Quotations on Fathering and Grandfathering
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The child of a tiger is a tiger.

Haitian proverb


There are three degrees of filial piety. The highest is being a credit to our parents, the second is not disgracing them; the lowest is being able simply to support them.



Children sweeten labours; but they make misfortunes more bitter. They increase the care of life; but they mitigate the remembrance of death. The perpetuity of generation is common to beasts; but memory, merit, and noble works, are proper to men. And surely a man shall see the noblest works and foundations have proceeded from childless men; which have sought to express the images of their minds, where those of their bodies have failed.

Francis Bacon


Men are generally more careful of the breed of their horses and dogs than of their children.

William Penn from Some Fruits of Solitude [1693]


The place of the father in the modern suburban family is a very small one, particularly if he plays golf.

Bertrand Russell


In peace, children bury their fathers. In war, fathers bury their children.



Perfect love sometimes does not come until grandchildren are born.

Welsh Proverb


I talk and talk and talk, and I haven't taught people in 50 years what my father taught by example in one week.

Mario M Cuomo


The value of marriage is not that adults produce children, but that children produce adults.

Peter De Vries


A man who gives his children habits of industry provides for them better than by giving them a fortune.

Richard Whately


Our children are here to stay, but our babies and toddlers and preschoolers are gone as fast as they can grow up—and we have only a short moment with each. When you see a grandfather take a baby in his arms, you see that the moment hasn’t always been long enough.

St Clair Adams Sullivan "The Father’s Almanac"


It doesn't matter who my father was, it matters who I remember my father was.

Anne Sexton


It is admirable for a man to take his son fishing, but there is a special place in heaven for the father who takes his daughter shopping.

John Sinor


When a father, absent during the day, returns home at six, his children receive only his temperament not his teaching.

Robert Bly


The most important thing a father can do for his children is to love their mother.

Henry Ward Beecher


The responsibility of a man is to lead his family.

Ezra Taft Benson


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