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Parents are programmed to want the best for their kids, regardless of what they get in return. That's what love is supposed to be like, right? But in fact, if you think about it, that's kind of a strange belief. Given what we know about the way people really are. Selfish and shortsighted and egotistical and needy.

What you discovered about yourself in raising children wasn't always agreeable or attractive.

The Corrections
How strange it would be if the children knew how their parents were before they were born, when they were not yet parents, but simply themselves.

Une Jeunesse
Hold dear to your parents for it is a scary and confusing world without them.
Parents are the last people on earth who ought to have children
The place of the father in the modern suburban family is a very small one, particularly if he plays golf
The fundamental defect of fathers, in our competitive society, is that they want their children to be a credit to them
There are fathers who do not love their children; there is no grandfather who does not adore his grandson
No fathers or mothers think their own children ugly
How pleasant it is for a father to sit at his child's board. It is like an aged man reclining under the shadow of an oak which he has planted
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On Anger: "For every minute you remain angry, you give up sixty seconds of peace of mind."
On Destiny: "Our destiny exercises its influence over us even when, as yet, we have not learned its nature: it is our future that lays down the law of our today."
Human, All Too Human
On Friendship: "A crowd is not company; and faces are but a gallery of pictures; and talk but a tinkling cymbal, where there is no love."