11 Awesome Literary Quotations Celebrating Dads

Happy Father’s Day! Here are some profoundly moving literary and historical quotes celebrating, honoring, and remembering our fathers and some of their most sage advice.

  1. “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.” ―Foucault’s Pendulum, by Umberto Eco
  2. “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
  3. “My father had taught me to be nice first, because you can always be mean later, but once you’ve been mean to someone, they won’t believe the nice anymore. So be nice, be nice, until it’s time to stop being nice, then destroy them.” ―A Stroke of Midnight, by Laurell K. Hamilton
  4. “Your father, Jo. He never loses patience, never doubts or complains, but always hopes, and works and waits so cheerfully that one is ashamed to do otherwise before him.” ―Little Women, by Louisa May Alcott
  5. “There’s no shame in fear, my father told me, what matters is how we face it.” ―A Clash of Kings, by George R.R. Martin
  6. “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.” ―To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee
  7. “Parents rarely let go of their children, so children let go of them. They move on. They move away. The moments that used to define them—a mother’s approval, a father’s nod—are covered by moments of their own accomplishments. It is not until much later, as the skin sags and the heart weakens, that children understand; their stories, and all their accomplishments, sit atop the stories of their mothers and fathers, stones upon stones, beneath the waters of their lives.” ―The Five People You Meet in Heaven, by Mitch Albom
  8. “My father taught me to work, but not to love it. I never did like to work, and I don’t deny it. I’d rather read, tell stories, crack jokes, talk, laugh—anything but work.” ―Abraham Lincoln
  9. “In my younger and more vulnerable years my father gave me some advice that I’ve been turning over in my mind ever since. ‘Whenever you feel like criticizing any one,’ he told me, ‘just remember that all the people in this world haven’t had the advantages that you’ve had.'” —The Great Gatsby, by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  10. “As my father always used to tell me, ‘You see, son, there’s always someone in the world worse off than you.’ And I always used to think, ‘So?’” —The Lost Continent: Travels in Small Town America, by Bill Bryson
  11. “A father has to be a provider, a teacher, a role model, but most importantly, a distant authority figure who can never be pleased. Otherwise, how will children ever understand the concept of God?” ―Stephen Colbert

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