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- Folks that has brought up children know that there's no hard and fast method in the world that'll suit every child. But them as never have think it's all as plain and easy as Rule of Three—just set your three terms down so fashion, and the sum'll work out correct.
- L. M. Montgomery (1874 - 1942), Anne of Green Gables, 1908
- Some men just aren't cut out for paternity. Better they should realize it before and not after they become responsible for a son.
- Lois McMaster Bujold, Ethan of Athos, 1986
- My mother had a great deal of trouble with me, but I think she enjoyed it.
- Mark Twain (1835 - 1910)
- Parents are never as bad as kids think they are.
- Matt Witten, House M.D., Cursed, 2004
- Parents were invented to make children happy by giving them something to ignore.
- Ogden Nash (1902 - 1971)
- Some are kissing mothers and some are scolding mothers, but it is love just the same.
- Pearl Buck (1892 - 1973), quoted in O Magazine, May 2003
- My father hated radio and could not wait for television to be invented so he could hate that too.
- Peter De Vries
- Call home at least once a week. It's a proven fact that we call home less the older we get. And that's wrong. It should be the other way around. As we get older, our parents get older.
- Randy Pausch, Carnegie Mellon Commencement Speech, 2008
- Most turkeys taste better the day after; my mother's tasted better the day before.
- Rita Rudner
- Neurotics build castles in the air, psychotics live in them. My mother cleans them.
- Rita Rudner
- The reason grandparents and grandchildren get along so well is that they have a common enemy.
- Sam Levenson (1911 - 1980)
- What children take from us, they give…We become people who feel more deeply, question more deeply, hurt more deeply, and love more deeply.
- Sonia Taitz, O Magazine, May 2003
- If everyone had a dad like mine, no one would have sex tapes.
- Tina Fey, David Letterman Interview, 2011
- A mother only does her children harm if she makes them the only concern of her life.
- W. Somerset Maugham (1874 - 1965), The Razor's Edge, 1943
- It is a wise father that knows his own child.
- William Shakespeare (1564 - 1616), "The Merchant of Venice", Act 2 scene 2