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Quote Left Granted there are instances in which children have been reared in an atmosphere of inconsistency where value training of any kind was entirely missing; but even in these cases, it is the lack of loving guidance and structure rather than the lack of punitive retribution that has triggered the behavioral manifestations of delinquency. In a high percentage of court cases, there is evidence that the child has met with punishment that has not only been frequent but in many cases excessive. In fact, one of the sources of the child's own inadequate development is the model of open violence provided by the parent who has resorted repeatedly to corporal punishment, usually because of his own limited imagination. This indoctrination into a world where only might makes right and where all strength is invested in the authority of the mother or of the father not only makes it easy for the child to develop aggressive patterns of behavior but makes him emotionally distant and distrustful. Quote Right
Quote Left All this class of pleasures inspires me with the same nausea as I feel at the sight of rich plum-cake or sweetmeats; I prefer the driest bread of common life. Quote Right
Quote Left A nation grown free in a single day is a child born with the limbs and the vigor of a man, who would take a drawn sword for his rattle, and set the house in a blaze that he might chuckle over the splendor. Quote Right
Quote Left Scotland: That garret of the earth - that knuckle-end of England - that land of Calvin, oat-cakes, and sulphur. Quote Right
Quote Left It resembles a pair of shears, so joined that they cannot be separated, often moving in opposite directions, yet always punishing anyone who c... Quote Right
Quote Left Have the courage to be ignorant of a great number of things, in order to avoid the calamity of being ignorant of everything. Quote Right
Quote Left Never try to reason the prejudice out of a man. It was not reasoned into him, and cannot be reasoned out. Quote Right
Quote Left It is always right that a man should be able to render a reason for the faith that is within him. Quote Right
Quote Left There is one piece of advice, in a life of study, which I think no one will object to and that is, every now and then to be completely idle - to do nothing at all. Quote Right
Quote Left Errors to be dangerous must have a great deal of truth mingled with them. It is only from this alliance that they can ever obtain an extensive circulation. Quote Right
Quote Left I have, alas, only one illusion left, and that is the Archbishop of Canterbury. Quote Right
Quote Left You must not think me necessarily foolish because I am facetious, nor will I consider you necessarily wise because you are grave. Quote Right
Quote Left Manners are like the shadows of virtues, they are the momentary display of those qualities which our fellow creatures love and respect. Quote Right
Quote Left The object of preaching is to constantly remind mankind of what they keep forgetting; not to supply the intellect, but to fortify the feebleness of human resolutions. Quote Right
Quote Left A great deal of talent is lost to the world for the want of a little courage. Quote Right
Quote Left Find fault when you must find fault in private, and if possible sometime after the offense, rather than at the time. Quote Right
Quote Left Whatever you are from nature, keep to it; never desert your own line of talent... Be what Nature intended you for, and you will succeed; be anything else, and you will be ten thousand times worse than nothing. Quote Right
Quote Left I have no relish for the country; it is a kind of healthy grave. Quote Right
Quote Left It is the greatest of all mistakes to do nothing because you can only do a little. Do what you can. Quote Right
Quote Left He not only overflowed with learning, he stood in the slop. Quote Right
Quote Left He had occasional flashes of silence, that made his conversation perfectly delightful. Quote Right
Quote Left Life is to be fortified by many friendships. To love and to be loved is the greatest happiness of existence. Quote Right
Quote Left Poverty is no disgrace to a man, but it is confoundedly inconvenient. Quote Right
Quote Left He not only overflowed with learning, but stood in the slop. Quote Right
Quote Left To do anything in this world worth doing, we must not stand back shivering and thinking of the cold and danger, but jump in, and scramble through as well as we can. Quote Right
Quote Left I am convinced digestion is the great secret of life. Quote Right
Quote Left Avoid shame but do not seek glory --nothing so expensive as glory. Quote Right
Quote Left A great deal of talent is lost to the world for want of a little courage. Every day sends to their graves obscure men whose timidity prevented them from making a first effort. Quote Right
Quote Left Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off your goals. Quote Right
Quote Left Whatever you are from nature, keep to it; never desert your own line of talent. Be what nature intended you for, and you will succeed; be anything else, and you will be ten thousands times worse than nothing. Quote Right
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