Quotations About / On: DAUGHTER

  • 41.
    [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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  • 42.
    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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  • 43.
    ... 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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  • 44.
    A father ... knows exactly what those boys at the mall have in their depraved little minds because he once owned such a depraved little mind himself. In fact, if he thinks enough about the plans that he used to have for young girls, the father not only will support his wife in keeping their daughter home but he might even run over to the mall and have a few of those boys arrested.
    (Bill Cosby (20th century), U.S. comedian. Fatherhood, ch. 6 (1986).)
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  • 45.
    How the mother is to be pitied who hath handsome daughters! Locks, bolts, bars, and lectures of morality are nothing to them: they break through them all. They have as much pleasure in cheating a father and mother, as in cheating at cards.
    (John Gay (1685-1732), British dramatist. Mrs. Peachum, in The Beggar's Opera, act 1, sc. 8.)
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  • 46.
    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).)
  • 47.
    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.)
  • 48.
    There are words in that letter to his wife, respecting the education of his daughters, which deserve to be framed and hung over every mantelpiece in the land. Compare this earnest wisdom with that of Poor Richard.
    (Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862), U.S. philosopher, author, naturalist. "The Last Days of John Brown" (1860), in The Writings of Henry David Thoreau, vol. 4, p. 447, Houghton Mifflin (1906).)
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