"The gifts we treasure most over the years are often small and simple.
In easy times and in tough times, what seems to matter most is the way we show those nearest us that we've been listening to their needs . . .
. . . to their joys, and to their challenges."
"In giving help, a parent experiences one of the best feelings that any of us can have: that life has meaning because we are needed by someone else.
Watching a baby grow with our help tells us other things we like to feel about ourselves: that we are competent and loving."
"I believe that infants and babies whose (parents) give them loving comfort whenever and however they can are truly the fortunate ones.
I think they're more likely to find life's times of trouble manageable, and I think they may also turn out to be the adults most able to pass loving concern along to the generations that follow after them."
"Learning and loving go hand in hand.
My grandfather was one of those people who loved to live and loved to teach.
Every time I was with him, he'd show me something about the world or something about myself that I hadn't even thought of yet.
He'd help me find something wonderful in the smallest of things, and ever so carefully, he helped me understand the enormous worth of every human being.
My grandfather was not a professional teacher, but the way he treated me (the way he loved me) and the things he did with me, served me as well as any teacher I've ever known."
"In the external scheme to things, shining moments are as brief as the twinkling of an eye, yet such twinklings are what eternity is made of . . .
. . . moments when we human beings can say "I love you," "I'm proud of you," "I forgive you," "I'm grateful for you."
That's what eternity is made of: invisible, imperishable good stuff."