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Benjamin Spock (1903 – 1998)


American pediatrician and author.
Benjamin Spock
I wanted to be supportive of parents rather than to scold them. The book set out very deliberately to counteract some of the rigidities of pediatric tradition, particularly in infant feeding. It emphasized the importance of great differences between individual babies, of the need for flexibility and of the lack of necessity to worry constantly about spoiling.
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Every child senses, with all the horse sense that's in him, that any parent is angry inside when children misbehave and they dread more the anger that is rarely or never expressed openly, wondering how awful it might be.
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I would say that the surest measure of a man's or a woman's maturity is the harmony, style, joy, and dignity he creates in his marriage, and the pleasure and inspiration he provides for his spouse.




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I'm not a pacifist. I was very much for the war against Hitler and I also supported the intervention in Korea, but in this war we went in there to steal Vietnam.
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I really learned it all from mothers.
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I've come to the realization that a lot of our problems are because of a dearth of spiritual values.
Benjamin Spock
Most middle-class whites have no idea what it feels like to be subjected to police who are routinely suspicious, rude, belligerent, and brutal.
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People have said, "You've turned your back on pediatrics." I said, "No. It took me until I was in my 60s to realize that politics was a part of pediatrics."
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Having a good time together is the essence of lovingness and the best means of increasing it.
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Well, at least nobody could accuse me of having brought up Spiro Agnew.
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Perhaps a child who is fussed over gets a feeling of destiny; he thinks he is the world for something important, and it gives him drive and confidence.




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Happiness is mostly a by-product of doing what makes us feel fulfilled.
Benjamin Spock
An entire generation grew up unacquainted with the thwack of paddle against bottom.
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Respect children because they're human beings and they deserve respect, and they'll grow up to be better people. But I've always said ask for respect from your children, ask for cooperation, ask for politeness. Give your children firm leadership.
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All the time a person is a child he is both a child and learning to be a parent. After he becomes a parent he becomes predominantly a parent reliving childhood.
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The loving person makes other people feel good, and he is usually a happy person himself. He is able to form strong, long-lasting friendships.
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You know more than you think you do.
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If I could make only one wish for a child, I'd wish him the quality of lovingness.
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What is the use of physicians like myself trying to help parents to bring up children healthy and happy, to have them killed in such numbers for a cause that is ignoble?
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Don't take too seriously all that the neighbors say. Don't be overawed by what the experts say. Don't be afraid to trust your own common sense.


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