Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Fathers Day Quotes: Funny and Inspirational

Best quote: The father is always a Republican toward his son, and his mother's always a Democrat. - Robert Frost

Father's Day Quotes

He didn't tell me how to live; he lived, and let me watch him do it. - Clarence Budington Kelland, U.S. Writer

A good father is one of the most unsung, unpraised, unnoticed, and yet one of the most valuable assets in our society. - Billy Graham, Christian Evangelist

The most important thing a father can do for his children is to love their mother.
- Theodore Hesburgh, Catholic Priest and President Emeritus of the University of Notre Dame

How true Daddy's words were when he said: 'All children must look after their own upbringing.' Parents can only give good advice or put them on the right paths, but the final forming of a person's character lies in their own hands. - Anne Frank, German Jew and Holocaust Victim

It is much easier to become a father than to be one. - Kent Nerburn, U.S. Author and Educator

We are given children to test us and make us more spiritual. - George Will, U.S. Journalist


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It is easier for a father to have children than for children to have a real father. - Pope John XXIII

My father used to play with my brother and me in the yard. Mother would come out and say, "You're tearing up the grass." "We're not raising grass," Dad would reply. "We're raising boys." - Harmon Killebrew

One father is more than a hundred Schoolmasters. - George Herbert, Outlandish Proverbs, 1640

Henry James once defined life as that predicament which precedes death, and certainly nobody owes you a debt of honor or gratitude for getting him into that predicament. But a child does owe his father a debt, if Dad, having gotten him into this peck of trouble, takes off his coat and buckles down to the job of showing his son how best to crash through it. - Clarence Budington Kelland

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

A king, realizing his incompetence, can either delegate or abdicate his duties. A father can do neither. If only sons could see the paradox... they would understand the dilemma. - Marlene Dietrich

Blessed indeed is the man who hears many gentle voices call him father! - Lydia M. Child, Philothea: A Romance, 1836

It is not flesh and blood but the heart which makes us fathers and sons. - Johann Schiller

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. - Kent Nerburn

In peace, the sons bury their fathers, but in war, the fathers bury their sons. - Croesus

Small boys become big men through the influence of big men who care about small boys. - Anonymous

When a child, my dreams rode on your wishes, I was your son, high on your horse, my mind a top whipped by the lashes of your rhetoric, windy of course. - Sir Stephen Spender

Blessed indeed is the man who hears many gentle voices call him father! - Lydia M. Child, U.S. Author

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. - Anonymous (commonly attributed to Mark Twain but no evidence has yet been found)

Dad, you're someone to look up to no matter how tall I've grown. - Anonymous







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

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, Decorations in a Ruined Cemetery, 1994

It kills you to see them grow up. But I guess it would kill you quicker if they didn't. - Barbara Kingsolver, Animal Dreams

It is a wise father that knows his own child. - William Shakespeare

I talk and talk and talk, and I haven't taught people in 50 years what my father taught by example in one week. - Gov. Mario Cuomo

Are we not like two volumes of one book? - Marceline Desbordes-Valmore

It doesn't matter who my father was; it matters who I remember he was. - Anne Sexton


The greatest gift I ever had
Came from God; I call him Dad!
- Anonymous


Making the decision to have a child is momentous. It is to decide forever to have your heart go walking around outside your body. - Elizabeth Stone

I don't care how poor a man is; if he has family, he's rich. - M*A*S*H, Colonel Potter

Dad, your guiding hand on my shoulder will remain with me forever. - Anonymous


There's one sad truth in life I've found
While journeying east and west -
The only folks we really wound
Are those we love the best.
We flatter those we scarcely know,
We please the fleeting guest,
And deal full many a thoughtless blow
To those who love us best.
- Ella Wheeler Wilcox


Oh, the comfort, the inexpressible comfort of feeling safe with a person, having neither to weigh thoughts nor measure words, but pouring them all out, just as they are, chaff and grain together, certain that a faithful hand will take and sift them, keep what is worth keeping, and with a breath of kindness blow the rest away. - Dinah Craik

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. - Tom Wolfe, The Bonfire of the Vanities








Funny Father's Day Quotes

Spread the diaper in the position of the diamond with you at bat. Then fold second base down to home and set the baby on the pitcher's mound. Put first base and third together, bring up home plate and pin the three together. Of course, in case of rain, you gotta call the game and start all over again. - Jimmy Piersal, on how to diaper a baby, 1968

To be a successful father, there's one absolute rule: when you have a kid, don't look at it for the first two years. - Ernest Hemingway

If the new American father feels bewildered and even defeated, let him take comfort from the fact that whatever he does in any fathering situation has a fifty percent chance of being right. - Bill Cosby

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

The thing to remember about fathers is... they're men. A girl has to keep it in mind: They are dragon-seekers, bent on improbable rescues. Scratch any father, you find someone chock-full of qualms and romantic terrors, believing change is a threat, like your first shoes with heels on, like your first bicycle... - Phyllis McGinley

Sir Walter, being strangely surprised and put out of his countenance at so great a table, gives his son a damned blow over the face. His son, as rude as he was, would not strike his father, but strikes over the face the gentleman that sat next to him and said, "Box about: twill come to my father anon." - John Aubrey

I've had a hard life, but my hardships are nothing against the hardships that my father went through in order to get me to where I started. - Bartrand Hubbard

By the time a man realizes that maybe his father was right, he usually has a son who thinks he's wrong. - Charles Wadsworth

One night a father overheard his son pray: Dear God, Make me the kind of man my Daddy is. Later that night, the Father prayed, Dear God, Make me the kind of man my son wants me to be. - Anonymous

If the relationship of father to son could really be reduced to biology, the whole earth would blaze with the glory of fathers and sons. - James Baldwin

When Charles first saw our child Mary, he said all the proper things for a new father. He looked upon the poor little red thing and blurted, "She's more beautiful than the Brooklyn Bridge." - Helen Hayes

It would seem that something which means poverty, disorder and violence every single day should be avoided entirely, but the desire to beget children is a natural urge. - Phyllis Diller

The father is always a Republican toward his son, and his mother's always a Democrat. - Robert Frost

Never raise your hand to your kids. It leaves your groin unprotected. - Red Buttons

My father hated radio and he could not wait for television to be invented so that he could hate that too. - Peter De Vries

I have found the best way to give advice to your children is to find out what they want and then advise them to do it. - President Harry S. Truman

Noble fathers have noble children. - Euripides

Life was a lot simpler when what we honored was father and mother rather than all major credit cards. - Robert Orben

A father carries pictures where his money used to be. - Anonymous



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