March 25, 2010

10 quotes from The Genius in All of Us by David Shenk

Here are 10 interesting quotes from the book: The Genius in All of Us: Why Everything You've Been Told About Genetics, Talent, and IQ Is Wrong by David Shenk:
  1. Every day in every way you are helping to shape which genes become active. Your life is interacting with your genes (p27)
  2. While we'll never have true control over our lives, we do have the power to impact them enormously (p27)
  3. Children develop only as the environment demands development (p35)
  4. Intelligence is a dynamic, diffuse, and ongoing process (p42)
  5. No one is genetically designed into greatness and few are biologically restricted from attaining it (p43)
  6. Talent is not the cause but the result of something (p49)
  7. Short term intensity cannot replace long-term commitment (p54)
  8. With humility, with hope, and with extraordinary determination, greatness is something to which any kid -of any age- can aspire (p10)
  9. Stability does not imply unchangeability (Michael Howe, p34)
  10. People make a great mistake who think that my art has come easily to me. Nobody has devoted so much time and thought to composition as I (WA Mozart, p57).
Which one do you like best?

1 comment:

  1. I really like #3 except that it's not just about children. In my life as an adult, I notice that I only develop as my environment demands development. Lately it's been demanding a LOT of development...and I notice that underneath my grumpiness about having lost the easy benefits of familiar routines there is a blossoming of excitement about new capabilities.


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