Quote of the Week #36

If you’ve ever spent any time around children you probably know that they tend to have a sense of wonder about anything and everything. I spent the weekend visiting family in Ohio, enjoying time with my niece Kylee, who just turned two. Like many this age, (all?) she is a fun mix of adorable and inquisitive.

Kylee’s infectious spirit got me thinking about one of my all time favorite Rachel Carson quotes so I thought I would feature this as the quote of the week.


A child’s world is fresh and new and beautiful, full of wonder and excitement. It is our misfortune that for most of us that clear-eyed vision, that true instinct for what is beautiful and awe-inspiring, is dimmed and lost before we reach adulthood. If I had influence with the good fairy who is supposed to preside over the christening of all children, I should ask that her gift to each child in the world be a sense of wonder so indestructible that it would last throughout life, as an unfailing antidote against boredom and disenchantment of later years, the sterile preoccupation with things that are artificial, the alienation from the sources of our strength. –Rachel Carson

Have you heard this quote? What do you think of it? Do you continue to have a sense of wonder even as you age? Do you notice others around you having that same sense of wonder or just the opposite? As always, I’d love to hear your thoughts!!

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  1. Joe September 7, 2015 at 3:25 pm #

    I really love that quote….it would have been amazing to have been acquainted with someone like that.

    • Sharon Mammoser September 20, 2015 at 11:11 am #

      Yes, it would have been wonderful. She was a smart woman.

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