REFLECTIONS on CHILDHOOD

A Quotations Dictionary

Taken from the Bible, Plato, Aristotle,
St. Augustine, Luther, Rousseau, Locke,
Samuel Johnson, Goethe, Jane Austen,
George Eliot, Hegel, Schopenhauer,
Mark Twain, Emerson, Shaw, Simone Weil,
W. H. Auden, Agatha Christie-- over 350
sources in all.

SELECTED QUOTES

I insist that a man who intends to be good at a particular occupation must practice from childhood: both at work and play he must be surrounded by the special “tools of the trade”…To sum up, we say that the correct way to bring up and educate a child is to use this playtime to imbue his soul with the greatest possible liking for the occupation in which he will have to be absolutely perfect when he grows up.

Plato, The Laws (ca.340 BCE)


I did not know what I did up until five or six, I know not how I learned to read. I only remember the first things that I read, and their effect on me. It is the period from which I date the steady development of my self-consciousness.

Jean-Jacque Rousseau, The Confessions (1765-1770)

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