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Eda J. LeShan

  • ... most of us carry into marriage not only our childlike illusions, but we bring to it as well the demand that it has to be wonderful, because it's supposed to be.

  • We all wanted babies — but did any of us want children?

  • If you are a parent it helps if you are a grown-up.

  • ... no man can be psychologically castrated without his co-operation!

  • We are not asking our children to do their own best but to be the best. Education is in danger of becoming a religion based on fear; its doctrine is to compete. The majority of our children are being led to believe that they are doomed to failure in a world which has room only for those at the top.

  • ... in all our efforts to provide 'advantages' we have actually produced the busiest, most competitive, highly pressured and over-organized generation of youngsters in our history — and possibly the unhappiest. We seem hell-bent on eliminating much of childhood.

  • Excellence in life seems to me to be the way in which each human being makes the most of the adventure of living and becomes most truly and deeply himself, fulfilling his own nature in the context of a good life with other people.

  • We found ... that being a good parent to one's own child was never and in no way enough; until we were all responsible for all the children of the world, no child would ever be safe, no society could survive.

  • Sex is something we are, not something we do.

  • Until every individual feels personally responsible for the careful planning and the preservation of natural resources, the inexorable destruction will go on.

  • Babies are necessary to grown-ups. A new baby is like the beginning of all things — wonder, hope, a dream of possibilities.

  • Every time a child is born, we have another chance.

  • ... the highest priority for any government concerned with its own future and the peace of the world community ought to be the facilities it provides for the care and nurturance of young children.

  • All important progress made by the human race has its roots in daydreaming.

  • Depression occurs when you are not being yourself. You're probably doing things you don't want to do.

    • Eda J. LeShan
  • Becoming a grandparent is not having a second chance at parenthood!

    • Eda J. LeShan

Eda J. LeShan, U.S. family counselor, writer, educator

(1922 - 2002)