On living with chimpanzees:
"I learned the importance of contact, affection and
play. Reassurance. And the importance of distracting rather than
punishing when the infant is too small to understand, and then
gradually teaching rules. That was the great thing about being
out in the wild, he could spill his food - it didn't matter
because it was the forest floor. I see so many parents upset
when the child spills his milk and wants to make patterns with
it on the table. He's not doing something wrong, it's important
investigation and exploration."
- Jane Goodall,
from an interview on Mommy
"We learn to do something by doing it. There is no other
- John Holt
"There can be no keener revelation of a society's soul
than the way in which it treats its children."
- Nelson Mandela
"Children who are respected learn respect. Children who
are cared for learn to care for those weaker than themselves.
Children who are loved for what they are cannot learn
intolerance. In an environment such as this, they will develop
their own ideals, which can be nothing other than humane, since
they grew out of the experience of love."
- Alice Miller
"I feel ashamed that so many of us cannot imagine a
better way to do things than locking children up all day in
cells instead of letting them grow up knowing their families,
mingling with the world, assuming real obligations, striving to
be independent and self-reliant and free."
- John Gatto
"Children cannot bounce off the walls if we take away
- Erin Kelly
"School kids don't know the world is a million times
bigger than school's version of it."
- Sandra Dodd
"Once you've been launched into parenthood, you'll need
all your best skills, self-control, good judgment and patience.
But at the same time there is nothing like the thrill and
exhilaration that come from watching that bright, cheerful,
inquisitive, creative, eccentric and even goofy child you have
raised flourish and shine. That's what keeps you going, and
what, in the end, makes it all worthwhile."
- Lawrence Balter
"We are faced with the paradoxical fact that education
has become one of the chief obstacles to intelligence and
freedom of thought."
- Bertrand Russell
"The law of love could be best understood and learned
through little children."
- Mahatma Gandhi