Parents Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old parents quotes, parents sayings, and parents proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.


All parents damage their children. It cannot be helped. Youth, like pristine glass, absorbs the prints of its handlers. Some parents smudge, others crack, a few shatter childhoods completely into jagged little pieces, beyond repair.     

Mitch Albom

We never know the love of a parent till we become parents ourselves.     

Henry Ward Beecher

I also believe that parents, if they love you, will hold you up safely, above their swirling waters, and sometimes that means you'll never know what they endured, and you may treat them unkindly, in a way you otherwise wouldn't.     

Mitch Albom

Parents often talk about the younger generation as if they didn't have anything to do with it.     

Haim Ginott

The best inheritance a parent can give his children is a few minutes of his time each day.     

Orlando A. Battista

Parents need to fill a child's bucket of self-esteem so high that the rest of the world can't poke enough holes to drain it dry     

Alvin Price

As parents, we guide by our unspoken example. It is only when we're talking to them that our kids aren't listening.     

Robert Brault

The pressures of being a parent are equal to any pressure on earth. To be a conscious parent, and really look to that little being's mental and physical health, is a responsibility which most of us, including me, avoid most of the time because it's too hard.     

John Lennon

The joys of parents are secret, and so are their griefs and fears: they cannot utter the one, nor will they utter the other.     

Francis Bacon

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

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

Jim Demint

It is time for parents to teach young people early on that in diversity there is beauty and there is strength.     

Maya Angelou

Parents can only give good advice or put them on the right paths, but the final forming of a person's character lies in their own hands.     

Anne Frank

A parent who has never apologized to his children is a monster. If he's always apologizing, his children are monsters.     

Mignon McLaughlin

At the end of the day, the most overwhelming key to a child's success is the positive involvement of parents.     

Jane D. Hull

There are no illegitimate children only illegitimate parents.     

Leon R. Yankwich

Parents are the bones on which children sharpen their teeth.     

Peter Ustinov

Parents lend children their experience and a vicarious memory; children endow their parents with a vicarious immortality.     

George Santayana

To lose one parent may be regarded as a misfortune... to lose both seems like carelessness.     

Oscar Wilde

Where parents do too much for their children, the children will not do much for themselves.     

Elbert Hubbard

Parents wonder why the streams are bitter, when they themselves have poisoned the fountain.     

John Locke

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

Bette Davis

Your parents, they give you your life, but then they try to give you their life.     

Chuck Palahniuk

A mother is not a person to lean on but a person to make leaning unnecessary.     

Dorothy C. Fisher

The best that a parent can be... A demonstrator... A consistant, constant demonstrator of being in your own vortex.     

Abraham-Hicks

The best thing you can give children, next to good habits, are good memories.     

Sydney J. Harris

The child supplies the power, but the parents have to do the steering.     

Benjamin Spock

Every parent is a teacher... But not all parents teach.     

Anthony Douglas Williams

As a parent, you will often serve as an inadvertent example to your child. A child will model himself after you in many areas: how you deal with frustration, settle disagreements and cope with not being able to have the things that you want, to name just three.     

Lawrence Balter

When things turn out pretty much as expected, parents give little thought to how much they have influenced the outcome. When things don't turn out as expected, parents give a great deal of thought to the role they play.     

Arlene Harder

Parents try the best they can. They want the best for you. But a lot of their stuff is just their own. If you can pull yourself away from it and not always feel like they're attacking you, then it's easier to deal with.     

Jessica Alba

A wise parent humours the desire for independent action, so as to become the friend and adviser when his absolute rule shall cease.     

Elizabeth Gaskell

A father's goodness is higher than the mountain, a mother's goodness deeper than the sea.     

Japanese Proverb

Lucky parents who have fine children usually have lucky children who have fine parents.     

James A. Brewer

When you have children yourself, you begin to understand what you owe your parents.     

Japanese Proverb

Perhaps we have been misguided into taking too much responsibility from our children, leaving them too little room for discovery.     

Helen Hayes

My father didn't tell me how to live; he lived, and let me watch him do it.     

Clarence Budinton Kelland

Parents can tell but never teach, unless they practice what they preach.     

Arnold Glasow

From your parents you learn love and laughter and how to put one foot before the other. But when books are opened you discover that you have wings.     

Helen Hayes

Funny Parenting Quotes

The trouble with being a parent is that by the time you are experienced, you are unemployed.     

Author Unknown

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

Barbara Walters

Parents are like God because you wanna know they're out there, and you want them to think well of you, but you really only call when you need something.     

Chuck Palahniuk

Parents are not interested in justice, they're interested in peace and quiet.     

Bill Cosby

Parents who are afraid to put their foot down usually have children who step on their toes.     

Chinese Proverb

By the time a man realizes that maybe his father was right, he usually has a son who thinks he's wrong.     

Charles Wadsworth

The one thing children wear out faster than shoes is parents.     

John J. Plomp

Parents know best how to push our buttons because they installed them.     

Author Unknown

My parents only had one argument in forty-five years. It lasted forty-three years.     

Cathy Ladman

Because of their size, parents may be difficult to discipline properly.     

P. J. O'Rourke