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  • Something in the heart of most human beings simply cannot abide pain inflicted on the innocent, especially children. Even broken men serving in the worst correctional facilities will often first take out their own rage on those who have caused suffering to children. Even in such a world of relative morality, causing harm to a child is still considered absolutely wrong. Period!
    (W. Paul Young, "The Shack")
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  • For men and women are not only themselves; they are also the region in which they are born, the city apartment or farm in which they learnt to walk, the games they played as children, the old wives tales they overheard, the food they ate, the schools they attended, the sports they followed, the poets they read, and the God they believed in. It is all these things that have made them what they are, and these are the things that you can't come to know by hearsay...
    (W. Somerset Maugham, "The Razor's Edge")
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  • I sadly want a reform in the construction of children. Nature's only idea seems to be to make them machines for the production of incessant noise.
    (Wilkie Collins, "The Woman in White")
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  • THERE was a curious social situation in Black Hawk. All the young men felt the attraction of the fine, well-set-up country girls who had come to town to earn a living, and, in nearly every case, to help the father struggle out of debt, or to make it possible for the younger children of the family to go to school.
    (Willa Cather, "My Antonia")
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  • That was when I learned that words are no good; that words dont ever fit even what they are trying to say at. When he was born I knew that motherhood was invented by someone who had to have a word for it because the ones that had the children didn't care whether there was a word for it or not. I knew that fear was invented by someone that had never had the fear; pride, who never had the pride.
    (William Faulkner, "As I Lay Dying")
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  • Though children can accept adults as adults, adults can never accept children as anything but adults too.
    (William Faulkner, "Light in August")
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  • Ah! Vanitas Vanitatum! Which of us is happy in this world? Which of us has his desire? or, having it, is satisfied?-Come, children, let us shut up the box and the puppets, for our play is played out.
    (William Makepeace Thackeray, "Vanity Fair")
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  • The sins of the father are to be laid upon the children.
    (William Shakespeare, "The Merchant of Venice")
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  • At Dachau. We had a wonderful pool for the garrison children. It was even heated. But that was before we were transferred. Dachau was ever so much nicer than Auschwitz. But then, it was in the Reich. See my trophies there. The one in the middle, the big one. That was presented to me by the Reich Youth Leader himself, Baldur von Schirach. Let me show you my scrapbook.
    (William Styron, "Sophie's Choice")
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  • Because immigrants have always been particularly prone to repetition - it's something to do with that experience of moving from West to East or East to West or from island to island. Even when you arrive, you're still going back and forth; your children are going round and round. There's no proper term for it - original sin seems too harsh; maybe original trauma would be better.
    (Zadie Smith, "White Teeth")
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  • Kudra was amused by Alobar's tentative polka until her eyes fell upon the tumescent protrusion dancing with him. Disgusting she thought. An erection is just inappropriate. Then she realized with a shock that she was so wet that children could have sailed toy boats in her underpants.
    (Tom Robbins, "Jitterbug Perfume")
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  • Children at once accept joy and happiness with quick familiarity, being themselves naturally all happiness and joy.
    (Victor Hugo, "Les Misérables")
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  • Had they not been taken, she asked, to circuses when they were children? Never, he answered, as if she asked the very thing he wanted; had been longing all these days to say, how they did not go to circuses.
    (Virginia Woolf, "To the Lighthouse")
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  • They came to her, naturally, since she was a woman, all day long with this and that; one wanting this, another that; the children were growing up; she often felt she was nothing but a sponge sopped full of human emotions.
    (Virginia Woolf, "To the Lighthouse")
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  • All at once we were madly, clumsily, shamelessly, agonizingly in love with each other; hopelessly, I should add, because that frenzy of mutual possession might have been assuaged only by our actually imbibing and assimilating every particle of each other's soul and flesh; but there we were, unable even to mate as slum children would have so easily found an opportunity to do so.
    (Vladimir Nabokov, "Lolita")
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