Being a father is the richest part of my life, a life that has exceeded all my fantasies of achievement, fulfillment and adventure.
— Tom Brokaw
A truly rich man is one whose children run into his arms when his hands are empty.
From the time I first considered turning professional, I thought that winning a golf tournament would be the ultimate high I could experience. I was wrong. Winning the largest purse on earth could not compare with the sheer exhilaration and joy I experienced at the birth of my children.
— Paul Azinger
Some day you will know that a father is much happier in his children’s happiness than in his own. I cannot explain it to you: it is a feeling in your body that spreads gladness through you.
— Honoré de Balzac
It is as if fatherhood made me a complete person. I don’t think there has been anything that made me feel the way I felt when I saw my children a few moments after they were born. The Olympic Silver Medal in 1956, the Olympic Gold Medal of 1960 and the opening of the Olympic Games of 1984 all were great and wonderful moments, but none match looking into the newborn faces of Joshua and Jennifer.
— Rafer Johnson
I owe almost everything to my father.
— Margaret Thatcher
Whenever I try to recall that long-ago first day at school, only one memory shines through: my father held my hand.
— Marcelene Cox
My dad never complains, never speaks ill of others, and never curses. His discomfort is visible when he hears negative gossip, and he always steers the conversation to the best in people. He never lifts himself by pushing others down.
— Jennifer Granholm
Even now, 21 years after my father died, not a week goes by that I don’t find myself thinking I should call him.
— Herbert Gardner
My father was a true southern gentleman. He spread his “light” to everyone with his big dimples, infectious smile and charming personality, and was always upbeat with a great sense of humor. He was a caring and selfless man who put everyone else first. His greatest joy came from making others happy, and he left an impression on the heart of everyone he encountered.
— Phyllis George
Men who take an active role at home are – by the time their children are grown – better managers, community leaders and mentors.
— John Snarey
The father who laughs with his kids more than he lectures them is way ahead of the game.
— Harry Stein
A man who gives his children habits of industry provides for them better than by giving them a fortune.
— Richard Whately
Dads don’t need to be tall and broad shouldered and clever. Love makes them so.
— Paul Brown
If you love your wife, her pregnancy is a time to test your attention span. You have to pay attention when she says, “It’s moving! Wake up and feel it!” You have to respond as if she’s pointing out a replay of a touchdown pass.
— Bill Cosby
Old as she was, she still missed her daddy sometimes.
— Gloria Naylor
I’m moved by the memory of Dad and me silently competing at baseball on a dead-end street in a backwater Jersey town. There is something clean and elastic about it, and I look forward to speaking that mute language of men with my own son.
— William Plummer
My father was always my friend. We watched football together, went to church together and generally hung out together. He was my confidant and my counselor, the person I turned to first when I wanted to share some good news or needed to work through some bad times. We were buddies. The memory of our relationship sustains me today.
— Condolezza Rice
Sometimes the poorest man leaves his children the richest inheritance.
— Ruth Renkl
My father was a wonderful man. He was very poor and he’d never complain about anything, but he was rich when it came to love. He used to wear long boots, and every night when he came home from work, one of us would have to take his boots off, one would bring hot water and the soap and we would wash his feet. Then my sister would take a razor blade and cut his corns. When a man can have his kids do that, he is a very wealthy man.
— Chi Chi Rodriguez
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