Step Dad Quotes

Dad quotes are often looked up to help lift a dad up, to express a father’s feelings in a way he can’t do himself, or just to make your heart feel all warm and fuzzy.

Undoubtedly, mothers get more attention than fathers online, especially on social media. Fathers are an integral part of society and home life, yet they receive less encouragement and praise than mothers do.

If you take the time to look, you’ll notice mothers often have access to more resources and help than their male counterparts as well. After all, the lack of resources for dads is why we started Tribe of Dads.

Studies have shown that children are more likely to succeed when their dad is present, cementing the importance of fathers in the lives of their children.

While it may seem trivial, if you look up quotes about parenting, you will find far more pertaining to mom than dad. To show appreciation for the fathers out there, here are some of the best dad quotes we could find.

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Relatable Dad Quotes

“One father is more than a hundred schoolmasters.” –George Herbert

“Children are like wet cement. What is modeled for them imprints their character.”
― Max Lucado, Dad Time: Savoring the God-Given Moments of Fatherhood

“Fatherhood doesn’t come with an expiration date,”
― Barbara Claypole White, The Perfect Son

“A child enters your home and for the next twenty years makes so much noise you can hardly stand it. The child departs, leaving the house so silent you think you are going mad.” –John Andrew Holmes

“A father is someone you look up to no matter how tall you grow.” –Unknown

“Every son’s first superhero is his father, and it was the same for me. For me, he was Superman and Batman combined.” —Tiger Shroff

“Being a great father is like shaving. No matter how good you shaved today, you have to do it again tomorrow.” –Reed Markham

“My father always said there are four things a child needs: plenty of love, nourishing food, regular sleep, and lots of soap and water. After that, what he needs most is some intelligent neglect.” –Ivy Baker Priest


Step Dad Quotes

Step Dad Quotes

“Paternity is a long way from fatherhood.”
― James MacDonald, Act Like Men: 40 Days to Biblical Manhood

“It is not biology that determines fatherhood. It is love.”
― Kristin Hannah, The Nightingale

“Anyone can make a baby, but it takes a man to be a father.”
― Ta-Nehisi Coates, Between the World and Me

“He was all iron outside, but all father within.”
― Hall Caine, The Manxman

“A ‘good’ father will tenderly cultivate his children. But a ‘good’ father who is also a ‘brave’ father will let the children without cultivating the child within.”
― Craig D. Lounsbrough

“BONN: I thought fatherhood was hard, and some people weren’t suited for it. But it’s not. Being a father, a good one, I mean, is about making a choice.”
― Bijou Hunter, Whiskey Blues

“That anyone could father a child, but a real man chooses to be a dad.”
― J. Sterling, The Perfect Game

“Fatherhood is sacred.”
― Lailah Gifty Akita, Think Great: Be Great!

“The difference between a ‘man’ and a ‘father’ is that the former shares his genes, but the latter gives his life.”
― Craig D. Lounsbrough

“Being a father is a choice. Staying true to fatherhood is a duty.”
― Joan Ambu


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Inspirational Dad Quotes

“Raise your kids and grand-kids not as strong men or strong women, not as good Christians, Jews, or Muslims, not as responsible Americans, Europeans or anything else, not as efficient professionals or smart academics, but as strong, good, responsible, efficient and wise human beings.”
― Abhijit Naskar

“A father knows that the voice of a child singing is nothing less than the heart of a father that lost its voice. And so, rather than write such singing off to the ignorance of childhood muse, the wise father learns to sing again.”
― Craig D. Lounsbrough

“Take away fatherhood, and you kill womanhood, childhood, brotherhood—the entire neighborhood. Shoot the head, and you’ve killed the whole body.”
― Terry Law, The Power of Praise and Worship

“Children need to know that they matter, that someone in this big, scary, beautiful world thinks that they are the sun, moon, and stars all rolled into one lovable little human. The world will hurt and disillusion them at times, no doubt, but knowing that they are loved beyond measure by someone who’s got their back, knowing they are not alone, knowing they always have arms to run to when they’re hurt or afraid, will help them to pick themselves up and move on, again and again and again.”
― L.R. Knost

“To lead solely on the behalf of those being led is the utter pinnacle of fatherhood, and it is sad that so few ever stand on the summit.”
― Craig D. Lounsbrough

“As a father, we need to actively listen.”
― Asa Don Brown

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

“Someday you will know that a father is much happier in his children’s happiness than in his own. I cannot explain it to you: it is a feeling in your body that spreads gladness through you.” –Honore de Balzac, Pere Goriot

“Real Fathers are Solution Providers and not a part of the problem to be solved.”
― Fela Durotoye

“As a Father, I willingly nurture & protect the Soul’s of all those – I love.”
― Eleesha, The Soulful Pathway to Fatherhood: Soulfully Empowering Your Life’s Journey & Purpose as a Father Through Positive Inspiration

“A family needs a father to anchor it.” –L. Tom Perry

“Words have an awesome impact. The impression made by a father’s voice can set in motion an entire trend of life.” –Gordon MacDonald

“Children need models rather than critics.” –Joseph Joubert

“Each day of our lives we make deposits in the memory banks of our children.” Charles R. Swindoll

“There is no greater name for a leader than Mother or Father. There is no leadership more important than parenthood.” —Sheri L. Dew

“Fatherhood is the greatest education a man can ever receive.”
― Asa Don Brown

“A child playing with its father screams louder, laughs harder, jumps more eagerly, puts more faith in everything.”
― Lydia Netzer

“A father is only capable of giving what he has, and what he knows. A good father gives all of himself that is good.”
― Vincent Carrella

“Dads are most ordinary men turned by love into heroes, adventurers, story-tellers, and singers of song.” –Pam Brown

“Noble fathers have noble children.” –Euripides

“Children are made readers on the laps of their parents.” —Emilie Buchwald

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

“Whoever does not have a good father should procure one.” —Friedrich Nietzsche

“By profession, I am a soldier and take great pride in that fact, but I am also prouder, infinitely prouder, to be a father. A soldier destroys in order to build; the father only builds, never destroys.” –General Douglas MacArthur

“The lone father is not a strong father. Fathering is a difficult and perilous journey and is done well with the help of other men.” –John L. Hart

“Children of the new millennium when change is likely to continue and stress will be inevitable, are going to need, more than ever, the mentoring of an available father.” –Ian Grant

“The quality of a father can be seen in the goals, dreams, and aspirations he sets not only for himself but for his family.” –Reed Markham

― Richelle E. Goodrich, Slaying Dragons

“A successful father is not more successful than his children.”
― Raheel Farooq

“Do whatever you must do to protect your children and wife.”
― Andrew Galasetti, These Colors Don’t Run

“Papas should be loving their children so much that they cry when they gone. That’s what papas is supposed to do.”
― Andrew Galasetti, These Colors Don’t Run

“The greatest investment you can do in your life is in gaining time.”
― Pratik Patil, Pregnancy and Men

“Fatherhood is a man’s main goal and appointed purpose in life.”
― Sunday Adelaja

“There are many kinds of success in life worth having. It is exceedingly interesting and attractive to be a successful businessman, or railwayman, or farmer, or a successful lawyer or doctor; or a writer, or a President, or a ranchman, or the colonel of a fighting regiment, or to kill grizzly bears and lions. But for unflagging interest and enjoyment, a household of children, if things go reasonably well, certainly makes all other forms of success and achievement lose their importance by comparison.” –Theodore Roosevelt

“We think our Fathers Fools, so wise we grow; Our wiser Sons, no doubt, will think us so.” –Alexander Pope

“His values embraced family, reveled in the social mingling of the kitchen, and above all, welcomed the loving disorder of children.” –John Cole

“Children are a poor man’s riches.” –English proverb

“It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men.” –Frederick Douglass

“Don’t worry that children never listen to you; worry that they are always watching you.” —Robert Fulghum

“As fathers, we should have a desire to be active participants in our children’s lives.”
― Asa Don Brown

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

“If I have held a part of myself back from my children, I have obviously spent some time calculating the expense of being a father. And the fact is, a real father doesn’t do that kind of math.”
― Craig D. Lounsbrough

“Listen, there is no way any true man is going to let children live around him in his home and not discipline and teach, fight and mold them until they know all he knows. His goal is to make them better than he is. Being their friend is a distant second to this.”
― Victor Devlin

“How pleasant it is for a father to sit at his child’s board. It is like an aged man reclining under the shadow of an oak which he has planted.” Walter Scott

“Father, Dad, Papa, no matter what you call them they influence our lives and they are the person we look up to.”  Catherine Pulsifer

“I would define a leader as a person who puts the welfare of the group above himself. It’s the same thing with fathers.” Etan Thomas, Fatherhood: Rising to the Ultimate Challenge

“That is the thankless position of the father in the family-the provider for all, and the enemy of all.” –J. August Strindberg

“One of the greatest things a father can do for his children is to love their mother.” –Howard W. Hunter

“The heart of a father is the masterpiece of nature.”
― Prevost Abbe, Manon Lescaut

“I think that the best thing we can do for our children is to allow them to do things for themselves, allow them to be strong, allow them to experience life on their own terms, allow them to take the subway… let them be better people, let them believe more in themselves.”
― C. JoyBell C.

“The best way of training the young is to train yourself at the same time; not to admonish them, but to be seen never doing that of which you would admonish them.” –Plato

Loss of Dad Quotes

“Beautiful is the man who leaves a legacy that of shared love and life. It is he who transfers meaning, assigns significance, and conveys in his loving touch the fine art and gentle shaping of a life. This man shall be called, Father.”
― Stella Payton

“The greatest mark of a father is how he treats his children when no one is looking.”
― Dan Pearce, Single Dad Laughing

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

“The father who has selflessly poured himself into the life of his children may leave no other monument than that of his children. But as for a life well-lived, no other monument is necessary.”
― Craig D. Lounsbrough

“You never would get through to the end of being a father, no matter where you stored your mind or how many steps in the series you followed. Not even if you died. Alive or dead a thousand miles distant, you were always going to be on the hook for work that was neither a procedure nor a series of steps but, rather, something that demanded your full, constant attention without necessarily calling you to do, perform, or say anything at all.”
― Michael Chabon, Telegraph Avenue

“It took to lose my father,
To see the toll of being a rock,
A solid rock – The one solid rock…
Someone can depend on, rely on, base on!

But he never said, he is tired,
Tired of being that solid rock,
The secret behind his persistence,
Maybe i will never know…

For he is not here anymore,
To show how to keep on being a solid rock,
I will have to learn the hard way,
Just like he learned it – I guess!

It took to lose my father,
To see the toll of being a rock,
A rock – The one solid rock…
Everyone can depend on, rely on, base on!”
― Rafia Shujaat

“When I looked at you first I saw not your mother and me, but your two grandfathers . . . and, as my father, whom I loved a great deal, had died the year before, I was moved to see that here, in you, he was alive.” –Peter Carey

“Recently I noticed my father’s watch in a dark corner of my safety deposit box. Its presence there exemplified the great value I had assigned it. As I turned the watch in my hand, I remembered my father’s commitment to being on time … always … if not early.” Harold Ivan Smith, On Grieving the Death of a Father

“We never get over our fathers, and we’re not required to. (Irish Proverb)”
― Martin Sheen, Along the Way: The Journey of a Father and Son

“My father always used to say that when you die, if you’ve got five real friends, then you’ve had a great life.” -Lee Iacocca

“If there is any immortality to be had among us human beings, it is certainly only in the love that we leave behind. Fathers like mine don’t ever die.” –Leo Buscaglia

“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, Tenth of December

“When I looked at you first I saw not your mother and me, but your two grandfathers . . . and, as my father, whom I loved a great deal, had died the year before, I was moved to see that here, in you, he was alive.” –Peter Carey

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


Father and Daughter Quotes

“A good father loves his daughter with no strings attached. He is available. He is both strong and tender. Being big and strong doesn’t mean being separate from one’s feelings; to the contrary, it means being very much in touch with them. Women who experienced fathers like that know that a strong man can cry, and that a man who can cry can also be very strong.”
― Marlin S. Potash

“A girl’s father is the first man in her life, and probably the most influential.” –David Jeremiah

“To a father growing old nothing is dearer than a daughter.” –Euripides

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

“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

“Fathers, you are your daughter’s hero. My father was my hero. I used to wait on the steps of our home for him to arrive each night. He would pick me up and twirl me around and let me put my feet on top of his big shoes, and then he would dance me into the house. I loved the challenge of trying to follow his every footstep. I still do.” –Elaine S. Dalton

Father and Son Quotes

“He needed me to do what sons do for their fathers: bear witness that they’re substantial, that they’re not hollow, not ringing absences. That they count for something when little else seems to.”
― Richard Ford, Canada

“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 your own eyes.” –Walter M. Schirra, Sr.

“Sons are born to make their fathers better men.”
― Mekael Shane

“By the time you have a child and realize that you had a big void in you devoid of fatherly love and affection, then that moment will be the moment of your son’s enlightenment!”
― Fahad Basheer

“There is nothing wrong with finding the shortcomings of your father if you want to be a better father for your son!”
― Fahad Basheer

“Want to raise kind children? Be kind to your children.”
― L.R. Knost, The Gentle Parent: Positive, Practical, Effective Discipline

“Our sons not only receive a name but a legacy. With keen eyes, they watch and learn. At their core, they are shaped by the very things we say and don’t say; and by what we do and don’t do. They may cling to what is noble, they may emulate our flaws or reject them all together but a legacy will be formed nonetheless. It’s a huge undertaking but one I know the Lord will see me through. ~Jason Versey”
― Jason Versey, A Walk with Prudence

“Mostly you just have to keep plugging and keep loving—and hoping that your child forgives you according to how you loved him, judged him, forgave him, and stood watching over him as he slept, year after year.” –Ben Stein

“His father watched him across the gulf of years and pathos which always divide a father from his son.” –John Marquand

“Teaching a boy to be a man is the primary job of a father.”
― Clayton Lessor MA, LPC

“The father who does not teach his son his duties is equally guilty with the son who neglects them.” –Confucius

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

“Like so much between fathers and sons, playing catch was tender and tense at the same time.” –Donald Hall

“Despite what you might believe right now, your son’s future is bright. You only
need the right tools to help him get there.”
― Clayton Lessor MA, LPC

“Never fret for an only son. The idea of failure will never occur to him.” –George Bernard Shaw

“My son is seven years old. I am fifty-four. It has taken me a great many years to reach that age. I am more respected in the community, I am stronger, I am more intelligent and I think I am better than he is. I don’t want to be his pal, I want to be a father.” –Clifton Fadiman

“When a father gives to his son, both laugh; when a son gives to his father, both cry.” —William Shakespeare

“it’s my responsibility to cultivate the man in my son. I can’t be passive about that.”
― Randy Alcorn, Courageous

“When my son looks up at me and breaks into his wonderful toothless smile, my eyes fill up and I know that having him is the best thing I will ever do.” –Dan Greenberg

“You know, Son, sometimes a fellow has to take a licking for doing the right thing. A licking only lasts a short while, even if it’s a hard one, but failing to do the right thing will often make a mark on a man that will last forever.”
― Ralph Moody, Father and I Were Ranchers

“Until you have a son of your own . . . you will never know the joy beyond joy, the love beyond feeling that resonates in the heart of a father as he looks upon his son. You will never know the sense of honor that makes a man want to be more than he is and to pass something good and hopeful into the hands of his son. And you will never know the heartbreak of the fathers who are haunted by the personal demons that keep them from being the men they want their sons to be.” –Kent Nerburn

“My father used to play with my brother and me in the yard. Mother would come out and say, ‘You’re tearing up the grass.’ ‘We’re not raising grass,’ Dad would reply. ‘We’re raising boys.’” –Harmon Killebrew

“If the past cannot teach the present, and the father cannot teach the son, then history need not have bothered to go on, and the world has wasted a great deal of time.” –Russell Hoban

“‘Why do men like me want sons?’ he wondered. ‘It must be because they hope in their poor beaten souls that these new men, who are their blood, will do the things they were not strong enough nor wise enough nor brave enough to do. It is rather like another chance at life; like a new bag of coins at a table of luck after your fortune is gone.’” –John Steinbeck, Cup of Gold: A Life of Sir Henry Morgan, Buccaneer, with Occasional Reference to History

“Behind every great man is a man greater, his father.”
― Habeeb Akande

“A boy needs a father to show him how to be in the world. He needs to be given swagger, taught how to read a map so that he can recognize the roads that lead to life and the paths that lead to death, how to know what love requires, and where to find steel in the heart when life makes demands on us that are greater than we think we can endure.”
― Ian Morgan Cron, Jesus, My Father, The CIA, and Me: A Memoir. . . of Sorts

“Son, there are times a man has to do things he doesn’t like to, in order to protect his family.”
― Ralph Moody

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

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


New Dad Quotes

“When you learn to live unselfishly in the united adoration of your beloved family, you have fulfilled the art of Fatherhood.”
― Dr. Tony Beizaee

“Motherhood (and fatherhood) is one of the most important, while at the same time being one of the most long-time, unappreciated roles we may ever find ourselves in. Add to that, it seems at times to be taken as much for granted by our society at large, as by the developing young we pour our all into. Quality parenting is also wrought with joy and satisfaction at every turn, being one of the most rewarding, and fulfilling experiences we have the opportunity to know in this thing we call the human condition.”
― Connie Kerbs

“Fatherhood imposes an obligation that [is] more than your money, your body, or your time, a presence neither physical nor measurable by clocks: open-ended, eternal, and invisible, like the commitment of gravity to the stars.”
― Michael Chabon, Telegraph Avenue

“A father is a man who fails every day.”
― Michael Chabon

“The extension of the positive characteristics of a father can contribute more to the healing of a nation than all the money-laden do good programs combined. It is these caring, compassionate, respectful and loving attributes that can not only encourage and heal a family, but can be extended outward to a neighborhood, a town, a city, a territory, a region, and a country.” Byron R. Pulsifer

“Fathers, like mothers, are not born. Men grow into fathers and fathering is a very important stage in their development.” –David Gottesman

“No man can possibly know what life means, what the world means, what anything means until he has a child and loves it.” –Lafcadio Hearn

“Every parent is at some point the father of the unreturned prodigal, with nothing to do but keep his house open to hope.” –John Ciardi

“Real Fathers are men of integrity & honor. Their word is their bond.”
― Fela Durotoye

“Real Fathers are Role Models worthy of emulation. They choose to live exemplary lifestyles of leadership and excellence”
― Fela Durotoye

“Real Fathers make a positive impact on their generation, and so give the next generation the advantage of a better nation to live in”
― Fela Durotoye

“There is no greater influence in the lives of your children than the words you speak over them. The blessing of the father is incredibly potent and powerful. Your words give your children potential. As their father, you are prophesying their future!”
― Neil Kennedy

“Any man has the capability of making a baby, but the responsibility of fatherhood is a gift bestowed upon those wise enough to realize that it is a lifelong commitment that will bring one a joy no amount of money on this earth can buy. One cannot fully understand the unconditional love of Jesus Christ until they can love something greater than themselves. There is no better teacher in this lesson than fatherhood. -Chad Judice”

“Passion stimulates you, love intoxicates you, marriage sobers you, and parenthood tries you.”
― Matshona Dhliwayo

“Many men have children, but not many children have ‘Fathers’. Age releases to you reproductive skills. Fatherhood requires LEADERSHIP skills”
― Fela Durotoye

“Today is not the real Father’s Day.
It is the man-made version.
The real Father’s Day is the other 364 other days of the year that I get to see my boys grow into men and my girls grow into ladies and feel I had a slight part of the people that they turned out to be.

Not a better feeling in the world.

With every life lesson taught, half of which are understood at the time, and the other half that are understood after I am told to stop being ridiculous – EVERYDAY is Father’s Day.

And I wouldn’t trade it for the world. Good and bad.

I can honestly say there is no feeling on earth, like being a father and a dad.”
― John A. Passaro

“When we encourage new parents to ‘treasure these moments because they don’t last forever’ we need to remember to also reassure them that they will survive these moments because they don’t last forever.
Parenting is hard, and the struggles can sometimes feel like they overshadow the joys. Knowing that struggling is normal and will pass helps us get through the hard times so we can truly treasure the good ones.”
― L.R. Knost

“A father should do more – a father should give more to his children than he takes.”
― Rick Riordan, The Hidden Oracle

“Be a dad. Don’t be “Mom’s Assistant”…. Be a man…. Fathers have skills that they never use at home. You run a landscaping business and you can’t dress and feed a four-year-old? Take it on. Spend time with your kids…. It won’t take away your manhood, it will give it to you.”
― Louis C.K.

“Being a good father to our children requires a few goals:
1. Be an example of personal responsibility
2. Display self-respect
3. Be an example of personal growth, passion, and perseverance
4. Recognize and accept your child’s particular gifts and nurture them, not wish they had others
5. Love and respect your wife”
― Charles F. Glassman, Brain Drain The Breakthrough That Will Change Your Life

“The father who would taste the essence of his fatherhood must turn back from the plane of his experience, take with him the fruits of his journey and begin again beside his child, marching step by step over the same old road.”
― Angelo Patri

“We don’t lose ourselves in parenthood. We find parts of ourselves we never knew existed.”
― L.R. Knost

“It had been my experience that fatherhood was mostly a matter of suffering the insufferable, tolerating the intolerable, and changing diapers.”
― Jeff Lindsay, Dexter Is Dead

“Being a father means you have to think fast on your feet. You must be judicious, wise, brave, tender, and willing to put on a frilly hat and sit down to a pretend tea party.” Matthew Buckley, Fatherhood: The Manliest Profession

“Being a father is a PRIVILEGE. It is nothing short of amazing!” Larry Hagner, The Dad’s Edge: 9 Simple Ways to Have: Unlimited Patience, Improved Relationships, and Positive Lasting Memories

“I’m convinced that a father’s role in child-raising should never be underestimated. Fathers play a crucial role in their children’s emotional and physical well-being and in the choices they make about how to live their lives now and in the future. ” Nicoline Ambe, Being Dad: Lessons I Learned From My Father About What Makes A Good Dad

“Lecturing to you will not make you a better father, because fatherhood is not a matter of conscious information; it’s a matter of having the right frame of mind and the right pattern of reactions to children’s behaviors and needs.” Rob Wagner, Discipline begins with Dad: A family man’s story about respectfully teaching respect.

“It is easier for a father to have children than for children to have a real father.” –Pope John XXIII

“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

“A father knows his child’s heart, as only a child can know his fathers.”
― Kazuo Koike, Lone Wolf, and Cub, Vol. 1: The Assassin’s Road

“When you’re a dad, there’s no one above you. If I don’t do something that has to be done, who is going to do it?” –Jonathan Safran Foer, Here I Am

“A few days after we came home from the hospital, I sent a letter to a friend, including a photo of my son and some first impressions of fatherhood. He responded, simply, ‘Everything is possible again.’ It was the perfect thing to write because that was exactly how it felt. We could retell our stories and make them better, more representative, or aspirational. Or we could choose to tell different stories. The world itself had another chance.”
― Jonathan Safran Foer, Eating Animals

“Some dads liken the impending birth of a child to the beginning of a great journey.” –Marcus Jacob Goldman

“The nature of impending fatherhood is that you are doing something that you’re unqualified to do, and then you become qualified while doing it.” –John Green

Dad Quotes From Books

“What makes a good father? 1. A good father sets an example that his children want to follow. 2. A good father provides for the needs of his children—both material and non-material. 3. A good father demonstrates his love in both words and actions. 4. A good father provides guidance in a positive fashion.”
― Rob Kozak, Finding Fatherhood

“It is indeed great news that, despite the challenges, in some ways, it is more
possible than ever before to have a great career and be a great dad.”
― Scott Behson, The Working Dad’s Survival Guide: How to Succeed at Work and at Home

“The promises you speak over your children can take on the weight of destiny.”
― Neil Kennedy, Speaking The Father’s Blessing: 52 Blessings and 365 Promises To Speak Over Your Children

“Fatherhood is about helping children become happy and healthy adults who are at ease in the world and prepared to become fathers or mothers themselves. We often say that doing what’s best for our kids is more important than anything else we do. What’s best for our kids should always include a role for fathers.”
― Paul Raeburn, Do Fathers Matter?: What Science Is Telling Us About the Parent We’ve Overlooked

“In my younger and more vulnerable years, my father gave me some advice that I’ve been turning over in my mind ever since. ”Whenever you feel like criticizing anyone,” he told me, “just remember that all the people in this world haven’t had the advantages that you’ve had.”
― F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby

“I believe that what we become depends on what our fathers teach us at odd moments when they aren’t trying to teach us. We are formed by little scraps of wisdom.”
― Umberto Eco, Foucault’s Pendulum

“Sherman made the terrible discovery that men make about their fathers sooner or later . . . that the man before him was not an aging father but a boy, a boy much like himself, a boy who grew up and had a child of his own and, as best he could, out of a sense of duty and, perhaps love, adopted a role called Being a Father so that his child would have something mythical and infinitely important: a Protector, who would keep a lid on all the chaotic and catastrophic possibilities of life.” –Tom Wolfe, The Bonfire of the Vanities

Religious Dad Quotes

“Spiritual fatherhood has nothing to do with power or control. It is a fatherhood of compassion.”
― Henri J.M. Nouwen, Return of the Prodigal Son

“Father!—To God Himself we cannot give a holier name.” –William Wordsworth

“To be a good father and mother requires that the parents defer many of their own needs and desires in favor of the needs of their children. As a consequence of this sacrifice, conscientious parents develop a nobility of character and learn to put into practice the selfless truths taught by the Savior Himself.” —James E. Faust

“A righteous father protects his children with his time and presence.”
― Howard W. Hunter

“A father is the one in your life who provides and protects. That is exactly what God has done. —He Still Moves Stones”
― Max Lucado, Dad Time: Savoring the God-Given Moments of Fatherhood


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