Quotations for Daily Use

Parenting, Fatherhood, Motherhood, Being a Dad, Being a Mom, Children

"A child to hold and cuddle, 'tis a gift from God above. And the world is so much brighter, when you have a child to love." Source?

"A mother is a person who seeing there are only four pieces of pie for five people, promptly announces she never did care for pie." Tenneva Jordan

"A mother understands what a child does not say." Jewish proverb

"A truly rich man is one whose children run into his arms when his hands are empty." Unknown

"Be careful not to forget the things you have seen God do for you. Keep reminding yourself and tell your children and grandchildren, too." Deuteronomy 4:9

"But it isn't true to say we had no special advantages . . . the greatest thing in our favor was growing up in a family where there was always much encouragement to intellectual curiosity." Orville Wright
of the Wright brothers, Orville (August 19, 1871 – January 30, 1948) and Wilbur (April 16, 1867 – May 30, 1912), were two American brothers, inventors, and aviation pioneers who are generally credited[1][2][3] with inventing, building, and flying the world's first successful airplane.

"Encourage Your Boy - Do not wait for the boy to grow up before you begin to treat him as an equal. A proper amount of confidence, and the words of encouragement and advice . . . give him to understand that you trust him in many ways, helps to make a man of him long before he is a man in either stature or years . . . If a boy finds he can make a few articles with his hands, it tends to make him rely on himself. And the planning that is necessary for the execution of the work is a discipline and an education of great value to him."
The American Architect and Building News

"Every attempt, therefore, to flatter them, or to make more of them than they deserve, I shall do all I can to prevent, and to arm them against." 20th USA President James A. Garfield (Garfield adored his children, but he was resolved to save his children from being injured by his presidency.)

"For years afterward, whenever complimented about John Quincy and his role in national life, and the part he had played as father, Adams would say with emphasis, 'My son had a mother!'" This is excerpted from John Adams, by David McCullough.

"How unpardonable would it have been in you to have been a blockhead." Abigail Adams, November 22 [O.S. November 11] 1744 – October 28, 1818) was the wife of John Adams and the mother of John Quincy Adams.

"I always believe in showing affection by doing what will please the one we love, not be talking." Theodore Roosevelt Sr (He asked his children to improve their handwriting, learn to swim or memorize a Bible passage to show love for him.)

"I love to believe that no heroic sacrifice is ever lost, that the characters of men are moulded and inspired by what their fathers have done." 20th USA President James A. Garfield

"I must study politics and war that my sons may have liberty to study mathematics and philosophy. My sons ought to study mathematics and philosophy, geography, natural history, naval architecture, navigation, commerce, and agriculture in order to give their children a right to study paintings, poetry, music, architecture, statuary, tapestry, and porcelain." John Adams, (October 30 1735 – July 4, 1826) was an American lawyer, author, statesman, and diplomat. He served as the second President of the United States (1797–1801), the first Vice President (1789–1797) and as a Founding Father was a leader of American independence from Great Britain.

"If you want your children to turn out well, spend twice as much time with them and half as much money." Abigail Van Buren, (1918–2013), US journalist; born Pauline Esther Friedman. Author of the syndicated “Dear Abby” advice column from 1956, she competed with her twin sister, advice columnist Ann Landers.

"I’ll love you even when I don’t like you." Lace Harper, a character in Come Rain or Come Shine by Jan Karon

"In the little world in which children have their existence whosoever brings them up, there is nothing so finely perceived and so finely felt, as injustice." Charles Dickens, (7 February 1812 – 9 June 1870) was an English writer and social critic. This quote is from Great Expectations.

"It is not what you do for your children, but what you have taught them to do for themselves that will make them successful human beings." Ann Landers, (1918–2002), US journalist; born Esther Pauline Friedman. Author of the syndicated “Ann Landers” advice column from 1955, she competed with her twin sister, Abigail Van Buren, who wrote a similar column (“Dear Abby”)

"Let us build memories in our children,
Lest they drag out joyless lives,
Lest they allow treasures to be lost, because they have not been given the keys.
We live, not by things, but by the meanings of things.
It is needful to transmit the passwords from generation to generation."

Antoine Marie Jean-Baptiste Roger, comte de Saint-Exupéry, simply known as de Saint-Exupéry (29 June 1900 – 31 July 1944), was a French writer, poet, aristocrat, journalist and pioneering aviator. He became a laureate of several of France's highest literary awards and also won the United States National Book Award.

"Let us have ambition enough to keep our simplicity, our frugality, and our integrity, and transmit these virtues as the fairest of inheritance to our children." John Adams, (October 30 1735 – July 4, 1826) was an American lawyer, author, statesman, and diplomat. He served as the second President of the United States (1797–1801), the first Vice President (1789–1797) and as a Founding Father was a leader of American independence from Great Britain.

"My daddy made _______ a bad name. I’m going to make _______ a good name."
Spoken by Sammy Barlowe, a character in Come Rain or Come Shine by Jan Karon - (By inserting your last name in place of each of the lines you can make this quote work for you. You can Romans 8:28 any past bad history to turn around anything into a great thing in your life as you raise your family, mix with friends etc.)

"My mommy loves me more than anybody You don't see anyone else kissing me to sleep at night." Clare - age 6

"No matter how big a child is, he cannot deny that he was once carried on the back of a woman."   African Proverb

"No one knows whose womb holds the chief!" African Proverb shared on a newsletter about Michael and Kay Johnson of Miriam Medical Clinic

"Nothing grows under the shadow of a great tree." Randolph Churchill, son of Winston Churchill

"That’s how it feels right now, he thinks, kneeling beside her, rinsing her hair: as though his love for his daughter will outstrip the limits of his body. The walls could fall away, even the whole city, and the brightness of that feeling would not wane." 3rd person in All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

" . . . parting with a father who had so long watched over our best interests in childhood and in riper age and who was so kind and affectionate to all his children and had grown venerable with time [will] not be a thing of light moment." William Donelson, (1756 - 1820) brother of President Andrew Jackson's wife Rachel

"Prepare the child for the road, not the road for the child." Unknown

"The chameleon changes color to match the earth, the earth doesn't change colors to match the chameleon. Senegalese Proverb

"The family trees of Karl and Paula Bonhoeffer are everywhere so laden with figures of accomplishment that one might expect future generations to be burdened by it all. But the welter of wonderfulness that was their heritage seems to have been a boon, one that buoyed them up so that each child seems not only to have stood on the shoulders of giants but also to have danced on them." Eric Metaxas, (born 1963) is an American author, speaker, and radio host.

"The first man a girl falls in love with is her daddy." Unknown

"The foundation that is played in youth lasts through life." Martha Benjamin Washburn (1820-1909) was the oldest daughter of Israel and Martha Washburn. She was born at Livermore on February 6, 1820. She was educated in the schools of Livermore and at Waterville Liberal Institute. Afterwards, Martha taught school in Livermore.

"The great man is one who never loses his child's heart." Philosopher Mencius, 372 – 289 BC) was a Chinese philosopher

"The laughter of a child lights up the house." Swahili Proverb

"There are two lasting bequests we can give our children. One is roots. The other is wings." Hodding Carter, Jr., (February 3, 1907 – April 4, 1972), was a Southern U.S. progressive journalist and author.

"Time is the most valuable thing a man can spend." Diogenes, ( c.400– c.325 bc ), Greek philosopher

"We can't celebrate death in video games, celebrate death in TV shows, celebrate death in movies, celebrate death in musical lyrics and remove any sense of morality and sense of higher authority and then expect that things like this are not going to happen."Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin, January 26, 2018; These comments were made after a student in Marshall County High School in Kentucky killed 2 students and wounded 17 others in a school shooting.

"We must care about the world of our children and grandchildren, a world we may never see." Bertrand Russell, (18 May 1872 – 2 February 1970) was a British philosopher, logician, mathematician, historian, writer, social critic and political activist.

"When a woman is hungry, she says, 'Roast something for the children that they might eat.' " Ashanti Proverb

"When I think of her labors, her anxieties, her watchfulness, her good and wise counsels and her attention to all our wants, my heart swells with emotions of gratitude toward her which no language can express." Elihu Benjamin Washburne (September 23, 1816 – October 23, 1887) was an American politician and diplomat. He was a member of the Washburn family of Maine, which played a prominent role in the early formation of the United States Republican Party.

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