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Parents learn a lot from their children about coping with life. - Muriel Spark

Perhaps the best function of parenthood is to teach the young creature to love with safety, so that it may be able to venture unafraid when later emotion comes; the thwarting of the instinct to love is the root of all sorrow and not sex only but divinity itself is insulted when it is repressed. To disapprove, to condemn --the human soul shrivels under barren righteousness. - Freya Stark

Most American children suffer too much mother and too little father. - Gloria Steinem

I wish either my father or my mother, or indeed both of them, as they were in duty both equally bound to it, had minded what they were about when they begot me. - Laurence Sterne

Don't be discouraged if your children reject your advice. Years later they will offer it to their own offspring. - Source Unknown

If you want a baby, have a new one. Don't baby the old one. - Jessamyn West

To lose one parent may be regarded as a misfortune... to lose both seems like carelessness. - Oscar Wilde

The thing that impresses me most about America is the way parents obey their children. - Edward Windsor

There are no illegitimate children, only illegitimate parents. - Leon R. Yankwich

It's a sad moment, really, when parents first become a bit frightened of their children. - Ama Ata Aidoo

The joys of parents are secret, and so are their grieves and fears. - Francis Bacon

It's frightening to think that you mark your children merely by being yourself. It seems unfair. You can't assume the responsibility for everything you do --or don't do. - Simone De Beauvoir

Let me go to hell, that's all I ask, and go on cursing them there, and them look down and hear me, that might take some of the shine off their bliss. - Samuel Beckett

I don't know any parents that look into the eyes of a newborn baby and say, How can we screw this kid up. - Russell Bishop

You have to love your children unselfishly. That is hard. But it is the only way. - Barbara Bush

The most important thing that parents can teach their children is how to get along without them. - Frank A. Clark

Parents are not quite interested injustice, they are interested in quiet. - Bill Cosby

The first half of our life is ruined by our parents and the second half by our children. - Clarence Darrow

I wish all the mothers, fathers and children out there realize how much I need them and how much I value their support. - Princess of Wales Diana

Is the parent better than the child into whom he has cast his ripened being? Whence, then, this worship of the past? - Ralph Waldo Emerson

There are two great injustices that can befall a child. One is to punish him for something he didn't do. The other is to let him get away with doing something he knows is wrong. - Robert Gardner

A wise parent humors the desire for independent action, so as to become the friend and advisor when his absolute rule shall cease. - Elizabeth Gaskell

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! - Samuel G. Goodrich

Parents send their children to college either because they went to college, or because they didn't. - L. L. Hendren

Stop trying to perfect your child, but keep trying to perfect your relationship with him. - Dr. Henker

Parents are traffic signs that are always in our blind spots. - Jeremy P. Johnson

Life affords no greater responsibility, no greater privilege, than the raising of the next generation. - C. Everett Koop

Having children makes one no more a parent than having a piano makes you a pianist. - Michael Levine

Parents can plant magic in a child's mind through certain words spoken with some thrilling quality of voice, some uplift of the heart and spirit. - Robert Macneil

The word no Carries a lot more meaning when spoken by a parent who also knows how to say yes. - Joyce Maynard

Every generation revolts against its fathers and makes friends with its grandfathers. - Lewis Mumford

The parent is low, who having children, truly feels bored. - Jean Paul

Maternity is a matter of fact, paternity is a matter of opinion. - American Proverb

To understand your parents' love you must raise children yourself. - Chinese Proverb

Parents lend children their experience and a vicarious memory; children endow their parents with a vicarious immortality. - George Santayana

The question that is so clearly in many potential parents minds: "Why should we stunt our ambitions and impoverish our lives in order to be insulted and looked down upon in our old age?" - Joseph A. Schumpeter


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