Fathers Quotes

My father, who was technically an immigrant—he came when he was an infant—wanted me to be an American, preferably an American president. He didn’t go to college. Before I was born he wanted me to go specifically to Yale, which he thought would help. It was easy for him to think I could be president: […]

My father was a handsome man. I was afraid of him and also a little in love with him.

You can’t be the dad who takes your kid out after your wife has said, ‘No ice cream,’ buys the ice cream, and says, ‘Don’t tell your mother.’ You teach the child to lie — and to disrespect the other parent. We learned early on that we needed to be united, even if we disagreed, […]

My father was pretty busy. I mean, I learned more about him at his funeral than I did, really, growing up.

I’ve got one tattoo that I don’t regret. It’s my family coat of arms on my right shoulder. I got it in remembrance of my father. My father hated tattoos. It’s the Celtic paradox: Get a tattoo in memory of someone who hated tattoos.

My father was an actor. My mother had been an actress and she was a writer. I used to go to the studios where he was working. I used to go to theaters where he was rehearsing. It was all around me.

Since I was a little kid, I was like—since my dad died—I was like, “Oh, I can’t wait to have a kid.”

My dad was in the Second World War, and he died 20 years ago, and there are so many questions I wish I had asked him that I never did.

We were poor but we had love; That’s the one thing that daddy made sure of.

To my deep mortification my father once said to me, “You care for nothing but shooting, dogs, and rat-catching, and you will be a disgrace to yourself and all your family.”