A Father's Love
Father's Day is a time to celebrate—and to reflect. Here, famous figures from Bruce Springsteen to Caroline Kennedy describe the impact of the man they called Dad.
"My father was a man of love. He always loved me to death. He worked hard in the fields, but my father never hit me. Never. I don't ever remember a really cross, unkind word from my father."
"My father came from a very poor background, but I was very fortunate in the sense that we were never in need. My dad was determined to make sure that we didn't want for things. He wanted to give us more opportunity than he had, a better shot at a better life."
"I don't remember my father reading to me, but I remember him telling me bedtime stories. I got to pick what was in them, and then he'd make them up."
"The last thing my father told me was: 'On your way up, take me up. On your way down, don't let me down.' A father telling his son that puts some responsibility on my shoulders. He told me that, and I take it very seriously."
"My father was my teacher. But most importantly, he was a great dad."
"When I was a youngster I lived with different families. I nearly always felt closer to the man of the house. Maybe because I always dreamed of having a father of my own."
"My father taught me you have to believe in yourself and run on your own track."
"My father was a lesson. He had his own bakery, and it was closed one day a week, but he would go anyway. He did it because he really loved his bakery. It wasn't a job."
"My father was a certain kind of man. I saw how he treated my mother and his family and how he treater strangers, and I vowed I would never make a film that would not reflect properly on my father's name."
Lisa Marie Presley
"Anytime I was in Memphis with my dad and at the house, I was happy. That was, like, a given. It was what I lived for."
"My father gave me the greatest gift anyone could give another person. He believed in me."
"I imagined the hard things that pulled us apart / Will never again, sir, tear us from each other's hearts." —From "My Father's House," 1982
"My mother gave me my drive, but my father gave me my dreams. Thanks to him, I could see a future."
"My father was the funniest guy I ever met. I'm not sure if I stole his stuff or if I inherited it."
"My father believed in toughness, honesty, politeness and being on time. All very important lessons."
"My father, he was like the rock, the guy you went to with every problem."
"You don't have to deserve your mother's love. You have to deserve your father's."
"It was my father who instilled the 'never say no' attitude I carry around with me today, and who instilled in me a sense of wonder, always taking us on adventures in the car, never telling us the destination."
"Decades later I would look into my father's eyes and try to reach past the murkiness of Alzheimer's with my words, my apology, hoping that in his heart he heard me and understood."
"I think one of the worst things that happened to me was, you know, my voluntary fallout with my father. And then the greatest thing that happened to me was when I saw the light and realized I needed to love him in a way that he could love me back."
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