That is the thankless position of the father in
the family--the provider for all, and the enemy of all.
-J. August Strindberg
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.
|The father who
would taste the essence of his fatherhood must turn back from
the plane of his experience, take with him the fruits of his
journey and begin again beside his child, marching step by step
over the same old road.
Fathers, like mothers, are not born. Men grow
into fathers--and fathering is a very important stage in
their development. -David M. Gottesman
|The father of a daughter is nothing but a
high-class hostage. A father turns a stony face to his sons,
berates them, shakes his antlers, paws the ground, snorts,
runs them off into the underbrush, but when his daughter puts
her arm over his shoulder and says, "Daddy, I need to ask you
something," he is a pat of butter in a hot frying pan.
|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.
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.
|Any man can be a father, but it takes a special
person to be a dad. -proverb
|I talk and talk and talk, and I haven't taught
people in 50 years what my father taught by example in one
|The thing to remember about fathers is, they're
men. A girl has to keep it in mind: They are dragon seekers,
bent on improbable rescues. Scratch any father, you find
Someone chock full of qualms and romantic terrors, Believing
change is a threat Like your first shoes with heels on, like
your first bicycle It took such months to get.
|My father didn't tell me how to live; he lived,
and let me watch him do it.
|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."
not raising grass," Dad would reply. "We're raising
boys. -Harmon Killebrew
|Every dad, if he
takes time out of his busy life to reflect upon his fatherhood,
can learn ways to become an even better dad.
can do anything!
7 years: My Dad knows a lot…a whole lot.
8 years: My father does not know quite everything.
12 years: Oh well, naturally Father does not know that either.
14 years: Oh, Father? He is hopelessly old-fashioned.
21 years: Oh, that man-he is out of date!
25 years: He knows a little bit about it, but not much.
30 years: I must find out what Dad thinks about it.
35 years: Before we decide, we will get Dad's idea first.
50 years: What would Dad have thought about that?
60 years: My Dad knew literally everything!
65 years: I wish I could talk it over with Dad once more.
|Henry James once
defined life as that predicament which precedes death, and
certainly nobody owes you a debt of honor or gratitude for
getting him into that predicament. But a child does owe his
father a debt, if Dad, having gotten him into this peck of
trouble, takes off his coat and buckles down to the job of
showing his son or daughter how best to crash through it.
-Clarence Budington Kelland
|You will find that
if you really try to be a father, your child will meet you
halfway. -Robert Brault
|Being a great
father is like shaving. No matter how good you shaved today, you
have to do it again tomorrow.
|He didn't tell me
how to live; he lived, and let me watch him do it.
dad is someone who
wants to catch you before you fall
but instead picks you up,
brushes you off,
and lets you try again.
A dad is someone who
wants to keep you from making mistakes
but instead lets you find your own way,
even though his heart breaks in silence
when you get hurt.
A dad is someone who
holds you when you cry,
scolds you when you break the rules,
shines with pride when you succeed,
and has faith in you even when you fail.
He who is taught
to live upon little owes more to his father's wisdom than he who
has a great deal left him does to his father's care.
|It is easier for a
father to have children than for children to have a real father.
-Pope John XXIII
is a wise father that knows his own child.
opened the jar of pickles when no one else could. He was the
only one in the house who wasn't afraid to go into the basement by
himself. He cut himself shaving, but no one kissed it or got
excited about it. It was understood when it rained, he got
the car and brought it around to the door. When anyone was
sick, he went out to get the prescription filled. He took
lots of pictures. . . but he was never in them.
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