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I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life. No one comes to the Father except through me. Jesus Christ, leader


I cannot think of any need in childhood as strong as the need for a father's protection. Sigmund Freud, psychologist


I believe that what we become depends on what our fathers teach us at odd moments, when they aren't trying to teach us. Umberto Eco, novelist


The fundamental defect with fathers is that they want their children to be a credit to them. Bertrand Russell, philosopher


The father who does not teach his son his duties is equally guilty with the son who neglects them. Confucius, philosopher


To a father growing old nothing is dearer than a daughter. Euripides, poet


Men are generally more careful of the breed of their horses and dogs than of their children. William Penn, leader


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


I believe every child has the right to a mother and a father. Men and women are not the same. That's not to say they're not entitled to equal rights, but they are not the same. Mark Davis, writer


A father is a banker provided by nature. Proverbs,


One father is more than a hundred schoolmasters. George Herbert, poet


Sons have always a rebellious wish to be disillusioned by that which charmed their fathers. Aldous Huxley, novelist


It was times like these when I thought my father, who hated guns and had never been to any wars, was the bravest man who ever lived. Harper Lee, novelist


The father is always a Republican toward his son, and his mother's always a Democrat. Robert Frost, poet


My father was often angry when I was most like him. Lillian Hellman, dramatist


She was trusted and valued by her father, loved and courted by all dogs, cats, children, and poor people, and slighted and neglected by everybody else. Anne Bronte, novelist


Blessed indeed is the man who hears many gentle voices call him father! Lydia Maria Child,


Noble fathers have noble children. Euripides, poet


A man knows when he is growing old because he begins to look like his father. Gabriel Garcia Marquez, novelist


I stopped loving my father a long time ago. What remained was the slavery to a pattern. Anais Nin, author


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


As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Jesus Christ, leader


I talk and talk and talk, and I haven't taught people in fifty years what my father taught me by example in one week. Mario Cuomo, politician


Dad, wherever you are, you are gone but you will never be forgotten. Conrad Hall, film cinematographer


There are fathers who do not love their children, but there is no grandfather who does not adore his grandson. Victor Hugo, author


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


Fathers should be neither seen nor heard. That is the only proper basis for family life. Oscar Wilde, dramatist


When I was 18, I thought my father was pretty dumb. After a while when I got to be 21, I was amazed to find out how much he'd learned in three years. Frank Butler,


I should have been an abortion. The only reason I wasn't was that my father was a Christian. Neko Case, musician


My father felt that children should make their own way. Ron Reagan, journalist


I think I've always been somebody, since the deaths of my father and brother, who was afraid to hope. So, I was more prepared for failure and for rejection than for success. Amy Tan, novelist


It was something she didn't want me to do because she thought the rejection would ruin my self-esteem. My father was, like, 'If she wants to try it, let her try it.' Ellen Muth, actress


A father is always making his baby into a little woman. And when she is a woman he turns her back again. Enid Bagnold, author


Call no man your father upon the earth, for one is your Father, which is in heaven. Bible,


When one has not had a good father, one must create one. Friedrich Nietzsche, philosopher


We think our fathers fools, so wise we grow. Our wiser sons, no doubt will think us so. Alexander Pope, poet


It doesn't matter who my father was; it matters who I remember he was. Anne Sexton, poet


An unforgiving eye, and a damned disinheriting countenance! Richard Brinsley Sheridan, playwright


An angry father is most cruel toward himself. Publilius Syrus, writer


The God of the Christians is a father who makes much of his apples, and very little of his children. Denis Diderot, editor


Aeneas carried his aged father on his back from the ruins of Troy and so do we all, whether we like it or not, perhaps even if we have never known them. Angela Carter, novelist


All my friends were in the park smoking weed and getting pregnant. I didn't want to be the young black girl having a baby, a baby's father, being on welfare. That wasn't going to be my story. Foxy Brown, musician


Necessity may be the mother of invention, but play is certainly the father. Roger Von Oech,


For rarely are sons similar to their fathers: most are worse, and a few are better than their fathers. Homer, poet


I remember the time I was kidnapped and they sent a piece of my finger to my father. He said he wanted more proof. Rodney Dangerfield, comedian


On the king's gate the moss grew gray; The king came not. They call'd him dead; And made his eldest son, one day, Slave in his father's stead. Helen Hunt Jackson, writer


When I felt rather overcome with my father's opposition, I said as firmly as I could, that I must have this or something else, that I could not live without some real work. Elizabeth Garrett Anderson, scientist


When Socrates was about 30, and his father was long dead, he was still pursuing the art of sculpture, but from necessity, and without much inclination. Moses Mendelssohn, philosopher


I decided in my life that I would do nothing that did not reflect positively on my father's life. Sidney Poitier, actor


He's just like my father that way-my father just adored my mother and let her do whatever she wanted. John's like that. He's a very rare man, a very good man, and I've had a good life with him. I'm proud to be walking in the wake of Johnny's fame. June Carter Cash, musician


That he delights in the misery of others no man will confess, and yet what other motive can make a father cruel? Joseph Addison, writer


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, novelist


The worst misfortune that can happen to an ordinary man is to have an extraordinary father. Austin O'Malley, physicist


My father must have had some elementary education for he could read and write and keep accounts inaccurately George Bernard Shaw, dramatist


What harsh judges fathers are to all young men! Terence, writer


He was definitely a father figure for all of us. Once you were a Giant, you were always a Giant. George Martin, producer


Just talk to me as a father - not what the Constitution says. What do you feel? Joe Biden, vice president


When did it become a problem to be a small businessman and become successful? The small businessman - like my father, or like me? Glenn Beck, journalist


When I was growing up my mother would say, 'Your dad may have to learn about being a father because he lost his own and that would have affected him'. Tom Hooper, director


Obama gets his identity and his ideology from his father. Dinesh D'Souza, author


I believe the most compelling explanation of Obama's actions is that he is, just like his father, an anti-colonialist. Dinesh D'Souza, author


My father was having an affair with a 16-year-old when Mum was pregnant with me. She found out when I was three weeks old and left, not surprisingly. Carol Vorderman, entertainer


It is important not to copy other people's careers but set the tone of who you want to be. My father's always encouraged me to do that. Nicole Richie, actress


My father's a protector. My father's old-school. He's a cowboy. Paul Walker, actor


There wasn't a rich father or rich family that paid for everything that I have right now, so I worked my way. Marat Safin, athlete


My father had never watched tennis, never liked tennis too much. He said, 'OK, we buy a racket, we watch together,' because we didn't know anything. It was a process of learning together that made it more interesting. Novak Djokovic, athlete


My father never talked about the sacrifices that the family made for me. Novak Djokovic, athlete


I bet after seeing us, George Washington would sue us for calling him "father." Will Rogers, actor


I have never been a material girl. My father always told me never to love anything that cannot love you back. Imelda Marcos, celebrity


She got her looks from her father. He's a plastic surgeon. Groucho Marx, comedian


Time is the father of truth, its mother is our mind. Giordano Bruno, philosopher


An angry father is most cruel towards himself. Publilius Syrus, writer


The human father has to be confronted and recognized as human, as man who created a child and then, by his absence, left the child fatherless and then Godless. Anais Nin, author


There's really no point in having children if you're not going to be home enough to father them. Anthony Edwards, actor


Praise God, from whom all blessings flow! Praise Him, all creatures here below! Praise Him above, ye heavenly host! Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost! Thomas Ken, clergyman


My father would take me to the playground, and put me on mood swings. Jay London, comedian


But I have to be careful not to let the world dazzle me so much that I forget that I'm a husband and a father. Herbie Hancock, musician


For those of us who have lost loved ones in their prime - as I did when my father and other relatives succumbed - even one of those years would have been a precious gift. Michael Milken, criminal


True maturity is only reached when a man realizes he has become a father figure to his girlfriends' boyfriends - and he accepts it. Larry Mcmurtry, writer


All we ask is that we have peace with the whites. We want to hold you by the hand. You are our father. Black Kettle, leader


On October 28th, 1887, I became the mother of a girl baby, the very image of its father, at least that is what he said, but who has the temper of its mother. Calamity Jane, soldier


Father was the eldest son and the heir apparent, and he set the standard for being a Rockefeller very high, so every achievement was taken for granted and perfection was the norm. David Rockefeller, businessman


I have done everything I can to make sure my daughter knows her father because you form your own identity by rebelling against your parents - but first you have to know them. Greta Scacchi, actress


I inherited that calm from my father, who was a farmer. You sow, you wait for good or bad weather, you harvest, but working is something you always need to do. Miguel Indurain, athlete


My father was very much a handy person round the house, and I learnt a lot of carpentry from him. John Henry Carver, physicist


My father was a stone mason, and a talented amateur pianist and vocalist. John E. Walker, scientist


My father was a pedant and a bully who cared about nobody, and I was not to see him until I was eighteen. George Weinberg, psychologist


My father is black and my mother is white. Therefore, I could answer to either, which kind of makes me a racial Lone Ranger, caught between two communities. Wentworth Miller, actor


But as my brother was doing his research for a book about my father, it became his opinion that the most influential anti-semitism my father encountered when he was growing up was from Jews, because his relatives were German Jews, and doctors. Tobias Wolff, writer


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, writer


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, educator


Fathers do not exasperate your children; instead, bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord. Ephesians 6:4 Bible,


When God was creating fathers, He started with a tall frame. An angel nearby said, What kind of father is that? If you Erma Bombeck, journalist


Those who have never had a father can at any rate never know the sweets of losing one. To most men the death of his father is a new lease of life. Samuel Butler, poet


As fathers commonly go, it is seldom a misfortune to be fatherless; and considering the general run of sons, as seldom a misfortune to be childless. Lord Chesterfield, statesman


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, comedian


You know, fathers just have a way of putting everything together. Erika Cosby,


Be kind to thy father, for when thou were young, who loved thee so fondly as he? He caught the first accents that fell from thy tongue, and joined in thy innocent glee. Margaret Courtney,


In peace the sons bury their fathers, but in war the fathers bury their sons. Croesus,


What a dreadful thing it must be to have a dull father. Mary Mapes Dodge,


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


He who is taught to live upon little owes more to his father's wisdom than he who has a great deal left him does to his father's care. William Penn, leader


A man's desire for a son is usually nothing but the wish to duplicate himself in order that such a remarkable pattern may not be lost to the world. Helen Rowland, writer


One night a father overheard his son pray: Dear God, Make me the kind of man my Daddy is. Later that night, the Father prayed, Dear God, Make me the kind of man my son wants me to be. Source Unknown,


By the time a man realizes that maybe his father was right, he usually has a son who thinks he's wrong. Charles Wadworth,


It no longer bothers me that I may be constantly searching for father figures; by this time, I have found several and dearly enjoyed knowing them all. Alice Walker, author


The American father is never seen in London. He passes his life entirely in Wall Street and communicates with his family once a month by means of a telegram in cipher. Oscar Wilde, dramatist


Our fathers had their dreams; we have ours; the generation that follows will have its own. Without dreams and phantoms man cannot exist. Olive Schreiner, writer


I learned from the example of my father that the manner in which one endures what must be endured is more important than the thing that must be endured. Dean Acheson, statesman


The most important thing in my father's life? World peace. Me and my brother. My mom. Sean Lennon, musician


It would be curious to know what leads a man to become a stationer rather than a baker, when he is no longer compelled, as among the Egyptians, to succeed to his father's craft. Honore de Balzac, novelist


It's my father's legacy. My father's view was that the public is the employer of these government employees and has the right to know what they're up to. Jack Anderson, journalist


You know my father as governor, as president, but I knew him as dad. I was so proud to have the Reagan name and to be Ronald Reagan's son. Michael Reagan,


My father is a man of impeccable character who has worked tirelessly for the United Nations for many years. His integrity is beyond reproach. Kojo Annan, celebrity


To people who remember JFK's assassination, JFK Jr. will probably always be that boy saluting his father's coffin. Michael Beschloss, historian


Like any parents, mine wanted me to have a secure job with a regular wage and career prospects. And the one job my father knew of, that he'd had experience of himself, was the army, so he could help me in that direction. James Blunt, musician


What everybody misses here is that we are doing the same thing my father did. He licensed and litigated and protected his property, and we have to follow the same tradition, because the way the law reads, if you don't protect it, you lose it. Dexter S. King,


But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him. God is a spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth. Albert Pike, lawyer


Struggle is the father of all things. It is not by the principles of humanity that man lives or is able to preserve himself above the animal world, but solely by means of the most brutal struggle. Adolf Hitler, criminal


The Lion King always makes me cry, especially when Simba's father gets trampled. Vanessa Hudgens, actress


I'm the son of an everyman. My father is a teacher. He teaches physics at a boys' school in Sydney. Alex O'Loughlin, actor


The Relation we bear to the Wisdom of the Father, the Son of His Love, gives us indeed a dignity which otherwise we have no pretence to. It makes us something, something considerable even in God's Eyes. Mary Astell, writer


As I've gotten older, I've gotten more liberal, and my father is increasingly conservative. It's so shocking to me because I always thought we had the same politics. The day I realized we voted for different presidents, I practically fell out of my chair. Lauren Graham, actress


I've had some amazing people in my life. Look at my father - he came from a small fishing village of five hundred people and at six foot four with giant ears and a kind of very odd expression, thought he could be a movie star. So go figure, you know? Kiefer Sutherland, actor


My parents went crazy when they found out that I had gotten the part in 'Conversations With My Father!' I'd never given acting a thought. They were proud of me and very encouraging. David Krumholtz, actor


I'm quite sensitive to women. I saw how my sister got treated by boyfriends. I read this thing that said when you are in a relationship with a woman, imagine how you would feel if you were her father. That's been my approach, for the most part. Orlando Bloom, actor


I am so excited to extend myself behind the scenes as a designer and to - as my father puts it - finally have a real job. Lady Gaga, musician


Being a father to my family and a husband is to me much more important than what I did in the business. Tom Bosley, actor


Our mother was a very religious and observant Jew, our father less so. She was kind of driving the religious education, so for us it was more a burden and an obligation when we were kids at that age. Joel Coen, director


I came from Nebraska, a very middle class family with a progressive father. Theodore C. Sorensen, lawyer


There were 15 people in the village, including five of us. If my father arrested somebody in the winter, he'd have to wait until the thaw to turn him in. Leslie Nielsen, actor


I suppose you could say my father's world was Thomas Hardy and my mother's D.H. Lawrence. Seamus Heaney, poet


Both my mother and father were very supportive of any career move any of us wanted to make. James Gandolfini, actor


What I learned most from my father wasn't anything he said; it was just the way he behaved. He loved his work so much that, whenever he came on set, he brought that with him, and other people rose to it. Jeff Bridges, actor


But I remember the moment when my father died. I wasn't a very committed Catholic beforehand, but when that happened it suddenly all felt so obvious: I now believe religion is our attempt to find an explanation, for us to feel more protected. Javier Bardem, actor


I am stopping so I can be a full-time father to my two young sons on a daily basis. Phil Collins, musician


My father was somewhat to the right of Genghis Khan. Lawrence Eagleburger, diplomat


He's by best friend and the father of my children. He's a great ex. Sarah Ferguson,


My father was a police officer before he retired. One of my brothers is also a police officer, and I think they kind of expected I would do something along those lines, like become a fireman or something. Ryan Reynolds, actor


And I come here as a daughter, raised on the South Side of Chicago - by a father who was a blue-collar city worker and a mother who stayed at home with my brother and me. Michelle Obama, first lady


Going to the movies was a big event in my youth. My father would be the initiator - he'd have me put on a jacket to see a film. Ralph Fiennes, actor


I'm a strange mixture of my mother's curiosity; my father, who grew up the son of the manse in a Presbyterian family, who had a tremendous sense of duty and responsibility; and my mother's father, who was always in trouble with gambling debts. Rupert Murdoch, publisher


I've gone through that with my mother and father and here I was in a similar situation. I've wronged her and I've wronged the family. Because when these things happen, it doesn't just happen to you, it happens to the people around you and the family. John Prescott, politician


My mother and father are very involved with music. It's completely part of their soul. P. J. Harvey, musician


I have a really beautiful life right now, so there is no reason to be hostile. I'm a husband, a father and a man who tries to do the right thing in life and in my work. Ice Cube, musician


There's a lot of single black women who did the best that they could and that's a beautiful thing, but they don't know how necessary a father is in a kid's life and how much guys miss that deep down inside. LL Cool J, musician


My father had died, and very swiftly, too, of cancer of the esophagus. He was 79. I am 61. In whatever kind of a 'race' life may be, I have very abruptly become a finalist. Christopher Hitchens, author


I always wanted to be a father. I have a beautiful relationship with my dad and beautiful memories. I always knew I was going to have a family. Ricky Martin, musician


There were nine children in my father's family and eight in my mother's. My grandparents did the best with what they had. After the Depression, they were scratching out a living and working hard. They kept the family going. Cheryl Ladd, actress


I never thought about becoming a politician. But during the military dictatorship, my grandfather was put in prison six times and my father twice. If my family and my country didn't have this history, I might be a professor somewhere today. Georgios A. Papandreou, politician


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