Quotations About / On:
I answered my father's demands for sympathy with silence.
(Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Tenth Selection, New York (1992).)
Fathers have a lot to do to make up for having sons.
(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 382, "Fathers and Sons," (1878).)
My taking a seat on the Council of the Fathers caused a desperate fluttering among my ghosts.
(Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Third Selection, New York (1986).)
Thanksgiving DayA day devoted by persons with inflammatory rheumatism to thanking a loving Father that it is not hydrophobia.
(H.L. (Henry Lewis) Mencken (18801956), U.S. journalist, critic. A Mencken Chrestomathy, ch. 30, p. 618, Knopf (1949).)
Boredom, not the will, is the mother of change. Necessity is the father.
(Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, New York (1984).)
Freud is the father of psychoanalysis. It had no mother.
(Germaine Greer (b. 1939), Australian feminist writer. The Female Eunuch, "The Psychological Sell," (1970).)
No one could be the way I remember my father.
(Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Thirteenth Selection, New York (1994).)
It is the child of avarice, the brother of iniquity, and the father of mischief.
(George Washington (1732-1799), U.S. general, president. letter, Jan. 15, 1783.)
A true king is neither husband nor father; he considers his throne and nothing else.
(Pierre Corneille (1606-1684), French playwright. Nicomède, in Nicomède, act 4, sc. 3 (1651).)
When we say a woman is of a certain social class, we really mean her husband or father is.
(Zoë Fairbairns (b. 1948), British author. quoted in Observer (London, Jan. 9, 1983).)