Quotes About Fathers And Daughters

Quotes tagged as "fathers-and-daughters" (showing 1-30 of 89)
Ally Carter
“Because death is the only thing that could have ever kept him from you.”
Ally Carter, Out of Sight, Out of Time

Adriana Trigiani
“...I've made it my business to observe fathers and daughters. And I've seen some incredible, beautiful things. Like the little girl who's not very cute - her teeth are funny, and her hair doesn't grow right, and she's got on thick glasses - but her father holds her hand and walks with her like she's a tiny angel that no one can touch. He gives her the best gift a woman can get in this world: protection. And the little girl learns to trust the man in her life. And all the things that the world expects from women - to be beautiful, to soothe the troubled spirit, heal the sick, care for the dying, send the greeting card, bake the cake - allof those things become the way we pay the father back for protecting us...”
Adriana Trigiani, Big Stone Gap

Sarah Ruhl
“A wedding is for daughters and fathers. The mothers all dress up, trying to look like young women. But a wedding is for a father and daughter. They stop being married to each other on that day.”
Sarah Ruhl, Eurydice

George R.R. Martin
“She had never loved him so much as she did in that instant.”
George R.R. Martin, A Game of Thrones

Melodie Ramone
“I had a daddy, didn't I? He wasn't perfect and he certainly wasn't the one I'd dreamed he would have been, but I had one all the same. And I'd love him as much as I'd hated him, hadn't I? All that distance, all that time wasted, but the fact that he'd inspired such passion in me meant something in itself. I can honestly say now that I think that's special. Screwed up and turned inside out, we were special him and me, and I am so thankful that I can say that I had a daddy and that he mattered. All his faults and failures mean nothing to me now.”
Melodie Ramone, After Forever Ends

Ann Patchett
“I wanted to eat her pain, take it into me and make it my own.”
Ann Patchett, The Patron Saint of Liars

Anthony Doerr
“He sweeps her hair back from her ears; he swings her above his head. He says she is his émerveillement. He says he will never leave her, not in a million years.”
Anthony Doerr, All the Light We Cannot See

Gail Carson Levine
“Daughter, we didn't need your note - or a prince's visit - to tell us you'd done nothing wrong. We know the daughter we raised. We fear for your future, but never for your character. You take our love and our trust wherever you wander.
Gail Carson Levine, Fairest

Ama H. Vanniarachchy
“A father’s tears and fears are unseen, his love is unexpressed, but his care and protection remains as a pillar of strength throughout our lives.”
Ama H. Vanniarachchy

Hilary McKay
“Darling Daddy,
This is Rose.
The shed needs new wires now it has blown up.
Caddy is bringing home rock-bottom boyfriends to see if they will do for Mummy. Instead of you.
Love, Rose.”
Hilary McKay, Indigo's Star

Washington Irving
“Balt Van Tassel was an easy indulgent soul; he loved his daughter better even than his pipe, and, like a reasonable man and an excellent father, let her have her way in everything.”
Washington Irving, The Legend of Sleepy Hollow

Catherine Chung
“It was just regular growing up, of course, the kind everyone does - but it still hurt him, I know, like the memory I have of the time he dropped me off at the train station when I was going back to Chicago. I could see him through the window of the train, but he couldn't see me through the tinted glass.

I waved, trying to get his attention as he walked up and down the platform trying to figure out where I was sitting. From up in the train, he looked so small. If he'd seen me, he would have smiled and waved, but he didn't know I could see him, and the sadness on his face was exposed to me then. He looked lost. He stood there on the platform a long time, even after my train started pulling away, still trying to catch a glimpse of me waving back.”
Catherine Chung, Forgotten Country

Hilary McKay
“Even Dad likes it," said Caddy, and her father agreed that he did. In a way. Being a broad-minded, tolerant, artistic sort of person. Or so people told him...
"Oh, yes?" said Saffron, rolling her eyes.
"Yes," said Bill, sounding a little bit peeved. "So you thank your lucky stars, my girl, because in some families you would have come home to very big trouble! A nose stud! At your age! If you come down with blood poisoning, don't blame me!”
Hilary McKay, Saffy's Angel

Madeleine Thien
“I know that throughout my life I have struggled to forgive my father. Now, as I get older, I wish most of all that he had been able to find a way to forgive himself.”
Madeleine Thien, Do Not Say We Have Nothing

Christopher Hitchens
“Incidentally, I have also learned a bit about the importance of avoiding feminine embarrassment ('Daddy,' wrote Sophia when she enrolled at the New School where I teach, 'people will ask "why is old Christopher Hitchens kissing that girl?"') and shall now cease and desist.”
Christopher Hitchens, Hitch-22: A Memoir

Hilary McKay
“Darling Daddy,
This is Rose.
Saffy says everyone says it is Indigo's fault that their Head has two black eyes and a swelled-up nose.
Love from Rose.
P.S. Sarah who is here says to tell you love from wheelchair woman too.

Rose's father telephoned especially to tell Rose not to call Sarah Wheelchair Woman.

"That's what she called herself," protested Rose. "She thought of it! Aren't you worried about what I told you about Indigo and the Head?"

"What?" asked Bill. "Oh that! Two black eyes and a swollen nose! I don't think I can believe that one, Rose darling!”
Hilary McKay, Indigo's Star

“Help your father
As he ages
And loses his strength
For it was he who sheltered you
And protected you from the storms

KhoiSan Book of Wisdom”
rassool jibraeel snyman

Rupi Kaur
“i can't tell if my mother is
terrified or in love with
my father it all
looks the same

i flinch when you touch me
i fear it is him”
Rupi Kaur, Milk and Honey

China Miéville
“Once I said to my father, 'Why do you want me?'

I still think that's the bravest thing I've ever done.”
China Miéville, This Census-Taker

Richard L.  Ratliff
“Fathers and daughters have a special bond.
She is always daddy's little girl.”
Richard L. Ratliff

Edmundo Valadés
“Cuando llego a casa y me descubre, sonríe alegremente y me tiende su prodigiosa ternura, como si yo fuera todos los días un feliz hallazgo para ella, cuando ella lo es siempre para mi”
Edmundo Valadés, La muerte tiene permiso

Ann Packer
“It paid barely a living wage, but he stayed with it—gradually and in the end gratefully arriving at the point in life when you understand there are no great changes ahead.”
Ann Packer

Rafia Shujaat
“It took to lose my father,
To see the toll of being a rock,
A solid rock - The one solid rock...
Someone can depend on, rely on, base on!

But he never said, he is tired,
Tired of being that solid rock,
The secret behind his persistence,
Maybe i will never know...

For he is not here anymore,
To show how to keep on being a solid rock,
I will have to learn the hard way,
Just like he learned it - I guess!

It took to lose my father,
To see the toll of being a rock,
A rock - The one solid rock...
Everyone can depend on, rely on, base on!”
Rafia Shujaat

Natalie Palmer
“Love isn't a competition. It's not about coming in first or second or last. It's not about how much they love you back or making sure that they love you the most. When you truly love someone, you care more about their happiness than your own. If your mom finds someone else that she can love and who will love her back and make her happy, then I will be glad. Love isn't about coming in first place, Gemma. Love is about putting someone else first in front of yourself.”
Natalie Palmer, Second to No One

Anthony Doerr
“How do you ever know for certain that you are doing the right thing?

There is pride, too, though - pride that he has done it alone. That his daughter is so curious, so resilient. There is the humility of being a father to someone so powerful, as if he were only a narrow conduit for another, greater thing. That's how it feels right now, he thinks, kneeling beside her, rinsing her hair: as though his love for his daughter will outstrip the limits of his body. The walls could fall away, even the whole city, and the brightness of that feeling would not wane.”
Anthony Doerr, All the Light We Cannot See

Jane Smiley
“When I went to first grade and the other children said that their fathers were farmers, I simply didn't believe them. I agreed in order to be polite, but in my heart I knew that those men were impostors, as farmers and as fathers, too. In my youthful estimation, Laurence Cook defined both categories. To really believe that others even existed in either category was to break the First Commandment.”
Jane Smiley, A Thousand Acres

Clarice Lispector
“What does it feel like to have a girl?” said the man, chewing. Her father wiped his mouth with his napkin, tilted his head to one side and said smiling: “Sometimes it feels like I have a warm egg in my hand. Sometimes, nothing: total memory loss…Occasionally it feels like I have a girl of my own, really mine.”
Clarice Lispector, Near to the Wild Heart

Natasha Trethewey

As long as I can remember you kept the rifle--
your grandfather's an antique you called it-

in your study, propped against the tall shelves
that held your many books. Upright,

beside those hard-worn spins, it was another
backbone of your pas, a remnant I studied

as if it might unlock-- like the skeleton key
its long body resembled-- some door i had yet

to find. Peering into the dark muzzle, I imagined a bullet
as you described: spiraling through the bore

and spinning straight for its target. It did not hit me
then: the rifle I'd inherited showing me

how one life is bound to another, that hardship
endures. For years I admired its slender profile,

until-- late one night, somber with drink--you told me
it still worked, that you kept it loaded just in case,

and I saw the rifle for what it is; a relic
sharp as sorrow, the barrel hollow as regret.”
Natasha Trethewey, Thrall

“Dad turned to Kurt. "You must be the boy I keep hearing about."
"I guess so," Kurt said.
"Well, Kurt," Dad said, "just remember that I specialize in tying things to rockets and sending them into space. And sometimes they accidentally blow up."
"You'll have no reason to kill me, sir."
"Kurt. You make sure she doesn't cry, okay?"
Dad smiled happily at Kurt and then sagely at me.”
Robison Wells, Dark Energy

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