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.


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


There are fathers who do not love their children, but there is no grandfather who does not adore his grandson.
Victor Hugo 


“I won’t lie to you, fatherhood isn’t easy like motherhood”

Dan Castellaneta


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


“A father is a banker provided by nature.”
– French Proverb


The child had every toy his father wanted.”
– Robert C. Whitten


LEONTINE: An only son, Sir, might expect more indulgence
CROAKER: An only father, Sir, might expect more obedience
– Oliver Goldsmith 1728-1774 from The Good Natured Man


It is admirable for a man to take his son fishing, but there is a special place in heaven for the father who takes his daughter shopping.
John Sinor


We think our fathers fools, so wise we grow.
Our wiser sons, no doubt will think us so.
– Alexander Pope



When I was a boy of 14, my father was so ignorant I could hardly stand to have the old man around. But when I got to be 21, I was astonished at how much the old man had learned in seven years.


The father is always a Republican toward his son, and his mother’s always a democrat.
– Robert Frost


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.


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


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