We're on our own, cousin
All alone, cousin
Let's think of a game to play
Now the grown-ups have all gone a way
You won't be much fun
Being blind, deaf and dumb
But I've no-one to play with today
Do you know how to play hide and seek?
To find me, it would take you a week
But tied to that chair, you won't go anywhere
There's a lot I could do to a freak
— Cousin Kevin, Tommy
"I was fat, my clothes were from Goodwill, and I had an accent. People might think that five-year-olds can't be cruel, but I have some strong evidence to the contrary."
— Anya, Anya's Ghost
"People who get nostalgic about childhood were obviously never children."
— Calvin, Calvin and Hobbes
"All the children here are miserable. When you are miserable, you need something that is even more miserable than you to feel good about yourself."
— Lucy, Elfen Lied
Smeltings boys wore maroon tailcoats, orange knickerbockers, and flat straw hats called boaters. They also carried knobbly sticks, used for hitting each other while the teachers weren't looking. This was supposed to be good training for later life.
No one will ever know if children are monsters or monsters are children.
"Unfortunately for Benny, we had not yet developed the ability to empathize with the pain and suffering of other people, and his terrified fleeing was pretty much the most fun thing that had ever happened to us."
— Hyperbole And A Half, "Wolves"
"Kids are cruel. All people are by nature, they just lose touch with it as they get older."
— Sundowner, Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance
23. If there's a shy, quiet kid in your class that everyone picks on, treat him with respect and kindness. When his Psychic Powers are made manifest, you may actually survive
Principal Skinner: Kids can be so cruel.
Nelson Muntz: Ha ha! We don't know when we've gone too far!
Sgt. Major Cody: I'm having a sit-down with the Shifflets on their turf, you two are just here for backup.
Sgt. Hill: They're kids.
Sgt. Major Cody: I'm sorry, what magical land do you live in where kids aren't dicks?
The alignment of a two-year-old is not automatically "Neutral Evil".
"Mobbad blev man ju ändå." (Literally "You still got bullied", but with a wording which conveys resignation, passivity and depersonalized factualism.)
— Joakim Pirinen, translated from Swedish.
"Growing up was hard. Kids would make fun of me and call me names, like "Birbiggleberry", and "Birbibliography", and "faggot"..."
— Comedian Mike Birbiglia
At least one theory suggests that while great apes and adult Humans are sentient, young Human children are not. I admit to a certain fondness for this conclusion; if children aren't nonsentient, they're certainly psychopathic.
— Peter Watts' Blindsight, Notes and References
[Children's] ingenuity in finding unexpected ways of doing mischief to themselves and others should never be underestimated.
— Lord Hoffman, Jolley (A.P.) v Sutton London Borough Council  1 W.L.R. 1082
The most "worldly" society I have ever lived in is that of schoolboys: most worldly in the cruelty and arrogance of the strong, the toadyism and mutual treachery of the weak, and the unqualified snobbery of both. Nothing was so base that the school proletariat would not do it, or suffer it, to win the favour of the school aristocracy: hardly any injustice too bad for the aristocracy to practice.
— C. S. Lewis, On Stories and Other Essays
Gabriel: People make the point that no child's born sexist or homophobic or racist, and that's true. But what children are born as is horrible, exclusionary little bastards...I've seen kids, all of whom are dressed in green shirts, and then one kid just happens to be dressed in a blue shirt. And they will fucking jump on that kid.
Yahtzee: They say "just let kids be kids." But then we'll end up with another Nazi Party.
"The truth is almost every bully I've ever encountered in the real world had acquired his fighting skills defending himself against a full grown, two hundred pound, drunken man at home behind closed doors. He's had a lot of practice at fighting, and that puts him at a distinct advantage that most of you don't have. Not only does experience count for a lot, but they're used to taking punches. They're not afraid of the pain. I've fought bullies. I was even lucky enough to win some of them. But there has never been a case where the fight marked the end of the problem. They always came back for more because as it turns out, all I did was bruise their ego. And the only way they knew how to repair that was to start throwing punches until they did win... You don't know if they have a knife in their front pocket or a gun in their jacket. And weapons aside, you don't know how far they'll go once they start."
"Schooldays are a live combat situation, with enemies on all sides, and friends who’ll stab you in the back just to clamber onto your corpse and stand that little bit higher on the social ladder. Everyone’s jostling for position like chimpanzees, with Alpha sports lads and popular girls sat like the general on the hill, while the gawky and the last-picked huddle together in the trenches, fearful of giving away anything that can be used to destroy them — rumours that you trod in shit that see you referred to as ‘Poo on the Shoe’ for the next decade."
—Stuart Millard on I Declare War (2013)