When childhood dies, its corpses are called adults and they enter society, one of the politer names of hell. That is why we dread children, even if we love them. They show us the state of our decay.

Brian Aldiss
Brian Aldiss (1925-2017) English writer, editor
“The Plain Man’s Guide to Eternity,” The Guardian (1971-08-06)

Often cited (unconfirmed) to the later Manchester Guardian (1977-12-31).

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