To celebrate and honor dads everywhere

As we take time Sunday to celebrate the No. 1 man in our lives, we offer these quotes, some thoughtful, others humorous, to honor dads everywhere:

Sometimes the poorest man leaves his children the richest inheritance. — Ruth E. Renkel

It is much easier to become a father than to be one. — Kent Nerburn, Letters to My Son: Reflections on Becoming a Man, 1994

The greatest gift I ever had

Came from God; I call him Dad!

~Author Unknown

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

There’s something like a line of gold thread running through a man’s words when he talks to his daughter, and gradually over the years it gets to be long enough for you to pick up in your hands and weave into a cloth that feels like love itself. ~John Gregory Brown, Decorations in a Ruined Cemetery, 1994

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

There are three stages of a man’s life: He believes in Santa Claus, he doesn’t believe in Santa Claus, he is Santa Claus. — Author Unknown

Fatherhood is pretending the present you love most is soap-on-a-rope. ~Bill Cosby

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 he had learned in seven years. — Mark Twain, “Old Times on the Mississippi” Atlantic Monthly, 1874

When I was a kid, I said to my father one afternoon, ‘Daddy, will you take me to the zoo?’ He answered, ‘If the zoo wants you, let them come and get you.’” — Jerry Lewis

Sherman made the terrible discovery that men make about their fathers sooner or later… that the man before him was not an aging father but a boy, a boy much like himself, a boy who grew up and had a child of his own and, as best he could, out of a sense of duty and, perhaps love, adopted a role called Being a Father so that his child would have something mythical and infinitely important: a Protector, who would keep a lid on all the chaotic and catastrophic possibilities of life. — Tom Wolfe, The Bonfire of the Vanities

A father is a guy who has snapshots in his wallet where his money used to be. — Unknown

From everyone at The Ledger Independent to all of you — Happy Father’s Day.