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Much has been written and said about children and childhood. "Children are like stars (Mother Teresa of Calcutta used to say), there are never enough." And it is that children are undoubtedly the most important thing in a society, since they represent the future.
Let us reflect together with all these philosophers, writers, artists or educators on childhood and on the legacy we leave to our children. Discover in these 50 famous phrases about children and childhood a great number of deep thoughts that will make you reconsider about education, the past, the present and the future. They will even make you remember your childhood with nostalgia.
1. 'Teach the children, and it will not be necessary to punish men'(Pythagoras).
2. 'The child who does not play is not a child, but the man who does not play lost forever the child who lived in him and he will miss it very much '(Pablo Neruda).
3. 'Each child should have a sign that says: Treat with care, contains dreams' (Mirko Badiale).
4. 'There is always a moment in childhood when the door opens and lets in the future' (Graham Greene).
5. 'If you take your childhood with you, you will never grow old'(Tom Stoppard).
6. 'Many of the things that we need can wait, children cannot, now is the time, their bones are in formation, their blood is too and their senses are developing, we cannot answer him tomorrow, his name is today '(Gabriela Mistral).
7. 'The best way to make children good is to make them happy' (Oscar Wilde).
8. 'Children have to play more with tools and games, draw and build; they have to feel more emotions and not so many worries about problems of his time '(William Penn).
9. 'Life is the infancy of our immortality' (Johann Wolfgang von Goethe).
10. 'Education is not preparation for life. Education is life itself'(John Dewey).
11. 'Sow good ideas in children even if they do not understand them ... The years will take care of deciphering them in their understanding and making them flourish in their hearts' (María Montessori).
12. 'Does anyone know where the smile that flies across the sleeping child's lips comes from?' (R. Tagore).
13. 'All older people they were children at first, although few of them remember it '(Antoine de Saint-Exupéry).
14. 'Remember, we will be the children of today who will make the future world a better and happier place' (Michael Jackson).
15. 'Unless we teach children Peace, someone else will teach them Violence' (Colman McCarthy).
16. 'It is never too late to have a happy childhood' (Tom Robbins).
17. 'The word progress has no meaning while there are unhappy children' (Albert Einstein).
18. 'He who learns and learns and does not practice what he knows is like the one who plows and plows and does not sow' (Plato).
19. 'It is easier to raise strong children than to repair broken men' (Frederick Douglas).
20. 'Old age is second childhood' (Aristophanes).
21. 'I would teach children to be good, with a goodness that I know ... when I am a teacher. It would help them to find the happiness that they have so close, even if it doesn't seem like it '(Alain Fournier).
22. 'Before teaching children to read, they must be helped to learn what love and truth are' (Mahatma Gandhi).
23. 'A child can always teach an adult three things: to be happy for no reason, to always be busy with something and to know how to demand with all his strength what he wants' (Paulo Cohelo).
24. 'For children we work, because children are the ones who know how to love, because children are the hope of the world '(José Martí).
25. 'The treatment given to children is what they will then give to society' (Karl Menninger).
26. 'What one loves in childhood stays in the heart forever' (Jean-Jacques Rousseau).
27. 'Every child is an artist, because every child blindly believes in his own talent. The reason is that they have no fear of being wrong... Until the system teaches them little by little that the error exists and that they should be ashamed of it '(Ken Robinson).
28. 'There is nothing more beautiful than the smile of an apprentice' (Joel Artigas).
29. 'Childhood is a wonderful time. There is no past, there is no future; just a present that is looked at with innocence and illusion '(Carla Montero).
30. 'When the child destroys his toy, it seems that he is looking for his soul' (Victor Hugo).
31. 'The wonderful thing about childhood is that anything is wonderful in her'(Gilbert Keith Chesterton).
32. 'Children do not remember what you are trying to teach them. They remember what you are '(Jim Henson).
33. 'Protect me from the wisdom that doesn't cry, from the philosophy that doesn't laugh, and from the greatness that doesn't bow down to children' (Khalil Gibran).
34. 'A rose gets its color and fragrance from the root, and man his childhood virtue' (Austin O'Malley).
35. 'Children guess what people love them. It is a natural gift that is lost over time '(Charles Paul de Kock).
36. 'Aging is mandatory, but growing is optional' (Walt Disney).
37. 'Men don't stop playing because they get old; they get old because they stop playing '(Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr).
38. 'I have finally reached what I wanted to be when I grew up: a child' (Joseph Heller).
39. 'Children are the world's most important resource and the best hope for the future'(John Fitzgerald Kennedy).
40. 'In every child humanity is born' (Jacinto Benavente).
41. 'The only wealth in this world are children, more than all money and power' (Mario Puzo).
42. 'He who has children lives like a dog and dies like a man, and he who does not have children lives like a man and dies like a dog' (Jewish proverb).
43. 'The only country that man has is his childhood' (Rainer María Rilke).
44. 'Sometimes childhood is longer than life' (Ana Maria Matute).
45. 'The infantile spirit is not a vessel that we have to fill, but a home that we must warm' (Plutarco).
46. 'The child is like a soft mud where you can engrave whatever you want ... but those marks stay on the skin ... Those scars are marked on the heart... And they are never erased '(Zenaida Bacardi de Argamasilla).
47. 'I prefer the naive song of a child to the most beautiful music in the world; that song - like the dawn - contains all hope '(Charles de Foucauld).
48. 'What is an adult? A child inflated by age '(Simone de Beauvoir).
49. 'We can only hope to leave two lasting legacies for our children: one, roots; and the other, wings' (William H. Carter).
50. 'Poets are men who have kept their child's eyes'(Leon Daudí).
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