and Ireally hopeno white person ever has causetowrite about me because they never understand Black love is Black wealth and they'll probably talk about my hard childhood and never understand that all the while I was quite happyGiovanni,Nikki in full Yolande CorneliaGiovanni,Jr: 1968 Black Judgement,'Nikki-Rosa'.
The books one reads in childhood, and perhaps most of all the bad and good bad books, create in one's mind a sort of false map of the world, a series of fabulous countries into which one can retreat at odd moments throughout the rest of life, and which in some cases can even survive a visit to the real countries which they are supposed to represent.George pseudonym of Eric Arthur Blair Orwell: 1946 'Riding Down from Bangor'.
But childhood prolonged cannot remain a fairy-land. It becomes a hell.Louise Bogan: 1940 On Katherine Mansfield.'Childhood's False Eden'.
Childhood is measured out by sounds and smells And sights, before the dark of reason grows.SirJohn Betjeman: 1960 Summoned By Bells, ch.4.
Childhood is not from birth to a certain age and at a certain age The child isgrown, and puts away childish things. Childhood is the kingdom where nobody dies. Nobody that matters, that is.edna st. vincent millay: 1934 Wine From These Grapes,'Childhood is the Kingdom where Nobody dies'.
Hab|a un solo t u nel, oscuro y solitario: el m|o, el t u nel en que hab|a transcurrido mi infancia, mi juventud, toda mi vida Yentonces, mientras yo avanzaba siempre por mi pasadizo, ella viv|a afuera su vida normal, la vida agitada que llevan esas gentes que viven afuera. There was only one tunnel, dark and solitary: mine, the tunnel in which I had spent my childhood, my youth, my entire life And then, while I kept moving through my passageway, she lived her normal life outside, the exciting life of people who live outside.1948 El tu nel, ch.36 (translated asThe Outsider,1950).
The childhood shows the man, As morning shows the day. Be famous then By wisdom; as thy empire must extend, So let extend thy mind o'er all the world.john milton: 1671Paradise Regained, bk.4, l.220-3.
In my childhood trees were green And there was plenty to be seen. Come back early or never come.(Frederick) Louis MacNeice: 1941Plant and Phantom,'Autobiography', l.1-3.
She was cut off fromthe past and therefore did not live in the present. But suddenly, as she stood close against a pine tree and breathed in its sharp, bitter scent, a clear space opened to her childhood, as though a wind had sprung fromthesea, clearing a mist.It wasnot a memory from the past, it was the past itself, as alive, as real; and she knew that she and the child of forty years ago were the same person.D(onald) M(itchell) Thomas: 1981TheWhite Hotel, ch.4.
You lost yourability for doing things in childhood It all beganwithyourinability toputonyoursocksand ended by your inability to live.Ivan Alexandrovich Goncharov: 1859 Oblomov, pt.4, ch.2 (translated by David Magarshak).