"This existential part of the black box of resilience involves, among other things, the spiritual, psychological, mental emotional, and bioneurological dimensions of human nature and development. Some of the most significant answers will surely come from explorations of this formless and historically elusive domain."
"People are already whole and healthy. They already have all the wisdom, well-being and common sense -- the kind of self-respect that they need inside them as a very natural, innate state of mind -- to live a successful, happy life... We see them as healthy and whole already."
"What did surprise me, were the first findings... children who had four or more high risk factors against them. When we looked at them at least in the first 10 and 15 years we found that so many did not have any of the problems that were predicted on the basis of their background. Then what surprised us next is the high proportion of people who had problems in adolescence... who then recovered without any intervention in their 20's and 30's by making use of the things that the community had to offer spontaneously."
"...no matter where we are, no matter where we work with kids, whether it's our families, whether it's our schools, whether it's our communities, after-school programs, what really matters are the relationships we have with kids and part of that relationship is having people working with kids that believe in the kids' innate capacities and innate health."
"Resilience is the natural human capacity for navigating life successfully. The opportunity one has to learn to tap resilience from the inside out makes the critical difference and extending essential environmental protective factors such as caring and support, encouraging high expectations, and meaningful opportunities for participation alone are not enough."