They fill you with the faults they had

‘They May Not Mean To, But They Do’ Is A Sparkling, Sad Family Affair
June 29, 2016·
http://www.npr.org/2016/06/29/483022887/sparkling-and-sad-they-may-not-mean-to-but-they-do-is-a-family-affair

http://www.npr.org/books/titles/480659914/they-may-not-mean-to-but-they-do

It’s from Philip Larkin’s infamous poem about family called “This Be The Verse.” The first stanza, which I must edit, reads – (reading) they bleep you up, your mum and dad. They may not mean to, but they do. They fill you with the faults they had and add some extra just for you.

as Larkin told us, imperfect as we may be, we’re all we’ve got.

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