11 Great Quotes About Fatherhood

Two things you can’t really appreciate from the outside until you’ve experienced from the inside: true love and fatherhood. Also, owning a monkey. In honor of Father’s Day, we’ve compiled the following wisdom about one of those scenarios from distinguished gentlemen who’ve lived it. Read, learn and, if you happen to be a dad, nod knowingly…

“I don’t expect the human race to progress in too many areas. However, having a child with an ear infection makes one hugely grateful for antibiotics.” —David Bowie

“I want to give my kids the world, but I also want them to appreciate everything, to succeed, to be good people, to enjoy life. This is my most important role. If I fail at this, I fail at everything.” —Mark Wahlberg

“Babies laughing is like opium.” —Neil Patrick Harris

“My daddy said, ‘When the sun comes up, boy, you get up. When the sun go down, dammit, you go down.’” —Al Green

“My dad always had this little sign on his desk: ‘The bigger your head is, the easier your shoes are to fill.’ He really drilled that in.” —Phil Jackson

“Our kids understand that life won't always be perfect, that times get tough and that even great parents don't get everything right. More than anything, they just want us to be there—to be present, to care about their lives.” —Barack Obama

“Fatherhood is the best thing I ever did. It changes your perspective. You can write a book, you can make a movie, you can paint a painting, but having kids is really the most extraordinary thing I have taken on.” —Brad Pitt

“Know when to lie to your kids.” —Snoop Dogg

“Becoming a father, I think it inevitably changes your perspective of life. The simplest things in life are completely satisfying.” —Hugh Jackman

“When it comes to parenthood everyone thinks they will be terrible at it. We don't think we have it in us. Then you find out that you do, which truly is a miracle in life.” —Daniel Day Lewis

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