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Big Web Visitors

On the Web we all become small-town visitors lost in the big city.

- Alison Gopnik

Education Very Evidence

We have lots of evidence that putting investments in early childhood education, even evidence from very hard-nosed economists, is one of the very best investments that the society can possibly make. And yet we still don't have public support for things like preschools.

- Alison Gopnik

Deal Good Deal Reach

What happens when children reach puberty earlier and adulthood later? The answer is: a good deal of teenage weirdness.

- Alison Gopnik

Like Going More

Our babies are like penguins; penguin babies can't exist unless more than one person is taking care of them. They just can't keep going.

- Alison Gopnik

Practically Gee Sack

The brain knows the real secret of seduction, more effective than even music and martinis. Just keep whispering, 'Gee, you are really special' to that sack of water and protein that is a body, and you can get it to do practically anything.

- Alison Gopnik

Study Drop Youngest

The youngest children have a great capacity for empathy and altruism. There's a recent study that shows even 14-month-olds will climb across a bunch of cushions and go across a room to give you a pen if you drop one.

- Alison Gopnik

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

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Which Younger A Good Thing

I went to church when I was younger, but it was never something pushed down my throat or anything, which is a good thing. I found out for myself where I belonged.

- A.J. Styles

Lot Younger Appreciate

I appreciate what I have a lot more than I did when I was younger.

- Aaron Carter

Skin Younger Mum

My mum used Avon Skin So Soft oil when I was younger. She would have a bath, and then the smell used to fill the whole house.

- Abbey Clancy

Read Younger Age Group

All I can say is, I don't encourage younger kids to read my books, and actually, the biggest age group on my Facebook page is 25- to 35-year-old women.

- Abbi Glines

More Getting Mature

If I'm not getting older and more mature at 31, then something's wrong.

- Allen Iverson

More Shape Injuries

The thing about getting older is the injuries. You just get injured more often. You take time off, you come back, you get injured again and you never get in shape.

- Allen Johnson

More Than Itself

To a child, often the box a toy came in is more appealing than the toy itself.

- Allen Klein

More Our Limited

Humor expands our limited picture frame and gets us to see more than just our problem.

- Allen Klein

May More Deal

I am not ridiculing verbal mechanisms, dreams, or repressions as origins of poetry; all three of them and more besides may have a great deal to do with it.

- Allen Tate

More Honor Chance

At twelve I was determined to shoot only For honor; at twenty not to shoot at all; I know at thirty-three that one must shoot As often as one gets the rare chance - In killing there is more than commentary.

- Allen Tate

More Line Myself

When I retired out of the military, I registered myself as a Republican because my views and perspectives were more in line with that party.

- Allen West

Book Large Reading Books

Book clubs, both online and in person, have become a large percentage of the reading public, and many of them won't consider reading books in hardcover.

- Christina Baker Kline

Made Year Reading Books

I tried to get into comics initially after I graduated Clemson in 1994. I spent a year trying to get in, and I quit reading books because not getting in made me sad.

- Jonathan Hickman

Love Saved Reading Books

I always wrote. I wrote from when I was 12. That was therapeutic for me in those days. I wrote things to get them out of feeling them, and onto paper. So writing in a way saved me, kept me company. I did the traditional thing with falling in love with words, reading books and underlining lines I liked and words I didn't know.

- Carrie Fisher

Year Reading Reading Books

If you spend all your time reading books that you only pretend to understand, year after year, there isn't much room for anything else.

- Cathleen Schine

About Books Reading Books

I grew up reading books about heroic collies.

- Cathleen Schine

Other Been Reading Books

I don't think kids have a problem reading books meant for adults; the problem is on the other side of the fence, a misconception of what one kind of literature is 'supposed' to be, perceived to be, as opposed to another: if it's for kids, it can't be any good; it's got to have been dumbed down and/or sweetened up.

- Kathe Koja

Very Dean Reading Books

It's funny that I got to do 'On the Road' because the thing that had the biggest impact on me growing up was reading books. I was very inspired by the book and this spirit of Dean Moriarty and how envious we all are of somebody who can be that carefree.

- Garrett Hedlund

Younger Whole Brothers

I'm the only girl out of three children. I have two younger brothers. I've grown up around boys and men my whole life. I get them. I get men.

- Tamala Jones

Means Myself Younger

When I was younger, many of my romantic escapades were just a means of simply avoiding being by myself. I was afraid of feeling lonely, afraid I wouldn't know what to say to myself.

- Michael Zaslow

Making Been Younger

Since I was younger I've been making the best out of nothing.

- Wiz Khalifa