A Quote by John Donne on confession, direction, doubt, earth, fatherhood, justice, losing, men, philosophy, sons, wit, and world

And new philosophy calls all in doubt, The element of fire is quite put out; The sun is lost, and the earth, and no man's wit Can well direct him where to look for it. And freely men confess that this world's spent, When in the planets, and the firmament They seek so many new; then see that this Is crumbled out again to his atomies. 'Tis all in pieces, all coherence gone; All just supply, and all relation: Prince, subject, Father, Son, are things forgot.

John Donne (1572 - 1631)

Source: An Anatomy of the World. The First Anniversary [first published 1611,]

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A Quote by John Adams on agriculture, architecture, children, history, liberty, mathematics, music, order, painting, philosophy, poetry, politics, sons, study, and war

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 painting, poetry, music, architecture, statuary, tapestry, and porcelain.

John Adams (1735 - 1826)

Source: Letter to Abigail Adams, May 12, 1780.

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A Quote by John Adams on agriculture, architecture, art, children, duty, government, history, liberty, mathematics, negotiation, order, painting, philosophy, poetry, politics, science, sons, study, war, and wives

The Science of Government it is my duty to study, more than all other Sciences: the Art of Legislation and Administration and Negotiation, ought to take place, indeed to exclude in a manner all other Arts.-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 Painting, Poetry, Musick, Architecture, Statuary, Tapestry and Porcelaine. This letter has not been dated precisely, but appears to have been written after Adams's letter to his wife on May 12, and before one written to her on May 15.

John Adams (1735 - 1826)

Source: letter to Abigail Adams, after May 12, 1780.—Adams Family Correspondence, ed. L. H. Butterfield, vol. 3, p. 342 (1973).

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A Quote by Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe on love and sons


A king there was once reigning, Who had a goodly flea, Him loved he without feigning, As his own son were he!

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (1749 - 1832)

Source: Faust. Mephistopheles’ Song of the Flea

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A Quote by Joan Kiser on fatherhood, laws, and sons

The sins of the fathers are often visited upon the sons-in-law.

Joan Kiser

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A Quote by Jesse L. Lasky on company, glory, greatness, simplicity, songs, sons, and soul

Beloved Son of California who in 1913 headed the company that produced the first feature length motion picture made in Hollywood. His greatness never lacked simplicity. Carry the song along the passage you, the soul of all there is in glory forevermore.

Jesse L. Lasky

Source: (Hollywood Memorial Park; Hollywood, California)

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A Quote by Jeffrey R. Holland on boldness, children, divinity, fatherhood, feeling, hope, and sons

Dads, is it too bold to hope that our children might have some small portion of the feeling for us that the Divine Son felt for His Father?

Jeffrey R. Holland (1940 -)

Source: Ensign, May 1999, © by Intellectual Reserve, Inc.Used by permission.

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A Quote by Jean Baptiste Moliére on sons


You are a fool in four letters, my son.

Jean Baptiste Moliere (1622 - 1673)

Source: Tartuffe, 11664, act I, sc. i

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A Quote by James Montgomery on angels, christianity, death, deed, desires, earth, fatherhood, god, jesus, life, mind, music, prayer, saints, sincerity, songs, sons, soul, speech, spirit, truth, and path

Prayer is the soul's sincere desire, Uttered or unexpressed, The motion of a hidden fire That trembles in the breast. Prayer is the burden of a sigh, The falling of a tear, The upward glancing of an eye When none but God is near. Prayer is the simplest form of speech That infant lips can try; Prayer, the sublimest strains that reach The Majesty on high. Prayer is the Christian's vital breath, The Christian's native air, His watchword at the gates of death; He enters heav'n with prayer. Prayer is the contrite sinner's voice, Returning from his ways, While angels in their songs rejoice And cry, "Behold, he prays!" The Saints in prayer appear as one In word and deed and mind, While with the Father and the Son Their fellowship they find. Nor prayer is made on earth alone: The Holy Spirit pleads, And Jesus at the Father's throne For sinners intercedes. O thou by whom we come to God, The Life, the Truth, the Way! The path of prayer thyself hast trod; Lord, teach us how to pray. Music: George Careless, 1839-1932, #145

James Montgomery (1771 - 1854)

Source: What is Prayer?

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A Quote by James Keller on art, day, fatherhood, giving, indifference, life, love, neighbors, painting, sons, struggle, tears, thought, work, and world

Paul Cézanne never knew that he was later to be considered "the father of modern painting." Because of his great love for his work, he never thought of recognition. He struggled for thirty-five years, living in oblivion at Aix, giving away masterpieces to indifferent neighbors. And then one day a discerning Paris dealer happened upon his canvases and, gathering several of them, presented the Cézanne exhibit. The great of the art world were stunned: here, indeed, was a master! And Cézanne himself was no less astonished. Arriving at the gallery on the arm of his son, he gazed wonderingly at his paintings, and tears came to his eyes. "Look," he whispered, "they've framed them!"

James Keller

Source: Three Minutes by James Keller, M. M., 1950

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