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"Any man can be a father. It takes someone special to be a dad."  This page is dedicated to all the DADS.

My father, when he went, made my childhood a gift of a half a century.  ~Antonio Porchia, Voces, 1943, translated from Spanish by W.S. Merwin


It is much easier to become a father than to be one.  ~Kent Nerburn, Letters to My Son: Reflections on Becoming a Man, 1994


The words that a father speaks to his children in the privacy of home are not heard by the world, but, as in whispering-galleries, they are clearly heard at the end and by posterity.  ~Jean Paul Richter

"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." ~ Author Unknown

"Fatherhood is pretending the present you love most is soap-on-a-rope." ~ Bill Cosby

"When I was a boy of fourteen, my father was so ignorant I could hardly stand to have the old man around. But when I got to be twenty-one, I was astonished at how much he had learned in seven years." ~ Mark Twain

"Sometimes the poorest man leaves his children the richest inheritance." ~ Ruth E. Renkel

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

"That is the thankless position of the father in the family-the provider for all, and the enemy of all." ~ J. August Strindberg

"It is a wise father that knows his own child." ~ William Shakespeare

"It doesn't matter who my father was; it matters who I remember he was." ~ Anne Sexton

"It is much easier to become a father than to be one." ~ Kent Nerburn

"It's only when you grow up, and step back from him, or leave him for your own career and your own home—it's only then that you can measure his greatness and fully appreciate it. Pride reinforces love." -Margaret Truman

"When a child, my dreams rode on your wishes,
I was your son, high on your horse,
My mind a top whipped by the lashes
Of your rhetoric, windy of course."
-Sir Stephen Spender

"I just owe almost everything to my father [and] it's passionately interesting for me that the things that I learned in a small town, in a very modest home, are just the things that I believe have won the election."-Margaret Thatcher

"People see Archie Bunker everywhere. Particularly girls; poor girls, rich girls, all kinds of girls are always coming up to me and telling me that Archie is just like their dad."-Carroll O'Connor

"A king, realizing his incompetence, can either delegate or abdicate his duties. A father can do neither. If only sons could see the paradox, they would understand the dilemma."-Marlene Dietrich

"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."-
Natasha Josefowitz

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