quote by C. S. Lewis

When I became a man I put away childish things, including the fear of childishness and the desire to be very grown up.

— C. S. Lewis

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God wants a child's heart and a grownup's head.

Children from the age of five to ten should watch more television.

Television depicts adults as rotten SOB's given to fistfights, gunplay, and other mayhem. Kids who believe this about grownups aren't likely to argue about bedtime.

A child's fear is a world whose dark corners are quite unknown to grownup people; it has its sky and its abysses, a sky without stars, abysses into which no light can ever penetrate.

To this day, if I ever meet grownups who play ukulele, I love 'em.

I totally enjoy what I'm doing and bringing joy into people's lives.

To me, and if I can bring one second of joy into a child or a grown-up's life, then I have achieved my lifetime ambition.

One of the most obvious facts about grownups to a child is that they have forgotten what it is like to be a child.

A grownup is a child with layers on.

Integrity is not something that grownups have and adolescents can aspire to.

Integrity is something that all of us, at all ages, are constantly striving for.

Children are more than we think they are;

they can do more than we think they can do. All they need is a vote of confidence from grownups, whom they will ultimately replace anyway. Their dream today will become the realities of tomorrow.

Sometimes I think he’s the kind of friend that grownups call a ‘fair-weather friend.’ That means when everything’s going smoothly, he’s the best friend a guy could want. But as soon as something goes wrong…(he) sort of turns on you.

It's naive and even irresponsible for a grownup today to get her or his information about foreign policy and war and peace exclusively from the administration in power. It's essential to have other sources of information, to check those against one's own common sense, and to form your own judgment as to whether we ought to go to or persist in war.

Time always seems long to the child who is waiting - for Christmas, for next summer, for becoming a grownup: long also when he surrenders his whole soul to each moment of a happy day.

Civilized people can talk about anything.

For them no subject is taboo.... In civilized societies there will be no intellectual bogeys at sight of which great grownup babies are expected to hide their eyes.

When people are grownups they're grown ups. They make their own decisions you know.

We’ve educated children to think that spontaneity is inappropriate.

Children are willing to expose themselves to experiences. We aren’t. Grownups always say they protect their children, but they’re really protecting themselves. Besides, you can’t protect children. They know everything.

Naivete in grownups is often charming;

but when coupled with vanity it is indistinguishable from stupidity.

I feel bad for the kids that are in school right now and the young people all across America who don't realize that the grownups who are supposed to be running this country are the verge of leaving them as the first generation of Americans worse off than the generation before.

Christmas is for children. But it is for grownups too. Even if it is a headache, a chore, and nightmare, it is a period of necessary defrosting of chill and hide bound hearts.

I tell personal stories associated with aspects of the theory, and I hope they are interesting and compelling. I don't feel you're going to change a grownup's mind in one reading. People have to be exposed to scientific ideas over and over again for years. It's also not a textbook.

People think that children don't know anything.

It's enough to make you wonder if grownups were ever children once upon a time.

Dave couldn't remember the last time a grownup had apologized to him.

Perhaps a modern society can remain stable only by eliminating adolescence, by giving its young, from the age of ten, the skills, responsibilities, and rewards of grownups, and opportunities for action in all spheres of life. Adolescence should be a time of useful action, while book learning and scholarship should be a preoccupation of adults.

Being a grownup means assuming responsibility for yourself, for your children, and - here's the big curve - for your parents.

Don't forget that compared to a grownup person every baby is a genius.

Think of the capacity to learn! The freshness, the temperament, the will of a baby a few months old!

Don't forget that compared to a grownup person every baby is a genius.

The last jobs I had were fixing cars and covering football games for a local access tv station. As in driving the mobile van to the field, setting up 3 cameras, teaching depressed grownups and interns how to use them and directing the game from the van and then wanting to kill myself.

when I walk into an apartment with books on the shelves, books on the bedside tables, books on the floor, and books on the toilet tank, then I know what I would see if I opened the door that says Private - grownups keep out: a children sprawled on the bed, reading.

There are poets and there are grownups.

Nurturing a child’s sense of personal worth and therefore hope and dreams for a wonderful future is perhaps the most important responsibility of every grownup in a child’s life.

This is our island. It's a good island. Until the grownups come to fetch us we'll have fun.

There was a point when comics were considered to be mainly of interest to kids, and it was decided that kids could relate more to someone their own age than an adult. So suddenly all these previously grownup comics were lousy with sidekicks: Aquagirl, Aqualad, Robin, Kid Flash, Speedy, Stripesy... the list goes on.

And that the best things that grownups do, we do for the children, and that they inspire great good in us. I also want them to remember that the world is intertwined and that we therefore have to be gentle in the way that we treat one another and the Earth, so that our impact on others is benevolent and good.

Come September, children return to school, grownups to work, and the brain to the head.

I think people are interested in anything that's a little bigger than life and that's colorful and - you know, what they like? They like fairy tales for grownups.

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