"To a child, the process of growing up
is like climbing a rope in the air,
higher and higher,
until you disappear somewhere, incomprehensibly."
-- William Butler Yeats/ AUTOBIOGRAPHY --
"Childhood is an invention of comparitively modern times.
In the Middle Ages,
at the beginning of modern times
and for a long time after that,
children in the lower classes
were mixed with adults
as soon as they were considered capable
of doing without their mothers,
and not long after a tardy weaning.
They immediately went straight into the community of men,
sharing in the work and play of their companions,
old and young alike."
-- Phillipe Aries/ CENTURIES OF CHILDHOOD --
"There's a feeling of peace
That's so gentle and clean,
That even the cynics are still.
When the voices of children
Are heard on the green
And laughter rolls down
From the hill."
-- James Agee/ COLLECTED POEMS --
"The very young child does not really play 'with' other children,
although the presence of other children
may delight and stimulate him.
He plays alone or engages in what is called 'parallel play:'
that is, he pursues his own activity
in the presence of others,
without incorporating them into his play
and without being involved in theirs."
-- Marie Winn/ TELEVISION: THE PLUG- IN DRUG --
A child's emotion,
when one recreates for him a picture of his brief past,
does not depend on surprise or wonder.
The child cherishes what he already knows,
prefers what he knows,
and chants it within himself
to the rhythm of a spontaneous poetry."
-- Roger Sale/ FAIRY TALES AND AFTER
"My child, mouth open, still sleeping,
Hears the song in the egg of a bird."
-- James Dickey --