Thursday, June 25, 2009

Quotes: Parents and Children (2)

Parents and children 193 "When boys and girls are growing up, life can’t stand still, not even in the quietest of country towns; and they have to grow up, whether they will or no; that is what their elders are always forgetting." Cather, My Ántonia. Parents seem to forget that children must grow up.

Parents and children 335 "When I told her I had no children, she seemed embarrassed; ‘Ooh, ain’t that too bad! Maybe you could take one of my bad ones, now... that’s Leo; he’s the worst of all’ ...leaned toward me with a smile, ‘and I love him the best,’ she whispered." Cather, My Ántonia

Parents and children 346 " doesn’t occur to boys that their mother was ever young and pretty." Cather, My Ántonia

Parents and children 187 His son Ted on Babbitt: "I suppose he must do some thinking, same as you and I do, but gosh, there’s no way of telling it; I don’t believe that out-side of the office and playing a little bum golf on Saturday he knows there’s anything in the world to do except just keep sitting there—sitting there every night—not wanting to go anywhere—not wanting to do anything—thinking us kids are crazy—sitting there—Lord!" Lewis, Babbitt. How children view their fathers.

Parents and children 611 "His late great dad…not really such a bad guy in death…but so tensely parental in life, all empty command and false authority…." DeLillo, Underworld. The parent's role.

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