Louise J Kaplan

(1929_2012 / Brooklyn, New York City, New York)

Louise J Kaplan Quotes

  • ''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.''
    Louise J. Kaplan (20th century), U.S. psychologist. Adolescence, introduction (1984).
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  • ''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.''
    Louise J. Kaplan (20th century), U.S. psychologist. Adolescence, ch. 12 (1984).
  • ''Schoolchildren make up their own rules and enforce their own conformities. They feel safest when leisure time is rationed and dosed. They like to wear uniforms, and they frown on personal idiosyncrasies. Deviance is the mark of an outsider.''
    Louise J. Kaplan (20th century), U.S. psychologist. Adolescence, ch. 5 (1984).
  • ''From the beginning moments of life, the urges for each of us to become a self in the world are there—in the liveliness of our innate growth energies, in the vitality of our stiffening-away muscles, in our looking eyes, our listening ears, our reaching-out hands.''
    Louise J. Kaplan (20th century), U.S. psychologist. Adolescence, ch. 3 (1984).
  • ''Adolescence is a time of active deconstruction, construction, reconstruction—a period in which past, present, and future are rewoven and strung together on the threads of fantasies and wishes that do not necessarily follow the laws of linear chronology.''
    Louise J. Kaplan (20th century), U.S. psychologist. Adolescence, introduction (1984).
  • ''What eleven- to thirteen-year-old boys fear is passivity of any kind. When they do act passively we can be fairly certain that it is an act of aggression designed to torment a parent or teacher. . . . Mischief at best, violence at worst is the boy's proclamation of masculinity.''
    Louise J. Kaplan (20th century), U.S. psychologist. Adolescence, ch. 7 (1984).
  • ''During adolescence imagination is boundless. The urge toward self-perfection is at its peak. And with all their self- absorption and personalized dreams of glory, youth are in pursuit of something larger than personal passions, some values or ideals to which they might attach their imaginations.''
    Louise J. Kaplan (20th century), U.S. psychologist. Adolescence, ch. 9 (1984).
  • ''Young people...have more compassion and tenderness toward the elderly than most middle-aged adults. Nothing—not avarice, not pride, not scrupulousness, not impulsiveness—so disillusions a youth about her parents as the seemingly inhumane way they treat her grandparents.''
    Louise J. Kaplan (20th century), U.S. psychologist. Adolescence, ch. 12 (1984).
  • ''It is not speech or tool making that distinguishes us from other animals, it is imagination....Of what use are speech sounds and tools without an inspiration toward perfectibility, without a sense that we can create or construct a history.''
    Louise J. Kaplan (20th century), U.S. psychologist. Adolescence, ch. 12 (1984).
  • ''The toddler must say "no" in order to find out who she is. The adolescent says "no" to assert who she is not.''
    Louise J. Kaplan (20th century), U.S. psychologist. Adolescence, ch. 9 (1984).

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