80 Quotes About Fathers and Their Sons

Fathers hold a very important role and a special place in families, especially regarding their sons. A bond between a father and son is a special one and the love of a father toward his son matches no other.

Below are eighty quotes about fathers and their sons that show that bond and the impact a father has on his boy.

1) “You don’t raise heroes, you raise sons. And if you treat them like sons, they’ll turn out to be heroes, even if it’s just in your own eyes.” -Walter M. Schirra, Sr.
2) “It’s a father’s duty to give his sons a fine chance.” -George Eliot
3) “A son is not a judge of his father, but the conscience of the father is in his son.” -Simon Soloveychik
4) “By profession I am a soldier and take great pride in that fact, but I am also prouder, infinitely prouder, to be a father. A soldier destroys in order to build; the father only builds, never destroys.” –General Douglas MacArthur
5) “A father’s need to be right. A son’s need to be independent. A father’s acceptance of his son as a man can be as difficult as a son’s acceptance that his father is just a man. A father’s need to be mentor. A son’s need to be thought of as an equal. All these things make it difficult for fathers and sons to really get past their role expectations and really get to know each other and accept each other as they really are.” -Michael Josephson
6) “I worry about that every single day: Am I being a good father?” -Matt Lauer
7) “My father didn’t tell me how to live; he lived, and let me watch him do it.” -Clarence Budington Kelland
8) “Some dads liken the impending birth of a child to the beginning of a great journey.” –Marcus Jacob Goldman
9) “The lone father is not a strong father. Fathering is a difficult and perilous journey and is done well with the help of other men.” –John L. Hart
10) “I’m a father; that’s what matters most. Nothing matters more.” -Gordon Brown
11) “When you teach your son, you teach your son’s son.” -Talmud
12) “One father is more than a hundred schoolmasters.” -George Herbert
13) “A real man loves his wife, and places his family as the most important thing in life. Nothing has brought me more peace and content in life than simply being a good husband and father.” -Frank Abagnale
14) “Children of the new millennium when change is likely to continue and stress will be inevitable, are going to need, more than ever, the mentoring of an available father.” –Ian Grant
15) “The best way of training the young is to train yourself at the same time; not to admonish them, but to be seen never doing that of which you would admonish them.” –Plato
16) “With sons and fathers, there’s an inexplicable connection and imprint that your father leaves on you.” -Brad Pitt
17) “The nature of impending fatherhood is that you are doing something that you’re unqualified to do, and then you become qualified while doing it.” –John Green
18) “A father is a man who expects his son to be as good a man as he meant to be.” -Frank A. Clark
19) “By the time a man realizes that maybe his father was right, he usually has a son who thinks he’s wrong.” -Charles Wadsworth
20) “I cannot think of any need in childhood as strong as the need for a father’s protection.” -Sigmund Freud
21) “The quality of a father can be seen in the goals, dreams, and aspirations he sets not only for himself, but for his family.” –Reed Markham
22) “The most important thing a father can do for his children is to love their mother.”-Theodore Hesburgh
23) “That is the thankless position of the father in the family—the provider for all, and the enemy of all.” –J. August Strindberg
24) “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
25) “Forget Batman: when I really thought about what I wanted to be when I grew up, I wanted to be my dad.” -Paul Asay
26) “A boy needs a father to show him how to be in the world. He needs to be given swagger, taught how to read a map so that he can recognize the roads that lead to life and the paths that lead to death, how to know what love requires, and where to find steel in the heart when life makes demands on us that are greater than we think we can endure.” –Ian Morgan Cron
27) “Son, there are times a man has to do things he doesn’t like to, in order to protect his family.” –Ralph Moody
28) “Every parent is at some point the father of the unreturned prodigal, with nothing to do but keep his house open to hope.” –John Ciardi
29) “Every son quotes his father, in words and in deeds.” -Terri Guillemets
30) “Dads are most ordinary men turned by love into heroes, adventures, story-tellers, and singers of songs.” – Pam Brown
31) “Being a great father is like shaving. No matter how good you shaved today, you have to do it again tomorrow.” –Reed Markham
32) “We think our fathers fools, so wise we grow. Our wiser sons, no doubt will think us so.” -Alexander Pope
33) “I must study politics and war that my sons may have liberty to study mathematics and philosophy….” -John Adams
34) “It is easier for a father to have children than for children to have a real father.” –Pope John XXIII
35) “Fathering is not something perfect men do, but something that perfects the man.” –Frank Pittman
36) “When you’re a dad, there’s no one above you. If I don’t do something that has to be done, who is going to do it?” –Jonathan Safran Foer, Here I Am
37) “Anyone can be a father, but it takes someone special to be a dad.” -Wade Boggs
38) “Until you have a son of your own… you will never know the joy, the love beyond feeling that resonates in the heart of a father as he looks upon his son.” -Kent Nerburn
39) “Fathers and sons are much more considerate of one another than mothers and daughters.” -Friedrich Nietzsche
40) “‘Father’ is the noblest title a man can be given. It is more than a biological role. It signifies a patriarch, a leader, an exemplar, a confidant, a teacher, a hero, a friend.” –Robert L. Backman
41) “If the past cannot teach the present, and the father cannot teach the son, then history need not have bothered to go on, and the world has wasted a great deal of time.” –Russell Hoban
42) “A child enters your home and for the next twenty years makes so much noise you can hardly stand it. The child departs, leaving the house so silent you think you are going mad.” –John Andrew Holmes
43) “Children are a poor man’s riches.” –English proverb
44) “My father gave me the greatest gift anyone could give another person, he believed in me.” -Jim Valvano
45) “There are many kinds of success in life worth having. It is exceedingly interesting and attractive to be a successful business man, or railway 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.” –Theodore Roosevelt
46) “It is not flesh and blood, but heart which makes us fathers and sons.” -Johann Friedrich Von Schiller
47) “It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men.” –Frederick Douglass
48) “What was silent in the father speaks in the son, and often I found in the son the unveiled secret of the father.” -Friedrich Nietzsche
49) “Father!—To God Himself we cannot give a holier name.” –William Wordsworth
50) “A father is someone you look up to no matter how tall you grow.” –Unknown
51) “Don’t wait to make your son a great man – make him a great boy.” -Author Unknown
52) “You don’t have to deserve your mother’s love. You have to deserve your father’s.” -Robert Frost
53) “I think I’m a good father, but that’s taken a lifetime of experience.” -Mike Oldfield
54) “Small boys become big men through the influence of big men who care about small boys.” -Anonymous.
55) “I believe that what we become depends on what our fathers teach us at odd moments, when they aren’t trying to teach us. We are formed by little scraps of wisdom.” –Umberto Eco
56) “Don’t worry that children never listen to you; worry that they are always watching you.” -Robert Fulghum
57) “Mostly you just have to keep plugging and keep loving—and hoping that your child forgives you according to how you loved him, judged him, forgave him, and stood watching over him as he slept, year after year.” –Ben Stein
58) “Some day you will know that a father is much happier in his children’s happiness than in his own. I cannot explain it to you: it is a feeling in your body that spreads gladness through you.” –Honore de Balzac
59) “My father used to play with my brother and me in the yard. Mother would come out and say, ‘You’re tearing up the grass.’ ‘We’re not raising grass,’ Dad would reply. ‘We’re raising boys.’” –Harmon Killebrew
60) “A family needs a father to anchor it.” –L. Tom Perry
61) “A child looks up at the stars and wonders. Great fathers put a child on his shoulders and help them to grab a star.” -Reed Markham
62) “Your son at five is your master, at ten your slave, at fifteen your double, and after that, your friend or your foe, depending on his bringing up.” -Author Unknown
63) “Whoever does not have a good father should procure one.” -Friedrich Nietzsche
64) “He adopted a role called being a father so that his child would have something mythical and infinitely important: a protector.” -Tom Wolfe
65) “The father who does not teach his son his duties is equally guilty with the son who neglects them.” -Confucius
66) “Words have an awesome impact. The impression made by a father’s voice can set in motion an entire trend of life.” –Gordon MacDonald
67) “Life doesn’t come with an instruction book — that’s why we have fathers.” H. Jackson Browne
68) “It is not flesh and blood, but heart which makes us fathers and sons.” -Friedrich von Schiller
69) “Be careful to leave your sons well instructed rather than rich, for the hopes of the instructed are better than the wealth of the ignorant.” -Epictetus
70) “Every father should remember one day his son will follow his example, not his advice.” – Charles F. Kettering
71) “A good father is one of the most unsung, unpraised, unnoticed, and yet one of the most valuable assets in our society.” –Billy Graham
72) “A Real man takes care of his kids no matter what the relationship is like with the mother of his child.” -Author Unknown
73) “Children need models rather than critics.” –Joseph Joubert
74) “A man never stands as tall as when he kneels to help a child.” -Knights of Pythagoras
75) “This is the price you pay for having a great father. You get the wonder, the joy, the tender moments – and you get the tears at the end, too.” -Harlan Coben
76) “No love is greater than that of a father for His son.” -Dan Brown
77) “Listen, there is no way any true man is going to let children live around him in his home and not discipline and teach, fight and mold them until they know all he knows. His goal is to make them better than he is. Being their friend is a distant second to this.” – Victor Devlin
78) “Like so much between fathers and sons, playing catch was tender and tense at the same time.” –Donald Hall
79) “No man can possibly know what life means, what the world means, what anything means, until he has a child and loves it.” –Lafcadio Hearn
80) Becoming a dad is one thing – being a dad is many things. – Steve Chapman

Final Thoughts

A father compares to no one. The role can be challenging and have lasting effect. May fathers raise and guide their sons with great responsibility and love. May the quotes above remind you of how important fathers are and how great it is to be one.

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