"I owe my work ethic to my father, who never taught me how to fish."
"For a man, there is no territory more virgin and uncharted than becoming older than your father ever was."
"On the day a boy realizes that he's big enough to take on his dad, he also realizes that he never will."
"Many a north country boy of my generation knows of a snapshot of himself as a tyke, seated with his father on a sled atop some snowy hill. He looks at this photo and realizes -- it's the only proof he has of ever being held in his father's arms."
"On the day my father sat me down to talk about the birds and the bees, we talked about the Red Sox game that day, and that was all he ever said to me on the subject of sex."
"A good father is too occupied being a father to worry about being a father figure."
"Your son is wary of accepting you as a playmate, knowing that you will become a father again the first time things don't go your way."
"You will find that if you really try to be a father, your child will meet you halfway."
"Your son will put up with your trying to be his pal if, when he needs a father, you will try to be his father."
"No man is adequate to the task of leading his nation, but if he is a father, he at least has experience in being inadequate to a task."
-- Robert Brault