``In dreams, it is always the father-figure from whom the decisive convictions, prohibitions, and wise counsels eminate." --C.J. Jung
At bottom God is nothing more than an exalted father.
He lay on the couch night after night, mouth open, the darkness of the room filling his mouth, and no one knew my father was eating his children.
--Sharon Olds, Saturn
``My little, little child!" cried Bob. ``My little child!" He broke down all at once. He couldn't help it. If he could have helped it, he and his child would have been farther apart perhaps than they were.
--Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol
She climbed into my lap and curled into the crook of my left arm.
I couldn't move that arm, but I could cradle Ashtin in it. I could kiss
the top of her head. And I could have no doubt that this was one of the sweetest moments of my life.
--Dennis Byrd in Fathers and Daughters
The core of masculinity does not derive from being male, nor the friendliness from those who console. Your old grandmother says, ``Maybe you shouldn't go to school. You look a little pale." Run when you hear that. A father's stern slaps are better.
Jalal-Ud-Din Rumi, Mathnawi