1. “No one is ever quite ready; everyone is always caught off guard. Parenthood chooses you. And you open your eyes, look at what you’ve got, say “Oh, my gosh,” and recognize that of all the balls there ever were, this is the one you should not drop. It’s not a question of choice.”
― Marisa de los Santos, Love Walked in
2. “My dad once told me life would get complicated when I grew up. I’m guessing this isn’t what he meant. My mom, on the other hand, agreed with him, and I’m guessing this kind of thing is exactly what she meant.”
― Susan Ee, World After
3. “My father gave me the greatest gift anyone could give another person, he believed in me.”
― Jim Valvano
4. “Listen to me, kitten. Win or lose, you’ll always be a princess to me.”
― Kiera Cass, The Selection
5. “Let me say for now that we knew once the Creation was broken, true fathering would be much more lacking than mothering. Don’t misunderstand me, both are needed- but an emphasis on fathering is necessary because of the enormity of its absence”
― William Paul Young, The Shack
6. “It’s rally bad when dads cry.”
― Sarah Ockler, Twenty Boy Summer
7. “You’re not gay, are you?
I mean you’ve never had a boyfriend. And you’re not exactly…girly.
I’m not gay. I’m just unpopular.”
― Kristin Walker, A Match Made in High School
8. “Dear Deborah,
Words do not come easily for so many men. We are taught to be strong, to provide, to put away our emotions. A father can work his way through his days and never see that his years are going by. If I could go back in time, I would say some things to that young father as he holds, somewhat uncertainly, his daughter for the very first time. These are the things I would say:
When you hear the first whimper in the night, go to the nursery leaving your wife sleeping. Rock in a chair, walk the floor, sing a lullaby so that she will know a man can be gentle.
When Mother is away for the evening, come home from work, do the babysitting. Learn to cook a hotdog or a pot of spaghetti, so that your daughter will know a man can serve another’s needs.
When she performs in school plays or dances in recitals, arrive early, sit in the front seat, devote your full attention. Clap the loudest, so that she will know a man can have eyes only for her.
When she asks for a tree house, don’t just build it, but build it with her. Sit high among the branches and talk about clouds, and caterpillars, and leaves. Ask her about her dreams and wait for her answers, so that she will know a man can listen.
When you pass by her door as she dresses for a date, tell her she is beautiful. Take her on a date yourself. Open doors, buy flowers, look her in the eye, so that she will know a man can respect her.
When she moves away from home, send a card, write a note, call on the phone. If something reminds you of her, take a minute to tell her, so that she will know a man can think of her even when she is away.
Tell her you love her, so that she will know a man can say the words.
If you hurt her, apologize, so that she will know a man can admit that he’s wrong.
These seem like such small things, such a fraction of time in the course of two lives. But a thread does not require much space. It can be too fine for the eye to see, yet, it is the very thing that binds, that takes pieces and laces them into a whole.
Without it, there are tatters.
It is never too late for a man to learn to stitch, to begin mending.
These are the things I would tell that young father, if I could.
A daughter grown up quickly. There isn’t time to waste.
I love you,
― Lisa Wingate, Dandelion Summer
9. “My dad was always snoozing on the couch, like Dagwood Bumstead. He was a lazy motherfucker. God bless him. He was always working on some kind of get-rich-quick scheme. This is what my dad was like: I’d say, Hey, Dad, we studied penguins today in school. He’d say, Yeah? I’m a penguin fucker from way back. Dad, I saw a giraffe at the zoo today. Yeah? I’m a giraffe fucker from way back. That’s my dad. My dad was a giraffe fucker.”
― James Ellroy
10. “Father has a strengthening character like the sun and mother has a soothing temper like the moon.”
― Amit Kalantri, Wealth of Words
11. “A great father is one whose children look up to him rather than away from him.”
― Richelle E. Goodrich, Slaying Dragons
12. “I cannot imagine how much I must’ve suffered in my previous lives to be fortunate enough to have parents like you in this life.” ― Kamand Kojouri
13. “See!” Dad yelled. “Boys don’t stay with whores, Bianca. They leave them. And I’m not going to let you turn into a whore. Not my daughter. This is for your own good.”
I looked up as he reached a hand down to grab my arm. I squeezed my eyes shut, waiting to feel his fingers clamp around my forearm.
But they never did.
I heard a loud thud, and Dad grunted in pain. My eyes flew open. Wesley moved away from Dad, who was massaging his jaw with a shocked look on his face. “Why you little shithead!”
“Are you all right?” Wesley asked, kneeling in front of me.
“Did you just punch my dad?” I couldn’t help but wonder if I was delirious. Had all of this really just happened? Totally bizarre.
“Yes,” Wesley admitted.
“How dare you touch me!” Dad screamed, but he was having trouble balancing enough to approach us again. “How dare you fuck my daughter, then hit me, you son of a bitch!”
I’d never heard my father swear like that before.
“Come on,” Wesley said, helping me to my feet. “Let’s get out of here. You’re coming with me.” He wrapped an arm around me, pulling me close against his warm body, and ushered me out the open door.”
― Kody Keplinger, The DUFF: Designated Ugly Fat Friend
14. “When you’re a kid all you know is that your dad puts on his suit or overalls and vanishes from your life until nightfall. Sometimes my pops came back exhausted and scarlet-eyed, as if he’d been engaged in a low wattage war someplace.”
― Craig Davidson, Cataract City
15. “Not every Father is a Dad..”
― Brighton Mabuya
16. “I’ve survived revolution, war, and over a decade on this continent,” the Burgrave reflected. “But by all the ghosts of the hundred emperors, I think fatherhood will finally do me in.”
― Anthony Ryan, The Waking Fire
17. “dad had to…
…work three jobs he had to
give his time off to sleep
instead of knowing me”
― Vivek Shraya, Even this Page is White
18. “Don’t ever fall in love, princess. It hurts too damn much.”
― C.C. Hunter, Whispers at Moonrise
19. “What else can you tell me?” Dad stares at me. “What have you learned while you were awake?”
I learned that life is so, so fragile. I learned that you can know someone for just days and never forget the impression he left on you. I learned that art can be beautiful and sad at the same time. I learned that if someone loves you, he’ll wait for you to love him back. I learned that how much you want something doesn’t determine whether you get it or not, that “no” might not be enough, that life isn’t fair, that my parents can’t save me, that maybe no one can. “Nothing much,” I mutter.”
― Beth Revis, Shades of Earth
20. “I don’t remember his face or the place we ate. I only remember how he grabbed my hand and his voice when he spoke of his dad.”
― Dominic Riccitello
21. “Your father doesn’t fucking play games. you would never come home with a shamrock tattoo in that house.”
― Tina Fey, Bossypants
22. “Beautiful is the man who leaves a legacy that of shared love and life. It is he who transfers meaning, assigns significance and conveys in his loving touch the fine art and gentle shaping of a life. This man shall be called, Father.”
― Stella Payton
23. “The best way to encourage your children is to let them know you are praying for them.”
― Jim George, A Dad After God’s Own Heart: Becoming the Father Your Kids Need
24. “Evan no longer tells people I fight bad guys for a living. When asked, he tells his friends that his dad talks on the phone a lot and vacuums on occasion.”
― David Bellavia, House to House: An Epic Memoir of War
25. “My Dad has been a feminist, way before I learnt how to spell the word.”
― Shahla Khan
26. “He was a father. That’s what a father does.Eases the burdens of those he loves.Saves the ones he loves from painful last images that might endure for a lifetime.” – Tenth of December by George Saunders
27. “Why do men like me want sons?” he wondered. “It must be because they hope in their poor beaten souls that these new men, who are their blood, will do the things they were not strong enough nor wise enough nor brave enough to do. It is rather like another chance at life; like a new bag of coins at a table of luck after your fortune is gone.” – Cup of Gold by John Steinbeck
28. “Sometimes I think my papa is an accordion. When he looks at me and smiles and breathes, I hear the notes.”
– The Book Thief by Markus Zusak