“Remaining childish is a tremendous state of innocence.”
– John Lydon.
“Acting is a nice childish profession – pretending you’re someone else and, at the same time, selling yourself.”
– Katharine Hepburn.
“We were no longer, technically, children although in many ways I am quite sure that we were. Childish has become a term of contempt.
“Don’t be childish, darling.”
“I hope to Christ I am. Don’t be childish yourself.”
It is possible to be grateful that no one that you would willingly associate with you say, “Be mature. Be well-balanced, be well-adjusted.”
Africa, being as old as it is, makes all people except the professional invaders and spoilers into children. No one says to anyone in Africa, “Why don’t you grow up?” . . .
Men know that they are children in relation to the country and, as in armies, seniority and senility ride close together. But to have the heart of a child is not a disgrace. It is an honor. A man must comport himself as a man. . . . But it is never a reproach that he has kept a child’s heart, a child’s honesty and a child’s freshness and nobility.”
– Ernest Hemingway.
“Dare to err and to dream. Deep meaning often lies in childish plays.”
– Friedrich Schiller.
“A childish soul not inoculated with compulsory prayer is a soul open to any religious infection.”
– Alexander Cockburn.
“Send forth the child and childish man together, and blush for the pride that libels our own old happy state, and gives its title to an ugly and distorted image.”
– Charles Dickens.
“I seriously believed that my last hour was approaching, and yet, so strange is imagination, all I thought of was some childish hypothesis or other. In such circumstances, you do not choose your own thoughts. They overcome you.”
– Jules Verne.
“Living in that childish wonder is a most beautiful feeling – I can so well remember it. There was always something more – behind and beyond everything – to me, the golden spectacles were very, very big.”
– Kate Greenaway.
“In every real man a child is hidden that wants to play. “
– Friedrich Nietzsche.