Soul Food for Friday: Quotes to Celebrate Dad

With Father’s Day coming this weekend, it’s a great time to feed our souls with quotes about Dads. We thank them for their love and leadership, their laughter and life they have given us. Thank you especially for leading us to know our Heavenly Father.

Special thanks to my Dad who has taught me to be generous, love family, appreciate great food, enjoy a good laugh, experience the beauty of creation and most of all to love God. Thanks Dad, your the best!

“The guys who fear becoming fathers don’t understand that fathering is not something perfect men do, but something that perfects the man.” — Frank Pittman, M.D., Man Enough: Fathers, Sons and the Search for Masculinity

“Your greatest responsibility as a father is to show your children what the Father God is really like.” — Patricia H. Rushford

“A father must lead his children; but first he must learn to follow. He must laugh with them but remember the ache of childhood tears. He must hold the past with one hand and reach to the future with the other so there can be no generation gap in family love.” — June Masters Bacher

“Fatherhood is pretending the present you love most is soap-on-a-rope.” — Bill Cosby

“Why are dads like this? From the moment you were born they have known their roles — to be a strong force in your life. That’s why they must remain larger than you, smarter than you and give you someone to emulate — if they do it right.” — Erma Bombeck

“My dad’s death reminds me of earthquakes — things that shake your foundation.” — Tim Allen

“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.” — Mark Twain

“Then, I thought Dad was teaching me to ride a bike without training wheels; Now, I know he was showing me how to stand on my own two feet.” — Jim Wilcox

“The dad in my life isn’t really my dad. He’s my Grandpa. But he’s been like a dad to me since before I was born. … I hope that as I get older Grandpa will teach me all the stuff he knows about. My Grandpa isn’t my father, but I wouldn’t trade him for all the dads in the world.” — 3rd Grader, Fahter of the Year Essay Contest 2005

“By profession I am a soldier and take great pride in that 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 potentialities of death; the other embodies creation and life. And while the hordes of death are mighty, the battalions of life are mightier still.” — Douglas MacArthur, Reminiscences 

“Johnny Carson said his son gave him a paper which read, ‘To the man who has inspired me with his fatherly wisdom.’ Carson said, ‘Son, I didn’t know you felt that way about me.’ His son said, “I don’t, can you fax this to Bill Cosby?'” 

“A father’s mission is to raise his children to know and respond to the voice of God.” — Gordon MacDonald

“For Father’s Day, my kids always give me a bottle of cologne called English Leather. It’s appropriate! To them I always smell like a wallet.” — Robert Orben

“Anytime you’re ready, Daddy. I’ll be sitting outside growing older.” — Billy Keane, Family Circus

When asked how he will handle his (then) 12 year old daughter’s future boyfriends, NBA hall-of-famer Charles Barkley responded, “I figure if I kill the first one, word will get out.”

“A father, finding time for what is most important is the true marker of a successful person.” — Rick Warren

“A child identifies his parents with God, whether or not the adults want that role. Most children ‘see’ God the way they perceive their earthly fathers.” — James Dobson

“Our ultimate goal should be God’s ultimate goal, to help our children live a life of faith and dependence on Him.” — David Delk

“Every family needs three things from a father: provision, protection, and direction. How well a man handles these three responsibilities is a test of his manhood.” — Phil Lancaster

“How does a father demonstrate commitment to his daughters? By loving her when she is the most unlovable. Unconditional love reflects commitment — ‘I will always love you. No matter what.'” — Tim Smith

“Every year, it’s reported, fathers in the United States get 12,600 miles worth of ties for Father’s Day. And we like all of them. Knot!” — Bill Tammeus (I like mine, I even wear them!)

“A great dad like me is hart to find But the couch is a good place to start!” — Hallmark Card Quote (I love my Father’s Day nap!)

Hope you have a great Father’s Day. Thanks to my daughters, both my favorites, for making me one blessed man.

What are some of your favorite quotes about Dad this Father’s Day?


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One response to “Soul Food for Friday: Quotes to Celebrate Dad

  1. Barkley’s quote made me laugh. MacArthur’s made me think. Appreciate the opportunity to do both today. Thanks, Richard.

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