Fathers’ Love

Posted on in Features by Rob Sidon

father with baby


Fathers are characteristically unobvious expressers of love. Unlike moms who bear children in their womb and feed from their bosom, the dads support from a bit further away. Typically the breadwinner, Dad contributes strong silent masculine leadership in contrast with Mommy’s intimacy and feminine expressiveness. But make no mistake—the unconditional love is there.

Common Ground is proud to showcase this multifaceted homage of quotes and images reflecting the unsung grace and beauty of papa love. To all the valiant and self-sacrificing fathers—thank you!

man and boy

The greatest gift I ever had came from God;
I call him Dad!

—John Walter Bratton

man and child near the sea

The heart of a father is the
masterpiece of nature.


man and boy laugh

My father gave me the greatest
gift anyone could give another
person, he believed in me.

—Jim Valvano

a man and a girl are sleeping

I cannot think of any need in
childhood as strong as the need for a
father’s protection.

—Sigmund Freud

father holding his child

Fathering is the most masculine
thing a man can do.

—Frank Pittman

father kissing his child
baby girl kissing her father

Dads don’t need to be tall and
broad-shouldered and clever.
Love makes them so.

—Pam Brown

father lies on the bed and lifts his daughter into the air

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

father and son playing football

It is a wise father that
knows his own child.

—William Shakespeare

father and son fishing
father and his daughter kiss

I believe that what we become depends on
what our fathers teach us at odd moments,
when they aren’t trying to teach us. We are
formed by little scraps of wisdom.

—Umberto Eco

father and his son are walking along the coast
father and son in the glasses

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. You
will never know the sense of honor that makes a man
want to be more than he is and to pass something
good and hopeful into the hands of his son. And you
will never know the heartbreak of the fathers who
are haunted by the personal demons that keep them
from being the men they want their sons to be.

—Kent Nerburn

father holds his child on his left hand

Every father should remember one
day his son will follow his example,
not his advice.

—Charles Kettering

father and his daughter laugh

My heart is happy, my mind is free. I
had a father who talked with me.

—Hilde Bigelow

father teaches the child to walk

Noble fathers have noble children.


child touches father's lips

You will find that if you
really try to be a father, your
child will meet you halfway.

—Robert Brault

father and child are sleeping

Not every successful man is
a good father. But every good
father is a successful man.

—Robert Duvall

father holding his child

The father who would taste the essence of his fatherhood must
turn back from the plane of his experience, take with him the fruits
of his journey, and begin again beside his child, marching step by
step over the same old road.

—Angelo Patri

father holds his son by the hand

One father is more than a
hundred schoolmasters.

—George Herbert

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