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Respectfully Quoted: A Dictionary of Quotations. 1989.

AUTHOR: Oscar Wilde (1854–1900)
QUOTATION: Children begin by loving their parents. After a time they judge them. Rarely, if ever, do they forgive them.
ATTRIBUTION: OSCAR WILDE, A Woman of No Importance, act II, in The Complete Works of Oscar Wilde, vol. 7, p. 249 (1923). Lord Illingworth is speaking.
SUBJECTS: Children