Do not ask your children to strive for extraordinary lives.
Such striving may seem admirable, but it is the way of foolishness.
Help them instead to find the wonder and the marvel of an ordinary life.
Show them the joy of tasting tomatoes, apples and pears.
Show them how to cry when pets and people die.
Show them the infinite pleasure in the touch of a hand.
And make the ordinary come alive for them.
The extraordinary will take care of itself. William Martin
Your children are not your children. They are the sons and daughters of Life's longing for itself. They came through you but not from you and though they are with you yet they do not belong to you. Khalil Gibran
The pursuit of truth and beauty is a sphere of activity in which we are permitted to remain children all our lives. Albert Einstein
It is easier to build strong children, than repair broken men. Frederick Douglass
There can be no keener revelation of a society's soul than the way in which it treats its children. Nelson Mandela
Some of my happiest moments were knowing all my children were safe and asleep in bed. Gretchen Estrup
Children are educated by what the grown-up is and not by his talk. Carl Jung
The most interesting information comes from children, for they tell all they know and then stop. Mark Twain
There rate only two lasting bequests we can hope to give our children. One of these is roots, the other, wings. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
The most sophisticated people I know - inside they are all children. Jim Henson
Accept the children the way we accept trees - with gratitude, because they are a blessing… You don't expect trees to change, you love them as they are. Isabel Allende
Children learn to smile from their parents. Shinichi Suzuki
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