From childhood I was compelled to concentrate attention upon myself. This caused me much suffering, but to my present view, it was a blessing in disguise for it has taught me to appreciate the inestimable value of introspection in the preservation of life, as well as a means of achievement. The pressure of occupation and the incessant stream of impressions pouring into our consciousness through all the gateways of knowledge make modern existence hazardous in many ways. Most persons are so absorbed in the contemplation of the outside world that they are wholly oblivious to what is passing on within themselves.
Wisdom leads us back to childhood.
Touch a scientist and you touch a child.
One of the luckiest things that can happen to you in life is to have a happy childhood.
I feel that there is something in having passed one's childhood beside the big river, which is incommunicable to those people who have not.
T. S. Eliot
Genius is nothing more nor less than childhood recaptured at will.
Charles Baudelaire (The Painter of Modern Life and Other Essays (Phaidon Arts and Letters))
Genius is childhood recovered at will.
Growing old is unavoidable, but never growing up is possible. I believe you can retain certain things from your childhood if you protect them - certain traits, certain places where you dont let the world go.
I was personally concerned and involved in child rights-related activities right from my childhood.
You have given the great honour to hundreds of millions of children in the world who are deprived of their childhood and health and education, and fundamental right to freedom. It is a great moment for all those children.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
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