Father quotes

  • My father was a film-maker. He always said he wanted to go like Humphrey Jennings, the legendary director who stepped backwards over a cliff while framing a better shot.
    -- A. A. Gill

    #Death #Father #Directors

  • When I cannot understand my Father's leading, And it seems to be but hard and cruel fate, Still I hear that gentle whisper ever pleading, God is working, God is faithful-Only wait.
    -- A. B. Simpson

    #Inspirational #Father #Fate

  • There is no wonder more supernatural and divine in the life of a believer than the mystery and ministry of prayer...the hand of the child touching the arm of the Father and moving the wheel of the universe.
    -- A. B. Simpson

    #Prayer #Children #Father

  • Pray, always pray; beneath sins heaviest load, Prayer claims the blood from Jesus' side that flowed. Pray, always pray; though weary, faint, and lone, Prayer nestles by the Father's sheltering throne.
    -- A. B. Simpson

    #Jesus #Prayer #Father

  • Spiritual master is representative of God. Similarly, king is also representative of God. The father is also representative of God. These are the statements of the sastras. Because they will guide. The king will guide. The spiritual master will guide. The father will guide. What is that guidance? That guidance is how one can become Krishna Conscious by education, by culture.
    -- A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada

    #Spiritual #Kings #Father

  • Father was an atheist; he had even joined the Skeleton Army - a club of men who went about in masks or black faces, with ribald placards and a brass band, to make war upon the Salvation Army.
    -- A. E. Coppard

    #Atheist #Father #War

  • I think I became a Catholic to annoy my father.
    -- A. N. Wilson

    #Father #Thinking #Catholic

  • As my poor father used to say In 1963, Once people start on all this Art Goodbye, moralitee! And what my father used to say Is good enough for me.
    -- A. P. Herbert

    #Goodbye #Art #Father

  • It should have great meaning that of all the titles of respect and honor and admiration that could be given him, that God himself, he who is the highest of all, chose to be addressed simply as “Father.”
    -- A. Theodore Tuttle

    #Father #Honor #Titles

  • I think about how truly interesting and odd it is that when a woman marries, traditionally she loses her name, becoming absorbed by the husband's family name - she is in effect lost, evaporated from all records under her maiden name. I finally understand the anger behind feminism - the idea that as a woman you are property to be conveyed between your father and your husband, but never an individual who exists independently. And on the flip side, it is also one of the few ways one can legitimately get lost - no one questions it.
    -- A.M. Homes

    #Husband #Father #Thinking

  • Oh, wonderful. I killed his father. He hates me. He knows how to make bombs. Come on, Wedge, how does this story end?
    -- Aaron Allston

    #Father #Hate #Doe

  • 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

    #Father #Men #Facts

  • I was raised Catholic, but my father's people were Methodist, so we went to both churches.
    -- Aaron Neville

    #Father #People #Catholic

  • Roxy Sorkin, your father just won the Academy Award. I'm going to have to insist on some respect from your guinea pig.
    -- Aaron Sorkin

    #Father #Awards #Pigs

  • She wouldn't come back. She hated me. She hated Nan. She hated my mom. She hated her father. She wouldn't come back here... but God, I wanted her to.
    -- Abbi Glines

    #Mom #Father #Nans

  • I love you Rush Finlay. You are going to be the best husband and father the world has ever known. One day our son’s wife will be thankful that her husband will have had you for a role model. She’ll be lucky because of you. Because you will have raised our son to be the man that you are. He’ll love her completely because he’ll know how.
    -- Abbi Glines

    #Husband #Father #Love You

  • I wanted to live. For the father and brother who I never knew and for my mother who was cheated of a life of happiness. I wanted to live for them. And I wanted to live for me.
    -- Abbi Glines

    #Mother #Brother #Father

  • [On her recently widowed father's much younger wife:] My father has been very busy in conjugating the verb to love, and I assure you he declines its moods and tenses inimitably.
    -- Abby May Alcott

    #Father #Wife #Verbs

  • I was born in the Bronx, and then my father moved us to the country at an early age.
    -- Abel Ferrara

    #Country #Father #Age

  • My father loved biographies. He loved the true tales of interesting people that were shaping our culture. I get why he dug Vanity Fair. You feel smarter, somehow, for reading it.
    -- Abigail Spencer

    #Father #Reading #Vanity

  • Then, there's the modern mother-in-law. In her mid 40s, she is the compact car of her breed: efficient, trim, attractive and in harmony with her times. She's pretty stiff competition for the plain young matron who's overweight and under-financed. If there is going to be friction in this relationship, it could start from envy and resentment in the younger woman. But Father Time is on her side, even if Mother Nature played her a dirty trick
    -- Abigail Van Buren

    #Mother #Father #Dirty

  • We hail the return of the day of thy birth, Fair Columbia! washed by the waves of two oceans Where men from the farthest dominions of earth Rear altars to Freedom, and pay their devotions; Where our fathers in fight, nobly strove for the Right, Struck down their fierce foemen or put them to flight; Through the long lapse of ages, that so there might be An asylum for all in the Land of the Free.
    -- Abraham Coles

    #Freedom #Father #Ocean

  • Let us not doubt that God has a father's pity towards us, and that in the removal of that which is dearest to us He is still loving and kind. Death separates, but it also unites. It reunites whom it separates.
    -- Abraham Coles

    #Death #Father #Doubt

  • My father taught me to work, but not to love it. I never did like to work, and I don't deny it. I'd rather read, tell stories, crack jokes, talk, laugh -- anything but work.
    -- Abraham Lincoln

    #Work #Father #Laughing

  • It is my pleasure that my children are free and happy, and unrestrained by parental tyranny. Love is the chain whereby to bind a child to its parents.
    -- Abraham Lincoln

    #Children #Father #Love Is

  • I pray that our Heavenly Father may assuage the anguish of your bereavement, and leave you only the cherished memory of the loved and lost, and the solemn pride that must be yours, to have laid so costly a sacrifice upon the altar of Freedom.
    -- Abraham Lincoln

    #Memories #Father #Pride

  • I happen temporarily to occupy this big White House. I am living witness that any one of your children may look to come here as my father's child has.
    -- Abraham Lincoln

    #Children #War #Father

  • I do, therefore, invite my fellow citizens . . . to set apart and observe the last Thursday of November next, as a day of Thanksgiving and Praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the Heavens.
    -- Abraham Lincoln

    #Thanksgiving #Father #Heaven

  • Tell us please, what treatment in an emergency is administered by ear?"....I met his gaze and I did not blink. "Words of comfort," I said to my father.
    -- Abraham Verghese

    #Father #Comfort #Ears

  • Death to a good man is but passing through a dark entry, out of one little dusky room of his Father's house into another that is fair and large, lightsome and glorious, and divinely entertaining.
    -- Adam Clarke

    #Death #Father #Dark

  • I am the product of the sustained indignation of a branded grandfather, the militant protest of my grandmother, the disciplined resentment of my father and mother, and the power of the mass action of the church.
    -- Adam Clayton Powell, Jr.

    #Mother #Father #Church

  • It's hard to kill that father-son bond.
    -- Adam Driver

    #Father #Son #Father Son

  • I got into cars through my father. He used to work on cars. My job was to hold the light, which pretty much was the limit of my mechanical abilities.
    -- Adam Ferrara

    #Jobs #Father #Light

  • Writing is the process of finding something to distract you from writing, and of all the helpful distractions - adultery, alcohol and acedia, all of which aided our writing fathers - none can equal the Internet.
    -- Adam Gopnik

    #Father #Writing #Alcohol

  • Orphans are the only ones who get to choose their fathers, and they love them twice as much.
    -- Adam Johnson

    #Father #Orphan

  • Growing up as a kid my father was British and a soccer player. His idol was a guy that passed the ball a lot, Stanley Matthews. Our family thought if you could be unselfish your teammates would always like you.
    -- Adam Oates

    #Soccer #Growing Up #Father

  • I have patterned myself after my father and God.
    -- Adam Petty


  • I say things, like every other parent, that reminds you of your own parents. One thing I do know about being a parent, you understand why your father was in a bad mood a lot.
    -- Adam Sandler

    #Father #Parent #Bad Mood

  • Bedtime stories were definitely a big part of my life because I was just so excited my father was talking to me.
    -- Adam Sandler

    #Father #Talking #Stories

  • I've been called a moron since I was about four. My father called me a moron. My grandfather said I was a moron. And a lot of times when I'm driving, I hear I'm a moron. I like being a moron.
    -- Adam Sandler

    #Father #Four #Driving

  • Woman's work as a listener is never done. ... I thought I'd spent too much of my life listening for some damn man - for my father and now for my husband.
    -- Adela Rogers St. Johns

    #Husband #Father #Men

  • Although my father is English, I was brought up in Australia.
    -- Adelaide Clemens

    #Father #Australia

  • The reason why I found acting is because my father passed away. He passed away really young. I was going to go to med school. My father's dream was that all of his kids become doctors. I realized in school I didn't like it. When he died, it was like a wake-up call. Life is too short to do something you don't want to do.
    -- Adepero Oduye

    #Dream #Father #Life Is Too Short

  • My father was a lorry driver, very rarely at home. The house was run by my mother, and because there were 10 or so kids, there was no time for individual attention. It was about survival. It was about where the next meal was coming from.
    -- Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje

    #Mother #Running #Father

  • I was raised in a spirit of the importance of service to your fellow man. My mom is a senator back home in South Africa. My father is a very caring and generous individual.
    -- Adhir Kalyan

    #Mom #Father #Home

  • Struggle is the father of all things, virtue lies in blood, leadership is primary and decisive
    -- Adolf Hitler

    #Father #Military #Lying

  • 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

    #Father #Struggle #Mean

  • I had excellent opportunity to intoxicate myself with the solemn splendor of the brilliant church festivals. As was only natural, the abbot seemed to me, as the village priest had once seemed to my father, the highest and most desirable ideal.
    -- Adolf Hitler

    #Father #Opportunity #Church

  • In his fifty-six years he was at times many things, including a fugitive, prisoner, rising politician, army leader, legal advocate, rebel, dictator – perhaps even a god – as well as a husband, father, lover and adulterer. Few fictional heroes have ever done as much as Caius Julius Caesar.
    -- Adrian Goldsworthy

    #Husband #Father #Hero

  • It is the lesbian in us who is creative, for the dutiful daughter of the fathers in us is only a hack.
    -- Adrienne Rich

    #Daughter #Father #Creativity

  • Her [Mary's] motherhood extends beyond view. In the will of the Son, she becomes at once mother and maid: sheltering him, but sheltered in him, forming him, but formed by him ... When she pronounces the words: 'Be it done to me according to thy word', the Mother conceives the mystery from the Trinity, in order to give it to the Son. The Son gives the word back to the Trinity by giving everything he has back to the Father in the Spirit. Then, after the Father has received it again, it is distributed to mankind by means of that extravagant expansioning-the Eucharist and the Holy Spirit.
    -- Adrienne von Speyr

    #Mother #Father #Mean

  • When the Son on the Cross promises paradise in his company to the good thief, when he promises the future feast in Heaven to the Apostles, when he speaks of the kingdom of the Father, he is always pointing toward eternity. However brief and close to the earth his words sound, they echo throughout infinite eternity and permeate the faith of his followers with their eternal content. He knows what he speaks of, what he brings with him and what he promises; and he can convey it to those who know it not. The very words he uses are designed to awaken in them a new sense: the sense of the eternal.
    -- Adrienne von Speyr

    #Father #Son #Echoes

  • "Honour thy father and thy mother" stands written among the three laws of most revered righteousness
    -- Aeschylus

    #Mother #Father #Law

  • My father insisted that I learnt the Koran and encouraged me to understand the basic traditions and beliefs of Islam but without imposing any particular views. He was an overwhelming personality but open-minded and liberal.
    -- Aga Khan III

    #Father #Views #Personality

  • Like all my family and class, I considered it a sign of weakness to show affection; to have been caught kissing my mother would have been a disgrace, and to have shown affection for my father would have been a disaster.
    -- Agnes Smedley

    #Family #Mother #Father

  • Perhaps the most valuable thing he taught me (his father) was that there is no contradiction between devotion to work and enjoyment of life and people
    -- Ahmed H. Zewail

    #Father #People #Taught

  • My father would often work all night and sleep during the day, so for us, dinner might be pancakes, and breakfast might be beef stroganoff.
    -- Ahmet Zappa

    #Father #Sleep #Night

  • I think what my father appreciated was the science experiment of life. He had these kids, and they had their own experiences. He wanted us to discover the world for ourselves.
    -- Ahmet Zappa

    #Father #Kids #Thinking

  • Father, may my song today be a sweet sound in Your ears-even if in Yours alone. Amen.
    -- Aiden Wilson Tozer

    #Song #Sweet #Father

  • He (God) may sometimes chasten us, it is true, but even this He does with a smile, the proud, tender smile of a Father who is bursting with pleasure over an imperfect but promising son who is coming every day to look more and more like the One whose child he is.
    -- Aiden Wilson Tozer

    #Christian #Children #Father

  • It was like we were exchanging codes, on how to be a father and a daughter, like we'd read about it in a manual, translated from another language, and were doing our best with what we could understand.
    -- Aimee Bender

    #Daughter #Father #Language

  • Those who are quick to feel disrespected often have a spiritual vacuum in their lives, because they feel disconnected to the love of their Father in Heaven.
    -- Al Gore

    #Spiritual #Father #Scary

  • There are many things my father taught me here in this room. He taught me: keep your friends close, but your enemies closer.
    -- Al Pacino

    #Father #Enemy #Rooms

  • I've never been part of anything so great as those three kids.
    -- Al Roker

    #Fathers Day #Father #Kids

  • So (if) some cracker come and tell you 'Well, my mother and father blood go back to the Mayflower,' you better hold your pocket. That ain't nothing to be proud of. That means their forefathers was crooks.
    -- Al Sharpton

    #Mother #Father #Mean

  • As my father used to tell me, the only true sign of success in life is being able to do for a living that which makes you happy.
    -- Al Yankovic

    #Father #Able #Life Is

  • Nothing worse than reading a love scene written by your father.
    -- Alafair Burke

    #Father #Reading #Scene

  • We should all die with a sharp, brusque heart attack. My father was lucky like that. One day he went hunting. He had a good day, he killed a lot of game, he was with his best friends. He said, "Ah, I'm still a good hunter." Then he said, "I don't feel well," and in 30 seconds it was all over.
    -- Alain Resnais

    #Father #Heart #Good Day

  • 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

    #Mother #Father #Trying

  • Our father the novelist; my husband the poet. He belongs to the ages - just don't catch him at breakfast. Artists, celebrated for their humanity, they turn out to be scarcely human at all.
    -- Alan Bennett

    #Husband #Father #Artist

  • I was an early reader, and my grandmother, who as a child had been forbidden to read by a father who believed books to be frivolous time-wasters, delighted in putting her favorite volumes into her grandchildren's hands.
    -- Alan Bradley

    #Children #Father #Book

  • Not very good with death? Father was a military man, and military men lived with death; lived for death; lived on death. To a professional soldier, oddly enough, death was life.
    -- Alan Bradley

    #Father #Military #Men

  • It is not unknown for fathers with a brace of daughters to reel off their names in order of birth when summoning the youngest, and I had long ago become accustomed to being called 'Ophelia Daphne Flavia, damn it.
    -- Alan Bradley

    #Daughter #Father #Order

  • When I read Dickens for the first time, I thought he was Jewish, because he wrote about oppression and bigotry, all the things that my father talked about.
    -- Alan King

    #Father #Firsts #Oppression

  • That's the great thing about New Year's, you get to be a year older. For me, that wasn't such a joke, because my birthday was always around this time. When I was a kid, my father used to tell me that everybody was celebrating my birthday. That's what the trees are all about.
    -- Alan King

    #New Year #Father #Kids

  • My father helped me leave. He said, 'It's all out there, it's not here.'
    -- Alan King

    #Father #Said

  • As a parent, I'd - I'd be a better father.
    -- Alan King

    #Father #Parent

  • It's not easy being a father, but I've been allowed a comeback.
    -- Alan King

    #Father #Comeback #Being A Father

  • I'd rather be David Ladd's father than Alan Ladd any day
    -- Alan Ladd


  • The Book of Telling tells of a woman's journey to uncover the secret life of her father and to find herself in the process, an unusual counterpoint between personal history and the history of a young nation. Haunting, powerful, and beautifully written.
    -- Alan Lightman

    #Powerful #Father #Book

  • The one phrase you can use is that success has a thousand fathers, and failure is an orphan.
    -- Alan Price

    #Success #Father #Congratulations

  • Basically, a manager is a father figure to 20 or 25 blokes. It's about trying to get the best out of them and creating team spirit.
    -- Alan Shearer

    #Father #Team #Creating

  • My mother was a housewife. My father was a garment worker.
    -- Alan Sugar

    #Mother #Father #Garments

  • As a father, my first priority is to help my sons set and attain personal goals so they will develop self-confidence and individual strength. Engaging in regular fitness activities with my children helps me fulfill those responsibilities.
    -- Alan Thicke

    #Children #Father #Responsibility

  • For thousands of years, father and son have stretched wistful hands across the canyon of time.
    -- Alan Valentine

    #Father #Son #Hands

  • It's easy for me to say that now, now I'm a father, I've got a four-and-a-half year old boy, I'm a different person. Well, I'm still the same person, but I'm different.
    -- Alan Vega

    #Father #Boys #Years

  • Oh these little rejections how they add up quickly, one small sideways look and I feel so ungood. Somewhere along the way I think I gave you the power to make me feel the way I thought only my father could.
    -- Alanis Morissette

    #Father #Thinking #Rejection

  • My aunty says I'm the double of my father. He was a workaholic, which I've definitely inherited. And like me, he could be the life and soul of the party, but also quite withdrawn.
    -- Alastair Campbell

    #Father #Party #Soul

  • Trane was the father. Pharoah was the son. I was the holy ghost.
    -- Albert Ayler

    #Music #Father #Son

  • Even though my father was a radio comedian, it wasn't cool to say, at a young age, 'I want to be a comedian.'
    -- Albert Brooks

    #Father #Comedian #Age

  • No, Father, I've a very different idea of love. And until my dying day I shall refuse to love a scheme of things in which children are put to torture.
    -- Albert Camus

    #Children #Father #Ideas

  • I had a very hard father. I had two sisters. He was soft on them and hard on me.
    -- Albert Gubay

    #Father #Two #Two Sisters

  • 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

    #Father #Spirit #Worship

  • Baseball is sunshine, green grass, fathers and sons, our rural past.
    -- Albert Theodore Powers

    #Baseball #Father #Sunshine

  • I have lived the American dream. Even my worst days as attorney general have been better than my father's best days.
    -- Alberto Gonzales

    #Dream #Father #Worst

  • 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

    #Father #Wife #Support

  • My father considered a walk among the mountains as the equivalent of churchgoing.
    -- Aldous Huxley

    #Nature #Father #Hiking

  • I do not want to father a flock, to be the fetish of fools and fanatics or the founder of a faith whose followers are content to echo my opinions. I want each man to cut his own way through the jungle.
    -- Aleister Crowley

    #Father #Cutting #Men

  • My father was a monster. A monster! I cut with my family when I was 23 and I never see them again.
    -- Alejandro Jodorowsky

    #Father #Cutting #Monsters

  • 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

    #Father #Son #Men