Quotations About / On:
As long as fathers rule but do not nurture, as long as mothers nurture but do not rule, the conditions favoring the development of father-daughter incest will prevail.
(Judith Lewis Herman (b. 1942), U.S. author. Father-Daughter Incest (1981).)
Revolution is like the daughters of Pelias: it cuts humanity to pieces in order to rejuvenate it.
(Georg Büchner (1813-1837), German dramatist, revolutionary. Trans. by Gerhard P. Knapp (1995). Danton's Death, act II (1835).)
Isn't it great to have a lovely, tall, pretty, little, small daughter like that? It's really wonderful.
(Vladimir Nabokov (1899-1977), Russian. Claire Quilty (Peter Sellers), Lolita, pretending to be a police officer and questioning Humbert about Humbert's relationship with Lolita (1962).)
Manfred, prince of Otranto, had one son and one daughter: the latter, a most beautiful virgin, aged eighteen, was called Matilda.
(Horace Walpole (1717-1797), British author. The Castle of Otranto, ch. 1 (1764).
The first sentence of the first Gothic novel.)
... given a choice between hearing my daughter say "I'm pregnant" or "I used a condom," most mothers would get up in the middle of the night and buy them herself.
(Joycelyn Elders (b. 1933), U.S. pediatrician and medical educator; first woman (and second African American) Surgeon General. As quoted in the New York Times, p. 6 (July 24, 1993).
Testifying before the U.S. Senate's Labor and Human Resources Committee following her designation by President Clinton as his candidate for Surgeon General. Elders was explaining her support for sex education in the schools.)
I only have two rules for my newly born daughter: she will dress well and never have sex.
(John Malkovich (b. 1953), U.S. stage and screen actor. Independent on Sunday (London, April 5, 1992).)
It is the lesbian in us who is creative, for the dutiful daughter of the fathers in us is only a hack.
(Adrienne Rich (b. 1929), U.S. poet, essayist, and lesbian feminist. "It Is the Lesbian In Us Who Is Creative," (1976).)
As long as a woman can look ten years younger than her own daughter, she is perfectly satisfied.
(Oscar Wilde (1854-1900), Anglo-Irish playwright, author. Lord Henry, in The Picture of Dorian Gray, ch. 4 (1891).)
It is the essence of poetry to spring, like the rainbow daughter of Wonder, from the invisible, to abolish the past, and refuse all history.
(Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882), U.S. essayist, poet, philosopher. "Shakspeare; or, the Poet," Representative Men (1850).)
I may neither choose who I would, nor refuse who I dislike; so is the will of a living daughter curbed by the will of a dead father.
(William Shakespeare (1564-1616), British dramatist, poet. Portia, in The Merchant of Venice, act 1, sc. 2, l. 23-5.
Playing on "will" as desire and as testament.)