A Literary Father’s Day: 5 fabulous quotes about fathers

Just a few of my favorite literary quotes about fathers, to celebrate Father’s Day:

My two favorite dads: my own dad, and my sons' dad

My two favorite dads: my own dad, and my sons’ dad

“Goodbye, Papa, you saved me. You taught me to read.” – Markus Zusak, The Book Thief

“A man can know his father, or his son, and there might still be nothing between them but loyalty and love and mutual incomprehension.” – Marilynne Robinson, Gilead

“What we become depends on what our fathers teach us at odd moments, when they aren’t trying to teach us.” – Umberto Eco, Foucault’s Pendulum

“Perhaps that is what it means to be a father – to teach your children to live without you.” – Nicole Krauss, The History of Love

“He did not do the things our schoolmates fathers did: he never went hunting, he did not play poker or fish or smoke. He sat in the livingroom and read … When he gave us our air-rifles Atticus wouldn’t teach us to shoot … ‘I’d rather you shoot at tin cans in the back yard, but I know you’ll go after birds. Shoot all the bluejays you want, if you can hit ’em, but remember it’s a sin to kill a mockingbird.'” – Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird

For some more great writing about fatherhood, visit The Dad App. – Meg

 

1st BOOKS is hosted by MEG WAITE CLAYTON

New York Times-bestselling author of five novels, including the forthcoming The Race for Paris (August 11) and The Wednesday Sisters (a writing group novel). Essays for The Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, Forbes, Writer's Digest, Runner's World, and public radio.


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