43 Quotes About Absent Fathers

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Not all fathers are enthusiastic about having children. From the childbirth process to being there when your child graduates from high school, the presence of the father is one of the most necessary people to that child’s life. These quotes about absent fathers highlight the failure of some men and the effects that result.

“A committee should consist of three men, two of whom are absent.”

“A gentleman has his eyes on all those present; he is tender toward the bashful, gentle toward the distant, and merciful toward the absent.”

“A great attitude does much more than turn on the lights in our worlds; it seems to magically connect us to all sorts of serendipitous opportunities that were somehow absent before the change.”

“A higher rate of urgency does not imply ever-present panic, anxiety, or fear. It means a state in which complacency is virtually absent.”

“Absence blots people out. We really have no absent friends.”

“Absent scandal, a federal judge can serve for decades on the bench, underscoring the importance of appointing judges who have a proper understanding of their constitutional role.”

“Among absent lovers, ardor always fares better.”

“Any one reflecting upon the thought he has of the delight, which any present or absent thing is apt to produce in him, has the idea we call love.”

“Be generous with kindly words, especially about those who are absent.”

“Boys want to grow up to be like their male role models. And boys who grow up in homes with absent fathers search the hardest to figure out what it means to be male.”

“Fathers have a unique and irreplaceable role in the lives of children.”

“Fathers should be neither seen nor heard. That is the only proper basis for family life.”

“Fathers, your are the head and strength of the family unit. If you are not in place, there is a weakness in the link.”

“From even the greatest of horrors, irony is seldom absent.”

“Greater things are believed of those who are absent.”

“Happiness is rarely absent; it is we that know not of its presence.”

“Hospitality is present when something happens for you. It is absent when something happens to you. Those two simple prepositions – for and to – express it all.”

“I read the Odyssey because it was the story of a man who returned home after being absent for more than twenty years and was recognized only by his dog.”

“I think that’s like the age-old psychological core issue for any situation. Anybody who has had an experience with a parent that is absent, it’s going to manifest.”

“I was an absent dad. Once the magazine started, I really had two families. The dream was the magazine. I worked through the night all the time.”

“In the conversation about women in leadership, male voices are noticeably absent.”

“It is just as cowardly to judge an absent person as it is wicked to strike a defenseless one. Only the ignorant and narrow-minded gossip, for they speak of persons instead of things.”

“Knowledge is not eating, and we cannot expect to devour and possess what we mean. Knowledge is recognition of something absent; it is a salutation, not an embrace.”

“Knowledge is recognition of something absent; it is a salutation, not an embrace.”

“More than 72 percent of children in the African-American community are born out of wedlock. That means absent fathers.”

“Never find fault with the absent.”

“Now, the president would like to do tax reform, which would obviously lower rates for most people in America and make the tax code fair and get rid of loopholes and special treatment. But absent tax reform, the president believes the right way to get our fiscal house in order is ask the wealthy to pay their fair share.”

“One might enumerate the items of high civilization, as it exists in other countries, which are absent from the texture of American life, until it should become a wonder to know what was left.”

“Power and violence are opposites; where the one rules absolutely, the other is absent. Violence appears where power is in jeopardy, but left to its own course it ends in power’s disappearance.”

“Rather than have joy, I would rather be absent of pain.”

“Talk well of the absent whenever you have the opportunity.”

“The absent are never without fault, nor the present without excuse.”

“The consciousness of the falsity of present pleasures, and the ignorance of the vanity of absent pleasures, cause inconstancy.”

“The heart may think it knows better: the senses know that absence blots people out. We really have no absent friends.”

“The kinds of roles dogs fill can be hard to come by in human relationships. We touch the dog or the pet at whim. There is a lack of self-consciousness and a fluidity to it that is absent from most human relationships. If someone acted that way to you, you’d feel claustrophobic pretty quickly. It’s a boundary violation.”

“The king and the dauphin both like to see me on horseback. I only say this because all the world perceives it, and especially while we were absent from Versailles, they were delighted to see me in my riding habit.”

“The man who practises unselfishness, who is genuinely interested in the welfare of others, who feels it a privilege to have the power to do a fellow-creature a kindness – even though polished manners and a gracious presence may be absent – will be an elevating influence wherever he goes.”

“The people who are absent are the ideal; those who are present seem to be quite commonplace.”

“The supreme lesson of any education should be to think for yourself and to be yourself; absent this attainment, education creates dangerous, stupefying conformity.”

“There would be fewer absent fathers, if straight men were turned on only by women with whom they would not mind having children.”

“To be in your children’s memories tomorrow,You have to be in their lives today.”

“We must exercise ourselves in the things which bring happiness, since, if that be present, we have everything, and, if that be absent, all our actions are directed toward attaining it.”

“What can be more stupid than to be in pain about future things and absent ones which at present are not felt?”

Breaking the cycle of father absence is just one way to battle this epidemic in society.

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