Quotes about Daughters

From the moment she was born… I felt an instant, radical, unconditional love that redefined love. ~Bryan Cranston, A Life in Parts, 2016

A daughter is a gift of love. ~Author unknown

Certain it is, that there is no Kind of Affection so pure and angelic as that of a Father to a Daughter. ~Joseph Addison, 1712

But no matter what’s said, there’s something like a line of gold thread running through a man’s words when he talks to his daughter, and gradually over the years it gets to be long enough for you to pick up in your hands and weave into a cloth that feels like love itself. ~John Gregory Brown, Decorations in a Ruined Cemetery, 1994

A daughter is the happy memories of the past, the joyful moments of the present, and the hope and promise of the future. ~Author unknown

Margaret:  I think men need daughters.
Dearth:  They do… Fame is rot; daughters are the thing.
Margaret:  Daughters are the thing.
~J. M. Barrie, Dear Brutus, 1917

Mothers and daughters are closest, when daughters become mothers. ~Author unknown

A daughter is a day brightener and a heart warmer. ~Author unknown

And thou shalt in thy daughter see,
This picture, once, resembled thee.
~Ambrose Philips, “To Miss Charlotte Pulteney, In Her Mother’s Arms,” 1724

A father is always making his baby into a little woman. And when she is a woman he turns her back again. ~Enid Bagnold, unverified

Old as she was, she still missed her daddy sometimes. ~Gloria Naylor, Mama Day, 1988

…To a father waxing old
Nothing is dearer than a daughter: sons
Have spirits of a higher pitch, but less inclined
To sweet endearing fondness…
~Euripides (480–406 BC), “The Supplicants,” translated by R. Potter, 1836

A daughter is a little girl who grows up to be a friend. ~Author unknown

Any astronomer can predict with absolute accuracy just where every star in the universe will be at 11:30 tonight. He can make no such prediction about his teenage daughter. ~James T. Adams, unverified

A daughter may outgrow your lap, but she will never outgrow your heart. ~Author unknown

Thus a lively and lasting sense of filial duty is more effectually impressed on the mind of a son or daughter by reading King Lear, than by all the dry volumes of ethics and divinity that ever were written. ~Thomas Jefferson, letter to Robert Skipwith, 1771 August 3rd, Monticello

I have three daughters and I find as a result I played King Lear almost without rehearsal. ~Peter Ustinov (1921–2004)

Ambition — What will get you to the top if the boss has no daughter. ~Changing Times, 1956

Of all the haunting moments of motherhood, few rank with hearing your own words come out of your daughter’s mouth. ~Victoria Secunda, Women and Their Fathers, 1992

The father of a daughter is nothing but a high-class hostage. A father turns a stony face to his sons, berates them, shakes his antlers, paws the ground, snorts, runs them off into the underbrush, but when his daughter puts her arm over his shoulder and says, “Daddy, I need to ask you something,” he is a pat of butter in a hot frying pan. ~Garrison Keillor, The Book of Guys, 1993

Every time it happens, I’m obsessed with the feeling I’m giving a million-dollar Stradivarius to a gorilla. ~Jim Bishop, about the feelings he has when his daughters get engaged

We’ve begun to raise daughters more like sons, but few have the courage to raise our sons more like our daughters. ~Gloria Steinem

Suddenly, through birthing a daughter, a woman finds herself face to face not only with an infant, a little girl, a woman-to-be, but also with her own unresolved conflicts from the past and her hopes and dreams for the future. Severing the umbilical cord to give a daughter breath joins a woman with generation after generation of women who came before… and this act of bodily separation connects each mother of a daughter with the next generation of women. As though experiencing an earthquake, mothers of daughters may find their lives shifted, their deep feelings unearthed… ~Elizabeth Debold, Marie C. Wilson, & Idelisse Malavé, Mother Daughter Revolution, 1993

Daughter Quotes
Original post date: 2006 Feb 28
1st major revision: 2018 Sept 7