Someday, maybe, there will exist a well-informed, well considered and yet fervent public conviction that the most deadly of all possible sins is the mutilation of a child’s spirit ; for such mutilation undercuts the life principle of trust, without which every human act, may it feel ever so good and seem ever so right is prone to perversion by destructive forms of conscientiousness.
Young Man Luther : A Study in Psychoanalysis and History (1958), p. 70
Healthy children will not fear life if their elders have integrity enough not to fear death .Erik Erikson
Children love and want to be loved and they very much prefer the joy of accomplishment to the triumph of hateful failure . Do not mistake a child for his symptom.Erik Erikson
When established identities become outworn or unfinished ones threaten to remain incomplete, special crises compel men to wage holy wars, by the cruelest means, against those who seem to question or threaten their unsafe ideological bases.Erik Erikson
Doubt is the brother of shame.Erik Erikson
You can actively flee, then, and you can actively stay put.Erik Erikson