On Children


From the Prophet by Kahlil Gibran

And a woman who held a babe against her bosom said, Speak to us of Children. And he said:

Your children are not your children.  They are the sons and daughters of Life’s longing for itself.  They come through you but not from you, and though they are with you yet  they belong not to you.

You may give them your love but not your thoughts, for they have their own thoughts, You may house their bodies but not their souls, for their souls dwell in the house of tomorrow, which you cannot visit, not even your dreams.  You may strive to be like them, but seek not to make them like you.  For life goes not backward nor tarries with yesterday.

You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth. The archer sees the mark upon the path of the infinite, and He bends you with His might that His arrows may go swift and far.  Let your bending in the archer’s hand be for gladness; For even as He loves the arrow that flies, so He loves also the bow that is stable.



  1. Joseph Joubert

    Children have more need of models than of critics.
  2. Aldous Huxley

    Children are remarkable for their intelligence and ardour, for their curiousity, their intolerance of shams, the clarity and ruthlessness of their vision.
  3. James Baldwin

    Children have never been very good at listening to their elders, but they have never failed to imitate them.
  4. Dorothy Law Nolte

    If a child lives with approval, he learns to live with himself.
  5. Rachel Carson

    If a child is to keep alive inborn sense of wonder without any such gift from the faires, he needs the companionship of at least one adult who cn share it, rediscovering with him the joy, excitement and mystery of the world we live in.
  6. Jerry Seinfeld

    Having a two-year-old is like having a blender that you don't have the top for.
  7. Mother Teresa

    The hunger for love is much more difficult to remove than the hunger for bread.
  8. Emma Goldman

    No one has yet fully realized the wealth of sympathy, kindness and generosity hidden in the soul of a child. The effort of every true education should be to unlock that treasure.
  9. Mahatma Gandhi

    If we are to teach real peace in this world, and if we are to carry on a real war against war, we shall have to begin with the children.
  10. Don Herold

    Babies are such a nice way to start people.

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