Happy Father’s Day

Wishing all fathers around the world a very Happy Father’s Day today.  In Irish we would say:


“Lá na nAthaireacha faoi shona daoibh.”


The pronunciation goes something like this:  law nah nah-ra-ka fway hun-ah deeve.

And so in honor of all fathers and grandfathers today, I thought I might share some of my favorite quotations from around the world, dedicated to the men we all love.  So let’s start off with a few Irish Blessings for Father’s Day and then some great American quotations.


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“You’ve got to do your own growing,

no matter how tall your grandfather was.”


– Irish Proverb

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“The work praises the man.”


– Irish Proverb


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“May there be a generation of children

On the children of your children.”


– Irish Blessing


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“May God be with you and bless you,

May you see your children’s children,

May you be poor in misfortune, rich in blessings.

May you know nothing but happiness

From this day forward.”


– Irish Blessing


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“Mothers and fathers hold their children’s hands

for just a little while…

And their hearts forever.”


 – Irish Saying


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“Fatherhood is pretending the present you love most

is soap-on-a-rope.”


– Bill Cosby

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I cannot think of any need in childhood as strong as

the need for a father’s protection.


– Sigmund Freud

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“I watched a small man with thick calluses on both

hands work fifteen and sixteen hours a day. I saw

him once literally bleed from the bottoms of his feet, a

man who came here uneducated, alone, unable to

speak the language, who taught me all I needed to

know about faith and hard work by the simple

eloquence of his example.”


– Mario Cuomo


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“It is admirable for a man to take his son fishing,

but there is a special place in heaven

for the father who takes his daughter shopping.”


– John Sinor



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“One father is more than a hundred Schoolmasters.”


– English Proverb

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“When I was a boy of fourteen,

my father was so ignorant

I could hardly stand to have the old man around.

But when I got to be twenty-one, I was astonished

at how much he had learned in seven years.”


– Mark Twain


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“When I was a kid, I said to my father one afternoon,

‘Daddy, will you take me to the zoo?’

He answered,

‘If the zoo wants you, let them come and get you.'”


– Jerry Lewis


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“May embers from the hearth warm your hands,

May sunshine from an Irish sky warm your face,

May a child’s bright smile warm your heart,

And may everlasting love warm your soul.”


– Irish Blessing


Happy Father’s Day!


Slán agus beannacht leat!

(Goodbye and blessings)

Irish American Mom


  1. You always come up with the most unique pics to go with your posts!

    • Grammy – I just love these old vintage clip art pictures. It takes some time, but I love going through them to find something to match my posts. Hope your family had a lovely Father’s Day. Best wishes!

  2. Why exactly have you Queen Victoria and family tucked in above. 4th down. 😀

    • Vince – I never spotted that one. I just saw a vintage family picture and never recognized Prince Albert and crew. Well, they’ve been there for over a year now, so there they can stay.
      Have a great day and thanks for your good eye.

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