Quotations on the Importance of Children
As the family goes, so goes the nation and so goes the whole world in which we live.
John Paul II
Each child is an adventure into a better life --an opportunity to change the old pattern and make it new.
Hubert H. Humphrey
In great countries, children are always trying to remain children, and the parents want to make them into adults. In vile countries, the children are always wanting to be adults and the parents want to keep them children.
Where children are, there is the golden age.
Children are always the only future the human race has; teach them well.
The most important question in the world is, 'Why is the child crying?'
The Human Race has improved everything except the Human Race.
I threw my cup away when I saw a child drinking from his hands at the trough.
Then no generation can contract debts greater than may be paid during the course of it's own existence.
If there must be trouble, let it be in my day, that my child may have peace.
Thomas Paine, The American Crisis No. 1 (Dec. 1776)
I must study politics and war, that my sons may have the liberty to study mathematics and philosophy, geography, natural history and naval architecture, in order to give their children a right to study painting, poetry, music, architecture, statuary, tapestry, and porcelain.
John Adams, Letters to his Wife: Vol. II_Letter #78, 1780
The evolution of culture is ultimately determined by the amount of love, understanding and freedom experienced by its children... Every abandonment, every betrayal, every hateful act towards children returns tenfold a few decades later upon the historical stage, while every empathic act that helps a child become what he or she wants to become, every expression of love toward children heals society and moves it in unexpected, wondrous new directions.
Grown men can learn from very little children, for the hearts of little children are pure. Therefore, the Great Spirit may show to them many things which older people miss.
We have the power to make this the best generation of mankind in the history of the world--or to make it the last.
John Fitzgerald Kennedy, Address to the United Nations 
All societies are based on rules to protect pregnant women and young children. All else is surplusage, excrescence, adornment, luxury, or folly which can -- and must -- be dumped in emergency to preserve this prime function. As racial survival is the only universal morality, no other basic is possible. Attempts to formulate a "perfect society" on any foundation other than "Women and children first!" is not only witless, it is automatically genocidal. Nevertheless, starry-eyed idealists (all of them male) have tried endlessly -- and no doubt will keep trying.
Robert A. Heinlein, Time Enough For Love also Notebooks of Lazarus Long
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