Quotations About / On: DAUGHTER

  • 41.
    To begin to use cultural forces for the good of our daughters we must first shake ourselves awake from the cultural trance we all live in. This is no small matter, to untangle our true beliefs from what we have been taught to believe about who and what girls and women are.
    (Jeanne Elium (20th century), U.S. writer and educator, and Elium (20th century), U.S. family counselor and author. Raising a Daughter, ch. 4 (1994).)
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  • 42.
    Mommy is still the front-line parent, and Daddy is still the "other." Daddy is still "different." Daddy is still a daughter's defender, her hero, the first man in her life—no matter how old she is.
    (Victoria Secunda (20th century), U.S. psychologist and author. Women and Their Fathers, ch. 1 (1992).)
  • 43.
    One encounters very capable fathers abashed by their piano-playing daughters. Three measures of Schumann make them red with embarrassment.
    (Alfred Döblin (1878-1957), German-Jewish novelist, physician. Trans. by David Dollenmayer. "The Spirit of the Naturalistic Age," 1924, Works on Aesthetics, Poetics and Literature, ed. Erich Kleinschmidt (1989).)
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  • 44.
    Had I represented twenty thousand voters in Michigan, that political editor would not have known nor cared whether I was the oldest or the youngest daughter of Methuselah, or whether my bonnet came from the Ark or from Worth's.
    (Susan B. Anthony (1820-1906), U.S. suffragist. As quoted in Eighty Years and More, ch. 18, by Elizabeth Cady Stanton (1898). Anthony said this c. 1873, reacting to an editorial in a Kalamazoo, Michigan, journal which focused on her appearance, ridiculing her age (53) and her style of dress. Methuselah was the oldest man mentioned in the Bible; he died at age 969. Worth's was a store that sold fine clothing.)
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  • 45.
    Your daughter is old enough to do what she pleases ... she likes to fuck, loves to fuck ... she was born to fuck, and ... if you do not wish to be fucked yourself, the best thing for you to do is to let her do what she wants.
    (Marquis de Sade (1740-1814), French author. Dolmancé, in "Dialogue the Seventh," Philosophy in the Bedroom (1795). To Madame de Saint-Ange.)
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  • 46.
    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).)
  • 47.
    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).)
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  • 48.
    [My daughter] says she wants to marry a rich man, so she can have a Porsche. My rejoinder always is: Go out and get rich yourself, so you can buy your own.
    (Carol Royce (b. 1942), U.S. radio station administrator. As quoted in The Great Divide, book 1, section 2, by Studs Terkel (1988). Royce, a divorcee who administered a classical-music station, was speaking of her daughter, a pizza parlor employee and vocational-school student.)
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  • 49.
    We mothers are learning to mark our mothering success by our daughters' lengthening flight. When they need us, we are fiercely there. But we do not need them to need us—or to become us.
    (Letty Cottin Pogrebin (20th century), U.S. editor, writer. Family and Politics, ch. 5 (1983).)
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  • 50.
    ... 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.)
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