Any man can be a dad, but it takes a special man to be a father. And, it takes a specially patient and loving man to be loved as a step-father.
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.
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.
A father is a banker provided by nature.
The father is always a Republican toward his son, and his mother's always a Democrat.
I cannot think of any need in childhood as strong as the need for a father's protection.
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.
My father died many years ago, and yet when something special happens to me, I talk to him secretly not really knowing whether he hears, but it makes me feel better to half believe it.
By the time a man realizes that maybe his father was right, he usually has a son who thinks he's wrong.
Dad you are the best, you are better than all the rest!
A Father I have, but it is the Dad that I love!
Thanks for always being there, for the support, the love and the guidance.
I couldn't have asked for a better Dad. Your thoughtfulness, your love, your support has made me who I am today.
Blessed indeed is the man who hears many gentle voices call him father!\
Lydia M. Child
The way you raised me, the guidance and support, the example you set has been an inspiration for me. Thanks
I don't know who my grandfather was; I am much more concerned to know what his grandson will be.
The father who does not teach his son his duties is equally guilty with the son who neglects them.
To her the name of father was another name for love.
A man knows when he is growing old because he begins to look like his father.
Gabriel García Márquez
It has always been reassuring to know that anytime you're needed, you're there. Thanks Dad!
Fathers, like mothers, are not born. Men grow into fathers and fathering is a very important stage in their development.
You're my Father, you're my Dad, but you are also my friend.
On this Father's Day I would say what should be said more often - I love you and thank you.
What a dreadful thing it must be to have a dull father.
Mary Mapes Dodge
It is much easier to become a father than to be one.
Fathers are a combination of many special qualities. Father:
"F" stands for forgiving; the ability to understand that mistakes made are the tools for new learning not as a reason for negative punishment that only hurts;
"A" stands for affectionate; the constant quality that is always present no matter whether in private or public and is given without reservation;
"T" stands for teacher; the ability to share through experience, to lead by example, and to turn help see that negatives can be turned to positives;
"H" stands for harmony; the ability to show that balance in life is attainable and where the demonstration of compromise sets the best example of a needed life skill;
"E" stands for equity; the building of a valued relationship occurs through each day not just set aside for special days, and where love is built upon as a constant not as an exception;
"R" stands for reason; where decision are explained, where children are involved in the process of decision making and not as simply blind obedience.
B. R. Pulsifer