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9 Thought-Provoking Quotes from Famous Fathers

A photo of a father biking with his kidsBeing a father is a multifaceted job. You’re a teacher, a mentor, a friend, someone to toss around the baseball with, or even a shoulder to cry on.

Because fatherhood comes with so many important responsibilities, there are countless opportunities for dads to meaningfully communicate with their kids. In honor of Father’s Day, check out the following thought-provoking quotes from famous fathers:


“A father is a man who expects his son to be as good a man as he meant to be.” – Frank A. Clark, longtime American lawyer and politician


"I do not think a young fellow should be too serious, he should be full of the Dickens some times to create a balance." – LeRoy Pollock, farmer, land surveyor, and father of American painter Jackson Pollock


“Anyone who tells you fatherhood is the greatest thing that can happen to you, they are understating it.” – Mike Myers, American actor


“Never take a mean advantage of anyone in any transaction, and never be hard upon people who are in your power. Try to do to others, as you would have them do to you, and do not be discouraged if they fail sometimes.” – Charles Dickens, English writer and social critic


“Be brave and know that the bravest thing you can do is be willing to not fit in. Never take pleasure in someone else failing. Dare to fail yourself." – Aaron Sorkin, American screenwriter, producer, director, and playwright


“You don’t raise heroes, you raise sons. And if you treat them like sons, they’ll turn out to be heroes, even if it’s just in your own eyes.” – Walter M. Schirra, Sr., American barnstormer and father of astronaut Wally Schirra, Jr.


"The one shore is an honest and good life, for your own delight and the profit of others. But there is a bad life, too — a life so sugared, so common to all, that if you follow it, you do not notice that it is a bad life, and suffer only in your conscience, if you have one…" – Leo Tolstoy, Russian author


"In the future, you will face obstacles. Don’t let them scare you. Fear is part of the game. Trying things outside of your comfort zone is essential, because your ability to grow as a person is directly related to the amount of insecurity you can handle." – Bruce (Caitlyn) Jenner, TV personality and Olympic gold medalist


“Every father should remember one day his son will follow his example, not his advice.” – Charles Kettering, American inventor and engineer

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