Being A Dad Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old being a dad quotes, being a dad sayings, and being a dad proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.

There are times when parenthood seems nothing more than feeding the hand that bites you. Peter De Vries
Fatherhood is great because you can ruin someone from scratch. Jon Stewart
Anyone can be a father but it takes someone special to be a dad. Anonymous
Don't worry that children never listen to you; worry that they are always watching you. Robert Fulghum
The quality of a father can be seen in the goals, dreams and aspirations he sets not only for himself, but for his family. Reed Markham
Dad always thought laughter was the best medicine, which I guess is why several of us died of tuberculosis. Jack Handey
A successful father is not more successful than his children. Raheel Farooq
The place of the father in the modern suburban family is a very small one, particularly if he plays golf. Bertrand Russell
Being a father means you have to think fast on your feet. You must be judicious, wise, brave, tender, and willing to put on a frilly hat and sit down to a pretend tea party. Matthew Buckley
You don't raise heroes, you raise sons. And if you treat them like sons, they'll turn out to be heroes, even if it's just in your own eyes. Walter M. Schirra, Sr.
A good father is one of the most unsung, unpraised, unnoticed, and yet one of the most valuable assets in our society. Billy Graham
Fatherhood is a lifetime responsibility with its challenges, sweetness and bitterness. Oluwakemi Ola-Ojo
It is a wise father that knows his own child. William Shakespeare
More specifically being a dad is a diverse responsibility, and it is also defined by providing support to your partner in the glorious journey of parenthood. Natalie L S West
A father is always making his baby into a little woman. And when she is a woman he turns her back again. Enid Bagnold
A child looks up at the stars and wonders. Great fathers put a child on his shoulders and helps them to grab a star. Reed Markham
The father who does not teach his son his duties is equally guilty with the son who neglects them. Confucius
Being a great father is like shaving. No matter how good you shaved today, you have to do it again tomorrow. Reed Markham
A truly rich man is one whose children run into his arms when his hands are empty. Anonymous
A father is a man who expects his son to be as good a man as he meant to be. Frank A. Clark
It is much easier to become a father than to be one. Kent Nerburn
Becoming a father is easy enough, but being one can be very rough. Wilhelm Busch
A father has to be a provider, a teacher, a role model, but most importantly, a distant authority figure who can never be pleased. Otherwise, how will children ever understand the concept of God? Stephen Colbert
Being a father is the most rewarding thing a man whose career has plateaued can do. Aristotle
The most important thing a father can do for his children is to love their mother. Theodore Hesburgh
It is not flesh and blood but the heart which makes us fathers and sons. Johann Schiller
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. George Saunders
Becoming a dad is one thing being a dad is many things. Steve Chapman
Fatherly love is the act of giving your life for the sake of someone else's needs. Nate Dallas
By the time a man realizes that maybe his father was right, he usually has a son who thinks he's wrong. Charles Wadsworth
The guys who fear becoming fathers don't understand that fathering is not something perfect men do, but something that perfects the men. Frank Pittman
As fathers, we understand that we have the opportunity to image forth God's love to our family. Matt Click
Dads are most ordinary men turned by love into heroes, adventures, story-tellers, and singers of songs. Pam Brown
The heart of a father is the masterpiece of nature. Antoine Francois Prevost
One father is more than a hundred schoolmasters. George Herbert
Blessed indeed is the man who hears many gentle voices call him father! Lydia M. Child
A father is the one friend upon whom we can always rely. In the hour of need, when all else fails, we remember him upon whose knees we sat when children, and who soothed our sorrows; and even though he may be unable to assist us, his mere presence serves to comfort and strengthen us. Émile Gaboriau
To a father growing old nothing is dearer than a daughter. Euripides
The greatest mark of a father is how he treats his children when no one is looking. Dan Pearce
Fathers provide not only support but also encouragement. Catherine Pulsifer
Anyone who tells you fatherhood is the greatest thing that can happen to you, they are understating it. Mike Myers
Fatherhood is pretending the present you love most is soap on a rope. Bill Cosby
Being a father is about adaptation and about making the most of the opportunities that are given to you. Colin Adams
The guys who fear becoming fathers don't understand that fathering is not something perfect men do, but something that perfects the man. The end product of child raising is not the child but the parent. Frank Pittman
Being a father truly is a blessing and a role not to be taken for granted. Derek Polen
If you take being a father seriously, you'll know that you're not big enough for the job, not by yourself. Being a father will put you on your knees if nothing else ever did. Elisabeth Elliot
When a father gives to his son, both laugh; when a son gives to his father, both cry. William Shakespeare
Having children is like having a bowling alley installed in your brain. Martin Mull
Becoming a good father is not about learning five practical handy techniques that can be pulled out of the kitbag whenever they're needed. It's a mind game. It's about having a set of attitudes and ideas that shape what you do in the thousands of different situations you find yourself in as a dad. Tony Payne
Any man can be a father. It really does take someone extra special to be a dad! Anne Geddes
A father is a giant from whose shoulders you can see for ever. Perry Garfinkel
Up until I became a father, it was all about self-obsession. But then I learned exactly what it's all about: the delight of being a servant. Eric Clapton
Being a dad is the new black. Laurence Llewellyn-Bowen
Fathering is the most masculine thing a man can do. Frank Pittman
Fathers embody a delicious mixture of familiarity and novelty; they are novel without being strange or frightening. Louise Kaplan
Being a father is like doing drugs—you smell bad, get no sleep and spend all your money on them. Paul Bettany
Dads regard themselves a giant shock absorber, there to protect the family from the ruts and bumps on the road of life. W. Bruce Cameron
[A father is] chock-full of qualms and romantic terrors, believing change is a threat... like your first shoes with heels on. Phyllis McGinley
There's a time for being a rockstar, on TV, and in the studio, but you've got to put time aside for being daddy, and getting chocolate rubbed in your face. Noel Gallagher
Being a dad is more important than football. David Beckham
What' a good investment? Go home from work early and spend the afternoon throwing a ball around with your son. Ben Stein
I feel cheated never being able to know what it's like to get pregnant, carry a child and breastfeed. Dustin Hoffman
I make it a rule to pat all children on the head as they pass by — in case it is one of mine. Augustus John
Being a dad is one of the oldest "professions" around. Marcus Jacob Goldman
... when I looked at you first I saw not your mother and me, but your two grandfathers... and, as my father, whom I loved a great deal, had died the year before, I was moved to see that here, in you, he was alive. Peter Carey
You know the only people who are always sure about the proper way to raise children? Those who've never had any. Bill Cosby
It is easier for a father to have children than for children to have a real father. Pope John XXIII
I was the same kind of father as I was a harpist—I played by ear. Harpo Marx
Fathers, like mothers, are not born. Men grow into fathers—and fathering is a very important stage in their development. David Gottesman
I cannot think of any need in childhood as strong as the need for a father's protection. Sigmund Freud
Ideally, they should give you a couple of "practice kids" before you have any for real. Sort of like bowling a few frames for free before you start keeping score. Let you warm up. Paul Reiser
The father is always a Republican toward his son, and his mother's always a Democrat. Robert Frost
My son is seven years old. I am fifty-four. It has taken me a great many years to reach that age. I am more respected in the community, I am stronger, I am more intelligent and I think I am better than he is. I don't want to be his pal, I want to be a father. Clifton Fadiman
My children give me the gift of stepping out of the daily ordinariness into the father zone—a place where my innate curiosity, sense of adventure, and love of a weekend gets rediscovered. Jeff Stone
Father of fathers, make me one, / A fit example for a son. Douglas Malloch
A young man asks an older musician, "How do I get to Carnegie Hall?" To which the older man answers, "Practice, my son, practice." You can say the same for fatherhood. Jean Marzollo
By profession I am a soldier and take great pride in that fact, but I am also prouder, infinitely prouder, to be a father. A soldier destroys in order to build; the father only builds, never destroys. General Douglas MacArthur
Fatherhood is the best thing I ever did. It changes your perspective. You can write a book, you can make a movie, you can paint a painting, but having kids is really the most extraordinary thing I have taken on. Brad Pitt
Being a father has been, without a doubt, my greatest source of achievement, pride, and inspiration. Fatherhood has taught me about unconditional love, reinforced the importance of giving back, and taught me how to be a better person. Naveen Jain
I wasn't anything special as a father. But I loved them and they knew it. Sammy Davis Jr.
Of all the titles that I've been privileged to have, Dad has always been the best. Ken Norton
One of the scary things is that, when you're a kid, you look at your dad as the man who has no fear. When you're an adult, you realize your father had fear and that you have it, too. David Duchovny
Men should always change diapers. It's a very rewarding experience. It's mentally cleansing. It's like washing dishes, but imagine if the dishes were your kids, so you really love the dishes. Chris Martin
Be a dad. Don't be a 'Mom's assistant.' Louis CK
He adopted a role called Being a Father so that his child would have something mythical and infinitely important: a Protector. Tom Wolfe
Words have an awesome impact. The impression made by a father's voice can set in motion an entire trend of life. Gordon MacDonald
Being a father can "unreason" your worldview, or at least make it very flexible, and that can create all sorts of fun and insights. It's sad that children's open-eyed wonder and sense of play begin to fade as they approach adolescence. One grand function of fathering is to keep the fading to a minimum. Clyde Edgerton
A man's fatherliness is enriched as much by his acceptance of his feminine and childlike strivings as it is by his memories of tender closeness with his own father. A man who has been able to accept tenderness from his father is able to later in life to be tender with his own children. Louise Kaplan
Becoming a father increases your capacity for love and your level of patience. It opens up another door in a person—a door which you may not even have known was there. That's what I feel with my son. There's suddenly another level of love that expands. My son is my greatest joy, out of everything in my life. Kyle MacLachlan
Being a father makes everything in the world make sense. Cameron Mathison
Fatherhood is a very natural thing; it's not something that shakes up my life but rather it enriches it. Andrea Bocelli
When you teach your son, you teach your son’s son. The Talmud
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
Every dad, if he takes time out of his busy life to reflect upon his fatherhood, can learn ways to become an even better dad. Jack Baker
The nature of impending fatherhood is that you are doing something that you’re unqualified to do, and then you become qualified while doing it. John Green
Son, there are times a man has to do things he doesn’t like to, in order to protect his family. Ralph Moody
There are many kinds of success in life worth having. It is exceedingly interesting and attractive to be a successful business man, or railway man, or farmer, or a successful lawyer or doctor; or a writer, or a President, or a ranchman, or the colonel of a fighting regiment, or to kill grizzly bears and lions. But for unflagging interest and enjoyment, a household of children, if things go reasonably well, certainly makes all other forms of success and achievement lose their importance by comparison. Theodore Roosevelt