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Dave BarryTo an adolescent, there is nothing in the world more embarrassing than a parent.

—  Dave Barry, 1947-, American journalist

Mignon McLaughlinMost of us become parents long before we have stopped being children.

—  Mignon McLaughlin, 1913-1983, American magazine editor

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

—  Bette Davis, 1908-1989, American actress

Wolfgang GoetheThere are two things children should get from their parents: roots and wings.

—  Wolfgang Goethe, 1749-1832, German poet & philosopher

Ralph Waldo EmersonMen are what their mothers made them.

—  Ralph Waldo Emerson, 1803-1884, American philosopher

Laurence J PeterI inherited my ability from both parents; my mother's ability for spending money, and my father's ability for not earning it.

—  Laurence J Peter, 1919-1990, Canadian writer & educator

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

—  H. Jackson Brown, Jr., 1940-, American self-help writer

Helen RowlandA man's desire for a son is usually nothing but the wish to duplicate himself in order that such a remarkable pattern may not be lost to the world.

—  Helen Rowland, 1875-1950, American journalist & humorist

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

—  Elbert Hubbard, 1856-1915, American writer

John WoodenThe best thing a father can do for his children is to love their mother.

—  John Wooden, 1910-2010, American basketball coach

Margaret ThatcherI started life with two great advantages: no money, and good parents.

—  Margaret Thatcher, 1925-2013, British Prime Minister

Funny Quotes

Jerry SeinfeldMy parents didn’t want to move to Florida, but they turned 60 and that’s the law.

—  Jerry Seinfeld, 1954-, American comedian

Rodney DangerfieldWhen I was a kid my parents moved a lot, but I always found them.

—  Rodney Dangerfield, 1924-2004, American comedian

Fred AllenMy father never raised his hand to any one of his children, except in self-defense.

—  Fred Allen, 1894-1956, American comedian

Stupid Quotes

Donald TrumpI’ve said if Ivanka weren’t my daughter, perhaps I’d be dating her.

—  Donald Trump, 1946-, President of the USA

Ancient Greek

Alexander the GreatWe are indebted to our parents for living, but to our teachers for living well.

Στους γονείς οφείλομεν το ζην, στους δε διδασκάλους το ευ ζην.

—  Alexander the Great, 356-323 BC, King of Macedon



Yiddish proverbOne mother achieves more than a hundred teachers.

—  Yiddish proverb

English proverbThe hand that rocks the cradle rules the world.

—  English proverb

Movie Quotes

Bananas (1971)I had a good relationship with my parents. They hit me once in my whole childhood. They started beating me on the 23rd of December in 1942, and stopped beating me in the late Spring of '44.

—  from the film Bananas (1971)

Psycho (1960)Well, a boy's best friend is his mother.

—  from the film Psycho (1960)


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