"Of what use to mankind is a land that is rich in bank stocks and poor in brain power? Or one that has cheap transportation and cheap thoughts? Shall we boast of a country that can supply the world with coal and gold but cannot add to its art, its literature, or its religious ideals?...
"[L]et us see to it that the priceless efforts of childhood, priceless because they mean the development of inner power, are never ridiculed or discouraged, nor set aside as worthless, but, rather, that they shall be encouraged...God never meant that any human life should be a failure. And could we carry true mother-love to all humanity no life need be a failure.
"Great is the work before us!"
--How Shall We Best Conserve Our Nations Moral Forces, An address delivered before the National Congress of Mothers by Elizabeth Harrison, June 12, 1910
Art credit: Hawaiian Mother and Child by Charles Bartlett
The Well-Educated Mother's Heart