A few inspirational quotes for Father’s Day…

“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.”

— Attributed to Mark Twain
The Reader’s Digest, September 1939

“As fathers commonly go, it is seldom a misfortune to be fatherless; and considering the general run of sons, as seldom a misfortune to be childless.”

— Lord Chesterfield
Letters, 1751

“Fathers should be neither seen nor heard. That is the only proper basis for family life.”

— Oscar Wilde
An Ideal Husband, 1895

“A father is a banker provided by nature.”

— Unknown
Quoted in The Oxford Book of Aphorisms, 1983

“What a dreadful thing it must be to have a dull father.”

— Mary Mapes Dodge
Hans Brinker, or The Silver Skates, 1865

“The thing to remember about fathers is, they’re men.
A girl has to keep it in mind:
They are dragon-seekers, bent on improbable rescues.
Scratch any father, you find
Someone chock-full of qualms and romantic terrors,
Believing change is a threat–
Like your first shoes with heels on, like your first bicycle
It took such months to get.”

— Phyllis McGinley
Times Three, 1960