I want my kids to have the things in life that I never had when I was growing up. Things like beards and chest hair.

A child’s imaginary playmate just might actually be there.

When you have brought up kids, there are memories you store directly in your tear ducts.

It is amazing how quickly the kids learn to drive a car, yet are unable to understand the lawnmower, snow-blower, or vacuum cleaner.

You can learn many things from children. How much patience you have, for instance.

Children are a great comfort to us in our old age, and they help us reach it faster too.

A little girl is a sugar and spice and everything nice—especially when she’s taking a nap.

What is a home without children? Quiet.

The reason I love kids so much is that they’re so honest, so you know right away if they like you or they don’t.

I love kids. I was a kid myself, once.

I love kids, but they are a tough audience.

I take my children everywhere, but they always find their way back home.

Love is staying up all night with a sick child—or a healthy adult.

There are no seven wonders of the world in the eyes of a child. There are seven million.

I think that the best thing we can do for our children is to allow them to do things for themselves, allow them to be strong, allow them to experience life on their own terms, allow them to take the subway… let them be better people, let them believe more in themselves.

There is nothing that can bring you closer to fearlessness about everything else in the world than being a parent—because everyday fears—like not being approved of—pale by comparison to the fears you have about your children.

Babies are always more trouble than you thought and more wonderful.

The mother’s heart is the child’s schoolroom.

The innocence of children is what makes them stand out as a shining example to the rest of Mankind.

Encourage don’t belittle, embrace their individuality. And show them that no matter what they will always have value if they stay true to themselves.

The potential possibilities of any child are the most intriguing and stimulating in all creation.

Children are likely to live up to what you believe of them.

The soul is healed by being with children.

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.

Children are human beings to whom respect is due, superior to us by reason of their innocence and of the greater possibilities of their future.

A child is a beam of sunlight from the Infinite and Eternal, with possibilities of virtue and vice, but as yet unstained.

When I approach a child, he inspires in me two sentiments—tenderness for what he is and respect for what he may become.

There’s nothing more contagious than the laughter of young children; it doesn’t even have to matter what they’re laughing about.

Making a decision to have a child—it’s momentous. It is to decide forever to have your heart go walking around outside your body.

The birth of my sons. The birth of new emotions…what a privilege. What a blessing.

My mom said I was a handful. Now I’m helpful.

A child enters your home and for the next 20 or so years makes so much noise you can hardly stand it.

Then the child departs, leaving the house so silent you think you are going mad.

Every child you encounter is a divine appointment.

Children make your life important.

Hugs can do great amounts of good, especially for children.

Somehow destiny comes into play. These children end up with you and you end up with them. It’s something quite magical.

You don’t know what unconditional love is. You may say you do, but if you don’t have a child, you don’t know what that is. But when you experience it, it is the most fulfilling ever.

My best creation is my children.

My mom and dad gave their kids the greatest gift of all—the gift of unconditional love. They cared deeply about who we would be and much less about what we would do.

Always kiss your children goodnight—even if they’re already asleep.

I come from that society and there is a common thread, specifically family values—the idea that you do anything for your family, and the unconditional love for one’s children.

It is a wise father that knows his own child.

The more people have studied different methods of bringing up children, the more they have come to the conclusion that what good mothers and fathers instinctively feel like doing for their babies is the best after all.

Life affords no greater responsibility, no greater privilege, than the raising of the next generation.

Your children will become what you are; so be what you want them to be.

Of all the rights of women, the greatest is to be a mother.

Children are the hands by which we take hold of heaven.

I brought children into this dark world because it needed the light that only a child can bring.

Children need love, especially when they do not deserve it.

If your child marches to a different beat, a different drummer, you might just have to go along with that music. Help them achieve what’s important to them.

Being a parent wasn’t just about bearing a child. It was about bearing witness to its life.

What it’s like to be a parent: It’s one of the hardest things you’ll ever do but in exchange, it teaches you the meaning of unconditional love.

Accept the children the way we accept trees—with gratitude, because they are a blessing—but do not have expectations or desires. You don’t expect trees to change, you love them as they are.

Before I had my child, I thought I knew all the boundaries of myself, that I understood the limits of my heart. It’s extraordinary to have all those limits thrown out, to realize your love is inexhaustible.

A baby will make love stronger, days shorter, nights longer, bankroll smaller, home happier, clothes shabbier, the past is forgotten, and the future worth living for.

My children are the reason I laugh, smile, and want to get up every morning.