Quotations About / On:
Psychoanalysts are father confessors who like to listen to the sins of the fathers as well.
(Karl Kraus (1874-1936), Austrian writer. Trans. by Harry Zohn, originally published in Beim Wort genommen (1955). Half-Truths and One-and-a-Half Truths, University of Chicago Press (1990).)
In peace the sons bury their fathers, but in war the fathers bury their sons.
(Croesus (d. c. 560 B.C.), Lydian king. quoted in Francis Bacon, Apophthegms, no. 149.
Said to the Persian king Cambyses.)
My father was a statesman, I'm a political woman. My father was a saint. I'm not.
(Indira Gandhi (1917-1984), Indian politician, prime minister. quoted in Oriana Fallaci, "Indira's Coup," New York Review of Books (Sept. 18, 1975).
Of her father Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru.)
A father who will pursue infant care tasks with ease and proficiency is simply a father who has never been led to believe he couldn't.
(Michael K. Meyerhoff (20th century), U.S. researcher, parent educator. "Of Baseball and Babies: Are You Unconsciously Discouraging Father Involvement in Infant Care?" Young Children (May 1994).)
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).)
Follow in the footsteps of your fathers' virtue! How could you hope to climb high unless your fathers' will climbs with you?
(Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900), German philosopher, classical scholar, critic of culture. Friedrich Nietzsche, Sämtliche Werke: Kritische Studienausgabe, vol. 4, p. 363, eds. Giorgio Colli and Mazzino Montinari, Berlin, de Gruyter (1980). Zarathustra, in Thus Spoke Zarathustra, Fourth and Last Part, "On the Higher Man," section 13 (issued privately in 1885, publication in 1892).)
If the relationship of father to son could really be reduced to biology, the whole earth would blaze with the glory of fathers and sons.
(James Baldwin (1924-1987), U.S. author. "The Devil Finds Work," sct. 1, The Price of the Ticket (first publ. 1976, 1985).)
English history is all about men liking their fathers, and American history is all about men hating their fathers and trying to burn down everything they ever did.
(Malcolm Bradbury (b. 1932), British author. Stepping Westward, bk. 2, ch. 5 (1965).)
My father, at the death of his father, was but six years of age; and he grew up, literally without education.
(Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865), U.S. president. letter to Jesse W. Fell, Dec. 20, 1859. Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln, vol. 3, p. 511, Rutgers University Press (1953, 1990).)
No people ever lived by cursing their fathers, however great a curse their fathers might have been to them.
(Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862), U.S. philosopher, author, naturalist. Cape Cod (1855-1865), in The Writings of Henry David Thoreau, vol. 4, p. 22, Houghton Mifflin (1906).)