My Favorite Quotes about Childhood

240581_a2bf033dad_zChild cruelty-

“The greatest cruelty that can be inflicted on children is to refuse to let them express their anger and suffering except at the risk of losing their parents’ love and affection.” Alice Miller

Childhood as a gift-

“It requires a tremendous leap of faith to imagine that your own childhood—punctuated with pain, loss, and hurt- -may, in fact, be a gift. Certainly the unhappiness you felt was not, in itself, a blessing; but in response to that pain, you learned to cultivate a powerful intuition, a heightened sensitivity, and a passionate devotion to healing and love that burns deep within you—and there are gifts that may be recognized, honored, and cultivated. You are not broken; childhood suffering is not a mortal wound.” Wayne Muller

Family energy-

“When the family energy is focused on the problem of the adult rather than on the needs of the children, the results for the children are the state of not knowing they come first, the state of believing that they have to fix the situation, and the state of believing that life is about surviving instead of enjoying and that the meaning of life is to get through the struggle of life.” Cathleen Brooks


“Many parents hope to succeed through their children, while using the
same beliefs that guaranteed their failures: that children will become
well-adjusted when pressured by criticism, discounting, and shame;
that control teaches skills in human relationships; that spontaneity and
joy are suspect.” B. F. Stan Monaghan

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One comment

  1. Thank you for these quotes. They all spoke to me but what I really got excited about was the Muller quote. My trauma of my childhood has developed many gifts for me as well. I just never thought like this before. Thank you.


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