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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

Think Some Dilemmas

Like most parents, I think, my children have been the source of some of my most intense joys and despairs, my deepest moral dilemmas and greatest moral achievements.

- 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

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Here Made Though

Who made the world I cannot tell; 'Tis made, and here am I in hell. My hand, though now my knuckles bleed, I never soiled with such a deed.

- A. E. Housman

Own Still My Own

I've had three of my own children and spent my professional life thinking about children. And yet I still find my relation to my children deeply puzzling.

- Alison Gopnik

Though Still Song

The ancient media of speech and song and theater were radically reshaped by writing, though they were never entirely supplanted, a comfort perhaps to those of us who still thrill to the smell of a library.

- Alison Gopnik

Some Though Directed

Probably all the attention to poetry results in some value, though the attention is more often directed to lesser than to greater values.

- A. R. Ammons

Nature Though Grateful

I am grateful for - though I can't keep up with - the flood of articles, theses, and textbooks that mean to share insight concerning the nature of poetry.

- A. R. Ammons

Certainly Big Still

I'm from a big family; I have four younger siblings. My parents are still happily married together. I grew up moving around a lot, and my family was certainly not affluent.

- Alice Greczyn

Always Still Deep

I always felt and still feel that fairy tales have an emotional truth that is so deep that there are few things that really rival them.

- Alice Hoffman

Very Still Frank

I really appreciate Frank Ocean's lyrical style, I appreciate the way that he can kind of draw you into this personal space, but it's still lyrical. It's almost poetic, in a way, but it's very personal at the same time.

- Alicia Keys

Still Great Achievement

I know that people will remember me as Miss Universe because it was my first great achievement, but I still have my whole career ahead of me.

- Alicia Machado

Woman Still Muscular

I like that my body is in shape and toned, and isn't too muscular. I feel I still have a woman's physique.

- Alicia Sacramone

Thought Song Songwriting

It's not that I have resisted songwriting, it's just not something I felt I have had to do. I've just not woken up and thought, I must do this. But I have often heard music that I have instantly felt 'I have to sing that song'.

- Alison Krauss

Always Song Mistake

Whenever I've chosen a song because it's clever, it's always turned out to be a mistake.

- Alison Krauss

Before Though Still

I still get really nervous, though, before each performance. It kind of hits about 15 minutes before we go onstage - sometimes I don't even want to go on. But once I'm onstage I'm fine.

- Alison Lohman

Been Though Mostly

Movies began as a communal experience. Even though we now watch them as DVD's, sometimes alone on our computers, mostly in the history of cinema it has been a communal experience.

- Alison Owen

Though Numerous Algeria

Following 9/11, intelligence indicated numerous links between al-Qa'eda and Algeria. It began to look as though the roots of jihad could be traced back to the war in Algeria that began 50 years ago.

- Alistair Horne

Though Certainly Longest

Though not the longest battle in history - that was Verdun - Stalingrad was certainly the most pitiless, an adjective that reappears regularly in Mr. Beevor's classic work.

- Alistair Horne

Having Song Side

The main thing for all of us was having a ballad, a slower song. Finally, they get to hear more of a vulnerable side to us! We didn't really have that in 'Reflection,' and that's something we all fought for.

- Ally Brooke

Very Beautiful Song

'Can You See' is a beautiful song that follows a story of the star. It's a very inspirational song.

- Ally Brooke

Art Through Song

The sincerity of the art worker must permeate the song as naturally as the green leaves break through the dead branches in springtime.

- Alma Gluck

Love Song Wrote

The song 'Baby Baby,' I so love that song because I wrote it about my first daughter.

- Amy Grant

Means Song Apply

The great thing about a song is that no one has to know your story. But if you tell it in a way that has clarity and means something to somebody else, then it can apply to their story.

- Amy Grant