Happy Father’s Day! Sibylle’s Favorite Quotes on Fatherhood

June 18, 2017 11:36 am Last Updated: June 18, 2017 11:38 am

Today we celebrate the fathers in our lives. A special day to recognize them, praise them, show them our love and appreciation and give them thanks.

Compiling quotes on fatherhood made me realize we don’t have as many quotes available on fathers than we do have for mothers. It is true that there is a special relationship between a mother and her child, enhanced by the unique bonding of pregnancy, but fathers play also a very crucial role and are an important figure in the lives of their children. They are either a role model to follow for some, or a model not to follow for others… Whatever the situation may be for you, a father is somebody that, generally speaking, does the best he can with whatever he has to be a good father for his children. A man who loves, like a mother, his children and wants the best for them.

There are not one but a million ways to be a good father and today, it is a day to pause and thank them. To the newest father like George Clooney to all the fathers out there; to the fathers who will be fathers again and embrace fatherhood with renewed joy; to the future Dads who cannot wait to embrace fatherhood soon or one day in the future; to the step fathers who have children of heart and to the fathers who are no longer with us but are cherished in our hearts, we want to wish you a Happy Father’s Day with much love and appreciation. And to my Dad, I will say it in French: bonne fête papa!

Sibylle Eschapasse and her father Rene-Victor Eschapasse in Paris. (Thomas Eschapasse)
Sibylle Eschapasse and her father Rene-Victor Eschapasse in La Baule, France. (Marie-Astrid Eschapasse)
A good father is one of the most unsung, unpraised, unnoticed, and yet one of the most valuable assets in our society.
— Billy Graham
My father gave me the greatest gift anyone could give another person, he believed in me.
— Jim Valvano
When I was a boy of 14, my father was so ignorant, I could hardly stand to have the old man around. But when I got to be 21, I was astonished at how much the old man had learned in seven years.
— Mark Twain
I have found the best way to give advice to your children is to find out what they want and then advise them to do it.
— Harry S. Truman
Young Sibylle Eschapasse and older siblings pose with father Rene-Victor Eschapasse in front of the Mont-Blanc mountain.  (Marie-Astrid Eschapasse)
Young Sibylle Eschapasse and older siblings pose with father Rene-Victor Eschapasse in front of the Mont-Blanc mountain. (Marie-Astrid Eschapasse)
There are three stages of a man’s life: He believes in Santa Claus, he doesn’t believe in Santa Claus, he is Santa Claus.
— Anonymous
A child looks up at the stars and wonders. Great fathers put a child on his shoulders and helps them to grab a star.
— Reed Markham
Having a staring contest with a newborn is one of the weirdest things you will ever do. And it is highly recommended.
— Ross McCammon
A man is not complete until he has seen the baby he has made.
— Sammy Davis, Jr.
Sibylle Eschapasse and father Rene-Victor Eschapasse in Malaga airport, Spain. (Marie-Astrid Eschapasse)
Sibylle Eschapasse and father Rene-Victor Eschapasse in Malaga airport, Spain. (Marie-Astrid Eschapasse)
Any fool can have a child. That doesn’t make you a father. It’s the courage to raise a child that makes you a father.
— President Barack Obama
It doesn’t matter who my father was; it matters who I remember he was.
— Anne Sexton
It is admirable for a man to take his son fishing, but there is a special place in heaven for the father who takes his daughter shopping.
— John Sinor
Fatherhood is great because you can ruin someone from scratch.
— Jon Stewart
Young Sibylle Eschapasse and father Rene-Victor Eschapasse in Les Arcs, France. (Marie-Astrid Eschapasse)
Young Sibylle Eschapasse and father Rene-Victor Eschapasse in Les Arcs, France. (Marie-Astrid Eschapasse)
Lately all my friends are worried that they’re turning into their fathers. I’m worried that I’m not.
— Dan Zevin
One father is more than a hundred schoolmasters.
— George Herbert
It is not flesh and blood but the heart that makes us fathers and sons.
— Friedrich Schiller
Sibylle Eschapasse and her father Rene-Victor Eschapasse in Paris. (Thomas Eschapasse)
Sibylle Eschapasse and her father Rene-Victor Eschapasse in Paris. (Thomas Eschapasse)
I have never been a material girl. My father always told me never to love anything that cannot love you back.
— Imelda Marcos
He has always provided me a safe place to land and a hard place from which to launch.
— Chelsea Clinton
Any man can be a father but it takes someone special to be a Dad.
— Anne Geddes
Sibylle Eschapasse and her father Rene-Victor Eschapasse on the beach in La Baule, France.  (Marie-Astrid Eschapasse)
Sibylle Eschapasse and her father Rene-Victor Eschapasse on the beach in La Baule, France. (Marie-Astrid Eschapasse)
When my father didn’t have my hand, he had my back.
— Linda Poindexter
A step father is so much more than just a father: they made the choice to love when they didn’t have to.
— Anonymous