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I auditioned in Chicago for Juilliard and didn't get in. I was basically living in a back room of my parents' house, paying rent and not doing anything with my life. I'd like to say it was patriotic to join the Marines, but it was also that I was doing nothing honorable with my life and spending too much time at McDonald's.~Adam Driver


Life Time Parents

I have often been struck by the fact that most parents who are experiencing positive and rewarding relationships with their pre-adolescent children are, nevertheless, waiting apprehensively and bracing themselves for the stormy adolescent period.~Albert Bandura


Positive Children Parents

Osama bin Laden characterized his terrorist activities as 'defensive jihad,' provoked by 'debauched infidels' bent on enslaving the Muslim world. The lead industry blamed 'ignorant parents' for applying lead paint to juvenile furniture.~Albert Bandura


Parents World Juvenile

I first picked up a guitar when I was ten years old; my parents surprised me with it for my tenth birthday. I started taking lessons when I was thirteen, but only for a few months, and then I just kept teaching myself.~Alessia Cara


Birthday Myself Parents

If my parents were still alive, they would be very proud. They gave me a good start in life, the values that have driven me, and the confidence to believe in myself.~Alex Ferguson


Life Myself Parents

I think we are defined as human beings through our families, no matter what kind of family - through our relationships with parents, brothers and sisters.~Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu


Family Parents Think

Create a garden; bring children to farms for field trips. I think it's important that parents and teachers get together to do one or two things they can accomplish well - a teaching garden, connecting with farms nearby, weave food into the curriculum.~Alice Waters


Children Food Parents

We don't like what we don't know or understand. Parents don't like the thought of their kids embracing social media because they don't fully understand the benefits and dangers.~Amy Jo Martin


Parents Social Media Media

My parents pretty much realized that I would do whatever I wanted, and that was it, really.~Amy Winehouse


Parents Pretty Whatever

When a lot of things are going the wrong way for a country, for a people, when you can't really think of anything worse than a war, you always try to take life on the brighter side and that's how I grew up with my parents.~Andy Murray


Life War Parents

It's impossible to write and produce a record when your parents are dying. I really tried, I really, really tried, but it just wouldn't come.~Anita Baker


Parents Impossible Dying

Anybody who has children and children who are well feels a sense of responsibility towards parents and kids and families that are struggling and that aren't well.~Annette Bening


Children Parents Sense

I don't believe in nepotism. I don't much like the idea of parents who interfere.~Anthony Hopkins


Parents Believe Idea

I always knew I wanted to be in films but didn't want anyone to taunt my parents. So I excelled in studies. I was a topper in school and college, so when I decided to become a model, people said, 'Oh your daughter is modeling,' so at least my parents could say, 'Yeah but she also came first in class.'~Anushka Sharma


Daughter Parents School

I have frequently gained my first real insight into the character of parents by studying their children.~Arthur Conan Doyle


Children Parents Character

Love, it has been said, flows downward. The love of parents for their children has always been far more powerful than that of children for their parents; and who among the sons of men ever loved God with a thousandth part of the love which God has manifested to us?~Augustus Hare


Love Children Parents

You learn a lot about love before you ever get there. You learn at least as much about love from books as you do from watching your parents.~A. S. Byatt


Love Parents Learn

My parents, they're the kind of people that didn't want me to get a big head, so they just kept challenging me and challenging me.~Abby Wambach


Parents People Me

We just sort of thought a Web series would be a cool thing to be able to send to our parents to show them that we were, in fact, actually doing comedy.~Abbi Jacobson


Parents Cool Doing

So I consider myself a dog person. Kind of. Had dogs when I was a kid, but my parents would never have dreamed of having them in the house.~Abraham Verghese


Dog Myself Parents

My parents homeschooled my sister and me for many years. Why? Because the local school insisted that I, being three, should go to preschool, and my sister, being five, should go to kindergarten. The problem? You learn your alphabet in preschool, and I was already reading chapter books.~Adora Svitak


Sister Parents School

Students read for tests and because their parents ask them to, but I think it's very important to tell children that you can read for fun, too, and to understand human spirit. It builds empathy.~Adora Svitak


Children Parents Fun

Children always assume the sexual lives of their parents come to a grinding halt at their conception.~Alan Bennett


Children Parents Always

I never experienced any feelings of closeness and caring from my parents.~Alan Sugar


Parents Caring Feelings

'Finding Nemo' has spawned so many sort of emotions over the years. I don't even know that you could really understand exactly what parents and kids are seeing in it, but they can see a lot of different stuff.~Albert Brooks


Parents Finding Emotions

It always seemed to be a constant that my parents were political.~Alexei Sayle


Parents Political Always

The reason why parents mistreat their children has less to do with character and temperament than with the fact that they were mistreated themselves and were not permitted to defend themselves.~Alice Miller


Children Parents Character

Wherever I look, I see signs of the commandment to honor one's parents and nowhere of a commandment that calls for the respect of a child.~Alice Miller


Respect Parents Child

My mom used to model when she was younger, before she went to law school, and I think she thought it was pretty cool. I think my parents saw that acting ultimately made me happy, even though it was a rough ride for a little bit.~Alexandra Daddario


Mom Parents Happy

I get along great with my family. My parents are really proud of me and my brother, who's a chef here in New York. I don't see my parents often, but they're very supportive, especially as I get older.~Alison Mosshart


Family Parents Brother

Like most parents, I think, my children have been the source of some of my most intense joys and despairs, my deepest moral dilemmas and greatest moral achievements.~Alison Gopnik


Children Parents Greatest

I told my parents I wanted to be an actress years before I wrapped my head around what my dad did for a living. It's not easy to explain the job of the television journalist, especially when a lot of my friends' dads had jobs that were a lot easier to explain, like a lawyer, a banker or a doctor.~Allison Williams


Parents Dad Friends

If parents are the fixed stars in the child's universe, the vaguely understood, distant but constant celestial spheres, siblings are the dazzling, sometimes scorching comets whizzing nearby.~Alison Gopnik


Parents Stars Child

I had very literal parents and I wanted to survive with metaphor and art, and there was a real sense of shame around it.~Amanda Palmer


Art Parents Real

When I was little, my parents really only wanted me to be a scientist or a doctor; they had never even heard of law school. I think even these days if you were to tell your mother you want to be a fashion designer, or an artist or a writer, a lot of Asian parents would be alarmed because they don't think that's a secure career.~Amy Chua


Mother Parents School

I was raised, myself, by extremely strict but also extremely loving Chinese immigrant parents. To this day, I believe that their having high expectations for me, coupled with love, was the greatest gift that anyone's ever given me. And so that's why, even though my husband is not Chinese, I try to raise my own two daughters the same way.~Amy Chua


Love Myself Parents

When I'm not the Tiger Mom, I'm a professor at Yale Law School, and if one thing is clear to me from years of teaching, it's that there are many ways to produce fabulous kids. I have amazing students; some of them have strict parents, others have lenient parents, and many come from family situations that defy easy description.~Amy Chua


Mom Family Parents

A lot of parents today are terrified that something they say to their children might make them 'feel bad.' But, hey, if they've done something wrong, they should feel bad. Kids with a sense of responsibility, not entitlement, who know when to experience gratitude and humility, will be better at navigating the social shoals of college.~Amy Chua


Children Gratitude Parents

In Chinese culture, it wouldn't occur to kids to question or talk back to their parents. In American culture, kids in books, TV shows and movies constantly score points with their snappy back talk. Typically, it's the parents who need to be taught a life lesson - by their children.~Amy Chua


Life Children Parents

I do think that maybe, even subconsciously, a lot of parents in the West are wondering, have we gone too far in the direction of coddling and protecting - you know, you see kids, sometimes that seem very rude and disrespectful. And the more important thing is they don't seem that happy.~Amy Chua


Parents Happy Important

Some parents let their kids sleep at other people's houses, where they drink alcohol, watch TV for hours and God knows what else. But if you say you have to get all A's and practice the violin for two hours, then they consider that abusive. That upsets me.~Amy Chua


Parents God Sleep

I am definitely a Type A personality, always rushing around, trying to do too much, not good at just lying on the beach. But I'm so thankful for everything I have: wonderfully supportive parents and sisters, the best husband in the world, terrific students I love teaching and hanging out with, and above all, my two amazing daughters.~Amy Chua


Love Best Parents

When I was younger, I just thought that my plans were probably going to be more exciting than my parents' plans or the establishment. I sort of got by on being a little bit of a rebel.~Amy Grant


Parents Thought Rebel

It was so surreal, having my parents hear the President and First Lady saying to me, 'Good to see you again! We're so proud of you. We watched you on the Grammys and were like, 'That's our girl!'~Andra Day


Parents Good Girl

As a child, I always enjoyed - my parents used to have these little cocktail parties - and I always loved trying to get the adults to tell me things they weren't supposed to say. And in many ways, that's what my job is today; it's getting people to tell me things that they probably are otherwise not supposed to say.~Andrew Ross Sorkin


Parents Today Child

There is only room in the lifeboat of your life for one, and you always choose yourself, and turn your parents into whatever it takes to keep you afloat.~Anna Quindlen


Life Parents Yourself

All parents should be aware that when they mock or curse gay people, they may be mocking or cursing their own child.~Anna Quindlen


Parents May Child

Children born of married parents in America face a higher risk of seeing them break up than children born of unmarried parents in Sweden.~Arlie Russell Hochschild


Children Parents Risk

Ellen Galinsky's surveys at the Families and Work Institute pointed to a desirable norm for many parents for working not full-time, but part-time. And I get that. I mean, Norway has a 35-hour work week. That counts as part-time for us in the United States, you know. And Norway's doing well, by the way.~Arlie Russell Hochschild


Work Parents Week

I am the slave of my baptism. Parents, you have caused my misfortune, and you have caused your own.~Arthur Rimbaud


Parents I Am You

When my parents were paying for my sport, it wasn't just me out on the ice. Pretty much every dollar my mom made teaching went into my skating.~Ashley Wagner


Mom Parents Me

As a kid, I thought movies were boring. My parents would hire VHS recorders for the weekend and watch Bollywood movies. I'd get bored and go out to Stoke Newington common to play football.~Asif Kapadia


Parents Football Movies

Beyonce is a beautiful, elegant woman who is also a wonderful dancer. And her voice is sublime. Just like her husband, Jay-Z, Beyonce has real talent. They are both the kind of truly great artist who will be remembered by history. Their child will be lucky to have such talented parents.~Azzedine Alaia


History Beautiful Parents

People lament that there's no roles being written for South Asian or Muslim characters. But their parents don't want their children to go into the entertainment field. You don't get it both ways.~Aasif Mandvi


Children Parents People

It is ironic that it doesn't matter how successful I am in any other capacity: ultimately, my parents' marker is 'Do you have a wife?' and 'Do you have children?'~Aasif Mandvi


Wife Children Parents

One thing I carried my whole life, especially from my grandparents in Chicago, was a huge idealism for the world.~Abigail Washburn


Life World Grandparents

My parents played the radio, but music was never an obsession or something that I thought I could call a career.~Abigail Washburn


Music Parents Career

When I first started playing the banjo and miraculously fell into a record deal in Nashville, TN, there was a period when I didn't go to China. It hurt. Like a pain in my gut... that pain you feel when you know it's time to connect with your parents or your God or your child or your past or your future... and you don't do it.~Abigail Washburn


Time Future Parents

My parents were very relaxed about music.~Agnes Obel


Music Parents Relaxed

I wish my parents had been more strict and made me learn more instruments.~Agnes Obel


Parents Learn Me

I get bitter, angry and disbelieving and I tell my kids there a lot of idiots out there. I also want them to know that being successful is not the real world - that their parents get treated better because they're on TV.~Al Roker


Parents World Successful

My parents got me a $25 Kent steel-string acoustic guitar when I was around 12. The following Christmas, my parents bought me a Conora electric guitar. It looked almost like a Gretsch. It cost $59, and my mom still has it.~Alex Lifeson


Mom Parents Me

The Internet has become a tool to pick on people and ruin someone's life. I don't think parents realize what's going on.~Alexa Vega


Life Parents People

Kids need to open up to their parents. And parents should realize that when kids are pushing you away, that's the time to really step in.~Alexa Vega


Time Parents Step

The Internet has become a tool to pick on people and ruin someone's life. I don't think parents realize what's going on. Just because you're not at school doesn't mean kids aren't harassing you on the computer.~Alexa Vega


Life Parents School

Always, as a child, I would go around the house, and if I found a word that I didn't know the meaning of, I would write it down and ask my parents to define it and try to memorise it.~Alexandra Adornetto


Parents Child Meaning

While my seemingly compulsive school-hopping has raised some eyebrows among my peers and caused my parents understandable consternation, I do not regret it.~Alexandra Adornetto


Parents Regret Raised

I feel that each and every one of us as individuals has a responsibility to one another. None of us would be here without the help of someone else - whether it be guardians, teachers, parents, relatives, etc. - someone contributed to your well being as a person. We're all connected in so many different ways.~Alonzo Mourning


Parents Responsibility

Can you believe approximately 17 percent of American children ages 2 to 19 years are obese? How about this fact: approximately 60 percent of overweight children ages 5 to 10 already have at least one risk factor for heart disease? We are all to blame for this - parents, schools, kids - all of us.~Alison Sweeney


Children Parents Heart

Grades can matter, especially for those students and parents who live for the next round of applications to graduate or professional schools. But there's a problem with the grade emphasis. Math or science graduates earn more than students majoring in the humanities.~Amity Shlaes


Parents Science Live

On my parents' scale of values, the more Western something was, the more cultured it was considered.~Amos Oz


Parents Values Something

Most of the time it's the parents who recognise me. They try to tell their kids, 'Look, it's Giselle,' and I say, 'No, no, no, don't ruin this for them,' because I'm usually standing there with my hair sideways and no make-up on. And the kid is saying, 'That is not Giselle. No way. That is some worn-out girl who really needs a bath.'~Amy Adams


Time Parents Girl

I always knew I would come to London. I loved Glasgow, but it seemed filled with echoes of my parents' lives, and sometimes you just want a city of your own.~Andrew O'Hagan


Parents Loved City

The most important role models should and could be parents and teachers. But that said, once you're a teenager you've probably gotten as much of an example from your parents as you're going to.~Andrew Shue


Parents Teen Important

I used to stay up at night and sneak into the TV room, past my parents, who were asleep, to watch Saturday Night's 'Main Event.' That's how I started watching SNL. On accident.~Andy Samberg


Parents Past Night

I was very lucky in that my parents were very broad-minded. Because they had come from another country and hadn't been able to fulfill their dreams, they wanted me to be more of myself, if you know what I mean.~Anne-Marie Duff


Dreams Myself Parents

It is, of course, traditional in children's literature to get rid of the parents.~Anthony Horowitz


Children Parents Get

If my children were as unhappy as I was at school, I'd send them somewhere else, but it never occurred to my parents.~Anthony Horowitz


Children Parents School

Orphans, dead parents, lonely children at Christmas, morose spoken word recordings, everything you love about the holidays. Move the turkey over so you can fit your head in the oven.~April Winchell


Love Children Parents

My parents' generation's benchmark was simple: Fat Equals Bad.~Arabella Weir


Parents Simple Generation

I wish my parents hadn't made me feel that how I looked was linked to how much they loved me. But I do also see how hard it must be to see your child pile on the pounds and trust they'll find their own way back to a healthy weight.~Arabella Weir


Parents Trust Child

I haven't really rebelled. I just think my parents were right. I never disagreed with anything that I was brought up with, in terms of their values or politics.~Ariel Levy


Parents Politics Values

I would be lying if I said I'm not flattered being voted as the 'Time's' Most Desirable Man of 2012. Frankly, I have no idea how the desirability quotient is arrived at. If it is just drop dead good looks, then I have to thank God and my parents for it.~Arjun Rampal


Time Parents Good

Teachers support evaluations based on multiple measures: student growth, classroom observation and feedback from peers and parents.~Arne Duncan


Parents Growth Support

Research shows that children do better in school and are less likely to drop out when fathers are involved. Engaged parents can strengthen communities, mentor and tutor students, and demonstrate through their actions how much they value their children's education.~Arne Duncan


Education Children Parents

We all have a role to play - the President, Congress, parents, students and schools - in making college affordable and keeping the middle class dream alive.~Arne Duncan


Parents College Dream

Some twins feel like they need to compare themselves to each other, but we're not that way. That's because of my parents, though, and having six kids in the family.~Ashley Olsen


Family Parents Twins

I was born in Israel, to Canadian parents. My father immigrated in 1948, part of a wave of young men and women who came as pioneers, to fight for a Jewish homeland. Their motive was in large part a reaction to the Holocaust, and their slogan was 'Never Again.'~Ayelet Waldman


Women Parents Father

The thing is, my fantasies about being a parent always involved fighting for my unpopular child, doing for her what my own parents couldn't do for me when I was a girl. I am so ready to be that little girl's mother.~Ayelet Waldman


Mother Parents I Am

I tend to approach giving interviews with the same sense of circumspection and restraint as I approach my writing. That is to say, virtually none. When asked what I made of blogs like my own, blogs written by parents about their children, I said, 'A blog like this is narcissism in its most obscene flowering.'~Ayelet Waldman


Children Parents Writing

My co-founder Dylan Smith and I left our junior year of college to move to the Bay Area. To the horror of our friends' parents, we actually had two other friends drop out of college to work on the product. The four of us were just working non-stop growing Box.~Aaron Levie


Work Parents Friends

The biggest misconception people have about me is that when they see how young I am, they think, 'Oh, this guy must have always wanted to be in politics; his parents must have been politically connected.' I'm a finance major and always intended to go into business.~Aaron Schock


Business Parents Politics

With 'Smoke Signals,' the character was so much like me growing up. I lost my parents, and I wish I'd had an opportunity to find out where they were. So I was reflecting on how I grew up, that feeling of abandonment. That whole film was a reality that I always held back and kept to myself.~Adam Beach


Myself Parents Character

Acting has made me embrace my childhood. It's become some weird form of therapy. It's like I have a place where I can release all of these emotions. When I was playing Ira Hayes, I didn't have to think about the death of my parents directly. It's just there. I can blend it into Ira's character. I can use Ira's emotions as an outlet.~Adam Beach


Death Parents Character

When I was sixteen I started acting, and I also started to embrace my tradition and culture. I had a young medicine man interpret for me what it is to be an Indian. He really caught me at a good time because I was really vulnerable after the loss of my parents with all of the feelings of abandonment.~Adam Beach


Time Parents Good

Once you lose your parents, you get this numbness, this feeling of having to really be able to connect yourself with someone. I depended on my brothers for that connection, but to have that feeling of being taken care of... I lost it when my parents passed away.~Adam Beach


Parents Yourself Lost

I was lucky enough to have an older brother who shared the splatter flicks with me, and I had parents who were cool and involved enough in my life to allow me to see them. I think my folks appreciated that I looked at these movies as a creative outlet... almost like magic shows, if you will.~Adam Green


Life Parents Brother

My parents' convictions, when it came to discipline, were not very strong. For my bar mitzvah, I gave out a mix tape of '90s grunge - if you got it now, you would think it was the 'Singles' soundtrack.~Adam Pally


Parents Strong Discipline

Yes, I am Algerian of Moroccan origin through my parents, but all my life is Algeria. I was born there.~Ahmed Ben Bella


Life Parents I Am

My parents are deeply pious Hindus.~Akhil Sharma


Parents Deeply Pious

My wife is the most wonderful woman in the world, and my parents are the most extraordinary father and mother.~Akhil Sharma


Mother Wife Parents

When I was a little kid, my parents would show me Marx Brothers' films and westerns and stuff like that. That's where all my desire to be an actor comes from and probably most of my understanding of acting comes from for sure.~Alden Ehrenreich


Parents Me Acting

My parents used to do these little film festivals in our house where we'd watch all the Marx Brothers movies, or Chaplin movies, and a lot of westerns.~Alden Ehrenreich


Parents Movies Festivals

As might be supposed, my parents were quite poor, but we somehow never seemed to lack anything we needed, and I never saw a trace of discontent or a failure in cheerfulness over their lot in life, as indeed over anything.~Albert J. Nock


Life Parents Failure

I think my parents had in mind that I would settle down at quite a young age, but I decided that being a housewife in a big country house wasn't for me. I wanted to leave the country, head for London and see what the world had to offer.~Alison Jackson


Parents Age World

I can't remember exactly how old I was when my parents gave me my first camera, but it was a Canon, and I was certainly far too young to have such a good camera.~Alison Jackson


Parents Good Remember

I think my parents had in mind that I would settle down at quite a young age, but I decided that being a housewife in a big country house wasn't for me.~Alison Jackson


Parents Age Mind

I researched children's rights, divorce law, and parental kidnapping. Millions of children and parents are touched by the inadequacy of the legal system to deal with the human heart.~Amity Gaige


Children Parents Heart

My parents cultured me a lot and they introduced me to a lot of artists, a lot of their friends.~Amber Tamblyn


Parents Friends Me

Several paranoid suspicions occurred to me, the worst of which was that my whole identity was merely a patched-together set of behaviors designed to keep my parents joined to each other - the repertoire of tricks of a small but intelligent dog.~Amity Gaige


Dog Parents Small

I grew up in a show business family, so we've always had a great sense of balance, being so close to my parents. I've always known what is and isn't reality.~Andy Gibb


Family Business Parents

I grew up in a show business family, so we've always had a great sense of balance, being so close to my parents.~Andy Gibb


Family Business Parents

My parents just neglected me, I wasn't abused or anything.~Andy Dick


Parents Me Anything

My parents are older, and they lead a somewhat sheltered life. It was difficult to talk with them about things that were embarrassing to me, and that I had never spoken to them about.~Anita Hill


Life Parents Me

I think I'm a global citizen. My parents came from China, were educated in France and emigrated to the United States. And I think that opened up my mind to be able to live and work anywhere.~Anna Sui


Work Parents Mind

I went to school and made good grades and went to college. So I was afforded an opportunity through my parents' hard work that most people don't have.~Anthony Mackie


Work Hard Work Parents

In New Orleans, where I'm from, the average household income, with two working parents, two kids, a dog and a little fence is $16,000 a year, so $15,000 for a movie sounds pretty good.~Anthony Mackie


Dog Parents Good

I quickly realized I live the least interesting literary life imaginable. My parents are happily married. There haven't been any major traumas. I'm not sure that the story of my life would be much fun to read.~Anthony Marra


Life Parents Fun

The problem with growing up in a cafe was the cafe never closed, my parents worked every day of the year from morning to night. So it was a big menagerie of kids, business and cooking!~Anthony Minghella


Morning Business Parents

I knew from a young age that I wanted to be an actor. I never even thought about other careers. The acting field is certainly not the path many Indian parents encourage their children to take, but mine were very supportive. They wanted me to have an education, but understood that this is what I wanted to do.~Archie Panjabi


Education Children Parents

Luckily my parents were not against my ambition, they've always been very supportive. But they were adamant that I went to university first.~Archie Panjabi


Parents Ambition Always

Chum was a British boy's weekly which, at the end of the year was bound into a single huge book; and the following Christmas parents bought it as Christmas presents for male children.~A. E. van Vogt


Children Parents End

My parents taught me to believe that through the creative act, we're able to transcend and give a response to desecration.~Atom Egoyan


Parents Creative Believe

I'm so blessed to have such enlightened parents. It must have been very hard to watch their able-bodied son lock himself up in his old room for most of his 20s.~A. Scott Berg


Son Parents Blessed

My world was completely different to other boys my age. When I was six I was earning money, and by 10 I was paying more tax than the parents of other pupils. I feel a lot older than my years. Because I was working with adults, I had to mature a lot quicker.~Aaron Johnson


Money Parents Age

The thing about travelling is that you work hard and play hard, but you can do all those things without your parents knowing.~Aaron Johnson


Work Parents Work Hard

I live in Las Vegas with my family, and I never realized what my parents would go through to get me to a five-minute audition.~Adam Hicks


Family Parents Me

My parents are my major supporters. I look up to Denzel Washington, Jack Nicholson and Jim Carrey. They have all opened my mind and helped me with my craft.~Adam Hicks


Parents Mind Me

All possible means were used by the infatuated parents to conclude the bargain; and deception put an end to these usual artifices.~Adelbert von Chamisso


Parents End Deception

I would ask my parents something, but then go to my siblings. We were encouraged to bounce ideas off everyone.~Ahmet Zappa


Parents Ideas Go

My parents told us how they felt but never imposed their beliefs on us, although I appreciate I got a healthy sense of democracy from them.~Ahmet Zappa


Parents Democracy Healthy

I grew up without a lot of money and my parents grew up with far less money. And that's kept me in line. Really in line.~Adrien Brody


Money Parents Me

Ancestor worship, or filial piety so characteristic of Asian cultures, for example, does not really resonate with Americans who favor children, not grandparents.~Alan Dundes


Children Grandparents

My parents know how passionate I've always been about acting. I convinced them this was something that I was going to put my heart and soul into.~Alexander Ludwig


Parents Heart Soul

I started off when I was seven years old doing musicals. I was in 'Les Miserables' and 'The Sound of Music,' and my mum's an actress. My parents divorced when I was young, and when she couldn't find a babysitter, I was in the wings, sleeping.~Alicia Vikander


Music Parents Wings

When my parents met, my mother was a waitress and my father was a dockyard worker. They were part of that post-war better-yourself generation, so they both went to night school.~Alison Owen


Mother Parents Father

My parents never forced things on my brother and me: not our faith, not our sports, not our friends. Yet they taught us about surrounding ourselves with the right people: the kind of people we want to be.~Amanda Borden


Sports Parents Faith

I was a complete tomboy. I loved wandering out in storms or walking on the beaches in the dark. It was a very free upbringing, and I'm grateful to my parents for that.~Amanda Burton


Parents Grateful Walking

Back in high school, I went on dates, but I was too focused on my career. My parents were like, 'It's nice to have a boyfriend, but it's even nicer to own your house when you're 21.'~Amber Riley


Parents School Dating

Your parents are always a big influence on you. They help you make you who you are. The main thing my parents taught me is just to be a nice person - to be generous, kind and happy. I hope it comes off when I work and meet people.~Amber Le Bon


Work Hope Parents

My parents always instilled knowing that your beautiful, that your fearfully and wonderfully made, and that you know who you are.~Amber Riley


Beautiful Parents You

My parents didn't play golf.~Amy Alcott


Parents Golf Play

I grew up where my parents would literally shove me in the car rather than have to say hello to a neighbor.~Amy Sherman-Palladino


Parents Car Me

I don't relate to that angst-y kid who hates their parents because they were horrible. It's just not my life and it's not the life of a lot of my friends.~Ana Ortiz


Life Parents Friends

My daughter's just going to be really hip! My goal is to be as eco-conscious as possible: There's so much out there for parents who want to do that. I plan to keep her eco-friendly as she gets older. I think we all sort of have to do it.~Ana Ortiz


Daughter Parents Goal

I think it's really important for my daughter to see her parents being physically fit and for that to be a part of her life. The examples we set for her will stay with her the rest of her life.~Ana Ortiz


Life Daughter Parents

My parents are aging and there are difficult issues. It's strange to have children at the beginning of life and parents nearing the end.~Amy Waldman


Life Children Parents

To believe that your husband, wife, parents, kids, boss, job, bank account, or body is even partly responsible for your emotions, to think that there are bullets 'out there' that you have to contend with, that there are stressful life events to overcome, is to miss something vital.~Andrew J. Bernstein


Life Wife Parents

Each and every one of us who is still lucky enough to have our parents has a duty to them. We do owe them.~Ann Jillian


Parents Lucky Duty

I call my parents twice a day when I'm away.~Ann Jillian


Parents Day Away

My parents had four children quickly, divorced quickly - when I was two - and my mother remarried quickly. We were suddenly in a different environment with a different father.~Anna Chancellor


Mother Children Parents

I'm always crying. I get a lump in my throat when I see intimacy between parents and their children.~Anna Chancellor


Children Parents See

My parents were of the opinion, because they had started skating very young, that you should have something that you do that you care about, because it structures your life as you're growing up.~Anton Yelchin


Life Parents Growing Up

My grandparents all came from Lithuania to South Africa.~Antony Sher


Grandparents Africa South

My parents were missionaries - I was born in the States but I grew up in Brazil.~Arto Lindsay


Parents Born Up

As a child, I was spoilt by my parents as an only son. They indulged my every whim, and I grew up in luxury.~Asif Ali Zardari


Son Parents Child

My parents are from Ghana. Until I was 17, I thought you had to go to college. I had no idea. I didn't know it was not an option.~Ato Essandoh


Parents College You

The first time I ever heard the blues, my parents had a stack of records that they weren't using anymore. I found them when I was ten; I didn't know what it was. But I found Lightnin' Hopkins.~Ato Essandoh


Time Parents Blues

Well, I was always really mature for my age. I'm an above-age reader. I'm not trying to come off like, 'I have a high IQ number. My parents gave me the test.' That's the way I was, I guess. I am still a kid. I love doing kid activities. I'm such a kid, but when I'm on set, I do like to be professional.~Atticus Shaffer


Love Parents Age

It was a lot of fun being a child actress. It suited me. I don't think it suits everybody, but I was in it because I had a passion, not because my parents wanted me to make money. If other kids want to do it, and they really like acting, go for it.~Alanna Ubach


Money Parents Passion

One of my sisters is physically and mentally handicapped. She took a lot of my parents' attention, so I grew up in my own world, playing in my room for hours and hours.~Alex Kingston


Parents World She

I'm from Boston, and I get easily overwhelmed in New York, so I go to Boston and stay with my parents for a few months at a time to write, or edit, or just to cry.~Alex Karpovsky


Time Parents Go

Acting was important, but it was not as important as getting an education, and I credit my parents with a lot of that.~Alexander Gould


Education Parents Acting

My reasons for becoming a chef are somewhat of a cliche. I always loved to eat but it was watching my parents cook that really served as the impetus for my career choice.~Alexandra Guarnaschelli


Parents Chef Loved

We had many books and pictures... my parents' way of life doubtless left a lasting impression on me. They created an atmosphere in which a certain kind of freedom could exist. This may well account for my seeking a related sense of liberty as I grew up.~Alfred Stieglitz


Life Parents Freedom

Everyone's parents were famous actors at my school, pretty much! I think I went to school with Paris Hilton when I was three. That's what L.A. is, though - it's an industry town. You go to school with kids and you think, 'Well that's normal, they make movies.'~Alice Eve


Parents School Famous

Rock gives children, on a silver platter, with all the public authority of the entertainment industry, everything their parents always used to tell them they had to wait for until they grew up and would understand later.~Allan Bloom


Children Parents Rock

I do not read newspaper comics unless they happen to be out when I visit my parents, but I follow several online comics, which I check every morning while I drink my coffee and wake up for the day.~Amelia Atwater-Rhodes


Morning Parents Day

My grandparents were from Spain, and I had a Spanish passport.~Ana de Armas


Grandparents Spanish Spain

It's hard to explain to my parents what's going on. You can't compare Hollywood with Cuba. I didn't even know I could dream this.~Ana de Armas


Parents Dream You

I'm quite an emotional person. I cry a lot. I do not like conflict, so if I have an argument with my parents, I'll often cry. I become too emotional.~Ana Ivanovic


Parents Conflict Argument

My parents signed me up for classical guitar lessons, which made for two years of the most depressing Wednesday evenings.~Andrew Garfield


Parents Me Guitar

Growing up in Mississippi - a state that historically was a place of racial injustice, inequality and oppression - gave me the unique opportunity to experience first-hand the evolution of the civil rights movement through the eyes of my parents, grandparents, and the black elders of our community.~Angela McGlowan


Parents Experience Eyes

As I got older, I never considered that tons of people were watching me on television every week. I give a nod to my parents for keeping me as normal as I could be in an un-normal adult world.~Angela Cartwright


Parents Week World

During my childhood in Cyprus, the British talked about the Cypriots as if the Cypriots were outsiders in their own country. And even though I was born in Cyprus, my parents were American, and so I was an outsider in the land of my birth.~Angela Bowie


Parents Childhood American

My parents had no interest in spending a lot of time with me. They were busy doing what they were doing, but they were not obnoxious. They were fabulous.~Angela Bowie


Time Parents Busy

As parents, we teach our children to do what's right.~Ann Callis


Children Parents Teach

I've always wanted to be in comedy... growing up with Asian parents and not seeing yourself represented in media - it was always just a daydream.~Anna Akana


Parents Growing Up Media

I've been acting since second grade, telling stories, making my parents laugh here and there, so I'm hoping my 'thing' is acting. But I also make a really good bread pudding.~Anna Camp


Parents Good Laugh

You see an absolutely brilliant film later, as an adult, and you walk out thinking about what to have for dinner. Whereas something like Jaws winds up having a huge effect on me. If only my parents had been taking me to Kurosawa films when I was eight, but no.~Ann Patchett


Parents Thinking Walk

My father was from Northern Ireland, and coming from somewhere like that, your faith defines you. That's something we don't really understand outside Northern Ireland, but because of my parents and grandparents, I've experienced it.~Anna Maxwell Martin


Parents Father Faith

I was always a show girl. My parents were wonderful. There wasn't a lot going on where we lived, but they ferried me to classes and competitions all over the place. When I was 12, I came to London as a finalist in a singing competition and I was completely wide-eyed.~Anna Maxwell Martin


Parents Girl Competition

My parents come down to Los Angeles a lot.~A. J. Buckley


Parents Down Los Angeles

I did a lot of acting when I was a child. I was very shy - the kind of kid who ran into a corner and cried on parents' visiting day.~Adrienne Shelly


Parents Day Child

People who lose their parents when young are permanently in love with them.~Aharon Appelfeld


Love Parents People

What mothers need, as well as fathers, spouses, and the children of aging parents, is an entire national infrastructure of care, every bit as important as the physical infrastructure of roads, bridges, tunnels, broadband, parks and public works.~Anne-Marie Slaughter


Mothers Children Parents

Believe it or not, we will actually be better and happier workers if we are allowed to be better parents. We might even rediscover our capacity for fun.~Anne-Marie Slaughter


Parents Fun Believe

So many people grew up in the church, and you can have an awesome upbringing, but I made a personal conviction; I made a personal decision when I was very young. I enjoy going to church without my parents. On Sunday mornings, I want to go. Bible studies on Wednesdays... I have a relationship - not just through my parents.~AJ Michalka


Relationship Parents

I grew up with parents who were English professors at Wichita State University, and we were more liberal-minded as a family than most of the people I hung out with in Wichita. During summers, we went off to Telluride, Colorado, where I've returned every summer since I was born.~Antonya Nelson


Family Parents Summer

I have three brothers and one sister, and I'm the third child. Sometimes people say, 'It's only natural you would become a writer - your parents were English professors.' But my four siblings were brought up in the exact same household, and no one else became a writer or an English professor.~Antonya Nelson


Sister Parents Child

When I first started painting, I had an interesting nightmare about Cleveland - I dreamed the houses there were encased in this free-floating cage structure. I guess Cleveland was a confining place for me, even though my parents weren't too conservative.~April Gornik


Parents Me Painting

When I was 4, my parents took me to see a musical, and I was like, 'I want to do that!' I started doing all sorts of musical camps and a lot of professional theater. I took dance classes for 10 years, too - I was never the most amazing kid in the other classes, but tap stuck with me for some reason.~Aubrey Peeples


Parents Dance Amazing

I just always knew I wanted to be an actor. I gave my Emmy acceptance speech when I was 11. But, I wasn't allowed to do plays and things like that. It was considered dangerous. My parents didn't think it was safe for a girl to do that, and they definitely didn't think it was interesting to participate in the arts.~Azita Ghanizada


Parents Girl Acceptance

In 1979, when I was toddler, the Russians invaded Afghanistan, and my whole family fled to Vienna, Virginia. Far from home, my parents were determined to raise my two sisters and me according to Afghan traditions.~Azita Ghanizada


Family Home Parents

For me, the toughest thing for kids to deal with is when the parents are fighting. It's not violence on them - it's the feeling of violence in the family.~Avi Arad


Family Parents Violence

My father made false teeth. Unfortunately, during the Depression, not many people could afford them, and my parents lost their home.~Al Feldstein


Home Parents Father

My brothers and I were raised by our parents to respect everyone regardless of background or race.~Alan Wilson


Respect Parents Race

I'm really connected to people, and my relationships with people are paramount, so I write about relationships, particularly strong female ones. In my family, there were six girls born in five years. We were best friends. And my parents raised all of us as first-class citizens.~Alane Ferguson


Family Best Parents

I think I was born because my parents had two boys and wanted to give it one more go and try for a girl... they got me instead.~Alex Borstein


Parents Girl Me

My parents are like religious atheists.~Alex Clare


Parents Like Religious

I could never call myself an atheist; my parents could, quite happily. I always felt like there was a little bit more out there, and was always into observing the world from a slightly more spiritual, as opposed to scientific, perspective.~Alex Clare


Myself Parents Spiritual

Luckily, thanks to the way my parents taught me, I think I can handle the fame in the right manner.~Alessandro Del Piero


Parents Me Think

I'd gotten the message in my home, starting with my grandfather, that real work, the kind that makes you sweat and gets your hands dirty, is a respectable, necessary thing. But I wanted to write - and writing didn't qualify. Whenever I told my parents I dreamed of becoming a writer, they said, 'Great, but what are you going to do for work?'~Ali Liebegott


Work Home Parents

I'm from a big family; I have four younger siblings. My parents are still happily married together. I grew up moving around a lot, and my family was certainly not affluent.~Alice Greczyn


Family Parents Together

I had really great parents who always gave me lots of opportunity for choice, but I didn't always realize how rare that was for a girl for them to say, 'You can be a mom or have a career or do both or do something we haven't thought of yet.'~Ally Condie


Mom Parents Great

Like so many aspiring writers who still have boxes of things they've written in their parents' houses, I filled notebooks with half-finished poems and stories and first paragraphs of novels that never got written.~Ally Carter


Parents Never First

It's a sad moment, really, when parents first become a bit frightened of their children.~Ama Ata Aidoo


Children Parents Sad

I remember learning new words, trying to figure out what common things like cider, finding myself upset that my parents couldn't help me understand this new culture, that it was up to me to interpret for them as well as myself.~An Na


Learning Myself Parents

I'm obviously an American citizen. My parents are American citizens. But I'm not looked at as an American.~Ana Castillo


Parents American Citizen

My parents were mourning the death of my sister. She was killed in a car accident before I was born, and I didn't know she existed until I was 13 or 14 years old. I knew I was growing up in a house where people were angry and sad.~Andrew Hudgins


Death Sister Parents

Kids with Down syndrome are, by and large, quite affectionate and relatively guileless, and frequently, the attachments to them grow and deepen. And the meaning that parents find in it grows and deepens.~Andrew Solomon


Parents Meaning Grow

When I was 19 years old, both of my parents died in the same year; my mom of cancer and my dad in a car accident. Through the next two or three years and a series of bad decisions - all my own, I might add - I ended up literally homeless, before that was even a word. I even slept occasionally under a pier on the Gulf Coast.~Andy Andrews


Mom Parents Dad

The courts don't remove children from their home because the child underperformed at school or required extra long walks or a game of basketball in order to blow off the steam all 5-year-olds have. It's because the parents were unfit, not the kids.~Angela Featherstone


Children Home Parents

If you want to get to know somebody you don't ask other people: 'How is she?' You talk to the person herself. And then you don't ask about facts like 'date of birth' or 'profession of parents.' but you talk about essential questions and themes in life.~Angelina Maccarone


Life Parents People

My parents called me their wise little baby. I was mature when I was 4 or 5. My brother and sister were older, so I was raised by four adults.~Annabeth Gish


Sister Parents Wise

When I was ten, I caught glandular fever and had to have a year off school. My parents arranged for a tutor to keep me on track with my studies.~Anne Sebba


Parents School Me

The challenge of writing books for teenagers is walking the fine line between truth and what the publishers, parents, and the more conservative librarians want to hear.~Annette Curtis Klause


Parents Truth Challenge

Mysteries, like the Masonic rites, are ones parents and elders are sworn not to reveal to the uninitiated, which include all children. And so we sought for signs.~Anthony Hecht


Children Parents Elders

Parents are sometimes a bit of a disappointment to their children. They don't fulfill the promise of their early years.~Anthony Powell


Children Parents Early

Parents - especially step-parents - are sometimes a bit of a disappointment to their children. They don't fulfill the promise of their early years.~Anthony Powell


Children Parents Early

My mum was a dancer when she was a kid. Then my parents met and eventually had an art gallery; my dad taught himself how to frame pictures, and then he was a curator at an art gallery in the city I'm from. I'm an only child.~Ari Millen


Art Parents Dad

Parents are the biggest culprit. In a bid to make their child score high marks, they are willing to indulge in practices that are unethical, like buying projects. They do not realise that such attempts will not make their child brighter or think over ideas.~Arvind Gupta


Parents Child Ideas

When I was a teenager, my parents made me take a part-time job at the local Black Eyed Pea, which was a home-cooked-food family restaurant.~Ashley Jones


Family Parents Job

We were very kooky and inventive, and it didn't take long for my parents to realize we should all be auditioning for things.~Ashley Williams


Parents Long Realize