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Early Childhood Development Quotes


"Oh, be assured fellow teachers, that there is no time in life so favorable to sound conversion as early childhood." - Theodore L. Cuyler

"Very early in my childhood I associated poverty, toil, unemployment, drunkenness, cruelty, quarreling, fighting, debts, jail with large families." - Margaret Sanger

"I share Len Saunders' concerns about childhood obesity and getting kids to be active beginning at an early age." - Shannon Miller

"They say that childhood forms us, that those early influences are the key to everything. Is the peace of the soul so easily won? Simply the inevitable result of a happy childhood. What makes childhood happy? Parental harmony? Good health? Security? Might not a happy childhood be the worst possible preparation for life? Like leading a lamb to the slaughter." - Josephine Hart

"We need to provide higher quality and innovative early childhood development programs all throughout Latin America." - Shakira

"After all, by providing early access to medicine, nutrition and stimulation, early childhood development creates lifelong improvements in health, cognitive development, school achievement, and social equality." - Shakira

"Early childhood development has proved to be very beneficial and very cost-effective in societies where this is been tried. So let's not confine ourselves to primary education. Let's think of early childhood development and education as a whole." - Aung San Suu Kyi

"My hope is that every country in Latin America will make a significant commitment to supporting early childhood development programs." - Shakira

"In early childhood you may lay the foundation of poverty or riches, industry or idleness, good or evil, by the habits to which you train your children. Teach them right habits then, and their future life is safe." - Lydia Sigourney

"Our nearly century-long experiment in banning marijuana has failed as abysmally as Prohibition did... In contrast, legalizing and taxing marijuana would bring in substantial sums that could be used to pay for schools, libraries or early childhood education." - Nicholas D Kristof

"Experts tell us that 90% of all brain development occurs by the age of five. If we don't begin thinking about education in the early years, our children are at risk of falling behind by the time they start Kindergarten." - Robert. L. Ehrlich

"Not that chance dominated events in the early Solar System, for scientific determinism was also functioning. But chance is an essential factor in all evolutionary events, and the birth and development of our planetary system were not exceptions." - Eric Chaisson

"These early decisions can foreclose many opportunities to reshape the patterns of development in a community so as to make it better and safer by reducing vulnerability to future disasters." - Jim Schwab

"The Summit of the Americas is an excellent platform to raise awareness and secure commitments from heads of state and different sector leaders regarding Early Childhood Development." - Shakira

"Genius is childhood recaptured." - Jean Baudrillard

"Dear sweet unforgettable childhood." - Anton Chekhov

"A poor child who receives high-quality early childhood development is 40 percent less likely to need special education, twice as likely to attend college and dramatically more likely to survive childhood." - Shakira

"Childhood is a complex dialectical process characterized by periodicity, unevenness in the development of different functions, metamorphosis or qualitative transformation of one form into another, intertwining of external and internal factors, and adaptive processes which overcome impediments that the child encounters." - Lev S. Vygotsky

"The work of adult life is not easy. As in childhood, each step presents not only new tasks of development but requires a letting go of the techniques that worked before. With each passage some magic must be given up, some cherished illusion of safety and comfortably familiar sense of self must be cast off, to allow for the greater expansion of our distinctiveness." - Gail Sheehy

"Women's childhood relationships with their fathers are important to them all their lives. Regardless of age or status, women who seem clearest about their goals and most satisfied with their lives and personal and family relationships usually remember that their fathers enjoyed them and were actively interested in their development." - Stella Chess

"Development is maintenance." - Brian Marick

"Superstitions, and especially the early cultivation of religion, with its "fear of the Lord" and of unknown mysterious agencies, are especially potent in the development of the instinct of fear. Even the early cultivation of morality and conscientiousness, with their fears of right and wrong, often causes psychoneurotic states in later life. Religious, social, and moral taboos and superstitions, associated with apprehension of threatening impending evil, based on the fear instinct, form the germs of psychopathic affections." - Boris Sidis

"I have the students for six hours a day. The community has them for 18 hours, plus prenatal and early childhood. I don't believe the schools create (the achievement gap), but our responsibility is not to add to it. We won't eliminate the gap until the community makes education a priority, but the schools can't wait for the community to do its part." - Bill Vaughan

"No one remembers her beginnings. Mothers and aunts tell us about infancy and early childhood, hoping we won't forget the past when they had total control over our lives and secretly praying that because of it, we'll include them in our future." - Rita Mae Brown

"My childhood was pretty ordinary, except from a very early age, I wanted to be scared. I just did. I was scared afterwards. I wanted a light on, because I was scared that there was something in the closet. My imagination was very active, even at a young age." - Stephen King

"All of childhood's unanswered questions must finally be passed back to the town and answered there. Heroes and bogey men, values and dislikes, are first encountered and labeled in that early environment. In later years they change faces, places and maybe races, tactics, intensities and goals, but beneath those penetrable masks they wear forever the stocking-capped faces of childhood." - Maya Angelou

"I was a serious comic collector and fanboy as a kid. I wanted very badly to draw comic books for a lot of my childhood and early adolescence. So when you have an unfulfilled dream like that, when years later you find yourself in a position to make a graphic novel - hell yeah, I'm going to do that." - Anthony Bourdain

"In my early childhood, I was a performer by nature. I used to do puppet shows as a kid and entertain kids in classes and the teachers would make it a point that I was the entertainer of the class, but only after high school and in college that I started doing theater and acting classes, because I thought it would be fun." - Michael Jai White

"I believe there are few whose view of life has not been affected by the stern or kindly influences of their early childhood, which threw them in upon themselves in timidity and reserve, or drew them out in genial confidence and sympathy with their fellow creatures." - Basil W. Maturin

"Early childhood education begins early, even before birth." - Madeleine M Kunin

"Belief, thus, in the supernatural, great as are the services which it rendered in the early stages of human development, cannot be considered to be any longer required, either for enabling us to know what is right and wrong in social morality, or for supplying us with motives to do right and to abstain from wrong." - John Stuart Mill

"At a very early stage of the novel's development I get this urge to collect bits of straw and fluff, and to eat pebbles. Nobody will ever discover how clearly a bird visualizes, or if it visualizes at all, the future nest and the eggs in it." - Vladimir Nabokov

"We invest in early childhood education. We invest additional job training dollars. We make sure that we've got a strong research and development strategy so that we continue to innovate. Rebuilding our infrastructure, which we know will attract businesses." - Barack Obama

"Personal change, growth, development, identity formation-these tasks that once were thought to belong to childhood and adolescence alone now are recognized as part of adult life as well. Gone is the belief that adulthood is, or ought to be, a time of internal peace and comfort, that growing pains belong only to the young; gone the belief that these are marker events-a job, a mate, a child-through which we will pass into a life of relative ease." - Lillian B. Rubin

"Crooks are early adopters." - Craig Newmark

"Learn early, learn often." - Drew Houston

"The secret of the truly successful, I believe, is that they learned very early in life how not to be busy. They saw through that adage, repeated to me so often in childhood, that anything worth doing is worth doing well. The truth is, many things are worth doing only in the most slovenly, halfhearted fashion possible, and many other things are not worth doing at all." - Barbara Ehrenreich

"With two sons born eighteen months apart, I operated mainly on automatic pilot through the ceaseless activity of their early childhood. I remember opening the refrigerator late one night and finding a roll of aluminum foil next to a pair of small red tennies. Certain that I was responsible for the refrigerated shoes, I quickly closed the door and ran upstairs to make sure I had put the babies in their cribs instead of the linen closet." - Mary Blakely

"The secret of the truly successful, I believe, is that they learned very early in life how not to be busy. They saw through that adage, repeated to me so often in childhood, that anything worth doing is worth doing well. The truth is, many things are worth doing only in the most slovenly, halfhearted fashion possible, and many other things are not worth doing at all." - Barbara Ehrenreich

"St. Teresa of Avila wrote: 'All difficulties in prayer can be traced to one cause: praying as if God were absent.' This is the conviction that we bring with us from early childhood and apply to everyday life and to our lives in general. It gets stronger as we grow up, unless we are touched by the Gospel and begin the spiritual journey. This journey is a process of dismantling the monumental illusion that God is distant or absent." - Thomas Keating

"Never, in all my early childhood, did anyone address to me the affecting preamble: 'Once upon a time!' ... I can but think that my parents were in error thus to exclude the imaginary from my outlook upon facts. They desired to make me truthful; the tendency was to make me positive and sceptical. Had they wrapped me in the soft folds of supernatural fancy, my mind might have been longer content to follow their traditions in an unquestioning spirit." - Edmund Gosse

"With tremendous clarity and wisdom, Daniel Tomasulo has crafted a memoir at once heartbreaking and uplifting. Layers of time and memory-childhood, adolescence, early adulthood, middle age-are so beautifully revealed here, a trenchant reminder that our pasts are alive inside of us. There are psychologists who can write, and writers who can psychologize, but rarely have the two met on the page with such moving, profound results." - Dani Shapiro

"Even today . . . experts, usually male, tell women how to be mothers and warn them that they should not have children if they have any intention of leaving their side in their early years. . . . Children don't need parents' full-time attendance or attention at any stage of their development. Many people will help take care of their needs, depending on who their parents are and how they chose to fulfill their roles." - Stella Chess

"The majority of America's colossal fortunes have been made by entering industries in their early stages and developing leadership in them.... Think of what opportunities the present and the future contain in such fields as ship-building and ship-owning, aircraft, electrical development, the oil industry, different branches of the automotive industry, foreign trade, international banking, invention, the chemical industry, moving pictures, color photography, and, one night add, labor leadership." - B C Forbes

"Religion is comparable to a childhood neurosis." - Sigmund Freud

"Childhood is never troubled with foresight." - Fanny Burney

"Genius: the ability to prolong one's childhood." - H L Mencken

"Childhood Is the Kingdom Where Nobody Dies." - Edna St Vincent Millay

"We carry our childhood with us." - Gary D.

"The impressions of childhood are never obliterated." - Frances Xavier Cabrini

"But nothing warps time quite like childhood" - Brian K Vaughan

"Your children get only one childhood." - Regina Brett

"The idea of childhood as a social invention, in retrospect, is hardly credible. In the Bible, in writings of the Greeks and Romans, and in the works of the first great educator of the modern era, Comenius, children were recognized as being both different from adults and different from one another with respect to their stages of development. To be sure, the scientific study of children and the increased length of life in modern times have enhanced our understanding of age differences, but they have always been acknowledged." - David Elkind

"You may forget your childhood, but your childhood does not forget you." - Michael Dibdin

"Reading becomes the fuel for development." - Narendra Modi

"When you plant early, you bring spring early." - Jean Hersey

"Early rising is no pleasure; early drinking's just the measure." - Francois Rabelais

"Begin early to teach, for children begin early to sin." - Charles Spurgeon

"Early genius, like early cabbage, does not head well." - Josh Billings

"Late children are early orphans." - John Wilmot

"Providing all Latin-American children with the education and early childhood development that they need is in the best interest of all, so it has to be a priority for all of us, not only the government and civil society, but also the business sector." - Shakira

"We have good reason to believe that memories of early childhood do not persist in consciousness because of the absence or fragmentary character of language covering this period. Words serve as fixatives for mental images. . . . Even at the end of the second year of life when word tags exist for a number of objects in the child's life, these words are discrete and do not yet bind together the parts of an experience or organize them in a way that can produce a coherent memory." - Selma Fraiberg

"Many abused children cling to the hope that growing up will bring escape and freedom. But the personality formed in an environment of coercive control is not well adapted to adult life. The survivor is left with fundamental problems in basic trust, autonomy, and initiative. She approaches the tasks of early adulthood-establishing independence and intimacy-burdened by major impairments in self-care, in cognition and memory, in identity, and in the capacity to form stable relationships. She is still a prisoner of her childhood; attempting to create a new life, she reencounters the trauma." - Judith Lewis Herman

"The development that produces great art is a moral and not an aesthetic development." - Patrick Swift

"Your development as a person should coincide with your development in all aspects of your life." - Ethan Hawke

"In true open source development, theres lots of visibility all the way through the development process." - Brian Behlendorf

"Greatest risk is not development of new product, but development of customers and markets" - Steve Blank

"Without peace there is no development, and without development there is no peace" - Jan Eliasson

"We have to move the meter in sports in Africa, especially basketball. With the growth of the NBA globally, we have to figure out more ways to develop facilities, coaching, leagues, and youth development in Africa. The talent is incredible. Especially physically. How do we get the youth to start playing at an early age just like in soccer? The future is bright. We now have an NBA office in Africa, we have legends and Hall of Famers, we have African assistant coaches, front office members, and some prominent African players over the last 10 years. So we must plan well for the next 10." - Masai Ujiri

"Tis the eye of childhood that fears a painted devil." - William Shakespeare

"What one loves in childhood stays in the heart forever." - Mary Jo Putney

"Childhood decisions do not have to define you." - Selena Gomez

"The death of childhood is the beginning of poetry." - Andrei Tarkovsky

"Childhood may do without a grand purpose, but manhood cannot." - J. G. Holland

"Childhood is the most beautiful of all life's seasons." - Jerry Smith

"the late afternoon sunlight, warm as oil, sweet as childhood ..." - Stephen King

"My childhood years were a balance of dark and light." - Martha Graham

"Beating heroin is child's play compared to beating your childhood." - Stephen King

"Childhood is cannibals and psychotics vomiting in your mouth!" - Maurice Sendak

"Childhood and youth are ends in themselves, not stages." - Friedrich Nietzsche

"It's never too late to have a happy childhood." - Tom Robbins

"A happy childhood is poor preparation for human contacts." - Colette

"Comedy, your funny bone, is formed in childhood." - Paul O'Grady

"We remember childhood as the fabulous years of our lives, and nations remember their childhood as fabulous years." - Giacomo Leopardi

"In Burma, we need to improve education in the country - not only primary education, but secondary and tertiary education. Our education system is very very bad. But, of course, if you look at primary education, we have to think in terms of early childhood development that's going back to before the child is born - making sure the mother is well nourished and the child is properly nurtured." - Aung San Suu Kyi

"We do not put enough emphasis on early childhood years. We neglect children in this society; as a society we're guilty of child neglect. If we could eliminate the vestiges of racism, if we could develop a more powerful agenda for child care, child development, and a more powerful education system, we could prevent a lot of the incapacities which in turn tend to generate structural unemployment." - Bruce Babbitt

"I have had a long unabashed love affair with dogs that stretches back to early childhood." - Caspar Weinberger

"From early childhood, my thrust was to get into the movies." - Morgan Freeman

"Mice: What is the best early training for a writer? Y.C.: An unhappy childhood." - Ernest Hemingway

"The years of early childhood are the time to prepare the soil." - Rachel Carson

"Our fascination with gold is related to the fantasies of early childhood." - Sigmund Freud

"How one handles success or failure is determined by their early childhood." - Harold Ramis

"Investing in early childhood nutrition is a surefire strategy. The returns are incredibly high." - Anne M Mulcahy

"If you sacrifice early, you'll win late." - Charles Haley

"You have crossbows: Shoot early; shoot often." - Janet Morris

"It's too early for a Polish pope." - Pope John Paul Ii

"God is never late, but rarely early." - Mother Teresa

"It's never too early for ice cream." - Michael Scott

"The early worm deserves the bird." - Robert A Heinlein

"Win small, win early, win often." - Gary Hamel

"An unused life is an early death." - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

"Early youth is a baffling time" - Bruce Catton

"Spirituality is based on development of character and philosophy." - Radhanath Swami

"literacy is at the heart of sustainable development" - Kofi Annan

"To double your income, triple your investment in self-development." - Robin S. Sharma

"Soul development should take precedence over all things." - Edgar Cayce

"I have always believed in development over votebank politics." - Narendra Modi

"Development is only necessary to rectify the ignorance of designers" - Keith Duckworth

"The development of the mind comes through movement" - Maria Montessori

"Leadership development is a lifetime journey, not a quick trip." - John C Maxwell

"We lay foundations that will need further development." - Oscar Romero

"The secret of eternal youth is arrested development." - Alice Roosevelt Longworth

"The truest success is but the development of self." - Charles Atlas

"The psychic development of the individual is a short repetition of the course of development of the race." - Sigmund Freud

"Premature development of the powers of both mind and body leads to an early grave." - John Quinton

"Early to bed and early to rise makes a person dull, boring, and despised." - Ernie J Zelinski

"Early to bed and early to rise, and you'll meet very few of the best people." - George Ade

"Exploration of the natural world begins in early childhood, flourishes in middle childhood, and continues in adolescence as a pleasure and a source of strength for social action." - David Sobel

"We spend at least $5 for remedial education right now for every dollar we put in early childhood education. All the studies on early childhood education show this is going to pay for itself." - Tim Kaine

"There is an association between the number of hours that the television is on at home and early childhood aggression." - Catherine Taylor

"The goal of early childhood education should be to activate the child's own natural desire to learn." - Maria Montessori

"If you're going to equalize the academic playing field, you've got to get the kids in early childhood programs." - Paul Vallas

"A first class system of early childhood education is the hallmark of a caring and civilized society." - Andy Hargreaves

"I share Len Saunders" concerns about childhood obesity and getting kids to be active beginning at an early age." - Shannon Miller

"The second childhood of a saint is the early infancy of a happy immortality, as we believe." - William Mountford

"My early childhood was spent in Newark, New Jersey, but my family moved to Denver when I was 12." - Anita Diament

"While early childhood experiences may impel, they do not compel. In the end, evil is a matter of choice." - Andrew Vachss

"I was born in Iowa City and spent my early childhood on a hippie commune just outside of town." - Chelsea Cain

"I grew up in Cambridge in England, and my love of mathematics dates from those early childhood days." - Andrew Wiles

"Your memories from your early childhood seem to have such purchase on your emotions. They are so concrete." - Dana Spiotta

"For every dollar spent on early child development you save $7 over the life course because children with better early child development are less likely to end up delinquent, involved in crime, unemployed and so on." - Michael Marmot

"Development is not about factories, dams and roads. Development is about people. The goal is material, cultural and spiritual fulfilment for the people. The human factor is of supreme value in development." - Rajiv Gandhi

"Saying we can't afford to invest in early child development means we're storing up bigger costs in the future." - Michael Marmot

"In 1991, I co-founded my first start-up, Ink Development, which made software for an early tablet computer." - Pierre Omidyar

"Love makes its record in deeper colors as we grow out of childhood into manhood." - Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

"The secret of genius is to carry the spirit of childhood into maturity." - Thomas Huxley

"Mathematics is like childhood diseases. The younger you get it, the better." - Arnold Sommerfeld

"Almost every person, from childhood, has been touched by the untamed beauty of wildflowers." - Lady Bird Johnson

"Men's second childhood begins when a woman gets a hold of him." - James M Barrie

"Childhood sometimes does pay a second visit to man; youth never." - Anna Brownell Jameson

"My earliest childhood memory was watching my parents loosen the wheels on my stroller." - Joan Rivers

"If the physical perfection of childhood could last, what a possesssion it would be for humanity!" - Candace Wheeler

"A sibling is the lens through which you see your childhood." - Ann Hood

"Down in the bottom of my childhood my father stands laughing." - Tove Ditlevsen

"a good deal of childhood is strong stuff for adults and totally unsuitable for children." - Philippa Pearce

"Play is the royal road to childhood happiness and adult brilliance." - Joseph Chilton Pearce

"Most places we leave in childhood grow less, not more, fancy." - John Irving

"I like the idea of readers feeling a familiarity, whether its with Africa or childhood." - Binyavanga Wainaina

"Most adults have forgotten what they had to do to survive childhood." - Mark Vonnegut

"Theres something about girls and unicorns thats deep and meaningful. Something about childhood." - Ted Naifeh



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