Quotes and Sayings about Parents



"Most of the time it's the parents who recognise me. They try to tell their kids, 'Look, it's Giselle,' and I say, 'No, no, no, don't ruin this for them,' because I'm usually standing there with my hair sideways and no make-up on. And the kid is saying, 'That is not Giselle. No way. That is some worn-out girl who really needs a bath.'"
- Amy Adams
(Related: Time, Hair, Kids, Needs, Parents, Ruin, Saying)

"I received my parents' permission and went into the Navy on June 3, 1941."
- Jack Adams
(Related: June, Navy, Parents)

"There is nothing worse that a thirteen-year-old boy. You're embarrassed by your parents, and you're trying to find your independance because, deep inside, you are so dependent on your mom."
- Ben Affleck
(Related: Mom, Deep, Nothing, Parents, Trying)

"It's a sad moment, really, when parents first become a bit frightened of their children."
- Ama Ata Aidoo
(Related: Children, First, Parents)

"My father's parents were carpenters. They were also builders partly. They were painters. And several of them were very, active in the theatre and all such nonsense, you know."
- Josef Albers
(Related: Father, Nonsense, Parents, Theatre)

"But one sets of grandparents lived on Davidson Avenue in the Bronx and one lived in Manhattan and I had an aunt and uncle in Queens, so in my heart I was a New Yorker."
- Jason Alexander
(Related: Heart, Grandparents)

"My parents were horrified when I told them I wanted to be an author."
- Lloyd Alexander
(Related: Parents)

"My parents wanted me to go to law school."
- Sasha Alexander
(Related: Law, Parents, School)

"Thus the castle of each feudal chieftain became a school of chivalry, into which any noble youth, whose parents were from poverty unable to educate him to the art of war, was readily received."
- Horatio Alger
(Related: Art, War, Chivalry, Parents, Poverty, School, Youth)

"Before high school ended, I started applying to college. It really wasn't even a choice because of the brainwashing of my parents."
- Tatyana Ali
(Related: Choice, College, Parents, School)

"I never set out to be a role model, but I guess parents like it because I am dedicated to school."
- Tatyana Ali
(Related: Parents, School)

"To be a winner of that, and to fall in the long line of traditional great backs at USC, to have your name in perpetuity, the fact that your parents are like icons... that's the greatest thing."
- Marcus Allen
(Related: Fact, Name, Parents)

"Dad needs to show an incredible amount of respect and humor and friendship toward his mate so the kids understand their parents are sexy, they're fun, they do things together, they're best friends. Kids learn by example. If I respect Mom, they're going to respect Mom."
- Tim Allen
(Related: Dad, Friendship, Humor, Mom, Example, Fun, Kids, Needs, Parents, Respect)

"When I was kidnapped, my parents snapped into action. They rented out my room."
- Woody Allen
(Related: Action, Parents)

"I don't think my parents liked me. They put a live teddy bear in my crib."
- Woody Allen
(Related: Parents)

"No matter what parents do, kids retain their uniqueness."
- Kirstie Alley
(Related: Kids, Parents, Uniqueness)

"It's amazing how coke encompasses everything in your life. Addicts cannot confront life because they only think of their next hit. I ruined life for my parents, my sister and all my friends."
- Kirstie Alley
(Related: Life, Sister, Friends, Parents)

"Cursed be he above all others Who's enslaved by love of money. Money takes the place of brothers, Money takes the place of parents, Money brings us war and slaughter."
- Anacreon
(Related: Love, Money, War, Brothers, Parents)

"In my case, I was born to parents who were very young, and I don't think they were entirely ready to have a child. My dad was going to college and working two or three jobs at the same time, and my mum was working and going to school."
- Gillian Anderson
(Related: Dad, Time, College, Jobs, Parents, School)

"My dad had emphysema and both of my parents had chronic bronchitis and ended up with cancers - all smoking related."
- Loni Anderson
(Related: Dad, Parents, Smoking)

"There are just hundreds of people that have inspired and influenced me in a number of different ways. First of all, you can't forget your parents and all they've done to help you to get here."
- Michael P. Anderson
(Related: People, First, Forget, Help, Parents)

"I was always in trouble from an early age. I had a fraught relationship with my parents, who were very traditional. Doing plays at school was a joyous release."
- Naveen Andrews
(Related: Age, Parents, School, Trouble)

"It is time for parents to teach young people early on that in diversity there is beauty and there is strength."
- Maya Angelou
(Related: Beauty, Time, People, Strength, Diversity, Parents)

"People who lose their parents when young are permanently in love with them."
- Aharon Appelfeld
(Related: Love, People, Parents)

"For me, the toughest thing for kids to deal with is when the parents are fighting. It's not violence on them - it's the feeling of violence in the family."
- Avi Arad
(Related: Family, Feeling, Fighting, Kids, Parents, Violence)

"Turning 30 was when my parents both got cancer and were fighting it and beat it, but their mortality started to get to me. Everything wasn't as hunky-dory like it was."
- Darren Aronofsky
(Related: Cancer, Fighting, Mortality, Parents)

"My undergraduate education, at the City College in New York, was made possible only by the existence of that excellent free institution and the financial sacrifices of my parents."
- Kenneth Joseph Arrow
(Related: Education, Financial, College, Existence, Parents)

"1988 I also received from the city of Vienna the cross of honour for art and science. These titles and the various honors mean a great deal to me, most of all for the reason that they would mean a great deal to my parents too."
- Leon Askin
(Related: Art, Science, Parents, Reason, Titles)

"But we are not going to stand by and go back to allowing people with preexisting conditions to be discriminated against, go back to the situation where people can be thrown off their insurance simply because they become seriously ill or you can't get on your parents' insurance after the age of 20."
- David Axelrod
(Related: Age, People, Parents)

"Catholic schools in our Nation's education have been paramount in teaching the values that we as parents seek to instill in our children."
- Joe Baca
(Related: Education, Values, Children, Nation, Parents, Schools, Teaching)

"The joys of parents are secret, and so are their grieves and fears."
- Francis Bacon
(Related: Parents)

"Children rarely want to know who their parents were before they were parents, and when age finally stirs their curiosity, there is no parent left to tell them."
- Russell Baker
(Related: Age, Children, Curiosity, Parents, Want)

"My dad was born in Chicago in 1908... his parents came from Russia. They settled in Chicago, where they lived in a little tiny grocery store with eight or nine children - in the backroom all together - and my grandmother got the idea to go into the movie business."
- Bob Balaban
(Related: Business, Dad, Idea, Chicago, Children, Parents, Russia)

"Brevity and conciseness are the parents of correction."
- Hosea Ballou
(Related: Brevity, Correction, Parents)

"Life was very simple. My parents had come from the North of England, which is a fairly rugged, bleak, hard-working part of England, and so there was not the expectation of luxury."
- Roger Bannister
(Related: Life, EnglExpectation, Luxury, Parents)

"Mothers, unless they were very poor, didn't work. Both of my parents had to leave education. My mother had to work in a cotton mill until 18 or 19, when she took some training in domestic science."
- Roger Bannister
(Related: Science, Work, Education, Mother, Mothers, Parents, Poor, Training)

"My concentration was really on getting to university and becoming a doctor. My parents let me know that school marks were important. Achievement was something which came by hard work."
- Roger Bannister
(Related: Work, Achievement, Hard work, Parents, School, University)

"Parents look at me like I'm somebody pretty important, and say, We were raised on your characters, and now we're enjoying them all over again with our children."
- Joseph Barbera
(Related: Children, Now, Parents, Pretty)

"I believe that we parents must encourage our children to become educated, so they can get into a good college that we cannot afford."
- Dave Barry
(Related: Children, College, Parents)

"Many foster children have had difficulty making the transition to independent living. Several are homeless, become single parents, commit crimes, or live in poverty. They are also frequent targets of crime."
- Charles Foster Bass
(Related: Children, Crime, Difficulty, Living, Parents, Poverty)

"In the transmission of human culture, people always attempt to replicate, to pass on to the next generation the skills and values of the parents, but the attempt always fails because cultural transmission is geared to learning, not DNA."
- Gregory Bateson
(Related: People, Values, Culture, Learning, Parents)

"Education is a shared commitment between dedicated teachers, motivated students and enthusiastic parents with high expectations."
- Bob Beauprez
(Related: Education, Commitment, Expectations, Parents, Students, Teachers)

"The good news is that parents are the leading influence on kids' decision not to drink alcohol."
- Xavier Becerra
(Related: Decision, Alcohol, Influence, Kids, Leading, News, Parents)

"It is critical that parents and other trusted adults initiate conversations with kids about underage drinking well in advance of the first time they are faced with a decision regarding alcohol."
- Xavier Becerra
(Related: Time, Decision, Alcohol, Drinking, First, Kids, Parents)

"I lost in the second round of the French Open and had 10 days off. I went to the Hard Rock Cafe. It was exciting to be away from my parents, to stay in a hotel. Hotels at 17 meant freedom."
- Boris Becker
(Related: Freedom, Open, Parents)

"Does anyone ask their parents how they are conceived?"
- Boris Becker
(Related: Parents)

"My parents have been there for me, ever since I was about 7."
- David Beckham
(Related: Parents)

"We never know the love of a parent till we become parents ourselves."
- Henry Ward Beecher
(Related: Love, Parents)

"Yes, I am Algerian of Moroccan origin through my parents, but all my life is Algeria. I was born there."
- Ahmed Ben Bella
(Related: Life, Parents)

"However painful the process of leaving home, for parents and for children, the really frightening thing for both would be the prospect of the child never leaving home."
- Robert Neelly Bellah
(Related: Home, Children, Parents)

"I believe that the first 8 years are most important and the time in a child's life when parents must be absolutely and completely present."
- Dirk Benedict
(Related: Life, Time, First, Parents, Present, Years)

"Children who cling to parents or who don't want to leave home are stunted in their emotional, psychological growth."
- Dirk Benedict
(Related: Home, Growth, Children, Parents, Want)

"Children... are our legacy. Our responsibility. They are our destiny and we are theirs. The extent to which we fail as parents, we fail as God's children."
- Dirk Benedict
(Related: God, Children, Destiny, Parents, Responsibility)

"My parents were very supportive. They went to every show. And they never told me not to do what I was doing."
- Annette Bening
(Related: Parents)

"Children always assume the sexual lives of their parents come to a grinding halt at their conception."
- Alan Bennett
(Related: Children, Parents)

"I say we have not even had the decency to maintain the assets that our parents and grandparents built for us - our roads, our bridges, our wastewater systems, our sewer systems; by the way, those weren't Bolsheviks, those weren't socialists that built those things for us - much less build the infrastructure we need for the 21st century."
- Michael Bennett
(Related: Decency, Grandparents)

"We have managed to acquire $13 trillion of debt on our balance sheet. In my view we have nothing to show for it. We haven't invested in our roads, our bridges, our waste-water systems, our sewer systems. We haven't even maintained the assets that our parents and grandparents built for us."
- Michael Bennett
(Related: Balance, Debt, Grandparents, Nothing, Waste)

"In America, people rarely stay in the town where they grew up, rarely stay in close proximity to their parents throughout their lives. You rarely find parents in their old age being taken care of by their children."
- Robert Benton
(Related: Age, People, America, Being, Care, Children, Old, Parents)

"Not that we didn't have close relationships with our parents - I'm very close to my mom - but parents didn't think anything of going off for a few weeks and leaving their kids."
- Candice Bergen
(Related: Mom, Kids, Parents, Relationships)

"The fact is, my parents loved me, and I wanted to be worthy of their love. I wanted to make them proud."
- Michael Bergin
(Related: Love, Fact, Parents)

"I was little there were times I wanted my parents to be normal. I wanted them to have a religion. I wanted them to have a job, like the parents of every other kid I went to school with."
- Gael Garcia Bernal
(Related: Religion, Job, Parents, School)

"Well, acting was just in me and I tried to avoid it. I didn't want to do what my parents did, you know?"
- Corbin Bernsen
(Related: Acting, Parents, Want)

"You wouldn't think it would but my parents were really balanced about that. When it came time for me to be out of the house and out on my own they were very supportive."
- Elmer Bernstein
(Related: Time, Parents)

"Little League baseball is a very good thing because it keeps the parents off the streets."
- Yogi Berra
(Related: Baseball, Parents)

"Most Indians go into education. Their parents just push them into education like parents in Australia push them into sports."
- Mahesh Bhupathi
(Related: Education, Sports, Parents)

"As children, many of us were taught never to talk to strangers. As parents and grandparents, our message must change with technology to include strangers on the Internet."
- Judy Biggert
(Related: Change, Technology, Children, Grandparents, Internet, Strangers, Talk)

"This legislation gives parents some comfort that their children won't fall prey to child predators while using the Internet at schools and libraries that receive federal dollars for Internet services."
- Judy Biggert
(Related: Children, Comfort, Internet, Legislation, Libraries, Parents, Schools)

"When you read about a car crash in which two or three youngsters are killed, do you pause to dwell on the amount of love and treasure and patience parents poured into bodies no longer suitable for open caskets?"
- Jim Bishop
(Related: Car, Love, Open, Parents, Patience, Treasure)

"Parents should watch what their children watch and not use TV as a babysitter. If a show is objectionable they should turn it OFF. They should write the president of the network and tell him they are never going to watch that program again and why."
- Bill Bixby
(Related: Children, Network, Parents, President)

"It is time for us to focus on the issues that bring us together as a nation. Supporting parents' capacity to raise their children with the love and resources they need is simply the right thing to do."
- Joan Blades
(Related: Love, Time, Children, Focus, Nation, Parents, Right)

"Most families need both parents to work. Moms need to be able to work and earn fair pay and have the flexibility in their jobs to also be primary caretakers."
- Joan Blades
(Related: Work, Flexibility, Jobs, Parents)

"Parents don't need government to raise their kids. That's their job. But government can help them protect their children from influences they may not want their kids exposed to."
- Rod Blagojevich
(Related: Government, Children, Help, Job, Kids, May, Parents, Want)

"Kids today are technologically sophisticated. In many families, they are far ahead of their parents."
- Rod Blagojevich
(Related: Kids, Parents, Today)

"My parents put skates on me at age 2, the way it should be if you're serious, and I've always liked it."
- Bonnie Blair
(Related: Age, Parents)

"I think my parents where high when they named me."
- Jolene Blalock
(Related: Parents)

"The child gets two confusing messages when a parent tells him which is the right fork to use, and then proceeds to use the wrong one. So does the child who listens to parents bicker and fuss, yet is told to be nice to his brothers and sisters."
- Rachel Blanchard
(Related: Brothers, Parents, Right, Sisters, Wrong)

"Rock gives children, on a silver platter, with all the public authority of the entertainment industry, everything their parents always used to tell them they had to wait for until they grew up and would understand later."
- Allan Bloom
(Related: Authority, Children, Entertainment, Parents, Public)

"When I saw the first I couldn't believe I was in another great movie that would be made into a trilogy. This movie is quite visible and I think it will stand the test of time. I think kids and parents will love this movie for a long time."
- Orlando Bloom
(Related: Love, Time, First, Kids, Parents, Will)

"I shall never forget the despair and agony on the parents' faces on the awful day of the funeral when the 13 little children, victims not only of John D. Rockefeller, but of the government of the state of Colorado were buried."
- Ella R. Bloor
(Related: Government, Children, Day, Despair, Faces, Forget, Parents, State, Victims)

"Like any parents, mine wanted me to have a secure job with a regular wage and career prospects. And the one job my father knew of, that he'd had experience of himself, was the army, so he could help me in that direction."
- James Blunt
(Related: Experience, Father, Army, Career, Direction, Help, Job, Parents, Wage)

"My parents had broken through the shackles of dogma."
- Franz Boas
(Related: Parents)

"Somewhere it is written that parents who are critical of other people's children and publicly admit they can do better are asking for it."
- Erma Bombeck
(Related: People, Children, Parents)

"If you're a kid in Southern California, somebody - whether it's you or your parents - somebody throws your hat into the ring and I think everyone had a commercial or two."
- Danny Bonaduce
(Related: Parents)

"Both of my parents would say they were atheists, so where I inherited my connection to God I don't know. But it's natural. No Bible, no Torah, just the love religion."
- Lisa Bonet
(Related: Love, Religion, God, Bible, Connection, Parents)

"Parents have to understand: if your kid isn't you, don't blame the kid."
- Chastity Bono
(Related: Blame, Parents)

"I wish to thank my parents for making it all possible... and I wish to thank my children for making it necessary."
- Victor Borge
(Related: Children, Parents)

"Happy Days was about a family... although the show was shot in the 70s, it was about a family in the 50s. I realized that kids were watching their parents grow up and the parents were watching themselves grow up. That was the key to the success of our show."
- Tom Bosley
(Related: Family, Success, Key, Kids, Parents)

"That's the funniest thing about portraying certain things on screen, sitting next to your parents and they get to see this glimpse of me kissing another guy."
- Kate Bosworth
(Related: Kissing, Parents)

"I can remember running around at the age of 3, wanting to play golf, cricket and football. I was always active, one way or another, driving my parents mad."
- Ian Botham
(Related: Age, Cricket, Driving, Football, Golf, Parents, Play, Running)

"My parents were laborers so we lived on South Park, which was a low-income region of Seattle. You had a choice - you either joined or formed a gang or you let others bully you."
- Jack Bowman
(Related: Choice, Parents)

"We all agree that parents have the primary responsibility of filtering the material that reaches children. However, children are often lured onto websites containing obscene material through the devious manipulation of search engines."
- Robert A. Brady
(Related: Children, Manipulation, Parents, Responsibility)

"If both parents must work, I think it is more important that the mother has proximity to the child to therefore establish a childcare situation at the big corporations not once a day, but many times a day."
- Eric Braeden
(Related: Work, Mother, Corporations, Day, Parents)

"I have a great relationship with my parents. I have not been on lithium."
- Zach Braff
(Related: Parents)

"I made a supreme effort not to do that thing that parents do, which is to bore people without children to death by going on and on about how funny their children are, so there's none of that hopefully."
- Jo Brand
(Related: Death, Funny, People, Children, Effort, Parents)

"I think if we are actually going to accept our generation's responsibility, that's going to mean that we give our children no less retirement security than we inherited from our parents."
- Carol Moseley Braun
(Related: Children, Parents, Responsibility, Retirement, Security)

"Grandparents who want to be truly helpful will do well to keep their mouths shut and their opinions to themselves until these are requested."
- T. Berry Brazelton
(Related: Grandparents, Opinions, Want, Will)

"Parents don't make mistakes because they don't care, but because they care so deeply."
- T. Berry Brazelton
(Related: Care, Mistakes, Parents)

"She had called in the debt that parents owe a child for bringing her, unasked, into a strange world. One should never make an offer without knowing full well what will happen if it is accepted."
- David Brin
(Related: Debt, Parents, Will, World)

"My parents always saw me as an artist, and that greatly influenced me."
- Meredith Brooks
(Related: Artist, Parents)

"The counter-argument would be, so what if my sexual relationships are superficial, one can still have satisfying and rewarding relationships with friends, or parents, or siblings, or whatever."
- Chester Brown
(Related: Friends, Parents, Relationships)

"When I make a book, I make it for the child and not for the parent - no jokes in it for the parents!"
- Dick Bruna
(Related: Jokes)

"The parents have a right to say that no teacher paid by their money shall rob their children of faith in God and send them back to their homes skeptical, or infidels, or agnostics, or atheists."
- William Jennings Bryan
(Related: Faith, Money, God, Children, Parents, Right)

"My parents are my backbone. Still are. They're the only group that will support you if you score zero or you score 40."
- Kobe Bryant
(Related: Parents, Support, Will)

"Parents have a right to insist that godless evolution not be taught to their children."
- Patrick Buchanan
(Related: Children, Evolution, Parents, Right)

"I think women as well as men are concerned about jobs and the economy and spending and, and other issues. They're concerned that when their kids graduate from college they have an economy and they have a future in this country and they, they have the same opportunity that we've had and our grandparents have had."
- Ken Buck
(Related: Men, Women, Opportunity, College, Country, Economy, Future, Grandparents, Jobs, Kids)

"We are the people our parents warned us about."
- Jimmy Buffett
(Related: People, Parents)

"I think the shape of our bodies has as much to do with the shape of our parents as it does with training."
- Deborah Bull
(Related: Parents, Training)

"To have my fan club. I am very proud of doing everything. I try to support my parents, friends and fans. I am also proud of my performing in the visual arts, and motion television."
- Chris Burke
(Related: Fans, Friends, Parents, Support, Television)

"My parents had this relationship that was really terrifying. I mean, the level of hatred that they had, and the level of physical abuse - my mother would beat up my father, basically - and I think I was drawn to images on television that were bright and reflective."
- Augusten Burroughs
(Related: Mother, Father, Abuse, Hatred, Parents, Television)

"My parents were political, so it's definitely in my bones. Wherever I am, I always seem to get involved with politics. I think, once it's in your bloodstream, it's always there. I love it."
- Saffron Burrows
(Related: Love, Politics, Parents)

"It is paradoxical that many educators and parents still differentiate between a time for learning and a time for play without seeing the vital connection between them."
- Leo Buscaglia
(Related: Time, Connection, Learning, Parents, Play)

"Trees Lounge is based on my own life. Both my parents like the movie. My father, of course, thinks it's a masterpiece."
- Steve Buscemi
(Related: Life, Father, Parents, Trees)

"Bias has to be taught. If you hear your parents downgrading women or people of different backgrounds, why, you are going to do that."
- Barbara Bush
(Related: Women, People, Parents)

"I own four copies of Robin WIlliams's Live on Broadway comedy special for HBO. One in Wilmington, one in L.A., one in my trailer, and one at my parents' house. I can watch it over and over again and it never gets old. He is the funniest, wittiest man on the planet!"
- Sophia Bush
(Related: Comedy, Man, Old, Parents)

"You know, my parents have always been incredibly supportive. I'm an only child, so we're very close. There's just the three of us. They're exceptional parents but also great friends. My father was able to take his hobby, photography, and turn it into a beautiful career. So when they saw how much I loved acting, they were 100 percent behind me."
- Sophia Bush
(Related: Father, Acting, Career, Friends, Parents, Photography)

"It is a wise tune that knows its own father, and I like my music to be the legitimate offspring of respectable parents."
- Samuel Butler
(Related: Music, Father, Parents)

"Parents are the last people on earth who ought to have children."
- Samuel Butler
(Related: People, Children, Earth, Parents)

"There's nothing secret about it. Everyone knows that I am waiting for my real parents, the king and queen, to come restore me to my rightful throne."
- Meg Cabot
(Related: Nothing, Parents, Queen, Waiting)

"Before the child ever gets to school it will have received crucial, almost irrevocable sex education and this will have been taught by the parents, who are not aware of what they are doing."
- Mary S. Calderone
(Related: Education, Sex, Parents, School, Will)

"Our children are not going to be just "our children" - they are going to be other people's husbands and wives and the parents of our grandchildren."
- Mary S. Calderone
(Related: People, Children, Husbands, Parents, Wives)

"Excuse me if I'm clinging on to life, but my parents wove me from tight thread."
- Jeanne Calment
(Related: Life, Parents)

"Indecision and delays are the parents of failure."
- George Canning
(Related: Failure, Indecision, Parents)

"Parents are key when it comes to keeping kids off drugs. Good parenting is the best anti-drug we have."
- Mel Carnahan
(Related: Parenting, Drugs, Key, Kids, Parents)

"The monsters of our childhood do not fade away, neither are they ever wholly monstrous. But neither, in my experience, do we ever reach a plane of detachment regarding our parents, however wise and old we may become. To pretend otherwise is to cheat."
- John le Carre
(Related: Experience, Childhood, May, Old, Parents)

"I got a lot of support from my parents. That's the one thing I always appreciated. They didn't tell me I was being stupid; they told me I was being funny."
- Jim Carrey
(Related: Funny, Being, Parents, Support)

"Maybe there is no actual place called hell. Maybe hell is just having to listen to our grandparents breathe through their noses when they're eating sandwiches."
- Jim Carrey
(Related: Eating, Grandparents, Hell, Noses)

"Yes, we do mimic our parents in a lot of ways."
- Deana Carter
(Related: Parents)

"Learning can take place in the backyard if there is a human being there who cares about the child. Before learning computers, children should learn to read first. They should sit around the dinner table and hear what their parents have to say and think."
- Dixie Carter
(Related: Computers, Being, Children, First, Learning, Parents)

"This movie will actually increase the sex life of parents everywhere because they can put this on, with the 45 minutes of extras and they've got almost two hours to do whatever they've got to do while the kids watch the movie."
- Dana Carvey
(Related: Life, Sex, Kids, Parents, Will)

"My parents really encouraged me."
- Randy Castillo
(Related: Parents)

"I'd just play 'til my hands fell off. My parents would yell at me to stop because they couldn't stand the noise any more! I was terrible! It must have been hard for them to listen to me as a beginning drummer."
- Randy Castillo
(Related: Beginning, Parents, Play)

"If your parents never had children, chances are... neither will you."
- Dick Cavett
(Related: Children, Parents, Will)

"'Handsome' means many things to many people. If people consider me handsome, I feel flattered - and have my parents to thank for it. Realistically, it doesn't hurt to be good-looking, especially in this business."
- Richard Chamberlain
(Related: Business, People, Hurt, Parents)

"When a man and a woman have an overwhelming passion for each other, it seems to me, in spite of such obstacles dividing them as parents or husband, that they belong to each other in the name of Nature, and are lovers by Divine right, in spite of human convention or the laws."
- Nicolas de Chamfort
(Related: Nature, Husband, Laws, Lovers, Man, Name, Obstacles, Parents, Passion, Right, Woman)

"All possible means were used by the infatuated parents to conclude the bargain; and deception put an end to these usual artifices."
- Adelbert von Chamisso
(Related: Bargain, Deception, End, Parents)

"Since the child knew his parents would give in, he tried the same trick again and again."
- Jackie Chan
(Related: Parents)

"If children were brought up to become non-conformists it would only ruin their lives. So parents all over China who loved their children told them to do as Chairman Mao said. It was not possible to tell them anything else."
- Jung Chang
(Related: Children, Parents, Ruin)

"When I was in China, Mao was Chairman, and parents were terrified to tell their children anything that differed from the party line in case the children repeated it and endangered the whole family."
- Jung Chang
(Related: Family, Children, Parents, Party)

"I learned the way a monkey learns - by watching its parents."
- Prince Charles
(Related: Parents)

"My parents and my grandfather on my mom's side would travel the earth. They went to Australia and China, and they went to probably every soccer game I ever played."
- Brandi Chastain
(Related: Travel, Mom, Earth, Parents, Soccer)

"Number one, it was a chance to thank my parents, because they passed away a couple of years ago. They gave me so much by giving me the opportunity to play soccer, and I wanted to share the story we had together."
- Brandi Chastain
(Related: Opportunity, Chance, Giving, Parents, Play, Soccer, Years)

"I have a 16 year-old son, so I'm now a soccer mom. I stand on the sidelines and I hear the things parents are saying, so I want them to understand what it is their kids are feeling in any sports environment."
- Brandi Chastain
(Related: Sports, Mom, Son, Environment, Feeling, Kids, Now, Parents, Saying, Soccer, Want)

"We need to help students and parents cherish and preserve the ethnic and cultural diversity that nourishes and strengthens this community - and this nation."
- Cesar Chavez
(Related: Community, Diversity, Help, Nation, Parents, Students)

"All Asian parents are into your children having a respectable, decent stable job. Acting was unimaginable to my parents."
- Joan Chen
(Related: Acting, Children, Job, Parents)

"Having loving and supporting parents didn't make me feel any better about the possibility of seeing my personal life splashed across newspapers and tabloids."
- Mary Cheney
(Related: Life, Possibility, Newspapers, Parents)

"It wasn't a secret that I was gay. I'd come out to my parents during my junior year of high school, on the day that I also wrecked the family car."
- Mary Cheney
(Related: Car, Family, Day, Gay, Parents, School)

"We need to be a leadership position about protecting minors on the Internet and, more importantly, giving the parents the tools they need to protect them."
- Peter Chernin
(Related: Leadership, Giving, Internet, Parents, Tools)

"I enjoyed my grandparents very much. My mother and father would always allow me to stay with them."
- Dominic Chianese
(Related: Mother, Father, Grandparents)

"But now all of a sudden some idiots in Taiwan start to say that they are not Chinese. Their grand parents were Chinese. But for some reason, they feel they are not Chinese."
- Alex Chiu
(Related: Idiots, Now, Parents, Reason)

"Because we employ no professional preachers, it means that every sermon or lesson in church is given by a regular member - women and men, children and grandparents."
- Clayton Christensen
(Related: Women, Church, Children, Grandparents)

"However, when my parents married in 1945, China was in turmoil and the possibility of returning grew increasingly remote, and they decided to begin their family in the United States."
- Steven Chu
(Related: Family, Possibility, Parents, states, United)

"There were only two other Chinese families in this town of 25,000, but to our parents, the determining factor was the quality of the public school system."
- Steven Chu
(Related: Quality, Parents, Public, School)

"Both my parents were doctors, and my mother had her surgery in the house. There were six children."
- Diane Cilento
(Related: Mother, Children, Doctors, Parents)

"Impossible to spend sleepless nights and accomplish anything: if, in my youth, my parents had not financed my insomnias, I should surely have killed myself."
- Emile M. Cioran
(Related: Parents, Youth)

"If you want to stay young-looking, pick your parents very carefully."
- Dick Clark
(Related: Parents, Want)

"The most important thing that parents can teach their children is how to get along without them."
- Frank Howard Clark
(Related: Children, Parents)

"Certainly my parents were a huge influence. They always expected the most out of all of us. And expected us to do our very best. I'm thankful to them for allowing me to do what I wanted to do."
- Laurel Clark
(Related: Influence, Parents)

"Sir Rodin convinced my parents to have me committed; they are all in Paris to arrange it."
- Camille Claudel
(Related: Parents, Paris)

"Since I was an atheist for many years and came to believe in God through my studies in science, it frustrated me to see students and parents who viewed faith and science as enemies."
- John Clayton
(Related: Faith, Science, God, Enemies, Parents, Students, Years)

"I feel very lucky because of my parents and then my education, the opportunities that I've had, so I would like to continue working to improve lives for others."
- Hillary Clinton
(Related: Education, Parents)

"It's interesting, as I said on the last tour in America, the audience actually came out, they had to have been the kind of fans who listened to my music via their parents, you know what I mean?"
- Joe Cocker
(Related: Music, America, Fans, Parents)

"My parents have been really supportive right from the very beginning."
- Benjamin Cohen
(Related: Beginning, Parents, Right)

"Why do grandparents and grandchildren get along so well? The mother."
- Claudette Colbert
(Related: Mother, Grandparents)

"I don't think that my parents even imagined that I would be exposed to drugs. In those days, for some reason, it was not talked about, just like sex was not talked about."
- Natalie Cole
(Related: Sex, Drugs, Parents, Reason)

"There is a real opportunity right now as parents and grandparents to come up with a plan that leaves our kids with something better than we have; that is, an opportunity to own, build, and grow a nest egg of their own."
- Norm Coleman
(Related: Opportunity, Grandparents, Kids, Now, Right)

"It is not a bad thing that children should occasionally, and politely, put parents in their place."
- Sidonie Gabrielle Colette
(Related: Children, Parents)

"In 1977 we played America and Europe three times, and Japan - my marriage suffered as a result. My then wife took the kids to Canada to be near her parents."
- Phil Collins
(Related: Marriage, Wife, America, Canada, Europe, Kids, Parents, Result)

"I can't come on like a parent to these kids, if I do, I won't be able to have fun working with them. The good news is they all have parents. The younger ones, their parents by law have to be on set."
- Stephen Collins
(Related: Fun, Kids, Law, News, Parents)

"Our children are counting on us to provide two things: consistency and structure. Children need parents who say what they mean, mean what they say, and do what they say they are going to do."
- Barbara Coloroso
(Related: Consistency, Children, Parents)

"Given the choice, children who don't want for anything will not save... We have an obligation as parents to give our children what they need. What they want we can give them as a special gift, or they can save their money for it."
- Barbara Coloroso
(Related: Money, Children, Choice, Obligation, Parents, Want, Will)

"My dad? He died when I was 19, which is a bad time for your dad to die, because there's an awful lot of things you have to resolve with your parents past your teens if you've been a difficult teenager."
- Robbie Coltrane
(Related: Dad, Time, Parents, Past)

"My parents were very loving, but disciplinarians."
- Nadia Comaneci
(Related: Parents)

"My parents used to take me to the pet department and tell me it was a zoo."
- Billy Connolly
(Related: Pet, Parents)

"No, like I said, my dad was never really part of the tennis. His involvement around what I did with the tennis and with my mom and my grandparents was really not a part of my life."
- Jimmy Connors
(Related: Dad, Life, Mom, Grandparents, Tennis)

"Bruce Wayne is Batman. He became Batman the instant his parents were murdered. Batman needs Bruce, however hollow that identity feels to him from time to time. Bruce keeps Batman human."
- Kevin Conroy
(Related: Time, Identity, Needs, Parents)

"People fantasize about being a hero and helping someone in trouble. Batman is that fantasy realized-not just for Bruce Wayne, but for the audience. Inwardly, Bruce Wayne is still an adolescent watching his parents being murdered. That will never leave him. And people really relate to that."
- Kevin Conroy
(Related: People, Being, Fantasy, Parents, Trouble, Will)

"My parents wanted me to solace them for sorrows they denied having had."
- Mason Cooley
(Related: Parents)

"Children now expect their parents to audition for approval."
- Mason Cooley
(Related: Approval, Children, Now, Parents)

"I approach serious subjects, and I like to have the good guys win and have the parents among the good guys."
- Caroline B. Cooney
(Related: Parents)

"I believe my readers are crazy about their parents and want to be just like them when they grow up."
- Caroline B. Cooney
(Related: Parents, Want)

"I love all of it, thinking up the plots, getting to know the kids in the story, their parents, backyards, pizza toppings."
- Caroline B. Cooney
(Related: Love, Kids, Parents, Thinking)

"My own parents loved each other very much."
- Jilly Cooper
(Related: Parents)

"Our parents were musicians."
- Caroline Corr
(Related: Musicians, Parents)

"Our parents were very strict. Not in a brutal or awful way, but there were definite rules, such as after six on a school night you didn't go out, and at weekends you had to be home by a certain time. It wasn't particularly sheltered, but we were well brought-up."
- Caroline Corr
(Related: Home, Time, Night, Parents, Rules, School)

"I moved up over Lower East Side and I was adopted by eight foster parents; I lived all over New York City with these parents, man, till I was about ten years old."
- Gregory Corso
(Related: Man, Old, Parents, Years)

"We must do all we can to empower parents and communities to protect our youth and to encourage healthy behavior free from binge drinking and other forms of alcohol abuse."
- Jon Corzine
(Related: Abuse, Alcohol, Behavior, Drinking, Parents, Youth)

"Parents are not interested in justice, they're interested in peace and quiet."
- Bill Cosby
(Related: Peace, Justice, Parents, Quiet)

"The truth is that parents are not really interested in justice. They just want quiet."
- Bill Cosby
(Related: Truth, Justice, Parents, Quiet, Want)

"My parents always told me that if you want something, you can do whatever you have to do to get it. As long as it's not against someone else."
- Marion Cotillard
(Related: Parents, Want)

"The harder you try to become the opposite of your parents, the more quickly you become them."
- Doug Coupland
(Related: Parents)

"Parents are often so busy with the physical rearing of children that they miss the glory of parenthood, just as the grandeur of the trees is lost when raking leaves."
- Marcelene Cox
(Related: Children, Glory, Parenthood, Parents, Trees)

"If at first you don't succeed, blame your parents."
- Marcelene Cox
(Related: Blame, First, Parents, Succeed)

"The children despise their parents until the age of 40, when they suddenly become just like them thus preserving the system."
- Quentin Crewe
(Related: Age, Children, Parents)

"The young always have the same problem - how to rebel and conform at the same time. They have now solved this by defying their parents and copying one another."
- Quentin Crisp
(Related: Time, Now, Parents)

"I had a head start in acting. Because of my parents, I had a SAG card, an agent and a recognizable name. But I knew if I screwed up, people would never forget. I'd be dead."
- Mary Crosby
(Related: People, Acting, Forget, Name, Parents)

"Popular culture tells you that schools and parents don't know what's going on, the police are dogs, politicians are all liars and scum, and any crime that's not committed by the Mafia is done by the CIA."
- Stanley Crouch
(Related: Crime, Culture, Dogs, Parents, Police, Politicians, Popular, Schools)

"When I was a little kid, I used to really embarrass my parents."
- Russell Crowe
(Related: Parents)

"I'm doing naughty things, I'm drinking too much, I'm going to clubs. It really didn't matter to me, other than the fact that some parents wouldn't let their kids hang out with me."
- Macaulay Culkin
(Related: Drinking, Fact, Kids, Parents)

"My whole family actually, but my parents. I had such a normal and amazing childhood. I've been so lucky. My parents are cool and normal. They don't talk about the business and I still have stuff to do at their house."
- Kaley Cuoco
(Related: Business, Family, Childhood, Parents, Talk)

"I will always be the way I was a couple years ago before anything happened. And that's to my parents' credit, my amazing parents who have been around me my whole life and raised me right. I'm very happy with what has happened so far."
- Kaley Cuoco
(Related: Life, Credit, Parents, Right, Will, Years)

"I think happiness comes from self-acceptance. We all try different things, and we find some comfortable sense of who we are. We look at our parents and learn and grow and move on. We change."
- Jamie Lee Curtis
(Related: Change, Happiness, Parents, Self, Sense)

"My parents always encouraged me and I had a good home life. We were always taught to respect things and other people. It's so different today, because children are just not taught the right way."
- Betty Cuthbert
(Related: Home, Life, People, Children, Parents, Respect, Right, Today)

"On Halloween, the parents sent their kids out looking like me."
- Rodney Dangerfield
(Related: Kids, Parents)

"When I was a kid my parents moved a lot, but I always found them."
- Rodney Dangerfield
(Related: Parents)

"I could tell my parents hated me. My bath toys were a toaster and a radio."
- Rodney Dangerfield
(Related: Parents)

"I could tell that my parents hated me. My bath toys were a toaster and a radio."
- Rodney Dangerfield
(Related: Parents)

"Just look at my face. Its an extraordinary experience. All of my friends who are grandparents have been saying, just wait, a bit cynically, but its just extraordinary. You feel like a child again yourself. Just walking on air."
- Blythe Danner
(Related: Experience, Friends, Grandparents, Saying, Walking)

"I try to be careful because technology changes so much over the years. But some things don't change. Kids and parents have disagreements, kids try to manipulate, parents try to sit down with rules and regs. That part never changes."
- Paula Danziger
(Related: Technology, Change, Disagreements, Kids, Parents, Rules, Years)

"I'm more married to Sandy now than when we were married with the legal document. We're still married as parents."
- Bobby Darin
(Related: Legal, Now, Parents)

"The first half of our lives are ruined by our parents and the second half by our children."
- Clarence Darrow
(Related: Children, First, Parents)

"I have a Web site that parents and girls can use to learn about Title IX and take action if they find their school is not in compliance. Thirty years after Title IX passed, 80 percent of schools are not in compliance."
- Geena Davis
(Related: Action, Girls, Parents, School, Schools, Years)

"This might be the first generation where kids are dying at a younger age than their parents and it's related primarily to the obesity problem."
- Judy Davis
(Related: Age, Dying, First, Kids, Obesity, Parents)

"We were very rich culturally. One Sunday each month, we would do this thing called Chamber Pots at somebody's house. A classical music group would come over and we'd have dinner. There were thirty people - parents and kids - and we'd sit on the floor and listen to this beautiful music."
- Kristin Davis
(Related: Music, People, Kids, Parents)

"If your parents didn't have any children, there's a good chance that you won't have any."
- Clarence Day
(Related: Chance, Children, Parents)

"Wrinkles are hereditary. Parents get them from their children."
- Doris Day
(Related: Children, Parents)

"My parents did not have a perfect marriage. It was pretty good, but it was not perfect. My marriage is not perfect. My wife is, but I happen to be imperfect. However, that does not discount the fact that the definition of marriage must be defended and protected."
- Stockwell Day
(Related: Marriage, Wife, Fact, Parents, Pretty)

"My current mantra is that sometimes we need teachers in our lives. I never had that in my life, parents and stuff like that; I tried to stay on the outside of them or anybody that had that kind of influence."
- Taylor Dayne
(Related: Life, Influence, Parents, Teachers)

"I think the one thing this picture shows that's new is the psychological disproportion of the kids' demands on the parents. Parents are often at fault, but the kids have some work to do, too."
- James Dean
(Related: Work, Fault, Kids, Parents)

"In Europe the parents are included as with children. All three generations are together. I'm thinking of Italy. You go out on a Sunday afternoon and the whole family is there."
- Dana Delany
(Related: Family, Children, Europe, Generations, Italy, Parents, Thinking)

"The causes of youth violence are working parents who put their kids into daycare, the teaching of evolution in the schools, and working mothers who take birth control pills."
- Tom DeLay
(Related: Control, Birth control, Causes, Evolution, Kids, Mothers, Parents, Schools, Teaching, Violence, Youth)

"Chance makes our parents, but choice makes our friends."
- Jacques Delille
(Related: Chance, Choice, Friends, Parents)

"One of the greatest titles in the world is parent, and one of the biggest blessings in the world is to have parents to call mom and dad."
- Jim DeMint
(Related: Dad, Mom, Blessings, Parents, Titles, World)

"Our ages ranged from 22, down to 18, and we had a 6 month contract to go to Bogata, Columbia. And of course, it was during the depression, we were still with our parents, and things were still pretty tough on them back in the United States."
- Martin Denny
(Related: Depression, Parents, Pretty, states, United)

"My parents were amazing people who had no business being together - and they knew it."
- James Denton
(Related: Business, People, Being, Parents)

"It's always been a desire of mine to work with my parents."
- Laura Dern
(Related: Work, Desire, Parents)

"The entertainment industry is encouraging young people to defy and deceive their parents."
- Mike DeWine
(Related: People, Encouraging, Entertainment, Parents)

"I think like any marriage, especially when you've had divorced parents like myself; you want to try even harder to make it work."
- Princess Diana
(Related: Work, Marriage, Parents, Want)

"It distresses me that parents insist that their children read or make them read. The best way for children to treasure reading is to see the adults in their lives reading for their own pleasure."
- Kate DiCamillo
(Related: Children, Parents, Pleasure, Reading, Treasure)

"My parents just neglected me, I wasn't abused or anything."
- Andy Dick
(Related: Parents)

"Most children threaten at times to run away from home. This is the only thing that keeps some parents going."
- Phyllis Diller
(Related: Home, Children, Parents)

"We believed in our idea - a family park where parents and children could have fun- together."
- Walt Disney
(Related: Family, Idea, Children, Fun, Parents)

"Thank God my parents had an abundance of patience."
- Lexa Doig
(Related: God, Abundance, Parents, Patience)

"My parents used to take me to a lot of theatre when I was young."
- Lexa Doig
(Related: Parents, Theatre)

"Spanking and verbal criticism have become, to many parents, more important tools of child rearing than approval."
- Phil Donahue
(Related: Approval, Criticism, Parents, Tools)

"In 1953 there were two ways for an Irish Catholic boy to impress his parents: become a priest or attend Notre Dame."
- Phil Donahue
(Related: Irish)

"Since the conception of our country, America has held that parents, not schools, teachers, and certainly not courts, hold the primary responsibility of educating their children."
- John Doolittle
(Related: America, Children, Country, Parents, Responsibility, Schools, Teachers)

"My father is a chemist, my mother was a homemaker. My parents instilled in us the feeling that learning was the most exciting thing that could happen to you, and it never ends."
- Rita Dove
(Related: Mother, Father, Feeling, Learning, Parents)

"I have frequently gained my first real insight into the character of parents by studying their children."
- Arthur Conan Doyle
(Related: Character, Children, First, Parents)

"I dropped out of college my junior year to do Saturday Night Live, and I didn't even consult my parents. They were very supportive because they had no choice."
- Julia Louis Dreyfus
(Related: Choice, College, Night, Parents)

"I pop gum. My parents get so annoyed with me. I know my dad wishes he never taught me how to do that."
- Hilary Duff
(Related: Dad, Parents, Wishes)

"A lot of parents pack up their troubles and send them off to summer camp."
- Raymond Duncan
(Related: Parents, Summer)

"Ancestor worship, or filial piety so characteristic of Asian cultures, for example, does not really resonate with Americans who favor children, not grandparents."
- Alan Dundes
(Related: Americans, Children, Example, Grandparents, Piety, Worship)

"The older I grow the more I see the influence of my family on my life. I didn't always see it. It was up to our parents to see that we had our education in a town that hadn't yet realized what racial prejudice was but actually knew and practiced it on occasion."
- Katherine Dunham
(Related: Education, Family, Life, Influence, Parents, Prejudice)

"As individuals, we are shaped by story from the time of birth; we are formed by what we are told by our parents, our teachers, our intimates."
- Helen Dunmore
(Related: Time, Parents, Teachers)

"I think because my parents died in their early 50s, mid 50s, I always thought I would die young. And that's been both a useful thing and I suspect something that's haunted me a little bit."
- Stephen Dunn
(Related: Thought, Parents)

"When my parents separated, I was very grateful."
- Christopher Durang
(Related: Parents)

"Since it's based on my parents, it's more emotionally close to me than some of my more surreal plays. And then I like the balance of the comic and the sad. It should play as funny, but you should care about the characters and feel sad for them."
- Christopher Durang
(Related: Funny, Balance, Care, Parents, Play)

"My parents didn't really know one another."
- Christopher Durang
(Related: Parents)

"My parents divorced when I was born, and my mother is a political science professor, like a feminist Mormon, which is sort of an oxymoron."
- Eliza Dushku
(Related: Science, Mother, Mormon, Parents)

"For a while we lived in a tent we'd pitched inside his parents' house and we slept on pillows."
- Shelley Duvall
(Related: Parents)

"Parents forgive their children least readily for the faults they themselves instilled in them."
- Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach
(Related: Children, Faults, Parents)

"It can be very difficult to trace your birth parents."
- Christopher Eccleston
(Related: Parents)

"My parents always knew I was hopeless at everything else, I was fortunate in that I was backed all the way. I came to it late and only because I thought there'd be loads of women and drinking!"
- Christopher Eccleston
(Related: Women, Thought, Parents)

"The film is about Joe discovering who his mother and father are and his relationship with them, and the identity crisis he goes through once he finds out who his parents are."
- Christopher Eccleston
(Related: Mother, Father, Crisis, Film, Identity, Parents)

"We like to think that our parents made a decision to bring us into the world."
- Christopher Eccleston
(Related: Decision, Parents, World)

"You didn't have a choice about the parents you inherited, but you do have a choice about the kind of parent you will be."
- Marian Wright Edelman
(Related: Choice, Parents, Will)

"Parents have become so convinced that educators know what is best for their children that they forget that they themselves are really the experts."
- Marian Wright Edelman
(Related: Children, Experts, Forget, Parents)

"The thing that impresses me most about America is the way parents obey their children."
- Edward VIII
(Related: America, Children, Parents)

"You can do and use the skills that you have. The schools need you. The teachers need you. Students and parents need you. They need your actual person: your physical personhood and your open minds and open ears and boundless compassion, sitting next to them, listening and nodding and asking questions for hours at a time."
- Dave Eggers
(Related: Time, Compassion, Listening, Open, Parents, Questions, Schools, Students, Teachers)

"My parents taught me to believe that through the creative act, we're able to transcend and give a response to desecration."
- Atom Egoyan
(Related: Act, Parents)

"Not hippie - my parents were not hippies - but they were very supportive and encouraging, and that does a lot for someone, and it gives them a lot of confidence."
- Jenna Elfman
(Related: Encouraging, Confidence, Hippies, Parents)

"I wasn't sure how my dad would react. There was an agent sitting behind them and he told me he was embarrassed to watch the scenes. My parents have always been very open. They trust my decisions."
- Shannon Elizabeth
(Related: Dad, Trust, Decisions, Open, Parents)

"I shall lend credit to nothing against my people which parents would not believe against their own children."
- Elizabeth I
(Related: People, Children, Credit, Nothing, Parents)

"I used to work, part time, in a deli, in those days when your parents made you work just so you should know what work was like. And you'd make 4, 5, 6, ten dollars."
- Hector Elizondo
(Related: Work, Time, Parents)

"The parents have not only to train their children: it is of at least equal importance that they should train themselves."
- Havelock Ellis
(Related: Importance, Parents)

"I am not ashamed of my grandparents for having been slaves. I am only ashamed of myself for having at one time being ashamed."
- Ralph Ellison
(Related: Time, Being, Grandparents)

"And there should not be a limit on the creation of new public schools. We ought to expand choices for parents."
- John Engler
(Related: Choices, Creation, Parents, Public, Schools)

"I became almost immediately fascinated by the possibilities of trying out all conceivable reactions with them, some leading to explosions, others to unbearable poisoning of the air in our house, frightening my parents."
- Richard Ernst
(Related: Leading, Parents, Possibilities, Trying)

"Being Latin parents makes us extremely expressive with our affections."
- Gloria Estefan
(Related: Being, Parents)

"The things I really learned, I learned from watching my parents. They take care of business. Always have."
- Kevin Eubanks
(Related: Business, Care, Parents)

"I love both my parents dearly."
- Kevin Eubanks
(Related: Love, Parents)

"He knew a lot about his grandparents - and perhaps he feels he's been endowed with abilities to go into people's heads who are long dead - but, to a certain extent, he's making it up."
- Jeffrey Eugenides
(Related: People, Grandparents)

"I was born in Connecticut. But my parents brought my sister and I to L.A. when-Hollywood, actually, when i was 6 months old."
- Linda Evans
(Related: Sister, Months, Old, Parents)

"Parents who wonder where the younger generation is going should remember where it came from."
- Sam Ewing
(Related: Parents, Wonder)

"When you have a godly husband, a godly wife, children who respect their parents and who are loved by their parents, who provide for those children their physical and spiritual and material needs, lovingly, you have the idea unit."
- Jerry Falwell
(Related: Wife, HusbIdea, Children, Needs, Parents, Respect, Spiritual)

"But as for activism, my parents did what they could, given the constraints, but were never involved in the causes I think of when I think of activists."
- Paul Farmer
(Related: Activism, Causes, Parents)

"My acting career began at age three and my parents got me into it. I was in a McDonald's commercial."
- Corey Feldman
(Related: Age, Acting, Career, Parents)

"My sister and I were born in San Francisco. When our parents died, we came down here to live with relatives."
- Freddy Fender
(Related: Sister, Parents, Relatives)

"The government gets it right on Head Start. We are providing opportunities for children in underserved areas where parents may not be able to afford preschool so they can begin their schooling with a running or Head Start."
- Bob Filner
(Related: Government, Children, May, Parents, Right, Running)

"My parents and grandparents have always been engaged in teaching or the medical profession or the priesthood, so I've sort of grown up with a sense of complicity in the lives of other people, so there's no virtue in that; it's the way one is raised."
- Colin Firth
(Related: Medical, People, Virtue, Grandparents, Profession, Sense, Teaching)

"Parents have the ability to screen their children's Internet access at home."
- Mike Fitzpatrick
(Related: Home, Ability, Children, Internet, Parents)

"The best defense against these people is to educate parents and children of the dangers that come along with the Internet and by limiting access to certain sites during the school day."
- Mike Fitzpatrick
(Related: People, Children, Day, Defense, Internet, Parents, School)

"Internet safety begins at home and that is why my legislation would require the Federal Trade Commission to design and publish a unique website to serve as a clearinghouse and resource for parents, teachers and children for information on the dangers of surfing the Internet."
- Mike Fitzpatrick
(Related: Design, Home, Children, Information, Internet, Legislation, Parents, Safety, Teachers, Trade)

"Being an only child and losing both my parents at an early age, I have found that the friends I have made over the years are the people who help me get through life, good times and bad."
- Fannie Flagg
(Related: Age, Life, People, Being, Friends, Help, Losing, Parents, Years)

"Grilling outside with my parents at the Jersey shore. We would grill lobster and corn in the summer."
- Bobby Flay
(Related: Parents, Summer)

"My parents discussed singing every night over the dinner table; I had a tremendous music education."
- Renee Fleming
(Related: Education, Music, Night, Parents, Singing)

"I'm close with my parents. I have a lot of acquaintances, but my very good close friends are few I can count my very good friends on one hand. And that's how I like it to be."
- Calista Flockhart
(Related: Friends, Parents)

"By offering an education centered on values, the faculty in Catholic schools can create an interactive setting between parents and students that is geared toward long-term healthy character and scholastic development for all enrolled children."
- Mark Foley
(Related: Education, Development, Character, Values, Children, Parents, Schools, Students)

"I can be pretty nasty. Not 'mean' nasty, but nasty by your parents' standards. But not by my parents' standards, because my parents were nasty for their day."
- Bridget Fonda
(Related: Day, Parents, Pretty)

"It took us a long time to find out that we had been lied to by our parents' generation. The moralities that were followed during our parents' generation were basically arbitrary. This caused a rift between the two generations, which was brought on by the beatniks."
- Peter Fonda
(Related: Time, Generations, Parents)

"The phenomenon of home schooling is a wonderful example of the American can-do attitude. Growing numbers of parents have become disenchanted with government-run public schools. Many parents have simply taken matters into their own hands, literally."
- Steve Forbes
(Related: Home, Government, Attitude, American, Example, Numbers, Parents, Public, Schools)

"I haven't actually spoken to my parents since the hurricane."
- Faith Ford
(Related: Parents)

"If my parents had discouraged me, I would have turned out very differently. They raised me in an open-minded, liberal environment."
- Tom Ford
(Related: Environment, Liberal, Open, Parents)

"My parents are Italian and British. They live in Berkeley now - we all moved there four years ago."
- Claire Forlani
(Related: Now, Parents, Years)

"I'm lucky I had parents willing to be open and believe that an 11-year-old might know what she wanted to do. Or maybe they thought I'd find out that's what I didn't want to do."
- Claire Forlani
(Related: Thought, Open, Parents, Want)

"I think anybody over 30 plays parents because it happens in your thirties and so that's kind of a natural progression. But I'm definitely drawn to it. It's probably the most intense, passionate thing that happens to you as you get older."
- Jodie Foster
(Related: Parents)

"My name is James Edward Franco. Ted is a nickname for Edward. That's what my parents called me. I also got 'Teddy Ruxpin' a lot. It just got to a point where I got sick of it, so when a teacher called out 'James Franco' my junior year of high school, I didn't correct her."
- James Franco
(Related: Name, Parents, School)

"Parents can only give good advice or put them on the right paths, but the final forming of a person's character lies in their own hands."
- Anne Frank
(Related: Character, Advice, Lies, Parents, Right)

"How true Daddy's words were when he said: all children must look after their own upbringing. Parents can only give good advice or put them on the right paths, but the final forming of a person's character lies in their own hands."
- Anne Frank
(Related: Character, Advice, Children, Lies, Parents, Right, Words)

"Distrust and caution are the parents of security."
- Benjamin Franklin
(Related: Caution, Distrust, Parents, Security)

"I was a late child from my parents, so I grew up surrounded by people a lot older than me. I think even when I was 21, I felt like I was a 70-year-old man."
- Jonathan Franzen
(Related: People, Man, Parents)

"My parents were working in a hospital in Memphis. But I didn't live there for any length of time that I remember. The first thing I remember is the town in Mississippi that I live in now, Charleston."
- Morgan Freeman
(Related: Time, First, Now, Parents)

"The last two years with the Eagles were pretty intense times. There was a lot of drinking and we were all getting high a lot. My parents were relieved when I got off the Eagles treadmill."
- Glenn Frey
(Related: Drinking, Eagles, Parents, Pretty, Years)

"The debt of gratitude we owe our mother and father goes forward, not backward. What we owe our parents is the bill presented to us by our children."
- Nancy Friday
(Related: Mother, Father, Gratitude, Children, Debt, Parents)

"The education of my brother and myself was of paramount importance to my parents, and in addition to their strong encouragement, they were prepared to make any sacrifice to further our intellectual development."
- Jerome Isaac Friedman
(Related: Education, Brother, Sacrifice, Development, Encouragement, Importance, Parents)

"I am hoping, though, that many of them have kids, who, when they have a moment to take a break from their iPods, Internet, or Google, will explain to their parents running the country just how the world is being flattened."
- Thomas Friedman
(Related: Being, Country, Internet, Kids, Parents, Running, Will, World)

"As long as she is talented enough and passionate about doing it herself then I will be happy and support her. I think I will be sensible - my parents said I could only do it if I got my education and so I had something to fall back on."
- Anna Friel
(Related: Education, Parents, Support, Will)

"There were many women around. We all had a relationship with each other that was very strong. And all of our minds kind of hooked up. We rejected the society. We rejected marriage because we didn't like what our parents had."
- Lynette Fromme
(Related: Marriage, Women, Society, Parents)

"My parents are from Manchester but I was brought up in London, Camden Town."
- Sadie Frost
(Related: London, Parents)

"Fits did not go over well in my house. There was a lot of discipline and obedience and you had to be very ladylike. Ladies didn't curse and I still don't curse in front of my parents."
- Daisy Fuentes
(Related: Discipline, Ladies, Obedience, Parents)

"Parents are usually more careful to bestow knowledge on their children rather than virtue, the art of speaking well rather than doing well; but their manners should be of the greatest concern."
- R. Buckminster Fuller
(Related: Art, Knowledge, Virtue, Children, Concern, Manners, Parents)

"I guess you could say I devoted myself so strongly to my music that for awhile I forgot about my family. But I only get one set of parents, and I think I forgot about that for a little while."
- Lady Gaga
(Related: Music, Family, Parents)

"I was the kind of kid whose parents would drop him off at the local town library on their way to work, and I'd go and work my way through the children's area."
- Neil Gaiman
(Related: Work, Children, Parents)

"There were always questions about my parents; I got so fed up with that."
- Charlotte Gainsbourg
(Related: Parents, Questions)

"Meanwhile, parents, students and teachers all report higher satisfaction with charter schools. People like them. They cost less money. They raise the academic achievement of poor kids. Go ahead, get a little enthused."
- Maggie Gallagher
(Related: Money, People, Achievement, Kids, Parents, Poor, Satisfaction, Schools, Students, Teachers)

"In the '60s, parents were told to let their teens rebel, explore their boundaries. Increasingly the same message is being given to the parents of tweens."
- Maggie Gallagher
(Related: Being, Parents)

"I started acting in my parents living room when I was five years old."
- Megan Gallagher
(Related: Acting, Living, Old, Parents, Years)

"And there's a lot of that stuff with people bringing their kids, kids bringing their parents, people bringing their grandparents - I mean, it's gotten to be really stretched out now. It was never my intention to say, this is the demographics of our audience."
- Jerry Garcia
(Related: People, Grandparents, Intention, Kids, Now)

"Krishna children were taught that in the spiritual world there were no parents, only souls and hence this justified their being kept out of view from others, cloistered in separate buildings and sheltered from the evil material world."
- Mary Garden
(Related: Being, Children, Evil, Parents, Spiritual, World)

"I align myself with almost all researchers in assuming that anything we do is a composite of whatever genetic limitations were given to us by our parents and whatever kinds of environmental opportunities are available."
- Howard Gardner
(Related: Environmental, Limitations, Parents)

"I'm still really close with everyone at home and their parents - and their brothers and sisters. I was so, so, so lucky to grow up as part of a community and I don't take that for granted. I try very hard to stay part of it."
- Jennifer Garner
(Related: Home, Brothers, Community, Parents, Sisters)

"I don't blame my own parents for the way I grew up, as quite often there is little choice in these issues."
- Peter Garrett
(Related: Blame, Choice, Parents)

"Remember that I was out of the closet at the age of sixteen. My parents knew I was gay; I'd had to tell them."
- Boy George
(Related: Age, Gay, Parents)

"The great medical facilities are a relief for the parents, too, who don't have to think about caring for their young ones on their own for a weekend. They have a great time."
- Jami Gertz
(Related: Medical, Time, Caring, Parents, Weekend)

"Midwest kids got to summer camp. There is something very special about being away from your parents for the first time, sleeping under the stars, hiking and canoeing."
- Jami Gertz
(Related: Time, Being, First, Kids, Parents, Stars, Summer)

"I have three sons, a husband, parents, and I'll fight and get angry, but what is very important that I have found as I've matured, is that I have to move on."
- Jami Gertz
(Related: HusbFight, Parents, Sons)

"My parents were hippies."
- Balthazar Getty
(Related: Hippies, Parents)

"Both parents were very encouraging - especially my father. My father thought the sun rose and set with me. Neither one had a musical background or any musical talent. They liked classical music, but neither could carry a tune."
- Gordon Getty
(Related: Music, Father, Talent, Thought, Encouraging, Parents, Sun)

"Our parents came home one day and heard us, and they thought it was the radio, but our grandfather told them it was us."
- Barry Gibb
(Related: Home, Thought, Day, Parents)

"Parents often talk about the younger generation as if they didn't have anything to do with it."
- Haim Ginott
(Related: Parents, Talk)

"The kids like to get pictures of me for their parents. They know how proud I am of them-they have a lot more to worry about than my stardom. They are trying to make good choices for their own lives, but this gives them a little fun. They are part of my family."
- Mark Goddard
(Related: Family, Choices, Fun, Kids, Parents, Trying, Worry)

"The great model of the affection of love in human beings is the sentiment which subsists between parents and children."
- William Godwin
(Related: Love, Affection, Children, Parents, Sentiment)

"A self made man is a rarity and hated by the parasites that floated to fame thought their parents, relatives and contacts."
- Al Goldstein
(Related: Thought, Fame, Man, Parents, Relatives, Self)

"My parents kept us sheltered from this world of Hollywood. I don't have any great memories of bouncing on Cary Grant's knee or something like that."
- Tony Goldwyn
(Related: Hollywood, Memories, Parents, World)

"The children of believing parents, at least their next and immediate seed, even of us Gentiles now under the gospel, are included by God within the covenant of grace."
- Thomas Goodwin
(Related: God, Children, Grace, Now, Parents)

"These are all voluntary resources which help parents sort out the choices without infringing on the artists' rights to free speech, which is something that we respect."
- Tipper Gore
(Related: Artists, Choices, Free speech, Rights, Help, Parents, Respect)

"Eating disorders can have serious medical and psychological consequences which, left unchecked, can kill. Parents should address this issue and ask their children to discuss how they feel about themselves."
- Tipper Gore
(Related: Medical, Children, Consequences, Eating, Parents)

"A child who has never fantasized about having other parents is seriously lacking in imagination."
- Fred G. Gosman
(Related: Imagination, Parents)

"Taking a child to the toy store is the nearest thing to a death wish parents can have."
- Fred G. Gosman
(Related: Death, Parents)

"Deep inside us, we know what every family therapist knows: the problems between the parents become the problems within the children."
- Roger Gould
(Related: Family, Children, Deep, Parents, Problems)

"A child who is allowed to be disrespectful to his parents will not have true respect for anyone."
- Billy Graham
(Related: Parents, Respect, Will)

"We need to make sure parents and coaches are aware of the dangers an on the look-out for the warning signs. Performance enhancing drugs are too damaging to young people for parents and coaches to not be involved."
- Chuck Grassley
(Related: People, Performance, Coaches, Drugs, Parents)

"I believe there ought to be school choice, so that parents can choose within the public school system."
- William H. Gray
(Related: Choice, Parents, Public, School)

"My parents love each other. They work through their problems."
- Brian Austin Green
(Related: Love, Work, Parents, Problems)

"But, if you observe children learning in their first few years of life, you can see that they can and do learn on their own - we leave them alone to crawl, walk, talk, and gain control over their bodies. It happens without much help from parents."
- Daniel Greenberg
(Related: Life, Control, Children, First, Gain, Help, Learning, Parents, Talk, Years)

"My grandparents knew it was important that I understood Christianity and the Bible. But they never took me to church; they sent me to church."
- Lee Greenwood
(Related: Christianity, Church, Bible, Grandparents)

"I had a very diametrically opposite set of parents."
- Bill Griffith
(Related: Parents)

"Yeah, my parents help me keep my feet on the ground."
- Rupert Grint
(Related: Feet, Help, Parents)

"It's just hard not to listen to TV: it's spent so much more time raising us than parents have."
- Matt Groening
(Related: Time, Parents)

"The 1960s were big for folk music, and the Kingston Trio led the way. They were the ones who started it all. The music was fresh and alive. College kids loved it and their parents did, too."
- George Grove
(Related: Music, College, Folk, Kids, Parents)

"Make no mistake about it: Next to parents and families, our teachers are the most important influence in our children's lives."
- Kenny Guinn
(Related: Mistake, Children, Influence, Parents, Teachers)

"All parents believe their children can do the impossible. They thought it the minute we were born, and no matter how hard we've tried to prove them wrong, they all think it about us now. And the really annoying thing is, they're probably right."
- Cathy Guisewite
(Related: Thought, Children, Now, Parents, Right, Wrong)

"If you put down a list of jobs, doctor, lawyer, janitor, teacher or movie star, everybody would pick the movie star. And why? So you could lie around the pool, drink margaritas and send money to your parents. So that's what I did."
- Steve Guttenberg
(Related: Money, Lie, Jobs, Parents)

"Even as an actor, I think like a storyteller. My parents raised us to look at the script."
- Jake Gyllenhaal
(Related: Actor, Parents)

"The real cause of personal existence is not the favor of the Almighty, but the sexual love of one's earthly parents."
- Ernst Haeckel
(Related: Love, Cause, Existence, Parents)

"Nobody can do for little children what grandparents do. Grandparents sort of sprinkle stardust over the lives of little children."
- Alex Haley
(Related: Children, Grandparents)

"I look at my books the way parents look at their children. The fact that one becomes more successful than the others doesn't make me love the less successful one any less."
- Alex Haley
(Related: Love, Successful, Books, Children, Fact, Parents)

"The only reason we make good role models is because you guys look up to athletes and we can influence you in positive ways. But the real role models should be your parents and teachers!"
- Dante Hall
(Related: Positive, Athletes, Influence, Parents, Reason)

"It's different today than it was then. In those days we were strictly amateurs. If I had wanted to stay in for the '80 Olympics, my parents couldn't have afforded it."
- Dorothy Hamill
(Related: Parents, Today)

"My parents didn't have a lot of money, but we never knew that. They really did the best they could."
- Dorothy Hamill
(Related: Money, Parents)

"I try to keep a balance. I actually believe that children want normal parents, they don't want celebrities or important parents or anything different from all the other parents."
- Linda Hamilton
(Related: Balance, Children, Parents, Want)

"It is a lonely existence to be a child with a disability which no-one can see or understand, you exasperate your teachers, you disappoint your parents, and worst of all you know that you are not just stupid."
- Susan Hampshire
(Related: Disability, Existence, Lonely, Parents, Teachers)

"More than ever, we as parents and a nation must do something about the growth of obesity in our children. We must do more than just talk, we must be concerned enough to act."
- Lee Haney
(Related: Growth, Act, Children, Nation, Obesity, Parents, Talk)

"As the proud father of two teens and past Chairman to the Presidents Council on Physical Fitness and Sports, I am committed to educating parents and especially young people on ways to live a long, healthy and active life."
- Lee Haney
(Related: Fitness, Life, Sports, Father, People, Parents, Past)

"Parents must lead by example. Don't use the cliche; do as I say and not as I do. We are our children's first and most important role models."
- Lee Haney
(Related: Children, Example, First, Parents)

"Love, it has been said, flows downward. The love of parents for their children has always been far more powerful than that of children for their parents; and who among the sons of men ever loved God with a thousandth part of the love which God has manifested to us?"
- Augustus Hare
(Related: Love, Men, God, Children, Parents, Sons)

"My parents wished peace upon their firstborn child."
- Shalom Harlow
(Related: Peace, Parents)

"My parents own a restaurant in Albuquerque."
- Neil Patrick Harris
(Related: Parents)

"The beauty of "spacing" children many years apart lies in the fact that parents have time to learn the mistakes that were made with the older ones - which permits them to make exactly the opposite mistakes with the younger ones."
- Sydney J. Harris
(Related: Beauty, Time, Children, Fact, Lies, Mistakes, Parents, Years)

"I wasn't being bullied at school at this point. I had a group of friends, and I was isolated because I wasn't communicating with my parents. I wasn't telling them what I was going through."
- Randy Harrison
(Related: Being, Friends, Parents, School)

"I love my parents. Coming out to them was sort of coming out to myself. I educated them, and I wanted our relationship to keep growing. I wanted them to be a part of my life still. I wanted to be able to share with them what I was going through."
- Randy Harrison
(Related: Life, Love, Parents)

"The Golden Rule of Parenting is; do unto your children as you wish your parents had done unto you!"
- Louise Hart
(Related: Parenting, Children, Parents)

"I think by the time I was born, my parents had pretty well run the gauntlet with their kids. The novelty had kind of worn off by the time the twelfth child was born. I was lucky to get fed and changed, picked up and taken to school."
- Owen Hart
(Related: Time, Kids, Novelty, Parents, Pretty, School)

"That other saying, I'm a part of all that I have met, I think that would have to begin with my wonderful parents back in Atlanta when I was a youngster five years old I was tongue tied."
- Ernie Harwell
(Related: Old, Parents, Saying, Tongue, Years)

"My parents are really well intended, and I think their way of dealing with things is denial and guilt. Nobody wanted to talk about it. But all I did was blame myself."
- Teri Hatcher
(Related: Blame, Denial, Guilt, Parents, Talk)

"It is one of the ironies of the ministry that the very man who works in God's name is often hardest put to find time for God. The parents of Jesus lost Him at church, and they were not the last ones to lose Him there."
- Vance Havner
(Related: Time, God, Church, Man, Name, Parents)

"My father's parents were Irish. Only a year before my father died, he and I went back to Ireland for a week to look at the old homestead."
- John C. Hawkes
(Related: Father, Ireland, Irish, Old, Parents)

"From your parents you learn love and laughter and how to put one foot before the other. But when books are opened you discover that you have wings."
- Helen Hayes
(Related: Love, Books, Laughter, Parents)

"Our law enforcement must be given every tool available to protect children from predators and parents need to know who is living in their community."
- Robin Hayes
(Related: Children, Community, Law, Living, Parents)

"I understand them. I understand where they came from, what their lifestyle was there. But my parents didn't push us to be like them. They said do whatever you think right, but remember the important things in life."
- Ofra Haza
(Related: Life, Parents, Right)

"Mysteries, like the Masonic rites, are ones parents and elders are sworn not to reveal to the uninitiated, which include all children. And so we sought for signs."
- Anthony Hecht
(Related: Children, Parents)

"I didn't think any amount of money was worth something that would take away what you believed in or what you stood for. I didn't want to do something my parents and daughter couldn't be proud of."
- Tippi Hedren
(Related: Money, Daughter, Parents, Want, Worth)

"Actually, my parents were separated by the time I was about 2 years old."
- Christie Hefner
(Related: Time, Old, Parents, Years)

"I mean you got to thank your parents for giving you the right genes."
- Eric Heiden
(Related: Giving, Parents, Right)

"But that was war. Just about all he could find in its favor was that it paid well and liberated children from the pernicious influence of their parents."
- Joseph Heller
(Related: War, Children, Influence, Parents)

"When a child is bruised physically or emotionally, parents often reward him with a treat."
- Marilu Henner
(Related: Parents, Reward)

"Even my parents are so cute, and they deal with every movie of mine excellently. They check with me ever so casually by asking 'Now how much of nudity are we going to see in this one?'"
- Natasha Henstridge
(Related: Cute, Nudity, Parents)

"My parents didn't treat me as if there was anything in the world I couldn't do, except be unkind."
- Kristin Hersh
(Related: Parents, World)

"A boy becomes an adult three years before his parents think he does, and about two years after he thinks he does."
- Lewis B. Hershey
(Related: Parents, Years)

"I write to tell my grandchildren where they come from, and what their grandparents were up to, and I hope they will in their own way continue. I invite anyone else to listen in."
- Arthur Hertzberg
(Related: Hope, Grandparents, Will)

"But I also like to shower my parents with presents. I bought them a beautiful car and a house."
- Eva Herzigova
(Related: Car, Parents)

"The relation between parents and children is essentially based on teaching."
- Gilbert Highet
(Related: Children, Parents, Teaching)

"When I was five years old, my parents gave me a magic chest. I learned to cast spells, although of a childish kind, before I had learned to read and write."
- Wolfgang Hildesheimer
(Related: Magic, Old, Parents, Years)

"My parents are older, and they lead a somewhat sheltered life. It was difficult to talk with them about things that were embarrassing to me, and that I had never spoken to them about."
- Anita Hill
(Related: Life, Parents, Talk)

"And there was huge numbers of UFOs around my parents home in Kingston."
- Betty Hill
(Related: Home, Numbers, Parents)

"As Plotinus tells us, we elected the body, the parents, the place, and the circumstances that suited the soul and that, as the myth says, belongs to its necessity."
- James Hillman
(Related: Soul, Body, Circumstances, Myth, Necessity, Parents)

"Too many people have been analyzing their pasts, their childhoods, their memories, their parents, and realizing that it doesn't do anything-or that it doesn't do enough."
- James Hillman
(Related: People, Memories, Parents)

"The circumstances, including my body and my parents, whom I may curse, are my soul's own choice and I do not understand this because I have forgotten."
- James Hillman
(Related: Soul, Body, Choice, Circumstances, May, Parents)

"I don't remember not dancing. When I realized I was alive and these were my parents, and I could walk and talk, I could dance."
- Gregory Hines
(Related: Dance, Dancing, Parents, Talk)

"I still speak Czech with my parents because I was born there."
- Martina Hingis
(Related: Parents)

"Many children work hard to please their parents, but what I truly longed for was good times that were about us, not about me. That is the real hole the Dodgers filled in my life."
- Gil Hodges
(Related: Life, Work, Children, Parents)

"So when I told my parents I wanted to go into acting because I was flunking out of my first year of junior college, they were relieved that I had picked something other than joining the army. But I can't imagine how they had high hopes for me."
- Dustin Hoffman
(Related: Acting, Army, College, First, Parents)

"I got caught kissing. Like by my parents. It was so horrible. It's so embarrassing, I'm blushing."
- Katie Holmes
(Related: Kissing, Parents)

"When they asked Jack Benny to do something for the Actor's Orphanage - he shot both his parents and moved in."
- Bob Hope
(Related: Actor, Parents)

"My parents were pretty lenient with me. But, they gave me morality while I was growing up. They taught me the difference between right and wrong."
- Mark Hoppus
(Related: Morality, Difference, Growing up, Parents, Pretty, Right, Wrong)

"Parents don't understand kids and kids don't understand parents. My parents were divorced when I was really young and I went to live with my dad."
- Mark Hoppus
(Related: Dad, Kids, Parents)

"The thing you realize as you get older is that parents don't know what the Hell they're doing and neither will you when you get to be a parent."
- Mark Hoppus
(Related: Hell, Parents, Will)

"It is of no consequence of what parents a man is born, as long as he be a man of merit."
- Horace
(Related: Man, Merit, Parents)

"I feel like I almost didn't grow up in the business, because my parents worked so hard at sheltering us from that. I was raised in Connecticut. And I honestly wasn't aware that my dad was a celebrity until I moved to Los Angeles a year ago."
- Bryce Dallas Howard
(Related: Dad, Business, Celebrity, Parents)

"Parents, however old they and we may grow to be, serve among other things to shield us from a sense of our doom. As long as they are around, we can avoid the fact of our mortality; we can still be innocent children."
- Jane Howard
(Related: Children, Fact, May, Mortality, Old, Parents, Sense)

"I've had many nicknames over the years: V, Nessa, Nessy Poo, Nessy Bear and Van. Only my parents call me Van, though, and I hate it. I get embarrassed."
- Vanessa Hudgens
(Related: Hate, Parents)

"I went on countless auditions. I begged my parents until I finally was allowed to be in a theatrical play when I was 13. It was the most important thing in my life."
- Kate Hudson
(Related: Life, Parents, Play)

"At the end of the day, the most overwhelming key to a child's success is the positive involvement of parents."
- Jane D. Hull
(Related: Success, Positive, Day, End, Key, Parents)

"Arizona is a national leader in school choice with both charter schools and tuition tax credits giving parents and their children more school choices than ever before."
- Jane D. Hull
(Related: Leader, Children, Choice, Choices, Tax, Giving, Parents, School, Schools)

"Every child growing up will look to their parents, my mother and my father. My grandmother lived with us. I picked up quite a bit of family lore and history from her, which was interesting."
- John Hume
(Related: Family, History, Mother, Father, Growing up, Parents, Will)

"My parents were very pleased that I was in the army. The fact that I hated it somehow pleased them even more."
- Barry Humphries
(Related: Army, Fact, Parents)

"We had to be parents by long distance, which is far from satisfactory."
- Jeffrey Hunter
(Related: Parents)

"I had the luck that my parents educated me in three languages. With my mother I spoke Dutch, with my father Italian, and in the school I learned German. But my host language is Italian."
- Michelle Hunziker
(Related: Mother, Father, Language, Luck, Parents, School)

"My parents felt that acting was far too insecure. Don't ask me what made them think that painting would be more secure."
- John Hurt
(Related: Acting, Painting, Parents)

"My parents were founders of the Cuban Communist Party, and I grew up extremely poor."
- Guillermo Cabrera Infante
(Related: Parents, Party, Poor)

"The motives of these parents vary, many parents don't like the curriculum being taught to their kids, or are wary of the threat of peer pressure or the presence of drugs or violence lurking in too many of our schools today."
- Ernest Istook
(Related: Being, Curriculum, Drugs, Kids, Motives, Parents, Pressure, Schools, Today, Violence)

"I remind everyone: Whether you school them at home or send them to school, you as a parent have the responsibility to make sure they learn and behave. Teachers and principals may help, but parents are the ones who must accept responsibility."
- Ernest Istook
(Related: Home, Help, May, Parents, Responsibility, School, Teachers)

"Education begins at home and I applaud the parents who recognize that they - not someone else - must take responsibility to assure that their children are well educated."
- Ernest Istook
(Related: Education, Home, Children, Parents, Responsibility)

"Research and development needs permanent tax credits to build the technology that spurs our growth. But no government programs alone can get America's students to study more science and math; parents must push and help their children to meet this goal."
- Ernest Istook
(Related: Government, Science, Technology, Development, Goal, Growth, America, Children, Tax, Help, Needs, Parents, Research, Students, St)

"I think the deepest problem is between my parents and me. I just don't know if it will ever be the same."
- LaToya Jackson
(Related: Parents, Will)

"I posed nude to show my parents they couldn't dictate to me any more - that I control my life."
- LaToya Jackson
(Related: Life, Control, Parents)

"Because parents have power over children. They feel they have to do what their parents say. But the love of money is the root of all evil. And this is a sweet child. And to see him turn like this, this isn't him. This is not him."
- Michael Jackson
(Related: Love, Money, Power, Children, Evil, Parents)

"I think my parents were happy that I'd gone to university and gotten a degree in history so they thought, 'Well if acting doesn't work for him, he can always become a history teacher or something.' Fortunately, the acting worked out."
- Derek Jacobi
(Related: History, Work, Thought, Acting, Parents, University)

"It just seemed too weird to me. I don't know, maybe they were smoking a joint in the car downstairs from their parents' apartment. I had to go that far to put together a scenario of how they could have possibly recognized me."
- Marc Jacobs
(Related: Car, Parents, Smoking)

"During the first 10 years of my life, while my parents were married, I enjoyed a privileged upbringing. After their divorce, my life was difficult."
- Bianca Jagger
(Related: Life, Divorce, First, Parents, Years)

"My parents did not have any interest in music."
- Maurice Jarre
(Related: Music, Interest, Parents)

"Going to your set with the headphones on in the middle of the night so that your parents don't know what you're doing when you're supposed to be asleep is great. I was rocking the bedroom. That was so much more fun when I got the 1200s."
- Jam Master Jay
(Related: Fun, Night, Parents)

"My parents were Christian."
- Wyclef Jean
(Related: Christian, Parents)

"As is said about most writers: on the one hand all I ever did from when I was a child was read, and I was a loner, which was furthered by my parents and my upbringing."
- Elfriede Jelinek
(Related: Parents)

"I belong to a specific category of writers, those who speak and write in a language different from that of their parents."
- Tahar Ben Jelloun
(Related: Language, Parents, Writers)

"My parents taught me I could be anything in the world I wanted to be."
- Joan Jett
(Related: Parents, World)

"Kids are all computer-savvy. Sit down and write to your parents on the computer. And just say, I have some questions and I'm scared. There's some stuff I don't know and I really need to talk to you about sex. Tear it off and put it on their pillow. They'll read it."
- Sue Johanson
(Related: Sex, Computer, Kids, Parents, Questions, Talk)

"This is a moment that I deeply wish my parents could have lived to share. My father would have enjoyed what you have so generously said of me-and my mother would have believed it."
- Lyndon B. Johnson
(Related: Mother, Father, Parents)

"Without greater support for childcare, parents of young children may be forced to choose cheaper, poor quality care for their children or fail to provide it entirely."
- Tim Johnson
(Related: Quality, Care, Children, May, Parents, Poor, Support)

"Yes, and when I had Aaron, he left me, and I didn't know how to raise a child. And I wasn't close to my parents, and because I was too proud to go to my parents for help, I mistreated that little baby. I didn't want a baby."
- Lynn Johnston
(Related: Baby, Help, Parents, Want)

"I know it sounds crazy, but I have had far more connection with my parents after their deaths."
- Lynn Johnston
(Related: Connection, Parents)

"Here he tells us that the new birth is first of all 'not of blood'. You don't get it through the blood stream, through heredity. Your parents can give you much, but they cannot give you this."
- E. Stanley Jones
(Related: Blood, First, Heredity, Parents)

"I was an adopted child of my grandparents, and I don't know how I can ever express my gratitude for that, because my parents would have been a mess, you know."
- James Earl Jones
(Related: Gratitude, Grandparents)

"If I could do one thing over I'd have been nicer to my parents."
- January Jones
(Related: Parents)

"My heroes are and were my parents. I can't see having anyone else as my heroes."
- Michael Jordan
(Related: Heroes, Parents)

"My parents, and especially my mother, encouraged by the director of the local school which I was attending, wanted in spite of everything to send me to a National School of Arts and Crafts so that I could later become an engineer."
- Leon Jouhaux
(Related: Mother, Parents, School)

"I did not win and in fact I was called into the principal's office for a consultation with my parents. But that was the beginning of my literary career."
- William Joyce
(Related: Beginning, Career, Fact, Literary, Office, Parents)

"The main reason I wanted to be successful was to get out of the ghetto. My parents helped direct my path."
- Florence Griffith Joyner
(Related: Successful, Parents, Reason)

"My parents kept the best aspects of the Asian culture, and they Americanized the family. My mother was a great example for me. She was a working mother with a good career."
- Andrea Jung
(Related: Family, Mother, Career, Culture, Example, Parents)

"Tyranny or slavery, born of selfishness, are the two educational methods of parents; all gradations of tyranny or slavery."
- Franz Kafka
(Related: Parents, Selfishness, Slavery, Tyranny)

"A woman always has her man, but the man unconsciously leans on his roots, his heritage. He feels like an orphan without his parents."
- Raj Kapoor
(Related: Man, Parents, Woman)

"Once, he was chosen to play Ram in a small Ramleela company, but his parents were against it."
- Raj Kapoor
(Related: Company, Parents, Play)

"I know people think we drive around in these nice cars and we do whatever we want and our parents will pay our credit cards, but that's not the case. Sure, my parents were generous; I got a nice car at 16, but at 18 I was cut off. I've worked really hard. I opened the store myself."
- Kim Kardashian
(Related: Car, People, Cards, Credit, Parents, Want, Will)

"We owe our existence to our parents, but we actually didn't have a choice."
- Leon Kass
(Related: Choice, Existence, Parents)

"Cloning looks like a degrading of parenthood and a perversion of the right relation between parents and children."
- Leon Kass
(Related: Children, Parenthood, Parents, Right)

"I'm a father myself for the first time in my life, and I had very very loving parents."
- David Keith
(Related: Time, Life, Father, First, Parents)

"I haven't had a stationary home since going with the circus, but since my parents lived in Lafayette about 25 years ago and my sister lives here now, I always claim it as home."
- Emmett Kelly
(Related: Home, Sister, Now, Parents, Years)

"I went to Marymount College in New York City with a lot of kids whose parents paid their way, and I wouldn't even have thought of asking my parents - they couldn't afford it, not with six kids!"
- Moira Kelly
(Related: Thought, College, Kids, Parents)

"And I definitely wanted to be a writer, but I felt a duty now, having used up those educational resources, I felt a duty to the church and my parents to become a priest."
- Thomas Keneally
(Related: Church, Duty, Now, Parents, Writer)

"At the federal level, we must help, not hinder, local school boards, parents, teachers and administrators as they make decisions about educating our children."
- Mark Kennedy
(Related: Children, Decisions, Help, Parents, School, Teachers)

"But the best thing Washington can do for education is realize that our role is limited. Washington must keep its promises, but let those who know our childrens' names- parents, teachers and school board members- make education decisions."
- Mark Kennedy
(Related: Education, Decisions, Names, Parents, Promises, School, Teachers, Washington)

"In the 5 years, well over 60,000 American families have been broken apart by the absence of insurance because the only way for parents to get treatment for their children is to turn the custody of those children over to the State."
- Patrick J. Kennedy
(Related: Absence, American, Children, Parents, State, Treatment, Years)

"All my jobs have been with food in one way or another since 1948. My parents were in the hotel business, and I just loved the warm hearted people who worked so hard with such good humor."
- Graham Kerr
(Related: Food, Humor, Business, People, Jobs, Parents)

"My parents never pressured me to skate. They always said I could quit if I wanted to. They only expected me to skate when they had already paid for the expensive lessons. But, otherwise they said I could do what I wanted to do."
- Nancy Kerrigan
(Related: Parents)

"Even now, my husband Jerry, our son Matthew and I live only five minutes away from my parents home, and my brothers live about ten minutes away. It's been great having such a supportive family."
- Nancy Kerrigan
(Related: Family, Home, HusbSon, Brothers, Now, Parents)

"My parents thought it was nice to develop my imagination, but they never seriously thought that anything would ever come of it. They said that I couldn't be an actress because I would be taller than all my leading men, so I thought I would be a writer instead."
- Nicole Kidman
(Related: Imagination, Men, Thought, Leading, Parents, Writer)

"So what are we given? We're also given, my generation, the disillusionment of our parents."
- Jewel Kilcher
(Related: Disillusionment, Parents)

"When I was a child in the 1940s and early 1950s, my parents and grandparents spoke of Britain as home, and New Zealand had this strong sense of identity and coherence as being part of the commonwealth and a the identity of its people as being British."
- Michael King
(Related: Home, People, Being, Grandparents, Identity, Sense)

"The anxiety of most parents in seeing their sons and daughters enlist does not lie only in the fear of the physical dangers they may encounter."
- William Lyon Mackenzie King
(Related: Lie, Fear, Anxiety, Daughters, May, Parents, Sons)

"My parents found what I was interested in and encouraged me. They didn't put me in front of a television and buy lots of toys, the way some American parents do."
- Nastassja Kinski
(Related: American, Parents, Television)

"The events in the square, of course, made a deep impression on me and many other parents."
- Vaclav Klaus
(Related: Impression, Deep, Events, Parents)

"There are many stressed single parents who may be working two jobs in order to keep the family together."
- C. Everett Koop
(Related: Family, Jobs, May, Order, Parents)

"One of the things we want to do is find ways, first, to impress these parents how important it is to have children in a situation where they can respond to them and, second, to bring intergenerational relationships into play."
- C. Everett Koop
(Related: Children, First, Parents, Play, Relationships, Want)

"There have been some good studies done in California with Hispanic parents where in the course of a year, they have changed their entire nutritional intake for the better. The kid becomes, in a sense, the bridge between the educational process and the home."
- C. Everett Koop
(Related: Home, Parents, Sense)

"The thing that reinforces my belief about that is having worked the last four years with the Safe Kids Campaign on a national basis. I am so amazed at what these little kids do in keeping their parents alerted to what they are there for."
- C. Everett Koop
(Related: Belief, Kids, Parents, Years)

"It is something that most parents hope for in life: That their children will be moderately successful, polite, decent human beings. Anything on top of that is something you have no right to hope for, but we all do."
- Jerry Kramer
(Related: Successful, Hope, Children, Parents, Right, Will)

"One of the things that really got to me was talking to parents who had been burned out of their villages, had family members killed, and then when men showed up at the wells to get water, they were shot."
- Nicholas D. Kristof
(Related: Family, Men, Parents, Talking, Water)

"My parents went crazy when they found out that I had gotten the part in Conversations With My Father! I'd never given acting a thought. They were proud of me and very encouraging."
- David Krumholtz
(Related: Thought, Encouraging, Acting, Parents)

"Parents can really help, but they can also really hinder the development of their youngsters."
- Mike Krzyzewski
(Related: Development, Help, Parents)

"Playing sport was somewhat frivolous, but I liked it. I rebelled a little bit, and wouldn't go to music lessons and things like that, but I would go and play ball. My parents learned to love it because they saw how much I got out of it."
- Mike Krzyzewski
(Related: Love, Music, Parents, Play)

"My parents didn't really understand too much about sport. At that time, we were in a Polish community in the inner city of Chicago, and I was the youngest of a bunch of cousins. Polish families are real big, with cousins and aunts and uncles."
- Mike Krzyzewski
(Related: Time, Chicago, Community, Parents)

"When I was growing up, there weren't any Little Leagues in the city. Parents worked all the time. They didn't have time to take their kids out to play baseball and football."
- Mike Krzyzewski
(Related: Time, Baseball, Football, Growing up, Kids, Parents, Play)

"I think some parents now look at a youngster failing as the final thing. It's a process, and failure is part of the process. I would like it if the teacher and the parents would connect more. I think that used to be, but we're losing a little bit of that right now."
- Mike Krzyzewski
(Related: Failure, Losing, Now, Parents, Right)

"My mom and my dad wanted my brother and I to have a better life, you know, better education, better jobs. It was probably harder, much, much harder, for my parents. When you're a kid, you can learn a language much more easily; I learned English in less than a year."
- Mila Kunis
(Related: Dad, Mom, Education, Life, Brother, English, Jobs, Language, Parents)

"My parents encouraged me in everything I ever wanted to do."
- Charles Kuralt
(Related: Parents)

"No, I come for a hippy lifestyle, it's very open; my parents are both hippies."
- Shia LaBeouf
(Related: Hippies, Open, Parents)

"My family, my parents are hippies."
- Shia LaBeouf
(Related: Family, Hippies, Parents)

"Going out in Paris was like going out in the '30s dressed like the Andrews Sisters. It was everything I'd seen in books at my grandparents' house, only it was our generation."
- Christian Lacroix
(Related: Books, Grandparents, Paris, Sisters)

"I'd experienced the '40s and '50s by looking at my grandparents' old clothes, books, and magazines."
- Christian Lacroix
(Related: Books, Clothes, Grandparents, Old)

"My parents were so poor when I was a kid, I never went anywhere. I take our youngsters with us because I don't know anything that teaches them so much."
- Alan Ladd
(Related: Parents, Poor)

"It's nice to see the young ones 7, 8, 9 years old. It seems like they know you through their parents."
- Guy Lafleur
(Related: Old, Parents, Years)

"I was working on the farm to get in shape, about a mile away from my parents. You know, I did everything as a kid to stay in shape - jogging, work on the farm, driving the tractor. I'll never forget."
- Guy Lafleur
(Related: Work, Driving, Forget, Parents)

"This story is based on a gentleman who indeed did... used to come to my parents' house in 1971 from Bangladesh. He was at the University of Rhode Island. And I was four, four years old, at the time, and so I actually don't have any memories of this gentleman."
- Jhumpa Lahiri
(Related: Time, Gentleman, Memories, Old, Parents, University, Years)

"I've inherited a sense of that loss from my parents because it was so palpable all the time while I was growing up, the sense of what my parents had sacrificed in moving to the United States, and yet at the same time, building a life here and all that that entailed."
- Jhumpa Lahiri
(Related: Life, Time, Building, Growing up, Loss, Parents, Sense, states, United)

"Most children turn out badly because they have the wrong parental image. This doesn't mean their parents are criminal. It means they are boring and cruel."
- Hedy Lamarr
(Related: Children, Parents, Wrong)

"At a moderate calculation, among a million of persons inhabiting the metropolis, there are, at least, twenty-five thousand children who attend these schools, and cost their parents as many pounds sterling, per annum."
- Joseph Lancaster
(Related: Children, Parents, Schools)

"Talking with other parents really gave me some lessons that I try to hold on to now, as a parent of two boys."
- Joe Lando
(Related: Boys, Now, Parents, Talking)

"When I was about seven, I started touring the globe as part of New York's La MaMa theater company - without my parents!"
- Diane Lane
(Related: Company, Theater)

"My mother, who was professional schoolteacher, was particularly concerned about our formal education and even went so far as to start a private school together with some other parents so that our intellectual needs would be met."
- Robert B. Laughlin
(Related: Education, Mother, Needs, Parents, School)

"The story about me, apocryphal or not, is that I could sing before I spoke. My parents went into bedroom one day and there I was standing in the crib singing God Bless America."
- Linda Lavin
(Related: God, America, Day, Parents, Singing)

"Isn't it true that the fault of birth rests somewhat on the child? I believe it's we who led our parents on to bear us, and it's our unborn children who make our flesh itch."
- T. E. Lawrence
(Related: Children, Fault, Parents)

"My parents were French and Irish and our family even has Spanish blood-and I do so love the United States and consider myself part American."
- Vivien Leigh
(Related: Family, Love, American, Blood, Irish, Parents, states, United)

"My parents were absolutely delighted that I knew what I wanted to do."
- Vivien Leigh
(Related: Parents)

"We use our parents like recurring dreams, to be entered into when needed."
- Doris Lessing
(Related: Dreams, Parents)

"The arts and a belief in the values of the civil rights movement, in the overwhelming virtue of diversity, these were our religion. My parents worshipped those ideals."
- Jonathan Lethem
(Related: Religion, Belief, Values, Virtue, Civil rights, Diversity, Ideals, Parents)

"I grew up with an artist father, and my parents' friends were also mainly artists or writers, so he connects what I do with his example."
- Jonathan Lethem
(Related: Father, Artist, Artists, Example, Friends, Parents, Writers)

"Any kid who has two parents who are interested in him and has a houseful of books isn't poor."
- Sam Levenson
(Related: Books, Parents, Poor)

"The reason grandparents and grandchildren get along so well is that they have a common enemy."
- Sam Levenson
(Related: Enemy, Grandparents, Reason)

"I have a sense that many Americans, especially those like me with European or foreign parents, feel they have to invent their families just as they have to invent themselves."
- Philip Levine
(Related: Americans, Parents, Sense)

"Is there a doctor in the house? My parents want me to marry you."
- Wendy Liebman
(Related: Parents, Want)

"Again, I was influenced by my father, who was very much an atheist and took pride in combating the traditional or orthodox forms of Judaism, which his parents and which my mother's parents were very steeped in."
- Robert Jay Lifton
(Related: Mother, Father, Judaism, Parents, Pride)

"I think when you are the parents of a gifted athlete, the best thing in the world you can do is to encourage them, in my opinion. My dad didn't push me and I didn't push my children in athletics."
- Bob Lilly
(Related: Dad, Children, Opinion, Parents, World)

"Our parents decided not to teach us Chinese. It was an era when they felt we would be better off if we didn't have that complication."
- Maya Lin
(Related: Parents)

"My parents are both college professors, and it made me want to question authority, standards and traditions."
- Maya Lin
(Related: Authority, College, Parents, Question, Traditions, Want)

"I had very few friends. We always ate dinner with our parents. We didn't want to go out. American adolescence was a lot wilder than I would have felt comfortable with."
- Maya Lin
(Related: Adolescence, American, Friends, Parents, Want)

"I believe that the fight against crime starts in the home. Parents must take responsibility for their children and show them love and guidance from an early age so they learn to respect the rights of others."
- Blanche Lincoln
(Related: Age, Love, Home, Children, Crime, Fight, Rights, Guidance, Parents, Respect, Responsibility)

"My parents were missionaries - I was born in the States but I grew up in Brazil."
- Arto Lindsay
(Related: Brazil, Missionaries, Parents, states)

"I think all kids think their parents are strict. My parents aren't superstrict, but they seem to be stricter than most. But even though it's like, 'Oh, gosh, I've gotta be in at this time,' they know what they're doing. I have great parents."
- Cody Linley
(Related: Time, Kids, Parents)

"The problem with children is that you have to put up with their parents."
- Charles de Lint
(Related: Children, Parents)

"Parents wonder why the streams are bitter, when they themselves have poisoned the fountain."
- John Locke
(Related: Parents, Wonder)

"We busted a lot of family secrets with this. But to make a long story short, my parents relationship was built heavily on security issues for my Mom, and when my Dad couldn't provide security, the relationship unraveled."
- Kenny Loggins
(Related: Dad, Family, Mom, Parents, Secrets, Security)

"It was all that stuff about taking your parents' car when you're 13, sneaking booze into rock shows and ditching school with your friends. I could relate to that as a former teenager, rather than as a present parent."
- Donal Logue
(Related: Car, Friends, Parents, Present, School)

"I don't want to bust my butt for the rest of my life, like my parents."
- Jeremy London
(Related: Life, Parents, Rest, Want)

"I didn't have parents, so I lived in people's homes... And because I grew up with no parental role models, I learned to become my own friend, eventually my own father and my own mother."
- John Lone
(Related: Mother, Father, People, Friend, Parents)

"My parents wanted me to be a lawyer. But I don't think I would have been very happy. I'd be in front of the jury singing."
- Jennifer Lopez
(Related: Jury, Parents, Singing)

"Usually I'll go to San Diego to hang out with my parents if I want to unwind."
- Mario Lopez
(Related: Parents, Want)

"The vision of a nation formed from many different peoples bound together by a common love of freedom was staked out long before our lifetimes or even our parents' or grandparents' lifetimes."
- Trent Lott
(Related: Love, Vision, Freedom, Grandparents, Nation)

"When you've grown sick of reading and bug-eyed from watching TV, when your friends are all visited out, no words can adequately praise the link to the outside world provided by your parents and family."
- Lance Loud
(Related: Family, Friends, Parents, Praise, Reading, Words, World)

"I don't think any child could really be happy between five and eight away from their parents."
- Tina Louise
(Related: Parents)

"Every summer, my grandparents would rent a house on Balboa Island. They had the house next to Bob Hope's. I've been going down there all my life, to that whole area."
- Mike Love
(Related: Life, Hope, Grandparents, Summer)

"Both my parents worked, so I was home alone a lot, and I would listen to their records. They belonged to the Columbia House record club, so they had records!"
- Lyle Lovett
(Related: Home, Parents)

"My parents were both from extremely different backgrounds. My father's Italian, my mother was of Swedish descent. They're both first-generation Americans."
- Susan Lucci
(Related: Mother, Father, Americans, First, Parents)

"Between them, my parents had 10 marriages."
- Lorna Luft
(Related: Parents)

"Who knows what kind of life I might have had had I not been fortunate enough to have the parents I've had."
- James MacArthur
(Related: Life, Parents)

"Parents should be encouraged to read to their children, and teachers should be equipped with all available techniques for teaching literacy, so the varying needs and capacities of individual kids can be taken into account."
- Hugh Mackay
(Related: Children, Kids, Needs, Parents, Teachers, Teaching)

"Parents can plant magic in a child's mind through certain words spoken with some thrilling quality of voice, some uplift of the heart and spirit."
- Robert MacNeil
(Related: Quality, Heart, Magic, Mind, Parents, Spirit, Voice, Words)

"Whenever a youth is ascertained to possess talents meriting an education which his parents cannot afford, he should be carried forward at the public expense."
- James Madison
(Related: Education, Parents, Public, Youth)

"My parents were overprotective because you could get kidnapped and bombs were exploding in the streets."
- Mia Maestro
(Related: Bombs, Parents)

"We want to feel that this earth is all ours, like our parents' house when we were children."
- Ella Maillart
(Related: Children, Earth, Parents, Want)

"The car trip can draw the family together, as it was in the days before television when parents and children actually talked to each other."
- Andrew H. Malcolm
(Related: Car, Family, Children, Parents, Television)

"I don't think my parents know what I do."
- John Malkovich
(Related: Parents)

"My parents have always been offended by my weight, embarrassed maybe. It didn't fit with their sensibilities."
- Camryn Manheim
(Related: Parents, Weight)

"Both of my parents are professors and everyone in my family has some fabulous degree of something or another and I couldn't get into college because I didn't know a language."
- Camryn Manheim
(Related: Family, College, Language, Parents)

"Parents know how to push your buttons because, hey, they sewed them on."
- Camryn Manheim
(Related: Parents)

"I used to go with my parents and loved it, I was in school plays, and I started reading plays before I started reading novels. I'll defend it to the hilt. When theatre is good it is fabulous."
- Patrick Marber
(Related: Parents, Reading, School, Theatre)

"Growing up, mostly in Montreal, I was an only child of loving parents."
- Rudolph A. Marcus
(Related: Growing up, Parents)

"My parents would always say, 'It doesnt' matter if it's a guy picking up the garbage or the President of the United States, treat everybody as you would want to be treated."
- Dan Marino
(Related: Parents, President, states, United, Want)

"I think it's more and more important to spend time with your children, because it seems to be harder and harder for them to succeed as their parents have succeeded."
- Dan Marino
(Related: Time, Children, Parents, Succeed)

"When you're the youngest and the only boy, you get spoilt but you get told you're spoilt so you don't get to enjoy it very much. I was the only man in the house because my parents divorced and my dad moved away when I was 13."
- Eddie Marsan
(Related: Dad, Man, Parents)

"You go to a theater now and you literally see parents watching the movie and they suddenly cover their kid's ears. I figured I'd make one movie where they didn't have to do this."
- Garry Marshall
(Related: Now, Parents, Theater)

"Parents should conduct their arguments in quiet, respectful tones, but in a foreign language. You'd be surprised what an inducement that is to the education of children."
- Judith Martin
(Related: Education, Arguments, Children, Language, Parents, Quiet)

"My parents were in short street, so they had to go abroad to economize."
- Queen Mary
(Related: Parents)

"And I finished college because I thought how much it would upset my parents if I didn't."
- Harry Mathews
(Related: Thought, College, Parents)

"I have a great husband, great parents and in-laws, and I have help with a nanny. It's not easy, but there are others who do it every day and don't have a high-profile job as I do."
- Marlee Matlin
(Related: HusbDay, Help, Job, Parents)

"I was never given a trial. I never went before any magistrate, nor did my parents. To this day, I do not know what the charges that were lodged against me or my deceased parents at this time."
- Robert Matsui
(Related: Time, Day, Parents)

"I mean, I grew up with pretty down-to-earth, atheist parents, but I was born a Pisces."
- Melissa Auf der Maur
(Related: Parents, Pretty)

"The portrait of my parents is a complicated one, but lovingly drawn."
- Joyce Maynard
(Related: Parents)

"It's not only children who grow. Parents do too. As much as we watch to see what our children do with their lives, they are watching us to see what we do with ours. I can't tell my children to reach for the sun. All I can do is reach for it, myself."
- Joyce Maynard
(Related: Children, Parents, Sun)

"We both came from families in which parents got married, had children and the whole thing. So we were not the kind of people to live together permanently."
- Linda McCartney
(Related: People, Children, Parents)

"Frequently parents forget that children are people. I don't try to treat Kristen as an adult, but I do try to treat her as a person, with a child's sensibilities."
- Kent McCord
(Related: People, Children, Forget, Parents)

"Well I think that's probably one of a few, where I grew up in the City of New York, it's got a lot of energy, my parents are Irish-American so there was a bit of yelling going on in my house but it seemed normal."
- John McEnroe
(Related: Energy, Irish, Parents)

"Part of our responsibility as parents, as adults, is to set examples for children. But we have to like children in order to be really happy fulfilled adults."
- Bobby McFerrin
(Related: Children, Order, Parents, Responsibility)

"My biggest musical influences are probably my parents."
- Bobby McFerrin
(Related: Parents)

"We're parents first, and once you have kids, everybody knows that you have priority lists. Number one is your family and everything else just kind of finds its place."
- Tim McGraw
(Related: Family, First, Kids, Parents)

"A lot of parents tell their children that if they want to be an actor, that's fine, but they should do something else first, so they've got something to fall back on. It doesn't work like that, as far as I'm concerned."
- Ewan McGregor
(Related: Work, Actor, Children, First, Parents, Want)

"I never imagined it wouldn't work out for me. I had that absolute certainty in myself that has seen me through, I think, and my parents were absolutely behind me all the way."
- Ewan McGregor
(Related: Work, Certainty, Parents)

"I had one year of struggle. My parents were always there, but I didn't want to rely on them. Now it's moving pretty fast. I'm not rich, but obviously this is fantastic. All I know to do with money is put it in a shoebox anyway."
- Ben McKenzie
(Related: Money, Now, Parents, Pretty, Struggle, Want)

"Most of us become parents long before we have stopped being children."
- Mignon McLaughlin
(Related: Being, Children, Parents)

"As long as any adult thinks that he, like the parents and teachers of old, can become introspective, invoking his own youth to understand the youth before him, he is lost."
- Margaret Mead
(Related: Old, Parents, Teachers, Youth)

"Margaret had close links with Geneva where she had spent some years as a student while her parents had been wardens of the Quaker Hostel there and where she had gone back as secretary to Gilbert Murray."
- James Meade
(Related: Parents, Years)

"I was born and raised in China, and my parents were missionaries."
- Jayne Meadows
(Related: Missionaries, Parents)

"Parents decide to accept the responsibility of raising children. Any thanks they get for doing that is gravy. Grateful children are a blessing, but they aren't a necessity."
- Donald C. Medeiros
(Related: Children, Necessity, Parents, Responsibility)

"Under these conditions it is not astonishing that learning was highly prized; in fact, my parents made sacrifices to be able to give their children a good education."
- Simon van der Meer
(Related: Education, Children, Fact, Learning, Parents)

"A Sunday school is a prison in which children do penance for the evil conscience of their parents."
- H. L. Mencken
(Related: Children, Conscience, Evil, Parents, Prison, School)

"I was born in my parents' bedroom on January 16. The World Almanac says it was 1909. I say it was 1912. But what difference does it make as long as I feel 33?"
- Ethel Merman
(Related: Difference, Parents, World)

"Strange about parents. We have such easy access to them and such daunting problems of communication."
- James Merrill
(Related: Communication, Parents, Problems)

"Parents today are under a lot of stress, sometimes working two jobs just to make ends meet. They're trying to find day care for their kids and elder care for their own parents. The Federal Government shouldn't add to their worries by not living up to its obligations."
- Barbara Mikulski
(Related: Government, Care, Day, Jobs, Kids, Living, Parents, Stress, Today, Trying)

"The reason why parents mistreat their children has less to do with character and temperament than with the fact that they were mistreated themselves and were not permitted to defend themselves."
- Alice Miller
(Related: Character, Children, Fact, Parents, Reason, Temperament)

"Wherever I look, I see signs of the commandment to honor one's parents and nowhere of a commandment that calls for the respect of a child."
- Alice Miller
(Related: Honor, Parents, Respect)

"Social Security, for example - I'm 43. I've paid into the system. You know what? That money has been stolen from me. I know that my parents who are on Social Security - they've got to continue to receive it. They're dependent on it. It is their primary source of income."
- Joe Miller
(Related: Money, Example, Income, Parents, Security)

"The reason kids like rock 'n roll is their parents don't."
- Mitch Miller
(Related: Kids, Parents, Reason)

"It was just expected that I would go to college. Both my parents are teachers and they tolerated acting, but I was going to go to a school of quality or bust. Which made my downshifting back to acting afterward a little difficult."
- Wentworth Miller
(Related: Quality, Acting, College, Parents, School, Teachers)

"You see, that's another thing that my parents gave me: an enormously great sense of humor."
- Liza Minelli
(Related: Humor, Parents, Sense)

"Well, when I was growing up it was Ozzie and Harriet on TV - nobody's parents were like that."
- Liza Minelli
(Related: Growing up, Parents)

"I really owe everything to my parents and their devotion and drive to see to it that their children had the education which led to the opportunities that they never were able to have."
- George J. Mitchell
(Related: Education, Children, Devotion, Parents)

"From my parents, I learned a very strong work ethic, and all of my brothers and sisters all worked from the earliest days of life right through to the present time."
- George J. Mitchell
(Related: Life, Time, Work, Brothers, Parents, Present, Right, Sisters, Work ethic)

"My father was the orphaned son of immigrants to the United States from Ireland. My father never knew his parents. His mother died - we're not sure - either at or shortly after his birth, and he and all of his siblings were placed in orphanages in the Boston area."
- George J. Mitchell
(Related: Mother, Father, Son, Boston, Ireland, Parents, states, United)

"My parents were very poor, but we never felt any sense of need or want. It was a very close, loving, tightly-knit family growing up, and I never felt any sense of deprivation or anything like that."
- George J. Mitchell
(Related: Family, Growing up, Parents, Poor, Sense, Want)

"I think my parents see my life now as very conservative."
- Radha Mitchell
(Related: Life, Conservative, Now, Parents)

"We are all members of a single humanity, inside our hearts we all speak the same language, we all love our children and our parents, we all live in the same world."
- Marc Forne Molne
(Related: Love, Children, Humanity, Language, Parents, World)

"I've always traveled, as a kid my parents moved me around, a different place in Germany every four years. But I got the travel bug when I was a kid, living in different countries."
- Dominic Monaghan
(Related: Travel, Countries, Germany, Living, Parents, Years)

"My parents were both from Scotland, but had been resident in Lower Canada some time before their marriage, which took place in Montreal; and in that city I spent most of my life."
- Maria Monk
(Related: Life, Time, Marriage, Canada, Parents, Scotland)

"There couldn't be better parents than mine, loving yet strict. They disciplined with love. A child without discipline is, in away, a lost child. You cannot have freedom without discipline."
- Ricardo Montalban
(Related: Love, Discipline, Freedom, Parents)

"I created the Women's Federation for World Peace in order to restore all that woman originally lost. You American women don't need a man in the position of grandfather, parents, husband, elder or younger brother. You only need the true Adam."
- Sun Myung Moon
(Related: Peace, Women, Brother, HusbAmerican, Man, Order, Parents, Woman, World)

"I do not have time to sit down and regret anything although sometimes I wish I had been able to see more of my parents while they were alive and have done more for them."
- Roger Moore
(Related: Time, Parents, Regret)

"Teach love, generosity, good manners and some of that will drift from the classroom to the home and who knows, the children will be educating the parents."
- Roger Moore
(Related: Home, Love, Children, Classroom, Generosity, Manners, Parents, Will)

"Anyone who grows up with parents who are very influential, there are cases where people run away from that if they have parents who are really lame."
- Thurston Moore
(Related: People, Parents)

"Parents are your teachers until a certain point, and if they don't give you love, you'll go somewhere else to find it."
- Marguerite Moreau
(Related: Love, Parents, Teachers)

"Neither of my parents has been very sensitive about my writing."
- Robert Morgan
(Related: Parents, Writing)

"The most loving parents and relatives commit murder with smiles on their faces. They force us to destroy the person we really are: a subtle kind of murder."
- Jim Morrison
(Related: Faces, Force, Murder, Parents, Relatives, Smiles)

"My parents were worried about me, certainly when I became so deeply interested in music and people like the New York Dolls who, at the time, were very peculiar indeed."
- Steven Morrissey
(Related: Music, Time, People, Parents)

"Both parents supported my becoming a world class athlete."
- Edwin Moses
(Related: Class, Parents, World)

"My parents never told us that our great-grandmothers had been slaves."
- Constance Baker Motley
(Related: Parents)

"Prince Charles is an absolute Mountbatten. The real intelligence in the royal family comes through my parents to Prince Philip and the children."
- Lord Mountbatten
(Related: Family, Intelligence, Children, Parents)

"My parents dreaded the fact that I was changing my life to do this, but I just kept doing it."
- Jason Mraz
(Related: Life, Fact, Parents)

"The deep, personal material of the latter half of your life is your children. You can write about your parents when they're gone, but your children are still going to be here, and you're going to want them to come and visit you in the nursing home."
- Alice Munro
(Related: Home, Life, Children, Deep, Parents, Visit, Want)

"More than 1.1 million taxpayers in Pennsylvania will enjoy a lower tax rate, more than 1.4 million married couples will benefit from the reduction in the marriage penalty, and more than 1.1 million parents will have the advantage of an increased child tax credit."
- Tim Murphy
(Related: Marriage, Credit, Tax, Parents, Will)

"Ever since I was a little kid, whenever my parents would have company over, I would put on shows, whether they would be magic shows, singing shows, dancing shows, little skits."
- Ellen Muth
(Related: Company, Dancing, Magic, Parents, Singing)

"I'd hope to reach any kid who feels apart from the group - those who seem to be outsiders, who feel different. Kids who want to reach their parents often don't know how to do so."
- Ellen Muth
(Related: Hope, Kids, Parents, Want)

"My parents would read those books to me as well but they used to make me starving when I was a kid because they were always eating ham sandwiches with the crusts off and drinking ginger beer."
- Mike Myers
(Related: Beer, Books, Drinking, Eating, Parents)

"In terms of the frustration of my character, I suppose any teenager has probably gone through that, in terms of telling their parents, I want to do one thing, and their parent says no. I think parents sometimes forget that they were children."
- Parminder Nagra
(Related: Character, Children, Forget, Frustration, Parents, Want)

"Parents were invented to make children happy by giving them something to ignore."
- Ogden Nash
(Related: Children, Giving, Parents)

"Children aren't happy with nothing to ignore, and that's what parents were created for."
- Ogden Nash
(Related: Children, Nothing, Parents)

"Oh, what a tangled web do parents weave when they think that their children are naive."
- Ogden Nash
(Related: Children, Parents)

"My parents came to the United States in the early years of this century as part of a wave of Russian Jewish immigrants seeking freedom and opportunity in the New World."
- Daniel Nathans
(Related: Opportunity, Freedom, Parents, states, United, World, Years)

"My parents encouraged thought. You'll get through life better if you learn how to think."
- Holly Near
(Related: Life, Thought, Parents)

"My parents had been involved in the labor movement; if we'd grown up in the city, we would have been red-diaper babies."
- Holly Near
(Related: Babies, Labor, Parents)

"I lost my parents when I was fairly young."
- Craig T. Nelson
(Related: Parents)

"While they would have provided financial support if I had needed it, the greatest support my parents gave was emotional, psychological."
- Judd Nelson
(Related: Financial, Parents, Support)

"As might be supposed, my parents were quite poor, but we somehow never seemed to lack anything we needed, and I never saw a trace of discontent or a failure in cheerfulness over their lot in life, as indeed over anything."
- Albert J. Nock
(Related: Life, Failure, Cheerfulness, Discontent, Parents, Poor)

"I owe a lot to my parents, especially by mother and my father."
- Greg Norman
(Related: Mother, Father, Parents)

"I think no matter what you do you go through stages when you play. There was a number of times when I didn't do very well or was tired. It was too much to combine school and tennis altogether. Parents need to step in and say, take a little time off, do something fun."
- Jana Novotna
(Related: Time, Fun, Parents, Play, School, Tennis)

"There are hundreds of millions of gun owners in this country, and not one of them will have an accident today. The only misuse of guns comes in environments where there are drugs, alcohol, bad parents, and undisciplined children. Period."
- Ted Nugent
(Related: Accident, Alcohol, Children, Country, Drugs, Parents, Today, Will)

"The first big break was winning a scholarship to go to Cambridge University. I was very lucky, because my parents couldn't have afforded a university education for me. Without a scholarship I couldn't possibly have gone."
- Trevor Nunn
(Related: Education, Winning, First, Parents, University)

"My parents were born in Norfolk and spent their early years working in the big houses of that rural English county, my mother as a cook and my father as a handyman and chauffeur."
- Paul Nurse
(Related: Mother, Father, English, Houses, Parents, Years)

"My parents were neither wealthy nor academic, but we lived comfortably and they were always extremely supportive of my academic efforts and aspirations, both at school and university."
- Paul Nurse
(Related: Aspirations, Parents, School, University)

"My parents shared not only an improbable love, they shared an abiding faith in the possibilities of this nation. They would give me an African name, Barack, or blessed, believing that in a tolerant America your name is no barrier to success."
- Barack Obama
(Related: Faith, Success, Love, African, America, Name, Nation, Parents, Possibilities)

"Even if we give parents all the information they need and we improve school meals and build brand new supermarkets on every corner, none of that matters if when families step into a restaurant, they can't make a healthy choice."
- Michelle Obama
(Related: Choice, Information, Parents, School)

"As a mom, I know it is my responsibility, and no one else's, to raise my kids. But we have to ask ourselves, what does it mean when so many parents are finding their best efforts undermined by an avalanche of advertisements aimed at our kids."
- Michelle Obama
(Related: Mom, Kids, Parents, Responsibility)

"I think what my parents did was perfect. They were strict, concerned about my safety and held me back just a little."
- Dan O'Brien
(Related: Parents, Safety)

"In many Asian households, to not go on to higher education, that's like a big no-no. I know my parents' discouragement was for my own protection, and I'm really close to them now, but they didn't understand that there is value in this. That's because they didn't know."
- Sandra Oh
(Related: Education, Discouragement, Now, Parents, Protection, Value)

"The relationships that people have - that are sexual, psychological, emotional - these relationships are not open to supervision by parents, schools, churches, or government. Nobody has any right to intervene at all in any kind of relationship like that."
- Madalyn Murray O'Hair
(Related: Government, People, Churches, Open, Parents, Relationships, Right, Schools)

"I lived in LA for a few months. It seemed like no one there had parents. Or if they did have parents, they would deny it."
- Catherine O'Hara
(Related: Months, Parents)

"Charles Laughton signed me to my first movie contract at 17. He later asked my parents if he could adopt me."
- Maureen O'Hara
(Related: First, Parents)

"Now that it's officially summer, here's my advice to parents who want to continue teaching their kids during the next two months and learn something themselves: visit Civil War battlefields."
- Marvin Olasky
(Related: War, Advice, Kids, Months, Now, Parents, Summer, Teaching, Visit, Want)

"Some twins feel like they need to compare themselves to each other, but we're not that way. That's because of my parents, though, and having six kids in the family."
- Ashley Olsen
(Related: Family, Kids, Parents, Twins)

"David Stern should get with the mothers of the NBA and let the moms decide what the dress code should be. I asked my mother if I could wear a chain, and she told me yeah. So I do stuff that my parents allow me to do."
- Shaquille O'Neal
(Related: Mother, Dress, Mothers, Parents)

"We have a problem now with parents stealing their kids' CDs, so the roles have been reversed."
- Jerry Only
(Related: Kids, Now, Parents)

"My parents put everything in a trust fund for me. I won't get it until I'm 18, so I'll use it for college."
- Heather O'Rourke
(Related: Trust, College, Parents)

"Because of their size, parents may be difficult to discipline properly."
- P. J. O'Rourke
(Related: Discipline, May, Parents)

"We hope that the elected officials will respond positively to a ground swell of letters, phone calls, e-mails and visits from parents. The law clearly states that the responsibility for giving a sound basic education to our children lies with New York State."
- Major R. Owens
(Related: Education, Hope, Children, Giving, Law, Letters, Lies, Parents, Responsibility, Sound, State, states, Will)

"On my parents' scale of values, the more Western something was, the more cultured it was considered."
- Amos Oz
(Related: Values, Parents)

"Three thousand people died at ground zero. Their families are entitled to a little bit of respect, to respect the memory of those poor people that died there. And how about the families of all those soldiers that died in the two ensuing wars? Aren't they entitled to a little bit of respect - the kids, the wives, the parents?"
- Carl Paladino
(Related: People, Kids, Memory, Parents, Poor, Respect, Soldiers, Wives)

"My parents didn't agree with what was going on, you know, with the communists coming in, Fidel Castro. I didn't see the reason why I needed to go back there and be a part of that exhibition."
- Rafael Palmeiro
(Related: Parents, Reason)

"I wasn't the high-school play queen or anything. And my parents would let not me act until I graduated from college."
- Gwyneth Paltrow
(Related: Act, College, Parents, Play, Queen)

"My parents were liberal intellectuals but even they expected me to stay at home and look after my younger siblings and do the housework."
- Sara Paretsky
(Related: Home, Housework, Intellectuals, Liberal, Parents)

"My parents couldn't afford a full time drama school, but I basically just did every class I could do, and followed every drama interest I could. When I was 15 or 16 I did drama courses."
- Christopher Parker
(Related: Time, Class, Drama, Interest, Parents, School)

"If you want to write, write it. That's the first rule. And send it in, and send it in to someone who can publish it or get it published. Don't send it to me. Don't show it to your spouse, or your significant other, or your parents, or somebody. They're not going to publish it."
- Robert B. Parker
(Related: First, Parents, Want)

"My parents, especially my mother, were no influence on me whatsoever."
- Andy Partridge
(Related: Mother, Influence, Parents)

"You see an absolutely brilliant film later, as an adult, and you walk out thinking about what to have for dinner. Whereas something like Jaws winds up having a huge effect on me. If only my parents had been taking me to Kurosawa films when I was eight, but no."
- Ann Patchett
(Related: Effect, Film, Parents, Thinking)

"To maintain a joyful family requires much from both the parents and the children. Each member of the family has to become, in a special way, the servant of the others."
- Pope John Paul II
(Related: Family, Children, Parents)

"The way I was brought up by my parents and guided through my football life by the influences of various managers means that in some ways I am black and white."
- Stuart Pearce
(Related: Life, Football, Managers, Parents)

"They thought that I was a man with reasonable judgment, so I was never under pressure from my parents; I could do whatever I wanted. I never had a negative word from them, nothing whatsoever."
- Shimon Peres
(Related: Thought, Negative, Judgment, Man, Nothing, Parents, Pressure, Word)

"The remoteness of my parents from the schools, so unfashionable today, was often painful for me, but I learned early to deal with an outside and sometimes hard world."
- Martin Lewis Perl
(Related: Parents, Schools, Today, World)

"Whatever the course, whether the course was boring or interesting to me, whether I was talented in mathematics or not talented in languages, my parents expected A's."
- Martin Lewis Perl
(Related: Mathematics, Parents)

"About 1900 my parents came to the United States as children from what was then the Polish area of Russia."
- Martin Lewis Perl
(Related: Children, Parents, Russia, states, United)

"My parents were determined to move into the middle class."
- Martin Lewis Perl
(Related: Class, Middle class, Parents)

"I was also interested in chemistry, but my parents were not willing to buy me a chemistry set."
- Martin Lewis Perl
(Related: Parents)

"My parents regarded school teachers as higher beings, as did many immigrants."
- Martin Lewis Perl
(Related: Parents, School, Teachers)

"And, I think, as a kid, I had a strong motivation to do something of my life. And, I think that's the strongest motivation I really got. And, that came obviously from my parents and my grandparents."
- Philippe Perrin
(Related: Life, Motivation, Grandparents)

"I think that sometimes kids use the show as a jumping off point for talking about things with their parents."
- Luke Perry
(Related: Kids, Parents, Talking)

"Scouting ought to be about building character, not about sex. Period. Precious few parents enroll their boys in the Scouts to get a crash course in sexual orientation."
- Rick Perry
(Related: Sex, Character, Boys, Building, Parents, Scouting)

"Psychiatry enables us to correct our faults by confessing our parents' shortcomings."
- Laurence J. Peter
(Related: Faults, Parents, Psychiatry)

"Heredity is what sets the parents of a teenager wondering about each other."
- Laurence J. Peter
(Related: Heredity, Parents)

"Like all parents, my husband and I just do the best we can, hold our breath and hope we've set aside enough money for our kid's therapy."
- Michelle Pfeiffer
(Related: Money, HusbHope, Parents, Therapy)

"It's up to each person's parents whether they think it's too frightening or too violent, how much their kids can handle, what they want to teach them, what they want to show them."
- Gina Philips
(Related: Kids, Parents, Want)

"I've been in this business for a long time at my age, I've just turned 30, and I feel like my wife's career is going incredibly well, my kids are happy and healthy in schools, we've both been able to buy a house for our parents, respectively, in the places they live."
- Ryan Phillippe
(Related: Business, Time, Age, Wife, Career, Kids, Parents, Schools)

"I was going to be a concert pianist, and when I was in high school, my parents were scared to death that I would focus too much on that too soon. And that I'd end up in some sort of dead end, and not fulfilling whatever potential they thought I had."
- David Hyde Pierce
(Related: Death, Thought, End, Focus, Parents, Potential, School)

"Luckily, thanks to the way my parents taught me, I think I can handle the fame in the right manner."
- Alessandro Del Piero
(Related: Fame, Parents, Right)

"Parents provide their children with genes as well as an environment, so the fact that talkative parents have kids with good language skills could simply mean that and that the same genes that make parents talkative make children articulate."
- Steven Pinker
(Related: Children, Environment, Fact, Kids, Language, Parents)

"So no, it's not all in the genes, but what isn't in the genes isn't in the family environment either. It can't be explained in terms of the overall personalities or the child-rearing practices of parents."
- Steven Pinker
(Related: Family, Environment, Parents)

"One important reason to stay calm is that calm parents hear more. Low-key, accepting parents are the ones whose children keep talking."
- Mary Pipher
(Related: Children, Parents, Reason, Talking)

"I phoned my grandparents and my grandfather said 'We saw your movie.' 'Which one?' I said. He shouted 'Betty, what was the name of that movie I didn't like?"
- Brad Pitt
(Related: Grandparents, Name)

"Parents can make us distrust ourselves. To them, we seem always to be works-in-progress."
- Frank Pittman
(Related: Distrust, Parents)

"No one, however powerful and successful, can function as an adult if his parents are not satisfied with him."
- Frank Pittman
(Related: Successful, Parents)

"Each generation's job is to question what parents accept on faith, to explore possibilities, and adapt the last generation's system of values for a new age."
- Frank Pittman
(Related: Age, Faith, Values, Job, Parents, Possibilities, Question)

"Let parents bequeath to their children not riches, but the spirit of reverence."
- Plato
(Related: Children, Parents, Spirit)

"Courage is what preserves our liberty, safety, life, and our homes and parents, our country and children. Courage comprises all things."
- Plautus
(Related: Life, Courage, Children, Country, Liberty, Parents, Safety)

"As a man, I've been representative of the values I hold dear. And the values I hold dear are carryovers from the lives of my parents."
- Sidney Poitier
(Related: Values, Man, Parents)

"The best part about being friends with your parents is that no matter what you do, they have to keep loving you."
- Natalie Portman
(Related: Being, Friends, Parents)

"I always performed when I was a child. My parents got very annoyed, because my brother and I had our little bedrooms upstairs, and I would plaster the house with posters with arrows pointing upstairs."
- Franka Potente
(Related: Brother, Parents)

"Parents - especially step-parents - are sometimes a bit of a disappointment to their children. They don't fulfill the promise of their early years."
- Anthony Powell
(Related: Children, Disappointment, Parents, Promise, Years)

"Parents are sometimes a bit of a disappointment to their children. They don't fulfill the promise of their early years."
- Anthony Powell
(Related: Children, Disappointment, Parents, Promise, Years)

"It was seldom that I attended any religious meetings, as my parents had not much faith in and were never so unfortunate as to unite themselves with any of the religious sects."
- Orson Pratt
(Related: Faith, Meetings, Parents, Religious)

"As a person, he was wonderful. He really was a great person. He was full of life. He had a great sense of humor. Very talented, of course, but very caring to his parents. There was a very endearing quality about Elvis."
- Priscilla Presley
(Related: Humor, Life, Quality, Caring, Parents, Sense)

"You know, I had my mother and my father convincing me that he would be going back to Hollywood and he'd be back with the actresses and dating them and that he wasn't serious about me at all. So I had him saying one thing to me and my parents telling me something else."
- Priscilla Presley
(Related: Dating, Mother, Father, Hollywood, Parents, Saying)

"I thought it was such a unique concept to play parents who happen to be super heroes and have a son who is going through puberty and starting high school."
- Kelly Preston
(Related: Son, Thought, Heroes, Parents, Play, School)

"I was very lucky. My parents raised me in such a way that it never occurred to me that I wasn't equal."
- Victoria Principal
(Related: Parents)

"We didn't do wrong things because we didn't want to embarrass our parents."
- Paul Prudhomme
(Related: Parents, Want, Wrong)

"One curious thing about growing up is that you don't only move forward in time; you move backwards as well, as pieces of your parents' and grandparents' lives come to you."
- Philip Pullman
(Related: Time, Grandparents, Growing up)

"All parents should be aware that when they mock or curse gay people, they may be mocking or cursing their own child."
- Anna Quindlen
(Related: People, Gay, May, Parents)

"There is only room in the lifeboat of your life for one, and you always choose yourself, and turn your parents into whatever it takes to keep you afloat."
- Anna Quindlen
(Related: Life, Parents)

"Before I was a mom I used to think that parents who worried about their kids watching MTV were just clueless. Now that I'm a mom, I see what the fuss was all about!"
- Martha Quinn
(Related: Mom, Kids, Now, Parents)

"As regards parents, I should like to see them as highly educated as possible, and I do not restrict this remark to fathers alone."
- Quintilian
(Related: Fathers, Parents)

"I'm concerned about the insidious influence of the media's bad messages that undermine the lessons parents try to instill in their sons and daughters."
- John Ratzenberger
(Related: Daughters, Influence, Media, Parents, Sons)

"It's hard to learn about your parents' courtship."
- Michael Reagan
(Related: Courtship, Parents)

"Neither of my parents would ever stand in the way of any of their children speaking their minds."
- Ron Reagan
(Related: Children, Parents)

"I worked with my parents on the stage in production numbers since I was 4, but I never really gave much thought to being a performer on my own until I was 12 or 13."
- Helen Reddy
(Related: Thought, Being, Numbers, Parents, Production)

"I don't know what your childhood was like, but we didn't have much money. We'd go to a movie on a Saturday night, then on Wednesday night my parents would walk us over to the library. It was such a big deal, to go in and get my own book."
- Robert Redford
(Related: Money, Childhood, Night, Parents)

"A large family makes you accept sharing your parents."
- Martha Reeves
(Related: Family, Parents, Sharing)

"I know how sobering and exhausting parenthood is. But the reality is that our children's future depends on us as parents. Because we know that the first years truly last forever."
- Rob Reiner
(Related: Children, First, Future, Parenthood, Parents, Reality, Years)

"And in that time, I lost my dad and had kids of my own. It was like, OK, I get it now. I know what fatherhood is all about. And you look at your parents differently."
- Paul Reiser
(Related: Dad, Time, Kids, Now, Parents)

"I never took acting classes, but I knew I could do it based on the skill with which I lied to my parents on a regular basis!"
- Ryan Reynolds
(Related: Acting, Parents, Skill)

"I grew up with Scientology - my parents at one point were clerical. It's a pragmatic philosophy, not merely a belief system. Yeah, it's had media exposure because certain luminaries do Scientology, but millions of people do it who are not celebrities. It's not a threat or some cult."
- Giovanni Ribisi
(Related: People, Belief, Media, Parents, Philosophy, Scientology)

"Is advertising a profession, like law or medicine? How many new parents clutch their baby to their breast and declare, 'I want this child to grow up to be a media planner'?"
- Jef I. Richards
(Related: Advertising, Baby, Law, Media, Medicine, Parents, Profession, Want)

"Raising a family is difficult enough. But it's even more difficult for single parents struggling to make ends meet. They don't need more obstacles. They need more opportunities."
- Bill Richardson
(Related: Family, Obstacles, Parents)

"If we can get kids talking about conservation and doing it, they can have a great influence on their parents by lecturing them and pointing the finger."
- Kevin Richardson
(Related: Conservation, Influence, Kids, Parents, Talking)

"Some children act as if they thought their parents had nothing to do, but to see them established in the world and then quit it."
- Samuel Richardson
(Related: Thought, Act, Children, Nothing, Parents, World)

"Parents sometimes make not those allowances for youth, which, when young, they wished to be made for themselves."
- Samuel Richardson
(Related: Parents, Youth)

"My parents certainly didn't have anything to do with the theater. I'm some kind of accident."
- Alan Rickman
(Related: Accident, Parents, Theater)

"Seeing the show is like a visit to the fountain of youth for parents and the children."
- Cathy Rigby
(Related: Children, Parents, Visit, Youth)

"I am the slave of my baptism. Parents, you have caused my misfortune, and you have caused your own."
- Arthur Rimbaud
(Related: Misfortune, Parents)

"Actually, when I first started dabbling in photography, I was still working for my parents as a salesman."
- Herb Ritts
(Related: First, Parents, Photography)

"Sometimes I would like the opportunity to do character-driven comedy and that's really what I was trying to do in Meet The Parents. I think in a way this is a more old fashioned type of comedy."
- Jay Roach
(Related: Opportunity, Character, Comedy, Old, Parents, Trying)

"As long as we, again, kind of keep earning the sequels with material and I'm confident Mike can, I'm in. You know I always want to do those. But I also want to keep going in some of the direction as Meet the Parents has."
- Jay Roach
(Related: Direction, Parents, Want)

"When you have a lot of resources, the most important thing is to have had good parents and to have been brought up by people who gave one the proper values."
- David Rockefeller
(Related: People, Values, Parents)

"Parents are like shuttles on a loom. They join the threads of the past with threads of the future and leave their own bright patterns as they go."
- Fred Rogers
(Related: Future, Parents, Past)

"I get bitter, angry and disbelieving and I tell my kids there a lot of idiots out there. I also want them to know that being successful is not the real world - that their parents get treated better because they're on TV."
- Al Roker
(Related: Successful, Being, Idiots, Kids, Parents, Want, World)

"I believe that one defines oneself by reinvention. To not be like your parents. To not be like your friends. To be yourself. To cut yourself out of stone."
- Henry Rollins
(Related: Friends, Parents)

"A Jewish man with parents alive is a fifteen-year-old boy, and will remain a fifteen-year-old boy until they die!"
- Philip Roth
(Related: Man, Parents, Will)

"You know, we were worried that in the UK, there's no anarchy on kids TV. When we grew up kids TV was very anarchic and it was about stuff that your parents would probably object to, if they got to object. And it's gotten very safe."
- Dave Rowntree
(Related: Anarchy, Kids, Parents)

"I know I want to have children while my parents are still young enough to take care of them."
- Rita Rudner
(Related: Care, Children, Parents, Want)

"This is what happens when you are on the wrong side of 40. Young adults, who could be your children, are now working with you. I was playing their parents or mentor. I started to think: Oh, I am not part of that group any more."
- Geoffrey Rush
(Related: Children, Now, Parents, Wrong)

"My parents came to visit every two months and brought plenty of books."
- Mathias Rust
(Related: Books, Months, Parents, Visit)

"My parents were angry, but they were relieved that I was in good condition. They had been afraid the Russians would torture me. They told me not to do it again!"
- Mathias Rust
(Related: Parents)

"After that I couldn't show my face outside. I lost my identity and balance. I was still living with my parents, and they were my only friends. For so many people, this thing with the nurse was confirmation that I must be mad or mentally ill."
- Mathias Rust
(Related: People, Balance, Friends, Identity, Living, Parents)

"Parents like the idea of kids, they just don't like their kids."
- Morley Safer
(Related: Idea, Kids, Parents)

"I always wanted to make sure my parents didn't have to work again for the rest of their lives."
- Deion Sanders
(Related: Work, Parents, Rest)

"Parents with meager means have the same aspirations for their children as other parents. Children from poor families have the same needs as other children."
- Mark Sanford
(Related: Aspirations, Children, Needs, Parents, Poor)

"Parents lend children their experience and a vicarious memory; children endow their parents with a vicarious immortality."
- George Santayana
(Related: Experience, Children, Immortality, Memory, Parents)

"So much is asked of parents, and so little is given."
- Virginia Satir
(Related: Parents)

"Every word, facial expression, gesture, or action on the part of a parent gives the child some message about self-worth. It is sad that so many parents don't realize what messages they are sending."
- Virginia Satir
(Related: Action, Expression, Parents, Self, Word)

"When she became very ill with heart trouble, I saw that it would be impossible for my parents to provide for my studies, and I obtained their permission to go to sea to make a career for myself there."
- Fritz Sauckel
(Related: Heart, Career, Parents, Sea, Trouble)

"I have done everything I can to make sure my daughter knows her father because you form your own identity by rebelling against your parents - but first you have to know them."
- Greta Scacchi
(Related: Father, Daughter, First, Identity, Parents)

"My parents were music lovers and collectors. It was around."
- Boz Scaggs
(Related: Music, Lovers, Parents)

"My grandparents told endless stories about the town they were from. It became an almost mythic place."
- Vincent Schiavelli
(Related: Grandparents)

"Who knows what would have become of me, if my parents had not had their influence on me."
- Otto Schily
(Related: Influence, Parents)

"It is long overdue for parents to realize they have the right and duty to protect our children against the intolerant evolutionists."
- Phyllis Schlafly
(Related: Children, Duty, Parents, Right)

"It's not the physical location of birth that defines citizenship, but whether your parents are citizens, and the express or implied consent to jurisdiction of the sovereign."
- Phyllis Schlafly
(Related: Citizenship, Parents)

"That was more or less coincidental in the sense that my parents wanted me to come back to New York because that's the center of musical activity still to this day, more or less, and so I auditioned for the Metropolitan Opera."
- Gunther Schuller
(Related: Day, Opera, Parents, Sense)

"Certainly the experiences of Seth and his relationship to his parents and his point of view of the world are very similar to my own and very much based on my experiences at the University of Southern California."
- Josh Schwartz
(Related: Parents, University, World)

"In this country, it doesn't make any difference where you were born. It doesn't make any difference who your parents were. It doesn't make any difference if, like me, you couldn't even speak English until you were in your twenties."
- Arnold Schwarzenegger
(Related: Country, Difference, English, Parents)

"And yes, the Homesteaders, including my grandparents who left behind almost nothing, and arrived in Montana with nothing but the clothes on their back, high hopes, faith in God and dreaming of the future."
- Brian Schweitzer
(Related: Faith, God, Clothes, Future, Grandparents, Montana, Nothing)

"I had very supportive parents that made the way for me, even at a time when there were very few women - no women, really; maybe two or three women - and very few, fewer than that, African-American women heading in this direction, so there were very few people to look up to. You just had to have faith."
- Leah Ward Sears
(Related: Faith, Time, Women, People, African, Direction, Parents)

"After a few months in my parents' basement, I took an apartment near the state university, where I discovered both crystal methamphetamine and conceptual art. Either one of these things are dangerous, but in combination they have the potential to destroy entire civilizations."
- David Sedaris
(Related: Art, Months, Parents, Potential, State, University)

"Can you imagine that Cuba and Europe's youth, who had forgotten about traditional music, who only thought of rock music, are now looking back towards their grandparents? That is a phenomenon."
- Compay Segundo
(Related: Music, Thought, Europe, Grandparents, Now, Youth)

"My parents didn't want to move to Florida, but they turned sixty and that's the law."
- Jerry Seinfeld
(Related: Law, Parents, Want)

"The people who have recently come to this country to work and better their lives should be given the same opportunities that our parents, grandparents, and ancestors were given."
- Jose Serrano
(Related: Work, People, Country, Grandparents)

"And friends of mine that had photography class in high school would develop the film and make prints and I'd take them back to the track and give 'em away or try and sell them. Much to my parents' dismay, I majored in photography in college."
- John Sexton
(Related: Class, College, Film, Friends, Parents, Photography, School)

"I think people nowadays do tend to blame their parents for everything."
- Peter Shaffer
(Related: People, Blame, Parents)

"I want some day to be able to love with the same intensity and unselfishness that parents love their children with."
- Shakira
(Related: Love, Children, Day, Parents, Want)

"No one can compare us to the apartheid regime. It's not like in South Africa between the blacks and the whites who belong to the same nation, or in Berlin where you find parents living on the eastern side and their children in the western side."
- Silvan Shalom
(Related: Children, Living, Nation, Parents)

"My parents didn't want me to be a regular in a series. I was a working actor from time to time but they thought was a little too much being a star of a series. They wanted me to have a slightly more normal childhood."
- Harry Shearer
(Related: Time, Thought, Actor, Being, Childhood, Parents, Want)

"A slavish bondage to parents cramps every faculty of the mind."
- Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley
(Related: Mind, Parents)

"One I built when I was a kid, and it was a real miniature of Disneyland. I fell in love with the park when I went there with my parents on my 12th birthday."
- Bobby Sherman
(Related: Birthday, Love, Parents)

"I think it is that parents just don't kick their kids out the door as much as they used to. I think the demise of sandlot sports has had a lot to do with it."
- Frank Shorter
(Related: Sports, Kids, Parents)

"As far as I was concerned, the Depression was an ill wind that blew some good. If it hadn't occurred, my parents would have given me my college education. As it was, I had to scrabble for it."
- Sargent Shriver
(Related: Education, College, Depression, Parents, Wind)

"My parents had always preached the virtues of hard work. But hard work is one thing; economic struggle is another."
- Sargent Shriver
(Related: Work, Hard work, Parents, Struggle)

"My parents were second cousins. That is enough to explain all of my peculiarities."
- Sargent Shriver
(Related: Parents)

"The most important role models should and could be parents and teachers. But that said, once you're a teenager you've probably gotten as much of an example from your parents as you're going to."
- Andrew Shue
(Related: Example, Parents, Teachers)

"They've got great parents; I'm just trying to be the fun uncle."
- Sarah Silverman
(Related: Fun, Parents, Trying)

"We write not only for children but also for their parents. They, too, are serious children."
- Isaac Bashevis Singer
(Related: Children, Parents)

"My parents had a wonderful marriage, but it was a very dependent relationship. My mother was entirely dependent on my father because that's how it was in those days."
- Erika Slezak
(Related: Marriage, Mother, Father, Parents)

"I think it's a mother's dream come true to see it work out that way. Not just the mother, but certainly parents, to know that their children have a very solid moral foundation and religious foundation."
- Erika Slezak
(Related: Work, Mother, Dream, Children, Parents, Religious)

"I don't imagine my parents are too excited about my kind of life. The surrounding weirdness bothers them. Still, I think they're pretty good. Their lives are based on what their friends think, just like ours are."
- Grace Slick
(Related: Life, Friends, Parents, Pretty)

"The outcome can truly determine whether our homes will be destroyed, whether our children will be torn from their mothers, trained as conspirators and turned against their parents, their home and their church."
- George Smathers
(Related: Home, Church, Children, Mothers, Parents, Will)

"I can think of no one that my grandparents knew, that told me stories and that I experienced myself, had any sense of social inferiority growing up in segregated Washington. None whatsoever."
- Ed Smith
(Related: Inferiority, Grandparents, Growing up, Sense, Washington)

"That thing, 'You must stay together for the kids', is out of fashion but is right. It's not arguing parents that children don't like, it is having one parent."
- Iain Duncan Smith
(Related: Children, Fashion, Kids, Parents, Right)

"I don't visit my parents often because Delta Airlines won't wait in the yard while I run in."
- Margaret Smith
(Related: Parents, Visit)

"Yes, long hours and a hard life for my parents, but for a six to seven year old every new day dawned with fresh excitement when you have not a care in the world, and so much to learn and witness."
- Vernon L. Smith
(Related: Life, Care, Day, Excitement, Old, Parents, World)

"I grew up doing all that stuff because I was obsessed with the '50s. I had sock hops for birthday parties. So I've always done The Twist and stuff. It was pretty natural and, with my parents doing it all the time, I'd just copy them. Not very pretty."
- Brittany Snow
(Related: Birthday, Time, Parents, Pretty)

"And my parents' separation was tricky. But my mum had always been really honest with me, and treated me like an adult even when I was really young, so I knew they hadn't been getting on."
- Lisa Snowdon
(Related: Parents, Separation)

"My parents were divorcing, and I think at certain times of your life you do attract the wrong type of person. You don't know any better, and you don't know how you'd like to be treated."
- Lisa Snowdon
(Related: Life, Parents, Wrong)

"At NBC I wasn't really sure if the grandparents were going to get my sense of humor on a particular topic."
- Tabitha Soren
(Related: Humor, Grandparents, Sense)

"The book grew out of the introduction I did for Brady's Gates of Janus. I knew that the writing in that introduction had a better than average chance of being read by people involved in Brady's life - parents of victims, police, Brady himself."
- Peter Sotos
(Related: Life, People, Being, Chance, Parents, Police, Victims, Writing)

"Parents learn a lot from their children about coping with life."
- Muriel Spark
(Related: Life, Children, Parents)

"There's lots of institutions and lots of different cultures, and so that's the kind of thing that parents need to be able to evaluate, and students themselves, when they make a selection."
- Margaret Spellings
(Related: Evaluate, Parents, Students)

"And I think that's righteous, I think that's what parents want to know. They want to know what's going right in the school, and what needs improvement, and that's what this law does."
- Margaret Spellings
(Related: Improvement, Law, Needs, Parents, Right, School, Want)

"I think it'd be useful for parents to know kind of what is the culture of an institution."
- Margaret Spellings
(Related: Culture, Parents)

"I think all kinds of parents are different in what they're seeking."
- Margaret Spellings
(Related: Parents)

"Different parents have different standards for their children."
- Penelope Spheeris
(Related: Children, Parents)

"What is the use of physicians like myself trying to help parents to bring up children healthy and happy, to have them killed in such numbers for a cause that is ignoble?"
- Benjamin Spock
(Related: Cause, Children, Help, Numbers, Parents, Physicians, Trying)

"The child supplies the power but the parents have to do the steering."
- Benjamin Spock
(Related: Power, Parents)

"The food is absolutely atrocious, and parents have no idea. Parents are giving their kids three dollars and saying, 'Okay, see you later. Go off to school and have a good lunch.'"
- Morgan Spurlock
(Related: Food, Idea, Giving, Kids, Parents, Saying, School)

"To middle-class parents, the project team may have seemed unfit for children, but it was exactly what I needed."
- Willie Stargell
(Related: Children, May, Parents, Project)

"Unfortunately, inner feelings and potential are often stunted by our parents, relatives or peers."
- Willie Stargell
(Related: Feelings, Parents, Potential, Relatives)

"My parents always pushed creativity on us, but they made it seem like the fun thing to do."
- Gwen Stefani
(Related: Creativity, Fun, Parents)

"And if we don't have a test, what we may end up doing is going back to what this country has done before. We could use social class and we still do, but in the 50s, it was, do you have the right last name and are your parents in privileged positions?"
- Robert Sternberg
(Related: Class, Country, End, May, Name, Parents, Right)

"I looked at some of the statues of Jesus; they were just stones with no life. When they said that God is three, I was puzzled even more but could not argue. I believed it, simply because I had to have respect for the faith of my parents."
- Cat Stevens
(Related: Faith, Life, God, Parents, Respect)

"It was a mixed blessing to have famous parents. It was tough to go to auditions and be bad, since I couldn't be anonymous."
- Ben Stiller
(Related: Famous, Parents)

"My own parents were touchy-feely."
- Ben Stiller
(Related: Parents)

"My parents used to throw great New Year's Eve parties. They invited such an eclectic mix of showbiz people. All those cool people were always hanging out at our apartment."
- Ben Stiller
(Related: People, New year, Parents)

"Whatever talent I had, I'm sure it helped that my parents were in the business and that I grew up around actors, comedians and directors."
- Ben Stiller
(Related: Business, Talent, Actors, Comedians, Parents)

"When I was 14 -years-old, I made this PowerPoint presentation, and I invited my parents into my room and gave them popcorn. It was called 'Project Hollywood 2004' and it worked. I moved to L.A. in January of 2004."
- Emma Stone
(Related: Hollywood, Parents)

"My parents are both very funny but they're also relatively soft-spoken, normal human beings while I'm just a lunatic. I don't know where this loud, ballsy, hammy ridiculousness came from. I'm just glad I followed my goals and my parents did too. It's not like we even had a plan when I dragged my mom to Los Angeles."
- Emma Stone
(Related: Funny, Mom, Goals, Parents)

"I think the number one thing that I find important is the importance of honesty with your friends and your parents, if you can be. But I think that telling people how you really feel, being who you truly are, being safe and taking care of yourself is the most important thing."
- Emma Stone
(Related: People, Honesty, Being, Care, Friends, Importance, Parents)

"I was born in Manhattan on West 12th. My parents were kind of hippies and they did a home birth."
- Ethan Suplee
(Related: Home, Hippies, Parents)

"My parents not only did it for a living, but they were really good at it."
- Kiefer Sutherland
(Related: Living, Parents)

"Children learn to smile from their parents."
- Shinichi Suzuki
(Related: Children, Parents, Smile)

"The fate of a child is in the hands of his parents."
- Shinichi Suzuki
(Related: Fate, Parents)

"I feel sure that unborn babies pick their parents."
- Gloria Swanson
(Related: Babies, Parents)

"I think I first realized I wanted to be in country music and be an artist when I was 10. And I started dragging my parents to festivals, and fairs, and karaoke contests, and I did that for about a year before I came to Nashville for the first time. I was 11 and I had this demo CD of me singing Dixie Chicks and Leanne Rimes songs."
- Taylor Swift
(Related: Music, Time, Artist, Country, Country music, First, Parents, Singing, Songs)

"My parents cultured me a lot and they introduced me to a lot of artists, a lot of their friends."
- Amber Tamblyn
(Related: Artists, Friends, Parents)

"You don't really understand human nature unless you know why a child on a merry-go-round will wave at his parents every time around - and why his parents will always wave back."
- William D. Tammeus
(Related: Nature, Time, Human nature, Parents, Will)

"My parents told me I would become a doctor and then in my spare time I would become a concert pianist. So, both my day job and my spare time were sort of taken care of."
- Amy Tan
(Related: Time, Care, Day, Job, Parents)

"My parents had very high expectations. They expected me to get straight A's from the time I was in kindergarten."
- Amy Tan
(Related: Time, Expectations, Parents)

"Upon receiving my notification of acceptance to the university, my parents noticed that they were obliged to submit to the university, among other things, a copy of my official family register. After much mental anguish, they decided to inform me of the secret of my birth."
- Koichi Tanaka
(Related: Family, Acceptance, Parents, University)

"My parents said, Oh, he's going to be a director someday. I wanted to be an actor."
- Quentin Tarantino
(Related: Actor, Parents)

"My parents couldn't handle my energy so they enrolled me in every sport the school was offering. I didn't resent it because I loved sports and picked them up easily."
- Channing Tatum
(Related: Sports, Energy, Parents, School)

"Many working mothers feel guilty about not being at home. And when they are there, they wish it could be perfect. This pressure to make every minute happy puts working parents in a bind when it comes to setting limits and modifying behavior."
- Cathy Rindner Tempelsman
(Related: Home, Behavior, Being, Limits, Mothers, Parents, Pressure)

"I grew up wanting to be a musician, but my parents were sure I would starve to death. So, they put me in physics and chemistry. That eventually blew up, and I got into radio."
- John Tesh
(Related: Death, Parents, Physics)

"Soon after I was born, my parents moved to the South Florida area, and I've lived here ever since (with a few years of living in both Portugal and Brazil in my younger days)."
- Joe Tex
(Related: Brazil, Living, Parents, Years)

"My parents had a pub and each Sunday there was an accordionist. They have told me that when I was in my cradle, I already was imitating the gestures of the musician."
- Toots Thielemans
(Related: Parents)

"Losing my parents was probably the hardest and deepest blow from which I've had to recover."
- Marlo Thomas
(Related: Losing, Parents)

"The death tax robs parents of the opportunity to pass something along to their children, and it is responsible for destroying a lot of family-owned businesses."
- Mac Thornberry
(Related: Death, Family, Opportunity, Children, Tax, Parents)

"I have really great, great parents, and they were very supportive of me."
- Justin Timberlake
(Related: Parents)

"I have my parents to thank for that, they raised me to be active and play all sports. They taught me the importance of staying healthy, being focused and setting goals in whatever I do."
- Kiana Tom
(Related: Sports, Goals, Being, Importance, Parents, Play)

"You know that being an American is more than a matter of where your parents came from. It is a belief that all men are created free and equal and that everyone deserves an even break."
- Harry S. Truman
(Related: Men, Belief, American, Being, Parents)

"From birth to age 18 a girl needs good parents. From 18 to 35 she needs good looks. From 35 to 55 she needs a good personality. From 55 on, she needs good cash."
- Sophie Tucker
(Related: Age, Needs, Parents, Personality)

"That children shall be compelled to receive religious instruction which is in antagonism to the wishes of their parents, is what no man with say sense of justice would suggest."
- Charles Tupper
(Related: Children, Justice, Man, Parents, Religious, Sense, Wishes)

"Parents should be the most important examples for their children."
- Christy Turlington
(Related: Children, Parents)

"Parents should not smoke in order to discourage their kids from smoking. A child is more likely to smoke when they have been raised in the environment of a smoker."
- Christy Turlington
(Related: Environment, Kids, Order, Parents, Smoking)

"My parents separated when I was younger."
- Tina Turner
(Related: Parents)

"My parents were vegetarians. I'd show up at school, this giant black kid, with none of the cool clothes and a tofu sandwich and celery sticks."
- Aisha Tyler
(Related: Clothes, Parents, School)

"We share responsibility. It's important to have a good spouse; that's where I sympathize with single parents."
- Hunter Tylo
(Related: Parents, Responsibility)

"It was a lot of fun being a child actress. It suited me. I don't think it suits everybody, but I was in it because I had a passion, not because my parents wanted me to make money. If other kids want to do it, and they really like acting, go for it."
- Alanna Ubach
(Related: Money, Acting, Being, Fun, Kids, Parents, Passion, Want)

"I haven't inherited the earth from my parents, I am borrowing it from my children."
- Mark Udall
(Related: Borrowing, Children, Earth, Parents)

"The Founding Fathers in their wisdom decided that children were an unnatural strain on parents. So they provided jails called schools, equipped with tortures called an education."
- John Updike
(Related: Education, Wisdom, Children, Fathers, Founding, Parents, Schools)

"Parents are the bones on which children cut their teeth."
- Peter Ustinov
(Related: Children, Parents)

"The only group in America that deserves to scrutinize what we are doing... are parents."
- Jack Valenti
(Related: America, Parents)

"I didn't want my parents to support me. I wanted to prove that I could do it by myself."
- Linda Vester
(Related: Parents, Support, Want)

"What upset me the most was not that I would die, but that I was letting down my parents. I felt very guilty for chasing this dream career of mine, at the expense of my parents."
- Linda Vester
(Related: Dream, Career, Parents)

"All children alarm their parents, if only because you are forever expecting to encounter yourself."
- Gore Vidal
(Related: Children, Parents)

"It is a violent sport that we choose as men, and that we as parents allow our children to play."
- Troy Vincent
(Related: Men, Children, Parents, Play)

"Because we believe ourselves to be better parents than our parents, we expect to produce better children than they produced."
- Judith Viorst
(Related: Children, Parents)

"When I was five my parents bought me a ukulele for Christmas. I quickly learned how to play it with my father's guidance. Thereafter, my father regularly taught me all the good old fashioned songs."
- Tony Visconti
(Related: Father, Christmas, Guidance, Old, Parents, Play, Songs)

"I needed to purge myself of all the attention my parents had given me - I wasn't neglected enough as a child."
- Don Van Vliet
(Related: Attention, Parents)

"Chum was a British boy's weekly which, at the end of the year was bound into a single huge book; and the following Christmas parents bought it as Christmas presents for male children."
- A. E. van Vogt
(Related: Children, Christmas, End, Parents)

"Call me Jonah. My parents did, or nearly did. They called me John."
- Kurt Vonnegut
(Related: Parents)

"Growing up, I started developing confidence in what I felt. My parents helped me to believe in myself. I wasn't the best looking guy, I wasn't the best athlete in the world, but they made me feel good about myself."
- Herschel Walker
(Related: Confidence, Growing up, Parents, World)

"God, my parents, my wife. I don't have a lot of friends, because I'm always moving around. I don't drink, so I don't hang out in bars. But they've been very big in my life. Because they have helped to encourage me."
- Herschel Walker
(Related: God, Life, Wife, Friends, Parents)

"Because my parents, growing up, they worked hard. Everyone in my family woke up early in the morning. I used to see my mother and my father go off to work, and come back and, no matter what, they had time for the kids."
- Herschel Walker
(Related: Family, Time, Work, Mother, Father, Growing up, Kids, Parents)

"We're kind of wishing some parents would come back. And of course we're uneasy about the fact that we wish they'd come back - I mean, what's wrong with us?"
- David Foster Wallace
(Related: Fact, Parents, Wishing, Wrong)

"I never had any question that my parents loved me. I had a real sense of self confidence."
- Jeannette Walls
(Related: Confidence, Parents, Question, Self, Self confidence, Sense)

"I believe Congress has a duty to do so as well; not simply as a body of legislators, but more importantly as a community of friends, neighbors, parents and Americans."
- Jim Walsh
(Related: Americans, Body, Community, Congress, Duty, Friends, Legislators, Neighbors, Parents)

"Parents of young children should realize that few people, and maybe no one, will find their children as enchanting as they do."
- Barbara Walters
(Related: People, Children, Parents, Will)

"Research shows that parents are the single biggest influence on children - if you are worried about your teen and drugs, talk to them."
- John Walters
(Related: Teen, Children, Drugs, Influence, Parents, Research, Talk)

"Parents should monitor their behavior, know who their friends are, and keep track of what they do."
- John Walters
(Related: Behavior, Friends, Parents)

"As parents, we need to talk to young people about drugs and make sure they understand that drugs are dangerous, addictive substances that can ruin their lives and harm their communities."
- John Walters
(Related: People, Drugs, Harm, Parents, Ruin, Talk)

"There is a growing acceptance and interest in publicly funded school choice as a catalyst for education reform in general and a way to empower parents to be education reformers."
- John T. Walton
(Related: Education, Acceptance, Choice, Interest, Parents, Reform, School)

"Because these kids get away from their parents, and they binge drink until they are sick. Dozens of them are going to the hospital, and some of them dying. This is a problem, a big problem that needs to be addressed, and we need accurate information."
- Zach Wamp
(Related: Dying, Information, Kids, Needs, Parents)

"There are illegitimate parents, but I don't believe there are any illegitimate children."
- Rick Warren
(Related: Children, Parents)

"My parents gave me stability and a belief in myself and in all the possibilities life has to offer. I was told the only limitations I would ever face were those I placed upon myself."
- Dionne Warwick
(Related: Life, Belief, Limitations, Parents, Possibilities, Stability)

"Being a grownup means assuming responsibility for yourself, for your children, and - here's the big curve - for your parents."
- Wendy Wasserstein
(Related: Being, Children, Parents, Responsibility)

"Some believe all that parents, tutors, and kindred believe. They take their principles by inheritance, and defend them as they would their estates, because they are born heirs to them."
- Alan Watts
(Related: Inheritance, Parents, Principles)

"Don't hold your parents up to contempt. After all, you are their son, and it is just possible that you may take after them."
- Evelyn Waugh
(Related: Son, Contempt, May, Parents)

"It was sort of just a family sport. My mom and dad were pretty keen golfers when I was young and so were my grandparents, and I just sort of tagged along with them."
- Karrie Webb
(Related: Dad, Family, Mom, Grandparents, Pretty)

"My parents moved back to New York from Florida when I was in the ninth grade."
- Sanford I. Weill
(Related: Parents)

"I would say that my parents were supportive of me."
- Sanford I. Weill
(Related: Parents)

"Parents need all the help they can get. The strongest as well as the most fragile family requires a vital network of social supports."
- Bernice Weissbourd
(Related: Family, Help, Network, Parents)

"When my parents first arrived there, North Dakota had just been admitted to the Union, and the country was still wild and harsh."
- Lawrence Welk
(Related: Country, First, Parents)

"I have parents come up to me and say, 'I don't know who you are, but my kid wants his picture taken with you.'"
- Devon Werkheiser
(Related: Parents)

"A person like myself, born and raised in the inner city of Atlanta, Georgia, to lower-middle-class parents. But I had the opportunity to get an education, to go and earn a commission in the United States Army, to serve for 22 years, to lead men and women in combat."
- Allen West
(Related: Men, Women, Education, Opportunity, Army, Parents, states, United, Years)

"I did start reading quite young but I was always read to by my parents, who are both actors. Bedtime stories from when I was about two/three to when I was about 15. In fact they didn't stop until I eventually kind of kicked them out of my bedroom."
- Samuel West
(Related: Actors, Fact, Parents, Reading)

"Cameras in classrooms are no substitute for greater authority by parents and teachers."
- Paul Weyrich
(Related: Authority, Parents, Teachers)

"It is commonly agreed that children spend more hours per year watching television than in the classroom, and far less in actual conversation with their parents."
- Paul Weyrich
(Related: Children, Classroom, Conversation, Parents, Television)

"My parents moved to Los Angeles when I was really young, but I spent every summer with my grandparents, and I'd stay with my grandfather on the farm in Longview. He was retired from the railroad, and he had a small farm with some cows and some pigs. I remember part of my youth was feeding hogs and plowing fields and stuff, so that's a part of me."
- Forest Whitaker
(Related: Cows, Grandparents, Summer, Youth)

"Both of my parents were musicians."
- Bryan White
(Related: Musicians, Parents)

"When I was rising eighteen I persuaded my parents to let me return to Australia and at least see whether I could adapt myself to life on the land before going up to Cambridge."
- Patrick White
(Related: Life, Land, Parents)

"I'm just one of the kids, and all because the students at Hamilton Heights High School listened to the facts, educated their parents and themselves, and believed in me."
- Ryan White
(Related: Facts, Kids, Parents, School, Students)

"I remember thinking that I'd way rather give my parents my money, and not have to like have them go to work anymore, you know what I mean. Because I'd way rather spend more time with them."
- Shaun White
(Related: Time, Work, Money, Parents, Thinking)

"The reason why the Son of God took upon him our nature, was, the fall of our first parents."
- George Whitefield
(Related: God, Nature, Son, First, Parents, Reason)

"The schools would fail through their silence, the Church through its forgiveness, and the home through the denial and silence of the parents. The new generation has to hear what the older generation refuses to tell it."
- Simon Wiesenthal
(Related: Home, Forgiveness, Church, Denial, Parents, Schools, Silence)

"My parents have a wonderful marriage, for many years. But I can't commit myself for such a long time."
- Kim Wilde
(Related: Time, Marriage, Parents, Years)

"Dad is my best mate and I can tell Mum absolutely anything. I really appreciate Mum and Dad. Why are we so close? Young parents, I think. The rock business keeps their minds young."
- Kim Wilde
(Related: Business, Dad, Parents)

"Once I took a bus from my home in Maryland to Philadelphia to live on the streets with some musicians for a few weeks, and then my parents sent me to boarding school at Andover to shape me up."
- Olivia Wilde
(Related: Home, Musicians, Parents, School)

"Children begin by loving their parents; after a time they judge them; rarely, if ever, do they forgive them."
- Oscar Wilde
(Related: Time, Children, Parents)

"Some parents say it is toy guns that make boys warlike. But give a boy a rubber duck and he will seize its neck like the butt of a pistol and shout "Bang!""
- George Will
(Related: Boys, Parents, Will)

"Those who are born of parents broken with old age, or of such as are not yet ripe or are too young, or of drunkards, soft or effeminate men, want a great and liberal ingenuity or wit."
- Thomas Willis
(Related: Age, Men, Liberal, Old, Parents, Want, Wit)

"For the parents of a Little Leaguer, a baseball game is simply a nervous breakdown into innings."
- Earl Wilson
(Related: Baseball, Parents)

"Today's accent may be on youth, but the stress is still on the parents."
- Earl Wilson
(Related: May, Parents, Stress, Today, Youth)

"Orphans, dead parents, lonely children at Christmas, morose spoken word recordings, everything you love about the holidays. Move the turkey over so you can fit your head in the oven."
- April Winchell
(Related: Love, Children, Christmas, Holidays, Lonely, Parents, Turkey, Word)

"When Richie Cunningham drank too many beers, his parents sat him down and explained their concerns. If you live on this earth, you find out that we are all the same."
- Henry Winkler
(Related: Earth, Parents)

"I was born in very sorry circumstances. Both of my parents were very sorry."
- Norman Wisdom
(Related: Circumstances, Parents)

"While I've lived in L.A. since 1985, I'll always consider Chicago my home town and have much affection for it. My parents and sister still live there so I try to visit as often as I'm able."
- Douglas Wood
(Related: Home, Sister, Affection, Chicago, Parents, Visit)

"I saw my parents as gods whose every wish must be obeyed or I would suffer the penalty of anguish and guilt."
- Natalie Wood
(Related: Gods, Guilt, Parents)

"All this time I lived with my parents, and wrought on the plantation; and having had schooling pretty well for a planter, I used to improve myself in winter evenings, and other leisure times."
- John Woolman
(Related: Time, Leisure, Parents, Pretty, Winter)

"If kind parents love their children and delight in their happiness, then he who is perfect goodness in sending abroad mortal contagions doth assuredly direct their use."
- John Woolman
(Related: Love, Happiness, Children, Delight, Goodness, Parents)

"I played basketball to try to get my parents from working so hard."
- James Worthy
(Related: Basketball, Parents)

"Even if you do something that others might consider wrong, you should at least be willing to talk about it and tell your parents what you're doing because you believe it's right."
- Steve Wozniak
(Related: Parents, Right, Talk, Wrong)

"It was good for us, I suppose. Those kinds of times produce qualities in us that make us better for having had them. My parents were not getting along. My mother was quite intolerant of friendships that were being developed."
- Fay Wray
(Related: Mother, Being, Parents)

"My parents were involved in everything I did. They were showbiz people themselves. My dad was an actor. They were parents; they did what parents are supposed to do."
- Tina Yothers
(Related: Dad, People, Actor, Parents)

"With a lot of kids in the business, the parents get as twisted as they do, and there's a lot of opportunities to go their own way, but anyone has that opportunity."
- Tina Yothers
(Related: Business, Opportunity, Kids, Parents)

"Not many people know what their parents sound like having sex. It was noisy."
- Moon Unit Zappa
(Related: Sex, People, Parents, Sound)

"My parents sent me to a dance class, so it was a road chosen by them, not me. But I enjoyed it so much I knew I would become a performer."
- Ziyi Zhang
(Related: Dance, Class, Parents, Road)