"What do I do well as a father? I’m there all the time. I give unconditional love. And I have a lot of skills in terms of getting them to express themselves. I’m good with handy hints — if they can tell me what their problem is — ’cos I’ve had a lot of problems in life myself. I make an effort to expose them to things. I want them to have a deep, inner feeling that it’s alright to be happy, that you don’t have to be constantly manufacturing problems that you don’t really have."
- Jack Nicholson (in an interview with Esquire)
"I’ve done a lot of dadding. Whoo, I tell you what — it grows you up pretty quick when that little bugger starts waking up. Suddenly, there’s this little cute ball of stuff yelling its head off — boom! Snap to! Oh, man, I better take care of this. Daughters are far easier to bring up. My first [child] was Marlon, my son, and he gave me a good fight, man. He would drag my ass sometimes, before I could talk to him and instill the wisdom of not doing that. I occasionally borrow pot from my kids. They do a little weed occasionally. 'Here, Dad,' or more likely, 'Dad, have you got any?'"
- Keith Richards (in an interview with Esquire)
"Nothing can make one so happily exhilarated or so frightened: it's a solid lesson in the limitations of self to realise that your heart is running around inside someone else's body.
- Christopher Hitchens
"Children teach you that you can still be humbled by life, that you learn something new all the time. That's the secret to life, really - never stop learning."
- Clint Eastwood (in an interview with Esquire)
"Fatherhood is great because you can ruin someone from scratch."
- Jon Stewart
"To be a successful father... there's one absolute rule: when you have a kid, don't look at it for the first two years."
- Ernest Hemingway
"You're tired? Have a baby, then come back and tell me how tired tired is. There's no handbook for parenting. So you walk a very fine line, civilising these raw things."
- Gary Oldman (in an interview with Esquire)
"Now that I'm a parent, I understand why my father was in a bad mood a lot."
- Adam Sandler