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He that honoureth his father shall have a long life.
- Bible, Ecclesiasticus (Apocrypha)
(ch. III, v. 6)
No one ever knew his own father.
- Theodore Alois Buckley
Becoming a father isn't difficult,
But it's very difficult to be a father.
[Ger., Vater werden ist nicht schwer
Vater sein dagegen sehr.]
- Wilhelm Busch, Julchen
I talk and talk and talk, and I haven't taught people in 50 years what my father taught by example in one week.
- Mario Cuomo
A king, realizing his incompetence, can either delegate or abdicate his duties. A father can do neither. If only sons could see the paradox, they would understand the dilemma.
- Marlene Dietrich
Nobody ever asks a father how he manages to combine marriage and a career.
- Sam Ewing
You don't have to deserve your mother's love. You have to deserve your father's.
- Robert Lee Frost
When Charles first saw our child Mary, he said all the proper things for a new father. He looked upon the poor little red thing and blurted, "She's more beautiful than the Brooklyn Bridge."
- Helen Hayes
Oh, who would be a father!
- Thomas Holcroft
For rarely are sons similar to their fathers: most are worse, and a few are better than their fathers.
- Homer ("Smyrns of Chios")
It behooves a father to be blameless if he expects his son to be.
- Homer ("Smyrns of Chios")
Jarrell was not so much a father . . . as an affectionate encyclopedia.
- Mary von Schrader Jarrell,
Randall Jarrell’s Letters,
on her husband
My father died
many years ago,
and yet when something special
happens to me,
I talk to him secretly
not really knowing
whether he hears,
but it makes me feel better
to half believe it.
- Natasha Josefowitz
People see Archie Bunker everywhere. Particularly girls; poor girls, rich girls, all kinds of girls are always coming up to me and telling me that Archie is just like their dad.
- Carroll O'Connor
Like father, like son.
[Lat., Qualis pater talis filius.]
- Proverb, (Latin, Portuguese)
The kind of man who thinks that helping with the dishes is beneath him will also think that helping with the baby is beneath him, and then he certainly is not going to be a very successful father.
- Eleanor Roosevelt
It doesn't matter who my father was; it matters who I remember he was.
- Anne Sexton
To you your father should be as a god;
One that compos'd your beauties; yea, and one,
To whom you are but as a form in wax,
By him imprinted, and within his power
To leave the figure, or disfigure it.
- William Shakespeare
When a child, my dreams rode on your wishes,
I was your son, high on your horse,
My mind a top whipped by the lashes
Of your rhetoric, windy of course.
- Sir Stephen Spender
I just owe almost everything to my father [and] it's passionately interesting for me that the things that I learned in a small town, in a very modest home, are just the things that I believe have won the election.
- Margaret Thatcher
It's only when you grow up, and step back from him, or leave him for your own career and your own home--it's only then that you measure his greatness and fully appreciate it. Pride reinforces love.
- Margaret Truman