Absent Father Sayings and Quotes

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


There would be fewer absent fathers, if straight men were turned on only by women with whom they would not mind having children.     

Mokokoma Mokhonoana

Fathers, your are the head and strength of the family unit. If you are not in place, there is a weakness in the link.     

Anita R. Sneed-Carter

To be in your children’s memories tomorrow, you have to be in their lives today.     

Barbara Johnson

The absent are never without fault, nor the present without excuse.     

Benjamin Franklin

More than 72 percent of children in the African-American community are born out of wedlock. That means absent fathers.     

Don Lemon

A great attitude does much more than turn on the lights in our worlds, it seems to magically connect us to all sorts of serendipitous opportunities that were somehow absent before the change.     

Earl Nightingale

The heart may think it knows better, the senses know that absence blots people out. We really have no absent friends.     

Elizabeth Bowen

Boys want to grow up to be like their male role models. And boys who grow up in homes with absent fathers search the hardest to figure out what it means to be male.     

Geoffrey Canada

Fathers have a unique and irreplaceable role in the lives of children.     

George W. Bush

We know that children who grow up with absent fathers can suffer lasting damage. They are more likely to end up in poverty or drop out of school, become addicted to drugs, have a child out of wedlock, or end up in prison. Fatherlessness is not the only cause of these things, but our nation must recognize it is an important factor.     

George W. Bush

A committee should consist of three men, two of whom are absent.     

Herbert Beerbohm

My father being mostly absent on duty, my mother suffered me to do as much as I pleased.     

John James Audubon

I come from the school of thought where a dad’s absence is something to be counted on. Now I see all the men with camouflage diaper bags and babies hanging from their chests like little ship figureheads.     

Kaui Hart Hemmings

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

Kent Nerburn

A bad father has never a good son.     

Latin Proverb

He didn't want to be an absentee father. He didn't want to be like his own father, who thought being a provider was his only obligation to his family.     

Maya Banks

Frequently, I go to conferences and listen to speakers decry the absent father as somehow a new phenomenon. Though their recriminations against absent or emotionally distant fathers are generally meant to help society, at the same time they are built on a lie that evolution disproves generation after generation. Fathers have often gone to war, or the long hunt on the Savannah, or to work in another village or city. But only in the last decade or so have manhood and fathering been trashed completely.     

Michael Gurian

Fathers should be neither seen nor heard. That is the only proper basis for family life.     

Oscar Wilde

When a father, absent during the day, returns home at six, his children receive only his temperament, not his teaching.     

Robert Bly

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

Sigmund Freud

A higher rate of urgency does not imply ever present panic, anxiety, or fear. It means a state in which complacency is virtually absent.     

Silvio De Bono

Anyone can be a father but it takes someone special to be a dad.     

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As old as she was. She still missed her daddy sometimes.     

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His eyes on all those company, he is tender toward the bashful, gentle toward the distant, and merciful toward the absent.     

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The psychological absence of fathers can be nearly as devastating as physical absence. When fathers are alive but not a predictable presence actively participating in their daughter's lives the relationship becomes a permanent maybe.     

Victoria Secunda

A father may turn his back on his child, but a mother’s love endures through all.     

Washington Irving

It is a wise father that knows his own child.     

William Shakespeare

Daddy's in the army, there's a war in Vietnam / Mama kept us going with her sewing and a prayer / It's hard to be a family when your daddy's missing.     

Crowell Church