It’s Father’s Day this Sunday Down Under, so we’re taking a moment to remember our dads. We thank them for giving us the luxury of looking back on our childhood with great fondness, a smile widening on our faces and a million other reasons big and small.
To set off those pangs of warm sentimentality, here are some of our favourite ‘dad- and-me” moments and 10 great father quotes in ode of all the things that make our dads heroes.
Feeling the pinch to go out and get him the greatest gift of all time? Our Father’s Day gift guide was made for that.
- “I know what a good man is because I saw it in my father.” – Raimond Gaita
2. “He has always provided me a safe place to land and a hard place from which to launch.” – Chelsea Clinton on dad, Bill Clinton
3. “One of the unseen benefits of having children is that they deliver you from your own selfishness. There’s no going back.” – Martin Amis
4. “Fatherhood is pretending the present you love most is soap-on-a-rope.” – Bill Cosby
5. “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
6. “Having children is like living in a frat house – nobody sleeps, everything’s broken, and there’s a lot of throwing up.” – Ray Romano
7. “My father used to say that it’s never too late to do anything you wanted to do. And he said, ‘You never know what you can accomplish until you try.” Michael Jordan
8. “The terrible discovery that men make about their fathers sooner or later… that the man before [them] was not an aging father but a boy, a boy much like themselves, a boy who grew up and had a child of his own and, as best he could, out of a sense of duty and, perhaps love, adopted a role called Being a Father so that his child would have something mythical and infinitely important: a Protector, who would keep a lid on all the chaotic and catastrophic possibilities of life.” – Tom Wolfe
9. “My father didn’t tell me how to live. He lived, and let me watch him do it.” – Clarence Budington Kelland
10. “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