According to Webster’s Dictionary A father is, in the simplest form, the “male parent” or “a man who has begotten a child.” Reality tells us it takes a little more than just the biology to make a real father. In celebration of Father’s Day, as I did for Mother’s Day, I share with you here a random collection of quotes regarding this month’s holiday celebration of Dads!
Clarence B. Kelland said, “He didn’t tell me how to live; He lived, and let me watch him do it.”
Ruth Renkel said, “Sometimes the poorest man leaves his children the richest inheritance.”
William Shakespeare wrote, “It is a wise father who knows his own child.”
Mark Twain is credited with this astute observation: “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.”
Sigmund Freud said, “I cannot think of any need in childhood as strong as the need for a father’s love and protection.”
“For rarely are sons similar to their fathers: most are worse, and a few are better than their fathers,” is found in the writings of Homer.
General Douglas MacArthur said, “By profession I am a soldier, and take pride in the fact. But I am prouder – infinitely prouder – to be a father. A soldier destroys in order to build; the father only builds, never destroys. The one has the potentiality of death; the other embodies creation and life. And while the hordes of death are mighty, the battalions of life are mightier still. It is my hope that my son, when I am gone, will remember me not from the battle field but in the home repeating with him our simple daily prayer, ‘Our Father who art in Heaven.‘”
The story is told of a father who stood outside the doorway of his young son’s bedroom as bedtime prayers were spoken. He overheard his son say, “Dear God, make me the kind of man my Daddy is...” Later that night the father knelt beside his own bed and prayed: “Dear God, make me the kind of man my son needs me to be.”