- The joys of parents are secret, and so are their griefs and fears.
Essays (1625) ‘Of Parents and Children’ 1561–1626 English lawyer, courtier, philosopher, and essayist:
- Children always assume the sexual lives of their parents come to a grinding halt at their conception.
Getting On (1972) 1934– English dramatist and actor:
- Diogenes struck the father when the son swore.
The Anatomy of Melancholy (1621–51) pt. 3, sect. 2, member 5, subsect. 5 1577–1640 English clergyman and scholar:
- If you have never been hated by your child, you have never been a parent.
The Lonely Life (1962) 1908–89 American actress:
- When your children are teenagers, it's important to have a dog so that someone in the house is happy to see you.
I Feel Bad About My Neck (2006) ‘What I Wish I'd Known’ 1941–2012 American writer and journalist:
- Having one child makes you a parent; having two you are a referee.
Independent 16 September 1989 1939–2013 English broadcaster and writer: in
- My father was frightened of his mother; I was frightened of my father, and I am damned well going to see to it that my children are frightened of me.
Lord Derby (1959) 1865–1936 British monarch, King of Great Britain and Ireland from 1910: attributed, perhaps apocryphal; Randolph S. Churchill
- Your children are not your children.
They are the sons and daughters of Life's longing for itself.
They came through you but not from you
And though they are with you yet they belong not to you.
The Prophet (1923) ‘On Children’ 1883–1931 Lebanese-born American writer and painter:
- Do they know they're old,
These two who are my father and my mother
Whose fire from which I came, has now grown cold?
1926–2001 English poet: ‘One Flesh.’ (1967)
- Nothing has a stronger influence on their children than the unlived lives of their parents.
Boston Magazine June 1978 1875–1961 Swiss psychologist: attributed; in
- They fuck you up, your mum and dad.
They may not mean to, but they do.
They fill you with the faults they had
And add some extra, just for you.
1922–85 English poet: ‘This Be The Verse’ (1974)
- Love crawls with the baby, walks with the toddler, runs with the child, then stands aside to let the youth walk into adulthood.: ‘Love: A Variation on a Theme’
- Oh, what a tangled web do parents weave
When they think that their children are naïve.
Scott 1902–71 American humorist: ‘Baby, What Makes the Sky Blue’ (1940); see
- Children aren't happy with nothing to ignore,
And that's what parents were created for.
1902–71 American humorist: ‘The Parent’ (1933)
- The affection you get back from children is sixpence given as change for a sovereign.
A Woman of Passion (1987) 1858–1924 English writer: J. Briggs
- If you bungle raising your children I don't think whatever else you do well matters very much.
Kennedy (1965) 1929–94 American wife of John Fitzgerald Kennedy: Theodore C. Sorenson
- A Jewish man with parents alive is a fifteen-year-old boy, and will remain a fifteen-year-old boy until they die!
Portnoy's Complaint (1967) 1933– American novelist:
- There is an expiry date on blaming your parents for steering you in the wrong direction; the moment you are old enough to take the wheel, responsibility lies with you. 1965– English novelist: commencement address, Harvard, 5 June 2008
- Parentage is a very important profession, but no test of fitness for it is ever imposed in the interest of the children.
Everybody's Political What's What? (1944) ch. 9 1856–1950 Irish dramatist:
- Parents learn a lot from their children about coping with life.
The Comforters (1957) 1918–2006 British novelist:
- Parenthood remains the greatest single preserve of the amateur.
Future Shock (1970) ch. 11 1928–2016 American writer:
- I have found the best way to give advice to your children is to find out what they want and then advise them to do it.
Person to Person CBS 27 May 1955 1884–1972 American Democratic statesman, 33rd President 1945–53: television interview,
- Parents are the bones on which children sharpen their teeth.
Times 30 March 2004 1921–2004 British actor, director, and writer: attributed, in
- Children begin by loving their parents; after a time they judge them; rarely, if ever, do they forgive them.
A Woman of No Importance (1893) act 2 1854–1900 Irish dramatist and poet:
- A slavish bondage to parents cramps every faculty of the mind.
A Vindication of the Rights of Woman (1792) ch. 11 1759–97 English feminist: