The child is father of the man.
– William Wordsworth
My dad was such a great story-teller, a good teacher.
– Grace Poe
My dad taught me from my youngest childhood memories through these connections with Aboriginal and tribal people that you must always protect people’s sacred status, regardless of the past.
– Steve Irwin
Go on daddy-daughter dates and father-and-sons’ outings with your children. As a family, go on campouts and picnics, to ball games and recitals, to school programs, and so forth. Having Dad there makes all the difference.
– Ezra Taft Benson
My dad’s my best mate, and he always will be.
– Cher Lloyd
Dad’s Jewish and Irish, Mom’s German and Scotch. I couldn’t say I was anything. My last name isn’t even Downey. My dad changed his name when he wanted to get into the Army and was underage. My real name is Robert Elias. I feel like I’m still looking for a home in some way.
– Robert Downey Jr.
I’ve never been a hands-on dad. I’m not ashamed to admit it, but you can’t run a restaurant and be home for tea at 4:30 and bath and change nappies.
– Gordon Ramsay
I remember one parent-teacher conference at the lower school, and Barack went, and there were SWAT guys on top of the roof of the school. And Malia was like, ‘Dad, really? Really? Do they really have to be up there?’ And it’s like, yeah, honey, they do.
– Michelle Obama
My dad died, I think, at 87. So I’ll be lucky if I make 87. But in a lot of cases, the younger people live longer than their parents. And they know more. My dad used to tell me he ate the hog from his rooter to his tooter. So do I when I’m not trying to lose weight.
– B. B. King
Mom and Dad were married 64 years. And if you wondered what their secret was, you could have asked the local florist – because every day Dad gave Mom a rose, which he put on her bedside table. That’s how she found out what happened on the day my father died – she went looking for him because that morning, there was no rose.
– Mitt Romney
A father is a man who expects his son to be as good a man as he meant to be.
– Frank A. Clark
My mom used to get arrested for being with my dad. She would get fined. She would spend weekends in jail.
– Trevor Noah
I remember my dad asking me one time, and it’s something that has always stuck with me: ‘Why not you, Russ?’ You know, why not me? Why not me in the Super Bowl?
– Russell Wilson
I’m so lucky that ‘The Vampire Diaries’ happened. I’m so lucky that Warner Bros. pays me money. You have no idea. I should be on a fishing boat with my dad.
– Kevin Williamson
One of the greatest titles in the world is parent, and one of the biggest blessings in the world is to have parents to call mom and dad.
– Jim DeMint
My father was my teacher. But most importantly he was a great dad.
– Beau Bridges
My dad was in the army. World War II. He got his college education from the army. After World War II he became an insurance salesman. Really, I didn’t know my dad very well. He and my mother split up after the war. I was raised by my maternal grandmother and grandfather, and by my mother.
– Al Pacino
I look at my little girl and I wonder what she’s going to be and what she’s going to do and what is it that leads girls certain directions in life. I think a lot of that goes back to what kind of father they had, and so it makes me want to be the best dad I can possibly be.
– Jake Owen
My dad was always the soldier I wanted to be.
– Stanley A. McChrystal
Don’t force your kids into sports. I never was. To this day, my dad has never asked me to go play golf. I ask him. It’s the child’s desire to play that matters, not the parent’s desire to have the child play. Fun. Keep it fun.
– Tiger Woods
When I was three years old, my dad bought me my first drum set.
– Travis Scott
The moment my doctor told me, I went silent. My mum and dad were with me, then we all went to pieces. I was saying, No, I’ve got my flight to Sydney in two hours. I’m getting on a plane.
– Kylie Minogue
I’m dying to be a great dad one day, whenever that day comes.
I want to stay healthy, keep fit, eat well, keep a low profile and be a good dad.
– Frank Bruno
You need a strong family because at the end, they will love you and support you unconditionally. Luckily, I have my dad, mom and sister.
– Esha Gupta
My dad has given me the best gift anyone has ever given me. He gave me wings to fly.
– Adria Arjona
My uncle played rugby, and my dad played football, and they used to argue which game was the roughest – and everybody agreed rugby was. It’s a great team sport, and to be successful, every person has to play in the same level.
– Clint Eastwood
Boxing is individual, although there’s a team concept because you need a great corner, you need a great trainer, you need a great prep man, you need all of these things, but it’s more of a Mano a Mano; it’s more you versus me. I miss that time in training camp and Dad and Mom cooking meals. It was one big family.
– Sugar Ray Leonard
My dad always told me, ‘I don’t care what you do. Just aim to be the best at it. Even if it’s the world’s best window cleaner.’
– Bruce Dickinson
My dad said if you become a tennis professional just make sure you get into the top hundred, because you have to make a little bit of money. You make a living so you can pay your coaching and, you know, your travels.
– Roger Federer
I’d like to be able to show ‘Rapid Fire’ to my dad. I’m that proud of what we’ve accomplished within the framework of the action-adventure formula.
– Brandon Lee
For me, growing up, the downside of it was that as a kid you don’t want to stand out. You don’t want to have a famous father let alone get a job because of your famous father, you know? But I’m a product of nepotism. That’s how I got my foot in the door, through my dad.
– Jeff Bridges
My dad said, ‘Stay humble, and you gotta work harder than everybody else.’ My mom said, ‘Always be yourself.’ She always told me only God can judge me.
– Nate Robinson
You know, I’m just – I’m really happy for my dad.
– Nicole Richie