CHILDHOOD, N. The Period Of Human Life Intermediate Between The Idiocy Of Infancy And The Folly Of Youth -- Two Removes From The Sin Of Manhood And Three From The Remorse Of Age.

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CHILDHOOD, n. The period of human life intermediate between the
idiocy of infancy and the folly of youth -- two removes from the sin
of manhood and three from the remorse of age.
-- Ambrose Bierce, "The Devil's Dictionary"