Words of Inspiration After the Death of a Father

Finding Words to Express Grief or Condolence

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The loss of your father is a significant event in your life. You may feel shock, anger, and grief, often with different emotions at different times. As you reflect on it, you may find comfort and even inspiration in what others have written.

If a friend or family member has lost her father, you may be asked to write a eulogy, or you may want to send an appropriate condolence letter. Quotations and poems on the death of a father may help in composing these, particularly if you're having trouble finding the right words and need inspiration.

They range in tone and reflect the complicated relationship between a father and his children, from humorous to emotional.

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"A truly rich man is one whose children run into his arms when his hands are empty."

Euripides, Greek playwright
"To a father growing old nothing is dearer than a daughter."

Anne Geddes, Australian photographer
"Any man can be a father but it takes someone special to be a dad."

Clarence Budington Kelland, American author
"My father didn't tell me how to live; he lived, and let me watch him do it."

Jim Valvano, American college basketball coach
"My father gave me the greatest gift anyone could give another person, he believed in me."

Author unknown
"Every father should remember that one day his son will follow his example instead of his advice."

Billy Graham, American Christian evangelist
"A good father is one of the most unsung, unpraised, unnoticed, and yet one of the most valuable assets in our society."

Lee Iacocca, American businessman
"My father always used to say that when you die, if you've got five real friends, then you've had a great life."

Wilhelm Busch, German cartoonist and artist
"Becoming a father is easy enough, but being one can be very rough."

Author unknown
"Dad: A son's first hero, a daughter's first love."

Anne Sexton, American poet
"It doesn't matter who my father was; it matters who I remember he was."

Robert Frost, American poet
"You don't have to deserve your mother's love. You have to deserve your father's."

Author unknown
"A father carries pictures where his money used to be."

Johann Christoph Friedrich von Schiller, German poet, author and philosopher
"It is not flesh and blood but the heart which makes us fathers and sons."

Pope John XXIII
"It is easier for a father to have children than for children to have a real father."

Enid Bagnold, English author
"A father is always making his baby into a little woman. And when she is a woman he turns her back again."

Author unknown
"Small boys become big men through the influence of big men who care about small boys."

Johan August Strindberg, Swedish playwright and poet
"That is the thankless position of the father in the family—the provider for all, and the enemy of all."

Jean Paul Richter, German author
"The words that a father speaks to his children in the privacy of home are not heard by the world, but, as in whispering-galleries, they are clearly heard at the end and by posterity."

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