13 great quotes about fatherhood

inspirational dad quotes about fatherhood

Occasionally, I read books about being a better father. They’re helpful.

But sometimes a short, inspiring quote about fatherhood can say more than an entire book of advice.

I searched several websites — including Fathers.net, HubPages.com, QuoteGarden.com and Inspiration-Ocean.com – to compile this list of fatherhood quotes. I chose the ones that spoke to me the most.

The great quotes about fatherhood come from a range of sources, including a president (Woodrow Wilson), a comedian (Bill Cosby), a newscaster (Tim Russert) and a basketball coach (Jim Valvano). Great dads can be found in many places.

Father’s Day isn’t until June, so we’ve all got time to work on being a better dad. If you have any favorite fatherhood quotes, I’d love to hear them.

  1. “Sometimes the poorest man leaves his children the richest inheritance.” – Ruth E. Renkel
  2. “It is much easier to become a father than to be one.” – Kent Nerburn
  3. “One father is more than a hundred schoolmasters.” – George Herbert
  4. “My father didn’t tell me how to live; he lived, and let me watch him do it.” – Clarence Budington Kelland
  5. “I cannot think of any need in childhood as strong as the need for a father’s protection.” – Sigmund Freud
  6. “Being a great father is like shaving. No matter how good you shaved today, you have to do it again tomorrow.” – Reed Markham
  7. “The older I get, the smarter my father seems to get.” – Tim Russert
  8. “Noble fathers have noble children.” – Euripedes
  9. “My best training came from my father.” – Woodrow Wilson
  10. “My father gave me the greatest gift anyone could give another person: He believed in me.” – Jim Valvano
  11. “You will find that if you really try to be a father, your child will meet you halfway.” – Robert Brault
  12. “Nothing I’ve ever done has given me more joys and rewards than being a father to my children.” – Bill Cosby
  13. “Any fool can be a father, but it takes a real man to be a daddy.” – Philip Whitmore Sr.

Inspired? I hope so. I was.


It’s wise to borrow from other fathers to make us better fathers.

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