Tree Wisdom

Thoughts and quotes from the world around our little nest.



Life would be infinitely happier if we could only be born at the age of eighty and gradually approach eighteen.

~ Mark Twain


I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.

–Maya Angelou


Alas for those that never sing,
But die with all their music in them!

–Oliver Wendell Holmes


Be pleasant until ten o’clock in the morning and the rest of the day will take care of itself.

–Elbert Hubbard


Setting a good example for your children takes all the fun out of middle age.

–William Feather, The Business of Life, 1949



A child enters your home and for the next twenty years makes so much noise you can hardly stand it.  The child departs, leaving the house so silent you think you are going mad.

–John Andrew Holmes



There will come a time when you believe everything is finished.  That will be the beginning.

–Louis L’Amour

It’s not only children who grow.  Parents do too.  As much as we watch to see what our children do with their lives, they are watching us to see what we do with ours.  I can’t tell my children to reach for the sun.  All I can do is reach for it, myself.

–Joyce Maynard

It would seem that something which means poverty, disorder and violence every single day should be avoided entirely, but the desire to beget children is a natural urge.

–Phyllis Diller

For last year’s words belong to last year’s language and next year’s words await another voice. And to make an end is to make a beginning.

–T. S. Eliot


The trouble with being a parent is that by the time you are experienced, you are unemployed.  –Author Unknown






“Like all parents, my husband and I just do the best we can, and hold our breath, and hope we’ve set aside enough money to pay for our kids’ therapy.”
–Michelle Pfeiffer

When mothers talk about the depression of the empty nest, they’re not mourning the passing of all those wet towels on the floor, or the music that numbs your teeth, or even the bottle of capless shampoo dribbling down the shower drain. They’re upset because they’ve gone from supervisor of a child’s life to a spectator. It’s like being the vice president of the United States.

— Erma Bombeck

“The truth is that parents are not really interested in justice. They just want quiet.”
—Bill Cosby

“Raising a kid is part joy and part guerilla warfare.”
—Ed Asner

“Adorable children are considered to be the general property of the human race. Rude children belong to their mothers.”
—Judith Martin

“I have found the best way to give advice to your children is to find out what they want and then advise them to do it.”

—Harry S. Truman


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