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Respectfully Quoted: A Dictionary of Quotations. 1989.

AUTHOR: Author unknown
QUOTATION: Give me a child for the first seven years, and you may do what you like with him afterwards.
ATTRIBUTION: Author unknown.—Vincent Stuckey Lean, Lean’s Collectanea, vol. 3, p. 472 (1903). This source states the quotation is a Jesuit maxim. Unverified.

See also No. 194.
SUBJECTS: Children