Anyone who has a child today should train him to be either a physicist or a ballet dancer. Then he'll escape.
Author: W. H. Auden (1907-1973)
Profession: Anglo-American Poet
To bring up a child in the way he should go -- travel that way yourself.
Author: Josh Billings (1815-1885)
Profession: American Humorist, Lecturer
Good breeding differs, if at all, from high breeding only as it gracefully remembers the rights of others, rather than gracefully insists on its own rights.
Author: Thomas Carlyle (1795-1881)
Profession: Scottish Philosopher, Author
I suffer whenever I see that common sight of a parent or senior imposing his opinion and way of thinking and being on a young soul to which they are totally unfit. Cannot we let people be themselves, and enjoy life in their own way? You are trying to make that man another you. One's enough.
Author: Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)
Profession: American Poet, Essayist
It is the common error of builders and parents to follow some plan they think beautiful (and perhaps is so) without considering that nothing is beautiful that is misplaced.
Author: Lady Mary Wortley Montagu (1689-1762)
Profession: British Society Figure, Letter Writer
Permissiveness is the principle of treating children as if they were adults; and the tactic of making sure they never reach that stage.
Author: Thomas Szasz (1920)
Profession: American Psychiatrist