There are not enough words to describe how important a person a father is in a child’s life.
Fathers, whether biological or those who decide to take this role voluntarily, deserve much more praise and appreciation than they get. Being a father is a life-long job, from disciplining and teaching, all the way to loving and inspiring your children. Because of their responsibilities, dads are the pillars on which their children can always rely.
Father’s Day, or any other day, is a great opportunity to show our fathers our love and gratitude for all the things they did and still do for us.
Until you have a son of your own, you will never know what that means. You will never know the joy beyond joy, the love beyond feeling that resonates in the heart of a father as he looks upon his son.Kent Nerburn, 'Prologue: A Father's Wish,' Letters to My Son: A Father's Wisdom on Manhood, Life, and Love (1999)
It doesn’t matter who my father was; it matters who I remember he was.Anne Sexton, 'The Poet's Story,' (January 1, 1972), A Small Journal (1974)
You don’t have to deserve your mother’s love. You have to deserve your father’s. He’s more particular.Robert Frost, Robert Frost on writing by Elaine Barry (1973)
A good father believes that he does wisely to encourage enterprise, productive skill, prudent self-denial, and judicious expenditure on the part of his son.William Graham Sumner, What Social Classes Owe to Each Other (1877)
To be as good as our fathers we must be better. Imitation is not discipleship.Wendell Phillips, 'Forefathers' Day' (December 21, 1855)
A daughter needs a dad to be the standard against which she will judge all men.Gregory E. Lang, Why a Daughter Needs a Dad (2002)
An almost perfect relationship with his father was the earthly root of all his wisdom.C. S. Lewis, George MacDonald: An Anthology (1947)
Whoever has not got a good father should procure one.Friedrich Nietzsche, Human, All Too Human (1878)
A man knows when he is growing old because he begins to look like his father.Gabriel García Márquez, Love in the Time of Cholera (1985)
I cannot think of any need in childhood as strong as the need for a father’s protection.Sigmund Freud, Civilization And Its Discontents (1930)
A man’s children and his garden both reflect the amount of weeding done during the growing season.Author Unknown
I believe that what we become depends on what our fathers teach us at odd moments, when they aren’t trying to teach us. We are formed by the little scraps of wisdom.Umberto Eco, Foucault's Pendulum (1988)
A father is always making his baby into a little woman. And when she is a woman he turns her back again.Enid Bagnold, 'Chapter Four,' Enid Bagnold's autobiography (from 1889) (1969)
For the first time he realised 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 (1987)
The words that the 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, 'Author's Preface,' Levana: or, The Doctrine of Education (1807)
When a father gives to his son, both laugh; when a son gives to his father, both cry.Jewish Proverb
Blessed indeed is the man who hears many gentle voices call him father.Lydia Maria Child, Philothea (1836)
A father is neither an anchor to hold us back nor a sail to take us there, but a guiding light whose love shows us the way.Author Unknown
It is much easier to become a father than to be one.Kent Nerburn, 'Chapter 28: Fatherhood,' Letters to My Son: A Father's Wisdom on Manhood, Life, and Love (1999)