Top 6508 Father Quotes

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“I was proud my father spoke Arabic fluently – his father sent him to learn Arabic from a sheikh – and we had Arab friends. His task of understanding the Arabs – not only politics but poetry – was very important; he took it as a vocation.”

― A. B. Yehoshua

“I’m no where as tough as my father. I really think that I am more open to change than he was.”

― A. J. Foyt

“I think I became a Catholic to annoy my father.”

― A. N. Wilson

“When I think about atheist friends, including my father, they seem to me like people who have no ear for music, or who have never been in love.”

― A. N. Wilson

“My mother insisted that I pursue music. I rented out my father’s musical equipment and earned some money. As a child, I wasn’t sure about a career goal, but I was always fascinated by electronic gadgets, specially musical equipment.”

― A. R. Rahman

“When I travel with my kids abroad, I am not myself, but I’m more a father who wants to protect them. Sometimes, I am even aggressive about certain things and get surprised seeing myself like that: for instance, when people want to take pictures of them. I am fine if they want to take my pictures, but they are not public property.”

― A. R. Rahman

“I am a friend when I need to be a friend, a father when I need to be a father, a musician when music calls. I switch roles accordingly.”

― A. R. Rahman

“I have been connected with the Niels Bohr Institute since the completion of my university studies, first as a research fellow and, from 1956, as a professor of physics at the University of Copenhagen. After the death of my father in 1962, I followed him as director of the Institute until 1970.”

― Aage Bohr

“If the role is challenging enough, I don’t see why I shouldn’t play an older man or a father figure. It is not about playing what you are in real life. We are called actors for a reason!”

― Aamir Khan

“Many people, including me, thought it was too early for me to play a father to two grown-up daughters, but I found the script of ‘Dangal’ irresistible. I had to do it!”

― Aamir Khan

“My father, I think he played percussion in high school. My mother played piano when she was very young, but only for a brief while. I don’t think she had a great teacher. In any case, neither of them were really into music at a young age.”

― Aaron Diehl

“When Obama was first proposed as a presidential candidate in 2007, the nation failed to have a meaningful debate concerning the serious constitutional issue of electing someone whose father was not a U.S. citizen.”

― Aaron Klein

“My father was trained as a saddler, but in fact as a young man worked in his father’s business of rearing and selling cattle, so he grew up in the countryside.”

― Aaron Klug

“There’s parts of it that I connect to – being a father and everything – but ‘Mamma Mia!’ allows me to go out there and be me and have fun. I’ve never really had the chance to do that with so much freedom.”

― Aaron Lazar

“I was raised Catholic, but my father’s people were Methodist, so we went to both churches.”

― Aaron Neville

“I definitely had a very religious upbringing. My father was just instilling good morals into us at a very young age, and it wasn’t super-strict, but it was a loving, warm household.”

― Aaron Paul

“My father’s a Southern Baptist minister. I wasn’t lighting cars on fire; I just wasn’t.”

― Aaron Paul

“Don’t try to guess what it is people want and give it to them. Don’t ask for a show of hands. Try your best to write what you like, what you think your friends would like and what you think your father would like and then cross your fingers… The most valuable thing you have is your own voice.”

― Aaron Sorkin

“I get more fulfilment from being a father than I do from being an actor.”

― Aaron Taylor-Johnson

“I love being a father. It’s one of my big jobs is just being a parent. It’s one of my favorite things I do.”

― Aaron Taylor-Johnson

“I am incredibly proud to be my father’s daughter. There’s no getting around that, and I’m not sure I’d ever want to.”

― Abby Huntsman

“I was born in the Bronx, and then my father moved us to the country at an early age.”

― Abel Ferrara

“Honestly, I wish I could be a part of all the remakes of my father’s films. But on second thought, I wouldn’t want to be a part of any. The thought of being compared to him is unnerving. I’d rather do my films than live in the fear of living up to his standards.”

― Abhishek Bachchan

“My father loved biographies. He loved the true tales of interesting people that were shaping our culture. I get why he dug ‘Vanity Fair.’ You feel smarter, somehow, for reading it.”

― Abigail Spencer

“My father was a factory worker, and we were really poor. But everything I earned peddling papers and working in stores, he made me put aside for education.”

― Abraham A. Ribicoff

“My father… removed from Kentucky to… Indiana, in my eighth year… It was a wild region, with many bears and other wild animals still in the woods. There I grew up… Of course when I came of age, I did not know much. Still somehow, I could read, write, and cipher… but that was all.”

― Abraham Lincoln

“Marriage is a school itself. Also, having children. Becoming a father changed my whole life. It taught me as if by revelation.”

― Abraham Maslow

“My mother pretty much raised me to be a free spirit. Anything my father would say, she would tell me, ‘No, it’s like this.’”

― Action Bronson

“I got a lot of influence from my father, honestly. He’d take me in his car. I’d hear Carlos Santana. I’d hear Queen. I’d hear all these Turkish people, like, bands that he grew up listening to. He was in a band as well.”

― Action Bronson

“My father and my mother were professional footballers and have also been coaches.”

― Ada Hegerberg

“Once, when I tried to calculate the height of the balcony, I broke my arm. Another time, I wanted to see if water moves faster than kerosene. When my father came out to smoke, a fire broke out.”

― Ada Yonath

“I was born in Jerusalem with a religious background and a rabbi as a father… it was rather poor, but what we did have, we did have books.”

― Ada Yonath

“My parents were Zionists born in Poland. My father was a rabbi who didn’t know much about science and ran a grocery store in the neighborhood with my mother’s help.”

― Ada Yonath

“My parents split up when I was nine years old, and I started taking karate lessons at that point. I was very dedicated to my karate, and I looked up to my karate instructor kind of like a second father.”

― Adam Cole

“My brother Barry was into all sports, and so was my late father. For me, hockey was the one sport I loved and played. I didn’t really pay much attention to the other sports.”

― Adam F. Goldberg

“I got into cars through my father. He used to work on cars. My job was to hold the light, which pretty much was the limit of my mechanical abilities.”

― Adam Ferrara

“I remember for my 18th birthday, I was going to get a tattoo, and I made the mistake of thinking I was a man and telling my father, and he was like, ‘Oh yeah? You better tattoo a new address on your arm, because you’re not living here!’ And that was the end of that discussion.”

― Adam Ferrara

“I would not have guessed how much I love being a father.”

― Adam Neumann

“Growing up as a kid my father was British and a soccer player. His idol was a guy that passed the ball a lot, Stanley Matthews. Our family thought if you could be unselfish your teammates would always like you.”

― Adam Oates

“I have patterned myself after my father and God.”

― Adam Petty

“I’m actually half Brit and half American. I have a British father and an American mother, but as far as I’m aware, no Middle Eastern blood.”

― Adam Rayner

“I remember my late father, who was the biggest football fan I have ever known, used to stress when I was younger that, win or lose, you always have to compete with honor.”

― Adam Richman

“When you’re around the kids, you feel like you act the most grown up just because you’re supposed to lead. I say things, like every other parent, that reminds you of your own parents. One thing I do know about being a parent, you understand why your father was in a bad mood a lot.”

― Adam Sandler

“I’ve been called a moron since I was about four. My father called me a moron. My grandfather said I was a moron. And a lot of times when I’m driving, I hear I’m a moron. I like being a moron.”

― Adam Sandler

“Now that I’m a parent, I understand why my father was in a bad mood a lot.”

― Adam Sandler

“My father wasn’t perfect. He had a temper. I took some of that. He would snap, but the older he got, he started calming down. He learned about life, but the thing that he taught my whole family was that family was the most important thing and, no matter what, if a family member needs you, you go and help them out; you get there.”

― Adam Sandler

“My father used to wear the same pants for like a week.”

― Adam Sandler

“I never had a speech from my father ‘this is what you must do or shouldn’t do’ but I just learned to be led by example. My father wasn’t perfect.”

― Adam Sandler

“Feels good to try, but playing a father, I’m getting a little older. I see now that I’m taking it more serious and I do want that lifestyle.”

― Adam Sandler

“A little secret – I’m the child of a shrink. I am; my mom’s a shrink, and my father’s a lawyer. So believe me, I analyze and negotiate. That is a huge amount of the director’s work, especially when you’re working with people who – such a variety.”

― Adam Shankman

“My grandfather and my father had wheat ranches, so we had quite a few trucks around and a lot of mules. Talk about horsepower – we had mule power.”

― Adam West

“Although my father is English, I was brought up in Australia.”

― Adelaide Clemens

“I am half Scottish. My father is an expat from Glasgow, and on my mother’s side there’s a bit of French, a bit of Scottish, a bit of Irish.”

― Adelaide Kane

“The reason why I found acting is because my father passed away. He passed away really young. I was going to go to med school. My father’s dream was that all of his kids become doctors. I realized in school I didn’t like it. When he died, it was like a wake-up call. Life is too short to do something you don’t want to do.”

― Adepero Oduye

“My father was a lorry driver, very rarely at home. The house was run by my mother, and because there were 10 or so kids, there was no time for individual attention. It was about survival. It was about where the next meal was coming from.”

― Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje

“I was raised in a spirit of the importance of service to your fellow man. My mom is a senator back home in South Africa. My father is a very caring and generous individual.”

― Adhir Kalyan

“My father was born and raised in Sierra Leone, and my mom was from Bermuda.”

― Adina Porter

“My mother is a Chitrapur Saraswat from Mangalore and half-Telugu, and my father is a Bohri Muslim. My mother’s father, J Rameshwar Rao, was the Raja of Wanaparthy, a principality of Hyderabad. He was influenced by the socialist movement and became the first Raja to give up his title.”

― Aditi Rao Hydari

“My great grandfather from my father’s side, Sir Akbar Hydari, was the prime minister of the Nizam of Hyderabad. He was instrumental in setting up the Osmania university. His wife set up the Hydari club for women so that they could play tennis, and she also set up the first girls’ school in Hyderabad.”

― Aditi Rao Hydari

“Both my parents are wonderful cooks – my father looks like he has been in the kitchen his whole life.”

― Aditya Roy Kapur

“I am blessed to be a proud father of a daughter.”

― Adnan Sami

“My father was a diplomat and served as Pakistan’s ambassador to 14 countries. I was born in London and grew up there and studied and lived in a hostel throughout in London and became a barrister.”

― Adnan Sami

“I remember my father playing a cassette for me when I was fifteen – Amjad Ali’s ‘Durga.’ He said, ‘This is from our part of the world. You must listen to it.’ And I continued rewinding it and listening to it from early evening until midnight. By the end of it, I was nearly in tears.”

― Adnan Sami

“My love for my wife Roya is so intense that I gave up alcohol. My love for my father was so great that when he made me promise him that I’d lose weight, I did and lost 167 kg.!”

― Adnan Sami

“While my mother is from Jammu, my father was originally from Afghanistan, as my grandfather was the governor of five provinces there, including Herat.”

― Adnan Sami

“My father was a great admirer of music and the arts, so there was always a lot of culture in the house. As it happened, while my father was the ambassador in Portugal, the ambassador’s residence had a piano, and so I started learning how to play it at the age of five.”

― Adnan Sami

“My father was a great connoisseur of music and arts. He said, ‘I will encourage you in anything you do, but make sure you get a solid education.’ So, I studied in the finest schools and went on to become a qualified barrister but didn’t take up law because my music was my area of interest.”

― Adnan Sami

“In Argentina, you do what your father does. If your father plays football, you play football. If your father plays polo, you play polo.”

― Adolfo Cambiaso

“I have to hold a meeting with the rising generation every evening, and that takes time. Henry can say, ‘Twinkle, twinkle,’ all himself, and Edward can repeat it after his father! Giants of genius! Paragons of erudition!”

― Adoniram Judson

“My father is my father, and I am me. I have the advantage of this honest comparison, quiet, and the opportunity to share in his profession.”

― Adriano Giannini

“’Swept Away’ is one of my favorite films of my father. I’ve seen it about 20 times. It’s a cult movie in Italy.”

― Adriano Giannini

“You go to a theater, you’re in a darkened room, and you watch someone that you don’t really know how many children they have or what their father’s nickname might be; you don’t have references and databases and rumors and half-truths – you’re just transported by their storytelling.”

― Adrien Brody

“The loss of my father will always sting. But now, everything that I do is in honor of him and celebrates his life.”

― Adrienne C. Moore

“I owed it to my father that I was elected to Parliament in the first place, but I owed it to my mother that I stuck it out once I got there.”

― Agnes Macphail

“My mother listened to all the news from the camp during the strike. She said little, especially when my father or the men who worked for him were about I remember her instinctive and unhesitating sympathy for the miners.”

― Agnes Smedley

“Like all my family and class, I considered it a sign of weakness to show affection; to have been caught kissing my mother would have been a disgrace, and to have shown affection for my father would have been a disaster.”

― Agnes Smedley

“My father was Greek, but he turned French during the war, and my mother was French. So I’m French, but I have Greek blood.”

― Agnes Varda

“My father was in Ataturk’s closest group. They lived together during the War of Liberation in Turkey.”

― Ahmet Ertegun

“I think what my father appreciated was the science experiment of life. He had these kids, and they had their own experiences. He wanted us to discover the world for ourselves.”

― Ahmet Zappa

“My father would often work all night and sleep during the day, so for us, dinner might be pancakes, and breakfast might be beef stroganoff.”

― Ahmet Zappa

“Becoming a father has made my life a lot more interesting. It’s like everything slows down because time goes slower, and you notice that you’re actually awake for so many more hours. Your waking hours elongate because you’re doing things at a child’s pace.”

― Aidan Gillen

“I lost my father when I was barely 10.”

― Aishwarya Rajesh

“Apparently, my father was funny. I didn’t really know him, but people have theories that the gag-smith gene trickles down through the blood amongst other terrible traits like a big nose and a temper.”

― Aisling Bea

“My father died when I was three years old and my sister was three months.”

― Aisling Bea

“When I was growing up, I idolised my father. I thought his ghost followed me around the house. I had been told how he adored me, how I was funny, just like him. Because of our lovely Catholic upbringing, I secretly assumed that he would eventually come back, like our good friend Jesus.”

― Aisling Bea

“My father was a very special human being. He was brilliant in academics, sports and the arts. He wrote, performed and directed plays in English and Hindi/Urdu at his regiment.”

― Ajay Mehta

“My father lived life to the fullest, even though it was cut short at a young age in 1962. He was known for his intelligence, wit, wisdom, a wonderful sense of humour, a great personality, and a genuine goodwill towards all.”

― Ajay Mehta

“My mother enjoyed acting as well with my father, who used to direct her in plays at his regiment. My sister is an excellent singer. However, it was only me who decided to pursue acting as a career.”

― Ajay Mehta

“Losing my father at a tender age was hard, and I felt it more so while growing up when I needed a father to talk to. Especially while pursuing an acting career where I would have loved his guidance and advice, since it was his passion as well.”

― Ajay Mehta

“My wife is the most wonderful woman in the world, and my parents are the most extraordinary father and mother.”

― Akhil Sharma

“I respect my father as a father, but I also respect him as an honorable chairman.”

― Akio Toyoda

“I really like the story of Bardock, Goku’s father. It’s quite dramatic and the kind of story I absolutely wouldn’t draw if it were me. It was like watching a different kind of ‘Dragon Ball’ in a good way, so I thought it was nice.”

― Akira Toriyama

“My father used to see God in human beings and in his work. Each person has his own way.”

― Akkineni Nagarjuna

“I don’t consult anyone – not my mother, not my father, anyone – about my work. And I must add that neither Dad nor Mom interfere in my work.”

― Akkineni Nagarjuna

“I joined Khalsa College just opposite Don Bosco in class XI, but soon I quit studies and was sent to Bangkok by my father to learn martial arts, as that is the only place we could afford given that I would also work there to support my training.”

― Akshay Kumar

“My father made false teeth. Unfortunately, during the Depression, not many people could afford them, and my parents lost their home.”

― Al Feldstein

“If we have George W. Bush as president, we’re going to go back to the kind of policies we had when his father and Ronald Reagan were president.”

― Al Franken

“My mother and father come from that post-Depression, middle-of-World-War -I kind of thinking that says, ‘Find a practical job. You know what I mean, Mr. Big Shot? So, you can sing a song …’”

― Al Jarreau

“Condoleezza Rice, the national security adviser, is right there… she’s in town because her father was at Johnson Smith College… and she was delivering a speech there.”

― Al Michaels

“James Brown became my father. He would talk to me the way a father talked to a son. He became the father I never had.”

― Al Sharpton

“I’ve gone from, you know, being too close to politicians, to being too close to entertainers, and people’s father that I’m not.”

― Al Sharpton

“Like myself, President Obama is the father of two daughters. He understands the obstacles that they face as women, but he also understands the emergency of the state of young black men in America.”

― Al Sharpton

“As my father used to tell me, the only true sign of success in life is being able to do for a living that which makes you happy.”

― Al Yankovic

“Anyone who was tempted to draw comparisons between my father’s ‘Dave Robicheaux’ series and my first book quickly gave up.”

― Alafair Burke

“Nothing worse than reading a love scene written by your father.”

― Alafair Burke

“When I see someone like Richard Dawkins, I see my father. I grew up with that. I’m basically the child of Richard Dawkins.”

― Alain de Botton

“My father paid for my education; then he made it clear that I was on my own.”

― Alain de Botton

“I was told by my father nine times a day that you were going to get a job the minute you finish your studies.”

― Alain de Botton

“I have my granddad’s record collection, which I treasure, and my father’s – Rolling Stones to Sidney Bechet.”

― Alaina Huffman

“My mother didn’t try to stab my father until I was six, but she must have shown signs of oddness before that.”

― Alan Alda

“You know what my earliest memories are? Going from one burlesque town to another. My father was in burlesque.”

― Alan Alda

“My father sang well, and he was a handsome man. When he walked down the street, people sometimes mistook him for Cary Grant and asked for his autograph.”

― Alan Alda

“My father was a painter. There was a lot of singing. We hung around with a lot of folk musicians. My family knew a lot of great folk musicians of the time, like Woody Guthrie, Paul Robeson, Leadbelly. They were all people we knew.”

― Alan Arkin

“We were all miners in our family. My father was a miner. My mother is a miner. These are miner’s hands, but we were all artists, I suppose, really. But I was the first one who had the urge to express myself on paper rather than at the coalface.”

― Alan Bennett

“I was an early reader, and my grandmother, who as a child had been forbidden to read by a father who believed books to be frivolous time-wasters, delighted in putting her favorite volumes into her grandchildren’s hands.”

― Alan Bradley

“My father was the youngest of six brothers, and he was the brains. I never thought he was making what he should have. He had to split it with five brothers. So I made up my mind: I was going to go on my own and make my own money.”

― Alan C. Greenberg

“My father died when I was young, and my mother, Ruth, went to work in an office selling theater and movie parties. She put me through private school, Horace Mann, in Riverdale. She sent me to camp so that I would learn to compete. She was a lioness, and I was her cub.”

― Alan Furst

“I have an uncle who lived to 101, and my father died at 95, so I have a second career ahead of me.”

― Alan Gerry

“I have a strong memory of the day I was told that my father had a weak heart and that he had to go to the hospital. He died when I was nine years old on the same day that Franklin Roosevelt died; it was his 45th birthday.”

― Alan J. Heeger

“My father was a dreamer – my hero. He was a smart, tough guy from Poland, a cutter of lady’s handbags, an old socialist-unionist who always considered himself a failure. His big line was: ‘Don’t end up like me.’”

― Alan King

“It’s not easy being a father, but I’ve been allowed a comeback.”

― Alan King

“As a parent, I’d – I’d be a better father.”

― Alan King

“When I read Dickens for the first time, I thought he was Jewish, because he wrote about oppression and bigotry, all the things that my father talked about.”

― Alan King

“That’s the great thing about New Year’s, you get to be a year older. For me, that wasn’t such a joke, because my birthday was always around this time. When I was a kid, my father used to tell me that everybody was celebrating my birthday. That’s what the trees are all about.”

― Alan King

“My father helped me leave. He said, ‘It’s all out there, it’s not here.’”

― Alan King

“I’d rather be David Ladd’s father than Alan Ladd any day.”

― Alan Ladd

“Not every father gets a chance to start his son off in his own footsteps.”

― Alan Ladd

“He learned through the way that my father and I felt about his songs, his country songs, that they were great songs. And then he went out and sang them for the audiences that we found, and he found a tremendous reaction to that.”

― Alan Lomax

“Basically, a manager is a father figure to 20 or 25 blokes. It’s about trying to get the best out of them and creating team spirit.”

― Alan Shearer

“My mother was a housewife. My father was a garment worker.”

― Alan Sugar

“As a father, my first priority is to help my sons set and attain personal goals so they will develop self-confidence and individual strength. Engaging in regular fitness activities with my children helps me fulfill those responsibilities.”

― Alan Thicke

“My advice to Robin is listen to your heart, do what you feel. Follow your heart in love and marriage as you would in careers, and you’ll be fine. Robin has a great heart. He’s a fabulous father.”

― Alan Thicke

“In ‘The Goods,’ I’m Ed Helms’ dad, and I was known all those years as Kirk Cameron’s father, and now I’m known as Robin Thicke’s father, so I find myself playing myself a lot and, frankly, living up to expectations of what the public’s image of me is.”

― Alan Thicke

“It’s easy for me to say that now, now I’m a father, I’ve got a four-and-a-half year old boy, I’m a different person. Well, I’m still the same person, but I’m different.”

― Alan Vega

“My father was placid and easygoing. He owned a small shoe store where I helped out on Saturdays. I think he’d have been pleased if I’d made a career of working in the shoe store. But my mother was ambitious. She encouraged us to read books, and she pushed us toward a musical education.”

― Alan W. Livingston

“My mother was born in Sinaloa, and she moved to Los Angeles when she was three years old. My father was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico, and moved here when he was 19. They met at the Palladium in Hollywood, and they’ve been together from that moment on.”

― Alanna Ubach

“I picked up the Puerto Rican accent from my father, and my sister picked up my mother’s very clear, concise, and slow Mexican-Spanish. So, when she does speak, she speaks with diction. She pronounces every word.”

― Alanna Ubach

“My aunty says I’m the double of my father. He was a workaholic, which I’ve definitely inherited. And like me, he could be the life and soul of the party, but also quite withdrawn.”

― Alastair Campbell

“My father, who was a hair colourist, died when I was young, so my mother had to work very hard. But at the same time, I do believe that if you have everything, it is easy to make a dinner. When you only have flour and water and olives and potatoes, you have to be much more creative, and that’s what my mother is all about.”

― Alber Elbaz

“Even though my father was a radio comedian, it wasn’t cool to say, at a young age, ‘I want to be a comedian.’”

― Albert Brooks

“My roots were in acting. That’s all I wanted to be. Even though my father was a radio comedian, it wasn’t cool to say, at a young age, ‘I want to be a comedian.’”

― Albert Brooks

“My father was very sick around the time I was born. The doctors thought he wouldn’t live. He did recover, but I don’t remember him as very active. I do remember lots of schtick around the dinner table. Generally, he and my brothers and I were all laughing at the same thing my mother did not find funny, whatever that was.”

― Albert Brooks

“You come on as a guest. You don’t get the girl anymore. But that is our lives. You start off as the boyfriend, then you are the lover, then you are the husband, then you are the father, and then you are the grandfather.”

― Albert Finney

“I had a very hard father. I had two sisters. He was soft on them and hard on me.”

― Albert Gubay

“My father suffered much and toiled painfully all his life, for he had no resources other than the proceeds of his trade from which to support himself and his wife and family.”

― Albrecht Durer

“My father considered a walk among the mountains as the equivalent of churchgoing.”

― Aldous Huxley

“My father would chaperone at high-school dances, and the toughest guy in the high school used to want to fight my father. My father broke his hand on a guy’s head once in school.”

― Alec Baldwin

“For me, the most important thing that I have to accomplish is to be a good father. That’s the most difficult challenge of my life. That’s the most important thing for me, more than films.”

― Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu

“My father had a difficult relationship with success, maybe because he never obtained it. But he was very wise about it because he observed how you can become rotten fruit once you get power.”

― Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu

“My father was an atheist, absent. He was a salesman; I was four years old when he told me that the end of life was death.”

― Alejandro Jodorowsky

“My father was a monster. A monster! I cut with my family when I was 23 and I never see them again.”

― Alejandro Jodorowsky

“When my father died, I did not cry. When my cat died three days later, I cried a lot.”

― Alejandro Jodorowsky

“I wanted to be loved by my father. I could do anything to be loved by my father.”

― Alejandro Jodorowsky

“My father made sure of discipline, but my mum, she was serious business.”

― Alek Wek

“My father tells me I would have been a criminal or a kick-boxer. But fatherhood has changed me – a lot.”

― Aleksandar Mitrovic

“I try to do everything for my son so that, when he grows up, he can say that he was proud of his father.”

― Aleksandar Mitrovic

“A family holiday to Jamaica in 2004 – my uncle was getting married out there, and it was the first holiday I’d had in Jamaica, which is where my father is from. My friends and I stayed in a really plush hotel, The Ritz-Carlton, so we had a great experience.”

― Alesha Dixon

“I grew up with a father who didn’t wear a watch, and this has permanently marked my relationship with time.”

― Alessandro Michele

“My father was a shaman. He told me that time doesn’t exist. He didn’t use a clock. He didn’t know when my birthday was.”

― Alessandro Michele

“I am obsessed with fashion, like my mother, and I am obsessed with art, like my father.”

― Alessandro Michele

“I think of my films as not necessarily political but more moral. Between my father, my stepfather, and my mother – they all felt pretty passionately about the importance of standing up and doing the right thing, and none of them were suck-ups. What motivates me is usually abuse of power.”

― Alex Gibney

“My father was a professional artist all his life who encouraged my path as an artist.”

― Alex Grey

“My father always said, ‘If you love what you do, you won’t mind slogging through it for several hours a day.’”

― Alex Guarnaschelli

“A word, for example, that is negative, pejorative, and has caused more pain and suffering is ‘illegitimate.’ But every person has a mother and father. It is another way we let society hurt others.”

― Alex Haley

“I was 19 when my father died from a heart attack. He was a 55-year-old college professor and had led what was by all appearances a risk-free life. But he was overweight, and heart disease runs in our family.”

― Alex Honnold

“I’m the son of an everyman. My father is a teacher. He teaches physics at a boys’ school in Sydney.”

― Alex O’Loughlin

“My father played baseball. That’s what I know to do. That’s my gift. God has given me the greatest gift. And that’s what I love to do.”

― Alex Rodriguez

“To our American neighbors, we were model immigrants, a poster family. They told us so. My father had a law degree, my mother was on her way to becoming a doctor, and my siblings and I got good grades and always said ‘please’ and ‘thank you.’”

― Alex Tizon

“’Catcher In The Rye’ was my favorite book, honestly. I read it when I was thirteen, and the book was a bit of a family heirloom because it was passed down from my grandfather to my father to my older brother and then to me.”

― Alex Wolff

“My father taught me how to draw horses – for this I shall be eternally grateful.”

― Alexa Chung

“I worked a long time to get good at what I’m doing, and nobody handed me a recording contract because of who my father is.”

― Alexa Ray Joel

“I think I look more like me than my father’s daughter now.”

― Alexa Ray Joel

“My father had the same name as me but he was known as Alec. He was a member of the House of Representatives.”

― Alexander Downer

“Well people often ask me how I felt growing up with a father who was a politician and who was often away. But when I’m asked that question I often reflect on my inability really to be able to answer it in any relative sense because I never grew up with a father doing anything else. So I just have no idea what it would be like otherwise.”

― Alexander Downer

“From my earliest childhood, my attention was specially directed to the subject of acoustics, and specially to the subject of speech, and I was urged by my father to study everything relating to these subjects, as they would have an important bearing upon what was to be my professional work.”

― Alexander Graham Bell

“I repeat for the umpteenth time, without making apologies: My children have had more than their fair share of presidency under their father. There cannot be any hereditary transfer of power.”

― Alexander Lukashenko

“My parents were very supportive and always encouraged us. My father was a gentle, nice man. My mother was quite a colorful character and a keen reader who encouraged me to write.”

― Alexander McCall Smith

“I spent two months in Fredericksburg, Texas, when I was 8, while my father shot a movie, and I loved it. I just embraced the whole cowboy culture. I got myself a pair of awesome boots and a cowboy hat.”

― Alexander Skarsgard

“My plan was never to be an actor like my father.”

― Alexander Skarsgard

“I am indebted to my father for living, but to my teacher for living well.”

― Alexander the Great

“My father will anticipate everything. He will leave you and me no chance to do a great and brilliant deed.”

― Alexander the Great

“His father is governor of Media, and though he has the greatest command given him of all the rest of my generals, he still covetously desires more, and my being without issue spurs him on to this wicked design. But Philotas takes wrong measures.”

― Alexander the Great

“From the time I was in first grade or so, my dad collected ‘Star Wars’ toy figures from the 1970s and ’80s, and we’d take weekend family trips to antique shops and to toy stores. My father collected a crazy amount of ‘Star Wars’ stuff over the years, and he and I traveled to many conventions.”

― Alexandra Bracken

“To every little girl, her father is a hero. My father actually is one.”

― Alexandra Kerry

“To every little girl her father is a hero.”

― Alexandra Kerry

“It’s taken some getting used to, that my father actually is a hero.”

― Alexandra Kerry

“In 2004, I joined my father, John Kerry, on the trail in his bid for the United States presidency.”

― Alexandra Kerry

“My grandfather was a Methodist preacher, and my father was an unsuccessful businessman. We didn’t have status or wealth.”

― Alexandra Stoddard

“I remember when my father passed away, we drove the funeral procession past the bank so he could say one last goodbye. That’s how much the bank meant to my father.”

― Alexi Giannoulias

“On my father’s side, I’m descended from immigrants, one of whom was a Syrian refugee from the Armenian genocide, and my mother was an immigrant from Germany whose visa had expired and, for a year and change, was undocumented here in the U.S.”

― Alexis Ohanian

“My father, who is now in Heaven, was a supporter of La U, and I think the truth is that a lot of my family would like me to end up there. My dad was the pillar of the family, and sometimes people do things for their family as well.”

― Alexis Sanchez

“I don’t run democracy. I train troops to defend democracy and I happen to be their surrogate father and mother as well as their commanding general.”

― Alfred M. Gray

“My father was a waiter basically, and when I got my first professional job as an actor, I left a job that he found me for half the amount of money. So anyone would think that they’re stupid, that that would be a stupid move.”

― Alfred Molina

“The first time I saw nitroglycerine was in the beginning of the Crimean War. Professor Zinin in St. Petersburg exhibited some to my father and me, and struck some on an anvil to show that only the part touched by the hammer exploded without spreading.”

― Alfred Nobel

“My father used to say I would inherit his house but not his seat.”

― Ali Bongo Ondimba

“My dad has always played and coached, so that’s what I knew. I played other sports but always turned toward soccer and had the same love for it as my father. They never forced me to play; I always wanted to. I was always around it.”

― Ali Krieger

“My father is from Newark in Nottinghamshire and my mother is from the very north of Ireland. They’ve ended up in Scotland, where my father – well, both of them – will always be seen as having come from somewhere else.”

― Ali Smith

“Mitch Hurwitz was like a father figure to me. He was so sweet, and he’s just so smart.”

― Alia Shawkat

“My father loved ‘Godard and Truffaut.’ He was more artsy. My mom loved the ‘Bourne’ trilogy; she likes big blockbusters. She loved that I did ‘I Am Legend.’ My passion for acting came with my passion for movies.”

― Alice Braga

“I think that every child grows up with the ideas that what we are given, is our society. Your education, and your mother and father, they tell you this is how it is, but then you hit adolescence and you think, ‘Is it? Why? Why is it like that?’ Sometimes that questioning leads to something more.”

― Alice Englert

“I know my father believed and my mother believed in and supported the suffrage movement, and I remember my mother taking me to suffrage meetings held in the home of a Quaker family that lived not far from us.”

― Alice Paul

“My father always wanted to be the corpse at every funeral, the bride at every wedding and the baby at every christening.”

― Alice Roosevelt Longworth

“When I was a child, I was always nicking my mum’s jewellery to wear, and I loved to drape a massive Chinese shawl around me from our fancy-dress box. I was obsessed with a feather and rabbit-fur collar from the age of three and attempted to make one with my friend, whose father was a gamekeeper.”

― Alice Temperley

“My mother was very strong. Once, she picked up a coconut and smashed it against my father’s head. It taught me about women defending themselves and not collapsing in a heap.”

― Alice Walker

“I grew up in the South under segregation. So, I know what terrorism feels like – when your father could be taken out in the middle of the night and lynched just because he didn’t look like he was in an obeying frame of mind when a white person said something he must do. I mean, that’s terrorism, too.”

― Alice Walker

“It no longer bothers me that I may be constantly searching for father figures; by this time, I have found several and dearly enjoyed knowing them all.”

― Alice Walker

“This baby comes out of you and there’s no handbook. They hand you this child and say, ‘Don’t kill it. Feed it, clothe it and shelter it.’ I never knew what that kind of love was. I remember looking at my daughter for the first time and wondering if that’s the way my father looked at me.”

― Alicia Coppola

“I remember looking at my daughter for the first time and wondering if that’s the way my father looked at me. I could cry, because she’s everything to me. I feel so blessed to be taught so much by her.”

― Alicia Coppola

“My father died of brain cancer in 1991. I do not know anyone whose life has not been touched by the loss of a loved one to cancer. I wrote my book ‘Gracefully Gone’ about my father’s fight and my struggle growing up with an ill parent. I wrote it to help others know they are not alone in this all-too-often insurmountable war against cancer.”

― Alicia Coppola

“I have my mother who is an Irish-Italian, and my father who is African, so I have the taste buds of an Italian and the spice of an African.”

― Alicia Keys

“I love my heritage! I have my mother, who is an Irish-Italian, and my father who is African, so I have the taste buds of an Italian and the spice of an African.”

― Alicia Keys

“My great-grandfather was a kola nut trader and the richest man in West Africa at the time of his death. My father was a businessman and politician. I was actually raised by my grandfather.”

― Aliko Dangote

“But mostly, it’s a book about my relationship with my father.”

― Alison Bechdel

“My mother is, my father certainly was. They were kind of the local intelligentsia in the town where I grew up.”

― Alison Bechdel

“When my parents met, my mother was a waitress and my father was a dockyard worker. They were part of that post-war better-yourself generation, so they both went to night school.”

― Alison Owen

“My father made me who I am; he was incredibly intellectually generous.”

― Alissa Quart

“The luckiest person in the world is somebody who is born into a small, shabby-genteel town on a major railway connection with 24,000 souls and a bird sanctuary and whose grandfather owns a farm and whose father owns a business -whose family is mildly prosperous but not rich, which means you can leave the town.”

― Allan Gurganus

“My mother had a master’s degree and had been a schoolteacher before she started having kids at 30. But my father’s family were landowners, farmer-merchants. Moneymaking was extremely important, like one of those semi-rapacious families in Lillian Hellman, where they know the price of everything and the value of nothing.”

― Allan Gurganus

“Seven years ago, my father and I realized that our relationship was extremely unique, especially in the African-American community. He raised me to not only understand the fundamentals of basketball and to try to be a player with a high basketball IQ, but he wanted me to understand that my image and my name meant more than stats.”

― Allan Houston

“The more consistent a father can be or a mentor can be in the person’s life and teach them principles of real solid manhood, character, integrity and leadership, the more consistent you can be in the person’s life and teach them those things at a younger age, and then the better off they’ll be.”

― Allan Houston

“When I was 12 and met my real father for the first time, I was terrified I would lose the one I already had.”

― Allegra Huston

“As someone who has seen war first hand, and as a father of three young adults, it was my hope that we could have resolved this conflict and disarmed Saddam Hussein without war. However, this was not the case.”

― Allen Boyd

“I have been wrathful all my life, angry against my father and all others. My wrath must end. All my images now are of heaven.”

― Allen Ginsberg

“I was putting on a stiff upper lip and trying to fulfill the obligations I thought were demanded of me, taking over my father’s role of taking care of my mother… and having to be the recipient of her confessions and emotions but of a delusional nature.”

― Allen Ginsberg

“I’m a father; I’m a friend. I think I’ve got the biggest heart in the world. A lot of times, that’s not a good thing. It’s a gift and a curse.”

― Allen Iverson

“The great thing that I appreciate – the fact that my godfather, William ‘Sticky’ Jackson, was a Tuskegee Airman because my father was first born in Ozark, Alabama. The sacrifices and the commitment of those men made it possible for myself and many others.”

― Allen West

“Growing up, everybody told me I was good. I was playing ping-pong with my father, and he’d say, ‘That’s a good shot,’ but I’d mess up the next one, and I’d yell, ‘Don’t tell me that! I’ll mess up! Just don’t say anything!’ You know, if someone says, ‘You can’t do that,’ then I’m going to be, ‘Yeah, you watch me.’”

― Allison Janney

“Becoming a father is the natural progression and the next stage after marriage. So the thought of becoming a father is itself an incredible feeling!”

― Allu Arjun

“After the release of my first film ‘Gangothri,’ my father was so happy that he surprised me by buying me a swanky high-end car.”

― Allu Arjun

“It is absolutely ludicrous that abortion supporters would accuse a blood relative of Dr. King of hijacking the King legacy. Uncle Martin and my father, Rev. A. D. King were blood brothers. How can I hijack something that belongs to me? I am an heir to the King Family legacy.”

― Alveda King

“My father was always playing this ethnic blues stuff around the house, and both my parents played. Then one day my father brought home Big Bill Broonzy, and there he was sitting in our living room playing, and blues was in my heart from the time I was 12 years old.”

― Alvin Lee

“It’s like you’re waiting on the world to change, but I’m actually living it, because I wonder: If there was a DragCon when I was a child or even a search engine or ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race,’ maybe my father would have been different. Maybe our relationship now wouldn’t be different.”

― Alyssa Edwards

“My father was very strict.”

― Alyssa Edwards

“I was taught by my father. He was head of the primary school so I went to his school until I was 11 – I was the youngest of four daughters and we had all been taught by him. But I didn’t really enjoy my secondary education that much, probably because I am a very physical person and don’t enjoy sitting at a desk all day.”

― Amanda Burton

“My father worked for the Foreign Office, so he was away a lot of the time. We were a very volatile family. There was a lot of love and a lot of conflict. The conflict kicked in mostly during my adolescence.”

― Amanda Donohoe

“I don’t think I’ve ever come to terms with not having had a father around, and that’s why I made so many mistakes with men.”

― Amanda Eliasch

“The historian Linda Colley has analysed how and why George III transformed himself from being a figure of ‘perfect hatred’ to the father of the country.”

― Amanda Foreman

“Many, including the Canadian and U.S. governments, try to provide family support while also maintaining a hard line about further fuelling terrorism and hostage-taking through ransom payments … Still, try telling that to a mother, or a father, or a husband or wife caught in the powerless agony of standing by.”

― Amanda Lindhout

“The prejudice was so bad in the United States at that time that a dark person with a white person would not be served in a restaurant. My father, mother, and I would try it occasionally. We would sit there, and the food would never come.”

― Amar Bose

“The food we ate was Indian, and both my mother and father were very deep into the ancient philosophy of India, so it could well have been an Indian household.”

― Amar Bose

“My father used to always give me a basketball, a skate board, and a bike every Christmas. That’s all I wanted every year.”

― Amar’e Stoudemire

“I was raised by my father; I was daddy’s girl.”

― Amber Heard

“I’ve heard stories of other people that are similar stories to me – their mother or father passing away. People have come out to me on Instagram. It’s amazing that they can tell me and confide in me. I always want to take the time and write these long messages telling them how much that means to me.”

― Amber Mark

“My father comes from a generation of film that actors my age don’t even know about, which is really sad.”

― Amber Tamblyn

“Doubt is the father of invention.”

― Ambrose Bierce

“You need to have a very strong relationship with your coaches. For me, Freddie Roach is like a father figure.”

― Amir Khan

“My family came to Newark in the ’20s. We’ve been there a long, long time. My father’s name was LeRoi, the French-ified aspect of it, because his first name was Coyette, you see. They come from South Carolina.”

― Amiri Baraka

“In the early ’90s, I was disillusioned after the blasts and riots in Mumbai. I was in college and started thinking that religion was the root cause of all these evils. While my father told me not to blame religion because of a few bad people, I wasn’t convinced. The faith was restored after I started writing my first book.”

― Amish Tripathi

“My father’s family hails from Banaras. My grandfather taught mathematics at Banaras Hindu University. Banaras is also dedicated to Lord Shiva, home to one of the great jyotirlings, the Kashi Vishwanath temple.”

― Amish Tripathi

“I’d love to romance Aishwarya Rai. But I’m 58 now. So I have to play her father.”

― Amitabh Bachchan

“My mother came from a very affluent background, very Westernized, while my father was more Eastern. So I’ve had a very good blend of the East and the West. I guess this has been extremely helpful in making my career and the way I function.”

― Amitabh Bachchan

“My father is a poet. He’s a literary giant of this country – writes in Hindi – and also quite unique because he has a Ph.D. in English Literature. He taught at Harvard University, which is one of the most prominent universities in the country.”

― Amitabh Bachchan

“One of my earliest lessons in guilt was imparted in childhood through the story of the death of Mahatma Gandhi’s father.”

― Amitava Kumar

“’An Obedient Father’ is perhaps the novel that, some might say, Arundhati Roy had wanted to write when she wrote ‘The God of Small Things.’”

― Amitava Kumar

“When I sat down to write ‘Rules of Civility,’ I didn’t write it for anybody but myself. I wasn’t trying to make my mark or make money. I wasn’t anxious about feeding my kids or whether my father would be proud of me.”

― Amor Towles

“Across the board, from my mother to my father to my aunts and uncles, everybody has always given me a lot of love.”

― Amos Lee

“I was born in Mumbai. We stayed in a joint family. But in 1994, my father had to shift to Pune for business. I started working at a very early stage. Immediately after my SSC board examination, I took up odd jobs in shops, as I wanted to contribute to my family.”

― Amruta Khanvilkar

“My father certainly believed that one could make a living outside of an office, as he did. And that if I didn’t want to work for other people, there wasn’t any reason why I had to. He conveyed that very strongly to my sister and I – that smart people can make their own livings.”

― Amy Bloom

“My father would have been spectacularly ill-suited to working for an institution of any kind, and I suspect that, to a lesser degree, that’s true of me, too.”

― Amy Bloom

“I read contrived memoirs by presidential candidates. For every ‘Dreams From My Father’ – Barack Obama’s honest, literary portrayal of his biracial upbringing – there were a dozen cautious, formulaic vanity projects by politicians.”

― Amy Chozick

“For my senior prom, my father finally said I could go – as long as I was home by 9 P.M.! That was around the time that most people were heading out. When I was little I was so mad at them all the time. ‘Why can’t I do this?’ ‘Why are there so many rules?’ But looking back now, my parents gave me the foundation to have so many choices in life.”

― Amy Chua

“I once won a second prize in a history concert. My parents came to the ceremony. Somebody else had won the prize for best all-around student. Afterwards my father said to me, ‘Never, ever disgrace me like that again.’ When I tell my Western friends, they are aghast. But I adore my father. It didn’t knock my self-esteem at all.”

― Amy Chua

“My father, Simon Hoggart, was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in June 2010. By this point, it had spread to his spleen and metastasised in his lungs and so was pronounced terminal.”

― Amy Hoggart

“My father and I have a very good relationship. We always got along. But I always scold him.”

― Amy Sedaris

“My father wanted me to be a dentist like him, or any doctor, really. There was this attitude of, ‘The civil rights movement was not about you being an artist.’”

― Amy Sherald

“My older brother and I read all the time. My father read, but only things related to religion. One year, he did read a set of stories that was called something like ‘365 Stories’ out loud to us. They followed a family for the year, a page a day. They were about kids with simple problems – like a wheel coming off their bicycle.”

― Amy Tan

“I grew up with Bible stories, which are like fairy tales, because my father was a minister. We heard verses and prayers every day. I liked the gorier Bible stories. I did have a book of Chinese fairy tales. All the people except the elders looked like Italians. But we were not a family that had fiction books.”

― Amy Tan

“I think I’ve always been somebody, since the deaths of my father and brother, who was afraid to hope. So, I was more prepared for failure and for rejection than for success.”

― Amy Tan

“My mother left behind three daughters when she went to America and started a new life. I certainly felt abandoned when my father died of a brain tumour; I felt he had abandoned me to this terrible, volatile mother and I had no protection.”

― Amy Tan

“I didn’t join a bank because my father worked in a bank or because I thought I was going to be a banker or because I thought I was going to be where I am today.”

― Ana Patricia Botin

“The human father has to be confronted and recognized as human, as man who created a child and then, by his absence, left the child fatherless and then Godless.”

― Anais Nin

“I stopped loving my father a long time ago. What remained was the slavery to a pattern.”

― Anais Nin

“In America, where no one judged or supervised her, where my father was too busy eating her cooking to notice whether she was eating it, too, my mother found herself newly enchanted by the taste of food.”

― Anand Giridharadas

“My own ambitions were eclectic. My father ran a steel plant, and I was expected to study metallurgy and end up at the steel plant when I finished high school at age 15. Despite my proficiency at science, I decided against it and instead went on to study filmmaking.”

― Anand Mahindra

“My father knew classical music very well. Driving in the car, listening to the radio, he could name every composer, every movement, what piece it was. I was fascinated by the way he recognized who wrote what.”

― Anat Cohen

“My father had lived in the States in the 1960s for a while and came to love American Songbook material. Even today, he sometimes recognizes singers that I never even heard of, which is beautiful and inspiring.”

― Anat Cohen

“I decided to see how my voice sounds on different type of records. So I did Eminem and the Biggie, Florence and the Machine, and Muse covers. A couple of them just came from some jam sessions between me and my sister in her bedroom at my father’s house in San Diego.”

― Andra Day

“My father loved music. He loved Motown and R&B, and my mother loved Journey and Fleetwood Mac, so they were always listening to it and playing it.”

― Andra Day

“My mother’s father was Jewish, so she was very conservative. She liked little, pretty music-orchestral-type things.”

― Andrae Crouch

“Losing his wealth, his home, the life he had built, killed my father. He didn’t die right away; it took four decades of exile to finish him off.”

― Andre Aciman

“My father actually moved out from Chicago just so he could play tennis 365 days a year, so it was – it was a place we played every day. We played before school. We played after school. We woke up. We played tennis. We brushed our teeth in that order.”

― Andre Agassi

“They’re mutually incompatible I feel; being a wise thief and a wise father.”

― Andre Braugher

“As a father, I’ve tried to encourage my children to have a broader and deeper emotional life than I’ve had. I want my sons to be able to express their feelings about things.”

― Andre Braugher

“Somewhere, sometime I’d stopped expecting my father to father.”

― Andre Dubus III

“Years later I would hear my father say the divorce had left him dating his children. That still meant picking us up every Sunday for a matinee and, if he had the money, an early dinner somewhere.”

― Andre Dubus III

“When I was 4 or 5, I attended my father’s concerts. He very often played Strauss waltzes as encores and I saw something happening with the audience.”

― Andre Rieu

“My mother was largely a housewife until she and my father were divorced. No one in the family read for pleasure – it was a very unintellectual household – but my mother did read to us when we were little, and that’s how I started to read.”

― Andrea Barrett

“I read a lot, very passionately, from the time I was very young, but it was a constant battle; my mother would more or less let me be, but with my father, I was always searching for a place where he wouldn’t find me. Whenever he saw me reading, he would tell me to put the book down and go outside, act like a normal person.”

― Andrea Barrett

“I loved riding bikes and horses. I was eight when I started having lessons, and when my father bought me my own horse I couldn’t wait to go off on my own.”

― Andrea Bocelli

“My father did advertising photography.”

― Andreas Gursky

“My father has made a museum with my cuttings and photographs.”

― Andres Iniesta

“My father was a chef but hadn’t owned his own business. I didn’t like that. In my heart of hearts, I knew I wanted to be in business.”

― Andrew Cherng

“I think naturally my orientation is from my father.”

― Andrew Cuomo

“My father was against the death penalty, and that was hard in the Son of Sam summer when fear was driving the desire for the death penalty.”

― Andrew Cuomo

“My father, Colin, and my brother, Chris, who is four years older than me, were a great help to me when I was younger.”

― Andrew Flintoff

“My father, A. M. Rosenthal, edited the ‘Times’ for nearly 20 years and worked at the paper for many more.”

― Andrew Rosenthal

“My father was not prone to worship, but he worshiped Arthur Sulzberger.”

― Andrew Rosenthal

“I cannot let Justin Trudeau do to my children what his father did to my generation.”

― Andrew Scheer

“I’m proud to say that we are the party of Canada’s first prime minister, the father of our federation, and the visionary who made this land possible.”

― Andrew Scheer

“My father’s an opera nut, and my stepmother used to work at the Metropolitan Opera, so I had a lot of opera immersion. I like the grandness and pretention of it.”

― Andrew Solomon

“Al Gore’s problem, in my view, is that he never liked politics. He’s actually deeply uncomfortable in it but felt he had to do it because of his father. He’s much more comfortable in a private sector role and has, in fact, been much more successful in a private sector role, and I admire him for that.”

― Andrew Sullivan

“My father was a progressive farmer, and was always ready to lay aside an old plough if he could replace it with one better constructed for its work. All through life, I have ever been ready to buy a better plough.”

― Andrew Taylor Still

“I was a total music nerd. I grew up on Perry Street in the ’80s. My father wrote books about jazz, so I was always at the ‘Village Vanguard.’”

― Andrew Wyatt

“I surrendered to a world of my imagination, reenacting all those wonderful tales my father would read aloud to me. I became a very active reader, especially history and Shakespeare.”

― Andrew Wyeth

“All composers who came after were influenced by Beethoven, even during his lifetime, both by his personality and by his music. He was a father figure for generations.”

― Andris Nelsons

“Dinner ‘conversation’ at the Cohens’ meant my sister, mom, and I relaying in brutal detail the day’s events in a state of amplified hysteria, while my father listened to his own smooth jazz station in his head.”

― Andy Cohen

“I’m an exile. My father had the courage to leave with his wife, his mother and three children under twelve. It took more courage to leave, to sacrifice everything for freedom, than to stay.”

― Andy Garcia

“My grandfather was a very elegant individual. My father also. He was a lawyer and farmer in Cuba. In Miami, he had to go to work wherever he could. But whenever it was time to go out, you saw how they cared for how they looked.”

― Andy Garcia

“One of the things I would have loved to have had was a family that worked better together, although I love my mother and father to bits.”

― Andy Murray

“I suppose my father was more influential in my starting to play the guitar.”

― Andy Partridge

“It was a fairly happy childhood. My father was working away, and my mum brought up five kids all on her own.”

― Andy Serkis

“My father was interested in justice, always working for people who needed to be supported.”

― Andy Serkis

“I don’t care what you do – baseball or politics – George W. Bush is always going to be compared to his father. I just want it to be an easy answer in 50 years – Who was the better player, me, or my kids? I want it to be my kids.”

― Andy Van Slyke

“My father has a great love of science, and he indoctrinated me into it early. I think I was 12 or so when we designed a moon base.”

― Andy Weir

“I came from a very, very small valley in the middle of South Wales. I grew up there with my father, who’s a coal miner, and my mother worked in a normal factory.”

― Aneurin Barnard

“I used to just daydream all the time about being in movies, from the age of, like, four onwards. I would sit down and watch movies with my father and my grandfather, and always pretended that I was in the stories.”

― Aneurin Barnard

“When I was a kid, I used to pretend to be Bond; I used to make up scenarios and irritate my sister and annoy my mother and father pretending to be someone else, so I kind of was already acting when I was a child. I just didn’t really know it.”

― Aneurin Barnard

“In ‘Citadel,’ I play a very young father. When I first signed onto ‘Hunky Dory,’ I was actually 18 years old.”

― Aneurin Barnard

“Bond is actually my dream role. Only because it was the film I watched with my grandfathers and father from a very young age, and it would be the only way that I could actually repay them with my art form for what they’ve done for me.”

― Aneurin Barnard

“My father was the center of the family, and everyone tried to please him.”

― Ang Lee

“The father figure is something I love, but also suffocate from and want to work against.”

― Ang Lee

“Film study was considered disgraceful by my father.”

― Ang Lee

“It’s difficult to say what I would be doing if I wasn’t a footballer, but I probably would have sold coal like my father. Studying was never my thing, and I would surely have ended up working with my dad.”

― Angel Di Maria

“My father smoked cigars his whole life, and my husband once in a while does. And when he does, it reminds me of my father. It’s a heartwarming thing.”

― Angela Ahrendts

“Mother goddesses are just as silly a notion as father gods. If a revival of the myths of these cults gives woman emotional satisfaction, it does so at the price of obscuring the real conditions of life. This is why they were invented in the first place.”

― Angela Carter

“Aeneas carried his aged father on his back from the ruins of Troy and so do we all, whether we like it or not, perhaps even if we have never known them.”

― Angela Carter

“I do think that whatever ambition I may have had natively was amplified by my father’s clear valuing of it. I knew that was what my dad really cared about.”

― Angela Duckworth

“My late father Rev. James Thomas McGlowan was the inspiration behind ‘Bamboozled.’ My father admired Frederick Douglass’ courage and his bravery in the face of adversity.”

― Angela McGlowan

“When I was growing up, my father would not allow me to get a perm, so I straightened my hair for special occasions.”

― Angela Robinson

“My father constantly reminded me that he named me after Angela Yvonne Davis, a scholar and activist who was well known for her work in tandem with the Black Panther Party. That felt like a purposeful, beckoning call to engage in strategic resistance and to fight for the oppressed.”

― Angela Rye

“In my father’s generation, the product was 80 percent of what you were putting into the world, and your personal life was 20 percent. It now seems that 80 percent of the product I put out is silly, made-up stories and what I’m wearing.”

― Angelina Jolie

“My father, Leo Henry Brown, really was talented – he could write. He had a gift, and he had a great, sly humor.”

― Angie Dickinson

“My husband is the most brilliant father on the planet.”

― Angie Harmon

“The educational highlights I remember were not in the classroom. My father spent a lot of time with me when he could. He taught me how to take square roots, a skill I have retained but do not use often, except to check that I still remember.”

― Angus Deaton

“The school in the Yorkshire mining village in which my father grew up in the 1920s and 1930s allowed only a few children to go to high school, and my father was not one of them. He spent much of his time as a young man repairing this deprivation, mostly at night school.”

― Angus Deaton

“I really have been enjoying performing more lately than I have in a long time and you know, it’s all about that sort of centered feeling that I have now. You know, thanks to, not just my kid, but her father before her. You know, I have a kind of a grounding through them that I really relish, and I think is also good for my work, you know.”

― Ani DiFranco

“Sadness… reflecting on the proud legacy of trust and fair play on which Reliance Industries was founded by my visionary father Dhirubhai Ambani, and how far RIL appeared to have moved away from those original values.”

― Anil Ambani

“My father was a dress cutter, and my mother was a tailoress, so I was brought up to appreciate a good frock.”

― Anita Dobson

“I am a person whose father had no religion but who went to the nuns for a couple of years. And I think I’m the same: On one hand, I pray; on the other hand, I don’t believe. I am constantly between the two.”

― Anjelica Huston

“Some people had fathers who were bankers or farmers, my father made films, that’s how I saw it. As for the movie stars, they were just around, some of them were friends, others weren’t, it was all just a part of my everyday life.”

― Anjelica Huston

“My father, John Marcellus Huston, was a director renowned for his adventurous style and audacious nature.”

― Anjelica Huston

“I read James Joyce’s short story ‘The Dead,’ and I love that movie for many reasons. It was the last film I made with my father, and it’s emotional for me as well as a movie I’m proud of.”

― Anjelica Huston

“When I turned fifteen, I remember my father gave me a credit card which I was allowed to use for two things: emergencies and books.”

― Ann Brashares

“My father used to say, ‘Well, Ann, maybe the best thing you’ll ever do, you haven’t even thought of yet.’”

― Ann Curry

“I think eventually I want to become a teacher, like my father wanted to be, and hopefully positively influence the next generation.”

― Ann Curry

“My father, John, ran the Dowd Insurance Co. in town, which was started by his great-grandfather. My mother, Dolores, was a homemaker who kept an eye on all of us.”

― Ann Dowd

“Both my mother’s family and my father’s family go back almost a hundred years in the district. I was born in the district, raised in the district, raised my family in the district. And so that’s the way I see myself.”

― Ann Kirkpatrick

“My father was proud that people thought I was a good actress. I’m the only child. And daddy’s girl.”

― Ann-Margret

“I grew up in Kingston, Jamaica, as the youngest of four children and the only girl. My father died when I was only a year and a half. He was killed in a car accident when he was 26.”

― Ann-Marie Campbell

“My father was a police officer in Los Angeles.”

― Ann Patchett

“I do recognize the most valuable work being done across the country is that work being done inside the four walls in our homes. And let us not forget how important the work of the mother and father are to raising responsible citizens.”

― Ann Romney

“I saw my father deal with every headache the government threw his way – whether it had to do with the signs on the front of the building or the prices on the showroom floor. He knew he could do better, if government would just get out of the way – and stay out of the way. He was right.”

― Ann Wagner

“My parents had four children quickly, divorced quickly – when I was two – and my mother remarried quickly. We were suddenly in a different environment with a different father.”

― Anna Chancellor

“I remember from my father’s funeral that the minister kept using a metaphor about life of a prism. And I took that away like a cherished image.”

― Anna Deavere Smith

“My father was an Episcopalian minister, and I’ve always been comforted by the power of prayer.”

― Anna Lee

“My father was from Northern Ireland, and coming from somewhere like that, your faith defines you. That’s something we don’t really understand outside Northern Ireland, but because of my parents and grandparents, I’ve experienced it.”

― Anna Maxwell Martin

“My father is an acupuncturist, and the way he practices is very free. For me, he’s like an artist. He started to do acupuncture when it wasn’t so accepted. His spirit and outlook inspire me.”

― Anna Mouglalis

“I have always found it difficult to wait for things – whether it was to see my father or sailor brother, Alan, again after their long sea trips, or the chance of a better job, or even new curtains.”

― Anna Neagle

“I’ve been estranged from my father since I was eight.”

― Anna Torv

“My father was a newspaper editor, so I was surrounded by journalists my entire life. I think the fact that he was so well known may be why I chose to go into magazines and move to the States at a young age.”

― Anna Wintour

“My father used to get me to read the newspaper to him, as if I was a radio. I would stand there and read the ‘Times.’”

― Annalena McAfee

“She was trusted and valued by her father, loved and courted by all dogs, cats, children, and poor people, and slighted and neglected by everybody else.”

― Anne Bronte

“I’ve never been anything than a blond my whole life. There was one time when I dyed the ends pink. My father said if I ever did that again, he’d shave my head and keep me home ’til it grew back.”

― Anne Burrell

“When my sister and I came along, my father’s political life was completely over. He ran for president the year I was born. So that was the end of it. He had been congressman first, then governor, before all that. So when we came along, he was running the Dayton newspaper.”

― Anne Cox Chambers

“Because we’re Jewish, my father immigrated to Holland in 1933, where he became the managing director of the Dutch Opekta Company, which manufactures products used in making jam.”

― Anne Frank

“He never admitted anything, even on his deathbed. He was a deluded liar. If it weren’t for my father, I don’t think I would be so open. So that’s a huge blessing.”

― Anne Heche

“I told my mother at about the seventh year of therapy that I had been abused sexually by my father, and she hung up the phone on me.”

― Anne Heche

“I grew up in central Florida in the nineteen-sixties, barefoot half the time and running around the orange groves where my father worked. I remember flocks of white birds that would lift from the backs of cattle, disturbed by the jackhammers and bulldozers clearing land for Walt Disney World.”

― Anne Hull

“I’m always dancing in my kitchen. And I love to sing. I’ve always sung. My father was a lovely singer. Always sang Jim Reeves at parties.”

― Anne-Marie Duff

“My father was full of tales. He said his family were ministers in the Church of Scotland, or they were lawyers.”

― Anne Reid

“I don’t ever think of myself as coming from a particular class because my father was working class but made his living as a newspaper foreign correspondent – someone of no fixed abode, as he used to say – who was as comfortable dining with the Mountbattens in India as he was having a pint with the boys. He was very gregarious.”

― Anne Reid

“My father fought in the war, and then he was posted all ’round the world with his job. So I didn’t know him very well when I was young.”

― Anne Reid

“It doesn’t matter who my father was; it matters who I remember he was.”

― Anne Sexton

“I have always thought of Walt Disney as my second father.”

― Annette Funicello

“Everyone knows the beautiful story of Abraham and the sacrifice of Isaac. How this noble father led his child to the slaughter; how Isaac meekly submitted; how the farce went on till the lad was bound and laid on the altar, and how God then stopped the murder, and blessed the intending murderer for his willingness to commit the crime.”

― Annie Besant

“Our family was on the lunatic fringe. My mother was always completely irrepressible. My father made crowd noises into a microphone.”

― Annie Dillard

“I come from an interracial family: My father is from Nigeria, and so he is African-American, and my mother is American and white, so I rarely see skin color. It’s never an issue for me.”

― Annie Ilonzeh

“My father was stationed at Clark Air Base in the Philippines, which had a hospital where they brought casualties straight from the battlefield. My mother was kind of a sophisticated bohemian, and my father was in the military to make a living.”

― Annie Leibovitz

“My father was sick when I was little, and we had a woman, a nanny-type, who was from Ireland. Her daughter was in Irish dancing, so she put me in it, and in the summertime, every weekend was filled with traveling somewhere to dance in competitions.”

― Annie Wersching

“My father wanted a boy. I was supposed to be called Albert. That was probably the beginning of why things got so complicated, because I wasn’t a boy.”

― Anouska Hempel

“’East of Eden’ is an important story for me. It’s about a kid that’s misunderstood and feels like he’s not loved by his father. It’s a very father-son kind of story, and it’s not until the end that they sort of make up. I like that because every boy has trouble with his father, so it’s very relatable.”

― Ansel Elgort

“One minute, you’re dropping your teenage son off to a festival, and the next, you’re changing a nappy, but I love the versatility and challenge of being a father.”

― Ant Middleton

“The one thing I’ve always said is I don’t want them growing up without a father, and they’re my inspiration to make sure I’m the best man I can be. I want them to have the father figure that I never had.”

― Ant Middleton

“I had a tough childhood after my father died when I was five, and I had a very difficult stepfather. I want to give my children what I didn’t have – a good role model.”

― Ant Middleton

“Gorillas remind me of my father. He was a very big, physically strong man but also very sensitive.”

― Anthony Browne

“As a father, I understand the importance of the bond that develops through reading picture books with your child.”

― Anthony Browne

“I had just been promoted to the first rugby team. It was a perfect, wonderful coming of age. My brother was already in the team, and my father had come to watch us. We went home, and my father died in front of me. Horribly, in about half an hour. He had a heart attack.”

― Anthony Browne

“There’s really no point in having children if you’re not going to be home enough to father them.”

― Anthony Edwards

“My father was grounded, a very meat-and-potatoes man. He was a baker.”

― Anthony Hopkins

“My father wasn’t a cruel man. And I loved him. But he was a pretty tough character. His own father was even tougher – one of those Victorians, hard as iron – but my dad was tough enough.”

― Anthony Hopkins

“I’ve felt like an outsider all my life. It comes from my mother, who always felt like an outsider in my father’s family. She was a powerful woman, and she motivated my father.”

― Anthony Hopkins

“My father was aloof, very strange and very distant.”

― Anthony Horowitz

“Until he lost all his money, my father was a successful north London Jewish businessman. He was unusual among his immediate family in that he was enormously cultured and had an incredible library.”

― Anthony Horowitz

“I don’t think my father was a bad man, all in all.”

― Anthony Horowitz

“With every year that passes, I get further away from my target audience, and while I’ve been happy to think of myself as a father figure to these kids, I’d be a little distressed to be thought of as a grandfather figure.”

― Anthony Horowitz

“I inherited my father’s insatiable desire to meet all the beautiful girls in the world.”

― Anthony Kiedis

“My father rebelled ferociously against his conservative upbringing where his father physically abused him.”

― Anthony Kiedis

“As a father now, I wouldn’t do what my dad did, because it left me feeling emotionally unstable as a kid. But he didn’t do the things he did out of selfishness or malice.”

― Anthony Kiedis

“I know whatever my father did, in his own way, he still loved me.”

― Anthony Kiedis

“Now I can look back and say I actually like the upbringing I had and my father was very attentive and a great educator.”

― Anthony Kiedis

“I was raised with a sense of entrepreneurship – my father owned a roofing business, and I grew up with the idea that you never want someone telling you what you can and cannot do.”

― Anthony Mackie

“I think the obvious answer is I was raised in New York City, so growing up, not only myself but my family, like my father, we would watch a lot of Scorsese films.”

― Anthony Michael Hall

“I lost my father was I 10 years old, and I always looked for a father. I missed my father very much.”

― Anthony Quinn

“Thirteen, 13 children, and I love – I love them all. And I think I’ve been a good father to all of them.”

― Anthony Quinn

“My mom was my mother and father. My father lost his mind when I was about 4 years old. And my mom did everything she could to make sure that we was brought up right.”

― Anthony Ray Hinton

“Black, poor, without a father most of my life, one of 10 children – it was actually pretty amazing I had made it to the age of 29 without a noose around my neck.”

― Anthony Ray Hinton

“Henry Hays was cheated all his life. He was cheated by his father who taught him to hate. His community taught him to hate. My mom told me, no matter what one does in life, he or she deserves some compassion, and I knew Hays deserved compassion more than anybody.”

― Anthony Ray Hinton

“Of course I have other passions… but my real investment obviously without a second thought is LVMH and what my father created.”

― Antoine Arnault

“It was clear that my father wanted us to work with him. I mean, it is a family company.”

― Antoine Arnault

“I was taught fashion very early, from the age of 12 when my father bought and created the group.”

― Antoine Arnault

“Growing up, I’d always visit boutiques with my father on the weekends.”

― Antoine Arnault

“My father has many talents, but his best is marketing.”

― Antoine Arnault

“Mandela is just the eternal man. You want that man to be around forever. It’s the closest thing we have to God, I think. He’s the father of mankind, almost.”

― Anton Corbijn

“My first pictures are from 1972, and my first proper camera dates back to 1973. During the first year I used my father’s camera. It had a flash on it, which I don’t like, but I didn’t know anything about photography back then, so it was just what I did.”

― Anton Corbijn

“My father is Hungarian and moved to Britain during the uprising, and my Spanish mum comes from Galicia; they moved here at the end of the Fifties.”

― Anton du Beke

“When I was around 18, I got kicked out of my parents’ house, and I wasn’t allowed to take anything with me. I slept on YMCA towels for a whole semester in university before my father found out and bought me a mattress. I felt really free because I was finally living on my own, but I was also really depressed because I had nothing.”

― Antoni Porowski

“My father is Polish, and at 68, he still wears a Speedo to the beach, and he wears regular briefs – so did his father. That was my upbringing.”

― Antoni Porowski

“My father was a classical singer of baroque music, and my older sister was in musical theatre, and I thought about doing the same thing but then realised straight acting was for me.”

― Antonia Thomas

“I don’t think I’ll be playing again. I’m very content and happy, doing the types of things I haven’t gotten to do, be a father.”

― Antonio Davis

“I have to be a father first and a husband first.”

― Antonio Davis

“My father was predisposed to drunken rages. I would hide under the bed. My sister and I were talking just the other day about the terror a drunken man in a rage can create in a child.”

― Antonio Villaraigosa

“My father raised me to think independently and follow my own path in life.”

― Antony Garrett Lisi

“My father was among the first of his generation to look into writers who’ve become part of the American lit. canon. When he wrote his master’s thesis on William Faulkner in the Forties, he couldn’t find anybody on the faculty at Columbia University to oversee it because they didn’t read Faulkner.”

― Antonya Nelson

“I was born in a poor family, a lower middle class family. My father was a clerk in the forest department. I was very bad at studies. I was not very good at sports, also.”

― Anupam Kher

“When I meet someone from the army background, there is an instant connection. We live in the best five-star hotels of the world, but outside my home I will be equally comfortable in any army cantonment or army guest house. Telling my friends that my father was in the army was like telling them that he is the second-richest man in the world.”

― Anushka Sharma

“I will share a personal experience: my father was posted in Jammu & Kashmir during the Kargil war. I remember my mom sitting in front of television throughout the day reading tickers which had name of the martyrs.”

― Anushka Sharma

“I don’t like to talk about my personal life, so I will not talk about others. I don’t give advice. I give advice to only my mother, father, and brother on health.”

― Anushka Sharma

“We actually have a small family. It’s just my father and I and my grandmother, who lives in Tokyo. I cherish my friendships.”

― Apolo Ohno

“I believe my father has and always will be the strongest influence in my life, as he has guided me on many paths.”

― Apolo Ohno

“My father is 100% Japanese and came to the United States when he was only 18 years old. My grandmother still resides in Japan, which has allowed me to travel to the roots of my ancestors with my father.”

― Apolo Ohno

“My life has always been with my dad. Since I can remember, I was raised by my father my entire life. So he’s kind of been that mom and father figure – always.”

― Apolo Ohno

“If it wasn’t for my sport and my father, I’d probably be a fallen statistic. I’d be dead; I’d be in jail. Luckily, I had a great dad in my life.”

― Apolo Ohno

“I grew up in East Germany, and we were short on technology. So my father was really proud to be the owner of a turntable.”

― Apparat

“’Dark Side of the Moon’ was one of my father’s favorite records, which I obviously didn’t understand when I was young. To be honest, I don’t really have too many memories of hearing it, but I definitely have memories of the cover.”

― Apparat

“With a diplomat father, for whom foreign postings were a fact of life, my siblings and I were expected to attend boarding schools in Britain.”

― Arabella Weir

“I spent my entire childhood living abroad because of my father’s occupation, so we were on long-haul flights all the time.”

― Arabella Weir

“My mother, father, stepmother and surrogate mother have all died of cancer; my best friend has got terminal cancer and at least five of my other friends have had cancer but survived it.”

― Arabella Weir

“My father never liked me or my sister, and he never liked our mother either, after an initial infatuation, and in fact, he never liked anyone at all after an hour or two, no, no one except a stooge.”

― Aram Saroyan

“I had grown up in a privileged, upper-caste Hindu community; and because my father worked for a Catholic hospital, we lived in a prosperous Christian neighborhood.”

― Aravind Adiga

“When I was younger I was fat. I was never conscious of it and was content with who I was because I was so loved. My mother never told me to lose weight and my father doted on me, but my agent told me. I tried, but I loved Indian food too much.”

― Archie Panjabi

“My mother wanted to be a teacher when she was young, and my father didn’t approve of it, so she fought very hard to become one. And she did it. So when I said I wanted to become an actress, my mother was very supportive. She always said to me, ‘There’s no such thing as ‘can’t.’”

― Archie Panjabi

“My father is a genuinely nice guy and very generous to anybody and everybody. He likes to live life kingsize, and he doesn’t know any other way, and I love that about him.”

― Arjun Kapoor

“Every boy grows up trying to be like his father, but what if a boy grows up to be like his mother?”

― Arjun Kapoor

“I look like my mother but behave like my father.”

― Arjun Kapoor

“People have even said my father paid Aditya Chopra to make a film for me. It’s illogical. People say what they have to say.”

― Arjun Kapoor

“Born in Jabalpur, I was brought up in Deolali, where my father ran a small business of making fire extinguishers.”

― Arjun Rampal

“My father was an immigrant who literally walked across Europe to get out of Russia. He fought in World War I. He was wounded in action. My father was a great success even though he never had money. He was a very determined man, a great role model.”

― Arlen Specter

“My only description for me is that there’s no throwaway people. That’s the creed that I live by. It doesn’t matter if I’m singing or not. That’s the kind of person that my father and mother wanted me to be. The end obligation is to make people feel good about who they are.”

― Arlo Guthrie

“My mother had introduced me to a lot of my father’s friends because she believed that I would get to know the guy my dad was better through his friends than just in the hospital visits.”

― Arlo Guthrie

“I think of my parents as a single unit, and it’s interesting because they shared so much, and they were totally opposite. My mother, a Martha Graham dancer, had a classical background; my father had a back-porch background.”

― Arlo Guthrie

“When it comes to advice, I always consult my father regarding everything, as he has seen the industry inside out, and he is the best person to guide me.”

― Armaan Malik

“As a child singer, I never sang a single track for my father or uncle.”

― Armaan Malik

“Young people know how important it is for dads to be involved in their lives. As I travel the country and talk with students, some of them tell me that their lives would be totally different if their father was around.”

― Arne Duncan

“Almost 24 million children – one in three – are likely growing up without their father involved in their lives.”

― Arne Duncan

“My father would make me stand on the table and make me sing. He would give me a P1 reward after every song.”

― Arnel Pineda

“As my father taught me, and he drove home that point, he said, ‘Just remember something. You don’t need to tell anybody how good you are. You show them how good you are.’ And he drove that home with me. So I learned early not to brag about how good I was or what I could do but let my game take that away and show them that I could play well enough.”

― Arnold Palmer

“My grandson Sam Saunders has been playing golf since he could hold a club and I spent a lot of time with him over the years. Like my father taught me, I showed him the fundamentals of the game and helped him make adjustments as he and his game matured over the years.”

― Arnold Palmer

“You must understand, that for a daughter to protect her father’s image is natural; Freud built a whole career around it.”

― Arnon Goldfinger

“My father was a no-nonsense, dedicated, and focused minister, and there was usually a sermon he needed to prepare for or a Scripture he needed to study, and that always came first.”

― Arsenio Hall

“Being a child that grew up with a single mom back in the ’70s, Father’s Day to me was always a very uncomfortable time. At school, we would make Father’s Day cards for our dads, and I usually mailed one to my dad, and he hardly ever responded.”

― Art Alexakis

“One of the things about being a boy, especially growing up without a father, is you really don’t have that role model to teach you how to do things.”

― Art Alexakis

“The Marine Corps was the first father figure I had ever known.”

― Art Buchwald

“What I’m not saying is that all government spending is bad. It’s not – far, far from it, but there is no free lunch, as a former colleague of mine used to say. There is no public tooth fairy. Father Christmas does not work on the Treasury staff this year. You can never bail someone out of trouble without putting someone else into trouble.”

― Arthur Laffer

“My father died when I was seven, leaving a widow and five sons, ranging in age from five to seventeen. My mother was the most highly-disciplined and hardest working person I have ever known, and this, combined with her love and gentleness, enabled her to make a success of each of her children.”

― Arthur Lewis

“When I was seven, I had to stay home for several weeks because of some ailment, whereupon my father elected to teach me so that I should not fall behind. In fact, he taught me in three months as much as the school taught in two years, so, on returning to school, I was shifted from grade 4 to grade 6.”

― Arthur Lewis

“My father was an immigrant from Russia and my mother was first generation.”

― Arthur Rock

“My father was a really good athlete, so his pop-ups really were sky high. Eventually I learned how to judge them properly and catch them well. It was great training for when I started to play on teams, which I did all through school.”

― Artie Lange

“I grew up in an environment with virtually no Hispanics where you see only people in your culture in custodial jobs. I had a messed up image of what we bring to this nation. My father was known as a pioneering figure in Cuban music, but I still associated him with everything that was negative in my neighborhood. I could not have been more mistaken.”

― Arturo O’Farrill

“A male can be a boy, a man, a love/husband, a father, a grandfather, a great-grandfather, but they don’t have any knowledge what’s happening inside a woman’s body. That’s what I had learnt in my early married life.”

― Arunachalam Muruganantham

“Every father, brother, and husband should know about menstruation. It is not just about women; it is about men, too.”

― Arunachalam Muruganantham

“I was a big reader as a child. My father is a great book lover and a librarian, but he forbid me to read bad literature. I was not allowed to read Nancy Drew or books like that. I often say to him that me becoming a crime author is both a way of pleasing him and annoying him.”

― Asa Larsson

“My songs would be nothing had it not been for my father. I follow his footsteps.”

― Asha Bhosle

“Acting is in my genes, since my father late Pandit Dinanath Mangeshkar was an actor.”

― Asha Bhosle

“My father was a master of the cutting insult.”

― Ashley Graham

“I want to go to Lapland and see Father Christmas, and now I’ve got a child, so I’ve got an excuse. Also, I’d like to go to South America especially as I’m now living in that part of the world, in L.A. now. And I must get down to Mexico.”

― Ashley Jensen

“My father was a musician, so I have a bit of rock n’ roll in me, but I’ve studied so many different styles of dance, and I have so many facets to my personality; I like to play around with fashion.”

― Ashley Roberts

“I watched my mom suffer from a divorce where she depended on my father.”

― Ashley Roberts

“I always saw myself as really ugly. My father even told me I was ugly because I would shave my head and look like a boy.”

― Asia Argento

“Both my parents are well educated; my father worked for the CBI before becoming a businessman, and my mother was a civil surgeon. But I did not want to be a doctor.”

― Asin

“I am an only child, so not only my father, even my mother is also very supportive of my career.”

― Asin

“When the Bangladesh war happened, people in Pakistan who did not support it were called unpatriotic. My father was in the jail at that time, and a lot of those who knew my family used to call us children of a traitor.”

― Asma Jahangir

“The way my father worked altruistically and the manner in which he used to go behind bars and come back home smilingly was inspirational.”

― Asma Jahangir

“Even before his detention, my father was fighting many cases. He remained in jail in Multan. He remained in jail in Bannu. But we were not allowed to go see him there. We always saw him in courts. So for me, the courts were a place where you dressed up to see your father. It had a very nice feeling to it.”

― Asma Jahangir

“I had been very impressed with the courts we visited to see my father. The judges wearing wigs, the lawyers, the legal arguments – it was all exciting stuff for a kid.”

― Asma Jahangir

“My father was jailed off and on for seven years.”

― Asma Jahangir

“I’m a father to four kids, so it bothers me that even though our children think big naturally, our society systematically trains them out of thinking that way.”

― Astro Teller

“’Master Harold’ is about me as a little boy, and my father, who was an alcoholic. There’s a thread running down the Fugard line of alcoholism. Thankfully I haven’t passed it on to my child, a wonderful daughter who’s stone-cold sober. But I had the tendency from my father, just as he had had it from his father.”

― Athol Fugard

“Before becoming a father, I wanted to be No.1, but now I feel that there is no such thing. I just want to do my job and entertain as long as I can, because that’s the best way to win people over.”

― Atif Aslam

“The father’s greatest folly is that he believes he can be a much more simple person than he is; he is not really able to deal with his own complexity as a human being.”

― Atom Egoyan

“Just recently I was in Target with my mom shopping, and out of the blue, I see this father and his two daughters and he says, ‘Can they get a picture with you?’ And I’m thinking to myself, ‘Am I the one millionth customer or something?’”

― Atticus Shaffer

“The course that will restore to the workmen a father’s duties and responsibilities, between which and themselves the state has now stepped, is for them to reject all forced contributions from others, and to do their own work through their own voluntary combinations.”

― Auberon Herbert

“If my world were to cave in tomorrow, I would look back on all the pleasures, excitements and worthwhilenesses I have been lucky enough to have had. Not the sadness, not my miscarriages or my father leaving home, but the joy of everything else. It will have been enough.”

― Audrey Hepburn

“My father was an Episcopal minister, and for 14 years my family lived in China, in a city called Wuchang. We four children spoke Chinese before we spoke English. We left when the communists came, in the early 1930s. I was about 5 years old.”

― Audrey Meadows

“That is the thankless position of the father in the family – the provider for all, and the enemy of all.”

― August Strindberg

“My parents had this relationship that was really terrifying. I mean, the level of hatred that they had, and the level of physical abuse – my mother would beat up my father, basically – and I think I was drawn to images on television that were bright and reflective.”

― Augusten Burroughs

“I’ve just finished my next collection, Possible Side Effects, and I’m now working on a collection of holiday stories as well as a memoir about my relationship with my father.”

― Augusten Burroughs

“After all it was my father who founded the Burmese army and I do have a sense of warmth towards the Burmese army.”

― Aung San Suu Kyi

“The worst misfortune that can happen to an ordinary man is to have an extraordinary father.”

― Austin O’Malley

“My mother is from Compton, California, but my father is from Hayneville, Alabama, and that’s less than 20 miles from Selma.”

― Ava DuVernay

“I grew up listening to a lot of Ray Charles and ’60s rock, thanks to my father, and then my brothers got me in to KISS and whatnot, so I guess that’s where I got my first taste for music.”

― Avicii

“A Western woman is not her brother’s or her father’s property. She’s just herself. She can choose her own lifestyle. But in a Muslim family, the honor of the man is between the legs of a woman.”

― Ayaan Hirsi Ali

“You have to let individuals make their own choices and respect that, even if it’s your own child. And that’s what was taken away from me. My father passed away thinking I still had to go back to his way of believing.”

― Ayaan Hirsi Ali

“I am grateful to my father for sending me to school, and that we moved from Somalia to Kenya, where I learned English.”

― Ayaan Hirsi Ali

“I was born in Israel, to Canadian parents. My father immigrated in 1948, part of a wave of young men and women who came as pioneers, to fight for a Jewish homeland. Their motive was in large part a reaction to the Holocaust, and their slogan was ‘Never Again.’”

― Ayelet Waldman

“My father is sure that Israel keeps the Holocaust from happening again. I worry that it might hasten its recurrence.”

― Ayelet Waldman

“Before I was married, I didn’t consider my failure to manage even basic hand tools a feminist inadequacy. I thought it had more to do with being Jewish. The Jews I knew growing up didn’t do ‘do-it-yourself.’ When my father needed to hammer something he generally used his shoe, and the only real tool he owned was a pair of needle-nose pliers.”

― Ayelet Waldman

“I’ve spent my whole life playing football. My father didn’t want me to play rugby because he felt it was very hard on the body, so at school, I was encouraged to play football, and that’s where everything started.”

― Aymeric Laporte

“It is good to be a young father, a young parent. You have that energy, and you are growing up with them.”

― Ayushmann Khurrana

“My son had seen ‘Dum Laga Ke Haisha,’ but he wasn’t happy about it because my father bullies me in the film.”

― Ayushmann Khurrana

“I was studying at Stanford University with two quarters left to go before receiving an undergraduate degree in electrical engineering. Then, I got the telephone call from my mother. I had no choice. I went home, and I jumped into the company feet first, right from day one. There was no time to grieve my father.”

― Azim Premji

“I inherited the company from my father after he died very unexpectedly from a heart attack in 1966. He was just 51 years old, and I was 21.”

― Azim Premji

“Interestingly, many Indian companies where there’s a father-and-son combination are being run as joint CEO organizations because the father has not given up running the company and the son is actively involved in running the company, and there is division of responsibilities.”

― Azim Premji

“My father could be very strict, but very fair. His father was the same. We all respected my grandfather; he was the head of the clan. Every morning, we all had to say good morning and kiss his hand. But not me. I jumped on his lap and bit him.”

― Azzedine Alaia

“I feel more and more like ‘myself’ these days. Before becoming a father, I can remember a low-level feeling of somehow not quite being myself.”

― B. D. Wong

“I don’t think my mother and father ever had any doubts about what I was to be punished for or not. My parents come from a very strictly defined culture.”

― B. F. Skinner

“When I returned from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1972, my father was running a forging business with a turnover of Rs 3.5 crore. But I had no patience and wanted to grow the business via exports.”

― Baba Kalyani

“I was attracted to cricket at a very young age. My father’s elder brother Akram Siddiq saw the passion for cricket in me, so he pushed me, and then another uncle – father of Kamran, Umar, and Adnan Akmal – advised my father to work hard on me, as he thought that I will make it big in cricket.”

― Babar Azam

“A mother deserves a day off to care for a sick child or sick parent without running into hardship – and you know what, a father does, too. It’s time to do away with workplace policies that belong in a ‘Mad Men’ episode.”

― Barack Obama

“So as I was growing up, my father was always in the middle of making a film or preparing a film. It was a full-time, all-consuming type of operation.”

― Barbara Broccoli

“Gonpo Tso was born a princess. As a young woman, she dressed in fur-trimmed robes with fat ropes of coral beads strung around her neck. She lived in an adobe castle on the edge of the Tibetan plateau with a reception room large enough to accommodate the thousand Buddhist monks who once paid tribute to her father.”

― Barbara Demick

“Kim Jong Un came in as a fresh face, so I think there’s a great disappointment that he’s playing the same game as his father.”

― Barbara Demick

“When I was born, my father was a copper miner in Butte, Montana. It was a hard-core, blue-collar situation.”

― Barbara Ehrenreich

“By our Heavenly Father and only because of God, only because of God. We’re like other couples. We do not get along perfectly; we do not go without arguments and, as I call them, fights, and heartache and pain and hurting each other. But a marriage is three of us.”

― Barbara Mandrell

“I believe honor thy mother and father is not just a good commandment to live by, it is good public policy to govern by. That is why I feel so strongly about Medicare.”

― Barbara Mikulski

“I wasn’t that over-the-top, but I got sent to the principal in first grade for talking. And my father was for a long time the president of the Board of Education. That was always a hard note to bring home.”

― Barbara Park

“I must have got my detailed, obsessive streak from my father, who was an English teacher, because my mother wasn’t like me at all.”

― Barbra Streisand

“Just like my father, I’ve always loved education. In school I was a member of the honor society.”

― Barbra Streisand

“When I was maybe 5 or 6 years old, the neighborhood girls would sit on the stoop and sing. I was known as the kid who had a good voice and no father.”

― Barbra Streisand

“I am extremely tough and extremely physical, and that is because my father taught me to be tough, physical, and not to take no for an answer.”

― Baron Corbin

“My father passed away when I was pretty young. I was 7 years old, and I think when that happens, there are a variety of ways that a young person can react to that loss. I think, for me, it kind of put me in a perpetual state of feeling like something is wrong with me and like I didn’t belong, or everybody else had things that I didn’t have.”

― Barrett Wilbert Weed

“After my mother died, I learned that she’d had a scholarship to the University of Nebraska, but – in kind of a tradition that females don’t do things like that – her father prevented her from going. She always said that she wasn’t allowed to go to college, but until she died, I never knew that she’d had this scholarship.”

― Barry Barish

“I think some of the pressure comes from the expectations of other people. Like if your father played baseball, they expect you to be the big lifesaver or something when you play a sport.”

― Barry Bonds

“While my father sang, Pedroza stared at me. By that time my eye pupils were staring at him, too, like a terrier that’s got hold of a fox.”

― Barry McGuigan

“Happiness does not come from football awards. It’s terrible to correlate happiness with football. Happiness comes from a good job, being able to feed your wife and kids. I don’t dream football, I dream the American dream – two cars in a garage, be a happy father.”

― Barry Sanders

“I play the father in the scene when Will and Tommy go back to Tommy’s old apartment. It was a big mistake. I hope not to be in the next movie I direct.”

― Barry Sonnenfeld

“I looked up to my father when I was 7 and 8. I believed it was my calling to be in the big leagues. I’d been raised by a family that always told me I could do anything I wanted.”

― Barry Zito

“My father – who was a master sergeant and the toughest man I’ve even known – next to him, Coach Lombardi was a piece of cake.”

― Bart Starr

“When we are truly praying, then we can begin to see Christ in our neighbour; when we are really praying, we can begin to live for the Father.”

― Basil Hume

“My father established the first women’s university in the kingdom, abolished slavery, and tried to establish a constitutional monarchy that separates the position of king from that of prime minister.”

― Basmah bint Saud

“My father made sure that I had lots of levels of education – from ballroom-dancing to painting, commando training, theatre and magic.”

― Baz Luhrmann

“It breaks my heart that my father never knew my children. He should have been around for another 25 years.”

― Bear Grylls

“My father was my teacher. But most importantly he was a great dad.”

― Beau Bridges

“Dylan, myself and my father were in a two hour movie called The Sand Kings, which started off the Outer Limits series. It was sort of the two hour pilot movie.”

― Beau Bridges

“You must be ready to give up everything, not only material attachments but also human attachments – father, mother, wife, children – everything that you have. But the one thing which you have to abandon unconditionally is your self.”

― Bede Griffiths

“My father is Cuban. Spanish was my first language, but I don’t speak it that much anymore because I had dyslexia, and in school they work with you only in English. But I’m proud to be Latina, and most people don’t know I am.”

― Bella Thorne

“My father has positional vertigo, and if he flies he gets really dizzy, so he has to drive out to California, which he does a couple times a year. We talk, but we e-mail mostly.”

― Ben Affleck

“I lived with this tremendous fear of failure because my father was a playwright and a director, and I think he did a couple of things as a child as an actor as well, and he… he failed, basically.”

― Ben Affleck

“I don’t want my kids to grow up with no father like I did. I came to the conclusion a while ago that you can work until midnight and not be finished or you can work until 6 or 7 and not be finished. I decided I’d rather work until 6 or 7.”

― Ben Carson

“Father John Misty imagines that he is a rebel. He is, but he does not realize what he is rebelling against.”

― Ben Domenech

“Father John Misty is rebelling not against repression or foolishness but the ephemeral nature of mankind. He seeks permanence in a fleeting age, and he does not find it because the one place he could find an answer, he considers closed off: a locked door.”

― Ben Domenech

“My father instilled in me an attitude that you couldn’t really enjoy yourself unless you had done something to deserve it. So, my childhood was spent working on farms or local shops or, when I got older, in banks.”

― Ben Elliot

“I knew Quintessentially was a success when my father, who does a lot of business in Beirut, introduced himself to somebody and they said, ‘Oh, do you know Ben Elliot? I’d really like to meet him.’ I remember him ringing me up, really annoyed.”

― Ben Elliot

“My father’s Jewish, so my world is Jewish whenever I go home.”

― Ben Feldman

“I think Romeo and Juliet is uplifting. That’s how much a son wishes to avenge his father. That is how much two young people can love each other.”

― Ben Kingsley

“If you’re going to be a father and whatnot, yeah, you better be responsible about it as best you can.”

― Ben Mendelsohn

“Definitely the most important thing in my life is being a father.”

― Ben Miller

“My father was always clowning around. It was a huge influence on me. In my family, everything is turned into a joke.”

― Ben Miller

“My enthusiasm for L.A. stems from my father, who was a lecturer in American literature at the University of Birmingham. Through his work, our family did several house swaps with L.A. families. It was a dreadfully daring thing to do in the early 1980s; there was no Internet, so you had no idea of what you were getting into.”

― Ben Miller

“One of the greatest gifts my father gave me – unintentionally – was witnessing the courage with which he bore adversity. We had a bit of a rollercoaster life with some really challenging financial periods. He was always unshaken, completely tranquil, the same ebullient, laughing, jovial man.”

― Ben Okri

“One of the greatest gifts my father gave me – unintentionally – was witnessing the courage with which he bore adversity.”

― Ben Okri

“We’ve done as best a job as we can making it clear that I’m earning what I’m earning because of me and not because of who my father is. But at the same time, I’m not ignoring things that would be dumb to ignore, like people that I can know through him and experiences I can have through him and things that I can learn from him.”

― Ben Platt

“I try to live my life like my father lives his. He always takes care of everyone else first. He won’t even start eating until he’s sure everyone else in the family has started eating. Another thing: My dad never judges me by whether I win or lose.”

― Ben Roethlisberger

“I’m very fond of an old map of London that used to belong to my father. I’m a big London fan, and the evolution of the city is astonishing, when you look back to Pepys and how small it was – everyone knew each other.”

― Ben Schott

“Only reprobates father children and then abandon them.”

― Ben Shapiro

“When I seemed to be irritable or sad, my father would quote the learned Dr. Knight, and then say, ‘Just go to sleep.’ Like all smart aleck kids, I thought the advice was silly. But as I’ve grown older, I’ve realized just how smart Knight was.”

― Ben Stein

“I have a great pic of my father and Rev. Graham laughing hysterically at some joke with George Pratt Shultz looking on back in 1972 or so.”

― Ben Stein

“My father was the Prime Minister of Pakistan. My grandfather had been in politics, too; however, my own inclination was for a job other than politics. I wanted to be a diplomat, perhaps do some journalism – certainly not politics.”

― Benazir Bhutto

“I have led an unusual life. I have buried a father killed at age 50 and two brothers killed in the prime of their lives. I raised my children as a single mother when my husband was arrested and held for eight years without a conviction – a hostage to my political career.”

― Benazir Bhutto

“It is a wonderful thing to get married young and become a father.”

― Benedict Cumberbatch

“My father offered his life so our democracy could live. My mother devoted her life to nurturing that democracy. I will dedicate my life to making our democracy reach its fullest potential: that of ensuring equality for all. My family has sacrificed much, and I am willing to do this again if necessary.”

― Benigno Aquino III

“When my father was assassinated, I decided that I would not compete with his memory, but the priority would be to achieve his dream.”

― Benigno Aquino III

“One of the things my father taught me was you should not exclude those who are opposed to your ideas.”

― Benigno Aquino III

“When my father returned home on the twenty-first of August 1983, he had a speech prepared. Filipinos never got to hear it, because he was murdered right on the tarmac.”

― Benigno Aquino III

“If my father Ninoy Aquino were alive today, he would say that he is not superman or superboy. In effect, heroes are really just ordinary people caught up in extraordinary times and respond properly.”

― Benigno Aquino III

“I’m from a middle class family, but my father squandered all the money, so I didn’t really run around with rich people.”

― Benjamin Clementine

“I clearly remember my father cutting our jumpers and our sports clothes with scissors – because he didn’t want us to wear jogging bottoms and hoodies. He thought that would somehow set the police on us.”

― Benjamin Clementine

“My elder brothers were all put apprentices to different trades. I was put to the grammar-school at eight years of age, my father intending to devote me, as the tithe of his sons, to the service of the Church.”

― Benjamin Franklin

“In the same way that I cannot be perfect and need grace for my mistakes, I also need to give my kids grace. I am constantly learning to be patient with them, understanding that they won’t do everything right all the time, while still holding them to a high standard, as their heavenly father does.”

― Benjamin Watson

“I’ve heard my father say that the man is to be the priest, the provider, and the protector of his family. He’s the priest because he is the spiritual leader, monitoring and growing the spiritual temperature of his family.”

― Benjamin Watson

“My grandmother and my father always said I would end up as a missionary. Well, I feel like I am one now.”

― Benjamin Watson

“Fortunately for me, I had a father who didn’t let us get away with anything. You were taught respect, and you were taught to be humble. That has a lot to do with how I am now, because I’m still scared of my dad.”

― Benjamin Watson

“You can be a great father if you are willing to let God use you as an instrument.”

― Benjamin Watson

“People without fathers tend to have two predominant characteristics. They tend to believe anything is possible. At the same time there’s an anxiety and an unending insecurity. It’s a very American thing because back in the past, we lost our fathers or father. The king.”

― Bennett Miller

“The first jazz pianist I heard was Thelonious Monk. My father was listening to an album of his called ‘Monk’s Dream’ almost every day from the time I was born.”

― Benny Green

“Prior to that, I had associated this music with older people, like my father.”

― Benny Green

“What was the appearance of God the Father? Like that of a man… God has the likeness of fingers and hands and a face.”

― Benny Hinn

“What does God the Father look like? Although I’ve never seen Him, I believe – as with the Holy Spirit – He looks like Jesus looked on earth.”

― Benny Hinn

“Father was bold, and Mother was cautious. They never shouted at each other but argued constantly about strategy, and they taught me very early that before taking big risks, one must carefully figure the odds.”

― Benoit Mandelbrot

“I grew up in Manchester, and we were very poor. My father was a miner who joined the Navy during the war and developed a lung disease and had to have a lung removed.”

― Bernard Hill

“Father Time is whether you’re an athlete or not an athlete. Father Time is always around. I think I’m just special.”

― Bernard Hopkins

“I don’t rest in my business interests, I don’t rest being a husband, I don’t rest being a father, and I don’t rest doing none of these things because when you rest, you get comfortable.”

― Bernard Hopkins

“My father was an entrepreneur – a sign maker, and he had about 20 employees – and often he’d take me to business meetings, and I would listen to him talk with his workers and customers. We would also talk a lot about business over dinner.”

― Bernard L. Schwartz

“I never knew my father. He’d disappeared from the scene before I was born, and I still have no idea who he is. Perhaps strangely, it’s never bothered me; I certainly don’t believe it’s really affected me.”

― Bernard Sumner

“I never talked about architecture with my father, which I regret.”

― Bernard Tschumi

“I was writing poems when I was young, you know, because my father was a poet, so it was absolutely normal to follow my father.”

― Bernardo Bertolucci

“My father basically had two ways of judging anything. Either something was poetic or it wasn’t.”

― Bernardo Bertolucci

“In the end, I still have the same hope as my father – that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the last word.”

― Bernice King

“My father literally fought his entire life to ensure the inclusion of all people because he understood that we were intertwined and connected together in humanity.”

― Bernice King

“Like my father, I believe that nonviolence is the antidote to what he called ‘the triple evils of racism, poverty and militarism.’ These three evils were consuming our hopes for community in 1964, and, fifty years later, we remain divided because of their festering effects.”

― Bernice King

“My father provided some very important guidance in how we deal with conflict and polarization.”

― Bernice King

“My favorite preacher is not with me anymore, and that’s my father.”

― Bernice King

“When my father died, the money he left us would have dried up within a year were it not for my mother… We might very well have ended up on welfare.”

― Bernice King

“Unlike some people, my father would try to meet with President-elect Trump because he recognizes that in order to move the agenda of justice, freedom, and equality forward, you can’t just protest and resist. You also have to negotiate as well.”

― Bernice King

“What I’m trying to do is fulfill what my father said, which is, ‘We have to find a way to live together as brothers and sisters, or together we’re going to perish as fools.’”

― Bernice King

“My father really set the tone for us to be a more moral nation, to take a moral high ground in everything that we do.”

― Bernice King

“If I had to do it all over again, would I want my dad here? I would say no. Our world is in a better place because our father gave his life.”

― Bernice King

“As you know, my father was for the inclusiveness and the betterment of society and the world. Certainly we recognize that there are diverse voices in our country, and people have the right of free speech. They have the right of choice, but again, it is our hope that when they choose, they choose to reflect those ideals that he taught us.”

― Bernice King

“Without my ministry, I would just be Martin Luther King’s daughter. You know, when people call me that, it doesn’t bother me anymore. I know I am not my father. I know I am me.”

― Bernice King

“I know that the absence of my father in my life had its cost.”

― Bernice King

“As I reflect on the legacy of my father, the greatest aspect is his legacy of peace.”

― Bernice King

“Often, I am asked, ‘What was your father like?’ or, ‘What would he think?’ These are very difficult questions to answer, as I was so very young when I lost my father.”

― Bernice King

“If each of us works toward making a sincere effort when we wake up each morning with a renewed commitment and dedication to embracing nonviolence as a lifestyle, this world will become a better place, bringing us ever closer to the Beloved Community of which my father so often spoke.”

― Bernice King

“It is painful beyond measure to lose a loving father and grandmother to violence.”

― Bernice King

“I learned hard lessons in life; I had to because I had so much happen: My mother died my sophomore year in high school. The next year, same day, my brother dropped dead. Two years after that, I got married because my girlfriend got pregnant. The year after my wedding, my father – who I had only recently met – died.”

― Bernie Mac

“My mother’s father taught English literature. When I was about ten or eleven, I could recite Macaulay’s ‘Lays of Ancient Rome.’ While other kids were playing pedestrian war games, I’d be Horatius keeping the bridge.”

― Bernie Taupin

“When I was a child, I saw my father diving to the deepest point in the ocean with the U.S. Navy.”

― Bertrand Piccard

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

― Bertrand Russell

“My mother told me Homer Ditto was not my father. Nope. Mom had had a fling with some other guy who was my dad. Some dude who didn’t stick around too long who Mom was happy to get rid of. She chose Homer, and Homer chose me, so he lent me his name even though I didn’t have his blood.”

― Beth Ditto

“As a kid, I grew up middle class, but my father was a great innovator with an entrepreneurial spirit, and it wasn’t long before my family became part of the infamous 1%.”

― Betsy DeVos

“My father didn’t want me to go to New York City, and I was determined to go. Learning to give myself the permission to be who I was in the world and to make my own choices was hard.”

― Betty Buckley

“I was an only child and I had a mother and father who were just – there wasn’t a straight man in the house, and I mean that in a very nice way. They were fun, and we would laugh a lot.”

― Betty White

“When I received the news of the Nobel Peace Award, I could not believe it. I told my father, ‘I think they have the wrong name, Dad. Please, can you talk to this man on the phone? I’m busy cooking!’”

― Betty Williams

“We didn’t have television in those days, and many people didn’t even have radios. My mother would read aloud to my father and me in the evening.”

― Beverly Cleary

“I don’t think children’s inner feelings have changed. They still want a mother and father in the very same house; they want places to play.”

― Beverly Cleary

“My father died five days before I returned to New York. He was only fifty-three years old. My parents and my father’s doctor had all decided it was wiser for me to go to South America than to stay home and see Papa waste away. For a long time, I felt an enormous sense of guilt about having left my father’s side when he was so sick.”

― Beverly Sills

“I flew into a small airport surrounded by cornfields and pastures, ready to carry out the two commands my father had written out for me the night before I left Calcutta: Spend two years studying creative writing at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, then come back home and marry the bridegroom he selected for me from our caste and class.”

― Bharati Mukherjee

“I had a 2-week courtship with a fellow student in the fiction workshop in Iowa and a 5-minute wedding in a lawyer’s office above the coffee shop where we’d been having lunch that day. And so I sent a cable to my father saying, ‘By the time you get this, Daddy, I’ll already be Mrs. Blaise!’”

― Bharati Mukherjee

“I’m very moved by chaos theory, and that sense of energy. That quantum physics. We don’t really, in Hindu tradition, have a father figure of a God. It’s about cosmic energy, a little spark of which is inside every individual as the soul.”

― Bharati Mukherjee

“I don’t feel the depression the people who are always looking back to the ’50s, to ‘Father Knows Best’ feel. I can see the coming of another glorious era.”

― Bharati Mukherjee

“I’m glad that’s one of the things I chose to do as a man – to be a father to my child.”

― Big Boi

“James Cain was saddled with being called the father of hardboiled fiction. Apparently, he didn’t like this saddle.”

― Bill Callahan

“While this has been a private part of my family’s life, it is now clear a media story will soon emerge. My father tragically ended his life while battling terminal cancer in 1979.”

― Bill de Blasio

“John Glenn’s father, known as Herschel, was mostly deaf from injuries in World War I. To help out at home, young Glenn sold rhubarb all over town from the family garden.”

― Bill Dedman

“Sammy Sosa grew up without a father in the back of a converted public hospital in San Pedro de Macoris, a dusty seaside town in the Dominican Republic. His father, Juan Montero, died when Sosa was 5.”

― Bill Dedman

“My father was actually a chemist. He got a degree in chemistry from Stanford.”

― Bill Foster

“As a father, you want the best for your son, quite obviously. You want to create the best memories for your son.”

― Bill Goldberg

“As a father and an ex-wrestler, it’s a dream come true. To be able to come back and be included in ‘WWE 2K17,’ it’s a huge honor.”

― Bill Goldberg

“I had a mixture, my father was a career army man and my mother was a writer.”

― Bill Griffith

“She encouraged any artistic impulse I had, and my father discouraged any artistic impulse I had. They took out their problems with each other on me and my sister.”

― Bill Griffith

“God wants to father all of us until we’re dead sure of his approval, his guiding power and his promise of heaven.”

― Bill Hybels

“American history has always had elements of what we now think of as Trumpism – Joe McCarthy, George Wallace, Father Coughlin. It’s not as if these things haven’t always existed, and they were powerful. The big difference is Trump is president.”

― Bill Kristol

“President Bush is supporting Arnold but a lot of Republicans are not, because he is actually quite liberal. Karl Rove said if his father wasn’t a Nazi, he wouldn’t have any credibility with conservatives at all.”

― Bill Maher

“While I have felt lonely many times in my life, the oddest feeling of all was after my mother, Lucille, died. My father had already died, but I always had some attachment to our big family while she was alive. It seems strange to say now that I felt so lonely, yet I did.”

― Bill Murray

“My father was a very good Boy Scout. He was very skilled with knots, and he showed me how to tie a bow tie.”

― Bill Nye

“My parents were children during the Great Depression of the 1930s, and it scarred them. Especially my father, who saw destitution in his Brooklyn, New York neighborhood; adults standing in so called ‘bread lines,’ children begging in the streets.”

― Bill O’Reilly

“My father firmly embraced the Ralph Kramden philosophy: he was king of his Levittown castle. He worked hard, and his family deferred to his wishes. Except me. I did not defer and was disciplined accordingly.”

― Bill O’Reilly

“Looking back, I clearly understand that seeing a ‘chain of command’ approach in my house was a positive thing for me. My father provided a strong point of view on life and was a leader. Boys, especially, need that.”

― Bill O’Reilly

“Every time I am tempted to buy some dopey thing, I hear my late father’s voice: ‘Do you really need that?’ He was big on saving money and buying as much security as possible. He also encouraged charitable giving. So, I am responsible with currency.”

― Bill O’Reilly

“Americans who have parents raised during the Great Depression or World War II understand how drastically things have changed on the home front. My father did not care a whit whether I liked him, and it would have been unthinkable for him to pick up my stuff. There were rules in the house, and they were enforced.”

― Bill O’Reilly

“My father always read obituaries to me out loud, not because he was maudlin or morbid, but because they were mini biographies.”

― Bill Paxton

“On the Internet, on IMDB, they’ve got that my middle name as Archibald. I don’t have a middle name! My father doesn’t like middle names.”

― Bill Paxton

“Since I was a small boy, I was always around the game. I don’t play golf much myself, but I love watching it. My father has played golf all his life.”

― Bill Paxton

“My father left school at 14 and became a fitter. He didn’t want to be at school.”

― Bill Shorten

“In 1973, a woman could not get a credit card without her husband or father or a male signing off on it.”

― Billie Jean King

“I’m a father. It isn’t just my life any more. I don’t want my kid finding bottles in the house or seeing his father completely smashed.”

― Billie Joe Armstrong

“The life of Edward Estlin Cummings began with a childhood in Cambridge, Mass., that he described as happy, but he struggled in both his artistic and romantic exploits against the piousness of his father, an esteemed Harvard professor.”

― Billy Collins

“My father was a guitar player, and I was raised with a super high standard of what good guitar playing was.”

― Billy Corgan

“I never stopped believing in us, and I never felt like I was wanting for anything, except for my father, and that was not going to be.”

― Billy Crystal

“I think I’m a good father. As a parent, you have the responsibility to create a foundation for your children so that they can meet all the challenges.”

― Billy Dee Williams

“I always admired my father because he was a man that never put on any airs, you know. And I always tried to be that kind of person.”

― Billy Dee Williams

“It’s been a very strange trajectory because I struggled for so many years. I mean, I was doing these videos, I was doing these live shows, I had a lot of fans in New York, the press would write about me, but I couldn’t get a paying job, and so my father and I were really like a team.”

― Billy Eichner

“When I came out to my parents, I knew that they knew. My father was like, ‘Are you sure?’ I literally said, ‘You took me to see Barbra Streisand at Madison Square Garden.’”

― Billy Eichner

“My father would read me Page Six instead of, like, kids’ stories.”

― Billy Eichner

“My father had a dairy farm. He employed three black families and one white family, and I used to play with black children.”

― Billy Graham

“I grew up in a very musical family, my father was a musician and a big band leader and made records.”

― Billy Sherwood

“Mobile is a seaport town, and we ate a lot of seafood. We’d go fishing, we’d catch our fish and we’d eat our fish. It was a ritual on Saturday morning for all my family – my grandfather, my brothers, my uncles, my father – to go fishing, and then the ladies of the family would clean the fish and fry them up.”

― Billy Williams

“Family doesn’t necessarily mean that you have to have a mother, a father, a little brother, and an older sister.”

― Bindi Irwin

“When I was 18, and when I entered my family business, I soon realised that it wasn’t as easy as I thought. I had to deal with people of my father’s generation. Building trust was key to doing business.”

― Binod Chaudhary

“We are a mixed up people. We have mixed up ways of naming, too… When my father’s brothers and sisters first went to colonial schools, they had to produce a surname. They also had to show they were good Christians by adopting a western name. They adopted my grandfather’s name as surname. Wainaina.”

― Binyavanga Wainaina

“I think that it’s important if you run for President that you have to make those important decisions. And your father, if he can help, probably, he helps just by being your father without getting intimately involved.”

― Birch Bayh

“And I say the sacred hoop of my people was one of the many hoops that made one circle, wide as daylight and as starlight, and in the center grew one mighty flowering tree to shelter all the children of one mother and one father.”

― Black Elk

“When I got back to my father and mother and was sitting up there in our tepee, my face was still all puffed and my legs and arms were badly swollen; but I felt good all over and wanted to get right up and run around.”

― Black Elk

“All we ask is that we have peace with the whites. We want to hold you by the hand. You are our father.”

― Black Kettle

“I haven’t done a lot of things in my career that my kids can watch, because they are 8, 6 and 3, and they are pretty young; so given the concepts that the film was about a superhero, it was a black superhero, and it was a father and son type partnership.”

― Blair Underwood

“My father was a golden boy from a very small town. He won a very prestigious law scholarship to NYU Law School, and there in Greenwich Village, he met my mother, who was very young, fresh off the boat from Germany.”

― Blake Bailey

“My father wanted me to go to France, U.S. or Japan to study. I told him I wouldn’t go anywhere, I’d stay in Cameroon and do my music with my friends. He said that the devil was in me and called a priest to remove it. I was the only guy who didn’t want to go to Europe – he thought I was crazy.”

― Blick Bassy

“I don’t think I’ve had a job since I worked for my father’s construction company.”

― Bo Burnham

“I would say my greatest achievement in life right now – my greatest achievement period is – and I’m still trying to achieve it – is to be a wonderful father to my kids.”

― Bo Jackson

“I have a 92 year old father whose doing beautifully who lives in Chicago and a sister and a nephew and a niece and I love coming back and try to do so fairly often.”

― Bob Balaban

“I came from a dysfunctional family – very dysfunctional. And my father used to find great humor in throwing me down the stairs.”

― Bob Beckel

“My father probably thought the capital of the world was wherever he was at the time. It couldn’t possibly be anyplace else. Where he and his wife were in their own home, that, for them, was the capital of the world.”

― Bob Dylan

“My father kept me busy from dawn to dusk when I was a kid. When I wasn’t pitching hay, hauling corn or running a tractor, I was heaving a baseball into his mitt behind the barn… If all the parents in the country followed his rule, juvenile delinquency would be cut in half in a year’s time.”

― Bob Feller

“My father loved baseball and he cultivated my talent. I don’t think he ever had any doubt in his mind that I would play professional baseball someday.”

― Bob Feller

“I was the adoring son of a Welsh-Irish father, a dyed-in-the-wool Democrat, a Catholic Knight of Columbus who was a blue-collar, trade union organizer and, not surprisingly, a fervid Nixon-hater.”

― Bob Gunton

“I attribute my entire football career, as far as getting me started, getting me interested, keeping me that way was my father. He went to every game even though he was crippled and wasn’t real healthy.”

― Bob Lilly

“My mother was a seamstress, my father an itinerant carpenter.”

― Bob Menendez

“And I came away from that experience, and it was a very difficult experience – I came to understand that you have to practice at being a good father and practice at being a good husband, just as you have to practice at being a good journalist.”

― Bob Schieffer

“My father left us when I was 10, so I had to make enough money for us to be able to live in a house because my brother went in the service during Vietnam and I was sole support of my mother. And she had no skills, really, except to clean other people’s houses. So I had to have a bunch of jobs, you know, as well as music.”

― Bob Seger

“Elvis came along when I was 10. My father gave me a bass ukulele. I taught myself how to play from a book to play some chords, so I was laying down ‘Hound Dog’ and things like that when I was 10 years old in 1955. That’s the way I was. My ear was glued to the radio. I knew right then what I wanted to do.”

― Bob Seger

“Harvey and I grew up in Queens, N.Y. My brother and I shared a room for 18 years until we went away to college. When we were kids, after our father said, ‘Lights out,’ he also exclaimed, ‘No more talking. Time for sleep.’ But we’d stay up late, arguing over statistics, who the best center fielder was – Willie Mays or Mickey Mantle.”

― Bob Weinstein

“’In Country’ is about a high school girl’s quest for knowledge about her father, who died in Vietnam just before she was born.”

― Bobbie Ann Mason

“My father had all these great names for our cows. Bossy and Daisy and Petunia and Turnip. One of my jobs was to round up the cows before milking. I’d go out back with the dog and bring them in.”

― Bobbie Ann Mason

“Mr. Burns is a father symbol to me, and you can omit the word symbol.”

― Bobby Darin

“George Burns was the father I never had.”

― Bobby Darin

“My father and brother always forced me to work out, and I never liked doing it.”

― Bobby Deol

“I always wanted to be an actor. My father inspired me since I was three years old.”

― Bobby Deol

“My father belongs to a different generation altogether. He has spent most of his time working hard to make our lives comfortable, and ours is more of a conventional father-son relationship rather than one of friends.”

― Bobby Deol

“I do discuss things with him, but as a father, not a friend.”

― Bobby Deol

“As a child, I saw how the industry’s sweet-talkers operate. For years, they tried to make my father feel like he was the best actor in the whole world. My father never took them seriously. I, too, imbibed that trait from him.”

― Bobby Deol

“I think Steve Wynn, who was like my mentor and a second father, has been a great inspiration. He’s a great mentor because he’s a guy who’s had great business success but also has always been driven by creativity – and inspired creativity.”

― Bobby Kotick

“I’m a father, and that is the absolute most important thing in my life.”

― Bobby Lashley

“My father was a very disciplined singer who worked hard at his craft, and I was around that growing up.”

― Bobby McFerrin

“Seriously though, my father was the first African American to sign a contract with the Metropolitan Opera so I grew up with classical music and jazz in the home all the time.”

― Bobby McFerrin

“I was hoping I could become a success to give my mother and my father a better way of living.”

― Bobby Womack

“I called up and said, ‘Dad, I won a MacArthur.’ My father goes: ‘I always thought your sister would win that,’ and I said, ‘Dad, just say congratulations and keep your private thoughts private.’ At that point he laughed, then burst into tears, and it was obvious that he was so happy and proud.”

― Bonnie Bassler

“My grandfather had been on the New York City force with his 11 brothers around the turn of the century. He was killed in the line of duty. My father, who was 16, was the oldest son, so he had to quit school and go to work to support his mother.”

― Bonnie Bedelia

“When I was 14, my mother died. My father, who had always had ulcers, came apart. He had a series of intestinal operations, and was in the hospital for nearly a year. So the four of us teenagers lived by ourselves in the apartment without a guardian.”

― Bonnie Bedelia

“My father used to tape ‘Top of the Pops’ for me every Sunday, and I would sit in my bedroom, write down the lyrics of all of my favourite songs, and sing along. I was always singing in my bedroom with a hairbrush.”

― Bonnie Tyler

“I went to all the shops in the village looking for work. I didn’t have any qualifications. I ended up working in a grocery shop for about a year and then went to a confectioner, where I earned three pounds 10 shillings. I gave the money to my mother and father, but I also managed to save five shillings a week.”

― Bonnie Tyler

“I remember how my mother would bring us to chapel on Sundays… and my father used to wait outside. One of the things that I picked up from my father and my mother was the sense that religion often gets in the way of God. For me, at least, it got in the way.”

― Bono

“The only person who ever called me Paul was my father, so I always associate it with doing something wrong, you know. So, you know, occasionally, people will come up to me on the street and try to, you know, ingratiate themselves and call me Paul. I don’t like it, actually.”

― Bono

“My father joined the NAACP when he was 12, in the ’50s. He was part of the organizing efforts that led to some of the first sit-ins in North Carolina.”

― Boots Riley

“My father is from North Carolina, and he got rid of his drawl really fast. He’s very much about speaking correctly, enunciating in certain ways.”

― Boots Riley

“It was a mistake. I was wrong, but I discovered this many years later. I was acting on the basis of this mandate given me by the most important leaders of the world: President Bush’s father, prime minister of France, President Mitterand, the Chinese, everybody.”

― Boutros Boutros-Ghali

“My mother and father were fantastic, very active. I find it difficult to say this, but I’m quite a loving person and I’ve always been loving to my friends. In the long run, that pays off. I’m very interested in other people, and if you are, they’re interested in you.”

― Boy George

“At 16, I walked around knowing I’d get chased and attacked for dressing a certain way – I felt I had an undeniable right to be who I wanted to be. My father said to hit them back, but I was never much good at that. So I developed a big mouth instead of a quick right hook.”

― Boy George

“I used to tell my mum to leave my dad when I was, like, nine. I loved my father, don’t get me wrong. I really loved him, but he wasn’t a good dad, and he wasn’t a good husband.”

― Boy George

“There was no theater in my high school. I think even our art program was cut – it was so bad. I didn’t even know that was a possibility in college or in high school; I hadn’t even thought of it. It was pretty negligent. My father has run a bulldozer all of his life, and my mom is in real estate.”

― Boyd Holbrook

“I played Little League for one year. That was it. Then my mother realized I liked books and threatened my father. I owe her forever for that.”

― Brad Meltzer

“I have a very down-to-earth father. My wife is an actress and famous herself is more down-to-earth than anyone I know.”

― Brad Paisley

“My father’s a firefighter. He was my whole life. And my brother-in-law and several family members are firefighters.”

― Brad Paisley

“I’m going to obviously do my best as a father to set a good example for my children, and I want them to see good examples from our leaders.”

― Brad Paisley

“With sons and fathers, there’s an inexplicable connection and imprint that your father leaves on you.”

― Brad Pitt

“I don’t think I was all that late in becoming a father.”

― Brad Pitt

“My kids are just waiting for me at home. I’m their father. They’re wondering, ‘When’s Daddy coming home?’”

― Brad Pitt

“My father came from a very poor background, but I was very fortunate in the sense that we were never in need. My dad was determined to make sure that we didn’t want for things. He wanted to give us more opportunity than he had, a better shot at a better life.”

― Brad Pitt

“Not having my father around has made me a better person.”

― Bradley Wiggins

“I ended up in Hampstead for two weeks after the Tour, visiting a hospital every day before my granddad died. But he was more than my granddad. He was like my father.”

― Bradley Wiggins

“My dad – I mean, we’ve had our ups and downs, you know, just like any father and son probably has. But, you know, we get along really good, honestly.”

― Brady Jandreau

“My father taught me Basic and rudimentary C, I learned everything else on my own, including studying computational complexity on my own. That’s more a function of my age than anything else though – back when I was in school there were hardly any programming classes.”

― Bram Cohen

“My mother’s a singer and my mother’s father is a singer, and everyone on both sides are all country-western bluegrass musicians.”

― Brandi Carlile

“I’ve done my work and I’m happy with it… I respect my father very much, but I’m a very different person than he was.”

― Brandon Lee

“Chris Kyle was a human being, a Texan, Navy SEAL, father, husband, brother, friends to many, and a hero to many; this, at a time when we need all the heroes we can get. I knew him to be a good person, regardless of all the hype floating around in the media.”

― Brandon Webb

“My father was a ham radio geek, and I remember the glow of the vacuum tubes from a Hammarlund receiver that became a hand-me-down to me.”

― Bre Pettis

“I had to escape the destruction of my father’s bankruptcy and all that difficulty.”

― Brendan Coyle

“The first outbreak of America’s 11-year skyjacking epidemic occurred in the summer of 1961, when four planes were seized in the nation’s airspace. The last of these incidents, involving 16-year-old Cody Bearden and his father, Leon, is the one that finally forced the federal government to pay attention to the escalating crisis.”

― Brendan I. Koerner

“You don’t have to be Wilt Chamberlain to get into the Basketball Hall of Fame. If you don’t have a sweet turnaround jumper from 18 feet, the best route to the Hall is fatherhood. Daniel Biasone, aka the ‘father of the 24-second clock,’ made the cut.”

― Brendan I. Koerner

“My father loved European football; he also loved the Brazilian team. His own dad loved the Brazilian team.”

― Brendan Rodgers

“Trust is that rare and priceless treasure that wins us the affection of our heavenly Father.”

― Brennan Manning

“I didn’t have my own journals, but my mother kept a journal while I was in the hospital, and my father wrote newsletters to keep friends and family updated on my progress.”

― Brent Runyon

“Everyone I know who is successful has issues with their father, regardless of whether it was sports or business or entertainment.”

― Bret Easton Ellis

“My father was a man’s man and was always respected for being a straight shooter. My dad always had an amazing sense of calm about him.”

― Bret Hart

“My father’s political heroes were Franklin Roosevelt and Harry Truman.”

― Bret Stephens

“My father built a small manufacturing business. I worked alongside him and saw firsthand the challenges that business owners face.”

― Brett Guthrie

“My mom had me when she was 16, and I was an only child, which is probably why I received a lot of love and didn’t miss that my father wasn’t around.”

― Brett Ratner

“My goal was to play drums, but my father made me take piano lessons. He told me I needed to learn to read music first, so I took lessons for six years. I thank God that he made me take those lessons, because it taught me a tremendous amount.”

― Brian Austin Green

“I have never met a feminist who didn’t have a father.”

― Brian Azzarello

“Everybody’s got a father. Even if he’s not the nicest guy in the world.”

― Brian Azzarello

“I remember going to London with my father in 1968 to see ‘2001: A Space Odyssey.’ I just soaked in that movie. To me, that was real; it was going to happen.”

― Brian Binnie

“My father was a coal hewer from Goldthorpe, a coal-mining village in South Yorkshire. He played for the Yorkshire second team as an opening fast bowler – to me he was a gorgeously heroic man. He helped form a union and closed down the Barnsley seam because it was seeping gas, and saved many, many lives.”

― Brian Blessed

“I had to leave school at 14 because my father got injured in the mines and I had to support my family. I was an undertaker’s assistant, then a plasterer, before doing my military service in the RAF. All the while, I was doing amateur dramatics and dreaming of getting a scholarship to the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School.”

― Brian Blessed

“My mother Molly had a nervous breakdown after my father Chic died, aged 50. He was a very generous man who ran a shop in Dundee giving a lot of people tick. When he died, a lot of people hadn’t paid their bills, so he died with a lot of debt. After he died, my mother went doolally.”

― Brian Cox

“My father was a classic intellectual. From him I learned devotion, and I also learned about the life of the mind.”

― Brian Dennehy

“My father had a good sense of humour about a lot of things, including life, which I think I inherited.”

― Brian Dennehy

“I was always goofing around. I suppose having a father who was an actor made you think that it was a real possibility as a career.”

― Brian Gleeson

“My father is an actor as well, so I used to look to him.”

― Brian Gleeson

“My mother and father instilled in me a sense of purpose not defined by today’s street obsession with bling, cars or cribs.”

― Brian J. White

“I’m a father of three teenage daughters.”

― Brian Kemp

“I know who I am as a person, as a father, and as a husband.”

― Brian Littrell

“If, like Harry Keogh, I could talk to the dead – God, there are an awful lot of people I would like to speak to! Not least my father. Being in the army for 22 years, I didn’t see enough of him, and I know there are a great many things I could have learned from him.”

― Brian Lumley

“My father was one of ten children.”

― Brian Sandoval

“My father was a huge jazz fan, so I remember him playing Duke Ellington, Sarah Vaughn, and Count Basie.”

― Brian Stokes Mitchell

“I was raised on jazz. My father, from the time I was born, used to get up early on Saturdays and Sundays and put on Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Kenny Burrell, Sarah Vaughn, John Coltrane – all these great, classic albums.”

― Brian Stokes Mitchell

“My father had one of the biggest vinyl collections I’ve ever seen.”

― Brian Tyree Henry

“After my mother and father separated when I was 5, my mother moved to Washington, D.C., and my father remained in North Carolina. Later, I moved to New York and would often drive down to D.C. to see her. We’d ride around together talking and listening to music.”

― Brian Tyree Henry

“If you go from a structure where you have the support and that partner and that construction of a family and that’s broken apart, I think that’s probably a lot harder than always being a single mom and having the father being a support in another area.”

― Bridget Moynahan

“My father was the president of the Hearst Corporation, and my parents were close friends of the Duke and Duchess of Windsor, and they all had pugs.”

― Brigid Berlin

“When Mike Tyson was only 18, his managers used to market him on posters, reminding you that if your grandfather had missed Joe Louis, or your father Muhammad Ali, don’t you miss Tyson.”

― Brin-Jonathan Butler

“My father had his own business, a clothing store, which he inherited from his father. He travelled abroad frequently and was quite extravagant, so we had skiing holidays and summer holidays on the beach.”

― Britt Ekland

“I never really learned the value of money. My father didn’t spoil me, but I think my grandparents did.”

― Britt Ekland

“I was brought up very conservatively. My father was positively Victorian – I wasn’t even allowed to wear my hair down.”

― Britt Ekland

“Think of your pension and start saving. Like my father, I have been a spendthrift, and I regret that.”

― Britt Ekland

“My father was always telling himself no one was perfect, not even my mother.”

― Broderick Crawford

“I came from my father being one of the greatest wrestlers of all time. It’s really hard to fill those shoes.”

― Brooke Hogan

“I think being the girl of such a huge father figure, you want to be that tomboy… because you are so close to your dad.”

― Brooke Hogan

“I look up to my father in every way.”

― Brooke Hogan

“My father’s death, my move, and my frightening and difficult delivery created a tremendous amount of stress, pain, and sadness for me. I was practically devastated beyond recovery.”

― Brooke Shields

“I grew up hoping that my father might win a Nobel Prize.”

― Bruce Beutler

“My father was in the ad business, and he wanted to be a painter.”

― Bruce Campbell

“I started doing a Twitter feed when my father was dying. I was very distracted, preoccupied. It was upsetting.”

― Bruce Eric Kaplan

“My father would often start to say something, then say ‘Forget it.’”

― Bruce Eric Kaplan

“I am assuming my father learned at an early age that there is nothing more dangerous than showing your true self. I think a lot of us learn that, and it actually may be true.”

― Bruce Eric Kaplan

“All I can really tell you about my father is that he did odd things like put tin foil on a bottle of beer after having a few sips, then put it in the refrigerator to perhaps have on another night.”

― Bruce Eric Kaplan

“Superman’s original name was Kal-El, or Swift God. His father’s name was Jor-El. Superman was clearly drawn as a modern-day god.”

― Bruce Feiler

“Moses is our true founding father.”

― Bruce Feiler

“Moses became America’s true founding father because he evangelized action; he justified risk. He gave ordinary people the courage to live with uncertainty.”

― Bruce Feiler

“All kids love to get dirty, but if I wandered into the garage, my father would say: ‘Son, you’re not going to have filthy hands like mine. You’re going into show business.’”

― Bruce Forsyth

“My father earned every penny he had, and I would have loved to have bought him a Rolls-Royce because his whole life was cars. Sadly, he didn’t live to see the day when I could have done that for him, which still hurts.”

― Bruce Forsyth

“And so I put down some of the things that he said, about keeping your tools sharpened and not letting them lie on the ground where they get hurt or get abused and dirty and can’t find them. And some thoughts about how his father used to do things.”

― Bruce Nauman

“Annie Lee Smith was my mother’s name. My father’s name was George Washington Smith. I have to tell you, I got all of my attributes from them, obviously, the tangibles, the intangibles. Particularly my work ethic, my dedication.”

― Bruce Smith

“In the early years, I found a voice that was my voice and also partly my father’s voice. But isn’t that what you always do? Why do kids at 5 years old go into the closet and put their daddy’s shoes on? Hey, my kids do it.”

― Bruce Springsteen

“I’m much more proud of being a father than being an actor.”

― Bruce Willis

“Who I am as a father is far more important to me than the public perception.”

― Bruce Willis

“I shave every day with an ancient manual razor. It was my father’s, and I love it.”

― Brunello Cucinelli

“My father moved to Hawaii from Brooklyn and my mother came there as a child from the Philippines. They met at a show where my dad was playing percussion. My mom was a hula dancer.”

― Bruno Mars

“Theses officers were good friends, so it must have been a terrible argument, because the one who played chess with my father was so angry that he walked over to the dentist’s house and got the dentist out of bed and shot him.”

― Bruno Schulz

“In our town there was a Gestapo officer who loved to play chess. After the occupation began, he found out that my father was the chess master of the region, and so he had him to his house every night.”

― Bruno Schulz

“This enraged the other Nazi so much that the next morning he came to our house and he shot my father.”

― Bruno Schulz

“My father’s a character.”

― Bryan Adams

“I want to be able to experience everything. I want to experience being a husband, experience being a father, experience, maybe, hopefully, someday being a grandfather, and all those things. I want that experience. When I die, I want to be exhausted.”

― Bryan Cranston

“While it is important for people to see your promise you must also remember that hope is the keeper of both happiness and disappointment, the father of both progress and failure.”

― Bryant H. McGill

“I don’t know how many roles I can ask my dad to play in my life, but so far, father, best friend, role model, mentor and grandfather to my children are working out quite well.”

― Bryce Dallas Howard

“If I was producing something, it wouldn’t make sense to me to cast somebody because of who their father is because that doesn’t put anyone in the seats in the theatre. I wouldn’t go to a movie because that person’s father is so and so.”

― Bryce Dallas Howard

“Oh, my wife is a wonderful cook. She comes from a food-loving Italian family – her father owned a pizzeria!”

― Buddy Valastro

“But the love of adventure was in father’s blood.”

― Buffalo Bill

“So for twelve miles I rode with Sherman, and we became fast friends. He asked me all manner of questions on the way, and I found that he knew my father well, and remembered his tragic death in Salt Creek Valley.”

― Buffalo Bill

“With the help of a friend I got father into a wagon, when the crowd had gone. I held his head in my lap during the ride home. I believed he was mortally wounded. He had been stabbed down through the kidneys, leaving an ugly wound.”

― Buffalo Bill

“As its citizens humbly recommit to an acceptance of guidance from the God of our fathers, our nation will once again see the miraculous resurrection of the proud, responsible, visionary black father. And with him, his family and community will be lifted.”

― Burgess Owens

“I’ve gotta be the only father begging his son to leave a six-figure job to go play in a rock n’ roll band!”

― Butch Trucks

“My father’s an early aviator, and my first flight was with him at age two. Now, despite the fact that I got sick on the flight, I still enjoyed it, I believe.”

― Buzz Aldrin

“My father read poetry to me, encouraged me to memorize poems. But the writing of it was quite a different thing.”

― C. K. Williams

“My father was a teacher, and there were teachers all around, his friends, they were working for the Government and their behaviour was within strictly limited areas.”

― C. L. R. James

“My father got a phone call to bring me in to meet with Spielberg for ‘E.T.,’ partially because they knew I was a physical kid, and I was known in the business somewhat as a stunt kid, and I could do all the bicycle riding.”

― C. Thomas Howell

“Even though Chinese society was really closed, there were two windows for me to explore the world. One was from my mother and grandmother, the unseen and invisible world. Another window was brought from my father’s side, those classic and Western books.”

― Cai Guo-Qiang

“When I was young, I didn’t want to do traditional painting and calligraphy. I deliberately wanted to separate from my father so I could feel I existed myself.”

― Cai Guo-Qiang

“My father was also a painter – actually, a traditional Chinese painter. His personality is pretty timid and cautious. Like him, I was growing up as a cautious kid.”

― Cai Guo-Qiang

“My father was a writer; I’ve known a lot of children of writers – daughters and sons of writers, and it can be a hard way to grow up.”

― Caitlin Flanagan

“’Esquire Magazine’ just gave me ‘Father of the Year’. I’ll put it right up there with my gold medal. I survived; that’s why they gave it to me.”

― Caitlyn Jenner

“On October 28th, 1887, I became the mother of a girl baby, the very image of its father, at least that is what he said, but who has the temper of its mother.”

― Calamity Jane

“I have always been like this. I take after my father. I’m just chill.”

― Calvin Johnson

“My father always wanted me to play a musical instrument, and I never had that type of skill.”

― Cam Newton

“I said on numerous occasions how I feel about my father. I love him with all my heart.”

― Cam Newton

“I grew up trying to be like my idols, and one of the main people in my life was my father. He played football, and when your father is telling stories about the game he played… Everybody wants to be like their father.”

― Cam Newton

“I’m a war baby: I was brought up with rationing, and my parents always had to struggle. I remember when I was sent to boarding school – Prior Park College in Bath – my father was asked how he was going to pay the fees, and he replied: ‘In arrears.’”

― Cameron Mackintosh

“Being a father makes everything in the world make sense.”

― Cameron Mathison

“My father always told me, ‘Before you become a queen, you have to learn how to take care of your own things.’ So I knew how to do all of it, but I had never really done it on a daily basis. So I was cleaning houses, and I started working restaurants.”

― Camila Alves

“I come from a simple background, so I couldn’t call my father and say, ‘Come pay my bills,’ so I had to get out there and work.”

― Camila Alves

“When I was a child, my father taught me to put up my fists like a boy and to be prepared to defend myself at all times.”

― Camille Paglia

“My grandfather worked in a shoe factory – he was an Italian immigrant. My father was the first to go to college in the family.”

― Camille Paglia

“I like clothes. I like fashion, particularly men’s fashion. Both my father and my grandmother on my mother’s side were tailors, so I think it’s in my blood.”

― Camille Perri

“’Morning Joe’ host Mika Brzezinski’s personal life is a minefield. Her father is Zbigniew Brzezinski, former national security adviser to President Jimmy Carter, and while one brother is an Obama appointee, the other advises Romney.”

― Campbell Brown

“Actors aren’t all the same. They have very different skills. There are actors of intellect who are very thoughtful about everything they do… and then there are actors of instinct who don’t know what they’re doing until the cameras roll… My father was actually quite thoughtful about what he did, while my mother was much more instinctual.”

― Campbell Scott

“One of my earliest memories is of my father carrying me in one arm with a picket sign in the other.”

― Camryn Manheim

“I think a young woman’s relationship with her father is really important.”

― Candace Bushnell

“Male athletes don’t get dropped when they father kids.”

― Candace Parker

“My mom cooked for us, and on the weekend, we always had Sunday dinner. My father liked to bake.”

― Cara Buono

“My father is a silent cinema freak, so he took me to 1925 silent films that took forever, like 5-hour movies, but I’ve seen a lot of that stuff since I was young. And then I saw the film ‘Annie,’ and I just wanted to be Annie; I just wanted to be that orphan kid and wanted to sing and dance.”

― Carice van Houten

“My father was very chic. My mum was always encouraging me. Some parents would say, ‘Why don’t you be a lawyer, a doctor, or something more important?’ They never said that.”

― Carine Roitfeld

“People say I look like my father. My son is very much like him.”

― Carine Roitfeld

“I am a drug expert and the father of 3 black males.”

― Carl Hart

“It’s one thing for a father to say, ‘Oh, my son is great.’ But to have others say it – that’s the true reward. Robbie’s one of the smartest people I know. He’s made such fantastic movies.”

― Carl Reiner

“At my father’s request I took up the study of law at the University of Zurich In 1863.”

― Carl Spitteler

“I got started when I was 3 years old because my father was a music teacher and my lessons were free. Instead of learning to walk, you learn to play the piano.”

― Carla Bley

“My father and my mother separated when I was two.”

― Carla Gugino

“I was encouraged by my mother and, to a lesser extent, by my father.”

― Carlisle Floyd

“Pinocchio, spurred on by the hope of finding his father and of being in time to save him, swam all night long.”

― Carlo Collodi

“I was born in the small town of Gorizia, Italy, on 31 March, 1934. My father was an electrical engineer at the local telephone company and my mother an elementary school teacher.”

― Carlo Rubbia

“My father came from Cuba, but he married a nice Jewish girl in Miami, and I followed suit and married a nice Jewish girl in Miami as well.”

― Carlos Lopez-Cantera

“My ancestry is really weird, because my great grandfather was from the Cayman Islands, and then his father was from England. But I lose track at that point.”

― Carlos Mencia

“No, my father passed away when I was 13 years old. I was very young.”

― Carlos Slim

“My mother born in Mexico, but was Lebanese in origin. She born 1902 the same year my father arrived to Mexico when he was 14 years old.”

― Carlos Slim

“My father was a classical pianist, and my mother was a singer of just about everything.”

― Carly Simon

“When I was young I would spend more money than I should with my credit card but my father cut it off, so I had to find creative ways of making money.”

― Carmen Busquets

“I was always into fashion, and used to go on spending sprees when I was a university student in Miami. My father would be furious, but I would always say, ‘It was an emergency! I had a party to go to!’”

― Carmen Busquets

“Christmas is taken very seriously in this household. I believe in Father Christmas, and there’s no way I’d do anything to undermine that belief.”

― Carol Ann Duffy

“My father was the king of the joke-tellers. I was so impressed as a child watching him, holding people in rapt attention.”

― Carol Leifer

“My father was a huge influence on me.”

― Carol Leifer

“My father was the kind of guy who’d always say ‘Throw out any subject and I got a joke on it.’”

― Carol Leifer

“My father was a really funny guy. He lived a good long life. And he was the reason I wanted to be funny and become a comedian and a comedy writer, so to say that he’s somewhat of a mythic figure in my life would be an understatement.”

― Carol Leifer

“Obviously, at this age, I’ve lost people in my life. But with a parent, it’s just different. I was very attached to my father and had this naive little-girl notion that he’d always be around. So I’m finding acceptance of my father’s death is the hardest thing to accept.”

― Carol Leifer

“There was a great strain in our family because my father didn’t want anything to do with me. He was happy to see my brother and sister, but not me. I don’t know why. Maybe it was shame. I don’t know. But he never wanted anything to do with me. That rejection was terribly hurtful and it went on for years.”

― Carol Vorderman

“My father was having an affair with a 16-year-old when Mum was pregnant with me. She found out when I was three weeks old and left, not surprisingly.”

― Carol Vorderman

“My father worked in high-energy nuclear physics, and my mother was a mycologist and a geneticist. After both parents completed postdoctoral fellowships in San Diego in 1962, my father took a faculty position in the Physics Department at Yale, and so the family moved to New Haven, Connecticut.”

― Carol W. Greider

“Yes, my mother was a singer, and my father played piano and keyboards. They were in a band together, though they also had regular jobs because they had kids and stuff like that.”

― Caroline Corr

“My father was a particularly zealous Christian Scientist, but young Christian Science children, who have little choice but to believe what their parents are telling them, are taught that illness originates in errors in their parents’ and, eventually, their own thinking.”

― Caroline Fraser

“Christian Science is often inherited, and like many inheritances, it comes with family secrets. The religion encourages secrecy. Members of the Church tend to hide their illnesses from one another, even within families. My father has never once, in my presence, admitted to feeling ill.”

― Caroline Fraser

“I was afraid to admit feeling ill because even when I was 4 or 5, I knew that my father viewed sickness as a sign of weakness, of sin, of disobedience.”

― Caroline Fraser

“I feel that my father’s greatest legacy was the people he inspired to get involved in public service and their communities, to join the Peace Corps, to go into space. And really that generation transformed this country in civil rights, social justice, the economy and everything.”

― Caroline Kennedy

“The happiest years of my mother’s life were spent in Washington, D.C. It was where she met my father, where John was born and where I spent my earliest years.”

― Caroline Kennedy

“I grew up in a household where reading was encouraged. My mother believed in the power of words, and my father obviously did too.”

― Caroline Kennedy

“I don’t remember my father reading to me, but I remember him telling me bedtime stories. I got to pick what was in them, and then he’d make them up.”

― Caroline Kennedy

“I think one of my father’s great legacies is the people that he inspired and the generation that he inspired transformed America through civil rights, women’s rights, equal justice, and they’ve passed that on to their children and grandchildren.”

― Caroline Kennedy

“When I was nine, we moved to Stanford University in San Francisco so that my father could do a Ph.D. I went to Terman Junior High in Palo Alto. It was terrible, because my hormones were all over the place, and I became an ugly adolescent full of rage and loathing.”

― Caroline Lawrence

“Our father has always been very passionate about taekwondo. In all honesty, we were forced into it without a choice. He would train us every other night at home, so we would always be perfecting our technique.”

― Caroline Marton

“I began writing poems when I was about eight, with a heavy assist from my mother. She read me Arthur Waley’s translations and Whitman and Robinson Jeffers, who have been lifelong influences on me. My father read Keats to me, and then he read more Keats while I was lying on the sofa struggling with asthma.”

― Carolyn Kizer

“My parents were both from the East and had moved to San Francisco only so my father could go to law school there.”

― Carre Otis

“My father wasn’t just taciturn – it was like he didn’t want to be heard.”

― Carrie Brownstein

“My father was a corporate lawyer. He went to work in a suit and tie. He had a secretary. He left the house before seven A.M. His professional life felt generic, like a backdrop, a signifier more than a life: office job.”

― Carrie Brownstein

“My father was hard to know and gave little indication that there was much to know. He claimed he remembered almost nothing about his childhood.”

― Carrie Brownstein

“When my father came out to his mom, my grandmother said, ‘You waited for your father to die; why couldn’t you have waited for me to die?’ I knew then that I never want to contribute to the corrosiveness of wanting someone to stay hidden.”

― Carrie Brownstein

“One of my earliest childhood memories is my father taking me in the evening to Samena Swim & Recreation Club in Bellevue.”

― Carrie Brownstein

“Only in retrospect can I find clues to my father’s gayness. Sometimes the dull detritus of our pasts become glaring strands once you realize they form a pattern, a lighted path to the present.”

― Carrie Brownstein

“I’m from a family with five kids in it, and my father almost became a Catholic priest. And my mother never went to church, but she’s the best Christian I know. My siblings have all chosen different paths to or away from their spirituality.”

― Carrie Coon

“I was born on October 21, 1956 in Burbank, California. My father, Eddie Fisher, was a famous singer. My mother, Debbie Reynolds, was a movie star. Her best-known role was in ‘Singin’ In The Rain.’”

― Carrie Fisher

“He’s a very strange guy, my father. I can’t get mad at him because he’s so adorable.”

― Carrie Fisher

“My father was a joyous, joyous spirit, he really was. He was a hedonist, that was just – he enjoyed life, thrust up to the elbows with it. He was a terrible father. I don’t know that he was parented that well.”

― Carrie Fisher

“My father was very interested in music, and when he and his brothers were young, they had a singing group that used to open for Sam Cooke. There was always music in our house, but there wasn’t much art around.”

― Carrie Mae Weems

“I’m from California, but my father, who passed away when I was young, was from Newark. When I was kid, we would go back east and catch Yankees games. His side of the family are big Yankees fans. But, the real connection came in ’97 when I moved to New York and became friends with the team.”

― Carson Daly

“My father used to say, ‘Let them see you and not the suit. That should be secondary.’”

― Cary Grant

“For any child, boy or girl, a father is both Jedi and Sith: Obi-Wan Kenobi – gentle and calming and good – and Vader, fierce and terrifying.”

― Cass Sunstein

“My father is a big believer in nature over nurture.”

― Cassandra Clare

“My father had all kinds of instruments in the house that he would hide from my mother. He bought them through mail order!”

― Cassandra Wilson

“Very few people are blessed enough to call their father a legend, and an even smaller number are able to share that notion with the rest of the world.”

― Cassidy Gifford

“My mother is black and my father is Filipino. I got the best of both worlds.”

― Cassie Ventura

“My father died when I was young, and after he did, my mother had it tough. Very tough.”

― Cate Blanchett

“I’m not interested in using my father’s death as some touch point for why I’ve become an actor – it’s grossly opportunistic.”

― Cate Blanchett

“I think about my father and how sad it was that he never had grandchildren.”

― Cate Blanchett

“My grandfather was born in Mexico. And when he was a young man, he crossed the Rio Grande. After that, he served in our military and became a U.S. citizen. He ended up in Las Cruces, New Mexico, and that’s where my father was born. That was the beginning of my Mexican-American family, where they settled in Las Vegas in the early 1940s.”

― Catherine Cortez-Masto

“No doubt, my parents were hardworking, you know, middle class. My father, when my sister and I were younger, he was a parking attendant at the old Dunes Hotel and Casino. My mother was a bookkeeper in a title company.”

― Catherine Cortez-Masto

“I think I was well brought up, for my father and mother were of one mind regarding the care of the family.”

― Catherine Helen Spence

“After the break up of the municipality and the loss of his income my father lost health and spirits.”

― Catherine Helen Spence

“When my father was very young, he performed in Billy Rose’s Aquacade.”

― Catherine Oxenberg

“My father told me I couldn’t possibly be a model because I was too short. He’s very protective. I did it partly to prove him wrong.”

― Catherine Oxenberg

“I was lucky enough to be raised not only by a really talented man but a really good father.”

― Catherine Reitman

“My mum left my dad when I was six months old, so I don’t know him at all. I had no male figures in my life, really. I had my godfather, but he’s more like a grandfather, so I was quite sheltered. I’ve never tried to find my father.”

― Catherine Tate

“My mother wrote a teen column for the South China Morning Post in the 1950s when she was growing up in Hong Kong. Her name was Lily Mark, but she sometimes wrote under her confirmation name, Margaret Mark. That was how she met my father.”

― Celeste Ng

“My parents came to America in the late 1960s because my father studied for a Ph.D. in Indiana. My mother joined him later. We had ancestors who came over at the turn of the century. One worked in a laundry, as is typical of Chinese-American immigrants.”

― Celeste Ng

“When my father finished his Ph.D., my mother went back for another bachelor’s degree, this time in environmental science.”

― Celeste Ng

“My mother Diana was a true-blue aristocrat, descended from William the Conqueror and listed in ‘Burke’s Peerage.’ My father David, from a poor Scottish family, was a doctor.”

― Celia Imrie

“My father was, like, the token bad white guy in all the old Jackie Chan/Bruce Lee films.”

― Celina Jade

“If my father’s business hadn’t gone broke, I’d be exporting nuts, bolts and sugar machinery right now. What an awful thought!”

― Cesar Romero

“Due to a big bust in Cuba, my father’s business suffered badly, so I was free to choose my own career. I became a professional dancer, and I went on the road and started making real money.”

― Cesar Romero

“I idolize my father. I mean, he has worked so hard in his life.”

― Chad Michael Murray

“I send my father everything I write.”

― Chad Michael Murray

“There was years when my father didn’t even make a hundred grand – or barely made a hundred grand – and sure, we had a maid, but she only came twice a week. What do you think happened the other five days? You think those dishes washed themselves? You think those clothes got themselves in the hamper?”

― Chael Sonnen

“My father, in a way, was a mentor in the way he instilled the basic values and ethics in me. My mother was a mentor by showing me an example to say that if women have tenacity, they can achieve whatever they have to.”

― Chanda Kochhar

“I was only a young girl of 13 when my father passed away from a sudden heart attack, leaving us unprepared to take on life without him. We had been protected from life’s challenges so far. But without warning, all that changed overnight.”

― Chanda Kochhar

“We arrived the way most emigrant families did. My father came first, and the rest of us – my mother, my sister and me – followed a year later.”

― Chang-Rae Lee

“When I started talking to my therapist, we hit the source of my PTSD and the trauma that came from the things that occurred when I was younger – issues with my father and how that may have affected me.”

― Charlamagne tha God

“I come from an era of black pride, black power, my father riding around listening to James Brown singing, ‘Say it loud: I’m black and I’m proud,’ and people walking around with African medallions and Malcolm X hats.”

― Charlamagne tha God

“My father, Larry McKelvey, he was the man in Moncks Corner. He ran illegal nightclubs where everyone went, ran around in red leather pants, claimed he partied with Rick James. If you needed anything in Moncks Corner, you saw Larry McKelvey.”

― Charlamagne tha God

“My father was absolutely no good.”

― Charles B. Rangel

“If there’s no relationship with a father who’s absent, nobody talks about it.”

― Charles B. Rangel

“I always thought of Caesars as the gold standard. I had exactly one date in high school, and my father knew someone who got us comped here for the Sammy Davis Jr. show. We heard ‘Candy Man,’ ‘Mr. Bojangles’ – the whole list. And then my date and I went off to the dance – homecoming, I think – where she pretty much ignored me.”

― Charles Bock

“When the mortgage giant Fannie Mae recruited Daniel H. Mudd, he told a friend he wanted to work for an altruistic business. Already a decorated marine and a successful executive, he wanted to be a role model to his four children – just as his father, the television journalist Roger Mudd, had been to him.”

― Charles Duhigg

“At the age of about eight years, if he is a boy, she turns him over to his father for more Spartan training.”

― Charles Eastman

“I remember my father checking on a mountain kid who hadn’t been coming to school. My father had this beautiful Harris tweed overcoat. He came back with a knife cut all down one side. The parents had told him it was none of his business why their son wasn’t going to school.”

― Charles Frazier

“People like Aphex Twin, Jason Pierce, Jarvis Cocker and William Orbit are actively showing their interest in a wider field of music. Jarvis and I met on a benefit for an extraordinary man called LaMonte Young, the father of minimalism, who worked with John Cale and shared a loft with Yoko Ono.”

― Charles Hazlewood

“One thing I am certain of is that, if I have done anything good in music, it was, first, because of my father, and second, because of my wife.”

― Charles Ives

“’To Kill a Mockingbird’ is really two stories. One is a coming-of-age tale told from the point of view of Scout Finch, a girl of about nine, and her slightly older brother, Jem. The second story concerns their father, attorney Atticus Finch, who has been appointed to defend a black man, Tom Robinson, falsely accused of raping a white woman.”

― Charles J. Shields

“Harper Lee and Truman Capote became friends as next-door neighbors in the late 1920s, when they were about kindergarten age. From the start, they recognized in each other “an apartness,” as Capote later expressed it; and both loved reading. When Lee’s father gave them an old Underwood typewriter, they began writing original stories together.”

― Charles J. Shields

“Maybe it was the home tutoring, or the late start to formal schooling, or an overly cautious and protective upbringing, but in any case, I never became a talkative person. As an adult, I am not always comfortable in social gatherings with small talk. I must have inherited my father’s gentle nature.”

― Charles K. Kao

“I come from a wonderful family. My mother was a pianist and my father was a salesman. They were very middle-class, very middle-Western.”

― Charles Kimbrough

“I had a little insight into life that most kids probably didn’t have. My mother was a schoolteacher, and my father was a social worker. Through his eyes I saw the underside of society.”

― Charles Kuralt

“My mother, at least twice, cancelled our family’s subscription to the newspaper I was working on, because she was so mad about its treatment of my father.”

― Charles Kuralt

“When I was a little boy I used to borrow my father’s hat, and make a press card to stick in the hat band. That was the way reporters were always portrayed in the movies.”

― Charles Kuralt

“I am determined that my children shall be brought up in their father’s religion, if they can find out what it is.”

― Charles Lamb

“My father was short for a man, with a child’s plaything for a name – Spinner. He had flawless dark brown skin and a head full of big, wet-looking curls, black as oil. And he had the smile of a scoundrel – the kind of smile that disarmed men and undressed women.”

― Charles M. Blow

“Any father whose son raises his hand against him is guilty of having produced a son who raised his hand against him.”

― Charles Peguy

“Sometimes I wake up before dawn, and I love sitting up in the middle of the bed with all the lights off, pitch-black dark, and talking to the Father, with no interruptions and nothing that reminds me that there’s anything in life but me and Him.”

― Charles R. Swindoll

“I bought all the books, but I probably knew on the first day that law school wasn’t for me. I didn’t give up until about ten days. I don’t think I really told my father. I really didn’t like my father knowing my things were not successful.”

― Charles Schwab

“Do you not realize that the love the Father bestowed on the perfect Christ He now bestows on you?”

― Charles Spurgeon

“The Bible tells us that God will meet all our needs. He feeds the birds of the air and clothes the grass with the splendor of lilies. How much more, then, will He care for us, who are made in His image? Our only concern is to obey the heavenly Father and leave the consequences to Him.”

― Charles Stanley

“Our heavenly Father understands our disappointment, suffering, pain, fear, and doubt. He is always there to encourage our hearts and help us understand that He’s sufficient for all of our needs. When I accepted this as an absolute truth in my life, I found that my worrying stopped.”

― Charles Stanley

“Think about the comfortable feeling you have as you open your front door. That’s but a hint of what we’ll feel some day on arriving at the place our Father has lovingly and personally prepared for us in heaven. We will finally – and permanently – be ‘at home’ in a way that defies description.”

― Charles Stanley

“I grew up not liking my father very much. I never saw him cry. But he must have. Everybody cries.”

― Charley Pride

“If I’d seen a grown man beating a crippled boy, of course I’d intervene. If my father died and left my mother destitute, it’s your instinct to take care of her. So when I started to think about it in those terms, it started to make sense to me.”

― Charlie Hunnam

“When I was nine, my father passed away. It’s one thing when you’re a kid and your father wasn’t there for you. My father was there, and then he was taken away.”

― Charlie Murphy

“Several of my uncles are comedians. My father is a comedian; my grandfather was known for his jokes. It definitely runs in the family.”

― Charlie Murphy

“In 1989, my father died after a prolonged struggle with Alzheimer’s disease. All four of his siblings followed him into the shadow lands of that fascinating, maddening affliction.”

― Charlie Pierce

“I was an only child of a father who loved me deeply, but we didn’t play catch, even though I was an athlete. We didn’t go fishing or hunting or any of the things I wanted to do. Why not? He just didn’t do that.”

― Charlie Rose

“Tiger had the advantage of high school, college, and a father who knew golf. I was self-taught. Blacks really won’t play golf in great numbers until some of these basketball and football stars buy some golf courses where blacks can play.”

― Charlie Sifford

“My father was a successful entrepreneur.”

― Charlie Trotter

“My father’s nephew was the blues musician, Lowell Fulson. Every time he came around, he had a pretty car, a beautiful woman and a slick sharkskin suit. Believe it or not, that’s how I decided I wanted to get into music.”

― Charlie Wilson

“Charlotte Flair is continuing her father’s legacy but paving her own, and she’s opening the door for women all over the world to be superstars in a male dominated industry.”

― Charlotte Flair

“No one understands what it’s like to walk in the shadow of a famous father, let alone Ric Flair, in the wrestling industry.”

― Charlotte Flair

“Growing up with a famous father, and one who mastered his craft, it’s one of those things where, do you really want to be in the same profession? I can’t imagine the pressure on, say, Michael Jordan’s kids. But for me, I think it’s molded me into the character that I am today.”

― Charlotte Flair

“I think I definitely work out of my father’s shadow, but it was hard in the beginning. But I would never change my last name, and I couldn’t be more proud to carry on his legacy.”

― Charlotte Flair

“The English was really my mother, it was never me. Being the daughter of my father, I always felt very French.”

― Charlotte Gainsbourg

“I remember my father saying to me once, ‘I finally know how to describe you, Charlotte. You’re prickly.’ And he was right – prickly is a very good description. If I had to be an animal, I’d probably be a porcupine.”

― Charlotte Rampling

“My mother’s incredible diaries, which she’d written from when she was 21, and even before that. She fell in love with my father when she was 12.”

― Charlotte Rampling

“I’d had a French education for three years, my father being in the army. From 9 to 12, I went to French school. I’ve been sort of part of the culture, part of the geography, since I was quite young – the imprint was there.”

― Charlotte Rampling

“The family of my mother had a lot of money; the family of my father, nothing.”

― Charo

“I remember hearing stories from my mother and father about their parents and grandparents when they were taken off the reservation, taken to the boarding schools, and pretty much taught to be ashamed of who they were as Native Americans. You can feel that impact today.”

― Chaske Spencer

“My mother is very good in Scrabble. In Boggle, my father is probably better.”

― Chelsea Clinton

“When my father announced his campaign for president on Oct. 3, 1991, I had already cast my vote in favor of his candidacy.”

― Chelsea Clinton

“My parents always asked me what I thought, listened to my opinions, articulated their diagnoses of our challenges at home and abroad, and shared their ideas for how to build a more equal and prosperous country. I always felt part of their call to serve and part of my father’s journey.”

― Chelsea Clinton

“Even during my father’s 1984 gubernatorial campaign, it was, ‘Do you want to grow up and be governor one day?’ ‘No. I am four.’”

― Chelsea Clinton

“My parents were definitely on the incentive side of parenting. Like, they told me that my father had learned to read when he was three. So, of course, I thought I had to, too.”

― Chelsea Clinton

“My father has always been such a doer.”

― Chelsea Clinton

“When I was born, my father was governor of Arkansas.”

― Chelsea Clinton

“Qinghua was first established as a preparatory school in 1911. In 1928, it became a university. In 1929, my father joined Qinghua as a professor, so that was also the year that I moved to that campus because my father brought the whole family along.”

― Chen-Ning Yang

“Fatherhood is something that is personal to me because I didn’t grow up around my father.”

― Cheo Hodari Coker

“I come from a strong matriarchal line. I was raised by Gypsy, her sister, Mary, and my maternal grandmother. The result of not having my father live with us meant that, when it came to understanding the opposite sex, it was like working without a map.”

― Cherie Lunghi

“I’m lucky to have very good genes. My mother was so tiny she was almost bird-like, and my father was tall and lean. Both lived until their early 80s.”

― Cherie Lunghi

“Heart disease is no laughing matter. After my father suffered a massive heart attack, I realized just how serious heart disease can be.”

― Cheryl Hines

“My father had a heart attack and he has heart disease. He had a full recovery, and I’m very lucky, but it certainly made him look at the way he’s living and how he’s treating his body.”

― Cheryl Hines

“My typical paradigm is that I do believe in public service. My father’s a military man. He really does always speak about the fact that there is actually nothing more valuable that you can do than actually to serve your country. And I buy that.”

― Cheryl Mills

“My father volunteered in early 1941, before Pearl Harbor, and became an officer in the U.S. Navy. As I was growing up, he taught me the responsibility of command: A leader is ultimately responsible for every aspect of the welfare of people under his or her care. That was a deeply felt obligation in his generation.”

― Chesley Sullenberger

“It’s like my parents’ musical tastes are the mother and father of my music. It’s their fault for making me so emotional and in tune with my emotions!”

― Chet Faker

“My father was the funniest guy I ever met. I’m not sure if I stole his stuff or if I inherited it.”

― Chevy Chase

“My father would give his dinner to any hungry kids who walked by and then go in the backyard and pick weeds from the yard to eat.”

― Chi Chi Rodriguez

“My father died when I was 9 years old. The miserable condition of my family at that time is beyond description. My family, solitary and without influence, became at once the target of much insult and abuse.”

― Chiang Kai-shek

“Dr. Sun Yat-sen, Father of the Republic, made it his great aim in his revolutionary leadership to secure freedom and equality of status for China among the nations of the world.”

― Chiang Kai-shek

“A man who would not love his father’s grave is worse than a wild animal.”

― Chief Joseph

“I pressed my father’s hand and told him I would protect his grave with my life. My father smiled and passed away to the spirit land.”

― Chief Joseph

“My father was the first to see through the schemes of the white man.”

― Chief Joseph

“My father… had sharper eyes than the rest of our people.”

― Chief Joseph

“I have my father’s lopsided mouth. When I smile, my lips slope to one side. My doctor sister calls it my cerebral palsy mouth. I am very much a daddy’s girl, and even though I would rather my smile wasn’t crooked, there is something moving for me about having a mouth exactly like my father’s.”

― Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

“My parents were early converts to Christianity in my part of Nigeria. They were not just converts; my father was an evangelist, a religious teacher. He and my mother traveled for thirty-five years to different parts of Igboland, spreading the gospel.”

― Chinua Achebe

“I’ve got Peter Pan syndrome. It’s not that I refuse to grow up – I love building businesses; I want to be a good husband, a good father. But I don’t want to be boring. I don’t want to be normal.”

― Chip Gaines

“A kshatriya woman’s highest purpose in life is to support the warriors in her life: her father, brother, husband and sons.”

― Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni

“I wanted to be an actor ever since I got on stage for the first time, aged 13. Before that, I thought I might follow in the medical footsteps of my parents: my father was a doctor, my mother a pharmacist.”

― Chiwetel Ejiofor

“I have an evolving relationship with my father, and his memory, especially the older I get. I know that some of the things that interested him are things that interest me.”

― Chiwetel Ejiofor

“I’ve always liked the idea of being a father. And I’ve always romanticised it, because I lost my father when I was young. In a way, all of the complications that come with my career are about that.”

― Chiwetel Ejiofor

“My father didn’t want to ski alone, so he took me up to the mountains in order to basically bribe my mom to come with him.”

― Chloe Kim

“I wish I looked more like my mother, but I think I look like my father. I wish I had one of those naturally beautiful faces. Or a more quirky face. I’m right down the middle: not interesting enough, not pretty enough.”

― Chloe Sevigny

“My father was educated in Cork, in the University of Cork, in the ’50s.”

― Chris Abani

“I’m half-Armenian. Even though my grandparents did not discuss the genocide, and my father – like many sons and daughters of immigrants – wanted to be as ‘American’ as possible, I was always aware of it. How could I not be?”

― Chris Bohjalian

“I want to be a professional. I want to be like my TV father, Bill Smitrovich. He’s an easy, calm actor. I don’t want to freak out.”

― Chris Burke

“I was born into a middle class family in New Jersey. My dad came home from serving in the Army after having lost his father, worked in the Breyers ice cream plant in Newark, New Jersey. Was the first person to graduate from college.”

― Chris Christie

“I’m a much better writer for being a father.”

― Chris Cleave

“He was a huge football man – he loved football. He was a good parent, a great father, and brilliant with me.”

― Chris Coleman

“I made a decision as a five-year-old boy that my kids will know who their father is.”

― Chris Gardner

“Long before I achieved financial success and became the subject of a Hollywood film, I was a veteran, a single father, and a working person who was homeless.”

― Chris Gardner

“I grew up without a father.”

― Chris Gardner

“A father is everything in the world.”

― Chris Gardner

“My father was an airline pilot, so we travelled more spontaneously than a lot of families. On a Thursday, we could decide to go somewhere like Barbados the next day for a long weekend.”

― Chris Hadfield

“My father was one of the greatest professional bowlers of all time. Seriously. Billy Hardwick: PBA Hall of Fame, Player of the Year in ’63 and ’69, and the first winner of the triple crown of bowling, among other things.”

― Chris Hardwick

“My mother was a teacher, my father was a community organizer. I come from a working class background.”

― Chris Hayes

“My father and I are very similar and have a wonderful relationship, but we both stand by our opinions.”

― Chris Hemsworth

“I’m a better husband and father than I was a killer.”

― Chris Kyle

“In the 1960s, my father chose to introduce Italian-style clothing into a world that was filled with boxy Brooks Brothers suits. So if you were dressing in his clothes in New York or California, you were breaking a rule. And my mother, Risha, who is still living, has always been an activist. I don’t think my mom has met a cause she doesn’t like.”

― Chris Meledandri

“I definitely had those moments, like any actor, when you get anxious and think, ‘When am I going to work again?’ But I would feel that way even when I had every offer in the world coming to me. Then I became a father and I felt a little more of the anxiety that came with the responsibility of being a parent.”

― Chris O’Donnell

“I am an obsessive garage cleaner – my wife and the neighbors make fun of me. I remember that my father was the same way, and now when I’m out there unearthing things in the garage, I realize I am becoming my dad!”

― Chris O’Donnell

“Family was real important in putting me on my path. I’m so blessed to come from a home with a mother and a father.”

― Chris Paul

“I don’t think there’s anything less attractive than a man over-dyeing things on his face, so I’m going to try, for as long as I can, to age as my male forefathers before me. My father started getting grays when he was in his 30s, as did my grandfather before him, so I don’t want to look perpetually young.”

― Chris Pine

“I grew up in a house where my father went on auditions, and he got some and he lost some, and there were good years and lean years. I didn’t expect anything from the business, and that’s often a danger in Hollywood, the notion that if you’re pretty and have white teeth and just show up for the game then you’ll win.”

― Chris Pine

“The first audition I went out on was because my father was on an audition for a TV show called the ‘Gilmore Girls,’ and that kind of snowballed a lot of stuff in my life.”

― Chris Pine

“My father calls acting ‘a state of permanent retirement with short spurts of work.’”

― Chris Pine

“My father has been an actor since 1964. Things were tight a lot of the times, financially. It wasn’t like a big romantic adventure.”

― Chris Pine

“I bought a Hofner guitar and amplifier for 32 guineas, then spent ages trying to make a bottleneck. At that point, I was meant to be developing my father’s ice-cream cafe into a global concern, but I spent all my time in the stockroom playing slide guitar.”

― Chris Rea

“Nothing was ever clean enough for my father. You could never clean as good as he could; you could never clean as fast and as thorough as he could.”

― Chris Rea

“My father used to control the wholesale of many ice-cream items in Middlesbrough. He was central distributor for most of the region.”

― Chris Rea

“My father’s family were Italian ice cream men, and the knowledge was passed on, so I ran an ice cream van while I was dating my wife.”

― Chris Rea

“The world is a challenging place in terms of wars and peace, basic human rights and freedoms. The Holy Father has a major role to play in global affairs. The pope is more than a spiritual leader. For the world’s 1.2 billion Catholics, he is an inspiration of holiness and goodness and, above all, the faithful proclamation of the Gospel.”

― Chris Smith

“I like to fish. I collect pocketknives. I inherited a nice collection from my father and grandfather.”

― Chris Stapleton

“I lost my father four years ago to what was the culmination of a manic episode that seemingly, to my family, came completely out of the blue after 59 years on this earth with no issues that we knew about, at least – sort of a normal run-of-the-mill guy who did his job and came home and had a family.”

― Chris Wood

“My father is a big guy; he’s had a quadruple bypass surgery, and that’s scary. Those are real things that happen in families with overweight people, and I don’t want that.”

― Chrissy Metz

“I met my grandfather just before he died, and it was the first time that I had seen Dad with a relative of his. It was interesting to see my own father as a son and the body language and alteration in attitude that comes with that, and it sort of changed our relationship for the better.”

― Christian Bale

“The biggest rebellion I could’ve ever had with my father would be to work in a bank. He would have disowned me. As long as I was doing something where I didn’t have to wear a tie, I was good.”

― Christian Bale

“I played some ping pong with the guys on the T’Wolves team. I might have been the champ on that team, too. But ping pong is a big part of my life. I grew up playing it against my brother and my father when I was young. They used to kick my behind for a long time, so I got very good at it.”

― Christian Laettner

“You know, I’m behind my company. My company has been a big part of my life. And it’s not that I been buying a company or that my father bought a company and tried to do something out of it. You know, it’s not the same thing. It’s my name, it’s my company, it’s my signature.”

― Christian Louboutin

“My father, who was a cabinetmaker, told me, ‘Wood has a grain and if you go into the grain, you have beauty. If you go against it, you have splinters – it breaks.’ And I took that as my view of life. You have to follow the grain – to be sensitive to the direction of life.”

― Christian Louboutin

“People tend to fear the ghosts in their own family. You feel these family curses and think, ‘If it happened to my father, it could happen to me.’”

― Christian Louboutin

“Theater was definitely part of my roots. My father would take me to plays, and then my mother was always on the lookout for other talent and taking me to see plays. I saw Frank Langella in ‘Dracula’… Great, great performances. I was a theater rat, hanging out backstage.”

― Christian Slater

“My father was an actor, and my mother was his agent, so I had it on both sides: the crazy actor and his representation.”

― Christian Slater

“The first job I had was a Pampers commercial. And I used to go with my father whenever he would do a performance. I remember clinging to his legs, saying, ‘Please. Take me with you.’”

― Christian Slater

“I was born during the war, on October 20, 1942, as the second of five children. My father, Rolf Volhard, was an architect.”

― Christiane Nusslein-Volhard

“I experienced no conflict between my mother and father, which was entirely due to my mother’s compassion, intelligence, and maturity.”

― Christie Hefner

“No, I never thought about my father’s money as my money.”

― Christie Hefner

“I never thought I was going to go to work for my father’s company.”

― Christie Hefner

“My father is not that comfortable with children, but he’s a terrific father for an adult.”

― Christie Hefner

“My father has always enjoyed games… always with a combination of the fun and social side of it, but also always highly competitive.”

― Christie Hefner

“While I have always had a good relationship with my father, much of the time it has been a very limited relationship until I was older. So you can’t really give him credit or blame for how I turned out.”

― Christie Hefner

“I don’t want to raise a child by myself. I could do it. But I definitely don’t want to. I want to be a mother who has the original father there.”

― Christina Applegate

“My father’s in the military, so we moved a lot. I was born in Jersey but grew up in Maryland until we moved to L.A. to pursue my acting career. Music came into it after that.”

― Christina Milian

“My father started out as a riveter, but he had the soul of an artist. He worshiped Shakespeare and had aspirations to be an actor. He claimed that from the first day he laid eyes on me, I was going to be this great dramatic actress.”

― Christine Ebersole

“One way of reading my life is that I have been in constant search for a father.”

― Christine Keeler

“As a little girl I used to daydream about my real father coming on a white horse to rescue me.”

― Christine Keeler

“When my father passed away and then when later on I gave birth, those are sort of ground-breaking experiences that put everything else into perspective.”

― Christine Lagarde

“My father passed away after three years of debilitating disease, which transformed a very strong and bright man into a real wreck. And that is hard. You have to get out of that stronger, if you can, which I was lucky to be able to. I was the eldest of the family, and I had to support my mother and help my brothers.”

― Christine Lagarde

“I bought a house in England in 1990, shortly after my father died, hoping to come home to England and spend time with my family.”

― Christine McVie

“I want to be affirmatively proud of what I have made my way through. And to do that, in the same way I had to tell my father and my family and my friends that I was gay, I need to not hide this anymore.”

― Christine Quinn

“Becoming an actor is like becoming a father. It’s not hard to become one. Making a life of it is the challenge.”

― Christoph Waltz

“I cast my first vote on my father’s lap in 1960, for Richard Nixon, in the voting booth. I was 8.”

― Christopher Buckley

“The tradition of putting candles on Christmas trees actually began in Germany. The person who came up with the idea is thought to have been Martin Luther, father of the Reformation.”

― Christopher Buckley

“My father would have been impressed by Barack Obama’s mind and style and grace of manner, as well as by – I’m certain – his abilities as a writer.”

― Christopher Buckley

“My father knew the charming side of my mother, and my mother thought that he was attentive and pleasant and was an architect, which was a respectable profession, but I don’t think that they actually got to know one another deeply.”

― Christopher Durang

“The film is about Joe discovering who his mother and father are and his relationship with them, and the identity crisis he goes through once he finds out who his parents are.”

― Christopher Eccleston

“My father Bill had a problem with Christmas. Although he appears in old photographs to possess a whippy, muscular frame, he was actually a frail man and usually managed to cause some kind of drama just before the festivities began.”

― Christopher Fowler

“My father worked in a scientific lab where he designed and built glass instruments. He was regarded as brilliant at his job and once constructed a human brain in glass just to show off his skills.”

― Christopher Fowler

“By the time I reached the sixth form at my local grammar school, my father would glower at me every time I passed him with a stack of books under my arm, warning me there was no money to go to university.”

― Christopher Fowler

“Well, I have a Norwegian father who emigrated to America in the 1950s, and he still speaks with varying degrees of an accent. Over my lifetime my ear has been well-tuned to that accent. Any first generation kid has that wonderful gift from their parents.”

― Christopher Heyerdahl

“Even if I accepted that Jesus – like almost every other prophet on record – was born of a virgin, I cannot think that this proves the divinity of his father or the truth of his teachings. The same would be true if I accepted that he had been resurrected.”

― Christopher Hitchens

“My father had died, and very swiftly, too, of cancer of the esophagus. He was 79. I am 61. In whatever kind of a ‘race’ life may be, I have very abruptly become a finalist.”

― Christopher Hitchens

“I’m a father of four so whenever I’m not working my kids have their different sports, or plays, or school performances, so I don’t do a whole lot of other stuff besides being a dad.”

― Christopher Judge

“My father’s family can be traced back to 1400. I’ve been told by gypsies that there is unmistakeably gypsy blood in me. Lee is a gypsy name, you know.”

― Christopher Lee

“I was baptized Methodist, but I was mainly raised First Church of NFL, which is to say that my family, especially my father, was much more concerned with watching football on Sundays than attending services.”

― Christopher Moore

“The first time my father saw me in the flesh was on the stage, which is a bit weird. We went out to dinner, and he was charming and sweet, but I did all the talking.”

― Christopher Plummer

“A journalist asked this to my father. He spent a day with me and interviewing my friends/colleagues and didn’t understand how I could be the one that created 4chan and, as he put it, ‘couldn’t understand how to fit the square peg into a round hole.’ The best way I have of describing it is, ‘I didn’t define it, and it doesn’t define me.’”

― Christopher Poole

“My father is an intellectual and physical man, which is a rather unusual combination. He’s great. As he brought up me and my brothers and sisters, he ingrained in us that your appearance is not your responsibility, other than that you should not be a slob.”

― Christopher Reeve

“My father always told me that story was first and foremost. We would watch not just his films but a lot of classic American films. My father was a great David Lean fan, and David Lean’s one of my favorite directors. We would discuss films endlessly.”

― Christopher Rouse

“I think in any relationship, even in the healthiest of relationships, we are all parents to each other at times. I think that’s a normal, healthy sort of relationship. I think there are times when we’re each a mother and a father when we need to be.”

― Christopher Stanley

“My father passed away a couple of years ago, but he was very old. He was almost a 100 years old. And, you know, he had a very good life. He came to America and he had a good life.”

― Christopher Walken

“One thing that’s happened to me is I’ve been around a long time and I’ve played a lot of villains and so forth. I think it had to do with, well one thing is that I looked younger than I was for a long time. Now I think I’m suddenly starting to play people’s father.”

― Christopher Walken

“My father was a lesson. He had his own bakery, and it was closed one day a week, but he would go anyway. He did it because he really loved his bakery. It wasn’t a job.”

― Christopher Walken

“I used to love Danish. My father used to make a Boston cream pie. You never see that anymore.”

― Christopher Walken

“Yoga has been the best tool for managing stress and life’s challenges. Everything from my studies to my father’s death was eased by my practice of it.”

― Christy Turlington

“I want my daughter to see that I am a professional and have commitments, but that I’m there when the family needs me, and so is their father. In some cases, more so.”

― Christy Turlington

“I grew up Catholic. My mother is from El Salvador, so my family on her side is Roman Catholic. My father is Protestant, and while he was spiritual, he wasn’t much of a churchgoing person. I think it’s fairly common for families to be brought up in the mother’s religion.”

― Christy Turlington

“My father married once. I married once. This is a conviction of ours. This is the way we grew up.”

― Chuck Berry

“Losing my father at a tender age was extremely important in being able to accept what happened to me later when I became a quadriplegic.”

― Chuck Close

“My mother was a piano teacher, my father an inventor. He invented the reflective paint they still use on airstrips. They had faith in my ambition, and I think that made all the difference.”

― Chuck Close

“I came from a mother and father who always made me secure in my beliefs, and that’s where the love came from.”

― Chuck D

“My mother went to university, my father didn’t. But they are very educated, very wise people. My father went to the military, so he’s worldly.”

― Chuck D

“My father fought in World War II at the Battle of the Bulge.”

― Chuck Norris

“I think a lot of my shyness and non-athleticism came because I didn’t have a father to instill those in me.”

― Chuck Norris

“My father worked for the railroad, and whenever a train crashed, we would go as a family and steal food from the boxcars. One year we stole a case of butterscotch pudding that was for export to Israel. It took us years to get through.”

― Chuck Palahniuk

“My father used to call me ‘bird bones’ and, well, the name fits.”

― Chuck Palahniuk

“My father, Abe, was a small businessman. For 32 years, he ran an exterminating company. That may explain why our family always associated the smell of roach spray with love.”

― Chuck Schumer

“My father taught me how to fight when I was 5.”

― Chuck Zito

“We all know the personal relationship between Michel Platini and President Blatter. It was like a mentor and protege, or even father and son.”

― Chung Mong-joon

“My father was a GP; my mother was a teacher and amateur actress. My father was a bit of a storyteller, but the acting influence must have been from her – yes, put it down to my mother.”

― Ciaran Hinds

“Watching your husband become a father is really sexy and wonderful.”

― Cindy Crawford

“I grew up with my dad. I’m an only child. My father was a cowboy, and he really loved me very much, but I think he wanted a son occasionally.”

― Cindy McCain

“My grandfather died when I was 12, but I remember the sorrow of my mother. Even now, she’s an old lady, but when she speaks about her father, she looks young. A love like that is undefeated, you know?”

― Claire Denis

“A father who sees his daughter leave in the arms of another man does not feel the same as a mother. It is heartrending for her, too. But it is not the same.”

― Claire Denis

“My mother’s father was from Brazil – a painter, and not a famous one – and was always broke. But he was a free spirit, a great grandfather.”

― Claire Denis

“I thought she was just the Queen and he was Prince Philip, and that was just who they were, without thinking about them as a mother or a father or daughter.”

― Claire Foy

“I liked the idea of being from ‘somewhere else.’ I do think that’s inherited. My father never had a fixed sense of where home was, and for my sister and me, it is much easier not to belong than to belong.”

― Claire Messud

“When you move around a lot, there are little bits of you from everywhere. I mean, my father’s French, and I speak French, and there’s a kind of struggle in me that says, ‘I’d like to be French.’ But I’ve never been fully part of that culture, that role.”

― Claire Messud

“Because my father is French, my first school was the Lycee Francais de Londres in Kensington.”

― Claire Tomalin

“It used to be that a son could look at the father, and pretty much know what life was gonna be like as an adult. There was confidence in that, and comfort in that, and frustration also.”

― Clancy Brown

“The patriot blood of my father was warm in my veins.”

― Clara Barton

“My father, a math professor in Hong Kong, worked as an electrical engineer here. My mother was an art teacher, but once we came to the United States, she went back to school and became certified as a special-education teacher.”

― Clara Shih

“When you’re little, your father is your hero. Mine was. Then it all becomes more complicated.”

― Clare Balding

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

― Clarence Budington Kelland

“Nobody played instruments in my family. My father got that bug and said he wants his son to play saxophone.”

― Clarence Clemons

“Relative to most people I know, I am comfortable just about anywhere. I went to 20 schools before the 8th grade because my father couldn’t hold a job. We moved every six months. I had to adjust.”

― Clark Blaise

“My father wanted me to be a pharmacist like himself. He had been a doctor, but he no longer believed in medicine; so he became a pharmacist, but he believed in that hardly more.”

― Claude Chabrol

“My mother tells me that I was a very busy, curious child and that I quite often challenged my father when I was little, which she thought was rather good for him!”

― Claude Picasso

“When you look at my father’s works, he systematically dated everything. He also wanted to document what he knew would be the work of the century.”

― Claude Picasso

“I think what I most admired about my father was his extraordinary courage. He had such energy to pursue whatever he wanted, and he really didn’t care what others thought.”

― Claude Picasso

“I remember so well my father’s complete concentration when he went to the studio. Everything he did, every movement he made, he did with complete concentration. Then, after he had finished work, he would go to the beach or whatever, and then he would enjoy play and forget about his work.”

― Claude Picasso

“I think working with the primal elements of fire and earth appealed greatly to my father because of the almost magical results.”

― Claude Picasso

“I loved being my father’s audience and watching him in front of the mirror as he talked to himself made up like a clown.”

― Claude Picasso

“My father had been an avid fan of Chaplin during the silent film days, but when the talkies came along, my father lost all interest in movies.”

― Claude Picasso

“I think it’s a pity for him that my father didn’t have the pleasure of seeing me grow up. I think he missed out on something. But it doesn’t matter. It’s boring. I don’t have any anger about it.”

― Claude Picasso

“I have tried to bring the family together. My father should have done it, and to some extent, I have succeeded.”

― Claude Picasso

“In our personal lives, we have a lot of businesses going on. I have a profession, I’m a father, a spouse, a good member of my community. How much of my time and energy can I allocate to each of those things? What I allocate becomes the strategy I have for my family, and everything else.”

― Clayton M. Christensen

“I’m still waiting for Peter Jackson to let me play an elf. I want to play Orlando Bloom’s father. No, Orlando Bloom’s younger, hotter brother. I don’t think it’s going to happen.”

― Cliff Curtis

“The North African mule talks always of his mother’s brother, the horse, but never of his father, the donkey, in favor of others supposedly more reputable.”

― Clifford Geertz

“My son is 7 years old. I am 54. It has taken me a great many years to reach that age. I am more respected in the community, I am stronger, I am more intelligent and I think I am better than he is. I don’t want to be a pal, I want to be a father.”

― Clifton Fadiman

“My grandfather lived to be late 90s on one side and on the other side, 70s or something. And my father died young, at 63. But he didn’t take very good care of himself.”

― Clint Eastwood

“When I was born, the economy wasn’t in a great state; it was the Depression, and my father had to be quick to try and find work.”

― Clint Eastwood

“Well, I was very lucky. I was brought up west southwest coast of Scotland and my mother and father had a music shop, and so I was surrounded by pianos and drums and guitars, and music, of course.”

― Clive Anderson

“In 1966, I bought my parents a carriage clock for their silver wedding anniversary. It was last wound 30 years later, in December 1996, the month my father died.”

― Clive Sinclair

“If someone like my father chooses to criticise Israeli policies, it’s not because he is a self-hating Jew, but because he is not prepared to live in a state of self-denial.”

― Clive Sinclair

“Hinde Esther Singer was born in Poland on March 31, 1881, the daughter of Bathsheva and Pinchos Mendel Singer. Bathsheva was an intellectual, but both Bathsheva’s father and her husband disapproved of erudite women.”

― Clive Sinclair

“Being a father can ‘unreason’ your worldview, or at least make it very flexible, and that can create all sorts of fun and insights. It’s sad that children’s open-eyed wonder and sense of play begin to fade as they approach adolescence. One grand function of fathering is to keep the fading to a minimum.”

― Clyde Edgerton

“If you are a good person, you will probably be a good father. Try not to worry too much. If you don’t feel apprehensive just before your first child arrives, you are abnormal. Though catastrophe doesn’t come as often in childbirth as it did a few generations ago, we naturally fear it.”

― Clyde Edgerton

“In my case, a papadaddy is a father. My paternal grandfather was called Papa by my father who was called Daddy by me.”

― Clyde Edgerton

“As an older dad who grew up in a rural culture in the South, certain things were expected of women, and that included raising the children. But I think it’s just as important for the father to give the baths, to hug, to change the diapers, to tell the stories.”

― Clyde Edgerton

“I guess the two things I was most interested in were telescopes and steam engines. My father was an engineer on a threshing rig steam engine and I loved the machinery.”

― Clyde Tombaugh

“When I was growing up, I never really knew my father. I didn’t get to know my father until I was about 14 years old.”

― Cole Hauser

“Jughead is one of those characters that takes the opinions of his father really seriously and probably seeks a bit of validation from him.”

― Cole Sprouse

“’You Should Be Here’ came from a real place. I lost my father… it was right when I was getting my record deal. There’s just been so many moments that he hasn’t been here for. It’s kind of the reason I wrote the song.”

― Cole Swindell

“I could, I think, quite easily have gone to Oxford. I got four good A levels, but my father’s income was such that I wouldn’t have got a grant, and he wouldn’t let me go to university, and that was the end of it.”

― Colin Baker

“I was brought up west southwest coast of Scotland and my mother and father had a music shop, and so I was surrounded by pianos and drums and guitars, and music, of course.”

― Colin Hay

“I am a father, and sometimes I want to stay close to home. By varying the workplace, it gives me space to breathe. I enjoy theatre because it reminds me I’m mortal, and it’s terrifying when it goes wrong but the most thrilling experience when it flies.”

― Colin Salmon

“Between the ages of 8 and 12 it was difficult to know what my father was saying, and he moved very slowly, and then he died.”

― Colm Toibin

“I still have a stammer that I can control by not opening a sentence with a hard consonant, or by concentrating for a moment, breathing softly down. Growing up, the ‘Our Father’ was lovely, made for me, the ‘Hail Mary’ was gorgeous, and ‘Glory Be to the Father’ was an absolute nightmare.”

― Colm Toibin

“My father was from Belfast; my mother was from Crossmolina. I grew up in Dublin.”

― Colm Wilkinson

“I have three wonderful children. My husband is an absolutely wonderful, perfect husband and a father, most of all.”

― Columba Bush

“My father joined our party because the Democrats in Jim Crow Alabama of 1952 would not register him to vote. The Republicans did.”

― Condoleezza Rice

“I think my father thought I might be president of the United States. I think he would’ve been satisfied with secretary of state. I’m a foreign policy person, and to have a chance to serve my country as the nation’s chief diplomat at a time of peril and consequence, that was enough.”

― Condoleezza Rice

“I lost my mom to breast cancer, and then I lost my father three years later. I thought, ‘What am I waiting for?’ Motherhood has been the greatest gift of my life.”

― Connie Britton

“As the youngest, I wanted to be my father’s son and perpetuate the family name.”

― Connie Chung

“My birth neither shook the German Empire nor caused much of an upheaval in the home. It pleased mother, caused father a certain amount of pride and my elder brother the usual fraternal jealousy of a hitherto only son.”

― Conrad Veidt

“My father died. It is still a deep regret to me this day that in choosing acting as my career I was forced to hurt him. He died too early to see I had done the right, the only thing.”

― Conrad Veidt

“My father kept his distance from working-class American blacks.”

― Constance Baker Motley

“Is there something in my genetic makeup that makes me more at risk for heart disease? I believe there is. My father was the sign.”

― Corbin Bernsen

“Before I was married to Martin and became a King, I was a proud Scott, shaped by my mother’s discernment and my father’s strength.”

― Coretta Scott King

“Along the beach I never collected shells from my father’s shore.”

― Corey Hart

“There is nothing more important in my life than being a father. I will never allow any of my career choices or aspirations to threaten this bond.”

― Corey Hart

“My mother’s a police officer, so there was only so much trouble I could get myself into. But my father grew up on the other side.”

― Corey Hawkins

“Around 17 to 20 years, I became, myself, a poacher. And I wanted to do it, because – I believed – to continue my studies. I wanted to go to university, but my father was poor, my uncle even. So, I did it. And for three to four years, I went to university. For three times, I applied to biomedical science, to be a doctor. I didn’t succeed.”

― Corneille Ewango

“My dear brother Barack Obama has a certain fear of free black men. As a young brother who grows up in a white context, brilliant African father, he’s always had to fear being a white man with black skin. All he has known culturally is white. He has a certain rootlessness, a deracination.”

― Cornel West

“And my father always took me to the library. We were both book addicts.”

― Cornelia Funke

“My father wanted a boy badly and didn’t get one, so I was happy to be the surrogate boy. I was very strong, always doing manual labour.”

― Cornelia Parker

“My father was a very controlling man, and it was a big relief to get away from that.”

― Cornelia Parker

“I was my father’s sidekick, in a way. He was a very dominant, forceful character.”

― Cornelia Parker

“My father passed away a few days before my election. This man, an African American born to a poor single mother in 1936 in the South, would worry in the last years of his life that he had better life chances when he was growing up than a young man born in the same circumstances would have today.”

― Cory Booker

“My father was not going to let me sit back and just consume my blessings. He wanted me to contribute, and to do that, you have to be mission-oriented.”

― Cory Booker

“My last name is Wellsley, but a lot of people say it’s Lowendowski, which is my mother’s last name, and I had it changed to my father’s when I was 18.”

― Cory Wells

“In 2011, when my father passed away – I had my daughter first; I had her on January 24, and I had a seizure during the delivery. I lived through that, and five weeks later, my father died suddenly of a heart attack, and I lived through that. And then my daughter had surgery, and I lived through that.”

― Courtney A. Kemp

“New York is the center of the world. I grew up in Connecticut, outside of the city, and my father commuted to the city for work.”

― Courtney A. Kemp

“I surrounded myself with women when I was growing up because I had this horrible psycho father. Now I’m trying to really appreciate and like men more.”

― Courtney Love

“My father is a very skilled carpenter. He can do just about anything with his hands. He is very artistic with his carpentry.”

― Coy Bowles

“Before, I would spend all my hours at training, come home, sleep, eat, watch football, sleep, and go back to training the next day. Now I do the school run, train, pick up my daughter. I am living in the real world. I am a father now. That has given me more satisfaction than football.”

― Craig Bellamy

“My father, a captain in the 5th Battalion of the Queen’s Own Cameron Highlanders, landed in Normandy the day after D-Day.”

― Craig Brown

“I’ve started looking at my own father a bit funny. He assures me, though, that I really am the son of a Scottish postman.”

― Craig Ferguson

“Disruption is in my genes. My father owned one of the first discount toy stores, Duane’s Toyland, in Albany and Schenectady, near where I grew up. Discount was always a huge disruptor – it disrupted Sears Roebuck.”

― Craig Hatkoff

“Comedy chose me. I always had this urge to be silly that I couldn’t control. I remember my father having me read ‘The Three Little Pigs’ to him, and I would improv all around the story, like when one pig’s house got blown over, he put on his gym shoes and took off.”

― Craig Robinson

“My father tried to discourage me from going into comedy, mainly because he felt like it wasn’t promising. It was pie in the sky.”

― Craig Robinson

“My parents did the whole good-cop/bad-cop thing – Dad was the bad cop, and Mom was the good cop. I remember my father saying, ‘I’m his father, not his friend.’ That kind of stuck with me.”

― Craig Robinson

“Being a father of three children and grandfather to nine, I do think that this thing called ‘parenting’ is becoming increasingly difficult.”

― Craig T. Nelson

“For each gene in your genome, you quite often get a different version of that gene from your father and a different version from your mother. We need to study these relationships across a very large number of people.”

― Craig Venter

“People are comprised of sets of DNA from each parent. If you looked at just the DNA from your father, it wouldn’t tell you who you really are.”

― Craig Venter

“I grew up mainly with my mother, and I would see my father from time to time. But I didn’t have a constant male figure.”

― Cress Williams

“When my father died in my arms it had such a profound affect on me that at that very moment when my dad passed I realized that I needed to face my own fears.”

― Criss Angel

“Oprah is signed on to help, and a lot of celebrity friends have agreed to help me raise money for Make-A-Wish. We want to make the world a better place for innocent children. I cried my heart out when my father died from cancer. I wish I was smarter, wiser like a doctor, to save these children from dying.”

― Criss Angel

“My father always taught me that when you help other people, then God will give you double. And that’s what has really happened to me. When I have helped other people who are in need, God has helped me more.”

― Cristiano Ronaldo

“I don’t hide my feelings, but when it comes to illness, I guess I don’t panic. My father was the same way. I’m the provider for the family and the caretaker. If I panic, who is anybody going to run to?”

― Curt Schilling

“One thing I was told early in my career is when you walk out on the field, the name on the back of your jersey is not yours – it’s your dad’s. I’ve carried that with me forever as something – I’ve worked harder and learned more about my father since he passed than when he was alive, because when he was alive, I was young, and I knew everything.”

― Curt Schilling

“I’ve got a lot to look forward to. I’m trying to be the best father I can, and that’s a pretty important role. Some would say it’s more important than stopping pucks.”

― Curtis Joseph

“With a name like Cush Jumbo, you never get forgotten. The ‘Jumbo’ is from my father, who is Nigerian, and ‘Cush’ was a king in ancient Egypt. It’s a name that took a few years to grow into, but now I feel it was meant to be. It’s absolutely who I am, and I love it.”

― Cush Jumbo

“At the time I was writing ‘Weedflower,’ my friend Naomi Hirahara was writing a book about Japanese-American flower farmers. She knew quite a few elderly farmers and put me in touch with four or five of them who had been in camps during WWII. Some, like my father, were reluctant to talk about their experiences.”

― Cynthia Kadohata

“Somewhere in the depths of my soul is the connection my father had with his cattle, the hills of Khalavha, and his people.”

― Cyril Ramaphosa

“I was named after the great emperor Cyrus as my father, Farokh Broacha, was a great admirer of the Persian emperor. Continuing the tradition, I have named my son after Mikhail Gorbachev, someone whom I admire. He gave his people freedom.”

― Cyrus Broacha

“My father figures were my coaches.”

― Dabo Swinney

“I know how critical that is, having a mother and father involved in your life, and I’m going to continue to be the most involved father hopefully that you’ll ever see.”

― Dakota Meyer

“I think some people who have never met me have a misconception that when I was living with my father when he was successful, that I was somehow adversely affected by his success or the money he had and was making at the time.”

― Dale Earnhardt Jr.

“Growing up, I’ve enjoyed hunting with my father.”

― Dale Earnhardt

“I grew up listening to my father argue politics into the night and taking trips every Saturday to the Hood River library where my mother maintained her interest in reading and encouraged the same from her sons.”

― Dale T. Mortensen

“My mother is chairman of a bank called the Indo-Zambia Bank. It’s a joint venture between Zambia and India. My father runs Integrity Foundation, an anticorruption organization.”

― Dambisa Moyo

“I remember, when I was doing ‘Nicholas Nickleby’, James Archer came to see me at the interval and said, ‘My father would like to see you after the show.’ It felt rather as if I had been summoned by the Queen, and I was cocky enough to think, ‘Who the hell is he to summon me?’”

― Damian Lewis

“My father has been a voice of encouragement in times of desperation for so many people. But he died when I was so young that, for me, his music has been a way for me to get to know him better.”

― Damian Marley

“As a father, I would say I am more like a mother. I do a lot of hugging.”

― Damien Hirst

“I lost my girl a couple years back, Aaliyah, in a plane crash. I wasn’t expecting that, and also, my mother died, and at the time, my father wasn’t in my life; the only person that took care of me was my mom.”

― Damon Dash

“My father – until the day that my dad died – didn’t know how many points you scored in a touchdown. He could say there were nine innings in baseball, but no intricacies of the sport.”

― Damon Lindelof

“My father is a Jehovah’s Witness, and he raised us under a very strict hand.”

― Damon Wayans

“My father was the guy on the block who said hi to everyone.”

― Damon Wayans

“What made me want to go into doing comics was I was working as a laborer with my father, a gardener.”

― Dan DeCarlo

“Then is when I decided to take it to Archie to see if they could do it as a comic book. I showed it to Richard Goldwater, and he showed it to his father, and a day or two later I got the OK to do it as a comic book.”

― Dan DeCarlo

“On my mother’s side, I’m English, so that’s where the freckles come from. On my father’s side, I’m German, and he has the fantastic olive hues… I was given mum’s skin, whereas my brothers and sisters were given my dad’s skin. I do tan up quite well, but it takes me a bit longer.”

― Dan Feuerriegel

“I think my father had a certain degree of insecurity and need to achieve.”

― Dan Hill

“I missed my father so much when he died that writing about his life and mine was a way of bringing him back to life and getting me to sort of understand more about him and what made him the father, the husband and the man that he was, and how that made me the man, husband and father that I am.”

― Dan Hill

“It was a double jolt for me. The jolt of seeing my father slowly die, the jolt of knowing that I was diabetic and could meet the same fate if I didn’t take care of myself.”

― Dan Hill

“I don’t want to lose my legs, you know. I don’t want to be wheeled around in a wheelchair. I don’t want to be attached to a catheter. I saw all that stuff happen to my father, and as much as it upset me because I loved my father so much, it also really traumatized me.”

― Dan Hill

“My father always taught me to appreciate what you’re fortunate to have and give back to those who need it. No part of our society is more important than the children, especially the ones who need our help.”

― Dan Marino

“The great lesson my mother and father gave me was almost invisible. It was a strong sense of being rooted.”

― Dan Rather

“I have no regrets. I wanted to raise the kids and be a present father. When I developed a movie, I was gone for a year. That didn’t really work for me. That isn’t fair to make these life-forms and then disappear.”

― Dana Carvey

“I call myself Zimerican. I was born in the Midwest to Zimbabwean parents. My father was a professor at Grinnell College in Iowa.”

― Danai Gurira

“I was raised in an observant Jewish household, so for me, Hebrew prayers – the sounds, the sunlight streaming in from the stained-glass windows of a synagogue – bring my father back to me as surely as if he were sitting next to me, my head pressed against his shoulder.”

― Dani Shapiro

“I do strongly identify with being Jewish. I was raised Orthodox and had a childhood complicated by the fact that my father was deeply religious and my mother was not.”

― Dani Shapiro

“In my mother’s belly, I remember not liking the tempi my father played the Beethoven Sonatas in.”

― Daniel Barenboim

“My father had very little formal education.”

― Daniel Berrigan

“Well, my first languages are German and Spanish because I was brought up by a Spanish mother and a German father, so I always spoke both languages at home. I’m very thankful that I was brought up in a bilingual house.”

― Daniel Bruhl

“I started to do theater when I was a little boy at school, and then, I think because my father was a documentary filmmaker and worked for German television, I was of course fascinated by what he did. Then when I was around 15, I did my first movie.”

― Daniel Bruhl

“I started to do theater when I was a little boy at school, and then, I think because my father was a documentary filmmaker and worked for German television, I was of course fascinated by what he did.”

― Daniel Bruhl

“My first languages are German and Spanish because I was brought up by a Spanish mother and a German father, so I always spoke both languages at home. I’m very thankful that I was brought up in a bilingual house.”

― Daniel Bruhl

“My health is 100% more important than coming back to wrestling. Being a good father is more important than going out there and expounding on my belief that doing more hammerlocks in wrestling is good for the business!”

― Daniel Bryan

“He who obeys God’s laws finds him a father. He who disobeys them, finds him a judge.”

― Daniel D. Palmer

“It’s a source of great sadness to me that my father died without having seen me do anything worthwhile. He was constantly having to make excuses for me.”

― Daniel Day-Lewis

“I had a very vivid, almost hallucinatory moment in which I was engaged in a dialogue with my father.”

― Daniel Day-Lewis

“I still relate to my father very much. I mean, I talk to him in a certain way, as we do talk to the dead.”

― Daniel Day-Lewis

“My main memories of my father are of his illness.”

― Daniel Day-Lewis

“Motivation aside, if people get better at these life skills, everyone benefits: The brain doesn’t distinguish between being a more empathic manager and a more empathic father.”

― Daniel Goleman

“My father was in the paper recycling business back before they called it recycling.”

― Daniel Keyes

“We don’t always know exactly what we’re doing as parents. Children don’t come with instruction manuals, as the saying goes. So it’s important to me that I always question the choices I’m making as a father, to really stay alert and open to the balance between being too hard or too soft.”

― Daniel Lubetzky

“My father is with me every day. Although he passed away in 2003, he continues to live on inside me and through me – at home and work, on crowded subway cars and busy sidewalks.”

― Daniel Lubetzky

“My mom’s a lawyer. She was part of the group that wrote the bar exam. My father is a dentist. They’ve always worked.”

― Daniel Schwartz

“My father was a journalist.”

― Daniel Snyder

“My father took me to my first game in 1971, and I fell in love with the Redskins and the NFL right then. I was hooked. And we didn’t even win that game.”

― Daniel Snyder

“I was thinking of my father’s family. I can find their graves, but not that much about them. They didn’t do anything notable enough to be in the records of newspapers.”

― Daniel Woodrell

“My father was a salesman, and I always said I wouldn’t be one.”

― Daniel Woodrell

“I grew up with my father, so I know more about cars than most women.”

― Danielle Steel

“My mother was the total influence. My father was what we call a nomadic person; he was a wanderer.”

― Danny Aiello

“I used to make up stories about my father. I would go to the movies and look for a character who looked like my father.”

― Danny Aiello

“My father never saw me play ball, and I was an outstanding ballplayer. I missed all that adoration.”

― Danny Aiello

“My father was a good man, but he was a con man. He was a wanderer, nomadic.”

― Danny Aiello

“My father was never around. It was almost as if he didn’t exist. I would tell my friends he was in Cleveland, on business. Sometimes, every six months or so, he would come by for dinner.”

― Danny Aiello

“In terms of fashion, I think the biggest influence that I had was my father. My pops, he was really into men’s fashion and read all of the magazines.”

― Danny Brown

“In this movie, you have all the things you love from Tim. All the magic and the whimsy and the surreal, but he also has a fantastic story of a father and son that really gets under your skin.”

― Danny DeVito

“The son has always felt like he was a footnote in one of the stories the father tells. The father is an amazing storyteller and one of the tales that he tells is how he met his wife.”

― Danny DeVito

“Why should I ever get fed up talking about my father? He was a brilliant, colorful man who left us with thousands of memories. Most people remember his films, but I’ve got anecdotes and advice and episodes of real life tucked away inside my head.”

― Danny Huston

“I guess I’ve played a lot of failures, which is a Huston quality, I guess. I love losers, though, and have never met anyone who hasn’t been one sometime. I’m always looking to understand them, and my father had an extremely keen eye to be able to dissect and bring that forward in the way he told his stories.”

― Danny Huston

“I resisted the film business as long as I could, because of the big circus act and the amount of money that it costs to make films – I saw my father suffer through that.”

― Danny Huston

“I would want my legacy to be that I was a great son, father and friend.”

― Dante Hall

“I remember my father taking us to meeting with lawyers, interviews with immigration officers, doing everything he could to get us that treasured Green Card – and the happiness, the sense of relief, when he finally did – we knew that we were welcome now, and we would be welcome tomorrow.”

― Dara Khosrowshahi

“I think I wanted to be a doctor. In Iran, the engineering and medical professions are worshipped. My father very much wanted me to be a doctor. I was certainly eager to please as a young man – as a kid, I should say.”

― Dara Khosrowshahi

“We sure didn’t feel like refugees, but in hindsight, I guess we were – my father and mother left everything behind to come here – to be safe and give their boys a chance to rebuild a life.”

― Dara Khosrowshahi

“My father had to go back to Iran to take care of his father when I was 13 and was detained for six years before returning. My mom was raising three kids without a dad.”

― Dara Khosrowshahi

“I remember when I was very young, I had a fever – a long rheumatic fever in bed for four months. And in the days, I stayed alone with the maid. I only had my father’s books with me. They were fantasy books about ghosts, and also books by Edgar Allen Poe that made a forever impression on me.”

― Dario Argento

“My father was a Pentecostal minister; that’s how I was brought up. So I never thought of having a secular career.”

― Darlene Love

“My father and all my uncles on both sides served in the military in World War II and Korea.”

― Darrell Issa

“As a kid, there was not much I could do to stop the violence in our home. When I got older, as a father, I did everything I could to raise my children with a father that loved them, protected them, and made them feel safe.”

― Darryl Glenn

“I grew up in a military family. My father spent 26 years in the Air Force.”

― Darryl Glenn

“I wanted to be like my father, who was a cattle man and a rodeo roper. And that was – he was my hero, and I wanted to be more like him.”

― Dave Brubeck

“My father told me ‘Name your price in the beginning. If it ever gets more expensive than the price you name, get out of there.’”

― Dave Chappelle

“There’s that side of me that wants to be the loving, caring father, and there’s the other side of me that’s just a dirty animal. If I don’t let that out, I go nuts.”

― Dave Gahan

“If you asked anybody in my family, they would have very stridently proclaimed themselves middle class. My mother and father were separated, so he doesn’t count.”

― Dave Van Ronk

“The Father’s plan is designed to provide direction for His children, to help them become happy, and to bring them safely home to Him with resurrected, exalted bodies. Heavenly Father desires us to be together in the light and filled with hope.”

― David A. Bednar

“If all opposition were curtailed, if all maladies were removed, then the primary purposes of the Father’s plan would be frustrated.”

― David A. Bednar

“The power of procreation is spiritually significant. Misuse of this power subverts the purposes of the Father’s plan and of our mortal existence. Our Heavenly Father and His Beloved Son are creators and have entrusted each of us with a portion of Their creative power.”

― David A. Bednar

“Every sincere prayer is heard and answered by our Heavenly Father, but the answers we receive may not be what we expect or come to us when we want or in the way we anticipate.”

― David A. Bednar

“The Father’s plan is designed to provide direction for His children, to help them become happy, and to bring them safely home to Him with resurrected, exalted bodies.”

― David A. Bednar

“Within the walls of our own homes, we can and should bear pure testimony of the divinity and reality of the Father and the Son, of the great plan of happiness, and of the Restoration.”

― David A. Bednar

“The revelations of the Father and the Son are conveyed through the third member of the Godhead, even the Holy Ghost. The Holy Ghost is the witness of and messenger for the Father and the Son.”

― David A. Bednar

“Learning by faith and from experience are two of the central features of the Father’s plan of happiness. The Savior preserved moral agency through the Atonement and made it possible for us to act and to learn by faith.”

― David A. Bednar

“In his personal life, Donald Trump shows that even when a family faces difficulties, the role of the father must remain strong – his children are a testament to the fact that a father who remains engaged can overcome many odds and set children on the right path.”

― David A. Clarke, Jr.

“I grew up in a home and in a world in which you can do anything. We were all expected to go to college. My father was a doctor.”

― David Alan Grier

“My father contracted polio on a troop train in Korea.”

― David Alan Grier

“My father was a doctor.”

― David Alan Grier

“My father died when I was really young, on Christmas Day.”

― David Ayer

“I was a terrible father. The most I ever did for my children was to teach them chess. At least they got that.”

― David Bailey

“My father was a tailor, my mother a machinist.”

― David Bailey

“I’m a strong person, I’m a strong family man, I’m a strong husband and a strong father.”

― David Beckham

“I’ve always regretted that I never was able to talk openly with my parents, especially with my father. I’ve heard and read so many things about my family that I can no longer believe anything; every relative I question has a completely different story from the last.”

― David Bowie

“My mother was Catholic, my father was Protestant. There was always a debate going on at home – I think in those days we called them arguments – about who was right and who was wrong.”

― David Bowie

“My father worked for a children’s home called Dr. Barnardo’s Homes. They’re a charity.”

― David Bowie

“The all-seeing eye of God beheld our deplorable state; infinite pity touched the heart of the Father of mercies; and infinite wisdom laid the plan of our recovery.”

― David Brainerd

“My father was a very big musical influence on me. He was a trumpet player. And that’s what I started with. Then, when I was 7, my parents introduced me to the piano.”

― David Bryan

“With my father, there was one baseball game, one football game, one fishing trip. You got one of everything. And that was all you got. It was enough, though, and I adored him. He was a god to me.”

― David Carradine

“It’s not that my father didn’t love me, it’s just that he wasn’t capable of consistently being there. His mood swings were gigantic.”

― David Cassidy

“My mother, Evelyn, was an actress and singer, and my father, Jack, was an actor. My earliest recollection of my father is being taken to see him in a matinee.”

― David Cassidy

“When I was 11, I moved to Los Angeles to live with my father and stepmother and my half brothers. I became really close to my stepmother, and I am still very close to my brothers. My stepmother is the actress Shirley Jones, who was in ‘The Partridge Family’ alongside me, so we worked together for years.”

― David Cassidy

“As a father, I do everything my dad didn’t do. My son Beau’s birth changed my life.”

― David Cassidy

“If you put the talent of all my brothers together, they wouldn’t add up to the talent that was in my father.”

― David Cassidy

“I was very wary of repeating my father’s behaviour and did everything not to act like he did.”

― David Cassidy

“I turned up to all my son’s performances and baseball games because my father never did that for me.”

― David Cassidy

“Your father tells you a story when you’re a kid, or your mother or your uncle or whoever it is. You sit there with your mouth open, and your mind goes to all these places they’re telling you about that you’ve never seen, and you’re agape. You just can’t believe that things can happen like that – but it’s just so direct.”

― David Chase

“I guess it kind of stemmed from my father. He was a union guy working for the meat plant down in Kansas City. He was a union guy, and I guess it was just in my blood.”

― David Cone

“For my father, being kind was natural… I have to really work at it. I love competing and winning, conquest – not words you usually associate with kindness.”

― David Copperfield

“My father being in the movie business, I thought being an actor would be great. But when I started singing to people in coffeehouses, you know, singing folk music and then, later, singing songs that I started to write myself, I felt more than an affinity for it.”

― David Crosby

“My father being in the movie business, I thought being an actor would be great. But when I started singing to people in coffeehouses, you know, singing folk music and then, later, singing songs that I started to write myself, I felt more than an affinity for it. I felt a calling.”

― David Crosby

“Sailing became one of the mainstreams of my life. I suppose my father was an influence. I remember seeing a photo of him at home sailing a big boat to Bermuda in his 20s. I still have it.”

― David Crosby

“Well, I was about six or seven, and my mother and father separated.”

― David Dinkins

“I can’t deny the impact of, obviously, becoming a father and having my son come into this world, and even becoming a husband. The irony is that, when people think that in certain ways it softens you, in many ways, I’m more defensive and more on guard and more frightened and more angry at everything in this world now that I have them to worry about.”

― David Draiman

“I’m kind of like both of them: My mother grew up wanting to save the world, and my father grew up wanting to rule the world.”

― David Droga

“One of the scary things is that, when you’re a kid, you look at your dad as the man who has no fear. When you’re an adult, you realize your father had fear, and that you have it, too.”

― David Duchovny

“’Duch’ means spirit and ‘ovny’ is kind of the adjectival ending, so the word itself means spiritual. It’s my father’s name, obviously. He took the ‘H’ out because he was tired of people saying Duchovny, but he never did it legally. When my parents divorced, my mother, to my father, put the ‘H’ back in.”

― David Duchovny

“My father had slowed down playing a little… I was ’round 10 or 12 years old. Every time he put his guitar down, I pick it up.”

― David Edwards

“My father and grandfather were businessmen. The family business was Adelphi Paints in New Jersey. When the first energy crisis came in the early 1970s, the business suffered.”

― David Einhorn

“It’s interesting how Rod Stewart can father a child at 65, and a straight, single footballer named Cristiano Ronaldo can arrange to have a surrogate have a baby, and neither of them receives any criticism.”

― David Furnish

“’Dreams from My Father’ was not a memoir or an autobiography; it was instead, in multitudinous ways, without any question a work of historical fiction.”

― David Garrow

“Barry Bonds was still young when his father’s fall began. Although Bobby still continued to put up good numbers year after year, he never lived up to expectations.”

― David Grann

“My father and mother had tremendous integrity, and obviously that affected me.”

― David Green

“Our Heavenly Father is pleased when we don’t compromise our faith and principles in times of desperation.”

― David Green

“My father-in-law was a nuclear-submarine captain. My father was in the military.”

― David Gregory

“My father and mother treated us children as intellectual equals, thus greatly bolstering our self-confidence and our interest in ideas of all kinds.”

― David Gross

“My father is a practicing criminal law attorney in the Seattle area.”

― David Guterson

“I went to my first dinosaur hall with my father and twin brother. We went to the American Museum of Natural History, and I was blown away by the dinosaurs.”

― David H. Koch

“I grew up doing regional Shakespeare, and when Hamlet sees the ghost of his father, there’s something about that that you don’t really do in film anymore.”

― David Harbour

“I’ve already lived the lives of ten people. My father’s 87 and still going strong. I think there’s a lovely angel watching over me.”

― David Hasselhoff

“It was always about being first, about winning. There were no prizes for second place. My mother and father said, ‘Do whatever you want, as long as you’re the best at it.’”

― David Haye

“I was actually very fortunate. I think I was actually the only kid in my class at one stage that actually had a father in the home.”

― David Haye

“As Asian-Americans, the charge that is often lobbed against us is sort of the least original: the idea that somehow we’re perpetual foreigners, that we can’t be trusted, and that even my father, who was patriotic to the point that it was kind of a joke among his children, would be accused of being disloyal to America.”

― David Henry Hwang

“My father has always been interested in discarding the past. He’s never much liked China or the whole idea behind China or Chinese ways of thinking. He’s always been much more attracted to American ways of thinking. He feels Americans are more open – they tell you what they think – and he’s very much that way himself.”

― David Henry Hwang

“I think my father would have liked to have been an artist, actually. But I think he didn’t quite have perhaps the drive or, I don’t know, I mean he had a family to bring up I suppose.”

― David Hockney

“My father is a retired FBI agent. I have guns in my house. I’m not against the Second Amendment.”

― David Hogg

“My father resented that I was paid so much more than he was.”

― David Holt

“A friend at school was always being laughed at because his father emptied dustbins for a living. But those who laughed worshipped famous footballers. This is an example of our topsy-turvy view of ‘success.’ Who would we miss most if they did not work for a month, the footballer or the garbage collector?”

― David Icke

“My father used to say, ‘What the hell are you listening to? Put that bloody rubbish off.’ And it was The Beatles.”

― David Jason

“My father, Arthur, was a fishmonger, first at Billingsgate market and later in Camden Town and Golders Green.”

― David Jason

“My father was a Norwegian tenor and my mother a New York Irish librarian.”

― David Johansen

“Until I was six years old we lived in the projects, then my two brothers and three sisters and I moved to a three-bed that my mother’s father built.”

― David Johansen

“I’m a father myself for the first time in my life, and I had very very loving parents.”

― David Keith

“My parents went crazy when they found out that I had gotten the part in ‘Conversations With My Father!’ I’d never given acting a thought. They were proud of me and very encouraging.”

― David Krumholtz

“My father was highbrow: writing long biographies of Dante and stuff like that. Ghostwriting sportsman memoirs? That was sort of the lowest of the low.”

― David Lagercrantz

“The real demon in my life is my father.”

― David Lagercrantz

“My father was this huge, influential intellectual in the ’60s and ’70s. He was one of the main players in the cultural discussion in Sweden, the editor of papers.”

― David Lagercrantz

“We had all these famous writers in Sweden and from all over the world home at dinner. I wanted to be a writer, and I wanted to be a highbrow writer as my father. He never, ever read anything like crime novels. He wrote biographies of Dante, James Joyce, August Strindberg and Joseph Conrad.”

― David Lagercrantz

“I want to be read, and I certainly want to sell, but I also see my father’s eye from Heaven: ‘Always write quality. It doesn’t matter if you sell; if it’s good, it’s good – if you capture the complexity of life.’”

― David Lagercrantz

“My dad is my best friend, my father, and my boss. When I do something that is exciting and he likes it, it feels three times as good as you can imagine.”

― David Lauren

“My father writes through clothes.”

― David Lauren

“My job is to help my father tell stories.”

― David Lauren

“Ralph Lauren has always had a story. At first, my father told the story just through his designs. Now we’re constantly looking for new ways to tell that story through innovation and technology.”

― David Lauren

“I didn’t want to work with my father. I wanted to see if I could develop my own career.”

― David Lauren

“My father grew up with no money. He was raised in one of the poorest neighbourhoods in the U.S. My mother helped him sew labels into his ties. My life has been very comfortable, sure, but they instilled into us the importance of the work ethic.”

― David Lauren

“We’ve always been inspired by England; my father’s first store was here.”

― David Lauren

“My parents were born and brought up in New York City. My father was trained as an electrical engineer, and my mother was an elementary school teacher. They were the children of Jewish immigrants who had come to the United States from England and Lithuania in the late 1800s.”

― David Lee

“A great sense of morality was instilled in me through my upbringing in the Catholic faith – particularly because my father is a moral theologian. And morality is something I believe exists separate from faith, as an intrinsic human quality that one should aspire to understand and participate in.”

― David Lowery

“Yes, my father is bald, but I found a way to save my hair. I met with a doctor in Brazil who has developed a special treatment.”

― David Luiz

“As a kid, I was always building things. My father had a shop in the house, and we built things – we were kind of a project family. I started out as a painter, and then painting led to cinema, and in cinema, you get to build so many things, or help build them.”

― David Lynch

“The greatest thing my father left me was a love for cutting wood – my love for sawing, especially pine wood.”

― David Lynch

“I just thank my father and mother, my lucky stars, that I had the advantage of an education in the humanities.”

― David McCullough

“I was an at-home father, taking care of them for seven years when they were babies. I was one of those new-age, at-home dads.”

― David Means

“Iggy Pop is a pure Michigan product – gritty, smart, but not afraid of looking stupid or foolish. His father was once a high school English teacher. I love Iggy as a physical entity, sinewy, twisty – even in old age – an embodiment of rock and roll history.”

― David Means

“I was a kid who was born and raised on Johnny Cash. My father played ‘At Folsom Prison’ constantly. Cash was the only thing I remember coming from our big, warm stereo console. Even then, I knew Cash was uncool. I knew he was an unhip Republican.”

― David Means

“Big Foster is a guy who was in line to be the head of this clan that’s been up in the mountains for 200 years, because his father was the leader or the Bren’in, his mother is now Bren’in, and they’re kind of royalty, so he was in line to be next. He’d been promised it from a young age, but it just hasn’t happened.”

― David Morse

“And you’ve got to remember that I’m also the father of nine children.”

― David Neeleman

“To this day, I adore classical music, and I’m very interested in opera, which I found out later my father was also extremely fond of.”

― David Newman

“I am a father, I am very aware of the things that I’m putting out in the world knowing that one day my children will watch the work that I’ve done. I want to be able to stand by it.”

― David Oyelowo

“I consider myself a human being, a Christian, a father, a husband, so many things, before being a black person.”

― David Oyelowo

“Mubarak would meet with me when I was at Central Command. He would lean and put his hand on my knee, as if a father figure, and say, ‘General, don’t ever forget the Arab Street. Listen to the Arab Street.’ I’d like to go to him now and say, ‘Mr. President, what about that Arab Street, what’s that all about?’”

― David Petraeus

“I’m not a great reader, believe it or not. It’s not the vocabulary – my father made me read the dictionary when I was little – but my attention span is poor. Takes me months to read one book.”

― David Robinson

“Money can add very much to one’s ability to lead a constructive life, not only pleasant for oneself, but, hopefully, beneficial to others. My grandfather, along with Carnegie, was a pioneer in philanthropy, which my father then practiced on a very large scale. The Christian ethic played an essential part in my upbringing.”

― David Rockefeller

“My own interest in art was because of my mother. My father didn’t like contemporary art, so he didn’t give her large sums to spend. So, she began buying prints and drawings. During my school days, I remember sitting in on many of the early meetings.”

― David Rockefeller

“Father was the eldest son and the heir apparent, and he set the standard for being a Rockefeller very high, so every achievement was taken for granted and perfection was the norm.”

― David Rockefeller

“My grandfather, along with Carnegie, was a pioneer in philanthropy, which my father then practiced on a very large scale.”

― David Rockefeller

“My father worked in a post office and never made probably more than $8,000 a year as an employee of the post office, so when people can rise up from very modest circumstances and do well economically, I think that’s a good thing about America, and we should encourage that kind of activity.”

― David Rubenstein

“My father’s encouragement is what has brought me this far, because when I grew up I wanted to be like him, and I knew I had that ability to become an athlete. Being an Olympian is one of the greatest things, and being an Olympic gold medallist is one of the most prestigious titles in the world.”

― David Rudisha

“My father kind of had hopes that I was going to become an artist like him – the typical thing. Of course I could play guitar better than him when I was about 12. But I couldn’t paint better than him. So I went, ‘I’m going to be the guitarist of the house, not the painter.’”

― David Russell

“Nobody teaches you to be a father. Nobody teaches you to be a husband. Nobody teaches you how to be a star. You have to learn to work with the tools.”

― David Soul

“My father was a rabbi and had a little synagogue in Canada, so I’m from Canada. I left there at 16.”

― David Steinberg

“My earliest memory from childhood is of fishing with my father. And I remember vividly we were in a store, and we were buying a pup tent to go on our first camping trip.”

― David Suzuki

“I know some of my parents’ friends think ‘Little Britain’ is in incredibly poor taste. But swimming the Channel? You can’t really say anything negative about that, can you? There’s nothing better than making your parents happy. The glee on my father’s face that day was amazing.”

― David Walliams

“My biggest ambition when I was younger was to appear on stage at what was then Nimrod, which is the theatre where my father used to take me on Sunday afternoons to see matinees. The most extraordinary things used to occur on that stage.”

― David Wenham

“I am not officially involved now in the direction of the Teen Challenge ministry, but I rejoice that God permits me to be the father of these ministries.”

― David Wilkerson

“My father’s music is all I remember from my childhood.”

― Dawn Richard

“I learned from the example of my father that the manner in which one endures what must be endured is more important than the thing that must be endured.”

― Dean Acheson

“The thing that drives me more than anything else is being a father.”

― Dean Cain

“I’m a single father, I don’t like to be away from my son. So I’ll go out, make a film and come back. Repeat. And it’s worked out very well for the last 11 years.”

― Dean Cain

“Being a father taught me patience. And it taught me vulnerability. You don’t realize how vulnerable you are when you love something else more far more than yourself.”

― Dean Cain

“My father spent his entire early career as an illustrator for comic books: EC Comics like ‘Tales from the Crypt’ and ‘Creepshow,’ then moving on to such magazines as ‘Mad’ and ‘Weird Science.’”

― Dean Kamen

“There’s sometimes a weird benefit to having an alcoholic, violent father. He really motivated me in that I never wanted to be anything like him.”

― Dean Koontz

“My father, Fred Carter, Jr., is definitely an extraordinaire.”

― Deana Carter

“You are the mother, the father, the sister, the brother, the teacher and the guide for the soul that has been placed in your trust.”

― Debbie Ford

“My mother, Maxine, was married at 16 to my father Raymond, and in 56 years together, he was the only man she ever had.”

― Debbie Reynolds

“Fred Astaire was retired when he worked in ‘The Pleasure of His Company.’ They were lucky to get him to play the father part.”

― Debbie Reynolds

“Michael is a great person and a great father, generous and caring.”

― Debbie Rowe

“Because you give birth, because you impregnate someone, that does not automatically give you that title of mother or father. You earn the title.”

― Debbie Rowe

“My kids don’t call me ‘Mom’ because I don’t want them to. They’re Michael’s children. It’s not that they are not my children, but I had them because I wanted him to be a father.”

― Debbie Rowe

“Michael and I will always be connected with the kids. I will always be there for him. I will always be there for the children. And people make remarks: ‘I can’t believe she left her children.’ Left them? I left my children? I did not leave my children. My children are with their father, where they are supposed to be.”

― Debbie Rowe

“Michael did it all. I am telling you that he is the most brilliant father. Almost before the baby needed something, he knew what it was.”

― Debbie Rowe

“In ‘Off to War, Voices of Soldier’s Children,’ kids from Canada and the United States talk about what it is like when their mother or father goes off to war – and comes home again.”

― Deborah Ellis

“I have that memory of dancing on my father’s feet to all the music my parents used to listen to.”

― Deborah Kass

“I’ve written something like 17 novels, which isn’t bad, I suppose, but my father wrote 120 books, my mother 40. In comparison, I’m lazy.”

― Deborah Moggach

“My mother cared a lot about clothes. It was a point of friction because when I was a teenager, and I only wanted to wear my father’s shirts, and I never wanted to wear makeup, she would say: ‘Put on lipstick.’ That was her thing.”

― Deborah Tannen

“Mark O’Toole from the FAI has looked after me well back in England to the point that I consider him a father figure.”

― Declan Rice

“Both grandfathers fought in different wars. My mother’s father fought in World War II, and then my father’s father fought in Korea. And they’re both these country boys, one from rural Tennessee and one from rural Louisiana – and they never went back home.”

― Dee Rees

“My father was a doctor, an army cardiologist.”

― Deepak Chopra

“I think for everything that people say about me as a person today – whether it’s about being disciplined and grounded or whatever – I think a lot of it is a credit to my father, who has been a massive influence in my life both professionally and personally.”

― Deepika Padukone

“The most important influence in my childhood was my father.”

― DeForest Kelley

“My father started me singing in church.”

― DeForest Kelley

“I don’t care what they say about me when I’m through with sports. I don’t want to be known as anything else in life but a great father.”

― Deion Sanders

“You wouldn’t expect a cattle dealer to sit down at a grand piano and play it beautifully. That’s my father.”

― Deirdre O’Kane

“I was an outcast growing up with a bunch of Christian people. My father didn’t go to church, and that was not good news if you lived right in the middle of it.”

― Del Shannon

“I admired my father very much… at the age of sixteen. But now I see that he was a brutal and cruel man, – but not without remorse, and that was what tortured us, his alternations.”

― Delmore Schwartz

“I’m lucky that it’s about fashion and perfume and cosmetics. If my father had owned a tire company, I don’t know what I would have done.”

― Delphine Arnault

“My fondest memory of Tupac is my father producing ‘Toss It Up’ for him when I was 7 years old and hearing that.”

― Demetrius Shipp, Jr.

“My father’s relationship with Pac was something I was proud of.”

― Demetrius Shipp, Jr.

“There is no good father who would want to resemble our Heavenly Father.”

― Denis Diderot

“The God of the Christians is a father who makes much of his apples, and very little of his children.”

― Denis Diderot

“My father left Ireland because he did not want to muck horse manure for the rest of his life, and he wanted to come to New York.”

― Denis Leary

“My father could swear in Gaelic and English, by the way, ladies and gentlemen.”

― Denis Leary

“As a husband, father and public servant, I’m thankful for the counsel and wisdom of my older brothers – Bill, who was a priest, and Kevin, who is a priest.”

― Denis McDonough

“My father made bridal dresses, which he sold wholesale, and always wanted me to join him. He looked upon what I did as precarious and frivolous – except that he loved it when my name was in the papers.”

― Denis Norden

“My parents had job jars because my father would say, ‘Kids today have too much time, too much money and no responsibility. You’re going to have no time, no money and a lot of responsibility.’”

― Denise Morrison

“I am one of four girls and was inspired by my father to dream big. Some girls want to be doctors, but I wanted to run a company.”

― Denise Morrison

“When I was growing up, my father helped kindle my passion for innovation and technology. He was a high-ranking executive at AT&T and used our family dinner table as a focus group.”

― Denise Morrison

“I was taken to a boarding school when I was four years old and taken away from my mother and my father, my grandparents, who I stayed with most of the time, and just abruptly taken away and then put into the boarding school, 300 miles away from our home.”

― Dennis Banks

“I have a Father’s Day every day.”

― Dennis Banks

“I have my opinions about the way my father was. But they are my opinions, not necessarily the truth, and they are certainly not the whole spectrum of what this man was going through. It’s my young, selfish interpretation of that person.”

― Dennis Christopher

“Tony knew me both as an athlete and as a person. He cared for me like a father.”

― Dennis Eckersley

“My father was Catholic, my mom Baptist, so we were raised Baptist but had a lot of Catholic upbringing: fish on Fridays, no birth control.”

― Dennis Haysbert

“All my brothers have my father’s voice.”

― Dennis Haysbert

“I have a lot of rage about things that didn’t happen to me, tied up with watching an immigrant, working-class father struggle to make his way through the world – and seeing how society was modeled to keep him in his place.”

― Dennis Lehane

“In little more than a generation, feminism has obliterated roles. If you wonder why so many men choose not to get married, the answer lies in large part in the contemporary devaluation of the husband and of the father – of men as men, in other words.”

― Dennis Prager

“My father worked for Bell Labs. Hence, I knew very much about the place. I knew it because also he was involved with telephony.”

― Dennis Ritchie

“I grew up in Carol City, Zone 3, for 19 years, in a house with four brothers, a mother and a father.”

― Denzel Curry

“I wasn’t allowed to go to movies when I was kid; my father was a minister. 101 Dalmatians and King of Kings, that was the extent of it.”

― Denzel Washington

“My father and mother deeply loved me and my sister.”

― DeRay Mckesson

“Right now, I think I have time to be three things, in no particular order: a father, a husband, and a filmmaker. That’s why I don’t go out – I have no space for it. I feel like one of those main things would suffer.”

― Derek Cianfrance

“I think it’s time to do clean-up for a generation. I believe this is one of the movies that hits home for all colors and all races. Everybody I talk to, black or white, suburban, rich or poor, can relate to rejection, can relate to not having a father or a mother.”

― Derek Luke

“I come from a family where my father is a filmmaker and professor of film.”

― Derek Magyar

“My family background really only consists of my mother. She was a widow. My father died quite young; he must have been thirty-one. Then there was my twin brother and my sister. We had two aunts as well, my father’s sisters. But the immediate family consisted of my mother, my brother, my sister, and me.”

― Derek Walcott

“My mother, who is nearly ninety now, still talks continually about my father. All my life, I’ve been aware of her grief about his absence and her strong pride in his conduct.”

― Derek Walcott

“I was writing from a very, very early age. My father used to write. He died early, and my mother was a schoolteacher, so my academic background from childhood is a strong one, a good one.”

― Derek Walcott

“I learned a lot in those first years in Miami, while struggling just for survival, by observing my father’s fortitude.”

― Desi Arnaz

“Then my mother was taken ill and died and my father took me to St. Mary’s.”

― Desmond Dekker

“My father died in 1930, but if you told him or anybody almost in that time that you’d be able to sit back in England and watch a cricket game in Australia, they’d have you put in the loony bin.”

― Desmond Llewelyn

“No matter how old we become, we can still call them ‘Holy Mother’ and ‘Father’ and put a child-like trust in them.”

― Desmond Morris

“I know a lot of people feel like they get eaten alive by New York, but I feel it more as a father figure or something – this huge presence watching over me. I definitely feel better and work freer here.”

― Dev Hynes

“My most vivid memory of my father centers on the day he left. It was warm, and my mother was especially short with Rhonda and me that afternoon, which I attributed to the heat. I was oblivious to the mounting hostilities in our basement apartment.”

― Deval Patrick

“The summer before my third year of law school, I worked at a law firm in Washington, D.C. I turned 25 that July, and on my birthday, my father happened to be playing in a local jazz club called Pigfoot and invited me to join him. I hadn’t spent a birthday with him since I was 3, but I agreed.”

― Deval Patrick

“My mom is just incredible. She’s delved into both the mother and father figure in my life.”

― Devin Druid

“I think people like to think I’m in some way financially dependent on my family – on my dad – but the fact of the matter is I’ve been emancipated from my father since I was 14 years old. That’s something people don’t know or understand.”

― Devon Aoki

“What everybody misses here is that we are doing the same thing my father did. He licensed and litigated and protected his property, and we have to follow the same tradition, because the way the law reads, if you don’t protect it, you lose it.”

― Dexter Scott King

“I was very empty after my father passed away. It was an emotional time, as it would be for anyone, but to be in the studio every day was kind of cathartic and healing and it just seemed very natural to continue.”

― Dhani Harrison

“One interviewer asked me: ‘How do you feel that you’ve betrayed your father?’ That wasn’t really very cool.”

― Dhani Harrison

“I took up acting upon the insistence of my filmmaker father, Kasthuri Raja. But I am glad for it: sometimes one identifies one’s calling; sometimes it singles one out.”

― Dhanush

“Every man plays many roles. So far, I have played father the best.”

― Dhanush

“I come from a very humble background. My father had to work really hard to become an assistant director. For a large part of his youth, he worked in a mill and took up odd jobs to make ends meet. We lived in a small room and could only afford a meal a day.”

― Dhanush

“It all started with my father’s directorial debut, ‘En Raasavin Manasile,’ which starred Raj Kiran sir as the lead.”

― Dhanush

“Every first Friday, my father would go to confession, and he took very seriously the faith he would someday transmit to us.”

― Diana Lopez

“I discovered that there is Indian blood in my ancestry on my father’s side – a fact that had not been talked about in my family. No wonder I’ve often been cast in exotic roles – Indian princesses, Russian revolutionaries, Algerians, Gypsies and Greeks.”

― Diana Quick

“When Mary arrived, I felt a mixture of emotions, including panic and overwhelming love. I felt a great sense of responsibility, not just towards my child but also towards her father. There have been many influences on my life, but that thing of finally becoming a family person was the greatest.”

― Diana Quick

“My father was a very warm, gregarious, sociable person who had many interests. He lived his life very much in the present, full of activities and the next project. He had many hobbies. He was not given to retrospection.”

― Diana Quick

“My father worked hard, but we were still very poor; and I didn’t want anybody arguing about money, so I became the entertainer – the one who wanted everyone to be happy. I didn’t want there to be any problems.”

― Diana Ross

“I know I wouldn’t have made the callback for ‘Ma’ if my father’s house had not burned down because I would have been in finals. My teachers would not have been chill with me leaving in the middle of my Medieval Magic final.”

― Diana Silvers

“My father was a manual worker.”

― Diane Abbott

“My father said, If you want to do acting, you have to be successful, which is a silly thing to say.”

― Diane Cilento

“The most surprising thing for my mother and father was when I was actually earning more money than them by the time I was about 18. They thought I was going to be the ne’er do well, who they’d have to keep worrying about.”

― Diane Cilento

“My father was desperately trying to be a legal contributor to this society.”

― Diane Guerrero

“My father, who worked as a dishwasher, was especially anxious. He did not like being here undocumented.”

― Diane Guerrero

“I’m one of nine sisters. My parents were dairy farmers in Wisconsin. My father didn’t believe in girls doing farm work. Girls did housework, and he hired young men to do farm work. I would have preferred to be outside.”

― Diane Hendricks

“When I was 9, we moved to Osseo, Wis., where we owned a couple of hundred acres. My father was well respected in town.”

― Diane Hendricks

“It’s maybe hard to believe, but as a kid I really had a lot of self-doubts. My father was very ill – he was an alcoholic – so there were a lot of things that built up for me. And because I was going to a Catholic school in a small German town, a lot of it was suppressed. I was angry and didn’t know how to get it out.”

― Diane Kruger

“I was raised by free-spirited people, though my father gave me a very strong work ethic.”

― Diane Lane

“When I was growing up in New York City, my father was a taxi driver for a time.”

― Diane Lane

“My father was a general manager with Hyatt, so we lived in the hotel so he would be close by if there were any problems. My mum was always adamant about us not abusing it. So I still had to clean my room. Housekeeping would never come and do it.”

― Dianna Agron

“My mother emigrated from Russia as a young child. She couldn’t speak English and had no education. Her father died at age 32, leaving the family destitute. An uncle, who worked as a carpenter, supported the family.”

― Dianne Feinstein

“At our house, my father loved the arts. Among his favorite things was ‘The Metropolitan Museum of Art Album of Miniatures’ – a box set of small books on different art periods. I’d go into the living room at night and sit on the arm of his chair as he studied the images.”

― Dianne Wiest

“After the war, my father, Bernard, left the Army Air Forces to fly for Trans World Airlines. But after I was born, he retired from commercial flying to be with my mother, Anne, and me. I was born in Kansas City, Mo., but we left when I was 6 months old.”

― Dianne Wiest

“At West Point, we first lived in Central Apartments in a third-floor walk-up next to the hospital where my father worked. My two younger brothers and I shared one big bedroom, and my parents had a tiny one.”

― Dianne Wiest

“My father’s from Australia and my mother was born in India, but she’s actually Tibetan. I was born in Katmandu, lived there until I was eight, and then moved to Australia with my mother and father. So yeah, I’m very mixed up, been to many different schools.”

― Dichen Lachman

“My father realised that for me to become a publisher in his firm would have been the end of the firm!”

― Dick Bruna

“Now, I had been drawing all this time – especially in France of course – so, when I came back, my father gave me the chance to do a cover for one of the books he published.”

― Dick Bruna

“Being the offspring of English teachers is a mixed blessing. When the film star says to you, on the air, ‘It was a perfect script for she and I,’ inside your head you hear, in the sarcastic voice of your late father, ‘Perfect for she, eh? And perfect for I, also?’”

― Dick Cavett

“By the time I was in the fourth grade, I sounded exactly like my father on the phone.”

― Dick Cavett

“My father said to me at one time, ‘If you are still a disc jockey by the time you are 30, you better find another line of work.’ Little does he realize, I am in my 70s, and I still do seven or eight hours of radio every day – or every week.”

― Dick Clark

“Guitar Player Magazine says Dick Dale is the father of Heavy Metal, blowing up 48 amplifiers, creating the first power amplifier.”

― Dick Dale

“I met Leo Fender, who is the guru of all amplifiers, and he gave me a Stratocaster. He became a second father to me.”

― Dick Dale

“I’ve been called ‘the father of loud.’”

― Dick Dale

“My father never put me on his lap and said he loved me.”

― Dick Dale

“Like father, like son, four years and this president is done.”

― Dick Gephardt

“When you have a good mother and no father, God kind of sits in. It’s not enough, but it helps.”

― Dick Gregory

“My father made about $25 a week. We always lived just on the edge.”

― Dick Van Dyke

“If I was good each week, my father would take me to a different pet store each Saturday. I had a snake, horny toads, turtles, lizards, rabbits, guinea pigs… I kept my alligator in the bathtub until it got too big.”

― Dick Van Patten

“David Shire and I have been happily married for 21 years! We have a 12-year-old son. David is a genius. He writes the most magnificent music and he is a devoted and loving husband and father. I am so blessed!”

― Didi Conn

“My father taught me respect for quality as well as a sense of dignity – great values as we face a world going in a different direction. I try to teach my children to stay close to the real things.”

― Diego Della Valle

“I hope I will be remembered as a good father and a fair employer. And a good host, of course!”

― Diego Della Valle

“My father wasn’t absolutely delighted. He wanted me to become a lawyer. I studied law, but I thought the shoe business was more exciting.”

― Diego Della Valle

“My father played for Sao Paulo for several years. I played in Brazil, too, and made a lot of friends there.”

― Diego Forlan

“When I see some of the pitches which my father played on, I think that it must have been a different game.”

― Diego Forlan

“Becoming a father is the biggest change you go through in life – at least that I’ve gone through in life.”

― Diego Luna

“My father had to play the role of mother and father.”

― Diego Luna

“My father became completely responsible for my education and for raising me.”

― Diego Luna

“It’s tough to say where I live. There are some bills that get to the house in L.A., some to the house in Mexico, and some to the house of my father – so I never lose track of those.”

― Diego Luna

“For me, the relationship with my father is the most important thing that I have.”

― Diego Luna

“’Abel’ is about the father I don’t want to be and the boy I used to be.”

― Diego Luna

“I put a lot of time into making sure my relationship with my family is well taken care of because I want to be as successful as a father as I am as an entertainer.”

― Dierks Bentley

“Learn to see yourself as Heavenly Father sees you – as His precious daughter or son with divine potential.”

― Dieter F. Uchtdorf

“When I was 11 years old, my family had to leave East Germany and begin a new life in West Germany overnight. Until my father could get back into his original profession as a government employee, my parents operated a small laundry business in our little town. I became the laundry delivery boy.”

― Dieter F. Uchtdorf

“God our Heavenly Father knows us by name. Jesus Christ lives; He is the Messiah. He loves us. The Atonement of Jesus Christ is real; it brings immortality to all and opens the door to eternal life.”

― Dieter F. Uchtdorf

“When I turned 11, we had to leave East Germany overnight because of the political orientation of my father. Now I was going to school in West Germany, which was American-occupied at that time. There in school, all children were required to learn English and not Russian. To learn Russian had been difficult, but English was impossible for me.”

― Dieter F. Uchtdorf

“Our Heavenly Father created the universe that we might reach our potential as His sons and daughters.”

― Dieter F. Uchtdorf

“My heroes always are mostly my parents – my father especially, and my mom, who’s passed on already. My dad is a very strong man, and by him being educated, and a principal and school superintendent over 37 years, he plays such a big role in my life.”

― Dikembe Mutombo

“Not many know this, but in training sessions, I like to play in the center-back position sometimes. I think I’m good at that position, and my father used to be a central defender. Some people don’t realize that if you play in that position, you can better understand how the defender thinks.”

― Dimitar Berbatov

“I remember unbelievable tension in our home. There were lots of meetings, lots of worries. I remember my father told me I had to be careful of what I said on the phone because it was tapped. And I remember how his friends adored and revered him.”

― Dinah Manoff

“I am my father’s daughter: I have his language, his expressions.”

― Dinah Manoff

“The best money advice ever given me was from my father. When I was a little girl, he told me, ‘Don’t spend anything unless you have to.’”

― Dinah Shore

“When I was four or five, my father had a general store in Winchester and I don’t think the farmers could ever leave on Saturday afternoon until I had been placed up on the counter to sing.”

― Dinah Shore

“Obama gets his identity and his ideology from his father.”

― Dinesh D’Souza

“I believe the most compelling explanation of Obama’s actions is that he is, just like his father, an anti-colonialist.”

― Dinesh D’Souza

“If Obama came by his liberalism in the faculty lounge, then sure, he can see it hasn’t worked, and he can modify it. But if Obama got his formative ideas when he was very young, and if they are the result of his traumatic relationship with his father, then they are built into his psyche.”

― Dinesh D’Souza

“Obama remains frozen in his father’s time machine. His anti-colonialism is the anti-colonialism of Africa in the 1950s: state confiscation of land, confiscatory taxation, and so on. My anti-colonialism is the anti-colonialism of India in the 21st century.”

― Dinesh D’Souza

“Do you know that other than my father, I’ve never had a man take care of me?”

― Dionne Warwick

“My father made me very tough.”

― Disha Patani

“Thanks to my mother, people tell me I look younger than I am, especially without make-up. And I suppose my father had a part in making me more frugal with my money.”

― Dita Von Teese

“My mother left my father in their late 60s.”

― Dito Montiel

“I am the younger version of my father. I try to be as normal as I can.”

― Divock Origi

“There was nothing girlish about me. I wore clothes hand-stitched by my mother… I had only one ear pierced and preferred loose shirts and trousers. I think I was imitating my father!”

― Divyanka Tripathi

“I think the universe was preparing me to be an actor. I never pursued one thing for long, but I was jack of all trades. I was learning everything possible because I knew my father would never shell out money for dresses or parties, but he would always give me money for new courses and books.”

― Divyanka Tripathi

“We don’t have the family organization the way we used to. My father lives with us because we have the room. The greatest of all opportunities for our children is a complete family unit.”

― Dixie Carter

“I stayed focused, and I never surrendered, and now I’ve been blessed. now I take care of my mother, my father, and my entire whole family.”

― DJ Khaled

“I believe in Father Frost. But not too deeply. But anyway, you know, I’m not one of those people who are able to tell the kids that Father Frost does not exist.”

― Dmitry Medvedev

“Men, we don’t get much, as far as holidays go – Father’s Day.”


“I grew up around lots of men – my father, my brothers, my uncles – so I wasn’t intimidated by them.”

― Dolly Parton

“My dad was very intelligent, had a very strong personality. I was amazed with my father.”

― Dolores Huerta

“My father, I spent a lot of time with him at the hospital. I was with him when he took his last breath, but I felt something coming from him into my hand and into my body.”

― Dolores O’Riordan

“My sensei was a British karate champion named Brian Fitkin. He was my mentor and because I had a hard relationship with my dad, he became a father figure to me.”

― Dolph Lundgren

“Everyone talks about how we’re on our phones all the time, but the fact remains that when I’m away on a film set for two months, I can Skype my family. I remember the phone calls my parents had to make when my dad was away for a while when I was younger – that once-a-week expensive phone call! The time pressure on talking to your father!”

― Domhnall Gleeson

“I’d been very certain about not wanting to do the acting thing because of my father. I thought I’d always have the father-son thing of ‘He got you the part.’”

― Domhnall Gleeson

“When I was younger, my father told me not to pigeonhole the way that I perceive myself.”

― Domhnall Gleeson

“My father is just getting better and better, and that speaks so well of the way he approaches the work.”

― Domhnall Gleeson

“My father was an American who could cuss in Italian and make an aria out of it. It was wonderful to watch. But then again, he was a Gemini. I believe in that stuff.”

― Dominic Chianese

“The anger that Uncle Junior has comes from my background. My father was the son of an Italian immigrant, and I’ve seen the fire of the Italian temperament. It can be explosive sometimes in ways that are both funny and tragic.”

― Dominic Chianese

“I enjoyed my grandparents very much. My mother and father would always allow me to stay with them.”

― Dominic Chianese

“Any son of a dictator, I’m sure, has major issues with their relationship with their father.”

― Dominic Cooper

“My father was this famous heart surgeon, a wonderful man… but there was something about me that drove him crazy.”

― Dominick Dunne

“I’ve always loved playing tennis. When I was 12, my parents decided that I should try to do it seriously. My father started to travel with me, and as a family, we tried to make it work.”

― Dominika Cibulkova

“My father wasn’t allowing me control and the financial freedom that I was asking for. I was 17, about to be 18 within a year, so I started asking more questions because I felt that I needed to start learning about those things.”

― Dominique Moceanu

“I can barely recall a single holiday when my father didn’t make a scene or create some kind of chaos. We were always walking on eggshells.”

― Dominique Moceanu

“I moved to the States from London when I was 12 years old. My father was in a band and wanted to tour, so we moved here, but it wasn’t until I moved to Williamsburg and had my son that I felt like I finally belonged.”

― Domino Kirke

“I grew up always around music through my father – I would play in music studios with him as I was growing up – and my high school, Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music and Art and Performing Arts.”

― Domino Kirke

“I had to learn to respect the relationship my son had with his father outside of the three of us.”

― Domino Kirke

“I grew up in a family where my father was in a rock band, and I saw and heard every story.”

― Domino Kirke

“My father ran a saloon in Kenosha, Wis., which is just about as rough a living as I can think of. It was brutal; it scared the hell out of me. I was so petrified all the while I was a child, I didn’t know what I was doing half the time.”

― Don Ameche

“Playing for Yogi is like playing for your father; playing for Billy is like playing for your father-in-law.”

― Don Baylor

“My father worked real hard. I admired him. My father taught me you needed to work with your brain and not your back. I’ve made that a passion.”

― Don Cornelius

“Tom Petty was one of my guitar students; I knew Duane, and Stephen and I had a band. When he left, Bernie Leadon moved to Gainesville. His father was a nuclear physicist who was sent to the University of Florida to start their nuclear research facility, so he and I became friends.”

― Don Felder

“My parents were not musical, and they were not effervescent people; everything was very quiet. The music that I played was loud; it used to drive them up the wall. My father died, and that was a tragedy for everybody, but suddenly I didn’t have anybody to stop me from doing what I wanted to do.”

― Don McLean

“My father was an insurance man and a small-time gambler. He was a good man, but he had an eye for the racehorses, and I saw how it used to bother my mother. I’ve never gambled a dime. Never, in all those years in Vegas.”

― Don Rickles

“We were Orthodox Jews, but we really didn’t deserve it. I mean, bacon – my father said, ‘Don’t put bacon in the house,’ but we had bacon. We didn’t keep kosher. And we observed which today would be Conservative Jews. But in those days, we belonged to an Orthodox temple. So we made out we were Orthodox Jews, but we really weren’t.”

― Don Rickles

“I was 28 when my father died, and I was an only child.”

― Don Rickles

“I coached against Dave the last couple of years, and I was very proud to be the first time a father ever coached against his son. He beat me for 30 minutes the first time and 59 and a half minutes the second time.”

― Don Shula

“I don’t remember much of my childhood. My father passed away when I was six, and sadly, I don’t have the fuzziest, foggiest memory of him – what his voice was like, anything he ever said to me, nothing. My early years are a total blur.”

― Don Willett

“One truth I’ve learned as a father: Children want presence more than presents. They don’t want to read about you; they want you.”

― Don Willett

“My mother studied English and drama at the University of Pennsylvania, where my father studied architecture. She was a great influence in all sorts of ways, a wicked wit.”

― Donald Barthelme

“But seek till ye find, and, whatever ye find for the present, let your last act be to lay and leave yourselves on the righteousness of His Son, expecting life through His name, according to the promise of the Father.”

― Donald Cargill

“I saw ‘The Empire Strikes Back’ the week that it came out. My father was a huge ‘Star Wars’ fan. And so when it came out, my dad took me.”

― Donald Faison

“My real father died when I was two years old, so I never knew him. He was a barber in Chicago.”

― Donald Johanson

“It’s been a process of evolving within a family company to get the autonomy I now have from a boss like my father. If you’re sitting there waiting for a pat on the back, you’re going to be waiting a long time.”

― Donald Trump, Jr.

“When I spent time with my father, it wasn’t playing ball in the back yard. I came to his office and listened to him do business or sat in on meetings. I walked job sites. On Saturday, we’d see my grandfather in Queens for a couple hours, and then he’d say, ‘Let’s go collect rent!’”

― Donald Trump, Jr.

“People talk, ‘Oh your father’s a misogynist, look what he said about women,’ like, on ‘Howard Stern.’ When he gets with Howard Stern, who’s a friend of his, he’ll joke around, because it’s a comedy show. He’s allowed to have a personality.”

― Donald Trump, Jr.

“My father is a very hardworking guy, and that’s his focus in life, so I got a lot of the paternal attention that a boy wants and needs from my grandfather.”

― Donald Trump, Jr.

“My father’s not the type of person that teaches you by saying, ‘Come here, son. I’m going to tell you about real estate.’ You learn by watching it. If you don’t pick it up, it’s your problem.”

― Donald Trump, Jr.

“I think I probably got a lot of my father’s natural security or ego or whatever. I can be my own person and not have to live under his shadow. I definitely look up to him in many ways – I’d like to be more like him when it comes to business – but I think I’m such a different person, it’s hard to even compare us.”

― Donald Trump, Jr.

“What’s great about my father is that, because we’ve been involved in the business from such a young age, he’s given us – and we’ve earned – autonomy, and he’s given us the rope to go out and grow the brand.”

― Donald Trump, Jr.

“Between myself, my brother, my father, and my wife, we have four of the 1,500 concealed carry permits for New York City, which is one of the most difficult carry licenses to get anywhere in the world and certainly in the United States. It is something we believe in fundamentally.”

― Donald Trump, Jr.

“I think the reason we fought so hard during this campaign, whether it was my father and the work that he put into it, whether it was the rest of our family and the efforts that we put into it – and you know those efforts well – it’s because we’d do anything for this country.”

― Donald Trump, Jr.

“I think politics is a dirty game. We’ve seen the sides that they take; we’ve seen the commentary they have had on my father.”

― Donald Trump, Jr.

“I think people are often surprised, but I never defined myself as, ‘I’m the business guy who has to supersede what my father has done.’”

― Donald Trump, Jr.

“What my father gave me more than anything else is great tutoring and a great brain, frankly. You know, my father’s brother was a top person at MIT, went to MIT, graduated from MIT, was a teacher at MIT, a professor at MIT, a great engineer. I mean, you know, I have very good genes.”

― Donald Trump

“My father was very energetic; my mother was very energetic. He lived to a very old age, and so did my mother. I believe that I just have it from my father, from my parents. They had wonderful energy.”

― Donald Trump

“My father was a successful real estate developer, and he was a very tough man but a good man. My father would always praise me. He always thought I was the smartest person.”

― Donald Trump

“It is easy to fall into despair thinking about all that is wrong with the world. The joys seems so small in comparison. Internet videos of cats riding Roombas just can’t compete with a father talking about how his dead 13-year-old son had wanted to be a pilot.”

― Donna Brazile

“My father read ‘The New York Times,’ my mother did secretarial work, we had a dog, we had a garden, I had a brother.”

― Donna Leon

“My first job ever was selling balloons with my brother at parades when I was about six years old. My father wanted us to learn about money, how to make it, save it, spend it, etc.”

― Donna Lynne Champlin

“My father was a middle manager at an oil company, but I never knew anything about his work. Whatever business acumen I have just got gleaned over the years.”

― Donna Mills

“My father instilled in me the attitude of prevailing. If there’s a challenge, go for it. If there’s a wall to break down, break it down.”

― Donny Osmond

“Our father taught us such a work ethic that if there’s something worth doing, it’s worth doing well.”

― Donny Osmond

“I didn’t know until later, but my uncle was quite a famous bohemian in Glasgow, and he played guitar. My father was a kind of a poetic bohemian, and he read me poetry.”

― Donovan

“My father brought me up to be a socialist.”

― Donovan

“My father was a part of that generation, and my mother, too – the late-’30s, early-’40s big-band generation. Frank Sinatra, Art Blakey, Gene Krupa, Billie Holiday – all that stuff was in my background.”

― Donovan

“Florenz Ziegfeld, to us and our family, was just a delightful person. My sisters, Mary and Pearl, my brother Charlie and I all worked for him, and he treated us just beautifully, almost like a father. When I went with my mother up to his office, he was always gentlemanly and kindly. He was sort of a quiet person.”

― Doris Eaton Travis

“My father was in the First World War.”

― Doris Lessing

“My father was always so mingled with rage at his life.”

― Doris Lessing

“The World War I, I’m a child of World War I. And I really know about the children of war. Because both my parents were both badly damaged by the war. My father, physically, and both mentally and emotionally. So, I know exactly what it’s like to be brought up in an atmosphere of a continual harping on the war.”

― Doris Lessing

“My mother and father met while playing chess, so I’ve always had a fondness for the game. If it weren’t for chess, I might not be here.”

― Dorothy Dunnett

“My father assigned me to keep his scrapbooks. At first I was interested in reading only his rave notices, but I got interested in reading what the critics were saying about whether the play was good or not.”

― Dorothy Fields

“I was always falling in and out of love. I was engaged when I was 16 to the first guy I ever dated, but my father told him I was too young.”

― Dorothy Hamill

“My whole family, my father’s side, there was a great deal of depression, and my mother’s side as well.”

― Dorothy Hamill

“My father was a minister, so I was a P.K., a preacher’s kid.”

― Dorothy Malone

“My father’s a police officer, and he’s told me numerous times about his training and how they’ve gone through what they call verbal judo, which is essentially them trying to de-escalate the situation.”

― Doug Baldwin

“If you’re old enough to father a child, then you’re old enough to accept financial responsibility for that child. If you don’t want your embarrassing, unlawful, and irresponsible behavior going viral, man up and pay up.”

― Doug Ducey

“I told my father to stop smoking around the age of two or three years old and he stopped smoking. So the relationship between the kid and the parent is very powerful, and if you give the kid the right information, it can be very useful to the family.”

― Doug E. Fresh

“I’m in an age bracket now where I can play the father of an adult daughter whose going through her life issues, and she’ll come to me for advice while I’m wearing my Christmas sweater and swirling a cup of hot cocoa.”

― Doug Jones

“I populated ‘The Bourne Identity’ with real characters from American history, specifically characters from the Iran-Contra affair, which my father ran the investigation of. But at the heart of it was a fictional character.”

― Doug Liman

“More of ‘The Bourne Identity’s script was taken from the events of the Iran Contra, which my father investigated for the Senate, than what was taken from Robert Ludlum’s novel.”

― Doug Liman

“When my father would come home from his work at the Senate and talk about the things he could talk about – because a lot of his work was top secret – he would always tell me these stories and laugh. As deadly serious as his work was, he would laugh at the absurdity of it all.”

― Doug Liman

“I thought I was done making CIA movies after ‘The Bourne Identity.’ I really had used my father’s work in Iran-Contra on ‘The Bourne Identity.’ You get one experience like that in your life where you have personal exposure to something, and you put it in a movie. That’s it.”

― Doug Liman

“I loved ‘Gladiator’ when I was young. Russell Crowe was a big inspiration; the fact that he plays my father in ‘Noah’ was amazing.”

― Douglas Booth

“Now I’m the father of three children; I’m not able to go live on a bus and do semesters around the country like I did when I was young.”

― Douglas Brinkley

“My father has never once asked me a question, any question. There’s a freedom that came from that. It allowed me to create my own way of thinking.”

― Douglas Coupland

“I never tried to emulate my father. Anyone trying to do that would be a second-rate carbon copy.”

― Douglas Fairbanks, Jr.

“I never kissed my father until he was on his death bed.”

― Douglas Fairbanks, Jr.

“In my day, the only people who achieved real independence were my father, Mary Pickford and Charles Chaplin, who, with D. W. Griffith, formed United Artists. Other than that, everybody belonged to the big studios. They had no say in their own careers.”

― Douglas Fairbanks, Jr.

“My father and Mary Pickford were the reigning stars of not just Hollywood but of the world. Well, to bear my father’s name was hard enough, but to work in pictures to boot was pretty foolhardy. In fact, my father was totally against it. He thought I should be off getting a good education and go into some safe profession.”

― Douglas Fairbanks, Jr.

“I was a shy, awkward sort of a boy and my father’s frequent absences from home, along with my hero worship for him, made me even shyer.”

― Douglas Fairbanks, Jr.

“I had no particular desire to be a personality like my father, nor was I equipped to be one. I was determined to be my own man, although having the Fairbanks name did make it easier to get into an office to see someone.”

― Douglas Fairbanks, Jr.

“My father had not even completed high school when he started as an office boy working for the Metropolitan Life Insurance Company, and I am not sure that my mother completed high school.”

― Douglass North

“My brother and sister are both older than I am and were born before my father went off to World War I.”

― Douglass North

“When it came time to go to college, I had been accepted for Harvard when my father was offered the position of head of the Metropolitan Life Insurance Company office on the west coast, and we moved to San Francisco.”

― Douglass North

“My mother is a poet/novelist, and my father was a pianist and cook. Both artists who colored my personality and brain in ways I’m still discovering!”

― Dove Cameron

“My father is the oldest of seven boys.”

― Dr. Dre

“Great dad. Yeah, he would ask me for money on birthdays and, you know, inappropriate times. And I just wrote him off like, ‘You’re not a father.’ I just learned you cannot emotionally invest in people who are not attainable.”

― Drew Barrymore

“I’m trying to be the best father and take care of my kids.”

― Drew Lachey

“I think by my father owning a store, I was definitely aware of the commercial aspect of selling clothes. His shop was a place I enjoyed spending time in as a boy, so I learned things almost by osmosis at times, by literally just being around all the action and not really despite myself.”

― Dries van Noten

“My father was a musician, so I feel like falling into this career was a bit inevitable.”

― Dua Lipa

“I’ve been a biker, I’ve been a convict, I’ve been a husband, father, and son.”

― Duane Chapman

“It’s just like being a father; you got to show them love and you got to show them the path. I don’t like this role-model stuff, though.”

― Duane Chapman

“My father is the reason I am the way I am today. He’s why I acted up and he’s why I prayed to be the opposite of him. We made up before he died but I vowed to never raise my kids like how he raised me.”

― Duane Chapman

“I write in order to express what the photo itself cannot say. A photograph of my father doesn’t tell me what I thought of him, which for me is much more important than what the man looked like.”

― Duane Michals

“I didn’t want to use my father’s name. I don’t think I will ever want to use his influence… Never have I gone around asking people, ‘Do you know who I am…’ Even if it’s to cut a line at the airport.”

― Dulquer Salmaan

“I’ve always been a fan of my father’s films. I’m crazy about my father and his movies. If I promote his movies, it’s because of this.”

― Dulquer Salmaan

“People from my father’s generation didn’t have the luxury to be unhappy in their job.”

― Dulquer Salmaan

“I’ve certainly never used my father’s name as a way of getting a meeting. And fortunately, I’ve never needed to.”

― Duncan Jones

“Hopefully, by the second or the third film, who my father is won’t be a story anyone’s interested in. They’ll either like the films or they won’t, and if they don’t like them, I won’t be making them any more.”

― Duncan Jones

“My father had the bug. Ever since I can remember walking, he was waking me up at 5 in the morning to go to flea markets. As a kid, I couldn’t really stand it, but as I grew up, I became that guy, and when I have kids, I am going to be doing the same thing.”

― Dustin Yellin

“You can tell your uncle stuff that you could not tell your dad. That is kind of the role of an uncle. I feel very much like a father sometimes but sometimes I feel like a teammate.”

― Dusty Baker

“As a father, safety is always a top of mind issue for me.”

― Dwayne Johnson

“Some of the kids in school used to call my father a fake or a phony. That kind of thing brought on a few fights.”

― Dwayne Johnson

“There are so many things that are misunderstood or not recognized about my father’s music because they’ve been filtered by people who work for magazines like Rolling Stone.”

― Dweezil Zappa

“I feel that through my father’s music I’ve found my own voice in my own playing.”

― Dweezil Zappa

“My father helped me become a ballplayer and take the good with the bad.”

― Dwight Gooden

“People say you don’t need a father to be successful. I take offense to that.”

― Dwight Howard

“Being a father is an everyday challenge. It goes on and on.”

― Dwyane Wade

“I received most of my business education around the dinner table. Whether I listened to my father or brothers, or we had business people as dinner guests, I learned from everyone.”

― Dylan Lauren

“It’s like, no matter what I do, I always feel like I’m five years old, and I end up in the back of my father’s car looking out the window, and nothing has changed in 25 years.”

― Dylan McDermott

“Style is innate to who I am. My father gave me a picture the other day. I must have been about seven, and I had on wing-tip shoes and some cool pants. I thought, ‘Wow!’”

― Dylan McDermott

“My father had wanted to name me for Dylan Thomas. He had seen him speak on one of those drunken poetry tours he did.”

― Dylan Walsh

“The time not to become a father is eighteen years before a war.”

― E. B. White

“My father was the proprietor of a music shop on Forty-third Street, where many of the finest performers and musicians of the day would come to shop. He knew the classical repertoire inside out.”

― E. L. Doctorow

“I can trace my environmentally-friendly lifestyle back to my childhood. My father was a conservative Republican that liked to ‘conserve’.”

― Ed Begley, Jr.

“My father also encouraged my love of nature. He urged me to become a Cub Scout, and later a Boy Scout, and I found I really liked being outdoors.”

― Ed Begley, Jr.

“My uncle was a hero, Lewis Roundtree. He was not even related to me really, but he was always called my uncle. He was like a father to me. I was closer to him than I was my father.”

― Ed Bradley

“I’d watch my father get up at 5 o’clock and go down to the Eastern Market in Detroit to do the shopping for his restaurant, and get that business going and then go out on his vending machine business.”

― Ed Bradley

“I think that every Saturday, we ought to say, ‘My father’s a Jew, my mother was a Jew, and I’m a Jew,’ with great pride.”

― Ed Koch

“My father, he was a strong guy, a handsome guy, and a hard worker. I don’t believe he ever missed a day of work in his life.”

― Ed O’Neill

“My paternal grandfather worked in the mill all his life. My father worked in the mill almost his whole life. I worked in the mill while I was going to college in the summers. And then, for one stretch, I quit school and worked one year.”

― Ed O’Neill

“I had a lot of trouble with my coaches. Your coaches are father figures – you look to what they say. Well, the reality of it is, they are just shmucks.”

― Ed O’Neill

“I’ve always had a keen interest in the world. My father was in Patton’s 3rd Army, and he helped liberate Dachau in the 7th Army.”

― Ed Royce

“I am a family man, and my most important role is a father to my son.”

― Ed Skrein

“It was inevitable at some point that I would bump into one of my father’s plays. The reality of the situation is that I’m a jobbing actor, and any actor would give their eye-teeth to have one of those roles. It’s a no-brainer! I’m pleased the stars have aligned around ‘Arcadia.’”

― Ed Stoppard

“We lived in Germany; my father was in the Army, and they figured I would have more consistency at boarding school. That kind of gives you a thick skin.”

― Ed Weeks

“I love my boys very much. I want only the best for them and am committed to being a devoted father.”

― Eddie Cibrian

“As I grew up, Dad was more involved in training than promoting. He brought the same style to his training that he did to being a father – strong and strict.”

― Eddie Guerrero

“My father will go see Trans-Siberian Orchestra every single year. I mean, he’s completely into it.”

― Eddie Trunk

“You can’t be perfect. You can’t be the perfect father. You can’t be the perfect singer.”

― Eddie Vedder

“My father put it right when he said: ‘I don’t get ulcers. I give ulcers.’”

― Edgar Bronfman, Sr.

“From the first moment that I can remember, I had identified myself as a bass player and it had everything to do with my father, who was a bass player. And he loved music, you know, as much as anybody I’ve ever seen. And that dynamic I just thought as somehow was a straight pass to me.”

― Edgar Meyer

“My father was a military attache, so I’ve been traveling all my life.”

― Edgar Ramirez

“My father was military, so I traveled a lot, so I had 13 to 15 first days in new schools. Bullies transcend culture, unfortunately, and I had to deal with them wherever I went. I knew how to defend myself. But I didn’t know how to fight.”

― Edgar Ramirez

“I was lucky that I started very young, since I had a very clear idea of what I wanted to do. But my father is very conservative, and he never considered fashion to be a real career but something I could pursue as a hobby. He wanted me to be a doctor, and at one point, I thought of becoming a plastic surgeon.”

― Edgardo Osorio

“I started to play football when I was about 10; my father brought me to one school because there were more pitches where we could play.”

― Edin Dzeko

“My features I take from my father, but my spirit, my industry and perseverance I get from my Indian mother.”

― Edmonia Lewis

“No, I have not a drop of what they call white blood in my veins. My father was a full blooded Negro, and my mother was a full blooded Chippewa.”

― Edmonia Lewis

“Everybody knows that Alexander Hamilton was a founding father of the United States, a young father to be sure: only thirty at the time of the Constitutional Convention and just turned thirty-eight when he left behind his brilliant career as Secretary of the Treasury.”

― Edmund Morgan

“When I was in college at Amherst, my father asked me a favor: to take one course in economics. I loved it – for the challenge of its mysteries.”

― Edmund Phelps

“I never liked my father. He really was a dullard and misanthrope. My mother and he were married for 22, years and it was an ill match. She encouraged me to be a writer. She opened her home to black friends, and this was the 1950s. She didn’t care later when I write about her.”

― Edmund White

“My father was a misanthrope who slept all day and stayed up all night so that he wouldn’t have to see people. He ran a business with a large staff but would go there at night and leave things for them to do during the day when he wasn’t there.”

― Edmund White

“My father was a sort of John Wayne Texan who’d worked as a cowboy when he was young. He’d participated in rattlesnake round-ups and swum with copperheads.”

― Edmund White

“I chose the Republican Party early on in the 1950s and 1960s in Massachusetts. My father was a Republican, as was my mother, in Virginia.”

― Edward Brooke

“I came out of a blue-collar town, a GM town, and my father worked at GM, so I was very familiar with that kind of industry and that also informed my work.”

― Edward Burtynsky

“My father was an amateur oil painter, so some of his oil paintings were on our walls. There was one above the piano of a famous Ukrainian poet, Taras Shevchenko, playing an instrument known as a bandura. I remember that one kind of resonated with me; it was always central in the living room.”

― Edward Burtynsky

“IN April 1882 my father died; and I was at once whirled out of my land of dreams into a very different sphere.”

― Edward Carpenter

“When he was twenty-three or twenty-four my father began to learn German and read philosophy in his spare hours, which did not look as though he were destined to remain long on board ship!”

― Edward Carpenter

“My mother and father just taught me the basics: to be really kind, to really listen to people. I have never been one to put on airs and graces.”

― Edward Enninful

“My father and uncles and all their friends turned their lungs black trying to satisfy my collector’s zeal.”

― Edward G. Robinson

“My father was Catholic, and my mother wanted me to go to Catholic school. That’s what I did in first grade. But she couldn’t afford the payments. I think it must have hurt her a lot, not to be able to give me a Catholic education.”

― Edward P. Jones

“For centuries my father’s family lived on Britain’s biggest tidal river, the Severn, on which there was a huge trade with the interior, and through the Port of Bristol with America.”

― Edward Rutherfurd

“My father worked for governments all his life as an engineer and public works director.”

― Edward Tufte

“Pride is the master sin of the devil, and the devil is the father of lies.”

― Edwin Hubbel Chapin

“My father was an all-American football player.”

― Edwin Moses

“My father was also a principal of a school and mother was a curriculum advisor. Both were educators.”

― Edwin Moses

“I don’t know whether there is anyone else at all who remembers my noble father with such sadness.”

― Egon Schiele

“What I learned from my father is to think big.”

― Eike Batista

“My very first memory of being alive is being tossed in the air by my father and laughing and knowing, really knowing, that his was absolute joy.”

― Eileen Atkins

“When my father passed away, I learned to be unattached to physical things. At a very young age, I was able to roam the world and be emotionally connected but physically disconnected. I’ll get homesick in that I miss my mom. My grounding rock is her and my family.”

― Eiza Gonzalez

“I lost my father very young, but not young enough to not be aware of what was going on. My father and I had an amazing relationship. We were very close.”

― Eiza Gonzalez

“When my father passed away, my mom didn’t really know what to do and how to deal with it for me, so she put me in extracurricular classes, one of them being theater.”

― Eiza Gonzalez

“My father came from a chawl and became a top star in Bollywood and worked very hard for us. When I look at my dad, I feel very good that my papa did so much.”

― Ekta Kapoor

“I was in no way ready when my daughter was born. But I want to be a good father to her.”

― El DeBarge

“My husband has an outstanding record in promoting opportunity for women and the women that he surrounds himself in his staff and the women that he has promoted throughout his career. He’s the father of three daughters. He’s obviously a husband who’s been very supportive of a very active wife with her own career.”

― Elaine Chao

“Nan Gorman was born in Memphis, Tenn., on St. Patrick’s Day. She moved to Hazard in 1929 when her father, James Hagan, a recent medical school graduate and aspiring surgeon, went to work there.”

― Elaine Chao

“I grew up in Douglasville, Georgia. My father played football for the Atlanta Falcons. We lived a bunch of places when I was younger. I was born in California. We lived in Chicago for a little bit, and finally, we ended up in Georgia.”

― Elana Meyers

“My father was an NFL running back, so I feel like I might be more susceptible, genetically, to CTE.”

― Elana Meyers

“My father’s NFL dreams never really felt like motivation to me, but it was something to aspire to. He was such a great athlete, the least I could do is try and use my athletic talent to represent my country in a different way. He represented as a Marine. Maybe I could do something to represent as an athlete.”

― Elana Meyers

“I grew up on the South Island of New Zealand, in a city chosen and beloved by my parents for its proximity to the mountains – Christchurch is two hours distant from the worn saddle of Arthur’s Pass, the mountain village that was and is my father’s spiritual touchstone, his chapel and cathedral in the wild.”

― Eleanor Catton

“My father is an expatriate American; he fell in love with New Zealand in his youth and never went home.”

― Eleanor Catton

“How rude would I be, walking around and saying: ‘Hello. I’m Eleanor Mondale. My father was vice president of the United States. Treat me differently.’”

― Eleanor Mondale

“I do not think that I am a natural born mother… If I ever wanted to mother anyone, it was my father.”

― Eleanor Roosevelt

“Neither of my parents are involved in theater or acting, but they are very artistic. My mom is a painter; she’s an artist. She went to school for fashion illustration. My father is into collecting antiques and fine wine, so they’re both really creative people.”

― Elena Kampouris

“Fidel Castro for me is like a father.”

― Elian Gonzalez

“O that our hearts were enlarged in love to God, that we might turn inward, to the blessed comforter, that the blessed Jesus said the Father would send.”

― Elias Hicks

“When I was 15, I got super into Eric Clapton. My father took notice of this and got me a guitar for Christmas.”

― Elias

“When my father was born, it was part of the Austro-Hungarian empire. When I was born, it was Lithuania. When I left, it was Hungary. It is difficult to say where I come from.”

― Elie Wiesel

“I have always known my mother as an agnostic, less certain than my father that the universe hadn’t been created by some great intelligence. But she would get even more annoyed than my father did when she thought that people were invoking God to do their jobs for them – for example, when she saw a bus with a sticker saying ‘Allah Protect Us.’”

― Elif Batuman

“My family is not only not religious, but my parents are both – they’re secularists. My father is actually an atheist and feels very strongly about it.”

― Elif Batuman

“Part of me always felt like the other, the outsider, the observer. My father had two sons with his second wife, who I didn’t meet until my late 20s. I was always on the periphery. In Madrid, I was the only Turk in a very international school, so I had to start thinking about identity. All these things affected me.”

― Elif Safak

“There are two different ways of writing a novel. The first I call the traditional father way, when the novelist slightly situates himself or herself above the text and knows what each and every character is going to do. It’s a bit like engineering. I’ve never felt close to that tradition. I like the second way, which relies a bit more on intuition.”

― Elif Safak

“My relationship with Tiger is centered around our children, and we are doing really good – we really are – and I am so happy that is the case. He is a great father.”

― Elin Nordegren

“My mom grew up in Idaho, went to Brigham Young University: they’re very Molly Mormon. And my father is, like, first generation Albanian, and his parents lived in Southey and grew up in downtown Boston. My parents are complete opposites.”

― Eliza Dushku

“My father is a huge horse racing fan, so I was introduced to the sport long before ‘Seabiscuit.’ But the role made me an even bigger fan. Horse racing is one of my favorite sports.”

― Elizabeth Banks

“My father always made an amazing meatloaf, and I’ve inherited his skill. Leftover meatloaf in a sandwich? Come on!”

― Elizabeth Banks

“My father filmed me all the time as a kid, and that’s how I was first exposed to a camera.”

― Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi

“My mother and father had been through the Holocaust. The family was wiped out. I grew up never knowing aunts, uncles, or grandparents.”

― Elizabeth Diller

“There is nothing about resilience that I can say that my father did not first utter silently in eighteen years of living inside a two-dimensional cutout of himself.”

― Elizabeth Edwards

“I have three living children for whom this is a father who I want them to love and on whom they’re going to have to rely if my disease takes a bad turn.”

― Elizabeth Edwards

“My father had gone to Vietnam.”

― Elizabeth Edwards

“When I felt rather overcome with my father’s opposition, I said as firmly as I could, that I must have this or something else, that I could not live without some real work.”

― Elizabeth Garrett Anderson

“My father did a lot of disaster relief work, and he was always in places where there was a lot of pain.”

― Elizabeth Holmes

“Must! Is must a word to be addressed to princes? Little man, little man! Thy father, if he had been alive, durst not have used that word.”

― Elizabeth I

“People assume that because I was brought up on Rolling Stones tours, and my father is who he is, I’m some kind of rock-and-roll bad girl.”

― Elizabeth Jagger

“My parents have influenced my fashion choices. I inherited many of their older garments, and I like their style. I love my mother’s elegant and dramatic couture dresses and the feeling for colour my father has.”

― Elizabeth Jagger

“My father was an academic, an eccentric. He was a lecturer.”

― Elizabeth McGovern

“My father raised me from the time I was 12 years old. And it would never occur to me that I wouldn’t be strong – I wasn’t raised like that.”

― Elizabeth Reaser

“I grew up in a broken home, working class. My paternal grandmother raised me and my brother; my father was with us, and my mother lived in Jersey.”

― Elizabeth Rodriguez

“That was very comforting to me to hold onto that belief, that I did have a heavenly Father who was watching over me.”

― Elizabeth Smart

“I held my father’s hand while he died of cancer, and it’s really painful when you do something like that up close and personal. My mother was already gone, and I was very, very close to my father.”

― Elizabeth Warren

“Honestly, I have been able to accept my father’s new relationship because you get to that point with your parents that you realise it’s their life, not yours.”

― Ella Woodward

“I had a beautiful mother and a famous father, and I didn’t know where I fit in.”

― Elle King

“My father was a first reader in the Christian Science Church, which is similar to being a preacher. There was no drinking, smoking or cursing.”

― Ellen DeGeneres

“The death of Christ proclaimed the justice and perpetuity of his Father’s law in punishing the transgressor, in that he consented to suffer the penalty of the law himself, in order to save fallen man from its curse.”

― Ellen G. White

“My ancestors are Highland Scots, and my father’s home in north Alabama is so much like northwest Arkansas. I have the same allergies in both places.”

― Ellen Gilchrist

“Countless are the women parasites who, to satisfy their craving for pleasure and luxury, impoverish father or husband. These lame limbs in the social organism, which themselves accomplish nothing, but for whom all other limbs work, are the most flagrant example of womanly immorality in the present.”

― Ellen Key

“My father once told me that I have a mind like a lint trap – I pull stuff out of everything, and a lot of it just clings.”

― Ellen Klages

“It was something she didn’t want me to do because she thought the rejection would ruin my self-esteem. My father was, like, ‘If she wants to try it, let her try it.’”

― Ellen Muth

“I didn’t have a boyfriend until I was 16, and he was eight years older. My father was furious about this 24-year-old, and I had to hide the relationship.”

― Ellen Pompeo

“I’m actually a NASA brat. My father was a rocket scientist. He started working at NASA before it was NASA in 1959.”

― Ellen Stofan

“I love breakfast. Well, I just like food. I’m properly into my food. It comes from my father. If we go anywhere, we like to look up the best restaurants.”

― Ellie Bamber

“I grew up in Queens, in New York City, in a middle class Jewish family. My mother was a public school teacher, my father was a lawyer. They were Democrats – kind of middle-of-the-road democrats.”

― Elliott Abrams

“When I was nine, my father said ‘You can take piano lessons or do karate’ – I had a black belt and was competing before I was 19.”

― Elodie Yung

“My background educationally is physics and economics, and I grew up in sort of an engineering environment – my father is an electromechanical engineer. And so there were lots of engineery things around me.”

― Elon Musk

“I’m a great lover of children. I never thought that one day I’d actually be a father, but I’m very pleased that I changed my mind. Children are extremely important. They are the future of the world.”

― Elton John

“The great thing about small children is they’re portable, so we take them everywhere, but when it comes to 2015, Zachary’s going to school, and I want to be there to drop him off and pick him up. I don’t want to just be the father who reads them a bedtime story.”

― Elton John

“Who would ever have thought that Robert Ludlum would have become the father of modern action cinema?”

― Elvis Mitchell

“My wife – to-be and I went to see my father. Only he could answer the two questions before us: Shall we get married now? Shall I begin the practice of law, or continue being the successful wine salesman I had become, working my way through law school?”

― Emanuel Celler

“People voted with their hearts as they were remembering the father.”

― Emile Lahoud

“My father always said, ‘Never trust anyone whose TV is bigger than their book shelf’ – so I make sure I read.”

― Emilia Clarke

“My father, Dennis Popham, was a very handsome, talented artist, and as my mother always reminds me, ‘someone who had wonderful style.’ He was half Samoan-German, half New Zealander, and their first date was to a Fleetwood Mac concert, which I love the thought of.”

― Emilia Wickstead

“I was born in 1976. I grew up in a traditional Mexican family. As a child, I had a pretty normal life: I would go to school, play with my friends and cousins. But then my father became President of Mexico, and my life changed.”

― Emiliano Salinas

“My mother missed having dinner with Lyndon Johnson because she couldn’t find the right hat to wear. While my father went off to the white house to break bread with the President, my mother, who’s not a things and stuff person, stayed at the hotel and tried on 10 different hats and missed dinner.”

― Emilio Estevez

“I was a hostess in a restaurant in New York when I was 21, and I was too good of an employee. I was putting most of my energy into that instead of acting. But my father told my sister and me to look at whatever needed to be done and do that job well, no matter what it was.”

― Emily Deschanel

“I have a brother and sister; my mother does not care for thought, and father, too busy with his briefs to notice what we do. He buys me many books, but begs me not to read them, because he fears they joggle the mind.”

― Emily Dickinson

“Feminists of my mother’s generation argued that both mom and dad should work a little less and each do some of the household chores. My parents, for example, split everything 50/50. Even though my father is a terrible cook, he still made dinner exactly half the time.”

― Emily Oster

“I absolutely love Ireland. It’s one of the most beautiful places on Earth, and I have strong ties here. Both my grandmothers are from Ireland, and I have spent every summer in Bantry since my father, who is an artist, had the romantic idea 20 years ago to buy an old farmhouse on the west coast and renovate it.”

― Emily Ratajkowski

“I don’t even know how to speak up for myself, because I don’t really have a father who would give me the confidence or advice.”

― Eminem

“My father? I never knew him. Never even seen a picture of him.”

― Eminem

“I don’t even know how to speak up for myself, because I don’t really have a father who would give me the confidence or advice. And if you’re always the new kid, you never get a chance to adapt, so your confidence is just zilch.”

― Eminem

“My father was always saying we were Serbs, but I didn’t pay much attention.”

― Emir Kusturica

“Although my father’s mother, Nancy, has dementia, and her experiences gave me ideas for some of the scenes in the book, it was my mother’s mother, Vera, who most influenced the character of Maud. Vera died in 2008, before I’d gotten very far into writing ‘Elizabeth Is Missing,’ but her voice is very like Maud’s.”

― Emma Healey

“When my father died in Greece, leaving my mother strapped, a cheque arrived next day from my Greek publishers who’d just bought two of my books for pounds 500.”

― Emma Tennant

“The thing that influenced me most in relation to ‘Nanny McPhee’ were the Westerns I watched with my father. All the Spaghetti Westerns; all the Virginians; all the High Chaparrals. Because if you think about the form, it’s a stranger from out of town.”

― Emma Thompson

“My father worked in currency exchange, and my mother is a businesswoman.”

― Emmanuel Adebayor

“My father always told me to be myself and say what you think is the right thing; sometimes you pay the consequences, but it means tomorrow will be a happy day for you.”

― Emmanuel Adebayor

“I look at my father. He is one of my heroes. He is such an incredible, classy man. He was such a great father and such a great husband in so many ways, and we lived through some pretty tough times losing my mom. When I see all that he did, I think, ‘Wow, that’s a really wonderful man.’”

― Emmanuelle Chriqui

“My parents, especially my father, discussed the question of my brothers’ education as a matter of real importance. My education and that of my sister were scarcely discussed at all.”

― Emmeline Pankhurst

“My father is Emmit and my grandfather is Emmit, but I wanted something extra so I could separate my Emmitt from the rest of them. Even though on my birth certificate it has one T, I just added the extra T for me.”

― Emmitt Smith

“I asked my girlfriend, ‘Will you marry me?’ She said, ‘We’ll have to ask my father.’ So we had a seance and Jack Ruby says, ‘Hello!’”

― Emo Philips

“I told my father I wanted to act, and he stared renting all these classic films for me to watch.”

― Emory Cohen

“A person like me who has grown up in a mixed culture ought to be spiritual. My mother is a Catholic, my father is a Muslim, and my wife is a Hindu. Personally, I feel spirituality is about being clear-hearted. It involves a sense of connection with the divine.”

― Emraan Hashmi

“My father was 91 when he passed away of natural causes, and my mother died aged 88. She had a heart condition and had many heart attacks throughout her life, but she had ten children, so that would have put a strain on her body.”

― Engelbert Humperdinck

“I’m a very good husband. And a very good father.”

― Engelbert Humperdinck

“A father is always making his baby into a little woman. And when she is a woman he turns her back again.”

― Enid Bagnold

“My father was a politician. My grandfather was a politician too, maybe it’s an innate idea of representing people that we have in our family. I won’t go into politics. I think I can provide the voice for the voiceless through law.”

― Eniola Aluko

“I’m so proud of who I am and where I come from and who my father is.”

― Enrique Iglesias

“I have tattooed on my hand the silver throwback mics from back in the day. My father used to have one of those when he’d lead people at the YMCA doing the cha-cha slide.”

― Enzo Amore

“I would say Triple H is the biggest influence on my career. He’s almost like a father figure. If I slip up, or there’s a problem, he lets me know.”

― Enzo Amore

“My father was a professor of civil engineering at MIT, and my mother taught high school English.”

― Eric Allin Cornell

“The workplace should have a place where the kids can visit. They should have places at the mother’s or the father’s work where professionals can have their kids visit them whenever they feel like it.”

― Eric Braeden

“My father’s parents were from Sardinia and my mother’s from Barcelona.”

― Eric Cantona

“I sought my father in the world of the black musician, because it contained wisdom, experience, sadness and loneliness. I was not ever interested in the music of boys. From my youngest years, I was interested in the music of men.”

― Eric Clapton

“’My Father’s Eyes’ is very personal. I realized that the closest I ever came to looking in my father’s eyes was when I looked into my son’s eyes.”

― Eric Clapton

“Listen to me carefully: My father wasn’t in my life, but it feels good taking care of my kids.”

― Eric D. Thomas

“Most kids just follow the cycle. My grandfather didn’t finish high school. My father didn’t, and I didn’t. But you can break the cycle. You can have a successful marriage and be a good father.”

― Eric D. Thomas

“My father served in Vietnam – the respect I have for the Navy is profound.”

― Eric Dane

“While he was in the service, in the South and in Oklahoma, he was refused service at a couple of places where he was in uniform, and was told that African Americans, blacks, Negros, were not served. And in spite of that, I’ve never known a man who loved this country more than my father did.”

― Eric Holder

“Leo Hurwicz is the father of mechanism design theory and has inspired much of my work, and Roger Myerson is an old friend and collaborator and a tremendous economist.”

― Eric Maskin

“When you become a father, everything changes.”

― Eric McCormack

“Growing up, my father was a financial analyst for an oil company. He was just a regular dad. And when I would say, ‘Hey, come see my play,’ he’d say, ‘Sure.’ He’d see one, ‘Oh, good play’ – you know, very typical dad reaction.”

― Eric McCormack

“My second year of Ryerson, I still lived at my folks’ place. I went to the attic to find some prop for a play I was doing. And I found a scrapbook dedicated to my father’s years at Ryerson as an actor. He never mentioned it.”

― Eric McCormack

“My father is an amazing guy – he’s a total, total patriot… He loves America … and he says what’s on his mind… He’s not like the typical politician who has to pander to everybody.”

― Eric Trump

“If you look at us as a company, what’s the one thing that’s consistent? It has to be the biggest, the best, the greatest. My father, over the years, has bought some of the best mansions of the world. It’s just something he loves.”

― Eric Trump

“My father is my best friend. He’s my idol and my boss. We work side by side and spend every weekend together.”

― Eric Trump

“Our father always made us work. I think that’s the greatest thing a parent could ever do.”

― Eric Trump

“My father would be an amazing, amazing commander in chief.”

― Eric Trump

“I was at my father’s office, and I’d be in the back of his office, building Lego skyscrapers, as he was negotiating million-dollar deals.”

― Eric Trump

“The first time my father woke me up in the middle of the night to tell me he was going to die, I think I was eight. He brought out all his papers and explained to me what to do with his body and who to call and how to take care of things. You either learn how to survive, or you fall to pieces. I’m pretty good at surviving.”

― Eric Walters

“I grew up in Vancouver and my father drove me to every single one of my acting lessons, auditions, and jobs.”

― Erica Cerra

“My father, Ralph Fernandes, was a model before he became an interior designer. He was very supportive of my decision to become a model and then an actress.”

― Erica Fernandes

“The picture has made its million back in four months; I have been overwhelmed by letters, hundreds of them, literally, begging me in my next production not to swing over the shallow trash of mother love, father love, sister love, brother love.”

― Erich von Stroheim

“I’ve played a lot of cops. In fact, my father was a cop.”

― Erik King

“Green has always been my mom’s favorite color. My father, aunt and I have gotten her jade, emerald, and peridot pieces over the years, and we always seem to be on the lookout.”

― Erika Christensen

“My parents had a wonderful marriage, but it was a very dependent relationship. My mother was entirely dependent on my father because that’s how it was in those days.”

― Erika Slezak

“I don’t cheer for anyone because my job is obviously more important, but the reason why I got into sports is because of my father. He’s a giant sports fan and we are from New England, so he cheered for the Celtics and the Red Sox.”

― Erin Andrews

“My father was in the Navy. He is very tall and has a big presence. When he was angry, he stared you right in the face and didn’t look away until you told him the truth. He never yelled, but you never wanted to lose his respect, and that was scary.”

― Erin Brockovich

“When I was 13 or 14, my parents had a bit of a windfall so bought a lovely new kitchen, but I burnt it down. I was making cheese on toast when flames escaped from the grill. My father stopped the fire with blind panic and excessive water. I was forgiven, but it put me off cooking for years.”

― Erin O’Connor

“To be a successful father… there’s one absolute rule: when you have a kid, don’t look at it for the first two years.”

― Ernest Hemingway

“My father was the son of immigrants, and he grew up bilingual, but English is what my father taught me and what he spoke to me. America’s strength is not our diversity; it is our ability to unite around common principles even when we come from different backgrounds.”

― Ernest Istook

“From the cradle to the grave she is subject to the power and control of man. Father, guardian, or husband, one conveys her like some piece of merchandise over to the other.”

― Ernestine Rose

“My father was a sailor and our summer vacations were always on a sailboat. I had a little boat before I had a moped.”

― Ernesto Bertarelli

“It’s a hard call, but I’ve no desire to live my children’s lives. I think my job as a father is to protect them, to allow them a safe place to grow up and to teach them what I’ve learned.”

― Ernie Hudson

“I feel more like a father to a child: my Cube inspired thousands of ‘twisty puzzles,’ and I’m amazed how it continues to excite new generations.”

― Erno Rubik

“My father was never anti-anything in our house.”

― Errol Flynn

“When people are hungry, when a mother or father is facing a child that they can’t feed, you can’t ask that family to lay down their arms.”

― Ertharin Cousin

“My character Esteban is a guy who really didn’t think he was gonna be there at this point in his life. He’s in his early 30s. He’s got a son. He’s raising his son as a single father.”

― Esai Morales

“I like the Beatles. They’re at the core of my musicality. And John Lennon’s my spiritual father.”

― Esai Morales

“I see myself being a father, hopefully a husband, but I’m very gun-shy. The older I get, the further the goalpost.”

― Esai Morales

“How often do you get a movie where the coolest character has your own real last name? I played Bob Morales as a cross between my own father – the passion, the fury – and the real Bob Morales. I loved that movie. People, kids always come up to me and tell me how much they still love ‘La Bamba.’”

― Esai Morales

“Initially, my father opposed the idea of joining films and did not want me to move out, but now I’m closest to him and have his full support.”

― Esha Gupta

“My father who passed away told me that his dream is to watch me playing at a World Cup and I want to make my dad proud.”

― Essam El Hadary

“Oh, that all the things my father had told me about how disgusting Washington is are true. And again it’s the system – there are lots of nice, well-meaning people there. But it’s a sleazy place. And politics is all about doing favors.”

― Esther Dyson

“I had a wonderful father, and I couldn’t bear that television virtually ignored black fathers.”

― Esther Rolle

“I think that if you walk through this life and I end up being a bad father, then it won’t matter anything else I achieved in my life. It will all be irrelevant.”

― Ethan Hawke

“I feel very lucky. The older I get, the more I see how random everything is, the luckier I feel to have been born into this context; the more responsible I feel to be the best that I can be as a person and as a professional. That was a quality… of the men on my father’s side of the family.”

― Ethan Peck

“I know that my father was a little nervous about me pursuing a career in the arts.”

― Ethan Slater

“My father taught me to read music and play the piano-but not well, even though people have said that I’m a natural musician.”

― Ethel Merman

“My father left Nazi Germany a year after Dr. Kissinger, and so in my household he was very much an icon. He was a kind of immigrant success story, a refugee success story.”

― Eugene Jarecki

“As I was growing up, you know, I’m a white Jewish American born to Holocaust parents. My father fled Nazi Germany in 1939 and my mother’s family had fled the czars of Russia before that.”

― Eugene Jarecki

“Ron Reagan amazingly qualifies as an honest broker. I asked him if he was a mama’s boy and he said no, more of a papa’s boy. At the same time he was willing to say that his father had many shortcomings and needed to be held accountable.”

― Eugene Jarecki

“St. Pope John XXIII called for the Second Vatican Council because he understood, as no Holy Father had in a long time, religion spoke to and found its language and symbols – its entire sense of the sacramental nature of existence – in the imagination that reveals not just the penalties of living, but the wonder and awe of our existence.”

― Eugene Kennedy

“My mother wrote poetry when I was young – I have an early memory of the sound of her typewriter – and my father told me inventive bedtime stories.”

― Eula Biss

“To a father growing old nothing is dearer than a daughter.”

― Euripides

“When my mother and father fell in love, my mother’s family would never accept it.”

― Euzhan Palcy

“My father is Swedish and my mother is French.”

― Eva Green

“My father has always written with Mont Blanc pens. It’s very chic and elegant and classic.”

― Eva Green

“My mother’s a secretary; my father’s an electrician in a mining company.”

― Eva Herzigova

“I grew up on a ranch with my father, so he educated us really early on about guns. We used to go target shooting all the time.”

― Eva Longoria

“My father was on the Judiciary Committee all 18 years. He had a good personal relationship with Jim Eastland. They probably didn’t agree on practically anything, or very little, from a public policy standpoint. But they were willing to work through that to see what they could get done just because they knew each other and liked each other.”

― Evan Bayh

“While romanticizing the Senate of yore would be a mistake, it was certainly better in my father’s time.”

― Evan Bayh

“My father, Birch Bayh, represented Indiana in the Senate from 1963 to 1981. A progressive, he nonetheless enjoyed many friendships with moderate Republicans and Southern Democrats.”

― Evan Bayh

“I love my father, and I believe in him. And he lost to Dan Quayle. I had a hard time understanding how that could happen.”

― Evan Bayh

“Both my mother and father worked for everything that they had.”

― Evan Ross

“My father had an amazing legacy, and so does my mother. I wanted to be able to have both names there. In my personal life, it’s Evan Naess. In my career life, it’s Evan Ross.”

― Evan Ross

“I have an American son and an American partner, so marriage might logistically make sense at one point. My partner is a stay-at-home father, so if he wants to be on my health plan, or tax wise, or maybe on paper we want to have our I’s dotted and our T’s crossed, but emotionally, neither of us really feels the need for it.”

― Evangeline Lilly

“I guess I’m like any other concerned father, except that nobody else’s son guns a cycle over 17 pickups without holding on to the handlebars.”

― Evel Knievel

“I was always looking for the same man – a strong father figure.”

― Evelyn Keyes

“In my relations with my father, which are difficult and where I’m often met by coolness and indifference, I am constantly tempted to be cold and indifferent. Yet I know that this is a test if I could take it rightly.”

― Evelyn Underhill

“Perhaps host and guest is really the happiest relation for father and son.”

― Evelyn Waugh

“My father always has been attractive because of his energy, warmth, charm, and talent for finding some connection with people from all cultures and walks of life. He rarely observed social formalities and niceties – something he has passed on to his boys.”

― Ezekiel Emanuel

“On any given day, my father wasn’t likely to return from work before I was asleep for the night. I saw that a man’s work was important, that he must pursue it tirelessly, and that it might require certain sacrifices, like being away from the warmth and comfort of home.”

― Ezekiel Emanuel

“Our dad hugged us and kissed us so much that some friends and relatives complained that he was going to turn us into sissies or homosexuals. But my dad didn’t care. Let them raise their kids in a reserved and reticent way. He grew up in Israel, and his boys were going to be hugged and kissed by their father and know they were loved.”

― Ezekiel Emanuel

“Godly sorrow is a gift of the Spirit. It is a deep realization that our actions have offended our Father and our God. It is the sharp and keen awareness that our behavior caused the Savior, He who knew no sin, even the greatest of all, to endure agony and suffering.”

― Ezra Taft Benson

“The one man other than my father who made the most lasting impression was an uncle, Serge B. Benson. He taught me in three different classes – but above all, he taught me lessons in moral, physical, and intellectual courage that I have tried to apply in later life.”

― Ezra Taft Benson

“When our Heavenly Father placed Adam and Eve on this earth, He did so with the purpose in mind of teaching them how to regain His presence. Our Father promised a Savior to redeem them from their fallen condition.”

― Ezra Taft Benson

“When our children obey the Lord and go to the temple to receive their blessings and enter into the marriage covenant, they enter into the same order of the priesthood that God instituted in the very beginning with father Adam.”

― Ezra Taft Benson

“The undermining of the home and family is on the increase with the devil anxiously working to displace the father as the head of the home and create rebellion among the children.”

― Ezra Taft Benson

“God our Father, Jesus, our Elder Brother and our Redeemer, and the Holy Ghost, the Testator, are perfect. They know us best and love us most and will not leave one thing undone for our eternal welfare. Should we not love them for it and honor them first?”

― Ezra Taft Benson

“Mothers, stay close to your daughters. Earn and deserve their love and respect. Be united with their father in the rearing of your children. Do nothing in your life to cause your daughters to stumble because of your example.”

― Ezra Taft Benson

“Too often the pressure for popularity, on children and teens, places an economic burden on the income of the father, so mother feels she must go to work to satisfy her children’s needs. That decision can be most shortsighted.”

― Ezra Taft Benson

“When I think of how we show faith, I cannot help but think of the example of my own father. I recall vividly how the spirit of missionary work came into my life. I was about thirteen years of age when my father received a call to go on a mission.”

― Ezra Taft Benson

“Surely no child should fear his own father – especially a priesthood father. A father’s duty is to make his home a place of happiness and joy.”

― Ezra Taft Benson

“Since the beginning, a woman’s first and most important role has been ushering into mortality spirit sons and daughters of our Father in Heaven.”

― Ezra Taft Benson

“The sacred title of ‘father’ is shared with the Almighty.”

― Ezra Taft Benson

“Satan would have you believe that happiness comes only as you surrender to his enticements, but one only needs to look at the shattered lives of those who violate God’s laws to know why Satan is called the Father of Lies.”

― Ezra Taft Benson

“Your most important friendships should be with your own brothers and sisters and with your father and mother. Love your family. Be loyal to them. Have a genuine concern for your brothers and sisters.”

― Ezra Taft Benson

“I love all our Father’s children of every color, creed, and political persuasion.”

― Ezra Taft Benson

“My family is blue-collar – coal miners and steelworkers. My father was an automobile mechanic, and us boys were brought up to work. I used to pump gasoline at 11 cents a gallon. I thought I would like to be a first-rate mechanic; a respected, hard-working man.”

― F. Murray Abraham

“I’m the spokesperson for the Multifaith Alliance for Syrian Refugees. My father was from Syria. It’s an American initiative, and it’s multi-faith. So, it’s maybe 60-65 different organisations, Jews, Christians, Hindus… Anyway, it’s very important and serious.”

― F. Murray Abraham

“Marlon Brando was the major influence in my life, though I never met him. And my father – we didn’t get along, but he was an influence in terms of honesty and work ethic. That’s the greatest compliment I could pay him.”

― F. Murray Abraham

“Thanks to my father, we were always in good horses.”

― Facundo Pieres

“My father hasn’t backed me in any way, and I don’t think anybody has backed me.”

― Fahadh Faasil

“The closest encounter I had with films in my childhood was sitting on the lap of my father at a shooting set, and he would say ‘rain,’ and it started raining, and then he would say ‘song,’ and people started dancing. I thought I was sitting on God’s lap.”

― Fahadh Faasil

“Power is not nearly enough for Trump. Power he already possessed, starting with the money his father gave him, which grew into the money he never paid in taxes because he is ‘smart.’ No: Power and ambition pale in comparison to Trumpbeth’s rapacious grab for applause.”

― Faith Salie

“My father is pretty much a self-made man, and I am proud of that. He was born in Patiala and crossed the border from India to Pakistan when he was four.”

― Fawad Khan

“I was born in Karachi, where my father used to work in the sales department of a pharmaceutical company. The nature of his job required him to travel, so we moved to Athens, Dubai, Saudi Arabia, and Riyadh and then went to Manchester during the Gulf War, moving back to Lahore closer to my father’s retirement.”

― Fawad Khan

“Born Berlin 1931, Germany, father a British diplomat, mother an American artist. Educated at various schools all over the world. 1958 Settled down to live in London. 1966 Became interested in photography through photographing my young children. No formal training.”

― Fay Godwin

“My grandad was a miner. My father, brother, and uncles all work in industry.”

― Faye Marsay

“My mother was from Mississippi, or is from ‘Mississippi;’ my father was from Alabama. He speaks about conditions in Mississippi and Alabama. They were really the poster children for the bad public laws that segregated, according to race, in our country.”

― Faye Wattleton

“There are individuals who are working very hard to promote fear and antagonism towards Islam and Muslims in this country. It’s fueled, in part, by the first African-American president that we have. Obama’s father was a Muslim and people have used this to arouse hostility against him.”

― Feisal Abdul Rauf

“I was completely surrounded by religion from a young time. I was taught by my father. I engaged in discussions with him and many of these scholars who visited and came around the dining table, the lunch table, and attended many lectures with my dad. And so I learned the apprentice way.”

― Feisal Abdul Rauf

“My mother worked in advertising and my father was a journalist. But they split up when I was three and I grew up in a single-parent family. My mum brought my brother and I up.”

― Felicity Jones

“My father was my trainer, my teacher. He was closer to my sister in the sense that she adored him and he adored her. He was more like my pal. Because of the 13-year gap, I think by the time I came along, it wasn’t a big deal. I wasn’t spoilt or cherished, I was just put to work.”

― Felicity Kendal

“My parents were very volatile but very loving. My father would get jealous if my mother looked at somebody. I used to be insanely jealous. It comes out of insecurity. It can come and go, but you get to the point in life where you don’t have this raging jealousy and protectiveness about your world.”

― Felicity Kendal

“I’m lucky in that I don’t like sweet things at all. My father loved cakes to such a degree that he kept forcing them down my throat when I was little, and it put me off for life. He had terrible cholesterol, poor thing.”

― Felicity Kendal

“From the early days of the Raj, Shakespeare had been woven into the fabric of India’s education, and my father understood that in a culture rich with storytelling and fantastical tales, Shakespeare’s characters and storylines resonated in a powerful way.”

― Felicity Kendal

“Every time we moved on, I joined a different class in a different school with different girls until, aged 13, my father had taken the decision to pull me out of school altogether. Everything I needed, he reasoned, could be found within the rich language of Shakespeare’s plays at which, by then, I was something of an old hand.”

― Felicity Kendal

“When you are a father, when you talk to your son or your daughter for the first time, they don’t understand you. Of course, you have patience, and you keep talking to them, and eventually they do understand.”

― Fernandinho

“My father and uncles all encouraged me to play football: every present I ever got would be boots, kit, or a new ball, and that was just how I liked it.”

― Fernandinho

“My father – a Lebanese-origin small businessman – had a stroke in 1997 and couldn’t work anymore. I paused my career and made sure he was taken care of by overseeing the sale of his businesses, but after that, I was able to dedicate myself to politics. It’s what I had always wanted.”

― Fernando Haddad

“My father worked every day; my brother and sister had to travel many hours to study, so Atletico were for people like us.”

― Fernando Torres

“On one occasion, I accompanied my father to Pinares de Mayari. I was eight or nine years old. How he enjoyed talking when he left the house in Biran! There he was the proprietor of the land where sugar cane, pasture, and other agricultural crops were planted.”

― Fidel Castro

“I was myself brought up with my brother, whose name was Matthias, for he was my own brother, by both father and mother; and I made mighty proficiency in the improvements of my learning, and appeared to have both a great memory and understanding.”

― Flavius Josephus

“Now, my father Matthias was not only eminent on account of is nobility, but had a higher commendation on account of his righteousness, and was in great reputation in Jerusalem, the greatest city we have.”

― Flavius Josephus

“I try and spend a lot of time with my kids. I try and have fun with my kids. I try to put father time in there.”

― Flavor Flav

“My father was out of my life when I was pretty young – when I was 7 years old, he was gone. I didn’t see him for the rest of my childhood.”

― Flea

“I grew up being terrified of my parents, particularly my father figures.”

― Flea

“I was having a conversation with my father and he was talking about this thing – strangeness and charm. It’s actually the name of the two smallest particles that there are when you split the atom, so I wrote a song around it. I even managed to fit the word ‘hydrogen’ in there. Isn’t that a nice thing for scientists to call them though?”

― Florence Welch

“I’m always going to love my father.”

― Floyd Mayweather, Jr.

“When I was in the ring at the Olympics, it was my father’s words that I was hearing, not the coaches’. ‘I never listened to what the coaches said. I would call my father and he would give me advice from prison.”

― Floyd Mayweather, Jr.

“If I go to a reunion in east Texas, my mother’s side or my father’s, one out of ten is a preacher or a teacher. That’s just the way it is in my family.”

― Forest Whitaker

“But I was sure of one thing. If God were a father, with children, that cleanliness I had been feeling wasn’t God.”

― Frances Farmer

“My father was a minister, and it was more my mother that had the responsibility of making sure the family put out an outward of appearance of living what he was preaching. She was the PR.”

― Frances McDormand

“My mother was madly adventurous. My father was an actor – he worked with Gielgud – and my mother came from a very wealthy family. She definitely wasn’t meant to marry an actor, but she eloped with him one lunch-time.”

― Francesca Annis

“What I’d like to pass on to my children is the thirst for knowledge. It’s something I experience every day that I learned from my father. He always taught me that no matter how long you’ve done something, you can always learn something new and be better at what you do.”

― Francesco Quinn

“I think that even though my father wasn’t there, in his death and in his memory, he has been a mentor to me in my manhood because my mom couldn’t teach me how to be a man.”

― Francis Capra

“Unfortunately, I never knew my father and when I did, it was very briefly.”

― Francis Capra

“I had an older brother who was very interested in literature, so I had an early exposure to literature, and and theater. My father sometimes would work in musical comedies.”

― Francis Ford Coppola

“I had a number of very strong personalities in my family. My father was a concert flutist, the solo flute for Toscanini.”

― Francis Ford Coppola

“Frank Capra was a prop man, I think. John Ford was a prop man. It was a little bit of a father and son thing, and you kind of worked your way up.”

― Francis Ford Coppola

“The Father willed that his blessed and glorious Son, whom he gave to us and who was born for us, should through his own blood offer himself as a sacrificial victim on the altar of the cross. This was to be done not for himself through whom all things were made, but for our sins.”

― Francis of Assisi

“I came to New York in 1986. My father didn’t think it was a good idea. I didn’t know how I found it, but I went to Hunter College. I had no money and I couldn’t speak English.”

― Francisco Costa

“My earliest memories of going to Fenway with my father are a blur: many games, me too young to care, but aware that our team ‘stunk.’ In those years, the 1960s, the Red Sox baseball card I always coveted most was not Carl Yastrzemski’s but the far more ordinary Felix Mantilla’s.”

― Francisco Goldman

“It is my feeling that Time ripens all things; with Time all things are revealed; Time is the father of truth.”

― Francois Rabelais

“A father is a man who expects his son to be as good a man as he meant to be.”

― Frank A. Clark

“A real man loves and respects his wife and is not only a good father but a man that his kids want to call ‘Daddy.’”

― Frank Abagnale

“I think my wife understood from the day I met her how important she was to me and how important it was for me becoming a husband and a father.”

― Frank Abagnale

“My father was never really the con-man type that the film shows him to be: he was straight as an arrow, though he did have problems with the IRS.”

― Frank Abagnale

“When I was 18, I thought my father was pretty dumb. After a while when I got to be 21, I was amazed to find out how much he’d learned in three years.”

― Frank Butler

“In my day, when you called on a girl, her mother was always hollering down to see if she was still unraped, the maid would look in, her father would shuffle his feet in another room. Today the boy calls up, says, ‘Meet you at the back door of Stern’s.’”

― Frank Crowninshield

“If you’re a father of a child who dies, it’s an experience that never leaves you. It scars you forever and ever and ever. And so when I do any kind of story with somebody who’s in the same position as my daughter was, there’s no question that something comes out of me and embraces that story in a way that only a father who lost a child could.”

― Frank Deford

“I don’t know how consciously anyone looks for a father figure.”

― Frank Dillane

“My father is such an amazing, beautiful actor. He’s incredible, and he helps me a lot.”

― Frank Dillane

“When I was a kid, my father didn’t really have much hope for me. He thought I was a dreamer; he didn’t think I would amount to anything. My mother also.”

― Frank Gehry

“My father was an urchin that lived in Hell’s Kitchen. He was part of a family of nine. I mean, there were times that were better and worse, but mostly, by the time we got to L.A., they’d lost whatever they had. And it was a sad time. And both he and I became truck drivers for different companies.”

― Frank Gehry

“My father probably – he had flashes of creativity – he used to do store windows for fruit stores that he worked in and stuff.”

― Frank Gehry

“I had three stages of knowing Wellington Mara. He was my boss for a long time and he was a father figure. And finally, as we got older, he was my friend.”

― Frank Gifford

“I can see parts of my father in ‘Kingdom’ when I rage like that. I can see my father’s frustrations in his life.”

― Frank Grillo

“My father gave me one of those small, box-sized travel players when I was a kid and just a handful of records that he had. ‘Zeppelin IV’ was one. ‘The Beatles at the Hollywood Bowl,’ which is just about the worst record ever – you can’t hear anything, just screaming in the background. I think there was maybe, like, an Animals record.”

― Frank Iero

“The loss of my father was the most traumatic event in my life – I can’t forget the pain.”

― Frank Lowy

“The loss of my father marked my life. I’m 88 years old and I’m still mourning him because it’s such a drama for me. It was just after my bar mitzvah and it was so tragic. The effect on me, I carry it all my life.”

― Frank Lowy

“We were below welfare. We begged from people on welfare. My father tried to repair our shoes with pieces of bicycle tires.”

― Frank McCourt

“My father and mother should have stayed in New York, where they met and married and where I was born.”

― Frank McCourt

“I had moments with my father that were exquisite – the stories he told me about Cuchulain, the mythological Irish warrior, are still magical to me.”

― Frank McCourt

“We were poor. But my mom never accepted that. She worked hard to become a residential contractor – got her master’s with honors at the University of New Orleans. I used to go to every class with her. Her father was my paternal figure.”

― Frank Ocean

“My father had a piano that was a nickelodeon – put a nickel, and the roller would play.”

― Frank Sinatra

“The genesis of Donald Trump’s relationship with Paul Manafort begins with Roy Cohn. That Roy Cohn: Joe McCarthy’s heavy-lidded henchman, lawyer to the Genovese family. During the ’70s, Trump and his father hired Cohn as their lawyer to defend the family against a housing discrimination suit.”

― Franklin Foer

“Not even Trump’s father’s wealth, nor his father’s faith in his son’s destiny, could save Trump from incessant discipline. At the age of 13, he was shipped off to the New York Military Academy, which employed brutal tactics for the remaking of delinquent character, even resorting to violence to assert control over the boys.”

― Franklin Foer

“God empowered him; and my father, when he stood to preach, he wasn’t preaching his message, he was preaching God’s message.”

― Franklin Graham

“I saw my father preach in Madison Square Garden, and I was a little embarrassed, I think, the first time I heard him preach. That’s my father up there, and I kind of slid down in my chair.”

― Franklin Graham

“My father has been faithful to the calling that God gave him: that is, to preach the Gospel… He has presented Christ to every person that God has put before him.”

― Franklin Graham

“When my mother passed away, we knew what she wanted on her tombstone, so I asked my father, so there wouldn’t be any argument among us children, ‘Daddy, what do you want on your tombstone?’ He thought about that. He said, ‘preacher.’ So that’s what’s going to be on his tombstone. Preacher.”

― Franklin Graham

“The man the world knew as Billy Graham was always ‘Daddy’ to me. I was well into my teens before I fully comprehended that my father had a household name and a worldwide ministry.”

― Franklin Graham

“My father had retained an emotional affection for the ceremonial of his parental home, without allowing it to influence his intellectual freedom.”

― Franz Boas

“It’s hard for me to grasp that I might somehow be my father’s equal in any way.”

― Franz Wright

“I wish my father could be around.”

― Franz Wright

“There are people who recall my father as a saint and a monster. I’m quite sure I will share the same fate.”

― Franz Wright

“My father never raised his hand to any one of his children, except in self-defense.”

― Fred Allen

“My father came from Germany. My mom came from Venezuela. My father’s culturally German, but his father was Japanese. I was raised in New York and spent two years in Rio. My parents met at the University of Southern Mississippi, and they had me there, and then we moved to New York. I’m not very familiar with Mississippi.”

― Fred Armisen

“I’ve been around golf my whole life. My father did it all the time, and I resented him for it. But a couple years ago I picked up a golf club and I understood the physics of it. If anyone knows anything about golf, it’s that once you hit a few shots, you’ll become addicted.”

― Fred Durst

“Obama is a very fine writer with an excellent command of language. His memoir ‘Dreams From My Father’ is a fine book, but it will not rank as one of the great autobiographies.”

― Fred Kaplan

“When you’re a father, you know exactly where your heart really is. There’s no question of it, no doubt. That part of your life has no second guessing.”

― Fred Ward

“My father passed away when I was 12, so it was very difficult. But I was always the class clown. I don’t know why – maybe as an escape. But then I was sent away to military prep school.”

― Fred Willard

“When you lose a mother or father, it’s still the hardest time of your life.”

― Freddie Freeman

“My father took me to a lot of sports events as a child, and our TV stayed on ESPN.”

― Freddie Gibbs

“I always appreciated that connection between a parent and a kid because I yearned for it so much. Growing up, I wanted a father, and because I’ve had this idea of what a father should be, it’s exciting to finally have the opportunity to try and be that guy, to see if I can actually do it.”

― Freddie Prinze, Jr.

“I just want people to recognize my father as an artist who was way ahead of his time. He was a genius. His life just burnt out quicker than it should have. And that is unfortunate, but what is more unfortunate is that everybody focuses on the nature of his death as opposed to the nature of his life, which was so much greater and more important.”

― Freddie Prinze, Jr.

“Whether the prayer of Seneca was granted we do not know; but, as we do not again hear of Marcus, it is probable that he died before his father, and that the line of Seneca, like that of so many great men, became extinct in the second generation.”

― Frederic William Farrar

“My mother was an unbeliever – and still is. My father was a nominal Catholic. We would go in to church at the last minute before the gospel reading, take Communion, and walk right out again.”

― Frederica Mathewes-Green

“The New Testament Scriptures are full of references to the malice of the devil, but we generally overlook them. I think this is because our idea of salvation is that Christ died on the cross to pay His Father the debt for our sins.”

― Frederica Mathewes-Green

“Father was very sympathetic, and if the hero of a romance was good or to be pitied, his eyes would fill with tears until he could not see.”

― Frederick Banting

“Initially I had intended to study medicine, but before going to University I had decided that I would be better suited to a career in which I could concentrate my activities and interests more on a single goal than appeared to be possible in my father’s profession.”

― Frederick Sanger

“When I was young my Father used to tell me that the two most worthwhile pursuits in life were the pursuit of truth and of beauty and I believe that Alfred Nobel must have felt much the same when he gave these prizes for literature and the sciences.”

― Frederick Sanger

“Father of four. I like the sound of that.”

― Frederik, Crown Prince of Denmark

“When I had a kid and I went through my drama and situation, I respected my father more because it kinda made me understand what he went through with me.”

― French Montana

“I am in agreement with everything my father taught me and nothing my mother taught me.”

― Frida Kahlo

“When one has not had a good father, one must create one.”

― Friedrich Nietzsche

“Whoever does not have a good father should procure one.”

― Friedrich Nietzsche

“Love matches, so called, have illusion for their father and need for their mother.”

― Friedrich Nietzsche

“I know I haven’t always done things the right way. I’m just trying to reflect on how to make myself better, how to become a better man, a better father, a better person, a better artist.”

― Future

“I’m a father and I’m a husband and I care about what’s happening on our streets.”

― Gabriel E. Gomez

“A man knows when he is growing old because he begins to look like his father.”

― Gabriel Garcia Marquez

“When I was younger, I always saw my friends with their mothers and fathers and felt a little jealous of them for having a father close by.”

― Gabriel Jesus

“My mother had me when she was 15. My father died before I was born. So my mother was a teenage widow, and she used herself as her greatest example so I wouldn’t end up in her position.”

― Gabriel Luna

“My father is an actor, and I used to go on set to visit him. I saw the stories he was telling and said: ‘That’s what I want to do.’ I was always in awe whenever I went to the movies or when I watched television.”

― Gabriel Macht

“My father is a college professor and that’s about the extent of my college experience. I’m sort of a professional student forever. I think just as human beings we always have a student who is alive in us and is waiting to pop up and make us feel like we are 16 years-old again.”

― Gabriel Mann

“I play Father Francis in ‘The Exorcist Prequel.’ It’s fantastic. We are shooting in Morrocco and Rome. Paul Schrader is directing; Stellan Skarsgard plays the younger Max Von Sydow character. It’s just a fantastic script. It’s a very eerie, very scary script. It encomposes a growing dread that I think is really appropriate for the film.”

― Gabriel Mann

“I myself am mixed race – my mother is Korean, and my father is an American Jew – so I’ve always felt other.”

― Gabrielle Zevin

“My mom had me when she was 19 or 20. And my father was 22 or something. They were working on whatever they could, both of them aiming to be actors in theater.”

― Gael Garcia Bernal

“’Motorcycle Diaries’ had the best costumes – that battered jacket and those linen shirts. I wear linen shirts in real life, too, and I have a nice, simple number I got handed down. As a father, you just stop buying stuff for yourself. It’s all for the kids.”

― Gael Garcia Bernal

“I did not give my daughter the kind of childhood anybody would want. The vision of the divided loyalty between a mother and father who don’t live together and don’t share in decisions is a great depravation for children.”

― Gail Sheehy

“I always look for a story that hasn’t been told in the same way. I don’t care about a lot of the usual elements people use for a quick drama boost. I want to know, for example, what happens when a man who was victimized by his father tries to be a father to a woman sixty years his senior.”

― Gail Simone

“My father loved antique shops and shows, and quite a bit of my childhood involved outings to dim, dusty places packed with cast-off treasures.”

― Gail Z. Martin

“My father is Spanish, and he went to Venezuela looking for a job. He was 20 something, and he fell in love with a Venezuelan girl. He owns a company there, producing iron and bronze.”

― Garbine Muguruza

“I remember driving the tractor on our farm, and Tim McGraw would be on the radio. I’d find myself walking out of class, singing his songs. And then Tim ended up playing my father in ‘Friday Night Lights.’ It was surreal.”

― Garrett Hedlund

“The father of a daughter is nothing but a high-class hostage. A father turns a stony face to his sons, berates them, shakes his antlers, paws the ground, snorts, runs them off into the underbrush, but when his daughter puts her arm over his shoulder and says, ‘Daddy, I need to ask you something,’ he is a pat of butter in a hot frying pan.”

― Garrison Keillor

“I started playing chess when I was five years old. I learned the moves from my mother, then worked with my father – and later trainers. My style became very technical. I sacrificed a lot of things. I was always hunting for the king, for the mate. I’d forget about my other pieces.”

― Garry Kasparov

“My mother was funnier than anybody I ever worked for. My father was as funny as this coat. Not a laugh a minute, my father.”

― Garry Marshall

“I don’t know why men are so fascinated with television and I think it has something to do with – if I may judge from my own father, who used to sit and stare at the TV while my mother was speaking to him – I think that’s a man’s way of tuning out.”

― Garry Shandling

“My father and brothers were in the military.”

― Garth Brooks

“Having robbed children of any sense that their Father is in Heaven and that they are His creation, we then launched an experiment in raising them without earthly fathers too. Having neither a Father in heaven or a father in the home, many young men make gangs their families.”

― Gary Bauer

“I wish I’d known that apologizing is a sign of strength. I had the impression that if you apologize, it’s a sign of weakness. I kind of picked up the message from my father, ‘Real men don’t apologize. You just do your best, and if you happen to hurt some people, that’s their fault. You just go on. Don’t apologize. That’s a sign of weakness.’”

― Gary Chapman

“My father worked in the Post Office. A lot of double shifts. All his friends were in the same situation – truck drivers, taxi cab drivers, grocery clerks. Blue collar guys punching the clock and working long, hard hours. The thought that sustained them was the one at the center of the American dream.”

― Gary David Goldberg

“My father had inklings of my cultural aspirations. He would take me to the library, things like that. But he wasn’t one of those dads who had read George Orwell and was a member of the Communist party. We had no books at home.”

― Gary Kemp

“I never told my father I loved him before he died, and I have a lot of issues about that. They’re all swimming around in my head, in my heart, unresolved, and in a way it felt fitting to dedicate the film to him.”

― Gary Oldman

“I drank for about 25 years getting over the loss of my father and I took the anger out on myself. I did a good job at beating myself up at sometimes. I don’t drink anymore but my alcoholic head occasionally says different. ‘Nil By Mouth’ was a love letter to my father because I needed to resolve some issues in order to be able to forgive him.”

― Gary Oldman

“But being a father is as good as it gets.”

― Gary Woodland

“Being a father now puts life in perspective. My whole life it’s all been about trying to win. And now I’m trying to make a better life for my son than I’ve had.”

― Gary Woodland

“My life is with Shah Rukh and the kids. He is the best husband and father I could ever ask for.”

― Gauri Khan

“My first experience with film was through a still camera. I would sit, very much against my will, with my father in the game reserve, watching some elephant or rhino or whatever, through a 400 millimeter lens and wait, and waiting and waiting.”

― Gavin Hood

“Since Sandy Hook, I have sat back as a father and been mesmerized by the inability of the federal government to do anything substantively on gun safety.”

― Gavin Newsom

“Even though he’s a third-generation San Franciscan, my father’s very European in some ways, and he loves wine.”

― Gavin Newsom

“I can’t stop watching ‘Pan Am.’ When I was growing up, my father worked as an engineer in Turkey, and we always flew Pan Am. The stewardesses were so glamorous! When they gave me a set of those golden wings, I felt very grown-up. Not only is the show’s plot full of mystery and infidelity, they get the period details just right.”

― Gayle King

“No woman in Afghanistan is in business without support from either her husband or her father or her uncle, someone.”

― Gayle Tzemach Lemmon

“My parents are both from Vermont, very old-fashioned New England. We heated our house with wood my father chopped. My mom grew all of our food. We were very underexposed to everything.”

― Geena Davis

“My father, once he has decided on something, doesn’t care about what anyone else thinks. All the men in our family swore at him for training us. His parents said he was mad. But he didn’t listen.”

― Geeta Phogat

“My father gave us inner confidence. He taught us, as young girls, never to be scared.”

― Geeta Phogat

“Those who used to ask my father to be ashamed of himself for training us in wrestling now say they wish they have daughters like me.”

― Geeta Phogat

“We had to go to bed by 8 P.M. My siblings and I would often play cards under the bed-sheets. But we would get caught and then were made to practise harder. My father would say, ‘You need to work even more if you aren’t tired enough to go to sleep.’”

― Geeta Phogat

“We see the worth and appreciate the discipline my father inculcated in us.”

― Geeta Phogat

“I come from a wrestling background – my father and grandfather were into wrestling.”

― Geeta Phogat

“My father was a disciplinarian. He had this cane and he would spare no one if found at fault. Unlike Babita, I was not physically strong and couldn’t cope with the training. So I got the most beatings.”

― Geeta Phogat

“My father always told my sisters and me that once you succeed, people will automatically be quiet. And he was right.”

― Geeta Phogat

“It was my father’s passion actually. I had never wished to become a wrestler. I was 12 when my father initiated me into this sport. Gradually, I started liking it and then it became my passion too.”

― Geeta Phogat

“I have seen my father defying societal norms and investing his time and energy on us. He was ridiculed and criticised by the community for asking girls to seek a career in wrestling. But he had vision and was least worried when elders warned him his daughters would not find grooms. I had to wrestle for him and that motivated me tremendously.”

― Geeta Phogat

“I just write the characters the way I see them. And maybe that’s because I’m surrounded by the most amazing men,from my father to my husband to all of my brothers. They are true heroes!”

― Gena Showalter

“Both my mother and my father grew up in Asia, in a time of political instability. They’d earned college degrees before setting foot in the States but had to work menial jobs early on in order to make ends meet.”

― Gene Luen Yang

“I used to annoy my father by telling him how much I felt luck was with me.”

― Gene Tierney

“My father enlisted at the age of 17. He lied about his age because he wanted to ride the fastest motorbikes, which were with the British army.”

― Genesis P-Orridge

“My father gave me a copy of ‘Seven Years in Tibet,’ and that’s what turned me on to Tibet and Tibetan Buddhism.”

― Genesis P-Orridge

“I’ve lived in 11 states, but I’m not an Army brat. My father couldn’t hold a job, so every six months, we’d move.”

― Geneva Carr

“My father is always with me. But moving forward and making my father more proud of me is very important. Taking care of my family, as my father did, is even more important.”

― Gennady Golovkin

“I never went into the mine. But I saw my father and other men coming out, day after day, their faces and bodies covered in soot. It looked very hard and dangerous.”

― Gennady Golovkin

“My brothers first brought me to boxing. I dedicate the fights to them and my father and fight for my family.”

― Gennady Golovkin

“My father was an entomologist who believed in continental drift. In the early ’50s, that was regarded as nonsense. It was in the mid-’50s that it came back. Someone had thought of it 30 or 40 years earlier named Alfred Wegener, and he never got to see it come back.”

― Geoffrey Hinton

“I had always loved expressionist painting, like every European. In fact I admired it all the more because these were precisely the paintings despised by my father’s generation.”

― Georg Baselitz

“My father, though, could run very much faster. It was impossible to compete with him on the grass. But it was astonishing how slow old people were. Some of them could not run up a hill and called it trying to climb stairs.”

― Georg Brandes

“The stag tells him that he is the eldest of the sons – the father’s favorite – and he warns the father that if he tries to shoot any of the stags, their antlers will tear him to pieces.”

― Georg Solti

“My father was a chemist on the Yale faculty, my mother a housewife.”

― George Akerlof

“My mother, whose interest in chemistry was rather minimal, nevertheless went to graduate school in the subject and married my father, for whom it was as important as life itself.”

― George Akerlof

“It was a bright, clear afternoon in the late fall that pretty Miss Cable drove up in her trap and waited at the curb for her father to come forth from his office in one of Chicago’s tallest buildings.”

― George Barr McCutcheon

“If a woman can, by careful selection of a father and nourishment of herself, produce a citizen with efficient senses, sound organs and a good digestion, she should clearly be secured a sufficient reward for that natural service to make her willing to undertake and repeat it.”

― George Bernard Shaw

“My father cared a lot about me, but he never gave me the satisfaction of really knowing it. Hitting .390 wasn’t enough for him. Nothing seemed to be. He was not trying to be mean. He was just seeing to it that I never got self-satisfied, that I worked hard to get the most out of what I had.”

― George Brett

“In the early ’90s or so, I drove my father to Providence, Ky., his hometown, and he was pointing out, ‘That’s where the doctor’s office was,’ and ‘That’s where we bought ice cream.’ And he was pointing to empty lots. When you lose communities, what do you have? We often survive by remembering the stories.”

― George C. Wolfe

“My father was and is a great journalist. Thirty years ago, I was studying broadcasting in college, and the problem was I wasn’t nearly as good as my father. I wasn’t as quick or as smart as my old man, and I realized it would be a long time before I was ever going to be, and I decided to do something else.”

― George Clooney

“The first thing that I learned – and I understood it at a really young age – was that I could get a laugh. Really early. Because my mother and father are funny.”

― George Clooney

“You have to remember that in the microcosm of Cincinnati, Ohio, through northern Kentucky, my father was a big star, still is. So that made my sister and me really visible. Everybody knew us, talked about us.”

― George Clooney

“My father ran for Congress in 2004, and I got a sense that there is no way to achieve much success without a certain amount of compromise.”

― George Clooney

“On Christmas morning, before we could open our Christmas presents, we would go to this stranger’s home and bring them presents. I remember helping clean the house up and putting up a tree. My father believed that you have a responsibility to look after everyone else.”

― George Clooney

“I think my father’s skepticism fueled me to work harder.”

― George Eads

“All the learnin’ my father paid for was a bit o’ birch at one end and an alphabet at the other.”

― George Eliot

“My father was a teacher of the Russian language and literature in high school.”

― George Gamow

“One father is more than a hundred schoolmasters.”

― George Herbert

“One father is enough to govern one hundred sons, but not a hundred sons one father.”

― George Herbert

“So my father grew up in an orphanage in Boston. He was then adopted by an elderly childless couple from Maine, who gave him the name of Mitchell. He moved to Maine, and there he met my mother and was married.”

― George J. Mitchell

“My father was the orphaned son of immigrants to the United States from Ireland. My father never knew his parents. His mother died – we’re not sure – either at or shortly after his birth, and he and all of his siblings were placed in orphanages in the Boston area.”

― George J. Mitchell

“My father died when I was 4 years old, so I can’t really say anything about his hearing.”

― George Kennedy

“Ladies and gentlemen, my mother thanks you, my father thanks you, my sister thanks you, and I thank you!”

― George M. Cohan

“He was definitely a father figure for all of us. Once you were a Giant, you were always a Giant.”

― George Martin

“My father was a clergyman and always said: ‘Hate the sin but love the sinner.’”

― George McGovern

“The fact I had my father as an adversary was such a powerful tool to work with. I subconsciously fought him to the degree that I drove me to be one of the most successful musician in the world.”

― George Michael

“I owe my mother who I am, and my father my drive.”

― George Michael

“I never really told my parents that I wanted to be a pop star or anything. They just knew that I was totally obsessed with music. Funnily enough, my father always used to say that he didn’t think I could sing.”

― George Michael

“As a warning to parents, I mention that my father preferred me to my brother, which was very injurious to both of us. To me, as tending to produce in my mind a feeling of self-elevation; and to my brother, by creating in him a dislike both towards my father and me.”

― George Muller

“My father, who educated his children on worldly principles, gave us much money, considering our age; not in order that we might spend it, but, as he said, to accustom us to possess money without spending it. The result was, that it led me and my brother into many sins.”

― George Muller

“I am never going to be able to rest easy in having established a posthumous connection to my father. I’ll always be groping for what I can’t have.”

― George Packer

“For 20 years, my mother, my sister and I had seldom spoken of my father. If he happened to come up in conversation, pain and embarrassment entered the room and stayed until he disappeared back into the silence with which we all felt more at ease.”

― George Packer

“I never thought about becoming a politician. But during the military dictatorship, my grandfather was put in prison six times and my father twice. If my family and my country didn’t have this history, I might be a professor somewhere today.”

― George Papandreou

“I think there is a heritage which I’m proud of, which is a fight for democracy, a fight for social justice, a fight for freedom. My grandfather went to jail or exile six times in his life, fighting for his principles for democracy, or for his country. And my father twice.”

― George Papandreou

“My father was a Marine who fought in the Pacific in WW II. He was a very tough guy, but after the war, he lived his life in a quiet and reserved manner because he had nothing to prove. I know now that he internalized his war experience.”

― George Pelecanos

“Kids need a father around to make them whole. They need their mom.”

― George Pelecanos

“My father’s diner, the Jefferson Coffee Shop, was a simple, 27-seat affair in Washington D.C., open for breakfast and lunch – coffee and eggs in the morning, cold cuts and burgers in the afternoon.”

― George Pelecanos

“I’m forever grateful to have had the opportunity to prove myself to my dad. After I took over the diner, the look in my father’s eyes went from disappointment to respect.”

― George Pelecanos

“As I have said many times – my father was a great fan of Bill Dickey’s and he certainly loved the Yankees. I hope that he would be pleased.”

― George Steinbrenner

“My father loved poetry and music. But deep in himself he thought teaching the finest thing a person could do.”

― George Steiner

“I remembered some people who lived across the street from our home as we were being taken away. When I was a teenager, I had many after-dinner conversations with my father about our internment. He told me that after we were taken away, they came to our house and took everything. We were literally stripped clean.”

― George Takei

“My father told me about American democracy. And he said you have to be actively engaged in the political process to make our democracy work. So I’ve been doing that my entire life. Civil rights movement. The peace movement during the Vietnam conflict. The movement to get an apology and redress for Japanese-Americans.”

― George Takei

“Children are amazingly adaptable. What would be grotesquely abnormal became my normality in the prisoner of war camps. It became routine for me to line up three times a day to eat lousy food in a noisy mess hall. It became normal for me to go with my father to bathe in a mass shower.”

― George Takei

“This political climate today reminds me of what my father must have gone through in 1942, when the winds of war and fires of hate were surrounding him. We have a candidate for the presidency of the United States, Donald Trump, using the same rhetoric that my father must have heard from elected officials.”

― George Takei

“Well, it gives, certainly to my father, who is the one that suffered the most in our family, and understanding of how the ideals of a country are only as good as the people who give it flesh and blood.”

― George Takei

“I had convinced my father to let me pursue this career, and I passionately wanted it. And here was this conflict in me, and I hadn’t shared it with my father. And it was excruciating to always have your guard up. Particularly because, being an actor, you’re public and visible. I could be seen coming out of a gay bar. Who could have seen me?”

― George Takei

“I am the grandson of immigrants from Japan who went to America, boldly going to a strange new world, seeking new opportunities. My mother was born in Sacramento, California. My father was a San Franciscan. They met and married in Los Angeles, and I was born there.”

― George Takei

“Even before I could vote, I was involved in the political arena. My father was an admirer of Adlai Stevenson, and he took me to the Stevenson for President headquarters, and he volunteered me. That was my introduction to electoral politics, which was exciting and fun and thrilling and very theatrical.”

― George Takei

“I used to get so upset with my father. I’d ask him, ‘Why do I have to be around all these women all the time?’ But in time, I learned that was an advantage.”

― George Tillman, Jr.

“When I was a kid, my father brought home the autobiography of Sid Luckman, the great Chicago Bears quarterback – probably an extra copy from the sports department where he worked. It was the first sports biography I ever read.”

― George Vecsey

“My father died when I was young and I was raised by my grandmother, Emma Klonjlaleh Brown. We could afford to eat chicken just once a year, on Christmas.”

― George Weah

“My father was a pedant and a bully who cared about nobody, and I was not to see him until I was eighteen.”

― George Weinberg

“My father, who was from a wealthy family and highly educated, a lawyer, Yale and Columbia, walked out with the benefit of a healthy push from my mother, a seventh grade graduate, who took a typing course and got a secretarial job as fast as she could.”

― George Weinberg

“I just got hooked on the radio, the voice of it all. It was my connection to metropolitan America, if you will. Sports, in particularly baseball then ’cause of its rich sediment of numbers, was one of the first things a young person could peg up with adults on – that is, you could know as much about Jimmy Fox as your father did.”

― George Will

“I never considered the clothing business in college. But my father was a manufacturer of men’s wear in the Northeast and wanted to investigate manufacturing in Asia. In 1972 he sent me to Japan, Taiwan, and Hong Kong for four months. I’m convinced it was his way of getting me into business, rather than letting me be a hippie.”

― George Zimmer

“I think that people assumed I was white because of my last name. My father is Caucasian, my mother is Hispanic. But English was my second language, believe it or not.”

― George Zimmerman

“Nothing is old, nothing is new, save the light of grace underneath which beats a human heart. The way of feeling, of understanding, of loving; the way of seeing the country, the faces that your father saw, that your mother knew. The rest is chimerical.”

― Georges Rouault

“My dad’s not a very intimidating father figure.”

― Georgia May Jagger

“When I went on tour with my father, I knew he was a musician. But they were my parents. I still think of my mum as being kind of a dork – a cooler one, but still a dork.”

― Georgia May Jagger

“My father told me when I went to college that I needed to take an accounting class. I enrolled and went the first day. I didn’t understand a thing that was being said and dropped the class. I really regret that decision. I should have stuck it out and learned the basics of accounting, but I took the easy way out.”

― Georgina Bloomberg

“There are no adequate substitutes for father, mother, and children bound together in a loving commitment to nurture and protect. No government, no matter how well-intentioned, can take the place of the family in the scheme of things.”

― Gerald R. Ford

“Well, unfortunately, my father passed away before my first book was published, so he never lived to see me as an author. But I think my mum was suitably pleased because she was mad about words. If she ever came across a word that she didn’t know, she would always look it up in the dictionary.”

― Geraldine McCaughrean

“I’d work to make it hip again to spend time in our fabled and fabulous land. But with a Puerto Rican father and a Jewish mother, I would probably be better suited as mayor of New York.”

― Geraldo Rivera

“My only model for being a father was my father, an illiterate on the margin of society.”

― Gerard Depardieu

“I used to go with my father to practice on the village pitch and with my friends.”

― Gerard Deulofeu

“I was 17 years old and missed many things about Barcelona, particularly the food. Fortunately, Sir Alex Ferguson realised my situation and helped me to grow. For me, the gaffer was like a second father.”

― Gerard Pique

“A father draws boundaries and calls a halt, whenever necessary. As I didn’t have that, I was able to stay childishly naive that much longer – so I did what I liked, because there was nobody stopping me, even when I got it wrong.”

― Gerhard Richter

“Freud is the father of psychoanalysis. It had no mother.”

― Germaine Greer

“My father never once told me he loved me. I told him I loved him only one time – that was when he was sick. It was hard, the way he showed his love. I didn’t understand what he was trying to teach me. Now I know, but it came too late for him to see it. After he was gone, I realized he was trying to strengthen my mind to make me better.”

― Gerry Cooney

“I always felt I was wounded. That I was no good, a piece of crap, and that I wouldn’t amount to anything, because that’s what my father always told me. I just felt like I didn’t belong anywhere.”

― Gerry Cooney

“My father was one tough man.”

― Gerry Cooney

“I never fought because of my father. I started to box before he pushed me. It had nothing to do with him.”

― Gerry Cooney

“My father would never have lost to Holmes.”

― Gerry Cooney

“My father emigrated from Lithuania to the United States at the age of 12. He received his higher education in New York City and graduated in 1914 from the New York University School of Dentistry. My mother came at the age of 14 from a part of Russia which, after the war, became Poland; she was only 19 when she was married to my father.”

― Gertrude B. Elion

“It is funny the two things most men are proudest of is the thing that any man can do and doing does in the same way, that is being drunk and being the father of their son.”

― Gertrude Stein

“My father left me when I was 6. My mother tried to take care of all of us on public assistance.”

― Ghostface Killah

“People who have not done their research on me do not know that I am European, born in Copenhagen, Denmark to an Italian father from Napoli and a mother from Alabama who was singing opera and went to Europe, met my dad, fell in love, and then moved back to Rome, where I was raised, between Rome and Hamburg.”

― Giancarlo Esposito

“I came from a divorced mother and father, obviously mixed race.”

― Giancarlo Esposito

“My father in his way influenced me and my sister to educate ourselves and to try to do things in life.”

― Gianna Angelopoulos-Daskalaki

“He was not like Greek fathers. He didn’t tell us to get married. My father thought it was very important that we travel, learn languages, be educated.”

― Gianna Angelopoulos-Daskalaki

“Every year, my father comes by and samples the chremslach – like quality control – and tells me how they taste just like his mother’s.”

― Gil Marks

“My family originally lived in Brooklyn. Our first apartment was a little place above my father and uncle’s hardware store in Coney Island. Now, don’t get the impression that we were surrounded by merry-go-rounds, roller coasters and Ferris wheels. Nope, this was a little side street.”

― Gilbert Gottfried

“Our father died when we were very young, so our mother raised six kids. We saw the world filtered through her eyes, being a minority woman raising six kids.”

― Gilbert Hernandez

“My father had a hotel, and people in show business used to stay there. He loved peformers and entertainment, and I grew up knowing that.”

― Gilda Radner

“Did I become an entertainer because my father died and I wanted to be what he loved? I don’t know.”

― Gilda Radner

“My mother was a housewife. My father worked in the agriculture business, but they were very encouraging about everything. When I said I wanted to do art, they were very supportive.”

― Giles Deacon

“I really love the Olympics: Daley Thompson’s back-flip, Derek Redmond’s father helping him finish the 400m after his hamstring snapped at the 1992 Games in Barcelona, Carl Lewis, Michael Johnson, Sir Steve Redgrave – childhood memories are flooded with these moments and idols.”

― Giles Duley

“My father worked in agriculture, and I got to travel round remote rural areas with him and see a bit of the landscape and people.”

― Giles Foden

“My father was an agricultural economist. In 1989 he was posted to Mbarara, a small town on the Uganda-Rwanda border.”

― Giles Foden

“My father was an actor, and we have the most important theatre company in Montreal.”

― Gilles Duceppe

“I did the cover of Cigar Aficionado, so I’m supposed to talk about loving cigars. I’ve smoked them a couple of times. My father used to smoke cigars. I love the idea and the concept, and I love the smell of cigars.”

― Gina Gershon

“A distant cousin sent me some genealogy report on my father’s side, and it’s sort of what I suspected. Coal miners for generations… four or maybe five generations.”

― Gina McKee

“When ‘The Cosby Show’ came out, and everyone was up in arms about ‘The Cosby Show’ and that it was reflecting a world that didn’t exist – but I knew black doctors. And I knew black lawyers. And I knew families that, you know, had a mother and a father and kids that were well-behaved.”

― Gina Prince-Bythewood

“I was adopted by two amazing people: a Salvadoran mother and a white father who were incredibly supportive of me and my work. I am eternally grateful for them.”

― Gina Prince-Bythewood

“I was adopted by a Salvadorian mother and a white father. Growing up having complete identity crisis. Then my search for my mother and trying to find out why I was given up, and how could a mother give up a child, then finding out the circumstances of my birth was pretty traumatizing.”

― Gina Prince-Bythewood

“Those diplomas on my wall would not be there without the GI Bill that educated my father, without the public library, without the RIPTA bus.”

― Gina Raimondo

“We all know far too many stories where the third generation just destroys everything that the first two have built up, and I certainly hope my family are different because I’ve worked too hard and my father has worked too hard for it to be given away.”

― Gina Rinehart

“I think my father is nearly perfect. I think he’s quite handsome, except a bit fat.”

― Gina Rinehart

“When my father left us, my mother went back to school immediately. She went to school in the day while we were at school, and she worked at night. She worked very hard to never let someone define her as a victim or a failure.”

― Ginni Rometty

“Time is the father of truth, its mother is our mind.”

― Giordano Bruno

“God the Father, the supreme Architect, had already built this cosmic home we behold, the most sacred temple of His godhead, by the laws of His mysterious wisdom.”

― Giovanni Pico della Mirandola

“But in its final creation it was not the part of the Father’s power to fail as though exhausted. It was not the part of His wisdom to waver in a needful matter through poverty of counsel.”

― Giovanni Pico della Mirandola

“On man when he came into life the Father conferred the seeds of all kinds and the germs of every way of life.”

― Giovanni Pico della Mirandola

“My mother told me I was begging her to be an actor when I was four. My father and my grandfather saw at least one or two movies a week; they were film buffs, so I guess it just rubbed off on me. And now it’s kind of become a way of life for me.”

― Giovanni Ribisi

“My mother told me I was begging her to be an actor when I was four. My father and my grandfather saw at least one or two movies a week; they were film buffs, so I guess it just rubbed off on me.”

― Giovanni Ribisi

“When did it become a problem to be a small businessman and become successful? The small businessman – like my father, or like me?”

― Glenn Beck

“My father told me abuse is generational.”

― Glenn Beck

“When my brother and I were 11, our father designed a 17-foot boat for sailing around the world. He’d never ventured more than a few miles from the U.S. He’d never sailed – or designed a boat before.”

― Glenn Kelman

“I met my wife in Bombay at an official function. And then we courted for three years. That’s a great old term, ‘courting.’ And we had to do it quietly, of course, because you would know the difficulties one might have with Indian parents. She was advised by her father that people in the West don’t take marriage seriously.”

― Glenn Turner

“As my father would have said, I went through the college of hard knocks.”

― Gloria Allred

“My family was musical on both sides. My father’s family had a famous flautist and a classical pianist. My mother won a contest to be Shirley Temple’s double – she was the diva of the family. At 8, I learned how to play guitar. I used to play songs from the ’20s, ’30s and ’40s in the kitchen for my grandmother.”

― Gloria Estefan

“The reason I’m not more political is because I have music. And from a young age, I needed it. After prison, my father came to America, joined the Army, fought in Vietnam – and was exposed to Agent Orange. He died a slow, horrible death. Music was my escape.”

― Gloria Estefan

“I follow my father’s philosphy; ‘Do what is good, do what is right, and God will take care of the rest.’”

― Gloria Macapagal Arroyo

“I will follow my father’s footsteps by doing what is right, and God will take care of the rest. My father is my role model. My living role model is Cory Aquino.”

― Gloria Macapagal Arroyo

“Most American children suffer too much mother and too little father.”

― Gloria Steinem

“As for the American child’s classic problem – too much mother, too little father – that would be cured by an equalization of parental responsibility.”

― Gloria Steinem

“There was no place at all for me in my father’s military world.”

― Gloria Swanson

“If you’ve never had a mother or a father, you grow up seeking something you’re never going to find, ever. You seek it in love and in people and in beauty.”

― Gloria Vanderbilt

“If you don’t have a father, you don’t miss it, because you don’t know what it is. It was really only when I married Wyatt Cooper that I understood what it was like to have a father, because he was just an extraordinary father.”

― Gloria Vanderbilt

“I’m thankful that my daughter’s father has allowed me to do what I do because that really makes a difference. I do believe a woman can have it all.”

― Goapele

“Moms and dads don’t last forever. If you’ve got unfinished business, we need to face that, and that’s not easy. Every child wants to love their mother and their father. Love is the most important thing, and when they feel rejected and unloved, that hole can never be filled by anyone else.”

― Goldie Hawn

“My parents always supported me, but I was put to task. My father thought when I sang, I was sharp; my mother was upset when I wasn’t in the first line at recitals.”

― Goldie Hawn

“My father was Presbyterian.”

― Goldie Hawn

“I ask one more thing from our father above – God save Bolivia.”

― Gonzalo Sanchez de Lozada

“I was always a reformer. My father and mother were progressives, and they believed in the universal vote, vote for women, land reform, and a lot of things which at one time were not accepted; they’re much more accepted now.”

― Gonzalo Sanchez de Lozada

“I submit that in the few minutes that Joseph Smith was with the Father and the Son, he learned more of the nature of God the Eternal Father and the risen Lord than all the learned minds in all their discussions through all centuries of time.”

― Gordon B. Hinckley

“My mother had been a grade-school teacher, and my father had an eighth-grade education.”

― Gordon Bell

“I started working occasionally for my father when I was around six. The first skill I learned was how to join a plug to a wire.”

― Gordon Bell

“I’m a father; that’s what matters most. Nothing matters more.”

― Gordon Brown

“I am a father with young kids, and you want to know the jobs in the future are going to be there.”

― Gordon Brown

“Father, we thank you, especially for letting me fly this flight – for the privilege of being able to be in this position, to be in this wondrous place, seeing all these many startling, wonderful things that you have created.”

― Gordon Cooper

“Both parents were very encouraging – especially my father. My father thought the sun rose and set with me. Neither one had a musical background or any musical talent. They liked classical music, but neither could carry a tune.”

― Gordon Getty

“My father was so much more than an accomplished businessman.”

― Gordon Getty

“When you find a guy who is powerful, a big father figure, you latch onto him immediately.”

― Gordon Ramsay

“My father was a swim teacher. We used to swim before school, swim after school.”

― Gordon Ramsay

“My father once said something very shrewd about me to a woman journalist who had told him how courageous she thought I was for always speaking my mind. My father said, ‘If you couldn’t care less what anyone says about you, then it’s not courage.’”

― Gore Vidal

“Remember, I’m West Point, where I was born. My father went there.”

― Gore Vidal

“My father had lifelong contempt for politicians.”

― Gore Vidal

“Some of my father’s fellow West Pointers once asked him why I turned out so well, his secret in raising me. And he said, ‘I never gave him any advice, and he never asked for any.’ We agreed on nothing, but we never quarreled once.”

― Gore Vidal

“My father Arun Ahuja was an actor, and he did films as a hero.”

― Govinda

“If it’s a heartbreak-related stress, I like to listen to Lauryn Hill’s ‘Forgive Them Father’ the most, especially the harmonies.”

― Grace Chatto

“My mother is Afro-Caribbean and my father is Caucasian-American, and I was born in Pennsylvania and moved to the Cayman Islands when I was about 2. So I grew up there with my mother, and it’s really all I know. I grew up there until it was time to go to college, and that’s when I moved back to America.”

― Grace Gealey

“My father would have been made a bishop much earlier than he was had it not been for me and my image.”

― Grace Jones

“My dad’s family were political and he was always a theatrical creature, whereas my mum is really musical and her father was the touring pianist with Nat King Cole. My family was an explosive mixture of politics, religion and music – no wonder I turned out how I did.”

― Grace Jones

“Mum was a high-jumper and qualified to go to the Olympics, but it got into the newspapers that she was married to my father, and the church put pressure on her to pull out of the Olympic team, saying, ‘You can’t be exposing all your legs.’ That’s how strong the influence of the church was on us all.”

― Grace Jones

“My husband is a good father, concerned about his children.”

― Grace Kelly

“I am grateful for my father’s legacy. I am grateful to have found out who my real friends are. I am grateful for God’s guidance.”

― Grace Poe

“The people who have been helping me in the past continue to support me. Many of them supported my father, and the support isn’t just financial.”

― Grace Poe

“Whenever I come here to Ilocos, I get sentimental because I always remember that as a child, I would ride a bike with my father in Paoay near where they were shooting ‘Panday.’”

― Grace Poe

“I will continue to help run my father’s company.”

― Grace Poe

“My father was my first inspiration. He had an incredible stereo and a turntable, and I was told not to touch it. But I’d go back and touch it anyway. I gained a respect for the turntables when I was a kid. When I was a teenager, I came up with a ‘cueing system’ to work the turntables because they didn’t have it at that time.”

― Grandmaster Flash

“It’s true that my father was imprisoned for three and a half years, and it was because he stood up for what he believed in. It’s not a taboo subject in our household. We talk about it. After all, I want to know what happened.”

― Granit Xhaka

“It’s hard for me to believe that a shy, bespectacled college graduate like Brad Meltzer who’s a novelist and a father is a really setting out to be weirdly misogynistic.”

― Grant Morrison

“I grew up in Northern California, so the hippies were still around. My father and mother were very Republican, very strait-laced and very uptight, but my uncles were hippies.”

― Grant Show

“As a father of five, I sometimes feel I’ve spent a lifetime watching Disney musicals.”

― Graydon Carter

“What suprised me most about the real Gordon Selfridge was actually about his sons, Ralph and Oliver. They were both highly respected in their fields, influencing Information Technology and Robotics deeply. Oliver Selfridge has even been referred to as ‘The Father of Machine Perception,’ being a pioneer in Artificial Intelligence.”

― Greg Austin

“There is nothing I’ve wanted more, or waited for longer, than to be a father.”

― Greg Berlanti

“I am not a father, and the only children that I get close to are my nieces.”

― Greg Davies

“My mother, a teacher, encouraged me to use my creativity as an actual way to make a living, and my father, a Mississippi physician, did two things. First, he taught me that all human beings should be treated equally because no one is better than anyone else, and he never pressured me to become a doctor.”

― Greg Iles

“My father has always been the heart of my Penn Cage novels.”

― Greg Iles

“My father served as an Army doctor in West Germany in the late ’50s and early ’60s. As a result, he and my mother – both native southerners – were acutely aware of what had happened during the Holocaust.”

― Greg Iles

“My family moved – first to Washington, D.C., and then, in the spring of 1975, to Lebanon, where my father worked as a diplomat at the American embassy. My parents were enthusiastic about the move, so my older brother and I felt like we were off to some place kind of cool.”

― Greg Kinnear

“I picked up the guitar at 12 yrs old – basically, my mother and father bought it for me for Christmas. I played one at my friend’s house; when I say played it, I just played around with it at my friend’s house. It just struck me as something I really wanted.”

― Greg Lake

“My father ended up starting the Kilimanjaro Christian Medical Centre, which is on the slopes of Kilimanjaro. My mother started a school.”

― Greg Mortenson

“I owe a lot to my parents, especially by mother and my father.”

― Greg Norman

“Speaking as a father, there is no rulebook, and you don’t know how to do it. You just do the best you can.”

― Greg Rucka

“My grandfather died before I was born, so I never had the chance to speak with him about his father. But I learned about him from books.”

― Greg Rutherford

“My father was murdered when I was two. Duane, even though he was only a year and 18 days my elder, he became a father figure to me. I would have done anything for my brother – I loved him so much.”

― Gregg Allman

“Reared in rural southern Alabama, we enjoyed an idyllic Huck Finn boyhood. But education there was casual at best. Our mother and father were high school teachers and challenged the pervasive easy-going ignorance.”

― Gregory Benford

“My father took me back home, back to Greenwich Village, and he thought by taking me out of the orphanage he’d be out of the World War too. But no way – they got him anyway. He went in the Navy and then I lived on the streets.”

― Gregory Corso

“My father went into the armed service and I never saw my mother – I don’t know what happened to her.”

― Gregory Corso

“I grew up in the ’50s, a tough time for African Americans. I had friends whose fathers would openly say, ‘Just bite your tongu;, don’t cause any problems.’ My father was not like that. Even in the toughest times racially, if somebody disrespected his family, they were in trouble.”

― Gregory Hines

“My father has always been my hero.”

― Gregory Hines

“My career will come full cycle one day when I play the father of a cute little kid missing teeth who spouts one-liners.”

― Gregory Smith

“My father was executive officer, which is second-in-command, on a ship called the Hull, one of three ordered into a typhoon by Admiral Halsey – an insane and sadistic decision.”

― Greil Marcus

“As a dedicated and proud father of three, I am a strong advocate of life. I value life whether born or unborn.”

― Gresham Barrett

“I have done everything I can to make sure my daughter knows her father because you form your own identity by rebelling against your parents – but first you have to know them.”

― Greta Scacchi

“My father was absent and he was a hero to me.”

― Greta Scacchi

“My father loved the single-handed backhand, so to him, that was the main goal; we were always fascinated by that shot. He taught me all the technique and how to structure my game. I was really privileged to have a father like that.”

― Grigor Dimitrov

“She got her looks from her father. He’s a plastic surgeon.”

― Groucho Marx

“One can’t carry one’s father’s corpse about everywhere.”

― Guillaume Apollinaire

“My mother had been educated at a convent, and she had been converted to communism by my father during Stalin’s most rampant period, at the beginning of the 1930s. So she had two gods, God in heaven and god on earth.”

― Guillermo Cabrera Infante

“My father – I have grown up with him being a respected actor, and I have taken a lot with me from home, like his way of always treating everybody the same, that everybody has equal value.”

― Gustaf Skarsgard

“Just as the child is father to the man, so the impressions of one’s youth remain the most vivid in manhood.”

― Gustav Stresemann

“Just as a child respects his father even when he perceives his weaknesses and faults, so a German will not despise the old Germany which was once a symbol of greatness to him.”

― Gustav Stresemann

“I merely consider myself a father, and one role of a father is to provide financial resources for his family.”

― Guy Kawasaki

“I tend to project my father figure onto any director that I’m working with, or mother, if I’m working with a female, or it can be confused.”

― Guy Pearce

“I make more money in a week than my father made in a year.”

― Gwen Ifill

“My father always said, ‘You can do anything a man can do.’”

― Gwendoline Christie

“Obviously Gwilym is a very Welsh name! My father is from Maesteg, and my mother’s from Abergavenny.”

― Gwilym Lee

“My father, he was like the rock, the guy you went to with every problem.”

― Gwyneth Paltrow

“I wanted to fulfil the unfinished agenda of my father, which was to solve the problems of farmers, daily wage workers, and downtrodden people, irrespective of their caste and religion.”

― H. D. Kumaraswamy

“When my father was the Prime Minister, was there any terrorist activity in this country? The entire country was calm at that time.”

― H. D. Kumaraswamy

“My father was the prime minister and we had Tamil Nadu’s support.”

― H. D. Kumaraswamy

“I am the father of twin sons that were born in Philadelphia at Pennsylvania Hospital in 1983. They were 13 weeks premature. Gerry weighed 1 pound 14 ounces, and Zachary 1 pound 11 ounces. They were the first male twins to ever survive at Pennsylvania Hospital.”

― H. G. Bissinger

“I want to go ahead of Father Time with a scythe of my own.”

― H. G. Wells

“It’s true; once you are a father, there’s no turning back. Your heart strings as well as your purse strings are never again the same.”

― H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

“He was not a runner, my father, but he was quick. I always remember it was very difficult to escape from him when he was angry. If he wanted to beat us he would always catch us. Even me, he could always catch me.”

― Haile Gebrselassie

“My father thought sport was something fun – he didn’t know it was a way to make money. Then I won a Mercedes at the world championships and I gave it to him. From the moment it arrived my father said: ‘Good, you can support not just yourself but me too’.”

― Haile Gebrselassie

“My father didn’t think running was sensible. He told me running is just wasting time.”

― Haile Gebrselassie

“My parents separated when I was young, and as a result, my father had to learn how to braid our hair on the nights my sisters and I would stay with him. We would arrive to school the next morning with these incredibly endearing lopsided braids he had fashioned. This may have expedited the process of my learning how to braid my own hair.”

― Hailey Gates

“My dad was a single father, and he was a hunter.”

― Haley Bennett

“I know that I will never find my father in any other man who comes into my life, because it is a void in my life that can only be filled by him.”

― Halle Berry

“Growing up in eastern Turkey, I was not really involved with the family business – sheep and cow farming, yogurt and cheese making. But I think I learned from my father the unspoken business language or instincts that go back thousands of years.”

― Hamdi Ulukaya

“I was in Vietnam, and I was exposed to Agent Orange. And there’s a high relationship between people that were exposed to Agent Orange and the kind of lymphoma that I had. The prostate cancer was genetic in my family. My father had prostate cancer, my – three of my four uncles had prostate cancer.”

― Hamilton Jordan

“This is how I started: My mom was crazy for antique shops and junk shops, and my sister and I would play this game where, if we were driving with my parents and saw a junk shop or an antique shop, we’d scream at the top of our lungs. My poor father would have heart failure and screech to a halt, and we’d leap out and go and explore.”

― Hamish Bowles

“A filial son to his father can be a traitorous subject to his ruler.”

― Han Fei

“My father was a civil servant, so having a regular job, being respectable is a big deal for me. Respectable in the sense that I support my family. That’s what I mean by respectability.”

― Hanif Kureishi

“Jackie was speaking at a drugstore, and I said, ‘I’m not going to get this opportunity again, so I better take my chances and listen to Jackie Robinson now.’ Little did I know, I got front row seats, and next to me was my father.”

― Hank Aaron

“You can spend the day at work, but when you go home, and you’re in the role of a father or a husband, you don’t have to remind yourself that you shouldn’t tell your wife to hold the messages. If you do, that marriage is not going to last very long.”

― Hannah Simone

“It’s no surprise that I ended up in sportscasting. I lived this world with my father, Mike Storen. Dad was a sports executive for most of my childhood.”

― Hannah Storm

“My father’s peripatetic career also gave me critical perspective when it came to my own career choices.”

― Hannah Storm

“My father was a research doctor at the National Institutes of Health in the early 1980s, and you couldn’t work in the field and not know about D. Carleton Gajdusek, who my father often mentioned.”

― Hanya Yanagihara

“Although both of us were raised on Oahu, in Honolulu, my mother has always had fond memories of Maui; this was, after all, where she and my father, then penniless yet oddly optimistic newlyweds, honeymooned in 1969.”

― Hanya Yanagihara

“I am very emotional. It took me many years to recover from the death of my father. Even when I was playing cricket, I wasn’t happy. I would just sit and cry. I was very young. He was too young; he shouldn’t have gone. Cricket is all right. We all play sport. Good and bad days come.”

― Harbhajan Singh

“This is the price you pay for having a great father. You get the wonder, the joy, the tender moments – and you get the tears at the end, too.”

― Harlan Coben

“The book I always say that influenced me, subconsciously, because at the time I didn’t know I wanted to be a writer, was William Goldman’s ‘Marathon Man.’ That was the first adult thriller that I loved. I read it when I was 15 or so, when my father gave it to me.”

― Harlan Coben

“My father used to play with my brother and me in the yard. Mother would come out and say, ‘You’re tearing up the grass’; ‘We’re not raising grass,’ Dad would reply. ‘We’re raising boys.’”

― Harmon Killebrew

“Middle age is the awkward period when Father Time starts catching up with Mother Nature.”

― Harold Coffin

“For 50 years my father worked for the railroad.”

― Harold Evans

“I began photographing in 1946. Before that, I was a painter and drawer, with my mother and father’s support. They were a bit pissed when I went into photography. They thought photographers were guys who took pictures at weddings.”

― Harold Feinstein

“It was times like these when I thought my father, who hated guns and had never been to any wars, was the bravest man who ever lived.”

― Harper Lee

“From childhood on, I did sit in the courtroom watching my father argue cases and talk to juries.”

― Harper Lee

“I was the same kind of father as I was a harpist – I played by ear.”

― Harpo Marx

“Southern women often marry a man knowing that he is the father of many little slaves. They do not trouble themselves about it.”

― Harriet Ann Jacobs

“I hated being typecast in those roles. It was personally limiting, only playing stereotyped heavies. But I got those roles because I was angry, because that’s what I projected. I was angry at my mother and father because they didn’t get along, angry at the church. On top of that, I had an extreme lack of self-confidence.”

― Harry Dean Stanton

“My father and mother were not that compatible. I don’t think they had a good wedding night, and I was the product of that. We weren’t close.”

― Harry Dean Stanton

“I just wasn’t psychologically made to get married or, God forbid, be a father.”

― Harry Dean Stanton

“I was raised in Brooklyn and in Baltimore. My father was a bookkeeper. When I was 36 years old, my mother told me I was adopted.”

― Harry Frankfurt

“It’s always crude to link Dickens back to the blacking factory where he was sent to work aged 12 when his father was imprisoned in Marshalsea Prison for bad debt, but it was obviously a huge part of him.”

― Harry Lloyd

“My father was not a failure. After all, he was the father of a president of the United States.”

― Harry S Truman

“We had a Jewish school; we had a Jewish club. My father was a main donor. My mother was on the committee of the school.”

― Harry Triguboff

“I always wanted to play cricket, and I have played competitive cricket to a fairly good level. I remember that my father used to come and watch me play. He used to love watching me play.”

― Harsha Bhogle

“My father was a doctor, but his passion was making cars, and he was also very good at carpentry. He was a gem, and I don’t blame him for not understanding me. When I told him that I would be leaving, he checked his pocket and took out 100-rupee note and gave it to me. He did not like that I was leaving, yet he gave me the money.”

― Harshvardhan Rane

“I’ve seen the best and worst of times. My parents were divorced when I was a child. I was brought up by my father.”

― Harshvardhan Rane

“My father looked like this serious guy but was actually a very kind person.”

― Harshvardhan Rane

“My father was like an unpolished diamond – tough outside but warm inside.”

― Harshvardhan Rane

“I didn’t read so much Japanese literature. Because my father was a teacher of Japanese literature, I just wanted to do something else.”

― Haruki Murakami

“My father belongs to the generation that fought the war in the 1940s. When I was a kid my father told me stories – not so many, but it meant a lot to me. I wanted to know what happened then, to my father’s generation. It’s a kind of inheritance, the memory of it.”

― Haruki Murakami

“My father was brought up in an orphanage in the Catskills. He was a factory worker. And because his family wasn’t there for him, family was everything. We could disagree inside the house, but outside the house it was us against the world. So when I became a drag actor, he looked sideways but said okay.”

― Harvey Fierstein

“It’s a very, very fascinating story for me, cause it’s about a man who’s been doing bad; bad things. And he’s a father of four children in parochial school, he’s a lieutenant of detectives, but he’s in conflict with himself and with trying to do what’s right.”

― Harvey Keitel

“You’re working on being a father, so that is something that when you experience it you’ll understand the profundity of wanting to protect something dear to you.”

― Harvey Keitel

“I feel like every conversation with my father is like an M. Night Shyamalan movie; 90 minutes of build-up to no payoff.”

― Hasan Minhaj

“What the world needs today more than anything else is an implicit faith in God, our Father, and in Jesus Christ, His Son, as the Redeemer of the world.”

― Heber J. Grant

“I appeal to the Latter-day Saints to be honest with the Lord, and I promise them that peace, prosperity and financial success will attend those who are honest with our Heavenly Father.”

― Heber J. Grant

“When I was a child, next to my own mother, no woman that ever lived took as much interest in me, gave me as much motherly advice or seemed to love me more than did Sister Snow. I loved her with all my heart, and loved her hymn, ‘O My Father.’”

― Heber J. Grant

“I, of course, owe everything to my mother, because my father died when I was only nine days of age; and the marvelous teachings, the faith, the integrity of my mother have been an inspiration to me.”

― Heber J. Grant

“My father said, ‘Son, when you grow up, I don’t want you to be a member of a party that caters to the oppressed and the poor. You have to aspire to be a member of a party that is happy, winning and influential.’”

― Hector Ruiz

“I remember all too well the premiere of Ecstasy when I watched my bare bottom bounce across the screen and my mother and father sat there in shock.”

― Hedy Lamarr

“I am not ashamed to say that no man I ever met was my father’s equal, and I never loved any other man as much.”

― Hedy Lamarr

“I was born an only child in Vienna, Austria. My father found hours to sit by me by the library fire and tell fairy stories.”

― Hedy Lamarr

“And my father, after all, was a nationalist.”

― Heinrich Mann

“The problems of rebellious youth can be traced to homes where the mother disobeyed the father or showed lack of respect for his authority.”

― Helen Andelin

“I started drawing a mouse because it was my father’s nickname for my mother. And mice are very expressive.”

― Helen Craig

“On the king’s gate the moss grew gray; The king came not. They call’d him dead; And made his eldest son, one day, Slave in his father’s stead.”

― Helen Hunt Jackson

“Nothing is quite so emotional and passionate as what goes on inside of a family. People are driven to distraction by a father or a mother or a husband. Or a child.”

― Helen Mirren

“I would like to spend more time with Spanish poetry. I know French better than Spanish, but Spanish was my first language, and my father spoke it to us.”

― Helen Vendler

“My father fell really chronically ill when I was 13 and that’s when I phoned up an agent and started to act.”

― Helena Bonham Carter

“My father had the main barber- and beauty-supply business in the African-American community in Buffalo.”

― Helene D. Gayle

“I had a Jewish grandfather. We managed to hide this fact from the authorities by falsifying documents, my father and I. His father was Jewish, but because my father was an illegitimate child, it was rather easy to pretend that his father was unknown.”

― Helmut Schmidt

“I am still attached to my wedding sari and preserve it with care. There are so many little things I have kept as loving mementos of my father and mother.”

― Hema Malini

“When I was a young boy, I used to gaze through the microscope of my father at the insects in amber that he kept in the house. And they were remarkably well preserved, morphologically just phenomenal.”

― Hendrik Poinar

“My father thought, and now I think too, that the system of democracy is entirely based upon the system of justice. If we do not have a system of justice that people believe in, the system of democracy will fail.”

― Henning Mankell

“I can still remember. I was ill, and I was seven, and my father didn’t want me to just read children’s books. He came with Conan Doyle. I tried, and I liked it. I think the first I read was ‘The Sign of the Four’; ‘Study in Scarlet’ was the next one. Then I guess I stayed home a few extra days from school to read.”

― Henning Mankell

“My father, Dines Pontoppidan, belonged to an old family of clergymen and was himself a minister.”

― Henrik Pontoppidan

“One of the middle ones in the flock, I was born on July 24, 1857, in the small Jutland town of Fredericia. In 1863, my father was transferred to Randers, another Jutland town, where a year later, at the age of six, I experienced the invasion of the allied Prussian and Austrian armies.”

― Henrik Pontoppidan

“My time with my father would be very meaningful, but also very short.”

― Henrikh Mkhitaryan

“As tough as it was for us with my father gone, my mother and sister were always pushing me. They even let me go to Brazil by myself when I was 13 to train with Sao Paulo for four months.”

― Henrikh Mkhitaryan

“When I was six years old, my parents told me that we were moving back home to Armenia. I didn’t really understand what was happening. My father had stopped playing football, and he was at home all the time.”

― Henrikh Mkhitaryan

“I didn’t know it, but my father had a brain tumour. Everything happened very fast. Within a year, he was gone. Because I was so young, I didn’t completely understand the concept of death.”

― Henrikh Mkhitaryan

“The year after my father died, I started football training. He was the drive for me; he was my idol. I said to myself, ‘I have to run just like him. I have to shoot just like him.’”

― Henrikh Mkhitaryan

“It is very difficult when you grow up without a father because you don’t have a man who can give you direction and discipline.”

― Henrikh Mkhitaryan

“In my case, my mother had to be my mother and father, so I am thankful to her.”

― Henrikh Mkhitaryan

“I believe playing for such a great club like United honours my father’s memory, and the inspiration and drive he gave to me when I was young. I hope he is proud looking at me from the sky.”

― Henrikh Mkhitaryan

“My father played five years for Valence in France’s second division. I’d always cry when he would leave for training. Every morning, I’d say, ‘Dad, take me with you. Please, please take me with you!’”

― Henrikh Mkhitaryan

“When you walk onto the pitch at Old Trafford, it is not just a pitch, it is a stage. If my father could see me on that stage, I think he would be very proud. I was always kind of chasing him, and I think even though he’s not here, he helped me to get to this place.”

― Henrikh Mkhitaryan

“I was always taught by my father to challenge myself and to continue to evolve in my career, and I saw the move to Manchester United as an opportunity to grow as a player and as a person.”

― Henrikh Mkhitaryan

“For each of us, life is a journey. Heavenly Father designed it for us out of love. Each of us has unique experiences and characteristics, but our journey began in the same place before we were born into this world.”

― Henry B. Eyring

“Our Heavenly Father knows us and our circumstances and even what faces us in the future. His Beloved Son, Jesus Christ, our Savior, has suffered and paid for our sins and those of all the people we will ever meet. He has perfect understanding of the feelings, the suffering, the trials, and the needs of every individual.”

― Henry B. Eyring

“Each life is unique. But for all, repentance will surely include passing through the portal of humble prayer. Our Father in Heaven can allow us to feel fully the conviction of our sins. He knows the depths of our remorse. He can then direct what we must do to qualify for forgiveness.”

― Henry B. Eyring

“Those who submit like a child do it because they know that the Father wants only the happiness of His children and that only He knows the way. That is the testimony we must have to keep praying like a submissive child, in the good times as well as the times of trouble.”

― Henry B. Eyring

“We are spirit children of a loving Heavenly Father who placed us in mortality to see if we would choose – freely choose – to keep His commandments and come unto His Beloved Son. They do not compel us. They cannot, for that would interfere with the plan of happiness. And so there is in us a God-given desire to be responsible for our own choices.”

― Henry B. Eyring

“Our Heavenly Father loves us. He sent His Only Begotten Son to be our Savior. He knew that in mortality we would be in grave danger, the worst of it from the temptations of a terrible adversary. That is one of the reasons why the Savior has provided priesthood keys so that those with ears to hear and faith to obey could go to places of safety.”

― Henry B. Eyring

“Humble prayer to our Heavenly Father, in deep faith in Jesus Christ, is essential to qualify us for the companionship of the Holy Ghost.”

― Henry B. Eyring

“We are the spirit children of a Heavenly Father. He loved us and He taught us before we were born into this world. He told us that He wished to give us all that He had. To qualify for that gift we had to receive mortal bodies and be tested. Because of those mortal bodies, we would face pain, sickness, and death.”

― Henry B. Eyring

“We know the Lord makes His servants bold. The young boy Joseph who saw God the Father and His Son, Jesus Christ, in a grove of trees was transformed into a spiritual giant.”

― Henry B. Eyring

“Every child of Heavenly Father born in the world is given at birth, as a free gift, the Light of Christ.”

― Henry B. Eyring

“Heavenly Father has given a simple pattern for us to receive the Holy Ghost not once but continually in the tumult of our daily lives. The pattern is repeated in the sacramental prayer: We promise that we will always remember the Savior. We promise to take His name upon us. We promise to keep His commandments.”

― Henry B. Eyring

“Foreseeing the needs of His children, a loving Heavenly Father placed directions and rescuers along their way. He sent His Son, Jesus Christ, to make safe passage possible and visible.”

― Henry B. Eyring

“Heavenly Father has assigned us to a great variety of stations to strengthen and, when needed, to lead travelers to safety. Our most important and powerful assignments are in the family. They are important because the family has the opportunity at the start of a child’s life to put feet firmly on the path home.”

― Henry B. Eyring

“The best counsel for us to give young people is that they can arrive back to Heavenly Father only as they are guided and corrected by the Spirit of God. So if we are wise, we will encourage, praise, and exemplify everything which invites the companionship of the Holy Ghost.”

― Henry B. Eyring

“Life eternal is to live in unity, in families, with the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost. Eternal life is only possible through the keys of the priesthood of God, which were restored through the Prophet Joseph Smith. Holding that eternal goal before the youth you lead is as great a gift as you could give them.”

― Henry B. Eyring

“Out of love for His Father and for us, He allowed Himself to suffer beyond the capacity of mortal man. He told us some of what that infinite sacrifice required of Him.”

― Henry B. Eyring

“We yearn, as spirit children of our Heavenly Father, for that joy which we once had with Him in the life before this one. His desire is to grant us that sacred wish for unity out of His love for us.”

― Henry B. Eyring

“God the Father lives. He hears and answers our prayers in love. The Savior Jesus Christ, resurrected and glorious, lives and reaches out to us in mercy.”

― Henry B. Eyring

“The Lord knew I would someday be charged with the priesthood responsibility for hundreds and even thousands of Heavenly Father’s children who were in desperate temporal need.”

― Henry B. Eyring

“A mortal parent may appreciate, in some small way, the feelings of a loving Heavenly Father. When our children come to the age when they must leave our direct care, we feel anxiety for their safety and concern that those who are to help them will not fail them.”

― Henry B. Eyring

“When I was a little child, my parents taught me by example to pray. I began with a picture in my mind of Heavenly Father being far away. As I have matured, my experience with prayer has changed. The picture in my mind has become one of a Heavenly Father who is close by, who is bathed in a bright light, and who knows me perfectly.”

― Henry B. Eyring

“The Father to whom we pray is the glorious God who created worlds through His Beloved Son.”

― Henry B. Eyring

“Growing up without a dad and not having a father figure – I noticed a hole in my life. For the longest time, I would run away from my problems instead of confronting them. I felt empty at one point. Not depressed, but empty.”

― Henry Cejudo

“My number-one goal was just to be a good person, a good father, a good husband and then, after that, was to be an Olympic champ and eventually a UFC champ. And I’ve done everything I’ve ever kinda set my mind to.”

― Henry Cejudo

“I remember reading the book ‘Rich Dad, Poor Dad,’ and I remember writing my goals down, and my number one goal in life was just to be a good husband and a good father someday. That was number one, as a 17-year-old kid.”

― Henry Cejudo

“To see poor people, their benefits being cut, to see pensions of Americans who have worked like my father, all their lives, and taken away, to see the rich just accumulating more and more wealth. I mean, it seems to me that there has to be a point where you have to say, ‘No, this has to stop.’”

― Henry Giroux

“Everything my mother and father did was designed to put me where I am.”

― Henry Louis Gates

“I didn’t feel particularly close to my father.”

― Henry Louis Gates

“My father and I made genetics history. We were the first African-Americans and the first father and son anywhere to have their genomes sequenced.”

― Henry Louis Gates

“My father lived to be 97 and played bridge every day up to the end, so I’ve got a 50 percent chance of living a long life like him.”

― Henry Louis Gates

“I first learned that there were black people living in some place called other than the United States in the western hemisphere when I was a very little boy, and my father told me that when he was a boy about my age, he wanted to be an Episcopal priest, because he so admired his priest, a black man from someplace called Haiti.”

― Henry Louis Gates

“My father, if anything, first and last, was a man of words. He loved stories; he didn’t live for stories, exactly, but I think he lived through stories. I think, like many writers, he loved stories about things he had experienced as much as, if not more than, he loved the experiences themselves.”

― Henry Louis Gates

“My father was the funniest man I ever met. He made Redd Foxx look like an undertaker.”

― Henry Louis Gates

“My grandfather was coloured, my father was Negro, and I am Black.”

― Henry Louis Gates

“The kid who throws his spaghetti from the high chair onto his father’s face, he’s pushing back. He’s sticking it to the man as he sees it. I like that. So that is punk.”

― Henry Rollins

“While I have no empirical evidence to back this up, I bet that the number of homosexual people per thousand has not fluctuated all that much over the centuries. I do not believe the dented wisdom my father used to extol, that homosexuality was a sure sign of a civilization in decline.”

― Henry Rollins

“My father did not rock. He just earned and hated. Don’t end up like this man.”

― Henry Rollins

“I came to the Philippines to follow my father who came here earlier, looking for a better life. I helped my father in our sari-sari store. I also asked him if I could go back to school so I could learn English and improve myself.”

― Henry Sy

“Since childhood she had walked the Devon rivers with her father looking for flowers and the nests of birds, passing some rocks and trees as old friends, seeing a Spirit everywhere, gentle in thought to all her eyes beheld.”

― Henry Williamson

“I did grow up next door to Steve McQueen, who was a very famous movie star at the time, but as a kid it didn’t impress me. We always had great fun with him. He would take us out on Sundays on his motorcycles, riding around in the desert; he was like a second father.”

― Herb Ritts

“I was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, on June 15, 1916. My father, an electrical engineer, had come to the United States in 1903 after earning his engineering diploma at the Technische Hochschule of Darmstadt, Germany.”

― Herbert A. Simon

“But I have to be careful not to let the world dazzle me so much that I forget that I’m a husband and a father.”

― Herbie Hancock

“My father’s father came from Russia; my mother came from Romania.”

― Herbie Mann

“My father had been in the German Diplomatic Service, and although he had been in the United States since World War II and out of diplomacy, it was something that was very much talked about in the family. So when I went to college, it was always my intention to try to get into the Foreign Service.”

― Hermann Eilts

“My father dealt in stocks and shares and my mother also had a lot of time on her hands.”

― Hermione Gingold

“My father was a member of the Teamsters Union in California, where he helped to organize better health care for workers. My mother worked for more than 20 years on an assembly line.”

― Hilda Solis

“My father, obviously, and my mother were inspirations. My uncle, Frank Harper, he was an absolute mentor for me.”

― Hill Harper

“So many of our young women today, they’re growing up without a father, but they’re still thirsty for that and desiring positive male love.”

― Hill Harper

“My father passed from cancer in 2000; his brother died of cancer before that. My grandfather died of cancer.”

― Hill Harper

“I feel very blessed to have a partner in life who supports me, who is enthusiastic about what I want to do, who has been a great father, and who will be a fabulous grandfather.”

― Hillary Clinton

“My father was raised with brothers, he was a football player and a boxer, he was a chief petty officer in the Navy, he was a man of his times.”

― Hillary Clinton

“My father was a small-businessman, and if he didn’t get up and go to work, there would be no business.”

― Hillary Clinton

“My father was a footballer, and he has inspired me.”

― Hima Das

“I live in a joint family with 17 members under one roof. My father is an MA, but he didn’t get a job, because all his certificates got destroyed when our house caught fire. So my father took up farming – fish farming and vegetable farming.”

― Hima Das

“I am still the same village girl from Dhing who used to help my father in the paddy field, help mother in household chores, run for hours on the streets of Dhing, play football with my Mon Jai group friends.”

― Hima Das

“I used to play everything, but people in my village said football is in my blood because my father has been a footballer.”

― Hima Das

“Besides my father, who used to be a footballer at the local level, it is Messi for whom I started to play football.”

― Hima Das

“When my father is happy with my music, I know I have done something good, and there is no question of generation gap.”

― Himesh Reshammiya

“Before I got the desired effect in my voice, I trained in classical music under my father for several years.”

― Himesh Reshammiya

“Everything I am today, I owe to my father.”

― Hina Khan

“Science is the father of knowledge, but opinion breeds ignorance.”

― Hippocrates

“’Like Father, Like Son’ gave me the opportunity to show when it is not good with a father.”

― Hirokazu Kore-eda

“My father did not have a lot of security in his life. He did odd jobs. He had a real struggle to make money. He lost a lot of time in his 20s, after the war, because he was sent to a forced-labour camp in Siberia.”

― Hirokazu Kore-eda

“We used to have prawn tempura: that was my mother’s favourite dish. But she had to go out to work instead of my father, so she couldn’t find the time to cook nice meals. So we ate more modern food: a lot of frozen and instant food. But I never complained about it to my mother.”

― Hirokazu Kore-eda

“As a son and as a father, there are still various things that I haven’t done as well as I should have – that’s my dilemma and regret.”

― Hirokazu Kore-eda

“I grew up without a father.”

― Hirokazu Kore-eda

“All my mother ever wanted to talk about was what she hated about my father and the times he cheated on her when he was younger. It really irritated me, and I told them they had to sort things out between themselves. Looking back on that, I see that it was really cold of me as a son.”

― Hirokazu Kore-eda

“In the same way that Egypt and Libya conspired to ‘disappear’ my father and silence writers such as Idris Ali, they made me, too, to a far lesser extent, feel punished for speaking out.”

― Hisham Matar

“One of the dark truths about dictators – and it applies to Gaddafi – is that on some level, they love their people. But it is a strange love. It says, ‘I love you for me; I don’t love you for you.’ That rhymes with a certain kind of Libyan father who was always certain about what was good for those around him. Those fathers lose in the end.”

― Hisham Matar

“In 2006, I published my first novel, ‘In the Country of Men.’ The publication of the book gave me a bigger platform to speak about my father’s abduction and Libya’s human-rights record.”

― Hisham Matar

“We need a father to rage against.”

― Hisham Matar

“I lost my father when I was 19, so the majority of my life has been under this cloud, and I have been full of the intention to find out what happened.”

― Hisham Matar

“My father, the political dissident Jaballa Matar, disappeared from his home in Cairo in March 1990.”

― Hisham Matar

“There’s something very bizarre about having a father who has disappeared. It’s very hard to articulate.”

― Hisham Matar

“I sometimes wonder if I would have become a writer if what happened to my father hadn’t happened.”

― Hisham Matar

“My father believed in armed struggle.”

― Hisham Matar

“Being my father’s son is a kind of privilege.”

― Hisham Matar

“My best hope is that Libya turns into a peaceful, sensible country that has all the things my father and lots of others have been calling for: independence of the courts and press, a protected and democratic constitution, with different parties involved in a healthy and open debate.”

― Hisham Matar

“The Qaddafis, father and sons, speak the grammar of dictatorship: threats and bribery.”

― Hisham Matar

“From a young age, watching my father embark on daring, and often dangerous, adventures in the name of Virgin almost become the norm. I’m not saying it became any less nerve-wracking waiting for his safe return – but, over time, it encouraged a new way of thinking for myself and my brother Sam.”

― Holly Branson

“I had such total, unequivocal, enthusiastic encouragement to be an actress. Looking back, I really find that to be a total mystery. Don’t ask me why. My father was just in love with the idea that I would be an actress.”

― Holly Hunter

“My father lost an eye to a snapped cable while trying to rescue trapped miners, though he kept on working for fifteen years afterward.”

― Homer Hickam

“My father use to say if coal died, the country died. He was right. Our economy rests on the back of the coal miner. If we did not have the black diamonds of the mountains to burn, we would lose more than half of the nation’s energy reserves.”

― Homer Hickam

“My father was a tyrant about reading, and that put me off books when I was little.”

― Honeysuckle Weeks

“My father was in the civil service. I can remember standing in a bus shelter in the pouring rain, and that we were allowed candy floss at the end of the holiday if we had behaved.”

― Honor Blackman

“It would be curious to know what leads a man to become a stationer rather than a baker, when he is no longer compelled, as among the Egyptians, to succeed to his father’s craft.”

― Honore de Balzac

“My father was a physicist, while I am a biogeochemist. I live to study plants, and he has never had more than a generic interest in biology.”

― Hope Jahren

“My father was a scientist, and I grew up in his laboratory. Maybe I am like him, but he is not like me.”

― Hope Jahren

“My father’s schooling during the 1930s was heavy with memorization; eight decades later, he is reaping the benefits.”

― Hope Jahren

“I grew up in my father’s laboratory and played beneath the chemical benches until I was tall enough to play on them.”

― Hope Jahren

“In our tiny town, my father wasn’t a scientist – he was the scientist, and being a scientist wasn’t his job: it was his identity.”

― Hope Jahren

“My father was never around. But I glorified my father, and I was always daddy’s little girl. He was my first soccer coach.”

― Hope Solo

“My father showed me so much love. He showed my brother so much love.”

― Hope Solo

“In truth, 2007 was the hardest year of my life. I lost my best friend. I lost my father.”

― Hope Solo

“It’s a complicated thing, knowing how much pain my father caused in my life and the lives of others whom I love, yet still holding love for him in my heart. No matter what he did, he was my father. He helped create the person I am.”

― Hope Solo

“My mother, twenty-two, was Harriet Gautier Brooks, named for her paternal grandmother, but always called Hallie. My father, twenty-six, was Albert Horton Foote, named for his father and great-grandfather, and I was named Albert Horton Foote, Jr.”

― Horton Foote

“It’s absolutely clear to me that Obama has enormous intrapersonal intelligence. His book, ‘Dreams from My Father,’ is an amazing book, and it’s obvious to everybody he has lots of intrapersonal intelligence.”

― Howard Gardner

“My father told me, never have partners.”

― Howard Hughes

“I had worked on the markets with my father before going to university, so I possessed an apparent street-smartness, had access to a colourful costermonger vocabulary, and tried passing myself off as a bit of spiv. But my contemporaries saw through me. At heart, they knew I was as bookish and oversensitive as they were.”

― Howard Jacobson

“My father had a series of blue-collar jobs and never made more than $20,000 a year. When I was seven, he got injured on a job. That was a very important point – because of the injury, he couldn’t walk, and the company he was working for did not pay him. There was no compensation. So there was no money and no food.”

― Howard Schultz

“I tried to build a company my father would have been proud to work for, that he would have looked back on and said, ‘That’s the company that honoured me, even though I don’t have an education’. I wanted to build a company that had a conscience.”

― Howard Schultz

“When I was 5, my father was very much my hero. And he ran for political office in a very thankless campaign for a very thankless position. And he did it because his mother had instilled in him, if you are someone who has the capacity to make a great change, you have the responsibility.”

― Howard Warren Buffett

“I was pulled out of Omaha when I was younger because my father started to work, when he was done serving as county commissioner, at Archer Daniels Midland.”

― Howard Warren Buffett

“My mother and my father have been married 50 years, and he’s just started to understand that something’s wrong with the system. He accepted the whole thing, you see. Yet this industrious kind of engagement didn’t bring him the success, according to American terms, that he wanted. I was probably affected by this very much. In fact, I know I was.”

― Huey Newton

“I have no doubt that I’d be a marvelous father. Maybe not when they’re tiny, but when they’re a little bit older, I think I’d be rather good.”

― Hugh Grant

“My father is very Jean Valjean. He’s what I would call a great example of a religious person. He is a deeply thoughtful man whose religion is in his deeds way more than anything else. It’s not talked about that much.”

― Hugh Jackman

“My father is a real idealist, and he’s all about learning. If I asked for a pair of Nikes growing up, it was just a resounding ‘No.’ But if I asked for a saxophone, one would appear and next day and I’d be signed up for lessons. So anything to do with education or learning, my father would spare no expense.”

― Hugh Jackman

“My father was an army champion boxer… in the British army. And so he loved boxing and talked it up as a sport. But then when my brother and I were beating the crap out of each other, he was always trying to tone it down. But I am a fan of boxing.”

― Hugh Jackman

“Becoming a father, I think it inevitably changes your perspective of life. I don’t get nearly enough sleep. And the simplest things in life are completely satisfying. I find you don’t have to do as much, like you don’t go on as many outings.”

― Hugh Jackman

“My parents were drawn to the idea that there was space and opportunity in Australia. For the meagre sum of £10, you could sail your entire family out to Australia, so that’s what my father chose to do.”

― Hugh Jackman

“To this day, I am the least materialistic person I know, because my father didn’t raise me to just go out and buy this or that car. The only reason I wanted to make money as an actor was because I’m passionate about food!”

― Hugh Jackman

“The activity of being a husband, a father – those are roles, too, but underneath them is the spiritual center that connects us all, and that’s what’s most important.”

― Hugh Jackman

“I remember at one point being in fellowship, and everyone used to wear the fish symbol; it said you were a Christian. So I asked my father, ‘Dad, why don’t you wear that at work?’ And he said, ‘Your religion should be in your actions.’ He set a great, great example.”

― Hugh Jackman

“I think my father gave me a great reverence for medical science. He was about as opposite to the personality of House as one could imagine. He was polite and easygoing, and would have gone to great lengths to make his patients feel attended to and heard and sympathized with.”

― Hugh Laurie

“Arnold Bennett was a writer I admired. He was actually taking notes at his father’s deathbed.”

― Hugh Leonard

“My father I liked, but it was only after his death that I got to know him by writing the play.”

― Hugh Leonard

“My mother was passionate. She was stubborn, the dominant one in the family. She dominated my father.”

― Hugh Leonard

“We want to be brothers and sisters. We want respect and equality. Simon Bolivar, our father, said a balanced world – a universe – a balanced universe in order to have peace and development.”

― Hugo Chavez

“My father and my mother were both teachers. They inculcated to us the importance of studies.”

― Hugo Chavez

“Be a father first. Don’t put a priority of being a friend with your wife first, or a friend with your kids first.”

― Hulk Hogan

“My father runs a restaurant business in Delhi, so if I had chosen to sell kebabs, it would be far easier for me than for anybody else.”

― Huma Qureshi

“Even though my life has been played out in the media because I am a Biden, my father never once suggested that the family’s public profile should be my priority.”

― Hunter Biden

“My father has been a constant source of love and strength in my life.”

― Hunter Biden

“I believe that my father has become an ongoing symbol of what it means to keep on fighting for what is good in oneself, in others, and in our country.”

― Hunter Biden

“In my town, I had only one adult American male role model: my father. I grew up taking it for granted that missionaries were what American boys grew up to be.”

― Huston Smith

“I am quite handy; not to sound bragadocious, but I’ve been working with wood and building things my entire life. I used to be a skateboarder and built ramps with my father. Then, the first two years I lived in Los Angeles, I worked as a carpenter building sets.”

― Ian Anthony Dale

“I was one of the only people of color at my grade school and also my high school. It’s weird recollecting on my childhood, I think, because my brothers are all white. We all share the same father but different mothers. I guess I kind of associated white, but I was occasionally reminded in a really negative way that I wasn’t.”

― Ian Anthony Dale

“When I was little, one of my father’s friends owned a circus. For four absolutely incredible summers, I found myself being the only boy in Ireland who didn’t dream of running away with the circus. I was in it!”

― Ian Beattie

“I was skint, and I had to move back to my mum and dad’s house, back into the room I shared with my brother when I was a kid. I kept getting people on the streets telling me that they loved me; it didn’t mean anything to me because I was still borrowing tenners off my pensioner father to go and get some chicken.”

― Ian Brown

“My father was a storekeeper at a factory in west London.”

― Ian Gillan

“My father’s drinking was sometimes a problem. And a great deal went unspoken. He was not particularly acute or articulate about the emotions. But he was very affectionate towards me.”

― Ian Mcewan

“My father worked in a grocery store. When the grocery chain went into administration, he eventually got a job in the naval dockyard in an office preparing the charts for the boats and the submarines before they headed out.”

― Ian Rankin

“As a father and a provider, no stone goes unturned.”

― Ian Ziering

“I’m not actually from Compton – I’m from South Central Los Angeles, and my father still lives in the same house I grew up in, so I’m there all the time.”

― Ice Cube

“My father’s family came from Virginia and Philadelphia. He wasn’t a brother who talked a lot. He was a workingman, a quiet, blue-collar dude.”

― Ice T

“My mother passed when I was in the third grade, my father when I was in the seventh, and that’s when I was shipped to Los Angeles to live with an aunt.”

― Ice T

“My father was a dark-skinned brother, but my mother was a very fair-skinned lady. From what I understand, she was Creole; we think her people originally came from New Orleans. She looked almost like a white woman, which meant she could pass – as folks used to say back then. Her hair was jet-black. She was slim and very attractive.”

― Ice T

“My father was just an amateur; my mother is not even an athlete herself.”

― Ichiro Suzuki

“You must all follow the lead of the bishop, as Jesus Christ followed that of the Father; follow the presbytery as you would the Apostles; reverence the deacons as you would God’s commandment.”

― Ignatius of Antioch

“My father worked as a mechanical draftsman at Mazagaon Docks and is a Catholic. My mum was a Muslim, so my parents broke quite a few rules to get married.”

― Ileana D’Cruz

“My father, in 1952, just in his 20s, my father became the chief spokesman for the Nation of Islam. From 1952 to 1959, there were four temples. My father was responsible and credited for having maximized this membership. From four temples to 50 temples, there was so much work involved.”

― Ilyasah Shabazz

“Of course I was in love with my father as a child. He was Daddy, and our house came alive in a special way whenever he walked through the door. He’d romp and play with us; my sisters and I would literally squeal with excitement when Daddy came home.”

― Ilyasah Shabazz

“My father… gave me a positive connection with men because he is a gentleman.”

― Iman

“I was studying political science; I was adamant that I was going to follow in my father’s footsteps.”

― Iman

“My mother was an activist; so was my father. They came from a generation of young Somalis who were actively involved in getting independence for Somalia in 1960.”

― Iman

“I was born in Somalia, which is in East Africa. My parents started with nothing: poor, poor, poor. They eloped, which was unheard of in my country, when my father was 17 and my mother was 14.”

― Iman

“When I was in high school,we were, like, 4,000 or 5,000 students, and 50 girls – and I didn’t have a date for my prom. My father paid my cousin to take me.”

― Iman

“My father, my first coach, would never let me punk out if I was capable of helping the team.”

― Iman Shumpert

“The Philippines is a terrible name, coming from Spain. Phillip II was the father of the inquisition, who I believe died of syphilis. It is my great regret that we didn’t change the name of our country.”

― Imelda Marcos

“I have never been a material girl. My father always told me never to love anything that cannot love you back.”

― Imelda Marcos

“Both my parents had heart problems: my mother had type 2 diabetes, and my father had a stroke.”

― Imelda Staunton

“When I was a child of six or seven my father would show me the chapter in the prophet Isaiah where the name Immanuel is found; more than once he spoke to me of the faith he put in me.”

― Immanuel Velikovsky

“On the day I was born, or possibly on one of the following days, my father went on a walk in the forested hills and thought of a name for me. His first son was called Daniel, and Samuel in memory of one of his forefathers.”

― Immanuel Velikovsky

“My first name – I have no middle name – was chosen by my father, as he told me, on that solitary walk in the forested hills. He selected it from a verse of the seventh chapter of Isaiah; there was no Immanuel among our ancestors known to him.”

― Immanuel Velikovsky

“My father felt that his world of ideas was too liberal for traditional rabbinical teachings, and he looked for a chance to find a way in life.”

― Immanuel Velikovsky

“My earliest memory is dreamlike: in a small orchard or garden I am carried on the arm, I believe, of my father; there was a group of grown-ups, my mother among them, and the group was slowly walking in the orchard, it seems toward the house.”

― Immanuel Velikovsky

“I was brought up on art. My father thought I had a great hand at art and sent me to art school. But he did not want me to become a photographer.”

― Imogen Cunningham

“My father did irrigation jobs, and I would sometimes accompany him, and that gave me a taste of what was going on in the innards of India.”

― Imtiaz Ali

“I have three older brothers, and we all have different combinations of parents. My father was the best man at my mom’s first wedding! And my brother’s mother – my dad’s first wife – is the sister to my mom’s first husband’s second wife. So my brothers are both stepcousins and stepbrothers. It’s very ’70s rock.”

― Inara George

“I don’t think my father was my mentor.”

― Indira Gandhi

“My father was a statesman, I am a political woman. My father was a saint. I am not.”

― Indira Gandhi

“I was happy to be with my parents. I didn’t see very much of them, so I was very happy when my father was there and out of jail.”

― Indira Gandhi

“My father was an absolutely wonderful human being. From him I learned to always assume positive intent. Whatever anybody says or does, assume positive intent.”

― Indra Nooyi

“Life wasn’t about freeing up human souls. It was about creating obedient slaves in the hierarchical construction of the society – with God at the top, then the king and then the father.”

― Ingmar Bergman

“On a personal level, there are many people who have meant a great deal to me. My father and mother were certainly of vital importance, not only in themselves but because they created a world for me to revolt against.”

― Ingmar Bergman

“The voice of the Holy Father was like a light.”

― Ingrid Betancourt

“These years after my liberation were years of reconstruction, and I think I made the right decisions… I mean, I lost everything: my life; my father died; I didn’t know anything about my children.”

― Ingrid Betancourt

“I finally did work out a very good relationship with my father, but it was rough growing up. We had a lot of conflict, and I think it surfaced in many of my works.”

― Ira Levin

“I grew up in the 1960s in Memphis, and my father was a member of the American Civil Liberties Union. I was born three years before Martin Luther King was killed, and I think that history of civil action was something that I had in my blood.”

― Ira Sachs

“My father moved out to Park City in in the mid-’70s and lived in a Winnebago behind a hippie joint called Utah Coal & Lumber that was one of only two or three restaurants at that time. Park City was a sleepy little mining town, with not a condo in sight.”

― Ira Sachs

“I think my father was somewhat disappointed in not having had a son, and in that way I was the nearest thing he had.”

― Irene Rosenfeld

“My father was dark skinned because he was Tatar. Sometimes Tatars can look Brazilian.”

― Irina Shayk

“My father used to be a fisherman, so it always makes me feel close to him when I am there on the water catching my dinner.”

― Irina Shayk

“My father died when I was 14, and my mother juggled two jobs so she could make sure my sister and I were OK.”

― Irina Shayk

“My father told me once not to expect anything from anybody so I wouldn’t be disappointed. If somebody was nice and did nice things for me, I should be overjoyed, but I shouldn’t go through life expecting it, which is very good advice.”

― Iris Apfel

“I had a very brilliant father who was not only intellectual, but was street-smart and very curious to boot. The day I found out that he didn’t know everything, I grew up. It was a shock. I just thought that the man was the end-all of everything, and he knew the answer to everything. Then I found out I’d have to find out my own answers.”

― Iris Apfel

“My father, a bakery-truck driver, was the epitome of the work ethic that probably kept me knocking out columns six days a week for a rough total of 12,600 over 50 years.”

― Irv Kupcinet

“As a kid, I’d get up at 3 in the morning during school vacations to help my father on his bakery-truck route. He didn’t get a vacation from that schedule.”

― Irv Kupcinet

“Strange story about Degas. He hated women, didn’t want to be with them. Yet he spent much of his life painting them. He had seen his father maltreat his mother, must have had a deep fear that he’d do the same thing.”

― Irving Stone

“If zeal had been appropriate for putting humanity right, why did God the Word clothe himself in the body, using gentleness and humility in order to bring the world back to his Father?”

― Isaac of Nineveh

“My father left when I was three, and I have no memory of him. The most significant male figures in my life were my grandfather, in whose house I lived during the first 10 years of my childhood, and later my stepfather.”

― Isabel Allende

“It’s very difficult, I would imagine, to distinguish father and daughter. And maybe some of it comes as I’m doing my thing and my father being a very strong political African figure for so many years. Whatever he does is almost like some kind of cloud on top.”

― Isabel dos Santos

“I mean my mother migrated from Georgia -Rome, Georgia, to Washington, D.C., where she then met my father, who was a Tuskegee Airman who was from Southern Virginia. They migrated to Washington and I wouldn’t even exist if it were not for that migration. And I brought her back to Georgia, both my parents, actually.”

― Isabel Wilkerson

“My father’s films are often very slow for the modern audiences, which are used to a lot of editing. It’s the audience that watches the film instead of the director dictating the reaction he wants from you.”

― Isabella Rossellini

“But my mother loved The Elephant Man, and my father gave David Lynch a scholarship to study in Rome.”

― Isabella Rossellini

“I’m a very secretive person. That’s how I grew up. My father was very secretive.”

― Isabelle Adjani

“I’ve written a book; I’ve become a better husband and father because I’m home every day. My connection to the Hollywood world has only been through Facebook.”

― Isaiah Washington

“As for my father, I developed a friendly equation with him once I grew up. He has seen ‘BTC’ and has loved it.”

― Ishaan Khatter

“I was one of those children forced into fighting at the age of 13, in my country Sierra Leone, a war that claimed the lives of my mother, father and two brothers. I know too well the emotional, psychological and physical burden that comes with being exposed to violence as a child or at any age for that matter.”

― Ishmael Beah

“The founding father of Albanian literature is the nineteenth-century writer Naim Frasheri. Without having the greatness of Dante or Shakespeare, he is nonetheless the founder, the emblematic character. He wrote long epic poems, as well as lyrical poetry, to awaken the national consciousness of Albania.”

― Ismail Kadare

“It’s about a father and daughter and the daughter’s friend and her relationship with her current husband.”

― Ismail Merchant

“I was scared when I lost my mother, my father, my brother, my sister.”

― Israel Kamakawiwo’ole

“Most people, throughout history, haven’t learned one language to the exclusion of another. You learn to speak differently to a peasant and to a shoemaker. You speak differently to your mother, who comes from Burgundy, and to your father, who comes from Swabia.”

― Ivan Illich

“My father is Croatian but went to school in Bosnia, and my mother’s also Croatian but lived in Bosnia.”

― Ivan Rakitic

“When I was doing poorly at school, my father yanked me out and got me a job in a shoe factory. After three weeks, I begged him to give me another chance at doing well in school. I learned that discipline is necessary to accomplish anything in life.”

― Ivana Trump

“My father taught my siblings and me the importance of positive values and a strong ethical compass. He showed us how to be resilient, how to deal with challenges, and how to strive for excellence in all that we do. He taught us that there’s nothing that we cannot accomplish if we marry vision and passion with an enduring work ethic.”

― Ivanka Trump

“My father values talent. He recognizes real knowledge and skill when he finds it. He is color blind and gender neutral. He hires the best person for the job, period.”

― Ivanka Trump

“My father values talent. He is colorblind and gender neutral. When Donald Trump is in charge, all that counts is ability, excellence, and effort.”

― Ivanka Trump

“When Donald Trump is in charge, all that counts is ability, effort, and excellence. This has long been the philosophy at the Trump Organization. At my father’s company, there are more female than male executives. Women are paid equally for the work that we do, and when a woman becomes a mother, she is supported, not shut out.”

― Ivanka Trump

“The hardworking men and women of this country identify with my father. He is tough, and he is persevering. He is honest, and he is real. He’s an optimist, and he’s a relentless believer in America and all of her potential. He loves his family, and he loves his country with his heart and his soul.”

― Ivanka Trump

“As president, my father will change the labor laws put in place when women were not a significant portion of the workforce. He will make childcare affordable and accessible to all. He will fight for equal pay for equal work, and I will fight for this, too, right alongside of him.”

― Ivanka Trump

“I obviously have a great love and appreciation of jewelry, thanks to my mother, much to the dismay of both my father and my boyfriends.”

― Ivanka Trump

“People ask me, do I ever disagree with my father? It would be a little strange if I didn’t.”

― Ivanka Trump

“My father is definitely not the kind of guy who’d place his children in key roles within his organization if he didn’t think we could surpass the expectations he had for us.”

― Ivanka Trump

“People sometimes approach me tentatively or suspiciously because of my father’s reputation as a world-class negotiator, as if they think I’m about to take advantage of them. As if I know something I’m not letting on.”

― Ivanka Trump

“I love my father very much. I attribute so much of the person I am today to the values that he and my mother set for us, and the way they encouraged us every day of our lives to go out and find what we love doing and to fulfill our potential and really be happy.”

― Ivanka Trump

“Real change, the kind we have not seen in decades, is only going to come from outside the system. And it’s only going to come from a man who’s spent his entire life doing what others said could not be done. My father is a fighter.”

― Ivanka Trump

“My father not only has the strength and ability necessary to be our next president, but also the kindness and compassion that will enable him to be the leader that this country needs.”

― Ivanka Trump

“Politicians talk about wage equality, but my father has made it a practice at his company throughout his entire career. He will fight for equal pay for equal work, and I will fight for this, too, right along side of him.”

― Ivanka Trump

“As president, my father will take on the bold and worthy fights. He will be unafraid to set lofty goals, and he will be relentless in his determination to achieve them.”

― Ivanka Trump

“To people all over America, I say, when you have my father in your corner, you will never again have to worry about being let down. He will fight for you all the time, all the way, every time.”

― Ivanka Trump

“There have always been men of all background and ethnicities on my father’s job sites. And long before it was commonplace, you also saw women.”

― Ivanka Trump

“The way my father raised me was really informative of how I think about my role as a female and how I view myself in a professional and personal capacity. So he encouraged me to set the bar very high for myself, to set great goals for myself.”

― Ivanka Trump

“My father is the opposite of politically correct. He says what he means, and he means what he says.”

― Ivanka Trump

“I remember, growing up, my mother had a work wardrobe. It was this very compartmentalized area of her closet. It was suits, but she would never wear those suits out on a date with my father!”

― Ivanka Trump

“For most of my life, I believed that my father had broken many of my bones. They were emotional and psychological bones; things no one could see, things that caused me to limp through life clutching for and holding on to people and situations that often rendered me immobile.”

― Iyanla Vanzant

“If you don’t like your sister or don’t get along with your father, let’s find out if you like yourself. Let’s not sugarcoat anything about it.”

― Iyanla Vanzant

“My father never kissed me, hugged me or told me that he loved me. As my only living parent, he became the filter through which I saw myself, the possibilities for my life, the world and all men. He was a conflicted and dark filter.”

― Iyanla Vanzant

“Talk about your negative experiences with the father, with your girlfriends. Not with your children. And bite your tongue when it comes to diminishing, denying, dismissing, name-calling.”

― Iyanla Vanzant

“My father was a very gregarious, very open guy. So every weekend, the house was full of people.”

― J. B. Pritzker

“The fact that my father set out on his own to build Hyatt – a business the family was not in and a business he was learning about as he was building it – is instructive.”

― J. B. Pritzker

“I love soccer. My father is from Argentina and my mother is from El Salvador. I grew up watching Argentinean soccer. I get really worked up watching soccer. It’s in my blood.”

― J. D. Pardo

“I grew up with singers. My father’s mother sang opera. My dad was a big band singer. I can’t remember a time there wasn’t music in the house, so I grew up listening to great songwriters – George Gershwin, Cole Porter – and my grandma was playing opera for me before I was 3.”

― J. D. Souther

“I think I’ve been influenced by everything I’ve ever heard. The first thing I ever heard was my grandma, who was an opera singer. The first song I ever learned was the ‘Nessun Dorma’ from Puccini’s ‘Turandot.’ My father was a big band singer, so I used to hear him walking around the house singing standards all the time.”

― J. D. Souther

“In 1949 – my father stayed on in Shanghai after the war. But in 1949, the Communists took over the whole of China, and in fact, my father was caught by the Communists in Shanghai. And he was there for about a year until he was finally able to get out.”

― J. G. Ballard

“Looking back, it puzzles me that my parents decided to stay in Shanghai when they must have known that war was imminent. But the cotton works were my father’s responsibility, and duty then counted for something.”

― J. G. Ballard

“My father worked, and my mother played bridge. Every time I went out of the house, I was chauffeur-driven with my nanny next to me to stop me being kidnapped.”

― J. G. Ballard

“You have to find the right situation, and you have to be in that right mindset where you can give everything you have to that. Because whatever I do, I want to be the best at. I want to be the best husband. I want to be the best father.”

― J. J. Watt

“I’m used to shifting languages because my father used to speak to us, to my brother and I, he used to speak in English. He wanted us to be quite fluent in English, especially when he was trying to correct our behavior; he would do that in English.”

― J. M. G. Le Clezio

“I was 37 when my father died-and I no longer had any freedom of choice over what I would do with the rest of my life.”

― J. Paul Getty

“My father left… but I tell my mom – and I told my mom this when I was a kid – I said, ‘You know what, Mom? Good thing he left because you’re a strong woman.’”

― J. R. Martinez

“My father was a food lover and a deadbeat dad, and maybe a connection between good food and bad dads was forged early, in the deepest folds of my subconscious, where we make so many decisions about our parents.”

― J. R. Moehringer

“Baseball always gets credit for the foundational part of masculinity – the father thing. The eternal game of backyard catch, ‘Field of Dreams’, the Ripkens, the Griffeys, the Bondses, so on. But football is the real paternal game, because it’s a conveyor belt of father figures, in the form of coaches.”

― J. R. Moehringer

“I know a lot of people don’t have their parents in their life – their mother, their father – but I’ve got the best two you could ask for, I swear.”

― J. R. Smith

“I refuse to be held up as some kind of superwoman because, in my mind, the superwomen are the ones who do it on their own. I have my partner, who will be a stay-at-home father. I will do as much as I can, but I will have a village around me, and there’s lots of people who don’t have that.”

― Jacinda Ardern

“It’s my father’s legacy. My father’s view was that the public is the employer of these government employees and has the right to know what they’re up to.”

― Jack Anderson

“My father played guitar, so I always wanted to play for that reason. But I think the biggest reason was just the ’90s in general – growing up listening to the Smashing Pumpkins, Green Day and bands like that, and going to concerts and thinking it was the coolest thing in the world.”

― Jack Antonoff

“My parents were very supportive of me and my artistic endeavours. My father and mother came to every school play I ever did.”

― Jack Black

“At the age of 16 I started performing with a dance band in the evenings and began earning more money than my father, but he was pleased for me.”

― Jack Bruce

“When my father was a young actor, it is absolutely true that the vast majority were fairly middle class. Then all of a sudden, people like Albert Finney burst through and turned all that on its head.”

― Jack Davenport

“My father had owned a ranch when he was younger, in Montana, and he remembered riding his horse across the prairie and seeing some large bones sticking out of the ground. He was enough of a geologist, being a sand and gravel man, to have a pretty good notion that they were dinosaur bones.”

― Jack Horner

“My father and my mother and my sister and I have always voted Republican, always.”

― Jack Kerouac

“I remember trying to be funny, and both of my parents were terribly funny. My father was also very dignified, but my mother was an absolute ding-a-ling, a ripper.”

― Jack Lemmon

“A startup for entrepreneurs is like a baby, and I have five babies so far – experienced father.”

― Jack Ma

“I think young generation is always better than last generation. No matter you like it or don’t like it. My father said, ‘Jack, I’m so good, you’ll never be’ – but I’m better than him. My father is better than my grandfather. My children will be better than us.”

― Jack Ma

“My father used to take me to the movies on Saturdays. In 1940, when I was four years old, we encountered ‘Flash Gordon Conquers the Universe.’ I loved it. Especially the rocket ship, which I later realized had no airlock and no washroom. But they managed to get to Mongo with it.”

― Jack McDevitt

“It’s extraordinary what children put up with. I happened to see two of my uncles put my father up against the wall of my grandmother’s house and knock his teeth out, because he’d been unpleasant to my mother. The next day I went upstairs and found my father making a rather half-hearted attempt to gas himself.”

― Jack Straw

“I remember in 1967, when there was that terrible fire on NASA’s Apollo 1 rocket that killed three astronauts, my father made pure oxygen and we lit this tiny cup and burned it. Suddenly, we had an unbelievable jet and a fire. You just could see exactly what had happened.”

― Jack W. Szostak

“My mother has been the greatest influence on my life, morally. When I get right down to it, my mother and father are two people I can count on no matter what.”

― Jack Wagner

“My all-time low is 62 at Bel-Air, but it was in match play, and I had two putts given to me from four feet. I’m playing only about once or twice a month. Full-time job. Full-time father. Full-time blonde.”

― Jack Wagner

“As a father, I always want my son to be perfect. When he was young, I tried to train him in martial arts, but he said, ‘I don’t want to become like Bruce Lee’s son, with everybody telling me how good my father was.’ I just think my son is too lazy.”

― Jackie Chan

“I remember Mr. Mayer very well. He sort of liked to be the father – no, he liked to be treated like you thought he was Daddy, but he didn’t treat you like Daddy at all.”

― Jackie Cooper

“My father was a journalist. He used to write for ‘Blitz’ tabloid.”

― Jackie Shroff

“My father Kakabhai Haribhai Shroff was an astrologer.”

― Jackie Shroff

“My father was a Gujarati and my mom Turkish.”

― Jackie Shroff

“I have my mother’s heart and father’s face.”

― Jackie Shroff

“I am all-giving like my mother and practical like my father.”

― Jackie Shroff

“My father said that I will be an actor, but I scoffed at him.”

― Jackie Shroff

“I told my father I wanted to play the banjo, and so he saved the money and got ready to give me a banjo for my next birthday, and between that time and my birthday, I lost interest in the banjo and was playing guitar.”

― Jackson Browne

“My father was a motorsports journalist and a motorbike fan. He gave me my motocross bike.”

― Jacky Ickx

“I was lucky enough to have parents with a huge film library. My mum is a huge Bollywood film geek. When we were kids, we would watch Indian films with her as well as Chinese and Japanese films. My father was more into the classics, American films, and also Hitchcock films.”

― Jacky Ido

“I have never found out that there was in my family an artist or anyone interested in the arts or sciences, and I have never been sufficiently interested in my ‘family tree’ to bother. My father and mother had come to America on one of those great waves of immigration that followed persecution and pogroms in Czarist Russia and Poland.”

― Jacob Epstein

“I remember my father, who was ‘somebody’ in the synagogue, bringing home with him one of the poor men who waited outside to be chosen to share the Passover meal. These patriarchal manners I remember well, although there was about them an air of bourgeois benevolence which was somewhat comic.”

― Jacob Epstein

“I remember my own life as a small boy, son of Jewish immigrants, in a janitor’s flat on Orchard and Stanton streets on the Lower East Side of New York City. My father made pants and doubled as janitor of a tenement – before he made janitoring at $30 a month, plus rooms, a career.”

― Jacob K. Javits

“I was left £50 when I was ten by a fairly distant cousin, which my father invested in GEC shares on my behalf. I became interested in the market and was given some more shares by my father, which is when I began looking to see how the shares were performing and learning how to read company reports, balance sheets, and so on in order to gauge that.”

― Jacob Rees-Mogg

“People tend to throw up hands at Michael Jackson’s multifarious bizarreness. But is it really so strange? The boy was forced to work by a cruel and physically abusive father starting at the age of 7.”

― Jacob Weisberg

“Every song is personal, but ‘Ohio,’ on my first EP, was on another level. I really opened up about the lack of relationship I had with my father. We stopped talking about four years ago, and I haven’t had a father figure in my life since.”

― Jacob Whitesides

“When you’re a kid and your father is an engineer, he goes to the office. I saw my father get up and go to the office in the house and write. But I don’t see any similarities.”

― Jacques Audiard

“Who am I? I’m a man, an American, a father, a teacher, but most of all, I am a person who knows how the arts can change lives, because they transformed mine. I was a dancer.”

― Jacques d’Amboise

“Whenever I won an award in the NHL, I thought of my father and the pride he would get in reading about it and having people mention it to him.”

― Jacques Plante

“All of us kids in the neighbourhood had to go shoeless for the same reason – all except the landlord’s son, because his father had more income.”

― Jacques Plante

“Our Father which art in heaven – Stay there – And we will stay on earth – Which is sometimes so pretty.”

― Jacques Prevert

“With my father and uncle so involved in racing, it was the only thing I ever knew, so I’m sure that had a huge influence on me. However, my father had more influence on me just by the way he lived, because the way he was at the racetrack was the way he was in everyday life.”

― Jacques Villeneuve

“I’m not a trust-fund child. I think my father’s got a healthy work ethic, and therefore, I think it just came with the part. You’ve got to look after yourself.”

― Jade Jagger

“I was very keen on squash. My father used to go to sleep in the afternoon. Normally, in Pakistan, everybody goes to sleep in the afternoon, because it’s really hot. I’d go and play without telling anybody.”

― Jahangir Khan

“My father has his master’s degree. My uncle does as well.”

― Jahlil Okafor

“Around sixth or seventh grade, I fell in love with Tim Duncan and his all-around game. That’s when I started watching him. Then my father introduced me to Hakeem Olajuwon. Those were the two guys I modeled my game after.”

― Jahlil Okafor

“He’s been the greatest father for me. Going around the streets of Chicago with my dad, people always tell me they can’t believe how much my dad has matured. Or, ‘You wouldn’t believe how your dad used to be.’ There’s always lots of words about how much he’s changed.”

― Jahlil Okafor

“Oh, my father’s had a huge, immense impact on my career. I grew up on movie sets that he was working on, and it just become a part or was a part, was the only part of my life because I spent my whole childhood traveling and being on film sets.”

― Jake Busey

“The first film I was in was called ‘Straight Time.’ I was five-years old, and I was playing my father’s son.”

― Jake Busey

“The best thing that I got was rehearsing with my father. It was always about the process of figuring things out, and trying something new, and having another take on something and keeping it alive.”

― Jake Gyllenhaal

“When I was young, before school, my father would wake me up and we would go running together. A love of being physical, being active and being outside was something he instilled in me.”

― Jake Gyllenhaal

“I was really into classifieds for awhile. I’m a big negotiator. My father owned a car dealership when I was younger… it’s just in my blood.”

― Jake Johnson

“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

“There are things I want to do to be a better human being and a better father.”

― Jake Owen

“You hear about people your whole life, ‘So-and-so has cancer,’ and you’re like, ‘Wow, that’s too bad,’ and then most people tend to go about their day. But when someone tells you that it’s your father or it’s your family, that doesn’t tend to go away.”

― Jake Owen

“A child’s hope is that your father comes riding in on that white stallion and saves them. You can’t make somebody love you the way you want them to love you, it’s not a Leave it to Beaver type world. This isn’t television. Life’s a lot more cruel than that.”

― Jake Roberts

“I went to visit my father to tell him that I was going to go to college and become an architect – that was my dream. I was like, yeah I graduated from school, but it’s not like you showed up for that. But all he was worried about is whether or not I wanted money from him.”

― Jake Roberts

“It’s important to have a fallback and other activities that keep you interested. I started acting when I was about nine or 10 years old. My father was a midtown firefighter so I always wanted to be a firefighter, but then acting came along. I have to have a plan B.”

― Jake T. Austin

“If men would as fervently seek after love and righteousness as they do after opinions, there would be no strife on earth, and we should be as children of one father, and should need no law or ordinance. For God is not served by any law, but only by obedience.”

― Jakob Bohme

“My father, Jimmy Walker, was the first pick in the 1967 draft, but I never met him. He passed in 2007. I found out about him in middle school. I was old enough to understand who he was, where he went to college, and what his game was about. Older players like Bill Russell and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar have come up to me to talk about him.”

― Jalen Rose

“Saudi Arabia is the mother and father of political Islam.”

― Jamal Khashoggi

“If the relationship of father to son could really be reduced to biology, the whole earth would blaze with the glory of fathers and sons.”

― James Baldwin

“I did meet ‘The Everly Brothers’ once, and we talked for awhile. Then we figured out we were first cousins! My late mother was the sister of Don and Phil’s father, Ike Everly.”

― James Best

“My father, a mining engineer and colliery manager, gave his brood many advantages not least of which, for me, was his love of singing which gave music a central place in our lives.”

― James Black

“Like any parents, mine wanted me to have a secure job with a regular wage and career prospects. And the one job my father knew of, that he’d had experience of himself, was the army, so he could help me in that direction.”

― James Blunt

“I’ve always been independent. My father was in the army, so we moved every two years. I had to go round and bang on the neighbour’s door each time to find out if they had kids I could play with.”

― James Blunt

“My father was Abe Burrows, who was a Broadway legend. ‘Guys and Dolls,’ ‘How to Succeed,’ ‘Cactus Flower,’ ’40 Karats,’ ‘Can-Can,’ ‘Happy Hunting,’ ‘Reclining Figure,’ it goes on. He was a legend, and when I was growing up, I was Abe Burrows’ kid. That was my self-esteem.”

― James Burrows

“My father was weaned on books. I’m halfway between being weaned on books and weaned on television. And if you’re weaned on television, you’re not as good a writer as if you were weaned on books.”

― James Burrows

“I didn’t have the drive; I never wanted to be in show business. I went into my father’s business because of osmosis.”

― James Burrows

“My father was totally Irish, and so I went to Ireland once. I found it to be very much like New York, for it was a beautiful country, and both the women and men were good-looking.”

― James Cagney

“I was always fascinated by engineering. Maybe it was an attempt maybe to get my father’s respect or interest, or maybe it was just a genetic love of technology, but I was always trying to build things.”

― James Cameron

“My mother was a housewife but she was also an artist. My father was an electrical engineer.”

― James Cameron

“Cisco projects that in 2020, now just five years away, there will be seven billion people on the earth and 50 billion devices connected to the Internet. Six-and-a-half devices on average per person. As a father of five young adults and teenagers, I think we are – in my household, we’ve exceeded the 6.5 number.”

― James Comey

“It’s a tough one for me, politics. I grew up in a house where my father is a Christian book salesman and a Tory, and my mum’s a social worker. So I can always see the benefits of both arguments.”

― James Corden

“My mom and dad are second-generation Greek-Americans who instilled in our middle-class family the values of hard work, self-reliance, and service, exemplified by my father’s tenure as a U.S. Marine who was stationed at Camp David under President Truman.”

― James Costos

“All of them – my father, mother, step-mother, and grandmother – were all wonderful actors and performers and they are an inspiration to me, both in their craft and in their humanity.”

― James Cromwell

“I was going to design sports cars, but my father came to my college to visit me. At the time he was making a picture in Sweden and he took me there with him. I got to see Ingmar Bergman’s company and I thought, ‘Gee, filmmaking is a lot more fun than sports cars,’ so I decided to follow him and go into acting.”

― James Cromwell

“My mother, Dorothy Watson, had met my father in a Greek class at Northwestern University.”

― James Cronin

“The luckiest thing that ever happened to me was that my father didn’t believe in God, and so he had no hang-ups about souls.”

― James D. Watson

“I first became aware of Charles Darwin and evolution while still a schoolboy growing up in Chicago. My father and I had a passion for bird-watching, and when the snow or the rain kept me indoors, I read his bird books and learned about evolution.”

― James D. Watson

“By the age of 11, I was no longer going to Sunday Mass, and going on birdwatching walks with my father. So early on, I heard of Charles Darwin. I guess, you know, he was the big hero. And, you know, you understand life as it now exists through evolution.”

― James D. Watson

“To be a good father and mother requires that the parents defer many of their own needs and desires in favor of the needs of their children. As a consequence of this sacrifice, conscientious parents develop a nobility of character and learn to put into practice the selfless truths taught by the Savior Himself.”

― James E. Faust

“God and His Son are glorified personages. God the Father is our living Creator, and His Son, Jesus Christ, is our Savior and Redeemer. We have been created in God’s image.”

― James E. Faust

“To turn our hearts to our fathers is to search out the names of our deceased ancestors and to perform the saving ordinances in the temple for them. This will forge a continuous chain between us and our forefathers eventually all the way back to Father Adam and Mother Eve.”

― James E. Faust

“We learn much of parenting from our own parents. My love for my father deepened profoundly when he was kind, patient, and understanding.”

― James E. Faust

“As the Only Begotten Son of the Father in the flesh, Jesus inherited divine attributes. He was the only person ever born into mortality who could perform this most significant and supernal act.”

― James E. Faust

“The Holy Ghost bears witness to us of the truth and impresses upon our souls the reality of God the Father and His Son, Jesus Christ, so surely that no earthly power or authority can separate us from that knowledge.”

― James E. Faust

“I believe that the appearance of God the Father and His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, in 1820 to Joseph Smith unlocked the heavens not only to the great spiritual knowledge revealed in this dispensation but also to secular knowledge.”

― James E. Faust

“Being a father or a mother is not only a great challenge, it is a divine calling. It is an effort requiring consecration.”

― James E. Faust

“I have the greatest respect for single parents who struggle and sacrifice, trying against almost superhuman odds to hold the family together. They should be honored and helped in their heroic efforts. But any mother’s or father’s task is much easier where there are two functioning parents in the home.”

― James E. Faust

“When I was a deacon, my father took me and my older brother to general priesthood meeting in the Tabernacle. I remember how thrilled I was to be in the presence, for the first time, of the prophet of God, President Heber J. Grant, and the other prophets and apostles.”

― James E. Faust

“No one ever had a better father than I did. Father was a disciplinarian, and Mother was a very loving woman who taught us out of the scriptures. The Book of Mormon was her favorite.”

― James E. Faust

“I have been grateful for the influence of my grandmother and my grandfather in my life. I remember my grandmother as a queenly woman. My father could be stern, and my grandparents would remind him that we were just boys.”

― James E. Faust

“Free agency, given us through the plan of our Father, is the great alternative to Satan’s plan of force. With this sublime gift, we can grow, improve, progress, and seek perfection.”

― James E. Faust

“As you seek to know the will of our Heavenly Father in your life and become more spiritual, you will be far more attractive, even irresistible. You can use your smiling loveliness to bless those you love and all you meet, and spread great joy.”

― James E. Faust

“I knew real show business from my father, who had been an actor since he left the world of boxing.”

― James Earl Jones

“When I was a kid, Eisenhower had been President forever, and all of a sudden, everything in the world was all about Jack Kennedy. I was 12, interested in politics; my father was from Massachusetts, had an accent like Kennedy.”

― James Ellroy

“The hoary joke in the literary world, based on ‘Dreams From My Father,’ was that if things had worked out differently for Barack Obama, he could have made it as a writer.”

― James Fallows

“A black man of my generation born in the late 1960s is more than twice as likely to go to prison in his lifetime then a black man of my father’s generation. I was born after the Voting Rights Act, after the Civil Rights Act, after the Fair Housing Act.”

― James Forman, Jr.

“I knew early I wanted to follow my father into the military. He did a full 30-year career and retired as a full colonel in the Marines after graduating from Allentown H.S. and later from Cornell University.”

― James G. Stavridis

“Both my mother and father were very supportive of any career move any of us wanted to make.”

― James Gandolfini

“I grew up in a semi-attached row house in Queens in New York. And my family and my grandparents and my father’s from Brooklyn, and so you’re essentially an outer boroughs kid, you’re growing up.”

― James Gray

“My father was a Presbyterian minister, working among the poor in West Virginia. He had taken what amounted to a vow of poverty when he accepted that call and so we never had much money.”

― James Green Somerville

“I remember sitting there on my father’s couch or my mother’s couch, listening to this lecture about how there were two groups and we had to be separated. We’ve come a long way from this kind of open racism. And I think it’s wonderful.”

― James Heckman

“My father was a restaurant man, laundry man in his lifetime. And I’ve often wondered how and why did I become an actor? Where did I get the so-called talent to express myself? And I look back, and I see that my mother was very animated. I can remember that she used to, what she called ‘bei zhu.’”

― James Hong

“I think a child should be allowed to take his father’s or mother’s name at will on coming of age. Paternity is a legal fiction.”

― James Joyce

“Atticus Finch is, you know, he was just his whole – the business of his modesty and his ability to see tomorrow and to try to buttress his knowledge of what was coming for his kids was something that I’ll never – as a father I’m not able to do.”

― James McBride

“When my mother left home, her family sat shivah for her, more because my father was not Jewish than because he was black.”

― James McBride

“My father died in 1957, just before I was born. My mother went to her Jewish aunt, who slammed the door in her face.”

― James McBride

“We would not have been a successful family without my father and stepfather, who were working-class men with better dreams for their children. We just wore them out.”

― James McBride

“I have two extraordinary daughters, who, I can say proudly, are doing very well in school and in piano. Daughters are a father’s joy.”

― James McGreevey

“I remember Nigel Martyn joking with me at Leeds, saying he was old enough to be my father, which he certainly was.”

― James Milner

“My father was always anxious to give pleasure to his children. Accordingly, he took me one day, as a special treat, to the top of the grand old tower, to see the chimes played.”

― James Nasmyth

“As I flew back from New Zealand to bury my mother, it occurred to me that no matter how harrowing her loss was and how keenly it will always be felt, there was, nevertheless, a sense of relief that my father, sisters and I could say a final goodbye after the longest goodbye and relief that my mum had finally been released.”

― James Nesbitt

“The last thing I think I am is perfect. I’m just trying to do the best job I can. I’m trying to be the best father I can to my kids. I’m trying to do the best job I can running my business.”

― James Packer

“My father, who had previously been a civil engineer, died in the great influenza epidemic of 1918.”

― James Rainwater

“My father was a Vietnam vet, and he was Green Beret.”

― James Ransone

“My father is Jaime Rodriguez from San Antonio, Texas, and I’ve got one whole half of my family that’s Mexican through and through.”

― James Roday

“Some people think that your life changes for the worse when you become a father, but on the contrary, when my daughter was born, she brought light and joy into my life.”

― James Rodriguez

“The very, very beginning is that my mother and father were aviators.”

― James Rosenquist

“As physics students, we are taught that physicists are smart, that chemists are moderately acceptable, and that biologists are certainly not very intelligent. So I wasn’t inclined to take a biology course. But my father insisted, and maybe what he had in mind was that, if there were no jobs in physics, I would end up being a doctor.”

― James Rothman

“I knew what my father, more than anything else, wanted me to do. Seventeen, vain, and spoiled by poems, I prepared to enter a remote West Point. I would succeed there, it was hoped, as he had.”

― James Salter

“I played the cello from when I was ten, and then I bought a guitar from the father of some friends of mine and played that for a while. And then when I was fourteen or so, I bought a guitar – a real nice one – in Durham, North Carolina, that I worked with up until I was about twenty-five.”

― James Taylor

“My father also happened to be an intellectual, as learned, literate, informed, and curious as anyone I have known. Unobtrusively and casually, he was my wise and gentle teacher.”

― James Tobin

“I know some people whose father has basically spent their whole inheritance on scammers. He’s old; he wants to feel important, like he’s doing business, so he goes to his bank and pays out – it’s terrifying.”

― James Veitch

“My mother and father have been fantastic help and a huge support for me. Like any other family, though, we have our moments, living and working together.”

― James William Middleton

“My father became the technical advisor for ‘The Desert Fox,’ with James Mason as Rommel. They wanted an Aussie who had been in North Africa with the English, and found my father on the Pasadena police force.”

― Jamey Sheridan

“My father was Australian.”

― Jamey Sheridan

“I never had a father figure so I never missed it.”

― Jamie Bell

“’Cullum’ is Scottish, but I’m nowhere near Scottish. My mother is Burmese, and my father is of German, Jewish, English ancestry.”

― Jamie Cullum

“My grandmother on my father’s side, a nightclub singer, was a Jewish refugee from Prussia who ended up in Jerusalem, where she met my grandfather – a British army officer. I remember as a child having bowls of chicken soup made by her. There were lots of interesting components, like feet and necks.”

― Jamie Cullum

“Art was a way of life in my family. My grandfather, N.C. Wyeth, who died a year before I was born, had been a prominent painter. So was my father, Andrew. My two aunts and two of my uncles also earned a living as painters.”

― Jamie Wyeth

“I began drawing when I was nearly 3, and after finishing the sixth grade, I left school to paint and was tutored at home. My father didn’t think a formal education was necessary for a painter.”

― Jamie Wyeth

“My father was a great inspiration, and there was a bit of competition between us. He’d work in his studio, and I’d work in my space, but the door was always half open.”

― Jamie Wyeth

“The real kiss of death – particularly with my father – is the extraordinary popularity of his work.”

― Jamie Wyeth

“I have continued to paint; my father – who was savaged by the critics – continued to paint until practically the last week of his life.”

― Jamie Wyeth

“We lived in my father’s studio, so there were the brushes and the pencils and the paint. So it would – it was very natural for me to want to paint, I think, and it was never a question.”

― Jamie Wyeth

“My father’s like – it’s as if he was transparent. He’s a man of great mystery, whereas apparently N.C. Wyeth was 6-feet, 2-inches tall, with a booming voice. I think that’s reflected in their work.”

― Jamie Wyeth

“My father’s work is rather mysterious, not much said, and my grandfather’s is robust, bursting off the walls.”

― Jamie Wyeth

“From my earliest memories, my aunt was squirting out oil paint. I could just eat it. I would go from her studio and walk down to my father’s house, and there he was, working in egg tempera.”

― Jamie Wyeth

“Oddly enough, my grandfather probably had more of an influence on me than my father.”

― Jamie Wyeth

“My father, whose work I adore… was down working on little things of grass and dead birds. Well, that didn’t interest me. As an 8-year-old kid, I wanted knights in armor and so forth.”

― Jamie Wyeth

“I’m a very strange painter. I don’t wake up one day and say, ‘God, isn’t this a fantastic day, I’d better get out and paint!’ I think my father’s more that way, because he’s very fast.”

― Jamie Wyeth

“O God and Lord, now the council condemns even Your own act and Your own law as heresy, since You Yourself did lay Your cause before Your Father as the just judge, as an example for us, whenever we are sorely oppressed.”

― Jan Hus

“I was born and raised in Rogers Park in Chicago. My father sold furniture, and my mother was a Chicago public school teacher and proud member of the Chicago Teachers Union for decades.”

― Jan Schakowsky

“When my father died, my mother came back from being Mrs. Birkin to being Judy Campbell. She was a stunning actress. She came out of her shell. She was herself again: this very independent, funny, intellectual lady – and was able to perform again, which was her life before meeting my father squashed it out.”

― Jane Birkin

“Nothing has ever touched on what fun childhood was. Summer holidays were bliss. We made home movies, with real stories in them. My father had such charm and charisma, and made everything so funny.”

― Jane Birkin

“I have never written a book about my life, despite being offered purses of gold. I made ‘Boxes’ because I wanted to make a sincere depiction of a daughter who has lost her father, or the jealousy one can feel towards a daughter who has become more beautiful than you and whose stepfather starts to take her shopping.”

― Jane Birkin

“My father was a painter, so I was encouraged to take a sketchbook everywhere. Cameras are perishable, but I still have tonnes of sketchbooks from all the trips I’ve ever been on. It gets you by when you don’t know what to give people as a gift; drawings are good souvenirs.”

― Jane Birkin

“I did this Super-8 film at art school called ‘Tissues,’ this black comedy about a family whose father has been arrested for child molestation. I was absolutely thrilled by every inch of it, and would throw my projector in the back of my car and show it to anybody who would watch it.”

― Jane Campion

“When I pray, I feel close to my Father in Heaven, and I feel His guiding hand in my life. If there is one thing I have learned, it is this: God knows us, He loves us, and He is waiting to help us.”

― Jane Clayson

“I remember saying goodbye to my father the night he left to join the Navy. He didn’t have to. He was older than other servicemen and had a family to support but he wanted to be a part of the fight against fascism, not just make movies about it. I admired this about him.”

― Jane Fonda

“Emotionality is really easy for me. My father always said that Fondas can cry at a good steak.”

― Jane Fonda

“I was raised in the ’50s. I was taught by my father that how I looked was all that mattered, frankly.”

― Jane Fonda

“My childhood was influenced by the roles my father played in his movies. Whether Abraham Lincoln or Tom Joad in the ‘Grapes of Wrath,’ his characters communicated certain values which I try to carry with me to this day.”

― Jane Fonda

“I don’t want to make a cheap analysis, but when you have, like I did, a father incapable of showing emotion, who spends his life telling you that no one will love you if you aren’t perfect, it leaves scars.”

― Jane Fonda

“My husband has a cousin who discovered, in his fifties, that the man he thought was his father was actually not, and that he had not only a father he had never met, but brothers.”

― Jane Green

“To me, Stephen was my husband and the father of my children; one does not say to one’s husband, ‘Oh, you’re so clever! I must worship the ground under your feet, or in this case, wheels.’”

― Jane Hawking

“I love the story of how my parents met because it seems very 1950s Brooklyn. They met on a brownstone stoop as my father was singing a little doo-wop.”

― Jane Krakowski

“When my father realized he was going blind, he took up golf.”

― Jane Leavy

“Babe Ruth didn’t become her father until 18 months after he married her mother, Claire, on April 17, 1929, Opening Day of the baseball season. Julia was 12 years old.”

― Jane Leavy

“In 1927, my father descended the heights and took his place as the newly appointed water boy for his beloved New York football Giants.”

― Jane Leavy

“On winter Sundays when I was a child, we waited for my father to return from his tennis game with bagels and sturgeon and for my mother to object when the 1 P.M. Giants game began.”

― Jane Leavy

“My father was so good-natured and had such a happy disposition. I’ve always confused him with Jimmy Stewart. So, think Jimmy Stewart. That’s my dad.”

― Jane Pauley

“My parents were terrific – mother was a church organist and my father was probably the most respected person in our church outside of the minister and sometimes maybe that much. The neighbors all called him – a gentleman.”

― Jane Pauley

“My father always told me, you can only be your own best. In other words, if you feel you’ve done your best, you’ve done well enough.”

― Jane Seymour

“Homeopathy – an invention of the Father of Lies! I have tried it and found it wanting. I would swallow their whole doles’ medicine chest for sixpence, and be sure of finding myself neither better nor worse for it.”

― Jane Welsh Carlyle

“My father was an engineer – he wasn’t literary, not a writer or a journalist, but he was one of the world’s great readers. Every two weeks, he’d take me to our local branch library and pull books off the shelf for me, stacking them up in my arms – ‘Have you read this? And this? And this?’”

― Janet Fitch

“My father was an engineer – he wasn’t literary, not a writer or a journalist, but he was one of the world’s great readers.”

― Janet Fitch

“My father gave me Dostoevsky’s ‘Crime and Punishment’ when I was in junior high; my junior high, angst-filled soul responded to that.”

― Janet Fitch

“My mother never met a gadget she didn’t like. There were tube pans for baking the angel food cakes my father could have after his first heart attack, and Bundt pans and loaf pans and baking pans and grilling pans.”

― Janet Fitch

“My mother and father are still together after forty something years. I lived in one place till I was 6. I lived in another place from when I was 6 till I was 17.”

― Janet McTeer

“When I was a toddler, my father cut hair in the townhouse we had shared together in Long Beach, California, where Dad was stationed with the U.S. Navy. The buzz of clippers consistently hummed as he gave fades to his coworkers, my uncles, and my brother, but his clippers were never oiled and plugged in for my head.”

― Janet Mock

“I was six years old when ‘The Little Mermaid’ was released in 1989 and was immediately struck by the fiery-maned, melodic-voiced, tail-swinging mermaid protagonist. She spoke to me on levels deeper than her father’s oceanic kingdom.”

― Janet Mock

“Stern and critical, my father couldn’t accept how feminine and dainty I was in comparison to my rough-and-tumble brother.”

― Janet Mock

“We tried our best for the longest time to negotiate a peaceful resolution to the matter, and at each step, we were thwarted by those that said, No, we will not turn the boy over to his father.”

― Janet Reno

“My father was born in Denmark. He came to this country when he was 12 years old.”

― Janet Reno

“Always you find that the more decisive event wins so my father’s sort of annual decisiveness which came upon him on the Day of Atonement every year, he suddenly remembered that he was Jewish.”

― Janet Suzman

“When I was very young, my father had an accident. He fell down a flight of stairs, fractured his skull, and lost sight in one eye.”

― Janet Yellen

“I grew up in an abusive home and was told on a daily basis by my father that I would never amount to anything and that I looked like a boy.”

― Janice Dickinson

“For the first five years of Luca’s life, I desperately wanted to be a good mother and not to pass on this trauma and darkness that his father and I had experienced, but there’s a danger of suffocating your kids, too.”

― Janine di Giovanni

“My father wouldn’t get us a TV, he wouldn’t allow a TV in the house.”

― Janis Joplin

“My father was a Catholic, but my mother wasn’t. She had to do that weird deal you do as a Catholic – they deign to sanction your marriage and you have to bring your children up as Catholics.”

― Jared Harris

“I wasn’t aware of my dad being an actor when I was young. I remember there was an Australian children’s entertainer on television called Ralph Harris and when I’d say my father was an actor, kids would say, you know, ‘oh, is he Ralph Harris?’ And I had to say no and then they would lose interest.”

― Jared Harris

“Growing up, around the dinner table my father and I didn’t talk sports. We talked business.”

― Jared Kushner

“I speak with my father about everything in my life.”

― Jared Kushner

“I was raised to work for my father when I was four.”

― Jared Kushner

“My father’s favorite movie was ‘The Dirty Dozen.’”

― Jared Kushner

“I always thought, ‘Will I go into the business, or will I not go into the business?’ But when my father got arrested, I really didn’t have a choice. I was the oldest son, and it was something that had to be done.”

― Jared Kushner

“I love my father, but I have worked to develop a separate and distinct identity in different projects I have worked on.”

― Jared Kushner

“Now when I was a teenager, I was angsty as any teenager was, but after 17 years of having a mother who was in and out of my life like a yo-yo and a father who was faceless, I was angry.”

― Jarrett J. Krosoczka

“I’d always fought against presenting radio really, because my father was a radio DJ in Australia. He’s just recently retired. And I kind of didn’t want to follow in his footsteps. But I suppose, as we all find as we become older, to some extent we do all become our parents.”

― Jarvis Cocker

“I have never understood why people identify with criminals: even if your father and grandfather were criminal, you have to find a way to be free.”

― Jasmila Zbanic

“I have my father to thank for my build and height, and my mother to thank for my lips and eyes.”

― Jasmine Guinness

“My father was a writer/director/producer, so instead of throwing a ball around, our bonding was going to see movies. And at an early age, I knew if I wanted to impress my dad, it was not going to be by throwing a ball real far.”

― Jason Bateman

“My father was a freelance writer/director/producer, and my mother was a stewardess for Pan-Am. It was very non-traditional.”

― Jason Bateman

“My father was a director and producer, so when I was a little kid, he would take me to movies and show me what’s good and what’s not good and why, and often that would take me to a conversation about directing.”

― Jason Bateman

“We had this neighbor who was an actor, and he was going to an audition one day, driving by our house, and he asked if I wanted to tag along. He was reading for the part of the father, and they were reading for the part of the son the same day, and he told me to sneak in there and make it look like I knew what I was doing.”

― Jason Bateman

“My father was a sheep shearer, so I grew up in a caravan; we’d go around from shearing shed to shearing shed. My mother always wanted us to be educated, so I went to a school.”

― Jason Clarke

“I just tried to play the game the right way. As you get older, Father Time is undefeated.”

― Jason Kidd

“My father was an electrical engineer who worked at Westinghouse in Pittsburgh. When I was growing up, my mother wrote humor columns for the local paper. She was the Erma Bombeck of Murrysville, Pa.”

― Jason Kilar

“I want to be remembered as, I hope, an amazing husband and a great father.”

― Jason Momoa

“I’m half Hawaiian and the haka is a very sacred thing, something your family teaches you – my father taught me.”

― Jason Momoa

“I’m a father, a son, and a grandson, and if anyone messed with my wife, mom, or grandmother, and if the law didn’t care about it, what would I do? Would I be defined by that action?”

― Jason Momoa

“’Yes’ is the mother of all positive words, next to ‘love.’ Maybe ‘love’ is the father of all positive words.”

― Jason Mraz

“Growing up, as a kid, my father was always there.”

― Jason Pierre-Paul

“I love being a husband and a father. That aspect of my life has been a joy.”

― Jason Priestley

“Growing up the son of a director has made me very aware of the various turns that a directing career can take. Sometimes your films turn out exactly as you want. Sometimes they don’t. I spent a lot of my childhood on sets. I think as a joke, my father gave me a line of dialogue in each of his films during the worst moments of my puberty.”

― Jason Reitman

“I hear the way people talk about the children of famous people. They’re not treated very well. The presumptions are usually quite awful. So I tried to establish myself with a couple of movies. After ‘Juno’ I thought: ‘I think I’ve defined myself enough as my own director that I’d love to work with my father.’”

― Jason Reitman

“When I was little, my father was one of the biggest names in Hollywood. Suddenly – and how it happened to him was always a great mystery to me – he wasn’t a star anymore; he was on the fringe. From the time I was 14, I was always conscious of a sense of worry, of terrific insecurity – agents, phony talk, the waits for the phone to ring.”

― Jason Robards

“My father has the most tremendous personality and wonderful looks – he looks like Fredric March.”

― Jason Robards

“My father was a big Bruce Lee fan. He’s Chinese-Hawaiian, and my mother is Chinese. He used to take us to all these really fantastical films with martial arts in them.”

― Jason Scott Lee

“My father was a big Bruce Lee fan. He’s Chinese-Hawaiian, and my mother is Chinese. He used to take us to all these really fantastical films with martial arts in them. And Bruce Lee was amazing.”

― Jason Scott Lee

“My father used to run auctions. He’s now a singer in the Canary Islands.”

― Jason Statham

“I lost my father when I was a kid, so we were close unit; my sister and mother – obviously, I’m very close to them.”

― Jasprit Bumrah

“But I remember the moment when my father died. I wasn’t a very committed Catholic beforehand, but when that happened it suddenly all felt so obvious: I now believe religion is our attempt to find an explanation, for us to feel more protected.”

― Javier Bardem

“My father and mother were both doctors, yes.”

― Jay Chandrasekhar

“My father would take me to the playground, and put me on mood swings.”

― Jay London

“I wanted to take up music, so my father bought me a blunt instrument. He told me to knock myself out.”

― Jay London

“My father was a Baptist preacher, and he used to read the King James Bible to me every single morning. He made me memorize it and repeat verses at night before I went to sleep.”

― Jay Parini

“You’ve got to know how to hustle. I got a lot of inspiration from my parents. My father was definitely a hustler. With six kids in the house, you always got to be hustling. And my mom, she’s got sick work ethic.”

― Jay Pharoah

“My father was a good preacher and had a little bit of drama.”

― Jayne Meadows

“I first became aware of the delights of the natural world when my father, an entomologist, presented me with what looked like a twig. When it got up and walked, my delight was such that I wrote a poem, ‘To a Walking Stick.’”

― Jean Craighead George

“Poverty may be the mother of crime, but lack of good sense is the father.”

― Jean de la Bruyere

“It is impossible to please all the world and one’s father.”

― Jean de La Fontaine

“I want to work with a director who becomes my brother, my father, for two months. You give yourself over to that person.”

― Jean Dujardin

“My father was in the coal and heating business, and he wanted me to take over his business, and I resented every moment of it. So I would never force my kids to do what I do.”

― Jean-Georges Vongerichten

“My father’s really fluent in French, but I can’t speak at all. I actually took it twice in school already and failed both times!”

― Jean-Luc Bilodeau

“My father was killed by a German mine, while I lost other relatives in Allied bombing attacks.”

― Jean-Marie Le Pen

“I was born on September 30, 1939, in Rosheim, a small medieval city of Alsace in France. My father, Pierre Lehn, then a baker, was very interested in music, played the piano and the organ, and became, later, having given up the bakery, the organist of the city. My mother Marie kept the house and the shop.”

― Jean-Marie Lehn

“It’s sometimes better to have a father figure to rebel against than nothing, than just a black hole or an absence.”

― Jean-Michel Jarre

“My father and I never really achieved a real relationship. We probably saw each other 20 or 25 times in our lifetime.”

― Jean-Michel Jarre

“The words that a father speaks to his children in the privacy of home are not heard by the world, but, as in whispering galleries, they are clearly heard at the end, and by posterity.”

― Jean Paul

“My mother was an actress in comedies. My father wrote scenarios. They were not opposed to my being an actor. I really didn’t know what it meant, but I wanted to be one anyway.”

― Jean-Pierre Leaud

“My father was my hero. I can’t say enough about him and everything he did for me and my family.”

― Jean Smart

“It was really important in my relationship with James Caan that I understood the relationship between the family and the father.”

― Jeanne Tripplehorn

“My father, Rex, was one of the most charismatic human beings I’ve ever known, and also one of the most brilliant.”

― Jeannette Walls

“I was blessed to have a mother and father that recognized the value of education.”

― Jeb Bush

“The best gift I could give my father would be to represent India in the Olympics. If I can do that in 2016, and even win a medal, it will be fantastic.”

― Jeev Milkha Singh

“My parents have always told me to work hard. My father was a friend, a very good friend, but when he needed to be a father, he was.”

― Jeev Milkha Singh

“My father represented India at the Olympics, and I also want to do that.”

― Jeev Milkha Singh

“My main teachers were my father and my mother and my brother.”

― Jeff Bridges

“My brother’s my teacher, my mentor, and we both learnt all the acting basics from our father.”

― Jeff Bridges

“My father Lloyd Bridges worked on a TV show called ‘Sea Hunt.’ He impressed upon me as a child the importance of taking care of the ocean and working together to do our part to reduce human pollution.”

― Jeff Bridges

“What I learned most from my father wasn’t anything he said; it was just the way he behaved. He loved his work so much that, whenever he came on set, he brought that with him, and other people rose to it.”

― Jeff Bridges

“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

“One of the tough things about being an actor, probably the hardest thing, is getting your foot in the door, and my father handled that for me at a very early age.”

― Jeff Bridges

“Unlike a lot of actors, my father encouraged all his kids to go into show business.”

― Jeff Bridges

“My mother and my father were very nurturing and wonderful examples of how to live your life.”

― Jeff Bridges

“My mother and my father were very nurturing and wonderful examples of how to live your life. I really had a cool foundation.”

― Jeff Bridges

“My father Lloyd Bridges was very versatile in his parts, but he had a hit in the ’60s ‘Sea Hunt,’ where he played a skin diver. And he was so into that role that people actually thought he was a skin-diver.”

― Jeff Bridges

“Unlike a lot of actors, my father encouraged all his kids to go into show business. He loved it so much.”

― Jeff Bridges

“My father was so in love with showbiz, all the different aspects – what we’re doing here, making the movies, everything about it.”

― Jeff Bridges

“The first thing that pops into my mind when it comes to playing cowboys is my father, Lloyd Bridges. When I was a little kid, I loved to dress up like a cowboy – put on the boots, hat, and walk around. He was in a lot of westerns, and my dad loved to ride.”

― Jeff Bridges

“My father, he really encouraged me to really get into acting. He loved it so much, and he taught all the basics.”

― Jeff Bridges

“I sacrificed my anonymity for my father, whereas he sacrificed me for his fame.”

― Jeff Buckley

“They will accuse me of stealing from my father. They already stand in baited judgement, waiting for my first move, waiting to dump their loads of garbage on me.”

― Jeff Buckley

“I have a lot of my mother in me, but I was just born with the same parts as my father. I don’t sound like him. I mean, I can do an impression of him right now, and I do not sound like him. I sound like me. My sense of rhythm I learned from my mother. My melodies, I think sometimes, I get from my mother.”

― Jeff Buckley

“My mother and my father have always supported me. Now in their eighties, they actually clamor onto the tour bus with me once or twice a year so they can watch the performances and hear the crowds. Traveling with eighty-something-year-olds on a tour bus… there has to be some sort of reality show in that.”

― Jeff Dunham

“Think about one of the most powerful influences on a young child’s life – the absence of a father figure. Look back on recent presidents, and you’ll find an absent, or weak, or failed father in the lives of Lyndon Johnson, Richard Nixon, Ronald Reagan, Bill Clinton and Barack Obama.”

― Jeff Greenfield

“The McMahons are generational promoters, Vince’s grandfather was a promoter way back in the day, and obviously, his father was a very, very famous promoter.”

― Jeff Jarrett

“People that don’t know Owen Hart or just know his passing… what a great guy above anything – a family man, father, husband – but he had more integrity in his pinky than most people had in their entire body.”

― Jeff Jarrett

“My grandmother was a promoter. My father was a promoter.”

― Jeff Jarrett

“Luckily for me, my father had impeccable taste. No contemporary collector was he. His treasure trove of comics included gems such as ‘Little Lulu,’ ‘Frontline Combat’ and ‘Classics Illustrated.’ But the works that stood head and shoulders above the rest were Carl Barks’s ‘Donald Duck’ and ‘Uncle Scrooge’ comics from the 1940s through the 1960s.”

― Jeff Kinney

“I remember once I had lunch with George W Bush, his father, and Condoleezza Rice. Then I went home to find my dog and my neighbour’s dog fighting over a dead rabbit, and I had to separate them. I like that my home life keeps things real.”

― Jeff Kinney

“I had a very normal, very typical American childhood. My father worked for the government at the Pentagon and my mother was an educator, so we had a very average upbringing, but that’s helped me in my writing because I’m writing about ordinary things.”

― Jeff Kinney

“When I was growing up, my house was filled with books. My mother was an educator, and my father was a history buff, so our home was a virtual library, covering every author from Beverly Cleary to James Michener.”

― Jeff Kinney

“Looking back, I realize my favorite stories weren’t in books, they were in comics. On top of being a history enthusiast, my father was also a comics fan, and he kept his stash in the top drawer of his dresser, in easy reach of a kid making a beeline to the bathroom.”

― Jeff Kinney

“I would think that to people like my father, and the people of his generation, Popeye is like a male priapist. So if you think in ancient terms, he would have a harem, a symbol of male energy.”

― Jeff Koons

“I have always been drawn to young characters and seeing big tapestries through the eyes of a child. It probably comes from being a father myself and having a young son and seeing the world through his eyes. I write stories that are sort of the exaggerated version of that.”

― Jeff Lemire

“Oliver Queen/Green Arrow is a character whose core is about legacy and responsibility. And that all comes from his father and the responsibilities of living up to his legacy.”

― Jeff Lemire

“My father was one of the first six guys ashore on Iwo Jima. He’s 86 years old now, and every single night of his life, he has nightmares, and he wakes yelling.”

― Jeff Lindsay

“My father was very methodical about life. He’d always ask me, ‘Now, what’s your system? What’s your schedule like?’ I have no big system, no rigid schedule. When he would ask, ‘How do you do this? Give it to me step by step,’ I’d try to convince him that there were no step-by-steps.”

― Jeff MacNelly

“I grew up in Southern Oregon. My father was a sawmill worker and a logger, and his job put food on the table.”

― Jeff Merkley

“I was always interested in creative writing growing up. From junior high on, I was writing short stories. I also grew up watching movies. My father would take me to everything. Most weeks, I could open the paper having seen every movie listed.”

― Jeff Nichols

“One of my great values that my father intuited, and indirectly taught me, is that you should always have a plan but be open to opportunity.”

― Jeff Raikes

“My great-great-great-grandfather or something, I think his father came before him; but, in the 1840s, he was a circuit-riding Baptist preacher.”

― Jeff Sessions

“My father never ran for office or supported anybody for office, and was not engaged in that at all.”

― Jeff Sessions

“My father and mother have given me so much love, so much support, that it would trivialize their parenthood if I would reduce it just to basketball. But my dad does call me before and after every game. And when we lost a game we shouldn’t have, he told me it wasn’t my fault. And I appreciated that, because he was trying to pick me up.”

― Jeff Van Gundy

“My father is from Jamaica, my mother is from the U.K., but I was adopted as an infant by a really wonderful family in Alberta, Canada. What we refer to as ‘Texas of the North.’”

― Jeffrey Bowyer-Chapman

“We had to make ends meet. My parents were divorced, so my father wasn’t really in my life. We grew up like most kids, just wanting things.”

― Jeffrey Donovan

“My father was incredible on trumpet and played with the likes of Duke Ellington and Count Basie.”

― Jeffrey Osborne

“I went bald when I was 18. My father cried. He cried about many things. But it allowed me to play older men in summer stock.”

― Jeffrey Tambor

“There was a library near us in San Francisco. It was the West Portal Public Library. I would ask my father to drive me there at night and pick me up when it closed. I think he was worried about this routine but never let on. Also, I kept this a secret from my friends, as I don’t think it would have been considered the ‘coolest’ habit.”

― Jeffrey Tambor

“When you have an American mother from the Midwest and an Egyptian father, you travel back and forth and see such completely different stories in the news about the exact same events. It makes you think, ‘How is anybody able to understand or even have a dialogue when the basis of information is just so completely different?’”

― Jehane Noujaim

“Al Jazeera is demonized by the United States, yet in Egypt my father would be watching it.”

― Jehane Noujaim

“My first language is both English and Spanish. My mom was raised in Los Angeles, so with her we spoke English, but my father was born in Cuba, so with him we spoke Spanish.”

― Jencarlos Canela

“My career did start in the Spanish language industry, and that’s probably because my father is my manager. He pushed my career in the direction he knew best.”

― Jencarlos Canela

“My father was a prosperous hatter-farmer – making hats for the local markets during the winter months, tilling his little ten-acre farm during the summer time.”

― Jenkin Lloyd Jones

“People ask me if I ever see my father and I say yes, because he puts in the effort. He calls all the time to tell us he’s proud of us.”

― Jenna Bush

“I’m more like my father, personality-wise. But my mom and I get alone really well – obviously, because my mom and my dad get along so well.”

― Jenna Bush

“Since my mother passed away, my father and I forged a bond that is so tighter than one could possibly imagine. Keep in mind, I am an only child, so I was always fiercely close with both my parents. The tragedy my father and I endured when my mother passed created a bond between us that no amount of force can break.”

― Jenna Morasca

“My father is undoubtedly one of the nicest, kindest, smartest, and warm-hearted people I know. He is truly a light that shines on this earth, and to know him is to love him. He is also the eternal optimist.”

― Jenna Morasca

“Mexican music runs through my veins. I loved it. Growing up, my father didn’t allow us to listen to English music at home. That’s all I heard. I had no choice.”

― Jenni Rivera

“When I turned 30, due to my father’s heart history and my family genetics, I vowed to start seeing a cardiologist every year and just really be proactive and take my own heart health into my own hands.”

― Jennie Garth

“My father and I are friends and my mother and I don’t speak. It’s a bummer. I miss her.”

― Jennifer Aniston

“I almost moved into a place over a funeral parlor. My father said, ‘That’s just too macabre,’ but I thought I’d be embracing my mortality. I told him it would keep me grounded – like when people get skull tattoos.”

― Jennifer Connelly

“I loved every minute of my childhood – sunbathing on the fire escape, digging for buried treasure in the back yard, pulling alewives out of the sand… Then it was all taken away from me. I came back every summer to visit my father until I was 18, but I was always the outsider.”

― Jennifer Egan

“You want a lesson? I’ll give you a lesson. How about a geography lesson? My father’s from Puerto Rico. My mother’s from El Salvador. And neither one of those is Mexico.”

― Jennifer Esposito

“My mother and father always supported my passion for acting. I think they just kind of expected me to move to New York and become an actress and have all these adventures.”

― Jennifer Garner

“My father is an economist who specialized in foreign food policy, and my mother worked for AID, a branch of the State Department, so food in regards to world affairs was talked about a lot.”

― Jennifer Gilmore

“When it comes to Father’s Day, I will remember my dad for both being there to nurture me and also for the times he gave me on my own to cultivate my own interests and to nurture my own spirit.”

― Jennifer Grant

“The grief of losing my father has come in waves over the years, as it does with most people. His love and devotion as a father provided my closest, most intimate relationship. Dad, and our time together, is in my bones. While reflecting on him, the memories themselves seem to boil down into certain ‘essences of Dad.’”

― Jennifer Grant

“In my father’s later years he asked several times that I remember him the way I knew him. He said that after his death, people would talk. They would say ‘things’ about him and he wouldn’t be there to defend himself.”

― Jennifer Grant

“At some level it’s still hard for me to admit that my father died. I can talk about it and around it, but those two words. ‘He died.’ What can that possibly mean? That I won’t get to hear his voice again?”

― Jennifer Grant

“I am my father’s only child. The world knows a two-dimensional Cary Grant. As charming a star and as remarkable a gentleman as he was, he was still a more thoughtful and loving father.”

― Jennifer Grant

“To be honest, I think I’d become a bit selfish with memories of my father. I wanted to hug them close to me.”

― Jennifer Grant

“When I knew I was pregnant four years ago with a boy, a friend suggested I call him Cary, but I initially resisted. There was only one Cary Grant. But a week before he was due, I started thinking it would be wonderful to pass the name on to him. And anyway, my father wasn’t Cary to me. He was Dad.”

― Jennifer Grant

“The best word to describe my father? Thoughtful. There was a tender quality to Dad that his sense of fun could sometimes mask. But, above all, he was sensitive and looked out for those he loved.”

― Jennifer Grant

“He was an amazing father. I clutched my memories of him to my heart for so long, but he’s a part of the world.”

― Jennifer Grant

“The process was remarkably cathartic. I’d sit and listen to my father’s voice – having not heard some of these tapes for 30 years and hearing his voice laying me down for a nap, our giggles and cooking dinner – and I remembered all those wonderful days. Normal days.”

― Jennifer Grant

“My son Cary’s generation likely won’t know who my father was, but it’s something nice for him that his grandfather was an icon. I had one chance to pass along that name.”

― Jennifer Grant

“I don’t think I’ve ever seen him in a movie theater! I’ve only seen him on TV. Wow, that’s so silly of me! We only saw one of his films together, it was with a group of people, and when he kissed Deborah Kerr, I jumped off the couch and I ran up and I slapped the screen. I was so upset that my father was kissing this woman I didn’t even know!”

― Jennifer Grant

“My father taught me you have to believe in yourself and run on your own track.”

― Jennifer Grey

“My mom’s a screenwriter, and before that, she was an actress, and my father was an actor; my stepfather was a director, so I was on sets a lot as a kid. I loved the magic of the set. You walk in, and it’s a living room, and you walk outside, and it’s just a piece of wood held up by another piece of wood.”

― Jennifer Jason Leigh

“My father was a little frightening – a huge man, six foot four – and he looked like God. He was always a visitor, as far as I was concerned, because my parents separated when I was nine. We only became friends when he was old and began to shrink. During the war, he was a BBC war correspondent and did some extraordinary broadcasts.”

― Jennifer Johnston

“For me, I was given a great gift by my father and my mother in that I was never told any idea was bad. I was told I could explore any thought as long as I wasn’t hurting someone else.”

― Jennifer Lynch

“My daughter has always had a strong sense of her own identity. From the day she was born her father and I were in love with and in awe of her and still are.”

― Jenny Eclair

“I think Chris Martin is younger than I am, but when I met him, I felt like I was talking to my father. It’s so strange, that feeling when someone is that famous – you assume that they are either older or better.”

― Jenny Lewis

“There’s this unspoken assumption when you’re the child of a doctor that nothing is ever wrong with you – or at least nothing horrendous enough to warrant your father leaving work.”

― Jenny Mollen

“My brother and I have never been that close. We have different mothers and never lived in the same house. As kids, my sister, Samantha, and I lived in San Diego and Brad in Brooklyn. The only time I saw him was in the summer when our visitations with our father overlapped.”

― Jenny Mollen

“My father died when I was quite small, so my uncle used to buy me books and read them to me.”

― Jenny Nimmo

“I had written two or three books before my husband noticed that in every one of them a family member was missing. He suggested that it was because my father’s death, when I was five, utterly changed my world. I can only suppose he is right and that this is the reason I am drawn to a narrative where someone’s life is changed by loss.”

― Jenny Nimmo

“The year my mom worked as a secretary at an apparel company in midtown, she would often come home in tears because she had mistakenly called her boss by another coworker’s name. ‘You know how it is,’ my father said, ‘they all look the same. It’s not your mom’s fault. There’s just no telling them apart. Same high nose and deep-set eyes.’”

― Jenny Zhang

“My father is an actor, so he brought me into his agency when I was young. It wasn’t something I wanted to do until high school, when I started taking theater and really liked it. Then an agent found me and wanted me to come out to Los Angeles and give it a shot. I gave myself six months, but it only took me like a week to get a job.”

― Jensen Ackles

“My father did everything for me. He was awesome.”

― Jenson Button

“The only time I think about life beyond F1 is when I contemplate becoming a dad. But there’s no way that’s going to happen while I’m still racing. To be successful in F1 you need to be very selfish in lots of ways and you’re away from home for long periods. That’s not the kind of father I want to be.”

― Jenson Button

“There is no one who is more conflicted in the Marvel Universe, in my opinion, than Matthew Murdock. Is he his father’s son, or is he the son of his father? Is he someone who is going to solve the world’s problems in a court room, or is he someone who is going to solve the world’s problems with his fist?”

― Jeph Loeb

“My father was a CPA. He worked hard in the aircraft industry, and would come home more and more infrequently. He was about to leave my mother, which he did when I was 15.”

― Jeremy Irons

“My first failure was to be born a child not wanted by his father or mother, as they parted shortly after I was born.”

― Jeremy Lloyd

“I was in a play directed by my father, and I was doing a fight scene, and the choreography went haywire, and I flew backward over a chair and ripped my thumb all the way to my wrist and had to have surgery to sew up all the tendons in there.”

― Jeremy Piven

“My father was a promoter of Fresh Fest, and they needed an opening act. He got me a slot as a dancer. We tried it out the first time in Atlanta and the crowd went crazy. I was the opening clown.”

― Jermaine Dupri

“I’m the father that Bow Wow never had.”

― Jermaine Dupri

“When you have two daughters, you are complete. The whole day changes for you. It’s a lot about them, how you act, how you feel, and when they were born; it’s a completely new situation… Of course, sometimes you have to say, ‘No, this isn’t right.’ But I always wanted to be a young father, and I am very proud of them.”

― Jerome Boateng

“My father spent all those years building his brand. I happen to be his namesake, and I also happen to be the president of the largest Christian university. I think I have a responsibility to be a good citizen. The least I can do is to lend my name and whatever influence I have to make a difference politically.”

― Jerry Falwell, Jr.

“I am well aware that, if my endorsement is meaningful and helpful to Huckabee, it is because my father devoted so much of his life and ministry to cultural reform.”

― Jerry Falwell, Jr.

“I see a lot of parallels between my father and Donald Trump.”

― Jerry Falwell, Jr.

“I am proud to offer my endorsement of Donald J. Trump for President of the United States. He is a successful executive and entrepreneur, a wonderful father, and a man who I believe can lead our country to greatness again.”

― Jerry Falwell, Jr.

“Since I carry my father’s name, I believe it is my responsibility to use that name as he would have to support the causes that were so dear to his heart. Dad strongly supported Huckabee when no one thought that he had any chance to succeed in the presidential race.”

― Jerry Falwell, Jr.

“My father was an agnostic.”

― Jerry Falwell

“My mother was asked to be a model when she was younger, but my father had not let her, so she was quite keen on me becoming a model. I just went off without telling my dad. I took off to Paris and never came back, but when I became a success and started making money, he was very proud of me.”

― Jerry Hall

“Eazy was an exceptional human being. He was a visionary. He was very Machiavellian, he understood power and how to use it. He was a good-hearted guy, a good father, just an exemplary human being. I couldn’t be any prouder of him than if he had been my blood son.”

― Jerry Heller

“I had a very special family life. My mother and father made sure when we were home, we were part of the family, not a TV star. And the other thing: my father was fully employed while I was doing the series.”

― Jerry Mathers

“Everyone loved my father. He was so nice that people took advantage of him. We were lower middle class. I slept in the hallway on a cot that rolled away during the day, and my younger brother and sister slept in my parents’ room. My goal as a kid was to someday have my own room and to own a car – and I wanted to be able to take care of my parents.”

― Jerry Reinsdorf

“The only real goal I had was, I wanted to own a car. Because my father, most of the time, he couldn’t afford a car. Once in a while he would have a car, but it would be 10 or 15 years old, an old jalopy.”

― Jerry Reinsdorf

“My father and mother – I figured if I could make them laugh, they’d stop fighting. I stole all their material.”

― Jerry Stiller

“As I go to sleep I remember what my father said-that one can never be sure if one will awake. The way my health is now, this is becoming more and more real.”

― Jerzy Kosinski

“My father owned pit bulls when I was young. He sometimes fought them. My brother and a lot of the men in my community owned pit bulls as well: sometimes they fought them for honor, never for money.”

― Jesmyn Ward

“At one time, when I was eight years old, my mother and father, my brother and my sisters – we had to move back in with my grandmother, and there were 13 of us living in one house.”

― Jesmyn Ward

“When I was a child, my father would read out loud to my brother, my mother, and me. Several times in the course of my childhood, he would read ‘Alice and Wonderland’ and ‘Through the Looking Glass’ over a few weeks. They were a great favorite with all of us.”

― Jesse Ball

“I made the mistake of writing something very, very short about Obama for this website that I write fiction for, and my father told me never do that again. And he was right. I have nothing to add to a political conversation because it’s not my area.”

― Jesse Eisenberg

“My very first recollection of life on earth was waking up in bed with my mother, and she was showing me a picture of my father, Charles Jackson, with a group of soldiers.”

― Jesse Jackson

“I remember my father banging away on an IBM Selectric in the garage. He wrote his first novels on that machine. I remember its pebbly surface, its cold heft. It made its mark, literally and violently.”

― Jesse Kellerman

“Media Matters hates anyone, black or white, who is independent and unafraid to speak the truth – because they are children of the lie. Their father is Satan.”

― Jesse Lee Peterson

“You will never know God unless you love your fellow man, beginning with your father.”

― Jesse Lee Peterson

“I’m estranged from my father and that relationship, as a young man, is incredibly important. It’s probably responsible for the man I’ve become.”

― Jesse Metcalfe

“I never really had that father figure to look up to. I think that’s the reason I’m so ambitious. I felt like I wasn’t appreciated as a child so I wanted to prove my worth as an adult, as an actor.”

― Jesse Metcalfe

“My mother never married my father. She was married to and divorced from another man, then she married and divorced my stepfather and then, ultimately, they ended up getting back together.”

― Jesse Metcalfe

“My father used to always say to me that, you know, if a guy goes out to steal a loaf of bread to feed his family, they’ll give him 10 years, but a guy can do white-collar crime and steal the money of thousands and he’ll get probation and a slap on the wrist.”

― Jesse Ventura

“These kids are looking for direction, for identification. Kids join gangs because they need a father figure or they want to be part of a group.”

― Jesse White

“My father and I used to watch movies all the time. That was our bonding time, so that’s when I kind of fell in love with acting.”

― Jessica Barth

“We lived in Colorado, and my parents were outdoorsy mountain people. My father would always say, ‘Go out and don’t come back until you have something to show me.’ Which meant he wanted me to come back with a scraped knee or an injury. When I went out to play, I felt like I’d better get hurt.”

― Jessica Biel

“I’m part Spanish. My paternal grandfather came from Spain via Singapore to Manila. On my mother’s side it’s more mixture, with a Filipino mother and a father who was Scotch Irish-French; you know, white American hybrid. And I also have on my father’s side a great-great-grandmother who was Chinese. So, I’m a hybrid.”

― Jessica Hagedorn

“In families there is always the mythology. My father died when my kids were quite young still, and yet they still tell his stories. That is how a person lives on.”

― Jessica Lange

“My father is Indonesian Timorese, my mother Aboriginal Australian.”

― Jessica Mauboy

“If I’m going for advice for anything in my life, I go straight to my father because he has the answers.”

― Jessica Simpson

“My mother and my father always had me in ballet and dance, and I sang in a girl’s group.”

― Jessica White

“For the spouse of someone in the service, you are your own provider, your own lover, you own best friend while that person’s gone – the mother and father if you have kids.”

― Jessy Schram

“But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven; for he makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust.”

― Jesus Christ

“I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”

― Jesus Christ

“As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you.”

― Jesus Christ

“My father got a trade union scholarship to Oxford; he lived and breathed politics; he was always watching current-affairs programmes. But I have a five-year-old child’s attitude towards the news. Mainly, that it absolutely turns me off.”

― Jez Butterworth

“At 6:30, which was when the national news began, my father raised the volume and adjusted the antennas. Usually I occupied myself with a book, but that night my father insisted that I pay attention.”

― Jhumpa Lahiri

“My parents had an arranged marriage, as did so many other people when I was growing up. My father came and had a life in the United States one way and my mother had a different one, and I was very aware of those things. I continue to wonder about it, and I will continue to write about it.”

― Jhumpa Lahiri

“My father had always dreamed of getting a Ph.D., but certain life circumstances prevented him from following through. It was a tremendous, deep regret. The day I got my Ph.D., I saw in my father’s face what it meant that I had done this.”

― Jhumpa Lahiri

“My father encouraged me to work in the library, just because it was the world that he knew. But I also wanted to do it. I also wanted to work in the library and be part of the library somehow, because it represented a world that really wasn’t represented in my home, and I wanted it to be.”

― Jhumpa Lahiri

“Every single place that’s brushed upon me has made me the artist that I am – from Nigerian Highlife music and the vocal melodies that I grew up on when I would be sitting with my father and his fellow chiefs, to the funk and freeness of the Bay Area groove, to L.A.’s smooth G-funk legacy, Brooklyn’s lyricism, and now Atlanta’s trap history.”

― Jidenna

“My name is Jidenna, which means ‘to hold or embrace the father’ in Igbo. It was my father who gave me this name and who taught me countless parables, proverbs, and principles that made me the man I am today.”

― Jidenna

“The affinity towards suits was a functional thing for me early on because I was thrifting at secondhand shops, and it was also initially a way of grieving – my father had passed, and he used to wear suits all the time.”

― Jidenna

“When I brought home a 98 percent on a test, my father would say, ‘Ah, ah, where are the other two points? Go and get them, then bring them back.’ My father and Nigerian culture has always stood for excellence.”

― Jidenna

“I was raised with a father who really believed in the bridge between all Africans around the world.”

― Jidenna

“My father raised me to build computers, hardware. Literally, as an 8 year old, I had a soldering iron and circuit boards, and this was in neighbourhoods that wouldn’t have a whole lot of money or anything. And I figured out ways to just hustle.”

― Jidenna

“My nickname is ‘Chief’ because my father was a chief in Nigeria.”

― Jidenna

“I will follow in my father’s footsteps. My father set the bar very high. He was a wonderful leader.”

― Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck

“My mother married my father in 1956. She was twenty-eight, and he was thirty-one. She loved him with a fierce steadiness borne of loyalty, determination, and an unyielding dignity.”

― Jill Lepore

“When I was a kid, my father would go to our school in the summer to sweep, mop, and wax the floors, room by room, hall by hall, week after week.”

― Jill Lepore

“In the trunk of her car, my mother used to keep a collapsible easel, a clutch of brushes, a little wooden case stocked with tubes of paint, and, tucked into the spare-tire well, one of my father’s old, tobacco-stained shirts, for a smock.”

― Jill Lepore

“For my writing, and because I love talking to young women about life, I often asked them which would they rather have – a father in the house with them while growing up or a big butt? I tell you 86 percent of the time, girls say a big butt because it gets them further.”

― Jill Scott

“I was an overweight kid, and my father struggled with his weight, too. We would go for a ride on his motorcycle on Sunday morning to get doughnuts, to make pizza together, or go get ice cream. I quickly learned that food equalled love and attention.”

― Jillian Michaels

“My wife Cecily Adams was dying of cancer, my daughter Madeline was struggling to overcome an autism diagnosis, and my father was dying, all at the same time. Writing the journal was a cathartic experience, and an extremely positive one.”

― Jim Beaver

“It is impossible to read for pleasure from something to which you are both father and mother, born in such travail that the writer despises the thing that enslaved him.”

― Jim Bishop

“I never had a father, really. My great-grandmother raised me. But I was in this country where I got help from people that were not of my same color. So when I come out of the box, I don’t come out of the box as racial. I look for good people, and people that will be like-minded and help me try to do good for other human beings.”

― Jim Brown

“If I talk about my father’s funeral, as I did when I was promoting the last novel, ‘Being Dead,’ I’m not going to tell any lies, but there are certain things I’m not going to tell you, and I’m certainly not going to tell my grief.”

― Jim Crace

“My father being an outdoors person, he used to take us on quite a few adventures thorugh the wild areas down there, introducing us to alligators and rattlesnakes and all the trees and plants.”

― Jim Fowler

“My father was a soil scientist with the Geological Survey.”

― Jim Fowler

“As a child, I was an obsessive reader, as was everybody in my family all winter long with my father. I think I was only 8 when I read Edward Gibbon’s ‘The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire.’”

― Jim Harrison

“Before she married my father, my mother was a film reviewer for The Akron Beacon Journal – a small newspaper.”

― Jim Jarmusch

“Since the day he came into office, President Bush has worked to gut more than 34 years of hard work by weakening many of our Nation’s standing environmental laws, some of which were signed into law by his father.”

― Jim Jeffords

“My idol was Terry Bradshaw, but my role model was my father because I saw how much he worked and how much he focused on his trade. I was brought up the right way.”

― Jim Kelly

“I met Roy’s father once… And I think that Roy’s relationship with his father is still at the heart of what Roy does. But at the end of the day, he’s trying to prove himself to a father he’ll never really please.”

― Jim Lampley

“My father passed away due to Alzheimer’s disease, and many things I do are nods to him.”

― Jim Nantz

“The late, great ABC golf anchor Jim McKay once advised me, ‘When you look into the camera, imagine you are talking to one person on the other end.’ The next time you hear ‘Hello, friends’ at the start of a broadcast, just know that I’m channeling my father at that very moment. I see him on the other side of that camera, smiling right back.”

― Jim Nantz

“My father got to see the first 10 years of my career. He implored me to always appreciate people who are not operating under any sort of false pretense or who weren’t caught up in their own success.”

― Jim Nantz

“You know, my father used to look at people and he treated everyone with such respect, and he always believed that he would rather trust you face on and be disappointed perhaps down the road, be disappointed some of the time rather than never to trust someone, never to believe in someone, and alas, be disappointed all the time.”

― Jim Nantz

“My father was very athletic. He was a life-of-the-party kind of guy – walked into the room and there was a presence about him. He was a great storyteller, just a terrific sense of humor. Having said that, he never put all of those talents or abilities into some public arena. He was never interviewed, never on television. His family was everything.”

― Jim Nantz

“My father is truly always by my side.”

― Jim Nantz

“As my father went through a really, really long and dark period of his health declining and falling deeper into the abyss, I knew I was never going to let my family and my children experience this without any long-term care.”

― Jim Nantz

“I had first-hand experience watching my father’s health decline over the stretch of 13 years.”

― Jim Nantz

“My father is a retired army captain and banking software salesman, and my mother is an English teacher.”

― Jim Parrack

“My father was the captain of a cargo ship. When I was about two years old, we used to sail with him. The crew of his ship would dress me up in fancy dress and make me dance for them. I was a performing monkey!”

― Jim Sarbh

“My father worked in Chrysler’s drafting department and used to bring home tracing paper, No. 2 pencils, and masking tape from the office. With these, I used to trace off drawings from the ‘Superman’ and ‘Batman’ comics and put them up on my bedroom walls.”

― Jim Starlin

“My father gave me the greatest gift anyone could give another person, he believed in me.”

― Jim Valvano

“I was an absolute maniac, a terrible husband and father.”

― Jim Valvano

“When my father went back into the military in 1947 and was gone for 3-1/2 years, my mother was 24 years old with four kids in a town she didn’t know that well with no military services available, no family services available through the military, and that was the norm.”

― Jim Webb

“My father served 26 years in the Air Force as a pilot and a pioneer in our missile programs. I learned early about the sacrifices a family makes when a member is repeatedly deployed, and also the fulfillment that comes from serving our country. My brother, my son and I all became Marines.”

― Jim Webb

“My father came by himself across the North Korean border when he was seventeen. And hasn’t seen his brothers or sisters or parents since then. And he died some time ago, but never saw any of his relatives. My mother was a refugee in war-torn Korea.”

― Jim Yong Kim

“Jim Swan was my father, but Reg Barnes was my dad.”

― Jimmy Barnes

“The trouble with Trump’s father was that he was a totally naive man. He had no idea that you could buy the whole news reporting business in New York City with a return phone call.”

― Jimmy Breslin

“I believed what my father taught me about the separation of church and state, so when I was President I never invited Billy Graham to have services in the White House because I didn’t think that was appropriate. He was injured a little bit, until I explained it to him.”

― Jimmy Carter

“I was totally dominated and revered my father. I admired everything he did. He was a great sports person. He loved me. I was his only boy at that time, before my brother Billy came along.”

― Jimmy Carter

“My most important relationships were with my father and grandmother.”

― Jimmy Cliff

“I’m Latino, progressive, and I have deep roots in the working class – my father was a bracero, a guest farmworker and cook, and my mom worked as a nursing home laundry attendant.”

― Jimmy Gomez

“My father was incredible: a longshoreman; my mother was a secretary. Very ‘go to work’ people. That’s how I saw things.”

― Jimmy Iovine

“My father was an engineer and my mother was a social worker, and they met as young socialists. That probably tells you everything you need to know about my attitude to money – I’ve never really been bothered about it.”

― Jo Brand

“My father grew up in Brooklyn, N.Y., with my grandparents. In Norwegian my name is pronounced ‘Yoo’ but my father used to call me ‘Joe.’”

― Jo Nesbo

“When I was a teenager, my father went bust. He could have declared himself bankrupt, but he was an honourable man and he insisted on paying back all his debts. That almost ruined the family. I was aware that my mother and father couldn’t control things anymore. I guess I was afraid that we would end up on the street.”

― Jo Nesbo

“Throughout my journey in basketball, I always have someone to talk to in my father. I know how hard he had to work as an athlete.”

― Joakim Noah

“I learned a lot from my father. I’m very lucky to have a father who was a professional athlete.”

― Joakim Noah

“My father passed away at, like, 87.”

― Joan Allen

“My father was a physicist and also an activist. My first public protest was with my dad at Stanford. I came by all that honestly.”

― Joan Baez

“My father is Jewish, and I look exactly like him… My mother is British, but she’s of French extraction.”

― Joan Collins

“I used to not be confident. My father certainly didn’t add to my confidence. When I was 17 or 18, I was voted the most beautiful girl in England by the association of press photographers. When they called Daddy for a comment, he said, ‘I’m amazed. She’s a nice looking girl, but nothing special.’”

― Joan Collins

“I had a very distant relationship with my father. It was always just me and my mother. It was a shattering blow when she died. I was 16.”

― Joan Lingard

“I truly think comedy is – being funny is DNA. My dad was a doctor, a wonderful doctor, and people still come up to me today, ‘Your father helped my mother die.’ You know what I’m saying? He made her laugh ’til she died. My father was always very funny.”

― Joan Rivers

“My mom’s father came from a family of 11 children who came over from the island of Ischia, Italy, and settled in Providence, RI. Her mother was part of the large community of French-speaking Canadians who settled in Woonsocket, RI.”

― Joanna Going

“I was my parent’s first child, Joanna Catherine Going, named for my great-great grandmother Catherine, and my father’s maternal aunt Johanna Burke, and bearing the initials of my father’s father, John Christopher, who passed away just months before I was born.”

― Joanna Going

“I was born in Washington, D.C., where my father was working for the Federal Trade Commission, and my mom was editor for the National Council of Catholic Women, but my parents were simply awaiting my birth before moving back to their roots in Rhode Island to raise their family.”

― Joanna Going

“I was 21 and had been going out with my boyfriend for two years when I found out I was pregnant – despite being told by doctors that I was sterile. Jamie’s father and I hadn’t discussed marriage, and to me, it wasn’t something to be entered into just to stop gossip.”

― Joanna Lumley

“Another night, I dreamed I saw my father sweeping out the barn floor clean, and would not suffer the wheat to be brought in the barn. He appeared to me to be in anger.”

― Joanna Southcott

“We spoke French at home and I didn’t know any English until I went to school. My mother was French and met my father when he visited France as a student on a teaching placement.”

― Joanne Harris

“My father was an architect.”

― Jocelyn Bell Burnell

“I went to football training when I was five because I think my father thought he had two boys.”

― Jodie Whittaker

“He brought a sensibility and a hard-edged reasonableness to operating restaurants that had a lasting impact on me and still affects how I run all our restaurants today. The passing of ‘Restaurant Man’ – the original gangsta ‘Restaurant Man,’ my father – was the passing of an era. No one can replace him.”

― Joe Bastianich

“Just talk to me as a father – not what the Constitution says. What do you feel?”

― Joe Biden

“Except for the title ‘father,’ there is no title, including ‘vice president,’ that I am more proud to wear than that of United States senator.”

― Joe Biden

“My father used to have an expression. He’d say, ‘Joey, a job is about a lot more than a paycheck. It’s about your dignity. It’s about respect. It’s about your place in your community.’”

― Joe Biden

“My first memory of guitar was seeing my father play one.”

― Joe Bonamassa

“I thank God that I had such an amazing father who was my trainer as well.”

― Joe Calzaghe

“My father was a cocky, long-haired musician, a songwriter.”

― Joe Calzaghe

“I’m a Juventus fan, although I did support Chelsea for some time – mainly because of Gianfranco Zola. Zola is from the same town as my father Enzo, in Sardinia.”

― Joe Calzaghe

“I grew up in New Jersey and my father was a golf pro, so I was groomed for sports, but I wasn’t very good, so my interests lay elsewhere.”

― Joe Dante

“I went to school at this log school house. A white woman was my teacher, I do not remember her name. My father had to pay her one dollar a month for me. Us kids that went to school did not have desks, we used slates and set on the hued down logs for seats.”

― Joe Davis

“My father could have been deported because on his immigration application he said that he was a printer, obviously because he didn’t want them to be checking his writings.”

― Joe Eszterhas

“I’m a father with two daughters, and I don’t want them to feel that they have to go and work in China when they are older.”

― Joe Kaeser

“It’s my name on the ballot, and it’s me running this race. I’m the one doing this. Not my father and not my grandfather and not my great-uncle and not President Kennedy.”

― Joe Kennedy III

“People think my family pushed me into running for office. The person who pushed me most not to run for office was my father.”

― Joe Kennedy III

“My dad was a New York City cop. His father was a New York City fireman. And my mother’s dad was a city taxi driver.”

― Joe Lhota

“My earliest memories are of my father explaining to me the American Dream and how he expected me to do better than he did.”

― Joe Lhota

“My mother and father, Joe and Theresa Montana brought me along and taught me to never quit, and to strive to be the best.”

― Joe Montana

“If you want someone who is sort of still, has a bit of an edge, is older, you get Morgan Freeman. If you want someone who can carry a gun and still play a father, you get Danny Glover. My category is ‘that guy who happens to be black.’”

― Joe Morton

“My father was in the military; he was a captain. His service was to quote-unquote integrate the Armed Forces overseas.”

― Joe Morton

“We’ve all grown up with ‘Ozzie and Harriet,’ ‘Father Knows Best,’ ‘Eight Is Enough.’ White families have always represented the universal family.”

― Joe Morton

“My father was in the service. His job was to integrate the Armed Forces overseas. So that meant we showed up at military bases in Okinawa or Germany, racially unannounced. That made me, in that particular society if you will, the outsider.”

― Joe Morton

“My mother always wanted a boy. My father never did.”

― Joe Penny

“My father loved me so much that he did not want me to be a laborer or anything. I don’t know if it’s the right thing to do – push your kids into something and then stay on them until they do it. Let them pick what they want to do.”

― Joe Pesci

“I’ll tell ya this: I come from an educated family. My father was an attorney representing blue collar workers, and my uncle was a chemical engineer… on my mom’s side, all my uncles were engineers – all ten of them.”

― Joe Piscopo

“I graduated from Jones College, man, in Jacksonville, Florida, baby! I couldn’t get in anywhere else, man. I was the worst student ever. I couldn’t get in anywhere else. My father insisted I go to college, so I graduated, made the dean’s list and everything.”

― Joe Piscopo

“I’m a dedicated father – a hopeless, dedicated father. I mean, I am dork dad. I am just – I love my children. I have kids – you know, Joey’s 30-something, and then I have all the way down to 4 years old, believe it or not. At my age, five kids.”

― Joe Piscopo

“My father was the first person to introduce me to self-defense and martial arts, which I’ve been doing all my life now.”

― Joe R. Lansdale

“My father had the most horrible racist rhetoric you ever heard, but he treated people all the same. I remember this rainstorm. A car broke down with these black people in it, and nobody would stop. My dad was a mechanic. He fixed the car for nothing. I remember looking at him when he got back in. He said, ‘Well, they got those kids in the car.’”

― Joe R. Lansdale

“My father always encouraged me to get an education, but he was also a guy that, when he was younger, had ridden the rails from town to town to box and wrestle for money.”

― Joe R. Lansdale

“My father was just a hell of a guy. He had a real strong sense of honor, and he tried to pass that on to me. I like to think that I embrace that.”

― Joe R. Lansdale

“My father, he couldn’t read or write.”

― Joe R. Lansdale

“My father wasn’t the best role model to me.”

― Joe Torre

“I relate with military families and Gold Star families. Gold Star families are families where somebody didn’t come home. My father died in 1949. He was a flight instructor in the Army Air Corp.”

― Joe Walsh

“My father was 65 when I was born so we didn’t have much time together.”

― Joe Wright

“Our mother was a very religious and observant Jew, our father less so. She was kind of driving the religious education, so for us it was more a burden and an obligation when we were kids at that age.”

― Joel Coen

“I thought I’d be married and a father by 35.”

― Joel Edgerton

“My father was a musician and wanted me to study piano. I had no interest.”

― Joel Grey

“My grandparents from the old country, Latvia, were all musical on my father’s side.”

― Joel Grey

“My father was the one who used to stand up in the middle of a number to flutter his lips and make sputtering sounds into lyrics.”

― Joel Grey

“When my father came out on stage wearing a big cowboy hat and a shirt lettered ‘Bar Mitzvah Ranch’ to sing ‘Home on the Range’ in Yiddish, it was his way of saying, ‘I want to be an American.’”

― Joel Grey

“My father was Mickey Katz, who worked with Spike Jones and then went on to improvise some successful Yiddish parodies, some of which I perform. My favorite was ‘Geshray of the Vilde Kotchke,’ his version of ‘Cry of the Wild Goose.’”

― Joel Grey

“I was accepted to UCLA, but at the same time, I had a job offer at Chicago’s Chez Paree nightclub. My father, being a practical man, felt I should take the job.”

― Joel Grey

“In Sweden, I went to an English school, where there was a mishmash of people from all over the world. Some were diplomatic kids with a lot of money, some were ghetto kids who came up from the suburbs, and I grew up in between. There’s a community of second generation immigrants, and I became part of that because I had an American father.”

― Joel Kinnaman

“My father is American and deserted the Vietnam War.”

― Joel Kinnaman

“I made a decision when my father passed away that I was going to be who God made me to be and not try to preach like my father.”

― Joel Osteen

“The death of my father is probably the biggest thing that I ever faced. Daddy and I were best friends.”

― Joel Osteen

“In my early teens, I knew I wanted to do television production. I loved cameras, editing and producing, anything that had to do with television production. My friend had a production studio across town, and we’d go over there at night and shoot and edit. I produced my father’s televised service for 17 years.”

― Joel Osteen

“I was 2 when my parents – actress Connie Stevens and singer Eddie Fisher – divorced. I was too young to experience the pain of their split, but it was rough growing up with a father who wasn’t there.”

― Joely Fisher

“I was raised with Eddie Fisher as a father and Connie Stevens as a mother.”

― Joely Fisher

“My relationship with my father is pretty non-existent.”

― Joey Lauren Adams

“My uncle was skipper on the old Claymore sailing out from Oban to the Inner Hebrides. My father worked for MacBraynes all his life, on freight boats and then on ferries crossing to Skye, Barra, Uist, the small isles and Iona.”

― Johann Lamont

“If necessity is the mother of invention, it’s the father of cooperation. And we’re cooperating like never before.”

― John Ashcroft

“For a couple of years at the end of the 1970s, Dustin Hoffman was a fixture in our family. My father was his lawyer and friend.”

― John Burnham Schwartz

“A man was defined, in my father’s circles, by what he could bear, the pain he could shrug off, the warmth or comfort he could deny himself.”

― John Burnside

“One day I was talking about what I was going to do next, and just found myself announcing it: ‘I’m going to write a book about my father.’”

― John Burnside

“When you have a child, you think about your personal history and what you offer them as a larger narrative, and I realised I knew nothing about my father’s circumstances other than what he’d told me.”

― John Burnside

“My father was this big, tough guy, almost heroic in proportion to me as a child. It was only later that I saw how fearful he was.”

― John Burnside

“When I was ten years old, my family left a cold, damp prefab in West Fife and moved to Corby, Northamptonshire, where my father quickly found work at what was then the Stewarts & Lloyds steelworks.”

― John Burnside

“Father knew me not. All my aspirations in life were a sealed book to him, as much as his peculiar religious experiences were to me.”

― John Burroughs

“My father’s parents were Irish. Only a year before my father died, he and I went back to Ireland for a week to look at the old homestead.”

― John C. Hawkes

“My mother’s father, Hobart Cromwell, was a bacteriologist with Abbott Laboratories in suburban Chicago. I never got to know him well, as he died very young, but he was always a heroic figure in our family, wise and gentle and intelligent by reputation, with the courage to fight against the McCarthyites.”

― John C. Mather

“I am a father. My son’s name is Max and my daughter’s name is Billie Grace. Twelve years ago Max was born with Down Syndrome. His journey has been complicated by infantile seizures, sleep apnea, dietary challenges and now, puberty!”

― John C. McGinley

“Most boys’ first hero is their father. That was definitely true of my dad. He was a proud Irish American and he taught me a lot about ethics and responsibility. He also introduced me to a lot of wonderful folk music.”

― John C. Reilly

“I considered a lot of different jobs as a kid. I thought about becoming a priest or a lawyer. My father had a big linen-supply business and I considered working for him. What dawned on me was: ‘If I’m an actor, I get to do the fun parts of every job!’ Without having to go to four years of law school.”

― John C. Reilly

“The loss of my father left a great emptiness in my heart.”

― John Candy

“I probably took on the father role, as children will. I know I did.”

― John Candy

“I became interested in film making at around 16, when I discovered a friend of mine had a HI 8 camera which belonged to his father, which we were forbidden to use.”

― John Carney

“My mother and father were never frightened of anything. They always felt that they should go through life happily and without fear, and they did that. And it was a great boon to my brother and myself.”

― John Cassavetes

“My father died in ’97. But at least he lived until 93, so he saw my success.”

― John Catsimatidis

“Mine was quite a working-class childhood with very little money, and my father was out of work a couple of times, which had quite a traumatic effect.”

― John Caudwell

“Before I really even understood what the term meant, I wanted to be wealthy. I wanted to be able to drive the beautiful old Rolls-Royces my father admired when I was a child.”

― John Caudwell

“Every parent is at some time the father of the unreturned prodigal, with nothing to do but keep his house open to hope.”

― John Ciardi

“God was treated like this powerful, erratic, rather punitive father who has to be pacified and praised. You know, flattered.”

― John Cleese

“My mother had aspirations to become a concert singer. Her Methodist Minister father didn’t approve of young girls leaving home until they married, so she had to pass it up.”

― John Coltrane

“I think the one that resonates the most with a lot of people is from The Scream album – ‘Father, Mother, Son.’”

― John Corabi

“I’m not opposed to adoption. It’s not in my immediate future because I’m on the move a lot and if I were going to be father I would like to be more grounded.”

― John Corbett

“I was born on 7 September 1917 at Sydney in Australia. My father was English-born and a graduate of Oxford; my mother, born Hilda Eipper, was descended from a German minister of religion who settled in New South Wales in 1832. I was the second of four children.”

― John Cornforth

“I was on the verge of taking over a company myself, from my father, before I left Knoxville to become an actor. I was also a company commander in Korea, so I had some sense of how powerful authority can be. How dangerous it can be.”

― John Cullum

“My father was a businessman. We had discussions about honesty and dishonesty.”

― John Cullum

“My father gave me some Jack Nicklaus MacGregor clubs when I was six years old. He cut down some of the shafts, but they were men’s clubs, so they were heavy.”

― John Daly

“My father would tell me if I wasn’t writing in meter verse, it wasn’t poetry.”

― John Darnielle

“My father taught me how to hunt.”

― John David Washington

“I had a father who was active, present. There are people out there that never knew their fathers, didn’t have their father’s support. If I were to complain, that would be real sad. How dare I?”

― John David Washington

“As my father started ascending in the business, people around me started to treat me different. Our lives changed. So that anxiety, that sort of resentment, I just funneled it through football.”

― John David Washington

“I knew every one of my father’s lines in ‘Glory’ – I broke the VHS tape – but I hid my love of acting to make it as my own man.”

― John David Washington

“Who would I be if I complained about having a father that provided for me? Who would I be if I was complaining about having a father who loved me? That would make me a real jerk.”

― John David Washington

“I’ve had the acting bug since I was, like, five. But growing up, I saw how people treated me differently when they knew who my father was, even the stuff I did on the field. Sometimes I’d rush for 100 yards, and the headline would be, ‘Denzel’s son runs for 100 yards.’ That’s where the suppression of that bug came from.”

― John David Washington

“At times I’ve got a really big ego. But I’ll tell you the best thing about me. I’m some guy’s dad; I’m some little gal’s dad. When I die, if they say I was Annie’s husband and Zachary John and Anna Kate’s father, boy, that’s enough for me to be remembered by. That’s more than enough.”

― John Denver

“The swashbuckling independence of my childhood was not all good, and as a father, I’m puzzling out how to be part of my children’s lives rather than shoehorning them into mine. But there’s a risk that I’ll overcompensate, of course.”

― John Dickerson

“My mother, Nancy Dickerson, was a reporter for CBS and NBC and the first female star of television news; my father, Wyatt Dickerson, was a successful businessman. Their parties, from the ’60s to the ’80s, attracted cabinet officials, movie stars, and presidents.”

― John Dickerson

“I have been surrounded by artists and paintings throughout my life. My father Ted Dyer is an artist, and from a very early age I have spent time painting and drawing.”

― John Dyer

“My father is a well known artist, Ted Dyer, who has been painting for many years. Our work is very different, but growing up surrounded by paintings, paints, easels and art books does have an effect.”

― John Dyer

“My father was a stone mason, and a talented amateur pianist and vocalist.”

― John E. Walker

“My mother was a reader; my father was a reader. Not anything particularly sophisticated. My mother read fat historical or romantic novels; my father liked to read Westerns, Zane Grey, that kind of stuff. Whatever they brought in, I read.”

― John Edgar Wideman

“I lived with my mother and father and brothers and sisters some of the time; some of the time, my mother and father were feuding, so my mother would take us to live in my grandmother’s house.”

― John Edgar Wideman

“My father was a veteran. He fought in World War II. He was a patriot. On the other hand, he had no illusions whatsoever about how Uncle Sam had mistreated him and other black soldiers.”

― John Edgar Wideman

“My father was intelligent and closed-mouthed. He knew a lot more than what he was ever going to tell you.”

― John Edgar Wideman

“I’m their sole parent, and there is nothing more important than being the best father I can be.”

― John Edwards

“I am Quinn’s father. I will do everything in my power to provide her with the love and support she deserves.”

― John Edwards

“Almost everything else I have done during my adult years has been affected to some extent by my name – by my father’s position, if you will. But in the air, I had no name; to the Federal Aviation Agency I was simply Comanche Nine-Nine POP. The quality of my landings, navigation and judgment were mine alone.”

― John Eisenhower

“In the summer of 1952, when I was 30, the Army assigned me to an infantry unit fighting in Korea. Meanwhile, though, there was other news in my family: My father had become the Republican presidential nominee. As an ambitious young major, I refused any offers for other assignments.”

― John Eisenhower

“We have a Father, and He cares about our internal world – issues of motive, issues of fear, issues of validation.”

― John Eldredge

“See my father knew a lot about music, he played the piano and he would do theory and stuff like that, but I didn’t learn anything from him, but I played that for him and he liked it a lot.”

― John Fahey

“I was never honest. My father died, and I had never said to him, ‘I’m gay.’ I knew what I was, but I had to pretend not to be that to avoid the beatings.”

― John Galliano

“I played the piano as a boy for six years, from the time I was six to 12 years old. My piano lessons ended when my father died because our family had no more money. I used to have a mestiza teacher. She’d come once a week to teach me piano lessons, and she’d bribe me each time with an apple; otherwise, I wouldn’t play.”

― John Gokongwei

“My great-great-grandfather lived to age 28, my immigrant great-grandfather Pedro Gotiaoco died at 66, my grandfather was 68, and my father died at 34.”

― John Gokongwei

“We lived out in the middle of nowhere – the most random places – because of my father’s work. We spent a lot of time in the car on long drives, just to get anywhere. We listened to oldies rock on the car radio, and the most-played group on oldies rock radio is the Beatles.”

― John Gourley

“I feel uncomfortable when I think about my father listening to my records, because I don’t want to hurt him.”

― John Grant

“I understood that my family was rich in love but would probably never own the land my father, John, dreamed of owning. My mother, Willie Ella Mays Clarke, was a washerwoman for poor white folks in the area of Columbus, Georgia where the writer Carson McCullers once lived.”

― John Henrik Clarke

“My father was very much a handy person round the house, and I learnt a lot of carpentry from him.”

― John Henry Carver

“I had some vague memory of visiting Canberra as a lad, when we came up with my father by car. But when I made the long train journey from Sydney to Canberra and arrived at the little stop, I did wonder slightly whether this really was the national capital.”

― John Henry Carver

“When you grow up a fatherless son, in many ways you have to raise yourself. No one tells you what looks good on you, how to carry yourself, or provides the approval. Without a father, you grow up never knowing what you didn’t have. There is no intimate model of who you want to become, so it’s as if you’re always guessing.”

― John Hickenlooper

“My father had a handgun on the bedside table, and we were all taught to handle firearms.”

― John Hickenlooper

“My father was unemployed and I was the eldest of seven children. We were very poor. And when you ask how did we support ourselves, the only funding that we had was unemployment payments.”

― John Hume

“Every child growing up will look to their parents, my mother and my father. My grandmother lived with us. I picked up quite a bit of family lore and history from her, which was interesting.”

― John Hume

“My father was a civil servant, fairly sort of middle ranking, low to middle ranking. He worked almost entirely in what was then called Administrative Labour, dealing with employment and unemployment issues.”

― John Hume

“My mother’s father drank and her mother was an unhappy, neurotic woman, and I think she has lived all her life afraid of anyone who drinks for fear something like that might happen to her.”

― John Hurt

“My father’s a clergyman, and he was in the mission field for a certain amount of time in British Honduras, which is now Belize.”

― John Hurt

“Parents are the worst teachers, if they are good at it and you’re not. My father thought I was the densest offspring he could have produced.”

― John Hurt

“I knew I didn’t want to pursue an academic career at all, which, of course, my father would have loved me to have done. I didn’t want to go to university. The only other thing I could do was paint, and so I went to art school because they couldn’t conceive of how one would be an actor.”

― John Hurt

“No adult in my family would ever tell me anything about who my father was. I knew from an older cousin – only four years older than I am – everything, or what little I could discover about him.”

― John Irving

“I grew up around books – my grandmother’s house, where I lived as a small child, was full of books. My father was a history teacher, and he loved the Russian novels. There were always books around.”

― John Irving

“The principal event of my childhood was that no adult in my family would tell me who my father was.”

― John Irving

“That’s the most fulfilling thing I’ve experienced ever, being a father.”

― John Isner

“As anyone who is a father or mother out there can tell you, it’s pretty amazing.”

― John Isner

“Because my father was often absent on naval duty, my mother suffered me to do much as I pleased.”

― John James Audubon

“I am a great admirer of Sen. Frist, who is a nationally known heart surgeon and well known in Nashville as a great family man who has dedicated his life to helping others and, in that regard, he has followed in his father’s footsteps.”

― John Jay Hooker

“I have known Harold Ford Jr. since before he was born, in that his father was my driver in the 1966 governor’s race, and has remained a friend of mine all these years.”

― John Jay Hooker

“Ireland starts for me with the end of ‘The Dead,’ which my father read to me from his desk in his basement office in New Albany, Ind.”

― John Jeremiah Sullivan

“Let’s start off with my father being a mailman. So I understand the concerns of all the folks across this country, some of whom having trouble, you know, making ends meet.”

― John Kasich

“My father was in the coal business in West Virginia. Both dad and mother were, however, originally from Massachusetts; New England, to them, meant the place to go if you really wanted an education.”

― John Knowles

“Samuel Beckett’s ‘Waiting for Godot,’ billed as ‘the laugh sensation of two continents,’ made its American debut at the Coconut Grove Playhouse, in Miami, Florida, in 1956. My father, Bert Lahr, was playing Estragon, one of the two bowler-hatted tramps who pass the time in a lunar landscape as they wait in vain for the arrival of a Mr. Godot.”

― John Lahr

“The first ATM in Hong Kong was actually at the foot of the bank. I remember my father using it. And I find it absolutely terrifying that – something about the way the machine just kind of coughed up money with no difficulty.”

― John Lanchester

“I grew up mainly in the Far East, where my father worked for the Hong Kong and Shanghai Bank, which was then a small, well-run colonial institution and not the global colossus it is today.”

― John Lanchester

“A preoccupation with money and, especially, with what money meant was, in our family, an inherited thing. My father’s father, Jack, who died before I was born, was very much possessed by the idea that money was freedom.”

― John Lanchester

“It would be too glib, not a hundred per cent true, to say that my father’s career as a banker was what made me a writer. But it would be slightly true, and it was certainly the case that his work as a banker made me see that the trade-offs people make between their work and their lives are often badly skewed.”

― John Lanchester

“Security is a complicated idea and one with an immense potential to trap us – that was one lesson I learnt from my father.”

― John Lanchester

“I’m a car nut. My father was a parts manager at a Chevrolet dealership.”

― John Lasseter

“My father pulled into Pearl Harbor four days after the bombing, and he said, everything was still burning. He said they never told the public how bad it was. It was really bad.”

― John Lasseter

“My father liked doing carpentry work, construction work, in the summer vacation. And so my mother designed a cabin, a log cabin, like a – it was like a Swiss chalet. I was twelve years old, and my father and I built it on a rocky point peninsula out into Lake Superior.”

― John Lautner

“I grew up in a completely bookless household. It was my father’s boast that he had never read a book from end to end.”

― John le Carre

“I grew up in a completely bookless household. It was my father’s boast that he had never read a book from end to end. I don’t remember any of his ladies being bookish. So I was entirely dependent on my schoolteachers for my early reading with the exception of ‘The Wind in the Willows,’ which a stepmother read to me when I was in hospital.”

― John le Carre

“I grew up in Texas City, Texas. I didn’t know anybody who was a director or whose parents or grandparents were directors. I met somebody from a nearby town one time whose father had been to the moon – it was far more likely to be an astronaut than it was to be a writer or a director.”

― John Lee Hancock

“At Murry Bergtraum High I wanted to be as different from my father as possible. So I acted out in school, I was very anti-authority.”

― John Leguizamo

“Black men and women were not allowed to register to vote. My own mother, my own father, my grandfather and my uncles and aunts could not register to vote because each time they attempted to register to vote, they were told they could not pass the literacy test.”

― John Lewis

“My mother and father and many of my relatives had been sharecroppers.”

― John Lewis

“I grew up in rural Alabama, 50 miles from Montgomery, in a very loving, wonderful family: wonderful mother, wonderful father. We attended church; we went to Sunday school every Sunday.”

― John Lewis

“My very first role was when I was 2 1/2 years old; I was one of Nora’s children in ‘A Doll’s House,’ with my father playing Torvald.”

― John Lithgow

“I’m a fun father, but not a good father. The hard decisions always went to my wife.”

― John Lithgow

“I owe my whole career as a storyteller to my father. He was an actor/director/producer and teacher.”

― John Lithgow

“To my mum, I owe security in a very insecure young life. We lived in about 10 different places because of my father’s chequered career, and she always made me feel a sense of consistency and security. I was a well-mothered boy.”

― John Lithgow

“An artist is always thinking of something else. My father was like that. He had this feeling of abstraction, and I do, too.”

― John Lithgow

“As an actor ages north of 60, he tends to be in more father roles than anything else. It’s generational. And it tends to be a relationship that fascinates people, the flawed relationships between parents and kids.”

― John Lithgow

“My mother died of cystic fibrosis before I knew her. I was two years old, and I don’t remember her. I do remember, though, when it was just my father and me, before he met the woman who would become the mother who raised me, before my younger sister, Gillian. It was just the two of us, and he was my whole world.”

― John Lloyd Young

“I didn’t have parents, so I lived in people’s homes… And because I grew up with no parental role models, I learned to become my own friend, eventually my own father and my own mother.”

― John Lone

“I don’t take much from my own father, because he was a very austere, quiet, private man who would come home from work, go to his parlour and play Beethoven on his piano.”

― John Mahoney

“What I mostly do is take the script, analyse the hell out of it, see what’s in there, see what kind of person I’m dealing with, and then forget I’m playing a father and just play a person who exemplifies all those things.”

― John Mahoney

“My father was 64 when I was conceived, my mother 38, which was late for babies in the 1940s.”

― John Major

“I was a very good baseball and football player, but my father always told me I was much more interested in how I looked playing baseball or football than in actually playing. There’s great truth in that.”

― John Malkovich

“I’m more comfortable with whatever’s wrong with me than my father was whenever he felt he failed or didn’t measure up to the standard he set.”

― John Malkovich

“My father was a very contradictory man.”

― John Malkovich

“My father was an exceptionally strong influence on me.”

― John Malkovich

“I was born on the 24th of September 1755 in the county of Fauquier, at that time one of the frontier counties of Virginia. My father possessed scarcely any fortune and had received a very limited education – but was a man to whom nature had been bountiful, and who had assiduously improved her gifts.”

― John Marshall

“My father superintended the English part of my education, and to his care I am indebted for anything valuable which I may have acquired in my youth. He was my only intelligent companion, and was both a watchful parent and an affectionate friend.”

― John Marshall

“I think that Rand Paul represents a segment of the GOP, just like his father. And I think he is trying to expand that, intelligently, to make it larger.”

― John McCain

“My father was very outwardly religious.”

― John McGahern

“My grandmother wanted my father to be a teacher because she was a teacher. He didn’t go down that road until much later in life; he just kind of retired after almost 20 years as being a visiting lecturer at Stanford, where he got his graduate degree.”

― John Morgridge

“One thing my father said was that if you find yourself in a country where you have to carry papers, you know it has a lousy government.”

― John Mortimer

“My father was the doyen of the divorce barristers. He was an extremely erudite and very famous divorce barrister. So that, when I was a little boy in the nursery, instead of a story like ‘Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs,’ I used to get ‘The Duchess and the Seven Correspondents.’”

― John Mortimer

“When I finally went to Ireland, I had to go. It was 1993. My father was finally too old to travel alone, and he asked me to take him home. When an old man asks you to take him home, you have to do it.”

― John Patrick Shanley

“I’m Irish as hell: Kelly on one side, Shanley on the other. My father had been born on a farm in the Irish Midlands. He and his brothers had been shepherds there, cattle and sheep, back in the early 1920s. I grew up surrounded by brogues and Irish music, but stayed away from the old country till I was over 40. I just couldn’t own being Irish.”

― John Patrick Shanley

“When I visited Ireland with my father and heard the people on the farm talking, I couldn’t believe the gift of language they had. I felt very untalented.”

― John Patrick Shanley

“Love is of that excellent nature, that it is esteemed by the best of men, and accepted from the meanest persons; what then is the affection of a Father!”

― John Pearson

“By the God of thy Father who shall help thee, and by the Almighty, who shall bless thee with blessings of heaven above, blessings of the deep that lieth under, blessings of the breasts and of the womb.”

― John Pearson

“When my father passed away, he had his organs donated. In that painful moment, I was deeply comforted knowing that my father would be able to give others a second chance at life. That is why I encourage everyone to sign up to be a donor.”

― John Perez

“His father watched him across the gulf of years and pathos which always must divide a father from his son.”

― John Phillips Marquand

“I have tried to devote my life – with all my husband failures, father failures, pastor failures, friend failures, any other possible failures I’m sure I’ve done them – to the God-centeredness of God and my aspiring, yearning to join Him in that activity. God is passionate about hallowing the name of God.”

― John Piper

“Obama is talking to voters as though he is their boss, or their principal, or their father. He is not any of those things. He is their employee. And employers don’t like it when their employees yell at them – even if their employees have it right.”

― John Podhoretz

“I’ve gone through that with my mother and father and here I was in a similar situation. I’ve wronged her and I’ve wronged the family. Because when these things happen, it doesn’t just happen to you, it happens to the people around you and the family.”

― John Prescott

“Gay marriage will be universally accepted in time. But if I may be so bold as to say to gays and lesbians, don’t wait for that time to arrive. Just as my father and his generation did not ‘wait’ for their civil rights, nor should you. The toothpaste ain’t going back in the tube. The tide has turned.”

― John Ridley

“My father was a country music singer and a motion picture actor, Tex Ritter, and I sort of had a normal upbringing, except dad would come down in full regalia with the boots and the guns and the hats, and the horse would eat with us. But other than that, it was pretty normal.”

― John Ritter

“My father would make record after record, and he’d be so surprised at what would sell and what wouldn’t.”

― John Ritter

“In ‘Hardflip,’ you have a relationship where the father and son haven’t seen each other in 18 years, but they find they’re very alike: pigheaded, stubborn, passionate. It’s a wonderful story of how you can’t get away from how similar you and your children are.”

― John Schneider

“My father was invited to play on a television show when I was 17 or 18 that was an early equivalent of educational television, a Sunday afternoon kind of variety art show.”

― John Sebastian

“My father was a classical musician and my mother was a writer.”

― John Sebastian

“Father had notions about manhood suffrage, public schools, the education and the elevation of the masses, and the gradual emancipation of the slaves, that did not suit the uncompromising views of people in places like Richmond.”

― John Sergeant Wise

“All the kids looked up to my father because he was known to be that dude who knocks people out.”

― John Singleton

“In the last few years, losing my father, going through a divorce and not getting some jobs I really wanted, is making me a much more interesting person, I think. This all really does feel like a rebirth, a new chapter.”

― John Stamos

“On my mother’s side, I come from Midlands engineers and, on my father’s, from tenant farmers near Oxford.”

― John Sulston

“I was everything, patriarch, priest, father and judge.”

― John Sutter

“We must work together to save and strengthen Social Security not just for my father’s generation but also for my daughters’ generation.”

― John Thune

“When my mother died, it sort of put a damper on things. My career didn’t have the same significance or excitement. It had always been about doing well for my family – my brothers, sisters, father, mother. Then something interesting and important happened – I started doing things for me.”

― John Travolta

“My father taught only math.”

― John Updike

“My father was a Tuskegee Airmen captain in the Air Force and a very strong personality. He believed in fairness and ethics and living up to the commitments you make to others. He ultimately became a judge, and he would talk to me over and over about how important it is to be fair.”

― John W. Rogers, Jr.

“My father was horrified by my movies, yet he lent me the money to make the early ones. And I paid him back with interest.”

― John Waters

“My mother was Catholic, my father not. I went to Catholic high school. Every form of education failed me. I was trouble.”

― John Waters

“My dad saw ‘A Dirty Shame.’ I felt bad about my father knowing what ‘felching’ was.”

― John Waters

“I’d be a bad father. I’m too self-involved.”

― John Waters

“I always had a work ethic. And I think I very much got that from my father and my mother.”

― John Waters

“Everybody that I was in school with had an uncle or father in the law, and I started to realize that I was going to end up writing briefs for about ten years for these fellows who I thought I was smarter than. And I was kind of losing my feeling for that.”

― John Wayne

“In my life, I’m just looking for that life of integrity that my father had. I have a good heart; I’m not a heartbreaker.”

― Johnathon Schaech

“My father would go to work and try to survive every day just to get home to my mother so they could be at each other’s side. That’s what I want.”

― Johnathon Schaech

“My father was in the military, so I was in Okinawa.”

― Johnny Colt

“I would love to direct a western. I love taking photographs and I’m always fascinated with angles. Also, my father was a film editor, and I have a talent for thinking of things that aren’t always in a script.”

― Johnny Crawford

“My father was an actor. Both of my older brothers are actors. My younger sister is an actress. For me, that’s my job; that’s my craft. But then all through school and through drama school, I was gigging and running nights and playing in bands, and I just didn’t want to let that go.”

― Johnny Flynn

“I’ve never been married, and I have no regrets about not starting my own family. I come from a large one, so there are so many people around all the time. I’ve been very happy, but I’ve never gotten married. That’s about the size of it. I would have been a good father because I’ve been a father to my brothers’ and sisters’ children.”

― Johnny Mathis

“I’m still going strong. I have been very blessed and still am. I love singing. Obviously, at my age, I don’t tour with as many dates throughout the year as I did in the past. But I do this to honor my father who was also a singer. I still miss him and his encouragement.”

― Johnny Mathis

“Two of my biggest heroes were my father and John Wayne.”

― Johnny Ramone

“My father was a Democrat.”

― Johnny Van Zant

“I wanted to be a father, and I wanted to be involved in my children’s athletics, school stuff like that.”

― Johny Hendricks

“I was a good surfer because we grew up a block from the water, and my father took us to the ocean the way other fathers take their kids to the park.”

― Jolene Blalock

“My father, one of the great entrepreneurs and philanthropists of this state, taught me that capital – monetary or political – is to be used to benefit others. I intend to continue that tradition.”

― Jon Huntsman, Jr.

“Our Heavenly Father expects the best from each of us. We must believe in ourselves. Don’t give in when the going gets rough. You are laying the foundation of a great work, and that great work is your life.”

― Jon Huntsman, Sr.

“I want to take this time to thank Daniel Cormier for being my biggest rival and motivator. He has absolutely no reason to hang his head. He has been a model champion, a model husband, a model father, a teammate, a leader, and I aspire to be a lot more like that man, because he’s an amazing human being.”

― Jon Jones

“My father was a world-class scientist and my mother was a prolific painter. I could see that my parents had completely different ways of knowing and understanding the world, and relating to it. My father approached things through scientific inquiry and exploration, while my mother experienced things through her emotions and senses.”

― Jon Kabat-Zinn

“I grew up very nice. But after college, my father said you’re on you own. So I was dead broke for years. So I know what it’s – I lived on 600 dollars a month for six years. I know what it’s like to be dead broke. I feel bad for people who are struggling now.”

― Jon Lovitz

“I am a southerner who grew up with and around guns. I own some still. My father gave me a .22 rifle when I was 9 and a single barrel .410 shotgun when I was 10.”

― Jon Meacham

“I grew up in rural Dixon, CA, and I’ve been hunting with my father ever since I was a young boy. He taught me how to hunt and shoot, firearm safety, and have respect for the outdoors.”

― Jon Pardi

“When I read the ‘Dick and Jane’ stories, I thought they were afraid they might forget each other’s names because they always said each other’s names – a lot. So if Jane didn’t see the dog, Dick would say, ‘Look Jane, look. There is the dog next to Sally, Jane. The dog is also next to mother, Jane. The dog is next to father, Jane.’”

― Jon Scieszka

“Everyone’s unique; no one’s ever alike. But my son has the same good cheer as my father. He’s capable of making a room happy with a few words.”

― Jon Voight

“My parents are huge influences on me. My mother was an English teacher. My father played professional rugby and coached rugby for the Irish rugby team.”

― Jonathan Anderson

“When I read a book I liked, I would get a pen and one of my father’s legal pads and rewrite it from memory as if I had thought of it myself. It was a clear sign that I wanted to be involved in writing, even if it was just pretend at that point.”

― Jonathan Dee

“My only real claim to fame is that I was southern England show-jumping champion in 1966. The day after my father died, ‘Horse & Hound’ magazine tipped me as a future Olympic champion, and I took it seriously. You can only really enjoy something if you take it seriously.”

― Jonathan Dimbleby

“Until I was 21, I wasn’t going into the media. I was a professional show jumper; I was going to have a farm… Then my father died, and it changed my life. I realised I had to have a go at being a journalist to see if I could cut the mustard.”

― Jonathan Dimbleby

“I was born with a silver microphone in my mouth, and that was an advantage. My father wrote books and was also a great broadcaster.”

― Jonathan Dimbleby

“My father Tom was a workaholic who never missed a single one of my sporting events for nearly two decades, and imparted in me a sense of risk and adventure. Being the one in the middle, I had more room to drift, and after college, I left the U.S. for Chile.”

― Jonathan Franklin

“When all else fails, I am comforted by the fact that when I am ill or old, I will never be on my own. After all, you’d have to be a pretty terrible father if not one of your seven daughters was willing to take care of you at the end.”

― Jonathan Franklin

“I look at my father, who was in many ways an unhappy person, but who, not long before he got sick, said that the greatest source of satisfaction in his life had been going to work in the company of other workers.”

― Jonathan Franzen

“With a father who is a fabulous craftsman, I was raised with the fundamental belief that it is only when you personally work with a material with your hands, that you come to understand its true nature, its characteristics, its attributes, and I think – very importantly – its potential.”

― Jonathan Ive

“My father was a very good craftsman. He made furniture, he made silverware and he had an incredible gift in terms of how you can make something yourself.”

― Jonathan Ive

“I grew up with an artist father, and my parents’ friends were also mainly artists or writers, so he connects what I do with his example.”

― Jonathan Lethem

“’Dreams From My Father’ reveals more about Obama than is usually known about political leaders until after they’re dead. Perhaps more than it intends, it shows his mind working, in real time, sentence by sentence, in what feels like a private audience with the reader.”

― Jonathan Raban

“The only book by a modern president that bears serious comparison with Obama’s ‘Dreams From My Father’ is Jimmy Carter’s short campaign autobiography, ‘Why Not the Best?,’ published in 1975.”

― Jonathan Raban

“I grew up watching and learning from the ultimate partnership, and that is of my father and late uncle.”

― Jonathan Tisch

“Whether I’m writing a novel about a guy mourning the death of his father or whether I’m writing a show about people killing each other, you want to hear characters speak and be funny and witty.”

― Jonathan Tropper

“I want to be an incredible father, an incredible husband and take great care of my wife and all my kids and do what I love to do during the day to provide for them. That, ultimately, is what I see as being successful. I just aspire to be even half of how wonderful as my parents are.”

― Jordan Fisher

“I didn’t know my father very well; I only met him a few times.”

― Jordan Peele

“My father was a businessman, but my mother was an intellectual. She cared about culture, politics, and philosophy, so I became interested in the protest aspect of Latin American art.”

― Jorge M. Perez

“My father was a bricklayer, and my mother was a housewife. It was complicated, obviously, because of our humble origin, but thank God we were all focused.”

― Jose Aldo

“Let me tell you a story about when I was growing up in Spain. Many Sundays, we would invite 30, 40, 50 people to the countryside, and my father would make a big paella. He put me in charge of the fire and the ‘stove’ – the rocks that hold the pan. But he wouldn’t let me cook. I got so unbelievably upset.”

― Jose Andres

“As a chef and father, it kills me that children are fed processed foods, fast food clones, foods loaded with preservatives and high-fructose corn syrup.”

― Jose Andres

“I remember that at the beginning of the month, the kind of menus my mom and father would prepare for us would have fish, chicken. But at the end of the month – because my father would be waiting for paycheck – the refrigerator would get empty. I remember that without a lot of food left, some of the best meals happened right there.”

― Jose Andres

“My love for artichokes comes from when I was very young. My mother and father would slice the hearts and fry them, and they would be crispy around the leaves and tender at the base.”

― Jose Andres

“As a chef and as a father, I am very upset by what’s on the menu at most schools: chicken nuggets and tater tots and ketchup and pizza.”

― Jose Andres

“We always had a guitar at home, but it wasn’t until I was 14 when I picked it up myself when my father handed me these sheets of music of the Beatles and some other classics. That’s where I learned all the chords and learned how to play and sing at the same time.”

― Jose Gonzalez

“I’m a man that’s unique to the world. That’s kind of the star I was born under – on the cusp of Capricorn and Aquarius. My mother is Irish-American, and my father is Afro-Panamanian, so it’s kind of been the story of my life to be a bridge between different cultures and different styles, and musically, that’s between jazz and R&B.”

― Jose James

“I was nine or 10 years old and my father was sacked on Christmas Day. He was a manager, the results had not been good, he lost a game on December 22 or 23. On Christmas Day, the telephone rang and he was sacked in the middle of our lunch.”

― Jose Mourinho

“And I started with this: I have not painted at all my childhood. In fact, I never painted. But I helped my father who was a house painter and decorative painter. He made stage sets, he made glass paintings, he made everything.”

― Josef Albers

“My father’s parents were carpenters. They were also builders partly. They were painters. And several of them were very, active in the theatre and all such nonsense, you know.”

― Josef Albers

“I come from a blue-collar family. My father worked at the American Can Company as a mechanic. He broke his back and was disabled, and the first memory I have of him is in the hospital. My mother was a working mother – she had two jobs. Everybody in the house had to help out.”

― Joseph Abboud

“That he delights in the misery of others no man will confess, and yet what other motive can make a father cruel?”

― Joseph Addison

“We are all busy. It’s easy to find excuses for not reaching out to others, but I imagine they will sound as hollow to our Heavenly Father as the elementary school boy who gave his teacher a note asking that he be excused from school March 30th through the 34th.”

― Joseph B. Wirthlin

“We see ourselves in terms of yesterday and today. Our Heavenly Father sees us in terms of forever.”

― Joseph B. Wirthlin

“Oh, it is wonderful to know that our Heavenly Father loves us – even with all our flaws! His love is such that even should we give up on ourselves, He never will.”

― Joseph B. Wirthlin

“Not even death can take us from the eternal blessings promised by a loving Heavenly Father.”

― Joseph B. Wirthlin

“Born of a noble father and a saintly mother, President Hinckley learned as a young boy the truths of the restored gospel from his faithful parents. He came to respect deeply and value highly his pioneer heritage.”

― Joseph B. Wirthlin

“When we reach out to assist the least of Heavenly Father’s children, we do it unto Him. That is the essence of the gospel of Jesus Christ.”

― Joseph B. Wirthlin

“Although we might settle for less, Heavenly Father won’t, for he sees us as the glorious beings we are capable of becoming.”

― Joseph B. Wirthlin

“My beloved Elisa, my companion and wife, whom I love and revere, is one of the most noble of our Heavenly Father’s handmaidens.”

― Joseph B. Wirthlin

“Every person on the earth today lived at one time in heavenly realms. We walked with our Heavenly Father. We knew Him. We heard His voice. We loved Him.”

― Joseph B. Wirthlin

“My father was truly a great man. I remember one day putting my feet in my father’s shoes. I was amazed at the size. Would I ever be big enough to fill his shoes? Could I ever grow into the man my father was? I wondered.”

― Joseph B. Wirthlin

“The Godhead consists of three separate, distinct personages who are one in purpose. The Father and the Son have tangible bodies of flesh and bone while the Holy Ghost is a personage of spirit.”

― Joseph B. Wirthlin

“God truly is our Father, the Father of the spirits of all mankind. We are his literal offspring and are formed in his image. We have inherited divine characteristics from him.”

― Joseph B. Wirthlin

“Logic itself affirms that a loving Heavenly Father would not abandon His children without providing a way for them to learn of Him.”

― Joseph B. Wirthlin

“Young people should ponder over problems that might confront them and be prepared to cope with them in a way that their parents, their leaders, and their Heavenly Father would have them cope, that they might keep themselves clean and pure.”

― Joseph B. Wirthlin

“There is no substitute for kindness in the home. This lesson I learned from my father. He always listened to my mother’s advice. As a result, he was a better, wiser, and kinder man.”

― Joseph B. Wirthlin

“My family is Abenaki Indian on my mother’s side. My father’s side of the family is Slovak, and we also have some English ancestry.”

― Joseph Bruchac

“My father was a sea captain, so was his father, and his father before him, and all my uncles. My mother’s people all followed the sea. I suppose that if I had been born a few years earlier, I would have had my own ship.”

― Joseph C. Lincoln

“Our Holy Father says every one of us is in need of conversion, beginning with ourselves. We are all in need of the grace of Jesus Christ to receive the Gospel.”

― Joseph Edward Kurtz

“Our Holy Father… is very clear that, of course, the teachings of the Church must be preserved and passed on. However, we need to do this in a way that the Holy Father says is creative. We need to do it in a way that we look for new strategies that address the hearts of people.”

― Joseph Edward Kurtz

“Love and fear. Everything the father of a family says must inspire one or the other.”

― Joseph Joubert

“I led a comfortable life, went to good schools and was privileged in many ways, but my father worked hard. We never considered ourselves rich.”

― Joseph M. Kyrillos

“As a father, you want to protect, but I also want to prepare her for when she grows up, so I want to be a great example as a dad.”

― Joseph Parker

“As they come forth, Lord, to sow, release upon them, Father, the power to get, to create, to receive wealth in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ.”

― Joseph Prince

“We call that person who has lost his father, an orphan; and a widower that man who has lost his wife. But that man who has known the immense unhappiness of losing a friend, by what name do we call him? Here every language is silent and holds its peace in impotence.”

― Joseph Roux

“With my kids, I’m a little sappier than my father may have been.”

― Joseph Stiglitz

“If I came home with a grade of A, my father would say, ‘There must have been a lot of dummies in that class.’”

― Joseph Stiglitz

“Men who live valiantly and die nobly have a strength and a courage from the eternal Father.”

― Josephus Daniels

“My father’s a fanatic for national parks, and every childhood trip was pretty much to national parks.”

― Josh Holloway

“You know you’ve built a product that can hit the mainstream when your wife, your father, and your mother-in-law can get involved.”

― Josh Kopelman

“No, well, my father’s definitely not Christopher Walken.”

― Josh Lucas

“People cried nepotism every time I was on the field. But I played for a lot of coaches before I played for my father, and I started for everybody. He wasn’t the first person who all the sudden put me in the starting lineup.”

― Josh McDaniels

“I once had a lot of hatred, mainly toward my father, an alcoholic.”

― Josh McDowell

“My father was born in Amsterdam in a highly religious family. He was in Amsterdam, and he went into hiding right near where Anne Frank was. He was a theoretical physicist and the last Jew to get a Ph.D. in Amsterdam.”

― Josh Pais

“My father has fought to protect people from predatory pharmaceutical companies and to make sure drug payments and kickbacks to doctors are disclosed.”

― Josh Rosen

“J. Tillman was kind of an alter ego. There was a lot I didn’t want people to know about my real life. With Father John Misty, I leave everything in: so much so that I lose sleep before these albums come out because there is always a line or two in there where I’m just like, ‘This is not going to go down very well.’”

― Josh Tillman

“I may never know what type of effect I have on my sons, just like Granny never knew the effect she had on me. So I just try and make the best decisions that I can, be the best father that I can.”

― Josh Turner

“I’m always showing pictures off. I have to be careful who I show them to because of who I am, obviously, but I’m a proud father.”

― Josh Turner

“My father was – actually was an Episcopal priest as a young man. Became a psychotherapist, a psychologist. My mother is Jewish, so I grew up in a mixed background. But the common denominator was certainly music, and that was sort of emphasized in my household as music being sort of the spiritual force.”

― Joshua Bell

“A defining reality for me is what Scripture teaches in Hebrews 12, that God is our father, and that a sign that he loves us is that he disciplines us, he takes us through hardship to build character in us that could not be shaped apart from difficulty.”

― Joshua Harris

“My dad in particular I tend to use – I call him ‘The Brain.’ If he’s accessible, I’d rather put it through his brain. My wife, Melissa, maintains that the closer he is in proximity to me, the less I think for myself. And I think she’s actually correct. So anything worth mulling over, I will mull over with my father, and that includes ratings.”

― Joshua Malina

“My father’s family was mostly obliterated in the Holocaust, and I grew up very much with the sense that the central moral and political question is how do we prevent these things from happening again.”

― Joshua Oppenheimer

“I spent a ton of time alone. I was raised by a feminist; I had a terrifying father and oppressively scary and mean brothers. We had a farm. The rule was between breakfast and lunch you weren’t allowed to make a sound.”

― Joss Whedon

“I was very proud of my father, and I admired him, but I always thought he was more interesting than the shows he was working on.”

― Joss Whedon

“I was a little bit ashamed of American TV because I thought, ‘None of the shows my father works on are as funny as my father.’”

― Joss Whedon

“All of the most important lessons about writing I learned from my father. He never set out to teach me anything, it would just be something he said casually in conversation.”

― Joss Whedon

“My mom being raised in England, her father always wanted to pursue the arts and wanted to have a stage career in England. According to her, he never had the courage to actually pursue it full-time. I think that my grandfather’s parents thought that it wasn’t a formidable job to have.”

― Jovan Adepo

“All I wanted to do was come into my own and find out my career path and what I wanted to do with my life – but, at the same time, showing respect to my father and mother and make them proud as well.”

― Jovan Adepo

“What stalwart Republican would stop Trump from profiteering for his businesses from the White House the way he’s gamed his companies and the tax code for decades, or prevent him from letting his adult children milk their father’s position to benefit his supposed ‘blind trust?’”

― Joy Reid

“My father once told me when I was a young girl that I was destined to do great things. His belief in my abilities and ambition is rooted deeply in the spirit of Malawians; resilient and determined for a better Malawi and a better Africa.”

― Joyce Banda

“My father made sure I was treated equally with my brothers.”

― Joyce Banda

“Throughout my career, I have been confronted with people who have doubted my ability to achieve the dreams and ambitions distilled into my soul by my father.”

― Joyce Banda

“I was privileged because my father was a policeman, and we lived in town. Many people in Malawi are from typical villages. My grandmother insisted I should be in both worlds, and so I needed to be acquainted with village life.”

― Joyce Banda

“My father was a mean, controlling and manipulative person for most of his life. He was unpredictable and unstable.”

― Joyce Meyer

“My father was a mean, controlling and manipulative person for most of his life. He was unpredictable and unstable. As a result, the atmosphere of our home was super-charged with fear because you never knew if what you did would make him mad or not.”

― Joyce Meyer

“My father was a negative person. He actually taught me to be negative, if that makes any sense. I remember him saying: ‘You know there’s no point in expecting anything good to happen because it won’t.’ I grew up in such a negative atmosphere.”

― Joyce Meyer

“I didn’t grow up with classical music. My father was a folk music singer.”

― Juan Diego Florez

“I grew up listening to popular music. My father was a Peruvian folk singer. He played the guitar at home. He sang songs with a waltzing rhythm, yet you can still hear the Spanish influences. I accompanied him to his performances.”

― Juan Diego Florez

“We went from crop to crop, field to field. And my father had that army truck, a 1940s army truck from Fort Bliss, El Paso.”

― Juan Felipe Herrera

“Mexico is a very mom-centered culture. You’ll find stores open on Father’s Day, but never on Mother’s Day. For us, mothers are very important.”

― Juan Gabriel

“I started boxing when I was eight. Me and my brother Rafael started boxing in amateur tournaments when I was 13. My father was an ex-pro boxer.”

― Juan Manuel Marquez

“I’m the way my father taught me to be.”

― Juan Mata

“I am a father, and I know the feel of being a father. Why wouldn’t I want my gay friends to also be happy parents?”

― Juan Pablo Galavis

“I walked on eggshells a lot. I have a bad self-esteem problem, and my father probably facilitated it. He once looked at me very seriously when I was about 15 and had whipped cream smeared all over myself. He said, ‘You’d do anything for a laugh, wouldn’t you?’”

― Judge Reinhold

“I frowned just like Winston Churchill on his worst day, and I reminded my father of a judge who had presided over a case… I’ve been Judge ever since I was two weeks old.”

― Judge Reinhold

“My father was an attorney.”

― Judge Reinhold

“My parents were practicing Jews. My mother grew up in an orthodox synagogue, and after my grandfather died, she went to a conservative synagogue and a little later ended up in a reform synagogue. My father was in reform synagogues from the beginning.”

― Judith Butler

“I always credited my mother with inspiring me to be a writer because she was such a passionate reader. She read poetry to me as a child. But rather late in life, I’ve come to appreciate my father, the accountant. He was a solid, organized, get-the-job-done kind of person-and you need that piece of it to be a writer, too.”

― Judith Viorst

“When I was growing up, I dreamed about becoming a cowgirl, a detective, a spy, a great actress, or a ballerina. Not a dentist, like my father, or a homemaker, like my mother – and certainly not a writer, although I always loved to read.”

― Judy Blume

“My father died when I was still in college, and it was sudden, and he was my beloved parent, and you just can’t imagine what you life is going to be like.”

― Judy Blume

“My father was the youngest of seven, and nobody lived to be 60. And so we were always sitting shiva in my house, and my father would say, ‘Life goes on.’”

― Judy Blume

“Everything they say a girl should get from her father in terms of total acceptance and love, I got all that from my father. But then I married a man just like my mother – so phlegmatic.”

― Judy Blume

“I always sang when I was little and my father, who was a great influence on me, also had a wonderful voice. He and my mother really encouraged me to sing and play the piano. They were always very supportive.”

― Judy Collins

“Judy Garland’s father was gay. That seems to be the consensus. They left Minnesota and went to California because he got caught with some boy backstage.”

― Judy Davis

“My father’s death was the most terrible thing that happened to me in my life.”

― Judy Garland

“Nothing in my early childhood suggested to anyone – except maybe my father – that one day I would be standing here and be known simply as Judge Judy.”

― Judy Sheindlin

“When I became a father, all that stuff rose up again from the back of my mind. I suddenly realised how uninvolved my father had been in my life.”

― Juergen Teller

“My father and one of my grandfathers died very early, and female figures have been an influential part of my life.”

― Juergen Teller

“I grew up to have my father’s looks, my father’s speech patterns, my father’s posture, my father’s opinions, and my mother’s contempt for my father.”

― Jules Feiffer

“The wisest man may be a blind father.”

― Jules Verne

“My father was an itinerant preacher who traveled the country’s heartland preaching from town to town and church to church.”

― Julia Butterfly Hill

“My earliest political memory is of attending, in 1975, a tub-thumping campaign rally with my father in Adelaide.”

― Julia Gillard

“My love of books – not just of their tactile pleasures but of their astonishing variety – was born in a book-filled house; my father is a scholar.”

― Julia Glass

“It’s much more acceptable for men to work and father kids. There’s an inherent inequality, because we want to do it all, and I don’t know how we can do this all.”

― Julia Louis-Dreyfus

“I’m not completely Jewish, if you know what I mean. I know people want me to be. My father is Jewish. My mother isn’t.”

― Julian Edelman

“My parents came from different backgrounds. My father’s was grander than my mother’s, so my mother had… to put up with the disapproval of my father’s relations.”

― Julian Fellowes

“My mother converted to Catholicism to marry my father.”

― Julian Fellowes

“I have derived enormous confidence from being a husband and father.”

― Julian Fellowes

“He wasn’t a great father. He was a great musician. That’s always been a touchy one, and it will be until I can find the answer, but I don’t know if there is one.”

― Julian Lennon

“I was pretty young when my father was prime minister, so it wasn’t really a big part of my life. My folks were away a lot, meeting foreign dignitaries and that sort of thing, but it never struck me as odd. If anything it allowed me to get into all sorts of mischief.”

― Julian McMahon

“My dad claims that he was able to trace us back to the West Virginia Hatfields. When I look at the old pictures, the patriarchs have kind of a physical likeness to some of the men on the father’s side of my family. I want it to be true.”

― Juliana Hatfield

“My father was a military judge, and my mother was a psychiatric social worker. My brother and sister and I were moved around constantly, in and outside the U.S., living in Germany for much of our teens.”

― Julianne Moore

“The kids go to a Quaker school. Their father and I believe a lot in community, social responsibility, making sure you give to people less fortunate than you.”

― Julianne Moore

“I adored my birth father and constantly worried that I was being disloyal to him and his schoolteacher roots if I spent too much time performing and enjoying it.”

― Julie Andrews

“I’ve always admired gardens. My father was a great nature lover and would always take me for walks. We lived not too far away from huge rhododendron estates and azalea estates, and when they’re in bloom in England, they’re just riotous.”

― Julie Andrews

“My darling father gave me some decent getaway sticks – my legs are OK.”

― Julie Bowen

“I always loved my mother, felt loved, but she was judgmental. Her father in Ireland didn’t approve of women generally, and she took on his values. She believed her own mother was foolish.”

― Julie Walters

“With ‘Supermoms,’ my ex-husband and father of my 15-year-old child was a writer-producer on that project. We’re both of the mind that we should try and handle these changing times as best we can. He’s very forward-thinking about brand marketing.”

― Julie Warner

“I was raised in Austin, Texas, around trial lawyers. My friend and I – we were 14 – would go and watch her father try cases. I also heard of lot of Baptist preachers in little churches saying crazy things with such conviction.”

― Julie White

“My father influenced by his very life, his very example and the environment that I was brought up in. But, he did not encourage or discourage any of us. He let us make up our own minds.”

― Juliet Mills

“I grew up all over the world. My father was in the army and was posted to a new place every two and a half years. I have no geographical roots.”

― Juliet Stevenson

“The courts cannot garnish a father’s salary, nor freeze his account, nor seize his property on behalf of his children, in our society. Apparently this is because a kid is not a car or a couch or a boat.”

― June Jordan

“My father was very intense, passionate and over-the-top. He was my hero and my tyrant.”

― June Jordan

“My father was both the person who gave me reason to learn how to fight and the one who taught me the basics of fighting. He would tell me that if it was a big fight, it would probably be uneven, it wouldn’t be fair.”

― June Jordan

“I’ve never had a particularly sweet tooth. In fact, during the war, I used to swap my sweet ration coupons with my father – and he’d give me his clothing coupons in return. Looking good was more important to me than scoffing sweets.”

― June Whitfield

“Father Fernando did every thing in his power to assist the sick; and although he arrived much reduced in flesh, he did not become ill, and is now well.”

― Junipero Serra

“My father was a Little League dictator. That really affected me, his control-freakery, his impunity, his arbitrary unreasonable power.”

― Junot Diaz

“My mother took care of us until my father scrammed, and then she ended up working in the small-factory sector of New Jersey with a lot of other immigrants.”

― Junot Diaz

“My father was a trigamist; he supported three families. We were never not poor.”

― Junot Diaz

“I think a father is important for everyone. If you don’t have, then maybe not so much. In the world today, it’s possible that you grow up with only one parent in the family.”

― Jurgen Klopp

“My father gave me some advice when I was very young – whatever someone tells you in the future, don’t forget Pele is the best.”

― Jurgen Klopp

“My mom is African-American, Native-American, Irish, and Creole, and my father is of Jewish, Russian, and Polish descent. It’s made me who I am. Because of my diverse background, I think I can relate to many different people, different stories, and different communities.”

― Jurnee Smollett-Bell

“I’m not a guy who curses very much in my personal life. When I curse it sounds like a kid trying to be cool. But I think there are quite a few people, my father being one of them, who use curse words rather eloquently.”

― Justin Halpern

“I just wanted to compile these stories about growing up with my father and I wanted people to be able to enjoy them individually, but also the entire book as a whole.”

― Justin Halpern

“Before I proposed to my now-wife, I was understandably nervous. My father suggested that I take stock of all of my experiences and relationships with women, from my earliest memories to present day, and see if I had learned anything that might inform my decision.”

― Justin Halpern

“Any father can relate to feeling like a superhero when you put a Band-Aid on your kid.”

― Justin Hartley

“I’m fortunate enough that I have my father in my life, but I would imagine losing your father at 15, 16, 17 is a lot different than losing your father at 36, 37, 38.”

― Justin Hartley

“I lost my father and went into a process of grief with it that was all about how to replace that grief, how to fill it, and I think there was something very desperate in the way that I was replacing it.”

― Justin Kurzel

“There’s no such thing as a teenager that listens to a single word their father says.”

― Justin Townes Earle

“I didn’t do anything differently than what my father was doing. It’s a really hard family to rebel in. I could have become an accountant. Or I could have become a Republican.”

― Justin Townes Earle

“My parents split up when I was about 2. I realize more and more how much I’m like my father. My gentleness comes from my mother.”

― Justin Townes Earle

“I remember the bad times as a succession of painful emotional snapshots: Me walking into the library at 24 Sussex, seeing my mother in tears, and hearing her talk about leaving while my father stood facing her, stern and ashen.”

― Justin Trudeau

“Of all the memories I have of my father and of our relationship, none is warmer and more poignant than what happened a year before he died, when he came to visit me while I was teaching at West Point Grey Academy in Vancouver.”

― Justin Trudeau

“My father’s values and vision of this country obviously form everything I have as values and ideals. But this is not the ghost of my father running for the leadership of the Liberal party. This is me.”

― Justin Trudeau

“My father raised us to step toward trouble rather than to step away from it.”

― Justin Trudeau

“I became a high school teacher for many years because it was a very tangible, concrete way where I could make a difference, and quite frankly, the kids didn’t care who my father had been, because it was late ’90s; none of them were around or remembered my father.”

― Justin Trudeau

“When my father died, I had millions of people supporting me in a very, very difficult time. I have received so much from this country. I realize that we’re defined in life not by what we get from this world but by what we have to offer it, and I know that I have a lot to offer this country, and I’m serious about devoting my life to it.”

― Justin Trudeau

“As someone who grew up with a father who was the prime minister, many people liked me, and many didn’t. I don’t pay much attention to labels and certainly don’t let people define me through the labels they apply. I stay focused on what I need to do.”

― Justin Trudeau

“I think people are understanding that I’m immensely proud of my father. If people talk to me about him, I’ll certainly respond. And there’s a certain generation that still talks about him right off. And I take that with gratefulness and with gratitude.”

― Justin Trudeau

“My mother is brilliant but emotional and very much gregarious and connected to people. My father was brilliant but focused and driven and very narrow-casted.”

― Justin Trudeau

“My father found cocktail parties challenging.”

― Justin Trudeau

“Any decision made by my father was the result of a process that had involved many voices and which sometimes had taken weeks or months.”

― Justin Trudeau

“Richard Nixon made a toast to me as a future Prime Minister of Canada when I was 4 months old, sitting as a centerpiece in the middle of a table as my father had plonked me down there. It was more about politeness than any great vision.”

― Justin Trudeau

“My father, his values were anchored in the time, but they were also timeless, whether it’s bilingualism, multiculturalism or the charter of rights and freedoms.”

― Justin Trudeau

“A lot of people reject the idea of God as Father if they’ve had a competitive relationship with their own father.”

― Justin Welby

“In the late spring of 2008, my wealthy entrepreneurial husband, Elon Musk, the father of my five young sons, filed for divorce. Six weeks later, he texted me to say he was engaged to a gorgeous British actress in her early 20s who had moved to Los Angeles to be with him.”

― Justine Musk

“I’m an only child. Mostly raised by my father outside of Saratoga, doing martial arts and snowmobiling. I wore sweaters, jeans and sneakers. I was more interested in four-wheeling in the Catskills than doing my hair and makeup at 7 A.M. before school.”

― JWoww

“My father – the late Madhavrao Scindia – was clear about the distinction between being ‘loving’ and ‘strict.’”

― Jyotiraditya Madhavrao Scindia

“My parents were no ordinary people. My mother turned Gandhian, and my father was a staunch communist. They named me after the great saint as a symbol of communal harmony.”

― Kabir Bedi

“My father always said, ‘Do your best and piss on the rest.’ And I think there’s a lot of truth to that, because if you’ve done your best, there’s not a hell of a lot more you can do about something.”

― KaDee Strickland

“My father’s name is Dee, so when I was born they named me Katherine Dee and they took the K from Katherine and put it with his name, sort of to give me my dad’s namesake. But it’s hysterical how often it gets misspelled. I used to be like, ‘No one capitalizes my D!’”

― KaDee Strickland

“My father was a Foreign Service officer, a diplomat and an Arabist who spent virtually all his career in the Near East, as it was called in the State Department. So I spent most of my childhood among the Israelis and the Arabs of Palestine, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia and Egypt.”

― Kai Bird

“I was always very silly and never took myself seriously. When my father had the camera out, I’d be up close and annoying. My father would keep saying, ‘Move back! Move back!’”

― Kaley Cuoco

“I’m Colombian-American. My father wanted me to have American citizenship, but he wanted to raise me in Colombia.”

― Kali Uchis

“My father is my hero. No matter what, I’ll always forgive him.”

― Kali Uchis

“My father used to administer herbal medicine for free. But I can’t give drugs for free. So the next best thing is to give it at as low a price as possible.”

― Kallam Anji Reddy

“You don’t ever want an African father to come to your school looking for you.”

― Kamaru Usman

“I grew up without a father figure.”

― Kane Brown

“My father is a businessman, and my mother is a schoolteacher.”

― Kangana Ranaut

“When I left my home to become an actress, my father didn’t give me a single penny. I struggled a lot, and they had no idea what I went through. My grandfather even asked me to drop my surname when he learnt I was joining films.”

― Kangana Ranaut

“Even when I was rebelling against my father, the point was to follow my own intuition and instinct.”

― Kangana Ranaut

“I liked the fact that my father had a lot of expectations from my brother. I probably wanted to be that person who he could be proud of.”

― Kangana Ranaut

“This man who was my father’s age hit me hard on my head when I was 17. I started bleeding. I took out my sandal and hit his head hard, and he started to bleed, too.”

― Kangana Ranaut

“My mother’s Mohawk and my father is Scottish/German from Nova Scotia.”

― Kaniehtiio Horn

“I used to live on a reserve, but I went back and forth between my reserve and Ottawa where my father lived, so I kind of had a double life growing up.”

― Kaniehtiio Horn

“It was a unique childhood, to say the least. My father was born in Patiala to refugee parents and was a part of the Indian Air Force. The talented few amongst the Air Force pilots are made test pilots. Test pilots are best suited to look at the space programme as they are trained to expect the unexpected.”

― Kapil Sharma

“I grew up thinking that I would become a fighter pilot and was fascinated by aircrafts as I had grown up around that. But my father encouraged me to not become an Air Force person, given the varied interests I had, be it books, movies, sports or fighter flying.”

― Kapil Sharma

“I don’t mean to sound like a touchy-feely California type here, but I knew that I could finally get over the death of my father only by having kids of my own.”

― Kara Swisher

“My father died when I was only five years old, and that was the moment when I learned a cruel lesson that tomorrow, in fact, might not be another day.”

― Kara Swisher

“It seemed like most of the memories faded before they had time to form. And after a while, my life with my father seemed like a familiar story or a distant dream.”

― Kara Swisher

“Most people don’t remember the guy from ‘The Real World.’ They know the guy who is a professional, a father, and a friend that gives great advice.”

― Karamo Brown

“My household runs the same way it was with my parents, who were a mother and father with their kids.”

― Karamo Brown

“In 2007, I discovered I was a father to a little boy who I did not know about. After being on MTV’s ‘The Real World’ and traveling the world, I was greeted by a stack of papers on my doorstep informing me that I had a child.”

― Karamo Brown

“The challenges of me being a father are just the same as any other father.”

― Karamo Brown

“My father loved me and was devoted to me until he knew I was gay, and then our relationship went south. So I always make sure that I let my sons know that I will love them, no matter what they do or who they become, for the rest of their lives.”

― Karamo Brown

“My father was 40 when he had me, so he was more a grandparent than a parent.”

― Karan Johar

“Because I was the only child, I was completely indulged. My father thought I was the best looking boy. And even though I was at 100 kgs., he dismissed it as puppy fat. He thought that the sun came out of my head. If I got five out of ten marks, he thought I was half there and had only half way more to go.”

― Karan Johar

“My mother was keen that I complete my graduation and never ever wanted me to be in the movies, as my father had made five films that lost money. One of the films he made was ‘Agneepath,’ which was hugely hyped but underwhelming at the box office, and I remember that my dad had to sell my grandmother’s flat to pay off the loan.”

― Karan Johar

“My very shy Punjabi father never taught me about the birds and bees. So shy was he that he may have thought he would get arrested for even talking about it.”

― Karan Johar

“My mother has always kept the entire family together – my dad, due to his business, has always been travelling, and hence, she at times had to play the role of a father and a mother as well.”

― Karan Patel

“There was a scene in ‘Qubool Hai’ where Asad shoots his father. After shooting for it, I was drained completely. At times, my character’s mood gets very depressing. Post shoot, it takes a good half hour to get out of character, to leave Asad behind.”

― Karan Singh Grover

“I have to say I have an incredible musical education because of my father.”

― Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

“My parents are very modern. My father is a cosmopolitan person. He always supported the fact that I will be an actress. There is nothing else I would do rather than being an actor.”

― Kareena Kapoor Khan

“My father was from the South and turned me into a news junkie at a very early age. I would sit and watch TV with him.”

― Karen Bass

“Father’s Day each year makes me grateful for what my father did for me. This has little to do with our relationship, and much to do with what he taught me.”

― Karen DeCrow

“If a woman makes a unilateral decision to bring pregnancy to term, and the biological father does not, and cannot, share in this decision, he should not be liable for 21 years of support… autonomous women making independent decisions about their lives should not expect men to finance their choice.”

― Karen DeCrow

“My father managed shopping malls when I was a kid, and my high school job was to dress up in an elf costume and take photos of kids sitting on Santa Claus’s lap.”

― Karen Duffy

“My father and his eight siblings grew up in the kind of poverty that Americans don’t like to talk about unless a natural disaster like Hurricane Katrina strikes, and then the conversation only lasts as long as the news cycle. His family squatted in shacks. The children scavenged for food.”

― Karin Slaughter

“When you grow up starving, you cannot point with pride to a book you’ve just spent six hours reading. Picking cotton, sewing flour bags into clothes – those were the skills my father grew up appreciating.”

― Karin Slaughter

“Though he was not a reader himself, my father understood that reading is not just an escape. It is access to a better way of life.”

― Karin Slaughter

“Generally, in Gujarati families, people get married early, and all my friends are married with two kids. My father had told me, ‘If you do not find a right partner, do not get married’; that’s the advice he has always given me. So, I will never compromise in my marriage.”

― Karishma Tanna

“My father was a milkman. So, I delivered milk.”

― Karl Malden

“When I started writing ‘My Struggle,’ my father was still an issue: someone I had in me every day, someone I would dream about – he was still a part of me. He was such a huge figure for me, and now he is just one among many, and that feels like a relief.”

― Karl Ove Knausgard

“My parents, particularly my father, had been used by commentators, political journalists and political commentators, to attack me, and the collateral damage was the reputations of my father and my mother.”

― Karl Rove

“The body, what is it, Father, but a sign To love the force that grows us, to give back What in Thy palm is senselessness and mud?”

― Karl Shapiro

“The village where my father lives is, like, 300 people.”

― Karolina Pliskova

“My father used to play ice hockey, though not at a high level, and my mother wasn’t involved in sport at all, but they were keen that we played some sort of sport. They chose tennis because they thought it was a good sport for girls to play.”

― Karolina Pliskova

“I grew up in Hollywood during WWII, and my mother was afraid that my father was going to be drafted because she didn’t think we were going to be able to live on army pay. She didn’t want to have to get a job, so she decided to put me to work, and that’s how I got started in the movies.”

― Karolyn Grimes

“We know what happens to little black boys that have no dads; we’ve heard that, we get it. But no one is really saying that young women who are born without fathers have real serious issues especially when their mother had no father and the mother has issues.”

― Karrine Steffans

“My father is gay.”

― Karrueche Tran

“I loved movies and watched a lot of them. But my father insisted that I get a good education before I joined the film industry.”

― Karthi

“My father has been a part of a few short films I made; he played a small but significant role in ‘Jigarthanda.’”

― Karthik Subbaraj

“My father, Cecil Banks Mullis, and mother, formerly Bernice Alberta Barker, grew up in rural North Carolina in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. My dad’s family had a general store, which I never saw. My grandparents on his side had already died before I started noticing things.”

― Kary Mullis

“I want to be a soldier as my father was.”

― Kaspar Hauser

“Sometimes what I think what the news is missing is the human element, the connection – the moment that you look into a little girl’s eyes or a father who has just left his family and risked everything just to try and survive.”

― Kat Graham

“My own father flipped out on me when I told him we decided to ditch our doctor and go with a midwife instead.”

― Kat Von D

“My father was an autodidact. It wasn’t a middle-class house. Shopkeepers are aspirant. He paid for me to go to private school. He was denied an education – he had a horrible childhood. He got a place at a grammar school and wasn’t allowed to go.”

― Kate Atkinson

“My father was always playing the piano. He played all kinds of music – Gershwin, all kinds of stuff.”

― Kate Bush

“Even after he was gone, I still loved my father. I looked Norwegian, like him, with a long face, strong jaw, thin mouth, and flashing eyes. And, like him, I was verbal, easygoing, and low-key on the surface, and, deep down, proud, socially paranoid, full of self-loathing, and prone to rage at injustice.”

― Kate Christensen

“My father’s grandparents came from Norway and settled in the Scandinavian bastion of Minnesota. As a little girl in Tempe, Arizona, I daydreamed about picking cloudberries by a fjord in a fresh Nordic wind.”

― Kate Christensen

“My father leaving the family shaped who I was and how I looked at the world. By the same token, my father telling me fairy tales that he had made up shaped me profoundly, too.”

― Kate DiCamillo

“My father – he was an orthodontist – was supposed to sell his practice and move down to Florida, but that never happened… I would sometimes spend the summer with him and visit him, but he never lived with us.”

― Kate DiCamillo

“My parents are separated. My father left when I was six years old.”

― Kate DiCamillo

“I was quite nervous about meeting William’s father, but he was very, very welcoming, very friendly, it couldn’t have gone easier really for me.”

― Kate Middleton

“I think as any mother would be she was absolutely over the moon. And actually we had quite an awkward situation because I knew and I knew that William had asked my father but I didn’t know if my mother knew.”

― Kate Middleton

“Around a third of parents still worry that they will look like a bad mother or father if their child has a mental health problem. Parenting is hard enough without letting prejudices stop us from asking for the help we need for ourselves and our children.”

― Kate Middleton

“’Frances’ is a longtime family name on my dad’s side. My grandfather, father, brother, and my daughter’s name is Frances.”

― Kate Spade

“My parents met because my father was an actor friend of one of my mom’s brothers, but my mother has never set foot on the stage – she’s quite shy. So it’s a strange thing because people say, ‘Oh, coming from acting parents,’ when the idea of acting would literally make my mother just want to throw up.”

― Kate Winslet

“I have been a parent since I was 25. That’s a large chunk of my adult life. Mother or father, it transforms you completely.”

― Kate Winslet

“I would hate for my father to regret all his support that he’s given me over the years and be embarrassed by anything I chose to do.”

― Katee Sackhoff

“I’ve always said that I’ll know when I’ve gone too far because I won’t be able to sit down and watch it with my father.”

― Katee Sackhoff

“And I think that’s why I was going to be a musician. I was very rebellious. And I didn’t want to be an actor. My father used to say to me you should be an actor if you want to be in the arts.”

― Katey Sagal

“When you grow up around it, I just watched my father work really hard. He wasn’t around as much as I would have liked. And when I grew up, I understood why.”

― Katey Sagal

“You know, we travelled a lot when I was a kid because my father was wherever the work was.”

― Katey Sagal

“My mother had an illegal abortion in 1960, which was the year the birth control pill came out, but I guess a little late for her, but – and I never knew. I found out when my father, after her death, got her FBI file.”

― Katha Pollitt

“We are taught you must blame your father, your sisters, your brothers, the school, the teachers – but never blame yourself. It’s never your fault. But it’s always your fault, because if you wanted to change you’re the one who has got to change.”

― Katharine Hepburn

“My mother and father were perfect role models. They were together for 25 years and very much in love. But I’ve got too much to do now. I’m only 27.”

― Katherine Jenkins

“My father is Arnold Schwarzenegger, the governor of California, and yes, he was the Terminator! He is also a former Mr. Universe and Mr. Olympia, two titles he earned as a champion bodybuilder.”

― Katherine Schwarzenegger

“If you have a famous parent, you know that being famous doesn’t make you superior to anyone else. It just means people smile at you more. Everyone was fawning all over my father, but of course, the way you look at your parents when you’re a teen is often with a… more critical eye.”

― Katherine Waterston

“Many great stories are father issues, mother issues or death.”

― Kathleen Kennedy

“I’m really into antiques. But really into it because of my father, who got me into them in the first place. He’s an interior designer and he’s really into going to antique shows and getting up really early on Sundays and driving out to these weird little towns north of Hamilton.”

― Kathleen Robertson

“I’m very old-fashioned in some ways because of my father, who thought that being a public servant was an honor. Everyone must find a capacity in which they can serve, because we all benefit from society.”

― Kathleen Turner

“My father was a diplomatic officer. As a diplomat’s daughter, you have to learn to present yourself very early on.”

― Kathleen Turner

“I remember seeing my father only twice as a child for brief visits. As I grew up, I invented a father who was larger than life – stronger, smarter, more handsome, and even holier than other men.”

― Kathryn Harrison

“Joan of Arc was born 600 years ago. Six centuries is a long time to continue to mark the birth of a girl who, according to her family and friends, knew little more than spinning and watching over her father’s flocks.”

― Kathryn Harrison

“David Cassidy is my father, yes… But for me, it was always really important with acting to stay in class, study it, and earn it on my own. My dad didn’t help me.”

― Katie Cassidy

“My biological father and I had a really good relationship at one point. He was one of my close friends and gave me wonderful advice.”

― Katie Cassidy

“I didn’t meet my father until I was in the fourth grade.”

― Katie Cassidy

“You can go to the Internet and know more than your mom in two seconds. It’s crazy how fast teenagers have knowledge and information these days. So, I think it’s harder to say, ‘Your father and I know more than you.’”

― Katie Finneran

“All my life, I have judged my worth by how much I have been loved by a man. It’s so with a lot of women, that their self-esteem is measured by how much they are loved by a man, their partner, their boyfriend or maybe their husband. In my case, it may be because I grew up without my father.”

― Katrina Kaif

“I always knew I wanted a great man of God, someone who was going to be an inspiration for people and also be a lovely husband and father.”

― Katy Perry

“The entire island knows our father, Fred Hemmings, Jr. – kids, adults, surfers, the governor, grocery clerks, gang members who call our house at night and threaten to kill us as soon as they get out of jail. Fred was a world-champion surfer and is now a well-known, controversial politician.”

― Kaui Hart Hemmings

“Everything outside doesn’t matter when I’m on the court; it’s just me and nothing else. Family problems, school, what happened to my father, all the stress goes away.”

― Kawhi Leonard

“She had to play the role of mother and father at the same time, and she did it to perfection. I managed to find a way through because of her. My mother is my biggest inspiration.”

― Kaya Scodelario

“My mother played guitar by ear, and all of us sang except my father, bless his heart.”

― Keala Settle

“I’m adopted, so I didn’t know my father, but apparently he was pretty tall.”

― Keegan-Michael Key

“My father is Nigerian; my mother is from Texas and African-American. My father was the first in his family to go to university. He flew from Nigeria to Los Angeles in the ’70s to go to UCLA, where he met my mother. They broke up before I was born, and he returned to Nigeria.”

― Kehinde Wiley

“Baba Seva – Seva Efraimovna Gekhtman – was born in a small town in Ukraine in 1919. Her father was an accountant at a textile factory, and her mother was a nurse. Her parents moved to Moscow with her and her brothers when she was a child.”

― Keith Gessen

“Stalin was born Joseph Dzhugashvili in 1878 in Gori, Georgia, on the periphery of the Russian Empire. His father was a hard-drinking cobbler whose relationship with Joseph’s mother, Keke Geladze, came to an end when the boy was around six years old.”

― Keith Gessen

“In 1959, Moscow gave space to an exhibition of American consumer goods, and my father, also a member of this generation, tasted Pepsi for the first time.”

― Keith Gessen

“Brodsky was born in May, 1940, a year before the German invasion. His mother worked as an accountant; his father was a photographer and worked for the Navy Museum in Leningrad when Brodsky was young. They were doting parents and much beloved by Iosif Brodsky, who was their only child.”

― Keith Gessen

“Baseball began early for me. When I was 5, my father took two Little League bats and put them on a lathe. He whittled them down and sanded the bats so they were the proper size for my brother and me. He began by throwing tennis balls to us. Eventually, we practiced hitting and fielding at a field near our house.”

― Keith Hernandez

“My father was a San Francisco firefighter. He also was an amateur artist. Art ran deep on his side of the family, which originated in Spain. He painted our portraits. My mom, Jacqueline, was Scots-Irish. They met in 1947 when dad played for the Houston Buffalos, a minor league baseball team affiliated with the St. Louis Cardinals.”

― Keith Hernandez

“I remember when I was a little boy my father didn’t love me; he couldn’t. He loved my older brother but he couldn’t love me somehow, at least not in a way I could understand it.”

― Keith Miller

“Same-sex marriage would eliminate entirely in law the basic idea of a mother and a father for every child. It would create a society which deliberately chooses to deprive a child of either a mother or a father.”

― Keith O’Brien

“My father’s record collection was all country. That’s how I was exposed to it.”

― Keith Urban

“I grew up with my mom, and my mom had six kids, and I was the youngest, but I had a different father than my brothers and sisters, and I only met him when I was ten years old. Then he introduced me to his other children.”

― Keiynan Lonsdale

“My father’s a deacon, my mother’s a choir director, so I grew up in the church and singing in the choir, begging my mom if I could have a solo.”

― Keke Palmer

“My great-grandfather, Peter O’Hara, was born in Ireland, I believe, in County Clare. His father, my great-great-grandfather, had actually come to America a generation before when times were very bad in Ireland. He worked in the Pennsylvania area and did well with horses and farming.”

― Kelli O’Hara

“My father named me Kelli because ‘Kelli O’Hara’ just sounded so Irish.”

― Kelli O’Hara

“My father had four jobs every summer. He taught driver’s education. He sold World Book Encyclopedias. He sold life insurance. He worked the tobacco market. From the time I was really, really small, I went with him. Obviously, I didn’t get paid.”

― Kelvin Sampson

“One of the things I enjoy most about what I do is I can give my father joy.”

― Kelvin Sampson

“My main influence was my father. He was a great high school coach. I thought one day, if I got lucky, I could be a head high school coach.”

― Kelvin Sampson

“My mother and father were interested in the arts.”

― Ken Adam

“My father believed a real man didn’t read, and my parents hoped I’d get some sense and find a job in insurance.”

― Ken Bruen

“When I was a boy, my father used to criticize me for – it’s hard to translate – I guess you could say ‘mindless time.’ Thinking what to do. I need to be bored so I can be pushed into doing something.”

― Ken Hakuta

“I was brought up in a Christian home in Australia with a father who was very bold about his faith.”

― Ken Ham

“There is something special and different about being a father to twin daughters.”

― Ken Jeong

“I don’t really believe in the Devil, but if the Devil is the Father of Lies, then he certainly invented the Internet.”

― Ken MacLeod

“I read ‘the Hobbit’ at the age when you’re supposed to read it. I didn’t read ‘The Lord Of The Rings.’ My father, who was an English teacher, advised me that once I had read ‘the Hobbit,’ that would be enough. I could then move on to Dostoyevsky.”

― Ken Stott

“My father taught me that the easiest thing to do was to quit. He’d say, ‘It doesn’t take any talent to do that.’”

― Ken Venturi

“My father was a man of few words.”

― Ken Venturi

“When my father spoke, it was to say something meaningful.”

― Ken Venturi

“While I didn’t have a father around, I did have – and what I want my children to both experience – the ability to explore, experiment and enjoy life as a kid.”

― Kendra Wilkinson

“’Thor’ has got several big battles in it, a reckless, headstrong young hero who has to confront his past and deal with a complicated relationship with his father, it has lots of savage Europeans hacking each other to death at various points, and all of this sounded very much like ‘Henry V.’”

― Kenneth Branagh

“There was a strong focus on performance and respect for people. And one of the points that my father always made was that with all the challenges and obstacles and barriers, the one thing you can control is your performance. And that is one thing I have tried to adhere to throughout my career.”

― Kenneth Chenault

“I told my extremely conservative, uber-traditional Korean father, ‘Hey, Dad, I know what I want to do for the rest of my life. I want to be an actor.’”

― Kenneth Choi

“My father, Philip Fisher, was the toughest guy I ever knew. An example: He had terrible teeth, yet he got his fillings done without ever using a painkiller. Now, that’s tough!”

― Kenneth Fisher

“My father was born in the year 1900 in South Carolina, and he grew up at a time where being an African-American child in the American South was to be deprived of access to anything close to a reasonable education. He only had three years of formal education, but he was self-taught. He read two newspapers a day.”

― Kenneth Frazier

“My father, to me, was 10 feet tall.”

― Kenneth Frazier

“My father was on the faculty in the Chemistry Department of Harvard University; my mother had one year of graduate work in physics before her marriage.”

― Kenneth G. Wilson

“Oh, Mr Coward, sir – I could never have an affair with you, because you remind me of my father!”

― Kenneth More

“I had to get in touch with the source, I had to go back into my abandonment issues with my mother, I had to go into issues with my father I hadn’t even looked at before.”

― Kenny Loggins

“My mother and father didn’t treat my brothers and sisters the same, so to treat 12 players exactly the same, that’s a great accomplishment.”

― Kenny Smith

“Until you have a son of your own… you will never know the joy, the love beyond feeling that resonates in the heart of a father as he looks upon his son.”

― Kent Nerburn

“It is much easier to become a father than to be one.”

― Kent Nerburn

“My father lost a lung in a chemical accident at General Motors, and after a while, he got a settlement that sort of changed all of our lives and moved us from, what we say, ‘ashy to classy’ in some aspects.”

― Kenya Barris

“I didn’t have a father when I was growing up, and I vowed to be there with my kids.”

― Kenyon Martin

“Of course there’s some things that I would have liked to have… none of my friends growing up had their father in the house. None of ’em. We had uncles and stuff like that, but nobody had a father in the house, none of my friends.”

― Kenyon Martin

“My father was the nurturing one, the one who always made sure my sister and I ate properly and that our hair was brushed… He really took care of the logistics of our upbringing.”

― Kenza Fourati

“I grew up thinking my father was tacky. There was no color coordination. It was whatever was cool. ‘These sweatpants are cool. I’ll wear them with these shoes that are cool.’ He had less inhibitions. I wasn’t respectful of his swag then.”

― Kerby Jean-Raymond

“There were times when gangs would approach me, but my father was way stronger than them. They would come make threats and stuff, and I was like, ‘You don’t know the opposition I’ve got upstairs. I’m not scared of you.’”

― Kerby Jean-Raymond

“I grew up in East Flatbush, Brooklyn. At the time I was growing up with my father – before it was gentrified – it was a very rough neighborhood. He felt that if I got into or started embracing the rap culture, I would be one step closer to being on the streets.”

― Kerby Jean-Raymond

“My mother – who’s from Iowa – owns and runs her own day-care centre, while my father’s a developer. And my musical influences, I think, came from my father’s side of the family.”

― Keri Hilson

“As an actor, it’s a very strange adjustment to start playing the father. I was used to playing a kid my whole life, and then all of a sudden, it’s like, boom. I guess when I let my hair go grey, things changed.”

― Kerr Smith

“My mother is my biggest role model, and she showed me how to do it right. She was very present in our lives and has a great career of her own. Same with my father. So I knew it was possible going in to stay closely connected to my children while also chasing big dreams. And it’s given me great perspective.”

― Kerri Walsh Jennings

“I’m used to riding horses. My father used to breed horses when I was a child. I grew up in Tipperary, in the country, and lots of people have horses there. If my parents hadn’t been in the business, we would have them anyway, as pets. And my cousin Richard is a jockey.”

― Kerry Condon

“I’m used to riding horses. My father used to breed horses when I was a child. I grew up in Tipperary, in the country, and lots of people have horses there.”

― Kerry Condon

“Every father loves their children. I love my two sons very dearly. The only thing that is important to me is that they do what they want to do. They shouldn’t feel a sense of obligation.”

― Kerry Stokes

“My father was into fame and leaving his mark. He was a city planner, sort of a genius in that world, the Robert Moses of Philadelphia. He was on the cover of ‘Time’ once, and I remember going to his office and seeing, like, two hundred copies, which he would hand out to people.”

― Kevin Bacon

“I wasn’t going off to New York to be more famous than my father, but in retrospect, that certainly was driving me. He was famous in Philadelphia, but it was also really important to him to be famous. And to a certain extent, I got some of that, even though there were parts of it that horrified me.”

― Kevin Bacon

“I still want to make Kyra proud of the person I am – father, husband, actor, musician.”

― Kevin Bacon

“I remember, as a child, a particular groan that my father would sound when he crawled from the bed in the morning. I hear the same groan now, precisely, every morning, when I emerge from my own lair. It’s more than an expression of physical weariness – it’s an aching of the soul. Even the groans get passed down.”

― Kevin Barry

“Both my parents died on the young side. My father was 45, and my mother was 61, so cancer’s affected me in a big way.”

― Kevin Connolly

“Some of us live a Christian life as if we’re always under the stern, watchful eye of our Father and he is very impossible to please… No, God delights even in our heartfelt attempts at obedience.”

― Kevin DeYoung

“I had a great bond with my father. Even when I was a kid, my bond with my dad made me want to be a father myself one day.”

― Kevin Frazier

“Talking through troubles, staying calm in the face of adversity, that’s what my father taught me. It’s an invaluable lesson because there’s no shortage of adversity and mistakes to be dealt with.”

― Kevin Frazier

“Dale Jr. has never gotten a fair shake from the start because, guess what? He’s not his father. He was always supposed to have been someone else. The pressure he’s under is unreal.”

― Kevin Harvick

“Don’t be surprised if you don’t connect as a father right away. That’s the one thing… No one ever talked to me about it.”

― Kevin Jonas

“I would love to play for Leonard Hamilton and follow in the footsteps of my father at Florida State, where he played wide receiver and after a great career as a Seminole was drafted into the NFL.”

― Kevin Knox

“My father went to boarding school in Sydney when he was 14.”

― Kevin Kwan

“My father grew up in a life of extreme privilege.”

― Kevin Kwan

“It used to be, on TV, you’d see only two types of Asians. You’d see the science geek who’s using his mobile phone or something like that, or you’d see a very token Asian family – yuppie mother and father and two little Asian kids. It’s the last barrier for Hollywood.”

― Kevin Kwan

“My father came from old money. There was less of an expectation for the children to earn a living.”

― Kevin Kwan

“My father, an engineer, was the gentlest man I knew.”

― Kevin McCloud

“I was born in St. Louis; I lived there for three weeks and then my father graduated from St. Louis University, so we all got in the car and split. I don’t really remember much. I grew up in Connecticut most of my life and then four years in Germany. My father worked for a helicopter company, so we went over there.”

― Kevin Nealon

“My dad’s father would take me to WWE shows when I was younger, and my other grandfather, my mom’s dad, would watch wrestling with me at the house. They just really enjoyed it. Unfortunately, they both passed away before I signed with WWE.”

― Kevin Owens

“The male role models I had all seemed to have been in the military. My father served in the army. My uncle was in the Marine Corps. Both of my grandfathers served in WWII. There weren’t any career soldiers in my family, but when I was young it seemed like a way of arriving at adulthood.”

― Kevin Powers

“My mom sang in high school choir and so did my father.”

― Kevin Richardson

“Fights with my father were really quite brutal. I would not live his vision. I would not become who he wanted me to be. Everything I did was criticized. I would spend three months drawing something and show him, and he would look up from his paper and just look back down. I got no approval from him for anything I did that was creative.”

― Kevyn Aucoin

“I was told bedtime stories by my father or my grandmother. Books, I mostly read on my own in bed.”

― Khaled Hosseini

“I grew up in a society with a very ancient and strong oral storytelling tradition. I was told stories, as a child, by my grandmother, and my father as well.”

― Khaled Hosseini

“Whenever we were on the road when I was younger, I remember my father pointing out the trucks that had ‘Mack’ on them.”

― Khalil Mack

“My father instilled those hard-working values.”

― Khalil Mack

“My father raised us like… we were not allowed to see people in any sort of colors, but also we were not allowed to call people fat. If ever we were to say, ‘Oh that fat person, or this person,’ he would make us put a bar of soap in our mouth and count to 10. We weren’t allowed to look at people like that.”

― Khloe Kardashian

“It is disgusting that ‘Life & Style’ and ‘InTouch’ magazines continue to print these false stories about my life: the status of my marriage, false reports about a miscarriage, the horrible lie that my dad is not my biological father, jealousy over my sisters’ lives, etc.”

― Khloe Kardashian

“I was born and brought up in South Mumbai. My father, Jagdeep, is a businessman and a Sindhi. My mother is half Brit and half Muslim. I am thus a cocktail of mixed blood. From the time I remember, I wanted to be an actress.”

― Kiara Advani

“Being a father helps me be more responsible… you see more things than you’ve ever seen.”

― Kid Rock

“But I’m a great father. That’s why I got custody.”

― Kid Rock

“You know, I guess there’s enough information out there to support that I’m a crazy, wild dude and rock and roll and this, that and the other. And there’s enough information to support that, you know, I’m a single father, that, you kn