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Constant Sometimes Distant

If parents are the fixed stars in the child's universe, the vaguely understood, distant but constant celestial spheres, siblings are the dazzling, sometimes scorching comets whizzing nearby.

- Alison Gopnik

Young Asking Literally

Asking questions is what brains were born to do, at least when we were young children. For young children, quite literally, seeking explanations is as deeply rooted a drive as seeking food or water.

- Alison Gopnik

Point One Of The Things

One of the things I say is from an evolutionary point of view: probably the ideal rich environment for a baby includes more mud, livestock, and relatives than most of us could tolerate nowadays.

- Alison Gopnik

Children See Exploration

Successful creative adults seem to combine the wide-ranging exploration and openness we see in children with the focus and discipline we see in adults.

- Alison Gopnik

Also Blank Brain

The brain is highly structured, but it is also extremely flexible. It's not a blank slate, but it isn't written in stone, either.

- Alison Gopnik

Some About Boyfriend

What we want in students is creativity and a willingness to fail. I always say to students, 'If you've never at some point stayed up all night talking to your new boyfriend about the meaning of life instead of preparing for the test, then you're not really an intellectual.'

- Alison Gopnik

Phone Calls Poorer Content

Texts and e-mails travel no faster than phone calls and telegrams, and their content isn't necessarily richer or poorer.

- Alison Gopnik

Some Very Deep

Young children seem to be learning who to share this toy with and figure out how it works, while adolescents seem to be exploring some very deep and profound questions: 'How should this society work? How should relationships among people work?' The exploration is: 'Who am I, what am I doing?'

- Alison Gopnik

Game About The History Of

Imagine if baseball were taught the way science is taught in most inner-city schools. Schoolchildren would get lectures about the history of the World Series. High school students would occasionally reproduce famous plays of the past. Nobody would get in the game themselves until graduate school.

- Alison Gopnik

Been Very Developmental

Putting together philosophy and children would have been difficult for most of history. But very fortunately for me, when I started graduate school there was a real scientific revolution taking place in developmental psychology.

- Alison Gopnik

Very Play Elaborate

Even the very youngest children already are perfectly able to discriminate between the imaginary and the real, whether in books or movies or in their own pretend play. Children with the most elaborate and beloved imaginary friends will gently remind overenthusiastic adults that these companions are, after all, just pretend.

- Alison Gopnik

Most Important Nature

Culture is our nature, and the ability to learn and change is our most important and fundamental instinct.

- Alison Gopnik

Love Very Developmental

I'm afraid the parenting advice to come out of developmental psychology is very boring: pay attention to your kids and love them.

- Alison Gopnik

Developmental Controlled

Developmental scientists like me explore the basic science of learning by designing controlled experiments.

- Alison Gopnik

More Often Fundamental

Adults often assume that most learning is the result of teaching and that exploratory, spontaneous learning is unusual. But actually, spontaneous learning is more fundamental.

- Alison Gopnik

Same Telegraph Exponential

The radio was an improvement on the telegraph but it didn't have the same exponential, transformative effect.

- Alison Gopnik

New Learn Learning

We learn differently as children than as adults. For grown-ups, learning a new skill is painful, attention-demanding, and slow. Children learn unconsciously and effortlessly.

- Alison Gopnik

Like Young Development

Babies and young children are like the research and development division of the human species, and we grown-ups are production and marketing.

- Alison Gopnik

About Big Big Questions

I wanted to answer big questions about humanity, about how it is that we understand about the world, how we can know as much as we do, why human nature is the way that it is. And it always seemed to me that you find answers to those questions by looking at children.

- Alison Gopnik

Young Protected Immaturity

From an evolutionary perspective children are, literally, designed to learn. Childhood is a special period of protected immaturity. It gives the young breathing time to master the things they will need to know in order to survive as adults.

- Alison Gopnik

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Intelligence Think Always

Promise me you'll always remember: You're braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think.

- A. A. Milne

Think Forget Ever

Did you ever stop to think, and forget to start again?

- A. A. Milne

Think Love Some

Some people care too much. I think it's called love.

- A. A. Milne

Think Zionism Other

I don't think that when Zionism began there was a claim that we were losing - even in part - our capacity to contribute to other peoples.

- A. B. Yehoshua

Think Goal Been

My goal has been to encourage jointness, to push people to think of affiliations rather than to operate as solo entrepreneurs.

- A. Bartlett Giamatti

Think College Sacrifices

I think that the young people today feel a tremendous sense of responsibility to their brothers and sisters because of the sacrifices that most families make to send their children to college.

- A. Bartlett Giamatti

Think Once Pages

We think of stars as celestial beings. And once in a while, they smile at us from the pages of 'People' magazine.

- A. E. Hotchner

Some Dilemmas Seconds

Sometimes it takes ten seconds to see some humor in your dilemmas, sometimes ten years.

- Allen Klein

Set Dilemmas Various

A hospital is a good place to set various dilemmas.

- Aminatta Forna

Want Very Dilemmas

One wouldn't want to have the same dilemmas at 50 as one had at 15. And indeed I don't. I have a very different take on life.

- Annie Lennox

Go Hang Dilemmas

There are two dilemmas that rattle the human skull: How do you hang on to someone who won't stay? And how do you get rid of someone who won't go?

- Danny DeVito

Simplest Dilemmas Liars

The simplest of women are wonderful liars who can extricate themselves from the most difficult dilemmas with a skill bordering on genius.

- Guy de Maupassant

Constant Dilemmas

Life is a constant oscillation between the sharp horns of dilemmas.

- H. L. Mencken

Think Some Bed

I can take care of a house, and some people I meet, I think, 'You don't even know how to make a bed.'

- Beth Ditto

Some Still Images

There are still some terrible cliches in the presentation of Indian fiction. The lotus flower. The hennaed hands. In mainland Europe, people still slap these images on my books and I go bananas.

- Hari Kunzru

Some Religious Comprehend

There are things about our world that almost by their nature defy our ability to comprehend them. Some people use a religious register to deal with that - they call it God and that's a way of domesticating it.

- Hari Kunzru

Think Some Other

I enjoy thinking myself into other times and places. I don't like some of the conventions of the 'historical novel', but I think there's a way of doing it that has a lot of merit.

- Hari Kunzru

Love Some Became

I tried to take seriously the idea that if you tortured language you might arrive at some new truth. Later it became clear to me that I was retreading ground by fighting the literary battles of the 1950s and 1960s, and that I was actually a bit bored by some of the books I professed to love.

- Hari Kunzru

Some Read Unlikely

Some books I've kept because the binding is beautiful - I'm unlikely ever to read my grandmother's copy of 'The Life of Lord Nelson.' I'm addicted to secondhand bookshops.

- Hari Kunzru

Like Some Kind

Some really good things kind of swing both ways and I like to see people that can swing really, really, really sad and horrible and terrible and really, really, really beautiful and funny.

- Beth Henley

Always Love Dilemmas

To tell you the truth, in my work, love is always in opposition to the elements. It creates dilemmas. It brings in suffering. We can't live with it, and we can't live without it. You'll rarely find a happy ending in my work.

- Krzysztof Kieslowski