"The child supplies the power but the parents have to do the steering."
"To enjoy good health, to bring true happiness to one's family, to bring peace to all, one must first discipline and control one's own mind. If a man can control his mind he can find the way to Enlightenment, and all wisdom and virtue will naturally come to him."Benjamin Spock on Buddha
"A child who is allowed to be disrespectful to his parents will not have true respect for anyone."Benjamin Spock on Billy Graham
"We never know the love of a parent till we become parents ourselves."Benjamin Spock on Henry Ward Beecher
"I cannot think of any need in childhood as strong as the need for a father's protection."Benjamin Spock on Sigmund Freud
"Even as kids reach adolescence, they need more than ever for us to watch over them. Adolescence is not about letting go. It's about hanging on during a very bumpy ride."Benjamin Spock on Ron Taffel
"There are only two things a child will share willingly communicable diseases and its mother's age."
"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."
"What good mothers and fathers instinctively feel like doing for their babies is usually best after all."
"Happiness is mostly a by-product of doing what makes us feel fulfilled."
"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."