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The pressures of being a parent are equal to any pressure on earth. To be a conscious parent, and really look to that little being's mental and physical health, is a responsibility which most of us, including me, avoid most of the time because it's too hard. John Lennon

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This is the reason why mothers are more devoted to their children than fathers: it is that they suffer more in giving them birth and are more certain that they are their own. Aristotle

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The greatest gifts you can give your children are the roots of responsibility and the wings of independence. Denis Waitley

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The most important thing that parents can teach their children is how to get along without them. Frank A. Clark

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Let your children go if you want to keep them. Malcolm Forbes

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He that curseth his father, or his mother, shall surely be put to death. -- Exodus 21:17

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The first half of our life is ruined by our parents and the second half by our children. Clarence Darrow

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There are times when parenthood seems nothing but feeding the mouth that bites you. Peter De Vries

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To understand your parents' love you must raise children yourself.

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No fathers or mothers think their own children ugly. Miguel de Cervantes

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I take a very practical view of raising children. I put a sign in each of their rooms: Checkout Time is 18 years. Erma Bombeck

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I wish you would moderate that fondness you have for your children. I do not mean you should abate any part of your care, or not do your duty to them in its utmost extent, but I would have you early prepare yourself for disappointments, which are heavy in proportion to their being surprising. Lady Mary Wortley Montagu

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The sooner you treat your son as a man, the sooner he will be one. John Dryden

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Maternity is a matter of fact, paternity is a matter of opinion.

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Fathers and mothers have lost the idea that the highest aspiration they might have for their children is for them to be wise... specialized competence and success are all that they can imagine. Allan Bloom

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Most American children suffer too much mother and too little father. Gloria Steinem

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Let parents bequeath to their children not riches, but the spirit of reverence. Plato

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If you have never been hated by your child, you have never been a parent. Bette Davis

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Parents are the bones on which children sharpen their teeth. Peter Ustinov

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Parents were invented to make children happy by giving them something to ignore. Ogden Nash

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Where parents do too much for their children, the children will not do much for themselves. Elbert Hubbard

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I wish either my father or my mother, or indeed both of them, as they were in duty both equally bound to it, had minded what they were about when they begot me. Laurence Sterne

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Love well, whip well. Benjamin Franklin

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We never know the love of the parent till we become parents ourselves. Henry Ward Beecher

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Your responsibility as a parent is not as great as you might imagine. You need not supply the world with the next conqueror of disease or major motion-picture star. If your child simply grows up to be someone who does not use the word collectible as a noun, you can consider yourself an unqualified success. Fran Lebowitz

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Is the parent better than the child into whom he has cast his ripened being? Whence, then, this worship of the past? Ralph Waldo Emerson

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The parent is low, who having children, truly feels bored. Jean Paul

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Don't be discouraged if your children reject your advice. Years later they will offer it to their own offspring.

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A child, like your stomach, doesn't need all you can afford to give it. Frank A. Clark

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You must not expect old heads upon young shoulders.

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Let me go to hell, that's all I ask, and go on cursing them there, and them look down and hear me, that might take some of the shine off their bliss. Samuel Beckett

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From where can your authority and license as a parent come from, when you who are old, do worse things? Juvenal

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The question that is so clearly in many potential parents minds: Why should we stunt our ambitions and impoverish our lives in order to be insulted and looked down upon in our old age? Joseph Schumpeter

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If your children look up to you, you've made a success of life's biggest job.

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Every generation revolts against its fathers and makes friends with its grandfathers. Lewis Mumford

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Parents wonder why the streams are bitter, when they themselves have poisoned the fountain. John Locke

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Parents are the last people on earth who ought to have children.

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My mother protected me from the world and my father threatened me with it. Quentin Crisp

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Parents lend children their experience and a vicarious memory; children endow their parents with a vicarious immortality. George Santayana

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My parents were neither very poor nor conspicuously honest. Mark Twain

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When you teach your son, you teach your son's son.

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No matter how calmly you try to referee, parenting will eventually produce bizarre behavior, and I'm not talking about the kids. Their behavior is always normal. Bill Cosby

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In order to influence a child, one must be careful not to be that child's parent or grandparent. Don Marquis

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Don't set your wit against a child. Jonathan Swift

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The trouble with parents is that by the time they are experienced, they are unemployed.

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A wise parent humors the desire for independent action, so as to become the friend and advisor when his absolute rule shall cease. Elizabeth Gaskell

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He that does not bring up his son to some honest calling and employment, brings him up to be a thief.

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The unjustifiable severity of a parent is loaded with this aggravation, that those whom he injures are always in his sight. Joseph Addison

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Live so that when your children think of fairness and integrity, they think of you. H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

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Oh, high is the price of parenthood, and daughters may cost you double. You dare not forget, as you thought you could, that youth is a plague and a trouble. Phyllis McGinley