Fathers Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old fathers quotes, fathers sayings, and fathers proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.


He didn't tell me how to live; he lived, and let me watch him do it.     

Clarence Budington Kelland

A truly rich man is one whose children run into his arms when his hands are empty.     

Unknown Author

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.     

Angelo Patri

It is much easier to become a father than to be one.      

Kent Nerburn

I love my father as the stars - he's a bright shining example and a happy twinkling in my heart.     

Terri Guillemets

You will find that if you really try to be a father, your child will meet you halfway.      

Robert Brault

Why are men reluctant to become fathers? They aren't through being children.      

Cindy Garner

Being a great father is like shaving. No matter how good you shaved today, you have to do it again tomorrow.     

Reed Markham

Be a dad. Don't be 'Mom's Assistant'.... Be a man.... Fathers have skills that they never use at home. You run a landscaping business and you can't dress and feed a four-year-old? Take it on. Spend time with your kids.... It won't take away your manhood, it will give it to you.     

Louis CK

Fatherhood is pretending the present you love most is "soap-on-a-rope."     

Bill Cosby

My father gave me the greatest gift anyone could give another person, he believed in me.     

Jim Valvano

It is easier for a father to have children than for children to have a real father.     

Pope John XXIII

A good father is one of the most unsung, unpraised, unnoticed, and yet one of the most valuable assets in our society.     

Billy Graham

I cannot think of any need in childhood as strong as the need for a father's protection.     

Sigmund Freud

It was my father who taught me to value myself. He told me that I was uncommonly beautiful and that I was the most precious thing in his life.     

Dawn French

A father is a man who expects his son to be as good a man as he meant to be.     

Frank A. Clark

It is a wise father that knows his own child.     

William Shakespeare

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 50 percent chance of being right.     

Bill Cosby

When my kids were younger, I used to avoid them. I used to sit on the toilet 'til my legs fell asleep. You want to know why your father spends so long in the toilet? Because he's not sure he wants to be a father.     

Louis CK

The nature of impending fatherhood is that you are doing something that you're unqualified to do, and then you become qualified while doing it.     

John Green

Fathers are biological necessities, but social accidents.     

Margaret Mead

The father who does not teach his son his duties is equally guilty with the son who neglects them.     

Confucius

The fundamental defect with fathers is that they want their children to be a credit to them.     

Bertrand Russel

Fathers, like mothers, are not born. Men grow into fathers and fathering is a very important stage in their development.     

David Gottesman

Be kind to thy father, for when thou were young, who loved thee so fondly as he? He caught the first accents that fell from thy tongue, and joined in thy innocent glee.     

Margaret Courtney

Noble fathers have noble children.     

Euripedes

Until you have a son of your own... you will never know the joy, the love beyond feeling that resonates in the heart of a father as he looks upon his son. You will never know the sense of honor that makes a man want to be more than he is and to pass something good and hopeful into the hands of his son. And you will never know the heartbreak of the fathers who are haunted by the personal demons that keep them from being the men they want their sons to be.     

Kent Nerburn

To be a successful father there's one absolute rule: when you have a kid, don't look at it for the first two years.     

Ernest Hemingway

The older I get, the smarter my father seems to get.     

Tim Russert

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

Charles Wadsworth