Cheerful Real Father’s Day!

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Cheerful Real Father’s Day!

In honor of Father’s Day, or Real Father’s Day as I like to call it, here’s 10 meaningful quotes.

But first! What’s a “real” father? The gentleman who shows up. Who loves, teaches, protects, serves, advises. It’s got very little to do with biology, and everything to do with caring. I write about that here in some depth: “Unhappy Father’s Day.”

And so I honor real fathers. I look forward to being one. I’ll make a ton of mistakes, every day, I’m sure. But I’ll show up. I’ll care. I can’t wait (that said, I’m in no rush).

Enjoy these quotes—I selected ones that honor all you real fathers out there:

“It is easy for a father to have children than for children to have a real father.” ~ Pope John XXIII

“It is much easier to become a father than to be one.” ~ Kent Nerburn

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

“Parents aren’t ‘good parents’ because they’re perfect. They’re good parents because they strive to do the best they can.” ~ Isaac Podolefsky

“A man’s worth is measured by how he parents his children. What he gives them, what he keeps away from them, the lessons he teaches and the lessons he allows them to learn on their own.” ~ Lisa Rogers

“At a time of reproductive freedom for women, fatherhood must be more than a matter of DNA. A man must choose to be a father in the same way that a woman chooses to be a mother.” ~ Mel Feit

“It is a wise father that knows his own child.” ~ William Shakespeare

“Why are men reluctant to become fathers? They aren’t through being children.” ~ Cindy Garner

“To support mother and father, to cherish wife and children, and to have a simple livelihood; this is a great blessing.” ~ Buddha

Yours in the Vision of an Enlightened Society,

Waylon Lewis


Relephant bonus:

My favorite poem.



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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.


One Response to “Cheerful Real Father’s Day!”

  1. topbangkokrhino says:

    It is easy for a father to have children than for children to have a real father- I strongly agree with this

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