Every act of conscious learning requires the willingness to suffer an injury to one's self-esteem. That is why young children, before they are aware of their own self-importance, learn so easily.
Permissiveness is the principle of treating children as if they were adults; and the tactic of making sure they never reach that stage.
He who does not accept and respect those who want to reject life does not truly accept and respect life itself.
Individual psychotherapy - that is, engaging a distressed fellow human in a disciplined conversation and human relationship - requires that the therapist have the proper temperament and philosophy of life for such work. By that I mean that the therapist must be patient, modest, and a perceptive listener, rather than a talker and advice-giver.
Matt de la Pena
Judith Ellen Foster
Jane D. Hull