Fathers get a bad rap.  They’re the tuba of the band, the executioner of punishment, and chronicler of lectures.  So, let’s honor our special hero by sharing some of the most AWESOME quotes written about DAD.

  1. “My father taught me to work; he did not teach me to love it.” — Abraham Lincoln
  2. “A father is a banker provided by nature.” — French Proverb
  3. “Sometimes the poorest man leaves his children the richest inheritance.” — Ruth E. Renkel
  4. “A father is a guy who has snapshots in his wallet where his money used to be.” — Unknown
  5. “My father didn’t tell me how to live; he lived, and let me watch him do it.” — Clarence Budington Kelland
  6. “My father always told me, ‘Find a job you love and you’ll never have to work a day in your life.’ ” — Jim Fox
  7. “One father is more than a hundred schoolmasters.” — George Herbert
  8. “When I was a kid, I said to my father one afternoon, ‘Daddy, will you take me to the zoo?’ He answered, ‘If the zoo wants you, let them come and get you.'” — Jerry Lewis
  9. “A truly rich man is one whose children run into his arms when his hands are empty.” — Unknown
  10. “By the time a man realizes that maybe his father was right, he usually has a son who thinks he’s wrong.” — Charles Wadsworth
  11. Watch out how you treat your mother; sooner or later you’ll treat other women that way, too.
  12. Learn basic auto repair. Anything you depend on that much you’d better know how to fix.
  13. Even if you think you know how to put something together, read the instructions first.
  14. You can turn a loss into a win by learning something from it.
  15. No matter what it costs you to be who you really are, it’s worth it.
  16. Women will never understand the Three Stooges.
  17. Think about what you’d like to remember when you’re old; it may help you decide what to do tomorrow.
  18. Nobody ever lay in his deathbed and wished he had worked longer hours.
  19. “Success and happiness at work come by embracing and using the strengths that makes one different.” –@assetspersonifi  via Twitter
  20. “Any man can be a Father but it takes someone special to be a dad.” — Anne Geddes
  21. “Always leave work each day having done more than you were paid to do.”  — @DesertDojo , via Twitter
  22. “Always send a hand written thank you note. Maybe the best advice he ever gave.” – Michael G., via Facebook
  23. “Don’t quit!” – Debra M., via Facebook
  24. “Never say I don’t know. Say ‘Let me get back to you’ and go look it up.” – Carolyn H., via Facebook
  25. “You miss 100 percent of the shots you don’t take.” – @L_Gilmour, via Twitter
  26. “Do an honest day’s work for an honest day’s pay, and be proud of whatever you do.” – Beverly R., via Facebook
  27. “A great career lies at the crossroad of what you love, what you’re good at, and what people are willing to pay you for.” – @WhatUrGoodAt, via Twitter
  28. “As long as you’re putting food on the table for your family, hold your head high and be proud!” – @myJobble, via Twitter
  29. “Live your life by your own moral code and never sacrifice that same code in the workplace.” – Renee E., via Facebook
  30. “Successful people take risks!” – @Career411Dan, via Twitter
  31. “Quit. They don’t deserve you.” – Keri C., via Facebook
  32. “Basically it’s ok to start off at the bottom but it’s not ok to stay there. Look at the top, see what they’re doing and do it.” –@ApolloGreg, via Twitter
  33. “You can’t change the circus, unless you change the clowns.” – @mdtnavedu, via Twitter
  34. “I am indebted to my father for living, but to my teacher for living well.” — Alexander the Great
  35. “If the new American father feels bewildered and even defeated, let him take comfort from the fact that whatever he does in any fathering situation has a fifty percent chance of being right.” — Bill Cosby
  36. “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 of 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
  37. “A king, realizing his incompetence, can either delegate or abdicate his duties. A father can do neither. If only sons could see the paradox, they would understand the dilemma.” — Marlene Dietrich
  38. Keep your eye on the ball
  39. Don’t just listen to what people say; try to figure out why they’re saying it.
  40. “I cannot think of any need in childhood as strong as the need for a father’s protection.” — Sigmund Freud
  41. “No job is beneath you.” – Eric B., via Facebook
  42. “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
  43. Stand up straight, shake hands firmly and look people in the eye.
  44. “My father always used to say that when you die, if you’ve got five real friends, you’ve had a great life.” — Elbert Hubbard
  45. “The father of a daughter is nothing but a high-class hostage. A father turns a stony face to his sons, berates them, shakes his antlers, paws the ground, snorts, runs them off into the underbrush, but when his daughter puts her arm over his shoulder and says, ‘Daddy, I need to ask you something,’ he is a pat of butter in a hot frying pan.” — Garrison Keillor
  46. “If you’re on time, you’re late…”– Sheina S., via Facebook
  47. Your word is your bond.
  48. “I don’t know who my grandfather was; I am much more concerned to know what his grandson will be.” — Abraham Lincoln
  49. Do things the hard way sometimes–it’s good practice.
  50. Don’t lose track of your old friends; it’s important to have people around who know where you came from.
  51. “Father taught us that opportunity and responsibility go hand in hand. I think we all act on that principle; on the basic human impulse that makes a man want to make the best of what’s in him and what’s been given him.” — Laurence Rockefeller
  52. The harder you work for something, the more you’ll appreciate it–which is why you can’t have your allowance until you’re done with your chores.
  53. “I’ve had a hard life, but my hardships are nothing against the hardships that my father went through in order to get me to where I started.” – Bartrand Hubbard
  54. “The older I get, the smarter my father seems to get.” – Tim Russert
  55. “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
  56. “All fathers are invisible in daytime; daytime is ruled by mothers and fathers come out at night. Darkness brings home fathers, with their real, unspeakable power. There is more to fathers than meets the eye.” – Margaret Atwood
  57. “It doesn’t matter who my father was; it matters who I remember he was.” – Anne Sexton
  58. “The greatest gift I ever had Came from God, and I call him Dad!” – Anonymous
  59. 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
  60. Fatherhood is pretending the present you love most is soap-on-a-rope.” – Bill Cosby
  61. There’s something like a line of gold thread running through a man’s words when he talks to his daughter, and gradually over the years it gets to be long enough for you to pick up in your hands and weave into a cloth that feels like love itself.” – John Gregory Brown
  62. “You know, fathers just have a way of putting everything together.” – Erika Cosby
  63. “Small boys become big men through the influence of big men who care about small boys.” – Anonymous
  64. “If the relationship of father to son could really be reduced to biology, the whole earth would blaze with the glory of fathers and sons. ” – James Baldwin
  65. A father is a man who expects his children to be as good as he meant to be.~ Carol Coats
  66. The father who does not teach his son his duties is equally guilty with the son who neglects them.~ Confucius
  67. How true Daddy’s words were when he said: “All children must look after their own upbringing.” Parents can only give good advice or put them on the right paths, but the final forming of a person’s character lies in their own hands.~ Anne Frank
  68. The thing to remember about fathers is, they’re men. A girl has to keep it in mind: They are dragon-seekers, bent on improbable rescues. Scratch any father, you find someone chock-full of qualms and romantic terrors, believing change is a threat – like your first shoes with heels on, like your first bicycle I it took such months to get.~ Phyllis McGinley
  69. That is the thankless position of the father in the family – the provider for all, and the enemy of all.~ J. August Strindberg
  70. A man’s worth is measured by how he parents his children. What he gives them, what he keeps away from them, the lessons he teaches and the lessons he allows them to learn on their own. ~Lisa Rogers

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