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By the grace of God, my parents were fantastic. We were a very normal family, and we have had a very middle-class Indian upbringing. We were never made to realise who we were or that my father and mother were huge stars - it was a very normal house, and I'd like my daughter to have the same thing.
I'm considered homophobic and crazy about these things and old fashioned. But I think that the family - father, mother, children - is fundamental to our civilisation.
John Glenn's father, known as Herschel, was mostly deaf from injuries in World War I. To help out at home, young Glenn sold rhubarb all over town from the family garden.
My father was a newspaper editor, so I was surrounded by journalists my entire life. I think the fact that he was so well known may be why I chose to go into magazines and move to the States at a young age.
My father served 26 years in the Air Force as a pilot and a pioneer in our missile programs. I learned early about the sacrifices a family makes when a member is repeatedly deployed, and also the fulfillment that comes from serving our country. My brother, my son and I all became Marines.
Most American children suffer too much mother and too little father.
I don't know if I officially proofread my father's book, but I read it. I did get some conception of grammar in general from that.
I tell people I'm a stand-up comedian two hours a week. The rest of the time, I'm somebody's husband, I'm somebody's father. I'm a man. I take great pride in that.
Every parent is at some time the father of the unreturned prodigal, with nothing to do but keep his house open to hope.
When you're all singing together, it brings things together. I know the songs that my grandfather and my father sang.
A man who would not love his father's grave is worse than a wild animal.
And I come here as a daughter, raised on the South Side of Chicago - by a father who was a blue-collar city worker and a mother who stayed at home with my brother and me.
It is impossible to please all the world and one's father.
Jean de La Fontaine
My father taught me that the easiest thing to do was to quit. He'd say, 'It doesn't take any talent to do that.'
Now that I'm a parent, I understand why my father was in a bad mood a lot.
Like the average American that I hang out with, and like my father before me, I raised all my children to respect tools and use them wisely and safely.
I expected to be a farmer like my father and brothers. Life seemed pleasant and orderly.
My father is a real idealist, and he's all about learning. If I asked for a pair of Nikes growing up, it was just a resounding 'No.' But if I asked for a saxophone, one would appear and next day and I'd be signed up for lessons. So anything to do with education or learning, my father would spare no expense.
I spent a ton of time alone. I was raised by a feminist; I had a terrifying father and oppressively scary and mean brothers. We had a farm. The rule was between breakfast and lunch you weren't allowed to make a sound.
I've really had two heroes in my life. My father and Ronald Reagan.
My father invented a cure for which there was no disease and unfortunately my mother caught it and died of it.
You have to remember that in the microcosm of Cincinnati, Ohio, through northern Kentucky, my father was a big star, still is. So that made my sister and me really visible. Everybody knew us, talked about us.
For me, growing up, the downside of it was that as a kid you don't want to stand out. You don't want to have a famous father let alone get a job because of your famous father, you know? But I'm a product of nepotism. That's how I got my foot in the door, through my dad.
My earliest memory from childhood is of fishing with my father. And I remember vividly we were in a store, and we were buying a pup tent to go on our first camping trip.
I don't mind being a grandfather; I've been a mother for so many years. You just can't believe what it's like being a father. Especially when you come out of the chaos of the road to getting married and having children.
C. S. Lewis
Martin Luther King, Jr.
A. P. J. Abdul Kalam
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