Wise words on raising kids...

"It is a miracle that curiosity survives formal education." --- Albert Einstein

"My job is not to teach at all, but to find the opportunities for my kids to learn." --- David Albert

"Children pursue life - and in doing so, pursue knowledge." --- Unknown

"Stop thinking schoolishly. Stop acting teacherishly. Stop talking about learning as though it's separate from life." --- Sandra Dodd

"If there is anything that we wish to change in the child, we should first examine it and see whether it is not something that could better be changed in ourselves." ---  Carl G. Jung

"If successful people have one common trait, it's an utter lack of cynicism.  The world owes them nothing. They go out and find what they need without asking for permission; they are driven, talented, and work through negatives by focusing on the positives." --- Mike Zimmerman

"Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds." --- Albert Einstein

"What we want to see is the child in pursuit of knowledge, not knowledge in pursuit of the child." --- George Bernard Shaw

"Find a job you love and you'll never work a day in your life." --- Confucius

"It is only through the exercise if the greatest freedom that the greatest growth is achieved - or even possible. If all you are doing is following someone else's rules, then you have not grown, you have obeyed." --- Neale Donald Walsch

"We worry about what a child will become tomorrow, yet we forget he is someone today." --- Stacia Tauscher

"Those who danced were thought to be quite insane by those who could not hear the music." --- Angela Moret

"I try to teach my children that being successful isn't necessarily about performing a specific task, being in a certain occupation, or living in a particular location.  It's about sharing yourself in a creative, loving way using the skills and interests that are inherently part of you." --- Dr Wayne Dyer

"The best inheritance you can leave your kids is an example of how to live a full and meaningful life." --- Dan Zadra

"Most students never get to explore their full range of abilities and interests. Our educational system is geared to preparing students for employment. The irony is that creative thinking, self expression (and their link to arts) are the very skills required for entrepreneurship, self-employment and employment. And beyond that it's about finding purpose and meaning in what we pursue." --- Dr Ken Robinson

"I believe that a simple and unassuming manner of life is best for everyone, best both for the body and the mind." --- Albert Einstein

"Respond intelligently even to unintelligent treatment." --- Lao Tzu

"You cannot push someone up the ladder when he himself doesn't want to climb." --- Unknown

"Science is not only compatible with spirituality; it is a profound source of spirituality." --- Carl Sagan

"There is an urge written deep within us, in our very genes and spirit, to grow and change and become the best we can." --- John Harrichan

"Right now schools exist primarily to provide answers.  It would be far more beneficial if their primary function was to ask questions." --- Neale Donald Walsch

"A mother should give her children a superabundance of enthusiasm, that after they have lost all they are to lose in mixing with the world, enough may still remain to prompt and support them through great actions." --- Julius C. Hare

"The person who says it cannot be done should not interrupt the person doing it." --- Chinese proverb

"Follow your passion, and success will follow you." --- Arthur Buddhold

"It's not your blue blood, your pedigree or your college degree. It's what you do with your life that counts." --- Millard Fuller

"It takes unwavering courage to live your truth - no matter the consequences or risk of other people's disapproval." --- Unknown

"Allow others to be themselves.  When we allow, we give others the opportunity to be who they are, instead of who we want them to be.  Just as we want freedom to be who we are, similarly we should give other the freedom to be who they are. Allowing is selfless, allowing is love." --- Samuel Effron

"There is nothing in a caterpillar that tells you it's going to be a butterfly." --- Richard Buckminister

"The privilege of a lifetime is being who you are." --- Joseph Campbell

"The highest education is that which does not merely give us information but makes our life in harmony with all existence." --- Rabindranath Tagore

"It seemed like I wasn't teaching them anything anymore, and yet they were learning at a furious pace. It became very clear that every time I started up with my assignments and lectures I was interfering with their education.  Whatever I told them they had to learn, they slowly and painfully memorized, then quickly forgot.  Whatever they wanted to learn, they learned instantly and for life." --- Carol Wanagel

If your child is more important than your vision of your child, life becomes easier. -- Sandra Dodd 

Don't make me walk when I want to fly. --- Galina Doyla

The work will wait while you show the child the rainbow, but the rainbow won't wait while you finish the work. --- Pat Clifford

We are not enlivened by an educational system that clandestinely sets us up for jobs that could be automated, for work that need not be done, for enslavement without fervency for meaningful achievement. We have not choices in life when money is our motivational force.  Our motivational force ought to be passion, but this is lost from the moment we step into a system that trains us, rather than inspires us. --- Erica Goldson (graduation speech)

You cannot push someone up the ladder when he himself doesn't want to climb. --- Anon

Every man dies. Not every man lives. --- Tim Robbins in Shawshank Redemption

The whole idea that children are your possession is wrong. They are born through you, but they do not belong to you. You have a past,  they have only a future.  They are not going to live according to you.  To live according to you will be almost equivalent to not living at all.  They have to live according to themselves - in freedom, in responsibility, in danger, in challenge. --- Osho

When you give your children knowledge, you are telling them what to think. When you give your children wisdom, you do not tell them what to know, or what is true, but rather, how to get to their own truth. --- Neale Donald Walsch

A mind all logic is like a knife all blade. It makes the hand bleed that uses it. 
--- Rabindranath Tagore

It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it. 
--- Aristotle

Remember that you have the opportunity every day, every moment, to invent the future you want. --- Michael J Fox

Each of us has a personal calling that is as unique as a fingerprint.  The best way to succeed is to discover what you love.  Then find a way to offer it to others in the form of service, working hard and also allowing the energy of the Universe to lead you. --- Oprah

If I had ever made any valuable discoveries, it has been owing more to patient attention that to any other talent. --- Isaac Newton

Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep. 
--- Scott Adams

No matter who says what, you should accept it with a smile and do your own work.
--- Mother Theresa

One who graduated yesterday and stops learning today is uneducated by tomorrow.
--- Oxford

Use what talents you possess : the woods would be very silent if no birds sang there except those that sang best. --- Henry van Dyke

I hope your realize your life is truly your life.... it belongs to you. It is your story to write with love.  Day by day, line by line, write it well. --- Maria Calvo

That's the risk you take if you change; that people you've been involved with won't like the new you. But other people who do will come along. --- Lisa Alther

Let parents bequeath to their children not riches but the spirit of reverence. --- Plato

There are two things children should get from their parents; roots and wings.
--- Johann Wolfgang van Goethe

I learnt that direction is the most powerful motivation - and that direction HAS to come from within - that it can't be imposed from outside. The child must see the purpose in the thing, especially if it is a hard thing, in order to do it with love, dedication and meaning.
--- Kathy Koetsier

Surround yourself only with people who are going to take you higher. --- Oprah

It takes courage to grow up and become who your really are. --- E.E. Cummings

Begin with what you know you'd love to do and work your way out to what you don't know.  What your truly love is not something that is a fantasy, but it is something that you know and feel in your heart.  It's a calling inside of you, summoning to do what you love.
--- Dr John Demartini

Love is the ability and willingness to allow those that you care for to be what they choose for themselves without any insistence that they satisfy you. --- Dr Wayne Dyer

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