The most important thing a father can do for his children is to love their mother. -Theodore Martin Hesburgh
It's only when you grow up, and step back from him, or leave him for your own career and your own home - it's only then that you can measure his greatness and fully appreciate it. Pride reinforces love. - Margaret Truman
Of all nature's gifts to the human race, what is sweeter to a man than his children? - Cicero (106-43 BC)
A daddy is a man who has photos in his wallet where his money used to be.
A father is a source of strength,
A teacher & a guide,
The one his family looks up to
With loving trust & pride. . .
A father is a helper
With a willing hand to lend,
A partner, an advisor,
And the finest kind of friend.
A Father means so many things...
A understanding heart,
A source of strength and of support
Right from the very start.
A constant readiness to help
In a kind and thoughtful way.
With encouragement and forgiveness
No matter what comes your way.
A special generosity and always affection, too
A Father means so many things
When he's a man like you...
Any man can be a father, but it takes someone special to be a Daddy!
My finger may be small but I can still wrap my Daddy around it.
There is no place higher than on Daddy's shoulders.
Dad - a son's first hero, a daughter's first love.
Daddy, some day I will meet my prince charming but you will always be my king!
Blessed indeed is the man who hears many gentle voices call him father! - Lydia M. Child
By profession, I am a soldier and take pride in that fact. But I am prouder, infinitely prouder, to be a father. - General Douglas MacArthur
By the time a man realizes that maybe his father was right - he usually has a son who thinks he's wrong! - Charles Wadsworth
A Dad is someone you never outgrow your need for.
A Dad is someone to look up to no matter how tall you've grown.
A Dad is your biggest fan, even when you strike out.
Dad, your guiding hand on my shoulder will remain with me forever.
A father is neither an anchor to hold us back, nor a sail to take us there, but a guiding light whose love shows us the way.
The father who does not teach his son his duties is equally guilty as the son who neglects them. - Confucius
Fathers are men who give daughters away to other men who aren't nearly good enough...so they can have grandchildren who are smarter than anybody's.
Happy is the father whose child finds his attempts to amuse it, amusing. - Robert Lynd
I could not point to any need in childhood as strong as that for a father's protection. - Sigmund Freud
I never had a chance to choose the man to be my Dad - But I sure thank my lucky stars for the taste my Mother had.
I'm as lucky as can be, for the world's best dad belongs to me.
It doesn't matter who my father was; it matters who I remember he was. - Anne Sexton
Mommy would never divorce Daddy. He's just like one of the family. - Bill Keane
My father didn't tell me how to live; he lived, and let me watch him do it. - Clarence Budington Kelland
My father taught me to be independent and cocky and free thinking, but he could not stand it if I disagreed with him. - Sara Maitland
Simple walks with my father around the block on summer nights when I was a child did wonders for me as an adult.
Sometimes the poorest man leaves his children the richest inheritance. - Ruth E. Renkel
There's a bathroom in heaven for the father of girls.
A truly rich man is one whose children run into his arms when his hands are empty.
When my father died and my two brothers and I sat down to talk about him, we discovered that we were talking about three different men - and I had never met the other two.
We are so peculiarly constituted that it is easier to be a large hero than a small martyr: a father would willingly risk his life to save his child from a burning building, but not give up his afternoon of golf to take the child to the zoo. Yet it is the small sacrifices, multiplied many times, that give love more meaning than the heroic gesture in a crisis.
My Father When I Was...
4 years old: My daddy can do anything.
5 years old: My daddy knows a whole lot.
6 years old: My dad is smarter than your dad.
8 years old: My dad doesn't know exactly everything.
10 years old: In the olden days when my dad grew up, things were different.
12 years old: Oh, well, naturally, Father doesn't know anything about that. He is too old to remember his childhood.
14 years old: Don't pay attention to my Father. He is so old-fashioned!
21 years old: Him? My Lord, he's hopelessly out-of- date.
25 years old: Dad knows a little bit about it, but then he should because he has been around so long.
30 years old: Maybe we should ask Dad what he thinks. After all, he's had a lot of experience.
35 years old: I'm not doing a single thing until I talk to Dad.
40 years old: I wonder how Dad would have handled it. He was so wise and had a world of experience.
50 years old: I'd give anything if Dad were here now so I could talk this over with him. Too bad I didn't appreciate how smart he was. I could have learned a lot from him.
What Are Fathers Made Of? - Paul Harvey
A father is a person that is forced to endure childbirth without an anaesthetic,
A father is a person that growls when he feels good...and laughs out loud when scared half to death,
A father never feels worthy of the worship in a child's eyes.
He's never quite the hero his daughter thinks, never quite the man his son believes him to be, and this worries him,
So he works too hard to try and smooth the rough places in the road for those of his own who will follow him.
A father is a person who gets angry when the first school grades aren't as good as he thinks they should be,
He scolds his son...though he knows it's the teacher's fault.
Fathers are persons that give daughters away to other men who aren't nearly good enough...so they can have grandchildren who are smarter than anybody's.
Fathers make bets with insurance companies about who'll live the longest.
One day they lose...and the bet's paid off to the part of them they leave behind.
I don't know where a father goes when he dies.
But I've an idea that after a good rest...he won't just sit on a cloud and wait for the girl he loved and the children she bore.
He'll be busy there, too...repairing the stairs...oiling the gates...improving the streets...smoothing the way.
A father is someone who can take the place of all others, but whose place no one else can take.
Dad knows best, but no one listens.
I'm the boss (Mum said so!)
Happiness is having a Dad like you.
Dads are special, especially mine.
The Strength of a Man
The strength of a man isn't seen in the width of his shoulders
It's seen in the width of his arms that circle you.
The strength of a man isn't in the deep tone of his voice,
It's in the gentle words he whispers.
The strength of a man isn't how many buddies he has,
It's how good a buddy he is with his kids.
The strength of a man isn't in how respected he is at work,
It's in how respected he is at home.
The strength of a man isn't in how hard he hits,
It's in how tender he touches.
The strength of a man isn't in the hair on his chest,
It's in his heart...that lies within his chest.
The strength of a man isn't how many women he's loved,
It's in how he can be true to one woman.
The strength of a man isn't in the weight he can lift,
It's in the burdens he carries.
A daddy and his daughters, walking hand in hand,
Though he can't spend much time with them,
They say they understand.
When he's at work or on a trip, the memory of him lingers,
The two girls smile, they know they have him
Wrapped around their fingers.
A slight tilt of their pretty heads, a smile, a lowered glance,
A hug and kiss and, "Daddy please?"
He doesn't stand a chance!
In later years he will recall, with tenderness and love,
Two charming girls, with hands in his,
Two blessings from above.
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
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 honour 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 Budington Kelland
A father is always making his baby into a little woman. And when she is a woman he turns her back again. - Enid Bagnold
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. - Angelo Patri
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
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
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
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 Cemetery, 1994
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.
Fatherhood is pretending the present you love most is soap-on-a-rope. - Bill Cosby
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
Dad makes the decisions – and Mum tells him if he's right.
If dad says no, ask the boss.
The Measure of a Father - A man is loved not for how tall he stands but for how often he bends to help, comfort and teach
A loving father teaches by example precious lessons that his children learn by heart
My father gave me the greatest gift anyone could give another person - he believed in me.
Dad thank you for your nurturing light, for the wisdom of your laughter, and all the joy you bring us.
You tickled my toes....checked for monsters , showed me the stars....And taught me how to reach them...I love you Dad.
I'm as lucky as can be because the worlds best dad belongs to me.
You've taught me so much,
I've watched how you live -
how you chase after life,
You inspire me to greater things
Dad you are my inspiration.
God made you my DAD
LOVE made me your FRIEND.