Reflective Quotations on Parenting and Children
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Being considerate of others will take you and your children further in life than any college or professional degree.

Marian Wright Edelman

The most influential of all educational factors is the conversation in a child's home.

Sir William Temple

The dog was created specially for children. He is a god of frolic.

Henry Ward Beecher

Four magic words, "we can't afford it," should be a part of every child's education. A child who has never heard those words--or also has never been forced to abide by their meaning--has surely been cheated by his parents. As exercise strengthens the body, frugality strengthens the spirit. Without its occasional discipline, character suffers.

Morris Mandel

Each day of our lives we make deposits in the memory banks of our children.

Charles Swindoll, "The Strong Family"

If you have never been hated by your children, you have never been a parent.

Bette Davis

They [children] are strong in their faith in God, they believe in the decency of others, and they are not yet soiled by the knowledge that their country doesn't like them.

Jonathan Kozol

It's one of nature's way that we often feel closer to distant generations than to the generation immediately preceding us.

Igor Stravinsky

All children are potential victims, dependent upon the world's good will.

Sally Kempton

If our American way of life fails the child, it fails us all.

Pearl S. Buck

If you promise not to believe everything your child says happens at this school, I’ll promise not to believe everything he says happens at home.

Note to students’ parents from an English schoolmaster


Families are about love and overcoming emotional torture.

Matt Groening


There may be some doubt as to who are the best people to have children, but there can be no doubt that parents are the worst.



There was never a child so lovely but his mother was glad to get him asleep.

Ralph Waldo Emerson


Fond as we are of our loved ones, there comes at times during their absence an unexplained peace.

Anne Shaw


To the family--that dear octopus from whose tentacles we never quite escape, nor, in our inmost hearts, ever quite wish to.

Dodie Smith


All happy families resemble one another, but each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.

Leo Tolstoy


Marriage is not a relation between man and a woman, designed to legalize desire; it is a relationship between parents and children designed to preserve and strengthen the race.

Will Durant


Grown-ups love figures. When you tell them you have made a new friend, they never ask you any questions about essential matters. They never say to you, "What does his voice sound like? What games does he love best? Does he collect butterflies?" Instead, they demand: "How old is he? How many brothers has he? How much does he weigh? How much money does his father make?" Only from these figures do they think they have learned anything about him.  

Antonne de Saint-Exupery, "The Little Prince"


Parents and guardians are so worried by children and so anxious to get rid of them that anyone who is willing to take them off their hands is welcomed and whitewashed.

George Bernard Shaw


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