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Inspirational Quotations on Parenting
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Parents have become so convinced that educators know what is best for their children that they forget that they themselves are really the experts.
Marian Wright Edelman
trans20.gif (837 bytes) The important thing is not so much that every child should be taught, as that every child should be given the wish to learn.
John Lubbock
trans20.gif (837 bytes) Parents are often so busy with the physical rearing of children that they miss the glory of parenthood, just as the grandeur of the trees is lost when raking leaves.
Marcelene Cox

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 S. Calderone
trans20.gif (837 bytes) You have to hang in there, because two or three years later, the gremlins will return your child, and he will be wonderful again.
Jill Eikenberry "On raising teenagers" Parade 12 1987
trans20.gif (837 bytes) I have 35 grandchildren. They often tell me how much influence I have in their lives. But you know, they don’t realize how much influence they have in my life. I have learned so much from having grandchildren. They are the legacy that I leave, but they have impacted me in ways that they will never know. Sometimes I think it is the grandchildren that teach the parents and grandparents, not the other way around. Having grandchildren and watching them grow that’s my greatest contribution to the world.

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We find delight in the beauty and happiness of children that makes the heart too big for the body.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
trans20.gif (837 bytes) Children are not things to be molded, but are people to be unfolded.
Jess Lair

To believe in a child is to believe in the future. Through their aspirations they will save the world. With their combined knowledge the turbulent seas of hate and injustice will be calmed. They will champion the causes of life's underdogs, forging a society without class discrimination. They will supply humanity with music and beauty as it has never known. They will endure. Towards these ends I pledge my life's work. I will supply the children with tools and knowledge to overcome the obstacles. I will pass on the wisdom of my years and temper it with patience. I shall impact in each child the desire to fulfill his or her dream.
Henry James
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Children are living jewels dropped unsustained from heaven.
Robert Pollok
trans20.gif (837 bytes) Children are educated by what the grown-up is and not by his talk.
Carl Gustav Jung
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To nourish children and raise them against odds is in any time, any place, more valuable than to fix bolts in cars or design nuclear weapons
Marilyn French


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Marian Wright Edelman, founder and president of the
Children's Defense Fund. She is married to Peter Edelman,
a law professor and they have three sons, Joshua, Jonah,
and Ezra, and one granddaughter, Ellika.

Portrait of Marian Wright Edelman

Mary S. Calderone, M.D.An international expert on
human sexuality, she published many books and was
Medical Director for Planned Parenthood Federation
of America from 1953-1964. She was listed in the
World Almanac among the 200 most influential people
in the World. She was the mother of three daughters,
and a grandmother of three and a great-grandmother
of three. She died in 1998.

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Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882) was a poet, essayist,
lecturer, and the the leading exponent of New England
Transcendentalism.Early life and works. He was the son
a Unitarian clergyman and he inherited the profession of
divinity. In 1811, his father died. He taught school while
preparing for part-time study at Harvard Divinity School.
In 1829 he married Ellen Louisa Tucker and when she died
of tuberculosis in 1831, he questioned his beliefs and his
profession. He resigned from the ministry a few years later.

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Henry James (1843- 1916) was an American novelist
and a naturalized English citizen from 1915 on.He was
named after his father, a famous social theorist, and
was also the younger brother of the philosopher William
James. A shy, bookish boy, he quietly observed his
active elder brother. As infants, they were taken
abroad and schooled by tutors and governesses.
The editor of The Atlantic Monthly became a friend
and James was published by him regularly. Between
them, they began the era of American "realism."
He never married.

Portrait of Henry James