Superstition is to religion what astrology is to astronomythe mad daughter of a wise mother. These daughters have too long dominated the earth.
(Voltaire [François Marie Arouet] (1694-1778), French enlightenment thinker. A Treatise on Toleration, p. 117, Voltaire Selections, ed. Paul Edwards, Macmillan, New York (1989).
Voltaire's biting comments about religion.)
It isn't easy to see the formerly loving child who once curled up in our laps turn into a surly stranger who cannot spare us a kind word. One mother ... was taken aback when she called, as her daughter was going out the door, "Have a good time," and her daughter angrily replied, "Stop telling me what to do!"
(Nancy Samalin (20th century), U.S. author and parent educator. Love and Anger: The Parental Dilemma, ch. 3 (1991).)
It's important for parents to watch for trouble and convey to their daughters that, if it comes, they are strong enough to deal with it. Parents who send their [adolescent] daughters the message that they'll be overwhelmed by problems aren't likely to hear what's really happening.
Generation after generation of women have pledged to raise their daughters differently, only to find that their daughters grow up and fervently pledge the same thing.
(Elizabeth Debold (20th century), U.S. consultant, mother, Marie Wilson (20th century), U.S. businesswoman, mother, and Idelisse Malave (20th century), U.S. lawyer, mother. Mother Daughter Revolution, ch. 1 (1993).)
Doesn't that show what an old man I am, when I can say to a mother "I love your daughter," and not get the reply "what are your intentions, and what is your income?"
(Lewis Carroll [Charles Lutwidge Dodgson] (1832-1898), British author, mathematician, clergyman. letter, Feb. 12, 1887, to Mrs. H.A. Feilden. The Letters of Lewis Carroll, vol. II, ed. Morton N. Cohen, Oxford University Press (1979).)