G. Stanley Hall Quotes

Granville Stanley Hall (February 1, 1846 – April 24, 1924) was a pioneering American psychologist and educator. His interests focused on childhood development and evolutionary theory. Hall was the first president of the American Psychological Association and the first president of Clark University. A Review of General Psychology survey, published in 2002, ranked Hall as the 72nd most cited psychologist of the 20th century, in a tie with Lewis Terman.

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G. Stanley Hall


Puberty for a girl is like floating down a broadening river into an open sea.

G. Stanley Hall


Being an only child is a disease in itself.

G. Stanley Hall


The man of the future may, and even must, do things impossible in the past and acquire new motor variations not given by heredity.

G. Stanley Hall


Every theory of love, from Plato down, teaches that each individual loves in the other sex what he lacks in himself.

G. Stanley Hall


Civilization is so hard on the body that some have called it a disease, despite the arts that keep puny bodies alive to a greater average age, and our greater protection from contagious and germ diseases.

G. Stanley Hall


Muscles are in a most intimate and peculiar sense the organs of the will.

G. Stanley Hall


Adolescence is a new birth, for the higher and more completely human traits are now born.

G. Stanley Hall


Normal children often pass through stages of passionate cruelty, laziness, lying and thievery.

G. Stanley Hall


.. every step of the upward way is strewn with wreckage of body, mind, and morals.

G. Stanley Hall


This splendid subject [mathematics], queen of all exact sciences, and the ideal and norm of all careful thinking...

G. Stanley Hall


There is no more wild, free, vigorous growth of the forest, but everything is in pots or rows like a rococo garden... The pupil is in the age of spontaneous variation which at no period of life is so great. He does not want a standardized, overpeptonized mental diet. It palls on his appetite.

G. Stanley Hall


The teens are emotionally unstable and pathic. It is a natural impulse to experience hot and perfervid psychic states, and it is characterized by emotionalism. We see here the instability and fluctuations now so characteristic. The emotions develop by contrast and reaction into the opposite.

G. Stanley Hall


Adolescence is when the very worst and best impulses in the human soul struggle against each other for possession.

G. Stanley Hall


Constant muscular activity was natural for the child, and, therefore, the immense effort of the drillmaster teachers to make children sit still was harmful and useless.

G. Stanley Hall


Man is largely a creature of habit, and many of his activities are more or less automatic reflexes from the stimuli of his environment.

G. Stanley Hall