Theodore M. Hesburgh
The most important thing that a father can do for his children is to love their mother.
Clarence B. Kelland
My father didn't tell me how to live; he lived, and let me watch him do it.
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.
My father was a statesman, I'm a political woman. My father was a saint. I'm not.
When a father gives to his son, both laugh; when a son gives to his father, both cry.
King George V
My father was frightened of his mother. I was frightened of my father and I am damned well going to see to it that my children are frightened of me.
My father always used to say that when you die, if you've got five real friends, then you've had a great life.
To be a successful father... there's one absolute rule: when you have a kid, don't look at it for the first two years.
Love and fear. Everything the father of a family says must inspire one or the other.
You know, fathers just have a way of putting everything together.
I have never been a material girl. My father always told me never to love anything that cannot love you back.
Pope John XXIII
It is easier for a father to have children than for children to have a real father.
Lydia M. Child
Blessed indeed is the man who hears many gentle voices call him father!
Sir Stephen Spender
When a child, my dreams rode on your wishes,
I was your son, high on your horse,
My mind a top whipped by the lashes
Of your rhetoric, windy of course.
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."
Howard Moss, Elegy for My Father (l. 1-2)
Father, whom I murdered every night but one,
That one, when your death murdered me.
Small boys become big men through the influence of big men who care about small boys.
To her the name of father was another name for love.
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.