"Nothing touches the soul but leaves its impress, and thus, little by little, we are fashioned into the image of all we have seen and heard, known and meditated; and if we learn to live with all that is fairest and purest and best, the love it all will, in the end, become our life."
Art credit: Gather Ye Rosebuds While Ye May by John William Waterhouse (artrenewal.org)
"A good children's book strikes a vibration in the soul that lasts a lifetime. And when a reader or collector achieves maturity and a special sense of values, he may recognize that the best books are really those that children have loved for generations of lifetimes."
From an 1844 literary critic: A children's book should be a "union of the highest art with the simplest form."