To many of us, our fathers were enigmas. The father quotes below will help you reflect upon your father and the cultural influences that shaped his behavior and the relationship he was able to have with you. Our fathers grew up in a different time. A time in which a man was expected to be stoic and show little or no emotion. How then could he show deep emotion to his kids? Of course, some of us were lucky enough to have fathers who could be tender at home and show a tough face to the world..
Whatever your relationship with your father, the father quotes below will help you see him in a different light. Pick a favorite quote and embellish it with your own musings and reflections and send it to your dad. Do this as a father day gift, birthday gift or just to show you care. Although your dad may feel uncomfortable with the expression of feelings, take the first step and show him how it's done.
If you're a father, use the father quotes below in a two-fold fashion: to think about your relationship with your dad and how it has affected your relationship with your kids. Become the balancing point that connects yesterday's world with a bright outlook for tomorrow.
~ Laura Pickford Ramirez
It is much easier to become a father than to be one.
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.
There must always be a struggle between a father and son, while one aims at power and the other at independence.
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.
When I was a kid, my father told me every day, "You're the most wonderful boy in the world, and you can do anything you want to."
My son, a perfect little boy of five years and three months, had ended his earthly life. You can never sympathize with me; you can never know how much of me such a young child can take away. A few weeks ago I accounted myself a very rich man, and now the poorest of all.
~Ralph Waldo Emerson~ (on the death of his son from scarlet fever.)
He didn't tell me how to live; he lived, and let me watch him do it.
~Clarence Budington Kelland~
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.
I have never been a material girl. My father always told me never to love anything that cannot love you back.
By the time a man realizes that maybe his father was right, he usually has a son who thinks he's wrong.
Sometimes the poorest man leaves his children the richest inheritance.