Quotable Quotes about Fathers

This weekend we celebrate the National Holiday of Father’s Day. In honor of this day, I share with you a variety of quotes about fathers.

Some are serious and sincere, some are in jest, and some are painfully true.

All are meant to call attention to fatherhood, its importance, and to encourage all men to be faithful to their responsibilities to be good husbands and fathers.

Charles Wadsworth (1814-1882): “By the time a man realizes that maybe his father was right, he usually has a son who thinks he’s wrong.”

Mark Twain (1835-1910): “When I was a boy of fourteen, my father was so ignorant I could hardly stand to have the old man around. But when I got to be twenty-one, I was astonished at how much the old man had learned in seven years.”

Robert Frost (1874-1963): “The father is always a Republican toward his son, and his mother’s always a Democrat.”

Peter De Vries (1910-1993): “My father hated radio and he could not wait for television to be invented so that he could hate that too.”

Robert Orben (1927-): “Life was a lot simpler when what we honored was father and mother rather than all major credit cards.”

Spike Milligan (1918-2002): “My father had a profound influence on me, he was a lunatic.”

Sigmund Freud (1856-1939): “I cannot think of any need in childhood as strong as the need for a father’s protection.”

Charles Lamb (1775-1834): “I am determined that my children shall be brought up in their father’s religion, if they can find out what it is.”

Rev. Theodore Hesburgh (1917-2015): “The most important thing that a father can do for his children is to love their mother.”

Clarence B. Kelland (1881-1964): “My father didn’t tell me how to live; he lived, and let me watch him do it.”

In prayer, we remember all our fathers, living and deceased. Happy Father’s Day!