Quotations About / On: FATHER

  • 11.
    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).)
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  • 12.
    There is too much fathering going on just now and there is no doubt about it fathers are depressing.
    (Gertrude Stein (1874-1946), U.S. author. Everybody's Autobiography, ch. 3, Random House (1937).)
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  • 13.
    If fathers who fear fathering and run away from it could only see how little fathering is enough. Mostly, the father just needs to be there.
    (Frank Pittman (20th century), U.S. psychiatrist and family therapist. Man Enough, ch. 6 (1993).)
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  • 14.
    This is not to say that becoming a father automatically makes you a good father. Fatherhood, like marriage, is a constant struggle against your limitations and self-interests. But the urge to be a perfect father is there, because your child is a perfect gift.
    (Kent Nerburn (20th century), U.S. theologian and author. Letters to My Son, ch. 25 (1993).)
  • 15.
    Becoming Father the Nurturer rather than just Father the Provider enables a man to fully feel and express his humanity and his masculinity. Fathering is the most masculine thing a man can do.
    (Frank Pittman (20th century), U.S. psychiatrist and family therapist. Man Enough, ch. 12 (1993).)
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  • 16.
    Such joint ownership creates a place where mothers can "father" and fathers can "mother." It does not encourage mothers and fathers to compete with one another for "first- place parent." Such competition is not especially good for marriage and furthermore drives kids nuts.
    (Kyle D. Pruett (20th century), professor, child psychiatrist. The Nurturing Father, ch. 13 (1987).)
  • 17.
    For a boy to reach adulthood feeling that he knows his father, his father must allow his emotions to be visible—hardly an easy task when most males grow up being either subtly or openly taught that this is not acceptable behavior. A father must teach his son that masculinity and feelings can go hand in hand.
    (Kyle D. Pruett (20th century), professor, child psychiatrist. The Nurturing Father, ch. 9 (1987).)
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  • 18.
    I never wanted to marry anyone like my father; I always preferred those more shoddy.
    (Christina Stead (1902-1983), Australian novelist. Letty Fox, in Letty Fox: Her Luck, ch. 2 (written 1946, published Virago, n.d.). Lived and wrote in the U.S. and England.)
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  • 19.
    Countries are either mothers or fathers, and engender the emotional bristle secretly reserved for either sire.
    (Edna O'Brien (b. c. 1932), Irish author; relocated to England. Mother Ireland, ch. 1 (1976).)
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  • 20.
    My mother protected me from the world and my father threatened me with it.
    (Quentin Crisp (b. 1908), British author. The Naked Civil Servant, ch. 5 (1968).)
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