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Don't try to guess what it is people want and give it to them. Don't ask for a show of hands. Try your best to write what you like, what you think your friends would like and what you think your father would like and then cross your fingers... The most valuable thing you have is your own voice.~Aaron Sorkin

Best Father Friends

I've been called a moron since I was about four. My father called me a moron. My grandfather said I was a moron. And a lot of times when I'm driving, I hear I'm a moron. I like being a moron.~Adam Sandler

Father Me Driving

Now that I'm a parent, I understand why my father was in a bad mood a lot.~Adam Sandler

Father Parent Mood

I mean, I look at my dad. He was twenty when he started having a family, and he was always the coolest dad. He did everything for his kids, and he never made us feel like he was pressured. I know that it must be a great feeling to be a guy like that.~Adam Sandler

Family Father's Day Dad

Like myself, President Obama is the father of two daughters. He understands the obstacles that they face as women, but he also understands the emergency of the state of young black men in America.~Al Sharpton

Women Myself Father

For me, the most important thing that I have to accomplish is to be a good father. That's the most difficult challenge of my life. That's the most important thing for me, more than films.~Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu

Life Father Good

I was 19 when my father died from a heart attack. He was a 55-year-old college professor and had led what was by all appearances a risk-free life. But he was overweight, and heart disease runs in our family.~Alex Honnold

Life Family Father

I am indebted to my father for living, but to my teacher for living well.~Alexander the Great

Teacher Father I Am

My father will anticipate everything. He will leave you and me no chance to do a great and brilliant deed.~Alexander the Great

Father Great Chance

His father is governor of Media, and though he has the greatest command given him of all the rest of my generals, he still covetously desires more, and my being without issue spurs him on to this wicked design. But Philotas takes wrong measures.~Alexander the Great

Father Greatest Design

I grew up in the South under segregation. So, I know what terrorism feels like - when your father could be taken out in the middle of the night and lynched just because he didn't look like he was in an obeying frame of mind when a white person said something he must do. I mean, that's terrorism, too.~Alice Walker

Father Night Mind

I'd love to romance Aishwarya Rai. But I'm 58 now. So I have to play her father.~Amitabh Bachchan

Love Father Play

My father and I have a very good relationship. We always got along. But I always scold him.~Amy Sedaris

Relationship Father Good

The human father has to be confronted and recognized as human, as man who created a child and then, by his absence, left the child fatherless and then Godless.~Anais Nin

Father Man Child

I stopped loving my father a long time ago. What remained was the slavery to a pattern.~Anais Nin

Time Father Dad

It was a fairly happy childhood. My father was working away, and my mum brought up five kids all on her own.~Andy Serkis

Happy Father Childhood

The father figure is something I love, but also suffocate from and want to work against.~Ang Lee

Love Work Father

My father was the center of the family, and everyone tried to please him.~Ang Lee

Family Father Him

I really have been enjoying performing more lately than I have in a long time and you know, it's all about that sort of centered feeling that I have now. You know, thanks to, not just my kid, but her father before her. You know, I have a kind of a grounding through them that I really relish, and I think is also good for my work, you know.~Ani DiFranco

Work Time Father

My father worked on assembly lines in Detroit while I was growing up. Every day, I watched him do what he needed to do to support the family. But he told me, 'Life is short. Do what you want to do.'~Anita Baker

Life Family Father

Our family was on the lunatic fringe. My mother was always completely irrepressible. My father made crowd noises into a microphone.~Annie Dillard

Mother Family Father

I inherited my father's insatiable desire to meet all the beautiful girls in the world.~Anthony Kiedis

Beautiful Father World

My father rebelled ferociously against his conservative upbringing where his father physically abused him.~Anthony Kiedis

Father Conservative Him

As a father now, I wouldn't do what my dad did, because it left me feeling emotionally unstable as a kid. But he didn't do the things he did out of selfishness or malice.~Anthony Kiedis

Father Dad Me

When I meet someone from the army background, there is an instant connection. We live in the best five-star hotels of the world, but outside my home I will be equally comfortable in any army cantonment or army guest house. Telling my friends that my father was in the army was like telling them that he is the second-richest man in the world.~Anushka Sharma

Best Home Father

I will share a personal experience: my father was posted in Jammu & Kashmir during the Kargil war. I remember my mom sitting in front of television throughout the day reading tickers which had name of the martyrs.~Anushka Sharma

Mom War Father

If my world were to cave in tomorrow, I would look back on all the pleasures, excitements and worthwhilenesses I have been lucky enough to have had. Not the sadness, not my miscarriages or my father leaving home, but the joy of everything else. It will have been enough.~Audrey Hepburn

Home Father Sad

I am grateful to my father for sending me to school, and that we moved from Somalia to Kenya, where I learned English.~Ayaan Hirsi Ali

Father School Grateful

I definitely had a very religious upbringing. My father was just instilling good morals into us at a very young age, and it wasn't super-strict, but it was a loving, warm household.~Aaron Paul

Father Age Good

I was raised Catholic, but my father's people were Methodist, so we went to both churches.~Aaron Neville

Father Religion People

I remember my late father, who was the biggest football fan I have ever known, used to stress when I was younger that, win or lose, you always have to compete with honor.~Adam Richman

Father Stress Football

My father was a painter. There was a lot of singing. We hung around with a lot of folk musicians. My family knew a lot of great folk musicians of the time, like Woody Guthrie, Paul Robeson, Leadbelly. They were all people we knew.~Alan Arkin

Family Time Father

I respect my father as a father, but I also respect him as an honorable chairman.~Akio Toyoda

Respect Father Him

My aunty says I'm the double of my father. He was a workaholic, which I've definitely inherited. And like me, he could be the life and soul of the party, but also quite withdrawn.~Alastair Campbell

Life Father Soul

My mother was a housewife. My father was a garment worker.~Alan Sugar

Mother Father Housewife

I think of my films as not necessarily political but more moral. Between my father, my stepfather, and my mother - they all felt pretty passionately about the importance of standing up and doing the right thing, and none of them were suck-ups. What motivates me is usually abuse of power.~Alex Gibney

Mother Father Power

My father taught me how to draw horses - for this I shall be eternally grateful.~Alexa Chung

Father Grateful Me

My grandfather was a Methodist preacher, and my father was an unsuccessful businessman. We didn't have status or wealth.~Alexandra Stoddard

Father Wealth Grandfather

The first time I saw nitroglycerine was in the beginning of the Crimean War. Professor Zinin in St. Petersburg exhibited some to my father and me, and struck some on an anvil to show that only the part touched by the hammer exploded without spreading.~Alfred Nobel

Time War Father

The great thing that I appreciate - the fact that my godfather, William 'Sticky' Jackson, was a Tuskegee Airman because my father was first born in Ozark, Alabama. The sacrifices and the commitment of those men made it possible for myself and many others.~Allen West

Myself Father Great

My father always wanted to be the corpse at every funeral, the bride at every wedding and the baby at every christening.~Alice Roosevelt Longworth

Father Wedding Baby

It is absolutely ludicrous that abortion supporters would accuse a blood relative of Dr. King of hijacking the King legacy. Uncle Martin and my father, Rev. A. D. King were blood brothers. How can I hijack something that belongs to me? I am an heir to the King Family legacy.~Alveda King

Family Father Legacy

I was raised by my father; I was daddy's girl.~Amber Heard

Father Father's Day Girl

My father used to always give me a basketball, a skate board, and a bike every Christmas. That's all I wanted every year.~Amar'e Stoudemire

Father Bike Me

In the early '90s, I was disillusioned after the blasts and riots in Mumbai. I was in college and started thinking that religion was the root cause of all these evils. While my father told me not to blame religion because of a few bad people, I wasn't convinced. The faith was restored after I started writing my first book.~Amish Tripathi

Father Faith Religion

My father's family hails from Banaras. My grandfather taught mathematics at Banaras Hindu University. Banaras is also dedicated to Lord Shiva, home to one of the great jyotirlings, the Kashi Vishwanath temple.~Amish Tripathi

Family Home Father

My family came to Newark in the '20s. We've been there a long, long time. My father's name was LeRoi, the French-ified aspect of it, because his first name was Coyette, you see. They come from South Carolina.~Amiri Baraka

Family Time Father

My father certainly believed that one could make a living outside of an office, as he did. And that if I didn't want to work for other people, there wasn't any reason why I had to. He conveyed that very strongly to my sister and I - that smart people can make their own livings.~Amy Bloom

Work Sister Father

My father would have been spectacularly ill-suited to working for an institution of any kind, and I suspect that, to a lesser degree, that's true of me, too.~Amy Bloom

Father Me Working

When I was 4 or 5, I attended my father's concerts. He very often played Strauss waltzes as encores and I saw something happening with the audience.~Andre Rieu

Father Audience Concerts

Fatherhood is a very natural thing; it's not something that shakes up my life but rather it enriches it.~Andrea Bocelli

Life My Life Fatherhood

When my twin grandchildren, Linda and Lyeke, were born two years ago, it changed me. I felt it was the essence of what life is about, and I cried all day. When my son Pierre, their father, was born I didn't cry like that.~Andre Rieu

Life Son Father

As my Sicilian grandfather used to say, you get more flies with honey than with vinegar, right?~Andrew Cuomo

You Honey Grandfather

My grandfather was a very elegant individual. My father also. He was a lawyer and farmer in Cuba. In Miami, he had to go to work wherever he could. But whenever it was time to go out, you saw how they cared for how they looked.~Andy Garcia

Work Time Father

I told my mother at about the seventh year of therapy that I had been abused sexually by my father, and she hung up the phone on me.~Anne Heche

Mother Father Me

He never admitted anything, even on his deathbed. He was a deluded liar. If it weren't for my father, I don't think I would be so open. So that's a huge blessing.~Anne Heche

Father Liar Blessing

She was trusted and valued by her father, loved and courted by all dogs, cats, children, and poor people, and slighted and neglected by everybody else.~Anne Bronte

Children Father Cats

I have always thought of Walt Disney as my second father.~Annette Funicello

Father Dad Thought

Mandela is just the eternal man. You want that man to be around forever. It's the closest thing we have to God, I think. He's the father of mankind, almost.~Anton Corbijn

Father God Man

My father is a genuinely nice guy and very generous to anybody and everybody. He likes to live life kingsize, and he doesn't know any other way, and I love that about him.~Arjun Kapoor

Life Love Father

I studied Japanese language and culture in college and graduate school, and afterward went to work in Tokyo, where I met a young man whose father was a famous businessman and whose mother was a geisha. He and I never discussed his parentage, which was an open secret, but it fascinated me.~Arthur Golden

Mother Work Father

I'm a father to four kids, so it bothers me that even though our children think big naturally, our society systematically trains them out of thinking that way.~Astro Teller

Children Father Thinking

That is the thankless position of the father in the family - the provider for all, and the enemy of all.~August Strindberg

Family Father Dad

My father could be very strict, but very fair. His father was the same. We all respected my grandfather; he was the head of the clan. Every morning, we all had to say good morning and kiss his hand. But not me. I jumped on his lap and bit him.~Azzedine Alaia

Morning Father Good

My parents had this relationship that was really terrifying. I mean, the level of hatred that they had, and the level of physical abuse - my mother would beat up my father, basically - and I think I was drawn to images on television that were bright and reflective.~Augusten Burroughs

Mother Relationship Father

I've just finished my next collection, Possible Side Effects, and I'm now working on a collection of holiday stories as well as a memoir about my relationship with my father.~Augusten Burroughs

Relationship Father

In Argentina, you do what your father does. If your father plays football, you play football. If your father plays polo, you play polo.~Adolfo Cambiaso

Father Football You

My father was in Ataturk's closest group. They lived together during the War of Liberation in Turkey.~Ahmet Ertegun

War Father Together

I'd rather be David Ladd's father than Alan Ladd any day.~Alan Ladd

Father Day Rather

My father was a waiter basically, and when I got my first professional job as an actor, I left a job that he found me for half the amount of money. So anyone would think that they're stupid, that that would be a stupid move.~Alfred Molina

Money Father Job

Mitch Hurwitz was like a father figure to me. He was so sweet, and he's just so smart.~Alia Shawkat

Father Smart Sweet

When I was a child, I was always nicking my mum's jewellery to wear, and I loved to drape a massive Chinese shawl around me from our fancy-dress box. I was obsessed with a feather and rabbit-fur collar from the age of three and attempted to make one with my friend, whose father was a gamekeeper.~Alice Temperley

Father Age Child

My father is from Newark in Nottinghamshire and my mother is from the very north of Ireland. They've ended up in Scotland, where my father - well, both of them - will always be seen as having come from somewhere else.~Ali Smith

Mother Father Somewhere

The food we ate was Indian, and both my mother and father were very deep into the ancient philosophy of India, so it could well have been an Indian household.~Amar Bose

Mother Food Father

My father had lived in the States in the 1960s for a while and came to love American Songbook material. Even today, he sometimes recognizes singers that I never even heard of, which is beautiful and inspiring.~Anat Cohen

Love Beautiful Father

My father knew classical music very well. Driving in the car, listening to the radio, he could name every composer, every movement, what piece it was. I was fascinated by the way he recognized who wrote what.~Anat Cohen

Music Father Car

My mother's father was Jewish, so she was very conservative. She liked little, pretty music-orchestral-type things.~Andrae Crouch

Mother Father She

Mother goddesses are just as silly a notion as father gods. If a revival of the myths of these cults gives woman emotional satisfaction, it does so at the price of obscuring the real conditions of life. This is why they were invented in the first place.~Angela Carter

Mother Life Father

I do recognize the most valuable work being done across the country is that work being done inside the four walls in our homes. And let us not forget how important the work of the mother and father are to raising responsible citizens.~Ann Romney

Mother Work Father

I'm always dancing in my kitchen. And I love to sing. I've always sung. My father was a lovely singer. Always sang Jim Reeves at parties.~Anne-Marie Duff

Love Father Singer

Until he lost all his money, my father was a successful north London Jewish businessman. He was unusual among his immediate family in that he was enormously cultured and had an incredible library.~Anthony Horowitz

Family Money Father

I don't think my father was a bad man, all in all.~Anthony Horowitz

Father Man Think

With every year that passes, I get further away from my target audience, and while I've been happy to think of myself as a father figure to these kids, I'd be a little distressed to be thought of as a grandfather figure.~Anthony Horowitz

Myself Happy Father

I spent my entire childhood living abroad because of my father's occupation, so we were on long-haul flights all the time.~Arabella Weir

Time Father Childhood

With a diplomat father, for whom foreign postings were a fact of life, my siblings and I were expected to attend boarding schools in Britain.~Arabella Weir

Life Father Fact

My father was predisposed to drunken rages. I would hide under the bed. My sister and I were talking just the other day about the terror a drunken man in a rage can create in a child.~Antonio Villaraigosa

Sister Father Day

I was born in a poor family, a lower middle class family. My father was a clerk in the forest department. I was very bad at studies. I was not very good at sports, also.~Anupam Kher

Family Sports Father

My only description for me is that there's no throwaway people. That's the creed that I live by. It doesn't matter if I'm singing or not. That's the kind of person that my father and mother wanted me to be. The end obligation is to make people feel good about who they are.~Arlo Guthrie

Mother Father Good

My mother had introduced me to a lot of my father's friends because she believed that I would get to know the guy my dad was better through his friends than just in the hospital visits.~Arlo Guthrie

Mother Father Dad

Young people know how important it is for dads to be involved in their lives. As I travel the country and talk with students, some of them tell me that their lives would be totally different if their father was around.~Arne Duncan

Travel Father People

Almost 24 million children - one in three - are likely growing up without their father involved in their lives.~Arne Duncan

Children Father Growing Up

Being a child that grew up with a single mom back in the '70s, Father's Day to me was always a very uncomfortable time. At school, we would make Father's Day cards for our dads, and I usually mailed one to my dad, and he hardly ever responded.~Art Alexakis

Mom Time Father

One of the things about being a boy, especially growing up without a father, is you really don't have that role model to teach you how to do things.~Art Alexakis

Father Growing Up Teach

I want to go to Lapland and see Father Christmas, and now I've got a child, so I've got an excuse. Also, I'd like to go to South America especially as I'm now living in that part of the world, in L.A. now. And I must get down to Mexico.~Ashley Jensen

Father Child World

My grandfather came over from Puerto Rico and raised his kids speaking English so that it would be easier for them to assimilate.~Aubrey Plaza

Grandfather Over Raised

The worst misfortune that can happen to an ordinary man is to have an extraordinary father.~Austin O'Malley

Father Man Worst

I was born in Israel, to Canadian parents. My father immigrated in 1948, part of a wave of young men and women who came as pioneers, to fight for a Jewish homeland. Their motive was in large part a reaction to the Holocaust, and their slogan was 'Never Again.'~Ayelet Waldman

Women Parents Father

My father is sure that Israel keeps the Holocaust from happening again. I worry that it might hasten its recurrence.~Ayelet Waldman

Father Holocaust Worry

My father left me with his love of Jewish studies and cultural life. To this very day, along with several physicians and scientist colleagues, I take regular periodical lessons taught by a Rabbinical scholar on how the Jewish law views moral and ethical problems related to modern medicine and science.~Aaron Ciechanover

Life Love Father

There's parts of it that I connect to - being a father and everything - but 'Mamma Mia!' allows me to go out there and be me and have fun. I've never really had the chance to do that with so much freedom.~Aaron Lazar

Father Freedom Fun

Once, when I tried to calculate the height of the balcony, I broke my arm. Another time, I wanted to see if water moves faster than kerosene. When my father came out to smoke, a fire broke out.~Ada Yonath

Time Father Water

I was born in the Bronx, and then my father moved us to the country at an early age.~Abel Ferrara

Father Age Born

My memories from my childhood are centered on my father's medical conditions alongside my constant desire to understand the principles of the nature around me.~Ada Yonath

Nature Memories Father

Like all my family and class, I considered it a sign of weakness to show affection; to have been caught kissing my mother would have been a disgrace, and to have shown affection for my father would have been a disaster.~Agnes Smedley

Mother Family Father

I owed it to my father that I was elected to Parliament in the first place, but I owed it to my mother that I stuck it out once I got there.~Agnes Macphail

Mother Father Place

My mother listened to all the news from the camp during the strike. She said little, especially when my father or the men who worked for him were about I remember her instinctive and unhesitating sympathy for the miners.~Agnes Smedley

Mother Father Men

Condoleezza Rice, the national security adviser, is right there... she's in town because her father was at Johnson Smith College... and she was delivering a speech there.~Al Michaels

Father College Security

Basically, a manager is a father figure to 20 or 25 blokes. It's about trying to get the best out of them and creating team spirit.~Alan Shearer

Best Father Team

It's easy for me to say that now, now I'm a father, I've got a four-and-a-half year old boy, I'm a different person. Well, I'm still the same person, but I'm different.~Alan Vega

Father Me Easy

My father had the same name as me but he was known as Alec. He was a member of the House of Representatives.~Alexander Downer

Father Me Name

Well people often ask me how I felt growing up with a father who was a politician and who was often away. But when I'm asked that question I often reflect on my inability really to be able to answer it in any relative sense because I never grew up with a father doing anything else. So I just have no idea what it would be like otherwise.~Alexander Downer

Father Growing Up People

But mostly, it's a book about my relationship with my father.~Alison Bechdel

Relationship Father Book

My mother is, my father certainly was. They were kind of the local intelligentsia in the town where I grew up.~Alison Bechdel

Mother Father Kind

I think that every child grows up with the ideas that what we are given, is our society. Your education, and your mother and father, they tell you this is how it is, but then you hit adolescence and you think, 'Is it? Why? Why is it like that?' Sometimes that questioning leads to something more.~Alice Englert

Mother Education Father

My father comes from a generation of film that actors my age don't even know about, which is really sad.~Amber Tamblyn

Father Age Sad

Across the board, from my mother to my father to my aunts and uncles, everybody has always given me a lot of love.~Amos Lee

Mother Love Father

It doesn't matter who my father was; it matters who I remember he was.~Anne Sexton

Father Father's Day

My father wanted a boy. I was supposed to be called Albert. That was probably the beginning of why things got so complicated, because I wasn't a boy.~Anouska Hempel

Father Beginning Boy

I was raised with a sense of entrepreneurship - my father owned a roofing business, and I grew up with the idea that you never want someone telling you what you can and cannot do.~Anthony Mackie

Business Father Want

I don't think I'll be playing again. I'm very content and happy, doing the types of things I haven't gotten to do, be a father.~Antonio Davis

Happy Father Doing

My father was a no-nonsense, dedicated, and focused minister, and there was usually a sermon he needed to prepare for or a Scripture he needed to study, and that always came first.~Arsenio Hall

Father Study Prepare

I have to be a father first and a husband first.~Antonio Davis

Father Husband First

When I was younger I was fat. I was never conscious of it and was content with who I was because I was so loved. My mother never told me to lose weight and my father doted on me, but my agent told me. I tried, but I loved Indian food too much.~Archie Panjabi

Mother Food Father

My mother wanted to be a teacher when she was young, and my father didn't approve of it, so she fought very hard to become one. And she did it. So when I said I wanted to become an actress, my mother was very supportive. She always said to me, 'There's no such thing as 'can't.'~Archie Panjabi

Mother Teacher Father

I'm a grandfather now, and when I watch children's shows with my two-year-old grandson, Arlo, I'm delighted because it's completely non-traditional casting. It feels like a utopia. How the world should be.~Art Malik

Children World Grandfather

My father was an immigrant from Russia and my mother was first generation.~Arthur Rock

Mother Father Generation

'Master Harold' is about me as a little boy, and my father, who was an alcoholic. There's a thread running down the Fugard line of alcoholism. Thankfully I haven't passed it on to my child, a wonderful daughter who's stone-cold sober. But I had the tendency from my father, just as he had had it from his father.~Athol Fugard

Daughter Father Child

From early on there were two things that filled my life - music and storytelling, both of them provoked by my father. He was a jazz pianist and also a very good storyteller, an avid reader. He passed both those interests on to me.~Athol Fugard

Life Music Father

The father's greatest folly is that he believes he can be a much more simple person than he is; he is not really able to deal with his own complexity as a human being.~Atom Egoyan

Father Greatest Simple

When Obama was first proposed as a presidential candidate in 2007, the nation failed to have a meaningful debate concerning the serious constitutional issue of electing someone whose father was not a U.S. citizen.~Aaron Klein

Father Meaningful Nation

My father was trained as a saddler, but in fact as a young man worked in his father's business of rearing and selling cattle, so he grew up in the countryside.~Aaron Klug

Business Father Man

I'm actually half Brit and half American. I have a British father and an American mother, but as far as I'm aware, no Middle Eastern blood.~Adam Rayner

Mother Father American

I am half Scottish. My father is an expat from Glasgow, and on my mother's side there's a bit of French, a bit of Scottish, a bit of Irish.~Adelaide Kane

Mother Father I Am

I was raised in a spirit of the importance of service to your fellow man. My mom is a senator back home in South Africa. My father is a very caring and generous individual.~Adhir Kalyan

Mom Home Father

My father would often work all night and sleep during the day, so for us, dinner might be pancakes, and breakfast might be beef stroganoff.~Ahmet Zappa

Work Father Day

I think what my father appreciated was the science experiment of life. He had these kids, and they had their own experiences. He wanted us to discover the world for ourselves.~Ahmet Zappa

Life Father Science

Nothing worse than reading a love scene written by your father.~Alafair Burke

Love Father Reading

Anyone who was tempted to draw comparisons between my father's 'Dave Robicheaux' series and my first book quickly gave up.~Alafair Burke

Father Book Up

I have my granddad's record collection, which I treasure, and my father's - Rolling Stones to Sidney Bechet.~Alaina Huffman

Father Treasure Rolling

This is not to say that the Scots are not fine people, but they were all sort of... well, my grandfather was a minister and sort of Protestant, and this was rather depressing to me.~Alan Hovhaness

People Me Grandfather

I have a strong memory of the day I was told that my father had a weak heart and that he had to go to the hospital. He died when I was nine years old on the same day that Franklin Roosevelt died; it was his 45th birthday.~Alan J. Heeger

Birthday Father Day

I don't run democracy. I train troops to defend democracy and I happen to be their surrogate father and mother as well as their commanding general.~Alfred M. Gray

Mother Father Democracy

When my parents met, my mother was a waitress and my father was a dockyard worker. They were part of that post-war better-yourself generation, so they both went to night school.~Alison Owen

Mother Parents Father

My mother had a master's degree and had been a schoolteacher before she started having kids at 30. But my father's family were landowners, farmer-merchants. Moneymaking was extremely important, like one of those semi-rapacious families in Lillian Hellman, where they know the price of everything and the value of nothing.~Allan Gurganus

Mother Family Father

The luckiest person in the world is somebody who is born into a small, shabby-genteel town on a major railway connection with 24,000 souls and a bird sanctuary and whose grandfather owns a farm and whose father owns a business -whose family is mildly prosperous but not rich, which means you can leave the town.~Allan Gurganus

Family Business Father

As someone who has seen war first hand, and as a father of three young adults, it was my hope that we could have resolved this conflict and disarmed Saddam Hussein without war. However, this was not the case.~Allen Boyd

Hope War Father

I was taught by my father. He was head of the primary school so I went to his school until I was 11 - I was the youngest of four daughters and we had all been taught by him. But I didn't really enjoy my secondary education that much, probably because I am a very physical person and don't enjoy sitting at a desk all day.~Amanda Burton

Education Father School

I don't think I've ever come to terms with not having had a father around, and that's why I made so many mistakes with men.~Amanda Eliasch

Father Mistakes Men

Somewhere, sometime I'd stopped expecting my father to father.~Andre Dubus III

Father Somewhere Expecting

Years later I would hear my father say the divorce had left him dating his children. That still meant picking us up every Sunday for a matinee and, if he had the money, an early dinner somewhere.~Andre Dubus III

Children Money Father

One of the accidental joys of my writing life has been that I've had some lovely, surprisingly good fortune with readers, and I've brought readers to my dad's work. I can't tell you the joy that gives me. Because my father's work was masterful.~Andre Dubus III

Life Work Father

Al Gore's problem, in my view, is that he never liked politics. He's actually deeply uncomfortable in it but felt he had to do it because of his father. He's much more comfortable in a private sector role and has, in fact, been much more successful in a private sector role, and I admire him for that.~Andrew Sullivan

Father Politics Successful

I am a person whose father had no religion but who went to the nuns for a couple of years. And I think I'm the same: On one hand, I pray; on the other hand, I don't believe. I am constantly between the two.~Anjelica Huston

Father Religion I Am

Some people had fathers who were bankers or farmers, my father made films, that's how I saw it. As for the movie stars, they were just around, some of them were friends, others weren't, it was all just a part of my everyday life.~Anjelica Huston

Life Father Stars

I've been estranged from my father since I was eight.~Anna Torv

Father Eight Been

Thirteen, 13 children, and I love - I love them all. And I think I've been a good father to all of them.~Anthony Quinn

Love Children Father

I lost my father was I 10 years old, and I always looked for a father. I missed my father very much.~Anthony Quinn

Father Lost Old

My father raised me to think independently and follow my own path in life.~Antony Garrett Lisi

Life Father Path

I think the obvious answer is I was raised in New York City, so growing up, not only myself but my family, like my father, we would watch a lot of Scorsese films.~Anthony Michael Hall

Family Myself Father

I had grown up in a privileged, upper-caste Hindu community; and because my father worked for a Catholic hospital, we lived in a prosperous Christian neighborhood.~Aravind Adiga

Father Community Christian

Just recently I was in Target with my mom shopping, and out of the blue, I see this father and his two daughters and he says, 'Can they get a picture with you?' And I'm thinking to myself, 'Am I the one millionth customer or something?'~Atticus Shaffer

Mom Myself Father

My father was a professional artist all his life who encouraged my path as an artist.~Alex Grey

Life Father Path

I'm the son of an everyman. My father is a teacher. He teaches physics at a boys' school in Sydney.~Alex O'Loughlin

Teacher Son Father

I spent two months in Fredericksburg, Texas, when I was 8, while my father shot a movie, and I loved it. I just embraced the whole cowboy culture. I got myself a pair of awesome boots and a cowboy hat.~Alexander Skarsgard

Myself Father Culture

My plan was never to be an actor like my father.~Alexander Skarsgard

Father Plan Actor

I remember when my father passed away, we drove the funeral procession past the bank so he could say one last goodbye. That's how much the bank meant to my father.~Alexi Giannoulias

Father Goodbye Past

My father always said, 'If you love what you do, you won't mind slogging through it for several hours a day.'~Alexandra Guarnaschelli

Love Father Day

My father died of brain cancer in 1991. I do not know anyone whose life has not been touched by the loss of a loved one to cancer. I wrote my book 'Gracefully Gone' about my father's fight and my struggle growing up with an ill parent. I wrote it to help others know they are not alone in this all-too-often insurmountable war against cancer.~Alicia Coppola

Life War Father

I remember looking at my daughter for the first time and wondering if that's the way my father looked at me. I could cry, because she's everything to me. I feel so blessed to be taught so much by her.~Alicia Coppola

Time Daughter Father

When I was 12 and met my real father for the first time, I was terrified I would lose the one I already had.~Allegra Huston

Time Father Real

My father, Simon Hoggart, was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in June 2010. By this point, it had spread to his spleen and metastasised in his lungs and so was pronounced terminal.~Amy Hoggart

Father June Cancer

They're mutually incompatible I feel; being a wise thief and a wise father.~Andre Braugher

Father Wise Feel

My mother was largely a housewife until she and my father were divorced. No one in the family read for pleasure - it was a very unintellectual household - but my mother did read to us when we were little, and that's how I started to read.~Andrea Barrett

Mother Family Father

I read a lot, very passionately, from the time I was very young, but it was a constant battle; my mother would more or less let me be, but with my father, I was always searching for a place where he wouldn't find me. Whenever he saw me reading, he would tell me to put the book down and go outside, act like a normal person.~Andrea Barrett

Mother Time Father

My father was a chef but hadn't owned his own business. I didn't like that. In my heart of hearts, I knew I wanted to be in business.~Andrew Cherng

Business Father Heart

I was a total music nerd. I grew up on Perry Street in the '80s. My father wrote books about jazz, so I was always at the 'Village Vanguard.'~Andrew Wyatt

Music Father Jazz

When I was a kid, I used to pretend to be Bond; I used to make up scenarios and irritate my sister and annoy my mother and father pretending to be someone else, so I kind of was already acting when I was a child. I just didn't really know it.~Aneurin Barnard

Mother Sister Father

I came from a very, very small valley in the middle of South Wales. I grew up there with my father, who's a coal miner, and my mother worked in a normal factory.~Aneurin Barnard

Mother Father Small

I used to just daydream all the time about being in movies, from the age of, like, four onwards. I would sit down and watch movies with my father and my grandfather, and always pretended that I was in the stories.~Aneurin Barnard

Time Father Age

My late father Rev. James Thomas McGlowan was the inspiration behind 'Bamboozled.' My father admired Frederick Douglass' courage and his bravery in the face of adversity.~Angela McGlowan

Father Courage Adversity

When I turned fifteen, I remember my father gave me a credit card which I was allowed to use for two things: emergencies and books.~Ann Brashares

Father Remember Me

I think eventually I want to become a teacher, like my father wanted to be, and hopefully positively influence the next generation.~Ann Curry

Teacher Father Influence

My father used to say, 'Well, Ann, maybe the best thing you'll ever do, you haven't even thought of yet.'~Ann Curry

Best Father You

My father was from Northern Ireland, and coming from somewhere like that, your faith defines you. That's something we don't really understand outside Northern Ireland, but because of my parents and grandparents, I've experienced it.~Anna Maxwell Martin

Parents Father Faith

I'm no where as tough as my father. I really think that I am more open to change than he was.~A. J. Foyt

Change Father I Am

I have been connected with the Niels Bohr Institute since the completion of my university studies, first as a research fellow and, from 1956, as a professor of physics at the University of Copenhagen. After the death of my father in 1962, I followed him as director of the Institute until 1970.~Aage Bohr

Death Father Research

My father loved biographies. He loved the true tales of interesting people that were shaping our culture. I get why he dug 'Vanity Fair.' You feel smarter, somehow, for reading it.~Abigail Spencer

Father Culture People

My father was a factory worker, and we were really poor. But everything I earned peddling papers and working in stores, he made me put aside for education.~Abraham A. Ribicoff

Education Father Me

Growing up as a kid my father was British and a soccer player. His idol was a guy that passed the ball a lot, Stanley Matthews. Our family thought if you could be unselfish your teammates would always like you.~Adam Oates

Family Father Growing Up

A little secret - I'm the child of a shrink. I am; my mom's a shrink, and my father's a lawyer. So believe me, I analyze and negotiate. That is a huge amount of the director's work, especially when you're working with people who - such a variety.~Adam Shankman

Mom Work Father

I have patterned myself after my father and God.~Adam Petty

Myself Father God

Although my father is English, I was brought up in Australia.~Adelaide Clemens

Father Australia Up

My father is my father, and I am me. I have the advantage of this honest comparison, quiet, and the opportunity to share in his profession.~Adriano Giannini

Father Opportunity I Am

'Swept Away' is one of my favorite films of my father. I've seen it about 20 times. It's a cult movie in Italy.~Adriano Giannini

Father Favorite Italy

My father was a classical singer of baroque music, and my older sister was in musical theatre, and I thought about doing the same thing but then realised straight acting was for me.~Antonia Thomas

Music Sister Father

My father was among the first of his generation to look into writers who've become part of the American lit. canon. When he wrote his master's thesis on William Faulkner in the Forties, he couldn't find anybody on the faculty at Columbia University to oversee it because they didn't read Faulkner.~Antonya Nelson

Father Generation American

I grew up in an environment with virtually no Hispanics where you see only people in your culture in custodial jobs. I had a messed up image of what we bring to this nation. My father was known as a pioneering figure in Cuban music, but I still associated him with everything that was negative in my neighborhood. I could not have been more mistaken.~Arturo O'Farrill

Music Father Culture

I always saw myself as really ugly. My father even told me I was ugly because I would shave my head and look like a boy.~Asia Argento

Myself Father Me

The course that will restore to the workmen a father's duties and responsibilities, between which and themselves the state has now stepped, is for them to reject all forced contributions from others, and to do their own work through their own voluntary combinations.~Auberon Herbert

Work Father Now

My father lived life to the fullest, even though it was cut short at a young age in 1962. He was known for his intelligence, wit, wisdom, a wonderful sense of humour, a great personality, and a genuine goodwill towards all.~Ajay Mehta

Life Wisdom Father

My father was a very special human being. He was brilliant in academics, sports and the arts. He wrote, performed and directed plays in English and Hindi/Urdu at his regiment.~Ajay Mehta

Sports Father Special

My mother enjoyed acting as well with my father, who used to direct her in plays at his regiment. My sister is an excellent singer. However, it was only me who decided to pursue acting as a career.~Ajay Mehta

Mother Sister Father

Losing my father at a tender age was hard, and I felt it more so while growing up when I needed a father to talk to. Especially while pursuing an acting career where I would have loved his guidance and advice, since it was his passion as well.~Ajay Mehta

Father Age Passion

The number one thing I've been doing is being daddy.~Austin Peck

Father's Day Doing Number

My father made false teeth. Unfortunately, during the Depression, not many people could afford them, and my parents lost their home.~Al Feldstein

Home Parents Father

Dad taught me everything I know. Unfortunately, he didn't teach me everything he knows.~Al Unser

Father's Day Dad Me

My father was the youngest of six brothers, and he was the brains. I never thought he was making what he should have. He had to split it with five brothers. So I made up my mind: I was going to go on my own and make my own money.~Alan C. Greenberg

Money Father Mind

He learned through the way that my father and I felt about his songs, his country songs, that they were great songs. And then he went out and sang them for the audiences that we found, and he found a tremendous reaction to that.~Alan Lomax

Father Great Reaction

My father was placid and easygoing. He owned a small shoe store where I helped out on Saturdays. I think he'd have been pleased if I'd made a career of working in the shoe store. But my mother was ambitious. She encouraged us to read books, and she pushed us toward a musical education.~Alan W. Livingston

Mother Education Father

I had a very hard father. I had two sisters. He was soft on them and hard on me.~Albert Gubay

Father Me Two

From the time I was in first grade or so, my dad collected 'Star Wars' toy figures from the 1970s and '80s, and we'd take weekend family trips to antique shops and to toy stores. My father collected a crazy amount of 'Star Wars' stuff over the years, and he and I traveled to many conventions.~Alexandra Bracken

Family Time Father

My father loved 'Godard and Truffaut.' He was more artsy. My mom loved the 'Bourne' trilogy; she likes big blockbusters. She loved that I did 'I Am Legend.' My passion for acting came with my passion for movies.~Alice Braga

Mom Father Passion

My father was a progressive farmer, and was always ready to lay aside an old plough if he could replace it with one better constructed for its work. All through life, I have ever been ready to buy a better plough.~Andrew Taylor Still

Life Work Father

I don't care what you do - baseball or politics - George W. Bush is always going to be compared to his father. I just want it to be an easy answer in 50 years - Who was the better player, me, or my kids? I want it to be my kids.~Andy Van Slyke

Father Baseball Politics

Sadness... reflecting on the proud legacy of trust and fair play on which Reliance Industries was founded by my visionary father Dhirubhai Ambani, and how far RIL appeared to have moved away from those original values.~Anil Ambani

Father Trust Legacy

I saw my father deal with every headache the government threw his way - whether it had to do with the signs on the front of the building or the prices on the showroom floor. He knew he could do better, if government would just get out of the way - and stay out of the way. He was right.~Ann Wagner

Father Government Better

My father was an Episcopalian minister, and I've always been comforted by the power of prayer.~Anna Lee

Father Power Dad

My father used to get me to read the newspaper to him, as if I was a radio. I would stand there and read the 'Times.'~Annalena McAfee

Father Me Stand

My father is an acupuncturist, and the way he practices is very free. For me, he's like an artist. He started to do acupuncture when it wasn't so accepted. His spirit and outlook inspire me.~Anna Mouglalis

Father Inspire Artist

When my sister and I came along, my father's political life was completely over. He ran for president the year I was born. So that was the end of it. He had been congressman first, then governor, before all that. So when we came along, he was running the Dayton newspaper.~Anne Cox Chambers

Life Sister Father

I come from an interracial family: My father is from Nigeria, and so he is African-American, and my mother is American and white, so I rarely see skin color. It's never an issue for me.~Annie Ilonzeh

Mother Family Father

I grew up in East Germany, and we were short on technology. So my father was really proud to be the owner of a turntable.~Apparat

Technology Father Short

'Dark Side of the Moon' was one of my father's favorite records, which I obviously didn't understand when I was young. To be honest, I don't really have too many memories of hearing it, but I definitely have memories of the cover.~Apparat

Memories Father Moon

My father never liked me or my sister, and he never liked our mother either, after an initial infatuation, and in fact, he never liked anyone at all after an hour or two, no, no one except a stooge.~Aram Saroyan

Mother Sister Father

I was a big reader as a child. My father is a great book lover and a librarian, but he forbid me to read bad literature. I was not allowed to read Nancy Drew or books like that. I often say to him that me becoming a crime author is both a way of pleasing him and annoying him.~Asa Larsson

Father Great Child

Mothers are fonder than fathers of their children because they are more certain they are their own. ~Aristotle

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