«Isn't a kid alive who doesn't dream about rewarding her folks, or punishing them.»

Chuck Palahniuk

«Are parents always more ambitious for their children than they are for themselves?»

Jeffrey Archer

«Our first act as free men was to throw ourselves onto the provisions. thats all we thought about. No thought of revenge, or of parents. Only of bread.»

Elie Wiesel Night

«No matter how knowledgeable you are, respect your parents for their experience and your children for their curiosity.»

Amit Kalantri

«I guess there's a Use By date when it comes to blaming your parents for how messed up you are.»

Nathan Filer

«Be the hero of your children’s story. Never let them believe for a minute that honor, courage and doing what is right is only reserved for other fathers and mothers.»

Shannon L. Alder

«Once my brother was very angry on my parents and told them “You should have killed me when I was a child”»

M.F. Moonzajer

«Les enfants sont des créatures extraordinaires, quand ils ne sont pas simplement chiants.»

Vernor Vinge

«I’m not smarter than you, I’m more knowledgeable than you, and that’s only because I’m older than you. Parents are always more knowledgeable than their children, and children are always smarter than their parents.»

Jonathan Safran Foer

«German is a much more precise language than English. Americans throw the word love around for everything: I love my wife! I love all my friends! I love rock music! I love the rain! I love comic books! I love peanut butter!»

Oliver Markus

«We realized that the version of the world they rendered for us was not the world they really believed in...»

Jeffrey Eugenides

«Seeing your mother naked is not something you easily recover from. Seeing your mother naked and jumping from one side of a king-sized bed to the other with a nurse's hat on while your father, who is also naked, is chasing her with a bandanna around his neck, is reason to put yourself up for adoption.»

Chelsea Handler

«It's quite sad that so many children go through life unsure whether their parents love them or not.»

Wayne Gerard Trotman

«Going home means going back in time. It's not a trip you care to take alone, and anyway, isn't that the main reason to take a mate? So you have an ally in the civil war against your parents?»

Diana Joseph

«To my father, who told me the stories that matter. To my mother, who taught me to remember them.»

Marita Golden

«It’s a heck of a responsibility to look after a spirit. So give kids the best of who you are. That’s the most you can ever do.»

Carew Papritz

«Two things we have no control:The family in which you were born it to and the name you were given at birth.»

Lailah Gifty Akita

«Dads. Do you not realize that a child is what you tell them they are? That people almost always become what they are labeled? Was whatever your child just did really the “dumbest thing you’ve ever seen somebody do”? Was it really the “most ridiculous thing they ever could have done”? Do you really believe that your child is an idiot? Because she now does. Think about that. Because you said it, she now believes it. Bravo.»

Dan Pearce

«If the one who gave me life wants the real me to die... then all I can do is die.»

Setona Mizushiro

«Children begin by loving their parents; as they grow older they judge them; sometimes they forgive them.»

Oscar Wilde

«Little tree filled his lungs with the white airness of the night, as if he were going to fly.»

Timothée de Fombelle

«My parents would not permit ugly language in the house, which was okay with me. I didn't want to learn German anyway.»

Alex Bosworth

«I became quietly seized with that nostalgia that overcomes you when you have reached the middle of your life and your father has recently died and it dawns on you that when he went he took some of you with him.»

Bill Bryson

«It is time for parents to teach young people early on that in diversity there is beauty and there is strength.»

Maya Angelou

«Good parents use the mistakes they did in the past when they were young to advice the children God gave to them to prevent them from repeating those mistakes again. However, bad parents always want to be seen as right and appear "angelic and saintly" as if they never had horrible youth days.»

Israelmore Ayivor

«And if you are a mom who has watched your child’s father leave, my heart goes out to you. I also pray that you had no part in it. I pray that you didn’t make it impossible for him while he was there. I pray that you didn’t try and force him to live up to impossible expectations. And, I pray that if he is a good man and he wants to be there in his child’s life that you love your child enough to let him. Even if that seems impossible to you.»

Dan Pearce

«Parents have to instill the right principles in their children, but then it's up to the children to live up to those principles.»

Mary Lydon Simonsen

«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

«I’m an only child, and therefore I gave birth to my parents, because if it weren’t for me, they wouldn’t even be parents.»

Jarod Kintz

«When you loved someone and had to let them go, there will always be that small part of yourself that whispers, "What was it that you wanted and why didn't you fight for it?»

Shannon L. Alder