Quotes To Live By

proud parents & newborn baby Proud parents Julie & Mark with Sophie (2007)

These parent quotes and verse are all positive inspirational words of wisdom and love on the joys of being a parent. There are also Father and Mother pages for more quotes about parents.

For many years my daughter Julie looked forward to settling down and becoming a parent. Her younger siblings had children first and she doted on her nieces and nephew, but it's just not the same as being a parent yourself. After her rocky first marriage ended, I was overjoyed for her when she found her perfect partner and then they were blessed with their first daughter Sophie in 2007. (pic)  Three years later another daughter, Amy, was born and then in 2015 the family was completed by the arrival of a son, Lowen. 

Spiritual Quotes To Live By

Parent quotes are listed alphabetically on surnames.
Proverbs & parent quotes from unknown sources are at the bottom of the page.

Parent Quotes: 


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

Parent Quotes: 

Richard Bach

Richard Bach 1936
Children are not our property, and they are not ours to control, any more than we were our parents property, or theirs to control.

Henry Ward Beecher

Henry Ward Beecher 1813 - 1887
There is no friendship, no love, like that of a parent for the child.

We never know the love of our parents for us, till we have become parents.

W.E.B. Du Bois

W. E. B. Du Bois  1868 - 1963
Children learn more from what you are, than what you teach.

Children learn more from what you are - Spiritual Quotes To Live ByJoey & Lucy (2013)

Betsy Brown Braun

Betsy Brown Braun
You need to be the person you want your child to become. 
That takes awareness and focus.

Thomas Bray

Thomas Bray 1658 - 1730
Never fear spoiling children by making them too happy. 
Happiness is the atmosphere in which all good affections grow.

Sitting Bull

Sitting Bull 1831 - 1890
Let us put our minds together and see what life we can make for our children.

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George Carlin

George Carlin 1937 - 2008
Don't just teach your children to read. Teach them to question what they read. Teach then to question everything.

Hodding Carter

Hodding Carter 1907 - 1972
There are only two lasting bequests we can hope to give our children...
one of those is roots, the other, wings.

There are only 2 lasting bequests - Spiritual Quotes To Live BySeth & Lucy

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Mary Cholmondeley 1859 - 1925
A happy childhood is one of the best gifts
that parents have it in their powers to bestow.

Parent Quotes: 

Marion Wright Edelman

Marion Wright Edelman 1939
Parents have become so convinced that educators know what is best for their children, that they forget that they themselves are really the experts.

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Richard Evans 1906 - 1971
Children will not remember you for the material things you provided, 
but for the feeling that you cherished them.

Parent Quotes: 

Anne Frank

Anne Frank 1929 - 1945
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.

Margaret Fuller

Margaret Fuller 1810 - 1850
The character and history of each child, may be a new and poetic experience to the parent, if he will let it.

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Samuel Goodrich

Samuel Goodrich 1793 - 1860
How many hopes and fears, how many ardent wishes and anxious apprehensions are twisted together, in the threads that connect the parent with the child?

Trina Graves

Trina Graves 1961
The greatest gift in life, you’ve received today
The birth of your precious little one, safely here to stay.
Entrusted to your gentle, loving care
God knows you are a wonderfully, devoted pair.

Your lives will never again be the same
Now that you are parents, you have a new aim
To love and protect her, to nurture and to care
The joys of parenthood are beyond compare.

The happiness, joy and love you now feel
Will stay with you forever, this love is so real.
There is nothing in life that can compare to this
The birth of your cherished baby, brings you pure bliss.

(Written on the birth of my grandaughter Sophie 2007 - photo top of page)

Parent Quotes: 

HA-Tony Neate

HA-(Tony Neate)
You choose your parents, not primarily for what they are or were, but for the challenges YOU needs to help you forward in your evolution.

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Sydney J. Harris 1903 - 1986  
The best thing you can give children, next to good habits, are good memories.

Theodore Hesburgh

Theodore Hesburgh 1917
The most important thing a father can do for his children is...
to love their mother.

Whitney Houston

Whitney Houston 1963 - 2012
(Also sung by George Benson
written by Michael Masser & Linda Creed)

I believe the children are our future,
teach them well and let them lead the way.
Show them all the beauty they possess inside.
Give them a sense of pride to make it easier.
Let the children's laughter remind us how we used to be. 

I believe the children are our future - Spiritual Quotes To Live ByAmy

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Jesse Jackson

Jesse Jackson 1941
Your children need your presence more than your presents.

Your children need your presence - Spiritual Quotes To Live ByTrina & Doreen (1963)

Susan Jeffers

Susan Jeffers   
All the dangers in our world are like a blessed wake up call. They tell us to live life NOW - not tomorrow, not when the children grow up, not when we retire...  but NOW.

Dear God, I trust that no matter what happens in my life, it is for my highest good. And no matter what happens in the lives of those I love, it is for their highest good. From all things that are put before us all, we shall become stronger and more loving people. I am grateful for all the beauty and opportunity you put into my life. And in all that I do, I shall seek to be a channel for your love.

Susan Jeffers Prayer - Spiritual Quotes To Live By

Lady Bird Johnson

Lady Bird Johnson  1912 - 2007
Children are likely to live up to what you believe in them.


Juvenal  55 - 127
Be gentle with the young.

Parent Quotes: 

Charles Everet Koop

Charles Everet Koop 1916
Life affords no greater responsibility, no greater privilege, than the raising of the next generation.

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Ann Landers
It is not what you do for your children, 
but what you have taught them to do for themselves, 
that will make them successful human beings.

Diane Loomans

Diane Loomans
If I had my child to raise all over again,
I'd finger paint more and point the finger less.
I'd do less correcting and more connecting.
I'd take my eyes off my watch and watch with my eyes.
I would care to know less and know to care more.
I'd take more hikes and fly more kites.
I'd stop playing serious and seriously play.
I'd run through more fields and gaze at more stars.
I'd do more hugging and less tugging.
I would be firm less often and affirm much more.
I'd build self-esteem first and the house later.
I'd teach less about the love of power and more about the power of love.

If I had my children to raise all over again - Spiritual Quotes To Live ByJulie, Kevin, Emma (1989)

Parent Quotes: 

Joyce Maynard

Joyce Maynard 1953   
It's not only children who grow, parents do too. As much as we watch to see what our children do with their lives, they are watching us to see what we do with ours. I can't tell my children to reach for the sun. All I can do is reach for it myself.

A.A. Milne

A. A. Milne  1882 - 1956
If ever there is a tomorrow when we're not together there is something you must always remember... 
You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem and smarter than you think.  Even if we're apart, I'll always be with you.

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Alvin Price 1908 - 1951
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.

Parent Quotes: 

Rob Reiner

Rob Reiner 1947  
I know how sobering and exhausting parenthood is. But the reality is that our children's future depends on us as parents. Because we know that the first years truly last forever.

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Charles Schultz

Charles Schultz  1922 - 2000
If I were given the opportunity to present a gift to the next generation, it would be the ability for each individual to learn to laugh at himself.

Benjamin Spock

Benjamin Spock 1903 - 1998 
The child supplies the power, but the parents have to do the steering.

The more people have studied different methods of bringing up children, the more they have come to the conclusion that what good mothers and fathers instinctively feel like doing for their babies, is best after all.

Shinichi Suzuki

Shinichi Suzuki 1898 - 1998
Children learn to smile from their parents.

Charles R. Swindoll

Charles R. Swindoll  1934
Each day of our lives we make deposits in the memory banks of our children.

Each day of our lives - Spiritual Quotes To Live ByEmma, Seth & Lucy - Banbury Cross

Parent Quotes: 

The Talmud

The Talmud
When you teach your son,  you teach your son's son.

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Brian Tracy 1944
If you raise your children to feel that they can accomplish any goal or task they decide upon, you will have succeeded as a parent and you will have given your children the greatest blessing of all.

Harry Truman

Harry Truman 1884 - 1972
I have found the best way to give advice to your children is to find out what they want and then advise them to do it.

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Evelyn Waugh

Evelyn Waugh 1903 - 1966
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.

Anthony Douglas Williams

Anthony Douglas Williams
Every parent is a teacher...  But not all parents teach.

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John Wooden 1910 - 2010
Being a role model is the most powerful form of educating. Youngsters need good role models more than they need critics. It's one of parents greatest responsibilities and opportunities.

Happy brown bear by Sandra Reeves - Spiritual Quotes To Live By

Proverb Parent Quotes

As long as you have the blessing of your parents,
it does not matter, even if you live in the mountains.

A tree is known by it's fruit.

The child of a tiger - is a tiger.

To understand your parents love you must raise children yourself.

You have a lifetime to work, but children are only young once.

Unknown Source Parent Quotes

A daughter/son may outgrow your lap,
but she/he will never outgrow your heart.

Anything which parents have not learned from experience,
they can now learn from their children.

Children internalize much of what they're told about themselves
and carry it for a lifetime.
Choose words that empower, not hurt.

Do not educate your children to be rich,
educate them to be happy.
So when they grow up,
they'll know the value of things, not the price.

Don't raise your kids to have more than you had,
raise them to be more than you were.

I don't want my children to be what I want them to be.
I want the to become everything God created them to be.

I may not be perfect, but when I look at my children
I know that I got something in my life perfectly right.

My child is my rainbow,
my ray of light in the darkest storms.

My kids are my heart and soul.
They will always be my babies, even when they grow old.

The most precious jewels you'll ever have around your neck are...
the arms of your children.

There is no way to be a perfect parent...
but thousands of ways of being a great one.

The work will wait while you show the child the rainbow,
but the rainbow won't wait while you do the work.

To be in your children's memories tomorrow...
you have to be in their lives today.

What should not be heard by little ears,
should not be said by big mouths.

When you thought I wasn't looking,
I saw you hang up my first painting on the refrigerator,
and I wanted to paint another one.

When you thought I wasn't looking,
I saw you feed a stray cat,
and I thought it was good to be kind to animals.

When you thought I wasn't looking,
I saw you make my favorite cake for me,
and I knew that little things are special things.

When you thought I wasn't looking,
I heard you say a prayer,
and I believed there is a God I could always talk to.

When you thought I wasn't looking,
I felt you kiss me goodnight,
and I felt loved.

When you thought I wasn't looking,
I saw that you cared,
and I wanted to be everything that I could be.

When you thought I wasn't looking,
and wanted to say thanks for all the things I saw
when you thought I wasn't looking.

Your children will become what you are...
So be what you want to be.

Couple in their 70's - Spiritual Quotes To Live By

My wonderful parents (William and Doreen) are now in their seventies. My mother loves to work in her garden, she has created many beautiful gardens over the years. My father has always loved to play many different sports through the years and now golf is his passion. They enjoy each day as it comes, making the most of their own pursuits (when the English weather allows) but also loving their quiet-time together. As in everyone's life, they have had many years of ups and downs, but now they are perfectly happy and contented in their own little corner of paradise... And long may it continue.

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