Barbara Kingsolver, Animal Dreams
It kills you to see them grow up. But I guess it would kill you quicker if they didn't.
Phyllis McGinley, Ballad of Lost Objects, 1954
These are my daughters, I suppose. But where in the world did the children vanish?
Norman Wright and Gary Oliver
In marriage, each partner is to be an encourager rather than a critic, a forgiver rather than a collector of hurts, an enabler rather than a reformer.
We all have a childhood dream that when there is love, everything goes like silk, but the reality is that marriage requires a lot of compromise.
Happy marriages begin when we marry the ones we love, and they blossom when we love the ones we marry.
What counts in making a happy marriage is not so much how compatible you are, but how you deal with incompatibility.
The first year of marriage is like wet cement - the impressions made in it are much harder to change once it has set.
A father is always making his baby into a little woman. And when she is a woman he turns her back again.
Hodding Carter, Jr.
There are two lasting bequests we can give our children. One is roots. The other is wings.
M*A*S*H, Colonel Potter, The Price of Tomato Juice
Having babies is fun, but babies grow up into people.