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Father. It's a loaded word that triggers a million emotions and memories in our minds. And whether you love him, can’t stand him, or don’t even know him, the truth is our fathers have a deep and lasting impact on our lives. It can be difficult to find the words to articulate who they are, who we want them to be, and the imprint they leave on our souls. We've compiled a list of quotes to help give voice to the mysterious musings of the heart. As you think of your dad today, practice thankfulness, grace, and most of all, love. He needs to hear it as much as you do.
I cannot think of any need in childhood as strong as the need for a father’s protection.
– Sigmund Freud
It is a wise father that knows his own child.
– William Shakespeare
He didn’t tell me how to live; he lived, and let me watch him do it.
– Clarence Budington Kelland
One father is more than a hundred schoolmasters.
– George Herbert
I believe that what we become depends on what our fathers teach us at odd moments, when they aren’t trying to teach us. We are formed by little scraps of wisdom.
– Umberto Eco
It is not flesh and blood but the heart which makes us fathers and sons.
– Johann Schiller
Father! – to God himself we cannot give a holier name.
– William Wordsworth
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
Being a role model is the most powerful form of educating… too often fathers neglect it because they get so caught up in making a living they forget to make a life.
– John Wooden
Any man can be a father, but it takes someone special to be a Dad.
– Anne Geddes
The heart of a father is the masterpiece of nature.
– Antoine François Prévost
Dads. Do your faces light up when you first see your child in the morning or when you come home from work? Do you not understand that a child’s entire sense of value can revolve around what they see in your face when you first see them?... Dads. It’s time to tell our kids that we love them. Constantly. It’s time to show our kids that we love them. Constantly. It’s time to take joy in their twenty-thousand daily questions and their inability to do things as quickly as we’d like. It’s time to take joy in their quirks and their ticks. It’s time to take joy in their facial expressions and their mispronounced words. It’s time to take joy in everything that our kids are.
– Dan Pearce
The most important thing a father can do for his children is to love their mother.
Fathers, be good to your daughters. You are the god and the weight of her world.
– John Mayer
It is a known fact that every man's heart is set on having a daughter.
– Françoise Sagan