Quotes of, by, and/or for Parents
These are my favorite quotes from the American Visionary Art Museum’s 2019 show, Parenting: An Art without a Manual. Maryland Family Network contributed to the exhibit.
“You are the closest I will ever come to magic.” Suzanne Finnamore, The Zygote Chronicles
“Enjoy the little things, for one day you may look back and realize they were the big things.” Robert Brault
“If a child is to keep alive his inborn sense of wonder, he needs the companionship of at least one adult who can share it, rediscovering with him the joy, excitement, and mystery of the world we live in.” Rachel Carson
“When I was a boy of fourteen, my father was so ignorant I could hardly stand to have the old man around. But when I got to be twenty-one, I was astonished at how much he had learned in seven years.” Mark Twain
“Parenthood, the scariest hood you’ll ever go through.” Anonymous
My Grandmother is Big Data.” Seth Stephens-Davidowitz
“Women will only have true equality when men share with them the responsibility of bringing up the next generation.” Ruth Bader Ginsburg
“If we don’t stand up for children, then we don’t stand for much.” Marian Wright Edelman
“There can be no keener revelation of a society’s soul than the way in which it treats its children.” Nelson Mandela
“The quickest way for a parent to get a child’s attention is to sit down and look comfortable.” Lane Olinghouse
“The way we talk to our children becomes their inner voice.” Peggy O’Mara
“The biggest thing I remember is that there was just no transition. You hit the ground diapering.” Paul Reiser
“The hard thing about parenting is that sometimes you don’t get the results for forty or fifty years.” Sheila Powers
“Your children are not your children.
They are the sons and daughters of Life’s longing for itself.
They come through you but not from you,
And though they are with you yet they belong not to you.
You may give them your love but not your thoughts,
For they have their own thoughts.
You may house their bodies but not their souls,
For their souls dwell in the house of tomorrow, which you cannot visit, not even in your dreams.
You may strive to be like them, but seek not to make them like you.
For life goes not backward nor tarries with yesterday.
You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth.
The archer sees the mark upon the path of the infinite, and He bends you with His might that His arrows may go swift and far.
Let your bending in the archer’s hand be for gladness;
For even as he loves the arrow that flies, so He loves also the bow that is stable.” Kahlil Gibran
“The most important thing a father can do for his children is to love their mother.” Theodore Hesburgh
“If you want your children to be intelligent, read them fairy tales. If you want them to be more intelligent, read them more fairy tales.” Albert Einstein
“Our highest endeavor must be to develop free human beings who are able of themselves to impart purpose and direction to their lives. The need for imagination, a sense of truth, and a feeling of responsibility – these three forces are the very nerve of education.” Rudolf Steiner
“Parenting without a sense of humor is like being an accountant who sucks at math.” Amber Dusick
“Having a 2 year old is like owning a blender that you don’t own a top for.” Jerry Seinfeld
“Everybody knows how to raise children except the people who have them.” P.J. O’Rourke
“Always be nice to your children because they are the ones who will choose your rest home.” Phyllis Diller