Fathers Day Quotes

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Fathers Day Quotes Index

About Fathers
Absent Father
Adoptive Father
Appreciation of Father as Leader
Appreciation of Father as Protector
Appreciation of Father as Provider
Appreciation of Father as Teacher
Appreciation of Father's Wisdom
Bad Father
Being a Good Father
Fathers Day
Father-Daughter Relationship
Father-Son Relationship
Humorous
Importance of Family
Inspirational
Jaded
Like a Father
New Father
Proverbs
Quotes by Famous People
Sentimental
Stepfather

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About Fathers

"A man's worth is measured by how he parents his children. What he gives them, what he keeps away from them, the lessons he teaches and the lessons he allows them to learn on their own."
~ Lisa Rogers

"Love and fear. Everything the father of a family says must inspire one or the other."
~ Joseph Joubert

"Fathers are angels sent from heaven."
~ Author Unknown

"It is much easier to become a father than to be one."
~ Kent Nerburn, Letters to My Son: Reflections on Becoming a Man, 1994

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"It is easier for a father to have children than for children to have a real father."
~ Pope John XXIII

"Noble fathers have noble children."
~ Euripides

"You don't have to deserve your mother's love. You have to deserve your father's."
~ Robert Frost

"My mother protected me from the world and my father threatened me with it."
~ Quentin Crisp

"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."
~ Marlene Dietrich

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Absent Father

"The human father has to be confronted and recognized as human, as man who created a child and then, by his absence, left the child fatherless and then Godless."
~ Anais Nin

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Adoptive Father

"It is not flesh and blood but the heart which makes us fathers and sons."
~ Johann Schiller

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Appreciation of Father as Leader

"He didn't tell me how to live; he lived, and let me watch him do it."
~ Clarence Budington Kelland

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Appreciation of Father as Protector

"I cannot think of any need in childhood as strong as the need for a father's protection."
~ Sigmund Freud

"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 Vanities

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Appreciation of Father as Provider

"A man's worth is measured by how he parents his children. What he gives them, what he keeps away from them, the lessons he teaches and the lessons he allows them to learn on their own."
~ Lisa Rogers

"A father is a banker provided by nature."
~ French Proverb

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Appreciation of Father as Teacher

"One father is more than a hundred Schoolmasters."
~ George Herbert, Outlandish Proverbs, 1640

"Dad, your guiding hand on my shoulder will remain with me forever."
~ Author Unknown

"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

"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

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Appreciation of Father's Wisdom

"My father always told me, 'Find a job you love and you'll never have to work a day in your life.' "
~ Jim Fox

"I have never been a material girl. My father always told me never to love anything that cannot love you back."
~ Imelda Marcos

"My father always used to say that when you die, if you've got five real friends, then you've had a great life."
~ Lee Iacocca

"My father always taught me to appreciate what you're fortunate to have and give back to those who need it. No part of our society is more important than the children, especially the ones who need our help."
~ Dan Marino

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Bad Father

"When one has not had a good father, one must create one."
~ Friedrich Nietzsche

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Being a Good Father

"The most important thing a father can do for his children is to love their mother."
~ Theodore Hesburgh

"A father is someone that holds your hand at the fair
makes sure you do what your mother says
holds back your hair when you are sick
brushes that hair when it is tangled because mother is too busy
lets you eat ice cream for breakfast but only when mother is away
he walks you down the aisle and tells you everythings gonna be ok"
~ Author Unknown

"My father gave me the greatest gift anyone could give another person, he believed in me. "
~ Jim Valvano

"Small boys become big men through the influence of big men who care about small boys."
~ Author Unknown

"It is a wise father that knows his own child."
~ William Shakespeare

"Train up a child in the way which he should go and when he is old he will not depart from it."
~ Bible, Proverbs 22:6

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Fathers Day

"Any fool can be a Father, but it takes a real man to be a Daddy!!"
~ Philip Whitmore Sr

"A good father is one of the most unsung, unpraised, unnoticed, and yet one of the most valuable assets in our society."
~ Billy Graham

"The greatest gift I ever had
Came from God; I call him Dad!"
~ Author Unknown

"Any man can be a father. It takes someone special to be a dad."
~ Author Unknown

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Father-Daughter Relationship

"A father is always making his baby into a little woman. And when she is a woman he turns her back again."
~ Enid Bagnold

"Old as she was, she still missed her daddy sometimes."
~ Gloria Naylor

"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 Cemetery, 1994

"Fathers, be good to your daughters. You are the god and the weight of her world."
~ John Mayor

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"A father is someone that holds your hand at the fair
makes sure you do what your mother says
holds back your hair when you are sick
brushes that hair when it is tangled because mother is too busy
lets you eat ice cream for breakfast but only when mother is away
he walks you down the aisle and tells you everythings gonna be ok"
~ Author Unknown

"You fathers will understand. You have a little girl. She looks up to you. You're her oracle. You're her hero. And then the day comes when she gets her first permanent wave and goes to her first real party, and from that day on, you're in a constant state of panic."
~ Stanley T. Banks in the Father of the Bride

"To a father growing old nothing is dearer than a daughter."
~ Euripides

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Father-Son Relationship

"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 Vanities

"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

"A man knows when he is growing old because he begins to look like his father."
~ Gabriel Garcia Marquez

"Sons have always a rebellious wish to be disillusioned by that which charmed their fathers."
~ Aldous Huxley

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"A man's desire for a son is usually nothing but the wish to duplicate himself in order that such a remarkable pattern may not be lost to the world."
~ Helen Rowland

"The worst misfortune that can happen to an ordinary man is to have an extraordinary father."
~ Austin O'Malley

"By the time a man realizes that maybe his father was right, he usually has a son who thinks he's wrong."
~ Charles Wadsworth

"Small boys become big men through the influence of big men who care about small boys."
~ Author Unknown

"There must always be a struggle between a father and son, while one aims at power and the other at independence."
~ Samuel Johnson

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Humorous

"A truly rich man is one whose children run into his arms when his hands are empty. "
~ Author Unknown

"A father carries pictures where his money used to be."
~ Author Unknown

"Never raise your hand to your kids. It leaves your groin unprotected."
~ Red Buttons

"A man knows when he is growing old because he begins to look like his father."
~ Gabriel Garcia Marquez

"By the time a man realizes that maybe his father was right, he usually has a son who thinks he's wrong."
~ Charles Wadsworth

"You fathers will understand. You have a little girl. She looks up to you. You're her oracle. You're her hero. And then the day comes when she gets her first permanent wave and goes to her first real party, and from that day on, you're in a constant state of panic."
~ Stanley T. Banks in the Father of the Bride

4 years: My Daddy can do anything!
7 years: My Dad knows a lot…a whole lot.
8 years: My Father does not know quite everything.
12 years: Oh well, naturally Father does not know that either.
14 years: Oh, Father? He is hopelessly old-fashioned.
21 years: Oh, that man-he is out of date!
25 years: He knows a little bit about it, but not much.
30 years: I must find out what Dad thinks about it.
35 years: Before we decide, we will get Dad's idea first.
50 years: What would Dad have thought about that?
60 years: My Dad knew literally everything!
65 years: I wish I could talk it over with Dad once more.
~ Author Unknown

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"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

"Why are men reluctant to become fathers? They aren't through being children."
~ Cindy Garner

"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

"Spread the diaper in the position of the diamond with you at bat. Then fold second base down to home and set the baby on the pitcher's mound. Put first base and third together, bring up home plate and pin the three together. Of course, in case of rain, you gotta call the game and start all over again."
~ Jimmy Piersal, on how to diaper a baby, 1968

"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

"I remember the time I was kidnapped and they sent a piece of my finger to my father. He said he wanted more proof."
~ Rodney Dangerfield

"My father carries around the picture of the kid who came with his wallet."
~ Rodney Dangerfield

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Importance of Family

"There are no adequate substitutes for father, mother, and children bound together in a loving commitment to nurture and protect. No government, no matter how well-intentioned, can take the place of the family in the scheme of things."
~ Gerald Ford

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Inspirational

"Sometimes the poorest man leaves his children the richest inheritance."
~ Ruth E. Renkel

"Any man can be a father. It takes someone special to be a dad."
~ Author Unknown

"The greatest gift I ever had
Came from God; I call him Dad!"
~ Author Unknown

"I don't care how poor a man is; if he has family, he's rich."
~ M*A*S*H, Colonel Potter

"A man never stands as tall as when he kneels to help a child."
~ Knights of Pythagoras

"One night a father overheard his son pray: Dear God, Make me the kind of man my Daddy is. Later that night, the Father prayed, Dear God, Make me the kind of man my son wants me to be."
~ Author Unknown

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Jaded

"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

"As fathers commonly go, it is seldom a misfortune to be fatherless; and considering the general run of sons, as seldom a misfortune to be childless."
~ Lord Chesterfield

"Don't make a baby if you can't be a father."
~ National Urban League Slogan

"It would seem that something which means poverty, disorder and violence every single day should be avoided entirely, but the desire to beget children is a natural urge."
~ Phyllis Diller

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"The worst misfortune that can happen to an ordinary man is to have an extraordinary father."
~ Austin O'Malley

"The place of the father in the modern suburban family is a very small one, particularly if he plays golf."
~ Bertrand Russell

"My mother protected me from the world and my father threatened me with it."
~ Quentin Crisp

"My Father had a profound influence on me, he was a lunatic."
~ Spike Milligan

"There's sometimes a weird benefit to having an alcoholic, violent father. He really motivated me in that I never wanted to be anything like him."
~ Dean Koontz

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Like a Father

"It is not flesh and blood but the heart which makes us fathers and sons."
~ Johann Schiller

"It no longer bothers me that I may be constantly searching for father figures; by this time, I have found several and dearly enjoyed knowing them all."
~ Alice Walker

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New Father

"Spread the diaper in the position of the diamond with you at bat. Then fold second base down to home and set the baby on the pitcher's mound. Put first base and third together, bring up home plate and pin the three together. Of course, in case of rain, you gotta call the game and start all over again."
~ Jimmy Piersal, on how to diaper a baby, 1968

"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

"When a child is born, a father is born. A mother is born, too of course, but at least for her it's a gradual process. Body and soul, she has nine months to get used to what's happening. She becomes what's happening. But for even the best-prepared father, it happens all at once. On the other side of a plate-glass window, a nurse is holding up something roughly the size of a loaf of bread for him to see for the first time."
~ Frederick Buechner, Whisling in the Dark

"Watching your husband become a father is really sexy and wonderful."
~ Cindy Crawford

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Proverbs

"When a father gives to his son, both laugh; when a son gives to his father, both cry."
~ Jewish Proverb

"If a son is uneducated, his dad is to blame."
~ Chinese Proverb

"The father who does not teach his son his duties is equally guilty with the son who neglects them."
~ Confucius

"A father is a banker provided by nature."
~ French Proverb

"Train up a child in the way which he should go and when he is old he will not depart from it."
~ Bible, Proverbs 22:6

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Quotes by Famous People

"Fatherhood is pretending the present you love most is soap-on-a-rope."
~ 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

"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 good father is one of the most unsung, unpraised, unnoticed, and yet one of the most valuable assets in our society."
~ Billy Graham

"Watching your husband become a father is really sexy and wonderful."
~ Cindy Crawford

"My father always taught me to appreciate what you're fortunate to have and give back to those who need it. No part of our society is more important than the children, especially the ones who need our help."
~ Dan Marino

"It was my father who taught me to value myself. He told me that I was uncommonly beautiful and that I was the most precious thing in his life."
~ Dawn French

"There's sometimes a weird benefit to having an alcoholic, violent father. He really motivated me in that I never wanted to be anything like him."
~ Dean Koontz

"Noble fathers have noble children."
~ Euripides

"To a father growing old nothing is dearer than a daughter."
~ Euripides

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"There are no adequate substitutes for father, mother, and children bound together in a loving commitment to nurture and protect. No government, no matter how well-intentioned, can take the place of the family in the scheme of things."
~ Gerald Ford

"I am not ashamed to say that no man I ever met was my father's equal, and I never loved any other man as much."
~ Hedy Lamarr

"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

"My father was a man of love. He always loved me to death. He worked hard in the fields, but my father never hit me. Never. I don't ever remember a really cross, unkind word from my father."
~ Johnny Cash

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"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

"It is easier for a father to have children than for children to have a real father."
~ Pope John XXIII

"You don't have to deserve your mother's love. You have to deserve your father's."
~ Robert Frost

"I remember the time I was kidnapped and they sent a piece of my finger to my father. He said he wanted more proof."
~ Rodney Dangerfield

"My father carries around the picture of the kid who came with his wallet."
~ Rodney Dangerfield

"I cannot think of any need in childhood as strong as the need for a father's protection."
~ Sigmund Freud

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Sentimental

"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

"I am not ashamed to say that no man I ever met was my father's equal, and I never loved any other man as much."
~ Hedy Lamarr

"I love my father as the stars - he's a bright shining example and a happy twinkling in my heart."
~ Terri Guillemets

"My father gave me the greatest gift anyone could give another person, he believed in me. "
~ Jim Valvano

"My father was a man of love. He always loved me to death. He worked hard in the fields, but my father never hit me. Never. I don't ever remember a really cross, unkind word from my father."
~ Johnny Cash

"It was my father who taught me to value myself. He told me that I was uncommonly beautiful and that I was the most precious thing in his life."
~ Dawn French

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Stepfather

"It is not flesh and blood but the heart which makes us fathers and sons."
~ Johann Schiller

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