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Fatherhood Quotes

Making the decision to have a child is momentous. It is to decide forever to have your heart go walking around outside your body. —Elizabeth Stone
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Always kiss your children goodnight – even if they’re already asleep.
—H. Jackson Brown, Jr.
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When you have brought up kids, there are memories you store directly in your tear ducts. —Robert Brault
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Before I got married I had six theories about bringing up children; now I have six children, and no theories.
—John Wilmot
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It would seem that something which means poverty, disorder and violence every single day should be avoided entirely, but the desire to beget children is a natural urge.
—Phyllis Diller
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Your children need your presence more than your presents. —Jesse Jackson
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It’s not only children who grow. Parents do too. As much as we watch to see what our children do with their lives, they are watching us to see what we do with ours. I can’t tell my children to reach for the sun. All I can do is reach for it, myself. —Joyce Maynard
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Don’t worry that children never listen to you; worry that they are always watching you.
—Robert Fulghum
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Parents often talk about the younger generation as if they didn’t have anything to do with it. —Haim Ginott
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Trouble with learning to parent on the job is that your child is the teacher.
—Robert Brault
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It behooves a father to be blameless if he expects his child to be. —Homer
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If you have never been hated by your child you have never been a parent. —Bette Davis
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It kills you to see them grow up. But I guess it would kill you quicker if they didn’t.
—Barbara Kingsolver
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Children are a great comfort in your old age – and they help you reach it faster, too.
—Lionel Kauffman
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Most of us become parents long before we have stopped being children.
—Mignon McLaughlin
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If you want children to keep their feet on the ground, put some responsibility on their shoulders.
—Abigail Van Buren
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The quickest way for a parent to get a child’s attention is to sit down and look comfortable. —Lane Olinghouse
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If there is anything that we wish to change in the child, we should first examine it and see whether it is not something that could better be changed in ourselves. —C.G. Jung,
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Don’t handicap your children by making their lives easy. —Robert A. Heinlein
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Too often we give children answers to remember rather than problems to solve.
—Roger Lewin
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Simply having children does not make mothers or fathers. —Bruce Linton
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Although there are many trial marriages . . . there is no such thing as a trial child.
—Gail Sheehy
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Children have more need of models than of critics. —Carolyn Coats
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The beauty of “spacing” children many years apart lies in the fact that parents have time to learn the mistakes that were made with the older ones – which permits them to make exactly the opposite mistakes with the younger ones. —Sydney J. Harris
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There are two lasting bequests we can give our children. One is roots. The other is wings. —Hodding Carter, Jr.
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Your children tell you casually years later what it would have killed you with worry to know at the time.
—Mignon McLaughlin
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Do not ask that your kids live up to your expectations. Let your kids be who they are, and your expectations will be in breathless pursuit. —R. Brault,
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The thing that impresses me most about America is the way parents obey their children.
—Edward, Duke of Windsor
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The problem with children is that you have to put up with their parents. —Charles DeLint
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Sing out loud in the car even, or especially, if it embarrasses your children.
—Marilyn Penland
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My mom used to say it doesn’t matter how many kids you have . . . because one kid’ll take up 100% of your time so more kids can’t possibly take up more than 100% of your time. —Karen Brown
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Children aren’t happy with nothing to ignore, and that’s what parents were created for.
—Ogden Nash
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Each day of our lives we make deposits in the memory banks of our children.
—Charles R. Swindoll
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How pleasant it is for a father to sit at his child’s board. It is like an aged man reclining under the shadow of an oak which he has planted. —Walter Scott
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You will always be your child’s favorite toy. —Vicki Lansky
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What a child doesn’t receive he can seldom later give. —P.D. James
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There is a strong chance that siblings who turn out well were hassled by the same parents. —R. Brault
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If your children spend most of their time in other people’s houses, you’re lucky; if they all congregate at your house, you’re blessed. —Mignon McLaughlin
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If you want your children to improve, let them overhear the nice things you say about them to others.
—Haim Ginott
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Give me the life of the boy whose mother is nurse, seamstress, washer-woman, cook, teacher, angel, and saint, all in one, and whose father is guide, exemplar, and friend. No servants to come between. These are the boys who are born to the best fortune.
—Andrew Carnegie
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Children begin by loving their parents; as they grow older they judge them; sometimes they forgive them.
—Oscar Wilde
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There is only one pretty child in the world, and every mother has it. Chinese Proverb
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Never raise your hand to your kids. It leaves your groin unprotected. —Red Buttons
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Kids spell love T-I-M-E. —John Crudele
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There may be some doubt as to who are the best people to have charge of children, but there can be no doubt that parents are the worst. —George Bernard Shaw
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Because of their size, parents may be difficult to discipline properly. —P. J. O’Rourke
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A parent who has never apologized to his children is a monster. If he’s always apologizing, his children are monsters. —Mignon McLaughlin
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As parents, we guide by our unspoken example. It is only when we’re talking to them that our kids aren’t listening. —R. Brault
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Mother Nature is wonderful. Children get too old for piggyback rides just about the same time they get too heavy for them. —Author Unknown
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The guys who fear becoming fathers don’t understand that fathering is not something perfect men do, but something that perfects the man. The end product of child-raising is not the child but the parent.
—Frank Pittman
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If nature had arranged that husbands and wives should have children alternatively, there would never be more than three in a family. —Lawrence Housman
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Parenthood is the passing of a baton, followed by a lifelong disagreement as to who dropped it.—R. Brault
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I don’t believe professional athletes should be role models. I believe parents should be role models. . . . . It’s not like it was when I was growing up. My mom and my grandmother told me how it was going to be. If I didn’t like it, they said, “Don’t let the door hit you in the ass on your way out.” Parents have to take better control.
—Charles Barkley
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The child supplies the power but the parents have to do the steering. —Benjamin Spock
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Mother Nature, in her infinite wisdom, has instilled within each of us a powerful biological instinct to reproduce; this is her way of assuring that the human race, come what may, will never have any disposable income.
—Dave Barry
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Having babies is fun, but babies grow up into people. —M*A*S*H, Colonel Potter
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My mother protected me from the world and my father threatened me with it.
—Quentin Crisp
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When my kids become wild and unruly, I use a nice, safe playpen. When they’re finished, I climb out.
—Erma Bombeck
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I love to play hide and seek with my kid, but some days my goal is to find a hiding place where he can’t find me until after high school. —Author Unknown
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The hardest part of raising a child is teaching them to ride bicycles. A shaky child on a bicycle for the first time needs both support and freedom. The realization that this is what the child will always need can hit hard.
—Sloan Wilson
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You don’t have to deserve your mother’s love. You have to deserve your father’s. He is more particular . . . . The father is always a Republican towards his son, and his mother’s always a Democrat. —Robert Frost
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Labor Day is a glorious holiday because your child will be going back to school the next day. It would have been called Independence Day, but that name was already taken.
—Bill Dodds
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If I had my child to raise all over again,
I’d build self-esteem first, and the house later. 
I’d fingerpaint more, and point the finger less. I 
would do less correcting and more connecting.
I’d take my eyes off my watch, and watch with my
eyes. I’d take more hikes and fly more kites.
I’d stop playing serious, and seriously play.
I would run through more fields and gaze at more 
stars. I’d do more hugging and less tugging.
—Diane Loomans
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Most American children suffer too much mother and too little father. —Gloria Steinem
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Good, honest, hardheaded character is a function of the home. If the proper seed is sown there and properly nourished for a few years, it will not be easy for that plant to be uprooted. —George A. Dorsey
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Hot dogs always seem better out than at home; so do French-fried potatoes; so do your children.
—Mignon McLaughlin
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As a child my family’s menu consisted of two choices: take it, or leave it.
—Buddy Hackett
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Whenever I held my newborn baby in my arms, I used to think that what I said and did to him could have an influence not only on him but on all whom he met, not only for a day or a month or a year, but for all eternity —a very challenging and exciting thought for a mother. —Rose Kennedy
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Was there ever a grandparent, bushed after a day of minding noisy youngsters, who hasn’t felt the Lord knew what He was doing when He gave little children to young people? —Joe E. Wells
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Ma-ma does everything for the baby, who responds by saying Da-da first.
—Mignon McLaughlin
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Insanity is hereditary—you get it from your kids. —Sam Levenson
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It is not a bad thing that children should occasionally, and politely, put parents in their place.
—Colette, My Mother’s House, 1922
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Humans are the only animals that have children on purpose with the exception of guppies, who like to eat theirs.
—P.J. O’Rourke
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Likely as not, the child you can do the least with will do the most to make you proud. —Mignon McLaughlin
The one thing children wear out faster than shoes is parents. —John J. Plomp
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You see much more of your children once they leave home. —Lucille Ball
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Raising children is like making biscuits: it is as easy to raise a big batch as one, while you have your hands in the dough. —E.W. Howe
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A young lady is a female child who has just done something dreadful. —Judith Martin
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Parenting is a stage of life’s journey where the milestones come about every fifty feet.
—R. Brault
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Children are natural mimics who act like their parents despite every effort to teach them good manners.
—Author Unknown
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The secret of dealing successfully with a child is not to be its parent. —Mell Lazarus
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No matter how calmly you try to referee, parenting will eventually produce bizarre behavior, and I’m not talking about the kids. —Bill Cosby
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The ideal home: big enough for you to hear the children, but not very well.
—Mignon McLaughlin
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Parenthood is a lot easier to get into than out of. —Bruce Lansky
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Conscience is less an inner voice than the memory of a mother’s glance. —Robert Brault
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Character is largely caught, and the father and the home should be the great sources of character infection.
—Frank H. Cheley
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When you teach your son, you teach your son’s son. —The Talmud
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A lot of parents pack up their troubles and send them off to summer camp.
—Raymond Duncan
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Being a child at home alone in the summer is a high-risk occupation. If you call your mother at work thirteen times an hour, she can hurt you. —Erma Bombeck
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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.” “We’re not raising grass,” Dad would reply. “We’re raising boys.” —Harmon Killebrew
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He didn’t tell me how to live; he lived, and let me watch him do it.
—Clarence Budington Kelland
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A truly rich man is one whose children run into his arms when his hands are empty.
—Author Unknown
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Father! – to God himself we cannot give a holier name. —William Wordsworth
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Love and fear. Everything the father of a family says must inspire one or the other.
—Joseph Joubert
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One father is more than a hundred Schoolmasters. —George Herbert
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Blessed indeed is the man who hears many gentle voices call him father!
—Lydia M. Child, Philothea: A Romance, 1836
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A father is always making his baby into a little woman. And when she is a woman he turns her back again.
—Enid Bagnold
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Sometimes the poorest man leaves his children the richest inheritance. —Ruth E. Renkel
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A father carries pictures where his money used to be. —Author Unknown
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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
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It is much easier to become a father than to be one. —Kent Nerburn
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The words that a 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
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Any man can be a father. It takes someone special to be a dad. —Author Unknown
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I love my father as the stars – he’s a bright shining example and a happy twinkling in my heart.
—Terri Guillemets
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Two little girls, on their way home from Sunday school, were solemnly discussing the lesson. “Do you believe there is a devil?” asked one. “No,” said the other promptly. “It’s like Santa Claus: it’s your father.”
—Edward F. Murphy
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Dad, your guiding hand on my shoulder will remain with me forever. —Author Unknown
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Old as she was, she still missed her daddy sometimes.—Gloria Naylor
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You will find that if you really try to be a father, your child will meet you halfway.
—R. Brault
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Sherman made the terrible discovery that men make about their fathers sooner or later . . . 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
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Fathers represent another way of looking at life – the possibility of an alternative dialogue. —Louise J. Kaplan
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There’s something like a line of gold thread running through a man’s words when he talks to his daughter, and gradually over the years it gets to be long enough for you to pick up in your hands and weave into a cloth that feels like love itself.
—John Gregory Brown, Decorations in a Ruined Cemetery, 1994
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There are three stages of a man’s life: He believes in Santa Claus, he doesn’t believe in Santa Claus, he is Santa Claus. —Author Unknown
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Fatherhood is pretending the present you love most is soap-on-a-rope. —Bill Cosby
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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.
 —Author unknown, commonly attributed to Mark Twain