Quotations About / On: FATHER

  • 21.
    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).)
  • 22.
    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).)
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  • 23.
    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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  • 24.
    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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  • 25.
    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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  • 26.
    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).)
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  • 27.
    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.)
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  • 28.
    What harsh judges fathers are to all young men!
    (Terence (c. 190-159 B.C.), Roman dramatist. Heauton Timorumenos [The Self-Tormentor], l. 213.)
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  • 29.
    Fathers and sons show much more consideration towards one another than mothers and daughters do.
    (Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900), German philosopher, classical scholar, critic of culture. Friedrich Nietzsche, Sämtliche Werke: Kritische Studienausgabe, vol. 3, p. 510, eds. Giorgio Colli and Mazzino Montinari, Berlin, de Gruyter (1980). The Gay Science, first edition, "Third Book," aphorism 221, "Consideration," (1882).)
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  • 30.
    Whoever does not have a good father should procure one.
    (Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900), German philosopher, classical scholar, critic of culture. Friedrich Nietzsche, Sämtliche Werke: Kritische Studienausgabe, vol. 2, p. 266, eds. Giorgio Colli and Mazzino Montinari, Berlin, de Gruyter (1980). Human, All-Too-Human, "Woman and Child," aphorism 381, "Correcting Nature," (1878). Nietzsche's own persistent attempt to "procure" a father is quite convincingly documented in Carl Pletsch, Young Nietzsche: Becoming a Genius, New York, Free Press (1991), especially in chapter three, "Without a Father," pp. 31-45.)
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