Thursday, January 21, 2010

Family Quotes

I used to blog for my old company, but they took the blog down. I am
not actually allowed to own the writings I put up on that blog, but as
I reference them on occasion in my writing I am putting those articles
up in my archives here for reference sake. I'll put the tag GS on those
articles noting that they were originally published on the

Family Quotes

August 8, 2008 – 7:22 am by Brendan

I always love a good quote. Actually, one of my dreams to to be quoted in one of those famous quote books, but first I think I have to say something of note.

“Our children give us the opportunity to become the parents we always wished we’d had.” -Louise Hart

“Disobedience is the infant’s first step toward autonomy.” -Lewis Mumford

“Children have never been very good at listening to their elders, but they have never failed to imitate them.” -James Baldwin

“The defects of the children mirror the defects of the parents.” -Herbert Spencer

“What causes adolescents to rebel is not the assertion of authority but the arbitrary use of power, with little explanation of the rules and no involvement in the decision-making.” -Laurence Steinberg and Ann Levine

“If there is anything we wish to change in our children, we should first examine it and see whether it is not something that could better be changed in ourselves.” -Carl G. Jung

“Because children see parents as authority figures and gods, they think that the way you treat them is the way they deserve to be treated: ‘What you say about me is what I am’ is a literal truth to your child. Consequently, when children are treated with respect, they conclude that they deserve respect and hence develop self-respect.” -Stephanie Marston

“My father used to play with my brother and me in the yard. Mother would come out and say, ‘You’re tearing up the grass.’ ‘We’re not raising grass,’ Dad would reply. ‘We’re raising boys.’” -Harmon Killebrew

“In a democratic family, those with superior knowledge and resources (i.e. power) use them to strengthen others in the family. In an authoritarian family, power is used to ‘tame’ and control others.” -Letty Cottin Pogrebin

“Blood’s thicker than water, and when one’s in trouble best to seek a relative’s open arms.” -Euripides

“Children have more need of models than of critics.” -Joseph Joubert

“Never lose your temper, except intentionally.” -Dwight D. Eisenhower

“Virtue consists in actions, and not in words.” -William Godwin

“True strength lies in submission which permits one to dedicate his life, through devotion, to something beyond himself.” -Henry Miller

“When I was a boy of 14, my father was so ignorant I could hardly stand to have the old man around. But when I got to be 21, I was astonished at how much the old man had learned in seven years.” -Mark Twain

Sooner or later we all quote our mothers. -Bern Williams

The central struggle of parenthood is to let our hopes for our children outweigh our fears. -Ellen Goodman

The most important thing she’d learned over the years was that there was no way to be a perfect mother and a million ways to be a good one. -Jill Churchill

What children take from us, they give…We become people who feel more deeply, question more deeply, hurt more deeply, and love more deeply. -Sonia Taitz

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