Like arrows in the hand of a warrior
are the children of one’s youth.
Blessed is the man who fills his quiver with them!
“Children are compared to ‘arrows.’ Now, we know that sticks are not by nature arrows; they do not grow so, but they are made so; by nature they are knotty and rugged, but by art they are made smooth and handsome. So children by nature are rugged and [troublesome], but by [training] are refined and reformed, made pliable to the divine will and pleasure.” - George Swinnock