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John Betjeman Quotes and Sayings

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Childhood is measured out by sounds and smells and sights,
before the dark hour of reason grows.
- John Betjeman

People's backyards are much more interesting than their front gardens,
and houses that back on to railways are public benefactors.
- John Betjeman

I don't think I am any good.
If I thought I was any good, I wouldn't be.
- John Betjeman

Now if the harvest is over, And the world cold,
Give me the bonus of laughter, As I lose hold.
- John Betjeman

 

Silver and ermine and red faces full of port wine.
- John Betjeman

Too many people in the modern world view poetry as a luxury,
not a necessity like petrol.
But to me it's the oil of life.
- John Betjeman

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

I have had playmates, I have had companions;
In my days of childhood,
in my joyful school days - All, all are gone,
the old familiar faces.
- Charles Lamb

The satiric ethos of Mad was a much bigger childhood influence.
- Alison Bechdel

Doctor Who was a big part of my childhood so it was
a great honour to be in it.
- Simon Pegg

Everything else you grow out of, but you never recover from childhood.
- Beryl Bainbridge

In childhood I developed a serious throat infection,
and my heart stopped beating.
I recovered from that illness with a voice that boomed forth like Kate Smith's!
- Patsy Cline

All the time a person is a child he is both a child
and learning to be a parent.
After he becomes a parent he becomes predominantly
a parent reliving childhood.
- Benjamin Spock

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

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 had a wonderful childhood, coming from Cincinnati,
and I think that it was great going into the life that I was going to have,
where you have to start young as a dancer.
- Suzanne Farrell

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

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

If a nation loses its storytellers, it loses its childhood.
- Peter Handke

There's something about childhood friends that you just can't replace.
- Lisa Whelchel

Adulthood is the ever-shrinking period between childhood and old age.
It is the apparent aim of modern industrial societies
to reduce this period to a minimum.
- Thomas Szasz

I am obsessive, also I am industrious.
Besides, the time when you are most alive and most
aware is in childhood and one is trying to recapture
that heightened awareness.
- Edna O'Brien

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

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

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

Anyone who has spent any time in space will love it
for the rest of their lives.
I achieved my childhood dream of the sky.
- Valentina Tereshkova

I'm a Brooklyn boy.
I was born in Brooklyn, New York, and raised there,
and spent most of my childhood there.
- Robert Jay Lifton

My whole career has been fulfilling my childhood fantasies,
playing characters that are larger than life,
getting to play a knight, an elf, a prince,
and a soldier.
- Orlando Bloom

I had a kind of Dickensian childhood.
- Shaun Cassidy

I would like to go back to Wales.
I'm obsessed with my childhood and at least three times
a week dream I am back there.
- Anthony Hopkins

The only difference between the Bel Air of the '90s
and the Bel Air of my childhood is that now the nannies
are Latina instead of British,
and the cars European instead of American.
- Lorna Luft

In fact, my son learned his first swear word from E.T.
at age five.
The way I look at it, E.T.
stole a bit of my son's childhood.
- John Ratzenberger

We have common enemies today.
It's called childhood poverty.
It's called cancer.
It's called AIDS.
It's called Parkinson's.
It's called Muscular Dystrophy.
- Jerry Doyle

A sister is a little bit of childhood that can never be lost.
- Marion C. Garretty

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

In my childhood, America was like a religion.
Then, real-life Americans abruptly entered my life -
in jeeps -
and upset all my dreams.
- Sergio Leone

Childhood sometimes does pay a second visit to man,
youth never.
- Anna Jameson

I attended Sunday School and then church with my father
and mother throughout my childhood.
- Leverett Saltonstall

My childhood was appalling.
- Taylor Caldwell

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

Some of the words and symbols and images from childhood
will continually be part and parcel of my personality.
- Dennis Potter

Communists are people who fancied that they had an unhappy childhood.
- Gertrude Stein

I didn't have a childhood.
- Pat Morita

Because of my faith and my imagination,
I was able to enjoy my childhood, even though it was tough.
- Donna Brazile

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

There was a special challenge in describing the awful
childhood of a person who happens to be my own husband.
It was very painful at times, for both of us.
- Pamela Stephenson

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

Genius is childhood recalled at will.
- Charles Baudelaire

I think there is a sense of last things in my work
that probably comes from a Catholic childhood.
- Don DeLillo

I started writing movie scripts.
They excited me a lot, but I didn't like them when
they were finished because they were simple copies
of the films I saw in childhood.
- Manuel Puig

Childhood is the sleep of reason.
- Jean Jacques Rousseau

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

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

For almost thirty years I repeatedly saw one and the same dream:
I would arrive in Vienna at long last.
I would feel really happy, for I was returning to my serene childhood.
- Alfred Schnittke

It sounds ideal, a sort of beach childhood.
But it wasn't really.
I didn't use the beach very much at all.
- Miranda Richardson

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

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


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