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Words of Inspiration: Fathers

Quotes on the death, dying and grief caused by the loss of a father


Updated July 07, 2014

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While words can never fully express how much someone means to us, language can still provide comfort, solace, hope and even inspiration following the death of a loved one. Here, you will find a select collection of quotes on the death, dying and grief caused by the loss of a father. You might find these lines helpful when writing a eulogy or condolence letter, particularly if you're having trouble finding the right words and need inspiration.

Author unknown
A truly rich man is one whose children run into his arms when his hands are empty.

Euripides, Greek playwright
To a father growing old nothing is dearer than a daughter.

Anne Geddes, Australian photographer
Any man can be a father but it takes someone special to be a dad.

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

Jim Valvano, American college basketball coach
My father gave me the greatest gift anyone could give another person, he believed in me.

Author unknown
Every father should remember that one day his son will follow his example instead of his advice.

Billy Graham, American Christian evangelist
A good father is one of the most unsung, unpraised, unnoticed, and yet one of the most valuable assets in our society.

Lee Iacocca, American businessman
My father always used to say that when you die, if you've got five real friends, then you've had a great life.

Wilhelm Busch, German cartoonist and artist
Becoming a father is easy enough, but being one can be very rough.

Author unknown
Dad: A son's first hero, a daughter's first love.

Anne Sexton, American poet
It doesn't matter who my father was; it matters who I remember he was.

Bill Cosby, American comedian and actor
Fatherhood is pretending the present you love most is soap-on-a-rope.

Robert Frost, American poet
You don't have to deserve your mother's love. You have to deserve your father's.

Author unknown
A father carries pictures where his money used to be.

Johann Christoph Friedrich von Schiller, German poet, author and philosopher
It is not flesh and blood but the heart which makes us fathers and sons.

Pope John XXIII
It is easier for a father to have children than for children to have a real father.

Enid Bagnold, English author
A father is always making his baby into a little woman. And when she is a woman he turns her back again.

Author unknown
Small boys become big men through the influence of big men who care about small boys.

Johan August Strindberg, Swedish playwright and poet
That is the thankless position of the father in the family -- the provider for all, and the enemy of all.

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