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.


      David

  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!


      David

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