The collection of father quotes below are designed to make you think about your relationship with your father and if you're a dad, how it has shaped your relationship with your kids. Although twenty or thirty years ago, fathers may have left most of the childrearing duties to the mother, your father's presence (or absence) has made a big impact on your life.
If you're looking for a dad quote for a Father Day gift, pick one that touches you and add your own reflections about how this father quote describes your relationship with your dad. Write about it from your perspective as a child and now, as an adult and/or father to your kids. Although you could not have possibly understood your father's actions as a child, as an adult, you will see him in a gentler light.
If you had a difficult relationship with your father, pick one of the father quotes below and write about how men's roles have changed in the last century. Imagine how the times and culture must have shaped him. Think about what it was like to have to show a tough face to the world, when inside, it felt like everything was crumbling. Give your father the most generous Father Day gift of all--some compassionate understanding. Then share your new perspective with your children by giving them a better relationship with their dad.
If you want to pay tribute to your dad, consider posting his favorite saying (with some words about how you've come to value it) on our site. You can even include a photo. To do so go to parenting quotes.
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Father Quotes: 1
He didn't tell me how to live; he lived, and let me watch him do it.
~Clarence Budington Kelland~
Dad Quotes: 2
Sherman made the terrible discovery that men make about their fathers sooner or later... that the man before him was not an aging father but a boy, a boy much like himself, a boy who grew up and had a child of his own and, as best he could, out of a sense of duty and, perhaps love, adopted a role called Being a Father so that his child would have something mythical and infinitely important: a Protector, who would keep a lid on all the chaotic and catastrophic possibilities of life.
There must always be a struggle between a father and son, while one aims at power and the other at independence.
Until you have a son of your own . . . you will never know the joy, the love beyond feeling that resonates in the heart of a father as he looks upon his son. You will never know the sense of honor that makes a man want to be more than he is and to pass something good and hopeful into the hands of his son. And you will never know the heartbreak of the fathers who are haunted by the personal demons that keep them from being the men they want their sons to be.
When I was a kid, my father told me every day, "You're the most wonderful boy in the world, and you can do anything you want to."
My son, a perfect little boy of five years and three months, had ended his earthly life. You can never sympathize with me; you can never know how much of me such a young child can take away. A few weeks ago I accounted myself a very rich man, and now the poorest of all.
~Ralph Waldo Emerson~ (on the death of his son from scarlet fever.)
It is much easier to become a father than to be one.
When I was a boy of fourteen, my father was so ignorant I could hardly stand to have the old man around. But when I got to be twenty-one, I was astonished at how much he had learned in seven years.
I have never been a material girl. My father always told me never to love anything that cannot love you back.
By the time a man realizes that maybe his father was right, he usually has a son who thinks he's wrong.
Sometimes the poorest man leaves his children the richest inheritance.
~Ruth E. Renkel~