My grandmother wanted me to have an education, so she kept me out of school.
Sisters is probably the most competitive relationship within the family, but once the sisters are grown, it becomes the strongest relationship.
We are continually faced with great opportunities which are brilliantly disguised as unsolvable problems.
Having someone wonder where you are when you don't come home at night is a very old human need.
I was wise enough never to grow up, while fooling people into believing I had.
Thanks to television, for the first time the young are seeing history made before it is censored by their elders.
A small group of thoughtful people could change the world. Indeed, it's the only thing that ever has.
Nobody has ever before asked the nuclear family to live all by itself in a box the way we do. With no relatives, no support, we've put it in an impossible situation.
we came to realize that a civilization which rode roughshod over the way of life of other peoples was incorporating evil in its own way of life.
If we are to achieve a richer culture, rich in contrasting values, we must recognize the whole gamut of human potentialities, and so weave a less arbitrary social fabric, one in which each diverse human gift will find a fitting place.
An ideal culture is one that makes a place for every human gift
What we lack is not so much leisure to do as time to reflect and time to feel. What we seldom "take" is time to experience the things that have happened, the things that are happening, the things that are still ahead of us.
A woman, even a brilliant woman, must have two qualities in order to fulfill her promise: more energy than mere mortals, and the ability to outwit her culture.
What people say, what people do, and what they say they do are entirely different things.
We are living beyond our means. As a people we have developed a life-style that is draining the earth of its priceless and irreplaceable resources without regard for the future of our children and people all around the world.
The solution to adult problems tomorrow depends on large measure upon how our children grow up today.
There is no hierarchy of values by which one culture has the right to insist on all its own values and deny those of another.
Injustice experienced in the flesh, in deeply wounded flesh, is the stuff out of which change explodes.
No country that permits firearms to be widely and randomly distributed among its population - especially firearms that are capable of wounding and killing human beings - can expect to escape violence, and a great deal of violence.
We - mankind - stand at the center of an evolutionary crisis, with a new evolutionary device - our consciousness of the crisis - as our unique contribution.
Everyone needs to have access both to grandparents and grandchildren in order to be a full human being.
What the world needs is not romantic lovers who are sufficient unto themselves, but husbands and wives who live in communities, relate to other people, carry on useful work and willingly give time and attention to their children.
Children must be taught how to think, not what to think.
Earth Day is the first holy day...and is devoted to the harmony of nature... The celebration offends no historical calendar, yet it transcends them all.
Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has.
Never depend upon institutions or government to solve any problem. All social movements are founded by, guided by, motivated and seen through by the passion of individuals.
...recognize and respect Earth's beautiful systems of balance, between the presence of animals on land, the fish in the sea, birds in the air, mankind, water, air, and land. Most importantly there must always be awareness of the actions by people that can disturb this precious balance.
I learned the value of hard work by working hard.
The anonymity of the city is one of its strengths as well as - carried too far - one of its weaknesses.
It is an open question whether any behavior based on fear of eternal punishment can be regarded as ethical or should be regarded as merely cowardly.
in all cultures, human beings - in order to be human - must understand the nonhuman.
Every time we liberate a woman, we liberate a man.
Our humanity rests upon a series of learned behaviors, woven together into patterns that are infinitely fragile and never directly inherited.
Monogamous heterosexual love is probably one of the most difficult, complex and demanding of human relationships.
There are unidentified flying objects. That is, there are a hard core of cases-perhaps 20 to 30 percent in different studies-for which there is no explanation. We can only imagine what purpose lies behind the activities of these quiet, harmlessly cruising objects that time and again approach the Earth. The most likely explanation, it seems to me, is that they are simply watching what we are up to
Of course we need children! Adults need children in their lives to listen to and care for, to keep their imagination fresh and their hearts young and to make the future a reality for which they are willing to work.
Our human situation no longer permits us to make armed dichotomies between those who are good and those who are evil, those who are right and those who are wrong. The first blow dealt to the enemy's children will sign the death warrant of our own.
If one cannot state a matter clearly enough so that even an intelligent twelve-year-old can understand it, one should remain within the cloistered walls of the university and laboratory until one gets a better grasp of one's subject matter.
Children not only have to learn what their parents learned in school, but also have to learn how to learn. This has to be recognized as a new problem which is only partly solved.
Many societies have educated their male children on the simple device of teaching them not to be women.