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.
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.
It is much easier to become a father than to be one.
I love my father as the stars – he’s a bright shining example and a happy twinkling in my heart.
You will find that if you really try to be a father, your child will meet you halfway.
Why are men reluctant to become fathers? They aren’t through being children.
Being a great father is like shaving. No matter how good you shaved today, you have to do it again tomorrow.
Be a dad. Don’t be ‘Mom’s Assistant’…. Be a man…. Fathers have skills that they never use at home. You run a landscaping business and you can’t dress and feed a four-year-old? Take it on. Spend time with your kids…. It won’t take away your manhood, it will give it to you.
Fatherhood is pretending the present you love most is “soap-on-a-rope.”
My father gave me the greatest gift anyone could give another person, he believed in me.
It is easier for a father to have children than for children to have a real father.
Pope John XXIII
A good father is one of the most unsung, unpraised, unnoticed, and yet one of the most valuable assets in our society.
I cannot think of any need in childhood as strong as the need for a father’s protection.
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.
A father is a man who expects his son to be as good a man as he meant to be.
Frank A. Clark
It is a wise father that knows his own child.
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 50 percent chance of being right.
When my kids were younger, I used to avoid them. I used to sit on the toilet ’til my legs fell asleep. You want to know why your father spends so long in the toilet? Because he’s not sure he wants to be a father.
The nature of impending fatherhood is that you are doing something that you’re unqualified to do, and then you become qualified while doing it.
Fathers are biological necessities, but social accidents.
The father who does not teach his son his duties is equally guilty with the son who neglects them.
The fundamental defect with fathers is that they want their children to be a credit to them.
Fathers, like mothers, are not born. Men grow into fathers and fathering is a very important stage in their development.
Be kind to thy father, for when thou were young, who loved thee so fondly as he? He caught the first accents that fell from thy tongue, and joined in thy innocent glee.
Noble fathers have noble children.
Until you have a son of your own… you will never know the joy, the love beyond feeling that resonates in the heart of a father as he looks upon his son. You will never know the sense of honor that makes a man want to be more than he is and to pass something good and hopeful into the hands of his son. And you will never know the heartbreak of the fathers who are haunted by the personal demons that keep them from being the men they want their sons to be.
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.
The older I get, the smarter my father seems to get.
By the time a man realizes that maybe his father was right, he usually has a son who thinks he’s wrong.