Fathers

Quotes on fathers, male parents.

QuotesEdit

  • The fundamental defect of fathers is that they want their children to be a credit to them.
    • Bertrand Russell, Sceptical Essays (1928), Ch. 14: Freedom Versus Authority in Education.
  • The place of the father in the modern suburban family is a very small one – particularly if he plays golf.
  • Interea dulces pendent circum oscula nati,
    Casta pudicitiam servat domus.
    • His cares are eased with intervals and bliss;
      His little children, climbing for a kiss,
      Welcome their father's late return at night;
      His faithful bed is crown'd with chaste delight.
    • Virgil, Georgics (29 BC), Book II, lines 523-524 (translated by John Dryden).
  • Sequiturque patrem non passibus aequis.
    • He follows his father, but not with equal steps.
    • Virgil, Aeneid (29–19 BC), Book II, line 724; of Ascanius (Aeneas's son), when escaping from burning Troy.

The Dictionary of Legal Quotations (1904)Edit

Quotes reported in James William Norton-Kyshe, The Dictionary of Legal Quotations (1904), p. 188-189.
  • Human society was so constituted, for human nature was so constituted, that the honour and dignity of a father were connected with that of a son; and there was no son who must not be disturbed and disquieted by imputations on his father.
    • Abbott, C.J., King v. Hunt (1824), 2 St. Tr. (N. S.) 100.
  • The authority of a father to guide and govern the education of his child is a very sacred thing, bestowed by the Almighty, and to be sustained to the uttermost by human law. It is not to be abrogated or abridged, without the most coercive reason. For the parent and the child alike, its maintenance is essential, that their reciprocal relations may be fruitful of happiness and virtue; and no disturbing intervention should be allowed between them whilst those relations are pure and wholesome and conducive to their mutual benefit.
    • Lord O'Hagan, In re Meades (1870), 5 Ir. L. R. Eq. 103.
  • As a man of the world, and speaking as a father, I am satisfied that solitary children are not so happy, and not so likely to make good men and women, as children brought up in the society of brothers and sisters in early life.
    • Jessel, M.R., In re Besant (1879), L. R. 11 0. D. 512.
  • A father, by the law of God and nature, is bound to support his son, and è contra, in case the father is empoverished.
    • Wyndham, J., Manby v. Scott (1672), 1 Levinz, 4; 2 Sm. L. C. (8th ed.) 472.
  • The rights of a father are sacred rights because his duties are sacred duties.
    • Brett, M.R., In re Agar-Ellis, Agar-Ellis v. Lascelles (1883), id., L. H. 24 C. D. 329.

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