My dad and I hunted and fished together. How could I get angry at this man who took the time to be with me?
— Dr. James Dobson
My parents always made me feel secure. I can probably count the times on my hand that I came home to an empty house. If at three o’clock when I got home from school my mother wasn’t home, my dad invariably was.
— Jay Leno
When Dad came home at the end of the day, he’d get a little something to eat and then he’d go out and play tennis with us for about an hour and a half. If we wanted to play tennis at ten o’clock at night, my dad was more than willing to do it. Never once did he say, “No, I had a long day at work. I’m tired.”
— Michael Chang
The walks I took with my father around the block on summer nights when I was a child did wonders for me as an adult.
Camping, hiking and outdoor activity provide prime opportunities to bond with our families. Sitting around a campfire, walking along a mountain trail or waiting by a lakeside for the fish to bite offer never-to-be-duplicated moments to talk on a deeper level with our children. Just being with them communicates they are loved.
— Gary Smalley and John Trent
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
Every great achievement is the story of a flaming heart. Every great achievement is the story of tremendous passion.
— Mary Lou Retton
— Anita Roddick
If you follow your passion, the money will follow. But if you chase the almighty dollar, you can easily lose that and end up with nothing.
— Elizabeth MacKay
Great dancers are not great because of their technique; they’re great because of their passion.
— Martha Graham
I owe so much of my success as a hockey player to what I have learned from my father. The passion he shows in his daily life has taught me to always love what I am doing. In loving my pursuits, I learned the value of working hard and enjoying the benefits that sacrifice and dedication bring.
— A.J. Mleczko
Dad put a high premium on telling the truth. “Honesty,” he said, “tells people a lot about who you are and what you are.”
— Christine Todd Whitman
Dad instilled in me the value of honesty. There was a right and wrong in my house that was almost Old Testament-like in how I was supposed to do things. I never was late with a library book. I never missed a day of school. I never got involved in drugs. He also taught me to have a work ethic.
— Jim Cramer
The greatest gift my dad gave me was honesty. He was always very fair with rules, and he was the most honest guy on the golf course.
— Vijay Singh
On Sundays, I would sometimes go with my father, who was a realtor, to the open houses that he had. I saw firsthand how honest he was with people. When he’d have a buyer come into a house, he would tell them about the unnoticed or unseen problems. If the furnace didn’t work properly, he’d tell them. He treated prospective buyers in the same way he would have liked to be treated.
— Dick Gephardt
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
She broke the bread into two fragments and gave them to the children, who ate with avidity.
“She hath kept none for herself,” grumbled the Sergeant.
“Because she is not hungry,” said a soldier.
“Because she is a mother,” said the Sergeant.
— Victor Hugo
I only wanted him to say he loved me.
— Russell Chatham
Love names are those little nicknames that make your heart melt. Using pet names like Snookums, Sweetie-Pie, Honey Bunch, Smoochie-Girl, Lovey or Pookey-Poo is like sharing a special, heartfelt secret. Love names tell your child that you enjoy her company – that she is extra special and this is the name you use for only her.
— Judy Ford
We never know the love of the parent till we become parents ourselves. When we first bend over the cradle of our own child, God throws back the temple door, and reveals to us the sacredness and mystery of the father’s and mother’s love. And in later years, when they have gone from us, there is always a certain sorrow that we cannot tell them we have found it out.
— Henry Ward Beecher
To weep is to make less the depth of grief.
— William Shakespeare
Cry with someone. It’s more healing than crying alone.
— Reginna Brett
I remember, after my grandfather’s death, seeing Dad in the hall with tears streaming down his face. I don’t think I had ever seen him cry before. I’m glad I did see him. It helped me know that it was okay for men to cry.
— Fred Rogers
Her little girl was late arriving home from school so the mother began to scold her daughter, but stopped and asked, “Why are you so late?”
“I had to help another girl. She was in trouble,” replied the daughter.
“What did you do to help her?”
“Oh, I sat down and helped her cry.”
It’s okay to let your children see you cry.
— Reginna Brett