„Children have never been very good at listening to their elders, but they have never failed to imitate them.“

James Baldwin photo
James Baldwin162
(1924-1987) writer from the United States 1924 - 1987

Related quotes

George F. Kennan photo

„I have never been any good at training children or dogs; that is why I am no good at training myself.“

—  George F. Kennan American advisor, diplomat, political scientist and historian 1904 - 2005

April 6, 1951

Halldór Laxness photo

„My children have never brought any shame upon their father. They have been independent children, my children.“

—  Halldór Laxness Icelandic author 1902 - 1998

Bjartur
Sjálfstætt fólk (Independent People) (1935), Book Two, Part II: Years of Prosperity

George D. Prentice photo

„Some people seem as if they can never have been children, and others seem as if they could never be anything else.“

—  George D. Prentice American newspaper editor 1802 - 1870

Prenticeana http://books.google.com/books?id=4P0gAAAAMAAJ&q=%22SOME+people+seem+as+if+they+can+never+have+been+children+and+others+seem+as+if+they+could+never+be+any+thing+else%22&pg=PA100#v=onepage (1860)

Jodi Picoult photo
Lewis Pugh photo

„If we pass on an unsustainable environment to our children we have failed them.“

—  Lewis Pugh Environmental campaigner, maritime lawyer and endurance swimmer 1969

Address to the House of Lords (19 November 2010)
Speaking & Features

Robert Fulghum photo

„Don't worry that children never listen to you; worry that they are always watching you.“

—  Robert Fulghum American writer 1937

As quoted in Reflections for Tending the Sacred Garden (2003) by Bonita Jean Zimmer, p. 182

Gore Vidal photo

„Never have children, only grandchildren.“

—  Gore Vidal American writer 1925 - 2012

This was said by Vidal's maternal grandfather, Thomas Pryor Gore, as recalled by Vidal: "My grandfather, Senator Gore ('I never give advice') was suddenly Polonius; he also changed his usual line from 'Never have children, only grandchildren' to 'Be not fruitful, do not multiply.' " [Palimpsest, ch. 3: The Desire and the Successful Pursuit of the Whole]
Misattributed

Erik H. Erikson photo
Agatha Christie photo
Yehuda Bauer photo
Theodor W. Adorno photo

„Regressive listeners behave like children. Again and again and with stubborn malice, they demand the one dish they have once been served.“

—  Theodor W. Adorno German sociologist, philosopher and musicologist known for his critical theory of society 1903 - 1969

Source: On the Fetish Character in Music and the Regression of Listening (1938), p. 290

Anthony Eden photo
Fran Lebowitz photo

„I never met anyone who didn't have a very smart child. What happens to these children, you wonder, when they reach adulthood?“

—  Fran Lebowitz author and public speaker from the United States 1950

"Words Are Easy, Books Are Not," interview with Bob Morris, The New York Times (1994-08-10), Late Edition, Section C, page 1, column 1.

Bob Keeshan photo

„The children should never be excluded from what I am doing and should never have the feeling of being part of an audience.“

—  Bob Keeshan United States Marine 1927 - 2004

Instructions to director Peter Birch on the format of Captain Kangaroo, as quoted in "Bob Keeshan, Creator and Star of TV's 'Captain Kangaroo,' Is Dead at 76" in The New York Times (24 January 2004) http://www.nytimes.com/2004/01/24/arts/bob-keeshan-creator-and-star-of-tv-s-captain-kangaroo-is-dead-at-76.html?pagewanted=all

Eudora Welty photo
Ronald Reagan photo

„If we fail to instruct our children in justice, religion and liberty, we will be condemning them to a world without virtue, a life in the twilight of a civilization, where the great truths have been forgotten.“

—  Ronald Reagan American politician, 40th president of the United States (in office from 1981 to 1989) 1911 - 2004

[The Goals Program. How to Stay Motivated, Volume III, chapter 5, Zig Ziglar]
Attributed

Erma Bombeck photo

„It goes without saying that you should never have more children than you have car windows“

—  Erma Bombeck When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left, and coul… 1927 - 1996

„Listen to them. Children of the night, what music they make.“

—  Garrett Fort screenwriter 1900 - 1945

Dracula, in his castle, when he hears wolves howling
Dracula (1931)

„Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetuer adipiscing elit. Etiam egestas wisi a erat. Morbi imperdiet, mauris ac auctor dictum.“