Last week I spent some time recounting my favorite quotes from my Dad. I also wrote up a few quotes from the fathers of my favorite writers on the Internet. Today I’m taking a look at some of my favorite words of wisdom from the fathers of my friends.

I spent this Father’s Day weekend at a wedding for my wife’s cousin. This was the union of two incredibly connected, well-adjusted and close families each with several children that spanned ages. Many of the people in my generation (+/- 10 years in either direction have children so there was certainly no shortage of great examples of the importance of family on a person’s growth.


  • Never sacrifice what you want most for what you want now.
  • Make a plan and work it.
  • If it’s really important to you, you’ll remember it (when I would forget to do something, and claim “I just forgot!”)
  • If you really want it, you’ll get it.  Don’t worry if you don’t think you can do it now, you’ll figure it out.
  • Listen.


  • They can make it tougher, but they can’t make it longer.
  • Learn to agree to disagree.
  • This, too, shall pass.


  • There is no prize for being the richest man in the cemetery.
  • You can’t burn the candle on both ends.
  • Never be ashamed of working.. any kind of work.

What do you think about this set of wisdom? Is there anything you can apply to your life today? What would you share?

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