TALKBACK: Children To Parents / Parents To Children

"My heroes are and were my parents. I can't see having anyone else as my heroes" – Michael Jordan. (wallpaper image from

"I thank God that I'm a product of my parents. That they infected me with their intelligence and energy for life, with their thirst for knowledge and their love. I'm grateful that I know where I come from" – Shakira.

"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.

"I try to be a good daughter, as I believe in karma and feel that how you are with your parents is directly proportionate to what you receive in your life. I am a big oneness follower, and our gurus have told us that if you want to achieve external happiness, you need to be happy internally. And your inner circle is your family" – Shilpa Shetty.

"The most important thing that parents can teach their children is how to get along without them" – Frank A Clark.

"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.

"I've had people ask me if it would have been easier to take care of your parents if you had siblings, and I think it's 50/50. I know people who have siblings, and there is a lot of acrimony because somebody always feels that they are doing more than the other person" – Roz Chast.

"If you are close to your parents or a grandparent, you watch as they get old and you learn so much from that, and it makes you want to learn more while you have time" – Shooter Jennings.

"Parents were invented to make children happy by giving them something to ignore" – Ogden Nash.

"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.

"Here's the thing: the unit of reverence in Europe is the family, which is why a child born today of unmarried parents in Sweden has a better change of growing up in a house with both of his parents than a child born to a married couple in America. Here we revere the couple, there they revere the family" – Elizabeth Gilbert.

"So much is asked of parents, and so little is given" – Virginia Satir.

"I think we are defined as human beings through our families, no matter what kind of family – through our relationships with parents, brothers and sisters" – Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu.

"Parents learn the uses of power and its limits. They can insist on certain outward behavior but cannot change inner attitude. They can require obedience but not goodness – and certainly not love" – Philip Yancey.

"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.

"The reason why the Son of God took upon him our nature, was, the fall of our first parents" – George Whitefield.

"I don't think anybody feels like they're a good parent. Or if people think they're good parents, they ought to think again" – Joan Didion.

"Wrinkles are hereditary. Parents get them from their children" – Doris Day.

"Parents forgive their children least readily for the faults they themselves instilled in them" – Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach.

"The first half of our lives are ruined by our parents and the second half by our children" – Clarence Darrow.

"You may find that your parents are the most delightful people, but you don't want to live with them" – Bill Bryson.

"I love my parents. I did love them. It's complicated" – Roz Chast.

"Parents are supposed to instruct their kids. It doesn't mean they necessarily have that gift of teaching" – Francis Chan.

"The Golden Rule of Parenting is: Do unto your children as you wish your parents had done unto you!" – Louise Hart.

"The one thing I would hope would go on my tombstone is, 'I made my parents proud.'" – Roger Goodell.

"Parents who wonder where the younger generation is going should remember where it came from" – Sam Ewing.

"Parents don't make mistakes because they don't care, but because they care so deeply" – T Berry Brazelton.

"First your parents, they give you your life, but then they try to give you their life" – Chuck Palahniuk.

"Parenthood... It's about guiding the next generation, and forgiving the last" – Peter Krause.

"We've had bad luck with our kids – they've all grown up" – Christopher Morley.

"My parents have been married forty-two years. I wonder how many of those were happy" – Michael Palin.

"Kids can be more creative and smarter if parents didn't want them to be first & best" – Megha Khare.

"Disappointment is part of parenthood, Jasper. The trick is learnin' to love your kids even when they disappoint you" – Barry Lyga.

"Sometimes to be a good parent... You have to laugh when you want to be angry. You have to be angry when you want to laugh. And that is why good parenting is tough" – Dan Pearce.

"My mother is changing history. She is making her balalaika-smashing mother into a heroine. Does she want me to do the same for her? Is that what good children do for their parents? What about good writers?" – Gary Shteyngart.

"We don't always do the things our parents want us to do, but it is their mistake if they can't find a way to love us anyway" – J Courtney Sullivan.

"Parents learn a lot from their children about coping with life" – Muriel Spark.

"If at first you don't succeed, blame your parents" – Marcelene Cox.

"To lose one parent may be regarded as a misfortune; to lose both looks like carelessness" – Oscar Wilde.

"Children begin by loving their parents; as they grow older they judge them; sometimes they forgive them" – Oscar Wilde. (And I forgive you.)

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