«There's poverty in wealth. If a man is wealthy without good health, is he not poor? If a man is wealthy without children, is he not poor? If a man is wealthy without God, is he not poor? If a man is wealthy without giving alms, is he not poor? If a man is wealthy without wisdom, is he not poor? Then there's a great lack in riches.»

Michael Bassey Johnson

«I sympathize with a mother who has three mouths to feed—especially if two of those mouths are on her face. With a woman like that I’d listen twice as hard for doublespeak. I’m pretty accustomed to picking up on political rhetoric.»

Jarod Kintz

«What lies between where you are and where you want to be sometimes requires traveling through the Twilight Zone.»

Shannon L. Alder

«Breasts are a scandal because they shatter the border between motherhood and sexuality.»

Iris Marion Young

«One of pleasures of parenting, future reader: parent can positively influence kid, make moment kid will remember for rest of life, moment that alters his/her trajectory, opens up his/her heart + mind.»

George Saunders

«Something must have happened, your mother speculated. In her mind a woman with no child could only be explained by vast untrammeled calamity.»

Junot Díaz

«My hair is not the shiniest of bobs»

Nancy Rue

«Let children alone... the education of habit is successful in so far as it enables the mother to let her children alone, not teasing them with perpetual commands and directions - a running fire of Do and Don’t ; but letting them go their own way and grow, having first secured that they will go the right way and grow to fruitful purpose.»

Charlotte M. Mason

«I don't think there is such a thing as a bad book for children . . . do not discourage children from reading because you feel they are reading the wrong thing. Fiction you do not like is the gateway drug to other books you may prefer.»

Neil Gaiman

«I never really grew up until I had kids.»

Stefan Molyneux

«Every moment I have ever experienced as a child is as important as every moment I am experiencing now, or will experience ever. I guess what I'm saying is that not everybody should have children.»

Gary Shteyngart

«You stupid piece of warm bacon.»

Hugh Lofting

«I have never even idly thought for a single passing second that it might make my life nicer to have a small rude incontinent person follow me around screaming and making me buy them stuff for the rest of my life.»

Tim Kreider

«Don't just leave your footprints in the sand only to be washed away as the ocean waves come crashing to the shore. You want to impact the lives of others in such a way that you'll be remembered forever. You want to instill values and wisdom in the hearts and minds of others that will never be forgotten. So they may teach their children to carry on from generation to generation.»

Amaka Imani Nkosazana

«The fact is that Chinese parents can do things that would seem unimaginable-even legally actionable-to Westerners. Chinese mothers can say to their daughters, "Hey fatty-lose some weight." By contrast, Western parents have to tiptoe around the issue, talking in terms of "health" and never ever mentioning the f-word, and their kids still end up in therapy for eating disorders and negative self image.»

Amy Chua

«If Children are God's Gift then adopted are God's child.»

Revathi Sankaran

«She announced her age right away, for children consider their ages every bit as important as their names.»

Trenton Lee Stewart

«But the toaster was quite satisfied with itself, thank you. Though it knew from magazines that there were toasters who could toast four slices at a time, it didn't think that the master, who lived alone and seemed to have few friends, would have wanted a toaster of such institutional proportions. With toast, it's quality that matters, not quantity.»

Thomas M. Disch

«I've realised now that the reality of children is you have to be in the right place with the right person.»

Benedict Cumberbatch

«A child, like your stomach, doesn't need all you can afford to give it.»

Frank A. Clark

«The children walk away from me, flick flickety off at a tangent between thin blotched beech trunks, then turn like yo-yos at the end of their strings and come back to me" from the poem "In a BishopsWood Clearing»

Jay Woodman

«It's quite sad that so many children go through life unsure whether their parents love them or not.»

Wayne Gerard Trotman

«I'm most disturbed by the theory of rubber resilience in children; as if its much easier to bounce back with youth. I see them more like Steel. When heated, they can be bent either which way. But if it's not corrected by the time things cool down, they can be forever changed.»

Zack W. Van

«But the lucidity of her old age allowed her to see, and she said so many times, that the cries of children in their mothers' wombs are not announcements of ventriloquism or a faculty for prophecy but an unmistakable sign of an incapacity for love.»

Gabriel García Márquez

«To bring up a child in the way he should go, travel that way yourself once in a while.»

Josh Billings

«The best way to encourage your children is to let them know you are praying for them.»

Jim George

«The minds of small children are more interested in clockwork trains, jumping in puddles and other important childhood endeavours.»

Maxwell Grantly

«The culture without children is forever immature, self-obsessed and rightous. They cannot help the high opinion they have of themselves; there's no kids around to show them otherwise.»

James Wilson

«I'm afraid of those cows,' protested poor Dora, seeing a prospect of escape.»

L.M. Montgomery

«Today our children are our reflection. Tomorrow they will be our shadows.»

Maralee McKee