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Quotations about Sons & Boys

Not flesh and blood, but the heart makes us fathers and sons. ~Friedrich Schiller (1759–1805), The Robbers, 1781, translated by Christopher Wharton Mann, 1842

One father is enough to governe one hundred sons, but not a hundred sons one father. ~Outlandish Proverbs, selected by George Herbert (1593–1633)

You are my sonshine. ~Author unknown

What was silent in the father speaks in the son, and often I found in the son the unveiled secret of the father. ~Friedrich Nietzsche (1844–1900)

Every mother cries silently to her sons — be bold, be brave — but be very, very careful! ~Pam Brown, To a Very Special Son, 2008,

Tiger father begets tiger son. ~Chinese proverb

Son, you outgrew my lap, but never my heart. ~Author unknown

You don't have to deserve your mother's love. You have to deserve your father's. He's more particular. One's a Republican, one's a Democrat. The father is always a Republican toward his son, and his mother's always a Democrat. ~Robert Frost

Giving your son a skill is better than giving him one thousand pieces of gold. ~Chinese proverb

I must study Politicks and War that my sons may have liberty to study Mathematicks and Philosophy. My sons ought to study Mathematicks and Philosophy, Geography, natural History, Naval Architecture, navigation, Commerce and Agriculture, in order to give their Children a right to study Painting, Poetry, Musick, Architecture, Statuary, Tapestry and Porcelaine. ~John Adams, 1780

We've begun to raise daughters more like sons, but few have the courage to raise our sons more like our daughters. ~Gloria Steinem

Then he and our father walked away together with arms around each other, for, indeed, that was the way with them. The friendship of those two was most beautiful. They went, and God walked with them. ~Edward Payson Powell (1833–1915), "An Old-Time Thanksgiving," 1904

A son is the guy who flings himself. He bounces, bumps, ducks, dives, slides, pounds, paddles, fidgets and falls. Then he picks himself up and does it all again. ~Pam Brown, To a Very Special Son, 2008,

If the relationship of father to son could really be reduced to biology, the whole earth would blaze with the glory of fathers and sons. ~James Baldwin

Having a child ends forever a man's boyhood, if not his boyishness. Having a child means that the son has, in a real sense, become his father. Sons are for fathers a twice-told tale. ~Victoria Secunda, Women and Their Fathers, 1992

Sons have always a rebellious wish to be disillusioned by that which charmed their fathers... ~Aldous Huxley

And still to-morrow's wiser than to-day.
We think our fathers fools, so wise we grow;
Our wiser sons no doubt will think us so.
~Alexander Pope

A man's desire for a son is usually nothing but the wish to duplicate himself in order that such a remarkable pattern may not be lost to the world. ~Helen Rowland

He who can be a good son will be a good father. ~Author unknown

Good fathers make good sons. ~Author unknown

Be careful to leave your sons well instructed rather than rich, for the hopes of the instructed are better than the wealth of the ignorant. ~Epictetus, translated by George Long, 1890

On the green they watched their sons
      Playing till too dark to see,
As their fathers watched them once,
      As my father once watched me...
~Edmund Blunden, "Forefathers"

Fathers and sons are much more considerate of one another than mothers and daughters. ~Friedrich Nietzsche

Clever father, clever daughter; clever mother, clever son. ~Russian proverb

Of all animals, the boy is the most unmanageable... ~Plato

Sons flash their headlights when they leave. It means a lot to the shadow standing at the window. ~Pam Brown, To a Very Special Son, 2008,

There is no more pleasant thing to hear than when a father speaks words of praise to his son. ~Menander (c.342–c.292 BCE), translated by Francis G. Allinson, 1921

...if a man has been his mother's undisputed darling he retains throughout life the triumphant feeling, the confidence in success, which not seldom brings actual success along with it. ~Sigmund Freud

I wish to impress these matters upon you, because you are the eldest of your father's family. The oldest son should consider himself the second father of the family. ~Washington Irving, letter to Pierre Paris Irving (nephew), 1824

Boys are perhaps beyond the range of anybody's sure understanding, at least when they are between the ages of eighteen months and ninety years. ~James Thurber

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