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Family life was wonderful.
by Robert Cormier

Family life was wonderful.
The streets were bleak.
The playgrounds were bleak.
But home was always warm.
My mother and father had a great relationship.
I always felt 'safe' there.
- Robert Cormier

Related topics: Parenting

I have always had a sense that we are all pretty much alone in life,
particularly in adolescence.
- Robert Cormier

I had my bully, and it was excruciating.
Not only the bully, but the intimidation I felt.
- Robert Cormier

I've had aunts and uncles who not only haven't read
my books but could hardly believe that I was a writer.
- Robert Cormier

 

I take real people and put them in extraordinary situations.
- Robert Cormier

You seldom get a censorship attempt from a 14-year-old boy.
It's the adults who get upset.
- Robert Cormier

I simply write with an intelligent reader in mind.
I don't think about how old they are.
- Robert Cormier

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I can't remember a time when I wasn't trying to get something down on paper.
- Robert Cormier

All the stories I'll ever need are right here on Main Street.
- Robert Cormier

My dream was to be known as a writer and to be able
to produce at least one book that would be read by people.
That dream came true with the publication of my first novel -
and all the rest has been a sweet bonus.
- Robert Cormier

The beautiful part of writing is that you don't have
to get it right the first time,
unlike, say, a brain surgeon.
You can always do it better, find the exact word,
the apt phrase, the leaping simile.
- Robert Cormier

There are no taboos.
Every topic is open, however shocking.
It is the way that the topics are handled that's important,
and that applies whether it is a 15-year-old who is
reading your book or someone who is 55.
- Robert Cormier

Every child comes with the message
that God is not yet discouraged of man.
- Rabindranath Tagore

The true meaning of life is to plant trees,
under whose shade you do not expect to sit.
- Nelson Henderson

A happy family is but an earlier heaven.
- George Bernard Shaw

Nothing you do for a child is ever wasted.
- Garrison Keillor

To the people who love you,
you are beautiful already.
This is not because they're
blind to your shortcomings
but because they so clearly see your soul.
- Victoria Moran

Mother is the name for God
in the lips and hearts of little children.
- William Makepeace Thackeray

He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother.
- Roe Fulkerson

Your greatest gift to your family and friends is yourself -
your relaxed, happy, and fully-present self.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The ache for home lives in all of us,
the safe place where we can
go as we are and not be questioned.
- Maya Angelou

Sisters are different flowers from the same garden.
- Anonymous

Our opportunity is to Soar our Spirit.
To see Light and Joy in everything.
To spread our wings and fly boldly.
To give thanks for rainbows and butterflies -
our symbols of renewal and rebirth.
To offer daily Thanksgiving - for ourselves, our family,
our friends, our community, for the whole world.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Let parents bequeath to their children
not riches, but the spirit of reverence.
- Plato

Our loved ones -
whether by blood, by marriage, or by choice -
are delicate treasures.
If we hold them too close, they break -
as a butterfly would.
By honoring and enjoying
the freedom of our loved ones,
we gain our own freedom.
Have the courage to trust that
the beautiful butterflies of your life
will return - or not - as life intends.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

For a happy marriage,
love and accept your spouse just the way they are.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

The final forming of a person's character
lies in their own hands.
- Anne Frank

The best of all gifts around any Christmas tree
is the presence of a happy family all wrapped up in each other.
- Burton Hills

You are my Family
- Karen Drucker

Kindness is the light that dissolves
all walls between souls, families, and nations.
- Paramahansa Yogananda

What is our family?
We touch our full hearts and see ourselves
reflected whole in each other's eyes.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

We find delight in the beauty and happiness of children
that makes the heart too big for the body.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

Consider a new beginning with your family -
choose to take them less seriously.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

There are two lasting bequests we can give our children
One is roots, the other is wings.
- Hodding Carter

The magic words for a great family are,
"I love you just the way you are."
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

You don't choose your family.
They are God's gift to you, as you are to them.
- Desmond Tutu

No love, no friendship can cross the path of our destiny
without leaving some mark on it forever.
- Francois Muriac

One of the sanest, surest, and most generous joys of life
comes from being happy over the good fortune of others.
- Robert A. Heinlein

Children are born innocent.
Before they are domesticated they live in the moment,
love without fear, and don't even think about the opinions of others.
- don Miguel Ruiz

The hardest of all, is learning to be
a well of affection, and not a fountain,
to show them that we love them,
not when we feel like it, but when they do.
- Nan Fairbrother

You are my home - the place to which I always return.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Sometimes, our family's most important job
is reminding us how unimportant we are.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

You are my family because I CHOOSE you.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Sister is probably the most competitive
relationship within the family,
but once the sisters are grown,
it becomes the strongest relationship.
- Margaret Mead

Nobody has ever asked the nuclear family to live
all by itself in a box the way we do.
With no relatives, no support,
we've put it in an impossible situation.
- Margaret Mead

Live so that when your children think of fairness,
caring and integrity, they think of you.
- H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

What can you do to promote world peace?
Go home and love your family.
- Mother Teresa

As long as any adult thinks that he,
like the parents and teachers of old,
can become introspective,
invoking his own youth to understand
the youth before him,
he is lost.
- Margaret Mead

How paramount the future is to the present
when one is surrounded by children.
- Charles Darwin

Your children need your presence
more than your presents.
- Jesse Jackson

That I was born to this circle - I am blessed.
That I choose to stand in this circle - I am proud.
- Mary Anne Radmacher

Children aren't happy with nothing to ignore,
and that's what parents were created for.
- Ogden Nash

Don't limit a child to your own learning,
for he was born in another time.
- Rabindranath Tagore

There can be no keener revelation of a society's soul
than the way in which it treats its children.
- Nelson Mandela

Big sisters are the crabgrass in the lawn of life.
- Linus Van Pelt in Charles M. Schulz' Peanuts cartoon

Let us honor all children,
and put ourselves into service
preparing a magnificent
earthly home for future generations.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

I have also seen children successfully
surmounting the effects of an evil inheritance.
That is due to purity being an inherent attribute of the soul.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

A house is made of walls and beams;
a home is built with love and dreams.
- Anonymous

A mother is not a person to lean on,
but a person to make leaning unnecessary.
- Dorothy Canfield Fisher

The heart of a mother is a deep abyss
at the bottom of which you will always find forgiveness.
- Honore de Balzac

Men are what their mothers made them.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

The object of education is to prepare the young
to educate themselves throughout their lives.
- Robert M. Hutchins

The most interesting information comes from children,
for they tell all they know and then stop.
- Mark Twain

We are now at a point where we must educate our children
in what no one knew yesterday,
and prepare our schools for what no one knows yet.
- Margaret Mead

Mother's love grows by giving.
- Charles Lamb

Many societies have educated their male children
on the simple device of teaching them not to be women.
- Margaret Mead

The whole art of teaching is only the art
of awakening the natural curiosity
of young minds for the purpose of satisfying it afterwards.
- Anatole France

In all our contacts, it is probably the sense
of being really needed and wanted
which gives us the greatest satisfaction
and creates the most lasting bond.
- Eleanor Roosevelt

The being of our mothers is forever branded onto our own being.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

A house is not a home unless it
contains food and fire
for the mind as well as the body.
- Benjamin Franklin

It is a wise father that knows his own child.
- William Shakespeare


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