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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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Mind Business Means

One's mind has a way of making itself up in the background, and it suddenly becomes clear what one means to do.

- A. C. Benson

Means Normal Okay

Our fans want us to be happy and if that means being married or having a girlfriend, they are okay with that. Of course, in this industry it is a bit harder to have normal relationships, but it is possible.

- A. J. McLean

Like Means Everybody

While children are struggling to be unique, the world around them is trying all means to make them look like everybody else.

- A. P. J. Abdul Kalam

Means Elected Right Kind

The government, whether state or central, is elected. That means we have a responsibility to elect the right kind of leaders.

- A. P. J. Abdul Kalam

Will Means Against

It means, people who are in high and responsible positions, if they go against righteousness, righteousness itself will get transformed into a destroyer.

- A. P. J. Abdul Kalam

Death Rooted Day To Day

My day-to-day local issues are rooted in an underlying fear of death.

- Alex Karpovsky

Give Move Death

I'm interested in characters who should know better, who know they should give up, move on, accept life as it is, with all its constraints - life, death, time - but don't.

- Alice McDermott

Think I Think Death

Death is the last enemy: once we've got past that I think everything will be alright.

- Alice Thomas Ellis

Death Believe Peaches

Life is better than death, I believe, if only because it is less boring, and because it has fresh peaches in it.

- Alice Walker

Father Death Africa

My great-grandfather was a kola nut trader and the richest man in West Africa at the time of his death. My father was a businessman and politician. I was actually raised by my grandfather.

- Aliko Dangote

Means Death Consciousness

We fear death so profoundly, not because it means the end of our body, but because it means the end of our consciousness - better to be a spirit in Heaven than a zombie on Earth.

- Alison Gopnik

Understand Death Mourning

When Princess Diana died, I couldn't understand why people were mourning her death in such an enormous, hysterical way when they didn't actually know her for real.

- Alison Jackson

Means Drama Natures

Experience means conflict, our natures being what they are, and conflict means drama.

- Allen Tate

May Them Means

We're told compassion comes not from generosity but from compliance. We're told kindness means raiding a man's hard-earned wages and sending them off to Washington so they - not you - may dole them out in courtesies and indulgences.

- Allen West

Like New Consciousness

In '42,' it's like the '40s where racial equality had come into the consciousness of a lot of people, whereas in the 1900s it was sort of a new thing.

- Andre Holland

Doing Consciousness Except

Do not look for approval except for the consciousness of doing your best.

- Andrew Carnegie

Moods Consciousness Uplift

We're all affected by music. It has the power to inspire, uplift us, change our moods, and even alter consciousness.

- Andrew Weil

May Consciousness Threads

A novel is a collision of ideas. Three or four threads may be floating around in the writer's consciousness, and at a single moment in time, these ideas collide and produce a novel.

- Anita Shreve

Very Natural Consciousness

The inner world is very potent for me - I don't ascribe to any God or Jesus or Buddha - I just have a sense of it and revere it along with the natural world and human consciousness.

- Annie Lennox

Having High Consciousness

In terms of having high hopes that the level of consciousness will get higher and higher, yeah.

- Anthony Kiedis

Like Based Consciousness

Consciousness, much like our feelings, is based on a representation of the body and how it changes when reacting to certain stimuli. Self-image would be unthinkable without this representation.

- Antonio Damasio