Sunday 16 July 2017

Quotations about childhood


We look at the world once, in childhood. The rest is memory. 

Louise Glück

For writers it is always said that the first twenty years contain the whole of experience - the rest is observation - but I think this is equally true of us all. 

Graham Greene

The superficial view of life is by far the most profound.
G.K. Chesterton? (It sounds like him - otherwise it's by me.)

There was a time when meadow, grove, and stream,
The earth, and every common sight 

To me did seem Apparelled in celestial light,
The glory and the freshness of a dream.
It is not now as it hath been of yore;— 

Turn wheresoe’er I may,
By night or day,
The things which I have seen I now can see no more.

Each person decides in early childhood how he will live and how he will die... His trivial behavior may be decided by reason, but his important decisions have already been made: what kind of person he will marry, how many children he will have, what kind of bed he will die in... It is incredible to think, at first, that man's fate, all his nobility and all his degradation, is decided by a child no more than six years old, and usually three... (but) it is very easy to believe by looking at what is happening in the world today, and what happened yesterday, and seeing what will happen tomorrow.
Eric Berne


  1. “You live but once; you might as well be amusing.”
    ― Coco Chanel

  2. Smart woman. Love her:

    “Some people think luxury is the opposite of poverty. It is not. It is the opposite of vulgarity.”
    ― Coco Chanel

    My ex used to say "I'm too poor to wear cheap stuff."

  3. Bonus:

    A woman is closest to being naked when she is well-dressed.”
    ― Coco Chanel

  4. Replies
    1. no, dior
      the P.T. Barnum of fashion (time magazine)
      the Elvis of haute couture (nytimes)
      that's probably what he liked in his companions...
      last was Jacques Benita, a Moroccan singer three decades his junior, a young man with a daddy complex but,
      i can only guess, full of zest

    2. Thank you for the correction. I don't remember very accurately who Chanel or Dior were but can google.

  5. Here's some poetry on the theme in your adoptive country's language:

    Astăzi chiar de m-aș întoarce, a-nțelege n-o mai pot.
    Unde ești copilărie cu pădurea ta cu tot?