My parents shared not only
an improbable love, they
shared an abiding faith in the possibilities of this nation. They would
give me an African name, Barack, or blessed, believing that in a
tolerant America your name is no barrier to success. —Barack
The sacred books of the
ancient Persians say: "If you would be holy instruct your children,
because all the good acts they perform will be imputed to you." —Montesquieu.
Of all hardness of heart there is none
so inexcusable as that of
parents toward their children. An obstinate, inflexible, unforgiving
temper is odious upon all occasions; but here it is unnatural. —Addison.
honor your parents in your hearts; bear them not only awe and respect,
but kindness and affection: love their persons, fear to do anything
that may justly provoke them; highly esteem them as the instruments
under God of your being: for "Ye shall fear every man his mother and
his father." —Jeremy Taylor.
Next to God, thy parents. —William Penn.
his father's heart
Shall have a child that will revenge the deed.
How pleasant it is for a father to sit
at his child's board. It is
like the aged man reclining under the shadow of the oak which he has
planted. —Scot's Magazine.
With joy the
parent loves to trace
Resemblance in his children's face:
And, as he forms their docile youth
To walk the steady paths of truth,
Observes them shooting into men,
And lives in them life o'er again.
Honor thy father and thy mother: that
thy days may be long upon the
land which the Lord thy God giveth thee. —Exodus
Let parents bequeath
to their children not riches, but the spirit of reverence. —Plato