1. It’s only when you grow up and step back from him―or leave him for your own home―it’s only then that you can measure his greatness and fully appreciate it.
–Margaret Truman, in an address to a joint session of Congress (1984)
2. Fatherhood is pretending the present you love most is soap on a rope.
–Bill Cosby, Fatherhood
3. The most important thing a father can do for his children is to love their mother.
–Henry Ward Beecher
4. “By the time a man realizes that maybe his father was right, he usually has a son who thinks he’s wrong.”
5. “Sometimes the poorest man leaves his children the richest inheritance.”
–Ruth E. Renkel
6. “When a father gives to his son, both laugh; when a son gives to his father, both cry.”
7. “When I was a boy of 14, my father was so ignorant I could hardly stand to have the old man around. But when I got to be 21, I was astonished at how much the old man had learned in seven years.”
8. Old as she was, she still missed her daddy sometimes.
9. “I talk and talk and talk, and I haven’t taught people in 50 years what my father taught by example in one week.”
10. I have never been a material girl. My father always told me never to love anything that cannot love you back.
11. A man never stands as tall as when he kneels to help a child.
–Knights of Pythagoras
12. He who is taught to live upon little owes more to his father’s wisdom than he who has a great deal left him does to his father’s care.
13. Doubly rich is the man still boyish enough to play, laugh and sing as he carries and emanates sunshine along a friendly road.
–Charles R. Wiers
14. It is admirable for a man to take his son fishing, but there is a special place in heaven for the father who takes his daughter shopping.
15. The first man a little girl falls in love with is her Dad.
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