Quotations on Fathering and Grandfathering
A Daughter: The companion, the friend, and the confidant of her mother, and the object of a pleasure something like the love between the angels to her father.
Richard Steele, 1710
Thoughts of Sarah, mother of the boy `John,' in the movie Terminator II: "Watching John with the machine, it was suddenly so clear. The Terminator would never stop, it would never leave him... it would always be there. And it would never hurt him, never shout at him or get drunk and hit him, or say it couldn't spend time with him because it was too busy. And it would die to protect him. Of all the would-be fathers who came and went over the years, this thing, this machine, was the only one who measured up. In an insane world, it was the sanest choice."
Screenplay by James Cameron and William Wisher
As for my father, few souls are less troubled. He can be simply pleased with us, pleased that we exist, and, from the vantage point of his wondrously serene old age, he contemplates our lives almost as if they were books he can dip into whenever he wants. His back pages, perhaps.
My father, you have made promises to me and to my children. If the promises had been made by a person of no standing, I should not be surprised to see his promises fail. But you, who are so great in riches and power; I am astonished that I do not see your promises fulfilled! "I would have been better pleased if you had never made such promises than that you should have made them and not performed them. . .
Shinguaconse ("Little Pine")
When asked why he did not become a father, Thales answered, "Because I am fond of children."
Diogenes Laertius (c. 150 B.C.)
It is a wonderful heritage to have an honest father.
My heart is happy, my mind is free
I had a father who talked with me
All women become their mothers. That is their tradgedy. Men never do. That is theirs.
My father was often angry when I was most like him.
It is easier to build a boy then to mend a man.
He opened the jar of pickles when no one else could. He was the only one in the house who wasn't afraid to go into the basement by himself. He cut himself shaving, but no one kissed it or got excited about it. It was understood that when it rained, he got the car and brought it around to the door. When anyone was sick, he went out to get the prescription filled. He took lots of pictures but he was never in them.
In ten years, the child under eighteen who spends Father's Day with his father will be one of the fortunate few.
Don Feder, 1994
We have scarcely gotten home when our childrens sneezes greet us, skinned knees bleed after waiting all day to do so. There is the bellyache and the burned-out basement bulb, the stalled car and the incontinent cat. The windows frost, the toilets sweat, the body of our spouse is one cold shoulder and the darkness of our bedroom is soon full of the fallen shadows of our failures.
William H Gass
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