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So often we speak of mother being the center of the family, but often Father Knows Best, as is demonstrated by these quotes for fathers.  Fathers have, well ... different challenges than mothers in a family environment.

It's dangerous making generalities about mothers and fathers, but for one, I am personally very delighted that fathers seem more able to be openly loving and proud parents, and that society encourages them to be that.  


Here are some of my favorite quotes for fathers.



Bye, bye bunting
Daddy's gone a hunting
Gone to get a rabbit skin
To wrap up baby bunting in.
Old nursery rhyme

Without question, this is the greatest thing I've done in my life.
Johnny Depp on becoming a father

When Dad can't get the diaper on straight, we laugh at him as though he were trying to walk around in high heel shoes.  Do we ever assist him by pointing out that all you have to do is lay out the diaper like a baseball diamond, put the kid's butt on the pitcher's mount, bring home plate up, then fasten the tapes at first and third base?
Micheal K. Meyerhoff, "Of Baseball and Babies"

Raising kids is part joy and part guerilla warfare.
Ed Asner

How often have we all wished we could join in a child's joyful spirit, as in this father quote:

Children make you want to start life over.
Muhammad Ali

Any man can be a father but it takes someone special to be a dad.
Anne Geddes

And this quote for fathers from someone who knew a bit about wisdom:

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

Show me a man who has no fear, and I'll show you a man who's never changed a diaper.
W.H. Mertz III

The most important thing a father can do for his children is to love their mother.
Theordore M. Hesburgh

You don't have to deserve your mother's love.  You have to deserve your father's.  He's more particular.
Robert Frost

This quote for a father speaks eloquently:

I watched a small man with thick calluses on both hands work fifteen and sixteen hours a day. I saw him once literally bleed from the bottoms o his feet, a man who came here uneducated, alone, unable to speak the language, who taught me all I needed to know about faith and hard work by the simple eloquence of his example.
Mario Cuomo , speaking of his father.

My father taught me that the only way you can make good at anything is to practice, and then practice some more.
Pete Rose


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