Quotes About Parents

I started taking piano lessons when I was about 5, and there was always a lot of music in my family: my parents both play instruments, my grandparents were classical violinists, and my grandfather was actually a music professor and a conductor.

— Adam Schlesinger

Students read for tests and because their parents ask them to, but I think it’s very important to tell children that you can read for fun, too, and to understand human spirit. It builds empathy.

— Adora Svitak

My parents homeschooled my sister and me for many years. Why? Because the local school insisted that I, being three, should go to preschool, and my sister, being five, should go to kindergarten. The problem? You learn your alphabet in preschool, and I was already reading chapter books.

— Adora Svitak

I’m Japanese, but restaurants in my hometown served the most sanitized versions of California rolls. I grew up eating a lot of Japanese food at home that my parents or grandparents made.

— Adrian Tomine

I was thinking about what it was like for my parents to have a strange kid with a hobby or a pursuit that maybe they weren’t that familiar with. It must have been a strange experience – nerve-wracking, in some ways.

— Adrian Tomine

Yes, I am Algerian of Moroccan origin through my parents, but all my life is Algeria. I was born there.

— Ahmed Ben Bella

When I go visit my mom in the retirement community where my parents live, she has a bunch of friends, and she will say, ‘These neighbors I play bridge with have a son with an idea,’ and it goes from there.

— Aileen Lee

I get bitter, angry and disbelieving and I tell my kids there a lot of idiots out there. I also want them to know that being successful is not the real world – that their parents get treated better because they’re on TV.

— Al Roker

I’ve been doing comedy since I was two. You know, kids who make other kids laugh. The sickness had set in! I could make my friends’ parents laugh I had a sense of what was silly and funny.

— Albert Brooks

Finding Nemo’ has spawned so many sort of emotions over the years. I don’t even know that you could really understand exactly what parents and kids are seeing in it, but they can see a lot of different stuff.

— Albert Brooks

From nine years old, I lived with fear. I saw our neighbours disappearing. I was scared that I would come home from school and my parents would not be there.

— Alek Wek

My house was very strange. I didn’t do things other kids did because my parents were very strict – I stayed at home, quiet in my room.

— Alessia Cara

I first picked up a guitar when I was ten years old my parents surprised me with it for my tenth birthday. I started taking lessons when I was thirteen, but only for a few months, and then I just kept teaching myself.

— Alessia Cara

Kids need to open up to their parents. And parents should realize that when kids are pushing you away, that’s the time to really step in.

— Alexa Vega

Always, as a child, I would go around the house, and if I found a word that I didn’t know the meaning of, I would write it down and ask my parents to define it and try to memorise it.

— Alexandra Adornetto

While my seemingly compulsive school-hopping has raised some eyebrows among my peers and caused my parents understandable consternation, I do not regret it.

— Alexandra Adornetto

I have never had other kids in the house… I had a huge collection of marbles, and they all had names, which I think concerned my parents. I used to go and sweep outside and talk to myself, and my mum’s friends would be over and say, ‘Do you realise she is talking to herself?’

— Alexandra Adornetto

My mom used to model when she was younger, before she went to law school, and I think she thought it was pretty cool. I think my parents saw that acting ultimately made me happy, even though it was a rough ride for a little bit.

— Alexandra Daddario

Boundaries move with time. It’s like being the oldest child. Your parents don’t know what to expect, but by the time the little sister comes along, it’s like, ‘Oh, staying out late with a boy – no big deal.’

— Alexandra Daddario

Wherever I look, I see signs of the commandment to honor one’s parents and nowhere of a commandment that calls for the respect of a child.

— Alice Miller

Like most parents, I think, my children have been the source of some of my most intense joys and despairs, my deepest moral dilemmas and greatest moral achievements.

— Alison Gopnik

Childhood is a fundamental part of all human lives, parents or not, since that’s how we all start out. And yet babies and young children are so mysterious and puzzling and even paradoxical.

— Alison Gopnik

Most of the time it’s the parents who recognise me. They try to tell their kids, ‘Look, it’s Giselle,’ and I say, ‘No, no, no, don’t ruin this for them,’ because I’m usually standing there with my hair sideways and no make-up on. And the kid is saying, ‘That is not Giselle. No way. That is some worn-out girl who really needs a bath.’

— Amy Adams

When I was younger, I just thought that my plans were probably going to be more exciting than my parents’ plans or the establishment. I sort of got by on being a little bit of a rebel.

— Amy Grant

Who would know but ten years ago that kids would be texting each other all the time, that that would be one of their main forms of communication. And so many times, these kids know more about the technology than their parents. And so many times, we’re putting kids in very adult situations and expecting them to behave like they’re 40 years old.

— Amy Klobuchar

I remember when I was prosecutor we had truancy and curfew issues and we made a refrigerator magnet, and that was hot with parents. They loved putting it up on the wall and saying, you know, if you don’t follow these rules, you could get prosecuted.

— Amy Klobuchar

So many times, these kids know more about the technology than their parents. And so many times, we’re putting kids in very adult situations and expecting them to behave like they’re 40 years old. Well, that’s just not going to happen.

— Amy Klobuchar

When I was prosecutor we had truancy and curfew issues and we made a refrigerator magnet, and that was hot with parents. They loved putting it up on the wall and saying, you know, if you don’t follow these rules, you could get prosecuted. Whether or not it actually happens, it changes a culture, and that’s part of what we’re trying to do here.

— Amy Klobuchar

It was so surreal, having my parents hear the President and First Lady saying to me, ‘Good to see you again! We’re so proud of you. We watched you on the Grammys and were like, ‘That’s our girl!’

— Andra Day

I always knew I would sing. I just didn’t know if I would be successful or not. But I sang at school, I sang at parties, I sang at church. Everyone always asked me to sing. I’d be playing football with my friends, and my parents would ask me to sing for their guests. I was never very happy about that because I wanted to play football.

— Andrea Bocelli

To believe that your husband, wife, parents, kids, boss, job, bank account, or body is even partly responsible for your emotions, to think that there are bullets ‘out there’ that you have to contend with, that there are stressful life events to overcome, is to miss something vital.

— Andrew J. Bernstein

As a child, I always enjoyed – my parents used to have these little cocktail parties – and I always loved trying to get the adults to tell me things they weren’t supposed to say. And in many ways, that’s what my job is today it’s getting people to tell me things that they probably are otherwise not supposed to say.

— Andrew Ross Sorkin

The most important role models should and could be parents and teachers. But that said, once you’re a teenager you’ve probably gotten as much of an example from your parents as you’re going to.

— Andrew Shue

Both my parents are Catholic and staunch believers. I’m not a Catholic now, but I still carry part of it with me.

— Andy Serkis

My parents are older, and they lead a somewhat sheltered life. It was difficult to talk with them about things that were embarrassing to me, and that I had never spoken to them about.

— Anita Hill

Technology moves so fast and social media moves so fast because everyone wants the new thing, but also, everyone wants to be where their parents are not. Once the mom got a Facebook and a Twitter and an Instagram, I don’t want to be there anymore.

— Ansel Elgort

Because we had no other relatives living in the U.K., me, my parents and my siblings continuously journeyed abroad to bond with our extended family.

— Anton du Beke

I always knew I wanted to be in films but didn’t want anyone to taunt my parents. So I excelled in studies. I was a topper in school and college, so when I decided to become a model, people said, ‘Oh your daughter is modeling,’ so at least my parents could say, ‘Yeah but she also came first in class.’

— Anushka Sharma

Growing up, my parents treated my brother and me with absolute equality.

— Anushka Sharma

My parents never gave me a nickname. But for my friends, I am everything from ‘Nushki’ to ‘Nusheshwar.’

— Anushka Sharma

I feel there is a great sense of achievement coming from a non-filmy background. But when you are going through a low phase, you don’t have anybody to advice you because your parents possibly can’t advice you on that.

— Anushka Sharma

My grandfather was facing this terror, my parents, myself.

— Ariel Sharon

Ellen Galinsky’s surveys at the Families and Work Institute pointed to a desirable norm for many parents for working not full-time, but part-time. And I get that. I mean, Norway has a 35-hour work week. That counts as part-time for us in the United States, you know. And Norway’s doing well, by the way.

— Arlie Russell Hochschild

I think of my parents as a single unit, and it’s interesting because they shared so much, and they were totally opposite. My mother, a Martha Graham dancer, had a classical background my father had a back-porch background.

— Arlo Guthrie

In this filmy world, you will have success today but may not have it tomorrow. But if you are prepared to face the challenge it throws, that’s when you should venture in this industry. I was ready for this and had all sorts of support from my parents.

— Armaan Malik

Teachers support evaluations based on multiple measures: student growth, classroom observation and feedback from peers and parents.

— Arne Duncan

Research shows that children do better in school and are less likely to drop out when fathers are involved. Engaged parents can strengthen communities, mentor and tutor students, and demonstrate through their actions how much they value their children’s education.

— Arne Duncan

We all have a role to play – the President, Congress, parents, students and schools – in making college affordable and keeping the middle class dream alive.

— Arne Duncan

I am the slave of my baptism. Parents, you have caused my misfortune, and you have caused your own.

— Arthur Rimbaud

During the 1942 Quit India Movement, I was a student at Gwalior High School. I was arrested by the British for participating in the movement. My parents then sent me off to my village where, again, I jumped into the movement.

— Atal Bihari Vajpayee

My parents took me to see plays, starting from when I was very little. Oftentimes, I was too young to understand. I don’t know what my parents were thinking – ‘Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf’ when I was eight years old, that kind of thing. So lots of times, I didn’t understand what was going on, but I just loved the sound of dialogue.

— Aaron Sorkin

My parents, they’re the kind of people that didn’t want me to get a big head, so they just kept challenging me and challenging me.

— Abby Wambach

My parents were both born in Virginia, of undistinguished families – second families, perhaps I should say.

— Abraham Lincoln

So I consider myself a dog person. Kind of. Had dogs when I was a kid, but my parents would never have dreamed of having them in the house.

— Abraham Verghese

My childhood was great, honestly. I have all these incredible memories of my childhood. I was an only child. I always had all my cousins around. I had my grandparents around. I had my parents around. I had my uncles around – whatever.

— Action Bronson

I auditioned in Chicago for Juilliard and didn’t get in. I was basically living in a back room of my parents’ house, paying rent and not doing anything with my life. I’d like to say it was patriotic to join the Marines, but it was also that I was doing nothing honorable with my life and spending too much time at McDonald’s.

— Adam Driver

We don’t understand why we’re here, no one’s giving us an answer, religion is vague, your parents can’t help because they’re just people, and it’s all terrible, and there’s no meaning to anything.

— Adam Driver

When I’m around the kids I feel like I act the most grown-up just because you’re supposed to. And I say things, like every other day, that remind me of my own parents.

— Adam Sandler

When I take my kid to school, all the parents stop and stare.

— Adam Sandler

When you’re around the kids, you feel like you act the most grown up just because you’re supposed to lead. I say things, like every other parent, that reminds you of your own parents. One thing I do know about being a parent, you understand why your father was in a bad mood a lot.

— Adam Sandler

My parents were vegetarians. I’d show up at school, this giant black kid, with none of the cool clothes and a tofu sandwich and celery sticks.

— Aisha Tyler

Not only was I the only black kid and the only poor kid, but my parents were transcendental meditation devotees, and I live in an ashram for a good portion of my childhood.

— Aisha Tyler

My parents were really political. The news was very important in our home. We basically had dinner every night while watching the news, and then we’d discuss it with our parents.

— Al Franken

Following Michael Brown’s death, I went to Ferguson and met with his parents. I stood with them as they tried to hold their heads high and deal with both their immense loss and the larger issues of police-community relations.

— Al Sharpton

I was a very un-literary child, which might reassure parents with kids who don’t read.

— Alain de Botton

Parents don’t reveal how often they have bitten their tongue, fought back the tears, or been too tired to take off their clothes after a day of childcare. The parent loves, but they do not expect the favour to be returned in any significant way.

— Alain de Botton

Parents become very good at not hearing the explicit words and listening instead to what the child means but doesn’t yet know how to say: ‘I’m lonely, in pain, frightened’ – distress which then unfairly comes out as an attack on the safest, kindest, most reliable thing in the child’s world: the parent.

— Alain de Botton

Some believe all that parents, tutors, and kindred believe. They take their principles by inheritance, and defend them as they would their estates, because they are born heirs to them.

— Alan Watts

Osama bin Laden characterized his terrorist activities as ‘defensive jihad,’ provoked by ‘debauched infidels’ bent on enslaving the Muslim world. The lead industry blamed ‘ignorant parents’ for applying lead paint to juvenile furniture.

— Albert Bandura

I have often been struck by the fact that most parents who are experiencing positive and rewarding relationships with their pre-adolescent children are, nevertheless, waiting apprehensively and bracing themselves for the stormy adolescent period.

— Albert Bandura

When I told my parents, ‘I’m going to be an actor,’ they screamed and wept and freaked out.

— Alec Baldwin

I think we are defined as human beings through our families, no matter what kind of family – through our relationships with parents, brothers and sisters.

— Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu

My parents taught me service – not by saying, but by doing. That was my culture, the culture of my family.

— Alice Walker

When I joined the freedom movement in Mississippi in my early 20s, it was to come to the aid of sharecroppers, like my parents, who had been thrown off the land they’d always known – the plantations – because they attempted to exercise their ‘democratic’ right to vote.

— Alice Walker

Create a garden bring children to farms for field trips. I think it’s important that parents and teachers get together to do one or two things they can accomplish well – a teaching garden, connecting with farms nearby, weave food into the curriculum.

— Alice Waters

Until the age of five, my parents spoke to me in Chinese or a combination of Chinese and English, but they didn’t force me to speak Mandarin. In retrospect, this was sad, because they believed that my chance of doing well in America hinged on my fluency in English. Later, as an adult, I wanted to learn Chinese.

— Amy Tan

My parents told me I would become a doctor and then in my spare time I would become a concert pianist. So, both my day job and my spare time were sort of taken care of.

— Amy Tan

My parents pretty much realized that I would do whatever I wanted, and that was it, really.

— Amy Winehouse

I was six when my parents divorced, and that was tough for me.

— Andie MacDowell

The sweetest thing we ever had was, like, animal crackers in the pantry. I think my parents sort of passively made sure that we didn’t have a lot of junk food at our disposal, and I think that helped me and all my siblings growing up with how to approach nutrition and eating right.

— Andrew Luck

When a lot of things are going the wrong way for a country, for a people, when you can’t really think of anything worse than a war, you always try to take life on the brighter side and that’s how I grew up with my parents.

— Andy Murray

When I was growing up, I wanted to adopt, because I was aware there were kids that didn’t have parents.

— Angelina Jolie

I’ve never had a very closely connected family. My parents split up when I was young and I was living with my mom for a little while, then I was kind of just on my own really young. It wasn’t some kind of global tragedy, it was just never really a very close-knit family. So there was support in the sense that they didn’t stand in my way.

— Ani DiFranco

My parents were really, really cool about supporting what I wanted to do at a really young age. I think I was about 10 when I caught the bug. They would drive me down to New York if there were auditions. When I was 12, I did this show on Broadway called ‘High Society,’ so we moved to New York for the run of that.

— Anna Kendrick

My parents got married late and they had kids late, so I never felt a social or cultural thing to be married or pregnant or a homeowner by a certain age.

— Anna Kendrick

I hate when people think you’re broken because your parents are divorced. And I really reject the idea of staying together for the kids. If they’re growing up in a house that’s not healthy, it’s better to know that’s not the model of what marriage should be.

— Anna Kendrick

As an actress, you’re perpetually about to be unemployed. That fear – when you have two parents who worked 9-to-5 jobs and went through periods of being unemployed – is real. Those were not welcome times in my childhood.

— Anna Kendrick

All parents should be aware that when they mock or curse gay people, they may be mocking or cursing their own child.

— Anna Quindlen

There is only room in the lifeboat of your life for one, and you always choose yourself, and turn your parents into whatever it takes to keep you afloat.

— Anna Quindlen

All parents are an embarrassment to their kids. Often, grandparents are the relief. Kids don’t have to resist you.

— Anne Lamott

Most marriages are a mess, and the children get caught between two bitter, antagonistic parents. My parents stayed married for 27 unhappy years, till their kids were grown, and this was a catastrophe for us.

— Anne Lamott

I spend a lot of my spare time with my family. My sisters, parents, and in-laws all live nearby.

— Anne Wojcicki

My parents were passionate about what they did, very cheap, and very focused on doing good in society.

— Anne Wojcicki

I was born in 1954. My parents were brought up in the war years, and life was hard.

— Annie Lennox

It is, of course, traditional in children’s literature to get rid of the parents.

— Anthony Horowitz

If my children were as unhappy as I was at school, I’d send them somewhere else, but it never occurred to my parents.

— Anthony Horowitz

In this country, it doesn’t make any difference where you were born. It doesn’t make any difference who your parents were. It doesn’t make any difference if, like me, you couldn’t even speak English until you were in your twenties.

— Arnold Schwarzenegger

I never thought in my life, I never really thought I would get married. I watched my parents go through a divorce, and I thought, like, this is just not something people are supposed to do.

— Ashton Kutcher

My hero when I was 14 was Sonny Liston. No matter what kinds of problems you were having with your parents or at school, whatever, Sonny Liston would go and knock guys out, and that made it all right.

— August Wilson

It is ironic that it doesn’t matter how successful I am in any other capacity: ultimately, my parents’ marker is ‘Do you have a wife?’ and ‘Do you have children?’

— Aasif Mandvi

My parents played the radio, but music was never an obsession or something that I thought I could call a career.

— Abigail Washburn

With ‘Smoke Signals,’ the character was so much like me growing up. I lost my parents, and I wish I’d had an opportunity to find out where they were. So I was reflecting on how I grew up, that feeling of abandonment. That whole film was a reality that I always held back and kept to myself.

— Adam Beach

Once you lose your parents, you get this numbness, this feeling of having to really be able to connect yourself with someone. I depended on my brothers for that connection, but to have that feeling of being taken care of… I lost it when my parents passed away.

— Adam Beach

When I was sixteen I started acting, and I also started to embrace my tradition and culture. I had a young medicine man interpret for me what it is to be an Indian. He really caught me at a good time because I was really vulnerable after the loss of my parents with all of the feelings of abandonment.

— Adam Beach

Acting has made me embrace my childhood. It’s become some weird form of therapy. It’s like I have a place where I can release all of these emotions. When I was playing Ira Hayes, I didn’t have to think about the death of my parents directly. It’s just there. I can blend it into Ira’s character. I can use Ira’s emotions as an outlet.

— Adam Beach

In theory, parents are supposed to empathize with one other – find common cause in the fervent desire to preserve and protect the world for the next generation, and connect on some deep, almost mystical level that those poor souls who have not experienced this kind of all-consuming love cannot possibly comprehend.

— Adam Mansbach

As might be supposed, my parents were quite poor, but we somehow never seemed to lack anything we needed, and I never saw a trace of discontent or a failure in cheerfulness over their lot in life, as indeed over anything.

— Albert J. Nock

My parents got me a $25 Kent steel-string acoustic guitar when I was around 12. The following Christmas, my parents bought me a Conora electric guitar. It looked almost like a Gretsch. It cost $59, and my mom still has it.

— Alex Lifeson

Both my parents are professors, and I never really saw people do any other jobs, so I didn’t really know how to want a different kind of job.

— Alexandra Kleeman

A woman’s body never really belongs to herself. As an infant, my body was my mother’s, a detachable extension of her own, a digestive passage clamped and unclamped from her body. My parents would watch over it, watch over what went into and out of it, and as I grew up, I would be expected to carry on their watching by myself.

— Alexandra Kleeman

When my parents met, my mother was a waitress and my father was a dockyard worker. They were part of that post-war better-yourself generation, so they both went to night school.

— Alison Owen

Can you believe approximately 17 percent of American children ages 2 to 19 years are obese? How about this fact: approximately 60 percent of overweight children ages 5 to 10 already have at least one risk factor for heart disease? We are all to blame for this – parents, schools, kids – all of us.

— Alison Sweeney

Once I started to grow up, I realised that my parents are normal people and they can make mistakes.

— Alfie Allen

I told my parents I wanted to be an actress years before I wrapped my head around what my dad did for a living. It’s not easy to explain the job of the television journalist, especially when a lot of my friends’ dads had jobs that were a lot easier to explain, like a lawyer, a banker or a doctor.

— Allison Williams

I’ve wanted to act since I was little, but my parents told me I couldn’t pursue it until after college. The understanding was that I was lucky enough to be able to go to college and that it’s important to being successful in life.

— Allison Williams

I feel that each and every one of us as individuals has a responsibility to one another. None of us would be here without the help of someone else – whether it be guardians, teachers, parents, relatives, etc. – someone contributed to your well being as a person. We’re all connected in so many different ways.

— Alonzo Mourning

I researched children’s rights, divorce law, and parental kidnapping. Millions of children and parents are touched by the inadequacy of the legal system to deal with the human heart.

— Amity Gaige

Several paranoid suspicions occurred to me, the worst of which was that my whole identity was merely a patched-together set of behaviors designed to keep my parents joined to each other – the repertoire of tricks of a small but intelligent dog.

— Amity Gaige

Grades can matter, especially for those students and parents who live for the next round of applications to graduate or professional schools. But there’s a problem with the grade emphasis. Math or science graduates earn more than students majoring in the humanities.

— Amity Shlaes

My family kept its history to itself. On the plus side, I didn’t have to hear nightmarish stories about the Holocaust, the pogroms, terrible illnesses, painful deaths. My elderly parents never even spoke about their ailments.

— Amy Bloom

I do think that maybe, even subconsciously, a lot of parents in the West are wondering, have we gone too far in the direction of coddling and protecting – you know, you see kids, sometimes that seem very rude and disrespectful. And the more important thing is they don’t seem that happy.

— Amy Chua

In Chinese culture, it wouldn’t occur to kids to question or talk back to their parents. In American culture, kids in books, TV shows and movies constantly score points with their snappy back talk. Typically, it’s the parents who need to be taught a life lesson – by their children.

— Amy Chua

Some parents let their kids sleep at other people’s houses, where they drink alcohol, watch TV for hours and God knows what else. But if you say you have to get all A’s and practice the violin for two hours, then they consider that abusive. That upsets me.

— Amy Chua

When I’m not the Tiger Mom, I’m a professor at Yale Law School, and if one thing is clear to me from years of teaching, it’s that there are many ways to produce fabulous kids. I have amazing students some of them have strict parents, others have lenient parents, and many come from family situations that defy easy description.

— Amy Chua

When I was little, my parents really only wanted me to be a scientist or a doctor they had never even heard of law school. I think even these days if you were to tell your mother you want to be a fashion designer, or an artist or a writer, a lot of Asian parents would be alarmed because they don’t think that’s a secure career.

— Amy Chua

I kind of – I like my life I feel I have lots of opportunities. And my parents actually having had such high expectations for me – I would say it’s the greatest gift that anyone has ever given me. I complained a lot when I was little, but that’s how I feel now. And that’s why I tried to do the same with my two daughters.

— Amy Chua

The Chinese model calls for giving your kids very little choice – and I’ve come to see that you can go too far with that. On the other hand, I also believe that Western parents sometimes give their young kids too much choice.

— Amy Chua

I think the biggest difference is that I’ve noticed Western parents seem much more concerned about their children’s psyches, their self-esteem, whereas tough immigrant parents assume strength rather than fragility in their children and therefore behave completely differently.

— Amy Chua

The building in the Bronx where I grew up was filled with mostly Holocaust survivors. My two best friends’ parents both survived the camps. Everyone in my grandparents’ building had tattoos. I’d go shopping with my grandparents, and the butcher, the baker, everybody in the whole neighborhood had tattoos.

— Amy Heckerling

I always knew I would come to London. I loved Glasgow, but it seemed filled with echoes of my parents’ lives, and sometimes you just want a city of your own.

— Andrew O’Hagan

My parents just neglected me, I wasn’t abused or anything.

— Andy Dick

It’s impossible to write and produce a record when your parents are dying. I really tried, I really, really tried, but it just wouldn’t come.

— Anita Baker

You see an absolutely brilliant film later, as an adult, and you walk out thinking about what to have for dinner. Whereas something like Jaws winds up having a huge effect on me. If only my parents had been taking me to Kurosawa films when I was eight, but no.

— Ann Patchett

I think I’m a global citizen. My parents came from China, were educated in France and emigrated to the United States. And I think that opened up my mind to be able to live and work anywhere.

— Anna Sui

I have a profound resistance to the idea that a reader could say, ‘Oh, well, that’s her story.’ We should all be interested, no matter where we come from, or who our parents are. It’s not my province it’s ours. These questions concern us all.

— Anne Michaels

I believe that it is our human right to be parents and women. And there’s no contradiction between feminism, which means women should have all that they are entitled to, all that they can do, all the opportunities that they can take advantage of they should have.

— Anne Roiphe

I was very lucky in that my parents were very broad-minded. Because they had come from another country and hadn’t been able to fulfill their dreams, they wanted me to be more of myself, if you know what I mean.

— Anne-Marie Duff

My parents were of the opinion, because they had started skating very young, that you should have something that you do that you care about, because it structures your life as you’re growing up.

— Anton Yelchin

When I first started painting, I had an interesting nightmare about Cleveland – I dreamed the houses there were encased in this free-floating cage structure. I guess Cleveland was a confining place for me, even though my parents weren’t too conservative.

— April Gornik

That’s what I think our jobs as parents are, to educate as much as possible… I tell them to follow their bliss. The people who follow their bliss in this world tend to be the more happier people.

— Art Alexakis

I grew up in London. My parents and I lived in West Norwood, then we moved to Norbury, and I went to the Brit School. I’m a South London girl at heart.

— Ashley Madekwe

When my parents were paying for my sport, it wasn’t just me out on the ice. Pretty much every dollar my mom made teaching went into my skating.

— Ashley Wagner

Some skaters, they live for skating, and they are home-schooled. I’m very lucky my parents let me go to school and have a normal life.

— Ashley Wagner

My parents told me, ‘Skating is a privilege, not a right, and school always comes first.’

— Ashley Wagner

As a child, I was spoilt by my parents as an only son. They indulged my every whim, and I grew up in luxury.

— Asif Ali Zardari

As a kid, I thought movies were boring. My parents would hire VHS recorders for the weekend and watch Bollywood movies. I’d get bored and go out to Stoke Newington common to play football.

— Asif Kapadia

My parents taught me to believe that through the creative act, we’re able to transcend and give a response to desecration.

— Atom Egoyan

I was born in Israel, to Canadian parents. My father immigrated in 1948, part of a wave of young men and women who came as pioneers, to fight for a Jewish homeland. Their motive was in large part a reaction to the Holocaust, and their slogan was ‘Never Again.’

— Ayelet Waldman

Gym class was, of course, where the strongest, best-looking kids were made captains and chose us spazzes last. More important, it was where the figures of supposed authority allowed them to do so. Forget the work our parents did molding our minds and values. Everything fell apart as soon as we put on those maroon polyester gym suits.

— Ayelet Waldman

The thing is, my fantasies about being a parent always involved fighting for my unpopular child, doing for her what my own parents couldn’t do for me when I was a girl. I am so ready to be that little girl’s mother.

— Ayelet Waldman

I tend to approach giving interviews with the same sense of circumspection and restraint as I approach my writing. That is to say, virtually none. When asked what I made of blogs like my own, blogs written by parents about their children, I said, ‘A blog like this is narcissism in its most obscene flowering.’

— Ayelet Waldman

My kids are incredibly secure. More and more of their friends’ parents are divorcing, but my kids have absolute confidence that we’ll stay together forever. That goes a long, long way.

— Ayelet Waldman

My co-founder Dylan Smith and I left our junior year of college to move to the Bay Area. To the horror of our friends’ parents, we actually had two other friends drop out of college to work on the product. The four of us were just working non-stop growing Box.

— Aaron Levie

The biggest misconception people have about me is that when they see how young I am, they think, ‘Oh, this guy must have always wanted to be in politics his parents must have been politically connected.’ I’m a finance major and always intended to go into business.

— Aaron Schock

I did swimming, gymnastics, dance, and the acting was just a small part. I didn’t have pushy parents it wasn’t forced upon me. They just said, ‘See if you like it. If you do, great if you don’t, don’t worry about it.’ I was really fortunate to have that guidance and supportive parents.

— Aaron Taylor-Johnson

We just sort of thought a Web series would be a cool thing to be able to send to our parents to show them that we were, in fact, actually doing comedy.

— Abbi Jacobson

I was lucky enough to have an older brother who shared the splatter flicks with me, and I had parents who were cool and involved enough in my life to allow me to see them. I think my folks appreciated that I looked at these movies as a creative outlet… almost like magic shows, if you will.

— Adam Green

My parents’ convictions, when it came to discipline, were not very strong. For my bar mitzvah, I gave out a mix tape of ’90s grunge – if you got it now, you would think it was the ‘Singles’ soundtrack.

— Adam Pally

When I was a little kid, my parents would show me Marx Brothers’ films and westerns and stuff like that. That’s where all my desire to be an actor comes from and probably most of my understanding of acting comes from for sure.

— Alden Ehrenreich

My parents used to do these little film festivals in our house where we’d watch all the Marx Brothers movies, or Chaplin movies, and a lot of westerns.

— Alden Ehrenreich

I have two homes, like someone who leaves their hometown and/or parents and then establishes a life elsewhere. They might say that they’re going home when they return to see old friends or parents, but then they go home as well when they go to where they live now. Sarajevo is home, Chicago is home.

— Aleksandar Hemon

I started off when I was seven years old doing musicals. I was in ‘Les Miserables’ and ‘The Sound of Music,’ and my mum’s an actress. My parents divorced when I was young, and when she couldn’t find a babysitter, I was in the wings, sleeping.

— Alicia Vikander

I can’t remember exactly how old I was when my parents gave me my first camera, but it was a Canon, and I was certainly far too young to have such a good camera.

— Alison Jackson

I think my parents had in mind that I would settle down at quite a young age, but I decided that being a housewife in a big country house wasn’t for me.

— Alison Jackson

I think my parents had in mind that I would settle down at quite a young age, but I decided that being a housewife in a big country house wasn’t for me. I wanted to leave the country, head for London and see what the world had to offer.

— Alison Jackson

I get along great with my family. My parents are really proud of me and my brother, who’s a chef here in New York. I don’t see my parents often, but they’re very supportive, especially as I get older.

— Alison Mosshart

Rock gives children, on a silver platter, with all the public authority of the entertainment industry, everything their parents always used to tell them they had to wait for until they grew up and would understand later.

— Allan Bloom

I had very literal parents and I wanted to survive with metaphor and art, and there was a real sense of shame around it.

— Amanda Palmer

My parents cultured me a lot and they introduced me to a lot of artists, a lot of their friends.

— Amber Tamblyn

During my childhood in Cyprus, the British talked about the Cypriots as if the Cypriots were outsiders in their own country. And even though I was born in Cyprus, my parents were American, and so I was an outsider in the land of my birth.

— Angela Bowie

My parents had no interest in spending a lot of time with me. They were busy doing what they were doing, but they were not obnoxious. They were fabulous.

— Angela Bowie

There are so many cruel decisions parents have to make when their child dies. The funeral director requested a sheet for the coffin, and I sent the cozy flannel one, pale blue with happy snowmen, that had just been put away with the winter linens.

— Ann Hood

In New Orleans, where I’m from, the average household income, with two working parents, two kids, a dog and a little fence is $16,000 a year, so $15,000 for a movie sounds pretty good.

— Anthony Mackie

Luckily my parents were not against my ambition, they’ve always been very supportive. But they were adamant that I went to university first.

— Archie Panjabi

Chum was a British boy’s weekly which, at the end of the year was bound into a single huge book and the following Christmas parents bought it as Christmas presents for male children.

— A. E. van Vogt

My world was completely different to other boys my age. When I was six I was earning money, and by 10 I was paying more tax than the parents of other pupils. I feel a lot older than my years. Because I was working with adults, I had to mature a lot quicker.

— Aaron Johnson

The thing about travelling is that you work hard and play hard, but you can do all those things without your parents knowing.

— Aaron Johnson

I live in Las Vegas with my family, and I never realized what my parents would go through to get me to a five-minute audition.

— Adam Hicks

My parents are my major supporters. I look up to Denzel Washington, Jack Nicholson and Jim Carrey. They have all opened my mind and helped me with my craft.

— Adam Hicks

You look up to your parents and you want them to accept you, and you don’t want them to look at you in a negative light. So you do things to make them proud and accept you.

— Adepero Oduye

I would ask my parents something, but then go to my siblings. We were encouraged to bounce ideas off everyone.

— Ahmet Zappa

My parents told us how they felt but never imposed their beliefs on us, although I appreciate I got a healthy sense of democracy from them.

— Ahmet Zappa

On my parents’ scale of values, the more Western something was, the more cultured it was considered.

— Amos Oz

Whenever I have a play or opening or anything going on in my career, my parents always come up and see it.

— Andre Holland

With ‘Selma,’ I grew up in Alabama, 45 minutes away from Selma. I have gone to that commemorative march many times with my parents.

— Andre Holland

My parents are from Ghana. Until I was 17, I thought you had to go to college. I had no idea. I didn’t know it was not an option.

— Ato Essandoh

My wife is the most wonderful woman in the world, and my parents are the most extraordinary father and mother.

— Akhil Sharma

My parents, especially my mother, were no influence on me whatsoever.

— Andy Partridge

The first time I ever heard the blues, my parents had a stack of records that they weren’t using anymore. I found them when I was ten I didn’t know what it was. But I found Lightnin’ Hopkins.

— Ato Essandoh

Well, I was always really mature for my age. I’m an above-age reader. I’m not trying to come off like, ‘I have a high IQ number. My parents gave me the test.’ That’s the way I was, I guess. I am still a kid. I love doing kid activities. I’m such a kid, but when I’m on set, I do like to be professional.

— Atticus Shaffer

It was a lot of fun being a child actress. It suited me. I don’t think it suits everybody, but I was in it because I had a passion, not because my parents wanted me to make money. If other kids want to do it, and they really like acting, go for it.

— Alanna Ubach

One of my sisters is physically and mentally handicapped. She took a lot of my parents’ attention, so I grew up in my own world, playing in my room for hours and hours.

— Alex Kingston

Acting was important, but it was not as important as getting an education, and I credit my parents with a lot of that.

— Alexander Gould

I’m from Boston, and I get easily overwhelmed in New York, so I go to Boston and stay with my parents for a few months at a time to write, or edit, or just to cry.

— Alex Karpovsky

My parents never forced things on my brother and me: not our faith, not our sports, not our friends. Yet they taught us about surrounding ourselves with the right people: the kind of people we want to be.

— Amanda Borden

I was a complete tomboy. I loved wandering out in storms or walking on the beaches in the dark. It was a very free upbringing, and I’m grateful to my parents for that.

— Amanda Burton

Back in high school, I went on dates, but I was too focused on my career. My parents were like, ‘It’s nice to have a boyfriend, but it’s even nicer to own your house when you’re 21.’

— Amber Riley

My parents always instilled knowing that your beautiful, that your fearfully and wonderfully made, and that you know who you are.

— Amber Riley

Everyone’s parents were famous actors at my school, pretty much! I think I went to school with Paris Hilton when I was three. That’s what L.A. is, though – it’s an industry town. You go to school with kids and you think, ‘Well that’s normal, they make movies.’

— Alice Eve

Kids can really get better quickly. Here’s another thing I would like to say: Kids should never be coached by their parents, ever. They should be as natural as possible.

— Allison Jones

I’m quite an emotional person. I cry a lot. I do not like conflict, so if I have an argument with my parents, I’ll often cry. I become too emotional.

— Ana Ivanovic

My parents signed me up for classical guitar lessons, which made for two years of the most depressing Wednesday evenings.

— Andrew Garfield

I used to stay up at night and sneak into the TV room, past my parents, who were asleep, to watch Saturday Night’s ‘Main Event.’ That’s how I started watching SNL. On accident.

— Andy Samberg

As I got older, I never considered that tons of people were watching me on television every week. I give a nod to my parents for keeping me as normal as I could be in an un-normal adult world.

— Angela Cartwright

As parents, we teach our children to do what’s right.

— Ann Callis

I’ve been acting since second grade, telling stories, making my parents laugh here and there, so I’m hoping my ‘thing’ is acting. But I also make a really good bread pudding.

— Anna Camp

My father was from Northern Ireland, and coming from somewhere like that, your faith defines you. That’s something we don’t really understand outside Northern Ireland, but because of my parents and grandparents, I’ve experienced it.

— Anna Maxwell Martin

I was always a show girl. My parents were wonderful. There wasn’t a lot going on where we lived, but they ferried me to classes and competitions all over the place. When I was 12, I came to London as a finalist in a singing competition and I was completely wide-eyed.

— Anna Maxwell Martin

What mothers need, as well as fathers, spouses, and the children of aging parents, is an entire national infrastructure of care, every bit as important as the physical infrastructure of roads, bridges, tunnels, broadband, parks and public works.

— Anne-Marie Slaughter

Believe it or not, we will actually be better and happier workers if we are allowed to be better parents. We might even rediscover our capacity for fun.

— Anne-Marie Slaughter

I grew up with parents who were English professors at Wichita State University, and we were more liberal-minded as a family than most of the people I hung out with in Wichita. During summers, we went off to Telluride, Colorado, where I’ve returned every summer since I was born.

— Antonya Nelson

I have three brothers and one sister, and I’m the third child. Sometimes people say, ‘It’s only natural you would become a writer – your parents were English professors.’ But my four siblings were brought up in the exact same household, and no one else became a writer or an English professor.

— Antonya Nelson

So many people grew up in the church, and you can have an awesome upbringing, but I made a personal conviction I made a personal decision when I was very young. I enjoy going to church without my parents. On Sunday mornings, I want to go. Bible studies on Wednesdays… I have a relationship – not just through my parents.

— AJ Michalka

Orphans, dead parents, lonely children at Christmas, morose spoken word recordings, everything you love about the holidays. Move the turkey over so you can fit your head in the oven.

— April Winchell

I have two lovely parents who support everything I do, two siblings, and three beautiful nieces. My house is always filled with laughter and fun!

— Ariel Winter

If you’ve got kids who aren’t being looked after by their parents, there’s only so many times you can try and intervene to get that right.

— Adam Giles

I was born in St. Lucia on January 23, 1915. My parents, who were both school teachers, had immigrated there from Antigua about a dozen years before.

— Arthur Lewis

Some twins feel like they need to compare themselves to each other, but we’re not that way. That’s because of my parents, though, and having six kids in the family.

— Ashley Olsen

When I was 4, my parents took me to see a musical, and I was like, ‘I want to do that!’ I started doing all sorts of musical camps and a lot of professional theater. I took dance classes for 10 years, too – I was never the most amazing kid in the other classes, but tap stuck with me for some reason.

— Aubrey Peeples

For me, the toughest thing for kids to deal with is when the parents are fighting. It’s not violence on them – it’s the feeling of violence in the family.

— Avi Arad

I just always knew I wanted to be an actor. I gave my Emmy acceptance speech when I was 11. But, I wasn’t allowed to do plays and things like that. It was considered dangerous. My parents didn’t think it was safe for a girl to do that, and they definitely didn’t think it was interesting to participate in the arts.

— Azita Ghanizada

In 1979, when I was toddler, the Russians invaded Afghanistan, and my whole family fled to Vienna, Virginia. Far from home, my parents were determined to raise my two sisters and me according to Afghan traditions.

— Azita Ghanizada

Luckily, thanks to the way my parents taught me, I think I can handle the fame in the right manner.

— Alessandro Del Piero

I could never call myself an atheist my parents could, quite happily. I always felt like there was a little bit more out there, and was always into observing the world from a slightly more spiritual, as opposed to scientific, perspective.

— Alex Clare

I want parents out there to know that it’s totally natural for kids to make believe and play games. It does not mean your child is going to be transgendered. And even if it were true, why is it such a horrible thing?

— Alexis Arquette

I’m from a big family I have four younger siblings. My parents are still happily married together. I grew up moving around a lot, and my family was certainly not affluent.

— Alice Greczyn

Like so many aspiring writers who still have boxes of things they’ve written in their parents’ houses, I filled notebooks with half-finished poems and stories and first paragraphs of novels that never got written.

— Ally Carter

It’s a sad moment, really, when parents first become a bit frightened of their children.

— Ama Ata Aidoo

I grew up in northwest London on a council estate. My parents are Irish immigrants who came over here when they were very young and worked in menial jobs all their lives, and I’m one of many siblings.

— Amanda Hale

When I was ten, I caught glandular fever and had to have a year off school. My parents arranged for a tutor to keep me on track with my studies.

— Anne Sebba

The challenge of writing books for teenagers is walking the fine line between truth and what the publishers, parents, and the more conservative librarians want to hear.

— Annette Curtis Klause

Mysteries, like the Masonic rites, are ones parents and elders are sworn not to reveal to the uninitiated, which include all children. And so we sought for signs.

— Anthony Hecht

I remember learning new words, trying to figure out what common things like cider, finding myself upset that my parents couldn’t help me understand this new culture, that it was up to me to interpret for them as well as myself.

— An Na

Anyone who loses a parent, you have to find those parts of yourself that your parent held true in themselves, especially if they’re supportive parents.

— Anthony Rapp

My mum was a dancer when she was a kid. Then my parents met and eventually had an art gallery my dad taught himself how to frame pictures, and then he was a curator at an art gallery in the city I’m from. I’m an only child.

— Ari Millen

I haven’t really rebelled. I just think my parents were right. I never disagreed with anything that I was brought up with, in terms of their values or politics.

— Ariel Levy

Kids with Down syndrome are, by and large, quite affectionate and relatively guileless, and frequently, the attachments to them grow and deepen. And the meaning that parents find in it grows and deepens.

— Andrew Solomon

The courts don’t remove children from their home because the child underperformed at school or required extra long walks or a game of basketball in order to blow off the steam all 5-year-olds have. It’s because the parents were unfit, not the kids.

— Angela Featherstone

My dad died, I think, at 87. So I’ll be lucky if I make 87. But in a lot of cases, the younger people live longer than their parents. And they know more. My dad used to tell me he ate the hog from his rooter to his tooter. So do I when I’m not trying to lose weight.

— B. B. King

I didn’t want to disrespect my parents, so I never played blues around the house. But I knew then, same as I know today, that I wasn’t doing anything wrong. I think that before they died, they both felt very proud of me.

— B. B. King

As kids do, they’re smart, and even if parents try to keep things away from them, conflict and issues and whatnot, kids pick up on what’s happening.

— Anna Gunn

My parents called me their wise little baby. I was mature when I was 4 or 5. My brother and sister were older, so I was raised by four adults.

— Annabeth Gish

I treasure my meetings with individuals affected by autism – parents, children, teachers and friends. Their strength is inspiring. They deserve all possible opportunities for education, employment and integration.

— Ban Ki-moon

Bias has to be taught. If you hear your parents downgrading women or people of different backgrounds, why, you are going to do that.

— Barbara Bush

After ‘The Poisonwood Bible’ was published, several people believed that my parents were missionaries, which could not be further from the truth.

— Barbara Kingsolver

Parents of young children should realize that few people, and maybe no one, will find their children as enchanting as they do.

— Barbara Walters

I’ve had situations where producers would be like, ‘Could you meet me? Take the train don’t tell your parents.’

— Bebe Rexha

I was very obsessed with my music, and I think that, as a young girl, I really wanted to get into this business, and I don’t think my parents really knew how to protect me.

— Bebe Rexha

It was a mixed blessing to have famous parents. It was tough to go to auditions and be bad, since I couldn’t be anonymous.

— Ben Stiller

On the average, older parents are more flexible, tolerant, understanding, and happy in child care.

— Benjamin Spock

We all end up at least somewhat like our parents, especially in the way we deal with our children.

— Benjamin Spock

Parents, teachers, clergy and physicians change lives with their words. It is hypnotic for a child or patient to hear an authority figure’s words. As I am always sharing, ‘wordswordswords’ can become ‘swordswordswords,’ and we can kill or cure with either words or swords.

— Bernie Siegel

I’m a surfer at heart. Both my parents moved to Hawaii in the 1970s, where they met and became Christians. Then they taught me and my two brothers how to love the Lord – and how to surf!

— Bethany Hamilton

We’re African-American and we work together as a family, so people assume we’re like the Jacksons. But I didn’t have parents using me to get out of a bad situation.

— Beyonce Knowles

I didn’t always spell my name Bil. My parents named me Bill, but when I started drawing cartoons on the wall, they knocked the ‘L’ out of me.

— Bil Keane

You may find that your parents are the most delightful people, but you don’t want to live with them.

— Bill Bryson

My parents have a ridiculous work ethic my dad just works, works, works, works, works. I think it would be hard to find a guy who’s logged more hours than that guy.

— Bill Burr

We’ve got too many young girls, who don’t know how to parent, turning themselves into parents.

— Bill Cosby

If you have one of the worst schools in the city, then chances are the teachers are not going to care for you. Chances are the parents don’t feel seriously about coming to meet with teachers.

— Bill Cosby

When I was growing up, my parents were almost involved in various volunteer things. My dad was head of Planned Parenthood. And it was very controversial to be involved with that.

— Bill Gates

My parents were supportive. I didn’t have good grades, but they could tell I wasn’t lazy.

— Bill Hader

The only solution to the violence problem in America is a return to traditional parental involvement. This should be encouraged by every elected official. Also, the abandonment and neglect of children by their parents should have civil consequences.

— Bill O’Reilly

Many children fully realize their parents see them as astonishing creatures and incorporate that into their daily presentations. That is, they throw their stuff on the floor because if you are truly amazing you can pretty much do what you want. Right?

— Bill O’Reilly

My parents always looked like they loved being together. That’s what I took from them, and that’s how my wife and I are. I still feel like we’re dating.

— Billy Crystal

Losing my parents, who I admired, loved and needed, it took a long time to be able to move on.

— Billy Crystal

Occasionally I’ve seen children become heavy-handed and insensitive when dealing with their aging parents, and it only caused resentment and hard feelings.

— Billy Graham

I was in a show choir. I can’t sing or dance to save my life, but I was very passionate. People said my parents paid the choir director to let me in. It was actually the parents who started that one!

— Blake Lively

I always loved music. You know, my parents said I started singing when I was 4, in the car.

— Bob Seger

The biggest thrill a ballplayer can have is when your son takes after you. That happened when my Bobby was in his championship Little League game. He really showed me something. Struck out three times. Made an error that lost the game. Parents were throwing things at our car and swearing at us as we drove off. Gosh, I was proud.

— Bob Uecker

The Bible is big in my teaching. It’s a wonder the ACLU didn’t get after me pretty good. I really kept thinking they would. I took my boys to church. I took my football team to church. I only did it two times a year. Before I signed a kid, I’d write the parents and I’d tell that parent we were gong to take your son to church twice.

— Bobby Bowden

My parents put skates on me at age 2, the way it should be if you’re serious, and I’ve always liked it.

— Bonnie Blair

Playing guitar was one of my childhood hobbies, and I had played a little at school and at camp. My parents would drag me out to perform for my family, like all parents do, but it was a hobby – nothing more.

— Bonnie Raitt

I’ve been able to help my family financially since making my first hit record. I bought my parents a house. My husband and I have a property in Portugal and one in Mumbles, Wales, and my family are always coming out to visit us. It has been fantastic to have such a successful career and to have been able to help everyone.

— Bonnie Tyler

Sometimes I laugh with my parents, and sometimes I yell at them, and both are therapeutic.

— Brie Larson

My parents called me the WB frog. Because when I was onstage, I would do this whole song and dance, but if my parents had a family friend over, I would just go hide in the bedroom.

— Brie Larson

If you are going through something with one of your parents, you know that there is this feeling inside you constantly that something is wrong. Even if you want to pretend that it doesn’t matter to you or you don’t care, the truth of the matter is that you do, because they are your parents and you love them.

— Brad Goreski

My parents gave me a strict upbringing, which at times has caused me to suffer distress but today I am grateful to them for it.

— Brigitte Bardot

I guess it’s because I do have a younger audience that, you know, parents worry about the role model thing. But when I was younger, I looked up to people, but I never wanted to be them. I always had my own identity. I’m an entertainer when I’m on stage, and they need to explain that to their kids. That’s not my job to do that.

— Britney Spears

Kids, help your parents if they don’t know how to use a smartphone.

— Buzz Aldrin

At the end of the day, we get to be parents, greeting our lovely, crazy children and talking about their day, making sure they brush their teeth, so all the tension from our day is tabled… until the next.

— Brad Pitt

Our children are counting on us to provide two things: consistency and structure. Children need parents who say what they mean, mean what they say, and do what they say they are going to do.

— Barbara Coloroso

Given the choice, children who don’t want for anything will not save… We have an obligation as parents to give our children what they need. What they want we can give them as a special gift, or they can save their money for it.

— Barbara Coloroso

I had Hallowe’en parties every year, as it was my birthday five days before. My parents would actually put prosthetic noses on, and my dad would wear a top-hat and tails, put on a fake curly moustache, and hold a pipe.

— Bat for Lashes

My parents are so cool, so chill, super hip. They know what’s up.

— Becky G

When politicians say, ‘Oh, parents should supervise their kids’ Internet use,’ it drives me crazy.

— Beeban Kidron

There is nothing worse that a thirteen-year-old boy. You’re embarrassed by your parents, and you’re trying to find your independance because, deep inside, you are so dependent on your mom.

— Ben Affleck

At 15 I had moved out of my parents’ place, and my options were looking pretty narrow. But I had this acting thing and I just wanted to be able to keep going because it was really good. That was all I wanted.

— Ben Mendelsohn

The very rough story is this: Melbourne boy, out of both my parents’ houses at a young age, lived with my grandmother, drama teacher twisted me into doing this TV thing that I thought my mates were doing, too.

— Ben Mendelsohn

Although I was born to famous parents, I know and feel the problems of ordinary citizens.

— Benigno Aquino III

You grow up a certain way, and you make decisions within your family, but then you go to college, and the decisions become harder. You are away from home, from the influence of your parents, dealing with peer pressure. There’s a lot of stuff that goes on in college.

— Benjamin Watson

Kill all the rich people. Break up their cars and apartments. Bring the revolution home, kill your parents, that’s where it’s really at.

— Bill Ayers

I was taught by my parents that people who are loud don’t have anything to say. I’ve found if you’re suggesting quite big changes, a quiet style may be reassuring.

— Bill Drayton

I lived on the farm with my parents and grandparents. I had no playmates as a young child, and I was indulged. I helped my grandmother piece quilts, and we made pretty albums, an old-fashioned pastime. We cut poems and pictures out of magazines.

— Bobbie Ann Mason

When I made ‘Who Needs Pictures,’ my first album, I had been west of the Mississippi River one time in my life, and that was in fourth grade. We traveled to California for vacation and stayed with some friends of my parents. It was culture shock, and it was different.

— Brad Paisley

Actually, I was born in Las Vegas. My parents moved to Utah when I was eight because, after 40 years in Vegas, they were tired of it. We ended up in Nephi, a really small town in Utah.

— Brandon Flowers

When I wrote ‘Runaways,’ I was a naive kid who thought that all parents were evil. Now that I’m a wise old man with children of my own, I am certain that all parents are evil.

— Brian K. Vaughan

We build schools and give government loans and grants to college kids for those of us who are parents, tuition will often be the last big subsidy we give the children we’ve raised.

— Bill McKibben

Because of the fact that we’ve been through so much, we’re going to appreciate every step of being parents. I think we’re going to savor it and cherish it and we’re going to be the best parents we can be.

— Bill Rancic

My parents were out of town and sent me to stay at my grandma’s house. That’s where I learned how to make pancakes. I served them to all the old ladies who lived on her block. After the meal, they each left a $5 bill next to their plates. I thought, ‘Hey, I’m onto something here.’

— Bill Rancic

One important lesson is this: It is okay to try and fail at something, but it isn’t okay to not try. Parents need to encourage their kids, and it all starts in the home.

— Bill Rancic

A misperception about anorexia is that you don’t eat. Not true. Maybe you eat just 500 calories a day. It would be easy for me to say, ‘Why didn’t my parents notice?’ But I didn’t want them to. I made sure to eat half a sandwich around my parents.

— Brittany Snow

I grew up doing all that stuff because I was obsessed with the ’50s. I had sock hops for birthday parties. So I’ve always done The Twist and stuff. It was pretty natural and, with my parents doing it all the time, I’d just copy them. Not very pretty.

— Brittany Snow

I would have thought that I would have become one of those parents – just because it’s my nature to be such a perfectionist – that anything falling short, I would have seen as a failure. But something has happened to me over the past few years – it’s not Zen, believe me, I’m not at all Zen – but I’m so appreciative of even the chaos.

— Brooke Shields

The idea of community and helping others has always been a part of who I am. Growing up, my parents always made sure that my siblings and I were doing our part to serve our local community.

— Blake Mycoskie

Education is a shared commitment between dedicated teachers, motivated students and enthusiastic parents with high expectations.

— Bob Beauprez

I’ve always been a family entertainer. Every show I have done has been suitable for any age – parents never need to worry that, if they pop out of the room, I’ll say anything untoward.

— Bruce Forsyth

When I was coming of age, I remembered reading and studying the initial ideas within the feminist movement. There was this idea with my parents’ generation that in order to find equality, a woman would need to behave like a man.

— Bryce Dallas Howard

I feel like I almost didn’t grow up in the business, because my parents worked so hard at sheltering us from that. I was raised in Connecticut. And I honestly wasn’t aware that my dad was a celebrity until I moved to Los Angeles a year ago.

— Bryce Dallas Howard

My parents taught me many of the things that people need in life to feel confident: practical things, such as managing finances, mucking out the goat barn, cleaning a house, doing repairs, mending a broken roof or a toilet.

— Bryce Dallas Howard

My parents would never throw the kids in first class for the flights they’d be up front, and we’d be economy – we knew we were lucky just to be travelling.

— Bryce Dallas Howard

When I was seven, I was allowed to be an extra in ‘Parenthood,’ which was amazing. But then I kind of got addicted to it, and my parents didn’t want me to want to act. They felt that would be putting your kid in an adult world.

— Bryce Dallas Howard

Parents are the ultimate role models for children. Every word, movement and action has an effect. No other person or outside force has a greater influence on a child than the parent.

— Bob Keeshan

I’m in the middle of my own ‘Project Runway’ challenge given to me by my daughter’s preschool. All the parents have to make an outfit for their kids, for school pictures, made entirely out of recycled objects. I can not believe I have homework.

— Busy Philipps

Maybe there are logical reasons for a gay person not to have a great relationship with their parents – not because there’s a parent who made him gay, but just because it may be difficult to understand everything.

— B. D. Wong

Asian people are very practical and come from a conservative world. The parents want their kids to be doctors and lawyers. There are casting calls for Asian children, but once the parents find out the children might miss school, they’re opposed to it.

— B. D. Wong

I knew everything in the forest. I had a secret home tree, where I pretty much lived. I also liked rooftops and streetlamps. My parents would get calls saying ‘He’s out there again.’

— Bas Rutten

My hair used to be real long, and my parents were encouraged when I cut it. They thought I was going ‘straight,’ but I was just getting weirder – at least in their eyes. I was getting into the punk thing.

— Billy Idol

For missionary entrepreneurs, the dream outcome is to build an ‘Internet treasure’ – a brand that defines a generation, proves that we are better than our parents, and becomes something we couldn’t live without.

— Bing Gordon

Part of our responsibility as parents, as adults, is to set examples for children. But we have to like children in order to be really happy fulfilled adults.

— Bobby McFerrin

One I built when I was a kid, and it was a real miniature of Disneyland. I fell in love with the park when I went there with my parents on my 12th birthday.

— Bobby Sherman

I lost in the second round of the French Open and had 10 days off. I went to the Hard Rock Cafe. It was exciting to be away from my parents, to stay in a hotel. Hotels at 17 meant freedom.

— Boris Becker

I grew up with both my parents around me at all times, but my kids are not knowing who I am half the time.

— Boo Weekley

I have a 16 year-old son, so I’m now a soccer mom. I stand on the sidelines and I hear the things parents are saying, so I want them to understand what it is their kids are feeling in any sports environment.

— Brandi Chastain

My parents and my grandfather on my mom’s side would travel the earth. They went to Australia and China, and they went to probably every soccer game I ever played.

— Brandi Chastain

Number one, it was a chance to thank my parents, because they passed away a couple of years ago. They gave me so much by giving me the opportunity to play soccer, and I wanted to share the story we had together.

— Brandi Chastain

My parents had a software company making children’s software for the Apple II+, Commodore 64 and Acorn computers. They hired these teenagers to program the software, and these guys were true hackers, trying to get more colors and sound and animation out of those computers.

— Bre Pettis

The good thing about my part in ‘Harry Potter’ was that I was pretty well disguised. When I was walking down the street, there was no real recognition factor. Parents would sometimes call their children to come say hello to Mad-Eye, and the kids wouldn’t know what they were looking at.

— Brendan Gleeson

My earliest interest in game design came when I was in primary school, and my parents bought a Commodore 128 computer. I taught myself to write programs in BASIC, and then I made my own games.

— Brendan Myers

Let your kids pick their punishments. Our instinct as parents is to order our kids around. It’s easier, and we’re usually right! But it rarely works.

— Bruce Feiler

If you apologize to me, I look at it as an insult because my parents, my grandparents, my great-grandparents, like every other culture out there, did exactly what they needed to do. They worked hard, and they became part of the American way, and they earned the respect of Americans across the board. We need to do the same.

— Burgess Owens

Yes, I grew up with guns. For my 16th birthday, in fact, I received a .357 instead of a car. But there was nothing playful about them they were tools. My parents went through a back-to-the-land phase. Most of our vegetables and fruits came from our own garden.

— Benjamin Percy

Just about every weekend when I was growing up, we would throw rods and rifles and tents and shovels and pickaxes into the back of the truck and then head off to the side of a mountain or the bottom of a canyon. Hiking, fishing, hunting, rock-hounding: this is how my parents passed the time.

— Benjamin Percy

I believe that children are, by nature, very forgiving. I don’t think children expect their parents to be perfect. I think they demand that their parents be real.

— Beth Moore

I have three older brothers, and each one of them has chosen one of my parents’ education. Two of them are actors, and the third is a doctor as my mother is.

— Bill Skarsgard

I went to NYU, and my parents had a rule that I needed to major in something other than acting if I wanted to pursue acting after college.

— Billie Lourd

I was very much an only child who was raised by the television and movies, and I grew up in New York. We weren’t, like, rich people, but we were middle-class people and my parents supported this love I had for entertainment.

— Billy Eichner

You gotta understand, there are two different kinds of Asians – the kind who are good at school, obey their parents, go to college – that kind of stuff. And then you have my family – me, my brother, all of my cousins – we’re just wretched people.

— Bobby Lee

I was always super, super musical. So my parents recognized that and put me in choirs, piano lessons, and all that.

— Bonnie McKee

Congress has a legitimate interest in making sure that a practice that appears to reduce disease and healthcare costs remains available to parents. And, nothing in my bill prohibits statewide law ensuring that male circumcision occurs in a hygienic manner.

— Brad Sherman

I had one year of struggle. My parents were always there, but I didn’t want to rely on them. Now it’s moving pretty fast. I’m not rich, but obviously this is fantastic. All I know to do with money is put it in a shoebox anyway.

— Ben McKenzie

There was an undercurrent of poverty throughout my childhood. We lived with my grandmother in her two-bedroom flat, and I slept with my parents. We had cheap holidays, I had to save for my bike and get a paper round as soon as I was old enough.

— Bernard Hill

No matter how painful something is, you have to take it. I saw that in both my parents.

— Bernard Lagat

I’m really a product of an excellent school system and supportive parents. My high school band director gave me recordings of Louis Armstrong, Kenny Ball, and contemporaries like Nicholas Payton.

— Bria Skonberg

My parents are Irish, my grandparents are Irish, my great-grandparents are Irish. I was born in England my blood is Irish.

— Brian McDermott

My son has two loving parents and an extended family, whether it’s cousins or stepmothers or boyfriends. My son is surrounded by love.

— Bridget Moynahan

I think, for the benefit of our parents, the perfect night out would be when Cate and I touch the wall and we tie. This is what they dream – that we’ll both win. Because then they don’t have to pick a favourite child.

— Bronte Campbell

My parents had us very young. We lived in a modest house. We built forts, we hiked, we went camping and they wanted us to be independent. It’s how children grew up in the 1940s and 50s: outside all the time, playing in the dirt, riding your bike around.

— Brooklyn Decker

With my first pay cheque I sent my parents to Jamaica, so they actually got passports! They’re pretty grounded it wasn’t until they saw the trailer for ‘Battleship’ that they were like, ‘Ooh, this is a big movie, isn’t it?’

— Brooklyn Decker

I had a sister who was killed in a motorcycle wreck when I was around 4 years old. My parents adopted her son, and so my nephew became my brother. He was three years older than me, so through him, I was exposed to hip-hop.

— Big Smo

The blessing that I got from my parents, even if they didn’t really teach me about money, was their simple lifestyle.

— Bo Sanchez

As much as I loved the model of St. Francis, I realized that I couldn’t afford to be poor, because unlike St. Francis, I’m not celibate. I was enlightened that God’s call to me was not poverty but generosity and simplicity. And I had to go back to the lesson I learned from my parents: that is, simplicity.

— Bo Sanchez

I think because both of my parents were essentially salespeople, and Italian-Americans, I always seemed to get along with people I had a knack of finding something to talk about.

— Bob Colacello

I was just a little girl watching TV and wanting to be in it. My parents had no idea how to get me there, but here I am as a part of this great cast on the Disney Channel. Truly, if you just want to do this, then you have to commit to it.

— Brenda Song

Despite the efforts of some parents, children still tend to act out the traditional sex roles of our culture. The child’s peer group may have more of an influence over this than the parents.

— Brian Sutton-Smith

My parents have always given me whatever I wanted. Took me to the ballet, the opera, museum exhibitions. I was always surrounded by art. It’s their fault I’ve become an actress.

— Bar Paly

Parents do bear some of the responsibility if they don’t talk to their kids, are never around, even deny their kids the love that young girls often crave when they decide to have a baby.

— Barbara Delinsky

My parents weren’t at all in entertainment, but when I look back, something along the line prepared me and opened me up to entertainment.

— Bonnie Hammer

My parents did great and provided well, and gave all their kids personal, moral, ethical values, not a belief that we were entitled to something.

— Bonnie Hammer

I miss my parents. But still, my granddaughter, my daughter, my grandma, you know, so it’s very important for me. You lost your parents, but a new baby comes. It’s like the cycle of fashion.

— Carine Roitfeld

My father was very chic. My mum was always encouraging me. Some parents would say, ‘Why don’t you be a lawyer, a doctor, or something more important?’ They never said that.

— Carine Roitfeld

My parents weren’t artistic, but I was always surrounded by beautiful things. And Mexico is a country which has experienced thousands of years of art and culture.

— Carlos Slim

I think if we are actually going to accept our generation’s responsibility, that’s going to mean that we give our children no less retirement security than we inherited from our parents.

— Carol Moseley Braun

My parents had this incredibly vital relationship with an audience, like muscle with blood. This was the main competition I had for my parents’ attention: an audience.

— Carrie Fisher

I watched my parents’ fame diminish – as I was getting more conscious, their celebrity was going back down the mountain.

— Carrie Fisher

In the Fifties, my parents were known as ‘America’s sweethearts’. Their pictures graced the covers of all the newspapers. They were the Brad Pitt and Jennifer Aniston of their day.

— Carrie Fisher

But my husband came from a small town and hardworking parents like I did, and I don’t think we’ve lost that mind-set. We don’t have a bowling alley in our basement. We don’t have houses on the beach and one in New York and one in L.A.

— Carrie Underwood

The first one I remember singing on stage was ‘Somewhere Out There’ from ‘An American Tail.’ I was around 7, and my choir teacher at school asked me if I would sing it. My parents told me that I needed to move around the stage, so for the entire time I just walked back and forth from side to side while I was singing – there’s videotape of it.

— Carrie Underwood

Trump is more performance artist than zealot. But he’s finding enemies everywhere, whether they are judges of Mexican ancestry, parents of those killed in war, the current president, or children of immigrants. Whether or not he has a sense of decency, he is in grave danger of losing it.

— Cass Sunstein

Both of my parents graduated from high school, both attended college, both have government jobs now. They’ve always been very adamant about me finishing high school and finishing college.

— Chance The Rapper

I’m not paid to be a role model, parents should be role models.

— Charles Barkley

I was broke from 19 to 26, borrowing money from my parents or my brothers or sisters every week to pay the bills.

— Chelsea Handler

I started my own business because my parents had no dowry for me, and I was worried. I ran it from their Martha Vineyard’s summer house. I baby-sat for a 14-year-old boy all summer and was giving him time-outs, even though I was two years younger than him.

— Chelsea Handler

The first sort of big present I remember getting from Santa Claus was quite a small telescope that I remember going into our backyard with my parents and figuring out how to assemble, and staring at the night sky, just for hours, with both of my parents.

— Chelsea Clinton

I’ve always been incredibly proud of both of my parents and proud of the work I had done privately as a person, professionally and academically.

— Chelsea Clinton

Changing laws and changing the political dialogue, while necessary, is insufficient to ensure that bullying stops to ensure that every young person is supported by their parents and their teachers as they question who they are and they discover who they are regardless of the sexuality.

— Chelsea Clinton

As a kid, I was pretty obsessed with dinosaurs and the day that my parents took me to Dinosaur National Park, I didn’t think life could get any better.

— Chelsea Clinton

I love my parents, and I want my mother to be president.

— Chelsea Clinton

My parents were definitely on the incentive side of parenting. Like, they told me that my father had learned to read when he was three. So, of course, I thought I had to, too.

— Chelsea Clinton

My parents taught me to approach the world critically, but also to approach it with a sense of responsibility.

— Chelsea Clinton

My parents have been incredibly supportive from perhaps the first real independent decision I made to become a vegetarian at 11, which was certainly not consistent with their diet at the time.

— Chelsea Clinton

Growing up, my parents were my heroes, in the way they conducted their lives.

— Chris Hemsworth

For me growing up, Christmas time was always the most fantastic, exciting time of year, and you’d stay up until three in the morning. You’d hear the parents wrapping in the other room but you knew that also, maybe, they were in collusion with Santa Claus.

— Chris Pine

And I not only inherited an aversion to the nine-to-five routine, but the sense from my parents that being bored and boring is the worst thing that you can be.

— Christian Bale

It’s very, very difficult because we’re living in a world where they invent things in order to hide things from parents. There are these secret creator app guys who make things to intentionally do that, to keep your parents in the dark, and you’ve really got to work extra-hard to stay on top of it.

— Christian Slater

Many parents and teachers have become irritated to the point of distraction at the way the weed-style growth of ‘like’ has spread through the idiom of the young. And it’s true that in some cases the term has become simultaneously a crutch and a tic, driving out the rest of the vocabulary as candy expels vegetables.

— Christopher Hitchens

I was born in America but all of my friends’ parents, everybody’s parents, including my own, had come to America from Europe. Many people in my neighborhood hardly bothered to learn English.

— Christopher Walken

When I was a kid, my parents gave me piano lessons and guitar lessons for a while, but I was never very good at it. I have big, sort of awkward hands. It’s hard to keep going when you don’t get any better.

— Christopher Walken

As a lower-class kid, I was raised to think success would be owning stuff. Having that great job, too. Now I find my parents’ dream was wrong. You never really own anything. And you’re never really finished as a person.

— Chuck Palahniuk

My parents divorced about the same time the movie ‘The Parent Trap’ came out, about two twins at camp who scheme to get their parents back together. I had that same fantasy.

— Chuck Palahniuk

My parents used to fight a lot, and I think they fought a lot at night, and they would turn the television up to hide the sound of their fighting.

— Chuck Palahniuk

I’m a Roman Catholic. Or was. I was brought up that way and used to say my prayers every night, but I don’t pray to God any more. I might use the usual phrases I picked up from my parents, ‘Oh, if God spares me next year…’ or ‘Please God…’ but they’re only phrases.

— Cilla Black

Growing up in New York with artist parents – a very liberal environment, where we were always encouraged to challenge the status quo – I think for a long time I confused jingoism with patriotism. And that is a mistake.

— Claire Danes

My parents never condescended to me. As a child, I always sat at the head of our dinner table. I was always given a lot of responsibility.

— Claire Danes

I’m exceptionally open with my own parents, and they’re exceptionally open with me.

— Claire Danes

I was very driven to act from a very young age, and my parents were not only tolerant of that drive but also encouraging.

— Claire Danes

I think it goes back to whether or not race and class – that is, race and poverty – is not becoming even more of a constraint. Because with the failing public schools, I worry that the way that my grandparents got out of poverty, the way that my parents became educated, is just not going to be there for a whole bunch of kids.

— Condoleezza Rice

My parents elected me president of the family when I was 4. We actually had an election every year, and I always won. I’m an only child, and I could count on my mother’s vote.

— Condoleezza Rice

After Yale Law School, I was proud to try to live up to my parents’ example and began my career working for The Urban Justice Center in the streets of Newark, organizing residents to fight for better housing conditions.

— Cory Booker

I was raised in a very religious home with two parents who were deeply involved in the black church. When I was young, I went to a small black AME church in New Jersey.

— Cory Booker

I learned about community organizing from my parents. As a child, their stories were so instructive.

— Cory Booker

Knowing what your parents have gives you hints of things, but your genome is a totally unique combination of and interchange of DNA from your parents. There is no one else like you genetically.

— Craig Venter

Children are ready to learn when they are ready to learn, not necessarily when their parents are ready to teach them.

— Clayton Christensen

The parents of teenagers would love to have a car that won’t go very far or go very fast. They could just cruise around the neighborhood, drive it to school, see their friends, plug it in overnight.

— Clayton Christensen

My parents and grandparents have always been engaged in teaching or the medical profession or the priesthood, so I’ve sort of grown up with a sense of complicity in the lives of other people, so there’s no virtue in that it’s the way one is raised.

— Colin Firth

I never felt that I was supposed to be white. Or black, either. My parents just wanted to let me be who I needed to be.

— Colin Kaepernick

Every single cancer is a genetic disease. Not necessarily inherited from your parents, but it’s genetic changes which cause cancer. So as we sequence the genomes of tumours and compare those to the sequence of patients, we’re getting down to the fundamental basis of each individual person’s cancer.

— Craig Venter

My parents were the good parents that said, ‘You should try and get a good job and go to college and get an education.’

— Cam

I’m a war baby: I was brought up with rationing, and my parents always had to struggle. I remember when I was sent to boarding school – Prior Park College in Bath – my father was asked how he was going to pay the fees, and he replied: ‘In arrears.’

— Cameron Mackintosh

My cousin in Louisiana started a small company with a little savings, renovating houses. A single mom, she saved enough to buy a home and provide child care for her son. When the economy went belly up, so did her company. She was forced to sell her home and move in with her parents.

— Campbell Brown

Sometimes, in the midst of a tragedy like the Newton massacre, we witness incredible acts of valor, tenderness, grace, and decency. We saw it from Sandy Hook Elementary School’s teachers, students, and parents, as well as from their community and country. The outpouring of sympathy and help has been touching and, at times, inspiring.

— Campbell Brown

More and more parents and voters have rejected the teachers’ union antiquated, top down, one-size-fits-all approach to education and continue to elect candidates who embrace reform that celebrates students and empowers parents.

— Campbell Brown

Parents know how to push your buttons because, hey, they sewed them on.

— Camryn Manheim

My parents have always been offended by my weight, embarrassed maybe. It didn’t fit with their sensibilities.

— Camryn Manheim

Ask any teenage girl to describe her perfect bedroom, and you’ll get answers like ‘a room with a private phone line, a place to hang out with friends, and for it to be way-cool and funky.’ Ask parents the same question, and ‘a locked door that opens on their 21st birthday’ might top the list!

— Candice Olson

I know it can be difficult for parents, but I really do believe that kids need to play the predominant role in the choices that go into their own space.

— Candice Olson

Three thousand people died at ground zero. Their families are entitled to a little bit of respect, to respect the memory of those poor people that died there. And how about the families of all those soldiers that died in the two ensuing wars? Aren’t they entitled to a little bit of respect – the kids, the wives, the parents?

— Carl Paladino

I feel like my grandparents and parents gave me a tremendous amount. And if I can pass some of that on, then I’ll be very happy.

— Caroline Kennedy

My parents paid me small amounts for cleaning my room or cleaning the dishes and stuff, but I never really had a real job before I started on my professional tennis career.

— Caroline Wozniacki

Though my parents assured me over and over again that I wasn’t stupid or slow, I sensed that my dyslexia was now a stigma on all of us.

— Carre Otis

My mother arrived in Brussels in 1938 from a small town near Krakow. But strangely enough, in 1942 or 1943, she was taken back to Auschwitz, which was just 30 miles from where she grew up. Her parents died there and a lot of her family.

— Chantal Akerman

My parents were on the Grand Ole Opry. They traveled all over the country singing hillbilly music. That’s what they called it back then. They were friends with Roy Acuff and the Delmore Brothers and the Carter Family. And all of my brothers and sisters who were older than me started on the show, after they were big enough to hold a guitar and sing.

— Charlie Haden

What’s cool about the beatboxing is I was so afraid to sing in front of my peers, my parents, anybody. I just wouldn’t do it. So in sixth grade, I would turn to beatboxing because it made me feel better. Like, I can beatbox ‘Drop It Like It’s Hot.’ Doing that a bunch of times eventually gave me the confidence to sing in front of people.

— Charlie Puth

The first time I went to therapy, I had to stop going because they were making me hate my parents.

— Chloe Sevigny

I’m interested in youth culture – when your parents are running your life, but you think you’re the big man – but I’m not trying to make a statement.

— Chris Lilley

My parents are a bedrock. And I have three complex, strong, and funny sisters who inspire and sustain me.

— Christina Baker Kline

My parents didn’t exercise, so it was not something I saw was good for you or fun. I wish I had grown up knowing to do that.

— Christina Hendricks

The way we dress on ‘Mad Men’ is so associated with old photographs, with people’s parents and grandparents.

— Christina Hendricks

At some point, you realize your parents are human. They make the best decisions they can with the options available to them.

— Cory Monteith

Women are more sensitive, more practical, more intelligent, more balanced, better able to deal with people, better cooks, better parents, better carers, better leaders, and so on and so forth.

— Craig Brown

My parents were from New England. It’s very funny, but when I grew up, you always had to say, ‘Yes, ma’am’ and ‘Yes, sir.’

— Cy Twombly

There was a glamorous Nick-and-Nora element to my parents. If you remove one from the other, you’re left with neither. But parents are parents.

— Christopher Buckley

Her parents, Austin Taylor and Kathleen Taylor, were big deals in Vancouver – they were civic leaders, and he raced horses in the Kentucky Derby – and my mother grew up a debutante. And when she and my dad were married, there were about a thousand guests at that reception.

— Christopher Buckley

I can say this, now that my own beloved and irreplaceable parents are gone: George and Barbara Bush are parents anyone would kill to have.

— Christopher Buckley

My parents managed a summer camp, and it was vacant for about seven or eight months out of the year. It was in the middle of nowhere in the woods. We backed up to a state forest. So absolutely, there were creepy woods all around the house. It was easy to get lost. It was really spooky.

— Caitlin Kittredge

My parents couldn’t afford a full time drama school, but I basically just did every class I could do, and followed every drama interest I could. When I was 15 or 16 I did drama courses.

— Christopher Parker

I’m close with my parents. I have a lot of acquaintances, but my very good close friends are few I can count my very good friends on one hand. And that’s how I like it to be.

— Calista Flockhart

I was so lucky to have parents who supported me, 100%, with whatever I was doing, both financially and emotionally. Having that they made my life so much easier. Instead of becoming a bartender and trying to survive while trying to pursue your dreams, I didn’t have to worry about that aspect. I could just pursue my dreams.

— Cam Gigandet

Sometimes it’s so weird just to do an interview. This morning I was back in my parents’ house, with my brother, and we went for a jog together, then had breakfast as a family. And a couple of hours later I’m wearing high heels and a dress and makeup, and talking about my job.

— Carey Mulligan

I grew up in a small town in Washington State, so I wasn’t really aware of costume design as a career growing up, but I loved clothes. I remember I saved all my money, and the first thing that I bought was a white blazer, which was to the horror to my parents. But I have always had a strange connection with clothing.

— Colleen Atwood

The Roman Catholic Church and its rituals were so much part of life that, although my parents would often question a small matter of dogma and none of us seemed more religious than anyone else, no one ever questioned the rituals or the basic tenets of belief.

— Colm Toibin

My love of reading and the English language is something given to me by my parents, and I’ve passed it on to my children.

— Corin Tucker

Parents always stay older than you, but sibling sort of become adults together, and that complicates that relationship, I think.

— Carrie Coon

I have my three brothers, and then I have my adopted sister from El Salvador, who is actually the oldest. My brother and I were already born, and then my parents adopted my sister from El Salvador during the war and had two more kids.

— Carrie Coon

I have this idea of myself as this quiet, observant, thoughtful child, which my parents roundly contradict. They claim that I was loud and bossy and dancing all the time.

— Carrie Coon

I didn’t grow up knowing actors’ names, and my parents weren’t theater people.

— Carrie Coon

People tell you the world looks a certain way. Parents tell you how to think. Schools tell you how to think. TV. Religion. And then at a certain point, if you’re lucky, you realize you can make up your own mind. Nobody sets the rules but you. You can design your own life.

— Carrie-Anne Moss

Whatever I do in life, my parents always taught me to focus on that, and they never let me quit.

— Cassie Scerbo

If your parents gave you fire to play with when you were two, you’d be standing in fire by the time you were an adult.

— Cat Power

All parents believe their children can do the impossible. They thought it the minute we were born, and no matter how hard we’ve tried to prove them wrong, they all think it about us now. And the really annoying thing is, they’re probably right.

— Cathy Guisewite

I was always very active as a kid. I would climb on roofs and jump off using my parents’ bed sheet, hoping it would open like a parachute. I was always getting hurt, breaking a leg, you know, bruising, cracking my head open.

— Cathy Rigby

I would climb on roofs and jump off using my parents’ bed sheet, hoping it would open like a parachute. I was always getting hurt, breaking a leg, you know, bruising, cracking my head open.

— Cathy Rigby

My parents are really funny. Laughter was a big part of my childhood. Of course, they tell a lot of bad jokes – but so do I. I tell a lot of bad jokes.

— Cecily Strong

When I meet other parents and they’re more ‘mumsy’ than I am – you know, I don’t want to be ‘mumsy,’ but I’m like, ‘Were you always like that or… what happened?’

— Cecily von Ziegesar

To my parents, writing seemed precarious and not the best idea.

— Chad Harbach

My parents – my mother, particularly – were very focused on our succeeding. I loved my parents, and was very grateful to them for everything, and I didn’t want to disappoint them.

— Chang-Rae Lee

I think my parents recognised that I’d always wanted to be a writer, and so they didn’t think that this was some idle, faddish wish on my part.

— Chang-Rae Lee

I remember watching ‘The Carol Burnett Show’ with my parents as a kid. All those weird outfits she wore, like turtlenecks and long skirts, really stayed in my head.

— Chris Benz

On the one hand, I’m this guy who grew up in the suburbs of New York City to very conservative parents, and the other side of me is fascinated by the peripheries of our culture, maybe because that’s where our culture is most in transition and where there’s likely to be conflict.

— Chris Bohjalian

To have my fan club. I am very proud of doing everything. I try to support my parents, friends and fans. I am also proud of my performing in the visual arts, and motion television.

— Chris Burke

Many foster children have had difficulty making the transition to independent living. Several are homeless, become single parents, commit crimes, or live in poverty. They are also frequent targets of crime.

— Charles Bass

I was on significant financial aid, an only child, with parents who didn’t have much living in North Carolina.

— Chris Hughes

I look up to a lot of people, but outside of my parents, I’ve never really had a mentor.

— Chris Hughes

Actually, my parents were separated by the time I was about 2 years old.

— Christie Hefner

I was born in the summer of 1970, the last of five boys stretched over eight years. My parents were a struggling young couple who had been married one afternoon under a shade tree by a preacher without a church. No guests or fancy dress, just the two of them, lost in love, and the preacher taking a break from working on a house.

— Charles M. Blow

I have God, Jesus Christ: I’m Christian. I try to stay as grounded as I possibly can. And I have my parents that help me and my friends that are really great accountability partners to me.

— Christina Grimmie

My parents always knew I was hopeless at everything else, I was fortunate in that I was backed all the way. I came to it late and only because I thought there’d be loads of women and drinking!

— Christopher Eccleston

There are days when I still wake up angry, and no one handles it perfectly all the time, but honestly, I feel lucky to have diabetes because of the people I get to meet. The families, the kids, the parents, the other athletes. If I could pick a club to be in, this would definitely be it.

— Charlie Kimball

Parents have to understand: if your kid isn’t you, don’t blame the kid.

— Chaz Bono

I feel for all the parents whose babies just keep waking up for years. My heart and back go out to you guys! You are my heroes, and I am not fit to walk in your shoes!

— Constance Marie

Well, acting was just in me and I tried to avoid it. I didn’t want to do what my parents did, you know?

— Corbin Bernsen

With the Lincoln assassination, the South didn’t feel it could mourn along with the North. But Garfield was beloved by all the American people. He was trusted and respected by North and South, by freed slaves and former slave owners. Also by pioneers, which his parents had been, and by immigrants.

— Candice Millard

My parents, Gary and Patricia, let me be in my world. They never told me what I couldn’t do. It helped me adapt in a positive way.

— Candis Cayne

When I told my parents that I was starting my transition, my Dad said, ‘Well that makes so much more sense ’cause I never saw you any other way and now it totally works.’

— Candis Cayne

I came out to my parents as gay, and then I realized, you know, four or five years later, that I wasn’t really happy, no relationships were working, and there was something missing in my life, and you know, I was doing drag, performing and stuff, and I realized through that arc that I was much happier doing that.

— Candis Cayne

My parents sent me from Venezuela to the Convent of Our Lady, a boarding school in Hastings, which was horrible – like Harry Potter without the magic. Sometimes we went into town, and if we were caught chewing gum in our uniform, members of the public would take down our names and report us to the school.

— Carmen Busquets

I approach serious subjects, and I like to have the good guys win and have the parents among the good guys.

— Caroline B. Cooney

I love all of it, thinking up the plots, getting to know the kids in the story, their parents, backyards, pizza toppings.

— Caroline B. Cooney

It blows me away that my parents, they really weren’t much into theater, but they recognized that in me. When I think about the things they did to support that, I’m blown away.

— Casey Nicholaw

I grew up in a very fundamentalist, evangelical Christian household. Both my parents were born-again – their faith infused every aspect of my childhood. I’ll probably spend most of my life working through that.

— Craig Thompson

I’m from Connecticut. My Mom is an army brat, and my Dad is a navy brat. My childhood was fun. My parents are still together. My childhood was pretty carefree.

— Cassie Ventura

My parents were part of the Christian Family Movement, where we would have Masses said in our home and rotate with other families. I recall priests coming to our home and saying Mass in our living room. Catholicism was really woven through so much.

— Catherine Hicks

Playing with my grandfather, grandmother and my parents, I came to music pretty naturally.

— Creed Bratton

I had what you could call a chaotic childhood. My parents divorced when I was 2 I went back and forth between my mom’s and dad’s houses for years. But, you know, my parents tried to do the right thing. As crazy as everything was, and as much fighting and everything, there was always a feeling of support from them.

— Crystal Bowersox

Growing up, my parents did everything they knew how to do to support me. My dad was always kinda my roadie he drove me from gig to gig. But I got my own gigs. I was this 12-year-old kid, shuffling business cards, calling people, telling them I wanted to play.

— Crystal Bowersox

I lived in L.A. for a few months. It seemed like no one there had parents. Or if they did have parents, they would deny it.

— Catherine O’Hara

That children shall be compelled to receive religious instruction which is in antagonism to the wishes of their parents, is what no man with say sense of justice would suggest.

— Charles Tupper

I was at a school in England, a prep school, from the ages of 8 and 13. And every play they did was a musical. Parents love musicals. And I don’t sing. It was driving me crazy. ‘We’re doing ‘Macbeth.’ ‘Yes!’ ‘The musical!’ And I was always in the chorus, because of course, in all the main parts, you had to be able to sing.

— Charlie Cox

The counter-argument would be, so what if my sexual relationships are superficial, one can still have satisfying and rewarding relationships with friends, or parents, or siblings, or whatever.

— Chester Brown

My parents went through the dictionary looking for a beautiful name, nearly called me Banyan, flicked on a few pages and came to China, which is cockney rhyming slang for mate.

— China Mieville

Every successful artist comes from a family – parents or siblings or both – who, although equally gifted, chose not to pursue the treacherous and difficult path of the artist.

— Chris Abani

My mother was English. My parents met in Oxford in the ’50s, and my mother moved to Nigeria and lived there. She was five foot two, very feisty and very English.

— Chris Abani

One of the things we want to do is find ways, first, to impress these parents how important it is to have children in a situation where they can respond to them and, second, to bring intergenerational relationships into play.

— C. Everett Koop

There have been some good studies done in California with Hispanic parents where in the course of a year, they have changed their entire nutritional intake for the better. The kid becomes, in a sense, the bridge between the educational process and the home.

— C. Everett Koop

My parents are a big help, and they’re always making sure I have a normal life and my life isn’t all just about acting and stuff.

— Cayden Boyd

We didn’t have much, but I was raised to believe if you had books, you had a lot. My grandfather and my parents made me and my twin brother Kiel read at least a book a week.

— Christian Scott

I used to teach at a private school, and the parents thought I loved their children. I did not love their children! I liked them well enough, but I was always delighted to see them go off for summer vacation.

— Caitlin Flanagan

I started making music for fun, but I had two parents who were very much in the business. I didn’t run around trying to get the spotlight. I was very shy. I never sang in front of people ’til I was about 17 years old.

— Caitlin Rose

I didn’t want my parents to know about 4chan at first because of the adult content. By the time I was 18 and could talk about it, the site had become notorious for its exploits and the adult content on there.

— Christopher Poole

Parents spend a lot of time talking over kids. My son went through a vocabulary burst as I was writing ‘The Bear.’ I thought, ‘What if I just stopped and listened?’

— Claire Cameron

Like most parents, I want everything for my kids that I didn’t have. But I don’t intend to spoil them. I just enjoy everything that comes naturally with parenthood.

— Curtis Joseph

Both my parents are Scottish, and although I grew up in Canada after moving over, all of my family are proud to be Scots.

— Callum Keith Rennie

Once your kid reaches middle school, parents are really supposed to fade out of the social picture. Kids are supposed to make their own plans, keep up with sophisticatedly crude discussions, and be able to go out on their own without supervision.

— Claire Scovell LaZebnik

If your parents didn’t have any children, there’s a good chance that you won’t have any.

— Clarence Day

I got my first instrument for Christmas when I was three or four years old. My parents got me a mandolin because it was the only instrument that would fit me because I was so small. I went straight from that into the drums when I was six, and then I started playing guitar when I was seven or eight.

— Chord Overstreet

I don’t think Estonians ever really hated Russians. It was more, ‘Leave us alone.’ We can’t change what is past. We can’t blame them for what their parents have done. We never hated them. They didn’t destroy us that bad.

— Carmen Kass

I could live on fresh bread. My parents, who are Polish, have brought us up on varieties of bread from European bakeries, and I love rye, caraway seed, dark rye… throw in some butter and cheese, and I’m set.

— Carmen Marton

Many working mothers feel guilty about not being at home. And when they are there, they wish it could be perfect. This pressure to make every minute happy puts working parents in a bind when it comes to setting limits and modifying behavior.

— Cathy Rindner Tempelsman

My parents are both Belgian-born, and so am I, actually.

— Celine Buckens

My parents are both Belgian-born, and so am I, actually. I’m bilingual, so I had experience with French.

— Celine Buckens

I’m Cuban. Both my parents are Cuban. My grandparents are, too. Although I have no idea where Fit comes from.

— Chrissie Fit

I grew up in New York City, and both my parents worked. On weekends, we’d go out to the country, and on Sunday nights we’d come back. Sometimes we were a little cranky – it was a long drive. But we could always look forward to one thing: my mother’s ziti and meat sauce.

— Christa Miller

My parents had a difficult divorce. My dad had to take a backseat for a few years, and my grandfather came in. He was also my inspiration for becoming an actor. I really respected him.

— Christian Camargo

Thankfully I have an ecosystem of in-laws, parents and husband, who are my rocks.

— Chanda Kochhar

What my parents believed was that, you know, the best wealth they could give to us children was to educate us and, you know – give us that foundation.

— Chanda Kochhar

When I was five years old, I told my parents that I wanted to take ballet. So, ballet was the focus of my life… until puberty. Then I discovered boys and started dating a guy with a mohawk who’d come to my ballet class and freak everybody out. Shortly after that is when I quit.

— Chandra West

Any child may go through periods during which they become less outspoken with their parents or teachers. But girls, like boys, live in many different worlds – they have their friends and their classroom and their parents – and within these different domains, they may have different levels of expressiveness.

— Christina Hoff Sommers

I don’t like kissing on camera. It’s bad enough to be caught kissing by your parents. But when you have a whole crew watching you, it’s a little weird.

— Christine Lakin

I don’t have siblings, which is probably the biggest reason why my parents were able to give the attention to my career that they did.

— Christine Lakin

I did my fair share of stupid stuff in high school, like anyone. I had a healthy fear of my parents, and I certainly never wanted to disappoint them. That would be the worst thing I could ever do.

— Christine Lakin

Since it’s based on my parents, it’s more emotionally close to me than some of my more surreal plays. And then I like the balance of the comic and the sad. It should play as funny, but you should care about the characters and feel sad for them.

— Christopher Durang

When my parents separated, I was very grateful.

— Christopher Durang

Well, I have a Norwegian father who emigrated to America in the 1950s, and he still speaks with varying degrees of an accent. Over my lifetime my ear has been well-tuned to that accent. Any first generation kid has that wonderful gift from their parents.

— Christopher Heyerdahl

Because of the earlier loss of the two elder siblings, my brother and I lived a very pampered and protected life. Nursemaids kept constant watch. With my parents busy at dinner parties and social events, we only met them as if for a daily royal audience.

— Charles K. Kao

Both my parents are actors, and I saw them struggle with work, waiting for phone calls.

— Charlotte Le Bon

And after every audition I booked, my parents would buy me a Barbie, so that was it for me: You got a Barbie, and you got to hang out with friends. And I thought it was just the best thing ever.

— Chelan Simmons

When I was little, I didn’t know you got paid for acting. My parents put the money in the bank for me, but I just thought it was this fun thing that I was so excited to do. You got to be on the set and get a little bit of makeup and be on camera.

— Chelan Simmons

I know I’m British. I haven’t spent much time in the U.K., but my parents are British, my family heritage is British, so if I wasn’t British, what would I be? I am British.

— Chris Froome

In ‘The Big Chill,’ those characters are in middle age, thinking, ‘Oh, God, I’ve turned into my parents. I’ve failed.’ And in ‘Beside Still Waters,’ we’re showing the struggles of people who actually want to be like their parents and feel they can’t live up to their heights.

— Chris Lowell

Acting, as a child, I remember being lots of fun. I know it must have been very stressful on my parents, since auditions were unpredictable, and they both worked full time jobs.

— Christie Laing

My parents are creative on many fronts, and they pushed me to be that way, too. They wanted me to write, actually.

— Christine Elise

I’ve never tried to find my real parents. I’m very grateful to my mum and dad for adopting me – they’re completely incredible people. It was my dad who encouraged me to question everything, to forge my own path, to think, to read. I always felt it was my right to question everything.

— Dan Stevens

I was raised by parents who really admired the religious leaders of the left, as many 60s and 70s liberals did.

— Dar Williams

I believe that we parents must encourage our children to become educated, so they can get into a good college that we cannot afford.

— Dave Barry

I’d watch my parents work and think, ‘Yeah, I’m going to do that.’ It wasn’t even a thing. It’s the only thing I know how to do.

— Dakota Johnson

My parents had some problems of their own that put me in a position of having to deal with very grown-up stuff at a very young age. I needed some help with that, therapy-wise.

— Dakota Johnson

I come from not just a household but a country where the finesse of language, well-balanced sentence, structure, syntax, these things are driven into us, and my parents, bless them, are great custodians of the English language.

— Daniel Day-Lewis

Parents should be vigilant and spiritually attentive to spontaneously occurring opportunities to bear testimony to their children. Such occasions need not be programmed, scheduled, or scripted. In fact, the less regimented such testimony sharing is, the greater the likelihood for edification and lasting impact.

— David A. Bednar

My parents are left-wing, and I would describe myself as that. But also, you know what? I wouldn’t describe myself as that. Because I don’t have to. Because I’m not a political party. Most people are a little bit of each, and we change our mind on various issues.

— Daniel Radcliffe

Also I just think I’ve been lucky enough to have great parents, and I’ve had good people around me who have always been honest with me, who would give me a purely metaphorical slap if I ever got too big for my boots.

— Daniel Radcliffe

My parents have been there for me, ever since I was about 7.

— David Beckham

I’ve got my wife. I’ve got my four kids. I’ve got parents, grandparents still, and three really good friends. It’s all you need. I’d rather have three really good friends than 20 good friends.

— David Beckham

My parents were always very strict, and they gave me the right beliefs in how to treat people. It was very strict and all about morals – I try to pass that on to my own children.

— David Beckham

I’ve always regretted that I never was able to talk openly with my parents, especially with my father. I’ve heard and read so many things about my family that I can no longer believe anything every relative I question has a completely different story from the last.

— David Bowie

We’re kind of wishing some parents would come back. And of course we’re uneasy about the fact that we wish they’d come back – I mean, what’s wrong with us?

— David Foster Wallace

We slept in the park before we had a house, and eventually we shared a home – my parents, my grandparents and five uncles, my family, all of us – on White Oaks Street by Magnolia Street near the railroad. Those were hard times, but I loved living there.

— Debbie Reynolds

To be told that one can be dependent on one’s parents until age 26 should strike a young person who wants to grow up as demeaning, not as something to celebrate.

— Dennis Prager

In various European countries, it is increasingly common for young men to live with their parents into their 30s and even longer. Why not? In the welfare state, there is no shame in doing so.

— Dennis Prager

In some ways, siblings, and especially sisters, are more influential in your childhood than your parents.

— Deborah Tannen

It’s an interesting point about sisters not getting the same attention as parents and children, and even brothers. I suspect it’s just because women didn’t count that much and weren’t the ones writing the accounts.

— Deborah Tannen

I was raised by both parents up to 17. We had a good family. We had a middle class family, good teaching and good surroundings, raised by the church, where I went every week whether I wanted to or not.

— Deontay Wilder

My neighborhood was normal. I had a neighborhood where everyone knew everyone. Typical American upbringing. Sometimes we got into trouble, but everyone watched after each other, so if my parents didn’t see me making trouble, another family would tell them.

— Deontay Wilder

When I talk about my artist parents, people imagine a bohemian environment and think, ‘Aha, so that’s where he gets it from!’ But we were as white, straight, and middle-class as the next family on our white, straight, middle-class housing estate.

— David Mitchell

I’m from a time and place where bigheadedness was a really savage crime, and you’d get cut down for it by your peers and parents.

— David Mitchell

What kind of influence did my parents have on my life? Well, they had the most influence. These are the people who are closest to me. My parents are very positive people. They’ve been supportive. They’re always there.

— Derek Jeter

When it was time for parent-teacher conferences, I remember that I was always embarrassed about what my parents would hear about me!

— Derek Jeter

I always used to get in trouble for talking too much. When it was time for parent-teacher conferences, I remember that I was always embarrassed about what my parents would hear about me!

— Derek Jeter

Even though I played national level badminton, I told my parents when I was in 10th that I was not interested in continuing. Being a model or actor fascinated me from a young age, and I even did a couple of ads when I was just eight years old.

— Deepika Padukone

After a few months in my parents’ basement, I took an apartment near the state university, where I discovered both crystal methamphetamine and conceptual art. Either one of these things are dangerous, but in combination they have the potential to destroy entire civilizations.

— David Sedaris

It’s odd the things that people remember. Parents will arrange a birthday party, certain it will stick in your mind forever. You’ll have a nice time, then two years later you’ll be like, ‘There was a pony there? Really? And a clown with one leg?’

— David Sedaris

When I was a kid, being outside was the norm. Rain or shine, our parents would tell us to get out of the house.

— David Suzuki

As parents, grandparents, uncles and aunts we need to start getting out into nature with the young people in our lives. Families play a key role in getting kids outside.

— David Suzuki

I remember a conversation with my parents about who the people on the TV were, and learning they were actors and they acted out this story and just thinking that was the most fantastic notion, and that’s what I want to do.

— David Tennant

We use our parents like recurring dreams, to be entered into when needed.

— Doris Lessing

The harder you try to become the opposite of your parents, the more quickly you become them.

— Douglas Coupland

Web sites are designed to keep young people from using the keyboard, except to enter in their parents’ credit card information.

— Douglas Rushkoff

I don’t want to have to think about what is right I want to live right. And what that means to me is going to be different to some of my fans, some of their parents, and some other role models.

— Dove Cameron

When I was a kid, everything was so unplanned, my parents were so erratic, and my world was so inconsistent.

— Drew Barrymore

I think the world offers so many wonderful varieties of obstacles, but that shouldn’t be one for kids – is the worry that ‘my parents wont be there.’

— Drew Barrymore

It’s always nerve-racking, showing your parents things you’ve been working on.

— Duncan Jones

My parents did call me Zowie now and then, but then, realising that it drew too much attention, they called me ‘Joe’. Then, later, I sort-of co-opted my own name back.

— Duncan Jones

I was really a spoiled brat when I was a kid skating. Meals are cooked for you, you are driven to the rink, they make costumes for you. Your parents sit around and watch admiringly while you skate. You don’t have to think about anything but skating. You’re just plain spoiled.

— Dorothy Hamill

Arizona has three of the top 10 public high schools in the nation. We know how to educate a child. We just need to do it more often in more locations, and where we’re having issues are in low-income areas where – where kids don’t have a parent that cares or two parents that care, and, of course, also in our tribal nations.

— Doug Ducey

My parents were dealing with evictions and repossessions and electricity getting shut off, and I just realized that I had to get it together.

— Dwayne Johnson

I think people have had the understanding for many years that whatever happens with the separation of parents, that the kids automatically go to the mother. The fathers don’t know their rights.

— Dwyane Wade

My parents always told me, ‘Do what you love because that is what you will do well in.’ They told me to make sure that you are happy.

— Dylan Lauren

My parents screened ‘Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory’ for my 6th birthday, and I became fascinated by the idea of living in a candy land with chocolate rivers and lollipop trees.

— Dylan Lauren

I sat in the green room at Radio City Music Hall for the 2006 NFL Draft. At my table, I was encircled by my parents, brother, agent, former coaches and close friends.

— D’Brickashaw Ferguson

As a college student, you’re depending on your scholarship money, money your parents send you. So I guess when people start talking about big figures, it doesn’t hit me.

— D’Brickashaw Ferguson

What we’ve seen of Rey, she looks like she can handle her stuff. So most of the comments I get are from parents who say how wonderful it is that their little girls can see this character.

— Daisy Ridley

Rey’s parents left her at 5, and we meet her when she’s late teens or early 20s, and for someone to keep hopeful that there’s a better life to come, I think, is astounding. Though she starts off alone, she very much finds her place in a group of people, and that’s lovely.

— Daisy Ridley

Both my parents are creative. My dad did act when he was younger, but they’re both very creative.

— Daisy Ridley

I have a weird vision of relationships because my parents have known each other since second grade, and they got married right out of college.

— Dakota Fanning

I was being groomed to be a tennis player for sure. My grandparents and parents realised I had a natural athletic ability and if I was forced to do it, I could probably do well. But all I wanted was to play pretend.

— Dakota Fanning

As parents, we need to send our kids back to ‘old-fashioned’ outdoor summer camps, which have been on the decline as the demand for sports and academics-based camps has risen. We need to fight budget cuts to public parks programs and resist closures of public swimming pools and playgrounds.

— Darell Hammond

I delivered Chinese food on Long island, which is pretty depressing. I lived with my parents and did that for six months. I got a job a few towns over from mine so I wouldn’t have to see people from my high school.

— Darin Strauss

I think it’s more and more important to spend time with your children, because it seems to be harder and harder for them to succeed as their parents have succeeded.

— Dan Marino

My parents would always say, ‘It doesnt’ matter if it’s a guy picking up the garbage or the President of the United States, treat everybody as you would want to be treated.

— Dan Marino

I’m in a real minority as far as having really supportive parents in regards to the arts. They never batted an eye as far as not letting me do that stuff. That’s invaluable. I can’t believe how unabashedly supportive they were about everything, between music and acting.

— Darren Criss

Like it or not children are being raised by gay and lesbian parents all over America – as many as 10 million children. And it does nothing to make their lives more stable and secure to attack their families, to attack their parents to prevent us from marrying each other.

— Dan Savage

As with most people, my ideology and my attitudes about life were informed by parents and family.

— David Harsanyi

It never occurred to me that I wouldn’t go to college and have a career – as well as a family – of my own. Both my parents, but especially my mother, encouraged me and led me to believe that it was possible.

— Dee Dee Myers

After years of begging, I got my parents to get me a little Craig tape recorder, a reel to reel. Then I started recording voices, or recording Jonathan Winters off television and stuff like that.

— Dana Carvey

This movie will actually increase the sex life of parents everywhere because they can put this on, with the 45 minutes of extras and they’ve got almost two hours to do whatever they’ve got to do while the kids watch the movie.

— Dana Carvey

I grew up in Birmingham, but my parents are originally from Barbados. My dad, Romeo, was a long-distance lorry driver, and my mother, Mayleen, worked in catering.

— David Harewood

You can do and use the skills that you have. The schools need you. The teachers need you. Students and parents need you. They need your actual person: your physical personhood and your open minds and open ears and boundless compassion, sitting next to them, listening and nodding and asking questions for hours at a time.

— Dave Eggers

I just did a spread in ‘Maxim’, I’m 35 years old. I’ve had women and parents email me asking if I should really be doing that, since I’m still considered a role model.

— Danica McKellar

My parents, I don’t know about ‘strict,’ but I would say they were fair and judicious, you know?

— Dennis Farina

If you did something, and it wasn’t right, you definitely found out about it. And they were pretty smart people, both my parents, so you didn’t get too much by them.

— Dennis Farina

But we are not going to stand by and go back to allowing people with preexisting conditions to be discriminated against, go back to the situation where people can be thrown off their insurance simply because they become seriously ill or you can’t get on your parents’ insurance after the age of 20.

— David Axelrod

When I was a kid, I had two nightmares: one was nuclear war, and the other was that my parents would get a divorce and when I was twenty, they split up, and I just felt like I needed to confront all those things that scared me as a kid – entering young adulthood and trying to have relationships.

— Derek Cianfrance

As a parent myself, I can appreciate the MPAA and what they’re supposed to do, but what happens with NC-17 is that the MPAA is basically taking away the rights of parents. They’re basically telling me that I can’t show my kids this movie if I decide they can see it.

— Derek Cianfrance

You wouldn’t go to a hospital, you wouldn’t go to a law firm where the doctors and lawyers were not retained on merit: where they all had tenure regardless of competence. Parents feel the same way about schools that they send their children to.

— David Boies

I have been using Victorinox Cutlery since I was a young man, when my parents gave me a block set to properly equip me for my culinary apprenticeship.

— Daniel Humm

Fact: The new ‘90210’ is cooler than the old ‘90210.’ It’s the lithe, streamlined Skipper to the elder series’ venerable Barbie. Gone are the traditional parents – they’ve been replaced by a hipster mom n’ pop who get busted necking in the car.

— Diablo Cody

I was an only child. We were so poor, my parents and I had the same room.

— David Copperfield

Parents, you know, can be terrible.

— Diana Vreeland

If you’re a kid in Southern California, somebody – whether it’s you or your parents – somebody throws your hat into the ring and I think everyone had a commercial or two.

— Danny Bonaduce

In my family, education was something you endured. My parents weren’t educated past high school, and the only book in our house was a ‘Reader’s Digest’ condensed book. Can you imagine?

— Dawn Steel

Some friends of mine had parents who made school a treat, a gift – not something to be endured.

— Dawn Steel

When I was about seven, I started touring the globe as part of New York’s La MaMa theater company – without my parents!

— Diane Lane

If your parents never had children, chances are… neither will you.

— Dick Cavett

I feel sorry for the poor kids whose parents feel they’re qualified to teach them at home. Of course, some parents are smarter than some teachers, but in the main I see home-schooling as misguided foolishness.

— Dick Cavett

If your parents never had children, chances are you won’t either.

— Dick Cavett

It’s funny because I’ve resisted acting as a career for most of my life. But both my parents told me if I ever want to direct, I should act first because no director should direct until they know what it’s like to be in the actor’s shoes.

— Dylan Penn

I don’t deny that I had a very privileged upbringing, but my parents and that town maintained a sense of normalcy that I think many people find hard to achieve, and I am so grateful for that.

— Dylan Penn

I didn’t want to go to college, and my parents said, ‘Well, then you’d better get a job, because we’re not paying for you to drop out of school.’ So I delivered pizza near USC for a while. We had to wear khakis and a baseball hat with the logo on it, and I worked almost every day.

— Dylan Penn

I don’t make a habit of watching my parents’ films, because it is a little strange. But I will say that I binge watch ‘House of Cards’ compulsively, and I think it’s the first time I’ve ever seen one of my mom’s projects and totally forgot she was my mom!

— Dylan Penn

My name is Dylan simply because my parents did not know before I was born if I would be a boy or a girl, and Dylan was a name that worked in both cases.

— Dylan Penn

I remember walking out in front of that crowd, all the parents’ faces and the applause, and folding my little self in half and thinking, ‘I could get used to this.’ And I just never stopped.

— Dallas Roberts

Everybody always wants to rebel against their parents’ music, but nobody listened to music louder than my dad.

— Dan Auerbach

I grew up in Florida in different cities. I was born in Mississippi. My parents moved a lot, so I moved to Tennessee, Alabama, South Carolina, Virginia, all through the South. But my family’s roots were from central Florida, like Daytona Beach area, so we ended up moving there.

— Diplo

Children… are our legacy. Our responsibility. They are our destiny and we are theirs. The extent to which we fail as parents, we fail as God’s children.

— Dirk Benedict

My parents have been my biggest support. Had it not been for them, I would have not been able to be the confident and fearless person that I am today.

— Divyanka Tripathi

I’ve always traveled, as a kid my parents moved me around, a different place in Germany every four years. But I got the travel bug when I was a kid, living in different countries.

— Dominic Monaghan

While I’ve lived in L.A. since 1985, I’ll always consider Chicago my home town and have much affection for it. My parents and sister still live there so I try to visit as often as I’m able.

— Douglas Wood

I think what my parents did was perfect. They were strict, concerned about my safety and held me back just a little.

— Dan O’Brien

My whole thing was, as much as I was inspired by what my parents do, and growing up on film sets, watching that made me really want to do that. I am my own person, and I think that the only thing with the Hemingway name is that it has gotten me in the door.

— Dree Hemingway

My parents were willing to let me follow my nose, do what I wanted to do, and they supported my interest by buying the books that I wanted for birthdays and Christmas, almost always poetry books.

— Donald Hall

When we were studying at the Royal Antwerp Academy, we were taught to seek inspiration from everyone, everything and everywhere. My parents and grandparents were also a great inspiration for me a very young age.

— Dries van Noten

My parents always went to rallies and demonstrated against certain things my generation, we often have a political conscience, but we’re not that involved.

— Daniel Bruhl

So when I told my parents I wanted to go into acting because I was flunking out of my first year of junior college, they were relieved that I had picked something other than joining the army. But I can’t imagine how they had high hopes for me.

— Dustin Hoffman

I was alone a lot as a kid, because my parents were divorced.

— Danny Strong

When I was 15, my parents left town for a month. They hid the keys to the car, but I found them. That month, I drove my stepdad’s Thunderbird Super Coupe into Manhattan every day, and I would crank Cypress Hill as I flew around the city, racing the taxis.

— Danny Masterson

When I left my parents’ home when I was 19, I went to the University of Florida, and within 24 hours was in the mental health department. And within 20 minutes, I was being told by the director there that they didn’t have what I needed there.

— Darrell Hammond

Turning 30 was when my parents both got cancer and were fighting it and beat it, but their mortality started to get to me. Everything wasn’t as hunky-dory like it was.

— Darren Aronofsky

She had called in the debt that parents owe a child for bringing her, unasked, into a strange world. One should never make an offer without knowing full well what will happen if it is accepted.

— David Brin

My parents were extreme left so everything was against the system. I was walking barefoot in the streets of Paris when I was eight. When I started to DJ they hated it, because for them, nightclubs, and all of this life, was terrible and fake.

— David Guetta

You know, kids come to see me in the same way that their parents would go to see a rock concert.

— David Guetta

When I told my parents I wanted to be an actor, it was like saying I wanted to be an astronaut. Not because it was highfalutin’ in any way – just because they didn’t know anybody in that field. They were anxious of a profession they knew nothing about.

— David Morrissey

My parents didn’t have the opportunities that my wife and I have now, from a quality of life standpoint.

— Derek Fisher

My parents took me around the world when I was young, so I caught the bug. Every person is different when he travels, and every travellers’ story is uniquely his own.

— Dhani Jones

Theatre and opera were always the twin kingdoms that I felt I had to conquer, because they were my parents’ favorites.

— Diane Paulus

Like all kids with divorced parents, I have an abundance of holidays.

— Deb Caletti

When I was in Taiwan, we were there for about 8 months, and I was 11 at the time, so it was definitely a culture shock. But it was a really interesting time to be there. I didn’t entirely realize how different it is from the States. I just accepted it because I was there and my parents needed to be there.

— David Lambert

My parents gave me a small telescope, then I built my own, and one thing led to another. So that’s how I ended up going from being a hobby astronomer to a professional astronomer.

— Dimitar Sasselov

In my very first interview, at nine years old, I said I wanted to be an Olympic gold medalist. That was the first time I said it out loud in front of somebody other than my parents.

— Dominique Moceanu

My parents didn’t know anything about collegiate scholarships, so they had accepted the national team training stipend, the monthly stipend that I received after making the national team, so I was ineligible for NCAA eligibility anyway.

— Dominique Moceanu

My parents enrolled me in a gymnastics class when I was three years old, and I just was drawn to gymnastics. I loved it. It was my playground, and I could run around and be free there.

— Dominique Moceanu

I have a secret sibling that I never knew existed and who was given up for adoption at birth by my parents, and she was born without legs.

— Dominique Moceanu

I realized I was the one doing all the training, earning the money, and my parents were living off of me.

— Dominique Moceanu

Support the athlete, encourage the team, help the coach. That’s what good track parents do.

— Don Kardong

I think after Sandy Hook, when Obama went out, and he talked a lot about gun control and met with the parents, there was a sense that something was going to happen. But then, I guess, the power of special interests was greater than public sentiment.

— Doris Kearns Goodwin

I don’t like my parents I never will. I didn’t cry at either of their funerals. I haven’t missed them for five seconds. I didn’t – you know, our characters were so at odds with one another right from the beginning. But I do understand them now as human beings, with the understanding of an adult.

— David Small

I’m one of nine sisters. My parents were dairy farmers in Wisconsin. My father didn’t believe in girls doing farm work. Girls did housework, and he hired young men to do farm work. I would have preferred to be outside.

— Diane Hendricks

I became pregnant by my first love at 17 and did what my parents thought was the right thing. I married him. My first husband and I moved to Janesville, Wis., where he worked in a Chrysler plant.

— Diane Hendricks

When I make a book, I make it for the child and not for the parent – no jokes in it for the parents!

— Dick Bruna

When I arrived in France, I cried every day. Not because I was in France – I could have been anywhere – but because I was so far, far away from my parents. I missed them so much.

— Didier Drogba

Learning can take place in the backyard if there is a human being there who cares about the child. Before learning computers, children should learn to read first. They should sit around the dinner table and hear what their parents have to say and think.

— Dixie Carter

Both my parents came with their parents during the revolution in Cuba. Both my parents were born in Cuba. They left everything over there. My family got stripped of everything – of their land, of their jobs, everything.

— Dominik Garcia-Lorido

I have parents come up to me and say, ‘I don’t know who you are, but my kid wants his picture taken with you.’

— Devon Werkheiser

My first trip abroad was to do a TV version of ‘Les Miserables’ in France with Anthony Perkins. There I was at 12 acting with the guy from ‘Psycho.’ My parents were teachers, and it was hard for them to relate to that world.

— Dexter Fletcher

I’ve had a lot of different lives. I was adopted, I grew up in Nebraska, and then I went to Northwestern… Then I had this really extraordinary, different life than my parents.

— Dan Chaon

I’ve gone from a kid who was sneaking out of my childhood house and lying to my parents to do shows in a community theatre in Reading, PA, to now having two shows on Broadway opening within two months of each other. That’s sort of crazy, that trajectory.

— Douglas Carter Beane

My parents have Google Alerts on me. So they’ll often times send me an e-mail and be like, ‘Hey did you know this?’ And then I’ll be like, ‘Well, it is, like, my life. So yes, I did know that.’ Or, ‘That’s not even true. I don’t know where you read that.’ I have Googled myself, yes. But my parents really have Google Alerts on me.

— Dane DeHaan

My parents were just really weird and protective about the music I listened to. Whenever I wanted to buy an album, they would have to buy it first and listen to it and let me know if I could have it.

— Dane DeHaan

You know, we were worried that in the UK, there’s no anarchy on kids TV. When we grew up kids TV was very anarchic and it was about stuff that your parents would probably object to, if they got to object. And it’s gotten very safe.

— Dave Rowntree

I have this blanket thing about giving parenting advice to parents, and that’s: ‘Don’t take other people’s advice on parenting.’

— Drew Lachey

I used to be really anxious about money. I got that from my parents. I still am, but for entirely different reasons.

— Dustin Moskovitz

My parents are proud to be Canadian, as I am. They had a lot to do with my success and sacrificed a lot over the years.

— Daniel Nestor

I was going to be a concert pianist, and when I was in high school, my parents were scared to death that I would focus too much on that too soon. And that I’d end up in some sort of dead end, and not fulfilling whatever potential they thought I had.

— David Hyde Pierce

Chinese culture in general is not very religious. Confucianism is more a code of ethics than a religion, and ancestor worship is a way for parents to control you even after they’re dead.

— David Henry Hwang

With theatre, we all agree to suspend our disbelief about so many things, but not about race. It’s totally OK to have one actor playing five roles – people are willing to believe that. But they won’t believe it if there’s a black or an Asian kid who has white parents. What does that say about us?

— David Henry Hwang

My parents always wanted me to know why eating healthfully was important to overall performance, probably to drown out my whining for junk food.

— Daphne Oz

I think sometimes parents and teachers can push children away from reading by telling them it’s something they must do, the same way they must eat their greens and must pass their exams in school. Poppycock! Read or don’t read – that’s your call.

— Darren Shan

I was 11 when a teacher suggested to my parents that they should send me to drama classes to curb my disruptive ways in the classroom. The next Saturday I was acting, and thereafter it became a ritual of my youth to see a show at the Belvoir on Sundays and, if I was lucky, another at the Opera House on Monday after school.

— David Wenham

My dad was a singer in a band and neither of my parents went to college, and I ended up getting into Harvard and was the first person in my family that went to college and it happened to be Harvard.

— Dean Norris

My mum’s parents were from Ireland, my dad’s mum was American-Irish.

— Dominic West

It was all that stuff about taking your parents’ car when you’re 13, sneaking booze into rock shows and ditching school with your friends. I could relate to that as a former teenager, rather than as a present parent.

— Donal Logue

It starts in the home environment. If the parents eat bad? Those kids are going to eat bad. If they see their parents stopping at McDonald’s or Pizza Hut, then that’s what they’re going to eat as well.

— Donald Driver

I have a slightly bourgeois upbringing, I guess. My parents paid for me to go to school, which is nice, but I haven’t gotten a dime since then. I have no trust fund. I wish I did.

— Dean Wareham

Yes, we do mimic our parents in a lot of ways.

— Deana Carter

My parents wanted to name me Karim Hill. My aunt always liked the name Dule, from this actor Keir Dullea, who was in ‘2001: Space Odyssey.’ That’s how I got the name Karim Dule Hill. Growing up, I never liked the name Karim because people would ask me, ‘Could you dunk like Kareem Abdul Jabbar?’

— Dule Hill

I left my parents’ home when I was 22, I moved to New York with my ex-girlfriend. We did a film together with Raul Julia.

— Demian Bichir

My two brothers and I grew up in the theater, going everywhere with my parents when they performed.

— Demian Bichir

My wife Kari and I have three incredible kids. And like parents everywhere, we want our children to grow up in a country and a world that is peaceful, and where, if they work hard, they can reach their God-given potential.

— Denis McDonough

I taught in Belize for a year, and before I left, my parents were birddogging me to get health care coverage. So what I did was, I reenrolled in college, and then got coverage through my college.

— Denis McDonough

When I was in high school, my parents had this power over me – if I ever lied or got caught doing something that I shouldn’t be doing, then I would no longer be able to go to L.A. and continue to pursue the acting thing.

— Dan Byrd

I just saw a clip of Maria Bamford. She has a comedy show that was filmed and performed from her bed – the whole thing supposedly takes place in her bedroom at her parents house in Duluth, MN. I thought it was great and really strange – to have a comedy special without having to leave your bed.

— Dana Schutz

It is pretty amazing. My parents, who came from Nicaragua to the U.S. – who would have thought that they would have American kids on the Olympic team? I think that’s the epitome of the Olympic dream.

— Diana Lopez

My parents liked to go dancing, and they encouraged all of us to bring our friends home. My brother had a skiffle group, and there would often be dancing in the house. And my parents would come and dance with us.

— Diana Quick

Both my parents were doctors, and my mother had her surgery in the house. There were six children.

— Diane Cilento

I thought I had a huge crush on a young Canadian photographer who was commissioned to go down to Australia to do a series, so I tried to figure out a way to follow him without getting in trouble with my parents, and that was by auditioning for their National Institute.

— Deborah Kara Unger

My parents were in the book business, my brothers still run the Dutton bookstores in Los Angeles, and I’ve been interested in editing books and journals all of my life.

— Denis Dutton

By giving the FDA adequate resources and authority to both prevent outbreaks and intervene once they appear, we can support the administration’s efforts to reassure the parents of America that the food they feed their children is the product of the safest system in the world.

— Diana DeGette

My parents really did believe in the Golden Rule. They really did believe that all people should be treated equally. They had friends of every culture, we celebrated different holidays, but really, secretly behind it, they had no problem telling me who I couldn’t marry.

— Diane Farr

I shared a room with my parents until I was 7, and I lived with my uncles and aunts and my cousins and my grandfather… so the house was always full of people.

— Dichen Lachman

Here he tells us that the new birth is first of all ‘not of blood’. You don’t get it through the blood stream, through heredity. Your parents can give you much, but they cannot give you this.

— E. Stanley Jones

When I was small, my parents came back from Tijuana, and my dad bought me a very small acoustic guitar. I loved it. I started making up my own songs right away.

— Diane Warren

If you want to stay young-looking, pick your parents very carefully.

— Dick Clark

When I think of my work, I’m aware that I’m American and African at all points and times. And without a doubt, my experience and understanding of America was shaped by having immigrant parents.

— Dinaw Mengestu

My parents never referenced Ethiopia that much, largely because of the circumstances under which we left. We left during a time of political upheaval, and there was a lot of loss that came with that, so my parents were reluctant to talk about those things. So I had, by and large, an American childhood.

— Dinaw Mengestu

I told my parents I was going to be a doctor and then a lawyer, but I never believed it and never tried.

— Dinaw Mengestu

You must remember that anyone under 30 – especially a ballplayer – is an adolescent. I never got close to being an adult until I was 32. Even though I was married and had a son at 20, I was a kid at 32, living at home with my parents. Sure, I was a manager then. That doesn’t mean you’re grown up.

— Earl Weaver

Paradoxically, since gay men rarely have gay parents, cultural transmission must come from friends or strangers (a problem since the generations so seldom mix in gay life).

— Edmund White

Look, you’ve got a generation of people coming along who are going to form their own new relationship with the idea of supporting the causes that they care about or changing the world. And these people are not going to do it the way our parents do it.

— Edward Norton

My parents were very, very strict parents, and they were not used to this new, you know, American custom of letting your children sleep in someone else’s house.

— Elaine Chao

While there have been news reports of recent college graduates living with their parents because they have been unable to find a job paying a salary sufficient to move out, their near and long-term career prospects remain far brighter than for those without a college degree.

— Elaine Chao

I grew up on the South Island of New Zealand, in a city chosen and beloved by my parents for its proximity to the mountains – Christchurch is two hours distant from the worn saddle of Arthur’s Pass, the mountain village that was and is my father’s spiritual touchstone, his chapel and cathedral in the wild.

— Eleanor Catton

People don’t know I’ve got a deep social conscience. I’m a child of the Depression, born in 1933. My parents were very liberal in their social views.

— Eli Broad

School boards are, for the most part,made up of political wannabes who see a board seat as a stepping stone for political office, or well-meaning parents who represent an ethnic group or geography, or have some other narrow interests. Few people on them understand what governance is about.

— Eli Broad

I most earnestly advise you, again and again, love, honor, and obey your parents. Friends like them, you need not expect to find in this world.

— Elijah Parish Lovejoy

Nothing but a miracle of sovereign mercy could have arrested and saved me from eternal perdition. How I could have so long resisted the entreaties, the prayers, and the tears of my dear parents, and the influences of the Holy Spirit, is, to me, a wonder entirely incomprehensible.

— Elijah Parish Lovejoy

Impossible to spend sleepless nights and accomplish anything: if, in my youth, my parents had not financed my insomnias, I should surely have killed myself.

— Emile M. Cioran

I think I had really good parents. I got really lucky. They said, ‘You’re a woman enjoy yourself and believe that you can do things.’

— Emily Ratajkowski

I was real into theater, and then I tried soccer, acting and ballet. Both my parents didn’t want a child-star model, so I didn’t get into modeling until I was 14.

— Emily Ratajkowski

I remember the first time I pulled out of my driveway in my grandparents’ Nissan Ultimate or Centra. I just remember getting in a car that smells like my grandparents, with both my parents standing on the lawn, so petrified. That was my car up until I was 18.

— Emily Ratajkowski

I spent most of my time with adults because although my parents were older when they had me, they’re really like teenagers. I sort of became the third musketeer.

— Emily Ratajkowski

When I was 14 -years-old, I made this PowerPoint presentation, and I invited my parents into my room and gave them popcorn. It was called ‘Project Hollywood 2004’ and it worked. I moved to L.A. in January of 2004.

— Emma Stone

I think the number one thing that I find important is the importance of honesty with your friends and your parents, if you can be. But I think that telling people how you really feel, being who you truly are, being safe and taking care of yourself is the most important thing.

— Emma Stone

The last thing in the world my parents would want to do is get on a stage or do a movie. They would probably rather die. But they let me be who I was, and they supported me.

— Emma Stone

Parents should have perfect control over their own spirits, and with mildness and yet firmness bend the will of the child until it shall expect nothing else but to yield to their wishes.

— Ellen G. White

There was not a lot of rock n’ roll in the house. Our parents didn’t think it was very groovy, and I tend to agree with them. If you grew up with Charlie Parker, Bill Haley wasn’t very hip.

— Elvis Costello

I didn’t come from a background of films. I didn’t even really ever watch films. The fact is, my parents weren’t into that stuff, and neither was I.

— Emma Watson

I’d still stand in line all day to get into an AC/DC show, because that was the one show when I was younger that kind of changed my life. Because it was a little wrong. I think I was 14 or 15, first concert without the parents, you know, and they were all worried because we were going to an AC/DC show, and it was an amphitheater.

— Eric Church

My parents genuinely loved Vienna, and in later years I learned from them why the city exerted a powerful hold on them and other Jews. My parents loved the dialect of Vienna, its cultural sophistication, and artistic values.

— Eric Kandel

My parents were not born in Vienna, but they had spent much of their lives there, having each come to the city at the beginning of World War I when they were still very young.

— Eric Kandel

Don’t hold your parents up to contempt. After all, you are their son, and it is just possible that you may take after them.

— Evelyn Waugh

That other saying, I’m a part of all that I have met, I think that would have to begin with my wonderful parents back in Atlanta when I was a youngster five years old I was tongue tied.

— Ernie Harwell

I’m not trying to win an award for being the best vegetarian, just want to be healthy. Take a salt bath. Do things that my parents were never able to do. I’m blessed to do anything I want, so I decide to take the best care of my body and my family in the same way. Holistically. Vitally.

— Erykah Badu

When you’re in a relationship you want it to work. My parents did, I did. But we are not taught how to make it work.

— Erykah Badu

Parents, raise your kids. Young men and women, raise your kids.

— Estelle

Parents must not only have certain ways of guiding by prohibition and permission, they must also be able to represent to the child a deep, almost somatic conviction that there is meaning in what they are doing.

— Erik Erikson

A lot of parents tell their children that if they want to be an actor, that’s fine, but they should do something else first, so they’ve got something to fall back on. It doesn’t work like that, as far as I’m concerned.

— Ewan McGregor

I never imagined it wouldn’t work out for me. I had that absolute certainty in myself that has seen me through, I think, and my parents were absolutely behind me all the way.

— Ewan McGregor

I was born near Bucharest, but my parents came to France a year later. We moved back to Romania when I was thirteen, and my world was shattered. I hated Bucharest, its society, and its mores – its anti-Semitism for example.

— Eugene Ionesco

For months, my parents had been trying to prepare me for the arrival of a real sibling. They had given me a doll to play with and encouraged me to take care of her. And when the baby, a little boy they named Rahm, finally arrived, they encouraged me to help take care of him, too.

— Ezekiel Emanuel

Our parents deserve our honor and respect for giving us life itself. Beyond this they almost always made countless sacrifices as they cared for and nurtured us through our infancy and childhood, provided us with the necessities of life, and nursed us through physical illnesses and the emotional stresses of growing up.

— Ezra Taft Benson

I feel certain that if, in our homes, parents will read from the Book of Mormon prayerfully and regularly, both by themselves and with their children, the spirit of that great book will come to permeate our homes and all who dwell therein.

— Ezra Taft Benson

Some spiritually alert parents hold early-morning devotionals with their families in their homes. They have a hymn, prayer, and then read and discuss the Book of Mormon.

— Ezra Taft Benson

When you’re the youngest and the only boy, you get spoilt but you get told you’re spoilt so you don’t get to enjoy it very much. I was the only man in the house because my parents divorced and my dad moved away when I was 13.

— Eddie Marsan

My parents were early adopters, and I’ve been online since a rather young age. You should regard anything from 2001 or earlier as having been written by a different person who also happens to be named ‘Eliezer Yudkowsky.’ I do not share his opinions.

— Eliezer Yudkowsky

I used to play the piano by listening to it – like Chopin pieces, when I was, like, a little kid – and then the minute my parents got me lessons to read music, I couldn’t do it anymore.

— Eliza Coupe

I think my parents did want me to go to university just in case, but neither my mum or dad went to uni, so they couldn’t talk.

— Eliza Doolittle

I have a gay cousin who came out to my parents before he came out to his own. So I benefited from having a very open, supportive family, and I want to pass that on.

— Elizabeth Banks

Reagan cut through irrational federal regulations to allow children to live with their parents, where they could receive care that would cost the taxpayer one-sixth as much as institutional care. By contrast, Obamacare has added thousands of pages of bureaucratic regulations and will cost the federal government untold billions.

— Edwin Meese
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