Happy Real Father’s Day: the Good, the Bad, the Ugly.

Via Waylon Lewis
on Jun 16, 2012
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I can wish Happy Father’s Day to all—those lucky enough to be raised gently, yet firmly, by kind fathers…so we had an idea of how to be good fathers from the get-go…and those who never had any real example. Either way, we must all learn along the way, and do a mite better than our best.

Here’s what I think about when I think about Father’s Day. And to counteract that, below, some inspiring/cute images.

But first, some quotes, of the good and the bad, the hopeful and the frank:

“When one has not had a good father, one must create one.”
~ Friedrich Nietzsche

“I cannot think of any need in childhood as strong as the need for a father’s protection.”
~ Sigmund Freud

“The father who does not teach his son his duties is equally guilty with the son who neglects them.”
~ Confucius

“The most important thing a father can do for his children is to love their mother.”
~ Henry Ward Beecher

“A new father quickly learns that his child invariably comes to the bathroom at precisely the times when he’s in there, as if he needed company. The only way for this father to be certain of bathroom privacy is to shave at the gas station.”
~ Bill Cosby

“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

“I felt something impossible for me to explain in words. Then, when they took her away, it hit me. I got scared all over again and began to feel giddy. Then it came to me… I was a father.”
~ Nat King Cole

“When you teach your son, you teach your son’s son.”
~ The Talmud

“Until you have a son of your own… you will never know the joy, the love beyond feeling that resonates in the heart of a father as he looks upon his son. You will never know the sense of honor that makes a man want to be more than he is and to pass something good and hopeful into the hands of his son. And you will never know the heartbreak of the fathers who are haunted by the personal demons that keep them from being the men they want their sons to be. ”
~ Kent Nerburn

“The father is always a Republican toward his son, and his mother’s always a Democrat.”
~ Robert Frost

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

“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

“How true Daddy’s words were when he said: ‘All children must look after their own upbringing.’ Parents can only give good advice or put them on the right paths, but the final forming of a person’s character lies in their own hands.”
~ Anne Frank

“Nothing I’ve ever done has given me more joys and rewards than being a father to my children.”
~ Bill Cosby

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

“My father? I never knew him. Never even seen a picture of him.”
~ Eminem

“The human father has to be confronted and recognized as human, as man who created a child and then, by his absence, left the child fatherless and then Godless.”
~ Anais Nin

“My father was not a failure. After all, he was the father of a president of the United States.”
~ Harry S. Truman








About Waylon Lewis

Waylon Lewis, founder of elephant magazine, now elephantjournal.com & host of Walk the Talk Show with Waylon Lewis, is a 1st generation American Buddhist “Dharma Brat." Voted #1 in U.S. on twitter for #green two years running, Changemaker & Eco Ambassador by Treehugger, Green Hero by Discovery’s Planet Green, Best (!) Shameless Self-Promoter at Westword's Web Awards, Prominent Buddhist by Shambhala Sun, & 100 Most Influential People in Health & Fitness 2011 by "Greatist", Waylon is a mediocre climber, lazy yogi, 365-day bicycle commuter & best friend to Redford (his rescue hound). His aim: to bring the good news re: "the mindful life" beyond the choir & to all those who didn't know they gave a care. elephantjournal.com | His first book, Things I would like to do with You, is now available.


6 Responses to “Happy Real Father’s Day: the Good, the Bad, the Ugly.”

  1. […] In front of a temple an old woman had white birds in a cage. Her face was life. I paid her a hundred baht for Sam to open the cage and free the birds. When they whooshed past her, bringing her twelve-year-old head sharply back, her eyes widened. For that one moment all the doubting stopped and I was a good father. […]

  2. Robert_Piper says:

    That starship trooper photo is the funniest thing I've ever seen in my life.

  3. Isabel says:

    N.10 is my favorite!

  4. tridentgirl says:

    intensely bittersweet.

  5. elephantjournal says:

    Trident Girl!

  6. tridentgirl says:

    The Mischievous Adventures of Trident Boy and Trident Girl
    to be continued…