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
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
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
No honor, wealth, lofty title or position at work will ever mean so much to me as “dad.”
— Stephen Covey
No man can possibly know what life means, what the world means, what anything means, until he has a child and loves it.
— Lafcadio Hearn
There is nothing more rewarding – or humbling – than fatherhood, and that is a lesson I have learned seven times over. I have discovered more of life and love from my children than I ever dreamed I could know.
— William Simon
By profession I am a soldier and take pride in that fact, but I am prouder to be a father.
— General Douglas MacArthur
Becoming a father has changed my life every day since it happened. Some sorrow, some grief and some expense – but such joy, such love and such excitement my three wonderful children have brought me. And it’s not over yet. Each age we pass through brings new joys and experiences, of which the vast majority are extremely loving and rewarding.
— Gerald McConnell
My father gave me the greatest gift anyone could give another person – he believed in me.
— Jim Valvano
I learned more listening to my father around the dinner table than in four years of college.
Everybody knows that fatherhood reveals your limitations. But less well known is that, now and then, fatherhood also brings out skills that might well have gone undiscovered were it not for having kids.
— Hugh O’Neill
The most important thing a father can do for his children is to love their mother.
— Theodore Hesburgh
The most productive fathering time of your day may be the five minutes you stop along your route home, close your eyes and determine your family agenda for the evening – especially your first 30 minutes.
— Paul Lewis
Above all, I learned this from my father: Being a dad is the most important job I’ll ever have.
— George W. Bush
Fathers have a special excitement about them that babies find intriguing. Fathers embody a delicious mixture of familiarity and novelty.
— Louise Kaplan
There is no more important relationship for a girl than the one she has with her father. It is a girl’s father who helps shape her character, forms her trust and I believe entirely sets her expectations of the way men should treat her. He defended me. He enouraged me. And he challenged me.
— Condolezza Rice
There’s no pillow quite so soft as a father’s strong shoulder.
— Richard Evans
When you’re out on the course with your son, you’re each watching the other handle the success and disappointment and unfairness and good luck of the game. You’re letting your son find his way, and at the same time he sees that you’re vulnerable, that you aren’t perfect, that you have feelings and emotions that are human. He learns that even when a man does the best he can, he makes mistakes, and that it’s all right.
— Earl Woods
These moments alone with my father were the most peaceful and contented moments of my childhood.
— Natasha Burns
As I grow older, there is no greater pleasure than seeing some of my father’s finest traits vividly present in my own four children.
— Howard Gardner
Growing up, I’d often accompany my father to Clyde’s Barber Shop for his twice monthly hair cut. While he was getting his trim, I’d get my little red cowgirl boots shined. On the way back home we would stop at Spud Nuts for a bag of just-from-the-oven doughnuts. Shiny boots, warm doughnuts, daddy-daughter talk – it was just perfect.
— Anonymous, age 54
My father is the standard by which all subsequent men in my life have been judged.
— Kathryn Graham
My father was not only my father, but also my best friend. I learned at his funeral from one of his secretaries (of many years earlier) that he considered no question that I asked him too big or too small to deserve an answer. When I had asked a zinger for which he did not know the answer, it was his custom to take his lunch hour the next day and spend it at the library finding the answer.
— Dr. C. Everett Koop