Some of our favorite fatherhood related quotes. We hope that they entertain, validate, uplift, and even inspire fathers:

  • …Good Men to Do Nothing

    “All that is necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing.”
    Edmund Burke

  • A Little Woman

    “A father is always making his baby into a little woman. And when she is a woman he turns her back again.”

    Enid Bagnold

  • He didn’t tell me how to live…

    He didn’t tell me how to live; he lived, and let me watch him do it.
    Clarence Budington Kelland

  • No one on his deathbed ever said…

    “No one on his deathbed ever said, ‘I wish I had spent more time on my business.'”
    Said by Arnold Zack friend to Senator Paul Tsongas while he suffered from lymphoma in the early 1980s

  • No other success can compensate

    “No other success can compensate for failure in the home”
    David O. McKay

  • The most delightful people

    “Its the most terrifying day of your life, the day the first one is born. Your life, as you know it, is gone, never to return, but they learn how to walk and they learn how to talk and you want to be with them and they turn out to be the most delightful people you will ever meet in your life.”

    “Lost in Translation”, Bill Murray as Bob Harris (2003)

  • The Unlived Life of the Parent

    “Nothing has a stronger influence psychologically on their environment and especially on their children than the unlived life of the parent.”

    Carl Jung
    Swiss Psychologist (1875 – 1961)

  • True Fatherhood is Mainly Not Generating a Human Body…

    “True fatherhood therefore, is not only or even mainly generating a human body in this world. It is also and mainly collaborating with the mother in developing the human soul for everlasting life in eternity.”
    Friar John A. Hardon, S.J., 1996 (link)

  • Unselfishly Give a Great Deal of Ourselves

    Parenting is hard. Balancing work and family is hard. Kids are kids. Our families are not accessories to our lives or objects we can control completely. And if we want to be the sort of parents to raise children of character and integrity, we have to unselfishly give a great deal of ourselves to the project.

    “Toy Times”, Holiday 2008/2009, Author Unknown

  • We Think our Fathers Fools

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

  • You Can Be Called a “Real Son”

    “When your father is alive, observe his will. When your father is dead observe his former actions. If, for three years [after the death of your father] you do not change from the ways of your father, you can be called a ‘real son’.”

    Confucius, Chinese social philosopher, 479 B.C.

  • You Will Never Do Anything in This World Without Courage

    “You will never do anything in this world without courage. It is the greatest quality of the mind next to honor.”


  • You’ll Never Be Ready

    You’ll NEVER be ready. That’s just the way it is.
    My Own Father, circa 2004/2005, said in response to some comment from me about trying to be more fully prepared to have a child