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We wince at the brutality of parents who ship their young kids around to perform for adults at the expense of their childhood—but, then, that was Mozart’s childhood, and though by the end Mozart may have wished for less attention as a kid performer and more as a grownup composer, he never for a moment wished not to be Mozart.
~ Adam Gopnik

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German parents don’t merely not hover; they refuse to hover, on considered principle, and send the kids off to school and back, after having digested the odds of a child’s being snatched along the way and, sensibly enough, decided that it’s a safe bet they won’t be.
~ Adam Gopnik

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