out of the mouths of babes

out of the mouths of babes

Children, though inexperienced, are capable of saying wise, insightful, or mature things. My five-year-old said to one of the sales assistants, "Hey, mister! No touching! Can't you read the sign?" Out of the mouths of babes, huh? A: "It's okay, Mommy. I know you're just upset because you're tired." B: "Thank you, sweetheart. Out of the mouths of babes."
See also: babe, mouth, of, out

Out of the mouths of babes (oft times come gems).

Prov. Children occasionally say remarkable or insightful things. Mr. and Mrs. Doyle were quietly bickering in the kitchen when their seven-year-old daughter came in and said, "You guys should get counseling." After a surprised pause, Mrs. Doyle remarked, "out of the mouths of babes." Child: Don't eat so much candy, Mommy. Candy is bad for your teeth. Mother: out of the mouths of babes oft times come gems.
See also: babe, mouth, of, out

out of the mouths of babes

Young and inexperienced persons often can be remarkably wise, as in She's only six but she said, quite rightly, that Harry was afraid of the sitter-out of the mouths of babes, Mother said . This expression is a shortening and revision of expressions in the Old and New Testaments of the Bible. In Psalms 8:2, God ordains strength out of the mouth of babes and sucklings; in Matthew 21:16, praise comes from this source. Later generations changed strength and praise to wisdom.
See also: babe, mouth, of, out

out of the ˌmouths of ˈbabes (and ˈsucklings)

(saying) used when a small child has just said something that seems very wise or clever: It was my daughter who told me I should enjoy life more. She’s only four years old, but out of the mouths of babes...
See also: babe, mouth, of, out
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Out of the mouths of babes and children - the world as seen by the under-10s.
Wisdom seems to come out of the mouths of babes in these gatherings as we all feel like novices in the effort, but it does grow more apparent that we were brought together for a reason beyond us.
First I was stunned, then I thought - out of the mouths of babes.