Parents Quotes

 A Jewish man with parents alive is a fifteen year old boy, and will remain a fifteen year old till they die. 
Author: Philip Milton Roth
Nationality: American
b. 19 March 1933
  
 A simple friend doesn't know your parents' first names.A real friend has their phone numbers in his address book 
Author: Anonymous
Nationality: American   
 A thankful heart is the parent of all virtues. 
Author: Marcus Tullius Cicero
Nationality: Roman
b. 3 January 106  - d. 7 December 43
  
 Accomplishment and success are often the result of commitment and perseverance rather than skill or talent. 
Author: George Van Valkenburg
Nationality: Roman   
 All men and women are born, live suffer and die; what distinguishes us one from another is our dreams, whether they be dreams about worldly or unworldly things, and what we do to make them come about ... We do not choose to be born. We do not choose our parents. We do not choose our historical epoch, the country of our birth, or the immediate circumstances of our upbringing. We do not, most of us, choose to die; nor do we choose the time and conditions of our death. But within this realm of choicelessness, we do choose how we live. 
Author: Joseph Epstein
Nationality: Polish
b. 16 October 1911  - d. 11 April 1944
  
 Always be nice to your children because they are the ones who will choose your rest home. 
Author: Phyllis Diller
Nationality: American
b. 17 July 1917  - d. 20 August 2012
  
 America is not a democracy, it's an absolute monarchy ruled by King Kid. In a nation of immigrants, the child is automatically more of an American than his parents. Americans regard children as what Mr. Hudson in ''Upstairs, Downstairs'' called ''betters.'' Aping their betters, American adults do their best to turn themselves into children. Puerility exercises droit de seigneur everywhere. 
Author: Florence King
Nationality: American
b. 05 January 1936
  
 And my parents finally realize that I'm kidnapped and they snap into action immediately: They rent out my room. 
Author: Woody Allen
Nationality: American
b. 1 December 1935
  
 Anxiety is the poison of human life; the parent of many sins and of more miseries. In a world where everything is doubtful, and where we may be disappointed, and be blessed in disappointment, why this restless stir and commotion of mind? Can it alter the cause, or unravel the mystery of human events? 
Author: Tryon Edwards
Nationality: American
b. December 1809  - d.  December 1894
  
 Brevity and conciseness are the parents of correction. 
Author: Hosea Ballou II
Nationality: American
b. December 1796  - d.  December 1861
  
 By day, we were at school learning logarithms, but by night - in the back of cars, under the bowling alley, on Cronulla Beach, down behind the Ace-of-Spades Hotel, in the changing rooms of the football field, or, if you were lucky, in a bed while someone's parents were out - you paid off your friendship ring. 
Author: Kathy Lette
Nationality: Australian
b. 11 November 1958
  
 Children are natural mimics who act like their parents despite every effort to teach them good manners. 
Author: Anonymous
Nationality: Australian   
 Children aren't happy with nothing to ignore. That's what parents were invented for. 
Author: Ogden Nash
Nationality: American
b. 19 August 1902  - d. 19 May 1971
  
 Children begin by loving their parents. After a time they judge them. Rarely, if ever, do they forgive them. 
Author: Oscar Wilde
Nationality: English
b. 16 October 1854  - d. 30 November 1900
  
 Curiosity is as much the parent of attention, as attention is of memory. 
Author: Richard Whately
Nationality: English
b. 1 February 1787  - d. 8 October 1863
  
 Distrust and caution are the parents of security. 
Author: Benjamin Franklin
Nationality: American
b. 17 January 1706  - d. 17 April 1790
  
 Don't hold your parents up to contempt. After all, you are their son, and it is just possible that you may take after them. 
Author: Evelyn Waugh
Nationality: English
b. December 1903  - d.  December 1966
  
 Earth, thou great footstool of our God, who reigns on high; thou fruitful source of all our raiment, life, and food; our house, our parent, and our nurse. 
Author: Isaac Watts
Nationality: English
b. 17 July 1674  - d. 25 November 1748
  
 Envy is the deformed and distorted offspring of egotism; And when we reflect on the strange and disproportioned character of the parent, we cannot wonder at the perversity and waywardness of the child. 
Author: William Hazlitt
Nationality: English
b. 10 April 1778  - d. 18 September 1830
  
 Eternity is not an everlasting flux of time, but time is a short parenthesis in a long period. 
Author: John Donne
Nationality: English
b. 23 January 1572  - d. 31 March 1631
  
 Everybody today seems to be in such a terrible rush; anxious for greater developments and greater wishes and so on; so that children have very little time for their parents; Parents have very little time for each other; and the home begins the disruption of the peace of the world. 
Author: Mother Teresa
Nationality: Indian
b. 26 August 1910  - d. 5 September 1997
  
 Father Time is not always a hard parent, and, though he tarries for none of his children, often lays his hand lightly upon those who have used him well; making them old men and women inexorably enough, but leaving their hearts and spirits young and in full vigour. With such people the grey head is but the impression of the old fellow's hand in giving them his blessing, and every wrinkle but a notch in the quiet calendar of a well-spent life. 
Author: Quentin Crisp
Nationality: English
b. 25 December 1908  - d. 21 November 1999
  
 Parents send their children to college either because they went to college or because they didn't. 
Author: L. L. Henderson
Nationality: English   
 From birth to age eighteen, a girl needs good parents. From eighteen to thirty-five, she needs good looks. From thirty-five to fifty-five, she needs a good personality. From fifty five on, she needs good cash. 
Author: Sophie Tucker
Nationality: American
b. 13 January 1884  - d. 9 February 1966
  
 From your parents you learn love and laughter and how to put one foot before the other. But when books are opened you discover that you have wings. 
Author: Helen Hayes
Nationality: American
b. 10 October 1900  - d. 17 March 1993
  
 Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all the others. 
Author: Marcus Tullius Cicero
Nationality: Roman
b. 3 January 106  - d. 7 December 43
  
 Having children makes you no more a parent than having a piano makes you a pianist. 
Author: Michael Levine
Nationality: Roman   
 Hope is the parent of faith. 
Author: Cyrus Augustus Bartol
Nationality: Roman   
 How many hopes and fears, how many ardent wishes and anxious apprehensions are twisted together in the threads that connect the parent with the child! 
Author: Samuel Griswold Goodrich
Nationality: American
b. 19 August 1793  - d. 09 May 1860
  
 Human rights are not a privilege conferred by government. They are every human being's entitlement by virtue of his humanity. The right to life does not depend, and must not be contingent, on the pleasure of anyone else, not even a parent or sovereign. You must weep that your own government, at present, seems blind to this truth. 
Author: Mother Teresa
Nationality: Indian
b. 26 August 1910  - d. 5 September 1997
  
 Hypocrite: the man who murdered both his parents... pleaded for mercy on the grounds that he was an orphan. 
Author: Abraham Lincoln
Nationality: American
b. 12 February 1809  - d. 15 April 1865
  
 I am not caused by my history - my parents, my childhood and development. These are mirrors in which I may catch glimpses of my image. 
Author: James Hillman
Nationality: American
b. December 1926
  
 I don't visit my parents often because Delta Airlines won't wait in the yard while I run in. 
Author: Margaret Smith
Nationality: American
b. 14 December 1897  - d. 29 May 1995
  
 I happen to feel that total separation between parents and adult children is one of the great tragedies of our culture. Both generations really need the sustenance the other has to give and both are impoverished when the relationship does not continue. 
Author: Adelaide Bry
Nationality: American   
 I think the baby-boomer parent ought to say, I've learned from mistakes I may or may not have made. 
Author: George W. Bush
Nationality: American
b. 6 July 1946
  
 I've been very blessed. My parents always told me I could be anything I wanted. When you grow up in a household like that, you learn to believe in yourself. 
Author: Rick Schroeder
Nationality: American
b. 13 April 1970
  
 If parents and kids can talk together, we won't have as much censorship because we won't have as much fear. 
Author: Judy Sussman Blume
Nationality: American
b. 12 February 1938
  
 If your parents never had children, chances are you won't either 
Author: Dick Cavett
Nationality: American
b. December 1936
  
 In automobile terms, the child supplies the power but the parents have to do the steering. 
Author: Dr. Benjamin McLane Spock
Nationality: American
b. 02 May 1903  - d. 15 March 1998
  
 In Boston they ask, How much does he know? In New York, How much is he worth? In Philadelphia, Who were his parents? 
Author: Mark Twain
Nationality: American
b. 30 November 1835  - d. 21 April 1910
  
 It is of no consequence of what parents a man is born, so he be a man of merit. 
Author: Edward St. John Gorey
Nationality: American
b. 22 February 1925  - d. 15 April 2000
  
 It was quite distressing to witness the contrast between the English educated parents and their grown-up children, whose manners and ideas seemed barely equal to those of the lower uneducated order at home. 
Author: Sir James Clark Ross
Nationality: British
b. 15 April 1800  - d. 3 April 1852
  
 Make revolution a parent of settlement, and not a nursery of future revolutions. 
Author: Edmund Burke
Nationality: Irish
b. 12 January 1729  - d. 9 July 1797
  
 My childhood should have taught me lessons for my own parenthood, but it didn't because parenting can be learned only by people who have no children.  
Author: Bill Cosby
Nationality: American
b. December 1937
  
 My heroes are and were my parents. I can't see having anyone else as my heroes. 
Author: Michael Jeffrey Jordan
Nationality: American
b. 17 February 1963
  
 My parents only had one argument in forty-five years. It lasted forty-three years. 
Author: Cathy Ladman
Nationality: American
b. December 1955
  
 My parents really hated me.My bath toys were a toaster and a radio. 
Author: Anonymous
Nationality: American   
 Nothing has a stronger influence psychologically on their environment and especially on their children than the unlived life of the parent. 
Author: Carl Jung
Nationality: Swiss
b. 26 July 1875  - d. 6 June 1961
  
 Novelty is the great parent of pleasure. 
Author: Robert South
Nationality: English
b. 4 September 1634  - d. 8 June 1716
  
 Oh, what a tangled web do parents weave When they think that their children are naďve. 
Author: Ogden Nash
Nationality: American
b. 19 August 1902  - d. 19 May 1971
  
 Our earth is degenerate in these latter days; bribery and corruption are common; children no longer obey their parents; and the end of the world is evidently approaching. 
Author: Anonymous
Nationality: American   
 Parents are the last people on earth who ought to have children. 
Author: Samuel Butler
Nationality: English
b. 4 December 1835  - d. 18 June 1902
  
 Parents can only give good advice or put them on the right paths, but the final forming of a person's character lies in their own hands. 
Author: Anne Frank
Nationality: German
b. 12 June 1929  - d.  March 1945
  
 Parents can tell but never teach, unless they practice what they preach. 
Author: Arnold Henry Glasgow
Nationality: German   
 Parents learn a lot from their children about coping with life. 
Author: Muriel Spark
Nationality: German
b. 01 February 1918  - d. 13 April 2006
  
 Parents were invented to make children happy by giving them something to ignore. 
Author: Ogden Nash
Nationality: American
b. 19 August 1902  - d. 19 May 1971
  
 Parents wonder why the streams are bitter, when they themselves have poisoned the fountain. 
Author: John Locke
Nationality: English
b. 29 August 1632  - d. 28 October 1704
  
 People say to me, ''You were a roaring success. How did you do it?'' I go back to what my parents taught me. Apply yourself. Get all the education you can, but then, by God, do something. Don't just stand there, make something happen. 
Author: Lee Iacocca
Nationality: American
b. 15 October 1924
  
 People who exercise their embryonic freedom day after day, little by little, expand that freedom. People who do not will find that it withers until they are literally 'being lived.' They are acting out scripts written by parents, associates, and society. 
Author: Stephen R. Covey
Nationality: American
b. 24 October 1932
  
 People who lose their parents when young are permanently in love with them. 
Author: Aharon Appelfeld
Nationality: Israeli
b. 16 February 1932
  
 Poetry, the eldest sister of all arts, and parent of most. 
Author: William Congreve
Nationality: English
b. 24 January 1670  - d. 19 January 1729
  
 Poverty is the parent of revolution and crime. 
Author: Aristotle
Nationality: Greek
b. December 384  - d.  December 322
  
 Role modeling is the most basic responsibility of parents. Parents are handing life's scripts to their children, scripts that in all likelihood will be acted out for the rest of the children's lives 
Author: Stephen R. Covey
Nationality: American
b. 24 October 1932
  
 Some people seem compelled by unkind fate to parental servitude for life. There is no form of penal servitude worse than this. 
Author: Samuel Butler
Nationality: English
b. 4 December 1835  - d. 18 June 1902
  
 Suffering is but another name for the teaching of experience, which is the parent of instruction and the schoolmaster of life. 
Author: Edward St. John Gorey
Nationality: American
b. 22 February 1925  - d. 15 April 2000
  
 SUV drivers tend to be insecure and vain. They are frequently nervous about their marriages and uncomfortable about parenthood. They often lack confidence in their driving skills. Above all, they are apt to be self-centered and self-absorbed, with little interest in their neighbours and communities. 
Author: Keith Bradshaw
Nationality: Australian
b. December 1963
  
 The beauty of 'spacing' children many years apart lies in the fact that parents have time to learn the mistakes that were made with the older ones - which permits them to make exactly the opposite mistakes with the younger ones. 
Author: Sydney J. Harris
Nationality: American
b. 14 September 1917  - d. 08 December 1986
  
 The best inheritance a person can give to his children is a few minutes of his time each day. 
Author: Orlando A. Battista
Nationality: Canadian
b. 20 June 1917  - d. 03 October 1995
  
 The child gets two confusing messages when a parent tells him which is the right fork to use, and then proceeds to use the wrong one. So does the child who listens to parents bicker and fuss, yet is told to be nice to his brothers and sisters. 
Author: Dr. Kenneth Blanchard
Nationality: American
b. 6 May 1939
  
 The children born in this colony from European parents, are very robust, comely, and well made; nor do I recollect a solitary instance of one being naturally deformed. They are remarkably quick of apprehension; learn any thing with uncommon rapidity; and greatly improve in good manners, promising to become a fine race of people. 
Author: D. D. Mann
Nationality: American   
 The commandment to honor parents was given to ensure that the elderly, although they may not feel wanted by family or society, are still given their appropriate reward. 
Author: Dr Laura Catherine Schlessinger
Nationality: American
b. 16 January 1947
  
 The created world is but a small parenthesis in eternity. 
Author: Thomas Browne
Nationality: English
b. 19 October 1605  - d. 19 October 1682
  
 The first half of our lives is ruined by our parents and the second half by our children. 
Author: Clarence Darrow
Nationality: English
b. 18 April 1857  - d. 13 March 1938
  
 The joys of parents are secret, and so are their griefs and fears. 
Author: Sir Francis Bacon
Nationality: English
b. 22 January 1561  - d. 9 April 1626
  
 The longer we live the more we think and the higher the value we put on friendship and tenderness towards parents and friends. 
Author: Dr. Johnson
Nationality: English
b. December 1709  - d.  December 1784
  
 The one thing children wear out faster than shoes is parents. 
Author: John J. Plomp
Nationality: English   
 The solution to the problems of marriage and parenting is simple. Spend more time with the people you care about the most. 
Author: Brian Tracy
Nationality: Canadian
b. December 1944
  
 The thing that impresses me the most about America is the way parents obey their children. 
Author: King Edward VIII
Nationality: British
b. 23 June 1894  - d. 28 May 1972
  
 The unjustifiable severity of a parent is loaded with this aggravation, that those whom he injures are always in his sight. 
Author: Joseph Addison
Nationality: English
b. 1 May 1672  - d. 17 June 1719
  
 The voice of parents is the voice of gods, for to their children they are heaven's lieutenants. 
Author: William Shakespeare
Nationality: English
b. December 1564  - d. 23 April 1616
  
 The young always have the same problem- how to rebel and conform at the same time. They have now solved this by defying their parents and copying one another. 
Author: George Chapman
Nationality: English
b. December 1557  - d. 12 May 1634
  
 There are times when parenthood seems nothing but feeding the mouth that bites you. 
Author: Peter de Vries
Nationality: American
b. 27 February 1910  - d. 28 September 1933
  
 There is no friendship, no love, like that of the parent for the child. 
Author: Henry Ward Beecher
Nationality: American
b. 24 June 1813  - d. 8 March 1887
  
 There must be such a thing as a child with average ability, but you can't find a parent who will admit that it is his child. 
Author: Bernard Bailey
Nationality: American   
 To lose one parent, Mr. Worthing, may be regarded as a misfortune; to lose both looks like carelessness. 
Author: Oscar Wilde
Nationality: English
b. 16 October 1854  - d. 30 November 1900
  
 To understand your parents love, bear you own children. 
Author: Chinese Proverb
Nationality: English   
 Trust yourself. You know more than you think you do. 
Author: Dr. Benjamin McLane Spock
Nationality: American
b. 02 May 1903  - d. 15 March 1998
  
 Up to a point a man's life is shaped by environment, heredity, and movements and changes in the world about him. Then there comes a time when it lies within his grasp to shape the clay of his life into the sort of thing he wishes to be. Only the weak blame parents, their race, their times, lack of good fortune, or the quirks of fate. Everyone has it within his power to say, 'This I am today; that I will be tomorrow. ' 
Author: Louis L'Amour
Nationality: American
b. 22 March 1908  - d. 10 June 1988
  
 Verily the kindness that gazes upon itself in a mirror turns to stone, and a good deed that calls itself by tender names becomes the parent to a curse. 
Author: Khalil Gibran
Nationality: American
b. 6 January 1883  - d. 10 April 1931
  
 We had a chance to visit with Teresa Nelson who's a parent, and a mom or a dad. 
Author: George W. Bush
Nationality: American
b. 6 July 1946
  
 We never know the love of the parent till we become parents ourselves. 
Author: Henry Ward Beecher
Nationality: American
b. 24 June 1813  - d. 8 March 1887
  
 Wealth is the parent of luxury and indolence, and poverty of meanness and viciousness, and both of discontent. 
Author: Plato
Nationality: Greek
b. December 427  - d.  December 347
  
 When I was a kid I got no respect. When my parents got divorced there was a custody fight over me... and no one showed up. 
Author: Rodney Dangerfield
Nationality: American
b. 22 November 1921  - d. 5 October 2004
  
 When I was kidnapped, my parents snapped into action.They rented out my room. 
Author: Woody Allen
Nationality: American
b. 1 December 1935
  
 When you read about a car crash in which two or three youngsters are killed, do you pause to dwell on the amount of love and treasure and patience parents poured into bodies no longer suitable for open caskets? 
Author: Jim Bishop
Nationality: American
b. 21 November 1907  - d. 26 July 1987
  
 You don't object to an aged parent, I hope? 
Author: Charles Dickens
Nationality: English
b. 7 February 1812  - d. 9 June 1870
  
 You don't pay back your parents. You can't. The debt you owe them gets collected by your children, who hand it down in turn. It's a sort of entailment. Or if you don't have children of the body, it's left as a debt to your common humanity. Or to your God, if you possess or are possessed by one. 
Author: Lois McMaster Bujold
Nationality: American
b. December 1949
  
 Your parents put a curse on you - Someday your kids are going to act just like you. 
Author: Bill Cosby
Nationality: American
b. December 1937
  
 Your responsibility as a parent is not as great as you might imagine. You need not supply the world with the next conqueror of disease or major motion-picture star. If your child simply grows up to be someone who does not use the word ''collectible'' as a noun, you can consider yourself an unqualified success. 
Author: Fran Lebowitz
Nationality: American
b. 27 October 1950
  
 Parents, however old they and we may grow to be, serve among other things to shield us from a sense of our doom. As long as they are around, we can avoid the fact of our mortality; we can still be innocent children.  
Author: Jane Howard
Nationality: American
b. December 1935  - d.  December 1995
  
 I know it sounds crazy, but I have had far more connection with my parents after their deaths.  
Author: Lynn Johnston
Nationality: Canadian
b. 28 May 1947
  
 Neither of my parents ever stopped encouraging my brother and me from pursuing our creativity. They let us take all kinds of art classes.  
Author: Lynn Johnston
Nationality: Canadian
b. 28 May 1947
  
 Yes, and when I had Aaron, he left me, and I didn't know how to raise a child. And I wasn't close to my parents, and because I was too proud to go to my parents for help, I mistreated that little baby. I didn't want a baby. 
Author: Lynn Johnston
Nationality: Canadian
b. 28 May 1947
  
 At the first screening, the first kid that ran out was saying, It's perfect, it's fantastic! His parents were saying the same things. Then I get Bob Weinstein grabbing me, saying, We gotta talk.  
Author: Terry Vance Gilliam
Nationality: British
b. 22 November 1940
  
 Children have a particular affinity because during their individualisation - when they realise they are independent from their parents - palaeontology offers them a perfect tool. 
Author: Norman MacLeod
Nationality: Scottish
b. December 1812  - d.  December 1872
  
 None of us got where we are solely by pulling ourselves up by our bootstraps. We got here because somebody - a parent, a teacher, an Ivy League crony or a few nuns - bent down and helped us pick up our boots. 
Author: Thurgood Marshall
Nationality: American
b. 2 July 1908  - d. 24 January 1993
  
 Most of us become parents long before we have stopped being children. 
Author: Mignon McLaughlin
Nationality: American
b. 6 June 1913  - d. 20 December 1983
  
 Call me Jonah. My parents did, or nearly did. They called me John 
Author: Kurt Vonnegut Jr.
Nationality: American
b. December 1922
  
 Some parents say it is toy guns that make boys warlike. But give a boy a rubber duck and he will seize its neck like the butt of a pistol and shout "Bang!" 
Author: George Will
Nationality: American
b. 04 May 1941
  
 Parents provide their children with genes as well as an environment, so the fact that talkative parents have kids with good language skills could simply mean that and that the same genes that make parents talkative make children articulate. 
Author: Steven Pinker
Nationality: Canadian
b. 18 September 1954
  
 So no, it's not all in the genes, but what isn't in the genes isn't in the family environment either. It can't be explained in terms of the overall personalities or the child-rearing practices of parents. 
Author: Steven Pinker
Nationality: Canadian
b. 18 September 1954
  
 For example, parents who talk a lot to their children have kids with better language skills, parents who spank have children who grow up to be violent, parents who are neither too Literatureitarian or too lenient have children who are well-adjusted, and so on. 
Author: Steven Pinker
Nationality: Canadian
b. 18 September 1954
  
 It is only when parental feelings are ineffective or too ambivalent or when the mother's emotions are temporarily engaged elsewhere that children feel lost. 
Author: Anna Freud
Nationality: Viennese
b. 03 December 1895  - d. 09 October 1982
  
 I think that the parents are the only ones who would be qualified, by law, to judge what their child could or could not read. 
Author: Shel Silverstein
Nationality: American
b. 25 September 1930  - d. 10 May 1999
  
 All this time I lived with my parents, and wrought on the plantation; and having had schooling pretty well for a planter, I used to improve myself in winter evenings, and other leisure times. 
Author: John Woolman
Nationality: American
b. 19 October 1720  - d. 7 October 1772
  
 If kind parents love their children and delight in their happiness, then he who is perfect goodness in sending abroad mortal contagions doth assuredly direct their use. 
Author: John Woolman
Nationality: American
b. 19 October 1720  - d. 7 October 1772
  
 The pious instructions of my parents were often fresh in my mind, when I happened to be among wicked children, and were of use to me. 
Author: John Woolman
Nationality: American
b. 19 October 1720  - d. 7 October 1772
  
 The care of a wise and good man for his only son is inferior to the regard of the great Parent of the universe for his creatures. 
Author: John Woolman
Nationality: American
b. 19 October 1720  - d. 7 October 1772
  
 Though ambition in itself is a vice, yet it is often the parent of virtues. 
Author: Marcus Fabius Quintillian
Nationality: Roman
b. December 35  - d.  December 100
  
 It is not a bad thing that children should occasionally, and politely, put parents in their place. 
Author: Colette
Nationality: French
b. 28 January 1873  - d. 03 August 1954
  
 I would like to do another piece of fiction dealing with a number of issues: Lesbian parenting, the 1960's, and interracial relationships in the Lesbian and Gay community. 
Author: Audre Geraldine Lorde
Nationality: Caribbean-American
b. 18 February 1934  - d. 17 November 1992
  
 Parents must get across the idea that "I love you always, but sometimes I do not love your behavior." 
Author: Amy Vanderbilt
Nationality: American
b. 22 July 1908  - d. 27 December 1974
  
 I think parents have this vision of their son running into some other youngster who is 250 pounds. That's not the way it is. Strict weight categories are so important to the safety record of Pop Warner. 
Author: Joe Theisman
Nationality: American
b. 9 September 1949
  
 There's always the concern from parents that football is a contact sport. But I try to explain to them that if a 100-pound mouse runs into another 100-pound mouse, neither one of them should get hurt. 
Author: Joe Theisman
Nationality: American
b. 9 September 1949
  
 I think like any marriage, especially when you've had divorced parents like myself; you want to try even harder to make it work.  
Author: Princess of Wales Diana Spencer
Nationality: English
b. 1 July 1961  - d. 31 August 1997
  
 A wise parent humors the desire for independent action, so as to become the friend and advisor when his absolute rule shall cease. 
Author: Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell
Nationality: English
b. 29 September 1810  - d. 12 November 1865
  
 I think anybody over 30 plays parents because it happens in your thirties and so that's kind of a natural progression. But I'm definitely drawn to it. It's probably the most intense, passionate thing that happens to you as you get older. 
Author: Jodie Foster
Nationality: American
b. 19 November 1962
  
 You develop a third eye where you kind of know where they are in a room at all times but no matter how vigilant you are as a parent, at some point, you'll look around a room and can't find them and there's a searing pain that goes through your body. 
Author: Jodie Foster
Nationality: American
b. 19 November 1962
  
 The false romance of the time made a tyrant to a childish imagination of the best and kindest of parents.  
Author: Julia Ward Howe
Nationality: American
b. 27 May 1819  - d. 17 October 1910
  
 Prince Charles is an absolute Mountbatten. The real intelligence in the royal family comes through my parents to Prince Philip and the children. 
Author: Lord Louis Mountbatten
Nationality: British
b. 25 June 1900  - d. 27 August 1979
  
 My parents shared not only an improbable love, they shared an abiding faith in the possibilities of this nation. They would give me an African name, Barack, or blessed, believing that in a tolerant America your name is no barrier to success. 
Author: President Barack Hussein Obama
Nationality: American
b. 4 August 1961
  
 Parents are the bone on which children sharpen their teeth. 
Author: Peter Ustinov
Nationality: English
b. 16 April 1921  - d. 28 March 2004
  
 The character and history of each child may be a new and poetic experience to the parent, if he will let it. 
Author: Margaret Fuller
Nationality: American
b. 23 May 1810  - d. 19 June 1850
  
 My parents were very pleased that I was in the army. The fact that I hated it somehow pleased them even more. 
Author: Barry Humphries
Nationality: Australian
b. 17 February 1934
  
 The art of the parenthesis is one of the greatest secrets of eloquence in Society. 
Author: Nicolas Chamfort
Nationality: French
b. 6 April 1741  - d. 13 April 1794
  
 When a man and a woman have an overwhelming passion for each other, it seems to me, in spite of such obstacles dividing them as parents or husband, that they belong to each other in the name of Nature, and are lovers by Divine right, in spite of human convention or the laws. 
Author: Nicolas Chamfort
Nationality: French
b. 6 April 1741  - d. 13 April 1794
  
 Tyranny or slavery, born of selfishness, are the two educational methods of parents; all gradations of tyranny or slavery. 
Author: Franz Harrington
Nationality: Austrian
b. 3 July 1883  - d. 3 June 1924
  
 My parents were horrified when I told them I wanted to be an Literature. 
Author: Lloyd Alexander
Nationality: American
b. 30 January 1924  - d. 17 May 2007
  
 Not that we didn't have close relationships with our parents - I'm very close to my mom - but parents didn't think anything of going off for a few weeks and leaving their kids. 
Author: Candice Patricia Bergen
Nationality: American
b. 9 May 1946
  
 My parents fought. We kids would pull the covers over our ears to keep out the sound of fighting. Our home was kept together for the sake of the children as well as for the sake of propriety. 
Author: Humphrey Bogart
Nationality: American
b. 25 December 1899  - d. 14 January 1957
  
 It is time for parents to teach young people early on that in diversity there is beauty and there is strength. 
Author: Maya Angelou
Nationality: American
b. 4 April 1928
  
 When I was a little kid, I used to really embarrass my parents. 
Author: Russell Crowe
Nationality: New Zealander
b. 7 April 1964
  
 I think every parent, every generation has wanted their children to do better and have a higher standard of living. But I think there's too much guilt. 
Author: Phil Calvin McGraw
Nationality: American
b. 1 September 1950
  
 The Internet is just bringing all kinds of information into the home. There's just a lot of distraction, a lot of competition for the parent's voice to resonate in the children's ears. 
Author: Phil Calvin McGraw
Nationality: American
b. 1 September 1950
  
 Some people are that - more than a parent, more than a role model, more than anything less than a religion. 
Author: Margaret Cho
Nationality: American
b. 05 December 1968
  
 My parents wanted me to be a lawyer. But I don't think I would have been very happy. I'd be in front of the jury singing. 
Author: Jennifer Lynn Lopez
Nationality: American
b. 24 July 1969
  
 I have really great, great parents, and they were very supportive of me. 
Author: Justin Timberlake
Nationality: American
b. 31 January 1981
  
 My parents were music lovers and collectors. It was around.  
Author: Boz Scaggs
Nationality: American
b. 8 June 1944
  
 I never had children, never even thought I would have children. Now I have 152 daughters; expecting 75 more next year. That is some type of gestation period! I said to the mothers, the family members, the aunts, the grannies - because most of these girls have lost their families, their parents - I said to them, 'Your daughters are now my daughters and I promise you I'm going to take care of your daughters. I promise you. 
Author: Oprah Winfrey
Nationality: American
b. 29 January 1954
  
 My view on issues is based on common sense, and my experience as a mother of four children, as a sole parent, and as a businesswoman running a fish and chip shop. 
Author: Pauline Lee Hanson
Nationality: Australian
b. 26 August 1954
  
 My own parents loved each other very much. 
Author: Jilly Cooper
Nationality: English
b. 21 February 1937
  
 Children now expect their parents to audition for approval. 
Author: Mason Cooley
Nationality: American
b. December 1927  - d. 25 July 2002
  
 My parents wanted me to solace them for sorrows they denied having had. 
Author: Mason Cooley
Nationality: American
b. December 1927  - d. 25 July 2002
  
 Where you raise your children isn't as important as how you raise your children. I think it's what you talk to them about, what you expose them to, what you make them mindful of. And you've got to do that anywhere you live. LA can be a very open and accepting creative environment. But it is important, because there is this odd separation here, it is important to make your kids mindful of other people and other people's plight. I grew up with no money. My kids will grow up with a lot of money and so it's really important to me, and it will always be a part of my parenting, to keep them conscientious and connected socially to other people. 
Author: Ryan Phillippe
Nationality: American
b. 10 September 1974
  
 Home life's great, man. The kids are great, happy and healthy. I've reached this sort of wonderful precipice. I've been in this business for a long time at my age, I've just turned 30, and I feel like my wife's career is going incredibly well, my kids are happy and healthy in schools, we've both been able to buy a house for our parents, respectively, in the places they live. And now I'm ready to work on my stuff, my career. I feel like everything's taken care of. I'm just in a really good place. 
Author: Ryan Phillippe
Nationality: American
b. 10 September 1974
  
 I don't think my parents know what I do. 
Author: John Malkovich
Nationality: American
b. 9 December 1953
  
 My parents are really well intended, and I think their way of dealing with things is denial and guilt. Nobody wanted to talk about it. But all I did was blame myself. 
Author: Teri Hatcher
Nationality: American
b. 8 December 1964
  
 A slavish bondage to parents cramps every faculty of the mind. 
Author: Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley
Nationality: British
b. 30 August 1797  - d. 1 February 1851
  
 A lot of parents tell their children that if they want to be an actor, that's fine, but they should do something else first, so they've got something to fall back on. It doesn't work like that, as far as I'm concerned. 
Author: Ewan Gordon McGregor
Nationality: Scottish
b. 31 March 1971
  
 I never imagined it wouldn't work out for me. I had that absolute certainty in myself that has seen me through, I think, and my parents were absolutely behind me all the way. 
Author: Ewan Gordon McGregor
Nationality: Scottish
b. 31 March 1971
  
 I'm sure it's not great fun for them, or for any parent, when their child says they want to be an actor, 'cos it's quite an uncertain business and it can be terribly hard for most actors. 
Author: Ewan Gordon McGregor
Nationality: Scottish
b. 31 March 1971
  
 My dad? He died when I was 19, which is a bad time for your dad to die, because there's an awful lot of things you have to resolve with your parents past your teens if you've been a difficult teenager. 
Author: Robbie Coltrane
Nationality: Scottish
b. 30 March 1950
  
 My kids love it. I thought I was the coolest dad in the world when I got to be in a Bond film, but Harry Potter, too? Well, I think I qualify for a medal for exceptional parenting or something, don't you? 
Author: Robbie Coltrane
Nationality: Scottish
b. 30 March 1950
  
 I had years of partying, and I was kind of surprised and happy I survived it all. Now, being a parent, I look back on it thinking, Oh God, the things you did! 
Author: Jeff Bridges
Nationality: American
b. 4 December 1949
  
 My parents studied with a guy named Michael Chekhov, and used exercises and approaches he suggested. Anthony Quinn was one of his students, and a lot of big 1950s actors. 
Author: Jeff Bridges
Nationality: American
b. 4 December 1949
  
 Working with my dad was such a gas. We approached the work in a similar way. We only made two films together when I was an adult, Tucker, and Blown Away, but it was so much fun to play with your parent like that. 
Author: Jeff Bridges
Nationality: American
b. 4 December 1949
  
 The joys of parents are secret, and so are their grieves and fears.  
Author: Francis Bacon
Nationality: English
b. 22 January 1561  - d. 9 April 1626
  
 The joys of parents are secret, and so are their griefs and fears 
Author: Francis Bacon
Nationality: English
b. 22 January 1561  - d. 9 April 1626
  
 When you are getting ready to become a mom, being in love with someone just isn't enough. You need to think about whether he would be a good parent and raise your children with similar beliefs. 
Author: Cindy Crawford
Nationality: English
b. 20 February 1966
  
 If you've never been hated by your child, you've never been a parent. 
Author: Bette Davis
Nationality: American
b. 5 April 1908  - d. 6 August 1989
  
 We are the people our parents warned us about. 
Author: Jimmy Buffett
Nationality: American
b. 25 December 1946
  
 So what are we given? We're also given, my generation, the disillusionment of our parents. 
Author: Jewel
Nationality: American
b. 23 May 1974
  
 As Plotinus tells us, we elected the body, the parents, the place, and the circumstances that suited the soul and that, as the myth says, belongs to its necessity. 
Author: James Hillman
Nationality: American
b. December 1926
  
 The circumstances, including my body and my parents, whom I may curse, are my soul's own choice and I do not understand this because I have forgotten. 
Author: James Hillman
Nationality: American
b. December 1926
  
 Too many people have been analyzing their pasts, their childhoods, their memories, their parents, and realizing that it doesn't do anything - or that it doesn't do enough. 
Author: James Hillman
Nationality: American
b. December 1926
  
 It is paradoxical that many educators and parents still differentiate between a time for learning and a time for play without seeing the vital connection between them. 
Author: Leo Buscaglia
Nationality: American
b. 31 March 1924  - d. 11 June 1998
  
 As regards parents, I should like to see them as highly educated as possible, and I do not restrict this remark to fathers alone. 
Author: Quintilian
Nationality: Roman
b. December 35  - d.  December 100
  
 Time is the king of all men, he is their parent and their grave, and gives them what he will and not what they crave. 
Author: Pericles
Nationality: Athenian
b. December 495  - d.  December 429
  
 Make me a grave where'er you will, In a lowly plain, or a lofty hill; Make it among earth's humblest graves, But not in a land where men are slaves. I could not rest if around my grave I heard the steps of a trembling slave; His shadow above my silent tomb Would make it a place of fearful gloom. I could not rest if I heard the tread Of a coffle gang to the shambles led, And the mother's shriek of wild despair Rise like a curse on the trembling air. I could not sleep if I saw the lash Drinking her blood at each fearful gash, And I saw her babes torn from her breast, Like trembling doves from their parent nest. I'd shudder and start if I heard the bay Of bloodhounds seizing their human prey, And I heard the captive plead in vain As they bound afresh his galling chain. If I saw young girls from their mother's arms Bartered and sold for their youthful charms, My eye would flash with a mournful flame, My death-paled cheek grow red with shame. I would sleep, dear friends, where bloated might Can rob no man of his dearest right; My rest shall be calm in any grave Where none can call his brother a slave. I ask no monument, proud and high, To arrest the gaze of the passers-by; All that my yearning spirit craves, Is bury me not in a land of slaves. 
Author: Frances Harper
Nationality: African-American
b. 24 September 1825  - d. 22 February 1911
  
 I'd like to thank my parents for making this night possible. And my children for making it necessary. 
Author: Victor Borge
Nationality: American
b. 3 January 1909  - d. 23 December 2000
  
 I feel sure that unborn babies pick their parents. 
Author: Gloria Swanson
Nationality: American
b. 27 March 1899  - d. 4 April 1983
  
 I like to stand behind them and give support of the kind I didn't get when I was a young mother because I was estranged from my parents for a very long time.. So I don't know which way to go from here and it does seem a particularly female problem. 
Author: Helen Garner
Nationality: Australian
b. 7 November 1942
  
 When asked by his new wife's discomfited parents "Why didn't you tell us you were a Jew?", Hecht responded "I was afraid you would think I was bragging. 
Author: Ben Hecht
Nationality: American
b. 28 February 1894  - d. 18 April 1964
  
 I think if we are actually going to accept our generation's responsibility, that's going to mean that we give our children no less retirement security than we inherited from our parents. 
Author: Carol Elizabeth Moseley-Braun
Nationality: American
b. 16 August 1947
  
 Beware the cute, hot guy who kind of reminds you of the parent you don't get along with: your cold, distant father who left when you were a kid or your hot-tempered mother whom you could never please. 
Author: Merrill Markoe
Nationality: American
b. December 1951
  
 I hold that the parentheses are by far the most important parts of a non-business letter. 
Author: D. H. Lawrence
Nationality: English
b. 11 September 1885  - d. 2 March 1930
  
 The young always have the same problem - how to rebel and conform at the same time. They have now solved this by defying their parents and copying one another. 
Author: Quentin Crisp
Nationality: English
b. 25 December 1908  - d. 21 November 1999
  
 Between them, my parents had 10 marriages. 
Author: Lorna Luft
Nationality: American
b. 21 November 1957
  
 When your parent is a public idol, you never really have a chance to lay that parent to rest. 
Author: Lorna Luft
Nationality: American
b. 21 November 1957
  
 Schools and schoolmasters, as we have them today, are not popular as places of education and teachers, but rather prisons and turnkeys in which children are kept to prevent them disturbing and chaperoning their parents. 
Author: George Bernard Shaw
Nationality: British
b. 28 July 1856  - d. 2 November 1950
  
 Now everything changed. My childhood world was breaking apart around me. My parents eyed me with a certain embarrassment. My sisters had become strangers to me. A disenchantment falsified and blunted my usual feelings and joys: the garden lacked fragrance, the woods held no attraction for me, the world stood around me like a clearance sale of last year's secondhand goods, insipid, all its charm gone. Books were so much paper, music a grating noise. That is the way leaves fall around a tree in autumn, a tree unaware of the rain running down its sides, of the sun or the frost, and of life gradually retreating inward. The tree does not die. It waits. 
Author: Hermann Hesse
Nationality: Swiss
b. 2 July 1877  - d. 9 August 1962
  
 The whole problem of the relation between parent and subsidiary corporations is one that is still enveloped in the mists of metaphor. Metaphors in law are to be narrowly watched, for starting as devices to liberate thought, they end often by enslaving it. We say at times that the corporate entity will be ignored when the parent corporation operates a business through a subsidiary which is characterized as an 'alias' or a 'dummy.' Dominion may be so complete, interference so obtrusive, that by the general rules of agency the parent will be a principal and the subsidiary an agent. 
Author: Benjamin Nathan Cardozo
Nationality: American
b. 24 May 1870  - d. 9 July 1938
  
 Parentage is a very important profession, but no test of fitness for it is ever imposed in the interest of the children. 
Author: George Bernard Shaw
Nationality: British
b. 28 July 1856  - d. 2 November 1950
  
 Parents of young children should realize that few people, and maybe no one, will find their children as enchanting as they do. 
Author: Barbara Walters
Nationality: American
b. 25 September 1929
  
 It's amazing how coke encompasses everything in your life. Addicts cannot confront life because they only think of their next hit. I ruined life for my parents, my sister and all my friends. 
Author: Kirsty Alley
Nationality: American
b. 12 January 51
  
 No matter what parents do, kids retain their uniqueness. 
Author: Kirsty Alley
Nationality: American
b. 12 January 51
  
 Back in the old days, most families were close-knit. Grown children and their parents continued to live together, under the same roof, sometimes in the same small, crowded room, year in and year out, until they died, frequently by strangulation. 
Author: Dave Barry
Nationality: American
b. 3 July 1947
  
 When my brothers and I used to stand in the middle of the church and sing the trio "May my prayer be exalted," or "The Archangel's Voice," everyone looked at us with emotion and envied our parents, but we at that moment felt like little convicts. 
Author: Anton Pavlovich Chekhov
Nationality: Russian
b. 29 January 1860  - d. 15 July 1904
  
 Being a grownup means assuming responsibility for yourself, for your children, and - here's the big curve - for your parents. 
Author: Wendy Wasserstein
Nationality: American
b. 18 October 1950  - d. 30 January 2006
  
 People have expected less of movies and have been willing to settle for less. Some have even been willing to settle for Kramer vs. Kramer and other pictures that seem to be made for an audience of over-age flower children. These pictures express the belief that if a man cares about anything besides being at home with the kids, he's corrupt. Parenting ennobles Dustin Hoffman and makes him a better person in every way, while in The Seduction of Joe Tynan we can see that Alan Alda is a weak, corruptible fellow because he wants to be President of the United States more than he wants to stay at home communing with his daughter about her adolescent miseries. Pictures like these should all end with the fathers and the children sitting at home watching TV together. 
Author: Pauline Kael
Nationality: American
b. 19 June 1919  - d. 3 September 2001
  
 From the moment of birth, when the stone-age baby confronts the twentieth-century mother, the baby is subjected to these forces of violence, called love, as its mother and father have been, and their parents and their parents before them. These forces are mainly concerned with destroying most of its potentialities. This enterprise is on the whole successful. 
Author: R. D. Laing
Nationality: Scottish
b. 7 October 1927  - d. 23 August 1989
  
 Because of their size, parents may be difficult to discipline properly. 
Author: P. J. O'Rourke
Nationality: American
b. 14 November 1947
  
 I know I want to have children while my parents are still young enough to take care of them. 
Author: Rita Rudner
Nationality: American
b. 17 September 1956
  
 Special Prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald has informed my attorneys that, after two and one-half years, his investigation of the CIA leak case concerning matters directly relating to me has been concluded. That frees me to reveal my role in the federal inquiry that, at the request of Fitzgerald, I have kept secret. I have cooperated in the investigation while trying to protect journalistic privileges under the First Amendment and shield sources who have not revealed themselves. I have been subpoenaed by and testified to a federal grand jury. Published reports that I took the Fifth Amendment, made a plea bargain with the prosecutors or was a prosecutorial target were all untrue. 
Author: Robert Novak
Nationality: American
b. 26 January 1930
  
 All parents believe their children can do the impossible. They thought it the minute we were born, and no matter how hard we tried to prove them wrong, they all think it about us now. And the really annoying thing is, they're probably right. 
Author: Cathy Guisewite
Nationality: American
b. 5 September 1950
  
 Of course, abortion, from a Buddhist viewpoint, is an act of killing and is negative, generally speaking. But it depends on the circumstances. If the birth will create serious problems for the parent, these are cases where there can be an exception. I think abortion should be approved or disapproved according to each circumstance. 
Author: Dalai Lama
Nationality: Tibetan
b. December 1935
  
 The income tax has destroyed the concept of financial privacy. It has demolished the idea that a man's home is his castle. It has provided unlimited funding for politicians to wreck lives and property. It has forced one-earner families to become two-earner households, leading to decreased parental supervision of children; loss of family values, and increased crime, promiscuity and drug use. So long as the government has the power to invade our lives, rummage through our records, and take what it wants from our income, we will have only as much freedom and take-home pay as the politicians condescend to let us have. 
Author: Harry Browne
Nationality: American
b. 17 June 1933  - d. 1 March 2006
  
 We may not always recognize it, but government plays a bigger role in our lives than any other single person or institution. We spend nearly half of our lives working to pay for it. Children spend more time in government schools than they do with their parents. Birth, death, marriage, every area of our lives feels the influence of government. 
Author: Harry Browne
Nationality: American
b. 17 June 1933  - d. 1 March 2006
  
 It has been said that idleness is the parent of mischief, which is very true; but mischief itself is merely an attempt to escape from the dreary vacuum of idleness. 
Author: George Henry Borrow
Nationality: English
b. 5 July 1803  - d. 26 July 1881
  
 The very existence of government at all, infers inequality. The citizen who is preferred to office becomes the superior to those who are not, so long as he is the repository of power, and the child inherits the wealth of the parent as a controlling law of society. 
Author: James Fenimore Cooper
Nationality: American
b. 15 September 1789  - d. 14 September 1851
  
 I don't believe in playing down to children, either in life or in motion pictures. I didn't treat my own youngsters like fragile flowers, and I think no parent should. 
Author: Walt Disney
Nationality: American
b. 5 December 1901  - d. 15 December 1966
  
 Losing my parents was probably the hardest and deepest blow from which I've had to recover. 
Author: Marlo Thomas
Nationality: American
b. 21 November 1937
  
 My father wouldn't get us a TV, he wouldn't allow a TV in the house. 
Author: Janis Joplin
Nationality: American
b. 19 January 1943  - d. 4 October 1970
  
 Gay brothers and sisters - you must come out. Come out...to your parents...I know that it is hard and will hurt them but think about how they will hurt you in the voting booth! Come out to your relatives. ..come out to your friends...if indeed they are your friends. Come out to your neighbors...to your fellow workers...to the people who work where you eat and shop...come out only to the people you know, and who know you. Not to anyone else. But once and for all, break down the myths, destroy the lies and distortions. For your sake. For their sake. For the sake of the youngsters who are becoming scared by the votes from Dade to Eugene. 
Author: Harvey Milk
Nationality: American
b. 22 May 1930  - d. 27 November 1978
  
 I had reason for avoiding serious advances. My mind was made up never to leave my parents. I felt that their absorbing love could never be repaid be the longest life-service, and that the responsibility of an only child, their sole prop and solace, would be strictly regarded by Him who readeth the heart. I had seen aged people surrounded by indifferent persons, who considered their care a burden, and could not endure the thought that my tender parents, who were without near relatives, should be thrown upon the fluctuating kindness of hirelings and strangers. To me, my father already seemed aged, though scarcely sixty; and I said, in my musing hours, Shall he, who never denied me aught, or spoke to me otherwise than in love-tones, stretch forth his hands in their weakness, "and find none to gird him"?  
Author: Lydia Sigourney
Nationality: American
b. 1 October 1791  - d. 10 June 1865
  
 I believe that censorship grows out of fear, and because fear is contagious, some parents are easily swayed. Book banning satisfies their need to feel in control of their children's lives. This fear is often disguised as moral outrage. They want to believe that if their children don't read about it, their children won't know about it. And if they don't know about it, it won't happen. 
Author: Judy Sussman Blume
Nationality: American
b. 12 February 1938
  
 If a book has been challenged or banned in your classroom, school, or public library the first thing to do is contact the National Coalition Against Censorship (ncac.org). They will help you figure out the best way to defend your right to read. Try to work with a teacher, librarian, or parent. 
Author: Judy Sussman Blume
Nationality: American
b. 12 February 1938
  
 The background of my early thinking was a German home in which the ideals of the revolution of 1848 were a living force. My father, liberal, but not active in public affairs; my mother, idealistic, with a lively interest in public matters; the founder about 1854 of the kindergarten in my home town, devoted to science. My parents had broken through the shackles of dogma. My father had retained an emotional affection for the ceremonial of his parental home, without allowing it to influence his intellectual freedom. 
Author: Franz Boas
Nationality: American
b. 9 July 1858  - d. 21 December 1942
  
 Parents are usually more careful to bestow knowledge on their children rather than virtue, the art of speaking well rather than doing well; but their manners should be of the greatest concern. 
Author: Richard Buckminster Fuller
Nationality: American
b. 12 July 1895  - d. 1 July 1983
  
 Parents are usually more careful to bestow knowledge on their children rather than virtue, the art of speaking well rather than doing well; but their manners should be of the greatest concern. 
Author: Richard Buckminster Fuller
Nationality: American
b. 12 July 1895  - d. 1 July 1983
  
 Rashness is the faithful, but unhappy parent of misfortune. 
Author: Richard Buckminster Fuller
Nationality: American
b. 12 July 1895  - d. 1 July 1983
  
 Our universities have become "high-class flophouses where parents send their children to keep them off the labor market and out of their own hair. 
Author: Robert Maynard Hutchins
Nationality: American
b. 17 January 1899  - d. 17 May 1977
  
 "Jeeves," I said, and I am free to admit that in my emotion I bleated like a lamb drawing itself to the attention of the parent sheep, "what the dickens is all this?" 
Author: P. G. Wodehouse
Nationality: American
b. 15 October 1881  - d. 14 February 1975
  
 All of us have to recognize that we owe our children more than we have been giving them. 
Author: Hilary Clinton
Nationality: American
b. 26 October 1947
  
 The Institution has been devised to afford the means of receiving your children at an early age, almost as soon as they can walk. By this means many of you, mothers and families, will be able to earn a better maintenance or support for your children; you will have less care and anxiety about them, while the children will be prevented from acquiring any bad habits. and gradually prepared to learn the best. They would receive the same care and attention as those who belong to the establishment. Nor will there be any distinction made between the children of those parents who are deemed the worst, and of those who may be esteemed the best members of society: indeed I would prefer to receive the offspring of the worst, if they shall be sent at an early age; because they really require more of our care and pity and by well-training these, society will be more essentially benefited than if the like attention were paid to those whose parents are educating them in comparatively good habits. 
Author: Robert Owen
Nationality: Welsh
b. 14 May 1771  - d. 17 November 1858
  
 They would receive the same care and attention as those who belong to the establishment. Nor will there be any distinction made between the children of those parents who are deemed the worst, and of those who may be esteemed the best members of society: indeed I would prefer to receive the offspring of the worst, if they shall be sent at an early age; because they really require more of our care and pity and by well-training these, society will be more essentially benefited than if the like attention were paid to those whose parents are educating them in comparatively good habits. 
Author: Robert Owen
Nationality: Welsh
b. 14 May 1771  - d. 17 November 1858
  
 I don't blame my own parents for the way I grew up, as quite often there is little choice in these issues. 
Author: Peter Garrett
Nationality: Australian
b. 16 April 1953
  
 We write not only for children but also for their parents. They, too, are serious children. 
Author: Isaac Bashevis Singer
Nationality: American
b. 21 November 1902  - d. 24 July 1991
  
 Americans once expected parents to raise their children in accordance with the dominant cultural messages. Today they are expected to raise their children in opposition to them. Once the chorus of cultural values was full of ministers, teachers, neighbors, leaders. They demanded more conformity, but offered more support. Now the messengers are violent cartoon characters, rappers and celebrities selling sneakers. Parents are considered "responsible" only if they are successful in their resistance. That's what makes child-raising harder. It's not just that American families have less time with their kids; it's that we have to spend more of this time doing battle with our own culture. 
Author: Ellen Holz Goodman
Nationality: American
b. 11 April 1941
  
 All the time a person is a child he is both a child and learning to be a parent. After he becomes a parent he becomes predominantly a parent reliving childhood. 
Author: Dr. Benjamin McLane Spock
Nationality: American
b. 02 May 1903  - d. 15 March 1998
  
 Every child senses, with all the horse sense that's in him, that any parent is angry inside when children misbehave and they dread more the anger that is rarely or never expressed openly, wondering how awful it might be. 
Author: Dr. Benjamin McLane Spock
Nationality: American
b. 02 May 1903  - d. 15 March 1998
  
 Happiness is mostly a by-product of doing what makes us feel fulfilled. 
Author: Dr. Benjamin McLane Spock
Nationality: American
b. 02 May 1903  - d. 15 March 1998
  
 Perhaps a child who is fussed over gets a feeling of destiny; he thinks he is the world for something important, and it gives him drive and confidence. 
Author: Dr. Benjamin McLane Spock
Nationality: American
b. 02 May 1903  - d. 15 March 1998
  
 The child supplies the power but the parents have to do the steering. 
Author: Dr. Benjamin McLane Spock
Nationality: American
b. 02 May 1903  - d. 15 March 1998
  
 The more people have studied different methods of bringing up children the more they have come to the conclusion that what good mothers and fathers instinctively feel like doing for their babies is the best after all. 
Author: Dr. Benjamin McLane Spock
Nationality: American
b. 02 May 1903  - d. 15 March 1998
  
 There are only two things a child will share willingly; communicable diseases and its mother's age. 
Author: Dr. Benjamin McLane Spock
Nationality: American
b. 02 May 1903  - d. 15 March 1998
  
 What good mothers and fathers instinctively feel like doing for their babies is usually best after all. 
Author: Dr. Benjamin McLane Spock
Nationality: American
b. 02 May 1903  - d. 15 March 1998
  
 What is the use of physicians like myself trying to help parents to bring up children healthy and happy, to have them killed in such numbers for a cause that is ignoble? 
Author: Dr. Benjamin McLane Spock
Nationality: American
b. 02 May 1903  - d. 15 March 1998
  
 Having children is fabulous, but not only does it take a village to raise a child, it takes a village to raise an adult.  
Author: Catherine Deveny
Nationality: Australian   
 Having one child makes you a parent; having two you are a referee. 
Author: Sir David Paradine Frost
Nationality: Australian
b. 07 April 1939
  
 Rudeness is the weak man's imitation of strength. 
Author: Eric Hoffer
Nationality: American
b. 25 July 1902  - d. 21 May 1983
  




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