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That’s What He Said: Quotes to Help Your Children Learn

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That’s What He Said:

Quotes to Help Your Children Learn

ColonistMother that's what he saidThat’s What He Said” is presented for discussion of pressing issues, comparing yesterday to today, and/or researching the myriad current events to which the quotes apply. These are all wonderful ways to help your child understand the world around him, and to gently prepare him to courageously face the changes that are upon this country today and tomorrow.


As the happiness of the people is the sole end of government, so the consent of the people is the only foundation of it.

~ John Adams

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Granpa said some nations was uppity in the same way and would give and give so they could call theirselves big shots, when if they had their heart in the righth place, would learn the people to who they was giving how to do for theirselves. Granpa said these nations wouldn’t do this because then the other people would not be dependent on them, and that’s what they was after in the first place.

~ Forrest Carter, in The Education of Little Tree

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Cherish therefore the spirit of our people and keep alive their attention. Do not be severe upon their errors, but reclaim them by enlightening them. If once they become inattentive to public affairs, you and I and Congress and Assemblies, judges and governors, shall all become wolves.

~ Thomas Jefferson (in 1787 letter to Edward Carrington)

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The child is not the mere creature of the state; those who nurture him and direct his destiny have the right, coupled with the high duty, to recognize and prepare him for additional obligations.

~ U. S. Supreme Court 268 U.S. 510 (1925)

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One cannot exist today as a person – one cannot exist in full consciousness – without having to have a showdown with one’s self, without having to define what it is that one lives by, without being clear in one’s own mind what matters and what does not matter.

~ Dorothy Thompson, Columnist, from a 1939 speech

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Our greatest moral problem today is cowardice. Common integrity now passes for courage.

~ Rev. Wm. Sloane Coffin, Jr.

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I sure as hell didn’t mean for people to crush human values and morality.

~ Vince Lombardi on his much more often quoted comment “Winning isn’t everything: it’s the only thing”

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I cannot help but wonder whether by continuing and expanding the school lunch program, we aren’t witnessing, if not encouraging, the slow demise of yet another American tradition: the brown bag…

Perhaps we are beholding yet another break in the chain that links child to home.

~ Chas. McC. Mathias, Jr., U.S. Senator, Time, August 16, 1976

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The history of the last century shows…that the advice given to governments by bankers…was consistently good for bankers, but was often disastrous for governments, businessmen, and the people generally.

~ Carroll Quigley in Tragedy and Hope: A History of the World in Our Time

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Liberty means responsibility. That is why most men dread it.

~ George Bernard Shaw

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The man who asks of freedom anything other than itself is born to be a slave.

~ Tocqueville (The Old Regime and the French Revolution, 1856)

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A right is not what someone gives you; it’s what no one can take from you.

~ Former U.S. Attorney General Ramsey Clark in The New York Times, October 2, 1977

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I can’t help thinking of the Venetian Republic in their last half-century. Like us, they had once been fabulously lucky. They had become rich, as we did, by accident. They had acquired immense political skills, just as we have. A good many of them were tough-minded, realistic, patriotic men. They knew, just as clearly as we know, that the current of history had begun to flow against them. Many of them gave their minds to working out ways to keep going. It would have meant breaking the pattern into which they had crystallised. They were fond of the pattern, just as we are fond of ours. They never found the will to break it.

~ C. P. Snow

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All of these quotes and many more can be found as supporting information in The Art of Education: Reclaiming Your Family, Community and Self by Linda Dobson. This e-book is available on the Parent at the Helm website for $4.99.

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