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Quotes For Father

By Susan M. Keenan ©2006

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Fathers are often viewed as the strongest part of any family. Certainly, in many cases, fathers are seen as the breadwinners and the protectors. Many quotes have been spoken of the strong, silent type known as father. A few of the most popular are included here.

“The most important thing a father can do for his children is to love their mother.”

-Henry Ward Beecher

“It is a wise father that knows his own child.”

-William Shakespeare

“A father is a banker provided by nature.”

-French proverb

“Americans are like a rich father who wishes he knew how to give his son the hardships that made him rich.”

-Robert Frost

“I cannot think of any need in childhood as strong as the need for a father’s protection.”

-Sigmund Freud

“It is easier for a father to have children than for children to have a real father.”

-Pope John XXIII

“Life was a lot simpler when what we honored was father and mother rather than all major credit cards.”

-Robert Orben

“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.”

-Mark Twain

“Fathers should be neither seen nor heard. That is the only proper basis for family life.”

-Oscar Wilde

“It is a wise child that knows his own father.”


“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

“A man knows when he is growing old because he begins to look like his father.”

-Gabriel Garcia Marquez

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


“By the time a man realizes that maybe his father was right, he usually has a son who thinks he’s wrong.”

-Charles Wadsworth

“It doesn’t matter who my father was; it matters who I remember he was.”

-Anne Sexton

“There must always be a struggle between a father and son, while one aims at power and the other at independence.”

-Samuel Johnson

“When one has not had a good father, one must create one.”

-Friedrich Nietzsche

“It is not flesh and blood but the heart which makes us fathers and sons.”

-Johann Schiller

“It now costs more to amuse a child than it once did to educate his father.”

-Vaughan Monroe

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

-Lydia M. Child

“What you have inherited from your father, you must earn over again for yourselves, or it will not be yours.”

-Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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

-Bill Cosby

“That is the thankless position of the father in the family- the provider for all, and the enemy of all.”

-J. August Strindberg

“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.”

-Douglas MacArthur


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