Wisdom About Fatherhood

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Here are a few of our favourite writers and thinkers, on the subject of fatherhood–in all of its complexity. We proudly bring you: Wisdom about Fatherhood.


I cannot think of any need in childhood as strong as the need for a father’s protection.

~Sigmund Freud



When a father gives to his son, both laugh; when a son gives to his father, both cry.

~Sigmund Freud



“I believe that what we become depends on what our fathers teach us at odd moments, when they aren’t trying to teach us. We are formed by little scraps of wisdom.”

~Umberto Eco, Foucault’s Pendulum



“I’d love to know how Dad saw me when I was 6. I’d love to know a hundred things. When a parent dies, a filing cabinet full of all the fascinating stuff also ceases to exist. I never imagined how hungry I’d be one day to look inside it.”

~David Mitchell, The Bone Clocks



“He wanted a father, and for the same reason, he wanted to be a father.”

~Ian McEwan, Atonement