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Famous Dad Poems to Inspire Your Father’s Day Card Message

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We know plenty of dads that are sometimes goofballs or hard-asses, but even the burliest of dads have a soft side. (You have one, too. We’ve seen it.) Some like meaningful quotes about fathers, some like funny quips about fatherhood, and some even like poetry. Luckily, poets like their dads in return and have been writing about their fathers for centuries. And even if you skip over all the ones about less-than-awesome dads, you’re still left floating in a sea of love and hero worship. Don’t you think your pops would like to see a little bit of that love when he opens his Father’s Day card this year? Hidden under a gift card, of course.

With that in mind, we’ve rounded up these fairly famous poems about dads perfect for even the least sappy pappy.

“Those Winter Sundays” by Robert Hayden

Sundays too my father got up early

and put his clothes on in the blueblack cold,

then with cracked hands that ached

from labor in the weekday weather made

banked fires blaze. No one ever thanked him.

I’d wake and hear the cold splintering, breaking.

When the rooms were warm, he’d call,

and slowly I would rise and dress,

fearing the chronic angers of that house,

Speaking indifferently to him,

who had driven out the cold

and polished my good shoes as well.

What did I know, what did I know

of love’s austere and lonely offices?

 

“Father’s Song” by Gregory Orr

Yesterday, against admonishment,

my daughter balanced on the couch back,

fell and cut her mouth.

Because I saw it happen I knew

she was not hurt, and yet

a child’s blood so red

it stops a father’s heart.

My daughter cried her tears;

I held some ice

against her lip.

That was the end of it.

Round and round: bow and kiss.

I try to teach her caution;

she tries to teach me risk.

 

“The Gift” by Li-Young Lee

To pull the metal splinter from my palm

my father recited a story in a low voice.

I watched his lovely face and not the blade.

Before the story ended, he’d removed

the iron sliver I thought I’d die from.

I can’t remember the tale,

but hear his voice still, a well

of dark water, a prayer.

And I recall his hands,

two measures of tenderness

he laid against my face,

the flames of discipline

he raised above my head.

Had you entered that afternoon

you would have thought you saw a man

planting something in a boy’s palm,

a silver tear, a tiny flame.

Had you followed that boy

you would have arrived here,

where I bend over my wife’s right hand.

Look how I shave her thumbnail down

so carefully she feels no pain.

Watch as I lift the splinter out.

I was seven when my father

took my hand like this,

and I did not hold that shard

between my fingers and think,

Metal that will bury me,

christen it Little Assassin,

Ore Going Deep for My Heart.

And I did not lift up my wound and cry,

Death visited here!

I did what a child does

when he’s given something to keep.

I kissed my father.

 

“Only A Dad” by Edgar Guest

Only a dad, with a tired face,

Coming home from the daily race,

Bringing little of gold or fame,

To show how well he has played the game,

But glad in his heart that his own rejoice

To see him come, and to hear his voice.

Only a dad, with a brood of four,

One of ten million men or more.

Plodding along in the daily strife,

Bearing the whips and the scorns of life,

With never a whimper of pain or hate,

For the sake of those who at home await.

Only a dad, neither rich nor proud,

Merely one of the surging crowd

Toiling, striving from day to day,

Facing whatever may come his way,

Silent, whenever the harsh condemn

And bearing it all for the love of them.

Only a dad, but he gives his all

To smooth the way for his children small,

Doing, with courage stern and grim,

The deeds that his father did for him.

This is the line that for him I pen,

Only a dad, but the best of men.

 

“Danse Russe” by William Carlos Williams

If I when my wife is sleeping

and the baby and Kathleen

are sleeping

and the sun is a flame-white disc

in silken mists

above shining trees,—

if I in my north room

dance naked, grotesquely

before my mirror

waving my shirt round my head

and singing softly to myself:

“I am lonely, lonely.

I was born to be lonely,

I am best so!”

If I admire my arms, my face,

my shoulders, flanks, buttocks

against the yellow drawn shades,—

Who shall say I am not

the happy genius of my household?

 

“Fish Fry Daughter” by Sara Ries

Holiday Inn kitchen, the day I am born:

My father is frying fish for a party of seventeen

when the call comes from the hospital. He stays

until the batter is crispy, cold salads scooped

on platters, rye bread buttered.

 

Dad never told me this story.

He told my boyfriend, one short order cook to another.

Mom doesn’t know why Dad was late

for her screams and sweat on the hospital bed.

 

Once, when she was angry with him, she told me:

When your father finally got there, the nurse had to tell

him to get upstairs, “Your wife is having that baby now.”

 

I hope that when Dad first held me,

it was with haddock-scented hands, apron

over his black pants still sprinkled with flour,

forehead oily from standing over the deep fryer,

telling the fish to hurry hurry.

50 Funny Facts to Spin Into Dad Jokes, You Wild and Crazy Guy

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Need something to talk about at the dinner table, during carpool, or on your next Zoom meeting while waiting for Gary from accounting to show up ten minutes late? These funny facts are all 100 percent true and somewhere between 50 percent and 100 percent hilarious. It’s all about delivery, my dude. If you can get it right, even the most straight-forward of facts can be funny facts. Now, more than ever, you’re going to need to rely on your dad-ittude to bring light to the darkness… or humor to the conversation. Same thing.

1 “The Highest Court in the Land” (The Supreme Court) is home to the… highest court in the land, the nickname for their in-house basketball court. Think you can dunk on RBG?

2. Hawaiian Pizza was actually invented in Canada by a Greek immigrant.

3. Meanwhile, Flamin’ Hot Cheetos were actually invented by a janitor.

4. Tony The Tiger once had to make a public plea on Twitter for people to stop sending him anthropomorphic animal porn, proving once and for all that if it exists, there’s a porn about it.

5. Moondyne Joe escaped prison so many times that jailers built a special cell just for him. He escaped that, too.

6. Cookie Monster’s real name is Sid.

7. It takes 570 gallons of paint to keep The White House looking fresh.

8. The Bloodhound Gang once released a song called, “The Ten Coolest Things About New Jersey.” It’s ten seconds of silence and obviously the world’s best diss track.

9. If you tried to ice skate on Jupiter’s moon, Europa, which is covered in ice, an Axel jump would take you 22 feet in the air.

10. Cow moos have regional dialects. That means a cow from Pennsylvania may not be able to communicate properly with a cow from Wisconsin. So, gossiping is out.

11. You know Barry Manilow’s song, “I Write The Songs?” Not. Actually. Written by Manilow.

12. Dolly Parton once lost a lookalike contest — She was beat by a drag queen.

13. No, you can’t actually see the Great Wall of China from space. At least not without help from a zooming lens.

14. Ever notice your baby has an orange nose? She’s probably eating too many carrots and other beta-carotene-rich foods. Adults can have the same reaction… assuming they still like carrots enough.

15. There’s almost more Monopoly money printed each year than real money.

16. Unicorns are the official animal of Scotland.

17. Also, it’s illegal to hunt unicorns in Michigan.

18. There’s an underwear museum in Brussels. They were once robbed of a pair of underwear from the mayor.

19. Viagra will help flowers last longer, too.

20. Don’t share this one with the wife: In Spanish, the word “esposas” means both “wife” and “handcuffs.”

21. You swallow an average of four cups of snot each day.

22. Talk about in-demand jobs: You must be a licensed electrician to change a lightbulb in Victoria, Australia.

23. Meanwhile, “mortgage” has French roots and originally meant, “death contract.”

24. Jim Carrey and Tupac Shukar used to be pen pals.

25. If you spliced together all the silent moments in the first “Twilight” movie, you’d have 26 minutes of creepy, silent staring.

26. In China, the word “censorship” is, well, censored.

27. There’s actually an official answer to, “How many licks does it take to get to the center of a Tootsie Pop?” It’s 364.

28. New Zealand’s Air Force logo has a picture of a Kiwi on it. Kiwis are flightless birds.

29. There’s an American town that once elected a toddler for mayor.

30. Buzz Aldrin’s mother’s maiden name was Moon.

31. The inventor of the Telecaster and Stratocaster guitars, Leo Fender, couldn’t actually play guitar.

32. A town in Alaska has had a cat for a mayor for the last 15 years.

33. There’s also a town Kentucky with a dog for a mayor — it holds regular votes and cycles through other resident canines.

34. That panic you get when you accidentally leave your phone at home? It’s real and it’s called nomophobia.

35. There are more trade regulations on bananas than on AK47s.

36. Be cautious Texas Bigfoot impersonators! In Texas, it’s legal to kill Bigfoot, if you ever find him.

37. Also, in Norway “Texas” is used as slang to mean “crazy.”

38. The scientific name for the Western Lowland Gorilla is “gorilla gorilla gorilla.”

39. For about $1600, you can hire a French company to kidnap you. No judgment here.

40. The Danish word for “condom” is “svangerskabsforebyggende middel.” Annnnd we’re finished.

41. According to one survey, it would take 76 workdays to read through all the crap you agree to each year when you blindly accept privacy agreements.

42. You’re twice as likely to be killed by a vending machine than a shark.

43. Playing in a marching band is considered moderate exercise. Unless you play the tuba. Then it’s strength training.

44. The first video shown on MTV was “Video Killed The Radio Star.” (You know, back when they still played music.)

45. A Canadian man was once arrested for tying a ton of balloons to his lawn chair and flying over the city. Dang, Canada. Let a man live.

46. The award for the weirdest use of a pop song in a campaign goes to Saddam Hussein and Whitney Houston. He used her song, “I Will Always Love You” in his 2002 campaign.

47. The most overdue library book was returned roughly 288 years late.

48. Jack Daniels’ last word? “One last drink, please.”

49. Harry Pott-wait, no. Daniel Radcliffe once wore the exact same outfit for six months in an effort to annoy and discourage paparazzi.

50. The ultimate political flex? After being elected, President Banana, of Zimbabwe, made a law that no one could make fun of his name.

23 Meaningful Quotes to Read When You’re Missing Your Own Father

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“There is no expiration date on the love between a father and his child.” These words by writer and HealingBrave.com founder Jennifer Williamson ring true no matter your age. Especially so for those of us who have lost our fathers. Somehow, becoming a parent only magnifies that loss as you realize the depth of a father’s love seems to grow by leaps and bounds every day. And while meaningful quotes about fathers and fatherhood can help most of the time, sometimes you need to have that longing and absence put into words.

With that in mind, we’ve gone ahead and rounded up the most poignant quotes about missing your own father.

“My dad was my best friend and greatest role model. He was an amazing dad, coach, mentor, soldier, husband and friend.” – Tiger Woods

“I think about me and my dad taking a road trip from Phoenix to Nashville when I was 19. He’s no longer here with me, but I still drive that same 1994 Chevy truck. I never have bought a new car.” – Dierks Bentley

“The loss of my father was the most traumatic event in my life – I can’t forget the pain.” – Frank Lowy

“It is not flesh and blood but the heart which makes us fathers and sons.” – Johann Friedrich Von Schiller

“Say not in grief ‘he is no more’ but in thankfulness that he was.” – Hebrew Proverb

“My father gave me the greatest gift anyone could ever give another person. He believed in me.” – Jim Valvano

“This is the price you pay for having a great father. You get the wonder, the joy, the tender moments – and you get the tears at the end, too.” – Harlan Coben

“My appreciation for my father’s greatness cannot be measured.” – Jennifer Williamson

“No matter how old we are, we still need our dads, and wonder how we’ll get by without them.” – Jennifer Williamson

“A father’s love is forever imprinted on his child’s heart.” – Jennifer Williamson

“Dad is and always will be my living, breathing superhero.” – Bindi Irwin

“Deeply, I know this, that love triumphs over death. My father continues to be loved, and therefore he remains by my side.” – Jennifer Williamson

“You will always be in my heart… because in there you’re still alive.” – Jamie Cirello

“When I was little I bragged about my firefighting father: my father would go to heaven, because if he went to hell he would put out all the fires.” – Jodi Picoult

“Everything I do in my life I do to make my mum and dad proud. I want to carry on in my dad’s footsteps and make sure that his legacy lives on forever.” – Bindi Irwin

“The loss of my father will always sting. But now, everything that I do is in honor of him and celebrates his life.” – Adrienne C. Moore

“There is no expiration date on the love between a father and his child.” – Jennifer Williamson

“To her, the name of father was another name for love.” – Fanny Fern

“My Father didn’t tell me how to live; he lived, and let me watch him do it.” – Clarence Budington Kelland

“Dad, wherever you are, you are gone but you will never be forgotten.” – Conrad Hall

“No matter where I am, your spirit will be beside me. For I know that no matter what, you will always be with me.” – Tram-Tiara T. Von Reichenbach

“If there ever comes a day when we can’t be together, keep me in your heart. I’ll stay there forever.” – Winnie the Pooh

“May each tear and each fond memory be a note of love rising to meet you.” – Jennifer Williamson

45+ Interesting Facts to Flex When You Want to Impress the Kids

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Want to be met with murmurs of approval from your kids? Drop a random factoid on their ass. That’s right, nothing stops a kid, or an adult for that matter, in their tracks quite like a bizarre or interesting fact. The best type of fun facts defy logic and sound borderline insane, which is what makes them so irresistible. For example, did you know flamingos are born grey? Or what about the fact that parts of the Great Wall of China were built with sticky rice? That’s kind of wild to think about even for an adult.

So if you want to keep your kids enthralled for a solid half hour, sit them down and throw these nuggets of golden wisdom their way. To make it easier, we’ve gone ahead and rounded up some of our favorite interesting facts. Who knows, maybe you’ll learn something new along with them.

 

1. Polar bear fur is actually clear and their skin is black.

2. Baby flamingos are born grey, not pink.

3. A woodpecker’s tongue actually wraps all the way around its brain, protecting it from damage when it’s hammering into a  tree.

4. A shrimp’s heart is located in its head.

5. Elephants suck on their trunks for comfort.

6. Anteaters have no teeth.

7. Nine-banded armadillos always have quadruplets and they’re always identical.

8. Wombat poop is cube-shaped.

9. A flock of flamingos is called a flamboyance.

10. Goats have accents.

11. Dolphins give names to each other.

12. Gorillas can catch human colds.

13. The turkey was once almost named the national bird.

14. A group of owls is called a parliament.

15. There are 32 muscles in a cat’s ear.

16. Snails can regenerate their eyes.

17. Want to know if your pet turtle is a boy or girl? If you listen closely you’ll hear the difference. Female turtles hiss and male turtles grunt.

18. A starfish can turn its stomach inside out.

19. French Poodles are actually from Germany.

20. Henry VIII knighted all four of his “Grooms of Stool” — the people in charge of wiping his butt for him.

21. Jeanette Rankin was elected to congress four years before women were even allowed to vote.

22. Women couldn’t apply for credit at a bank until 1974.

23. Before the invention of modern false teeth, dentures were commonly made from the teeth of dead soldiers.

24. In ancient Egypt, servants were smeared with honey so flies would flock to them, instead of the pharaoh.

25. It was once considered sacrilegious to use a fork.

26. Abe Lincoln was a champion wrestler. He was also a licensed bar tender.

27. Since 1945, all British tanks have been equipped with the necessary items for making tea.

28. Pope Gregory IV once declared war on cats because he believed black cats were used by Satan. His declaration lead to the mass extermination of cats.

29. That lack of cats led to a rat infestation which, in turn, led to the spread of plague.

30. John Adams was the first president to live in the White House.

31. The average person living in Sweden eats about 22 pounds of chocolate a year.

32. While the Wright Brothers are famous as a pair, they actually only flew together once. They promised their father they’d always fly separately.

33. Montana has three times as many cows as it does people.

34. Parts of the Great Wall of China were made with sticky rice.

35. 90 percent of the world’s population lives above the equator.

36. Finland has more saunas than cars.

37. 60 percent of the World’s lakes (three million total) are located in Canada.

38. Virginia is the only state that has the same state flower and state tree, the Dogwood.

39. In Egypt, it’s considered incredibly rude to salt food that has been served to you.

40. 99 percent of Libya is desert.

41. The height of the Eiffel Tour can vary up to six inches, depending on the temperature.

42. George Washington never got to live in the White House.

43. California’s state animal, the grizzly bear, doesn’t live in California anymore.

44. Armadillos are almost bulletproof.

45. Hawaii and Arizona don’t practice daylight savings.

46. Chicago is the birthplace of the ferris wheel.

14 Activities to Keep a 2-Year-Old Busy for Minutes and Minutes of Fun

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Here’s a fun fact all parents of 2-year-olds learn early on: keeping a toddler entertained for longer than a minute is a feat and a pain. While playing games that are fun for fun’s sake are great, you also want to sprinkle some educational elements in their day. So with that in mind — and to save you the headache of trying to think of one on the fly — we’ve gone ahead and rounded up some classic games and learning activities for 2-year-olds that you’ll enjoy just as much. Bonus for parents: they all contain some sort of developmental and educational component, so you can have hours and hours minutes and minutes of fun.

Simon Says

An oldie but a goodie. Simon Says is the perfect game to play with a toddler on minimal sleep: you can lay on the couch shouting commands and your kiddo will have a ball following along. Added tip: You can sell this as a developmental game that teaches listening skills.

Hot and Cold

Why reinvent the wheel? Sticking to the classics was good enough for your parents so it’s good enough for you. Hide your toddler’s favorite toys around their room and teach them how to play Hot or Cold by helping them find it. “Warmer” and “hot” means they’re on the right track and “cooler” and “cold” means they’re moving further and further away.

One For You, One For Me

Remember that old Twix commercial with the “two for me, none for you” slogan? Yeah, this game is the opposite of that. Teach kids how to count and share by divvying up similar items like snacks, markers, toy cars, or Cheerios. Or Twix.

Hide and Seek

If you’re looking for the OG in toddler and kids games, hide and seek is it. Just make sure you keep a watchful eye on where exactly your toddler decides to hide, just so they don’t hurt themselves.

Freeze Dance

A favorite at every kid’s party put on your kid’s favorite music and dance around with them. Then randomly stop the music and make them freeze in their last dance position. See what fun and ridiculous poses you can come up with.

Animal Dance Party

This game is if your toddler had a dance party at the zoo. Play some upbeat music and shout out an animal name as the kids are dancing. Encourage your little to dance as the animal and see what wacky way they can groove to the beat.

Circle Groove

This is a favorite at kid’s birthday parties and your toddler will love it too. Get the family to stand in a circle and choose one person to start with a dance move, then the next person will mimic the first move and add one of their own before passing it on to the next person. This goes on and on until the dance just gets too silly and complicated. It sounds like a lot but it’s actually super fun.

Name That Tune Disney Edition

If your toddler is a Disney+ fanatic and has viewed a healthy catalog of Disney cartoons then this will be a favorite game to play. Create a personal playlist of Disney songs or put on a Disney radio station on Pandora or Spotify and ask your toddler to name that song. They obviously won’t know the name of the song so they’ll probably just shout “Elsa,” “Gaston,” “Ariel” or “Frozen,” “Tangled,” “Aladdin” at you. You can also just hum or sing the songs yourself if you don’t have access to the soundtracks.

Catch

Enjoy this classic pastime while teaching your toddler hand-eye coordination. Start with a light, soft ball, and see how they do before you try some underhand tosses.

Kick The Ball

Just like catch, this is a fantastic activity for teaching coordination to a toddler. Gently kick a soft soccer ball back and forth or give your little one a goal to shoot for, like between two chairs.

Monkey in the Middle

Let your kid be the monkey as you and another adult or an older kid throw a soft ball or item into the air over the toddler. Encourage your tot to jump up high to try and catch the ball. This is truly endless fun so you might be playing it for a while. Bonus tip: like Simon says, you can play this seated if you throw the ball high enough in the air.

Catch the Bubbles

Not sure if you’ve noticed at a birthday party yet but toddlers lose their shit over bubbles. Use a soap bubble toy to blow some bubbled and watch your toddler scramble to catch one in their hand.

Finger Painting

Encourage your budding Picasso to express themselves with some finger painting. This can get messy so buy some large construction paper to cover the table first. Then let your toddler loose on watercolors and see what they come up with. Prompt your toddler to draw some shapes and help out when they need the extra nudge. Make sure they help you clean up.

Twister

Another classic game we grew up playing that also teaches colors and coordination. And it’s also a great way to teach the difference between left and ride sides of the body.

Name That Color

This is not so much a game as a way to teach colors while also keeping your toddler from eating the raw eggplant at the supermarket or grocery store. Teach toddlers how to identify and group fruits and veggies by color while sitting cool in the shopping cart as you dash to and fro before she inevitably wants to walk just like daddy. Bonus, it’s also a great way to teach names of fresh produce.

60+ Father’s Day Quotes Approved by Onion Chopping Ninjas

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The bond between a father and his child is like no other. It’s tender and loving, fierce and steady, and unique in every way. And while Mother’s Day may get a lot of the limelight each spring, Father’s Day shouldn’t be any less poignant.

Whether you’re looking for a touching or hilarious quote or a saying for a Father’s Day card, the perfect Instagram caption, or if you just want to be all up in your feelings and think of your own relationships on this day, we’ve gone ahead and rounded up the most meaningful quotes about fathers and fatherhood from literary giants and pop culture icons alike.

And as palate cleanser, follow these up with some iconic dad jokes to bring on the cringe. Happy Father’s Day!

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1. “When my father didn’t have my hand, he had my back.” — Linda Poindexter

2. “A man’s daughter is his heart. Just with feet, walking out in the world.” — Mat Johnson

3. “I’ve said it before, but it’s absolutely true: My mother gave me my drive, but my father gave me my dreams. Thanks to him, I could see a future.” — Liza Minnelli

4. “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

5. “Anyone can be a father, but it takes someone special to be a dad, and that’s why I call you dad, because you are so special to me. You taught me the game and you taught me how to play it right.” — Wade Boggs

6. “Old as she was, she still missed her Daddy sometimes.” — Gloria Naylor

7. “If you ever want to torture my dad, tie him up and right in front of him, refold a map incorrectly.” — Cathy Ladman

8. “An almost perfect relationship with his father was the earthly root of all his wisdom.” — C.S. Lewis

9. “No one in this world can love a girl more than her father.” — Michael Ratnadeepak

10. “A father carries pictures where his money used to be.” — Steve Martin

11. “When I come home, my daughter will run to the door and give me a big hug, and everything that’s happened that day just melts away.” — Hugh Jackman

12. “A father is neither an anchor to hold us back nor a sail to take us there, but a guiding light whose love shows us the way.” — Unknown

13. “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

14. “It was my father who taught me to value myself.” — Dawn French

15. “He adopted a role called Being a Father so that his child would have something mythical and infinitely important: a Protector.” — Tom Wolfe

16. “Sometimes the poorest man leaves his children the richest inheritance.” — Ruth E. Renkel

17. “My father didn’t tell me how to live. He lived and let me watch him do it.” — Clarence Budington Kelland

18. “He was a father. That’s what a father does. Eases the burdens of those he loves. Saves the ones he loves from painful last images that might endure for a lifetime.” — George Saunders

19. “I cannot think of any need in childhood as strong as the need for a father’s protection.” — Sigmund Freud

20. “To her the name of father was another name for love.” — Fanny Fern

21. “You fathers will understand. You have a little girl. She looks up to you. You’re her oracle. You’re her hero. And then the day comes when she gets her first permanent wave and goes to her first real party, and from that day on, you’re in a constant state of panic.” — Stanley T. Banks

22. “A daughter is a treasure and a cause of sleeplessness.” — Ben Sirach

23. “Being a daddy’s girl is like having permanent armor for the rest of your life.” — Marinela Reka

24. “Daddy, thanks for being my hero, chauffeur, financial support, listener, life mentor, friend, guardian, and simply being there every time I need a hug.” — Agatha Stephanie Lin

25. “What can you do to promote world peace? Go home and love your family.” — Mother Teresa

26. “Some people don’t believe in heroes but they haven’t met my dad.” — Unknown

27. “My father gave me the greatest gift anyone could give another person, he believed in me.” — Jim Valvano

28. “A father’s tears and fears are unseen, his love is unexpressed, but his care and protection remain as a pillar of strength throughout our lives.” — Ama H. Vanniarachchy

29. “My Daddy was my hero. He was always there for me when I needed him. He listened to me and taught me so many things. But most of all he was fun.” — Bindi Irwin

30. “When my daughter says ‘Daddy I need you!’ I wonder if she has any idea that I need her billion times more.” — Stanley Behrman

31. “To a father growing old, nothing is dearer than a daughter.” — Euripides

32. “The bond that links your true family is not one of blood, but of respect and joy in each other’s life.” —  Richard Bach

33. “Certain is it that there is no kind of affection so purely angelic as of a father to a daughter. In love to our wives there is desire; to our sons, ambition; but to our daughters, there is something which there are no words to express.” — Joseph Addison

34. “With sons and fathers, there’s an inexplicable connection and imprint that your father leaves on you.” —Brad Pitt

35. “I would want my legacy to be that I was a great son, father, and friend.” — Dante Hall

36. “Every son quotes his father, in words and in deeds.” — Terri Guillemets

37. “I love my daddy. My daddy’s everything. I hope I can find a man that will treat me as good as my dad.” — Lady Gaga

38. “Of all the titles I’ve been privileged to have, ‘Dad’ has always been the best.” — Ken Norton

39. “Fathering is not something perfect men do, but something that perfects the man.” — Frank Pittman

40. “When you teach your son, you teach your son’s son.” — The Talmud

41. “The heart of a father is the masterpiece of nature.” — Antoine Francois Prevost

42. “Sons have always a rebellious wish to be disillusioned by that which charmed their fathers.” — Aldous Huxley

43. “Becoming a dad is one thing — being a dad is many things.” — Steve Chapman

44. “A good father is one of the most unsung, unpraised, unnoticed, and yet one of the most valuable assets in our society.” — Billy Graham

45. “I am a family man, and my most important role is a father to my son.” — Ed Skrein

46. “A son needs his father at every situation he faces in present, and a father needs his son at every situation he faces for his son in past.” — Nishan Panwar

47. “It’s a father’s duty to give his sons a fine chance.” — George Eliot

48. “It’s not flesh and blood but the heart that makes us father and son.” — Johann Schiller

49. “By the time a man realizes that maybe his father was right, he usually has a son who thinks he’s wrong.” — Charles Wadsworth

50. “You don’t raise heroes, you raise sons. And if you treat them like sons, they’ll turn out to be heroes, even if it’s just in our own eyes.” — Walter M. Schirra, Sr.

51. “A father is a man who expects his son to be as good a man as he meant to be.” — Frank A. Clark

52. “I hope I can be as good of a father to my son as my dad was to me.” — Calvin Johnson

53. “For thousands of years, father and son have stretched wistful hands across the canyon of time.” — Alan Valentine

54. “Becoming a dad means you have to be a role model for your son and be someone he can look up to.” — Wayne Rooney

55. “My father used to say that it’s never too late to do anything you wanted to do. And he said, ‘You never know what you can accomplish until you try.'” — Michael Jordan

56. “A good father will leave his imprint on his daughter for the rest of her life.” — Dr. James Dobson

57. “I am not ashamed to say that no man I ever met was my father’s equal, and I never loved any other man as much.” — Hedy Lamarr

58. “Fathers, be good to your daughters. You are the god and the weight of her world.” — John Mayer

59. “A father is always making his baby into a little woman. And when she is a woman he turns her back again.” — Enid Bagnold

60. “Every dad, if he takes time out of his busy life to reflect upon his fatherhood, can learn ways to become an even better dad.” — Jack Baker

61. “Every father should remember one day his son will follow his example, not his advice.” ― Charles Kettering

62. “Anyone who tells you fatherhood is the greatest thing that can happen to you, they are understating it.” ― Mike Myers

63. “My dad was my best friend and greatest role model. He was an amazing dad, coach, mentor, soldier, husband and friend.” – Tiger Woods

64. “Say not in grief ‘he is no more’ but in thankfulness that he was.” – Hebrew Proverb

65. “No matter how old we are, we still need our dads, and wonder how we’ll get by without them.” – Jennifer Williamson

66. “A father’s love is forever imprinted on his child’s heart.” – Jennifer Williamson

67. “Dad, wherever you are, you are gone but you will never be forgotten.” – Conrad Hall

68. “No matter where I am, your spirit will be beside me. For I know that no matter what, you will always be with me.” – Tram-Tiara T. Von Reichenbach

69. “When I was little I bragged about my firefighting father: my father would go to heaven, because if he went to hell he would put out all the fires.” – Jodi Picoult