Anyone who has a child today should train him to be either a physicist or a ballet dancer. Then he'll escape.
W. H. Auden (1907-1973) English-born poet and man of letters.
To bring up a child in the way he should go -- travel that way yourself.
Josh Billings (1815-1885) American humorist and 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.
Thomas Carlyle (1795-1881) British historian and essayist.
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.
Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882) U.S. poet, essayist and lecturer.