Play is really the work of childhood…

Childhood means simplicity. Look at the world with the child’s eye – it is very beautiful.

Kailash Satyarthi (b. 1954)

Play is often talked about as if it were a relief from serious learning. But for children play is serious learning. Play is really the work of childhood.

-Fred Rogers (1928 – 2003)

So, like a forgotten fire, a childhood can always flare up again within us.

Gaston Bachelard (1884 – 1962)

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

Marcel Proust (1871 – 1922)

Genius is nothing more nor less than childhood recaptured at will.

Charles Baudelaire (1821 – 1867)

It’s only in hindsight that you realize what indeed your childhood was really like.

Maya Lin (b. 1959)

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 (b. 1964)

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

E. B. White (1899 – 1985)

Early childhood education is the key to the betterment of society.

Maria Montessori (1870-1952)

One of the luckiest things that can happen to you in life is, I think, to have a happy childhood.

Agatha Christie (1890 – 1976)

41 thoughts on “Play is really the work of childhood…”

    1. Soni, thank you 🙂

      By the way – please feel free to call me ‘David’, which is my first name. The word ‘ben’ just means ‘son of’ in Hebrew – my pen name is confusing… I know! Sorry about that.


  1. For me, the Agatha Christie quote sums it up above all others and I was charmed to have been given the gift of a happy childhood. Lovely post Ben. Ironically, I just wrote about a fond childhood memory on my blog you may enjoy entitled “Bear Mountain.”

    1. Hi, Kathy – thanks for visiting!

      Please feel free to call me ‘David’. That’s my first name.

      The word ‘ben’ means ‘son of’ in Hebrew. My pen name is confusing… sorry about that!


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