Sunday June 15th was Father's Day, so I thought I'd share some of the favorite quotes I have found about fathers, fatherhood, being a father, etc.
Though I had a father and still have a father-in-law, and am myself a father, father-in-law and grandfather, I don't claim to have actually written any of these quotes myself. All are appropriately attributed to their authors, when known.
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
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. ~Author Unknown
A father is always making his baby into a little woman. And when she is a woman he turns her back again. ~Enid Bagnold
Sometimes the poorest man leaves his children the richest inheritance. ~Ruth E. Renkel
A father carries pictures where his money used to be. ~Author Unknown
It is much easier to become a father than to be one. ~Kent Nerburn, Letters to My Son: Reflections on Becoming a Man, 1994
Any man can be a father. It takes someone special to be a dad. ~Author Unknown
I love my father as the stars - he's a bright shining example and a happy twinkling in my heart. ~Adabella Radici
Dad, your guiding hand on my shoulder will remain with me forever. ~Author Unknown
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
Fatherhood is pretending the present you love most is 'soap-on-a-rope' ~Bill Cosby
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. ~Mark Twain, "Old Times on the Mississippi" Atlantic Monthly, 1874
The father who does not teach his son his duties is equally guilty with the son who neglects them - Confucius
By the time a man realizes that maybe his father was right, he usually has a son who thinks he's wrong. - Charlew Wadsworth
Small boys become big men through the influence of big men who care about small boys. - Author unknown
HAPPY (BELATED) FATHER"S DAY to all the Dads out there.