Candid Quotations on Parenting and Children
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My child,

In the life ahead of you, keep your capacity for faith and belief, but let your judgment watch what you believe. Keep your love of life, but throw away your fear of death. Life must be loved or it is lost, but it should never be loved too well. Keep your wonder at great and noble things, like sunlight and thunder, the rain and the stars, and the greatness of heroes. Keep your heart hungry for new knowledge. Keep your hatred of a lie, and keep your power of indignation. . . I am ashamed to leave you an uncomfortable world, but someday it will be better. And when that day comes, you will thank God for the greatest blessing man can receive, living in peace.

Letter from an executed Yugoslav partisan to his unborn child in World War II


I'm trying very hard to understand the baby boomers. They have adjusted the timetable for childbearing so that menopause and teaching a sixteen year old how to drive will occur in the same week.

Erma Bombeck


I sincerely believe... that the principle of spending money to be paid by posterity under the name of funding is but swindling futurity on a large scale.

It is incumbent on every generation to pay its own debts as it goes. A principle which if acted on would save one-half the wars of the world.

Thomas Jefferson


I am afraid we must make the world honest before we can honestly say to our children that honesty is the best policy.

Sir Walter Besant (1836-1901)


It takes a great deal of effort to separate a mother from her newborn infant; in contrast, it [takes great] effort to involve a father with his.

Francis Fukuyama, "The Great Disruption," Atlantic Monthly (May 1999)


We have been God-like in our planned breeding of our
domesticated plants and animals, but we have been
rabbit-like in our unplanned breeding of ourselves

Arnold Toynbee (1889-1975) National Observer [6/10/63]


It is a poverty to decide that a child must die so that you may live as you wish.

Mother Teresa


Our world has sprouted a weird concept of security and a warped sense of morality. Weapons are sheltered like treasures and children are exposed to incineration.

Bertrand Russell


There is nothing funny about Halloween. This sarcastic festival reflects, rather, an infernal demand for revenge by children on the adult world.

Jean Baudrillard


Adults find pleasure in deceiving a child. They consider it necessary, but they also enjoy it. The children very quickly figure it out and then practice deception themselves.

Elias Canetti, Bulgarian-born writer


The children despise their parents until the age of 40, when they suddenly become just like them-thus preserving the system.

Quentin (Hugh) Crewe (b. 1926), author


Anyone who has a child today should train him to be either a physicist or a ballet dancer. Then he'll escape.

Wystan Hugh Auden (1907-73), American writer


There must be such a thing as a child with average ability, but you can't find a parent who will admit that it is his child.

Start a program for gifted children, and every parent demands that his child be enrolled.

Thomas Andrew Bailey (1902-1983)
Florida State Superintendent of Schools


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