Posted by: chrisdavis | March 25, 2011

A Final Group of Quotes

Here are some final quotes that kept us on target as we raised our children in our own homes:

“If the main reason for not sending our children to school and for keeping them at home is to teach them at home, then we have missed the main reason for not sending our children to school and for keeping them at home.”

“We have admitted no substantial change in man’s nature during historical times. Everything man does different is merely a new means of achieving old ends.”—Historians, authors & humanists, Will & Ariel Durant

“In school, to fail means to lose; in life, to fail means to learn. In school, success is completely up to each individual’s effort; in life, success is a corporate endeavor.”

“Children might learn what we want them to know, but they will certainly learn what they want to know.”

“Books make a full man, conference a ready man, writing an exact man.”—carved on a pillar in the National Library of Congress

“The purpose for everything we do in a child’s life is to provide him or her with the tools and the time to become excellent in what God has already placed within that child to do in life.”

“Do you see a man skilled in his work? He will not stand before ordinary men; he will stand before kings.”—Proverbs 22:29

“Posterity, you will never know how much it has cost my generation to preserve your freedom. I hope you will make good use of it.”—President John Quincy Adams

“For the first time in the history of humankind, the overwhelming majority of little boys and little girls continued under the direct domination and supervision of ladies until they reached maturity. This has never happened before in history. Crusades, wars, migrations, pestilence—nothing for a people as a whole ever before took so large a percentage of adult males out of the family context for so much of the waking time of the children. Most of us have not even noticed the change, nor do we have any idea of its radicality.”—Weldon Hardenbrook, describing the effect of the Industrial Revolution in the mid-1880’s when men left home to begin working in factories. From his book, Missing from Action

“I am a bear of Very Little Brain and long Words Bother me.”—Winnie the Pooh


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