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Kids: they dance before they learn there is anything that isn't music. William Stafford

There are no seven wonders of the world in the eyes of a child. There are seven million.

Being unwanted, unloved, uncared for, forgotten by everybody -- I think that is a much greater hunger -- a much greater poverty than the person who has nothing to eat. Mother Teresa

"The train of brotherly love rides on tracks of concern and compassion." William Arthur Ward

A torn jacket is soon mended, but hard words bruise the heart of a child. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Do not train a child to learn by force or harshness; but direct them to it by what amuses their minds, so that you may be better able to discover with accuracy the peculiar bent of the genius of each.  Plato

A 1945 report by the State Child Services Division of Child Welfare critiqued 28 institutions tending to destitute children and found that over a third restricted admission by race or religion.  Mount Saint John was not among those places. In fact, in all of its history, the school has never had any restrictions on race, creed or national origin.  Children were accepted based on need. It was that simple. 

Self-esteem is the real magic wand that can form a child’s future. A child’s self-esteem affects every area of her existence, from friends she chooses, to how well she does academically in school, to what kind of job she gets, to even the person she chooses to marry. Stephanie Martson, The Magic of Encouragement

Pretty much all the honest truth-telling there is in the world is done by children. Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr

Focus on who the child is instead of what the child does. Amy E. Dean, Peace of Mind

Children are the hands by which we take hold of heaven. Henry Ward Beecher

God is closest to those with broken hearts. Jewish Proverb

Don't brood. Get on with living and loving. You don't have forever. Leo Buscaglia

Sadness flies away on the wings of time. Jean de La Fontaine

I can be changed by what happens to me, but I refuse to be reduced by it. Maya Angelou

The less you open your heart to others, the more your heart suffers. Deepak Chopra

Not everyone can be an orphan. Andre Gide (1869-1951),

It is not the physical pain that endangers orphans the most. It is the mental pain caused by stress from years and years of being neglected, pushed aside, disregarded, unloved, and made to feel undeserving, and in almost all cases, made to feel like a possession rather than an equal human being. Even more it is the lack of unconditional love, the right to be accepted, as a child and to be loved, as a child, no matter what you do is the most wounding. -- Roger Dean Kiser, from Orphan

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