"What makes the battle worth the fighting? What makes the mountain worth the climb? What makes the question worth the asking, the reason worth the rhyme? To me, the answer's clear. It's having someone near, someone dear."
"Sometimes you just have a feeling for a child, else 'n you don't."
"For better or for worse, children belong to their parents."
"I don't regard a home as a place, a building, bricks, wood, stone. I think of a home as something two people have between them in which each can nest, rest, and live in, emotionally speaking."
“Am I not a man? And is not a man stupid? I’m a man, so I am married. Wife, children, house, everything. The full catastrophe.”
"I had so much mother love, you'd have thought I was quintuplets."
“You can't lean on the success of your parents. That's their success. And don't be held back by their failures.”
"You can have fun with a son but you've got to be a father to a girl."
“A ship is like a family. We all have our own ideas of right and wrong but we have to pitch in for the good of the family.”
“A big family must be fun. I imagine it makes you feel like you belong to something.”