Because mothers and daughters can affirm and enjoy their commonalities more readily, they are more likely to see how they might advance their individual interests in tandem, without one having to be sacrificed for the other.
(Mary Field Belenky (20th century), psychologist, Blythe Mcvicker Clinchy (20th century), psychologist, and Nancy Rule Goldberger (20th century), psychologist. Women's Ways of Knowing, part 2, ch. 8 (1986).)
[T]he syndrome known as life is too diffuse to admit of palliation. For every symptom that is eased, another is made worse. The horse leech's daughter is a closed system. Her quantum of wantum cannot vary.
(Samuel Beckett (1906-1989), Irish dramatist, novelist. First published in 1938. Wylie, in Murphy, p. 57, Grove Press (1959).
"Horse leech's daughter" is an allusion to Proverbs 30:15.)
The general Mistake among us in the Educating of our Children, is, That in our Daughters we take Care of their Persons and neglect their Minds; in our Sons, we are so intent upon adorning their Minds, that we wholly neglect their Bodies.
(Richard Steele (1672-1729), British author. The Spectator, No. 66 (1711).)
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).)
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).)
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.)
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.)