Adoption QUOTES

"I was born to a woman I never knew and raised by another who took in orphans. I do not know my background, my lineage, my biological or cultural heritage. But when I meet someone new, I treat them with respect.... For after all, they could be my people." - James Michener, Author

"The law must be consonant with life. It cannot and should not ignore broad historical currents of history. Mankind is possessed of no greater urge than to try to understand the age-old questions: "Who am I ?", and "Why am I?" Even now the sands and ashes of the continents are being sifted to find where we made our first steps as man. Religions of mankind often include ancestor worship in one way or another. For many the future is blind without sight of the past. Those emotions and anxieties that generate our thirst to know the past are not superficial and whimsical. They are real and they are "good cause" under the law of man and God." - Hon. Wade Weatherford, S. Carolina Circuit Court Judge

"In all of us there is a hunger, narrow and deep, to know our heritage, to know who we are and where we have come from. Without this enriching knowledge, there is a hollow yearning. No matter what our attainments in life, there is a vacuum, an emptiness and a most disquieting loneliness!" - Alex Haley, Author

"The horrors of war pale besides the loss of a mother." - Anna Freud

"The horrors of war pale besides the loss of a child." - Joe Soll

"One of the saddest things of all is that so many adoptees and moms are afraid to take the risk of healing which is necessary to pursue one's dreams"

"The prisoner disintegrated because he could never find out what he was guilty of" - The Trial by Kafka

"The oppressed should rebel, and they will continue to rebel and raise disturbance until their civil rights are fully restored to them and all partial distinctions, exlusions, and incapacitations are removed." -- Thomas Jefferson

"People cannot endure inexplicable worthlessness" - John D. MacDonald

`Not to have knowledge of what happened before you were born is to be condemned to live forever as a child.' - Cicero (c. 106-43 BC)

"There are ex-husbands and ex-wives but there are no ex-moms, ex-dads or ex-children" - Anon

"The horrors of war, pale beside the loss of a mother" - Anna Freud (and the loss of a child) - JS

"Adoption Loss is the only trauma in the world where the victims are expected by the whole of society to be grateful" - The Reverend Keith C. Griffith, MBE

"Emotional sickness is avoiding reality at any cost. Emotional health is facing reality at any cost." - M. Scott Peck

"All children behave as well as they are treated" - Jan Hunt, author of -The Natural Child: Parenting From the Heart

"Inner child work is essential. It's the essence of growth as a whole person" - Cheryl Richardson

"The past isn't dead...........It isn't even past" - William Faulkner

“The only way around is through” - Robert Frost

"Only eyes washed by tears can see clearly" - Louis Mann

"The bond between a mother and her child is naturally sacred. It is physical, psychological and spiritual. It is very resilient and very flexible. It can stretch very far - naturally. Any artificial or violent injury to this "stretch" constitutes a serious psychic trauma to both mother and child - for all eternity. This means that children need their mothers and mothers need their children - whether or not a mother is married or unmarried." - Mothers On Trial, The Battle For Children and Custody, by Phyllis Chesler, copyright 1986, 1987

"Never doubt that a small group of thougthful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it is the only thing that ever has".- Margaret Mead

"We shall not cease our explorations, and the end of our exploring will be to arrive back where we started and know the place for the first time" -- T.S. Eliot

"Hold fast to dreams, for if dreams die, life is a broken winged bird that cannot fly." -- Langston Hughes

"Never let your sense of morals get in the way of doing what's right." -- Isaac Asimov

"It's better to regret something you did than something you didn't do" -- Unknown

"I never gave them hell. I just told the truth and they thought it was hell." -- H. Truman

"Everything I did in my life that was worthwhile I caught hell for." -- Chief Justice Earl Warren