Quotes For Father

A collection of quotes on the topic of for parents, family, for father, father.

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Sören Kierkegaard photo

„Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards.“

—  Sören Kierkegaard Danish philosopher and theologian, founder of Existentialism 1813 - 1855

Variant: Life can only be understood going backward, but must be lived going forward.

Frederick Douglass photo

„It's easier to build strong children then repair broken men.“

—  Frederick Douglass American social reformer, orator, writer and statesman 1818 - 1895

Variant: It is easier to build strong men, than to repair broken ones.
Source: Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass

Thomas Campbell photo

„To live in hearts we leave behind
Is not to die.“

—  Thomas Campbell British writer 1777 - 1844

Hallowed Ground (1825)
Variant: To live in hearts we leave behind is not to die.

Carl Sagan photo

„To live in the hearts we leave behind is to live forever.“

—  Carl Sagan American astrophysicist, cosmologist, author and science educator 1934 - 1996

Source: Billions & Billions: Thoughts on Life and Death at the Brink of the Millennium

Toni Morrison photo

„Something that is loved is never lost.“

—  Toni Morrison, book Beloved

Source: Beloved

Fyodor Dostoyevsky photo

„Love life more than the meaning of it.“

—  Fyodor Dostoyevsky, book Los hermanos Karamazov

Source: The Brothers Karamazov (Bratři Karamazovi)

„Death ends a life, not a relationship“

—  Morrie Schwartz American sociologist 1916 - 1995

Robin S. Sharma photo

„the purpose of life is the life of purpose“

—  Robin S. Sharma, book The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari

Source: The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari

Mitch Albom photo

„Death ends a life, not a relationship.“

—  Mitch Albom, Tuesdays with Morrie

Source: Tuesdays with Morrie (1997)

Pierre-Auguste Renoir photo

„The pain passes but the beauty remains.“

—  Pierre-Auguste Renoir French painter and sculptor 1841 - 1919

As quoted in: Instituto Nacional de Previsión (Spain) (1974). 6.o Congreso Internacional de Medicina Fisica: 2-6 julio 1974. p. 424
Renoir replied to Matisse, who had asked him why he persisted in painting at the expense of such torture.
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Pope Francis photo

„I believe in God, not in a Catholic God, there is no Catholic God, there is God and I believe in Jesus Christ, his incarnation.“

—  Pope Francis 266th Pope of the Catholic Church 1936

2010s, 2013, Interview in La Repubblica
Context: I believe in God, not in a Catholic God, there is no Catholic God, there is God and I believe in Jesus Christ, his incarnation. Jesus is my teacher and my pastor, but God, the Father, Abba, is the light and the Creator. This is my Being.

Jodi Picoult photo
Edna St. Vincent Millay photo
Dylan Thomas photo

„Do not go gentle into that good night.
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.“

—  Dylan Thomas Welsh poet and writer 1914 - 1953

Source: In Country Sleep, and Other Poems

Eleanor Roosevelt photo

„There are no have-to's, just choices“

—  Eleanor Roosevelt American politician, diplomat, and activist, and First Lady of the United States 1884 - 1962

Dorothy L. Sayers photo
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Mark Twain photo

„When I was a boy of 14, my father was so ignorant, I could hardly stand to have the old man around. But when I got to be 21, I was astonished at how much the old man had learned in seven years.“

—  Mark Twain American author and humorist 1835 - 1910

Not found in Twain's works, this was attributed to him in Reader's Digest (September 1939): no prior attribution known. Mark Twain’s father died when Twain was eleven years old.
Disputed
Variant: 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 the old man had learned in seven years.

Anne Sexton photo

„It doesn't matter who my father was; it matters who I remember he was.“

—  Anne Sexton poet from the United States 1928 - 1974

"The Poet's Story," January 1, 1972 entry
A Small Journal (1974)

Spike Milligan photo

„My father had a profound influence on me. He was a lunatic.“

—  Spike Milligan British-Irish comedian, writer, musician, poet, playwright, soldier and actor 1918 - 2002

Markus Zusak photo
Mitch Albom photo

„I love you every day. And now I will miss you every day.“

—  Mitch Albom, For One More Day

Source: For One More Day

Umberto Eco photo
Jodi Picoult photo
Jon Stewart photo

„Fatherhood is great because you can ruin someone from scratch.“

—  Jon Stewart American political satirist, writer, television host, actor, media critic and stand-up comedian 1962

"Late Night with Conan O'Brien," January 29, 2009

E.E. Cummings photo

„Love is the whole and more than all.“

—  E.E. Cummings American poet 1894 - 1962

Source: 100 Selected Poems

Markus Zusak photo
Sarah Ruhl photo
Joseph Addison photo
Stephen Colbert photo
Harper Lee photo

„It was times like these when I thought my father, who hated guns and had never been to any wars, was the bravest man who ever lived.“

—  Harper Lee, book To Kill a Mockingbird

Pt. 1, ch. 11
Jean Louise (Scout) Finch
Source: To Kill a Mockingbird (1962)

Jim Valvano photo
Markus Zusak photo

„That was when the world wasn't so big and I could see everywhere. It was when my father was a hero and not a human.“

—  Markus Zusak Australian author 1975

Source: I Am the Messenger

Simone de Beauvoir photo

„Fathers never have exactly the daughters they want because they invent a notion a them that the daughters have to conform to.“

—  Simone de Beauvoir French writer, intellectual, existentialist philosopher, political activist, feminist, and social theorist 1908 - 1986

Source: The Woman Destroyed

Barack Obama photo

„Someone once said that every man is trying to live up to his father's expectations or make up for their father's mistakes….“

—  Barack Obama 44th President of the United States of America 1961

Source: The Audacity of Hope: Thoughts on Reclaiming the American Dream

Gabriel García Márquez photo
Agatha Christie photo

„The past is the father of the present.“

—  Agatha Christie, book Hallowe'en Party

Source: Hallowe'en Party

Libba Bray photo

„To live is to love, to love is to live.“

—  Libba Bray, Going Bovine

Source: Going Bovine

Anthony Doerr photo
Abraham Lincoln photo
W.B. Yeats photo
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow photo
Robert Byrne photo

„The purpose of life is a life of purpose.“

—  Robert Byrne American chess player and writer 1928 - 2013

Leo Tolstoy photo
W.B. Yeats photo
Oscar Wilde photo

„you will always love, and you will always be loved“

—  Oscar Wilde, book The Picture of Dorian Gray

Source: The Picture of Dorian Gray

John Steinbeck photo
William Faulkner photo

„I believe in God, God. God, I believe in God.“

—  William Faulkner, book As I Lay Dying

Source: As I Lay Dying

Winston S. Churchill photo

„I am ready to meet my Maker. Whether my Maker is prepared for the great ordeal of meeting me is another matter.“

—  Winston S. Churchill Prime Minister of the United Kingdom 1874 - 1965

On his 75th birthday (1947), in reply to a question on whether he was afraid of death, quoted in the N. Y. Times Magazine on November 1, 1964, p. 40 according to Quote It Completely! (1998), Gerhart, Wm. S. Hein Publishing, p. 262 ISBN 1575884003
Post-war years (1945–1955)

Bertrand Russell photo

„The most important thing a father can do for his children is to love their mother.“

—  Bertrand Russell logician, one of the first analytic philosophers and political activist 1872 - 1970

Attributed to Reverend Theodore Hesburgh in Sol Gordon Let's Make Sex a Household Word: A Guide for Parents and Children (John Day Company, 1975), p. 79
Misattributed

Giordano Bruno photo

„Time is the father of truth, its mother is our mind.“

—  Giordano Bruno Italian philosopher, mathematician and astronomer 1548 - 1600

Quote as translated in The Encyclopedia of Religion Vol. 11 (1987), by Mircea Eliade, p. 459
The Ash Wednesday Supper (1584)

Paul Éluard photo

„There is another world, but it is in this one.“

—  Paul Éluard French poet 1895 - 1952

Il y a assurément un autre monde, mais il est dans celui-ci...
Œuvres complètes, vol. 1, Gallimard, 1968.

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Alfred P. Sloan photo

„The business of business is business.“

—  Alfred P. Sloan American businessman 1875 - 1966

Widely attributed to Milton Friedman, and sometimes cited as being in his work Capitalism and Freedom (1962) this is also attributed to Alfred P. Sloan, sometimes with citation of a statement of 1964, but sometimes with attestations to his use of it as a motto as early as 1923.
Disputed

Robert Hayden photo

„The future was not what it used to be.“

—  K. A. Bedford, book Time Machines Repaired While-U-Wait

Source: Time Machines Repaired While-U-Wait (2008), Chapter 13 (p. 156)

Byron Katie photo

„Everything happens for me, not to me.“

—  Byron Katie American spiritual writer 1942

Loving What Is: Four Questions That Can Change Your Life (2002)

Emanuel Swedenborg photo

„Man knows that love is, but not what it is.“

—  Emanuel Swedenborg Swedish 18th century scientist and theologian 1688 - 1772

Divine Love and Wisdom #1

Mario Cuomo photo

„I talk and talk and talk, and I haven’t taught people in 50 years what my father taught by example in one week.“

—  Mario Cuomo American politician, Governor of New York 1932 - 2015

Time Magazine (2 June 1986)

Jiang Yi-huah photo

„Where there is the will, we can make it.“

—  Jiang Yi-huah Taiwanese politician 1960

Jiang Yi-huah (2014) cited in " Jiang seeks to boost tourism numbers to 10 million http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/front/archives/2014/01/03/2003580395" on Taipei Times, 3 January 2014

Milton Friedman photo

„The business of business is business.“

—  Milton Friedman American economist, statistician, and writer 1912 - 2006

Widely attributed to Friedman, and sometimes cited as being in his work Capitalism and Freedom (1962) this is also attributed to Alfred P. Sloan, sometimes with citation of a statement of 1964, but sometimes with attestations to his use of it as a motto as early as 1923.
Disputed

Wendell Phillips photo

„To be as good as our fathers we must be better.“

—  Wendell Phillips American abolitionist, advocate for Native Americans, orator and lawyer 1811 - 1884

1880s, The Scholar in a Republic (1881)

Yanni photo

„My father once said, 'If the whole world wants to go left and you feel like going right, go right. You don't have to follow. You don't have to make a big deal about which way you're going. Just go. It's very easy.“

—  Yanni Greek pianist, keyboardist, composer, and music producer 1954

Yanni in Words. Miramax Books. Co-author David Rensin

E.E. Cummings photo
Bram van Velde photo

„The important thing is to be nothing.“

—  Bram van Velde Dutch painter 1895 - 1981

1960's, Conversations with Samuel Beckett and Bram van Velde' (1965 - 1969)

Yanni photo

„My father taught me that one of the most important abilities in life is to be able to take the pain and persevere, and for years this lesson had served me well.“

—  Yanni Greek pianist, keyboardist, composer, and music producer 1954

Yanni in Words. Miramax Books. Co-author David Rensin

Robert Hayden photo

„What did I know, what did I know
of love's austere and lonely offices?“

—  Robert Hayden American writer and academic 1913 - 1980

Those Winter Sundays (lines 13-14)

„Nothing’s different, but everything has changed.“

—  Charles de Lint author 1951

“The Forever Trees”, p. 331
The Ivory and the Horn (1996)

Eric Rücker Eddison photo

„I was not, I lived and loved, I am not.“

—  Eric Rücker Eddison, book A Fish Dinner in Memison

A Fish Dinner in Memison (1941)
Context: The black arrowed swoop of the moment swung high into the unceilinged future, ten, fifty, sixty years, may be: then, past seeing, up to that warmthless unconsidered mock-time, when nothing shall be left but the memorial that fits all (except, if there be, the most unhappiest) of human kind: I was not, I lived and loved, I am not.

Toni Morrison photo
Theodore Roosevelt photo

„There are many kinds of success in life worth having.“

—  Theodore Roosevelt American politician, 26th president of the United States 1858 - 1919

Source: 1910s, Theodore Roosevelt — An Autobiography (1913), Ch. IX : Outdoors and Indoors, p. 336; the final statement "quoted by Squire Bill Widener" as well as variants of it, are often misattributed to Roosevelt himself.
Variant: Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.
Attributed to Roosevelt in Conquering an Enemy Called Average (1996) by John L. Mason, Nugget # 8 : The Only Place to Start is Where You Are. <!-- The Military Quotation Book, Revised and Expanded: More than 1,200 of the Best Quotations About War, Leadership, Courage, Victory, and Defeat (2002) by James Charlton -->
Context: There are many kinds of success in life worth having. It is exceedingly interesting and attractive to be a successful business man, or railroad 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. It may be true that he travels farthest who travels alone; but the goal thus reached is not worth reaching. And as for a life deliberately devoted to pleasure as an end — why, the greatest happiness is the happiness that comes as a by-product of striving to do what must be done, even though sorrow is met in the doing. There is a bit of homely philosophy, quoted by Squire Bill Widener, of Widener's Valley, Virginia, which sums up one's duty in life: "Do what you can, with what you've got, where you are."

Antoine François Prévost photo
Clive Staples Lewis photo

„No one ever told me that grief felt so like fear.“

—  Clive Staples Lewis, book A Grief Observed

First line.
A Grief Observed (1961)