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David Leavitt Quotes and Sayings

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Childhood smells of perfume and brownies.
- David Leavitt

In a memoir, I think, the contract implies a certain degree of truth.
I think you have to be as true to your memory and your
experience as you possibly can.
- David Leavitt

It was an instinct to put the world in order that powered
her mending split infinitives and snipping off dangling participles,
smoothing away the knots and bumps until the prose
before her took on a sheen,
like perfect caramel.
- David Leavitt

My childhood should have taught me lessons for my own fatherhood,
but it didn't because parenting can only be learned
by people who have no children.
- Bill Cosby

 

Friendships in childhood are usually a matter of chance,
whereas in adolescence they are most often a matter of choice.
- David Elkind

Confused Memories of Childhood:
Hate to my father, cruel hate,
confused with love - a mix not great.
The man I love - the man I hate;
the man I want to emulate.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

I was always a dreamer, in childhood especially.
People thought I was a little strange.
- Charley Pride

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Personally, I have fond memories of playing
on slippery rocks on the banks of a rushing river
as a child and hitchhiking in college.
To those who say, "But times are different now,"
I reply that statistically life is much safer now
than in the 1950s, with regard to both crime and accidents.
What has changed is our attitudes.
In those years, a broken leg from falling off a swing
or the back of a tractor was just part of childhood -
an excuse for gathering autographs.
Today that broken leg would be a source
of outrage and probably lawsuits.
I long for a simpler time when life was taken less seriously.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

My music had roots which I'd dug up from my own childhood,
musical roots buried in the darkest soil.
- Ray Charles

Adolescence is the conjugator of childhood and adulthood.
- Louise J. Kaplan

Childhood obesity is best tackled at home through improved parental involvement,
increased physical exercise, better diet and restraint from eating.
- Bob Filner

I had no idea that mothering my own child would be
so healing to my own sadness from my childhood.
- Susie Bright

It is utterly false and cruelly arbitrary
to put all the play and learning into childhood,
all the work into middle age,
and all the regrets into old age.
- Margaret Mead

Nothing is more memorable than a smell.
One scent can be unexpected, momentary and fleeting,
yet conjure up a childhood summer beside a lake in the mountains.
- Diane Ackerman

When you finally go back to your old home,
you find it wasn't the old home you missed but your childhood.
- Sam Ewing

My father was a farmer and my mother was a farmer,
but, my childhood was very good.
I am very grateful for my childhood,
because it was full of gladness and good humanity.
- Roberto Benigni

The most important influence in my childhood was my father.
- DeForest Kelley

Childhood: the period of human life intermediate between
the idiocy of infancy and the folly of youth -
two removes from the sin of manhood and three from the remorse of age.
- Ambrose Bierce

I've never outgrown my childhood.
- David McCallum

The world is full of people who have never,
since childhood, met an open doorway with an open mind.
- E. B. White

I WAS born a slave; but I never knew it till six years
of happy childhood had passed away.
- Harriet Ann Jacobs

There are perhaps no days of our childhood we lived
so fully as those we spent with a favorite book.
- Marcel Proust

Childhood is a promise that is never kept.
- Ken Hill

Well, I was born and raised in the Midwest,
in Indiana specifically, and my childhood was full of weekend movies,
you know, the Saturday and Sunday popcorn movies.
- Sydney Pollack

My childhood was safe and sane.
No abuse and no traumas.
I was surrounded by a large and loving family who taught
me the importance of hard work and a meaningful education.
- Ronnie James Dio

The essence of childhood, of course,
is play,
which my friends and I did endlessly on streets that
we reluctantly shared with traffic.
- Bill Cosby

We all have a childhood dream that when there is love,
everything goes like silk, but the reality is that
marriage requires a lot of compromise.
- Raquel Welch

Everything in Italy that is particularly elegant and
grand borders upon insanity and absurdity or at least
is reminiscent of childhood.
- Alexander Herzen

You draw on your own childhood every time you tee it up as an actor.
- Ron Perlman

The books I loved in childhood - the first loves -
I've read so often that I've internalized them in some really essential way:
they are more inside me now than out.
- Donna Tartt

Study is the bane of childhood, the oil of youth,
the indulgence of adulthood, and a restorative in old age.
- Walter Savage Landor

I never had any childhood, for the word means sunshine and freedom from care.
I had a starved and pinched little childhood,
as far as love and merriment go.
- Frank Leslie

I never have known a man of ordinary common-sense who
did not urge upon his sons,
from earliest childhood, doctrines of economy and the
practice of accumulation.
- William Graham Sumner

It was a perfectly average well- adjusted childhood,
not a bit unlike that of millions of other individuals.
- DeForest Kelley

Childhood is a short season.
- Helen Hayes

When childhood dies, its corpses are called adults.
- Brian Aldiss

I gave up my childhood for a career.
- Brenda Lee

I am convinced that, except in a few extraordinary cases,
one form or another of an unhappy childhood is essential
to the formation of exceptional gifts.
- Thornton Wilder

When trying to remember my share in the glow of the eternal present,
in the smile of God, I return to my childhood,
too, for that is where the most significant discoveries turn up.
- Herman Hesse

A happy childhood is poor preparation for human contacts.
- Sidonie Gabrielle Colette

It is possible to resolve childhood repression safely and without confusion -
something that has always been disputed by the most
respected schools of thought.
- Alice Miller

I alone, as the sharer of their way of life,
presented a replica of childhood.
- Neal Cassady

We cannot even recollect the actions of our infancy,
our childhood is like something written on a slate and rubbed off.
- Vinoba Bhave

There must be a law against forcing children to perform at an early age.
Children should have a wonderful childhood.
They should not be given too much responsibility.
- Maria Callas

Boston's freeway system is insane.
It was clearly designed by a person who had spent his
childhood crashing toy trains.
- Bill Bryson

But childhood prolonged, cannot remain a fairyland.
It becomes a hell.
- Louise Bogan

I am among the few who continue to draw after childhood is ended,
continuing and perfecting childhood drawing -
without the traditional interruption of academic training.
- Saul Steinberg

The concentration in my book on Marie Antoinette's
childhood and on her family influences.
It is surprising how some books actually start with her arrival in France!
- Antonia Fraser

I had always wanted to be on SNL, it's not always great,
but it's this leftover childhood dream.
- Rachel Dratch

What laughter is to childhood, sex is to adolescence.
- Martha Beck

Since an early age I was taught to be very politically
aware and knew from childhood that the process was
something I wanted to contribute towards if I could.
- Adam Rickitt

To be ignorant of the lives of the most celebrated
men of antiquity is to continue in a state of childhood all our days.
- Plutarch

I was brought up in a very poor and very violent household.
I spent much of my childhood being afraid.
- Patrick Stewart

Some men have a necessity to be mean,
as if they were exercising a faculty which they had
to partially neglect since early childhood.
- F. Scott Fitzgerald

In my childhood I always felt that I was treated unjustly,
without a mother, sick, and with the threat of punishment
in Hell hanging over my head.
- Edvard Munch

I cannot think of any need in childhood as strong as
the need for a father's protection.
- Sigmund Freud

My childhood wasn't full of wonderful culinary memories.
- Thomas Keller

Everything I write comes from my childhood in one way or another.
I am forever drawing on the sense of mystery and wonder
and possibility that pervaded that time of my life.
- Kate DiCamillo

I had a really happy childhood - my siblings were great,
my mother was very fanciful, and I loved to read.
But there was always financial strife.
- Patti Smith

He carried his childhood like a hurt warm bird held
to his middle-aged breast.
- Herbert Gold

I had an Edinburgh, middle-class childhood and a public school education.
- Rory Bremner

If you had an essentially happy childhood,
that tends to dwell with you.
- Tracy Kidder

I had a wonderful childhood, but I was a wanderer from year one.
- Maureen Forrester

There is always one moment in childhood when the door
opens and lets the future in.
- Graham Greene

When I moved to Seattle, I was hanging out with kids who had done drugs,
had sex a million times.
I look at them now and realize their childhood was taken away.
- Jeff Ament

Childhood is frequently a solemn business for those inside it.
- George Will

My nomadic childhood dramatically fed my eventual decision to be an actor,
but not in the way you might think.
- Josh Lucas

My childhood is completely...
when I look back, it was '50s in New York,
upper-middle class, it was completely idyllic and golden and wonderful -
sweet in every way.
- Peter Jurasik

Genius is the recovery of childhood at will.
- Arthur Rimbaud

My relationship with "Pollyanna" is a very personal one,
because Pollyanna got me through my childhood.
- Eleanor Porter

I really look at my childhood as being one giant rusty
tuna can that I continue to recycle in many different shapes.
- Augusten Burroughs


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