June 20th, 2010

Happy (Founding) Father’s Day!

Enjoy this mix of quotes from Founding Fathers and modern day thoughts on fatherhood…

I hope some future day will bring me the happiness of seeing my family again collected under our own roof, happy in ourselves and blessed in each other.
Abigail Adams, letter to John Adams, March 15, 1784

By the time a man realizes that maybe his father was right, he usually has a son who thinks he’s wrong.
Charles Wadsworth

How much more do they deserve our reverence and praise, whose lives are devoted to the formation of institutions, which, when they and their children are mingled in the common dust, may continue to cherish the principles and the practice of liberty in perpetual freshness and vigour.
Joseph Story, Commentaries on the Constitution, 1833

Being a great father is like shaving. No matter how good you shaved today, you have to do it again tomorrow.
Reed Markham

Patriotism is as much a virtue as justice, and is as necessary for the support of societies as natural affection is for the support of families.
Benjamin Rush, letter to His Fellow Countrymen: On Patriotism, October 20, 1773

The fundamental defect of fathers is that they want their children to be a credit to them.
Bertrand Russell

One of the most essential branches of English liberty is the freedom of one’s house. A man’s house is his castle.
James Otis, On the Writs of Assistance, 1761

My father didn’t tell me how to live; he lived, and let me watch him do it.
Clarence Budington Kelland

Life was a lot simpler when what we honored was father and mother rather than all major credit cards.
Robert Orben

It is a wise father that knows his own child.
William Shakespeare

Religion, morality and knowledge being necessary to good government and the happiness of mankind, schools and the means of education shall forever be encouraged.
The Northwest Ordinance, July 23, 1787

It doesn’t matter who my father was; it matters who I remember he was.
Anne Sexton

The three phrases I try to tell my kids most often are:  I love you so much.  I thank God for you.  You’re such a blessing to me.
Dave Davidson

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and pursuit of Happiness: that to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed.
Declaration of Independence, July 4, 1776

The father is always a Republican toward his son, and his mother’s always a Democrat.
Robert Frost

A father is a man who expects his son to be as good a man as he meant to be.
Frank A. Clark

The most important thing a father can do for his children is to love their mother.
Rev. Theodore Hesburgh

Make kids glad, you’re their dad.
Cyrano De Words-u-lac

photo by Dave Davidson

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About the Author

Dave Davidson is the TIR artjournalism storyteller photographer and founder of (polite) presidential paparazzi with manners. He is the author of gobs of books including "Sarah Palin Inspires Me", "Huckisms" and "You May Be A TEApublican".

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