Quotations on the Importance of Children
If we could obtain a distinct and full history of all that hath passed in the mind of a child from the beginning of life and sensation till it grows up to the use of reason, how its infant faculties began to work, and how they brought forth and ripened all the various notions, opinions, and sentiments, which we find in ourselves when we come to be capable of reflection, this would be a treasure of natural history which would probably give more light into the human faculties, than all the systems of philosophers about them from the beginning of the world.
Thomas Reid, the Scottish philosopher
But what parent can tell when some... fragmentary gift of knowledge or wisdom will enrich her children's lives? Or how a small seed of information passed from one generation to another may generate a new science, a new industry -- a seed which neither the giver nor the receiver can truly evaluate at the time.
The school is the community and the community is the school.
Richard W. Riley, Secretary of Education in the Clinton Administration during a speech in Great Barrington Massacusetts at Monument Mountain High Scholl, October 2cd 2002
Think not forever of yourselves, O chiefs, nor of your own generation. Think of continuing generations of our families, think of our grandchildren and of those yet unborn, whose faces are coming from beneath the ground.
Peacemaker, Founder of the Iroquois Confederacy about 1000 AD
With both heart and mind, we can build caring communities, design schools that develop children's wisdom and emotional strength along with their intellect and physical strength, and operate institutions with balance, intelligence and appreciation for people and the environment.
Doc Childre, Freeze Frame
We need to make a world in which fewer children are born, and in which we take better care of them.
Max Born (1882-1970), German physicist
Our children are not going to be just "our children"-they are going to be other people's husbands and wives and the parents of our grandchildren.
Mary Steichen Calderone, American writer
It is good to realize that if love and peace can prevail on earth, and if we can teach our children to honor nature's gifts, the joys and beauties of the outdoors will be here forever.
James Earl Carter Jr. (b. 1924), 39th US President
The best inheritance a parent can give to his children is a few minutes of their time each day.
We are living beyond our means. As a people we have developed a lifestyle that is draining the earth of its priceless and irreplaceable resources without regard for the future of our children and people all around the world.
Margaret Mead (1901-78), American anthropologist
We must protect the forests for our children, grandchildren and children yet to be born. We must protect the forests for those who can't speak for themselves such as the birds, animals, fish and trees.
Life affords no greater responsibility, no greater privilege, than the raising of the next generation.
C. Everett Koop
Becoming responsible adults is no longer a matter of whether children hang up there pajamas or put dirty towels in the hamper, but whether they care about themselves and others -- and whether they see everyday chores as related to how we treat this planet.
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