Friday, November 07th, 2008 | Author:

[This post is part of the Favorite Founders' Quote Friday sponsored by Meet the Founding Fathers. Go to the site to see who else has participated today.]

Our FFQF theme for November is “The Importance of Motherhood.” Being a mother myself, and even a grandmother, of course I concur with this viewpoint, so I’ve spent quite a bit of time to find just the right quote.

My choice this week comes from a letter John Adams wrote to his wife, Abigail, in which he gives her some heartfelt direction on teaching their sons, John (Quincy) and Charles, an important charge indeed. How many mothers today would accept and rise to this challenge?

John has genius, and so has Charles. Take care that they don’t go astray. Cultivate their minds, inspire their little hearts, raise their wishes. Fix their attention upon great and glorious Objects. Root out every little thing. Weed out every meanness. Make them great and manly. Teach them to scorn injustice, ingratitude, cowardice, and falsehood. Let them revere nothing but religion, morality, and liberty.

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  1. Mrs. Mecomber says:

    I accept the challenge. GREAT QUOTE!!!

    I’m going to brag a little bit about my two sons. They are not like the “status quo” males who are obsessed with just two things: bodily secretions and sports. That’s the blessing of a godly home and homeschooling. How I hate it when people say “boys will be boys”! That’s such a lie to continue to mediocrity. I say instead, “Play the man.”

  2. akaGaGa says:

    Of course you accept – you’re halfway home! I fully expect to see your kids running the country in a few years. :)