15 Words of Wisdom for Fathers

As a father, I try to regularly remind myself of what it means to be a good Dad.

I wish I had this job all figured out.

It takes experience. A lot of it.

And with experience (and good role models) comes wisdom.

Unfortunately, I tend to overlook that wisdom with so many distractions in life that often offer no value.

Do others feel the same way?

Do you ever look back at your day or weekend, and ask… what exactly did I accomplish?

I know I do.

So I seek daily words of wisdom to keep me on track.

For Father’s Day, I received a little inspirational book from my mother-in-law titled Wise Words for Fantastic Fathers.

So I offer the following excerpts for fathers everywhere and every day…

1. “My father gave me the greatest gift anyone could give another person – he believed in me.” ~Jim Valvano

2.“Every father should remember that one day his child will follow his example instead of his advice.” ~Unknown

3. “The world is a dangerous place, not because of those who do evil, but because of those who look on and do nothing.” ~Albert Einstein

4. “The world makes way for the man who knows where he is going.” ~Ralph Waldo Emerson

5. “Live so that when your children think of fairness and integrity, they think of you.” ~H.Jackson Brown

6. “Bricks and mortar make a house, but the laughter of children makes a home.” ~Irish Proverb

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

8. “A child identifies his parents with God, whether the adults want that role or not. Most people “see” God the way they perceive their earthly fathers.” ~James Dobson

9. “What higher form of respect and love can you demonstrate than to put yourself aside and give nothing but a few minutes of your attention?” ~Chris Ewing

10. “One of life’s greatest mysteries is how the boy who wasn’t good enough to marry your daughter can be the father of the smartest grandchild in the world.” ~Jewish Proverb

11. “Never mistake knowledge for wisdom. One helps you make a living; the other helps you make a life.” ~Sandra Carey

12.  “The purpose of life is a life of purpose.” ~Robert Byrne

13. “We don’t stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing.” ~George Bernard Shaw

14. “On how to diaper a baby:

Spread the diaper in 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 Piersall

15. “The most important thing a father can do for his children is to love their mother.” ~David O. McKay

Which quote of wisdom is your favorite? Other suggestions?


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  • Richr529

    Children do not come with instruction manuals. Fatherhood involves a lot of “trial and error”.

    Thanks for your inspiration!

  • Terry Shelton

     Hey Brent, thanks for posting this article.  So important.  This one is my favorite quote.  As men, we have to lead or families.  It is not what you say that counts it is what you do that your family is modeling.  If more fathers lived by the below quote, our society would be 110% better.  Thanks for taking the time to post this.

    “Live so that when your children think of fairness and integrity, they think of you.” ~H.Jackson Brown

    • Brent Peterson

       Thank you Terry for sharing. That’s a great quote indeed!

  • Brent Peterson

     I’m not completely sure. Why do you ask?

  • Donovan Grant

    Great post Brent. You got some great quotes there and it’s tough to pick a best one. I chose this one because it reminded me of my own father in so many ways. He passed away in 2000 but his strength,wisdom and love lives on in all our family and especially our mum. Thanks alot for this article.
    “The most important thing a father can do for his children is to love their mother.”

    • Brent Peterson

      Thank you Donovan for sharing. There’s my favorite quote too!

  • Dawn Smith

    My favorite from your list is #15. However first and for most my favorite is the words penned by Moses inspired by God. Deuteronomy 6:4-9 ESV “Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one. (5) You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. (6) And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. (7) You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise. (8) You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. (9) You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates

    • Brent Peterson

      Thank you Dawn for sharing your gracious wisdom. It is appreciated as always.