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Notable Father Quotes

​The wisdom of fathers is only sometimes exceeded by the wisdom of those around them. In that light, quotes from and about fathers can hold special meaning for all dads.

Here are some quotable quotes about fathers and fatherhood that are sure to make even the most reserved fathers and their relatives crack a smile at the very least:

“Sons are for fathers the twice-told tale.”  Victoria Secunda

“He didn't tell me how to live; he lived, and let me watch him do it.”  Clarence Budington Kelland

“A truly rich man is one whose children run into his arms when his hands are empty.”  Bill Broonzy

“Father! - to God himself we cannot give a holier name.“  William Wordsworth

“Love and fear.  Everything the father of a family says must inspire one or the other.”  Joseph Joubert

“One father is more than a hundred School masters.”  George Herbert

“Blessed indeed is the man who hears many gentle voices call him father!”  Lydia M. Child

“A father is always making his baby into a little woman.  And when she is a woman he turns her back again.”  Enid Bagnold

“Sometimes the poorest man leaves his children the richest inheritance.”  Ruth E. Renkel

“A father carries pictures where his money used to be”.  Bob Zimmerman

“The father who would taste the essence of his fatherhood must turn back from the plane of his experience, take with him the fruits of his journey and begin again beside his child, marching step by step over the same old road.”  Angelo Patri

“My father, when he went, made my childhood a gift of a half a century.”  Antonio Porchia

“It is much easier to become a father than to be one.”  Kent Nerburn

“The words that a father speaks to his children in the privacy of home are not heard by the world, but, as in whispering-galleries, they are clearly heard at the end and by posterity.”  Jean Paul Richter

“Any man can be a father.  It takes someone special to be a dad”  Buck Dharma

“The greatest gift I ever had -Came from God; I call him Dad!”  Dave Quartlet

“I love my father as the stars - he's a bright shining example and a happy twinkling in my heart.”  Terri Guillemets

“Dad, your guiding hand on my shoulder will remain with me forever.”  Robert Fraser

“My daddy, he was somewhere between God and John Wayne.”  Hank Williams, Jr.

“Old as she was, she still missed her daddy sometimes.”  Gloria Naylor

“You will find that if you really try to be a father, your child will meet you halfway.”  Robert Brault

“Why are men reluctant to become fathers?  They aren't through being children.”  Cindy Garner

“Fathers represent another way of looking at life - the possibility of an alternative dialogue.”  Louise J. Kaplan

“There's something like a line of gold thread running through a man's words when he talks to his daughter, and gradually over the years it gets to be long enough for you to pick up in your hands and weave into a cloth that feels like love itself.”  John Gregory Brown

“There are three stages of a man's life:  He believes in Santa Claus, he doesn't believe in Santa Claus, he is Santa Claus.”  Steven Herbert

“Fatherhood is pretending the present you love most is soap-on-a-rope.”  Bill Cosby

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