By Terry Mark
Aesthetic life is not something sophisticated – that’s a humanistic lie. Aesthetic life is as integral to being human as building sandcastles on the beach and giving your children names.
Whatever a man might do, whatever misery or heartache your children might give you – and they give you a lot – however much your parents irritate you – it doesn’t matter because you love them.
Taking care of children has nothing to do with politics. I think perhaps with time, instead of there being a politicization of humanitarian aid, there will be a humanization of politics.
I had to make a choice at one point in my life, of missing films or missing my children. It was a very easy decision to make because I missed my children so very much.
I can testify to what UNICEF means to children because I was among those who received food and medical relief right after World War II.
During the 1942 Quit India Movement, I was a student at Gwalior High School. I was arrested by the British for participating in the movement. My parents then sent me off to my village where, again, I jumped into the movement.
Men of sense often learn from their enemies. It is from their foes, not their friends, that cities learn the lesson of building high walls and ships of war; and this lesson saves their children, their homes, and their properties.
Full of wiles, full of guile, at all times, in all ways, are the children of Men.
Children have a master to teach them, grown-ups have the poets.
We cannot say that if a child is badly nourished he will become a criminal. We must see what conclusion the child has drawn.
Play is a child’s work and this is not a trivial pursuit.
If you wish to educate a child who has gone wrong, then you must, above all, keep your attention fixed on the intersection of two charmed circles.
Every pampered child becomes a hated child… There is no greater evil than the pampering of children.
All failures – neurotics, psychotics, criminals, drunkards, problem children, suicides, perverts, and prostitutes – are failures because they are lacking in social interest.
Children are remarkable for their intelligence and ardor, for their curiosity, their intolerance of shams, the clarity and ruthlessness of their vision.
Mothers are fonder than fathers of their children because they are more certain they are their own.
Those who educate children well are more to be honored than they who produce them; for these only gave them life, those the art of living well.
Parents can only give good advice or put them on the right paths, but the final forming of a person’s character lies in their own hands.
It’s when children are 15, 16 or 17 that they decide whether they want to be a doctor, an engineer, a politician or go to the Mars or moon. That is the time they start having a dream, and that’s the time you can work on them. You can help them shape their dreams.
Creativity is the key to success in the future, and primary education is where teachers can bring creativity in children at that level.