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Dad Knows Best: Our 10 Favorite Quotes About Fathers

Wisdom about the joys and challenges of fatherhood

By Bryce Kirchoff

There's no denying that fathers play a special role in their children's lives. Whether it's patiently teaching us how to cast a fishing line, encouraging us to follow our dreams or simply working hard to provide opportunities, dads remind us over and over again that love can be expressed in many different ways. In honor of Father's Day, here is a selection of quotes that capture the trials and triumphs of fatherhood.

"It is easier for a father to have children than for children to have a real father."

- Pope John XXIII

"One father is more than a hundred schoolmasters."

- George Herbert

"There should be a children's song 'If you're happy and you know it, keep it to yourself and let your dad sleep.'"

- Jim Gaffigan

"By the time a man realizes that maybe his father was right, he usually has a son who thinks he's wrong."

- Charles Wadsworth

"It is admirable for a man to take his son fishing, but there is a special place in heaven for the father who takes his daughter shopping."

- John Sinor

"A father carries pictures where his money used to be."

- Unknown


"There are three stages of a man's life: He believes in Santa Claus, he doesn't believe in Santa Claus, he is Santa Claus."

- Unknown

"Being a great father is like shaving. No matter how good you shaved today, you have to do it again tomorrow."

- Reed Markham

"Dads don't need to be tall and broad-shouldered and clever. Love makes them so."

- Pam Brown

"His heritage to his children wasn't words or possessions, but an unspoken treasure, the treasure of his example as a man and father."

- Will Rogers Jr.

Bryce Kirchoff has produced web and social media campaigns for organizations at all levels of the media industry and also has experience launching community engagement initiatives, building websites and crafting social campaigns. He holds a master’s of science degree in New Media Management from Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications and lives in Los Angeles. Read More
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