Happy Father's Day! Here's a meaningful quote from Mario Cuomo
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Looking for a short inscription for a Father's Day card. The father in question likes literature, me, and not much else.
posted by pluckemin to Writing & Language (9 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
In searching for a quotation to put in my dad's Father's Day card, I'm running into the reverse of the problem I had looking for a Mother's Day quotation -- namely, whereas all the quotations about mothers were too sappy, all of the quotations I can find about fathers are bittersweet (or worse, downright negative). Google searching yields hundreds of quote-aggregating webpages that just seem to list every quotation that includes the word "father," which includes such heartwarming gems as "I am indebted to my father for living, but to my teacher for living well" and "Father asked us what was God's noblest work. Anna said men, but I said babies. Men are often bad, but babies never are." So I'm turning to the hive mind, hoping that human intelligence will be more helpful than artificial intelligence for this particular task.
About my father: he amasses tons of books and loves classic literature, especially Melville, Joyce, and Dickens. His favorite poet is Wordsworth, and he also likes T.S. Eliot and E.E. Cummings. He has a somewhat sarcastic sense of humor. Basically, if the Joyce quote "Whatever else is unsure in this stinking dunghill of a world a mother's love is not" were about fathers instead of mothers, it would be absolutely perfect. But alas, editing Joyce isn't something I can bring myself to do.
So I'm looking for an appropriate quotation, either explicitly about fathers or not. I've inherited his sense of humor and his intellectual streak, so something playing on either of those might be good. The shorter the quote, the better. Nothing religious, please. Finally, although I doubt this needs to be said, I'm not interested in cliched jokes about golf, tools, or fathers having empty wallets because their family takes all their money.
Oh, right, and I'm female, which means that quotes about fathers and sons are out. But we do NOT have a "daddy's little girl" dynamic going on, so most quotations about fathers and daughters are probably also out.