quotations about parents
Losing a parent is something like driving through a plate-glass window. You didn't know it was there until it shattered, and then for years to come you're picking up the pieces -- down to the last glassy splinter.
SAUL BELLOW, letter to Martin Amis, March 13, 1996
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It's a funny thing about mothers and fathers. Even when their own child is the most disgusting little blister you could ever imagine, they still think that he or she is wonderful.
ROALD DAHL, Matilda
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I think when you become a parent you go from being a star in the movie of your own life to the supporting player in the movie of someone else's.
CRAIG FERGUSON, American on Purpose: The Improbable Adventures of an Unlikely Patriot
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The parents are the first patterns which a child copies after. If they are lazy and worthless, the children are poor and destitute; if careless, they are slovenly; if ignorant, they are so likewise; if windy and pompous, they are conceited and vain.
THOMAS DIBDIN, attributed, Day's Collacon
The superior man, while his parents are alive, reverently nourishes them; and, when they are dead, reverently sacrifices to them. His thought to the end of his life is how not to disgrace them.
CONFUCIUS, The Wisdom of Confucius
The founding fathers in their wisdom decided that children were an unnatural strain on parents. So they provided jails called schools, equipped with torture called education.
JOHN UPDIKE, The Centaur
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If you've never been hated by your child, you've never been a parent.
BETTE DAVIS, interview, CBS, May 5, 1985
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We never know the love of our parents for us till we have become parents.
HENRY WARD BEECHER, Proverbs from Plymouth Pulpit
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Graduation day is tough for adults. They go to the ceremony as parents. They come home as contemporaries. After twenty-two years of child-raising, they are unemployed.
ERMA BOMBECK, attributed, Sower's Seeds of Encouragement
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A wise parent humours the desire for independent action, so as to become the friend and adviser when his absolute rule shall cease.
ELIZABETH GASKELL, North and South
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In some sense every parent does love their children. But some parents are too broken to love them well.
WM. PAUL YOUNG, The Shack
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Of course, everyone's parents are embarrassing. It goes with the territory. The nature of parents is to embarrass merely by existing.
NEIL GAIMAN, Anansi Boys
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Honour thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the Lord thy God giveth thee.
BIBLE, Exodus 20:12
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Parents of young children should realize that few people, and maybe no one, will find their children as enchanting as they do.
BARBARA WALTERS, How to Talk with Practically Anybody About Practically Anything
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Although your father and mother are dead, if you propose to yourself any good work, only reflect how it will make their names illustrious, and your purpose will be fixed.
CONFUCIUS, The Wisdom of Confucius
I think, one thing that I've really come to appreciate about my parents as I've got older is you know, how wise they really were. As a kid when I was growing up, as any kid, you think you know every thing and I was no different to that. I had different opinions on a lot of different things then them but the way they raised me, in hindsight, they were right.
TIGER WOODS, interview, March 17, 2003
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A natural parent has only two things principally to consider, the improvement of his son, and the finances to do it with.
GEORGE WASHINGTON, letter to Dr. Boucher, May 13, 1770
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Parents try the best they can. They want the best for you. But a lot of their stuff is just their own. If you can pull yourself away from it and not always feel like they're attacking you, then it's easier to deal with.
JESSICA ALBA, Marie Claire, March 2008
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The deeds of the children are a testament to the upbringing they received from their parents.
CHRISTOPHER PAOLINI, Brisingr
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The joys of parents are secret; and so are their griefs and fears. They cannot utter the one; nor they will not utter the other. Children sweeten labors; but they make misfortunes more bitter. They increase the cares of life; but they mitigate the remembrance of death. The perpetuity by generation is common to beasts; but memory, merit, and noble works, are proper to men. And surely a man shall see the noblest works and foundations have proceeded from childless men; which have sought to express the images of their minds, where those of their bodies have failed. So the care of posterity is most in them, that have no posterity. They that are the first raisers of their houses, are most indulgent towards their children; beholding them as the continuance, not only of their kind, but of their work; and so both children and creatures.
FRANCIS BACON, "Of Parents and Children", Essays, or Counsels Civil and Moral
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“In the jumbled, fragmented memories I carry from my childhood there are probably nearly as many dreams as images from waking life. I thought of one which might have been my earliest remembered nightmare. I was probably about four years old - I don't think I'd started school yet - when I woke up screaming. The image I retained of the dream, the thing which had frightened me so, was an ugly, clown-like doll made of soft red and cream-coloured rubber. When you squeezed it, bulbous eyes popped out on stalks and the mouth opened in a gaping scream. As I recall it now, it was disturbingly ugly, not really an appropriate toy for a very young child, but it had been mine when I was younger, at least until I'd bitten its nose off, at which point it had been taken away from me. At the time when I had the dream I hadn't seen it for a year or more - I don't think I consciously remembered it until its sudden looming appearance in a dream had frightened me awake.
When I told my mother about the dream, she was puzzled.
'But what's scary about that? You were never scared of that doll.'
I shook my head, meaning that the doll I'd owned - and barely remembered - had never scared me. 'But it was very scary,' I said, meaning that the reappearance of it in my dream had been terrifying.
My mother looked at me, baffled. 'But it's not scary,' she said gently. I'm sure she was trying to make me feel better, and thought this reasonable statement would help. She was absolutely amazed when it had the opposite result, and I burst into tears.
Of course she had no idea why, and of course I couldn't explain. Now I think - and of course I could be wrong - that what upset me was that I'd just realized that my mother and I were separate people. We didn't share the same dreams or nightmares. I was alone in the universe, like everybody else. In some confused way, that was what the doll had been telling me. Once it had loved me enough to let me eat its nose; now it would make me wake up screaming. ("My Death")”
― Lisa Tuttle, Best New Horror 16