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Quotations 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


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


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


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 daughter grows from a little loving child into a special friend. ~Pam Brown, To My Lovely Daughter, 2013, helenexley.com


A father is always making his baby into a little woman. And when she is a woman he turns her back again. ~Enid Bagnold, 1969


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 mother's gender partner, her closest ally in the family confederacy, an extension of her self. And mothers are their daughters' role model, their biological and emotional road map, the arbiter of all their relationships. ~Victoria Secunda, Women and Their Fathers, 1992


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


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


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


The father of a daughter, for example, 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. The butter thinks to itself, "This time I really am going to remain rectangular," and then it feels very relaxed, and then it smells smoke. ~Garrison Keillor, The Book of Guys, 1993, garrisonkeillor.com


"Girlie, girlie!" was all he said... "My girlie." ~Barbra Ring, Fjeldmus paa utenlands-reise, 1908, translated from the Norwegian by J. L. Ethel Aspinall, The Tomboy Cousin, 1927


Daughters can lift the heart
by merely speaking
on the telephone, or sharing
in a shopping expedition,
or calling in for coffee.
~Pam Brown, To My Lovely Daughter, 2013, helenexley.com


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





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