Quotes About Fathers
The most important thing a father can do for his children is to love their mother.
(Theodore M. Hesburgh)
God bless you, dear fathers. May He bless you with wisdom and judgment, with understanding, with self-discipline and self-control, with faith and kindness and love. And may He bless the sons and daughters who have come into your homes, that yours may be a fortifying, strengthening, guiding hand as they walk the treacherous path of life.
(Gordon B. Hinckley)
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.”
By profession I am a soldier and take pride in that fact, But I am prouder–infinitely prouder–to be a father. A soldier destroys in order to build; the father only builds, never destroys.
You fathers can help with the dishes, care for a crying baby, and change a diaper. And perhaps some Sunday you could ge the children ready for Church, and your wife could sit in the car and honk.
(Russell M. Nelson)
He didn’t tell me how to live; he lived, and let me watch him do it.
(Clarence Budington Kelland)
Fifty years old: I’d give anything if Dad were here now so I could talk this over with him. Too bad I didn’t appreciate how smart he was. I could have learned a lot from him.
Not to be overlooked is the hand of a father. Whether he be a skilled surgeon, a master craftsman, or a talented teacher, his hands support his family.
(Thomas S. Monson)
A truly rich man is one whose children run into his arms when his hands are empty.
To support mother and father, to cherish wife and child and to have a simple livelihood; this is the good luck. (Buddha)
In order to strengthen the father in the home, I make two simple suggestions: first, sustain and respect the father in his position; second, give him love, understanding, and some appreciation for his efforts.
(James E. Faust)
Father! – to God himself we cannot give a holier name.
Any man can be a father, but it takes a special person to be a dad.
As fathers we need to set priorities to guide us in allocating our time . . . In giving time to his children, a father should be able to demonstrate that he has enough love for them to command as well as discipline them.
(James E. Faust)
On father is more than a hundred Schoolmaster. (George Herbert)
My father taught me that one of the most important abilities in life is to be able to take the pain and persevere, and for years this lesson had served me well.
Are you awake?
Yes, my son, I am awake.”
Dad, I love you a million, trillion times!
And immediately he was asleep.
(F. Melvin Hammond)
It doesn’t matter who my father was; it matters who I remember he was.
We know that a father’s role does not end with presiding, providing, and protecting family members. On a day-to-day basis, fathers can and should help with the essential nurturing and bonding associated with feeding, playing, story telling, loving, and all the rest of the activities that make up family life.
(M. Russell Ballard)
Blessed indeed is the man who hears many gentle voices call him father!
(Lydia M. Child)
You know, fathers just have a way of putting everything together.
Only a dad with a tired face,
Coming home from the daily race,
Toiling and striving from day to day,
Facing whatever may come his way,
Glad in his heart that his own rejoice
To see him come home and to hear his voice.
Only a dad, but he gives his all,
Smoothing the way for his children small,
Doing with courage so stern and grim
The deeds that his father did for him.
These are the lines that for him I pen,
Only a dad–but the best of men.
Sometimes the poorest man leaves his children the richest inheritance.
(Ruth E. Renkel)
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.
One new father wrote: “Often as I watch my son watch me, I am taken back to moments with my own dad, remembering how vividly I wanted to be just like him. I remember having a plastic razor and my own can of foaming cream, and each morning I would shave when he shaved. I remember following his footsteps back and forth across the grass as he mowed t he lawn in summer.
(Jeffrey R. Holland)
My father gave me the greatest gift anyone could give another person, he believed in me.
A father carries pictures where his money used to be.
Be kind to thy father, for when thou wert young,
Who loved thee so fondly as he?
He caught the first accents that fell from thy tongue,
And joined in thy innocent glee.
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)
I talk and talk and talk, and I haven’t taught people in 50 years what my father taught by example in one week.
The greatest gift I ever had
Came from God;
I call him Dad!
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.
By the time a man realizes that maybe his father was right, he usually has a son who thinks he’s wrong.
Dad you guiding hand on my shoulder will remain with me forever. (Anon)
Why are men reluctant to become fathers? They aren’t through being children.
A man’s children and his garden both reflect the amount of weeding done during the growing season.
Inside every father is a little boy wanting to come out and play again.
Fifth Command: “Honor thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the Lord thy God giveth thee.”
There are three states of a man’s life: He believes in Santa Claus, he doesn’t believe in Santa Claus, he is Santa Claus.
I cannot think of any need in childhood as strong as the need for a father’s protection.
It’s only when you grow up, and step back from him, or leave him for your own career and your own home–it’s only then that you can measure his greatness and fully appreciate it. Pride reinforces love.
Fathers, like mothers, are not born. Men grow into fathers – and fathering is a very important stage in their development.
(David M. Gottesman)
My father taught me to work; he did not teach me to love it.
A wise son maketh a glad father.
None of you can ever be proud enough of being the child of such a Father who has not his equal in this world – so great, so good, so faultless. Try, all of you, to follow in his footsteps and don’t be discouraged, for to be really in everything like him none of you, I am sure, will ever be. Try, therefore, to be like him in some points, and you will have acquired a great deal.
(Queen Victoria of England)
Son, the only wish I have for you, is that you have a son just like you! (Anon)
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