Bruce Feiler quotes

  • The key idea of agile is that teams essentially manage themselves. ... It works in software, and it turns out that it works with kids.
    -- Bruce Feiler

    #Team #Kids #Technology

  • After a while, a surprising theme emerged. The single most important thing you can do for your family may be the simplest of all: Develop a strong family narrative.
    -- Bruce Feiler

    #Strong #Important #Narrative

  • Cancer is a passport to intimacy. It is an invitation, maybe even a mandate, to enter the most vital arenas of human life, the most sensitive and the most frightening, the ones that we never want to go to - but when we do go there, we feel incredibly transformed.
    -- Bruce Feiler

    #Cancer #Health #Want

  • There's a reason the Exodus story has inspired so many Americans. It's a narrative of hope.
    -- Bruce Feiler

    #Stories #Narrative #Inspired

  • The way to tell a really big story, I think, is to tell a really small story.
    -- Bruce Feiler

    #Thinking #Stories #Way

  • The bottom line: If you want a happier family, bring those skeletons out of the closet.
    -- Bruce Feiler

    #Skeletons #Lines #Want

  • Religion is increasingly a woman's domain in America.
    -- Bruce Feiler

    #America #Domain

  • Moses is our true founding father.
    -- Bruce Feiler

    #Father #Moses #Founding

  • I set out to write an anti-parenting parenting book.
    -- Bruce Feiler

    #Book #Writing

  • Fathers can find great inspiration in faith.
    -- Bruce Feiler

    #Father #Inspiration

  • Everybody has heard that family dinner is great for kids. But unfortunately, it doesn't work in many of our lives.
    -- Bruce Feiler

    #Kids #Dinner #Family Dinner

  • Here's a confession: I hate parenting books. I hate the ones that are earnest and repetitive.
    -- Bruce Feiler

    #Hate #Book #Confession

  • I'd say my best memory was climbing Mt. Fuji, and the worst memory was... trying to fit my feet into the free giveaway slippers at Japanese schools.
    -- Bruce Feiler

    #Memories #School #Climbing

  • My name is Bruce Feiler, and I'm an explainaholic. I first heard this word used to describe Isaac Asimov, and I knew instantly that I suffered from the same condition. It's the incurable desire to tell, shape, share, occasionally exaggerate, often elongate, and inevitably bungle a good story.
    -- Bruce Feiler

    #Names #Desire #Stories

  • Moses became Americas true founding father because he evangelized action; he justified risk. He gave ordinary people the courage to live with uncertainty.
    -- Bruce Feiler

    #Father #People #Risk

  • I was so naive about writing, I went to the public library and checked out the only volume they had on the topic - an academic treatise about publishing from the WWII era.
    -- Bruce Feiler

    #Writing #Library #Eras

  • I had always believed that I left a bit of me wherever I went. I also believed that I took a bit of every place with me.
    -- Bruce Feiler

    #Always Believe

  • Tired of nagging your kids to hurry up, get dressed, drink their milk and brush their teeth? Here's a radical idea: Don't.
    -- Bruce Feiler

    #Tired #Kids #Ideas

  • The most successful families embrace and elevate their family history, particularly their failures, setbacks and other missteps.
    -- Bruce Feiler

    #Successful #Embrace #Family History

  • One question hovers over all of us who choose to spend our lives writing: why keep doing this in a world where so many forces are aligned against us?
    -- Bruce Feiler

    #Writing #World #Force

  • I'm a fifth generation Jew from the South, and I would say that I felt this connection to my religion, but it wasn't a spiritual connection.
    -- Bruce Feiler

    #Spiritual #Connections #Generations

  • Every writer dreams of writing a book that will touch people.
    -- Bruce Feiler

    #Dream #Book #Writing

  • Don't forget, God uses words to create the world. Words! Words are only hope.
    -- Bruce Feiler

    #Use #World #Forget

  • Even Superman's name reflects his creators' biblical knowledge.
    -- Bruce Feiler

    #Biblical #Names #Creator

  • Superman's original name was Kal-El, or Swift God. His father's name was Jor-El. Superman was clearly drawn as a modern-day god.
    -- Bruce Feiler

    #Father #Names #Modern

  • Take a walk with a turtle. And behold the world in pause.
    -- Bruce Feiler

    #Turtles #World #Walks

  • There is profundity to explore, but also laundry to do.
    -- Bruce Feiler

    #Laundry #Profundity

  • The higher the joy is not the light, it's the reflection. The greater pleasure is not climbing up; it's handing down
    -- Bruce Feiler

    #Reflection #Climbing #Light

  • May your first word be adventure and last word love.
    -- Bruce Feiler

    #Adventure #May #Lasts

  • But humans disappoint. Adam, in tasting the fruit, indicates that he prefers Eve to God, so God banishes them.
    -- Bruce Feiler

    #Fruit #Adam #Disappoint

  • One day, my daughter Tybee came to me, and she said, ‘I have so much love for you in my body, Daddy, I can’t stop giving you hugs and kisses. And when I have no more love left, I just drink milk, because that’s where love comes from.’
    -- Bruce Feiler

    #Daughter #Kissing #Daddy

  • Our instinct as parents is to order our kids around — it's easier, and frankly, we're usually right. [But] reverse the waterfall as much as possible. Enlist the children in their own upbringing.
    -- Bruce Feiler

    #Children #Kids #Order

  • Children who plan their own goals, set weekly schedules, evaluate their own work build up their frontal cortex and take more control over their lives.
    -- Bruce Feiler

    #Children #Goal #Schedules

  • It's like they say in the Internet world — if you're doing the same thing today you were doing six months ago, you're doing the wrong thing. Parents can learn a lot from that.
    -- Bruce Feiler

    #Parent #World #Today

  • Knowing more about family history is the single biggest predictor of a child's emotional well-being. Grandparents can play a special role in this process, too.
    -- Bruce Feiler

    #Children #Emotional #Play

  • I grew up as a fifth-generation Jew in the American South, at the confluence of two great storytelling traditions. After graduating from Yale in the 1980s, I moved to Japan. For young adventure seekers like myself, the white-hot Japanese miracle held a similar appeal as Russia in 1920s or Paris in the 1950s.
    -- Bruce Feiler

    #Adventure #Two #Paris

  • When I was growing up, I, like many Jews, cheered what appeared to be the receding of faith from everyday life. The further religion got from our lives the better our lives would get, I thought, because persecution had been such a burden to Jewish families for generations.
    -- Bruce Feiler

    #Growing Up #Everyday #Generations

  • When faced with a challenge, happy families, like happy people, just add a new chapter to their life story that shows them overcoming the hardship. This skill is particularly important for children, whose identity tends to get locked in during adolescence.
    -- Bruce Feiler

    #Children #Skills #People

  • After college, I wanted to learned about myself as an American, so I left the United States and went to Japan.
    -- Bruce Feiler

    #College #Japan #United States

  • Americans know more about religion than almost any other topic.
    -- Bruce Feiler

    #Topics

  • The bottom line: if you want a happier family, create, refine and retell the story of your family's positive moments and your ability to bounce back from the difficult ones. That act alone may increase the odds that your family will thrive for many generations to come.
    -- Bruce Feiler

    #Odds #Lines #May