My father used to play with my brother and me in the yard. Mother would
come out and say, "You're tearing up the grass." "We're not raising grass,"
Dad would reply. "We're raising boys." ~Harmon Killebrew
He didn't tell me how to live; he lived, and let me watch him do it.
~Clarence Budington Kelland
A truly rich man is one whose children run into his arms when his hands are
empty. ~Author Unknown
Father! - to God himself we cannot give a holier name. ~William Wordsworth
Love and fear. Everything the father of a family says must inspire one or
the other. ~Joseph Joubert
One father is more than a hundred Schoolemasters. ~George Herbert,
Outlandish Proverbs, 1640
Blessed indeed is the man who hears many gentle voices call him father!
~Lydia M. Child, Philothea: A Romance, 1836
Henry James once defined life as that predicament which precedes death, and
certainly nobody owes you a debt of honor or gratitude for getting him into
that predicament. But a child does owe his father a debt, if Dad, having
gotten him into this peck of trouble, takes off his coat and buckles down to
the job of showing his son how best to crash through it. ~Clarence
A father is always making his baby into a little woman. And when she is a
woman he turns her back again. ~Enid Bagnold
Sometimes the poorest man leaves his children the richest inheritance.
~Ruth E. Renkel
A father carries pictures where his money used to be. ~Author Unknown
The father who would taste the essence of his fatherhood must turn back from
the plane of his experience, take with him the fruits of his journey and
begin again beside his child, marching step by step over the same old road.
My father, when he went, made my childhood a gift of a half a century.
~Antonio Porchia, Voces, 1943, translated from Spanish by W.S. Merwin
It is much easier to become a father than to be one. ~Kent Nerburn,
Letters to My Son: Reflections on Becoming a Man, 1994
The words that a father speaks to his children in the privacy of home are
not heard by the world, but, as in whispering-galleries, they are clearly
heard at the end and by posterity. ~Jean Paul Richter
Any man can be a father. It takes someone special to be a dad. ~Author
The greatest gift I ever had
Came from God; I call him Dad!
I love my father as the stars - he's a bright shining example and a happy
twinkling in my heart. ~Adabella Radici
Two little girls, on their way home from Sunday school, were solemnly
discussing the lesson. "Do you believe there is a devil?" asked one. "No,"
said the other promptly. "It's like Santa Claus: it's your father." ~Ladies'
Home Journal, quoted in 2,715 One-Line Quotations for Speakers,
Writers & Raconteurs by Edward F. Murphy
Dad, your guiding hand on my shoulder will remain with me forever. ~Author
Sherman made the terrible discovery that men make about their fathers sooner
or later... that the man before him was not an aging father but a boy, a boy
much like himself, a boy who grew up and had a child of his own and, as best
he could, out of a sense of duty and, perhaps love, adopted a role called
Being a Father so that his child would have something mythical and
infinitely important: a Protector, who would keep a lid on all the chaotic
and catastrophic possibilities of life. ~Tom Wolfe, The Bonfire of the
Old as she was, she still missed her daddy sometimes. ~Gloria Naylor
Sons are for fathers the twice-told tale. ~Victoria Secunda, Women and
Their Fathers, 1992
Why are men reluctant to become fathers? They aren't through being
children. ~Cindy Garner
Fathers represent another way of looking at life - the possibility of an
alternative dialogue. ~Louise J. Kaplan, Oneness and Separateness: From
Infant to Individual, 1978
There's something like a line of gold thread running through a man's words
when he talks to his daughter, and gradually over the years it gets to be
long enough for you to pick up in your hands and weave into a cloth that
feels like love itself. ~John Gregory Brown, Decorations in a Ruined
There are three stages of a man's life: He believes in Santa Claus, he
doesn't believe in Santa Claus, he is Santa Claus. ~Author Unknown
Fatherhood is pretending the present you love most is soap-on-a-rope. ~Bill
When I was a boy of fourteen, my father was so ignorant I could hardly stand
to have the old man around. But when I got to be twenty-one, I was
astonished at how much he had learned in seven years. ~Mark Twain, "Old
Times on the Mississippi" Atlantic Monthly, 1874
"My grandfather always said that living is like licking honey off a
-- Louis Adamic
'Honour thy father and thy mother' stands written among the three
laws of most revered righteousness." -- Aeschylus
"Father asked us what was God's noblest work. Anna said men, but I said
babies. Men are often bad, but babies never are."
-- Louisa May Alcott
"I am indebted to my father for living, but to my teacher for living
-- Alexander the Great
"Every mother generally hopes that her daughter will snag a better
husband than she managed to do...but she's certain that her boy will
never get as great a wife as his father did."
"A father is always making his baby into a little woman. And when she
is a woman he turns her back again."
-- Enid Bagnold
"If the new American father feels bewildered and even defeated, let him
take comfort from the fact that whatever he does in any fathering
situation has a fifty percent chance of being right."
-- Bill Cosby
"A new father quickly learns that his child invariably comes to the
bathroom at precisely the times when he's in there, as if he needed
company. The only way for this father to be certain of bathroom privacy
is to shave at the gas station."
-- Bill Cosby
"Be kind to thy father, for when thou wert young, Who loved thee so
fondly as he? He caught the first accents that fell from thy tongue, And
joined in thy innocent glee."
-- Margaret Courtney
"I talk and talk and talk, and I haven't taught people in 50 years what
my father taught by example in one week."
-- Mario Cuomo
"I watched a small man with thick calluses on both hands work fifteen
and sixteen hours a day. I saw him once literally bleed from the bottoms
of his feet, a man who came here uneducated, alone, unable to speak the
language, who taught me all I needed to know about faith and hard work by
the simple eloquence of his example."
-- Mario Cuomo
"A father is a guy who has snapshots in his wallet where his
money used to be."
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."
-- Marlene Dietrich
"Lucky that man whose children make his happiness in life and not his
grief, the anguished disappointment of his hopes. "
"Fifth Commandment: Honor thy father and thy mother: that thy days may
be long upon the land which the Lord thy God giveth thee."
-- Exodus 20:12
"My father always told me, 'Find a job you love and you'll never have
to work a day in your life.' "
-- Jim Fox
"The father is always a Republican toward his son, and his mother's
always a Democrat."
-- Robert Frost
"You don't have
to deserve your mother's love. You have to deserve your father's. He's
-- Robert Frost
"A father is a banker provided by nature."
-- French Proverb
"I cannot think of any need in childhood as strong as the need for a
-- Sigmund Freud
"Any man can be a Father but it takes someone special to be a dad."
-- Anne Geddes
"Fathers, like mothers, are not born. Men grow into fathers - and
fathering is a very important stage in their development."
-- David M. Gottesman
"If you think about it seriously, all the questions about the soul and
the immortality of the soul and paradise and hell are at bottom only a
way of seeing this very simple fact: that every action of ours is passed
on to others according to its value, of good or evil, it passes from
father to son, from one generation to the next, in a perpetual movement."
-- Antonio Gramsci
"When Charles first saw our child Mary, he said all the proper things
for a new father. He looked upon the poor little red thing and blurted,
'She's more beautiful than the Brooklyn Bridge.'"
-- Helen Hayes
"One father is more than a hundred schoolmasters."
-- George Herbert
"If the past cannot teach the present and the father cannot teach the
son, then history need not have bothered to go on, and the world has
wasted a great deal of time."
-- Russell Hoban
"For rarely are sons similar to their fathers: most are worse, and a
few are better than their fathers."
"A father is a banker...
provided by nature."
-- French Proverb
"My father always
used to say that when you die, if you've got five real friends, you've
had a great life."
-- Elbert Hubbard
"My father died many years ago, and yet when something special happens
to me, I talk to him secretly not really knowing whether he hears, but it
makes me feel better to half believe it."
"The father of a daughter is nothing but a high-class hostage. A father
turns a stony face to his sons, berates them, shakes his antlers, paws
the ground, snorts, runs them off into the underbrush, but when his
daughter puts her arm over his shoulder and says, 'Daddy, I need to ask
you something,' he is a pat of butter in a hot frying pan."
-- Garrison Keillor
"My father didn't tell me how to live; he lived, and let me watch him
-- Clarence Budington Kelland
"My father told me that all businessmen were sons-of-bitches, but I
never believed him until now."
-- John F. Kennedy
"My father said, 'Politics asks the question: Is it expedient? Vanity
asks: Is it popular? But conscience asks: Is it right?'""
-- Dexter Scott King
"His mother called such people ignorant and superstitious, but his
father only shook his head slowly and puffed his pipe and said that
sometimes old stories had a grain or two of truth in them and it was best
not to take chances. It was why, he said, he crossed himself whenever a
black cat crossed his path."
-- Stephen King
"When I was a kid, I said to my father one afternoon, 'Daddy, will you
take me to the zoo?' He answered, 'If the zoo wants you, let them come
and get you.'""
-- Jerry Lewis
"I don't know who my grandfather was; I am much more concerned to know
what his grandson will be."
-- Abraham Lincoln
"Honor thy father and thy mother."
-- Matthew 19:19
"The thing to remember about fathers is, they're men. A girl has to
keep it in mind: They are dragon seekers, bent on improbable rescues.
Scratch any father, you find Someone chock full of qualms and romantic
terrors, Believing change is a threat Like your first shoes with heels
on, like your first bicycle It took such months to get."
-- Phyllis McGinley
"My father taught me to work; he did not teach me to love it."
-- Abraham Lincoln
"Love matches, so called, have illusion for their father and need for
-- Friedrich Nietzche
"Life was a lot simpler when what we honored was father and mother
rather than all major credit cards."
-- Robert Orben
"People see Archie Bunker everywhere. Particularly girls; poor girls,
rich girls, all kinds of girls are always coming up to me and telling me
that Archie is just like their dad."
-- Carroll O'Connor
"A wise son maketh a glad father."
-- Proverbs 10:1
"None of you can ever be proud enough of being the child of such a
Father who has not his equal in this world - so great, so good, so
faultless. Try, all of you, to follow in his footsteps and don't be
discouraged, for to be really in everything like him none of you, I am
sure, will ever be. Try, therefore, to be like him in some points, and
you will have acquired a great deal."
-- Queen Victoria of England
"Sometimes the poorest man leaves his children the richest
-- Ruth E. Renkel
"My father taught me to work; he did not teach me to
love it." -- Abraham Lincoln
"Father taught us that opportunity and responsibility go hand in
hand. I think we all act on that principle; on the basic human impulse
that makes a man want to make the best of what's in him and what's been
given him. "
-- Laurence Rockefeller
"That is the thankless position of the father in the family-the
provider for all, and the enemy of all."
-- J. August Strindberg
"An angry father is most cruel towards himself."
-- Publilius Syrus
"I just owe almost everything to my father [and] it's passionately
interesting for me that the things that I learned in a small town, in a
very modest home, are just the things that I believe have won the
-- Margaret Thatcher
"A man leaves his father and mother and is united to his wife, and the
two become one flesh."
-- The Holy Bible
"It's only when you grow up, and step back from him, or leave him for
your own career and your own homeit's only then that you can measure his
greatness and fully appreciate it. Pride reinforces love."
-- Margaret Truman
"A man's children and his garden both reflect the amount of weeding
done during the growing season".
"A truly rich man is one whose children run into his arms when his
hands are empty."
"Small boy's definition of Father's Day: It's just like Mother's Day
only you don't spend so much."
"A father is a guy who has snapshots in his wallet where his money used
"For thousands of years, father and son have stretched wistful hands
across the canyon of time, each eager to help the other to his side, but
neither quite able to desert the loyalties of his contemporaries. The
relationship is always changing and hence always fragile; nothing endures
except the sense of difference."
-- Alan Valentine
"By the time a man realizes that maybe his father was right, he usually
has a son who thinks he's wrong."
-- Charles Wadsworth