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Quotations by and about Fathers


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This year, for the first time, our son Mark will celebrate Father's Day as a dad. In honor of that, I'm posting some quotations by and about fathers. Some are humorous while others are thoughtful, or even provocative. They come from a large file I had of parent and grandparent quotations. If any of the quotations have incorrect attribution or you know the attribution for any that are unattributed, please let me know and I'll update the post.

A father carries pictures where his money used to be.

A father is a banker provided by nature. - French Proverb

A father is a person who is forced to endure childbirth without an anesthetic.

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.

Any fool can be a Father, but it takes a real man to be a Daddy. - Philip Whitmore Sr.

Like arrows in the hand of a warrior are the children of one's youth. Blessed is the man who fills his quiver with them! - Psalm 127:4-5

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

Children are poor men's riches. - English Proverb

Children have more need of models than critics. - Joseph Joubert

Diogenes struck the father when the son swore. - Robert Burton

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

Fatherhood is pretending the present you love most is soap-on-a-rope. - Bill Cosby

Friendship reminds us of fathers, love of mothers. - Malagasy Proverb

Good parents give their children roots and wings. Roots to know where home is, wings to fly away and exercise what's been taught them. - Jonas Salk

He opened the jar of pickles when no one else could. He was the only one in the house who wasn't afraid to into the basement by himself. He cut himself shaving, but no one kissed it or got excited about it. It was understood when it rained, he got the car and brought it around to the door. When anyone was sick, he went out to get the prescription filled. He took lots of pictures ... but he was never in them. - Erma Bombeck

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

He who is taught to live upon little owes more to his father's wisdom than he who has a great deal left him does to his father's care. - William Penn

How true Daddy's words were when he said: "All children must look after their own upbringing." Parents can only give good advice or put them on the right paths, but the final forming of a person's character lies in their own hands. - Anne Frank

I felt something impossible for me to explain in words. Then, when they took her away, it hit me. I got scared all over again and began to feel giddy. Then it came to me ... I was a father. - Nat King Cole

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 election. - Margaret Thatcher

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

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

It is admirable for a man to take his son fishing, but there is a special place in heaven for the father who takes his daughter shopping. - John Sinor

It is much easier to become a father than to be one. - Kent Nerburn

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

Making the decision to have a child is momentous. It is to decide forever to have your heart go walking around outside your body. - Elizabeth Stone

Mean fathers, wasteful sons. - French Proverb

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

My father gave me the greatest gift anyone could give another person; he believed in me. - Jim Valvano

My father said, "Politics asks the question: Is it expedient? Vanity asks: Is it popular? But conscience asks: Is it right?" - Dexter Scott King

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

My fathers planted for me, and I planted for my children. - Hebrew Proverb

My grandfather always said that living is like licking honey off a thorn. - Louis Adamic

One father is more than a hundred schoolmasters. - English Proverb

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.

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

The family is the test of freedom; because the family is the only thing that the free man makes for himself and by himself. - Gilbert Keith Chesterton

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

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

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

You've got to do your own growing, no matter how tall your grandfather was. - Irish Proverb

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Here's a recent picture of my newest grandson Ryan and me.

Ryan and Poppie

If you'd like to read about that picture and see several others, check out Becka's latest blog post. If you'd like to see some of our grandson Drew's latest exploits, check out this post or this post or this post on Megan's blog. He obviously loves water!

I look forward to Father's Day with Becka and Nora and I will miss seeing my other kids and grandkids that day. Thanks to Megan, Nora, and Mark and their respective spouses Jim, Topher, and Katie for being people I can be so proud of. I love you all! I'm truly a blessed dad, and I miss my dad.

=^..^= =^..^=
Rob

If your dad's sisters are construction workers, could you call them carpenter aunts?


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8 Comments on “Quotations by and about Fathers”

  1. #1 Marilyn
    on Jun 16th, 2011 at 6:48 am

    My throat constricts and tears start as I think about the best Dad ever – my Dad. He had us children conned – each of us (there were 8 of us) thought we were Daddy’s favorite (and we all thought we were Mom’s favorite, too).

  2. #2 Carrie
    on Jun 16th, 2011 at 11:34 am

    I really enjoyed these!

  3. #3 mark
    on Jun 16th, 2011 at 12:48 pm

    Thank you for being such a great dad. I couldn’t ask for a better father, and I love you very much.

  4. #4 Rob
    on Jun 16th, 2011 at 1:51 pm

    @Mark – I love you more. :-D

  5. #5 Richard Hausman
    on Jun 16th, 2011 at 2:11 pm

    “I owe my father a lot! In fact, I have the bill from him right here.” – Kip Addotta

  6. #6 Michael
    on Jun 16th, 2011 at 3:52 pm

    This will be my first Father’s Day as a dad so these sayings have extra weight for me. And, you and your new grandson make a distinguished pair.

  7. #7 Ian
    on Jun 17th, 2011 at 4:49 am

    Being a dad is one of the greatest challenges, yet also one of the most rewarding. I had a great dad, (passed away 3 years ago), the best example I could have had to help me raise my sons. I love being a dad and now a grandpa.

    You’ve got some great quotes above.

  8. #8 Rob
    on Jun 17th, 2011 at 5:54 am

    @Michael – Enjoy your first Father’s Day as a dad. My first was 32 years ago.

    @Ian – Thanks for stopping by and commenting. I enjoyed exploring your site. I’ll bet you’re a good dad.


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