Words of Wisdom from Your Favorite Fictional Book Dads

Posted by Hayley on June 20, 2015
Book dads don't have it easy. After all, it's never just about raising kids—there are always criminals to apprehend, apocalypses to avoid, and winters to plan for! So this Father's Day, let's remember to appreciate the dads who did it all from the page.

Last week we asked on Facebook and Twitter: Who's your favorite book dad? Today we've got your top answers! Did your pick make the list?

CARSON DREW
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The Double Jinx Mystery
by Carolyn Keene


Dad Wisdom: "Nancy, you're not the only one who gets hunches."


THE MAN
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The Road
by Cormac McCarthy


Dad Wisdom: "You forget what you want to remember, and you remember what you want to forget."


ATTICUS FINCH
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To Kill a Mockingbird
by Harper Lee


Dad Wisdom: "Shoot all the blue jays you want, if you can hit 'em, but remember it's a sin to kill a mockingbird."


SAMUEL VIMES
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Where's My Cow?
by Terry Pratchett


Dad Wisdom: "If you lose your cow, you should report this to the Watch under Demonic & Farmyard Animals (Lost) Act of 1804. They will swing into action with keenness and speed. Your cow will be found. If it has been impersonating other animals, it may be arrested."


HARRY BOSCH
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The Black Echo
by Michael Connelly


Dad Wisdom: "Everybody counts or nobody counts."


MR. BENNET
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Pride and Prejudice
by Jane Austen


Dad Wisdom: "Next to being married, a girl likes to be crossed a little in love now and then. It is something to think of, and it gives her a sort of distinction among her companions. When is your turn to come?"


NED STARK
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A Game of Thrones
by George R.R. Martin


Dad Wisdom: "If you would take a man's life, you owe it to him to look into his eyes and hear his final words. And if you cannot bear to do that, then perhaps the man does not deserve to die."


MATTHEW CUTHBERT
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Anne of Green Gables
by L.M. Montgomery


Dad Wisdom: "Don't you think you'd better [apologize] and have it over? It'll have to be done sooner or later, you know...Do it right off, I say, and have it over."


MR. WEASLEY
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Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
by J.K. Rowling


Dad Wisdom: "Haven't I taught you anything? What have I always told you? Never trust anything that can think for itself if you can't see where it keeps its brain."


CALVIN'S DAD
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The Complete Calvin and Hobbes
by Bill Watterson


Dad Wisdom: "Numb toes build character."


Did we miss your favorite book dad? Then tell us who he is in the comments!

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message 1: by Amber (new)

Amber Ned Stark's wisdom is somehow a prophecy


message 2: by Shahenda (new)

Shahenda Khaled Mr. Weasley, though =D


message 3: by Lakshmi (new)

Lakshmi Kalarikkal James Potter from HArry Potter really ought to be here


message 4: by Susan (new)

Susan Lundstedt Three cheers for Sam Vimes!

From A Song of Ice and Fire.....I would have picked Davos Seaworth....or...recognizing that you don't actually have to be a father to be a Dad.....The Hound....who may not have originally intended to, but, in fact, eventually did do a pretty good Dad imitation.


message 5: by Lakshmi (new)

Lakshmi Kalarikkal Also Hagrid from HP


message 6: by Lakshmi (new)

Lakshmi Kalarikkal Chiron from pjo


message 7: by Ressler (new)

Ressler Atticus Finch ......To Kill A Mockingbird "“You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view — until you climb into his skin and walk around in it.” --


message 8: by Coty (new)

Coty I think Valentine Morgenstern should be on this list.


message 9: by Robert (new)

Robert Davis BILL 'DADDY' SIMMONS
I Am Charlotte Simmons by Tom Wolfe

Dad Wisdon: "If you ever try to touch my daughter again, that'll be the last time you ever got anythang left to want a woman with."


message 10: by Aeron (new)

Aeron Trahaearn ok im with MR.Weasly and ned stark but srsly love the Weasly logic!!!!


message 11: by Aeron (new)

Aeron Trahaearn Luciana wrote: "I think Valentine Morgenstern should be on this list."
you are ri8 ((even though he was a crappy dad :P))


message 12: by Sue (new)

Sue Poor old Moominpapa didn't make the top ten. Shame, he's a fine dad, who led his little family out to sea to live in a lighthouse once.


message 13: by Merle (new)

Merle When I was younger I really loved Mo from Inkheart. I mean, he can read anything out of a book, if this isn't cool I don't know what is.


message 14: by EstherCW (new)

EstherCW Clicked on this just because I was so touched to see the picture of Vimes and Young Sam. GNU Sir Terry Pratchett.
I'd have used his 'if you miss it even once for a good reason, the next time you might miss it for a bad one' line, though.


message 15: by Dustin (new)

Dustin Ambra wrote: "Ned Stark's wisdom is somehow a prophecy"

Yes..:(


[ resident reaper ] Ned Stark for the win!


message 17: by Rosaline (new)

Rosaline (Rosaline's Rolls & Scrolls) Merle wrote: "When I was younger I really loved Mo from Inkheart. I mean, he can read anything out of a book, if this isn't cool I don't know what is."

I agree! I really liked him too.


message 18: by Saddam (new)

Saddam Bouchaib Don corleone


message 19: by Ravi (new)

Ravi A River Runs Through It and Other Stories by Norman Maclean

"It is those we live with and love who elude us" and "we can love completely what we cannot completely understand" - Rev. Maclean


message 20: by Amanda (new)

Amanda Carr All three of mine are here. Atticus Finch, Mr Weasley and Mr Bennet. :-)(I also like Ned Stark but I've only seen the TV show)


message 21: by Shima (new)

Shima Luciana wrote: "I think Valentine Morgenstern should be on this list."

Yeah, sure! :)))


message 22: by Shima (new)

Shima Merle wrote: "When I was younger I really loved Mo from Inkheart. I mean, he can read anything out of a book, if this isn't cool I don't know what is."

Loved that book and would kill for that power, but I never liked Mo's character.


message 23: by Shima (new)

Shima It's such a tough competition, I mean Stark vs Weasley? Mathew vs Mr.Bennet? Way too hard to choose.


message 24: by Vanessa (new)

Vanessa I think Carlisle Culleen should be on the list


message 25: by Vanessa (new)

Vanessa I think Carlisle Culleen should be on the list


message 26: by Kay (new)

Kay J Mr Bennett always had wisdom to share.


message 27: by Aso (new)

Aso Ned Stark! *sobbing*


message 28: by Melissa (last edited Jun 20, 2015 08:18PM) (new)

Melissa I Okay, I know most people are going to think I'm an absolute lunatic for my choices of favorite book dads. While no other will be as amazing as my dad whom I've always said is the greatest man I've ever known. Taught me most of what I've grown to love with a passion so deeply like reading, music, acting, the arts, baseball games, bike rides, fireworks on the fourth of July when I had nobody else to take me, catches in the park, the beach and his own Key West Stories and how to fix just about everything with whatever you have on hand (The Macgyver way)......so much more and the incredible memories every kid and grown daughter could have dreamed for......I had with ~*My Dad*~

My book dad picks are much different than my own dads ways....

The one book which will always be an answer to probably every book questions is....

Eight Hundred Grapes A Novel by Laura Dave by Laura Dave <-------a painting this story is!

Jim Stegner from The Painter by Peter Heller by Peter Heller adore this book as much as I adore Eight Hundred Grapes. Not Mr. Cleaver kind of dad, but such an awesome dad fornthis story. I Loved him!!


The Dad from The Well's End (The Well's End, #1) by Seth Fishman by Seth Fishman

It's a Wonderful Life The Fiftieth Anniversary Scrapbook by Jimmy Hawkins by Jimmy Hawkins

Here's where you'll all think I'm nuts, if you don't already, lol.......

Duma Key by Stephen King by none other than Stephen King

And one I will cherish forever as a reminder and the sentimental memories of my dad and me......This Gorgeous Story and Deluxe Edition......A Treasure to be passed down through the generations.

41 (Deluxe Signed Edition) A Portrait of My Father by George W. Bush

Whether your Dad is with you today or not, to all dads and to my own whom is my greatest teacher and always was my biggest supporter (he'd cry and hug me every. Single time. I played the piano. He'd stop in his tracks and quietly watch and listen, then hug me with tears falling down his face saying *OMG, I'm crying typing this*, he'd always say with such deep emotion, "I'm SO proud of you"). He and I have music Love that runs so deeply it hurts....

That piano was lost to circumstances three years ago and the one thing out of all the material losses that devastated me the most....and with it there went my heart and soul, but the memories and the wish for another someday will always be hoped for......though I know it will never be.......


Anyway, wow, got lost in Dad/Daughter memories....

To ALL Dads and my own ~*Happy Father's Day*~ Wishing you to paint your memories bright and colorful with your kids every day and hold onto them forever....


message 29: by Brandy (new)

Brandy Ackerley My choice wasn't on this list. Saetan from Anne Bishop's Dark Jewels series gave the brilliant advice, "If you want to have sex with a woman, do it in the bedroom. If you want to seduce a woman, do it on the dance floor." Don't know if he was a great father, but I will say that the advice is sound!


message 30: by Dr Rashmit (new)

Dr Rashmit Mishra it's a good list , as always , but what about Hans Huberman from the book thief?


message 31: by T. (new)

T. Soto Awww, I love Atticus Finch! Another one I like is the dad from Special Topics in Calamity Physics. He was so funny!


message 32: by Licha (new)

Licha Melissa wrote: "Okay, I know most people are going to think I'm an absolute lunatic for my choices of favorite book dads. While no other will be as amazing as my dad whom I've always said is the greatest man I've ..."

Lovely. Brought a tear to my eye.


message 33: by Dywawa (new)

Dywawa denysrent I liked one of the book Where's My Cow ?
This reminds one's past .
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thank you for giving me a place


message 34: by Vera (new)

Vera Go Ned Stark and Mr. Weasley. My favourite dads.


message 35: by Tommi180744 (new)

Tommi180744 The Forest Is My Kingdom, by Janet Carruthers.
Half-caste native Canadian boy, Bari is advised by his surly but ever practical Stepfather, Bradbrooke, 'We gotta eat, aint we? Some day you'll learn, son!'
An awful lot of time and experience has passed since those days, but the essential core of the advice remains - just a pity we're now so far from that understanding of life the whole planet is now under threat!


message 36: by Coty (new)

Coty Rashmit wrote: "it's a good list , as always , but what about Hans Huberman from the book thief?"
I think you are right, Hans was the father Liesel never had, he should also be on the list.


message 37: by Licha (new)

Licha Rashmit wrote: "it's a good list , as always , but what about Hans Huberman from the book thief?"

Yes, I loved him and thought he was such a great father to Liesel.


message 38: by Licha (new)

Licha Another book where the character had good fatherly instincts was "Monsieur Linh and His Child". I thought the father in "Moloka'i" was also such a loving father.

Happy Father's Day to all those wonderful dads, those living and those that still live in our hearts.


message 39: by Grace (new)

Grace Lakshmi wrote: "Chiron from pjo"

Hmm Hagrid and Chiron are good ideas, they are father figure but just not actually fathers... Get it?


message 40: by Sandra (new)

Sandra Nothing beats mr Weasley's quote :)


message 41: by Adriana (new)

Adriana Totally agree with Arthur Weasley and Ned Stark.

I would add Charles Ingalls (Pa) from the Little House books and Joe Gargery from Great Expectations.


Mac Dubista Keso The Bibliobibuli v(=∩_∩=) ^_^

Atticus Finch and ofcourse MR.WEASLEY!!!!!!!!!!

:)


message 43: by Renee (new)

Renee Brandy wrote: "My choice wasn't on this list. Saetan from Anne Bishop's Dark Jewels series gave the brilliant advice, "If you want to have sex with a woman, do it in the bedroom. If you want to seduce a woman, do..."

I think Saetan did the best that he could do while being himself and I love Anne Bishop's Dark Jewels series... :)


message 44: by Ashli (new)

Ashli Barrera That is such awesome advice!! :) :D All of it. If only dads were really like that, giving out great advice and we live in an super-awesome supernatural world. (Or just a much better world)


message 45: by Crestial (new)

Crestial Wintersmith Jean Valjean.


message 46: by D.G. (new)

D.G. Ressler wrote: "Atticus Finch ......To Kill A Mockingbird "“You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view — until you climb into his skin and walk around in it.” --"

That was a way better quote!


message 47: by Souravi (new)

Souravi Sarkar Atticus Finch,for his sheer perseverance and open-mindedness.Sirius Black,though he wasn't a father in true sense,he was Harry's godfather.I love the way he was protective about Harry and how he had risked his own life to take care of him.Ned Stark from The Game of Thrones and Ashoke Ganguli from The Namesake.

“Try to remember it always," he said once Gogol had reached him, leading him slowly back across the breakwater, to where his mother and Sonia stood waiting. "Remember that you and I made this journey together to a place where there was nowhere left to go.”


message 48: by Carolina (new)

Carolina Morales Vito Andolini (AKA Corleone): "Keep your friends close and your enemies closer". Wise words indeed.


message 49: by Marina (new)

Marina "You are no ... no son of mine"
- Tywin Lannister

I think we can all learn from that.
Granted, he'd just been shot while he was on the toilet so ...


message 50: by Erma (new)

Erma Talamante I didn't know Vimes was a father! I thought they were all women posing as men! Lol (Although to be honest, most of what I know is from stories my older brother told me about Discworld.) I would have probably had to have gone with Carrot's father for this one. Adoptive father, but a real parent to his son.

And you got Calvin's dad (sweet!), but what about the dad from A Baby Blues Treasury? Darryl is such a patient father... maybe that's why he was missed.

Ned Stark was an awesome, stand-out father, but maybe that's why he was blindsided.

As for Nancy's dad - even when I was young and reading Nancy Drew every night, I thought he was a horrible father! She ran amuck with her friends, and he never checked on what she did with her time? Really?

Another great list. Thanks!


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