Fathers: A Literary Anthology

is a literary treasure trove. Wise and wonderfully varied essays and poems by five Nobel laureates and by writers such as Margaret Atwood, Alan Bennet, Angela Carter, Virginia Woolf and Franz Kafka also make Fathers a powerful self-help manual for all children trying to understand and improve their relationships with their fathers. As well, the inspired musings in this collection will help all fathers—fathers young and fathers old—better appreciate the complexities of their role and the rich rewards it offers.

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"An angry father is most cruel toward himself."
- Publilius Syrus
"It is a wise child that knows its own father, and an unusual one that unreservedly approves of him."
- Mark Twain
"If I'm not here you can still talk to me. You can talk to me and I'll talk to you. You'll see."
- Cormac McCarthy
"There is more to fathers than meets the eye."
- Margaret Atwood
"It occurs to me that I was not always there for my father."
- Doris Lessing
"Father is rather vulgar, my dear. The word Papa, besides, gives a pretty form to the lips. Papa, potatoes, poultry, prunes, and prism, are all very good words for the lips, especially prunes and prism."
- Charles Dickens
"I cannot think of any need in childhood as strong as the need for a father's protection."
- Sigmund Freud
"It doesn't matter who my father was; it matters who I remember he was."
- Anne Sexton
"The fundamental defect with fathers is that they want their children to be a credit to them."
- Bertrand Russell
"When one has not had a good father, one must create one."
- Friedrich Nietzsche
"A king, realizing his incompetence, can either delegate or abdicate his duties. A father can do neither."
- Marlene Dietrich

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