The civility of no race can be perfect whilst another race is degraded.
(Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882), U.S. essayist, poet, philosopher. "Address Delivered in Concord on the Anniversary of the Emancipation of the Negroes in the British West Indies, August 1, 1844," Miscellanies (1883, repr. 1903).)
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).)
The perfect female is a higher type of human being than the perfect male: and also something much more rare.Zoological science provides the means to support this proposition.
(Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900), German philosopher, classical scholar, critic of culture. Friedrich Nietzsche, Sämtliche Werke: Kritische Studienausgabe, vol. 2, p. 265, eds. Giorgio Colli and Mazzino Montinari, Berlin, de Gruyter (1980). Human, All-Too-Human, "Woman and Child," aphorism 377, "The Perfect Female," (1878).)
The guys who fear becoming fathers don't understand that fathering is not something perfect men do, but something that perfects the man. The end product of child raising is not the child but the parent.
(Frank Pittman (20th century), U.S. psychiatrist and family therapist. Man Enough, ch. 12.)