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
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
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