At that time Jesus answered and said, I thank thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because thou hast hid these things from the wise and prudent, and hast revealed them unto babes. Even so, Father: for so it seemed good in thy sight.
— Matthew 11:25-26
The world would be a terrible place without newborn children, who bring with them innocence, and the hope of man's further perfection.
— John Ruskin
Childhood is blessed by heaven because it brings a piece of paradise into the cruelties of life. All of these thousands of everyday births are fresh additions of innocence and purity, which fight against the end of mankind, and against our spoiled nature, and against our complete immersion into sin.
— Henri Amiel
O Lord our Lord, how excellent is thy name in ll the earth! Who hast set thy glory above the heavens. Out of the mouth of babes and sucklings hast thou ordained strength because of thine enemies, that thou mightest still the enemy and the avenger.
— Psalms 8:1-2
What time could be better than childhood, and what virtues could be better than innocent joyfulness, and the need for love? They are the purest manifestations of life. You should respect every person, but you should respect a child above all, and not destroy the innocent purity of his soul.