Quotations About / On:
Victory has a hundred fathers but defeat is an orphan.
(Galeazzo Ciano (1903-1944), Italian Fascist leader. journal entry, Sept. 9, 1942. Diario 1939-1943 (1946).
President Kennedy is credited with the same comment in the wake of the Bay of Pigs invasion, April 1961.)
Every generation revolts against its fathers and makes friends with its grandfathers.
(Lewis Mumford (1895-1990), U.S. social philosopher. The Brown Decades, p. 3 (1931).)
Most American children suffer too much mother and too little father.
(Gloria Steinem (20th century), U.S. feminist and author. New York Times (August 26, 1971).)
My father was a patriarch inside a matriarchy, but never knew it.
(Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Twelfth Selection, New York (1993).)
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.)
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).)
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).)
Sons have always a rebellious wish to be disillusioned by that which charmed their fathers.
(Aldous Huxley (1894-1963), British author. repr. In Music at Night and Other Essays (1949). "Vulgarity in Literature," (1930).)
If necessity is the mother of invention, then resourcefulness is the father.
(Beulah Louise Henry, U.S. inventor. As quoted in Feminine Ingenuity, ch. 13, by Anne L. MacDonald (1992).
Said in 1962; Henry had invented a type of umbrella.)
What harsh judges fathers are to all young men!
(Terence (c. 190-159 B.C.), Roman dramatist. Heauton Timorumenos [The Self-Tormentor], l. 213.)