A Quote by unknown on birth, birth control, motherhood, and children

When motherhood becomes the fruit of a deep yearning, not the result of ignorance or accident, its children will become the foundation of a new race.


Contributed by: Melissa

A Quote by Arjuna Ardagh on children, kids, monsters, reality, self, and self-inquiry

Self-inquiry is simple.  It does not require you to do anything, change anything, think anything, or understand anything.  It only asks you to pay careful attention to what is true and real.  I have two sons.  When they were about four, they both went through a phase of having nightmares.  I would go into the room and switch on the light.  Two small eyes blinked at me from the corner.

"What's the problem?" I'd ask.

"Daddy, there's a monster in the room," a timid voice would reply.  Now, I had more than one choice of how to respond.  I could tell my frightened boy that it was not true, there was no monster, go back to sleep.  That response is equivalent of reading a book that says, "We're all one, there is no problem, just be with what is."  Fine ideas, but they don't help much when your feeling scared.  I could also have offered to free the monster cookies, talk with the monster, negotiate.  That approach is like some kinds of psychotherapy.  Treat the problem as real, then fix it on its own terms.  But the only real solution I ever found with my munchkins was to have a good look.  Under the bed, in the closet, behind the curtains, we undertook and exhaustive search.

Eventually my son would let out deep sigh, smile at me, and fall back to sleep.  The problem was not solved but dissolved.  It was never real in the first place, but it took investigation to make that a reality.

Arjuna Ardagh

Source: The Translucent Revolution by Arujuna Ardagh (pg. 37-38)

Contributed by: Bryce

A Quote by Carl Edward Sagan on future, vision, children, and dreams

The visions we offer our children shape the future. It matters what those visions are. Often they become self-fulfilling prophecies. Dreams are maps.

Carl Sagan (1934 - 1996)

Contributed by: Ryan

A Quote by Harper Lee on children, parenting, and honesty

(as spoken by Atticus Finch)

When a child asks you something, answer him, for goodness' sake.  But don't make a production of it. Children are children, but they can spot an evasion quicker than adults, and evasion simply muddles 'em.

Harper Lee

Source: To Kill a Mockingbird

Contributed by: Stark

A Quote by Otto Preminger on film, movies, directors, and children

Cry you little monsters!

Otto Preminger

Contributed by: Dr. Ron

A Quote by Barbara Kingsolver on city, nature, children, and trees

With all due respect for the wondrous ways people have invented to amuse themselves and one another on paved surfaces, I find that this exodus from the land makes me unspeakably sad. I think of the children who will never know, intuitively, that a flower is a plant's way of making love, or what silence sounds like, or that trees breathe out what we breathe in.

Barbara Kingsolver

Source: Small Wonder

Contributed by: Rosi

A Quote by Frederick Douglass on men, children, man, child, wounded, and strength

It is easier to build strong children, than to repair broken men.

Frederick Douglass (1817? - 1895)

Contributed by: communeist

A Quote by Sojourner Truth on aint i a woman, woman, female, christ, god, rights, race, ethnicty, plow, plant, born, birth, children, slavery, and civil war

Well, children, where there is so much racket there must be something out of kilter. I think that 'twixt the negroes of the South and the women at the North, all talking about rights, the white men will be in a fix pretty soon. But what's all this here talking about?

That man over there says that women need to be helped into carriages, and lifted over ditches, and to have the best place everywhere. Nobody ever helps me into carriages, or over mud-puddles, or gives me any best place! And ain't I a woman? Look at me! Look at my arm! I have ploughed and planted, and gathered into barns, and no man could head me! And ain't I a woman? I could work as much and eat as much as a man - when I could get it - and bear the lash as well! And ain't I a woman? I have borne thirteen children, and seen most all sold off to slavery, and when I cried out with my mother's grief, none but Jesus heard me! And ain't I a woman?

Then they talk about this thing in the head; what's this they call it? [member of audience whispers, "intellect"] That's it, honey. What's that got to do with women's rights or negroes' rights? If my cup won't hold but a pint, and yours holds a quart, wouldn't you be mean not to let me have my little half measure full?

Then that little man in black there, he says women can't have as much rights as men, 'cause Christ wasn't a woman! Where did your Christ come from? Where did your Christ come from? From God and a woman! Man had nothing to do with Him.

If the first woman God ever made was strong enough to turn the world upside down all alone, these women together ought to be able to turn it back , and get it right side up again! And now they is asking to do it, the men better let them.

Obliged to you for hearing me, and now old Sojourner ain't got nothing more to say.

Sojourner Truth (1797? - 1883)

Source: Delivered 1851, Women's Convention, Akron, Ohio

Contributed by: Andi

A Quote by Mitch on children, attention, friendly, moods, and barometer

Children are perhaps the most natural attention barometers, because they will pay close attention to someone who is friendly, and they will often shy away from someone who is friendly, and they will often shy away from someone who is visibly distracted or grumpy.

Mitch Thrower

Source: "The Attention Deficit Workplace" by Mitch Thrower

Contributed by: Mitch

A Quote by Pablo Picasso on art, creativity, and children

All children are artists. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up.

Pablo Picasso (1881 - 1973)

Contributed by: Red-Requiem

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