Quotations on Fathering and Grandfathering
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He who brings up, not he who begets, is the father.

The Bible


A man should never neglect his family for business.

Walt Disney


They say genes skip generations. Maybe that's why grandparents find their grandchildren so likeable.

Joan McIntosh


I worked as a chief business executive for over 40 years. I made major decisions. I worked side by side with powerful men and women. But one grandchild has changed me more than any of those people I worked with, and I have learned more from watching my children be parents than I learned in all those 40 years in the work place.



Sons are born to trouble their fathers.

The movie "Road to Perdition"


You don't have to deserve your mother's love. You have to deserve your father's. He's more particular.

Robert Frost, Interview, Writers at Work: Second Series (1963)


If we are going to make a difference as fathers, we need to do it now. The decision is practical. It has to do with bedtimes, Saturday football games, stories, and hamburgers; and it has to do with carving those times out of busy lives -- today.

Rob Parsons


All we have of freedom -- all we use or know --
This our fathers bought for us, long and long ago

Rudyard Kipling


No one knows the true worth of a man but his family. The dreary man drowsing, drop-jawed, in the commuter train, the office bore, the taciturn associate--may be the pivot of a family's life, welcomed with hugs, told the day's news, asked for advice.

No longer Mr. B, but Dad. No longer a nonentity but a man possessed of skills and wisdom; courageous and capable, patient and kind. Respected and loved

Pam Brown


My father didn't tell me how to live; he lived, and let me watch him do it.

Clarence Budinton Kelland


When a child is born, a father is born. A mother is born, too of course, but at least for her it's a gradual process. Body and soul, she has nine months to get used to what's happening. She becomes what's happening. But for even the best-prepared father, it happens all at once. On the other side of a plate-glass window, a nurse is holding up something roughly the size of a loaf of bread for him to see for the first time. Even if he should decide to abandon it forever ten minutes later, the memory will nag him to the grave. He has seen the creation of the world. It has his mark on it. He has its mark on him. Both marks are, for better or for worse, indelible.

Frederick Buechner, Whistling in the Dark


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