Quotes For Parents

A collection of quotes on the topic of for father, family, relationship, for mother.

Best quotes for parents

Hermann Hesse photo

„If I know what love is, it is because of you.“

—  Hermann Hesse, book Narcissus and Goldmund

Narcissus and Goldmund (1930)

A.A. Milne photo

„Pooh, how do you spell love?' 'You don't spell love Piglet, you feel it“

—  A.A. Milne British author 1882 - 1956

Variant: How do you spell love?
You don't spell it, you feel it.

Jean Anouilh photo
Eleanor Roosevelt photo

„You must do the thing you think you cannot do.“

—  Eleanor Roosevelt American politician, diplomat, and activist, and First Lady of the United States 1884 - 1962

Source: You Learn by Living (1960), p. 29–30
Context: You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, "I have lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along." … You must do the thing you think you cannot do.

Theodore Roosevelt photo

„Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.“

—  Theodore Roosevelt American politician, 26th president of the United States 1858 - 1919

Ch. IX : Outdoors and Indoors, p. 336; the final statement "quoted by Squire Bill Widener" as well as variants of it, are often misattributed to Roosevelt himself.
Variant: Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.
Attributed to Roosevelt in Conquering an Enemy Called Average (1996) by John L. Mason, Nugget # 8 : The Only Place to Start is Where You Are. <!-- The Military Quotation Book, Revised and Expanded: More than 1,200 of the Best Quotations About War, Leadership, Courage, Victory, and Defeat (2002) by James Charlton -->
Variant: Do what you can, with what you've got, where you are.
Context: There are many kinds of success in life worth having. It is exceedingly interesting and attractive to be a successful business man, or railroad man, or farmer, or a successful lawyer or doctor; or a writer, or a President, or a ranchman, or the colonel of a fighting regiment, or to kill grizzly bears and lions. But for unflagging interest and enjoyment, a household of children, if things go reasonably well, certainly makes all other forms of success and achievement lose their importance by comparison. It may be true that he travels farthest who travels alone; but the goal thus reached is not worth reaching. And as for a life deliberately devoted to pleasure as an end — why, the greatest happiness is the happiness that comes as a by-product of striving to do what must be done, even though sorrow is met in the doing. There is a bit of homely philosophy, quoted by Squire Bill Widener, of Widener's Valley, Virginia, which sums up one's duty in life: "Do what you can, with what you've got, where you are."

Marie Curie photo

„Nothing in life is to be feared, it is only to be understood.“

—  Marie Curie French-Polish physicist and chemist 1867 - 1934

As quoted in Our Precarious Habitat (1973) by Melvin A. Benarde, p. v
Context: Nothing in life is to be feared, it is only to be understood. Now is the time to understand more, so that we may fear less.

John Wooden photo
Christopher Reeve photo

„Once you choose hope, anything's possible.“

—  Christopher Reeve actor, director, producer, screenwriter 1952 - 2004

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Anne Frank photo

„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.“

—  Anne Frank victim of the Holocaust and author of a diary 1929 - 1945

15 July 1944
(1942 - 1944)
Original: (nl) Ouders kunnen alleen raad of goede aanwijzingen meegeven, de uiteindelijke vorming van iemands karakter ligt in zijn eigen hand.

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P. J. O'Rourke photo

„Everybody wants to save the earth; nobody wants to help Mom do the dishes.“

—  P. J. O'Rourke American journalist 1947

All the Trouble in the World (1994)

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C.G. Jung photo

„Children are educated by what the grown-up is and not by his talk.“

—  C.G. Jung Swiss psychiatrist and psychotherapist who founded analytical psychology 1875 - 1961

Bill Cosby photo

„Parents are not interested in justice, they're interested in peace and quiet.“

—  Bill Cosby American actor, comedian, author, producer, musician, activist 1937

Fran Lebowitz photo

„Ask your child what he wants for dinner only if he's buying.“

—  Fran Lebowitz, book Social Studies

"Parental Guidance".
Social Studies (1981)

Roald Dahl photo
Citát „Children have never been very good at listening to their elders, but they have never failed to imitate them.“
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Fyodor Dostoyevsky photo

„Love life more than the meaning of it.“

—  Fyodor Dostoyevsky, book Los hermanos Karamazov

Source: The Brothers Karamazov (Bratři Karamazovi)

Oprah Winfrey photo

„Education is the key to unlocking the world, a passport to freedom.“

—  Oprah Winfrey American businesswoman, talk show host, actress, producer, and philanthropist 1954

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Jean Paul Sartre photo

„You are -- your life, and nothing else.“

—  Jean Paul Sartre, No Exit

Source: No Exit

C.G. Jung photo

„If there is anything that we wish to change in the child, we should first examine it and see whether it is not something that could better be changed in ourselves.“

—  C.G. Jung Swiss psychiatrist and psychotherapist who founded analytical psychology 1875 - 1961

Source: The Integration of the Personality (1939), p. 285

Lenny Bruce photo

„There are never enough 'I love you's.“

—  Lenny Bruce comedian and social critic 1925 - 1966

Yogi Berra photo

„No matter where you go, there you are“

—  Yogi Berra American baseball player, manager, coach 1925 - 2015

Source: When You Come to a Fork in the Road, Take It!: Inspiration and Wisdom from One of Baseball's Greatest Heroes

Jodi Picoult photo

„Love is not a because, it's a no matter what.“

—  Jodi Picoult, book Second Glance

Source: Second Glance

Bette Davis photo

„If you have never been hated by your child, you have never been a parent.“

—  Bette Davis film and television actress from the United States 1908 - 1989

Variant: If you've never been hated by your child, you've never been a parent.

Jodi Picoult photo

„I would have given anything to keep her little. They outgrow us so much faster than we outgrow them.
Brian Fitzgerald, talking about his children.“

—  Jodi Picoult, My Sister's Keeper

Variant: Goldfish get big enough only for the bowl you put them in. Bonsai trees twist in miniature. I would have given anything to keep her little. They outgrow us so much faster than we outgrow them.
Source: My Sister's Keeper

Christopher Moore photo

„Children see magic because they look for it.“

—  Christopher Moore, book Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ's Childhood Pal

Source: Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff, Christ's Childhood Pal

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Brad Meltzer photo

„No matter how far we come, our parents are always in us.“

—  Brad Meltzer, book The Inner Circle

Source: The Inner Circle

Anne Fadiman photo

„There's no way to be a perfect mother and a million ways to be a good one.“

—  Jill Churchill American writer of historical, mystery, and romantic novels under several names 1943

James M. Cain photo

„If you have to do it, you can do it.“

—  James M. Cain, book Mildred Pierce

Mildred Pierce

Jim Morrison photo
Bill Cosby photo

„Always end the name of your child with a vowel, so that when you yell the name will carry.“

—  Bill Cosby American actor, comedian, author, producer, musician, activist 1937

Sarah Dessen photo
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Herman Melville photo

„Truth is in things, and not in words.“

—  Herman Melville American novelist, short story writer, essayist, and poet 1818 - 1891

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Nora Ephron photo

„When your children are teenagers, it's important to have a dog so that someone in the house is happy to see you.“

—  Nora Ephron Film director, author screenwriter 1941 - 2012

Source: I Feel Bad about My Neck: And Other Thoughts on Being a Woman

Jodi Picoult photo

„The best place to cry is on a mother's arms.“

—  Jodi Picoult, book House Rules

Source: House Rules

George Washington photo
Alice Munro photo

„You cannot let your parents anywhere near your real humiliations.“

—  Alice Munro, book Open Secrets

Source: Open Secrets (1994)

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Harriet Beecher Stowe photo

„Most mothers are instinctive philosophers.“

—  Harriet Beecher Stowe Abolitionist, author 1811 - 1896

The Minister's Wooing (1859) Ch. 21 The Bruised Flax-Flower

Robert A. Heinlein photo

„Being a mother is an attitude, not a biological relation.“

—  Robert A. Heinlein, book Have Space Suit—Will Travel

Source: Have Space Suit—Will Travel (1958), Chapter 9

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Jodi Picoult photo

„Parents aren’t the people you come from. They’re the people you want to be, when you grow up.“

—  Jodi Picoult, book Handle With Care

Variant: Parents aren't the people you come from. They're the people you want to be, when you grow up.
Source: Handle with Care

Chuck Palahniuk photo
Christopher Moore photo

„You are my life, but you are not my purpose.“

—  Nina Malkin

Source: Swoon

Arthur Conan Doyle photo

„It is more than possible; it is probable.“

—  Arthur Conan Doyle, book The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes

Source: The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes

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„Parents. Honestly. Sometimes they really do think the world revolves around them.“

—  Randa Abdel-Fattah contemporary Australian writer of novels for young adults 1979

Source: Does My Head Look Big In This?

„It's especially hard to admit that you made a mistake to your parents, because, of course, you know so much more than they do.“

—  Sean Covey author; business executive 1964

Source: The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens: The Ultimate Teenage Success Guide

John Steinbeck photo

„Perhaps it takes courage to raise children..“

—  John Steinbeck, book East of Eden

Source: East of Eden

Michel De Montaigne photo

„A good marriage would be between a blind wife and a deaf husband.“

—  Michel De Montaigne (1533-1592) French-Occitan author, humanistic philosopher, statesman 1533 - 1592

Book III, Ch. 5

Sam Levenson photo
John Wilmot photo
Chuck Palahniuk photo
Abraham Lincoln photo

„Never lend your car to anyone to whom you have given birth.“

—  Erma Bombeck When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left, and coul… 1927 - 1996

Abraham Lincoln photo

„All that I am, or hope to be, I owe to my angel mother.“

—  Abraham Lincoln 16th President of the United States 1809 - 1865

Attributed in The Life of Abraham Lincoln (1866) by Josiah G. Holland, p. 23; also in The Real Life of Abraham Lincoln (1867) by George Alfred Townsend, p. 6; according to Townsend, Lincoln made this remark to his law partner, William Herndon. It is disputed whether this quote refers to Lincoln's natural mother, Nancy Hanks Lincoln, who died when he was nine years old, or to his stepmother, Sarah Bush (Johnston) Lincoln.
Posthumous attributions

Henry Rollins photo
Dr. Seuss photo

„You have brains in your head.
You have feet in your shoes.
You can steer yourself
any direction you choose.“

—  Dr. Seuss American children's writer and illustrator, co-founder of Beginner Books 1904 - 1991

Oh, the Places You'll Go! (1990)
Source: Oh, The Places You'll Go!

Jimmy Buffett photo

„We are the people our parents warned us about.“

—  Jimmy Buffett American singer–songwriter and businessman 1946

Sophie Kinsella photo
Mitch Albom photo

„I realized when you look at your mother, you are looking at the purest love you will ever know.“

—  Mitch Albom, For One More Day

Variant: When you look into your mother’s eyes, you know that is the purest love you can find on this earth.
Source: For One More Day

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Gretchen Rubin photo

„The days are long, but the years are short.“

—  Gretchen Rubin American writer 1966

Source: The Happiness Project: Or Why I Spent a Year Trying to Sing in the Morning, Clean My Closets, Fight Right, Read Aristotle, and Generally Have More Fun

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W.B. Yeats photo

„Where there is nothing, there is God.“

—  W.B. Yeats Irish poet and playwright 1865 - 1939

Oscar Wilde photo

„Children begin by loving their parents. After a time they judge them. Rarely if ever do they forgive them.“

—  Oscar Wilde, book The Picture of Dorian Gray

Mrs. Arbuthnot http://books.google.com/books?id=RHkWAAAAYAAJ&q=%22Children+begin+by+loving+their+parents+after+a+time%22+%22they+judge+them+rarely+if+ever+do+they+forgive+them%22&pg=PA187#v=onepage, Act IV
A Woman of No Importance (1893)
Variant: Children begin by loving their parents; as they grow older they judge them; sometimes they forgive them.
Source: The Picture of Dorian Gray

Rabindranath Tagore photo

„WE live in this world when we love it.“

—  Rabindranath Tagore, Stray Birds

Stray Birds (1916)

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Thich Nhat Hanh photo

„If you look deeply into the palm of your hand, you will see your parents and all generations of your ancestors. All of them are alive in this moment. Each is present in your body. You are the continuation of each of these people.“

—  Thich Nhat Hanh Religious leader and peace activist 1926

Quoted in A Lifetime of Peace : Essential Writings by and About Thich Nhat Hanh (2003) edited by Jennifer Schwamm Willis, p. 141

Jodi Picoult photo
Oscar Wilde photo

„The best way to make children good is to make them happy.“

—  Oscar Wilde Irish writer and poet 1854 - 1900

Variant: The best way to make children good is to make them happy.

Erich Fromm photo
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Ann Brashares photo

„You never know what's coming for you.“

—  Eric Roth American screenwriter 1945

Source: The Curious Case of Benjamin Button Screenplay

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Barbara Kingsolver photo

„Sometimes the strength of motherhood is greater than natural laws.“

—  Barbara Kingsolver American author, poet and essayist 1955

Source: Homeland and Other Stories

Oscar Wilde photo

„you will always love, and you will always be loved“

—  Oscar Wilde, book The Picture of Dorian Gray

Source: The Picture of Dorian Gray

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Chinmayananda Saraswati photo

„To love and to be loved is the greatest happiness.“

—  Chinmayananda Saraswati Indian spiritual teacher 1916 - 1993

Quotations from Gurudev’s teachings, Chinmya Mission Chicago

„Setting a good example for children takes all the fun out of middle age.“

—  William Feather Publisher, Author 1889 - 1981

Also quoted in Every Day Is Father's Day: The Best Things Ever Said About Dear Old Dad (1989), p. 150
The Business of Life (1949)

„There are no illegitimate children, only illegitimate parents.“

—  Leon Rene Yankwich United States federal judge 1888 - 1975

Zipkin v. Mozon (June 1928)
Quoted in Oxford Dictionary of Medical Quotations by Peter McDonald (2004) p. 108

Emanuel Swedenborg photo

„Man knows that love is, but not what it is.“

—  Emanuel Swedenborg Swedish 18th century scientist and theologian 1688 - 1772

Divine Love and Wisdom #1

Fernando Pessoa photo

„That's not my love; that's just your life.“

—  Fernando Pessoa, book The Book of Disquiet

The Book of Disquiet
Original: Isso não é o meu amor; é apenas a sua vida.