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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About Ed Housewright

Ed Housewright is the chief cook and bottle washer at Single Dad House. After three decades as a newspaper reporter, he’s trying to adapt to the social media world. He’s matrimonially challenged with two divorces under his belt and is trying to do a better job at raising his 12-year-old son, Connor. Follow Ed on Twitter: @singledadhouse.


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  2. Geez…auto correct! That was supposed to be son and break.

  3. Kurt Olson says:

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  16. Micheal Gygrynuk says:

    I find myself in agreement with my fellow single dads posting their thoughts. In an effort to bury my own feelings of heartbreak and devastation with the current circumstances surrounding my dying marriage. I am struggling with the disappointment of a broken home. The most difficult question comes from my beautiful son…"why did mommy leave"? The unbearable truth is my boy and I lost our heartbeat to her uncontrollable desire for drugs. I gave my life to her and her daily struggle for sobriety. But in the end not even the two most beautiful eyes in the whole world, that our boy possessed could break the spill. I will never understand how a mother could walk away from an angel such as this. I find strength in these words about a father but I crumble when I see the pain in my little boys eyes. God I beg you strengthen me for his benefit…not my own

    • I’m also a single dad of three wonderful children, 2 girls and one boy, Their mom walked out on all three of them three years ago due to her own addictions,I owe my life to all three of them, they have tought me way more about life and what it truly means to be a man. I was scared of how I was going to be a single father, with no help from there mother, but the truth of the matter is, both of you will be better off without the crazy, unstable life addiction brings into it.Lean on GOD and ask him for his guidance. We all make mistakes,but a true father recognizes them, and constantly strives to be a better father the next time a situation arises.Never bad mouth his mother, and let him know she loves him.My children are 10,8 and 5, and I’m honest with them
      (Age appropriate ) about addiction and the damage it causes. It’s hard juggling work,house hold duties and being a father, you must put all your selfish needs a side, and this is when the true meaning of life will begin to set in,you will find true happiness, that little boy of yours is innocent in the situation he was dealt, so when life’s pressures begin to set in and your patience and attitude start to fade, think of him and those eyes that you could never walk away from, and it will bring you back to what’s important.Your a great man , you’ve maned up, now grab the horns, hold your son tight , and hang on, better days are ahead for both of you, and that I promise you, GOD BLESS YOU MY FRIEND :)