Quotes and Sayings about Father



"I learned from the example of my father that the manner in which one endures what must be endured is more important than the thing that must be endured."
- Dean Acheson
(Related: Father, Example)

"My father is an actor, so he brought me into his agency when I was young. It wasn't something I wanted to do until high school, when I started taking theater and really liked it. Then an agent found me and wanted me to come out to Los Angeles and give it a shot. I gave myself six months, but it only took me like a week to get a job."
- Jensen Ackles
(Related: Father, Actor, Job, Months, School, Theater)

"Therefore I do pray and entreat you in the name of Jesus Christ to do so much as to make my being here in Japan known to my poor wife, in a manner a widow and my two children fatherless; which thing only is my greatest grief of heart and conscience."
- Will Adams
(Related: Wife, Heart, Being, Children, Christ, Conscience, Grief, Name, Poor)

"That he delights in the misery of others no man will confess, and yet what other motive can make a father cruel?"
- Joseph Addison
(Related: Father, Man, Misery, Motive, Will)

"My father actually moved out from Chicago just so he could play tennis 365 days a year, so it was - it was a place we played every day. We played before school. We played after school. We woke up. We played tennis. We brushed our teeth in that order."
- Andre Agassi
(Related: Father, Chicago, Day, Order, Play, School, Tennis)

"I was five years old when I wrote my first song. It was out of longing for my father that I wrote it."
- Shmuel Y. Agnon
(Related: Father, First, Longing, Old, Song, Years)

"The beginnings of my studies also came to me from my father, as well as from the Rabbinical Judge of our town. But they were preceded by three tutors under whom I studied, one after the other, from the time I was three and a half till I turned eight and a half."
- Shmuel Y. Agnon
(Related: Time, Father, Beginnings)

"My mother was the total influence. My father was what we call a nomadic person; he was a wanderer."
- Danny Aiello
(Related: Mother, Father, Influence)

"There was certainly less profanity in the Godfather than in the Sopranos. There was a kind of respect. It's not that I totally agreed with it, but it was a great piece of art."
- Danny Aiello
(Related: Art, Profanity, Respect)

"And I started with this: I have not painted at all my childhood. In fact, I never painted. But I helped my father who was a house painter and decorative painter. He made stage sets, he made glass paintings, he made everything."
- Josef Albers
(Related: Father, Childhood, Fact)

"My father's parents were carpenters. They were also builders partly. They were painters. And several of them were very, active in the theatre and all such nonsense, you know."
- Josef Albers
(Related: Father, Nonsense, Parents, Theatre)

"Father asked us what was God's noblest work. Anna said men, but I said babies. Men are often bad, but babies never are."
- Louisa May Alcott
(Related: Men, Work, Father, God, Babies)

"My mother didn't try to stab my father until I was six, but she must have shown signs of oddness before that."
- Alan Alda
(Related: Mother, Father)

"Life is a corrupting process from the time a child learns to play his mother off against his father in the politics of when to go to bed; he who fears corruption fears life."
- Saul Alinsky
(Related: Life, Politics, Time, Mother, Father, Bed, Corruption, Play)

"Father, in spite of all this spending of money in learning Latin, I will be a painter."
- William Allan
(Related: Money, Father, Learning, Will)

"My father never raised his hand to any one of his children, except in self-defense."
- Fred Allen
(Related: Father, Children, Self)

"Often, city fathers blamed prostitutes for the disease, and some threatened to brand their cheeks with hot iron if they did not desist from their vices."
- Peter Lewis Allen
(Related: Disease, Fathers, Vices)

"My first concern was to take care of my drawing. I did not have any knowledge in arts, especially Haitian arts, apart from the paintings I saw in my father's office."
- Ralph Allen
(Related: Father, Knowledge, Care, Concern, First, Office)

"I'm very proud of my gold pocket watch. My grandfather, on his deathbed, sold me this watch."
- Woody Allen
(Related: Gold)

"By the time I reached high school my father's grocery store had made our life adequately comfortable and I was able to choose, without any practical encumbrances, the subjects that I wanted to pursue in college."
- Sidney Altman
(Related: Life, Time, Father, College, School)

"Not only the priceless heritage of our fathers, of our seamen, of our Empire builders is being thrown away in a war that serves no British interests - but our alliance leader Stalin dreams of nothing but the destruction of that heritage of our fathers?"
- John Amery
(Related: Dreams, War, Leader, Alliance, Being, Destruction, Fathers, Nothing, Seamen)

"The relative property of the Son is to be begotten, that is, so to proceed from the Father as to be a participant of the same essence and perfectly carry on the Father's nature."
- William Ames
(Related: Nature, Father, Son, Property)

"When I felt rather overcome with my father's opposition, I said as firmly as I could, that I must have this or something else, that I could not live without some real work."
- Elizabeth Garrett Anderson
(Related: Work, Father, Opposition)

"It's my father's legacy. My father's view was that the public is the employer of these government employees and has the right to know what they're up to."
- Jack Anderson
(Related: Government, Father, Employees, Public, Right)

"In a certain sense, this guy - who is one of the most evil people in the book - he's not really that bad at running the show, because he knows what he's doing, he's smart and he's got the big picture in mind. He's like the Godfather."
- Kevin J. Anderson
(Related: People, Evil, Mind, Running, Sense)

"An important impression was my father's one Sabbatical year, spent in England and Europe in 1937."
- Philip Warren Anderson
(Related: Father, Impression, EnglEurope)

"Although raised on the farm - my grandfather was an unsuccessful fundamentalist preacher turned farmer - my father and his brother both became professors."
- Philip Warren Anderson
(Related: Father, Brother)

"Being a father, well, I don't know if this is a change, but it makes me want to get out of here faster. Get off the clock. Just 'cause the baby is my reason for living, my reason for coming to work."
- Richard Dean Anderson
(Related: Work, Change, Father, Baby, Being, Living, Reason, Want)

"I adored my birth father and constantly worried that I was being disloyal to him and his schoolteacher roots if I spent too much time performing and enjoying it."
- Julie Andrews
(Related: Time, Father, Being)

"And truly, when you look at the Constitution and our founding fathers and their writings, the things that made this country great, you might draw those conclusions: That they were conservative. They were fiscally conservative and socially conservative."
- Sharron Angle
(Related: Conservative, Constitution, Country, Fathers, Founding)

"My father is a man of impeccable character who has worked tirelessly for the United Nations for many years. His integrity is beyond reproach."
- Kojo Annan
(Related: Father, Character, Integrity, Man, Nations, United, Years)

"What will the U.S. senators have to say if there is, as many over here and in the rest of the world suspect, no substance to the allegations against my father and me?"
- Kojo Annan
(Related: Father, Rest, Senators, Will, World)

"As we moved along in a little procession, I was delighted with the illumination of the streets. So many lamps, and they burned until morning, my father said, and so people did not need to carry lanterns."
- Mary Antin
(Related: Father, People)

"In the evening of the first day my father conducted us to the public baths."
- Mary Antin
(Related: Father, Day, Evening, First, Public)

"The first meal was an object lesson of much variety. My father produced several kinds of food, ready to eat, without any cooking, from little tin cans that had printing all over them."
- Mary Antin
(Related: Food, Father, Cooking, First, Printing, Variety)

"One can't carry one's father's corpse about everywhere."
- Guillaume Apollinaire
(Related: Father)

"Since God had commanded it, it was necessary that I do it. Since God commanded it, even if I had a hundred fathers and mothers, even if I had been a King's daughter, I would have gone nevertheless."
- Joan of Arc
(Related: God, Daughter, Fathers, Mothers)

"The spirit of Ubuntu, that once led Haiti to emerge as the first independent black nation in 1804, helped Venezuela, Colombia and Ecuador attain liberty, and inspired our forefathers to shed their blood for the United States' independence, cannot die. Today, this spirit of solidarity must and will empower all of us to rebuild Haiti."
- Jean-Bertrand Aristide
(Related: Blood, First, Independence, Liberty, Nation, Solidarity, Spirit, states, Today, United, Will)

"Mothers are fonder than fathers of their children because they are more certain they are their own."
- Aristotle
(Related: Children, Fathers, Mothers)

"I'm a father. It isn't just my life any more. I don't want my kid finding bottles in the house or seeing his father completely smashed."
- Billie Joe Armstrong
(Related: Life, Father, Want)

"I learned a lot in those first years in Miami, while struggling just for survival, by observing my father's fortitude."
- Desi Arnaz
(Related: Father, Survival, First, Years)

"In our fathers' time nothing was read but books of feigned chivalry, wherein a man by reading should be led to none other end, but only to manslaughter and bawdry."
- Roger Ascham
(Related: Time, Books, Chivalry, End, Fathers, Man, Nothing, Reading)

"If necessity is the mother of invention, it's the father of cooperation. And we're cooperating like never before."
- John Ashcroft
(Related: Mother, Father, Cooperation, Invention, Necessity)

"My father was an ardent socialist for many years."
- Leon Askin
(Related: Father, Years)

"Especially for my father it was a great change. He used to be a socialist and even a member of the socialist party. But then he became an orthodox Jew."
- Leon Askin
(Related: Change, Father, Party)

"The Relation we bear to the Wisdom of the Father, the Son of His Love, gives us indeed a dignity which otherwise we have no pretence to. It makes us something, something considerable even in God's Eyes."
- Mary Astell
(Related: Wisdom, Love, Father, Son, God, Dignity, Eyes)

"I worked with my son when he was much younger; we did L.A. Law together, where I played his father and he played a kid who was suing his father for alienation of affection or something. It was great."
- Rene Auberjonois
(Related: Father, Son, Affection, Alienation, Law)

"And my father, being a good Swiss puritan, always really insisted that if I was going to be an actor, I shouldn't just be an actor, I should know about the whole process."
- Rene Auberjonois
(Related: Father, Actor, Being)

"A true conservationist is a man who knows that the world is not given by his fathers, but borrowed from his children."
- John James Audubon
(Related: Children, Fathers, Man, World)

"Because my father was often absent on naval duty, my mother suffered me to do much as I pleased."
- John James Audubon
(Related: Mother, Father, Duty)

"To a father, when a child dies, the future dies; to a child when a parent dies, the past dies."
- Red Auerbach
(Related: Father, Future, Past)

"People in England were coming up to me, saying, My mother and father turned me on to your music. This happened to me 20 years ago. When I was 40 they were saying that."
- Roy Ayers
(Related: Music, Mother, Father, People, England, Saying, Years)

"Government is necessary for our survival. We need government in order to survive. The Founding Fathers created a special place for government. It is called the Constitution."
- Michael Badnarik
(Related: Government, Survival, Constitution, Fathers, Founding, Order)

"A father is always making his baby into a little woman. And when she is a woman he turns her back again."
- Enid Bagnold
(Related: Father, Baby, Woman)

"I could, I think, quite easily have gone to Oxford. I got four good A levels, but my father's income was such that I wouldn't have got a grant, and he wouldn't let me go to university, and that was the end of it."
- Colin Baker
(Related: Father, End, Income, University)

"You can tell your uncle stuff that you could not tell your dad. That is kind of the role of an uncle. I feel very much like a father sometimes but sometimes I feel like a teammate."
- Dusty Baker
(Related: Dad, Father)

"A group of politicians deciding to dump a President because his morals are bad is like the Mafia getting together to bump off the Godfather for not going to church on Sunday."
- Russell Baker
(Related: Church, Morals, Politicians, President)

"I have a 92 year old father whose doing beautifully who lives in Chicago and a sister and a nephew and a niece and I love coming back and try to do so fairly often."
- Bob Balaban
(Related: Love, Father, Sister, Chicago, Old)

"If the relationship of father to son could really be reduced to biology, the whole earth would blaze with the glory of fathers and sons."
- James A. Baldwin
(Related: Father, Son, Earth, Fathers, Glory, Sons)

"In my grandfather's lab, scientists did independent research, and peers reviewed and commented on its merits. Politics, he taught me, had no place in the scientific process."
- Tammy Baldwin
(Related: Politics, Research, Scientists)

"It would be curious to know what leads a man to become a stationer rather than a baker, when he is no longer compelled, as among the Egyptians, to succeed to his father's craft."
- Honore de Balzac
(Related: Father, Man, Succeed)

"I have a Father's Day every day."
- Dennis Banks
(Related: Father, Day)

"When we believe that God is Father, we also believe that such a father's hand will never cause his child a needless tear. We may not understand life any better, but we will not resent life any longer."
- William Barclay
(Related: Life, Father, God, Cause, May, Will)

"But I remember the moment when my father died. I wasn't a very committed Catholic beforehand, but when that happened it suddenly all felt so obvious: I now believe religion is our attempt to find an explanation, for us to feel more protected."
- Javier Bardem
(Related: Religion, Father, Now)

"We will never forget those like my great-grandfather who fought at Vicksburg."
- Roy Barnes
(Related: Forget, Will)

"As a dedicated and proud father of three, I am a strong advocate of life. I value life whether born or unborn."
- Gresham Barrett
(Related: Life, Father, Value)

"The patriot blood of my father was warm in my veins."
- Clara Barton
(Related: Father, Blood)

"I had always loved expressionist painting, like every European. In fact I admired it all the more because these were precisely the paintings despised by my father's generation."
- Georg Baselitz
(Related: Father, Fact, Painting)

"My grandfather Frank Lloyd Wright wore a red sash on his wedding night. That is glamour!"
- Anne Baxter
(Related: Wedding, Night)

"People are concerned, here again, about life, and haven't given a whole lot of attention to how you make fathers responsible for the lives they bring into the world."
- Birch Bayh
(Related: Life, People, Attention, Fathers, World)

"I think that it's important if you run for President that you have to make those important decisions. And your father, if he can help, probably, he helps just by being your father without getting intimately involved."
- Birch Bayh
(Related: Father, Being, Decisions, Help, President)

"Playing for Yogi is like playing for your father; playing for Billy is like playing for your father-in-law."
- Don Baylor
(Related: Father)

"My first years were spent living just as my forefathers had lived - roaming the green, rolling hills of what are now the states of South Dakota and Nebraska."
- Standing Bear
(Related: First, Living, Now, states, Years)

"You need only reflect that one of the best ways to get yourself a reputation as a dangerous citizen these days is to go about repeating the very phrases which our founding fathers used in the struggle for independence."
- Charles A. Beard
(Related: Fathers, Founding, Independence, Reputation, Struggle)

"My mother and my father were teachers. My grandmother and my grandfather were teachers. This is something I really know about. Even when I was a kid, it was a profession my father couldn't stay in, because he couldn't make enough money."
- Warren Beatty
(Related: Money, Mother, Father, Profession, Teachers)

"My mother is, my father certainly was. They were kind of the local intelligentsia in the town where I grew up."
- Alison Bechdel
(Related: Mother, Father)

"But mostly, it's a book about my relationship with my father."
- Alison Bechdel
(Related: Father)

"When did it become a problem to be a small businessman and become successful? The small businessman - like my father, or like me?"
- Glenn Beck
(Related: Father, Successful)

"To be a gourmet you must start early, as you must begin riding early to be a good horseman. You must live in France, your father must have been a gourmet. Nothing in life must interest you but your stomach."
- Ludwig Bemelmans
(Related: Life, Father, France, Interest, Nothing)

"My father was a farmer and my mother was a farmer, but, my childhood was very good. I am very grateful for my childhood, because it was full of gladness and good humanity."
- Roberto Benigni
(Related: Mother, Father, Childhood, Humanity)

"But very often in politics we have the experience called up from my father when someone was trying to help him in the campaign: I can take care of my enemies, may the Good Lord save me from my friends."
- Robert Foster Bennett
(Related: Experience, Politics, Father, Care, Enemies, Friends, Help, May, Trying)

"He followed in his father's footsteps, but his gait was somewhat erratic."
- Nicolas Bentley
(Related: Father, Footsteps)

"My mother, sister and I watched through the windows as my father gambled."
- Tom Berenger
(Related: Mother, Father, Sister, Windows)

"I never have really said much about the whole episode, which was endless. But his speech was a perfectly intelligent speech about fathers not being dispensable and nobody agreed with that more than I did."
- Candice Bergen
(Related: Being, Fathers, Speech)

"My father was a sergeant with the Connecticut state police. My mother was a hairstylist."
- Michael Bergin
(Related: Mother, Father, Police, State)

"A father's disappointment can be a very powerful tool."
- Michael Bergin
(Related: Father, Disappointment)

"I wanted to grow up to be just like my father."
- Michael Bergin
(Related: Father)

"If they had killed by father and my mother and all my friends, yet if they had come to treat of peace, they ought to have gone in peace."
- William Berkeley
(Related: Peace, Mother, Father, Friends)

"My father had very little formal education."
- Daniel Berrigan
(Related: Education, Father)

"Rock's so good to me. Rock is my child and my grandfather."
- Chuck Berry
"I know that I will never find my father in any other man who comes into my life, because it is a void in my life that can only be filled by him."
- Halle Berry
(Related: Life, Father, Man, Will)

"The Founding Fathers would be sorry to see that America had become so divided and factionalized."
- Michael Beschloss
(Related: America, Fathers, Founding)

"To people who remember JFK's assassination, JFK Jr. will probably always be that boy saluting his father's coffin."
- Michael Beschloss
(Related: Father, People, Assassination, Will)

"Just talk to me as a father - not what the Constitution says. What do you feel?"
- Joe Biden
(Related: Father, Constitution, Talk)

"Doubt is the father of invention."
- Ambrose Bierce
(Related: Father, Doubt, Invention)

"Second, marriage is an issue that our Founding Fathers wisely left to the states."
- Judy Biggert
(Related: Marriage, Fathers, Founding, states)

"So for twelve miles I rode with Sherman, and we became fast friends. He asked me all manner of questions on the way, and I found that he knew my father well, and remembered his tragic death in Salt Creek Valley."
- Buffalo Bill
(Related: Death, Father, Friends, Questions)

"With the help of a friend I got father into a wagon, when the crowd had gone. I held his head in my lap during the ride home. I believed he was mortally wounded. He had been stabbed down through the kidneys, leaving an ugly wound."
- Buffalo Bill
(Related: Home, Father, Friend, Help, Ugly)

"But the love of adventure was in father's blood."
- Buffalo Bill
(Related: Love, Father, Adventure, Blood)

"It is impossible to read for pleasure from something to which you are both father and mother, born in such travail that the writer despises the thing that enslaved him."
- Jim Bishop
(Related: Mother, Father, Pleasure, Writer)

"In my view, far from deserving condemnation for their courageous reporting, the New York Times, the Washington Post and other newspapers should be commended for serving the purpose that the Founding Fathers saw so clearly."
- Hugo Black
(Related: Purpose, Fathers, Founding, Newspapers, Post, Washington)

"The Founding Fathers gave the free press the protection it must have to bare the secrets of government and inform the people."
- Hugo Black
(Related: Government, People, Fathers, Founding, Press, Protection, Secrets)

"My father, a mining engineer and colliery manager, gave his brood many advantages not least of which, for me, was his love of singing which gave music a central place in our lives."
- James W. Black
(Related: Love, Music, Manager, Father, Singing)

"A father and two sons run Adelphia. It's a cable company. And they took from that company a billion dollars. A billion. Three people - three people took a billion dollars. What were they gonna do, start their own space program? 'Let's send the monkey to Mars, Dad!'"
- Lewis Black
(Related: Father, People, Company, Sons, Space)

"My father was in the civil service. I can remember standing in a bus shelter in the pouring rain, and that we were allowed candy floss at the end of the holiday if we had behaved."
- Honor Blackman
(Related: Father, End, Holiday, Rain, Service)

"I got started when I was 3 years old because my father was a music teacher and my lessons were free. Instead of learning to walk, you learn to play the piano."
- Carla Bley
(Related: Music, Father, Learning, Old, Play, Years)

"Fathers and mothers have lost the idea that the highest aspiration they might have for their children is for them to be wise... specialized competence and success are all that they can imagine."
- Allan Bloom
(Related: Success, Idea, Children, Competence, Fathers, Mothers)

"I'm quite sensitive to women. I saw how my sister got treated by boyfriends. I read this thing that said when you are in a relationship with a woman, imagine how you would feel if you were her father. That's been my approach, for the most part."
- Orlando Bloom
(Related: Women, Father, Sister, Woman)

"Like any parents, mine wanted me to have a secure job with a regular wage and career prospects. And the one job my father knew of, that he'd had experience of himself, was the army, so he could help me in that direction."
- James Blunt
(Related: Experience, Father, Army, Career, Direction, Help, Job, Parents, Wage)

"When a father, absent during the day, returns home at six, his children receive only his temperament, not his teaching."
- Robert Bly
(Related: Home, Father, Children, Day, Teaching, Temperament)

"My father had retained an emotional affection for the ceremonial of his parental home, without allowing it to influence his intellectual freedom."
- Franz Boas
(Related: Home, Father, Affection, Freedom, Influence)

"Anyone can be a father, but it takes someone special to be a dad, and that's why I call you dad, because you are so special to me. You taught me the game and you taught me how to play it right."
- Wade Boggs
(Related: Dad, Father, Play, Right)

"I think some of the pressure comes from the expectations of other people. Like if your father played baseball, they expect you to be the big lifesaver or something when you play a sport."
- Barry Bonds
(Related: Father, People, Baseball, Expectations, Play, Pressure)

"My mother's studies stopped with the third year of primary school, my father with the first. They taught me a deep sense of duty. But nobody was involved in politics in my family."
- Emma Bonino
(Related: Family, Politics, Father, Mother, Deep, Duty, First, School, Sense)

"Let us keep the dance of rain our fathers kept and tread our dreams beneath the jungle sky."
- Arna Bontemps
(Related: Dreams, Dance, Fathers, Jungle, Rain, Sky)

"Maggie went out of doors to wash the windows and father came out into the kitchen and said he did not know whether he would go down to the post office or not. And then I sprinkled some handkerchiefs to iron."
- Lizzie Andrew Borden
(Related: Father, Kitchen, Office, Post, Windows)

"Last winter when I was coming home from church one Thursday evening, I saw somebody run around the house again. I told my father of that."
- Lizzie Andrew Borden
(Related: Home, Father, Church, Evening, Winter)

"Oh, Mrs. Churchill, do come over, someone has killed father."
- Lizzie Andrew Borden
(Related: Father)

"Go for Dr. Bowen as soon as you can. I think father is hurt."
- Lizzie Andrew Borden
(Related: Father, Hurt)

"My father invented a cure for which there was no disease and unfortunately my mother caught it and died of it."
- Victor Borge
(Related: Mother, Father, Cure, Disease)

"The prejudice was so bad in the United States at that time that a dark person with a white person would not be served in a restaurant. My father, mother, and I would try it occasionally. We would sit there, and the food would never come."
- Amar Bose
(Related: Food, Time, Mother, Father, Prejudice, states, United)

"The food we ate was Indian, and both my mother and father were very deep into the ancient philosophy of India, so it could well have been an Indian household."
- Amar Bose
(Related: Food, Mother, Father, Deep, Philosophy)

"I changed my mind because of a scene between Howard Cunningham and Richie. The father-son situation was written so movingly, I fell in love with the project."
- Tom Bosley
(Related: Love, Father, Mind, Project)

"Being a father to my family and a husband is to me much more important than what I did in the business."
- Tom Bosley
(Related: Business, Family, Father, HusbBeing)

"The vision that the founding fathers had of rule of law and equality before the law and no one above the law, that is a very viable vision, but instead of that, we have quasi mob rule."
- James Bovard
(Related: Equality, Vision, Fathers, Founding, Law, Mob)

"It is hard to know how many people do, but given that the people are so docile towards the rulers, nowadays, very few Americans show the passion for freedom that our forefathers had."
- James Bovard
(Related: People, Americans, Freedom, Passion)

"At one point, when I was 20 and living in Kentucky, I got shot - it was a land dispute over six inches of property that ran a hundred yards through my grandfather's land. It was really over the honor of my family and that of another family."
- Jack Bowman
(Related: Family, Honor, Kentucky, Land, Living, Property)

"I knew your father before you did, and I don't think he'd be too proud of what you're doing right now."
- Scotty Bowman
(Related: Father, Now, Right)

"As someone who has seen war first hand, and as a father of three young adults, it was my hope that we could have resolved this conflict and disarmed Saddam Hussein without war. However, this was not the case."
- Allen Boyd
(Related: War, Father, Hope, Conflict, First)

"More by example than by word, my father taught me logical reasoning, compassion, love of others, honesty, and discipline applied with understanding."
- Paul D. Boyer
(Related: Love, Father, Discipline, Honesty, Compassion, Example, Understanding, Word)

"English history is all about men liking their fathers, and American history is all about men hating their fathers and trying to burn down everything they ever did."
- Malcolm Bradbury
(Related: History, Men, American, English, Fathers, Trying)

"I'd watch my father get up at 5 o'clock and go down to the Eastern Market in Detroit to do the shopping for his restaurant, and get that business going and then go out on his vending machine business."
- Ed Bradley
(Related: Business, Father, Machine)

"My uncle was a hero, Lewis Roundtree. He was not even related to me really, but he was always called my uncle. He was like a father to me. I was closer to him than I was my father."
- Ed Bradley
(Related: Father)

"The workplace should have a place where the kids can visit. They should have places at the mother's or the father's work where professionals can have their kids visit them whenever they feel like it."
- Eric Braeden
(Related: Work, Mother, Father, Kids, professionals, Visit)

"I grew up in a very open-minded family. My father died when I was very little, so my mother was really, really incredibly busy trying to provide for us."
- Sonia Braga
(Related: Family, Mother, Father, Open, Trying)

"With a firm and steadfast mind one should hold under all conditions, that everywhere the earth is below and the sky above, and to the energetic man, every region is his fatherland."
- Tycho Brahe
(Related: Earth, Man, Mind, Sky)

"The all-seeing eye of God beheld our deplorable state; infinite pity touched the heart of the Father of mercies; and infinite wisdom laid the plan of our recovery."
- David Brainerd
(Related: Wisdom, Father, God, Heart, Eye, Infinite, Pity, State)

"My father, though, could run very much faster. It was impossible to compete with him on the grass. But it was astonishing how slow old people were. Some of them could not run up a hill and called it trying to climb stairs."
- Georg Brandes
(Related: Father, People, Old, Stairs, Trying)

"The kind of support encouraged by such modes of expression has always arisen basically from confusing the fatherland itself with the social conditions which happened to prevail in it."
- Hjalmar Branting
(Related: Expression, Support)

"They're mutually incompatible I feel; being a wise thief and a wise father."
- Andre Braugher
(Related: Father, Being)

"But it is obvious that our fathers, whose efforts have planted these great and prosperous cities along the once lonely trails of our own broad land, received all the fundamentals of civilization as a heritage from their European ancestors."
- James H. Breasted
(Related: Civilization, Cities, Fathers, Land, Lonely, Obvious)

"I'll bet your father spent the first year of your life throwing rocks at the stork."
- Irving Brecher
(Related: Life, Father, First)

"My father was my teacher. But most importantly he was a great dad."
- Beau Bridges
(Related: Dad, Father)

"Dylan, myself and my father were in a two hour movie called The Sand Kings, which started off the Outer Limits series. It was sort of the two hour pilot movie."
- Beau Bridges
(Related: Father, Kings, Limits)

"For me, growing up, the downside of it was that as a kid you don't want to stand out. You don't want to have a famous father let alone get a job because of your famous father, you know? But I'm a product of nepotism. That's how I got my foot in the door, through my dad."
- Jeff Bridges
(Related: Dad, Father, Famous, Growing up, Job, Want)

"What I learned most from my father wasn't anything he said; it was just the way he behaved. He loved his work so much that, whenever he came on set, he brought that with him, and other people rose to it."
- Jeff Bridges
(Related: Work, Father, People)

"My mother is an office manager, my father a professor of economics and financial planner."
- Poppy Z. Brite
(Related: Manager, Mother, Father, Financial, Economics, Office)

"She was trusted and valued by her father, loved and courted by all dogs, cats, children, and poor people, and slighted and neglected by everybody else."
- Anne Bronte
(Related: Father, People, Cats, Children, Dogs, Poor)

"Afflictions are but as a dark entry into our Father's house."
- Thomas Brooks
(Related: Father)

"It used to be that a son could look at the father, and pretty much know what life was gonna be like as an adult. There was confidence in that, and comfort in that, and frustration also."
- Clancy Brown
(Related: Life, Father, Son, Comfort, Confidence, Frustration, Pretty)

"I'm a father; that's what matters most. Nothing matters more."
- Gordon Brown
(Related: Father, Nothing)

"I told my father I wanted to play the banjo, and so he saved the money and got ready to give me a banjo for my next birthday, and between that time and my birthday, I lost interest in the banjo and was playing guitar."
- Jackson Browne
(Related: Money, Time, Birthday, Father, Guitar, Interest, Play)

"Now, I had been drawing all this time - especially in France of course - so, when I came back, my father gave me the chance to do a cover for one of the books he published."
- Dick Bruna
(Related: Time, Father, Books, Chance, France, Now)

"My father realised that for me to become a publisher in his firm would have been the end of the firm!"
- Dick Bruna
(Related: Father, End)

"Time is the father of truth, its mother is our mind."
- Giordano Bruno
(Related: Time, Mother, Father, Truth, Mind)

"Poverty may be the mother of crime, but lack of good sense is the father."
- Jean de la Bruyere
(Related: Mother, Father, Crime, May, Poverty, Sense)

"Therefore, I do not wish to consider any proposition to cede any portion of our tribal holdings to the Great Father."
- Sitting Bull
(Related: Father)

"Is it wrong for me to love my own? Is it wicked for me because my skin is red? Because I am Sioux? Because I was born where my father lived? Because I would die for my people and my country?"
- Sitting Bull
(Related: Love, Father, People, Country, Skin, Wrong)

"I've just finished my next collection, Possible Side Effects, and I'm now working on a collection of holiday stories as well as a memoir about my relationship with my father."
- Augusten Burroughs
(Related: Father, Holiday, Now)

"My parents had this relationship that was really terrifying. I mean, the level of hatred that they had, and the level of physical abuse - my mother would beat up my father, basically - and I think I was drawn to images on television that were bright and reflective."
- Augusten Burroughs
(Related: Mother, Father, Abuse, Hatred, Parents, Television)

"Trees Lounge is based on my own life. Both my parents like the movie. My father, of course, thinks it's a masterpiece."
- Steve Buscemi
(Related: Life, Father, Parents, Trees)

"Becoming a father isn't difficult, but it's very difficult to be a father."
- Wilhelm Busch
(Related: Father)

"People ask me if I ever see my father and I say yes, because he puts in the effort. He calls all the time to tell us he's proud of us."
- Jenna Bush
(Related: Time, Father, People, Effort)

"That was kind of scary. You got the sense as a little kid that you might be at risk now, and then you're like, 'Why are we at risk? It's because my grandfather is in charge of all of this.' You can't really realize the magnitude of a job like that when you are eight."
- Lauren Bush
(Related: Job, Now, Risk, Sense)

"You know, my parents have always been incredibly supportive. I'm an only child, so we're very close. There's just the three of us. They're exceptional parents but also great friends. My father was able to take his hobby, photography, and turn it into a beautiful career. So when they saw how much I loved acting, they were 100 percent behind me."
- Sophia Bush
(Related: Father, Acting, Career, Friends, Parents, Photography)

"When I was 18, I thought my father was pretty dumb. After a while when I got to be 21, I was amazed to find out how much he'd learned in three years."
- Frank Butler
(Related: Father, Thought, Dumb, Pretty, Years)

"A lawyer's dream of heaven: every man reclaimed his property at the resurrection, and each tried to recover it from all his forefathers."
- Samuel Butler
(Related: Dream, Man, Property)

"It is a wise tune that knows its own father, and I like my music to be the legitimate offspring of respectable parents."
- Samuel Butler
(Related: Music, Father, Parents)

"Those who have never had a father can at any rate never know the sweets of losing one. To most men the death of his father is a new lease of life."
- Samuel Butler
(Related: Death, Life, Men, Father, Losing)

"My grandfather was a cop in Long Island. I often try to draw on things that I've heard about him."
- Yancy Butler
"My mother's side of the family was in the production side of theatre. My grandfather, Jose Vega, was a general manager for Neil Simon shows on Broadway."
- Yancy Butler
(Related: Family, Manager, Mother, Production, Theatre)

"My father used to sing to me in my mother's womb. I think I can name about any tune in two beats."
- Yancy Butler
(Related: Mother, Father, Name)

"I have never seen such extreme partisanship, such bitter partisanship, and such forgetfulness of the fate of our fathers and of the Constitution."
- Robert Byrd
(Related: Constitution, Extreme, Fate, Fathers, Forgetfulness)

"My father was always getting excited about something. It's genetically inside me somewhere."
- Nicolas Cage
(Related: Father)

"My father was totally Irish, and so I went to Ireland once. I found it to be very much like New York, for it was a beautiful country, and both the women and men were good-looking."
- James Cagney
(Related: Men, Women, Father, Country, Ireland, Irish)

"My mother was a housewife but she was also an artist. My father was an electrical engineer."
- James Cameron
(Related: Mother, Father, Artist, Housewife)

"I was always fascinated by engineering. Maybe it was an attempt maybe to get my father's respect or interest, or maybe it was just a genetic love of technology, but I was always trying to build things."
- James Cameron
(Related: Love, Technology, Father, Engineering, Interest, Respect, Trying)

"I'll meet the raging of the skies, but not an angry father."
- Thomas Campbell
(Related: Father)

"So my father was a person who never lied to me. If I had a question, he answered it. I knew a lot of things at a young age because I was intrigued."
- Nick Cannon
(Related: Age, Father, Question)

"I hope I am remembered by my children as a good father."
- Orson Scott Card
(Related: Father, Hope, Children)

"My mother is Irish, my father is black and Venezuelan, and me - I'm tan, I guess."
- Mariah Carey
(Related: Mother, Father, Irish)

"But seek till ye find, and, whatever ye find for the present, let your last act be to lay and leave yourselves on the righteousness of His Son, expecting life through His name, according to the promise of the Father."
- Donald Cargill
(Related: Life, Father, Son, Act, Name, Present, Promise, Righteousness)

"Our grandfathers had to run, run, run. My generation's out of breath. We ain't running no more."
- Stokely Carmichael
(Related: Running)

"My father's sister never married in order to raise me."
- Marcel Carne
(Related: Father, Sister, Order)

"When he was twenty-three or twenty-four my father began to learn German and read philosophy in his spare hours, which did not look as though he were destined to remain long on board ship!"
- Edward Carpenter
(Related: Father, Philosophy)

"IN April 1882 my father died; and I was at once whirled out of my land of dreams into a very different sphere."
- Edward Carpenter
(Related: Dreams, Father, April, Land)

"Mother goddesses are just as silly a notion as father gods. If a revival of the myths of these cults gives woman emotional satisfaction, it does so at the price of obscuring the real conditions of life. This is why they were invented in the first place."
- Angela Carter
(Related: Life, Mother, Father, Gods, First, Myths, Satisfaction, Silly, Woman)

"Aeneas carried his aged father on his back from the ruins of Troy and so do we all, whether we like it or not, perhaps even if we have never known them."
- Angela Carter
(Related: Father)

"My father, Fred Carter, Jr., is definitely an extraordinaire."
- Deana Carter
(Related: Father)

"We don't have the family organization the way we used to. My father lives with us because we have the room. The greatest of all opportunities for our children is a complete family unit."
- Dixie Carter
(Related: Family, Father, Children)

"I had some vague memory of visiting Canberra as a lad, when we came up with my father by car. But when I made the long train journey from Sydney to Canberra and arrived at the little stop, I did wonder slightly whether this really was the national capital."
- John Henry Carver
(Related: Car, Father, Journey, Memory, Wonder)

"My father was very much a handy person round the house, and I learnt a lot of carpentry from him."
- John Henry Carver
(Related: Father)

"My father and his brothers were all lawyers, so I think that the expectation was probably for me to grow up to be an attorney, but it never really fascinated me that much. I was more interested in building things."
- Steve Case
(Related: Father, Brothers, Building, Expectation, Lawyers)

"My father still is a lawyer, and my mom was a teacher and then later a career counselor."
- Steve Case
(Related: Mom, Father, Career)

"My father was a man of love. He always loved me to death. He worked hard in the fields, but my father never hit me. Never. I don't ever remember a really cross, unkind word from my father."
- Johnny Cash
(Related: Death, Love, Father, Man, Word)

"He's just like my father that way-my father just adored my mother and let her do whatever she wanted. John's like that. He's a very rare man, a very good man, and I've had a good life with him. I'm proud to be walking in the wake of Johnny's fame."
- June Carter Cash
(Related: Life, Mother, Father, Fame, Man, Walking)

"I have seen him set fire to his wigwam and smooth over the graves of his fathers... clap his hand in silence over his mouth, and take the last look over his fair hunting ground, and turn his face in sadness to the setting sun."
- George Catlin
(Related: Fathers, Fire, Hunting, Sadness, Silence, Sun)

"My other brother, the Lord Lucas, who was heir to my father's estate, and as it were the father to take care of us all, is not less valiant than they were, although his skill in the discipline of war was not so much, not being bred therein."
- Margaret Cavendish
(Related: War, Father, Brother, Discipline, Being, Care, Heir, Skill)

"My wife - to-be and I went to see my father. Only he could answer the two questions before us: Shall we get married now? Shall I begin the practice of law, or continue being the successful wine salesman I had become, working my way through law school?"
- Emanuel Celler
(Related: Father, Wife, Successful, Being, Law, Now, Practice, Questions, School, Wine)

"My grandfather was Catholic; my grandmother, Jewish. Crossing over from Bavaria, as immigrants to the United States, the ship started to sink. My grandmother jumped overboard. My grandfather followed, to save this girl he had never met."
- Emanuel Celler
(Related: states, United)

"My grandfather, in 1848, had fled from Germany to find political freedom in the United States."
- Emanuel Celler
(Related: Freedom, Germany, states, United)

"No fathers or mothers think their own children ugly."
- Miguel de Cervantes
(Related: Children, Fathers, Mothers, Ugly)

"My father wanted me to be a pharmacist like himself. He had been a doctor, but he no longer believed in medicine; so he became a pharmacist, but he believed in that hardly more."
- Claude Chabrol
(Related: Father, Medicine)

"And I remember leaving my place in L.A. and - my father is a big fight fan - and I said, 'Dad, I got a couple of days off and I'm getting ready to go to Houston to sign to fight Muhammad Ali."
- Wilt Chamberlain
(Related: Father, Fight, Houston)

"My children, as long as you live, the shadow of the Hiss Case will brush you. In every pair of eyes that rests on you, you will see pass, like a cloud passing behind a woods in winter, the memory of your father - dissembled in friendly eyes, lurking in unfriendly eyes."
- Whittaker Chambers
(Related: Father, Children, Eyes, Memory, Shadow, Will, Winter)

"Pride is the master sin of the devil, and the devil is the father of lies."
- Edwin Hubbel Chapin
(Related: Father, Devil, Lies, Pride, Sin)

"Father told me that if I ever met a lady in a dress like yours, I must look her straight in the eyes."
- Prince Charles
(Related: Father, Dress, Eyes, Lady)

"Manual labor to my father was not only good and decent for it's own sake but, as he was given to saying, it straightened out one's thoughts."
- Mary Ellen Chase
(Related: Father, Thoughts, Labor, Saying)

"My parents and my grandfather on my mom's side would travel the earth. They went to Australia and China, and they went to probably every soccer game I ever played."
- Brandi Chastain
(Related: Travel, Mom, Earth, Parents, Soccer)

"Therefore we examine with considerable diligence the consensus of the true, learned, and purer antiquity, and we love and praise the testimonies of the fathers which agree with the Scripture."
- Martin Chemnitz
(Related: Love, Diligence, Fathers, Praise, Scripture)

"The founding fathers were not only brilliant, they were system builders and systematic thinkers. They came up with comprehensive plans and visions."
- Ron Chernow
(Related: Fathers, Founding, Visions)

"Partly because his life ended before the age of 50, Hamilton was defined by the other founding fathers, and he managed, with amazing consistency, to alienate most of them."
- Ron Chernow
(Related: Age, Life, Consistency, Fathers, Founding)

"As fathers commonly go, it is seldom a misfortune to be fatherless; and considering the general run of sons, as seldom a misfortune to be childless."
- Lord Chesterfield
(Related: Fathers, Misfortune, Sons)

"My father was an American who could cuss in Italian and make an aria out of it. It was wonderful to watch. But then again, he was a Gemini. I believe in that stuff."
- Dominic Chianese
(Related: Father, American)

"I enjoyed my grandparents very much. My mother and father would always allow me to stay with them."
- Dominic Chianese
(Related: Mother, Father, Grandparents)

"The anger that Uncle Junior has comes from my background. My father was the son of an Italian immigrant, and I've seen the fire of the Italian temperament. It can be explosive sometimes in ways that are both funny and tragic."
- Dominic Chianese
(Related: Anger, Funny, Father, Son, Fire, Temperament)

"Because religion has such a compelling hold on the deep psyches of so many people, feminists cannot afford to leave it in the hands of the fathers."
- Carol P. Christ
(Related: Religion, People, Deep, Fathers)

"I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life. No one comes to the Father except through me."
- Jesus Christ
(Related: Life, Father, Truth)

"As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you."
- Jesus Christ
(Related: Father)

"The path I am trying so hard to follow is in fact the one that God my Father and His Son Jesus Christ want me to pursue. It has brought me deep happiness."
- Clayton Christensen
(Related: Happiness, Father, Son, God, Christ, Deep, Fact, Trying, Want)

"My father was a small-town banker. He became very ill when I was 10 years old, and we went to California three years later in an attempt to recover his health, which never happened."
- Warren Christopher
(Related: Health, Father, Old, Years)

"As the youngest, I wanted to be my father's son and perpetuate the family name."
- Connie Chung
(Related: Family, Son, Father, Name)

"Victory has a hundred fathers but defeat is an orphan."
- Galeazzo Ciano
(Related: Victory, Defeat, Fathers)

"Every parent is at some time the father of the unreturned prodigal, with nothing to do but keep his house open to hope."
- John Ciardi
(Related: Time, Father, Hope, Nothing, Open)

"My father was very strong. I don't agree with a lot of the ways he brought me up. I don't agree with a lot of his values, but he did have a lot of integrity, and if he told us not to do something, he didn't do it either."
- Madonna Ciccone
(Related: Father, Values, Integrity)

"The most surprising thing for my mother and father was when I was actually earning more money than them by the time I was about 18. They thought I was going to be the ne'er do well, who they'd have to keep worrying about."
- Diane Cilento
(Related: Money, Time, Mother, Father, Thought)

"My father said, If you want to do acting, you have to be successful, which is a silly thing to say."
- Diane Cilento
(Related: Father, Successful, Acting, Silly, Want)

"One does not inhabit a country; one inhabits a language. That is our country, our fatherland - and no other."
- Emile M. Cioran
(Related: Country, Language)

"I realize that when I moved out of my father's house I shocked and frightened him because I needed a room of my own, a space of my own to reinvent myself."
- Sandra Cisneros
(Related: Father, Space)

"I was raised in Chicago, so always used Latina. It's what my Father and brothers called ourselves, when we meant the entire Spanish-speaking community of Chicago."
- Sandra Cisneros
(Related: Father, Brothers, Chicago, Community)

"Humor is always based on a modicum of truth. Have you ever heard a joke about a father-in-law?"
- Dick Clark
(Related: Humor, Truth, Father)

"A father is a man who expects his son to be as good a man as he meant to be, A father is someone who carries pictures where his money used to be."
- Frank Howard Clark
(Related: Money, Father, Son, Man)

"Just because someone's dead doesn't mean it's over. My grandfather died more than 25 years ago, but I still think of him a lot and smell his smell."
- Julian Clary
(Related: Years)

"We didn't have television in those days, and many people didn't even have radios. My mother would read aloud to my father and me in the evening."
- Beverly Cleary
(Related: Mother, Father, People, Evening, Television)

"I don't think children's inner feelings have changed. They still want a mother and father in the very same house; they want places to play."
- Beverly Cleary
(Related: Mother, Father, Feelings, Children, Play, Want)

"God was treated like this powerful, erratic, rather punitive father who has to be pacified and praised. You know, flattered."
- John Cleese
(Related: God, Father)

"An atmosphere of beliefs and conceptions has been formed by the labours and struggles of our forefathers, which enables us to breathe amid the various and complex circumstances of our life."
- William Kingdon Clifford
(Related: Life, Beliefs, Circumstances)

"Our mother was a very religious and observant Jew, our father less so. She was kind of driving the religious education, so for us it was more a burden and an obligation when we were kids at that age."
- Joel Coen
(Related: Age, Education, Mother, Father, Burden, Driving, Kids, Obligation, Religious)

"Middle age is the awkward period when Father Time starts catching up with Mother Nature."
- Harold Coffin
(Related: Age, Nature, Time, Mother, Father, Middle age)

"Ladies and gentlemen, my mother thanks you, my father thanks you, my sister thanks you, and I thank you!"
- George M. Cohan
(Related: Mother, Father, Sister, Ladies, Gentlemen)

"My father taught me Basic and rudimentary C, I learned everything else on my own, including studying computational complexity on my own. That's more a function of my age than anything else though - back when I was in school there were hardly any programming classes."
- Bram Cohen
(Related: Age, Father, Complexity, Programming, School)

"The love of a mother is the veil of a softer light between the heart and the heavenly Father."
- Samuel Taylor Coleridge
(Related: Love, Mother, Father, Heart, Light)

"I always sang when I was little and my father, who was a great influence on me, also had a wonderful voice. He and my mother really encouraged me to sing and play the piano. They were always very supportive."
- Judy Collins
(Related: Mother, Father, Influence, Play, Voice)

"I am stopping so I can be a full-time father to my two young sons on a daily basis."
- Phil Collins
(Related: Father, Sons)

"Pinocchio, spurred on by the hope of finding his father and of being in time to save him, swam all night long."
- Carlo Collodi
(Related: Time, Father, Hope, Being, Night)

"Congress is functioning the way the Founding Fathers intended-not very well. They understood that if you move too quickly, our democracy will be less responsible to the majority."
- Barber B. Conable, Jr.
(Related: Congress, Democracy, Fathers, Founding, Majority, Will)

"Come, come, leave business to idlers, and wisdom to fools: they have need of 'em: wit be my faculty, and pleasure my occupation, and let father Time shake his glass."
- William Congreve
(Related: Business, Time, Wisdom, Father, Occupation, Pleasure, Wit)

"I tell my friends about my conversations with my father - conversations with an artist."
- Ray Conniff
(Related: Father, Artist, Friends)

"But my mother and father were married when my mom was 20 and my dad was 24."
- Rachael Leigh Cook
(Related: Dad, Mom, Mother, Father)

"Father, we thank you, especially for letting me fly this flight - for the privilege of being able to be in this position, to be in this wondrous place, seeing all these many startling, wonderful things that you have created."
- Gordon Cooper
(Related: Father, Being, Privilege)

"I remember Mr. Mayer very well. He sort of liked to be the father - no, he liked to be treated like you thought he was Daddy, but he didn't treat you like Daddy at all."
- Jackie Cooper
(Related: Father, Thought)

"I can easily conceive, most Holy Father, that as soon as some people learn that in this book which I have written concerning the revolutions of the heavenly bodies, I ascribe certain motions to the Earth, they will cry out at once that I and my theory should be rejected."
- Nicolaus Copernicus
(Related: Father, People, Earth, Theory, Will)

"It's ironic that at age 32, at probably the greatest moment of my career, with The Godfather having such an enormous success, I wasn't even aware of it, because I was somewhere else under the deadline again."
- Francis Ford Coppola
(Related: Age, Success, Career)

"The stuff that I got in trouble for, the casting for The Godfather or the flag scene in Patton, was the stuff that was remembered, and was considered the good work."
- Francis Ford Coppola
(Related: Work, Trouble)

"Frank Capra was a prop man, I think. John Ford was a prop man. It was a little bit of a father and son thing, and you kind of worked your way up."
- Francis Ford Coppola
(Related: Father, Son, Man)

"I had a number of very strong personalities in my family. My father was a concert flutist, the solo flute for Toscanini."
- Francis Ford Coppola
(Related: Family, Father)

"I had an older brother who was very interested in literature, so I had an early exposure to literature, and and theater. My father sometimes would work in musical comedies."
- Francis Ford Coppola
(Related: Work, Father, Brother, Literature, Theater)

"Family life was wonderful. The streets were bleak. The playgrounds were bleak. But home was always warm. My mother and father had a great relationship. I always felt 'safe' there."
- Robert Cormier
(Related: Family, Home, Life, Mother, Father)

"To he who avenges a father, nothing is impossible."
- Pierre Corneille
(Related: Father, Nothing)

"A true king is neither husband nor father; he considers his throne and nothing else."
- Pierre Corneille
(Related: Father, Husband, Nothing)

"My father was a professor of civil engineering at MIT, and my mother taught high school English."
- Eric Allin Cornell
(Related: Mother, Father, Engineering, English, School)

"Yes, my mother was a singer, and my father played piano and keyboards. They were in a band together, though they also had regular jobs because they had kids and stuff like that."
- Caroline Corr
(Related: Mother, Father, Jobs, Kids)

"My father went into the armed service and I never saw my mother - I don't know what happened to her."
- Gregory Corso
(Related: Mother, Father, Service)

"My father took me back home, back to Greenwich Village, and he thought by taking me out of the orphanage he'd be out of the World War too. But no way - they got him anyway. He went in the Navy and then I lived on the streets."
- Gregory Corso
(Related: War, Home, Father, Thought, Navy, World, World war)

"Nothing I've ever done has given me more joys and rewards than being a father to my children."
- Bill Cosby
(Related: Father, Being, Children, Nothing)

"My childhood should have taught me lessons for my own fatherhood, but it didn't because parenting can only be learned by people who have no children."
- Bill Cosby
(Related: Parenting, People, Childhood, Children)

"Fatherhood is pretending the present you love most is soap-on-a-rope."
- Bill Cosby
(Related: Love, Present)

"A new father quickly learns that his child invariably comes to the bathroom at precisely the times when he's in there, as if he needed company. The only way for this father to be certain of bathroom privacy is to shave at the gas station."
- Bill Cosby
(Related: Father, Company, Privacy)

"If the new American father feels bewildered and even defeated, let him take comfort from the fact that whatever he does in any fathering situation has a fifty percent chance of being right."
- Bill Cosby
(Related: Father, American, Being, Chance, Comfort, Fact, Right)

"My father was always telling himself no one was perfect, not even my mother."
- Broderick Crawford
(Related: Mother, Father)

"Watching your husband become a father is really sexy and wonderful."
- Cindy Crawford
(Related: Father, Husband)

"My mother protected me from the world and my father threatened me with it."
- Quentin Crisp
(Related: Mother, Father, World)

"My mother, Dorothy Watson, had met my father in a Greek class at Northwestern University."
- James Cronin
(Related: Mother, Father, Class, University)

"My father being in the movie business, I thought being an actor would be great. But when I started singing to people in coffeehouses, you know, singing folk music and then, later, singing songs that I started to write myself, I felt more than an affinity for it."
- David Crosby
(Related: Music, Business, Father, Thought, People, Actor, Being, Folk, Singing, Songs)

"I didn't have anything to do with being born to my mother and father. But I had a lot to do with Kristin Shepard's notoriety. I'm proud of the work I did on Dallas."
- Mary Crosby
(Related: Work, Mother, Father, Being)

"You'd never know that listening to people in the UN but tribalism is the father of racism."
- Stanley Crouch
(Related: Father, People, Listening, Racism)

"At least the Pilgrim Fathers used to shoot Indians: the Pilgrim Children merely punch time clocks."
- e. e. cummings
(Related: Time, Children, Clocks, Fathers)

"I was brought up on art. My father thought I had a great hand at art and sent me to art school. But he did not want me to become a photographer."
- Imogen Cunningham
(Related: Art, Father, Thought, School, Want)

"I talk and talk and talk, and I haven't taught people in fifty years what my father taught me by example in one week."
- Mario Cuomo
(Related: Father, People, Example, Talk, Years)

"My mother and stepfather were married 43 years, so I have watched a long marriage. I feel like I had a very good role model for that. And, you know, it's just a number."
- Jamie Lee Curtis
(Related: Marriage, Mother, Years)

"Men of New England, I hold you to the doctrines of liberty which ye inherit from your Puritan forefathers."
- Caleb Cushing
(Related: Men, England, Liberty)

"My grandfather was a Pentecostal preacher."
- Billy Ray Cyrus
"I am sorry I could not see my father."
- Leon Czolgosz
(Related: Father)

"My father was a Norwegian who came from a small town near Oslo. He broke his arm at the elbow when he was 14, and they amputated it."
- Roald Dahl
(Related: Father)

"Though my father was Norwegian, he always wrote his diaries in perfect English."
- Roald Dahl
(Related: Father, Diaries, English)

"I met Leo Fender, who is the guru of all amplifiers, and he gave me a Stratocaster. He became a second father to me."
- Dick Dale
(Related: Father)

"Guitar Player Magazine says Dick Dale is the father of Heavy Metal, blowing up 48 amplifiers, creating the first power amplifier."
- Dick Dale
(Related: Power, Father, First, Guitar)

"My dad came out of the Roosevelt era and the Depression. One person and one party made a difference in his life. That's what everybody forgot when they called my father and other people political bosses."
- Richard M. Daley
(Related: Dad, Life, Father, People, Bosses, Depression, Difference, Party)

"My father carries around the picture of the kid who came with his wallet."
- Rodney Dangerfield
(Related: Father)

"I remember the time I was kidnapped and they sent a piece of my finger to my father. He said he wanted more proof."
- Rodney Dangerfield
(Related: Time, Father, Proof)

"Men who live valiantly and die nobly have a strength and a courage from the eternal Father."
- Josephus Daniels
(Related: Men, Father, Courage, Strength)

"I didn't expect to be doing a whole bunch of Amber Browns. And because it was just one book, and the father had moved away, I didn't realize I was going to have to deal more with shared custody, divorce and all those issues."
- Paula Danziger
(Related: Father, Divorce)

"My father was a very unhappy person, very sarcastic, and my mother was very nervous and worried about what people thought. They weren't monsters, but it wasn't a good childhood."
- Paula Danziger
(Related: Mother, Father, Thought, People, Childhood, Sarcastic)

"When my father would yell at me, I told myself someday I'd use it in a book."
- Paula Danziger
(Related: Father)

"Mr. Burns is a father symbol to me, and you can omit the word symbol."
- Bobby Darin
(Related: Father, Symbol, Word)

"George Burns was the father I never had."
- Bobby Darin
(Related: Father)

"I went to school at this log school house. A white woman was my teacher, I do not remember her name. My father had to pay her one dollar a month for me. Us kids that went to school did not have desks, we used slates and set on the hued down logs for seats."
- Joe Davis
(Related: Father, Kids, Name, School, Woman)

"Judy Garland's father was gay. That seems to be the consensus. They left Minnesota and went to California because he got caught with some boy backstage."
- Judy Davis
(Related: Father, Gay)

"Later, my father died up in Marysville. So, my mother and I got in the car and came down to Hollywood."
- Marc Davis
(Related: Car, Mother, Father, Hollywood)

"My father was something of a rainbow-chaser."
- Marc Davis
(Related: Father)

"I believe every child has the right to a mother and a father. Men and women are not the same. That's not to say they're not entitled to equal rights, but they are not the same."
- Mark Davis
(Related: Men, Women, Mother, Father, Rights)

"I felt that the best I could do for my father, and the best I could do for myself, and my mother and my family was to stay open to the experience, and learn whatever I could at every step of the way as it was going on."
- Patti Davis
(Related: Family, Experience, Mother, Father, Open)

"My father started growing very quiet as Alzheimer's started claiming more of him. The early stages of Alzheimer's are the hardest because that person is aware that they're losing awareness. And I think that that's why my father started growing more and more quiet."
- Patti Davis
(Related: Father, Awareness, Losing, Quiet)

"Laura Bush went on national television during the week of my father's funeral and spoke out against embryonic stem cell research, pointing out that where Alzheimer's is concerned, we don't have proof that stem-cell treatment would be effective."
- Patti Davis
(Related: Father, Proof, Research, Television, Treatment)

"America had taken my father from me. And over most of the years of his illness, I gradually started feeling this support system from this country who-people grieving along with us."
- Patti Davis
(Related: Father, America, Country, Feeling, Illness, Support, Years)

"You were only truly patriotic if you had a laborer for a grandfather and were glad of it."
- Rebecca H. Davis
"I wasn't anything special as a father. But I loved them and they knew it."
- Sammy Davis, Jr.
(Related: Father)

"What made me want to go into doing comics was I was working as a laborer with my father, a gardener."
- Dan DeCarlo
(Related: Father, Want)

"Then is when I decided to take it to Archie to see if they could do it as a comic book. I showed it to Richard Goldwater, and he showed it to his father, and a day or two later I got the OK to do it as a comic book."
- Dan DeCarlo
(Related: Father, Day)

"When my grandfather died, I started adopting some of his accents, to sort of remind myself of him. A homage. He was a war hero, and he was really great with his hands."
- Gavin DeGraw
(Related: War)

"Then my mother was taken ill and died and my father took me to St. Mary's."
- Desmond Dekker
(Related: Mother, Father)

"I tried to stick to my game plan, which was always being aware of what my A story was - the love story between a father and his son, and that son and his daughter."
- Ted Demme
(Related: Love, Father, Son, Daughter, Being)

"All women who kill or have sexual obsessions or who are prostitutes have trouble with their fathers."
- Catherine Deneuve
(Related: Women, Fathers, Obsessions, Trouble)

"It is a pity that instead of the Pilgrim Fathers landing on Plymouth Rock, Plymouth Rock had not landed on the Pilgrim Fathers."
- Chauncey Depew
(Related: Fathers, Pity)

"I would also like to thank my father who discouraged me from playing the violin at an early age."
- Paul Desmond
(Related: Age, Father)

"In this movie, you have all the things you love from Tim. All the magic and the whimsy and the surreal, but he also has a fantastic story of a father and son that really gets under your skin."
- Danny DeVito
(Related: Love, Father, Son, Magic, Skin)

"The son has always felt like he was a footnote in one of the stories the father tells. The father is an amazing storyteller and one of the tales that he tells is how he met his wife."
- Danny DeVito
(Related: Father, Wife, Son)

"My father leaving the family shaped who I was and how I looked at the world. By the same token, my father telling me fairy tales that he had made up shaped me profoundly, too."
- Kate DiCamillo
(Related: Family, Father, World)

"I grew up in an abusive home and was told on a daily basis by my father that I would never amount to anything and that I looked like a boy."
- Janice Dickinson
(Related: Home, Father)

"The God of the Christians is a father who makes much of his apples, and very little of his children."
- Denis Diderot
(Related: God, Father, Apples, Children)

"There is no good father who would want to resemble our Heavenly Father."
- Denis Diderot
(Related: Father, Want)

"I was raised in New York City and raised in the New York City theater world. My father was a theater director and an acting teacher, and it was not uncommon for me to have long discussions about the method and what the various different processes were to finding a character and exploring character and realizing that character."
- Vin Diesel
(Related: Father, Character, Acting, Theater, World)

"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
(Related: Father, Incompetence, Paradox, Sons)

"These are people who haven't gone through the legal means to becoming citizens like our forefathers did. They want all the benefits but none of the responsibilities."
- Matt Dillon
(Related: Legal, People, Benefits, Want)

"Well, I was about six or seven, and my mother and father separated."
- David Dinkins
(Related: Mother, Father)

"I was married at 16, a father at 17 and divorced at 18."
- Placido Domingo
(Related: Father)

"I met Patricia Neal, John Houseman. But I loved my grandfather because he was this kind, talented man."
- Illeana Douglas
(Related: Man)

"My father is a chemist, my mother was a homemaker. My parents instilled in us the feeling that learning was the most exciting thing that could happen to you, and it never ends."
- Rita Dove
(Related: Mother, Father, Feeling, Learning, Parents)

"I lost my mother when I was very young, and my father when I was in college."
- Roma Downey
(Related: Mother, Father, College)

"It's much more acceptable for men to work and father kids. There's an inherent inequality, because we want to do it all, and I don't know how we can do this all."
- Julia Louis Dreyfus
(Related: Men, Work, Father, Inequality, Kids, Want)

"One of the scary things is that, when you're a kid, you look at your dad as the man who has no fear. When you're an adult, you realize your father had fear, and that you have it, too."
- David Duchovny
(Related: Dad, Father, Fear, Man)

"Christmas is taken very seriously in this household. I believe in Father Christmas, and there's no way I'd do anything to undermine that belief."
- Carol Ann Duffy
(Related: Father, Belief, Christmas)

"I'll never forget my father's response when I told him I wanted to be a lawyer. He said, 'If you do this, no man will ever want you.'"
- Cassandra Dunn
(Related: Father, Forget, Man, Want, Will)

"But it's also because of something personal. My mother and father met while playing chess, so I've always had a fondness for the game. If it weren't for chess, I might not be here."
- Dorothy Dunnett
(Related: Mother, Father, Chess)

"My father was a promoter of Fresh Fest, and they needed an opening act. He got me a slot as a dancer. We tried it out the first time in Atlanta and the crowd went crazy. I was the opening clown."
- Jermaine Dupri
(Related: Time, Father, Act, First)

"Because I was in Atlanta, people didn't realize I'm one of the real forefathers in the game."
- Jermaine Dupri
(Related: People)

"My father knew the charming side of my mother, and my mother thought that he was attentive and pleasant and was an architect, which was a respectable profession, but I don't think that they actually got to know one another deeply."
- Christopher Durang
(Related: Mother, Father, Thought, Profession)

"My father suffered much and toiled painfully all his life, for he had no resources other than the proceeds of his trade from which to support himself and his wife and family."
- Albrecht Durer
(Related: Family, Life, Father, Wife, Support, Trade)

"A state always calls itself fatherland when it is ready for murder."
- Friedrich Durrenmatt
(Related: Murder, State)

"Above all, be suspicious of your fatherland. Nobody is more inclined to become a murderer than a fatherland."
- Friedrich Durrenmatt
"My father's people... are from Fairfax in northern Virginia, just across the Mason-Dixon line. So it was an honour to play Lee, he was a great general."
- Robert Duvall
(Related: Father, People, Play)

"My father is a well known artist, Ted Dyer, who has been painting for many years. Our work is very different, but growing up surrounded by paintings, paints, easels and art books does have an effect."
- John Dyer
(Related: Art, Work, Father, Artist, Books, Effect, Growing up, Painting, Years)

"I have been surrounded by artists and paintings throughout my life. My father Ted Dyer is an artist, and from a very early age I have spent time painting and drawing."
- John Dyer
(Related: Age, Time, Life, Father, Artist, Artists, Painting)

"Oh, that all the things my father had told me about how disgusting Washington is are true. And again it's the system - there are lots of nice, well-meaning people there. But it's a sleazy place. And politics is all about doing favors."
- Esther Dyson
(Related: Politics, Father, People, Favors, Washington)

"My father was somewhat to the right of Genghis Khan."
- Lawrence Eagleburger
(Related: Father, Right)

"Growing up, I've enjoyed hunting with my father."
- Dale Earnhardt
(Related: Father, Growing up, Hunting)

"At the age of about eight years, if he is a boy, she turns him over to his father for more Spartan training."
- Charles Eastman
(Related: Age, Father, Training, Years)

"The film is about Joe discovering who his mother and father are and his relationship with them, and the identity crisis he goes through once he finds out who his parents are."
- Christopher Eccleston
(Related: Mother, Father, Crisis, Film, Identity, Parents)

"Tony knew me both as an athlete and as a person. He cared for me like a father."
- Dennis Eckersley
(Related: Father)

"We are celebrating the feast of the Eternal Birth which God the Father has borne and never ceases to bear in all eternity... But if it takes not place in me, what avails it? Everything lies in this, that it should take place in me."
- Meister Eckhart
(Related: God, Father, Eternity, Lies)

"Be courageous. I have seen many depressions in business. Always America has emerged from these stronger and more prosperous. Be brave as your fathers before you. Have faith! Go forward!"
- Thomas A. Edison
(Related: Business, America, Fathers)

"There's really no point in having children if you're not going to be home enough to father them."
- Anthony Edwards
(Related: Home, Father, Children)

"The father's greatest folly is that he believes he can be a much more simple person than he is; he is not really able to deal with his own complexity as a human being."
- Atom Egoyan
(Related: Father, Being, Complexity, Folly)

"All the learnin' my father paid for was a bit o' birch at one end and an alphabet at the other."
- George Eliot
(Related: Father, End)

"Must! Is must a word to be addressed to princes? Little man, little man! Thy father, if he had been alive, durst not have used that word."
- Elizabeth I
(Related: Father, Man, Word)

"When I got back to my father and mother and was sitting up there in our tepee, my face was still all puffed and my legs and arms were badly swollen; but I felt good all over and wanted to get right up and run around."
- Black Elk
(Related: Mother, Father, Right)

"And I say the sacred hoop of my people was one of the many hoops that made one circle, wide as daylight and as starlight, and in the center grew one mighty flowering tree to shelter all the children of one mother and one father."
- Black Elk
(Related: Mother, Father, People, Children)

"Grandfather, Great Spirit, once more behold me on earth and lean to hear my feeble voice."
- Black Elk
(Related: Earth, Spirit, Voice)

"You see, I had been riding with the storm clouds, and had come to earth as rain, and it was drought that I had killed with the power that the Six Grandfathers gave me."
- Black Elk
(Related: Power, Clouds, Earth, Rain)

"My Struggles is a record close to me. It's about what I went through at home living with an abusive father."
- Missy Elliot
(Related: Home, Father, Living)

"I got a mother who's very strong after taking the whippings that she took from my father."
- Missy Elliot
(Related: Mother, Father)

"When I was a kid, Eisenhower had been President forever, and all of a sudden, everything in the world was all about Jack Kennedy. I was 12, interested in politics; my father was from Massachusetts, had an accent like Kennedy."
- James Ellroy
(Related: Politics, Father, President, World)

"One of the things that made me persist in the Antarctic in the face of sickening discouragements was my determination to name a portion of the earth's surface after my father."
- Lincoln Ellsworth
(Related: Father, Determination, Earth, Name)

"If I did not have for him the warm affection a son feels toward a less austere and preoccupied father, I at least had an immense respect for him, and a great admiration."
- Lincoln Ellsworth
(Related: Father, Son, Admiration, Affection, Respect)

"My father? I never knew him. Never even seen a picture of him."
- Eminem
(Related: Father)

"I played from the time I was seven years old. My father was my first baseman coach. I had opportunities that I never really pursued - with some Miami teams and a few larger colleges, and then I ended up bailing and began cooking."
- Todd English
(Related: Time, Father, Coach, Cooking, First, Old, Years)

"My father, Robert Ernst, was teaching as an architect at the technical high school of our city."
- Richard Ernst
(Related: Father, School, Teaching)

"You want a lesson? I'll give you a lesson. How about a geography lesson? My father's from Puerto Rico. My mother's from El Salvador. And neither one of those is Mexico."
- Jennifer Esposito
(Related: Mother, Father, Geography, Want)

"My grandfather taught me generosity. He sold snow cones in Harlem. I went with him at 5 and he let me hand out the change and snow cones. I learned a lot in the couple of years that we did that."
- Erik Estrada
(Related: Change, Generosity, Snow, Years)

"My father could have been deported because on his immigration application he said that he was a printer, obviously because he didn't want them to be checking his writings."
- Joe Eszterhas
(Related: Father, Want)

"To a father growing old nothing is dearer than a daughter."
- Euripides
(Related: Father, Daughter, Nothing, Old)

"For 50 years my father worked for the railroad."
- Harold Evans
(Related: Father, Years)

"My first speaking part was to read for John Forsythe for Bachelor Father. I was the lead, opposite him."
- Linda Evans
(Related: Father, First)

"Nobody ever asks a father how he manages to combine marriage and a career."
- Sam Ewing
(Related: Marriage, Father, Career)

"My son is 7 years old. I am 54. It has taken me a great many years to reach that age. I am more respected in the community, I am stronger, I am more intelligent and I think I am better than he is. I don't want to be a pal, I want to be a father."
- Clifton Paul Fadiman
(Related: Age, Father, Son, Community, Old, Want, Years)

"See my father knew a lot about music, he played the piano and he would do theory and stuff like that, but I didn't learn anything from him, but I played that for him and he liked it a lot."
- John Fahey
(Related: Music, Father, Theory)

"When my father was arrested, we didn't know where they had him. My mother found him at the house of torture. It was called Villa Triste."
- Oriana Fallaci
(Related: Mother, Father)

"My father was an agnostic."
- Jerry Falwell
(Related: Father)

"That satisfied me until I began to figure that if God loved all his children equally, why did he bother about my red hat and let other people lose their fathers and mothers for always?"
- Frances Farmer
(Related: God, People, Children, Fathers, Mothers)

"But I was sure of one thing. If God were a father, with children, that cleanliness I had been feeling wasn't God."
- Frances Farmer
(Related: God, Father, Children, Cleanliness, Feeling)

"Whether the prayer of Seneca was granted we do not know; but, as we do not again hear of Marcus, it is probable that he died before his father, and that the line of Seneca, like that of so many great men, became extinct in the second generation."
- Frederic William Farrar
(Related: Men, Father, Prayer)

"I think the last one would have to be The Godfather because it was such a powerful story. There was lots of violence in it but I could take it because I thought there was a reality to it. It wasn't gratuitous, it was just these guys' story."
- Bobby Farrelly
(Related: Thought, Reality, Violence)

"Not a tenth of us who are in business are doing as well as we could if we merely followed the principles that were known to our grandfathers."
- William Feather
(Related: Business, Principles)

"I grew up to have my father's looks, my father's speech patterns, my father's posture, my father's opinions, and my mother's contempt for my father."
- Jules Feiffer
(Related: Mother, Father, Contempt, Opinions, Speech)

"They were singing, Gillette, the best a man can get, with a lot of guys hugging their fathers and sailing and riding bikes. I suddenly felt a long way from the best a man could get and I thought it would be nice to get from there to the best."
- Craig Ferguson
(Related: Thought, Fathers, Man, Singing)

"He's by best friend and the father of my children. He's a great ex."
- Sarah Ferguson
(Related: Father, Friend, Children)

"My father assigned me to keep his scrapbooks. At first I was interested in reading only his rave notices, but I got interested in reading what the critics were saying about whether the play was good or not."
- Dorothy Fields
(Related: Father, First, Play, Reading, Saying)

"I am an expert of electricity. My father occupied the chair of applied electricity at the state prison."
- W. C. Fields
(Related: Father, Electricity, Prison, State)

"You come on as a guest. You don't get the girl anymore. But that is our lives. You start off as the boyfriend, then you are the lover, then you are the husband, then you are the father, and then you are the grandfather."
- Albert Finney
(Related: Father, HusbBoyfriend, Guest)

"One of my grandfathers, actually, having gone out there as a minister, decided he would better serve the people as a doctor. So at a very late age - at the age of 38 in fact - he changed course and decided to become a doctor."
- Colin Firth
(Related: Age, People, Fact)

"This is a race in a heavily Democratic state that, for a Republican candidate, will require full-time devotion in order to win... I could not be a senator and a father during this campaign. I could only be a candidate."
- Peter G. Fitzgerald
(Related: Father, Devotion, Order, Race, Republican, State, Will)

"As the father of six children, I know very well the challenges technology poses to our families."
- Mike Fitzpatrick
(Related: Technology, Father, Children)

"I want to thank my mother and my father for teaching me to have a dream. You are seeing my dream come true."
- Louise Fletcher
(Related: Mother, Father, Dream, Teaching, Want)

"I was encouraged by my mother and, to a lesser extent, by my father."
- Carlisle Floyd
(Related: Mother, Father)

"My father was never anti-anything in our house."
- Errol Flynn
(Related: Father)

"My grandfather gave me my first guitar, an old acoustic with palm trees and dancing girls painted on it."
- Dan Fogelberg
(Related: Dancing, First, Girls, Guitar, Old, Trees)

"I wasn't really aware that my father was working for quite a while. I thought it was my mother who had all the money!"
- Peter Fonda
(Related: Mother, Father, Thought)

"When Jane and I spoke out, people thought, What ungrateful children those two kids are to be that nasty about their father."
- Peter Fonda
(Related: Father, Thought, People, Children, Kids)

"People ask me from time to time what it was like growing up with Henry Fonda as my father. I say, Ever see Fort Apache? He was like Colonel Thursday."
- Peter Fonda
(Related: Time, Father, People, Growing up)

"I knew Henry Fonda was my father, but I didn't know who I was. They all thought of me as Henry Fonda's son. Unfortunately for them, they never got to know me."
- Peter Fonda
(Related: Father, Son, Thought)

"Brando's a family friend. His mother gave my father a shot to be in a play at the Omaha Community Playhouse. That was the first production he was in."
- Peter Fonda
(Related: Family, Mother, Father, Friend, Community, First, Play, Production)

"It is impossible to please all the world and one's father."
- Jean de La Fontaine
(Related: Father, World)

"There are no adequate substitutes for father, mother, and children bound together in a loving commitment to nurture and protect. No government, no matter how well-intentioned, can take the place of the family in the scheme of things."
- Gerald R. Ford
(Related: Family, Government, Mother, Father, Children, Commitment)

"I love the comic opportunities that come up in the context of a father-son relationship."
- Harrison Ford
(Related: Love, Father)

"My father was a soil scientist with the Geological Survey."
- Jim Fowler
(Related: Father)

"My father being an outdoors person, he used to take us on quite a few adventures thorugh the wild areas down there, introducing us to alligators and rattlesnakes and all the trees and plants."
- Jim Fowler
(Related: Father, Being, Plants, Trees)

"My father-in-law gets up at 5 o'clock in the morning and watches the Discovery Channel. I don't know why there's this big rush to do this."
- Jeff Foxworthy
(Related: Father, Discovery)

"I'm no where as tough as my father. I really think that I am more open to change than he was."
- A. J. Foyt
(Related: Change, Father, Open)

"I look at my father, who was in many ways an unhappy person, but who, not long before he got sick, said that the greatest source of satisfaction in his life had been going to work in the company of other workers."
- Jonathan Franzen
(Related: Life, Work, Father, Company, Satisfaction, Workers)

"It was my father who taught me to value myself. He told me that I was uncommonly beautiful and that I was the most precious thing in his life."
- Dawn French
(Related: Life, Father, Value)

"I cannot think of any need in childhood as strong as the need for a father's protection."
- Sigmund Freud
(Related: Father, Childhood, Protection)

"My whole life was service to people and the Fatherland."
- Wilhelm Frick
(Related: Life, People, Service)

"The debt of gratitude we owe our mother and father goes forward, not backward. What we owe our parents is the bill presented to us by our children."
- Nancy Friday
(Related: Mother, Father, Gratitude, Children, Debt, Parents)

"My father had kicked me out of his house at the height of an argument over an opinion difference. He had become so enraged. He told me never to come back, and that was all the severance it took."
- Lynette Fromme
(Related: Father, Argument, Difference, Opinion)

"The father is always a Republican toward his son, and his mother's always a Democrat."
- Robert Frost
(Related: Mother, Father, Son, Republican)

"You don't have to deserve your mother's love. You have to deserve your father's."
- Robert Frost
(Related: Love, Mother, Father)

"Shortly afterwards my father told me that he might be going into the Eastern Zone of Germany. At that time my own mind was closer to his than it had ever been before, because he also believed that they are at least trying to build a new world."
- Klaus Fuchs
(Related: Time, Father, Germany, Mind, Trying, World, Zone)

"I think the one thing that most stands out is that my father always did what he believed to be the right thing to do and he always told us that we had to go our own way even if he disagreed."
- Klaus Fuchs
(Related: Father, Right)

"I have always thought of Walt Disney as my second father."
- Annette Funicello
(Related: Father, Thought, Disney)

"And my father always took me to the library. We were both book addicts."
- Cornelia Funke
(Related: Father)

"I see the player piano as the grandfather of the computer, the ancestor of the entire nightmare we live in, the birth of the binary world where there is no option other than yes or no and where there is no refuge."
- William Gaddis
(Related: Computer, World)

"I am so excited to extend myself behind the scenes as a designer and to - as my father puts it - finally have a real job."
- Lady Gaga
(Related: Father, Job)

"The English was really my mother, it was never me. Being the daughter of my father, I always felt very French."
- Charlotte Gainsbourg
(Related: Mother, Father, Daughter, Being, English)

"I began to ration my writing, for fear I would dream through life as my father had done. I was afraid I had inherited a poisoned gene from him, a vocation without a gift."
- Mavis Gallant
(Related: Life, Father, Dream, Fear, Vocation, Writing)

"If Romeo and Juliet make a tragedy of it nowadays, they have only to blame their own mismanagement, for the world is with them as it has never been before, and all sensible fathers and mothers know it."
- Richard Le Gallienne
(Related: Blame, Fathers, Mothers, Tragedy, World)

"My father was a statesman, I am a political woman. My father was a saint. I am not."
- Indira Gandhi
(Related: Father, Woman)

"My grandfather once told me that there were two kinds of people: those who do the work and those who take the credit. He told me to try to be in the first group; there was much less competition."
- Indira Gandhi
(Related: Work, Competition, Credit, First)

"Both my mother and father were very supportive of any career move any of us wanted to make."
- James Gandolfini
(Related: Mother, Father, Career)

"My grandfather was a very elegant individual. My father also. He was a lawyer and farmer in Cuba. In Miami, he had to go to work wherever he could. But whenever it was time to go out, you saw how they cared for how they looked."
- Andy Garcia
(Related: Time, Work, Father)

"If these hands, used to fighting, would be acceptable to His Holiness, we most thankfully dedicate them to the service of him who deserves so well of the Church and of the fatherland."
- Giuseppe Garibaldi
(Related: Church, Fighting, Holiness, Service)

"Well, my father was in the Army and we traveled quite a bit when I was growing up, and I thought that I would like to have a military career, although I was drawn more towards the Navy."
- Marc Garneau
(Related: Father, Thought, Army, Career, Growing up, Military, Navy)

"Loyalty of the law-making power to the executive power was one of the dangers the political fathers foretold."
- Garet Garrett
(Related: Power, Fathers, Law, Loyalty)

"Safe, for a child, is his father's hand, holding him tight."
- Marion C. Garretty
(Related: Father)

"He was not a runner, my father, but he was quick. I always remember it was very difficult to escape from him when he was angry. If he wanted to beat us he would always catch us. Even me, he could always catch me."
- Haile Gebrselassie
(Related: Father, Quick)

"My father thought sport was something fun - he didn't know it was a way to make money. Then I won a Mercedes at the world championships and I gave it to him. From the moment it arrived my father said: 'Good, you can support not just yourself but me too'."
- Haile Gebrselassie
(Related: Money, Father, Thought, Fun, Support, World)

"The North African mule talks always of his mother's brother, the horse, but never of his father, the donkey, in favor of others supposedly more reputable."
- Clifford Geertz
(Related: Mother, Father, Brother, African)

"Just because you donate sperm does not make you a father. I don't have a father. I would never give him the credit or acknowledge him as my father."
- Sarah Michelle Gellar
(Related: Father, Credit)

"My mother and father were fantastic, very active. I find it difficult to say this, but I'm quite a loving person and I've always been loving to my friends. In the long run, that pays off. I'm very interested in other people, and if you are, they're interested in you."
- Boy George
(Related: Mother, Father, People, Friends)

"My father was frightened of his mother; I was frightened of my father, and I am damned well going to see to it that my children are frightened of me."
- King George V
(Related: Mother, Father, Children)

"Like father, like son, four years and this president is done."
- Dick Gephardt
(Related: Father, Son, President, Years)

"I did the cover of Cigar Aficionado, so I'm supposed to talk about loving cigars. I've smoked them a couple of times. My father used to smoke cigars. I love the idea and the concept, and I love the smell of cigars."
- Gina Gershon
(Related: Love, Father, Idea, Talk)

"My father was so much more than an accomplished businessman."
- Gordon Getty
(Related: Father)

"Both parents were very encouraging - especially my father. My father thought the sun rose and set with me. Neither one had a musical background or any musical talent. They liked classical music, but neither could carry a tune."
- Gordon Getty
(Related: Music, Father, Talent, Thought, Encouraging, Parents, Sun)

"I was 37 when my father died-and I no longer had any freedom of choice over what I would do with the rest of my life."
- Paul Getty
(Related: Life, Father, Choice, Freedom, Rest)

"It was a mistake. I was wrong, but I discovered this many years later. I was acting on the basis of this mandate given me by the most important leaders of the world: President Bush's father, prime minister of France, President Mitterand, the Chinese, everybody."
- Boutros Boutros Ghali
(Related: Father, Mistake, Acting, France, Leaders, President, Wrong, Years)

"Our parents came home one day and heard us, and they thought it was the radio, but our grandfather told them it was us."
- Barry Gibb
(Related: Home, Thought, Day, Parents)

"If the grandfather of the grandfather of Jesus had known what was hidden within him, he would have stood humble and awe-struck before his soul."
- Khalil Gibran
(Related: Soul)

"We started out as boss and player, and Wellington was almost like my father."
- Frank Gifford
(Related: Boss, Father)

"I had three stages of knowing Wellington Mara. He was my boss for a long time and he was a father figure. And finally, as we got older, he was my friend."
- Frank Gifford
(Related: Time, Boss, Father, Friend)

"A lot of people don't know that my father is black."
- Ryan Giggs
(Related: Father, People)

"With The Key, it was, I had gone through a divorce and losing my father, and just kinda really reminiscing about how much I loved the traditional side of country music, so I made a record that was really traditional from start to finish."
- Vince Gill
(Related: Music, Father, Country, Country music, Divorce, Key, Losing)

"And from my place, and from the time that I went through my divorce, I also had my father pass away in the middle of all that. And it kind of made everything else just kind of like the back burner, you know."
- Vince Gill
(Related: Time, Father, Divorce)

"There will always be a father."
- Gary Gilmore
(Related: Father, Will)

"My father dealt in stocks and shares and my mother also had a lot of time on her hands."
- Hermione Gingold
(Related: Time, Mother, Father)

"Music was around in my family in two ways. My mother would occasionally sing to me, but I was mostly stimulated by the classical music my father had left behind. I had an ear for music, I suppose, so that's what began my interest in music."
- Tom Glazer
(Related: Family, Music, Mother, Father, Interest)

"Because my father was a psychiatric nurse, I know my way around the system."
- Trisha Goddard
(Related: Father)

"Born Berlin 1931, Germany, father a British diplomat, mother an American artist. Educated at various schools all over the world. 1958 Settled down to live in London. 1966 Became interested in photography through photographing my young children. No formal training."
- Fay Godwin
(Related: Mother, Father, American, Artist, Children, Germany, London, Photography, Schools, Training, World)

"I studied Japanese language and culture in college and graduate school, and afterward went to work in Tokyo, where I met a young man whose father was a famous businessman and whose mother was a geisha."
- Arthur Golden
(Related: Work, Mother, Father, College, Culture, Famous, Language, Man, School)

"Equality, rightly understood as our founding fathers understood it, leads to liberty and to the emancipation of creative differences; wrongly understood, as it has been so tragically in our time, it leads first to conformity and then to despotism."
- Barry Goldwater
(Related: Equality, Time, Conformity, Fathers, First, Founding, Liberty)

"Motivation aside, if people get better at these life skills, everyone benefits: The brain doesn't distinguish between being a more empathic manager and a more empathic father."
- Daniel Goleman
(Related: Life, Manager, Father, Motivation, People, Being)

"We criticize mothers for closeness. We criticize fathers for distance. How many of us have expected less from our fathers and appreciated what they gave us more? How many of us always let them off the hook?"
- Ellen Goodman
(Related: Fathers, Mothers)

"I will begin first to search out this right by that magna charta, that great and faithful charter which was made to Abraham, the father of the faithful, in the name of all his seed."
- Thomas Goodwin
(Related: Father, First, Name, Right, Will)

"We were not fathers also to convey the promise, as Abraham was; nor although the promise, as collectively taken, had belonged to us, as to Abraham it did."
- Thomas Goodwin
(Related: Fathers, Promise)

"Past conference topics have included strengthening the role of fathers in children's lives, the impact of the media culture on children, the delicate balance between work and family, and family involvement in education."
- Tipper Gore
(Related: Education, Family, Work, Balance, Children, Culture, Fathers, Media, Past)

"My Mother is Swedish and my Father is Scottish, he played for Charlton in the 1960's and was in the Army, he captained the British forces team. We then moved to S.A. because a lot of players did that at the time."
- Richard Gough
(Related: Time, Mother, Father, Army)

"Some people think my father was a spy, because of working for that government agency in Vietnam, but he can't find his car keys, much less keep a national secret."
- Lauren Graham
(Related: Car, Government, Father, People, Vietnam)

"As I've gotten older, I've gotten more liberal, and my father is increasingly conservative. It's so shocking to me because I always thought we had the same politics. The day I realized we voted for different presidents, I practically fell out of my chair."
- Lauren Graham
(Related: Politics, Father, Thought, Conservative, Day, Liberal)

"My father used to say, 'Let them see you and not the suit. That should be secondary.'"
- Cary Grant
(Related: Father)

"What goes on between a father and a son, which is usually such a private matter, is that they are able to be honest with each other, and be honest with me, as a director. It's just remarkable."
- Lee Grant
(Related: Father, Son, Remarkable)

"My father died prematurely at the age of 52 when I was 24, and it is a recurring regret that he never lived to see me succeed beyond university and drama."
- Richard E. Grant
(Related: Age, Father, Drama, Regret, Succeed, University)

"I loved the Godfather. I thought that was the best interpretation of our life that I've ever seen. Godfather I and Godfather II - the other one stunk."
- Sammy Gravano
(Related: Life, Thought)

"I don't run democracy. I train troops to defend democracy and I happen to be their surrogate father and mother as well as their commanding general."
- Alfred M. Gray
(Related: Mother, Father, Democracy, Troops)

"I am indebted to my father for living, but to my teacher for living well."
- Alexander the Great
(Related: Father, Living)

"The first jazz pianist I heard was Thelonious Monk. My father was listening to an album of his called 'Monk's Dream' almost every day from the time I was born."
- Benny Green
(Related: Time, Father, Dream, Day, First, Jazz, Listening)

"Prior to that, I had associated this music with older people, like my father."
- Benny Green
(Related: Music, Father, People)

"My goal was to play drums, but my father made me take piano lessons. He told me I needed to learn to read music first, so I took lessons for six years. I thank God that he made me take those lessons, because it taught me a tremendous amount."
- Brian Austin Green
(Related: Music, Father, God, Goal, First, Play, Years)

"My father is Swedish and my mother is French."
- Eva Green
(Related: Mother, Father)

"I heard Yiddish when my father's family came to the house, which was as seldom as my mother could arrange it."
- Joseph Greenberg
(Related: Family, Mother, Father)

"My father who in this case was an obsessive life-long storyteller, and by a very peculiar trick of my father's. My father would tell a very, very long story, and the punch line would be in Yiddish."
- Stephen Greenblatt
(Related: Life, Father)

"When our forefathers put down roots in desolate places, the thing that allowed them to survive was that they had a faith to see them through the tough times."
- Lee Greenwood
(Related: Faith)

"Freud is the father of psychoanalysis. It has no mother."
- Germaine Greer
(Related: Mother, Father, Psychoanalysis)

"When you have a good mother and no father, God kind of sits in. It's not enough, but it helps."
- Dick Gregory
(Related: God, Mother, Father)

"She encouraged any artistic impulse I had, and my father discouraged any artistic impulse I had. They took out their problems with each other on me and my sister."
- Bill Griffith
(Related: Father, Sister, Problems)

"I had a mixture, my father was a career army man and my mother was a writer."
- Bill Griffith
(Related: Mother, Father, Army, Career, Man, Writer)

"You must be ready to give up everything, not only material attachments but also human attachments - father, mother, wife, children - everything that you have. But the one thing which you have to abandon unconditionally is your self."
- Bede Griffiths
(Related: Mother, Father, Wife, Children, Self)

"I think the Mother is gradually revealing itself to me and taking over. But it is not the Mother alone. It is the Mother and the Father, the male and the female, sort of gradually having their marriage."
- Bede Griffiths
(Related: Marriage, Mother, Father)

"We grew up as kids watching those movies and we were exposed to themes of civil rights, unfairness, bigotry and fathers struggling against the kind of mob of the town, so you remember how you felt as a kid being taken seriously, that you are part of the human drama."
- Rachel Griffiths
(Related: Movies, Being, Bigotry, Civil rights, Drama, Fathers, Kids, Mob)

"My father got me involved in the game when I was four years old."
- Natalie Gulbis
(Related: Father, Old, Years)

"My father is a practicing criminal law attorney in the Seattle area."
- David Guterson
(Related: Father, Law)

"The best thing that I got was rehearsing with my father. It was always about the process of figuring things out, and trying something new, and having another take on something and keeping it alive."
- Jake Gyllenhaal
(Related: Father, Trying)

"I think the obvious answer is I was raised in New York City, so growing up, not only myself but my family, like my father, we would watch a lot of Scorsese films."
- Anthony Michael Hall
(Related: Family, Father, Growing up, Obvious)

"I would want my legacy to be that I was a great son, father and friend."
- Dante Hall
(Related: Father, Son, Friend, Want)

"My father was an amateur filmmaker who shot 8mm color documentaries."
- Lasse Hallstrom
(Related: Father)

"My father would tell anyone who would listen that this dentist thing he was doing was not his passion; cinematography was."
- Lasse Hallstrom
(Related: Father, Passion)

"I discovered the 7th art at home when I was kid, through Charlie Chaplin's movies and those of my father who shot documentaries. He was my biggest influence. So I took his camera and started shooting."
- Lasse Hallstrom
(Related: Art, Home, Movies, Father, Influence)

"The modern minds in each generation are the critics who preserve us from a petrifying world, who will not leave us to walk undisturbed in the ways of our fathers."
- Edith Hamilton
(Related: Fathers, Will, World)

"But I have to be careful not to let the world dazzle me so much that I forget that I'm a husband and a father."
- Herbie Hancock
(Related: Father, HusbForget, World)

"As the proud father of two teens and past Chairman to the Presidents Council on Physical Fitness and Sports, I am committed to educating parents and especially young people on ways to live a long, healthy and active life."
- Lee Haney
(Related: Fitness, Life, Sports, Father, People, Parents, Past)

"Along the beach I never collected shells from my father's shore."
- Corey Hart
(Related: Father, Beach)

"It's not any desire on my part to start playing dads, but it's a convention of drama. If you don't get the parts of young people going out to nightclubs, you have to play their fathers."
- Ian Hart
(Related: People, Desire, Drama, Fathers, Play)

"In the summer of 1776 our Founding Fathers sought to secure our independence and the liberties that remain the foundation of our nation today."
- Doc Hastings
(Related: Fathers, Founding, Independence, Nation, Summer, Today)

"My father was a writer and an acting teacher."
- Noah Hathaway
(Related: Father, Acting, Writer)

"I want to be a soldier as my father was."
- Kaspar Hauser
(Related: Father, Want)

"My father's parents were Irish. Only a year before my father died, he and I went back to Ireland for a week to look at the old homestead."
- John C. Hawkes
(Related: Father, Ireland, Irish, Old, Parents)

"I suppose you could say my father's world was Thomas Hardy and my mother's D.H. Lawrence."
- Seamus Heaney
(Related: Mother, Father, World)

"The highest duty of the man is not to his father, but to his wife; and for the sake of that woman he abandons all other earthly ties, should any of these happen to interfere with that relation."
- Lafcadio Hearn
(Related: Father, Wife, Duty, Man, Woman)

"It's a little bit in the genes because my brother is a journalist and my father was a sports writer."
- Patricia Heaton
(Related: Sports, Father, Brother, Writer)

"He never admitted anything, even on his deathbed. He was a deluded liar. If it weren't for my father, I don't think I would be so open. So that's a huge blessing."
- Anne Heche
(Related: Father, Open)

"I told my mother at about the seventh year of therapy that I had been abused sexually by my father, and she hung up the phone on me."
- Anne Heche
(Related: Mother, Father, Therapy)

"Babies don't need fathers, but mothers do. Someone who is taking care of a baby needs to be taken care of."
- Amy Heckerling
(Related: Babies, Baby, Care, Fathers, Mothers, Needs)

"No, I never thought about my father's money as my money."
- Christie Hefner
(Related: Money, Thought, Father)

"Some fatherlands are difficult. Germany is one of them. But it is our fatherland. Here is where we live and work."
- Gustav Heinemann
(Related: Work, Germany)

"My father was often angry when I was most like him."
- Lillian Hellman
(Related: Father)

"To be a successful father... there's one absolute rule: when you have a kid, don't look at it for the first two years."
- Ernest Hemingway
(Related: Father, Successful, First, Years)

"If my world were to cave in tomorrow, I would look back on all the pleasures, excitements and worthwhilenesses I have been lucky enough to have had. Not the sadness, not my miscarriages or my father leaving home, but the joy of everything else. It will have been enough."
- Audrey Hepburn
(Related: Home, Father, Joy, Sadness, Tomorrow, Will, World)

"We are taught you must blame your father, your sisters, your brothers, the school, the teachers - but never blame yourself. It's never your fault. But it's always your fault, because if you wanted to change you're the one who has got to change."
- Katharine Hepburn
(Related: Change, Father, Blame, Brothers, Fault, School, Sisters, Teachers)

"The course that will restore to the workmen a father's duties and responsibilities, between which and themselves the state has now stepped, is for them to reject all forced contributions from others, and to do their own work through their own voluntary combinations."
- Auberon Herbert
(Related: Work, Father, Now, State, Will)

"One father is enough to govern one hundred sons, but not a hundred sons one father."
- George Herbert
(Related: Father, Sons)

"One father is more than a hundred schoolmasters."
- George Herbert
(Related: Father)

"The singing was something I got from my father."
- Woody Herman
(Related: Father, Singing)

"Our father died when we were very young, so our mother raised six kids. We saw the world filtered through her eyes, being a minority woman raising six kids."
- Gilbert Hernandez
(Related: Mother, Father, Being, Eyes, Kids, Minority, Woman, World)

"In peace, sons bury their fathers. In war, fathers bury their sons."
- Herodotus
(Related: Peace, War, Fathers, Sons)

"My mother's a secretary; my father's an electrician in a mining company."
- Eva Herzigova
(Related: Mother, Father, Company)

"It goes without saying that the Jewish people can have no other goal than Palestine and that, whatever the fate of the proposition may be, our attitude toward the land of our fathers is and shall remain unchangeable."
- Theodor Herzl
(Related: People, Attitude, Goal, Fate, Fathers, Land, May, Palestine, Saying)

"If anyone thinks that Jews can steal into the land of their fathers, he is deceiving either himself or others. Nowhere is the coming of Jews so promptly noted as in the historic home of the Jews, for the very reason that it is the historic home."
- Theodor Herzl
(Related: Home, Fathers, Land, Reason)

"The most important thing a father can do for his children is to love their mother."
- Theodore Hesburgh
(Related: Love, Mother, Father, Children)

"Just as a son, to be a son of man, must be of the same nature and spirit of his father; so with the sons of God, and so it will be with all who are born of the spirit of God."
- Elias Hicks
(Related: Nature, Son, God, Father, Man, Sons, Spirit, Will)

"O that our hearts were enlarged in love to God, that we might turn inward, to the blessed comforter, that the blessed Jesus said the Father would send."
- Elias Hicks
(Related: Love, Father, God)

"I thought theater people wouldn't see me if I hadn't trained. I didn't want to just be the Brideshead guy, to spend the rest of my life wearing waistcoats. I got the chance to try everything. Not just Romeos, but pimps and grandfathers and even one role as a woman in a Naomi Wallace play called Slaughter City."
- Tom Hiddleston
(Related: Life, Thought, People, Chance, Play, Rest, Theater, Want, Woman)

"I see happiness as a by-product. I don't think you can pursue happiness. I think that phrase is one of the very few mistakes the Founding Fathers made."
- James Hillman
(Related: Happiness, Fathers, Founding, Mistakes)

"He is still my father. He is still a person I know I could trust and he would never do anything against me. Once you're at the top, there are not many people like that. People always want something from you."
- Martina Hingis
(Related: Trust, Father, People, Want)

"What was the appearance of God the Father? Like that of a man... God has the likeness of fingers and hands and a face."
- Benny Hinn
(Related: God, Father, Appearance, Man)

"What does God the Father look like? Although I've never seen Him, I believe - as with the Holy Spirit - He looks like Jesus looked on earth."
- Benny Hinn
(Related: God, Father, Earth, Spirit)

"Science is the father of knowledge, but opinion breeds ignorance."
- Hippocrates
(Related: Science, Father, Knowledge, Ignorance, Opinion)

"Struggle is the father of all things. It is not by the principles of humanity that man lives or is able to preserve himself above the animal world, but solely by means of the most brutal struggle."
- Adolf Hitler
(Related: Father, Humanity, Principles, Struggle, World)

"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
(Related: History, Time, Father, Son, Past, Present, World)

"Yes, Jean Monnet was the father of the concept of a United States of Europe and his efforts more than those of any other single man helped change the thinking of European leaders."
- Paul Hoffman
(Related: Change, Father, Europe, Leaders, Man, states, Thinking, United)

"When my first child was born in 1962, I wrote a letter to my grandfather telling him how happy I was but how concerned; concerned because there were so many visions which were not very good."
- Harri Holkeri
(Related: First, Visions)

"Most of the things we do, we do for no better reason than that our fathers have done them or our neighbors do them, and the same is true of a larger part than what we suspect of what we think."
- Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.
(Related: Fathers, Neighbors, Reason)

"For rarely are sons similar to their fathers: most are worse, and a few are better than their fathers."
- Homer
(Related: Fathers, Sons)

"I have known Harold Ford Jr. since before he was born, in that his father was my driver in the 1966 governor's race, and has remained a friend of mine all these years."
- John Jay Hooker
(Related: Father, Friend, Race, Years)

"I am a great admirer of Sen. Frist, who is a nationally known heart surgeon and well known in Nashville as a great family man who has dedicated his life to helping others and, in that regard, he has followed in his father's footsteps."
- John Jay Hooker
(Related: Family, Life, Heart, Father, Footsteps, Man)

"When I was growing up my mother would say, 'Your dad may have to learn about being a father because he lost his own and that would have affected him'."
- Tom Hooper
(Related: Dad, Mother, Father, Being, Growing up, May)

"I feel connected to the Second World War because my father lost his father in that war. So, through my dad and the effect it had on him of losing his father young, I always felt connected to the war. It goes back years, but it still feels to me as if we're completely living in it."
- Tom Hooper
(Related: Dad, War, Father, Effect, Living, Losing, World, World war, Years)

"After my grandfather's plane took enemy fire, he was denied permission to land at the first available airstrip. In that classic British bureaucratic way, they said he had to go back to your own airbase in the Midlands. They crashed between the coast and the airfield."
- Tom Hooper
(Related: Enemy, Fire, First, Land)

"Fishing is much more than fish. It is the great occasion when we may return to the fine simplicity of our forefathers."
- Herbert Hoover
(Related: Fish, Fishing, May, Simplicity)

"I was a Scout years ago, before the movement started, when my father took me fishing, camping and hunting. Then I was sorry that more girls could not have what I had. When I learned of the movement, I thought, here is what I always wanted other girls to have."
- Lou Henry Hoover
(Related: Father, Thought, Camping, Fishing, Girls, Hunting, Years)

"My father was grounded, a very meat-and-potatoes man. He was a baker."
- Anthony Hopkins
(Related: Father, Man)

"Undeservedly you will atone for the sins of your fathers."
- Horace
(Related: Fathers, Will)

"Two more years were to go by before I knew anything about William Blake. Many years later, when his wife died, my godfather gave me the two books as a remembrance."
- Laurence Housman
(Related: Wife, Books, Remembrance, Years)

"I would not be gotten into a schoolhouse until I was eight years old. Nor did I accomplish much after I started. I doubt if I had gone to school six months in all when my father died. I was fourteen at the time."
- Sam Houston
(Related: Time, Father, Doubt, Months, Old, School, Years)

"This is not to say that the Scots are not fine people, but they were all sort of... well, my grandfather was a minister and sort of Protestant, and this was rather depressing to me."
- Alan Hovhaness
(Related: People)

"But whatever my failure, I have this thing to remember - that I was a pioneer in my profession, just as my grandfathers were in theirs, in that I was the first man in this section to earn his living as a writer."
- Robert E. Howard
(Related: Failure, First, Living, Man, Profession, Writer)

"We call the Creator father, because we rely upon Him to protect us, guide us, feed us, keep us warm, to discipline us and all those things. I try to take my cue from the Creator, with regard to my children."
- Terrence Howard
(Related: Father, Discipline, Children)

"The purpose of my life is being a father to my kids and being a husband to my wife."
- Terrence Howard
(Related: Life, Father, Wife, HusbPurpose, Being, Kids)

"Will you permit the sacred fire of liberty, brought by your fathers from the venerable temples of Britain, to be quenched and trodden out on the simple altars they have raised?"
- Joseph Howe
(Related: Fathers, Fire, Liberty, Will)

"The Lion King always makes me cry, especially when Simba's father gets trampled."
- Vanessa Hudgens
(Related: Father)

"It's a hard call, but I've no desire to live my children's lives. I think my job as a father is to protect them, to allow them a safe place to grow up and to teach them what I've learned."
- Ernie Hudson
(Related: Father, Children, Desire, Job)

"You can love someone like your son, even if he's not your biological son, and you can love someone like your father, even if he's not your biological father."
- Oliver Hudson
(Related: Love, Father, Son)

"Father or stepfather - those are just titles to me. They don't mean anything."
- Oliver Hudson
(Related: Father, Titles)

"Fathers in today's modern families can be so many things."
- Oliver Hudson
(Related: Fathers, Today)

"Son, brother, father, lover, friend. There is room in the heart for all the affections, as there is room in heaven for all the stars."
- Victor Hugo
(Related: Father, Brother, Son, Heart, Friend, Heaven, Stars)

"There are fathers who do not love their children; there is no grandfather who does not adore his grandson."
- Victor Hugo
(Related: Love, Children, Fathers)

"Today, Arizona's sons and daughters, mothers and fathers are proudly serving their country."
- Jane D. Hull
(Related: Country, Daughters, Fathers, Mothers, Sons, Today)

"Wherever the citizen becomes indifferent to his fellows, so will the husband be to his wife, and the father of a family toward the members of his household."
- Wilhelm von Humboldt
(Related: Family, Father, Wife, Husband, Will)

"Every child growing up will look to their parents, my mother and my father. My grandmother lived with us. I picked up quite a bit of family lore and history from her, which was interesting."
- John Hume
(Related: Family, History, Mother, Father, Growing up, Parents, Will)

"My father was a civil servant, fairly sort of middle ranking, low to middle ranking. He worked almost entirely in what was then called Administrative Labour, dealing with employment and unemployment issues."
- John Hume
(Related: Father, Unemployment)

"My father was unemployed and I was the eldest of seven children. We were very poor. And when you ask how did we support ourselves, the only funding that we had was unemployment payments."
- John Hume
(Related: Father, Children, Poor, Support, Unemployment)

"If I'd seen a grown man beating a crippled boy, of course I'd intervene. If my father died and left my mother destitute, it's your instinct to take care of her. So when I started to think about it in those terms, it started to make sense to me."
- Charlie Hunnam
(Related: Mother, Father, Care, Instinct, Man, Sense)

"My father, one of the great entrepreneurs and philanthropists of this state, taught me that capital - monetary or political - is to be used to benefit others. I intend to continue that tradition."
- Jon Huntsman, Jr.
(Related: Father, Entrepreneurs, State, Tradition)

"I had the luck that my parents educated me in three languages. With my mother I spoke Dutch, with my father Italian, and in the school I learned German. But my host language is Italian."
- Michelle Hunziker
(Related: Mother, Father, Language, Luck, Parents, School)

"My mother's father drank and her mother was an unhappy, neurotic woman, and I think she has lived all her life afraid of anyone who drinks for fear something like that might happen to her."
- John Hurt
(Related: Life, Mother, Father, Fear, Drinks, Woman)

"Being a father, being a friend, those are the things that make me feel successful."
- William Hurt
(Related: Father, Successful, Friend, Being)

"O God and Lord, now the council condemns even Your own act and Your own law as heresy, since You Yourself did lay Your cause before Your Father as the just judge, as an example for us, whenever we are sorely oppressed."
- Jan Hus
(Related: God, Father, Act, Cause, Example, Heresy, Law, Now)

"I am ever mindful of the legacy of my grandfather, the founder of this Kingdom, who had said to me that he perceived his life as a link in a continuous chain of those who served our nation and that he expected me to be a new and strong link in the same chain."
- King Hussein I
(Related: Life, Nation)

"I am a person whose father had no religion but who went to the nuns for a couple of years. And I think I'm the same: On one hand, I pray; on the other hand, I don't believe. I am constantly between the two."
- Anjelica Huston
(Related: Religion, Father, Years)

"Some people had fathers who were bankers or farmers, my father made films, that's how I saw it. As for the movie stars, they were just around, some of them were friends, others weren't, it was all just a part of my everyday life."
- Anjelica Huston
(Related: Life, Father, People, Fathers, Friends, Stars)

"Sons have always a rebellious wish to be disillusioned by that which charmed their fathers."
- Aldous Huxley
(Related: Fathers, Sons)

"My father considered a walk among the mountains as the equivalent of churchgoing."
- Aldous Huxley
(Related: Father, Mountains)

"God wants to father all of us until we're dead sure of his approval, his guiding power and his promise of heaven."
- Bill Hybels
(Related: Power, Father, God, Approval, Heaven, Promise)

"My father always used to say that when you die, if you've got five real friends, then you've had a great life."
- Lee Iacocca
(Related: Life, Father, Friends)

"My father was a motorsports journalist and a motorbike fan. He gave me my motocross bike."
- Jacky Ickx
(Related: Father)

"I inherited that calm from my father, who was a farmer. You sow, you wait for good or bad weather, you harvest, but working is something you always need to do."
- Miguel Indurain
(Related: Father, Harvest, Weather)

"So I do not consider myself a chronicler of my fatherland or even a chronicler of Havana."
- Guillermo Cabrera Infante
"My mother had been educated at a convent, and she had been converted to communism by my father during Stalin's most rampant period, at the beginning of the 1930s. So she had two gods, God in heaven and god on earth."
- Guillermo Cabrera Infante
(Related: God, Mother, Father, Gods, Beginning, Communism, Earth, Heaven)

"My father was a CPA. He worked hard in the aircraft industry, and would come home more and more infrequently. He was about to leave my mother, which he did when I was 15."
- Jeremy Irons
(Related: Home, Mother, Father)

"No adult in my family would ever tell me anything about who my father was. I knew from an older cousin - only four years older than I am - everything, or what little I could discover about him."
- John Irving
(Related: Family, Father, Years)

"A father may turn his back on his child, brothers and sisters may become inveterate enemies, husbands may desert their wives, wives their husbands. But a mother's love endures through all."
- Washington Irving
(Related: Love, Father, Mother, Brothers, Enemies, Husbands, May, Sisters, Wives)

"Thousands of present day students, like many of our Founding Fathers, are being taught at home."
- Ernest Istook
(Related: Home, Being, Day, Fathers, Founding, Present, Students)

"My father was the son of immigrants, and he grew up bilingual, but English is what my father taught me and what he spoke to me. America's strength is not our diversity; it is our ability to unite around common principles even when we come from different backgrounds."
- Ernest Istook
(Related: Father, Son, Strength, Ability, America, Diversity, English, Principles)

"One thing I am certain of is that, if I have done anything good in music, it was, first, because of my father, and second, because of my wife."
- Charles Ives
(Related: Music, Father, Wife, First)

"My father is a real idealist, and he's all about learning. If I asked for a pair of Nikes growing up, it was just a resounding 'No.' But if I asked for a saxophone, one would appear and next day and I'd be signed up for lessons. So anything to do with education or learning, my father would spare no expense."
- Hugh Jackman
(Related: Education, Father, Day, Growing up, Learning)

"Becoming a father, I think it inevitably changes your perspective of life. I don't get nearly enough sleep. And the simplest things in life are completely satisfying. I find you don't have to do as much, like you don't go on as many outings."
- Hugh Jackman
(Related: Life, Father, Perspective, Sleep)

"I would say my greatest achievement in life right now - my greatest achievement period is - and I'm still trying to achieve it - is to be a wonderful father to my kids."
- Bo Jackson
(Related: Life, Father, Achievement, Kids, Now, Right, Trying)

"On the king's gate the moss grew gray; The king came not. They call'd him dead; And made his eldest son, one day, Slave in his father's stead."
- Helen Hunt Jackson
(Related: Father, Son, Day)

"I just wish I could understand my father."
- Michael Jackson
(Related: Father)

"Yes, and I had pimples so badly it used to make me so shy. I used not to look at myself. I'd hide my face in the dark, I wouldn't want to look in the mirror and my father teased me and I just hated it and I cried everyday."
- Michael Jackson
(Related: Father, Want)

"Southern women often marry a man knowing that he is the father of many little slaves. They do not trouble themselves about it."
- Harriet Ann Jacobs
(Related: Women, Father, Man, Trouble)

"My father was a teacher, and there were teachers all around, his friends, they were working for the Government and their behaviour was within strictly limited areas."
- C. L. R. James
(Related: Government, Father, Friends, Teachers)

"I was angry about the fact that my father would beat my mother on a daily basis, that my mother would take it in turn and beat on me. I was an abused child. I was mad about all those things, very bitter and very angry."
- Rick James
(Related: Mother, Father, Fact)

"On October 28th, 1887, I became the mother of a girl baby, the very image of its father, at least that is what he said, but who has the temper of its mother."
- Calamity Jane
(Related: Mother, Father, Baby, October, Temper)

"Before she married my father, my mother was a film reviewer for The Akron Beacon Journal - a small newspaper."
- Jim Jarmusch
(Related: Mother, Father, Film)

"Me and my father went through a war period where we wasn't talking. He wanted me to go to theology school - I didn't want to go. I wanted to do music. I told him I was a minister through music."
- Wyclef Jean
(Related: Music, War, Father, School, Talking, Theology, Want)

"My grandfather was a voodoo priest. A lot of my life dealt with spirituality. I can close my eyes and remember where I come from."
- Wyclef Jean
(Related: Life, Eyes, Spirituality)

"Since the day he came into office, President Bush has worked to gut more than 34 years of hard work by weakening many of our Nation's standing environmental laws, some of which were signed into law by his father."
- Jim Jeffords
(Related: Environmental, Work, Father, Day, Hard work, Law, Laws, Nation, Office, President, Years)

"You women will live as if father is still alive and in the next room."
- Warren Jeffs
(Related: Women, Father, Will)

"The one thing that I have done really well in my life is be a father."
- Peter Jennings
(Related: Life, Father)

"My real father died when I was two years old, so I never knew him. He was a barber in Chicago."
- Donald Johanson
(Related: Father, Chicago, Old, Years)

"It is easier for a father to have children than for children to have a real father."
- Pope John XXIII
(Related: Father, Children)

"My role model was my grandfather. He instilled in me the feeling that no matter how successful you are you have a responsibility to help others."
- Kevin Johnson
(Related: Successful, Feeling, Help, Responsibility)

"This is a moment that I deeply wish my parents could have lived to share. My father would have enjoyed what you have so generously said of me-and my mother would have believed it."
- Lyndon B. Johnson
(Related: Mother, Father, Parents)

"If she has a good, strong, reliable father image, which is hard to find these days, that will be her image of men, probably for the rest of her life. She'll look for a husband who embodies those qualities."
- Robert Johnson
(Related: Life, Men, Father, Husband, Rest, Will)

"If I was in love with someone, I would get their picture out of the school yearbook and do portraits. If I was curious about sex, I would draw pictures of it. There were no books for me to look at. Then I would go find my father's matches to burn the paper."
- Lynn Johnston
(Related: Love, Sex, Father, Books, Portraits, School)

"That's what my mother did. And my father was the first person she'd met who treated her kindly. She was terrified of men, and she married a very meek, kind, dear man. And she had the upper hand. She ruled the roost."
- Lynn Johnston
(Related: Men, Mother, Father, First, Man)

"You think about child abuse and you think of a father viciously attacking a daughter or a son, but in my family it was my mother. My mother, I would say, was a... very brutal disciplinarian."
- Lynn Johnston
(Related: Family, Mother, Father, Son, Daughter, Abuse)

"And my father was a comic. He could play any musical instrument. He loved to perform. He was a wonderfully comedic character. He had the ability to dance and sing and charm and analyze poetry."
- Lynn Johnston
(Related: Poetry, Father, Dance, Character, Ability, Charm, Play)

"And my dad, you're a great actor but you're a better father."
- Angelina Jolie
(Related: Dad, Father, Actor)

"It has to be real, and I think a lot of the problems we have as a society is because we don't acknowledge that family is important, and it has to be people who are present, you know, and mothers and fathers, both are not present enough with children."
- James Earl Jones
(Related: Family, Society, People, Children, Fathers, Mothers, Present, Problems)

"More and more, when I single out the person out who inspired me most, I go back to my grandfather."
- James Earl Jones
"I knew real show business from my father, who had been an actor since he left the world of boxing."
- James Earl Jones
(Related: Business, Father, Actor, Boxing, World)

"My father wasn't really involved and my mom is the light in my life."
- Marion Jones
(Related: Life, Mom, Father, Light)

"My father was a carpenter, a very good carpenter. He also worked for the Jones boys. They were not family members, we weren't related at all. They started the policy racket in Chicago, and they had the five and dime store."
- Quincy Jones
(Related: Family, Father, Policy, Boys, Chicago)

"When I was about five or seven years old my mother was placed in a mental institution and so we were with our father who worked very hard, and we had to figure a lot of things out."
- Quincy Jones
(Related: Mother, Father, Old, Years)

"My father wouldn't get us a TV, he wouldn't allow a TV in the house."
- Janis Joplin
(Related: Father)

"The courts cannot garnish a father's salary, nor freeze his account, nor seize his property on behalf of his children, in our society. Apparently this is because a kid is not a car or a couch or a boat."
- June Jordan
(Related: Car, Society, Father, Children, Property)

"My father was very intense, passionate and over-the-top. He was my hero and my tyrant."
- June Jordan
(Related: Father)

"My father was both the person who gave me reason to learn how to fight and the one who taught me the basics of fighting. He would tell me that if it was a big fight, it would probably be uneven, it wouldn't be fair."
- June Jordan
(Related: Father, Fight, Fighting, Reason)

"My father was the first to see through the schemes of the white man."
- Chief Joseph
(Related: Father, First, Man)

"My father... had sharper eyes than the rest of our people."
- Chief Joseph
(Related: Father, People, Eyes, Rest)

"A man who would not love his father's grave is worse than a wild animal."
- Chief Joseph
(Related: Love, Father, Grave, Man)

"I pressed my father's hand and told him I would protect his grave with my life. My father smiled and passed away to the spirit land."
- Chief Joseph
(Related: Life, Father, Grave, Land, Spirit)

"I was myself brought up with my brother, whose name was Matthias, for he was my own brother, by both father and mother; and I made mighty proficiency in the improvements of my learning, and appeared to have both a great memory and understanding."
- Flavius Josephus
(Related: Mother, Father, Brother, Learning, Memory, Name, Understanding)

"Now, my father Matthias was not only eminent on account of is nobility, but had a higher commendation on account of his righteousness, and was in great reputation in Jerusalem, the greatest city we have."
- Flavius Josephus
(Related: Father, Nobility, Now, Reputation, Righteousness)

"Love and fear. Everything the father of a family says must inspire one or the other."
- Joseph Joubert
(Related: Family, Love, Father, Fear)

"I think a child should be allowed to take his father's or mother's name at will on coming of age. Paternity is a legal fiction."
- James Joyce
(Related: Legal, Age, Mother, Father, Fiction, Name, Will)

"If a country is to be corruption free and become a nation of beautiful minds, I strongly feel there are three key societal members who can make a difference. They are the father, the mother and the teacher."
- Abdul Kalam
(Related: Mother, Father, Corruption, Country, Difference, Key, Nation)

"I have loved my German people and my fatherland with a warm heart."
- Ernst Kaltenbrunner
(Related: People, Heart)

"Well, I had a lot of help from my father with the soldering and so on, and he was very good at math and was fascinated with computers, and so I was fortunate enough to have a bunch of exposure going all the way back to high school - this was in the 1960s."
- Mitch Kapor
(Related: Computers, Father, Help, School)

"Rich men's sons are seldom rich men's fathers."
- Herbert Kaufman
(Related: Men, Fathers, Sons)

"The fathers, if they got me alone, would try to kiss and fondle me. I hated it."
- Christine Keeler
(Related: Kiss, Fathers)

"My mother used to go out on her own, and I used to have to keep a look out for my stepfather coming home."
- Christine Keeler
(Related: Home, Mother)

"One way of reading my life is that I have been in constant search for a father."
- Christine Keeler
(Related: Life, Father, Reading)

"I went out every single night so I was never alone with my stepfather. At 12, I stopped going on holiday with them. The times I was alone with him I always made sure I was all covered up."
- Christine Keeler
(Related: Holiday, Night)

"As a little girl I used to daydream about my real father coming on a white horse to rescue me."
- Christine Keeler
(Related: Father)

"You're working on being a father, so that is something that when you experience it you'll understand the profundity of wanting to protect something dear to you."
- Harvey Keitel
(Related: Experience, Father, Being)

"It's a very, very fascinating story for me, cause it's about a man who's been doing bad; bad things. And he's a father of four children in parochial school, he's a lieutenant of detectives, but he's in conflict with himself and with trying to do what's right."
- Harvey Keitel
(Related: Father, Cause, Children, Conflict, Man, Right, School, Trying)

"I'm a father myself for the first time in my life, and I had very very loving parents."
- David Keith
(Related: Time, Life, Father, First, Parents)

"My father didn't tell me how to live; he lived, and let me watch him do it."
- Clarence Budington Kelland
(Related: Father)

"My father started me singing in church."
- DeForest Kelley
(Related: Father, Church, Singing)

"The most important influence in my childhood was my father."
- DeForest Kelley
(Related: Father, Childhood, Influence)

"Praise God, from whom all blessings flow! Praise Him, all creatures here below! Praise Him above, ye heavenly host! Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost!"
- Thomas Ken
(Related: God, Father, Son, Blessings, Praise)

"My brother arrived some months after my father left. Um, and he ah, was thus eight years younger than me and it was um, you know, it was such a time that my mother probably had people wondering was it his."
- Thomas Keneally
(Related: Time, Mother, Father, Brother, People, Months, Years)

"My father died when I was 4 years old, so I can't really say anything about his hearing."
- George Kennedy
(Related: Father, Hearing, Old, Years)

"My father always told me that all businessmen were sons of bitches, but I never believed it till now."
- John F. Kennedy
(Related: Father, Now, Sons)

"Victory has a thousand fathers, but defeat is an orphan."
- John F. Kennedy
(Related: Victory, Defeat, Fathers)

"To every little girl, her father is a hero. My father actually is one."
- Alexandra Kerry
(Related: Father)

"All we ask is that we have peace with the whites. We want to hold you by the hand. You are our father."
- Black Kettle
(Related: Peace, Father, Want)

"I was just studying with my father, a very difficult task for me since he was a great, great Qawwali singer."
- Nusrat F. A. Khan
(Related: Father)

"Whenever I fail as a father or husband... a toy and a diamond always works."
- Shahrukh Khan
(Related: Father, Husband)

"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
(Related: Dad, Mother, Father, Brother, Play)

"In 1973, a woman could not get a credit card without her husband or father or a male signing off on it."
- Billie Jean King
(Related: Father, HusbCredit, Woman)

"What everybody misses here is that we are doing the same thing my father did. He licensed and litigated and protected his property, and we have to follow the same tradition, because the way the law reads, if you don't protect it, you lose it."
- Dexter S. King
(Related: Father, Law, Property, Tradition)

"Our Founding Fathers crafted a constitutional Republic for the first time in the history of the world because they were shaping a form of government that would not have the failures of a democracy in it, but had the representation of democracy in it."
- Steve King
(Related: Government, History, Time, Democracy, Fathers, First, Founding, World)

"I think Romeo and Juliet is uplifting. That's how much a son wishes to avenge his father. That is how much two young people can love each other."
- Ben Kingsley
(Related: Love, Father, Son, People, Wishes)

"But to do it professionally is a quantum leap difference and my father had to be persuaded by these kind of Ivy League professors that I should go to the Yale Drama School, another one of the stories in there."
- Robert Klein
(Related: Father, Difference, Drama, Ivy, School)

"My father was trained as a saddler, but in fact as a young man worked in his father's business of rearing and selling cattle, so he grew up in the countryside."
- Aaron Klug
(Related: Business, Father, Selling, Fact, Man)

"Our forefathers made one mistake. What they should have fought for was representation without taxation."
- Fletcher Knebel
(Related: Mistake, Taxation)

"There are things that you cannot talk to your mother and father about, there are things that you cannot talk to your children about."
- Shirley Knight
(Related: Mother, Father, Children, Talk)

"My father was in the coal business in West Virginia. Both dad and mother were, however, originally from Massachusetts; New England, to them, meant the place to go if you really wanted an education."
- John Knowles
(Related: Business, Dad, Education, Mother, Father, England)

"To my father, business was the highest calling, but to my mother, medicine was the top profession."
- William Standish Knowles
(Related: Business, Mother, Father, Medicine, Profession)

"My father, who had lost a brother, fighting on the Austrian side in World War I, was a committed pacifist."
- Walter Kohn
(Related: War, Father, Brother, Fighting, World, World war)

"There's sometimes a weird benefit to having an alcoholic, violent father. He really motivated me in that I never wanted to be anything like him."
- Dean Koontz
(Related: Father)

"As I go to sleep I remember what my father said-that one can never be sure if one will awake. The way my health is now, this is becoming more and more real."
- Jerzy Kosinski
(Related: Health, Father, Now, Sleep, Will)

"My father's coaching Misha and I just might help from time to time."
- Richard Krajicek
(Related: Time, Father, Coaching, Help)

"I was taught by my grandfather that anything that your mind can conceive, you can have. It's a reality."
- Lenny Kravitz
(Related: Mind, Reality)

"I was born in Norway, and when I was little I went to live in Detroit, Michigan. My father was a professor of philosophy at Wayne University, and my mother was also a teacher."
- Marta Kristen
(Related: Mother, Father, Philosophy, University)

"My parents went crazy when they found out that I had gotten the part in Conversations With My Father! I'd never given acting a thought. They were proud of me and very encouraging."
- David Krumholtz
(Related: Thought, Encouraging, Acting, Parents)

"I had a little insight into life that most kids probably didn't have. My mother was a schoolteacher, and my father was a social worker. Through his eyes I saw the underside of society."
- Charles Kuralt
(Related: Life, Society, Mother, Father, Eyes, Kids)

"When I was a little boy I used to borrow my father's hat, and make a press card to stick in the hat band. That was the way reporters were always portrayed in the movies."
- Charles Kuralt
(Related: Movies, Father, Press)

"My mother, at least twice, cancelled our family's subscription to the newspaper I was working on, because she was so mad about its treatment of my father."
- Charles Kuralt
(Related: Family, Mother, Father, Treatment)

"Every man is responsible only for his own acts. The sons do not inherit the sins of the fathers. But can we say: that was long ago, they were different?"
- Aleksander Kwasniewski
(Related: Fathers, Man, Sons)

"Now my dad is with me, traveling with me and a big part of this whole thing is I like to mix it up a little bit, you know. Who gets to take their father on a private jet across the country and stay in first class hotels? So we're enjoying it, but I'd stop if it's not possible."
- Shia LaBeouf
(Related: Dad, Father, Class, Country, First, Now, Traveling)

"To me, having kids is the ultimate job in life. I want to be most successful at being a good father."
- Nick Lachey
(Related: Life, Father, Successful, Being, Job, Kids, Want)

"Therefore let men withdraw themselves from errors; and laying aside corrupt superstitions, let them acknowledge their Father and Lord, whose excellence cannot be estimated, nor His greatness perceived, nor His beginning comprehended."
- Lactantius
(Related: Men, Father, Greatness, Beginning, Errors, Excellence)

"Not every father gets a chance to start his son off in his own footsteps."
- Alan Ladd
(Related: Father, Son, Chance, Footsteps)

"I'd rather be David Ladd's father than Alan Ladd any day."
- Alan Ladd
(Related: Father, Day)

"This resemblance became clear in the Bush the father's visits to the region. He wound up being impressed by the royal and military regimes and envied them for staying decades in their positions and embezzling the nation's money with no supervision."
- Osama bin Laden
(Related: Money, Father, Being, Military, Nation)

"Bush the father did well in placing his sons as governors and did not forget to pass on the expertise in fraud from the leaders of the region to Florida to use it in critical moments."
- Osama bin Laden
(Related: Father, Expertise, Forget, Fraud, Leaders, Moments, Sons)

"At 6:30, which was when the national news began, my father raised the volume and adjusted the antennas. Usually I occupied myself with a book, but that night my father insisted that I pay attention."
- Jhumpa Lahiri
(Related: Father, Attention, News, Night)

"People voted with their hearts as they were remembering the father."
- Emile Lahoud
(Related: Father, People)

"I was born an only child in Vienna, Austria. My father found hours to sit by me by the library fire and tell fairy stories."
- Hedy Lamarr
(Related: Father, Fire)

"I remember all too well the premiere of Ecstasy when I watched my bare bottom bounce across the screen and my mother and father sat there in shock."
- Hedy Lamarr
(Related: Mother, Father, Ecstasy)

"I am not ashamed to say that no man I ever met was my father's equal, and I never loved any other man as much."
- Hedy Lamarr
(Related: Father, Man)

"I am determined that my children shall be brought up in their father's religion, if they can find out what it is."
- Charles Lamb
(Related: Religion, Father, Children)

"My mother, whose family was heavily rabbinic, said she wanted me to continue the family tradition in the rabbinate. My father said he wanted me to be a scholar of the Talmud, but he wanted me to make my living in science."
- Norman Lamm
(Related: Family, Science, Mother, Father, Living, Tradition)

"I met Roy's father once... And I think that Roy's relationship with his father is still at the heart of what Roy does. But at the end of the day, he's trying to prove himself to a father he'll never really please."
- Jim Lampley
(Related: Father, Heart, Day, End, Trying)

"I felt my father's presence with me, helping me to commit to paper the feelings I had. I really heard my father speaking to me from the other dimension."
- Michael Landon
(Related: Father, Feelings)

"I was raised by free-spirited people, though my father gave me a very strong work ethic."
- Diane Lane
(Related: Work, Father, People, Work ethic)

"The territorial state is such an ancient form of society - here in Europe it dates back thousands of years - that it is now protected by the sanctity of age and the glory of tradition. A strong religious feeling mingles with the respect and the devotion to the fatherland."
- Christian Lous Lange
(Related: Age, Society, Devotion, Europe, Feeling, Glory, Now, Religious, Respect, State, Tradition, Years)

"In families there is always the mythology. My father died when my kids were quite young still, and yet they still tell his stories. That is how a person lives on."
- Jessica Lange
(Related: Father, Kids, Mythology)

"I started in London, as a kid. My mother knew I had sort of an inbred talent. She was an actress, so I inherited it from her. But I think I got a lot of it from my grandfather, who was a great politician."
- Angela Lansbury
(Related: Mother, Talent, London)

"When a child grows up without a father, there is an empty place where someone must stand, providing an example of character and confidence."
- Steve Largent
(Related: Father, Character, Confidence, Example)

"When my father arrived in Kenya, he had found the Kikuyu way of life similar to that of the British at the time the Romans invaded England 2,000 years ago."
- Louis Leakey
(Related: Life, Time, Father, England, Years)

"We did an episode on Good Times which came out of a newspaper article about the incidence of hypertension in black males being higher than whites, and increasing. So we did a show in which James, the father on Good Times, had hypertension."
- Norman Lear
(Related: Father, Being)

"My father was an Episcopalian minister, and I've always been comforted by the power of prayer."
- Anna Lee
(Related: Power, Father, Prayer)

"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
(Related: Father, Thought, Man)

"We were living in the Slad Road when my father left us. I was about three."
- Laurie Lee
(Related: Father, Living, Road)

"I just found out last week - my sister told me - that my father had some Beatles records. So I must have heard them quite a bit, but it never registered, really. Now I listen to them with new ears."
- Sheryl Lee
(Related: Father, Sister, Now)

"My father had left behind an old piano. My sister was already going to school, my mother was out working, and I stayed at home alone with my adorable grandmother who understood nothing I said. It was so boring that I stayed at the piano all day long, and that saved my life."
- Michel Legrand
(Related: Home, Life, Mother, Father, Sister, Day, Nothing, Old, School)

"He wasn't a great father. He was a great musician. That's always been a touchy one, and it will be until I can find the answer, but I don't know if there is one."
- Julian Lennon
(Related: Father, Will)

"I'm not trying to overcome my father or fill his shoes or reach any kind of level that he did. We're talking about a Mozart of rock music."
- Sean Lennon
(Related: Music, Father, Talking, Trying)

"The most important thing in my father's life? World peace. Me and my brother. My mom."
- Sean Lennon
(Related: Mom, Peace, Brother, Life, Father, World)

"My mother was passionate. She was stubborn, the dominant one in the family. She dominated my father."
- Hugh Leonard
(Related: Family, Mother, Father)

"My father I liked, but it was only after his death that I got to know him by writing the play."
- Hugh Leonard
(Related: Death, Father, Play, Writing)

"Arnold Bennett was a writer I admired. He was actually taking notes at his father's deathbed."
- Hugh Leonard
(Related: Father, Writer)

"I grew up with an artist father, and my parents' friends were also mainly artists or writers, so he connects what I do with his example."
- Jonathan Lethem
(Related: Father, Artist, Artists, Example, Friends, Parents, Writers)

"When I was a boy I used to do what my father wanted. Now I have to do what my boy wants. My problem is: When am I going to do what I want?"
- Sam Levenson
(Related: Father, Now, Want)

"I finally did work out a very good relationship with my father, but it was rough growing up. We had a lot of conflict, and I think it surfaced in many of my works."
- Ira Levin
(Related: Work, Father, Conflict, Growing up)

"Employee fathers need to step up to the plate and put their family needs on the table."
- James Levine
(Related: Family, Fathers, Needs)

"Working mothers do an hour more per day than working fathers do and working mothers do on average an hour more per day with the kids than working fathers do."
- James Levine
(Related: Day, Fathers, Kids, Mothers)

"So, the total number of hours spent on the stuff you have to do to take care of a family, working and caring for stuff at home, the total number of hours is actually about the same for mothers and fathers."
- James Levine
(Related: Family, Home, Care, Caring, Fathers, Mothers)

"If you factor in not just who's doing what at home, but how much more time working fathers are spending on work outside the home, on average they spend two hours more per day outside the home."
- James Levine
(Related: Home, Time, Work, Day, Fathers)

"My father died when I was five, but I grew up in a strong family."
- Philip Levine
(Related: Family, Father)

"When I was twelve, I went hunting with my father and we shot a bird. He was laying there and something struck me. Why do we call this fun to kill this creature who was as happy as I was when I woke up this morning."
- Marv Levy
(Related: Father, Fun, Hunting)

"The sentimentality of baseball is very deeply rooted in the American baseball fan. It is the one sport that is transmitted from fathers to sons."
- Michael Lewis
(Related: American, Baseball, Fathers, Sentimentality, Sons)

"My mom was a ventriloquist and she always was throwing her voice. For ten years I thought the dog was telling me to kill my father."
- Wendy Liebman
(Related: Mom, Father, Thought, Voice, Years)

"Again, I was influenced by my father, who was very much an atheist and took pride in combating the traditional or orthodox forms of Judaism, which his parents and which my mother's parents were very steeped in."
- Robert Jay Lifton
(Related: Mother, Father, Judaism, Parents, Pride)

"My grandfather was not a musician but he was an artist - a painter, a decorative painter."
- Gyorgy Ligeti
(Related: Artist)

"I attribute my entire football career, as far as getting me started, getting me interested, keeping me that way was my father. He went to every game even though he was crippled and wasn't real healthy."
- Bob Lilly
(Related: Father, Career, Football)

"My grandfather, on my father's side, helped to draft one of the first constitutions of China. He was a fairly well-known scholar."
- Maya Lin
(Related: Father, Draft, First)

"You have to do your own growing no matter how tall your grandfather was."
- Abraham Lincoln
"I don't know who my grandfather was; I am much more concerned to know what his grandson will be."
- Abraham Lincoln
(Related: Will)

"Fourscore and seven years ago our fathers brought forth on this continent, a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal."
- Abraham Lincoln
(Related: Men, Fathers, Liberty, Nation, Years)

"My father was a sea captain, so was his father, and his father before him, and all my uncles. My mother's people all followed the sea. I suppose that if I had been born a few years earlier, I would have had my own ship."
- Joseph C. Lincoln
(Related: Mother, Father, People, Sea, Years)

"If you keep making jokes like that, somebody is going to shoot you, father."
- Mary Todd Lincoln
(Related: Father, Jokes)

"If the Founding Fathers and other patriots who fought during the Revolutionary War could see the United States today, I believe they would be proud of the path that the thirteen colonies, now fifty strong states, have taken since then."
- John Linder
(Related: War, Fathers, Founding, Now, states, Today, United)

"Our Founding Fathers would be proud of all that America has achieved, and will continue to achieve, in the coming years."
- John Linder
(Related: America, Fathers, Founding, Will, Years)

"I grew up in Manhattan and, since my father was a playwright, all I ever wanted to be was a stage actress."
- Laura Linney
(Related: Father)

"The relationship I have to my fatherland is like that of mothers with crippled children: they love them all the more, the more crippled they are. Germany is the background of all my plans, the return to Germany."
- Friedrich List
(Related: Love, Germany, Mothers)

"I'm a fun father, but not a good father. The hard decisions always went to my wife."
- John Lithgow
(Related: Father, Wife, Decisions, Fun)

"I know who I am as a person, as a father, and as a husband."
- Brian Littrell
(Related: Father, Husband)

"My father died in 1930, but if you told him or anybody almost in that time that you'd be able to sit back in England and watch a cricket game in Australia, they'd have you put in the loony bin."
- Desmond Llewelyn
(Related: Time, Father, Cricket, England)

"The day is past when schools could afford to give sufficient time and attention to the teaching of the ancient languages to enable the student to get that enjoyment out of classical literature that made the lives of our grandfathers so rich."
- James Loeb
(Related: Time, Attention, Day, Enjoyment, Literature, Past, Schools, Teaching)

"I had to get in touch with the source, I had to go back into my abandonment issues with my mother, I had to go into issues with my father I hadn't even looked at before."
- Kenny Loggins
(Related: Mother, Father)

"He learned through the way that my father and I felt about his songs, his country songs, that they were great songs. And then he went out and sang them for the audiences that we found, and he found a tremendous reaction to that."
- Alan Lomax
(Related: Father, Audiences, Country, Songs)

"My father would take me to the playground, and put me on mood swings."
- Jay London
(Related: Father)

"I wanted to take up music, so my father bought me a blunt instrument. He told me to knock myself out."
- Jay London
(Related: Music, Father)

"I didn't have parents, so I lived in people's homes... And because I grew up with no parental role models, I learned to become my own friend, eventually my own father and my own mother."
- John Lone
(Related: Mother, Father, People, Friend, Parents)

"My father always wanted to be the corpse at every funeral, the bride at every wedding and the baby at every christening."
- Alice Roosevelt Longworth
(Related: Wedding, Father, Baby)

"I surrounded myself with women when I was growing up because I had this horrible psycho father. Now I'm trying to really appreciate and like men more."
- Courtney Love
(Related: Men, Women, Father, Growing up, Now, Trying)

"Temperamentally, Sam and I are very much alike. He's a lawyer, my father's a lawyer, and I always wanted to play one. On so many levels the role just felt right. I fell in love with it as I would a woman."
- Rob Lowe
(Related: Love, Father, Play, Right, Woman)

"The principal end both of my father and of myself in the conquest of India... has been the propagation of the holy Catholic faith."
- Ignatius Loyola
(Related: Faith, Father, Conquest, End)

"No, well, my father's definitely not Christopher Walken."
- Josh Lucas
(Related: Father)

"My parents were both from extremely different backgrounds. My father's Italian, my mother was of Swedish descent. They're both first-generation Americans."
- Susan Lucci
(Related: Mother, Father, Americans, First, Parents)

"I think it's time to do clean-up for a generation. I believe this is one of the movies that hits home for all colors and all races. Everybody I talk to, black or white, suburban, rich or poor, can relate to rejection, can relate to not having a father or a mother."
- Derek Luke
(Related: Home, Movies, Time, Mother, Father, Colors, Poor, Rejection, Talk)

"If, like Harry Keogh, I could talk to the dead - God, there are an awful lot of people I would like to speak to! Not least my father. Being in the army for 22 years, I didn't see enough of him, and I know there are a great many things I could have learned from him."
- Brian Lumley
(Related: God, Father, People, Army, Being, Talk, Years)

"To gather with God's people in united adoration of the Father is as necessary to the Christian life as prayer."
- Martin Luther
(Related: Life, Father, People, God, Christian, Prayer, United)

"My father was adamant in his disapproval of my interest in show business."
- Paul Lynde
(Related: Business, Father, Interest)

"Who wants to be married to a grandfather?"
- Loretta Lynn
"And how can man die better than facing fearful odds, for the ashes of his fathers, and the temples of his Gods?"
- Thomas B. Macaulay
(Related: Gods, Fathers, Man)

"A son can bear with equanimity the loss of his father, but the loss of his inheritance may drive him to despair."
- Niccolo Machiavelli
(Related: Father, Son, Despair, Inheritance, Loss, May)

"I don't really believe in the Devil, but if the Devil is the Father of Lies, then he certainly invented the Internet."
- Ken MacLeod
(Related: Father, Devil, Internet, Lies)

"I owed it to my father that I was elected to Parliament in the first place, but I owed it to my mother that I stuck it out once I got there."
- Agnes Macphail
(Related: Mother, Father, First, Parliament)

"It started with the Godfather, this operatic violence. I don't know."
- William H. Macy
(Related: Violence)

"I have good genes. My father is Danish and my mother is Irish and Native American. They both have good skin."
- Virginia Madsen
(Related: Mother, Father, American, Irish, Skin)

"President Bush is supporting Arnold but a lot of Republicans are not, because he is actually quite liberal. Karl Rove said if his father wasn't a Nazi, he wouldn't have any credibility with conservatives at all."
- Bill Maher
(Related: Father, Credibility, Liberal, President, Republicans)

"We're not at a point in time to be taking chances with children and young people in the church. The Holy Father himself said... there is no room in the priesthood or religious life for someone who has abused a child. I think he's right."
- Roger Mahony
(Related: Life, Time, Father, People, Church, Children, Religious, Right)

"We're seeing a much larger ministry here for the general community. Not just Catholics, but others are calling us too. They're not looking for lawyers or suing their grandfathers, but counseling and healing."
- Roger Mahony
(Related: Community, Healing, Lawyers)

"My father was a milkman. So, I delivered milk."
- Karl Malden
(Related: Father)

"I'm more comfortable with whatever's wrong with me than my father was whenever he felt he failed or didn't measure up to the standard he set."
- John Malkovich
(Related: Father, Measure, Wrong)

"I was a very good baseball and football player, but my father always told me I was much more interested in how I looked playing baseball or football than in actually playing. There's great truth in that."
- John Malkovich
(Related: Father, Truth, Baseball, Football)

"My father was a minister, so I was a P.K., a preacher's kid."
- Dorothy Malone
(Related: Father)

"One girl who stands out was this Miami stripper. She still lives with her mother and father, and they know she strips. They call her by her stripper name, Freaky Red."
- Method Man
(Related: Mother, Father, Name)

"By our Heavenly Father and only because of God, only because of God. We're like other couples. We do not get along perfectly; we do not go without arguments and, as I call them, fights, and heartache and pain and hurting each other. But a marriage is three of us."
- Barbara Mandrell
(Related: Marriage, Father, God, Arguments, Pain)

"One of my earliest memories is of my father carrying me in one arm with a picket sign in the other."
- Camryn Manheim
(Related: Father, Memories)

"And my father, after all, was a nationalist."
- Heinrich Mann
(Related: Father)

"My father's father came from Russia; my mother came from Romania."
- Herbie Mann
(Related: Mother, Father, Russia)

"My father is the jailhouse. My father is your system... I am only what you made me. I am only a reflection of you."
- Charles Manson
(Related: Father, Reflection)

"I have a lot of very close girlfriends and sisters - I'm from an all female family. My father often quips that even the cat was neutered!"
- Shirley Manson
(Related: Family, Father, Girlfriends, Sisters)

"My father wants me to be like my brother, but I can't be."
- Robert Mapplethorpe
(Related: Father, Brother)

"I would never have done what I'd done if I'd considered my father as somebody I wanted to please."
- Robert Mapplethorpe
(Related: Father)

"It's hard when your father's the coach. Sometimes you don't know where one leaves off and the other begins."
- Pete Maravich
(Related: Father, Coach)

"I have never been a material girl. My father always told me never to love anything that cannot love you back."
- Imelda Marcos
(Related: Love, Father)

"We are all so close. We are godfather to each others' kids. I was the best man at Jesus' wedding."
- Juan Marichal
(Related: Wedding, Kids, Man)

"My father always taught me to appreciate what you're fortunate to have and give back to those who need it. No part of our society is more important than the children, especially the ones who need our help."
- Dan Marino
(Related: Society, Father, Children, Help)

"Beware the cute, hot guy who kind of reminds you of the parent you don't get along with: your cold, distant father who left when you were a kid or your hot-tempered mother whom you could never please."
- Merrill Markoe
(Related: Mother, Father, Cute)

"The more I grow as an artist, the more I think I become like my father as an artist. The more I diversify, the more I become like my father, which is true to who he was."
- Ziggy Marley
(Related: Father, Artist)

"His father watched him across the gulf of years and pathos which always must divide a father from his son."
- John Phillips Marquand
(Related: Father, Son, Years)

"A man knows when he is growing old because he begins to look like his father."
- Gabriel Garcia Marquez
(Related: Father, Man, Old)

"I always read all these books about the slaves. My mother is very educated. My father would talk to us like we were grown men. We never knew what he was talking about half the time."
- Wynton Marsalis
(Related: Time, Men, Mother, Father, Books, Talk, Talking)

"I got my first trumpet when I was six years old, from Al Hirt. My father was playing in Al Hirt's band at that time."
- Wynton Marsalis
(Related: Time, Father, First, Old, Years)

"When I auditioned for my high school band the band director was excited because my father was known to be a great musician. When he heard me, he said 'Are you sure you're Ellis's son?'"
- Wynton Marsalis
(Related: Father, Son, School)

"We looked up to our father. He still is much greater than us."
- Wynton Marsalis
(Related: Father)

"He was definitely a father figure for all of us. Once you were a Giant, you were always a Giant."
- George Martin
(Related: Father)

"My father was champion of North Africa and he beat the European champ. He was very good, a professional for 12 years. We're from a big family of boxers. My father has seven brothers."
- Olivier Martinez
(Related: Family, Father, Brothers, Years)

"She got her looks from her father. He's a plastic surgeon."
- Groucho Marx
(Related: Father)

"I was the same kind of father as I was a harpist - I played by ear."
- Harpo Marx
(Related: Father)

"I went to watch my father at Silverstone in the early 1950s, and I've still got the car he was in."
- Nick Mason
(Related: Car, Father)

"I had a very special family life. My mother and father made sure when we were home, we were part of the family, not a TV star. And the other thing: my father was fully employed while I was doing the series."
- Jerry Mathers
(Related: Family, Home, Life, Mother, Father)

"I was six months old at the time that I was taken, with my mother and father, from Sacramento, California, and placed in internment camps in the United States."
- Robert Matsui
(Related: Time, Mother, Father, Months, Old, states, United)

"And my father didn't have money for me to go to college. And at that particular time they didn't have black quarterbacks, and I don't think I could have made it in basketball, because I was only 5' 11". So I just picked baseball."
- Willie Mays
(Related: Money, Time, Father, Baseball, Basketball, College)

"Slumber not in the tents of your fathers. The world is advancing."
- Giuseppe Mazzini
(Related: Fathers, World)

"Father God, we just ask You to open Your wide, wide arms and look down upon us, Lord, and lead us, and let us know what we should do to stop this, this terrible, terrible holocaust."
- Norma McCorvey
(Related: God, Father, Open)

"I just thank my father and mother, my lucky stars, that I had the advantage of an education in the humanities."
- David McCullough
(Related: Education, Mother, Father, Stars)

"It was a bright, clear afternoon in the late fall that pretty Miss Cable drove up in her trap and waited at the curb for her father to come forth from his office in one of Chicago's tallest buildings."
- George Barr McCutcheon
(Related: Father, Chicago, Office, Pretty)

"I once had a lot of hatred, mainly toward my father, an alcoholic."
- Josh McDowell
(Related: Father, Hatred)

"Seriously though, my father was the first African American to sign a contract with the Metropolitan Opera so I grew up with classical music and jazz in the home all the time."
- Bobby McFerrin
(Related: Home, Music, Time, Father, African, American, First, Jazz, Opera)

"My father was a very disciplined singer who worked hard at his craft, and I was around that growing up."
- Bobby McFerrin
(Related: Father, Growing up)

"My father was very outwardly religious."
- John McGahern
(Related: Father, Religious)

"While it is important for people to see your promise you must also remember that hope is the keeper of both happiness and disappointment, the father of both progress and failure."
- Bryant H. McGill
(Related: Happiness, Father, People, Progress, Failure, Hope, Disappointment, Promise)

"If I do a poetry reading I want people to walk out and say they feel better for having been there - not because you've done a comedy performance but because you're talking about your father dying or having young children, things that touch your soul."
- Roger McGough
(Related: Poetry, Father, Soul, People, Performance, Children, Comedy, Dying, Reading, Talking, Want)

"For the freedoms our founding fathers not only dreamed about, but made into reality. It is that same pursuit of freedom today that is helping to make our world a safer place."
- John M. McHugh
(Related: Fathers, Founding, Freedom, Pursuit, Reality, Today, World)

"There is a crying need today to have this truth heralded throughout the land that youth especially may appreciate and hold the freedom of the individual as sacred as did our revolutionary fathers."
- David O. McKay
(Related: Truth, Fathers, Freedom, Land, May, Today, Youth)

"He knows I rip him off every day. He's the godfather for me. Nobody can say they aren't influenced by what Stevie Wonder has done."
- Brian McKnight
(Related: Day, Wonder)

"I was pretty young when my father was prime minister, so it wasn't really a big part of my life. My folks were away a lot, meeting foreign dignitaries and that sort of thing, but it never struck me as odd. If anything it allowed me to get into all sorts of mischief."
- Julian McMahon
(Related: Life, Father, Meeting, Pretty)

"True maturity is only reached when a man realizes he has become a father figure to his girlfriends' boyfriends - and he accepts it."
- Larry McMurtry
(Related: Father, Girlfriends, Man, Maturity)

"If I could embed a locator chip in my child right now, I know I would do that. Some people call that Big Brother; I call it being a father."
- Scott McNealy
(Related: Father, Brother, People, Being, Now, Right)

"Fathers are biological necessities, but social accidents."
- Margaret Mead
(Related: Accidents, Fathers)

"My father was a good preacher and had a little bit of drama."
- Jayne Meadows
(Related: Father, Drama)

"My father was a schoolteacher and my mother came from a teacher's family."
- Simon van der Meer
(Related: Family, Mother, Father)

"The surprising thing about fatherhood was finding my inner mush. Now I want to share it with the world."
- Christopher Meloni
(Related: Now, Want, World)

"I had no expectations about fatherhood, really, but it's definitely a journey I'm glad to be taking. Number one, it's a great learning experience. When my mother told me it's a 24/7 job, she wasn't kidding."
- Christopher Meloni
(Related: Experience, Mother, Expectations, Job, Journey, Learning)

"When Socrates was about 30, and his father was long dead, he was still pursuing the art of sculpture, but from necessity, and without much inclination."
- Moses Mendelssohn
(Related: Art, Father, Necessity, Sculpture)

"It's about a father and daughter and the daughter's friend and her relationship with her current husband."
- Ismail Merchant
(Related: Father, HusbDaughter, Friend)

"My answer to the racial problem in America is to not deal with it at all. The founding fathers dealt with it when they made the Constitution."
- James Meredith
(Related: America, Constitution, Fathers, Founding)

"My father taught me to read music and play the piano-but not well, even though people have said that I'm a natural musician."
- Ethel Merman
(Related: Music, Father, People, Play)

"Our fathers valued change for the sake of its results; we value it in the act."
- Alice Meynell
(Related: Change, Act, Fathers, Results, Value)

"Condoleezza Rice, the national security adviser, is right there... she's in town because her father was at Johnson Smith College... and she was delivering a speech there."
- Al Michaels
(Related: Father, College, National security, Right, Speech)

"I believe honor thy mother and father is not just a good commandment to live by, it is good public policy to govern by. That is why I feel so strongly about Medicare."
- Barbara Mikulski
(Related: Mother, Father, Policy, Honor, Public, Public policy)

"For those of us who have lost loved ones in their prime - as I did when my father and other relatives succumbed - even one of those years would have been a precious gift."
- Michael Milken
(Related: Father, Relatives, Years)

"I remember when I was a little boy my father didn't love me; he couldn't. He loved my older brother but he couldn't love me somehow, at least not in a way I could understand it."
- Keith Miller
(Related: Love, Father, Brother)

"My father is black and my mother is white. Therefore, I could answer to either, which kind of makes me a racial Lone Ranger, caught between two communities."
- Wentworth Miller
(Related: Mother, Father)

"My Father had a profound influence on me. He was a lunatic."
- Spike Milligan
(Related: Father, Influence)

"My father was a middle manager at an oil company, but I never knew anything about his work. Whatever business acumen I have just got gleaned over the years."
- Donna Mills
(Related: Business, Work, Manager, Father, Company, Oil, Years)

"My father influenced by his very life, his very example and the environment that I was brought up in. But, he did not encourage or discourage any of us. He let us make up our own minds."
- Juliet Mills
(Related: Life, Father, Environment, Example)

"My mother was an artist and highly strung, whereas my father was much calmer."
- Liza Minelli
(Related: Mother, Father, Artist)

"I've said it before, but it's absolutely true: My mother gave me my drive, but my father gave me my dreams. Thanks to him, I could see a future."
- Liza Minelli
(Related: Dreams, Mother, Father, Future)

"The director, of course, was Bob Fosse. But again, I worked with my father to prepare for the role."
- Liza Minnelli
(Related: Father)

"The Pirate is surrealism and so, in a curious way, is Father of the Bride."
- Vincente Minnelli
(Related: Father, Surrealism)

"On man when he came into life the Father conferred the seeds of all kinds and the germs of every way of life."
- Giovanni Pico della Mirandola
(Related: Life, Father, Man)

"But in its final creation it was not the part of the Father's power to fail as though exhausted. It was not the part of His wisdom to waver in a needful matter through poverty of counsel."
- Giovanni Pico della Mirandola
(Related: Power, Wisdom, Father, Creation, Poverty)

"God the Father, the supreme Architect, had already built this cosmic home we behold, the most sacred temple of His godhead, by the laws of His mysterious wisdom."
- Giovanni Pico della Mirandola
(Related: Home, Wisdom, Father, God, Temple, Laws)

"Peace and not war is the father of all things."
- Ludwig von Mises
(Related: Peace, War, Father)

"My father was the orphaned son of immigrants to the United States from Ireland. My father never knew his parents. His mother died - we're not sure - either at or shortly after his birth, and he and all of his siblings were placed in orphanages in the Boston area."
- George J. Mitchell
(Related: Mother, Father, Son, Boston, Ireland, Parents, states, United)

"So my father grew up in an orphanage in Boston. He was then adopted by an elderly childless couple from Maine, who gave him the name of Mitchell. He moved to Maine, and there he met my mother and was married."
- George J. Mitchell
(Related: Mother, Father, Boston, Elderly, Name)

"We should all aspire in life to do a multitude of things well - to be a great father, to be a good husband, to be a good lover, you know, to try to do things the best you can is very important to me."
- Matthew Modine
(Related: Life, Father, Husband)

"My father taught me to paint when I was young with watercolors and so I learned at a very young age the essential elements of the value of light and composition."
- Matthew Modine
(Related: Age, Father, Light, Value)

"My father was a waiter basically, and when I got my first professional job as an actor, I left a job that he found me for half the amount of money. So anyone would think that they're stupid, that that would be a stupid move."
- Alfred Molina
(Related: Money, Father, Actor, First, Job)

"Later, at Stanford University, I thought I'd become a lawyer or businessman, but my father came to me and said he thought there was a big future in the fine-wine business."
- Robert Mondavi
(Related: Business, Father, Thought, Future, University)

"It now costs more to amuse a child than it once did to educate his father."
- Vaughn Monroe
(Related: Father, Now)

"My mother and father, Joe and Theresa Montana brought me along and taught me to never quit, and to strive to be the best."
- Joe Montana
(Related: Mother, Father, Montana)

"My grandfather was a newspaper publisher and his paper had all the comics in NYC, so some of my earliest memories are of reading the family paper and heading straight for the comics insert."
- Rick Moody
(Related: Family, Memories, Reading)

"I created the Women's Federation for World Peace in order to restore all that woman originally lost. You American women don't need a man in the position of grandfather, parents, husband, elder or younger brother. You only need the true Adam."
- Sun Myung Moon
(Related: Peace, Women, Brother, HusbAmerican, Man, Order, Parents, Woman, World)

"My brother Jim and I saw our father go into the jails and pray with the inmates Sunday after Sunday. He prayed with both blacks and whites. If we ever repeated any slurs we heard on the playground, he'd tell us very softly, "I don't want to hear those words.""
- Charles Moore
(Related: Father, Brother, Want, Words)

"My father used to say superior people never make long visits."
- Marianne Moore
(Related: Father, People)

"The forefathers, including James Madison, felt very strongly that the duties that we owe to God were outside of government's prerogative, that government had no business interfering with the way we worship God."
- Roy Moore
(Related: Business, Government, God, Worship)

"My character Esteban is a guy who really didn't think he was gonna be there at this point in his life. He's in his early 30s. He's got a son. He's raising his son as a single father."
- Esai Morales
(Related: Life, Father, Son, Character)

"I like the Beatles. They're at the core of my musicality. And John Lennon's my spiritual father."
- Esai Morales
(Related: Father, Spiritual)

"Oh, Mr Coward, sir - I could never have an affair with you, because you remind me of my father!"
- Kenneth More
"I seem to keep returning to my father in poems because his personality was so extreme, so driven. He did everything to excess."
- Robert Morgan
(Related: Father, Excess, Extreme, Personality, Poems)

"Sexism is not the fault of women - kill your fathers, not your mothers."
- Robin Morgan
(Related: Women, Fathers, Fault, Mothers, Sexism)

"I was born first to music. But I went into acting because my father knew so much about music he intimidated me. So, I picked an art form, he knew nothing about. So I could be my own man."
- Michael Moriarty
(Related: Art, Music, Father, Acting, First, Man, Nothing)

"No matter how old we become, we can still call them 'Holy Mother' and 'Father' and put a child-like trust in them."
- Desmond Morris
(Related: Trust, Mother, Old)

"My father was also a principal of a school and mother was a curriculum advisor. Both were educators."
- Edwin Moses
(Related: Mother, Father, Curriculum, School)

"My father was an all-American football player."
- Edwin Moses
(Related: Father, Football)

"I think that people don't know how to do anything anymore. My father was a janitor. He could take a car apart and put it back together. He could build a house in the back yard. Today, if you ask people what they know, they say, 'I know how to hire someone.'"
- Walter Mosley
(Related: Car, Father, People, Today)

"My father kept his distance from working-class American blacks."
- Constance Baker Motley
(Related: Father, American)

"My father was afraid of his father, I was afraid of my father, and I don't see why my children shouldn't be afraid of me."
- Lord Mountbatten
(Related: Father, Children)

"It never entered my father's mind nor my mind ever to do a job othe than at one's best ability."
- Lord Mountbatten
(Related: Father, Ability, Job, Mind)

"I was nine or 10 years old and my father was sacked on Christmas Day. He was a manager, the results had not been good, he lost a game on December 22 or 23. On Christmas Day, the telephone rang and he was sacked in the middle of our lunch."
- Jose Mourinho
(Related: Manager, Father, Christmas, Day, December, Old, Results, Years)

"Would not the child's heart break in despair when the first cold storm of the world sweeps over it, if the warm sunlight of love from the eyes of mother and father did not shine upon him like the soft reflection of divine light and love?"
- Max Muller
(Related: Love, Mother, Father, Heart, Despair, Eyes, First, Light, Reflection, World)

"I've been writing about my boyhood, when I was a little kid back on my grandfather's farm where we didn't know about black widow spiders or all that stuff. But writing about that is so easy."
- Kary Mullis
(Related: Spiders, Writing)

"Every generation revolts against its fathers and makes friends with its grandfathers."
- Lewis Mumford
(Related: Fathers, Friends)

"My great-grandfather was a coal miner, who worked in Pennsylvania mines when carts were pulled by mules and mines were lit by candles. Mining was very dangerous work then."
- Tim Murphy
(Related: Work)

"What I do say is, yes, children may be resilient and they have been able to deal with all sorts of difficulties they have faced, but the bottom line is this: I believe very strongly children need a mother and a father in the home."
- Timothy Murphy
(Related: Home, Mother, Father, Children, Difficulties, May)

"I hope the film will help mothers and fathers to be aware that 15 is a very vulnerable age."
- Ellen Muth
(Related: Age, Hope, Fathers, Film, Help, Mothers, Will)

"It was something she didn't want me to do because she thought the rejection would ruin my self-esteem. My father was, like, 'If she wants to try it, let her try it.'"
- Ellen Muth
(Related: Father, Thought, Rejection, Ruin, Self, Want)

"My father in the film - which we probably haven't seen in previous movies, and in British Asian movies you could probably count on one hand - he says exactly why, actually why he's frightened for his daughter. He came to this country, England, and had a bit of a crappy time."
- Parminder Nagra
(Related: Movies, Time, Father, Daughter, Country, EnglFilm)

"We made no inquiries about India or about the families people had left behind. When our ways of thinking had changed, and we wished to know, it was too late. I know nothing of the people on my father's side; I know only that some of them came from Nepal."
- V. S. Naipaul
(Related: Father, People, Nothing, Thinking)

"Even if society dictates that men and women should behave in certain ways, it is fathers and mothers who teach those ways to children not just in the words they say, but in the lives they lead."
- Augustus Y. Napier
(Related: Men, Society, Women, Children, Fathers, Mothers, Words)

"My father was a soccer player. All my friends played basketball though, so I stuck with basketball."
- Steve Nash
(Related: Father, Basketball, Friends, Soccer)

"I never saw my grandfather because he had died before I was born, but I have good memories of my grandmother and of how she could play the piano at the old house."
- John Forbes Nash, Jr.
(Related: Memories, Old, Play)

"My father was always anxious to give pleasure to his children. Accordingly, he took me one day, as a special treat, to the top of the grand old tower, to see the chimes played."
- James Nasmyth
(Related: Father, Children, Day, Old, Pleasure)

"And so I put down some of the things that he said, about keeping your tools sharpened and not letting them lie on the ground where they get hurt or get abused and dirty and can't find them. And some thoughts about how his father used to do things."
- Bruce Nauman
(Related: Father, Lie, Thoughts, Hurt, Tools)

"I have always found it difficult to wait for things - whether it was to see my father or sailor brother, Alan, again after their long sea trips, or the chance of a better job, or even new curtains."
- Anna Neagle
(Related: Father, Brother, Chance, Job, Sea)

"Well, when I was a kid, if my father was witnessing something that he thought was particularly outrageous or he was looking at some sort of a question that he thought lacked proper definition, he would say, Well, at least Jesse James had the honor to wear a mask."
- Richard Neal
(Related: Father, Thought, Honor, Question)

"And you've got to remember that I'm also the father of nine children."
- David Neeleman
(Related: Father, Children)

"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
(Related: Love, Father, Son, Heart, Feeling, Joy, Will)

"It is much easier to become a father than to be one."
- Kent Nerburn
(Related: Father)

"I was raised Catholic, but my father's people were Methodist, so we went to both churches."
- Aaron Neville
(Related: Father, People, Churches)

"My father was the most rational and the most dispassionate of men."
- Simon Newcomb
(Related: Men, Father)

"Until I was four years old I lived in the house of my paternal grandfather, about two miles from the pretty little village of Wallace, at the mouth of the river of that name."
- Simon Newcomb
(Related: Name, Old, Pretty, Years)

"My father followed, during most of his life, the precarious occupation of a country school teacher."
- Simon Newcomb
(Related: Life, Father, Country, Occupation, School)

"The bottom line in my view is that America's mothers and fathers deserve to have confidence in law enforcement's ability to ensure that their children are being raised in the safest possible environment."
- Bob Ney
(Related: Ability, America, Being, Children, Confidence, Environment, Fathers, Law, Mothers)

"I hated Chris, my brother. I would pull his hair and kick him, until one day my father gave him permission to fight back. I'll be apologizing to him for the rest of my life."
- Stevie Nicks
(Related: Life, Father, Brother, Day, Fight, Hair, Rest)

"There were 15 people in the village, including five of us. If my father arrested somebody in the winter, he'd have to wait until the thaw to turn him in."
- Leslie Nielsen
(Related: Father, People, Winter)

"I've always been part of comedy. One of the things about our family was that if we were reasonably funny with each other, particularly my two brothers and myself, when my father was upset with something you'd want to make sure in some way you made him laugh. Because when he didn't laugh, you were in trouble!"
- Leslie Nielsen
(Related: Family, Funny, Father, Brothers, Comedy, Want)

"Love matches, so called, have illusion for their father and need for their mother."
- Friedrich Nietzsche
(Related: Love, Mother, Father, Illusion)

"When one has not had a good father, one must create one."
- Friedrich Nietzsche
(Related: Father)

"Whoever does not have a good father should procure one."
- Friedrich Nietzsche
(Related: Father)

"The human father has to be confronted and recognized as human, as man who created a child and then, by his absence, left the child fatherless and then Godless."
- Anais Nin
(Related: Father, Absence, Man)

"I stopped loving my father a long time ago. What remained was the slavery to a pattern."
- Anais Nin
(Related: Time, Father, Slavery)

"I owe a lot to my parents, especially by mother and my father."
- Greg Norman
(Related: Mother, Father, Parents)

"My father had not even completed high school when he started as an office boy working for the Metropolitan Life Insurance Company, and I am not sure that my mother completed high school."
- Douglass North
(Related: Life, Mother, Father, Company, Office, School)

"My brother and sister are both older than I am and were born before my father went off to World War I."
- Douglass North
(Related: War, Father, Sister, Brother, World, World war)

"When it came time to go to college, I had been accepted for Harvard when my father was offered the position of head of the Metropolitan Life Insurance Company office on the west coast, and we moved to San Francisco."
- Douglass North
(Related: Life, Time, Father, College, Company, Office)

"In my early years, my father was away as a soldier in the war. When he came back, work was very difficult to come by. Even though he was a highly skilled man, a maker of furniture, the payment for that work was very poor."
- Trevor Nunn
(Related: Work, War, Father, Man, Poor, Years)

"My parents were born in Norfolk and spent their early years working in the big houses of that rural English county, my mother as a cook and my father as a handyman and chauffeur."
- Paul Nurse
(Related: Mother, Father, English, Houses, Parents, Years)

"Countries are either mothers or fathers, and engender the emotional bristle secretly reserved for either sire."
- Edna O'Brien
(Related: Countries, Fathers, Mothers)

"Necessity may be the mother of invention, but play is certainly the father."
- Roger von Oech
(Related: Mother, Father, Invention, May, Necessity, Play)

"My father was a lawyer and to my best knowledge nobody in my family before had interest in science."
- George Andrew Olah
(Related: Family, Science, Father, Knowledge, Interest)

"I never told my father I loved him before he died, and I have a lot of issues about that. They're all swimming around in my head, in my heart, unresolved, and in a way it felt fitting to dedicate the film to him."
- Gary Oldman
(Related: Father, Heart, Film)

"The decision for me was whether to have "The Father" be a book that told a story - from the point of view of this speaker, the daughter - without, as in the earlier books, then having a section on something else and a section on something else."
- Sharon Olds
(Related: Daughter, Decision, Books)

"I'm the son of an everyman. My father is a teacher. He teaches physics at a boys' school in Sydney."
- Alex O'Loughlin
(Related: Father, Son, Boys, Physics, School)

"The worst misfortune that can happen to an ordinary man is to have an extraordinary father."
- Austin O'Malley
(Related: Father, Man, Misfortune)

"I was punished for blowing the whistle on my father's lifestyle."
- Tatum O'Neal
(Related: Father)

"Griffin, my brother, 11 months younger, was sometimes the victim of my father's fury - once Ryan famously knocked out his teeth."
- Tatum O'Neal
(Related: Father, Brother, Months)

"Life was a lot simpler when what we honored was father and mother rather than all major credit cards."
- Robert Orben
(Related: Life, Mother, Father, Cards, Credit)

"If all things were made through Him, clearly so must the splendid revelations have been which were made to the fathers and prophets, and became to them the symbols of the sacred mysteries of religion."
- Origen
(Related: Religion, Fathers)

"As a father and grandfather, I have witnessed firsthand the joy of new life entering the world. I know the pain and apprehension that goes along with premature births and birth defects."
- Solomon Ortiz
(Related: Life, Father, Joy, Pain, World)

"My father instilled in me the attitude of prevailing. If there's a challenge, go for it. If there's a wall to break down, break it down."
- Donny Osmond
(Related: Father, Attitude, Challenge)

"I made a decision when my father passed away that I was going to be who God made me to be and not try to preach like my father."
- Joel Osteen
(Related: God, Father, Decision)

"He who obeys God's laws finds him a father. He who disobeys them, finds him a judge."
- Daniel D. Palmer
(Related: God, Father, Laws)

"My father, he was like the rock, the guy you went to with every problem."
- Gwyneth Paltrow
(Related: Father)

"My life comes down to three moments: the death of my father, meeting my husband, and the birth of my daughter. Everything I did previous to that just doesn't seem to add up to very much."
- Gwyneth Paltrow
(Related: Death, Life, Father, HusbDaughter, Meeting)

"For David Parker and Daniel Parker, with the respect and admiration of their father, who grew up with them."
- Robert B. Parker
(Related: Father, Admiration, Respect)

"I suppose my father was more influential in my starting to play the guitar."
- Andy Partridge
(Related: Father, Guitar, Play)

"The words that a father speaks to his children in the privacy of home are not heard by the world, but, as in whispering galleries, they are clearly heard at the end, and by posterity."
- Jean Paul
(Related: Home, Father, Children, End, Posterity, Privacy, Words, World)

"How did we win the election in the year 2000? We talked about a humble foreign policy: No nation-building; don't police the world. That's conservative, it's Republican, it's pro-American - it follows the founding fathers. And, besides, it follows the Constitution."
- Ron Paul
(Related: Conservative, Constitution, Fathers, Founding, Nation, Police, Republican, World)

"Love is of that excellent nature, that it is esteemed by the best of men, and accepted from the meanest persons; what then is the affection of a Father!"
- John Pearson
(Related: Love, Men, Nature, Affection)

"By the God of thy Father who shall help thee, and by the Almighty, who shall bless thee with blessings of heaven above, blessings of the deep that lieth under, blessings of the breasts and of the womb."
- John Pearson
(Related: God, Father, Blessings, Deep, Heaven, Help)

"Chris Martin's a good friend of mine. I'm actually Apple's godfather. He's an old friend and we've been mates for quite a few years now."
- Simon Pegg
(Related: Friend, Martin, Now, Old, Years)

"Any father whose son raises his hand against him is guilty of having produced a son who raised his hand against him."
- Charles Peguy
(Related: Father, Son)

"My father was killed by a German mine, while I lost other relatives in Allied bombing attacks."
- Jean-Marie Le Pen
(Related: Father, Relatives)

"Child-rearing is my main interest now. I'm a hands-on father."
- Sean Penn
(Related: Father, Interest, Now)

"He who is taught to live upon little owes more to his father's wisdom than he who has a great deal left him does to his father's care."
- William Penn
(Related: Wisdom, Father, Care)

"Our Father and Our God, unto thee, O Lord we lift our souls."
- William Pennington
(Related: God, Father)

"Their educations ended with high school - my father going to work as a clerk and then salesman in a company dealing in printing and stationary, and my mother working as a secretary and then bookkeeper in a firm of wool merchants."
- Martin Lewis Perl
(Related: Work, Mother, Father, Company, Printing, School)

"Every girl should use what Mother Nature gave her before Father Time takes it away."
- Laurence J. Peter
(Related: Nature, Time, Mother, Father)

"Grissom comes from a place where we know he had a deaf mother, he was raised in a silent household, on some level, had a father who potentially was not around and he learned what he knew by himself in the back yard, with bugs and animals. He's not comfortable being a supervisor and that's his problem."
- William Petersen
(Related: Mother, Father, Animals, Being, Bugs)

"I have patterned myself after my father and God."
- Adam Petty
(Related: God, Father)

"Here we are to remember that in consequence of our opinion that labor is the Father and active principle of wealth, as lands are the Mother, that the state by killing, mutilating, or imprisoning their members do withal punish themselves."
- William Petty
(Related: Mother, Father, Wealth, Killing, Labor, Opinion, State)

"My father had a varied ear, from Hank Williams to Ravel."
- Madeleine Peyroux
(Related: Father)

"My father's record collection was full of New Orleans music of all kinds. I used to listen to the radio in New York, and all there was on it at the time was Madonna and Michael Jackson, so it sort of passed me by."
- Madeleine Peyroux
(Related: Music, Time, Father)

"I asked my girlfriend, 'Will you marry me?' She said, 'We'll have to ask my father.' So we had a seance and Jack Ruby says, 'Hello!'"
- Emo Philips
(Related: Father, Girlfriend)

"To be as good as our fathers we must be better, imitation is not discipleship."
- Wendell Phillips
(Related: Fathers, Imitation)

"Alzheimer's is a devastating disease. It was painful for me and my family to watch my grandfather deteriorate. We must find a cure for this horrible disease."
- David Hyde Pierce
(Related: Family, Cure, Disease)

"My dad had been an actor... not only had my dad been an actor, but his dad had been an actor, and my great-grandfather had been an actor. And who knows before then?"
- David Hyde Pierce
(Related: Dad, Actor)

"But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him. God is a spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth."
- Albert Pike
(Related: God, Father, Truth, Now, Spirit, Worship)

"Should I be the happy mortal destined to turn the scale of war, will you not rejoice, O my father?"
- Zebulon Pike
(Related: War, Father, Will)

"Your former Fathers the Spaniards have now no further Authority over you."
- Zebulon Pike
(Related: Authority, Fathers, Now)

"I am really looking forward to driving another of my father?s car at the show in Rotterdam."
- Nelson Piquet
(Related: Car, Father, Driving)

"I phoned my grandparents and my grandfather said 'We saw your movie.' 'Which one?' I said. He shouted 'Betty, what was the name of that movie I didn't like?"
- Brad Pitt
(Related: Grandparents, Name)

"Fathering makes a man, whatever his standing in the eyes of the world, feel strong and good and important, just as he makes his child feel loved and valued."
- Frank Pittman
(Related: Eyes, Man, World)

"The first time my father saw me in the flesh was on the stage, which is a bit weird. We went out to dinner, and he was charming and sweet, but I did all the talking."
- Christopher Plummer
(Related: Time, Father, First, Talking)

"My father was a poor man, very poor in a British colonial possession where class and race were very important."
- Sidney Poitier
(Related: Father, Class, Man, Poor, Possession, Race)

"I decided in my life that I would do nothing that did not reflect positively on my father's life."
- Sidney Poitier
(Related: Life, Father, Nothing)

"I come from a family that has been here for almost 200 years. My ancestors started a very dangerous gunpowder business in 1802, and my great- grandfather and his father were both killed in gunpowder explosions."
- Pete du Pont
(Related: Business, Family, Father, Years)

"My father has a general rule. He says if I haven't done it in real life I shouldn't do it on-screen."
- Natalie Portman
(Related: Life, Father)

"The Godhead consists of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. The Father is a material being."
- Orson Pratt
(Related: Father, Son, Being, Spirit)

"God the Father and God the Son cannot be everywhere present; indeed they cannot be even in two places at the same instant: but God the Holy Spirit is omnipresent - it extends through all space, with all other matter."
- Orson Pratt
(Related: God, Father, Son, Present, Space, Spirit)

"I was quite the spoiled brat. I have quite a temper, obviously inherited from my father, and I became very good at ordering everyone around. I was the princess; the staff were absolutely terrified of me."
- Lisa Marie Presley
(Related: Father, Temper)

"I have a lot of memories, but I don't go into capitalizing on that. Something's got to be my own. I'm not doing the record to sit here and broadcast my memories of my father."
- Lisa Marie Presley
(Related: Father, Memories)

"I was very protective of my father and I didn't like these people who hung around outside all day. They creeped me out."
- Lisa Marie Presley
(Related: Father, People, Day)

"You know, I had my mother and my father convincing me that he would be going back to Hollywood and he'd be back with the actresses and dating them and that he wasn't serious about me at all. So I had him saying one thing to me and my parents telling me something else."
- Priscilla Presley
(Related: Dating, Mother, Father, Hollywood, Parents, Saying)

"Our Father which art in heaven - Stay there - And we will stay on earth - Which is sometimes so pretty."
- Jacques Prevert
(Related: Art, Father, Earth, Heaven, Pretty, Will)

"The one phrase you can use is that success has a thousand fathers, and failure is an orphan."
- Alan Price
(Related: Success, Failure, Fathers)

"Even now, after whatever gains feminism has made in involving fathers in the rearing of their children, I still think virtually all of us spend the most formative years of our lives very much in the presence of women."
- Reynolds Price
(Related: Women, Children, Fathers, Feminism, Now, Years)

"I grew up not liking my father very much. I never saw him cry. But he must have. Everybody cries."
- Charley Pride
(Related: Father)

"I was brought up in a whorehouse in Peoria. My mother and father lived there and worked there."
- Richard Pryor
(Related: Mother, Father)

"Thirteen, 13 children, and I love - I love them all. And I think I've been a good father to all of them."
- Anthony Quinn
(Related: Love, Father, Children)

"I lost my father was I 10 years old, and I always looked for a father. I missed my father very much."
- Anthony Quinn
(Related: Father, Old, Years)

"Then my mother had several strokes and my father, who was 85, couldn't handle it, so Donna came back and we went through the same thing here. She lives in Mill Valley; her group is organizing this event."
- Sally Quinn
(Related: Mother, Father)

"I was brought up by an Episcopalian father and Presbyterian mother in nondenominational Army chapels all over the world and never really had much religious experience."
- Sally Quinn
(Related: Experience, Mother, Father, Army, Religious, World)

"As regards parents, I should like to see them as highly educated as possible, and I do not restrict this remark to fathers alone."
- Quintilian
(Related: Fathers, Parents)

"It is my feeling that Time ripens all things; with Time all things are revealed; Time is the father of truth."
- Francois Rabelais
(Related: Time, Father, Truth, Feeling)

"My father, who had previously been a civil engineer, died in the great influenza epidemic of 1918."
- James Rainwater
(Related: Father)

"You know my father as governor, as president, but I knew him as dad. I was so proud to have the Reagan name and to be Ronald Reagan's son."
- Michael Reagan
(Related: Dad, Father, Son, Name, President)

"Because of my father, we are that Shining City on a Hill."
- Michael Reagan
(Related: Father)

"I'm aware that most people who meet me for the first time think of me in a certain way because of who my father is. That just comes with the territory. But that's been that way ever since I was a little kid as long as I can remember. I grew up that way."
- Ron Reagan
(Related: Time, Father, People, First)

"My father didn't know George W. Bush from Adam."
- Ron Reagan
(Related: Father)

"My father felt that children should make their own way."
- Ron Reagan
(Related: Father, Children)

"My father never felt the need to wrap himself in anybody's mantle. He never felt the need to pretend to be anybody else. This is their administration. This is their war. If they can't stand on their own two feet, well, they're no Ronald Reagans, that's for sure."
- Ron Reagan
(Related: War, Father, Feet)

"Kennedy lied and lied about his health while he was alive, even using his father's influence to get into the Navy without ever taking a medical examination."
- Richard Reeves
(Related: Health, Medical, Father, Examination, Influence, Navy)

"And in that time, I lost my dad and had kids of my own. It was like, OK, I get it now. I know what fatherhood is all about. And you look at your parents differently."
- Paul Reiser
(Related: Dad, Time, Kids, Now, Parents)

"We tried our best for the longest time to negotiate a peaceful resolution to the matter, and at each step, we were thwarted by those that said, No, we will not turn the boy over to his father."
- Janet Reno
(Related: Time, Father, Resolution, Will)

"My father was a police officer before he retired. One of my brothers is also a police officer, and I think they kind of expected I would do something along those lines, like become a fireman or something."
- Ryan Reynolds
(Related: Father, Brothers, Police)

"My mother told me I was begging her to be an actor when I was four. My father and my grandfather saw at least one or two movies a week; they were film buffs, so I guess it just rubbed off on me. And now it's kind of become a way of life for me."
- Giovanni Ribisi
(Related: Life, Movies, Mother, Father, Actor, Film, Now)

"My grandfather was in a barbershop quartet and my grandmother was in a gospel quartet with her sisters."
- Kevin Richardson
(Related: Sisters)

"My mom sang in high school choir and so did my father."
- Kevin Richardson
(Related: Mom, Father, School)

"I know the pressures of being the daughter of a great actress. But it's inspiring. You learn so much that other people don't get to learn until later on. My father being a director, I learnt a real work ethic."
- Natasha Richardson
(Related: Work, Father, Daughter, People, Being, Inspiring, Work ethic)

"Tim on the show does a lot of that posturing, of course, and feels sort of threatened by women. But even at that, you do see him cooking, and ultimately he's a good father because he spends a lot of time with the boys."
- Patricia Richardson
(Related: Time, Women, Father, Boys, Cooking)

"But then my mother, who's a very selfless, stoic person from a family of Marines, would tell us that what was good for our father was good for us - he would make more money; therefore, we'd be able to get better educations."
- Patricia Richardson
(Related: Family, Mother, Father, Money, Marines)

"As a little boy of eleven I entered the Cadet Corps. I was not particularly eager to become a Cadet, but my father wished it. So my wishes were not consulted."
- Manfred von Richthofen
(Related: Father, Wishes)

"I love fatherhood. I could bang on about kids forever."
- Guy Ritchie
(Related: Love, Kids)

"I did grow up next door to Steve McQueen, who was a very famous movie star at the time, but as a kid it didn't impress me. We always had great fun with him. He would take us out on Sundays on his motorcycles, riding around in the desert; he was like a second father."
- Herb Ritts
(Related: Time, Father, Famous, Fun)

"I'd work to make it hip again to spend time in our fabled and fabulous land. But with a Puerto Rican father and a Jewish mother, I would probably be better suited as mayor of New York."
- Geraldo Rivera
(Related: Time, Work, Mother, Father, Land)

"Well I'm a third-generation musician. My Grandfather's a musician and my father and mother were both musicians and so I'm a musician. It was just natural that I should be a musician 'cause I was born into the family."
- Sam Rivers
(Related: Family, Mother, Father, Musicians)

"It was dangerous to hit the wrong kid in my neighborhood, because a lot of the guys I played with had fathers in the Mafia."
- Tim Robbins
(Related: Fathers, Wrong)

"My father described me as the oldest baby he'd ever seen. I apparently was very serious and reflective."
- Tim Robbins
(Related: Father, Baby)

"I went to visit my father to tell him that I was going to go to college and become an architect - that was my dream. I was like, yeah I graduated from school, but it's not like you showed up for that. But all he was worried about is whether or not I wanted money from him."
- Jake Roberts
(Related: Money, Father, Dream, College, School, Visit)

"A child's hope is that your father comes riding in on that white stallion and saves them. You can't make somebody love you the way you want them to love you, it's not a Leave it to Beaver type world. This isn't television. Life's a lot more cruel than that."
- Jake Roberts
(Related: Love, Father, Life, Hope, Television, Want, World)

"Like any other people, like fathers, mothers, sons and daughters in every land, when the issue of peace or war has been put squarely to the American people, they have registered for peace."
- Paul Robeson
(Related: Peace, War, People, American, Daughters, Fathers, Land, Mothers, Sons)

"My mother was born in your state, Mr. Walter, and my mother was a Quaker, and my ancestors in the time of Washington baked bread for George Washington's troops when they crossed the Delaware, and my own father was a slave."
- Paul Robeson
(Related: Time, Mother, Father, State, Troops, Washington)

"My father and uncles and all their friends turned their lungs black trying to satisfy my collector's zeal."
- Edward G. Robinson
(Related: Father, Friends, Trying, Zeal)

"My father was an immigrant from Russia and my mother was first generation."
- Arthur Rock
(Related: Mother, Father, First, Russia)

"Being a father helps me be more responsible... you see more things than you've ever seen."
- Kid Rock
(Related: Father, Being)

"But I'm a great father. That's why I got custody."
- Kid Rock
(Related: Father)

"Father was the eldest son and the heir apparent, and he set the standard for being a Rockefeller very high, so every achievement was taken for granted and perfection was the norm."
- David Rockefeller
(Related: Father, Son, Achievement, Being, Heir, Perfection)

"My grandfather, along with Carnegie, was a pioneer in philanthropy, which my father then practiced on a very large scale."
- David Rockefeller
(Related: Father, Philanthropy)

"I bet after seeing us, George Washington would sue us for calling him "father.""
- Will Rogers
(Related: Washington)

"Let us make future generations remember us as proud ancestors just as, today, we remember our forefathers."
- Moo-hyum Roh
(Related: Future, Generations, Today)

"I rise in support of the separation of powers as established by our Founding Fathers in the Constitution. The Constitution clearly delegates the power to deal with criminal matters, like the use of drugs, to the States."
- Dana Rohrabacher
(Related: Power, Constitution, Drugs, Fathers, Founding, Separation, states, Support)

"If my father had hugged me even once, I'd be an accountant right now."
- Ray Romano
(Related: Father, Now, Right)

"If my father's business hadn't gone broke, I'd be exporting nuts, bolts and sugar machinery right now. What an awful thought!"
- Cesar Romero
(Related: Business, Father, Now, Right)

"Due to a big bust in Cuba, my father's business suffered badly, so I was free to choose my own career. I became a professional dancer, and I went on the road and started making real money."
- Cesar Romero
(Related: Business, Money, Father, Career, Road)

"My uncle and my grandfather both worked in the Brooklyn Navy Yard."
- Dave Van Ronk
(Related: Navy)

"If you asked anybody in my family, they would have very stridently proclaimed themselves middle class. My mother and father were separated, so he doesn't count."
- Dave Van Ronk
(Related: Family, Mother, Father, Class, Middle class)

"It is really quite amazing that all of the folks supporting privatization, from the president on down, keep invoking the name of my grandfather, Franklin Delano Roosevelt."
- James Roosevelt
(Related: Name, President)

"In case of separation, why should the children be taken from the protecting care of the mother? Who has a better right to them than she? How much do fathers generally do toward bringing them up?"
- Ernestine Rose
(Related: Mother, Care, Children, Fathers, Right, Separation)

"Fathers like to have children good-natured, well-behaved, and comfortable, but how to put them in that desirable condition is out of their philosophy."
- Ernestine Rose
(Related: Children, Fathers, Philosophy)

"From the cradle to the grave she is subject to the power and control of man. Father, guardian, or husband, one conveys her like some piece of merchandise over to the other."
- Ernestine Rose
(Related: Power, Father, HusbControl, Grave, Man)

"My father taught me that the only way you can make good at anything is to practice, and then practice some more."
- Pete Rose
(Related: Father, Practice)

"My father worked hard, but we were still very poor; and I didn't want anybody arguing about money, so I became the entertainer - the one who wanted everyone to be happy. I didn't want there to be any problems."
- Diana Ross
(Related: Money, Father, Poor, Problems, Want)

"But my mother loved The Elephant Man, and my father gave David Lynch a scholarship to study in Rome."
- Isabella Rossellini
(Related: Mother, Father, Man, Rome, Study)

"I'm sick of very white teeth and lots of gymnasium practice. I'm bored, you know, send in the next one. I wanted a real man that I could believe was my brother, my father, you know, my next-door neighbor - a real person."
- Tim Roth
(Related: Father, Brother, Man, Practice)

"Nothing is old, nothing is new, save the light of grace underneath which beats a human heart. The way of feeling, of understanding, of loving; the way of seeing the country, the faces that your father saw, that your mother knew. The rest is chimerical."
- Georges Rouault
(Related: Mother, Father, Heart, Country, Faces, Feeling, Grace, Light, Nothing, Old, Rest, Understanding)

"We call that person who has lost his father, an orphan; and a widower that man who has lost his wife. But that man who has known the immense unhappiness of losing a friend, by what name do we call him? Here every language is silent and holds its peace in impotence."
- Joseph Roux
(Related: Peace, Father, Wife, Friend, Language, Losing, Man, Name, Unhappiness)

"The fundamental defect of fathers, in our competitive society, is that they want their children to be a credit to them."
- Bertrand Russell
(Related: Society, Children, Credit, Fathers, Want)

"The place of the father in the modern suburban family is a very small one, particularly if he plays golf."
- Bertrand Russell
(Related: Family, Father, Golf)

"When you grow up around it, I just watched my father work really hard. He wasn't around as much as I would have liked. And when I grew up, I understood why."
- Katey Sagal
(Related: Work, Father)

"You know, we travelled a lot when I was a kid because my father was wherever the work was."
- Katey Sagal
(Related: Work, Father)

"And I think that's why I was going to be a musician. I was very rebellious. And I didn't want to be an actor. My father used to say to me you should be an actor if you want to be in the arts."
- Katey Sagal
(Related: Father, Actor, Want)

"So the search for a father in Central Station is also a search for a country."
- Walter Salles
(Related: Father, Country)

"My father was a diplomat for part of his life and I jumped from country to country and culture to culture."
- Walter Salles
(Related: Life, Father, Country, Culture)

"I attended Sunday School and then church with my father and mother throughout my childhood."
- Leverett Saltonstall
(Related: Mother, Father, Church, Childhood, School)

"I don't care what they say about me when I'm through with sports. I don't want to be known as anything else in life but a great father."
- Deion Sanders
(Related: Life, Sports, Father, Care, Want)

"Feels good to try, but playing a father, I'm getting a little older. I see now that I'm taking it more serious and I do want that lifestyle."
- Adam Sandler
(Related: Father, Now, Want)

"I never had a speech from my father 'this is what you must do or shouldn't do' but I just learned to be led by example. My father wasn't perfect."
- Adam Sandler
(Related: Father, Example, Speech)

"When I was young my Father used to tell me that the two most worthwhile pursuits in life were the pursuit of truth and of beauty and I believe that Alfred Nobel must have felt much the same when he gave these prizes for literature and the sciences."
- Frederick Sanger
(Related: Beauty, Life, Father, Truth, Literature, Prizes, Pursuit)

"Initially I had intended to study medicine, but before going to University I had decided that I would be better suited to a career in which I could concentrate my activities and interests more on a single goal than appeared to be possible in my father's profession."
- Frederick Sanger
(Related: Father, Goal, Career, Medicine, Profession, Study, University)

"Be able to confide your innermost secrets to your mother and your innermost fears to your father."
- Marilyn vos Savant
(Related: Mother, Father, Secrets)

"I have done everything I can to make sure my daughter knows her father because you form your own identity by rebelling against your parents - but first you have to know them."
- Greta Scacchi
(Related: Father, Daughter, First, Identity, Parents)

"My father was absent and he was a hero to me."
- Greta Scacchi
(Related: Father)

"I have come to the conclusion that none of us in our generation feels as guilty about sin as we should or as our forefathers did."
- Francis Schaeffer
(Related: Sin)

"My grandfather was a chef for a Baron in Sicily before he came to America. I grew up with him. I used to do my homework at one end of the kitchen table while he cooked at the other end."
- Vincent Schiavelli
(Related: America, End, Kitchen)

"And I came away from that experience, and it was a very difficult experience - I came to understand that you have to practice at being a good father and practice at being a good husband, just as you have to practice at being a good journalist."
- Bob Schieffer
(Related: Experience, Father, HusbBeing, Practice)

"I don't know whether there is anyone else at all who remembers my noble father with such sadness."
- Egon Schiele
(Related: Father, Sadness)

"I don't hide my feelings, but when it comes to illness, I guess I don't panic. My father was the same way. I'm the provider for the family and the caretaker. If I panic, who is anybody going to run to?"
- Curt Schilling
(Related: Family, Father, Feelings, Illness)

"The happiest years of my mother's life were spent in Washington, D.C. It was where she met my father, where John was born and where I spent my earliest years."
- Caroline Kennedy Schlossberg
(Related: Life, Father, Mother, Washington, Years)