Happy Father’s Day!

One of the funniest messages I received this morning…

Why is Father’s Day celebrated just days after June 12, Independence Day? To remind us, fathers, that we were once free men!

Now on to the more serious ones… Here are quotations I compiled about dads…

“I actually tell my son that I don’t have any hair because he asked me the same question that I gave him when he was born, so he actually still believes that. He’s five years old.” – Andre Agassi

“Don’t make a baby if you can’t be a father.” – Anonymous

“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 Truman

“My dad was my best friend and greatest role model. I’m overwhelmed when I think of all of the great things he accomplished in his life. He was an amazing dad, coach, mentor, soldier, husband and friend. I wouldn’t be where I am today without him.” – Tiger Woods

“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

“I learned a lot from my father (Angel). He is hard working and he gives his best in everything he does.” – Paeng Nepomuceno

“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 he had learned in seven years.” – Mark Twain

“Small boys become big men through the influence of big men who care about small boys.” – Anonymous

“If a son is uneducated, his dad is to blame.” – Chinese Proverb

“By profession, I am a soldier and take pride in that fact. But I am infinitely prouder to be a father. A soldier destroys in order to build; the father only builds, never destroys. The one has the potentiality of death; the other embodies creation and life… It is my hope that my son, when I am gone, will remember me not from the battle field but in the home repeating with him our simple daily prayer, ‘Our Father who art in Heaven.’” – Douglas Macarthur

“He didn’t tell me how to live; he lived, and let me watch him do it.” – Clarence Budington Kelland

“A man never stands as tall as when he kneels to help a child.” – Knights of Pythagoras

“My father actually moved out from Chicago just so he could play tennis 365 days a year, so 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

“By the time a man realizes that maybe his father was right, he usually has a son who thinks he’s wrong.” – Charles Wadsworth

“My dad is my dad. I love him, and I realize that he’s as famous as he is. Of course, I don’t look at him like everybody else does. Because I know his little faults, I know his weaknesses. Nobody’s perfect. But he’s my dad. Just like your dad is to you.” – Laila Ali on Muhammad Ali

A small boy’s definition: “Father’s Day is like Mother’s Day, only you don’t spend as much on the present.”

“I have never been a material girl. My father always told me never to love anything that cannot love you back.” – Imelda Marcos

“In retrospect, golf for me was an apparent attempt to emulate the person I looked up to more than anyone: my father. He was instrumental in helping me develop the drive to achieve, but his role, as well as my mother’s, was one of support and guidance, not interference.” – Tiger Woods

“A truly rich man is one whose children run into his arms when his hands are empty.” – Unknown

“The older I get, the smarter my father seems to get.” – Tim Russert

“As a parent, you have to simplify it as much as possible to show them that, either way, I still love you if you miss that shot. It’s tougher for me than you. Because my oldest thinks he should be the next Michael Jordan. Just by birthright. And to try to talk him out of it, my wife and I are driving ourselves nuts to say, ‘Hey kid, just have a good time.’ There’s only one Michael Jordan.” – MJ

“The worst misfortune that can happen to an ordinary man is to have an extraordinary father.” – Austin O’Malley

“My father gave me the greatest gift anyone could give another person, he believed in me.” – Jim Valvano

John Pages

By John Pages

I've been a sports columnist since 1994. First, in The Freeman newspaper under "Tennis Is My Game." Then, starting in 2003, with Sun.Star Cebu under the name "Match Point." Happy reading!

1 comment

  1. Hey John!
    Nice quotes, my fave is:
    “He didn’t tell me how to live; he lived, and let me watch him do it.” – Clarence Budington Kelland


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