How pleasant it is for a father to sit at his child’s board. It is like an aged man reclining under the shadow of an oak which he has planted.
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.
My father didn’t tell me how to live; he lived, and let me watch him do it.
Clarence Budington Kelland
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 talk and talk and talk, and I haven’t taught people in 50 years what my father taught by example in one week.
My father, when he went, made my childhood a gift of a half a century.
Nothing I’ve ever done has given me more joys and rewards than being a father to my children.
It was times like these when I thought my father, who hated guns and had never been to any wars, was the bravest man who ever lived.
By the time a man realizes that maybe his father was right, he usually has a son who thinks he’s wrong.
My father gave me the greatest gift anyone could give another person, he believed in me.
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. The one has the potentiality of death; the other embodies creation and life. And while the hordes of death are mighty, the battalions of life are mightier still. It is my hope that my son, when I am gone, will remember me not from the battle field but in the home repeating with him our simple daily prayer, ‘Our Father who art in Heaven.’
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
Being a father, being a friend, those are the things that make me feel successful.
I learned from the example of my father that the manner in which one endures what must be endured is more important than the thing that must be endured.
My father died many years ago, and yet when something special happens to me, I talk to him secretly not really knowing whether he hears, but it makes me feel better to half believe it.
It is much easier to become a father than to be one.
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.”
I am not ashamed to say that no man I ever met was my father’s equal, and I never loved any other man as much.
You know, fathers just have a way of putting everything together.
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.
A truly rich man is one whose children run into his arms when his hands are empty.
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