A father’s lessons are gifts that last a lifetime.
— John Ryan
Nothing could get me if I curled up on my father’s lap. All about him was safe.
— Naomi Mitchison
With the father’s involvement the child is more likely to have a sense of humor, to develop a sort of inner excitement, to believe in himself or herself, to be more motivated to learn.
— Dr. T. Berry Brazelton
For many little girls, life with Father is a dress rehearsal for love and marriage.
— David Jeremiah
How fathers and sons relate to each other is really how many things are decided within the family – the respect that is given to women, the sense of responsibility that develops in the boys, the amount of love and caring and genuine sharing that can be expressed within the family structure. For their sons, fathers are often a blueprint for living.
— Scharada Ball
Of all the great things that have happened to me, the best thing I did was to be a father.
— Larry King
Daddy was with me the day I became a daddy and he became a grandpa. I will never forget what he said as he held his first grandson in his arms. He looked at me and said, “Bill, you are a rich man.”
— Bill Holton
I think that I’m a great father. It’s by far the most important thing to me. Got to put in a lot of extra work and give them affection and really listen to what they have to say. And try to pick their brains a little.
— Mark Calcavecchia
Fatherhood exercised a responsible part of me that needed the workout. The grim awareness of a crying child at 3 a.m. is more than balanced by the satisfaction (not just the relief) of getting him to fall asleep on your shoulder twenty minutes later. I felt needed, and when he began to recognize me and went to sleep right away, I felt like a champ. When he eats my roast chicken or gobbles the sautéed liver, I swell.
— Gil Eisner
My best training came from my father.
— Woodrow Wilson
The things that I respected so much about my father were his values and that he wanted so much for his children. He stressed upon all of us the values of hard work, honesty and respect for others. My father’s words were always backed up with action.
— Hank Aaron
Fatherhood was full-time work for Dad. When I was about ten, I took up the clarinet. Instead of buying me a metronome and sending me off to a soundproof room to squeak my way through the scales, he sat with me and beat time against the arm of his chair.
— William Tapply
For years, as a boy, I had eaten the food and worn the clothes provided by that humble, slaving, threadbare man. I had seen him mend his own shoes and toil for an hour drawing rusty nails out of old boards to get nails to patch up the woodshed or the garden fence, without having once realized that he practiced these economics that I might wear better shoes than he, and have leisure that was never his.
— W.O. Saunders
I loved my father – always deep in my subconscious I have referred judgments back to him, what he would have thought or done.
— Edward Fitzgerald
When someone who knew my father says I’m like him, I feel flattered. He was a shy, undemonstrative man, but good natured with a great, whimsical sense of humor.
— Paul Newman
When I think about our relationship, I’m always reminded of a picture of me and my dad under his old car, Dad teaching me how to change the oil. If my dad had had his way, he would have taken me everywhere with him – including to work. I have so many great memories of time spent fishing, hunting, going to ball games together.
— Leigh Ann Hester
The graduating class at Yale University voted on this question: “What man in the world do you most admire?” And a majority answered: “My father.”
— William Phelps
Raising two daughters, Dad had to learn about dresses, ballet and even tea parties. To be candid, he wasn’t very good at any of those things. But he did give me something of himself that has sustained me through very difficult times: persistence, toughness and the unswerving belief that God is faithful and we can trust Him with our lives . . . and the lives of our children.
— Gracie Rosenberger
My heart is happy, my mind is free.
I had a father who talked with me.
— Hilde Bigelow
Some of my fondest recollections are the bedtime stories my dad used to tell us after lights out. Tucked warmly in bed, safe against the goblins of the night, nestled with a loving parent, we listened intently while adventures unfolded before us.
— Elaine St. James
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
Baseball is fun, it’s timeless, it’s a relationship between a father and a son, it’s a transition into manhood.
— Bill Lee
Their traditional role has changed drastically. Father is happy to sit patiently while his child performs amazing acts of magic for the fifteenth time, or insists that he solve the riddle just learned from the child next door. He regularly attends backyard parties, dining on mud pies decorated with dandelions and sipping imaginary tea from tin cups.
— Leo Buscaglia
Nothing I’ve ever done has given me more joys and rewards than being a father to my children.
— Bill Cosby
I loved those years of being Mr. Mom. One of the saddest days in my life was when Jennifer said, “Dad, I can wash my own hair.”
— Billy Crystal
It’s quite astonishing: I see most of these fathers all year. Depending on the week, a few might be happy, and some are never happy. At this father-and-son tournament, they are all happy, every round, every day.
— Gary Player
When these parenting years have passed, something precious will have flickered and gone out of my life. Thus, I am resolved to enjoy every day that remains in this fathering era.
— Dr. James Dobson
Becoming a father fulfilled my life because it added a sense of immortality, with my life and spirit being passed on to future generations through my children. It also enabled me to relive my childhood through the disguise of being a parent, as I play with my children and their toys. I think each one of us maintains our childhood memories and fantasies. Being a parent allows us to release them.
— Dave Shewmon
What a father says to his children is not heard by the world, but it will be heard by posterity.
— Jean Paul Richter
I believe that what we become depends on what our fathers teach us at odd moments, when they aren’t trying to teach us.
— Umberto Eco
If mothers would understand that much of their importance lies in building up the father image for the child, the children would turn out well.
— Samuel Liebowitz
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.
— George Douglas
When I was a child I loved to watch my father shave. I sat on the closed toilet seat and marveled at the sound of the razor gliding over his face, pushing aside the foamy soap like a shovel in the snow. I adored him, this grand figure who slapped lotion on his cheeks every morning, buttoned his clean white shirt and hugged me good-bye.
— Marlo Thomas