If your dad dies young (mine was only 52 and shortly after Father’s Day, for crying out loud!), you may find yourself a bit lost and adrift for the rest of your life. (Even if he’s still around, he might be the strong and silent type.) Let’s see if the following quotes can shed some light on the guy at the head of the table:
- “My father says, if you don’t have to work on the weekend, you don’t have an important job.” Eddie Haskell to Ward Cleaver, who was enjoying Saturday at home. (Albeit, wearing a suit.)
- “No, I am your father. Search your feelings. You know it to be true.” Darth Vader to Luke Skywalker.
- “The child is father of the man.” William Wordsworth.
- “Daddy’s rifle in my hands felt reassuring. He told me red means run son, numbers add up to nothing.” Neil Young from “Powderfinger.”
- “Be quiet, or I’ll give you something to really cry about.” A favorite of my dad and many others. Come up with something better.
- “Your mother was a hamster and your father smelled of elderberries.” A John Cleese insult from Monty Python and the Holy Grail.
- “Don’t stop by the creek son, that’s what my daddy said. Didn’t hear my daddy’s voice and I almost end up dead.” Johnny Copeland.
- “Victory finds a hundred fathers, but defeat is an orphan.” Galeazzo Ciano, Mussolini’s foreign minister.
- “You’re the son of a thousand fathers, all bastards like you!” Eli Wallach from The Good, the Bad and the Ugly.
- “First there was my old man…died kickin’ and screamin’ in the nuthouse. Then my brother.” James Cagney, explaining how his character Cody Jarrett (in White Heat) got that way. (He was close to this mom, tho.)
- “Pray like this: Our Father, who art in Heaven…” Jesus, teaching the disciples how to address the supreme being.