About fathers

| 14 Jun 2012 | 01:03

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

    Sigmund Freud "Fathers, like mothers, are not born. Men grow into fathers - and fathering is a very important stage in their development."

    David M. Gottesman "Any man can be a Father but it takes someone special to be a dad."

    Anne Geddes "My father didn't tell me how to live; he lived, and let me watch him do it."

    Clarence Budington Kelland "When I was a kid, I said to my father one afternoon, 'Daddy, will you take me to the zoo?' He answered, 'If the zoo wants you, let them come and get you.'" -- Jerry Lewis

    "Sometimes the poorest man leaves his children the richest inheritance."

    Ruth E. Renkel "It's only when you grow up, and step back from him, or leave him for your own career and your own home—it's only then that you can measure his greatness and fully appreciate it. Pride reinforces love."

    Margaret Truman "A truly rich man is one whose children run into his arms when his hands are empty."

    Unknown "By the time a man realizes that maybe his father was right, he usually has a son who thinks he's wrong."

    Charles Wadsworth “If the new American father feels bewildered and even defeated, let him take comfort from the fact that whatever he does in any fathering situation has a fifty percent chance of being right.”

    Bill Cosby “I talk and talk and talk, and I haven’t taught people in 50 years what my father taught by example in one week.”

    Mario Cuomo “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 "The older I get, the smarter my father seems to get.”

    Tim Russert “When I was a boy of fourteen, my father was so ignorant I could hardly stand to have the old man around. But when I got to be twenty-one, I was astonished at how much he had learned in seven years.”

    Mark Twain ”Spread the diaper in the position of the diamond with you at bat. Then fold second base down to home and set the baby on the pitcher’s mound. Put first base and third together, bring up home plate and pin the three together. Of course, in case of rain, you gotta call the game and start all over again.”

    Jimmy Piersal, on how to diaper a baby.