Louise J. Kaplan Quotes


The toddler must say no in order to find out who she is. The adolescent says no to assert who she is not.

Adolescence is the conjugator of childhood and adulthood.

Adolescence represents an inner emotional upheaval a struggle between the eternal human wish to cling to the past and the equally powerful wish to get on with the future.

Children even infants are capable of sympathy. But only after adolescence are we capable of compassion.

Fathers represent another way of looking at life - the possibility of an alternative dialogue.

It didn't take elaborate experiments to deduce that an infant would die from want of food. But it took centuries to figure out that infants can and do perish from want of love.

Adolescents are the bearers of cultural renewal those cycles of generation and regeneration that link our limited individual destinies with the destiny of the species.

In every adult human there still lives a helpless child who is afraid of aloneness.... This would be so even if there were a possibility for perfect babies and perfect mothers.