Famous fathers speak on the joys of parenthood

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Is one of those things that’s a trade off: you get the joy and the love of this being that you brought in and the tremendous responsibility, and you also get the worry.
– Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad)

By the time a man realises that maybe his father was right, he usually has a son who thinks that he was wrong.
– Charles Wadsworth

The most important thing a father can do for his children is to love their mother:
– Theodore Hesburgh

The soul is healed by being with children.
– Fyodor Dostoyevsky

When I hear people talk about juggling, or the sacrifices they make for their children, I look at them like they’re crazy, because ‘sacrifice’ infers that there was something better to do than being with your children.
– Chris Rock

I have found the best way to give advice to your children is to find out what they want and then advise them to do it.
– Harry S. Truman

The only creatures that are evolved enough to convey pure love are dogs and infants.
– Johnny Depp

We put in long days working. And to go home and have dinner with your kids, and have to discipline one of them who’s out of line, and still have the energy for that is … I can’t explain the fulfillment of that, but it is everything.
– Brad Pitt

Mama was my greatest teacher, a teacher of compassion, love and fearlessness. If love is sweet as a flower, then my mother is that sweet flower of love.
– Stevie Wonder

It’s the thing that makes life worth living.
– Usher

You couldn’t fool your mother on the foolingest day of your life if you had an electrified fooling machine.
– Homer Simpson

Having a staring competition with a newborn is one of the weirdest things you will ever do. And it is highly recommended.
– Ross McCammon

Had my first son this morning… well, actually, my wife had him. I just caught him. Wow. Heart expanding way faster than my brain… If you could bottle up and distribute this feeling, I swear there’d be no more war.
– James Van Der Beek

Every day I’m proud to be a dad. When you have kids, there’s no such thing as quality time. There’s just time. There’s no, ‘Ooh, his graduation’s better than going to the mall.’ It’s all kind of equal. Changing her diaper and her winning a contest — it’s all good.
– Chris Rock

Fatherhood is the best thing I ever did. It changes your perspective. You can write a book, you can make a movie, you can paint a painting, but having kids is really the most extraordinary thing I have taken on.
– Brad Pitt

When you have kids, it takes the focus off of you. You forget about what clothes you’re wearing, or if you went to the gym. It makes you a better person if you do it right.
– James Denton

Men should always change diapers. It’s a very rewarding experience. It’s mentally cleansing. It’s like washing dishes, but imagine if the dishes were your kids, so you really love the dishes.
– Chris Martin

It’s the best thing going, parenthood.
– Woody Harrelson

It’s wonderful. It’s changed my life. It all sounds like platitudes and clichés, and that’s because they’re the truth.
– Ben Affleck

The only way I can describe it–it sounds stupid, but–at the end of How the Grinch Stole Christmas, you know how his heart grows like five times? Everything is full. It’s just full all the time.
– Matt Damon

I love it. I hate that word (fatherhood), but I love being a father; it’s changed everything in so many ways.
– Orlando Bloom

It’s definitely amazing! It’s like everybody says, all the clichés are true–it’s indescribable and you just have to be there to understand it. You know, you don’t really get it until you’re there.
– Tobey Maguire

The first year is really hard. Come to think of it, the first 18 years are extremely difficult.
– Patrick Dempsey

Being a father is the greatest achievement and the most important thing about me. I have two great kids, no question.
– Ryan Phillippe

I want to give my kids the world, but I also want them to appreciate everything, to succeed, to be good people, to enjoy life. This is my most important role. If I fail at this, I fail at everything.
-Mark Wahlberg

It’s so natural you just fall into it and you find your way. It’s terrifying and exciting, and brilliant.
– Gavin Rossdale

Bringing a baby into the world is something I’ve always wanted, and now I’m completely ready for my life to start revolving around another human being.
– Matthew McConaughey

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Date Created: December 14, 2011 Date Modified: September 18, 2016