An angry father is most cruel towards himself.
For rarely are sons similar to their fathers: most are worse, and a few are better than their fathers.
I cannot think of any need in childhood as strong as the need for a father’s protection.
We think our fathers fools, so wise we grow. Our wiser sons, no doubt will think us so.
Lucky that man whose children make his happiness in life and not his grief, the anguished disappointment of his hopes.
It’s only when you grow up, and step back from him, or leave him for your own career and your own home – it’s only then that you can measure his greatness and fully appreciate it. Pride reinforces love.
When a father gives to his son, both laugh; when a son gives to his father, both cry.
I have never been a material girl. My father always told me never to love anything that cannot love you back.
Children have more need of models than critics.
Stanley T. Banks; Father of the Bride
You fathers will understand. You have a little girl. She looks up to you. You’re her oracle. You’re her hero. And then the day comes when she gets her first permanent wave and goes to her first real party, and from that day on, you’re in a constant state of panic.
Robert Burton; Anatomy of Melancholy
Diogenes struck the father when the son swore.
There must always be a struggle between a father and son, while one aims at power and the other at independence.
Ralph Waldo Emerson, on the death of his son
My son, a perfect little boy of five years and three months, had ended his earthly life. You can never sympathize with me; you can never know how much of me such a young child can take away. A few weeks ago I accounted myself a very rich man, and now the poorest of all.
Knights of Pythagoras
A man never stands as tall as when he kneels to help a child.