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Inspirational Quotations on Parenting
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Life to me is no brief candle; it is a sort of splendid torch which I have got hold of for the moment, and I want to make it burn as brightly as possible before handing it on to future generations.
George Bernard Shaw


Let us put our minds together and see what life we can make for our children.
Tatanka Iyotanka
trans20.gif (837 bytes) Could I climb to the highest place in Athens, I would lift my voice and proclaim, "Fellow citizens, why do you turn and scrape every stone to gather wealth and take so little care of your children to whom one day you must relinquish it all."
Socrates

Nobody on his deathbed ever said, "I wish I had spent more time at the office.
Paul Tsongas
trans20.gif (837 bytes) Children are the keys of paradise.
Richard Stoddard
trans20.gif (837 bytes) It seems to me that since I've had children, I've grown richer and deeper. They may have slowed down my writing for a while, but when I did write, I had more of a self to speak from.
Anne Tyler
trans20.gif (837 bytes) The best thing to spend on your children is your time.
Louise Hart
trans20.gif (837 bytes) We don't inherit the Earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children.
David Brower

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What feeling is so nice as a child’s hand in yours? So small, so soft and warm, like a kitten huddling in the shelter of your clasp.

A child's hand in yours what tenderness and power it arouses. You are instantly the very touchstone of wisdom and strength.
Marjorie Holmes



Give a little love to a child and you will get a great deal back.
John Ruskin
trans20.gif (837 bytes) Listening is a high art of loving. Ask yourself, "When was the last time I really listened to my child? My parent? My brother or sister?" When someone is ready to share, three magic words amplify your connection, and they are: "Tell me more."
Rev. Mary Manin Morrissey


Our planning may leave something to be desired, but our designs, thank God, have been flawless.
Noor, Queen of Jordan, on the birth of her
4th child in 6 years
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George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950) won the Nobel Prize for
Literature in 1925. His father was an alcoholic corn merchant
while his mother was a professional singer. His mother left
him and his father when he was almost sixteen and moved to
London with Shaw's older sister Lucy. Lucy later became a
professional music hall signer. Shaw is best known fot the plays
he wrote but he also wrote a book called A Treastise on Parents
and Children which may be read in the Literature section of this
site by clicking on his name below his quote.

Portrait of George Bernard Shaw

"Sitting Bull" (1831-1890) was a Dakota Sioux chief and medicine
man. Though known primarily via 'Custer's Last Stand' Tantanka
Iyotanka was a man of vision and compassion. Shocked by the
homeless he encountered in Amercan cities of the time, he gave
these poor people money. A Mrs. Fanny Kelly was captured by the
Sioux in 1864 and stayed in the lodgings of Sitting Bull for several
months. She later wrote of that, "I was treated as a guest." About
Sitting Bull she said, "He was uniformly gentle, and kind to his wife
and children and courteous and considerate in his [interactions] with
others. Catherine Weldon, a teacher and missionary, among Sitting
Bull's people, once described him, "As a friend...sincere and true, as
a patriot devoted and incorruptible. As a husband and father,
affectionate and considerate. As a host, courteous and hospitable
to the last degree."

Portrait of Sitting Bull

Paul Songas (1941-1997) Senator from Massachusetts and presidential
candidate. After initially overcoming cancer he later died at 55 years of
age from liver disease and pneumonia and is survied by his wife Niki and
three daughters, Ashley, Katina, and Molly.

Marjorie Holmes (1910-2002) Inspirational author born in Iowa
the daughter of a travelling salesman. She sold her first story
during the Depression and married her first husband in 1932 whom
she met a writer's conference. She continued to write articles for
many magazines even while a mother of 4 children. Forty seven
years of marriage ended when her first husband died. She remarried
2 years later.

Queen Noor (1951-) an Arab-American attended Princeton's
first coed Freshman class and graduated with in 1974 with a
degree in Architecture and Urban Planning. She married the
late King Hussein in 1978. Together, as stated in her quote,
they had 4 children; two sons and two daughters. In 1995,
she assumed the Chairmanship of her country's National Task
Force for Children.

John Ruskin (1819-1900) Art critic and a prodigious writer whose
complete works fill 17 VCR-sized volumes. His autobiography, called
Praeterita, details a boyhood alternating between strict schooling
given by his mother Margaret and the freedom of thr great outdoors.
He was whipped for crying or not doing as he was told but seemed
not to resent his parent's consistent expectations and discipline. He
did however list 4 "calamities" of his upbringing. The first being that
he did not have anything to love, "when affection did come, it came
with violence utterly rampant and unmanageable, at least by me,
who never before had anything to manage." The second calamity is
that he had no trials so that, "my strength was never exercised, my
patience never tried, and my courage never fortified". The 3rd being
he was not taught sociable manners. Last and most important was
that, "the bridle and blinkers were never taken off me." His parenting
advice includes that, "the little Creature should be very early put for
periods of practice in complete command of itself; set on the bare-
backed horse of its own will, and left to break it by its own strength."

One of John Ruskin's self-portraits (1874)
Self-Portrait, 1874

Family photo of Queen Noor and her 4 children
Queen Noor with Princess Raiyah (far left),
Prince Hamzah (now Crown Prince Hamzah),
Princess Iman and Prince Hashim (far right).