Parents And Children Quotes

Quotes tagged as "parents-and-children" (showing 1-30 of 300)
Maya Angelou
“I've learned that regardless of your relationship with your parents, you'll miss them when they're gone from your life.”
Maya Angelou

“There is more to a boy than what his mother sees. There is more to a boy then what his father dreams. Inside every boy lies a heart that beats. And sometimes it screams, refusing to take defeat. And sometimes his father's dreams aren't big enough, and sometimes his mother's vision isn't long enough. And sometimes the boy has to dream his own dreams and break through the clouds with his own sunbeams.”
Ben Behunin, Remembering Isaac: The Wise and Joyful Potter of Niederbipp

Gillian Flynn
“My dad had limitations. That's what my good-hearted mom always told us. He had limitations, but he meant no harm. It was kind of her to say, but he did do harm.”
Gillian Flynn, Gone Girl

Paulo Coelho
“Parents rarely let go of their children, so children let go of them.
They move on. They move away.
The moments that used to define them are covered by
moments of their own accomplishments.

It is not until much later, that
children understand;
their stories and all their accomplishments, sit atop the stories
of their mothers and fathers, stones upon stones,
beneath the water of their lives.”
Paulo Coelho

Madeline Miller
“She wants you to be a god," I told him.
"I know." His face twisted with embarrassment, and in spite of itself my heart lightened. It was such a boyish response. And so human. Parents, everywhere.”
Madeline Miller, The Song of Achilles

C. JoyBell C.
“Our parents can show us a lot of things: they can show us how we are to be and what things we ought to strive for, or they can show us how not to be and what things we ought to stray from, then you may have the kind of parents that show you all the things about you that you want to get rid of and you realize those traits aren't yours at all but are merely your parents' marks that have rubbed off onto you.”
C. JoyBell C.

Lemony Snicket
“We are respecting our parents' wishes....They didn't want to shelter us from the world's treacheries. They wanted us to survive them.”
Lemony Snicket, The End

Margaret Atwood
“No mother is ever, completely, a child's idea of what a mother should be, and I suppose it works the other way around as well. But despite everything, we didn't do too badly by one another, we did as well as most.”
Margaret Atwood, The Handmaid's Tale

Sophie Kinsella
“There's nothing like your mother's sympathetic voice to make you want to burst into tears.”
Sophie Kinsella, Confessions of a Shopaholic

Eileen Kennedy-Moore
“The miracle of children is that we just don’t know how they will change or who they will become.”
Eileen Kennedy-Moore, Smart Parenting for Smart Kids: Nurturing Your Child's True Potential

Kathryn Harrison
“We're taught to expect unconditional love from our parents, but I think it is more the gift our children give us. It's they who love us helplessly, no matter what or who we are.”
Kathryn Harrison, The Kiss

Eileen Kennedy-Moore
“The path of development is a journey of discovery that is clear only in retrospect, and it’s rarely a straight line.”
Eileen Kennedy-Moore, Smart Parenting for Smart Kids: Nurturing Your Child's True Potential

John Green
“I tried to go to sleep with my headphones still on, but then after a while my mom and dad came in, and my mom grabbed Bluie from the shelf and hugged him to her stomach, and my dad sat down in my desk chair, and without crying he said, 'You are not a grenade, not to us. Thinking about you dying makes us sad, Hazel, but you are not a grenade. You are amazing. You can't know, sweetie, because you've never had a baby become a brilliant young reader with a side interest in horrible television shows, but the joy you bring us is so much greater than the sadness we feel about your illness.'

'Okay,' I said.

'Really,' my dad said. 'I wouldn't bullshit you about this. If you were more trouble than you're worth, we'd just toss you out on the streets.'

'We're not sentimental people,' Mom added, deadpan. 'We'd leave you at an orphanage with a note pinned to your pajamas.”
John Green

“How can it be, after all this concentrated effort and separation, how can it be that I still resemble, so very closely, my own detestable mother?”
Gabrielle Hamilton, Blood, Bones, and Butter: The Inadvertent Education of a Reluctant Chef

Donna McGoff
“A dream is a seed.
Vision plants it.
Imagination nurtures growth.
Opportunities create blooms.
Thoughts become things!”
Donna McGoff

George Bernard Shaw
“The natural term of the affection of the human animal for its offspring is six years.”
George Bernard Shaw, Heartbreak House

C.J. Milbrandt
“Have a little faith in your sons. This journey will be the making of them.”
C.J. Milbrandt, On Your Marks: The Adventure Begins

Lauren Oliver
“Could it be? Samantha Kingston? Home? On a Friday?”
I roll my eyes. “I don’t know. Did you do a lot of acid in the sixties? Could be a flashback.”
“I was two years old in 1960. I came too late for the party.” He leans down and pecks me on the head. I pull away out of habit. “And I’m not even going to ask how you know about acid flashbacks.”
“What’s an acid flashback?” Izzy crows.
“Nothing,” my dad and I say at the same time, and he smiles at me.”
Lauren Oliver, Before I Fall

C.J. Milbrandt
“Let your boys test their wings. They may not be eagles, but that doesn't mean they shouldn't soar free.”
C.J. Milbrandt, On Your Marks: The Adventure Begins

Charles Portis
“If I had received good instruction as a child I would be with my family today and at peace with my neighbors. I hope and pray that all you parents in the sound of my voice will train up your children in the way they should go.”
Charles Portis, True Grit

Lailah Gifty Akita
“The circumstances surrounding your birth is not as important as the opportunity to live life.”
Lailah Gifty Akita, Think Great: Be Great!

“Only children simply accept the fact that their parents have the right to make choices for them. Even disobedient children never question the fact that their parents have that right. They may choose to flout the rules, but they don't question their parents' right to make those rules.”
The Mirror of Maybe

“Maybe I am getting too grown to want to sleep with Mama. But like a baby, I still have this smallness to my mind. I don't need her hands to convince me the world I can't see from under my blanket is real. I need her hands to do more than her words. Convince me the world I see outside it- ain't.”
Connie Rose Porter

China Miéville
“Once I said to my father, 'Why do you want me?'

I still think that's the bravest thing I've ever done.”
China Miéville, This Census-Taker

"Beta" Metani' Marashi
“Parents, keep your children closer when they are young, because they will keep you closer when you're old”
"Beta" Metani' Marashi

“My parents stood still. It was like we were on two separate islands. Mom and Dad were on one, and I was on the other. And the ocean between us was the symbol of truth. The thing representing our truce.”
Jenelle Jack Pierre, Before I Breathe

Beth Kephart
“I’d have given any- thing to know how Mom and Dad were, but you can’t ask your parents such questions. You have to wait for them to tell you what it is that will happen next...”
Beth Kephart, Undercover

Fatima Farheen Mirza
“I did exactly what Hadia's being celebrated for. No! I did what I thought was so important to you. I chose someone for the community. And I loved her, Mama. I loved her.”
Fatima Farheen Mirza, A Place for Us

Uzodinma Iweala
“My father and I look up and then at each other. I can feel my heart separate from the rest of my body. I want to hand it to frothing old man in front of me and say, take it. It's yours, because it has always been yours, if not for your sperm, your food, and the school fees that you pay on my behalf, then who and where would I be? Nothing. I am because you are. I say nothing. Each word I search for flies from my brain before I can send it off my tongue.”
Uzodinma Iweala, Speak No Evil: A Novel

Christos Tsiolkas
“You are not my father."
So it all meant nothing, all those years of shared jokes, of affection, of defending her, of caring for her children, of assisting her and Hector with money and time. Love and family meant nothing to her? Nothing mattered to her at this moment but her pride. Did she think she was being brave in disobeying him? She, Hector, the whole mad lot of them, they knew nothing of courage. Everything had been given to them, everything had been assumed as rightfully theirs. She even believed her defense of her friend was the matter of honour. One war, one bomb, one misfortune and she would fall apart. He meant noting to her because like all of them she was truly selfish. She had no idea of the world and so she believed her drama to be significant. [........] She had no humility and no generosity. Monsters, they had bred monsters.”
Christos Tsiolkas, The Slap

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