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Attitude
Engrave this Quote Attitudes are more important than facts.
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-Karl Menninger
Children
Engrave this Quote What is done to children, they will do to society.
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-Karl Menninger
Facts
Engrave this Quote One of the most untruthful things possible, you know, is a collection of facts, because they can be made to appear so many different ways.
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-Karl Menninger
Ignorance & Stupidity
Engrave this Quote The voice of intelligence ... is drowned out by the roar of fear. It is ignored by the voice of desire. It is contradicted by the voice of shame. It is biased by hate and extinguished by anger. Most of all it is silenced by ignorance.
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-Karl Menninger
Love
Engrave this Quote One does not fall in love; one grows into love, and love grows in him.
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Engrave this Quote Love cures people -- both the ones who give it and the ones who receive it.
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Parenting
Engrave this Quote Clinical experience has indicated that where a child has been exposed early in his live to episodes of physical violence, whether he himself is the victim or ... the witness, he will often later demonstrate similar outbursts of uncontrollable rage and violence of his own. Aggression becomes an easy outlet through which the child's frustrations and tensions flow, not just because of a simple matter of learning that can be just as simply unlearned, not just because he is imitating a bad behavior model and can be taught to imitate something more constructive, but because these traumatic experiences have overwhelmed him. His own emotional development is too immature to withstand the crippling inner effects of outer violence. Something happens to the child's character, to his sense of reality, to the development of his controls against impulses that may not later be changed easily but which may lead to reactions that in turn provoke more reactions - one or more of which may be criminal. Then society reacts against him for what he did, but more for what all of us have done - unpleasantly - to one another. Upon him is laid the iniquity of us all...
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-Karl Menninger, The Crime of Punishment, Viking Press, 1969.
Prison
Engrave this Quote Before we can diminish our sufferings from the ill-controlled aggressive assaults of fellow citizens, we must renounce the philosophy of punishment, the obsolete, vengeful penal attitude. In its place we would seek a comprehensive, constructive social attitude - therapeutic in some instances, restraining in some instances, but preventive in its total social impact.
In the last analysis this becomes a question of personal morals and values. No matter how glorified or how piously disguised, vengeance as a human motive must be personally repudiated by each and every one of us. This is the message of old religions and new psychiatries. Unless this message is heard, unless we ... can give up our delicious satisfactions in opportunities for vengeful retaliation on scapegoats, we cannot expect to preserve our peace, our public safety, or our mental health.
...But the punitive attitude persists. And just so long as the spirit of vengeance has the slightest vestige of respectability, so long as it pervades the public mind and infuses its evil upon the statute books of the law, we will make no headway toward the control of crime. We cannot assess the most appropriate and effective penalties so long as we seek to inflict retaliatory pain.
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-Karl Menninger, The Crime of Punishment, Viking Press, 1969
Problems
Engrave this Quote Unrest of the spirit is a mark of life; one problem after another presents itself and in the solving of them we can find our greatest pleasure.
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-Karl Menninger, "This Week Magazine", October 16, 1949
Religion
Engrave this Quote It is doubtless true that religion has been the world's psychiatrist throughout the centuries.
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-Karl Menninger, Man Against Himself, 1938
Self Respect
Engrave this Quote Self-love is not opposed to the love of other people. You cannot really love yourself and do yourself a favor without doing people a favor, and vise versa.
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Service
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Said in answer to the question: What would you advise a person to do if that person felt a nervous breakdown coming on?
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