A Quote by William Wordsworth on children, curiosity, doubt, faith, heart, peace, power, silence, soul, and universe

I have seen A curious child, who dwelt upon a tract Of inland ground, applying to his ear The convolutions of a smooth-lipped shell; To which, in silence hushed, his very soul listened intensely; for from within were heard Murmurings whereby the monitor expressed Mysterious union with its native sea. Even such a shell the universe itself Is to the ear of faith; and there are times, I doubt not, when to you it doth impart Authentic tidings of invisible things, Of ebb and flow, and ever enduring power, And central peace, subsisting at the heart Of endless Agitation.

William Wordsworth (1770 - 1850)

Source: The Excursion. Book iv.

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A Quote by William Wordsworth on beginning, children, death, fatherhood, heart, life, and wishes

My heart leaps up when I behold A rainbow in the sky: So was it whaen my life began; So is it now I am a man; So be it when I shall grow old, Or let me die! The child is father of the man; And I could wish my days to be Bound each to each by natural piety.

William Wordsworth (1770 - 1850)

Source: My heart leaps up, 1907

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A Quote by Sir William Watson on blindness, children, and mistrust

Hate and mistrust are the children of blindness.

William Watson (1858 - 1935)

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A Quote by William Shakespeare on children and fatherhood

It is a wise father that knows his own child.

William Shakespeare (1564 - 1616)

Source: Merchant of Venice

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A Quote by William Penn on children, dogs, horses, and men

Men are generally more careful of the breed of their horses and dogs than of their children.

William Penn (1644 - 1718)

Source: Reflexions and Maxims

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A Quote by William John Bennett on children, life, morality, power, and quiet

There is nothing more influential in a child's life than the moral power of quiet example. For children to take morality seriously they must see adults take morality seriously.

William John Bennett (1943 -)

Source: The Book of Virtues

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A Quote by Dr. William Ralph Inge, KC, VO, FBA, DD on character, children, influence, and time

The proper time to influence the character of a child is about a hundred years before he is born.

William Inge (1860 - 1954)

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A Quote by William Hazlitt on children, ignorance, and prejudice

Prejudice is the child of ignorance.

William Hazlitt (1778 - 1830)

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A Quote by William Faulkner on children, commitment, crime, desires, ignorance, innocence, and people

When grown people speak of the innocence of children, they don't really know what they mean. Pressed, they will go a step further and say, Well, ignorance then. The child is neither. There is no crime which a boy of eleven had not envisaged long ago. His only innocence is, he may not yet be old enough to desire the fruits of it . . . his ignorance is, he does not know how to commit it.

William Faulkner (1897 - 1962)

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A Quote by Admiral William D. Leahy on adoption, atoms, certainty, children, conventionality, darkness, defeat, enemies, ethics, fashion, feeling, future, peace, possessions, possibility, potential, practicality, presidency, sentimentality, success, time

Those who dismiss "revisionist" qualms about the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki as indulgences in peace-time sentimentality must count President Truman's own Chief of Staff among the bleeding hearts: "It is my opinion that the use of this barbarous weapon at Hiroshima and Nagasaki was of no material assistance in our war against Japan. The Japanese were already defeated and ready to surrender because of the effective sea blockade and the successful bombing with conventional weapons. . . . The lethal possibilities of atomic warfare in the future are frightening. My own feeling was that in being the first to use it, we had adopted an ethical standard common to the barbarians of the Dark Ages. I was not taught to make war in that fashion , and wars cannot be won by destroying women and children. We were the first to have this weapon in our possession, and the first to use it. There is a practical certainty that potential enemies will have it in the future and that atomic bombs will some time be used against us."

William D. Leahy

Source: I Was There, 1950

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