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Quotations From KENT NERBURN

 

  • 1.
    But no matter how they make you feel, you should always watch elders carefully. They were you and you will be them. You carry the seeds of your old age in you at this very moment, and they hear the echoes of their childhood each time they see you.
    Kent Nerburn (20th century), U.S. theologian and author. Letters to My Son, ch. 26 (1994).

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  • 2.
    In times past there were rituals of passage that conducted a boy into manhood, where other men passed along the wisdom and responsibilities that needed to be shared. But today we have no rituals. We are not conducted into manhood; we simply find ourselves there.
    Kent Nerburn (20th century), U.S. theologian and author. Letters to My Son, ch. 2 (1994).

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  • 3.
    It is the same for all men. None of us can escape this shadow of the father, even if that shadow fills us with fear, even if it has no name or face. To be worthy of that man, to prove something to that man, to exorcise the memory of that man from every corner of our life—however it affects us, the shadow of that man cannot be denied.
    Kent Nerburn (20th century), U.S. theologian and author. Letters to My Son, ch. 1 (1994).

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  • 4.
    My fatherhood made me understand my parents and to honor them more for the love they gave. My sonhood was revealed to me in its own perfection and I understood the reason the Chinese so value filiality, the responsibility of the son to honor the parents.
    Kent Nerburn (20th century), U.S. theologian and author. Letters to My Son, ch. 25 (1994).

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  • 5.
    Like children, the elders are a burden. But unlike children, they offer no hope or promise. They are a weight and an encumbrance and a mirror of our own mortality. It takes a person of great heart to see past this fact and to see the wisdom the elders have to offer, and so serve them out of gratitude for the life they have passed on to us.
    Kent Nerburn (20th century), U.S. theologian and author. Letters to My Son, ch. 26 (1994).

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  • 6.
    It is much easier to become a father than to be one.
    Kent Nerburn (20th century), U.S. theologian and author. Letters to My Son, ch. 25 (1994).

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  • 7.
    We are born male. We must learn to be men.
    Kent Nerburn (20th century), U.S. theologian and author. Letters to My Son (1994).
  • 8.
    This is not to say that becoming a father automatically makes you a good father. Fatherhood, like marriage, is a constant struggle against your limitations and self-interests. But the urge to be a perfect father is there, because your child is a perfect gift.
    Kent Nerburn (20th century), U.S. theologian and author. Letters to My Son, ch. 25 (1993).

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  • 9.
    The power of this experience [fatherhood] can never be explained. It is one of those joyful codings that rumbles in the species far below understanding. When it is experienced it makes you one with all men in a way that fills you with warmth and harmony.
    Kent Nerburn (20th century), U.S. theologian and author. Letters to My Son, ch. 25 (1993).

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  • 10.
    I thought I never wanted to be a father. A child seemed to be a series of limitations and responsibilities that offered no reward. But when I experienced the perfection of fatherhood, the rest of the world remade itself before my eyes.
    Kent Nerburn (20th century), U.S. theologian and author. Letters to My Son, ch. 25 (1993).

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