicity to it.

— Allison Pearson

I didn’t want to get divorced, but at the point where your children are part of it, you have to do something. I would really love it not to have happened because it haunts you, it will never go away, and it is probably the biggest failure, and I have to live with that.

— Amanda Harlech

I don’t think I am a proud person, but I think my children are incredible… I think I am part of that.

— Amanda Harlech

I think any good literature, whether it’s for children or for adults, will appeal to everybody. As far as children’s literature goes, adults should be able to read it and enjoy it as much as a child would.

— Amber Benson

My work is mostly about longing, human relationships, science and children – and a little bit about ghosts and reincarnation.

— Amy Gerstler

When I give my time to a worthy cause, it’s time well spent. Lending a voice to help raise money – or perhaps just awareness – is the least I can do to give back. When I spend time with people who are fighting for children, it puts everything into perspective.

— Amy Robach

There are a lot of things that immigrants, especially Chinese-Americans, want to share with their children, but there are a lot of things they don’t want to share.

— Anchee Min

I watch so much TV, it’s sad. I watch ‘Happy Endings’, ’30 Rock’, ‘Parks and Rec’, ‘The Office’, ‘Eagleheart’, ‘Children’s Hospital’. ‘Modern Family’ I guess I’m still kinda watching.

— Anders Holm

I grew up on a sugar plantation in Trinidad, on an expat estate, and that meant I had no idea about money until a lot later than most children.

— Andrea McLean

Job was the greatest of all the children of the east, and his afflictions were well-nigh more than he could bear but even if we imagined them wearing him to death, that would not make his story tragic.

— Andrew Coyle Bradley

Britain, today, educates 4.8 million primary school children in Britain. And we educate five million primary school children around the developing world, at a cost of 2.5 per cent of what we spend on British children.

— Andrew Mitchell

When I’m on the road traveling, the things I miss most are my two children and barbecuing with friends. Rack of ribs, lamb and veal are my specialties.

— Angel Cabrera

I guess I so desperately want to see us put this planet right. It’s so horrifying to me that a fifth of us are starving every night, and that forty thousand children die every single day.

— Ann Druyan

Both of my children – my daughter Caroline, a public school teacher, and my son Elliot, an Army Ranger – are dedicating their lives to public service thus, they have inspired my own decision to run for Congress.

— Ann Callis

As parents, we teach our children to do what’s right.

— Ann Callis

I’m not sure I have a role model per se, but I do deeply admire every woman who raises children and has to walk for water.

— Anna D. Shapiro

What mothers need, as well as fathers, spouses, and the children of aging parents, is an entire national infrastructure of care, every bit as important as the physical infrastructure of roads, bridges, tunnels, broadband, parks and public works.

— Anne-Marie Slaughter

In March 1950, in New York City, I was married to Marietta Soffer. We have three children: Vilhelm, Tomas, and Margrethe.

— Aage Bohr

Beloved are Israel, for they were called children of God still greater was the love in that it was made known to them that they were called children of God, as it is written, ‘Ye are the children of the Lord your God.’

— Akiva ben Joseph

Orphans, dead parents, lonely children at Christmas, morose spoken word recordings, everything you love about the holidays. Move the turkey over so you can fit your head in the oven.

— April Winchell

During past years, like frightened children, we were afraid to eat the strong meat of human rights and instead sucked the milk of civil rights from the breasts of white liberals, black Uncle Toms, and Aunt Jemimas.

— Adam Clayton Powell, Jr.

Far too often, children with developmental disorders are diagnosed solely on the basis of their observable behavior, slotted into broad diagnostic pigeonholes and provided generalized treatments that may not always meet their specific needs.

— Aditi Shankardass

One thing I’ve learned, in the face of all kinds of indignities, domestic workers take so much pride in their work and love the children they care for.

— Ai-jen Poo

At one point in my career, while still hosting ‘The Arsenio Hall Show,’ I was told by my doctor that it might not be physically possible for me to have children.

— Arsenio Hall

My father died when I was seven, leaving a widow and five sons, ranging in age from five to seventeen. My mother was the most highly-disciplined and hardest working person I have ever known, and this, combined with her love and gentleness, enabled her to make a success of each of her children.

— Arthur Lewis

Education is the great growth industry of the Third World. Since the Second World War, we have multiplied the number of children in school by four, with even larger multiples for secondary and university education.

— Arthur Lewis

If people grow things themselves, their children understand, then schools in the area know that this community’s generating something with its own energy, to consume.

— Arthur Potts Dawson

My father was an Episcopal minister, and for 14 years my family lived in China, in a city called Wuchang. We four children spoke Chinese before we spoke English. We left when the communists came, in the early 1930s. I was about 5 years old.

— Audrey Meadows

I do very well three things: my job, stupidities and children.

— Alain Delon

When school children start paying union dues, that ‘s when I’ll start representing the interests of school children.

— Albert Shanker

We have three daughters, our own. And, of course, there’s nothing more frightening than something bad happening to them. And also, the thought of our children turning bad in some ways is another frightening thought.

— Alexander Ahndoril

I had to marry a Greek I had to stir up the ethnic pot. Otherwise, my children would have been anemic and sickly. Now they’ve got some good Mediterranean blood in them.

— Alexandra Wentworth

Sadly, I haven’t had a brain cell since I had children.

— Ali Hewson

It’s a sad moment, really, when parents first become a bit frightened of their children.

— Ama Ata Aidoo

Learning disabilities cannot be cured, but they can be treated successfully and children with LD can go on to live happy, successful lives.

— Anne Ford

Children and teens need to explore the dark side as a healthy part of growing. If a child is protected from everything dreadful, he will have no coping mechanisms in place when finally confronted with disaster.

— Annette Curtis Klause

Mysteries, like the Masonic rites, are ones parents and elders are sworn not to reveal to the uninitiated, which include all children. And so we sought for signs.

— Anthony Hecht

It doesn’t seem to me strange that children should like the macabre, the sensational, and the forbidden.

— Anthony Hecht

Children know from a remarkably early age that things are being kept from them, that grown-ups participate in a world of mysteries.

— Anthony Hecht

Why, when I was a child, I didn’t say, as most children do, that I was going to become an actress. I felt that I was an actress and no one could have convinced me that I wasn’t!

— Antoinette Perry

I have a significant other and a large, immediate family. No children, thank goodness. And I have a 13-year-old kitty.

— Andrea Parker

Do things fairly, especially with your children. Girls deserve equal opportunities, especially in getting educated as well as equal sharing in business.

— Andrew Gotianun

I’m attached to my children with whatever flaws they have, and if some glorious angel broke through the living room ceiling and offered to exchange them for other, better children, I’d cling to my kids and pray away this specter.

— Andrew Solomon

I began to see during the civil war, in that part of the states of Missouri and Kansas where the doctors were shut out, the children did not die.

— Andrew Taylor Still

Just as in policing there is an emphasis on civilians to help with paperwork, we must free up trained and experienced social workers to focus on children, not bureaucracy.

— Andy Sawford

The courts don’t remove children from their home because the child underperformed at school or required extra long walks or a game of basketball in order to blow off the steam all 5-year-olds have. It’s because the parents were unfit, not the kids.

— Angela Featherstone

The Heart Gallery premise is very simple. It is a special traveling exhibit of photographs featuring Los Angeles foster youth, designed to highlight the need to find loving adoptive families for waiting children.

— Angela Featherstone

I basically don’t do that well with children, although my sister says I’m a great aunt.

— Ann B. Davis

I write pretty much when I can. I used to be very particular about needing certain conditions for writing, but when I had children, I discovered that I was a lot more flexible than I thought.

— Ann Packer

Some people talk about children wanting to be born as though somewhere out there in the collective unconscious there’s a spirit, or a thought or an idea that wants to be born. And I sometimes feel that way about stories… that they’re there and they want to be told.

— Ann-Marie MacDonald

Education promotes equality and lifts people out of poverty. It teaches children how to become good citizens. Education is not just for a privileged few, it is for everyone. It is a fundamental human right.

— Ban Ki-moon

What scares me? I kind of believe in ghosts. I believe they can wander around, so that scares me. But the stuff that really scares me are the catastrophic events like my husband or children or my family being harmed, or something like that.

— Annabeth Gish

Women hold up more than half the sky and represent much of the world’s unrealized potential. They are the educators. They raise the children. They hold families together and increasingly drive economies. They are natural leaders. We need their full engagement… in government, business and civil society.

— Ban Ki-moon

I married the first man I ever kissed. When I tell this to my children, they just about throw up.

— Barbara Bush

I do have the most marvelous husband, children, and grandchildren.

— Barbara Bush

With patient and firm determination, I am going to press on for jobs. I’m going to press on for equality. I’m going to press on for the sake of our children. I’m going to press on for the sake of all those families who are struggling right now. I don’t have time to feel sorry for myself. I don’t have time to complain. I am going to press on.

— Barack Obama

I think that there’s no doubt that as I see friends, families, children of gay couples who are thriving, you know, that has an impact on how I think about these issues.

— Barack Obama

I think what you’re seeing is a profound recognition on the part of the American people that gays and lesbians and transgender persons are our brothers, our sisters, our children, our cousins, our friends, our co-workers, and that they’ve got to be treated like every other American. And I think that principle will win out.

— Barack Obama

It took a lot of blood, sweat and tears to get to where we are today, but we have just begun. Today we begin in earnest the work of making sure that the world we leave our children is just a little bit better than the one we inhabit today.

— Barack Obama

I love developing children as characters. Children rarely have important roles in literary fiction – they are usually defined as cute or precious, or they create a plot by being kidnapped or dying.

— Barbara Kingsolver

Parents of young children should realize that few people, and maybe no one, will find their children as enchanting as they do.

— Barbara Walters

The hardest thing about my job isn’t the snake bites or the crocodiles, it’s being away from my children. I have a really religious satellite phone call every day back to the boys, wherever we are, whatever time zone, to say goodnight.

— Bear Grylls

If we give our children sound self-love, they will be able to deal with whatever life puts before them.

— bell hooks

I’m very hopeful that I’m not the only one who’s willing to pick up the baton of freedom, because freedom is not free, and we must fight for it every day. Every one of us must fight for it, because we’re fighting for our children and the next generation.

— Ben Carson

The greatest obstacle to the welfare state is not greed but private charity that makes the welfare state irrelevant the greatest obstacle to re-education of children in the name of the collective is allegiance to a higher power. More than that, the greatest obstacle to the state as god is an actual God above the state.

— Ben Shapiro

Every time we rock our babies in the night, we bring order back to a disordered world. Every time we look down at our children and cry, we make the world one shade brighter. That’s what children do to us – and for us.

— Ben Shapiro

Screaming at children over their grades, especially to the point of the child’s tears, is child abuse, pure and simple. It’s not funny and it’s not good parenting. It is a crushing, scarring, disastrous experience for the child. It isn’t the least bit funny.

— Ben Stein

There is a fundamental situation in which the country has reached rock bottom, that a mother can’t send her children out of the house in the morning. The country has reached rock bottom and this needs to be changed.

— Benjamin Netanyahu

President Abbas, you’ve dedicated your life to advancing the Palestinian cause. Must this conflict continue for generations, or will we enable our children and our grandchildren to speak in years ahead of how we found a way to end it? That’s what we should aim for, and that’s what I believe we can achieve.

— Benjamin Netanyahu

Every child senses, with all the horse sense that’s in him, that any parent is angry inside when children misbehave and they dread more the anger that is rarely or never expressed openly, wondering how awful it might be.

— Benjamin Spock

What is the use of physicians like myself trying to help parents to bring up children healthy and happy, to have them killed in such numbers for a cause that is ignoble?

— Benjamin Spock

In our country today, very few children are raised to believe that their principal destiny is to serve their family, their country, or God.

— Benjamin Spock

We all end up at least somewhat like our parents, especially in the way we deal with our children.

— Benjamin Spock

I think we should bring up our children with much less pressure to compete and get ahead: no comparing one child with another, at home or in school no grades. Let athletics be primarily for fun, and let them be organized by children and youths themselves.

— Benjamin Spock

Do the elected officials in Washington stand with ordinary Americans – working families, children, the elderly, the poor – or will the extraordinary power of billionaire campaign contributors and Big Money prevail? The American people, by the millions, must send Congress the answer to that question.

— Bernie Sanders

Society should see parenting as a public health issue and help parents to bring their children up feeling loved. We have birthing classes, but no parenting classes. The latter is desperately needed if we are to avoid self-destruction.

— Bernie Siegel

The fundamental defect of fathers, in our competitive society, is that they want their children to be a credit to them.

— Bertrand Russell

I’m so compulsive about stuff, I know if I had ever gotten pregnant, of course, that would have been my whole focus. But I didn’t choose to have children because I’m focused on my career. And I just don’t think, as compulsive as I am, that I could manage both.

— Betty White

I didn’t start out writing to give children hope, but I’m glad some of them found it.

— Beverly Cleary

Children should learn that reading is pleasure, not just something that teachers make you do in school.

— Beverly Cleary

I think the best teachers had a real interest in the subject they were teaching and a love for children. Some of the teachers were just doing their job, but others had that little extra. They really cared about children and they wore pretty dresses.

— Beverly Cleary

I hope children will be happy with the books I’ve written, and go on to be readers all of their lives.

— Beverly Cleary

Poets have said that the reason to have children is to give yourself immortality. Immortality? Now that I have five children, my only hope is that they are all out of the house before I die.

— Bill Cosby

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

I think the part of media that romanticizes criminal behavior, things that a person will say against women, profanity, being gangster, having multiple children with multiple men and women and not wanting to is prevalent. When you look at the majority of shows on television they placate that kind of behavior.

— Bill Cosby

Our children are angry. The profanity is out in the street. It’s on the buses and in the subway. Our children are trying to tell us something, and we are not listening.

— Bill Cosby

There are teachers in the United States who cry in the daytime because they see a child or children who haven’t eaten properly, children who haven’t used soap in so long.

— Bill Cosby

I remember thinking quite logically that I didn’t want to spoil my children with wealth and so that I would create a foundation, but not knowing exactly what it would focus on.

— Bill Gates

Living on $6 a day means you have a refrigerator, a TV, a cell phone, your children can go to school. That’s not possible on $1 a day.

— Bill Gates

I want to get violence – I want schools to start from K through 12 to just every day have teachers understand that they don’t want to talk about anything that is violent, and they want to explain to the children how bad violence is and how behavior – violent behavior, is something that they really should not practice and think about.

— Bill Cosby

Fans love Sosa for his exuberance, for the kisses he blows to his mother, wife and four children. He is Slammin’ Sammy, a fairy-tale figure rising from poverty in the Dominican Republic to the 55th floor above Chicago’s Lake Shore Drive.

— Bill Dedman

In Montana, where Sen. William Andrews Clark made his fortune and lost his reputation, people had assumed that all his children were long dead. After all, he was born in 1839 and was of age to serve in the Civil War.

— Bill Dedman

At the end of the day, it’s a very powerful voice when you’re able to perform on any level on any stage and have the audience, have the attention of children. It’s a gift. It’s not to be taken lightly, and it can be used for good or for bad.

— Bill Goldberg

My parents were children during the Great Depression of the 1930s, and it scarred them. Especially my father, who saw destitution in his Brooklyn, New York neighborhood adults standing in so called ‘bread lines,’ children begging in the streets.

— Bill O’Reilly

When I tell children that they are far too dependent on their gizmos, they do not deny it. But they really don’t care. This is their real life – texting about trivial things listening to numbing music on their private headphones. The machines block everything out – you create your own little trivial world.

— Bill O’Reilly

Sociologists well understand that chaos at home causes violent behavior, educational failure and social alienation among children. Yet, many of us in America stay far, far away from this topic. That in itself is a national scandal. Bad parenting is gravely harming this nation.

— Bill O’Reilly

If you’re an adult and you choose not to believe in science, fine, but please don’t prevent your children from learning about it and letting them draw their own conclusions.

— Bill Nye

It’s important that our children are raised to be educated, well-rounded tax-paying citizens that understand the importance of technology and science.

— Bill Nye

The only solution to the violence problem in America is a return to traditional parental involvement. This should be encouraged by every elected official. Also, the abandonment and neglect of children by their parents should have civil consequences.

— Bill O’Reilly

Many children fully realize their parents see them as astonishing creatures and incorporate that into their daily presentations. That is, they throw their stuff on the floor because if you are truly amazing you can pretty much do what you want. Right?

— Bill O’Reilly

If you have children, you don’t want to have drugs and drinks in the house. It’s just not good.

— Billie Joe Armstrong

We love, you know, children love the ingredients of poetry. And then they go into this tunnel that we call adolescence, and when they come out of it, they hate poetry.

— Billy Collins

The greatest legacy one can pass on to one’s children and grandchildren is not money or other material things accumulated in one’s life, but rather a legacy of character and faith.

— Billy Graham

Occasionally I’ve seen children become heavy-handed and insensitive when dealing with their aging parents, and it only caused resentment and hard feelings.

— Billy Graham

I think we’ve taken the meaning of Christmas out. People don’t stop and think about Jesus or the birth of Jesus. When they think of Christmas, they think of Santa Claus and – for the children, and they think of giving gifts and out-giving the next person of spending their time looking for the right thing for somebody who has everything.

— Billy Graham

Christmas means a great deal to me. I was reared in a family that celebrated Christmas to some extent, but I married into a family that celebrated Christmas in a big way. And my wife always made a big thing of Christmas for the children. We have five children, and we had a terrific time at Christmas.

— Billy Graham

The influence of a mother upon the lives of her children cannot be measured. They know and absorb her example and attitudes when it comes to questions of honesty, temperance, kindness, and industry.

— Billy Graham

My father had a dairy farm. He employed three black families and one white family, and I used to play with black children.

— Billy Graham

I want my children and my grandchildren to live in a world with clean air, pure drinking water, and an abundance of wildlife, so I’ve chosen to dedicate my life to wildlife conservation so I can make the world just a little bit better.

— Bindi Irwin

And I say the sacred hoop of my people was one of the many hoops that made one circle, wide as daylight and as starlight, and in the center grew one mighty flowering tree to shelter all the children of one mother and one father.

— Black Elk

Grown men can learn from very little children for the hearts of little children are pure. Therefore, the Great Spirit may show to them many things which older people miss.

— Black Elk

I always want to wear clothes that my children will one day look back on and say, ‘Oh, you looked amazing – why didn’t you keep that?’ Not, ‘Oh my God – I can’t believe you wore that.’

— Blake Lively

Mostly, I spend my time being a mother to my two children, working in my organic garden, raising masses of sweet peas, being passionately involved in conservation, recycling and solar energy.

— Blythe Danner

I was raised in a time where children were still seen and not heard basically, so I think a lot of us in my generation went the other way and just tried to be as much more liberal and open and we’re still paying for it.

— Blythe Danner

For some reason, comedians are still children. The social skills somehow never reach us, so we say exactly what we think without weighing the results.

— Bob Newhart

In a time of tight budgets, difficult choices have to be made. We must make sure our very limited resources are spent on priorities. I believe we should have no higher priority than investing in our children’s classrooms and in their future.

— Bob Riley

While we must ensure that these dangerous new drugs and precursors do not get in the hands of children or others who would use them improperly, we must also be aware that these same drugs have legitimate uses.

— Bobby Scott

In fact, the Harvard study data indicates that 70 percent of African American children attend schools that are predominately African American, about the same level as in 1968 when Dr. King died.

— Bobby Scott

To have children on the set, you realize that if a 10-year-old can do it, who are you kidding? It humbles you.

— Bonnie Hunt

I’ve got my feet on the ground because I’ve got a lovely family waiting for me when I get home, even though they’re not my flesh and blood. I haven’t got children. That’s my only regret, I suppose.

— Bonnie Tyler

I was born Gaynor Hopkins, one of seven children. My mum, Elsie, and dad, Glyndwr, always said they had seven children, although my sister Paulene was stillborn.

— Bonnie Tyler

I accept the Old Testament as more of an action movie: blood, car chases, evacuations, a lot of special effects, seas dividing, mass murder, adultery. The children of God are running amok, wayward. Maybe that’s why they’re so relatable.

— Bono

When you truly accept that those children in some far off place in the global village have the same value as you in God’s eyes or even in just your eyes, then your life is forever changed you see something that you can’t un-see.

— Bono

The idea that there is one kind of African is, of course, ridiculous. Sometimes African entrepreneurs want to kill you because you are saying public health is the priority, not roads. Of course they are right to press for that issue, but so are we right, I believe, to argue, for example, that millions of children could and should be vaccinated.

— Bono

For only by nurturing the minds and strengthening the values of our children can we give them an opportunity to be full, productive citizens, to reach their God-given potential, and to have good jobs right here in Oklahoma.

— Brad Henry

Oklahomans value our children and our seniors. Oklahomans value traditions of faith. Oklahomans value our heroes, our veterans. Oklahomans value innovation and the creative arts.

— Brad Henry

In 1960, I married Laurose Becker. We have two children: Elizabeth, born in 1961, and Matthew, born in 1963.

— Burton Richter

We have to convince the people of Bucharest, who are dog lovers, to treat dogs like they treat their children and not just let them roam the streets.

— Brigitte Bardot

I’ve been very hands-on with everything I’ve done since I had my children. And it’s just really important for me to understand the big picture, where everybody’s coming from, what’s the real purpose of this shoot and this song, or whatever it is in that moment that I’m doing.

— Britney Spears

At the end of the day, we get to be parents, greeting our lovely, crazy children and talking about their day, making sure they brush their teeth, so all the tension from our day is tabled… until the next.

— Brad Pitt

Too many children in foster care are falling through cracks. Be a hero, take the time learn about adoption today.

— Bruce Willis

We are all different. Yet we are all God’s children. We are all united behind this country and the common cause of freedom, justice, fairness, and equality. That is what unites us.

— Barbara Boxer

If you don’t move to protect copyright, if you don’t move to protect our children, it’s not going to sit well.

— Barbara Boxer

Our children are counting on us to provide two things: consistency and structure. Children need parents who say what they mean, mean what they say, and do what they say they are going to do.

— Barbara Coloroso

Given the choice, children who don’t want for anything will not save… We have an obligation as parents to give our children what they need. What they want we can give them as a special gift, or they can save their money for it.

— Barbara Coloroso

There are those who believe that the value of a children’s book can be measured only in terms of the moral lessons it tries to impose or the perfect role models it offers. Personally, I happen to think that a book is of extraordinary value if it gives the reader nothing more than a smile or two. In fact, I happen to think that’s huge.

— Barbara Park

I think there was an absolute, deep gap between consensual relations between adults, which people may like or dislike, and people who physically impose themselves on children or misuse their authority to impose on children.

— Barney Frank

My husband’s a pediatrician, so he and I talk about parenting all the time. You can’t raise children who have more shame resilience than you do.

— Brene Brown

First and foremost, we need to be the adults we want our children to be. We should watch our own gossiping and anger. We should model the kindness we want to see.

— Brene Brown

For me, it’s just acting. It’s pretending. The best actors are children, and children don’t do research. You never see a child going, ‘I’m wondering about my motivation here. How can I do this toy? How can I do this train? I don’t feel train.’

— Brian Cox

Our children, manipulated to become exemplary consumers, increasingly admit they do not feel ‘in control’ of their own Internet use.

— Beeban Kidron

We have allowed a situation to develop in which it is legal for a multibillion dollar industry to own, wholly and in perpetuity, the intimate and personal details of children.

— Beeban Kidron

We are God’s children. We are Christians first, and then what we do flows from that.

— Benjamin Watson

It’s always been my feeling that God lends you your children until they’re about eighteen years old. If you haven’t made your points with them by then, it’s too late.

— Betty Ford

Imagine having all of your freedoms taken away, being forced to work against your will, and constantly living under the threat of violence – in short, being forced to live as a slave. Sadly, this situation is a reality for millions of children, women, and men each year as part of the global human trafficking industry.

— Bill Flores

The idea of kids helping other kids is such a great way to introduce children to being involved in charitable causes and volunteer work, setting them on the path to doing good for others throughout their lives.

— Brandy Norwood

Your children can be around you all day, but if you don’t spend quality time with them and you don’t pay attention to them and talk to them and listen to them, it doesn’t matter that they’re just around you.

— Brandy Norwood

I have marvelous dreams! I meet Buddha, I meet Jesus, I meet Mohammed. I constantly dream of space, stars and planets: we are the children of stardust.

— Brian Blessed

Having children changes you forever, as a writer and as a human being. I hope it’s for the better on both counts, but I guess we’ll see.

— Brian K. Vaughan

When I wrote ‘Runaways,’ I was a naive kid who thought that all parents were evil. Now that I’m a wise old man with children of my own, I am certain that all parents are evil.

— Brian K. Vaughan

We build schools and give government loans and grants to college kids for those of us who are parents, tuition will often be the last big subsidy we give the children we’ve raised.

— Bill McKibben

Young children need to develop good habits that will be useful to them the rest of their lives. It is important to keep the lessons age-appropriate. For example, when your children start earning allowances, that would be a good time to teach them how to put some money in the bank instead of spending it all.

— Bill Rancic

I always wanted to be a young mom, but generations of women have worked so hard so we can have a career and wait to have children. So I say carpe diem – take advantage of that.

— Brittany Murphy

I’ve had great pregnancies, and healthy, beautiful children.

— Brooke Burke

Quite a lot of British women stop working when they have children, and that is rarely the case in Denmark. We have a very flat, structured way of approaching everything. Nobody’s the boss. In a sense, we’re all equal.

— Birgitte Hjort Sorensen

From the time I could speak, I knew I wanted to have children. It was just an innate desire.

— Brooke Shields

I don’t like to leave my children for long periods of time. It’s made me more picky about roles that are close, especially on television.

— Brooke Shields

People often ask me what I consider my goal to be at TOMS. The truth is that it’s changed over the years. When we first began, the goal was to create a for-profit company to help the children that I met in a small village in Argentina.

— Blake Mycoskie

Fracking has been used for more than 60 years to successfully drill over a million oil and gas wells in the U.S. Nonetheless, the prevailing mythology on the radical left is that the technology is ‘poisoning our children’ by polluting the water we drink and the air we breathe.

— Bob Beauprez

Common sense tells us that we should focus our resources to benefit children, teachers and taxpayers by keeping dollars in the classroom.

— Bob Beauprez

My capital budget maintains my commitment to the education of children, health of the Chesapeake Bay, and safety of all Maryland citizens. We will continue to focus on the five pillars of my Administration as we build today and look forward to the projects of the future.

— Bob Ehrlich

Experts tell us that 90% of all brain development occurs by the age of five. If we don’t begin thinking about education in the early years, our children are at risk of falling behind by the time they start Kindergarten.

— Bob Ehrlich

Ours was a loving, nurturing household, but, at the same time, my parents’ goal was to make all their children self-sufficient.

— Bryce Dallas Howard

I don’t know how many roles I can ask my dad to play in my life, but so far, father, best friend, role model, mentor and grandfather to my children are working out quite well.

— Bryce Dallas Howard

Parents are the ultimate role models for children. Every word, movement and action has an effect. No other person or outside force has a greater influence on a child than the parent.

— Bob Keeshan

It requires more strength to be gentle, so it’s the everyday encounters of life that I think we’ve prepared children for and prepared them to be good to other people and to consider other people.

— Bob Keeshan

Generosity has built America. When we fail to invest in children, we have to pay the cost.

— Bob Keeshan

I enjoy meeting not only contemporary children, but yesterday’s children as well. It’s nice to talk about the experiences we shared, they tell me, ‘You were a good friend.’ That’s the warmest part.

— Bob Keeshan

Asian people are very practical and come from a conservative world. The parents want their kids to be doctors and lawyers. There are casting calls for Asian children, but once the parents find out the children might miss school, they’re opposed to it.

— B. D. Wong

In my view, the adults are the burnt generation of Iraq for whom nothing can be done. But for the children, we can worry now, we can talk about them, we can plan for them, we can get our protest heard by others.

— Bahman Ghobadi

Governments do not have the answers – indeed, quite the reversal. A lot of times, they not only do not have the answers, but they themselves are the problem. If we are committed to helping our world’s children, then we must begin to create solutions from the bottom up.

— Betty Williams

I don’t think I’m yet peaceful because I have to struggle every day within myself when I see the suffering of the people of the world, the women and the children. And fury sets in. But I have to transform that and take it out and do something positive with it – but I have to do that sometimes minute to minute.

— Betty Williams

I would say I am viewed as the oldest teenager in my family because they say I never grow old. I mean, I am stern in my own way – I am not one to let children run over me – but I am very, very good with children, and I can usually get what I want out of them.

— Betty Wright

One thing I always make – and I’m sure this is partly to do with memory and yearning and because I’ve made it ever since my children were born – I make gingerbread every year. And it’s partly just the perfume of the spices in the house, makes it smell like winter to me.

— Bee Wilson

I think there’s a settled quality, there’s a gravitas that comes with aging and with being a parent because you certainly come to recognize that there’s nothing else that takes greater priority than raising your children.

— Benjamin Bratt

For a long time, I wanted children. When I was about 30 or 32, I really thought about it.

— Bo Derek

My dad was born in Chicago in 1908… his parents came from Russia. They settled in Chicago, where they lived in a little tiny grocery store with eight or nine children – in the backroom all together – and my grandmother got the idea to go into the movie business.

— Bob Balaban

I was on the San Diego school board for 4 years, where I watched children successfully matriculate into elementary schools from Head Start programs from all around our city.

— Bob Filner

However, as a parent, as a grandparent, as a former educator, I know that these practices alone when we are dealing with young children are insufficient. We will never control this rising epidemic without greater accountability from the food industry.

— Bob Filner

If something happened along the route and you had to leave your children with Bob Dole or Bill Clinton, I think you would probably leave them with Bob Dole.

— Bob Dole

All of us deserve a greater peace of mind, knowing that our children are better protected wherever they are.

— Bob Ney

I want to write a book of poetry, as well as children’s stories.

— Bobby McFerrin

Part of our responsibility as parents, as adults, is to set examples for children. But we have to like children in order to be really happy fulfilled adults.

— Bobby McFerrin

My theory is children don’t do what you tell them to do, they do what you do. You have to always do the right thing because they follow you.

— Boman Irani

Yet I wanted to have children, and I knew that was my purpose, but I wasn’t going to settle.

— Boris Kodjoe

Actually, I have my own charity that I started that helps supplement families with terminal children.

— Brad Garrett

My parents had a software company making children’s software for the Apple II+, Commodore 64 and Acorn computers. They hired these teenagers to program the software, and these guys were true hackers, trying to get more colors and sound and animation out of those computers.

— Bre Pettis

It’s not something that’s at the forefront of my mind, but I think I’d regret it if I didn’t have children.

— Brendan Coyle

The good thing about my part in ‘Harry Potter’ was that I was pretty well disguised. When I was walking down the street, there was no real recognition factor. Parents would sometimes call their children to come say hello to Mad-Eye, and the kids wouldn’t know what they were looking at.

— Brendan Gleeson

When faced with a challenge, happy families, like happy people, just add a new chapter to their life story that shows them overcoming the hardship. This skill is particularly important for children, whose identity tends to get locked in during adolescence.

— Bruce Feiler

If you tell your own story to your children – that includes your positive moments and your negative moments, and how you overcame them – you give your children the skills and the confidence they need to feel like they can overcome some hardship that they’ve felt.

— Bruce Feiler

Celebrate your family’s bleakest moments and how your relatives overcame them. In doing so, you will encounter darkness, but you’ll give your children the confidence that they, too, shall overcome.

— Bruce Feiler

Women find men attractive who are aggressive… but later on, they get worried that that aggression, that alpha energy, is going to be turned back against them and their children.

— Bryan Callen

Welsh is my mother tongue, and my children speak it. If you come and live in this community you’ll work out pretty quickly that it’s beneficial to learn the language, because if you’re going to the pub or a cafe you need to be a part of the local life.

— Bryn Terfel

True revolutionaries are like God – they create the world in their own image. Our awesome responsibility to ourselves, to our children, and to the future is to create ourselves in the image of goodness, because the future depends on the nobility of our imaginings.

— Barbara Grizzuti Harrison

Our awesome responsibility to ourselves, to our children, and to the future is to create ourselves in the image of goodness, because the future depends on the nobility of our imaginings.

— Barbara Grizzuti Harrison

I don’t have any regrets about not having kids. I’ve just never had those maternal feelings. I am a nurturer by nature, but I nurture adults: my friends, the people I work with. I don’t want to nurture children.

— Barbara Windsor

There’s a series of children’s books called A Series of Unfortunate Events, which is like an incredibly dark version of Roald Dahl. I hope to start directing it.

— Barry Sonnenfeld

The way women today are treated in Saudi Arabia is a direct result of the education our children, boys and girls, receive at school.

— Basmah bint Saud

I teach my children that in life, there is no control of what tomorrow is going to bring. There really isn’t. But in whatever it brings, we have choices, and I’m glad because I made more right choices than wrong, but in the wrong choices, there are lessons to be learned.

— BeBe Winans

I used to do a Saturday drama group called Young Blood Theatre Company with school-friends in west London – nothing to do with my mum and dad. A casting director came to pick people out for a new BBC children’s series called ‘MI High.’ She picked me, I auditioned, and I got the job.

— Bel Powley

Working with the children on ‘Matilda’ has been a joy. They don’t do this professionally – their sense of discovery is instinctive, and the challenge for us adults is to keep that going in ourselves when we’re doing it for the fiftieth or the hundredth time. To my delight and amazement, it hasn’t gone stale – we discover it freshly every time.

— Bertie Carvel

I think what you have to recognise is everybody has their own deal, and everybody has challenges. Do I think that it was easier for me because at a certain point in my career I didn’t have children? Yeah, I think absolutely so. But everybody has their own deal.

— Beth Brooke

I love ‘Child’s Play 2!’ I love Don Mancini. That movie has a great theme: You better listen to children. That’s why I wanted to do it. I was scared to do a horror movie – a blatant studio horror movie – but I liked the script, and I thought that was such an important theme because I don’t think adults listen to children enough.

— Beth Grant

I believe that children are, by nature, very forgiving. I don’t think children expect their parents to be perfect. I think they demand that their parents be real.

— Beth Moore

Literally every department of state government has gone through, or is in a period of, chaos. Not just fiscal chaos, but certainly as we saw in the Department of Children and Family Services and State Fair Agency and many of Walker’s departments, there is absolute chaos.

— Bill Scott

Whether it’s making sure that families have access to quality health care and child care, or making sure that our children receive the best educational opportunities we can give them, we must remain committed to these needs because our children are our future.

— Blanche Lincoln

In Arkansas alone, approximately three quarters of a million people are at risk of going hungry, and one in four children does not get enough to eat, so my goal is to bring awareness to this tragic issue.

— Blanche Lincoln

Many Americans are unaware that we still have a large population of working families, elderly, and children who rely on emergency food pantries, shelters, and other resources to meet their nutritional needs.

— Blanche Lincoln

Well, in order to become a grown man, in order to become significant in my family and significant in my children’s life, I had to learn my lessons.

— Bobby Brown

I have two children – could I ever choose between them? Never. That’s what ‘Sophie’s Choice’ was about. If you have 50 children, you don’t love one less.

— Bonnie Bedelia

When the children were very small, I worked in the morning only, and then gradually, as they spent full days at school, I could spend full days at work.

— Barbara W. Tuchman

If you want to fight a war on drugs, sit down at your own kitchen table and talk to your own children.

— Barry McCaffrey

I don’t totally believe that all of the politicians see a problem with the gap between the scores of black children and other groups. I believe that many politicians think this has been the way it has always been, so what’s the problem?

— Barry Williams

Broadcasters have a responsibility to serve the public interest and protect Americans from objectionable content, particularly during the hours when children are likely to be watching.

— Bart Gordon

There was a strange atmosphere on the set because we were filming in this large house, which was used for troubled children. You’d go in and find walls had been burnt down. The building was charged with this history and it stayed with us throughout the filming.

— Beatrice Dalle

Working with children has done well for me. I don’t find them intolerable or frustrating. They’re just fun, full of energy, and happy to be there.

— Beck Bennett

You must be ready to give up everything, not only material attachments but also human attachments – father, mother, wife, children – everything that you have. But the one thing which you have to abandon unconditionally is your self.

— Bede Griffiths

I wrote ‘Snowy’ as a result of spending a week on a narrow boat with daily classes of children, helping them to write about canal life, the work of barges, the simple pleasure of watching the water creatures. There was no doubt that the star of their week was Snowy, the working barge horse who pulled us daily along the towpath.

— Berlie Doherty

We of the modern age are a bridge between the old human and the new one. We still have the mentality of the old human – a slave mentality, like the Children of Israel in Egypt: too controlled, full of fear.

— Bernard Werber

My parents had us very young. We lived in a modest house. We built forts, we hiked, we went camping and they wanted us to be independent. It’s how children grew up in the 1940s and 50s: outside all the time, playing in the dirt, riding your bike around.

— Brooklyn Decker

If you imagine b, d, p, and q, those are letter forms that all the children always mess up. They are mirror forms of one another. That feature is emphasized in a font like Arial, where the shapes are literally mirror forms.

— Bruno Maag

I always value my large kitchen because it was better to do everything there, you wash up, you do everything, rather than messing up another room and I pop my typewriter just next to it. So I still write now but I was doing more writing when the children were younger.

— Buchi Emecheta

But however the forms of family life have changed and the number expanded, the role of the family has remained constant and it continues to be the major institution through which children pass en route to adulthood.

— Bernice Weissbourd

Awareness has changed so that every act for children, every piece of legislation recognizes that children are part of families and that it is within families that children grow and thrive or don’t.

— Bernice Weissbourd

I named all my children after flowers. There’s Lillie and Rose and my son, Artificial.

— Bert Williams

When I got a telly we had no aerial, but I discovered that if I or one of the children stood by it you could get a picture. So I had to make a statue that could stand by the telly.

— Beryl Bainbridge

Being constantly with children was like wearing a pair of shoes that were expensive and too small. She couldn’t bear to throw them out, but they gave her blisters.

— Beryl Bainbridge

I’m very interested, in all my books, in community, what binds people together, which I think is an obvious consequence of being the fourth of six children.

— Beth Gutcheon

My husband has some very interesting hobbies, and through him, I’ve learned to fly and earned my pilot’s license. Together, we fly all over the United States. Since our children are all grown now, we also travel a great deal in Europe, but we take commercial flights because our plane is not really equipped to make transatlantic flights.

— Betsy Byars

Early in my career, I decided not to do sequels. I know that children enjoy them, but I valued the feeling that this was the only time I would write about these characters. I felt it gave me an added incentive to do my best by them, to tell readers everything I knew, to hold nothing back.

— Betsy Byars

One of my earliest memories was of seeing horse-drawn buggies with little Amish children peering out at me from the back, their legs dangling as they jabbered in Pennsylvania Dutch, sometimes pointing and giggling at my family following slowly behind them in our car.

— Beverly Lewis

Words are the children of reason and, therefore, can’t explain it. They really can’t translate feeling because they’re not part of it. That’s why it bugs me when people try to analyze jazz as an intellectual theorem. It’s not. It’s feeling.

— Bill Evans

If they take their children to doctors, they believe they are putting their faith in man instead of in God.

— Bob Bartlett

I think when you are the parents of a gifted athlete, the best thing in the world you can do is to encourage them, in my opinion. My dad didn’t push me and I didn’t push my children in athletics.

— Bob Lilly

I want to have children, please God, with a woman that I love and that I’m very attracted to.

— Brandon T. Jackson

The orphan in children’s literature allows the child protagonist to move the story forward themselves. I think that, however happy a family, every intelligent child thinks: ‘How did I come to be born to these parents?’ – it is about finding your place in the world.

— Brian Selznick

A friend suggested that I get a job at a children’s book store so I could meet kids and read books, and that turned out to be the single best bit of advice I’ve ever gotten.

— Brian Selznick

Despite the efforts of some parents, children still tend to act out the traditional sex roles of our culture. The child’s peer group may have more of an influence over this than the parents.

— Brian Sutton-Smith

For decades, there has been this assumption that children played and adults didn’t. That’s rubbish.

— Brian Sutton-Smith

Forget about teaching the children about numbers and colors and the like, and just play with them.

— Brian Sutton-Smith

If you are going to take away war toys, then what are you to replace them with? Children need to feel courageous, brave, and assertive. They need to feel strong that is the purpose of their play.

— Brian Sutton-Smith

I like to protect children. I mean, there’s nothing wrong with having adult programming for mature adults that can selectively decide what they want to watch and what they don’t want to watch.

— Burt Ward

I have two children. I have a daughter 29, and a daughter four. They are 25 years apart, so you speak about generations and I must tell you, I have a philosophy and that is every 25 years I’m going to sire another child.

— Burt Ward

All of us aspire to give our children something more, leave a country to our children that is a better one, a stronger one, with better jobs and growth and opportunity.

— Byron Dorgan

I really wish that I would have gone to college. Even my son, who’s into rap himself, I tell him and tell his children, ‘Go to college. Get that education – it is so important. Don’t do like I did.’ I had all this singing on my mind, and I just didn’t have time for it.

— Barbara Lynn

I think the Emmy obviously is very prestigious and is the gold standard obviously in terms of television. But the Oscars go beyond that. I believe children, when they’re growing up, dream of holding that Oscar.

— Brad Grey

When my children say, ‘In the future, Mummy, will things get better or worse for humanity?’ I say: ‘Who knows, since Amy Winehouse died. It’s all in the air now. Eat your broccoli.’

— Caitlin Moran

That’s the most important thing you do in your life – raise children and try to do the best job as a parent and give your kids the best shot in life to go out there into the big, bad world.

— Caitlyn Jenner

I don’t have anything Olympic in our house – no pictures, none of that stuff. Consciously I do that. With 10 children, I don’t want to hold that over their heads.

— Caitlyn Jenner

If colleges and universities are really concerned about women’s rights, then they must adjust to a far more flexible structure to allow young women students to take leaves of absence if they want to have children early.

— Camille Paglia

A lesser complaint: hair extensions. There are moments on ‘All My Children’ when half the women actors, young and old, seem to be afflicted by android Barbie creep. All those thick swatches of lifeless strands clustering lankly round ladies’ necks! Like orange tanning spray, this is a fashion fad that should be put out of its misery.

— Camille Paglia

I say the law should be blind to race, gender and sexual orientation, just as it claims to be blind to wealth and power. There should be no specially protected groups of any kind, except for children, the severely disabled and the elderly, whose physical frailty demands society’s care.

— Camille Paglia

Working moms commonly testify that they feel guilty when they are away from their children and guilty when they are not at their jobs. Devoted fathers certainly miss their children deeply, but it does not seem to be with the same gnawing, primal anxiety that often afflicts women.

— Camille Paglia

I was incredibly determined – I wrote short stories, I wrote the beginnings of novels. I wrote a little children’s book and sent it to the editor-in-chief of the children’s division of Simon and Schuster and she asked me to write a little children’s book for a series she was doing.

— Candace Bushnell

When I was young, no one got married. Now, all the young people, they want to get married, they want security. Now that my children’s friends are getting married, I go to more weddings than I ever did when I was young.

— Carine Roitfeld

I have my family, my children – I have a lot of outside activities.

— Carlos Ghosn

It’s important to give a better country to your children, but it is more important to give better children to your country.

— Carlos Slim

When our most important issue is the debt that we’re piling on our children and grandchildren, I think it’s pretty helpful to have someone in the U.S. Senate who has actually managed billions of dollars and knows how to cut billions of dollars.

— Carly Fiorina

We’re failing our children with education, we’re failing our environment.

— Carol Moseley Braun

I think if we are actually going to accept our generation’s responsibility, that’s going to mean that we give our children no less retirement security than we inherited from our parents.

— Carol Moseley Braun

Trump is more performance artist than zealot. But he’s finding enemies everywhere, whether they are judges of Mexican ancestry, parents of those killed in war, the current president, or children of immigrants. Whether or not he has a sense of decency, he is in grave danger of losing it.

— Cass Sunstein

We’ve enshrined the purity, sanctity, value, and importance of bringing children into the world, yet we don’t discuss death. There used to be an enshrined period where mourning was a necessary part of going through the process of grieving death wasn’t considered morbid or antisocial. But that’s totally gone.

— Cate Blanchett

You know you’ve made it when you’ve been moulded in miniature plastic. But you know what children do with Barbie dolls – it’s a bit scary, actually.

— Cate Blanchett

I’ve an enormous respect for my mother who at the age of 39 raised three children, and I grew up with my grandmother in the household. And so it was a really strong household of women – my poor brother! It was great growing up with so many generations of women.

— Cate Blanchett

I think at the prospect of bringing children into the world, your mortality comes very much to the forefront, absolutely.

— Cate Blanchett

Particularly at the moment, it’s an incredibly optimistic thing to bring children into the world.

— Cate Blanchett

People had always vaguely mentioned that when you have children, how part of your life would stop. But they don’t say that some other extraordinary part of your life opens up.

— Cate Blanchett

Before having children, I think I probably approached work very differently, and you become much more economical and pragmatic about your relationship to it.

— Cate Blanchett

I saw the first ‘How to Train Your Dragon’ film with my children, and I found it utterly exhilarating.

— Cate Blanchett

Like any mum, I fear some mysterious illness befalling my children.

— Cate Blanchett

All of a sudden I had a baby, because it went really quick. It was like, ‘Oh! I have a baby!’ So, it’s great. I’m just having a great time with my children. They’re here in New York with me.

— Catherine Zeta-Jones

When you are surrounded by children, the child in you comes back.

— Celine Dion

I think that life has a secret, and children they hold that secret. Maybe it’s not given to everybody to discover this thing.

— Celine Dion

Children are becoming disobedient… why, because of the lack of rules boundaries and limitations.

— Cesar Millan

It is not that the child lives in a world of imagination, but that the child within us survives and starts into life only at rare moments of recollection, which makes us believe, and it is not true, that, as children, we were imaginative?

— Cesare Pavese

Treat your kid like a darling for the first five years. For the next five years, scold them. By the time they turn sixteen, treat them like a friend. Your grown up children are your best friends.

— Chanakya

Soccer was the first sport that my parents put me in, and ultimately, all the parents kind of came over to my mom and were, ‘We think Channing would be better at football…. We love him, he’s really great, but he’s kind of hurting our children.’ I was just a little wild.

— Channing Tatum

I don’t have friends, I have thousands of acquaintances. No friends. I figured I had a wife and children.

— Charles Bronson

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.

— Charles Dickens

When the mortgage giant Fannie Mae recruited Daniel H. Mudd, he told a friend he wanted to work for an altruistic business. Already a decorated marine and a successful executive, he wanted to be a role model to his four children – just as his father, the television journalist Roger Mudd, had been to him.

— Charles Duhigg

There is nothing less to our credit than our neglect of the foreigner and his children, unless it be the arrogance most of us betray when we set out to ‘Americanize’ him.

— Charles Horton Cooley

We should have high expectations of our children, but politicians should not tell teachers how to meet them.

— Charles Kennedy

Lawyers, I suppose, were children once.

— Charles Lamb

I am determined that my children shall be brought up in their father’s religion, if they can find out what it is.

— Charles Lamb

There was a guy by the name of Charles Schwab: actually, Charles M. Schwab. I read a lot about him, and I always hoped I was related, but I wasn’t. He was a steel magnate. He worked for J.P. Morgan then he started Bethlehem Steel. But he had no children, unfortunately, and it turned out I wasn’t a relative.

— Charles Schwab

We have come to a turning point in the road. If we turn to the right mayhap our children and our children’s children will go that way but if we turn to the left, generations yet unborn will curse our names for having been unfaithful to God and to His Word.

— Charles Spurgeon

Think of what you are, you Christians. You are God’s children you are joint heirs with Christ. The ‘many mansions’ are for you the palms and harps of the glorified are for you. You have a share in all that Christ has and is and shall be.

— Charles Spurgeon

In giving us children, God places us in a position of both leadership and service. He calls us to give up our lives for someone else’s sake – to abandon our own desires and put our child’s interests first. Yet, according to His perfect design, it is through this selflessness that we can become truly fulfilled.

— Charles Stanley

God’s arrows of affliction are sharp and painful so He can get our attention. He won’t let His beloved children get away with sin because He knows it robs us of blessings, opportunities, and even character refinement.

— Charles Stanley

The run I was on made Sinatra, Flynn, Jagger, Richards, all of them look like droopy-eyed armless children.

— Charlie Sheen

I don’t have time for their judgement and their stupidity and you know they lay down with their ugly wives in front of their ugly children and look at their loser lives and then they look at me and they say, ‘I can’t process it’ well, no, you never will stop trying, just sit back and enjoy the show. You know?

— Charlie Sheen

I’m not trying to be a role model to kids, because I don’t have any children, but I do think everyone should have a free spirit.

— Chelsea Handler

I certainly believe that all of my friends should have the right, as Marc and I did, to marry their best friend. I certainly expect my straight friends to help us achieve that for all New Yorkers, for all Americans, and for the children that, at least, Marc and I hope to have someday.

— Chelsea Clinton

I find the fact that more than 750,000 children still die every year around the world because of severe dehydration due to diarrhea unacceptable.

— Chelsea Clinton

I just hope that I will be as good a mom to my child, and hopefully children, as my mom was to me.

— Chelsea Clinton

One of the things I teach my children is that I have always invested in myself, and I have never stopped learning, never stopped growing.

— Chesley Sullenberger

Live a life of grace. You’ll be a better person for it, and so will your children.

— Chevy Chase

What I find problematic is the suggestion that when, say, Madonna adopts an African child, she is saving Africa. It’s not that simple. You have to do more than go there and adopt a child or show us pictures of children with flies in their eyes. That simplifies Africa.

— Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Mom spent the time that she was supposed to be a kid actully raising children, her younger brother and younger sister. She was tough as nails and did not suffer fools at all. And the truth was she could not afford to. She spoke the truth, bluntly, directly, and without much varnish. I am her son.

— Chris Christie

Now, we believe that the majority of teachers in America know our system must be reformed, to put students first so that America can compete, that teachers don’t teach to become rich or famous. They teach because they love children.

— Chris Christie

When I found out I had to take off my shirt in ‘Teen’ movie, I panicked and hit the gym. I was like, ‘It’s going to be on film, documented, for my children to see. I can’t be 140 pounds. I need to put on a little bit of muscle.’

— Chris Evans

I remember one time when all the nuns in my Catholic grade school got around in a semicircle, me and Mom in the middle, and they said, ‘Mrs. Farley, the children at school are laughing at Christopher, not with him.’ I thought, ‘Who cares? As long as they’re laughing.’

— Chris Farley

When I hear people talk about juggling, or the sacrifices they make for their children, I look at them like they’re crazy, because ‘sacrifice’ infers that there was something better to do than being with your children.

— Chris Rock

Now that I have children, I realize taking care of my children is more fun than anything in the whole world.

— Chris Rock

Many children, many cares no children, no felicity.

— Christian Nestell Bovee

After I had my son, Max, I knew I wanted to get involved in causes that help children.

— Christina Aguilera

When I learned how millions of children go to bed hungry, my only response was, ‘What can I do to help?’

— Christina Aguilera

I think all of us as women have this super-human quality. We create life, we give life, we are the sources of life for our children – we’re all pretty bionic.

— Christina Aguilera

Once you understand this way, you will be able to make your room alive you will be able to design a house together with your family a garden for your children places where you can work beautiful terraces where you can sit and dream.

— Christopher Alexander

I’m not particularly a feminist, but if you get women off the animal cycle of reproduction and give them some say in how many children they’ll have, immediately the floor will rise.

— Christopher Hitchens

When we talk about mortality, we are talking about our children.

— Christopher Hitchens

One has children in the expectation of dying before them. In fact, you want to make damn sure you die before them, just as you plant a tree or build a house knowing, hoping that it will outlive you. That’s how the human species has done as well as it has.

— Christopher Hitchens

My children, to the extent that they have found religion, have found it from me, in that I insist on at least a modicum of religious education for them.

— Christopher Hitchens

I don’t really like long flights any more – I find them too tiring. Flying always involves the same things these days – huge crowds at airports, waiting around, late take-offs, weather problems, and so on. I don’t really enjoy travelling. I don’t imagine anyone does except young children.

— Christopher Lee

I did play Ramses II once, who lived to be 91 and had 120 children, but he died 4,000 years ago.

— Christopher Lee

When children are exposed to advertisements for unhealthy food, they will, in turn, consume significantly unhealthier rather than healthy calories as a result.

— Chuck Norris

If your child is starting a new school, walk around your block and get to know the neighborhood children.

— Chuck Norris

One thing I really envy about my friends who have kids is that as their children develop, they’re able to revisit their own developmental stages and recognise themselves and undo a lot of things they decided.

— Chuck Palahniuk

I’ve got a bike in the lounge that I watch Coronation Street on. I never had to watch my weight until I had the children, but with the bike, I’m fine.

— Cilla Black

I always knew I wanted to have children. When I met my husband, Rande, I thought, ‘This is the guy.’ When you are getting ready to become a mom, being in love with someone just isn’t enough. You need to think about whether he would be a good parent and raise your children with similar beliefs.

— Cindy Crawford

When you are getting ready to become a mom, being in love with someone just isn’t enough. You need to think about whether he would be a good parent and raise your children with similar beliefs.

— Cindy Crawford

I always hired widows with children, because they had to work and didn’t have any foolishness about them.

— Colonel Sanders

I guess my religious faith sustained me more than anything else. Family is also very important. If I didn’t have children, it would have been too difficult. Even if you are strong, you still need people who would support you all the way.

— Corazon Aquino

If American women would increase their voting turnout by ten percent, I think we would see an end to all of the budget cuts in programs benefiting women and children.

— Coretta Scott King

My generation of Americans, the scions of daring dreamers, the children of the fearlessly faithful and the offspring of many of history’s most audacious actors – we, together, drink deeply from wells of freedom, liberty and opportunity that we did not dig.

— Cory Booker

If we cannot provide excellent educational opportunities to all children, safe communities, quality health coverage, or robust and fair avenues towards wealth creation, then our nation will increasingly be in peril.

— Cory Booker

More than anything, we must do better for our children’s education.

— Cory Booker

I used to believe, like many people who come from poor backgrounds, that it gave me an edge, but I think that’s just something we have to tell ourselves to get by sometimes. I don’t believe that anymore. Children of privilege can be just as talented and clever as anybody else.

— Craig Ferguson

Christine and I haven’t raised our children. A whole community of selfless Christians has contributed to helping them become faithful, competent adults.

— Clayton Christensen

Because we employ no professional preachers, it means that every sermon or lesson in church is given by a regular member – women and men, children and grandparents.

— Clayton Christensen

Children are ready to learn when they are ready to learn, not necessarily when their parents are ready to teach them.

— Clayton Christensen

Crimes against children are the most heinous crime. That, for me, would be a reason for capital punishment because children are innocent and need the guidance of an adult society.

— Clint Eastwood

As long as you know men are like children, you know everything!

— Coco Chanel

God takes care of imbeciles, little children and artists.

— Camille Pissarro

I’m a mom, and my view of public education begins and ends with the fundamental question: Is this good for children?

— Campbell Brown

After a 15-year career in television news, sometimes spent biting my tongue in the name of objectivity and balance, I retired to raise our two small children.

— Campbell Brown

One of the most common reasons people renovate their homes is a change in their lifestyle – an upcoming wedding, a new baby, or grown children moving away.

— Candice Olson

The spark for ‘In Praise of Slowness’ came when I began reading to my children. Every parent knows that kids like their bedtime stories read at a gentle, meandering pace. But I used to be too fast to slow down with the Brothers Grimm. I would zoom through the classic fairy tales, skipping lines, paragraphs, whole pages.

— Carl Honore

I just think my children and your children would be much better off and much more successful getting married and raising a family, and I don’t want them brainwashed into thinking that homosexuality is an equally valid and successful option – it isn’t.

— Carl Paladino

I decided that it’s either, you know, if I want to have children, have a family and – and live a long life, I’ve got to make some real, real serious changes.

— Carnie Wilson

I never thought I was going to have children. I just thought after 45, that was it.

— Carol Leifer

We must ensure that while eliminating child labor in the export industry, we are also eliminating their labour from the informal sector, which is more invisible to public scrutiny – and thus leaves the children more open to abuse and exploitation.

— Carol Bellamy

The dream of the Convention was born from the that children and their needs were not been considered when policies were being made, laws passed or actions undertaken.

— Carol Bellamy

Thus the Convention is unequivocal in its call for children to be consulted, to have their opinions heard and to have their best interests considered when law and policies are being drafted.

— Carol Bellamy

In choosing global corporate partners UNICEF emphasises compatibility with our core values and looks to build alliances that advance our mission of ensuring the health, education, equality and protection for all the world’s children.

— Carol Bellamy

I came into a strong organization, and I hope I strengthened it more and expanded its capacity to deal with some of the challenges that might not have seemed as great 10 years ago, such as H.I.V., AIDS and children affected by war.

— Carol Bellamy

In working with UNICEF our corporate partners have demonstrated time and again that their financial resources, leadership and expertise can bring about real and lasting benefits for the world’s children.

— Carol Bellamy

For example, UNICEF works with governments to change legislation such as in India where a law was passed raising the age of compulsory school completion to keep children in school and away from the workplace for longer.

— Carol Bellamy

Here once again education is crucial, it enables children to be become more aware of their rights and to exercise them in a respectful manner which helps them shape their own future.

— Carol Bellamy

Corporate partners help UNICEF fund our programmes for children, advocate with us on their behalf, or facilitate our work through logistical, technical, research or supply support.

— Carol Bellamy

And most importantly perhaps, children can learn about their rights, share their knowledge with the children of other nations, identify problems with them and establish how they might work together to address them.

— Carol Bellamy

I write more for the children of the computer revolution, who are also interested in speculation and exploring the human condition, but approach it from an information perspective.

— Charles Stross

My younger brother runs a guesthouse, and my sister is a janitor. I have not given them money because they earn their own money. I pay for their children’s school fees.

— Chen Guangbiao

I want to tell mayors, county chiefs and heads of big companies: don’t just chase GDP growth don’t chase the biggest profits at the expense of our children and grandchildren and at the cost of sacrificing our ecological environment.

— Chen Guangbiao

Like every mother, it’s my children that’s the first thing that makes me really proud. For my own part, it would be when I became a Queen’s Counsel in 1995. I was the 76th woman ever to become a Queen’s Counsel, so it was still a pretty rare thing.

— Cherie Blair

I think that discipline is so much of an important part of being a parent. Because it’s very, very important to teach your children to take responsibility for their actions.

— Cheryl Ladd

There were nine children in my father’s family and eight in my mother’s. My grandparents did the best with what they had. After the Depression, they were scratching out a living and working hard. They kept the family going.

— Cheryl Ladd

We always seem to be a bit surprised that our children are reflecting stuff that we are showing them. I don’t know about you, but every movie that I saw when I was a kid, I emulated. I was Haley Mills for an entire summer and had an English accent.

— Cheryl Ladd

No, but women are saying, and they say, are you crazy? But because they’ve had children since they were 20 years old. I haven’t. So I had a child when I was 43, and now he’s really out with his friends.

— Cheryl Tiegs

She’s 32, and she has three children. She loves to be pregnant but she doesn’t want anymore children in her life. So she decided to help another couple. And she’s just been amazing.

— Cheryl Tiegs

After 9/11, there was so much distress in America that it led to an inter-cultural breakdown. Some of our communities were targeted. Many of our adults shut themselves off from other cultures. I tried to bring children of Indian and other cultures together in my literature.

— Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni

My favorite part was when my grandfather and I would make a special trip to Firpo’s Bakery for red and green Christmas cookies and fruitcake studded with the sweetest cherries I’ve ever tasted. Usually Firpo’s was too expensive for our slim budget, but Christmas mornings they gave a discount to any children who came in.

— Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni

The Polar Express is about faith, and the power of imagination to sustain faith. It’s also about the desire to reside in a world where magic can happen, the kind of world we all believed in as children, but one that disappears as we grow older.

— Chris Van Allsburg

It seems to me that not only the writing in most children’s books condescends to kids, but so does the art. I don’t want to do that.

— Chris Van Allsburg

When somebody says, ‘This must be a children’s book,’ basically they’re saying, ‘You must be a child.’ And so my answer is, ‘Well, yes, I guess I am a child.’ But I don’t think of myself that way.

— Chris Van Allsburg

I would love four children because I have a very small family, so I want those big Thanksgiving dinners.

— Chrissy Teigen

In Bosnia, little children shot in the head by a guy who thinks it’s okay to aim his gun at a child.

— Christiane Amanpour

Many people, for many reasons, feel rootless – but orphans and abandoned or abused children have particular cause.

— Christina Baker Kline

I was stunned to learn that more than 200,000 abandoned, neglected, or orphaned children had been sent from the East Coast to the Midwest on trains between 1854 and 1929.

— Christina Baker Kline

I’m an ambassador for the Make-A-Wish Foundation, and one of the children, his wish was to go to the Emmys, so he’s going to be my date, along with my husband, and my dad and his girlfriend. So we’re going to have a really fun night and it’s going to be really exciting. I’m really excited for him to experience that.

— Christina Hendricks

I know plenty of people who don’t have children. And I also get a lot of people who say, ‘Thank you for speaking out my family don’t understand why I don’t want kids.’

— Christina Hendricks

It is up to us to live up to the legacy that was left for us, and to leave a legacy that is worthy of our children and of future generations.

— Christine Gregoire

I used to think that if I had success I would have freedom. But I have less freedom now than I’ve ever had. And what gives me satisfaction is not the jewelry and not the cars. What gives me satisfaction is doing things for others, like children.

— Criss Angel

Oprah is signed on to help, and a lot of celebrity friends have agreed to help me raise money for Make-A-Wish. We want to make the world a better place for innocent children. I cried my heart out when my father died from cancer. I wish I was smarter, wiser like a doctor, to save these children from dying.

— Criss Angel

I think we can really use magic in a way never attempted before to inspire these children, help rally their self-confidence and even help them develop social skills. This is a national effort, not just here in Las Vegas. I know we can give them a true passion.

— Criss Angel

The world is not ideal, and the only weapon we can give our children is information. Information which is not pretty, but honest.

— Cristina Saralegui

I was an only child with a lot of time to kill. I suspect a lot of writers are only children, or only children become writers because it’s a way of being alone.

— Christopher Buckley

Essentially, I spent most of my childhood with my mother and my older sister, and I suppose I had rather a romantic vision of how things might be if there were men around I saw myself in a country house with six children and a garden. That has never been achieved – and I still regret it.

— Claire Tomalin

I started working in New York City as an actor and did many plays. I did regional theater, smaller theaters, children’s theater.

— Christopher Guest

Being a father can ‘unreason’ your worldview, or at least make it very flexible, and that can create all sorts of fun and insights. It’s sad that children’s open-eyed wonder and sense of play begin to fade as they approach adolescence. One grand function of fathering is to keep the fading to a minimum.

— Clyde Edgerton

Because we men have been physically stronger and more arrogant, we’ve influenced much of the cool stuff of the world, like basing the definition of courage on what we do on battlefields rather than on the patience or endurance or tolerance necessary for a sometimes painful daily grind that includes small children.

— Clyde Edgerton

I hope people will like my novels after I’m dead. And I hope my children think about me in good ways, by and large.

— Clyde Edgerton

As an older dad who grew up in a rural culture in the South, certain things were expected of women, and that included raising the children. But I think it’s just as important for the father to give the baths, to hug, to change the diapers, to tell the stories.

— Clyde Edgerton

I love my children beyond all reason. They’re my joy, even when they’re wild with kid energy.

— Christopher Meloni

Imagine a world where mothers take as good care of themselves as they do their children and a world where mothers are so supported they’re able to do that. That’s the world we all need to create because our children, families, and communities are depending on us.

— Christy Turlington

Shows can come and go. They can be a hit and then in three years, gone. There’s some comfort in having the stability of a job and having children. It’s a double-edged sword.

— Calista Flockhart

Every year, more than 1 million children are left motherless and vulnerable because of maternal deaths, and children who have lost their mothers are up to 10 times more likely to die prematurely than those who have not.

— Christy Turlington

We have to program the mind of the public that age is not ugly. Age is just age. Wake up, American children, and stop listening to other people’s voices. Know yourself, be true to yourself and make a contribution. It took me half my life to know myself. I listened to other people’s opinions and took them as gospel.

— Carmen Dell’Orefice

Every day is a new sense of tearing my heart out of my body again when I see other children who have been killed, and I know what their families are going through.

— Cindy Sheehan

I can’t speak for the other people whose children have died, but I can speak for my family and the other members of Gold Star Families for Peace. We believe we’re honoring our children by working for peace.

— Cindy Sheehan

Be ever watchful for the opportunity to shelter little children with the umbrella of your charity be generous to their schools, their hospitals, and their places of worship. For, as they must bear the burdens of our mistakes, so are they in their innocence the repositories of our hopes for the upward progress of humanity.

— Conrad Hilton

My love of reading and the English language is something given to me by my parents, and I’ve passed it on to my children.

— Corin Tucker

I would like not only to have a successful band, but I want to have children, a home, and a husband. Two or three. Children, not husbands!!!

— Caroline Corr

I was suffering a divorce, and I was very unhappy because my children were very young. It hit me when a woman, a fan, was chatting with me. She was pleased to meet Big Bird because her children liked him and liked the show, but she didn’t know that my face was streamed with tears.

— Caroll Spinney

Our South Australian farmers left their holdings in the hands of their wives and children too young to take with them, but almost all of them returned to grow grain and produce to send to Victoria.

— Catherine Helen Spence

All parents believe their children can do the impossible. They thought it the minute we were born, and no matter how hard we’ve tried to prove them wrong, they all think it about us now. And the really annoying thing is, they’re probably right.

— Cathy Guisewite

I have an office in my house and one about five minutes from my house. I worked solely out of my house for many years, but find, with children, that I have to be in a different ZIP code to think.

— Cathy Guisewite

I had such a close relationship with my dog, and my dog so filled the need in my life to have children that I just wanted Cathy to have that experience.

— Cathy Guisewite

Back in my days as a children’s book editor, my superiors caught on to the fact that teenagers were using the Internet to gossip about each other, and thought it might be nifty to develop a series of books about an anonymous high-school blogger who gossips about her classmates. The concept was passed on to me.

— Cecily von Ziegesar

Mummy always wanted the five children, and she knew she couldn’t look after them all because she was this absolutely glorious woman who loved going to parties and going to the races, and she just didn’t have time.

— Celia Imrie

The President’s proposed privatization plan would jeopardize that security by cutting guaranteed benefits for future retirees and endangering the benefits of current retirees, people with disabilities, and children who have lost a parent.

— Chaka Fattah

Now we are raising the debt limit 3 times, up to $8 trillion, so that our children and our grandchildren will have to pay for the cost of our expenditures.

— Chaka Fattah

Children should always feel like the adults are living in this world to nurture them, to take care of them, to protect them from any bad thing that might come.

— Chris Cornell

Despite the best of efforts, many foster children are neither reunited with their families, nor adopted.

— Charles Bass

Many foster children have had difficulty making the transition to independent living. Several are homeless, become single parents, commit crimes, or live in poverty. They are also frequent targets of crime.

— Charles Bass

These children should be enrolled in Independent Living programs designed by state and local governments to prepare them to enter the workplace, or attend college, and successfully manage their lives.

— Charles Bass

State and local government, with financial support from the federal government, should offer a program to educate and train foster children for employment and provide them with financial assistance, as needed, until they reach age 21.

— Charles Bass

I’m the star of stage, screen, and television now, but I’m also available for children’s parties and bar mitzvahs.

— Chris Isaak

Lately, I can’t shake the feeling that I’ve been living a dream for the last 10 years or so I can’t account for most of my 20s, and I have to continually remind myself that certain people are dead now and many of my friends have children.

— Chris Ware

As we get closer to the end of this Congress, we should be addressing the urgent needs of the American people – the war in Iraq, affordable health care, a sensible energy policy, quality education for our children, retirement security, and a sound and fair fiscal policy.

— Chris Van Hollen

If a composer has a nice wife and some nice children, how can he let the children starve on his dissonances?

— Charles Ives

All these fifty-year-old guys wearing baseball caps and shorts and acting like children. It winds me up. Men don’t have to take responsibility anymore. Most of the guys I know would punch me on the nose for saying this, but maybe we do have to bring back conscription.

— Chrissie Hynde

The cost of our success is the exhaustion of natural resources, leading to energy crises, climate change, pollution, and the destruction of our habitat. If you exhaust natural resources, there will be nothing left for your children. If we continue in the same direction, humankind is headed for some frightful ordeals, if not extinction.

— Christian de Duve

I write a lot about disadvantaged people, particularly vulnerable children, because I feel that that’s who I was. That is familiar terrain for me. And I try to write about things that are very close to me because I want people to feel the passion that I have for the subject.

— Charles M. Blow

It’s awesome, because in live-action, most of my comedies have been rated R, so I’m trying to make adults laugh. While animation is a completely different world where you’re trying to make children laugh. So that difference is a blast to do.

— Christopher Mintz-Plasse

I’m just a regular guy. All these ideas that children shouldn’t watch me, I’m going to be confusing, all this stuff, it’s crazy.

— Chaz Bono

I realized relatively early on that I had no desire to be a mother whatsoever. I actually love children, but specifically other people’s.

— Cindy Gallop

There was no active, conscious decision-making point, just a gradual realization over time that I’m very happy minus children and marriage.

— Cindy Gallop

I have been blessed in my career and I was able to afford the extra procedures and everything to have my children. Does that make me a better mother than someone who cannot afford it? No, of course not.

— Cindy Margolis

We have so many kids in America to be adopted, but it’s expensive. All these families that want children aren’t able to because of the financial aspect, and that, to me, is just the most disgusting thing ever.

— Cindy Margolis

Schoolchildren and older people like the idea of planting trees. For children, it’s interesting that an acorn will grow into an oak, and for older people it’s a legacy. And the act of planting a tree is not that difficult.

— Clive Anderson

But we’re born as children and we look at the world with open eyes… And we don’t judge and we don’t betray. We’re not jealous. We’re not envious. We’re not even weary, which is a danger also as kids. They have to learn a certain amount of awareness.

— Colin Farrell

In Sweden, we’ve moved away from the notion that mothers have some magical, special bond with children.

— Camilla Lackberg

I was born in the Midwest, where ‘salad’ was cherry Jell-O with bananas in it. Now children are more aware of healthy foods.

— Candy Crowley

I’ve lived with someone and probably will again, but I don’t want children and I have known that since I was little. My parents thought I would change my mind. My boyfriends always think I’m going to change my mind, but it never happened. I fall in love with my businesses.

— Carmen Busquets

At 16, when I was at Henry M. Gunn High School, I had a crush on the English teacher, and my grades improved dramatically. This great school had only 400 students, mostly children of Stanford professors, and it was more usual to have classes under one of the oak trees dotted around the campus than in the classroom.

— Caroline Lawrence

I have seven children. Even if you got a lot of money, feeding 5, 6, 7, 8 mouths, it will do some damage to your pocket.

— Coolio

My buildings are like my children, so I cannot have favorites.

— Cesar Pelli

My foundation is based on helping children, and I hand-pick projects that are close to my heart and home.

— Charlene, Princess of Monaco

I personally want to have children. I love children, and I simply can’t wait to have a family of my own.

— Charlene, Princess of Monaco

My children’s favourite thing is to con me into buying them ice-cream if there’s not too big a queue at our local gelataria, Messina.

— Catherine Martin

I was lucky enough to be a child during the renaissance of Australian children’s literature, when people like Ivan Southall, Colin Thiele, Lilith Norman and Wrightson were pumping out hugely inspiring stuff.

— Catherine Jinks

Edith Vonnegut behaved like a guest in her children’s lives. To her way of thinking, parenting came under the general heading of household tasks, which, as a wealthy woman, she could pay others to do.

— Charles J. Shields

That children shall be compelled to receive religious instruction which is in antagonism to the wishes of their parents, is what no man with say sense of justice would suggest.

— Charles Tupper

There were times in my career I went a little further than I wanted because of expectations. Doing certain things onstage when children were in the audience, wearing certain clothes, singing certain lyrics.

— Cheryl James
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