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Every parent is at some time the father of the unreturned prodigal,
by John Ciardi

Every parent is at some time the father of the unreturned prodigal,
with nothing to do but keep his house open to hope.
- John Ciardi

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A good question is never answered.
It is not a bolt to be tightened into place
but a seed to be planted and to bear more seed
toward the hope of greening the landscape of idea.
- John Ciardi

Modern art is what happens when painters stop looking
at girls and persuade themselves that they have a better idea.
- John Ciardi

You don't have to suffer to be a poet;
adolescence is enough suffering for anyone.
- John Ciardi

 

Love is the word used to label the sexual excitement of the young,
the habituation of the middle-aged, and the mutual dependence of the old.
- John Ciardi

Every game ever invented by mankind,
is a way of making things hard for the fun of it!
- John Ciardi

There is nothing wrong with sobriety in moderation.
- John Ciardi

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A university is what a college becomes when the faculty
loses interest in the students.
- John Ciardi

The Constitution gives every American the inalienable
right to make a damn fool of himself.
- John Ciardi

Nothing goes further toward a man's liberation than
the act of surviving his need for character.
- John Ciardi

A dollar saved is a quarter earned.
- John Ciardi

Poetry lies its way to the truth.
- John Ciardi

What has any poet to trust more than the feel of the
thing? Theory concerns him only until he picks up his pen,
and it begins to concern him again as soon as he lays it down.
- John Ciardi

The day will happen whether or not you get up.
- John Ciardi

It is easy enough to praise men for the courage of their convictions.
I wish I could teach the sad young of this mealy generation
the courage of their confusions.
- John Ciardi

Written by a sponge dipped in warm milk and sprinkled with sugar.
- John Ciardi

Gentility is what is left over from rich ancestors after the money is gone.
- John Ciardi

A neighborhood is a residential area that is changing for the worse.
- John Ciardi

The reader deserves an honest opinion.
If he doesn't deserve it, give it to him anyhow.
- John Ciardi

The classroom should be an entrance into the world,
not an escape from it.
- John Ciardi

Intelligence recognizes what has happened.
Genius recognizes what will happen.
- John Ciardi

A thankful heart is not only the greatest virtue,
but the parent of all other virtues.
- Cicero

Being a role model is the most powerful form of educating.
Youngsters need good models more than they need critics.
It's one of a parent's greatest responsibilities and opportunities.
- John Wooden

Rashness is the faithful, but unhappy parent of misfortune.
- R. Buckminster Fuller

Consider a parent who says,
"Look at the sacrifices I'm making so you can have a better life."
Contrast that with another parent who demonstrates
living a great life every day.
Self-sacrifice is not a virtue.
Living a great life and sharing that life with others
is the noble way to live.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

We never know the love of a parent till we become parents ourselves.
- Henry Ward Beecher

To an adolescent, there is nothing in the world more
embarrassing than a parent.
- Dave Barry

Love is the child of illusion and the parent of disillusion.
- Miguel de Unamuno

If the money we donate helps one child or can ease the pain of one parent,
those funds are well spent.
- Carl Karcher

I try to parent equally, but I think little girls are a little more sensitive.
- Don Johnson

Fear is the parent of cruelty.
- James Anthony Froude

The spiritual is the parent of the practical.
- Thomas Carlyle

Thought is the parent of the deed.
- Thomas Carlyle

It's so very important as to what a child watches on TV.
I feel for every parent that knows this,
and cares, because they only have control of the child's
viewing to a certain point.
- Ruth Buzzi

Force is the vital principle and immediate parent of despotism.
- Thomas Jefferson

My kids are so much better parent than I was.
- Dick Van Dyke

That thing, 'You must stay together for the kids',
is out of fashion but is right.
It's not arguing parents that children don't like,
it is having one parent.
- Iain Duncan Smith

The unjustifiable severity of a parent is loaded with this aggravation,
that those whom he injures are always in his sight.
- Joseph Addison

With a parent, it's always guilt.
You want to be there, but you kind of also want to be here.
- Heather Locklear

My view on issues is based on common sense,
and my experience as a mother of four children,
as a sole parent, and as a businesswoman running a fish and chip shop.
- Pauline Hanson

In addition, the bill passed by the House requires
a person performing an abortion on a minor from a different
state to notify one parent in the home state.
- Virgil Goode

I had years of partying, and I was kind of surprised
and happy I survived it all.
Now, being a parent, I look back on it thinking,
Oh God, the things you did!
- Jeff Bridges

Time is the king of all men, he is their parent and their grave,
and gives them what he will and not what they crave.
- Pericles

The Parent Trap gave my career another boost,
starring in family comedies.
- Maureen O'Hara

One of the greatest titles in the world is parent,
and one of the biggest blessings in the world is to
have parents to call mom and dad.
- Jim DeMint

To a father, when a child dies, the future dies;
to a child when a parent dies,
the past dies.
- Red Auerbach

I'm still my parent's child, I'm still me,
but I made a choice.
I evolved into Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.
I think it has to do with evolution.
- Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

What lingers from the parent's individual past,
unresolved or incomplete, often becomes part of her
or his irrational parenting.
- Virginia Satir

There's never been a parent in my life.
- Shia LaBeouf

Good sense is both the first principal and the parent source of good writing.
- Horace

The care of a wise and good man for his only son is
inferior to the regard of the great Parent of the universe for his creatures.
- John Woolman

It is a grand thing to rise in the world.
The ambition to do so is the very salt of the earth.
It is the parent of all enterprise, and the cause of all improvement.
- Anthony Trollope

A wise parent humors the desire for independent action,
so as to become the friend and advisor when his absolute rule shall cease.
- Elizabeth Gaskell

My theory about Jack is that he's not a very good parent.
- Victor Garber

I was a wonderful parent before I had children.
I was an expert on why everyone else was having problems with theirs.
Then I had three of my own.
- Adele Faber

I write from the same place I parent,
and since becoming a single parent, I have found it difficult,
if not impossible, to write anything of length.
- Dirk Benedict

I understand the importance of bondage between parent and child.
- Dan Quayle

A parent being called to the school because their child
had misbehaved was as serious as a parent being called
to the police station because their child had robbed a bank.
- Martin Lewis Perl

Dr. Evil got shortchanged in the first one.
The family dynamic between Scott and Dr. Evil - the
adventures of being an evil single parent -
needed to be explored.
- Mike Myers

Being a member of the labor force and a full-time parent
means trying to manage against overwhelming odds in an unresponsive society.
- Sheila B. Kamerman

Though ambition in itself is a vice,
yet it is often the parent of virtues.
- Marcus Fabius Quintilian

All the time a person is a child he is both a child
and learning to be a parent.
After he becomes a parent he becomes predominantly
a parent reliving childhood.
- Benjamin Spock

Having one child makes you a parent;
having two you are a referee.
- David Frost

Growing up an only child with a single parent is probably why I'm an actor.
- Lauren Graham

There must be such a thing as a child with average ability,
but you can't find a parent who will admit that it is his child.
- Thomas Bailey Aldrich

Talking with other parents really gave me some lessons
that I try to hold on to now,
as a parent of two boys.
- Joe Lando

It's about strengthening the relationship and the bond of parent to child.
- Blair Underwood

As an adoptive parent myself of foster children,
I have seen firsthand the glaring problems of the system
currently facing this Nation.
- Dennis Cardoza

The character and history of each child may be a new
and poetic experience to the parent,
if he will let it.
- Margaret Fuller

If you've never been hated by your child,
you've never been a parent.
- Bette Davis

As to that leisure evening of life, I must say that I do not want it.
I can conceive of no contentment of which toil is not
to be the immediate parent.
- Anthony Trollope


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