You don't raise heroes, you raise sons. And if you treat them like sons, they'll turn out to be heroes, even if it's just in your own eyes.
Walter M. Schirra, Sr.
Whether you realize it or not, everything you do sets a model for behavior for your son and possibly for the next generation as well.
A king, realizing his incompetence, can either delegate or abdicate his duties. A father can do neither. If only sons could see the paradox, they would understand the dilemma.
Who would you rather your son be? Like you or somebody else? Your duty is to be there to assist, coach, and mentor not to be away while your son grows by others influence.
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.
Boys are beyond the range of anyone's sure understanding, at least when they are between the ages of 18 months and 90 years.
A son more fully understands the dilemma and issues of raising children once they too are fathers.
Every mother hopes that her daughter will marry a better man than she did, and is convinced that her son will never find a wife as good as his father did.
A son is a chance to help avoid mistakes you have made.
It is not flesh and blood, but heart which makes us fathers and sons.
Friedrich von Schiller
May the sons of your daughters smile up in your face.
You are young, my son, and, as the years go by, time will change and even reverse many of your present opinions. Refrain therefore awhile from setting yourself up as a judge of the highest matters.
Good actions ennoble us, we are the sons of our own deeds.
Jean Paul Richter
Giving your son a skill is better than giving him one thousand pieces of gold.
Never fret for an only son, the idea of failure will never occur to him.
George Bernard Shaw
Sons have always a rebellious wish to be disillusioned by that which charmed their fathers.
I would as soon leave my son a curse as the almighty dollar.
Happy is the son whose faith in his mother remains unchallenged.
Louisa May Alcott
When a father gives to his son, both laugh; when a son gives to his father, both cry.
Don't wait to make your son a great man - make him a great boy.
No one would be foolish enough to choose war over peace. In peace sons bury their fathers, but in war fathers bury their sons.
Croesus of Lydia