It's important for parents to watch for trouble and convey to their daughters that, if it comes, they are strong enough to deal with it. Parents who send their [adolescent] daughters the message that they'll be overwhelmed by problems aren't likely to hear what's really happening.
Doesn't that show what an old man I am, when I can say to a mother "I love your daughter," and not get the reply "what are your intentions, and what is your income?"
(Lewis Carroll [Charles Lutwidge Dodgson] (1832-1898), British author, mathematician, clergyman. letter, Feb. 12, 1887, to Mrs. H.A. Feilden. The Letters of Lewis Carroll, vol. II, ed. Morton N. Cohen, Oxford University Press (1979).)
It's a dangerous thing to be married right up to the hilt, like my daughter's husband. The man is at home all day, like a damned soul in hell.
(George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950), Anglo-Irish playwright, critic. (1919). Captain Shotover, in Heartbreak House, act 2, The Bodley Head Bernard Shaw: Collected Plays with their Prefaces, vol. 5, ed. Dan H. Laurence (1972).)
It's important for all single parents to remember that not everything that goes wrong, from your son's bad attitude toward school to the six holes in your teenage daughter's ear, is because you live in a single-parent home. Every family has its problems.
(Marge Kennedy (20th century), U.S. writer, and Janet Spencer King (20th century), U.S. writer. The Single Parent Family, ch. 6 (1994).)
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).)