Time and again, the most famous books of all time touch on themes like family and what it means to be a parent. Today, I’ve compiled a list of my favorite quotes on parenting by authors you’ll know and love!

“Children have never been very good at listening to their elders, but they have never failed to imitate them.” —James Baldwin

“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

“Your children are not your children.
They are sons and daughters of Life’s longing for itself.
They come through you but not from you.
And though they are with you yet they belong not to you.” —Kahlil Gibran

“I believe that what we become depends on what our fathers teach us at odd moments, when they aren’t trying to teach us. We are formed by little scraps of wisdom.” —Umberto Eco

“What it’s like to be a parent: It’s one of the hardest things you’ll ever do but in exchange it teaches you the meaning of unconditional love.” —Nicholas Sparks

“I don’t remember who said this, but there really are places in the heart you don’t even know exist until you love a child.” —Anne Lamott

“But kids don’t stay with you if you do it right. It’s the one job where, the better you are, the more surely you won’t be needed in the long run.” —Barbara Kingsolver

 

Which of these quotes is your favorite? Let me know in the comments below!

 

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