210 Parents Quotes to Understand Their Love & Sacrifice

1. “Parents act so strong for us that we often forget just how fragile they are.” – Miska Amani
2. “We never know the love of a parent ’till we become parents ourselves.” – Henry Ward Beecher
3. “Nobody on earth can ever love you more than your parents.” – Anonymous
4. “There is no friendship, no love like that of the parent for the child.” – Henry Ward Beecher 
5. “A parent’s love is whole no matter how many times divided.” – Robert Brault
6. “A father’s goodness is higher than the mountain. A mother’s goodness deeper than the sea.” – Japanese Proverb
7. “The best inheritance a parent can give his children is a few minutes of his time each day.” – Orlando Aloysius Battista
8. “Parental love is the only love that is truly selfless, unconditional, and forgiving.” – Dr. T.P. Chia
9. “It is the sunlight of parental love and encouragement that enables a child to grow in competence and slowly gain mastery over his environment.” – Felicity Bauer
10. “Appreciate your parents. You never know what sacrifices they went through for you.” – Anonymous
11. “Tell me something so beautiful that life seems worth living—parents’ love.” – Anonymous
12. “First, your parents, they give you your life, but then they try to give you their life.” –
13. “Parents were the only ones obligated to love you. From the rest of the world, you had to earn it.” – Ann Brashares
14. “If you don’t understand what unconditional love is, when you become a parent, it all makes sense.” – Kate Summers
15. “Always love your parents no matter what may be the situation because they love you always without even thinking of any situation, wholeheartedly.” – Anirudh Jhawar
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16. “What it’s like to be a parent, it’s one of the hardest things you’ll ever do, but in exchange, it teaches you the meaning of unconditional love.” – Nicholas Sparks
17. “Parents aren’t the people you come from. They’re the people you want to be when you grow up.” – Jodi Picoult
18. “Parents are living gods. They do everything to make their children happy and expect nothing in return.” – Saravanakumar Murugan
19. “Mistakes are made, and lessons are learned whether raising a son or a or both, whether raising one child or more than one, or whether raising a child with your husband, as a single parent, or in a blended family. No parent is perfect.” – Catherine Garcia-Prats
20. “There is no such thing as being the perfect parent so just be a real one.” – Sue Atkins
21. “You learn so much about yourself from being a parent, and you care more about the world you are raising your kids in.” – Kim Kardashian
22. “My heroes were my parents. I can’t see having anyone else as my heroes.” –
23. “Behind every young child who believes in himself is a parent who believed first.” – Matthew Jacobson
24. “I also believe that parents, if they love you, will hold you up safely above their swirling waters, and sometimes that means you’ll never know what they endured, and you may treat them unkindly in a way you otherwise wouldn’t.” – Mitch Albom
25. “The world talks to the mind. Parents speak more intimately. They talk to the heart.” – Haim Ginott
26. “Love can change a person the way a parent can change a baby—awkwardly, and often with a great deal of mess.” –
27. “At some point, you realize your parents are human. They make the best decisions they can with the options available to them.” – Anonymous
28. “You, the parent, are your child’s first teacher and his best teacher. It’s an awesome responsibility, but one that brings immeasurable rewards.” – Jacquie McTaggart
29. “Parents are the bones on which children cut their teeth.” – Peter Ustinov
30. “Let parents bequeath to their children not riches, but the spirit of reverence.” –
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31. “The depth of the love of parents for their children cannot be measured. It is like no other relationship. It exceeds concern for life itself. The love of a parent for a child is continuous and transcends heartbreak and disappointment.” – James E. Faust
32. “Love is the chain whereby to bind a child to its parents.” –
33. “The joys of parents are secret, and so are their grieves and fears. They cannot utter the one, nor will they utter the other.” –
34. “They’re your parents. They’re meant to love you because. Never in spite.” – Patrick Ness
35. “The love between a parent and their children is always and forever.” – Anonymous
36. “Your kids require you most of all to love them for who they are, not to spend your whole time trying to correct them.” – Bill Ayers
37. “Only parents love you unconditionally. Everyone else carries a ‘Conditions Apply’ tag. This is the ultimate truth of life.” – Prathamesh Medhekar
38. “Your most important job as a parent, or as a friend to a child, is to mentor children in a field of unconditional love and acceptance.” – Tara Bianca
39. “For all that our parents do for us, there is no way of repaying them. Though they do not expect anything but love from us, an occasional thank you or an acknowledgment to appreciate them might just make them happy.” – Anonymous
40. “There really are places in the heart you don’t even know exist until you love a child.” –
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41. “Parents can only give good advice or put them on the right paths, but the final forming of a person’s character lies in their own hands.” –
42. “Parents are like God because you wanna know they’re out there, and you want them to think well of you, but you really only call when you need something.” – Chuck Palahniuk
43. “So much is asked of parents, and so little is given.” – Virginia Satir
44. “Good parents hardly parent. They let their kids learn, fail, and grow without interference.” – Trevor Carss
45. “It is time for parents to teach young people early on that in diversity there is beauty, and there is strength.” –
46. “Our parents’ prayer is the most beautiful poetry and expectations.” – Aditya Rinaldi
47. “It would be easy to be a parent if you said ‘yes’ all the time and gave them what they wanted, but you just can’t do that. There are certain things, of course, where you’re going to say ‘no’ and be tougher on.” – Chrissy Teigen
48. “The most important thing that parents can teach their children is how to get along without them.” – Frank Clark
49. “The relation between parents and children is essentially based on teaching.” – Gilbert Highet
50. “Being a parent makes you feel like a blanket that’s always too small. No matter how hard you try to cover everyone, there’s always someone who’s freezing.” – Fredrik Backman
51. “My parents have lived longer than most and have expected very little. We have been blessed in too many ways to count.” – Ralph Webster
52. “So often, children are punished for being human. They are not allowed to have grumpy moods, bad days, disrespectful tones, or bad attitudes. Yet, we adults have them all the time. None of us are perfect. We must stop holding our children to a higher standard of perfection than we can attain ourselves.” – Rebecca Eanes
53. “Parents with their words, attitudes, and actions possess the ability to bless or curse the identities of their children.” – Craig Hill
54. “We don’t always do the things our parents want us to do, but it is their mistake if they can’t find a way to love us anyway.” – J. Courtney Sullivan
55. “Just because you’re a parent doesn’t mean your needs aren’t important.” – Hilary Duff
56. “Parents are defined by their mistakes.” – Fredrik Backman
57. “If you’ve never been hated by your child, you’ve never been a parent.” – Bette Davis
58. “It’s difficult seeing parents for who they are rather than who we want them to be.” – Amy Meyerson
59. “The most loving parents and relatives commit murder with smiles on their faces. They force us to destroy the person we really are, a subtle kind of murder.” – Jim Morrison
60. “Don’t anger your parents in order to please other people. Those other people did not spend their lives building yours.” – Anonymous
61. “I’ve learned that regardless of your relationship with your parents, you’ll miss them when they’re gone from your life.” – Maya Angelou
62. “It’s a sad moment, really, when parents first become a bit frightened of their children.” – Ama Ata Aidoo
63. “Children begin by loving their parents. As they grow older, they judge them. Sometimes, they forgive them.” –
64. “My parents loved us, but I wasn’t always sure they liked us.” – Tahereh Mafi
65. “When you lose your parents, the sadness doesn’t go away. It just changes. It hits you sideways sometimes instead of head-on, like now.” – Jude Watson
66. “Parents, honestly, sometimes they really do think the world revolves around them.” – Randa Abdel-Fattah
67. “Sometimes just look at your parents as normal human beings, not as your parents.” – Aashu Kandoi
68. “Don’t let yourself become so concerned with raising a good kid that you forget you already have one.” – Glennon Melton
69. “All parents damage their children. It cannot be helped. Youth, like pristine glass, absorbs the prints of its handlers. Some parents smudge, others crack, a few shatter childhoods completely into jagged little pieces beyond repair.” – Mitch Albom
70. “A lot of parents will do anything for their kids except let them be themselves.” – Banksy
71. “Children harbor a great many doubts and sorrows that could be eased by a loving hug from a parent.” – Richelle E. Goodrich
72. “While we try to teach our children all about life, our children teach us what life is all about.” – Angela Schwindt
73. “But now, being a parent, I go home and see my son, and I forget about any mistake I ever made or the reason I’m upset. I get home, and my son is smiling, or he comes running to me. It has just made me grow as an individual and grow as a man.” –
74. “No matter how far we come, our parents are always in us.” – Brad Meltzer
75. “The daily choices we make as parents to filter what enters our children’s impressionable hearts and minds will go a long way in determining who our children become.” – Mark J. Musser
76. “My parents are my backbone, still are. They’re the only group that will support you if you score 0 or you score 40.” –
77. “A perfect parent is a person with excellent child-rearing theories and no actual children.” – Dave Barry
78. “The child supplies the power, but the parents have to do the steering.” – Benjamin Spock
79. “Any parents are as ordinary human beings as others, making them angels or even more is up to their next generation.” – Sandeep Sahajpal
80. “If we are wonderful parents and family members, then there’s really nothing else to prove.” – Ron Baratono
81. “Parents are the ultimate role models for children. Every word, movement, and action has an effect. No other person or outside force has a greater influence on a child than the parent.” – Bob Keeshan
82. “We may not be able to prepare the future for our children, but we can at least prepare our children for the future.” – Franklin D. Roosevelt
83. “Parents can cultivate the character of a child, not the competence of a child.” – Amit Kalantri
84. “My parents taught me about the importance of qualities like kindness, respect, and honesty, and I realize how central values like these have been to me throughout my life.” – Kate Middleton
85. “The most powerful way to change the world is to live in front of our children the way we would like the world to be.” – Anonymous
86. “Parents are not perfect, nor are they saints. Dads and moms make mistakes all the time. How you handle these situations will be an important life lesson for your children.” – Bethany Bridges
87. “A good father is a source of inspiration and self-restraint. A good mother is the root of kindness and humbleness.” – Dr. T.P. Chia
88. “It’s a funny thing about mothers and fathers. Even when their own child is the most disgusting little blister you could ever imagine, they still think that he or she is wonderful.” – Roald Dahl
89. “One of the greatest titles in the world is parent, and one of the biggest blessings in the world is to have parents to call mom and dad.” – Jim DeMint
90. “My mum and dad had worked incredibly hard to afford me an education.” – Benedict Cumberbatch
91. “Listen to your father, who gave you life, and do not despise your mother when she is old.” – Proverbs 23:22
92. “My mother and father continue to provide unwavering support for everything I do. That is a great gift, the foundation of my spirit, that I try to always pay forward.” – Nick Smith
93. “Thank God I had two parents who loved me enough to stay on my case.” – Shaquille O’Neal
94. “Mom and Dad, you’ve gone through a lot of struggle and pain, but I promise I won’t let all that go in vain. I want to do justice to every time you believe in me, and I will grow up to be the best I can be.” – Anonymous
95. “Nothing in my life would have been without your strife. There is nothing I can say can ever truly convey. Nothing that I do can show my gratitude to you. Mom and Dad, you are the best parents by far.” – Anonymous
96. “Parents are teachers, guides, leaders, protectors, and providers for their children.” – Iyanla Vanzant
97. “Children should not be burdened with making us happy, nor blamed for making us sad or angry. Children are not responsible for how we feel. We are.” – Larissa Dann
98. “Parents lend children their experience and a vicarious memory. Children endow their parents with a vicarious immortality.” – George Santayana
99. “Being a parent is the greatest trust that has been given to human beings.” – David O. McKay
100. “Everyone else we knew growing up is the same image of their parents, no matter how loud they told themselves they’d be different.” – Tana French
101. “Parents, they didn’t leave you when you were young. So don’t leave them when they are old.” – Anonymous
102. “The greatest gift a parent can give a child is self-confidence.” – Stewart Stafford
103. “Parents are without a doubt one of the most, if not the most, influential role models that their kids will probably have under normal circumstances.” – Joseph R. Parker
104. “I got a lot of support from my parents. That’s the one thing I always appreciated. They didn’t tell me I was being stupid. They told me I was being funny.” –
105. “The affection of parents makes infants feel safe in this dangerous world and gives them boldness in experimentation and in the exploration of their environments.” –
106. “I learned from my parents the idea that, if you are devoted enough and you want to study something enough, you can really teach yourself anything.” – Brit Marling
107. “There is no school equal to a decent home and no teacher equal to a virtuous parent.” –
108. “Teach love, generosity, good manners, and some of that will drift from the classroom to the home, and who knows, the children will be educating the parents.” – Roger Moore
109. “You spend years wishing your parents would get off your back only to realize they’re the only ones who ever really had your back.” – Anonymous
110. “People come, and people go in life like changing weather. Friends, foes, and colleagues, along with many others. But the only people in life who remain constant are parents like you who believe their kids to be the most important.” – Anonymous
111. “Love, respect, and appreciate your parents as it is the one gift they truly cherish and desire.” – Margo Vader
112. “As you get older, you have more respect and empathy for your parents. Now, I have a great relationship with both of them.” – Hugh Jackman
113. “Love your parents and treat them with loving care, for you will only know their value when you see their empty chair.” – Anonymous
114. “Love and appreciate your parents. We are often so busy growing up we forget they are also growing old.” – Anonymous
115. “Do your best for your parents. If you don’t, one day, you will regret it.” – Debasish Mridha
116. “Compassion for our parents is the true sign of maturity.” –
117. “Whether it is the way you comforted me when I was down or the way in which your hugs magically wiped out my frowns. Mom and Dad, you have been there day after day to make sure my life turned out this way.” – Anonymous
118. “I love my parents. Coming out to them was sort of coming out to myself. I educated them, and I wanted our relationship to keep growing. I wanted them to be a part of my life still. I wanted to be able to share with them what I was going through.” – Randy Harrison
119. “Respect your parents because they are the ones who will never let you down at any cost.” – Anisha Upadhyay
120. “I promise to achieve all the dreams of your life that you couldn’t because you were busy making sure that I achieved mine. To my dear parents, thanks for all your sacrifices.” – Anonymous
121. “I love my parents in the way most children would. For having been there at every point in my youth and childhood, ready to pick me up when I fell and support me when I stumbled.” – Michael Gove
122. “But she wasn’t around, and that’s the thing when your parents die, you feel like instead of going into every fight with backup, you are going into every fight alone.” – Mitch Albom
123. “I love my parents a lot. Even if they can be annoying, I know they want the best for me.” – Anonymous
124. “You are the only people in this world who I love from the bottom of my heart, even though you scold me and punish me because I know that what you do is for my own good. Thanks, Mom and Dad.” – Anonymous
125. “Dear Mom and Dad, I am so much of what I learned from you. You’ll be with me like a handprint on my heart.” – Anonymous
126. “Parents have to instill the right principles in their children, but then, it’s up to the children to live up to those principles.” – Mary Lydon Simonsen
127. “Where parents do too much for their children, the children will not do much for themselves.” – Elbert Hubbard
128. “When you realize your parents are human, that’s when you lose your innocence.” – Lidia Longorio
129. “It’s especially hard to admit that you made a mistake to your parents because, of course, you know so much more than they do.” – Sean Covey
130. “Parents, deliberately or unaware, teach their children from birth how to behave, drink, feel, and perceive. Liberation from these influences is no easy matter.” – Eric Berne
131. “When you become a parent, you look at your parents differently. You look at being a child differently. It’s an awakening, a revelation that you have.” – Philip Seymour Hoffman
132. “There is nothing more precious to a parent than a child, and nothing more important to our future than the safety of all our children.” –
133. “Parents of young children should realize that few people, and maybe no one, will find their children as enchanting as they do.” – Barbara Walters
134. “The best security blanket a child can have is parents who respect each other.” – Jane Blaustone
135. “Respect the child. Be not too much his parent. Trespass not on his solitude.” –
136. “More than children can know what’s good for their parents, the parents know what’s good for their children.” – VKBoy
137. “We receive our inheritance the day we learn a skill from a parent. How we use that skill will determine how far we go!” – Andrew-Knox B. Kaniki
138. “Parents must get across the idea that ‘I love you always, but sometimes I do not love your behavior.'” – Amy Vanderbilt
139. “With every word we utter, with every action we take, we know our kids are watching us.” –
140. “Whatever attitude that a parent has concerning their children will most likely be entrenched in the character of these children especially in their early formative years.” – Dan Miller
141. “The voice of parents is the voice of gods, for to their children, they are heaven’s lieutenants.” –
142. “Parents who are afraid to put their foot down usually have children who step on their toes.” – Chinese Proverb
143. “Parents don’t make mistakes because they don’t care, but because they care so deeply.” – Thomas Berry Brazelton
144. “I think when you become a parent, you go from being a star in the movie of your own life to the supporting player in the movie of someone else’s.” – Craig Ferguson
145. “In the happiest of our childhood memories, our parents were happy too.” – Robert Brault
146. “The reason we love our parents is because they loved us first. Every single company should take this advice.” – Gary Vaynerchuk
147. “My parents were supportive of my creativity but did not have a lot of patience for whimsy with zero production value. They had stuff to do.” – Mindy Kaling
148. “The best part about being friends with your parents is that no matter what you do, they have to keep loving you.” – Natalie Portman
149. “I don’t think it matters how many parents you’ve got, as long as those who are around make their presence a good one.” – Elizabeth Wurtzel
150. “Affirming words from moms and dads are like light switches. Speak a word of affirmation at the right moment in a child’s life, and it’s like lighting up a whole roomful of possibilities.” – Gary Smalley
151. “The weird thing is that you’re just not a parent, and then you are. It takes your brain a couple of hours to catch up to that.” – Seth Meyers
152. “Mom and Dad, I have no words to acknowledge the sacrifices you made and the dreams you had to let go just to give me a shot at achieving mine. Thanks.” – Anonymous
153. “If your parents bring you no shame, be very grateful. If you’re proud of them, celebrate.” – Dennis Prager
154. “I think people who have good parents come into the world with strength, yes, and an advantage.” – Oprah Winfrey
155. “In life, nobody except your parents will care to overlook who you have become and continue believing in what you can still be.” – Anonymous
156. “The most beautiful thing in the world is to see your parents happy and knowing that you are the reason behind their happiness.” – Anonymous
157. “Most of us become parents long before we have stopped being children.” – Mignon McLaughlin
158. “Parents, keep your children closer when they are young because they will keep you closer when you’re old.” – Anonymous
159. “Never complain about what your parents couldn’t give you. It was probably all they had.” – Anonymous
160. “Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. Honor thy father and mother.” – Bible
161. “Parents are often so busy with the physical rearing of children that they miss the glory of parenthood, just as the grandeur of the trees is lost when raking leaves.” – Marcelene Cox
162. “Becoming a parent erased many of my negative childhood feelings and filled them in with something new.” – Mariska Hargitay
163. “At the end of the day, the most overwhelming key to a child’s success is the positive involvement of parents.” – Jane Dee Hull
164. “When your parents are not rich but still afford to give you a beautiful life, appreciate their sacrifices.” – Anonymous
165. “When I was a kid, my parents moved a lot, but I always found them.” – Rodney Dangerfield
166. “Be sure to spend time with your parents while you can, because one day, when you look up from your busy life, they won’t be there anymore!” – Anonymous
167. “Always kiss your children goodnight, even if they’re already asleep.” – Harriett Jackson Brown Jr. 
168. “It’s not always about convincing your parents of what you want to do but just saying, ‘This is what I’m doing. This is what I love.'” – Stormzy
169. “You can’t teach children to behave better by making them feel worse. When children feel better, they behave better.” – Pam Lee
170. “Mom and Dad, thanks for believing in me even when I kept blaming you for not doing so.” – Anonymous
171. “Children learn to smile from their parents.” – Shinichi Suzuki
172. “Honor your parents.” – Anonymous
173. “Next to God, thy parents.” – William Penn
174. “Whatever the parents are doing, the kids will follow suit.” – Bob Harper
175. “Some parents could do more for their children by not doing so much for them.” – Anonymous
176. “They’ve got great parents. I’m just trying to be the fun .” – Sarah Silverman
177. “When we’re young, parents prepare us for the future.” – Anonymous
178. “Parents live for us. They’re happy when we are happy.” – Anonymous
179. “You cannot let your parents anywhere near your real humiliations.” – Alice Munro
180. “Your children need your presence more than your presents.” – Jesse Jackson
181. “That’s what children are for, that their parents may not be bored.” – Ivan Turgenev
182. “Nurturing never happens in a rush.” – Emma Scheib
183. “It’s not only children who grow, parents do too.” – Joyce Maynard
184. “Of course, parents are the most important people in a child’s life.” – Hillary Clinton
185. “There are no words to describe how much I love my parents.” – Anonymous
186. “As a parent, you can’t completely avoid making mistakes. Accept it. The best you can do is to study your children, learn from your mistakes, and focus wisely on their upbringing.” – Gary Ezzo
187. “As parents, we guide by our unspoken example. It is only when we’re talking to them that our kids aren’t listening.” – Robert Brault
188. “Parents need to fill a child’s bucket of self-esteem so high that the rest of the world can’t poke enough holes to make it dry.” – Alvin H. Price
189. “The miracle of children is that we just don’t know how they will change or who they will become.” – Eileen Kennedy-Moore
190. “Children have never been very good at listening to their elders, but they have never failed to imitate them.” –
191. “Kids learn the difference between good and bad and right and wrong from their parents. One way they learn which behaviors and actions a parent wants are by how a parent responds.” – David Leads
192. “Your parents, proudly here today, and their parents before them, perhaps proudly here today, understood a simple equation for success: your children would do better than you had.” – Anna Quindlen
193. “If you want your children to improve, let them overhear the nice things you say about them to others.” – Haim Ginott
194. “It definitely takes a village to raise a child, as the old saying goes, but you as the parent are the key to providing the support your kid needs to be successful in life.” – Milton Stewart
195. “In some sense, every parent does love their children. But some parents are too broken to love them well.” – Paul Young
196. “Every parent is at some time the father of the unreturned prodigal, with nothing to do but keep his house open to hope.” – John Ciardi
197. “First babies have the often unenviable task of turning people into parents.” – Penelope Leach
198. “Don’t try to make children grow up to be like you, or they may do it.” – Russell Baker
199. “It’s very hard for our parents who see us enter a world that they can’t imagine.” –
200. “Mom and Dad, for all that you’ve been to us, for all you’ve done for us, for all that you are. We love you!” – Anonymous
201. “Have you ever noticed how parents can go from the most wonderful people in the world to totally embarrassing in three seconds?” – Rick Riordan
202. “Are parents always more ambitious for their children than they are for themselves?” – Jeffrey Archer
203. “Dear Mom and Dad, no matter how badly I failed, I always knew that you would treat me like a winner. Thanks for being so supportive.” – Anonymous
204. “A child who is allowed to be disrespectful to his parents will not have true respect for anyone.” –
205. “The reasonableness of the command to obey parents is clear to children, even when quite young.” – Noah Webster
206. “The thing about lying to your parents is, you have to do it to protect them. It’s for their own good.” – Sophie Kinsella
207. “Thank you, dear parents, for opening your arms for me every time the world closed its doors on my face. Without you, I could have been lost in the dark alleys. I love you so much.” – Anonymous
208. “A day in a year is not enough to be thankful for the sacrifices our parents make 365 days a year.” – Anonymous
209. “Dear Mom and Dad, I never expressed in words how much I love you, but today, I want to thank you for the wonderful gifts, your blessings, and your teachings in my life meaningful.” – Anonymous