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Fathers Quotes

I watched a small man with thick calluses on both hands work fifteen and sixteen hours a day. I saw him once literally bleed from the bottoms of his feet, a man who came here uneducated, alone, unable to speak the language, who taught me all I needed to know about faith and hard work by the simple eloquence of his example. - Mario Cuomo

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 how best to crash through it. -- Clarence Budington Kelland

Of all nature's gifts to the human race, what is sweeter to a man than his children? - Cicero (106-43 BC)

Fathers are men who give daughters away to other men who aren't nearly good enough...so they can have grandchildren who are smarter than anybody's. - Paul Harvey

Happy is the father whose child finds his attempts to amuse it, amusing. - Robert Lynd

It is much easier to become a father than to be one. - Kent Nerburn (Letters to My Son: Reflections on Becoming a Man, 1994)

Mommy would never divorce Daddy. He's just like one of the family. - Bill Keane

My father taught me to be independent and cocky and free thinking, but he could not stand it if I disagreed with him. - Sara Maitland

My father, when he went, made my childhood a gift of a half a century. - Antonio Porchia, Voces, 1943, translated from Spanish by W.S. Merwin


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