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TITLE: Fathers




Mothers are fonder than fathers of their children because they are more certain they are their own.
-- Aristotle


The worst misfortune that can happen to an ordinary man is to have an extraordinary father.
--O'Malley Austin


The most important thing a father can do for his children is to love their mother.
--Henry Ward Beecher


When a father, absent during the day, returns home at six, his children receive only his temperament, not his teaching.
--Robert Bly


Manual labor to my father was not only good and decent for its own sake, but as he was given to saying, it straightened out one's thoughts.
--Mary Ellen Chase


The debt of gratitude we owe our mother and father goes forward, not backward. What we owe our parents is the bill presented to us by our children.
--Nancy Friday


Americans are like a rich father who wishes he knew how to give his son the hardships that made him rich.
--Robert Frost


My father was a statesman, I'm a political woman. My father was a saint. I'm not.
--Indira Gandhi


My grandfather once told me that there were two kinds of people: those who do the work and those who take the credit. He told me to try to be in the first group; there was much less competition.
--Indira Gandhi


What you have inherited from your father, you must earn over again for yourselves, or it will not be yours.
--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe


To be a successful father there's one absolute rule: when you have a kid, don't look at it for the first two years.
--Ernest Hemingway


Most of the things we do, we do for no better reason than that our fathers have done them or our neighbors do them, and the same is true of a larger part than what we suspect of what we think.
--Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.


It is a wise child that knows his own father.
-- Homer


Fishing is much more than fish . . . It is the great occasion when we may return to the fine simplicity of our forefathers.
--Herbert Hoover


My father taught me to work; he did not teach me to love it. I never did like to work, and I don't deny it. I'd rather read, tell stories, crack jokes, talk, laugh - anything but work.
--Abraham Lincoln


There are 3 stages in a man's life: 'My Daddy can whip you Daddy.' 'Aw, Dad, you don't know anything.' 'My father used to say . . .'.
--Dwight McSmith


It now costs more to amuse a child than it once did to educate his father.
--Vaughan Monroe


Life was a lot simpler when what we honored was father and mother rather than all major credit cards.
--Robert Orben


Success has many fathers, failure is a mother.
--Jeanne Phillips


It is easier for a father to have children than for children to have a real father.
-- Pope John XXIII


You've got to do your own growing, no matter how tall your grandfather was.
--Irish Proverb


My father gave me these hints on speech-making: "Be sincere . . . be brief . . . be seated."
--James Roosevelt


It doesn't matter who my father was; it matters who I remember he was.
--Anne Sexton


It is a wise father that knows his own child.
--William Shakespeare


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.
--John Sinor


In the creative process there is the father, the author of the play; the mother, the actor pregnant with the part; and the child, the role to be born.
--Konstantin Stanislavsky


It's clear that most American children suffer too much mother and too little father.
--Gloria Steinem


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.
--Mark Twain


A father decided to tell his young son the facts of life and was stumped right away by the boy's first question: 'How many are there?'
-- Unknown


Education is something you get when your father sends you to college. But it isn't complete until you send your son there.
-- Unknown


Fathers should be neither seen nor heard. That is the only proper basis for family life.
--Oscar Wilde


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