„When a child is given to his parents, a crown is made for that child in Heaven, and woe to the parents who raise a child without consciousness of that eternal crown!“

Source: Life Is Worth Living

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Catholic bishop and television presenter 1895 - 1979

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„When a parent denies a child its “parent time,” that parent is denying the child its child support -- its psychological child support.“

—  Warren Farrell author, spokesperson, expert witness, political candidate 1943

Source: Father and Child Reunion (2001), p. 187.

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„The more boring a child is, the more the parents, when showing off the child, receive adulation for being good parents — because they have a tame child-creature in their house.“

—  Frank Zappa American musician, songwriter, composer, and record and film producer 1940 - 1993

"Ben Watson interviews Frank Zappa", in MOJO magazine (October 1993).

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„Empathy is a virtue which, when it only goes from parent to child, and is not required of the child, becomes a vice.“

—  Warren Farrell author, spokesperson, expert witness, political candidate 1943

Source: The Boy Crisis (2018), pp. 138

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„Respect the child. Be not too much his parent. Trespass not on his solitude.“

—  Ralph Waldo Emerson American philosopher, essayist, and poet 1803 - 1882

"Education" http://books.google.com/books?id=iRAWAAAAYAAJ&q=%22Respect+the+child+Be+not+too+much+his+parent+Trespass+not+on+his+solitude%22&pg=PA116#v=onepage, Lectures and biographical sketches (1883), p.116

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„If you're offended by any word, in any language, it's probably because your parents were unfit to raise a child.“

—  Doug Stanhope American stand-up comedian, actor, and author 1967

Before Turning the Gun on Himself (2012)

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„There is scarcely anything more tragic in human life than a child who is not wanted. That which should be a blessing becomes a curse for parent and child.“

—  Martin Luther King, Jr. American clergyman, activist, and leader in the American Civil Rights Movement 1929 - 1968

1960s, Family Planning - A Special and Urgent Concern (1966)
Context: The Negro constitutes half the poor of the nation. Like all poor, Negro and white, they have many unwanted children. This is a cruel evil they urgently need to control. There is scarcely anything more tragic in human life than a child who is not wanted. That which should be a blessing becomes a curse for parent and child. There is nothing inherent in the Negro mentality which creates this condition. Their poverty causes it. When Negroes have been able to ascend economically, statistics reveal they plan their families with even greater care than whites. Negroes of higher economic and educational status actually have fewer children than white families in the same circumstances.

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„When I painted Christ's parents I was thinking of my own parents. The bearded man is the Child's father. He is my father.“

—  Marc Chagall French artist and painter 1887 - 1985

Chagall stated this in 1950
as quoted in From Rebel to Rabbi: Reclaiming Jesus and the Making of Modern Jewish Culture, Matthew B. Hoffman; Stanford University Press, 2007, p. 219
after 1930

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„We understand the importance of having the bondage between the parent and the child.“

—  Dan Quayle American politician, lawyer 1947

Video, " Who is Dan Quayle? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EW2K0-VItAk"

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„The greatest inheritance that a parent can leave to their child is the memory of his love, otherwise the rest has no value.“

—  Prevale Italian DJ and producer 1983

Original: La più grande eredità che un genitore possa lasciare al proprio figlio è il ricordo del suo amore, altrimenti il resto non ha alcun valore.

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„When you grow up and have children of your own, do please remember something important: A stodgy parent is not fun at all! What a child wants - and DESERVES - is a parent who is SPARKY!“

—  Roald Dahl, book Danny, the Champion of the World

Danny, the Champion of the World (1975)
Context: A Message to Children Who Have Read This Book - When you grow up and have children of your own, do please remember something important: a stodgy parent is no fun at all. What a child wants and deserves is a parent who is SPARKY.

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„If the child were not declared alive until three days after birth, then all parents could be allowed the choice that only a few are given under the present system.“

—  James D. Watson American molecular biologist, geneticist, and zoologist. 1928

Children from the Laboratory (May 1973), An Interview in Prism Magazine
Context: Watson: Our society just hasn't faced up to this problem. In a primitive society, if you saw that a baby was deformed, you would abandon it on a hillside. Today this isn't permissible, and with our medicine getting better and better in the sense of being able to keep sick people alive longer, we are going to produce more people living wretched lives. I don't know how you get a society to change on such a basic issue; infanticide isn't regarded lightly by anyone. Fortunately, now through such techniques as amniocentesis, parents can often learn in advance whether their child will be normal and healthy or hopelessly deformed. They then can choose either to have the child or opt for a therapeutic abortion. But the cruel fact remains that because of the present limits of such detection methods, most birth defects are not discovered until birth. If the child were not declared alive until three days after birth, then all parents could be allowed the choice that only a few are given under the present system. The doctor could allow the child to die if the parents so chose and save a lot of misery and suffering. I believe this view is the only rational, compassionate attitude to have.

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„It's funny, I grew up in a happy family with loving parents, but I've killed off a lot of parents in these books. The orphan in children's literature, allows the child protagonist to move the story forward themselves. I think that, however happy a family, every intelligent child thinks: 'How did I come to be born to these parents?“

—  Brian Selznick American children's illustrator and writer 1966

it is about finding your place in the world.
Brian Selznick: how Scorsese's Hugo drew inspiration from his magical book https://www.theguardian.com/books/2012/feb/11/brian-selznick-hugo-martin-scorsese (February 11, 2012)

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