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The Best Quotes about Parents

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Live so that when your children think of fairness and integrity, they think of you.
H. Jackson Brown Jr., American author of Life's Little Instruction Book
You are the bows from which your children, as living arrows, are sent forth.
Kahlil Gibran (1883-1931), Lebanese-American writer, poet & artist
To give and not expect return, that is what lies at the heart of love.
Oscar Wilde (1854-1900), Irish writer & poet
If you can give your son or daughter only one gift, let it be enthusiasm.
Bruce Barton (1886-1967), American author & politician
The greatest gifts you can give your children are the roots of responsibility and the wings of independence.
Denis Waitley (b. 1933), American author & motivational speaker
All kids need is a little help, a little hope and somebody who believes in them.
Earvin "Magic" Johnson (b. 1959), American basketball player
The best way to make children good is to make them happy.
Oscar Wilde (1854-1900), Irish writer & poet
The best thing to give to your... child, a good example; to a father, deference; to your mother, conduct that will make her proud of you.
Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790), American statesman, politician, author, scientist and inventor, and one of the founding fathers of the United States
Next to God, thy parents.
William Penn (1644-1718), English founder of the US province of Pennsylvania
There are three degrees of filial piety. The highest is being a credit to our parents, the second is not disgracing them; the lowest is being able simply to support them.
Confucius (551-479 BC), Chinese philosopher, politician & teacher
To understand your parents' love you must raise children yourself.
Chinese proverb
Love is, above all, the gift of oneself.
Jean Anouilh (1910-1987), French playwright
You have to love your children unselfishly. That is hard. But it is the only way.
Barbara Bush (b. 1925), First Lady of the United States from 1989 to 1993
The most important thing that parents can teach their children is how to get along without them.
Frank A. Clark (1911-1991), American author
To be loved and trusted by those who know us best is life's greatest compliment.
Attributed to Jack Anthony
The greatest gift is a portion of yourself.
Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882), American essayist, lecturer and poet
The apple never falls far from the tree.
Traditional proverb
Human beings are the only creatures on earth that allow their children to come back home.
Bill Cosby (b. 1937), American actor, comedian & educator
Don't be discouraged if your children reject your advice. Years later they will offer it to their own offspring.
Author unknown
Times are bad. Children no longer obey their parents, and everyone is writing a book.
Marcus Tullius Cicero (106-43 BC), Roman philosopher, statesman & orator
Having one child makes you a parent; having two you are a referee.
David Frost (b. 1939), British journalist & media personality
Raising a kid is part joy and part guerrilla warfare.
Ed Asner (b. 1929), American actor
The art of being a parent consists of sleeping when the baby isn't looking.
American proverb
Having a child is surely the most beautifully irrational act that two people in love can commit.
Bill Cosby (b. 1937), American actor, comedian & educator. From: Fatherhood (1986)
Parents quote: The apple never falls far from the tree.  Traditional proverb

More Parents Quotes

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 (1916-1990), British author and writer of short stories, mostly for children.. From: Matilda (1988)
The first half of our lives is ruined by our parents, the second half by our children.
Clarence Darrow (1857-1938), one of the most famous American lawyers and a leading member of the American Civil Liberties Union
Most of us become parents long before we have stopped being children.
Mignon McLaughlin (1913-1983), American journalist and author. From: The Second Neurotic's Notebook (1966)
It kills you to see them grow up. But I guess it would kill you quicker if they didn't.
Barbara Kingsolver (b. 1955), American novelist, essayist and poet. From: Animal Dreams (1990)
Every minute with a child takes seven minutes off your life.
Barbara Kingsolver (b. 1955), American novelist, essayist and poet. From: Animal Dreams (1990)
Children are a great comfort in your old age - and they help you reach it faster, too.
Lionel Kauffman
If you have never been hated by your child you have never been a parent.
Bette Davis (1908-1989), American actress
The thing that impresses me most about America is the way parents obey their children.
Edward VIII (1894-1972), King of the United Kingdom from January to December 1936. In: Look magazine, March 5th 1957
The ideal home: big enough for you to hear the children, but not very well.
Mignon McLaughlin (1913-1983), American journalist and author. From: The Second Neurotic's Notebook (1966)
A parent's love is whole, no matter how many times divided.
Robert Brault (b. 1938), American writer
You will always be your child's favorite toy.
Vicki Lansky (b. 1942), American author and publisher. From: Trouble-Free Travel with Children (1991)
In automobile terms, the child supplies the power but the parents have to do the steering.
Benjamin Spock (1903-1998), American pediatrician and psychoanalyst. From: The Common Sense Book of Baby and Child Care (1946)
When my kids become wild and unruly, I use a nice, safe playpen. When they're finished, I climb out.
Erma Bombeck (1927-1996), American humorist and writer
The truth is that most American children seem to be suffering from too much mother and too little father.
Gloria Steinem (b. 1934), American writer, feminist and activist, in the Washington Post on June 7, 1970
What you don't realize as a kid is that if your parents are always going to be there for you, they aren't going to be somewhere else doing exciting and glamorous things.
Robert Brault (b. 1938), American writer
Insanity is hereditary - you get it from your kids.
Sam Levenson (1911-1980), American humorist, journalist and television host
The one thing children wear out faster than shoes is parents.
John J. Plomp
Parents who are afraid to put their foot down usually have children who step on their toes.
Chinese Proverb
You have a lifetime to work, but children are only young once.
Polish Proverb
Spies and parents never sleep.
Linda Gerber, American writer
Children are natural mimics who act like their parents despite every effort to teach them good manners.
Author unknown
The secret of dealing successfully with a child is not to be its parent.
Mell Lazarus (b. 1927), American novelist and cartoonist, best known for the two comic strips Miss Peach (19572002) and Momma (since 1970)
There are no illegitimate children, only illegitimate parents.
Leon Yankwich (1888-1975), United States federal judge
Parents know best how to push our buttons because they installed them.
Author unknown
Parents quote: Next to God, thy parents. - William Penn

More Quotations about Parents

If your parents didn't have any children, there's a good chance that you won't have any.
Clarence Day (1874-1935), American author
Setting a good example for children takes all the fun out of middle age.
William Feather (1889-1981), American publisher and author. From: The Business of Life (1949), a collection of short notes, letters, newspaper columns and magazine articles from the 30s and 40s
Parents are not interested in justice - they want QUIET.
Bill Cosby (b. 1937), American actor, comedian & educator
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 (b. 1962), American comedian, television host, actor and writer of Scottish descend. From: American on Purpose: The Improbable Adventures of an Unlikely Patriot (2009)
Parents aren't the people you come from. They're the people you want to be, when you grow up.
Jodi Picoult (b. 1966), American author. From: Handle With Care (2009)
Eventually, I manage to cheer Mum up by allowing her to go through my wardrobe and criticize all my clothes...
Helen Fielding (b. 1958), English author, best known for her novel Bridget Jones's Diary (1996)
No matter how far we come, our parents are always in us.
Brad Meltzer (b. 1970), American author. From: The Inner Circle
Are parents always more ambitious for their children than they are for themselves?
Jeffrey Archer (b. 1940), English author and former politician. From: A Prisoner of Birth (2008)
We've had bad luck with our kids they've all grown up.
Christopher Morley (1890-1957), American author
For a wonderful physical tie binds the parents to the children; and - by some sad, strange irony - it does not bind us children to our parents. For if it did, if we could answer their love not with gratitude but with equal love, life would lose much of its pathos and much of its squalor, and we might be wonderfully happy.
E.M. Forster (1879-1970), English novelist and essayist. From: Where Angels Fear to Tread
That's what children are for that their parents may not be bored.
Ivan Turgenev (1818-1883), Russian writer of novels and plays. From: Diary of a Superfluous Man
Parents. Honestly. Sometimes they really do think the world revolves around them.
Randa Abdel-Fattah (b. 1979), Australian writer. From: Does My Head Look Big In This?
Parents often talk about the younger generation as if they didn't have anything to do with it.
Haim G. Ginott (1922-1973), Israeli school teacher, psychologist, psychotherapist, parent educator and author of the bestselling book Between Parent and Child (1965)
Unhappy parents teach you a lesson that lasts a lifetime.
J.G. Ballard (1930-2009), British writer
Be nice to your children. They may grow up to be writers.
Katerina Stoykova Klemer (b. 1971), Bulgarian author and poet
A child, like your stomach, doesn't need all you can afford to give it.
Frank A. Clark (1911-1991), American author
Your children vividly remember every unkind thing you ever did to them, plus a few you really didn't.
Mignon McLaughlin (1913-1983), American journalist and author.. From: The Second Neurotic's Notebook (1966)
The problem with being a parent is that by the time you are experienced, you are usually unemployed.
Author unknown
If you want your children to turn out well, spend twice as much time with them, and half as much money.
Attributed to Abigail Van Buren
If you must hold yourself up to your children as an object lesson, hold yourself up as a warning and not as an example.
George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950), Irish playwright, essayist and novelis, and one of the founders of the London School of Economics
If your kids are giving you a headache, follow the directions on the aspirin bottle, especially the part that says "Keep away from children".
Susan Savannah
Human beings are the only creatures on earth that allow their children to come back home.
Bill Cosby (b. 1937), American actor, comedian & educator. From: Fatherhood (1986)
It is one thing to show your child the way, and a harder thing to then stand out of it.
Robert Brault
What's done to children, they will do to society.
Orlando A. Battista (1917-1995), Canadian author and chemist
I want my children to have all the things I couldn't afford. Then I want to move in with them.
Phyllis Diller (1917-2012), American actress and comedienne

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