The Way He Celebrated Father’s Day

“I always joke that my kids’ favorite holiday is Father’s Day.
They love the way I celebrate the occasion by writing each of them a thank-you letter and a generous check.
It’s my way of letting them know how much I appreciate the great pleasure and privilege of being their dad.”
~ Wayne Dyer,
Philosopher, Author, & Motivational Speaker

An Amazing & Great Family Man

“I want to be remembered as, I hope, an amazing husband and a great father.”
~ Jason Momoa
Film Actor, Voice Actor, Model &
CinemaCon Awards (2011)
~

The Best Man, Husband & Father

“For myself, it’s trying to do my best in whatever I am doing.
At this time, it is boxing; then when I get home,
I want to be the best father, the best husband, the best man I can be.”
~ Sonny William “Bill” Williams
International Newcomer of the Year (2004), World XIII (2004), Samoan Sports Association Junior Sportsman of the Year (2004),
Nickelodeon Australian Kids’ Choice Awards “Fave Rising Star” (2005), New Zealand Professional Boxing Association (NZPBA) Heavyweight Champion (2012),
Chiefs Players’ Player Award (2012), WBA International Heavyweight Champion (2013), Jack Gibson Medalist – Sydney Roosters’ Player of the Year (2013),
No.9 in Ask Men’s Top 49 Most Influential Men (2013 Edition), RLIF International Second-Rower of the Year (2013), RLIF International Player of the Year (2013) &
Panathlon International Fair Play Award (2015)
~

Tough on Their Boyfriends

“I have three daughters, so I can’t be as tough as I want to be.
When you have kids – especially daughters – they know how to work you.
They’re a lot smarter than we are, that’s for sure. But I’ll be more tough on their boyfriends.”
~ Tim McGraw
Singer, Actor, & Record Producer
~

Parents Become Popular Again When Kids Reach 20

“To all those mothers and fathers who are struggling with teenagers,
I say, just be patient: even though it looks like you can’t do anything right for a number of years,
parents become popular again when kids reach 20.”
~ Marian Wright Edelman, Children’s Rights Activist, Author, President Emerita & Founder – Children’s Defense Fund, Candace Award, National Coalition of 100 Black Women (1982), MacArthur Fellowship (1985), Barnard Medal of Distinction (1985), Doctor of Laws, Honoris Causa Bates College (1986), Albert Schweitzer Prize -Humanitarianism (1988), Jefferson Awards – Greatest Public Service Benefiting the Disadvantaged (1991), Boy Scouts of America Silver Buffalo Award (1992), National Women’s Hall of Fame (1993), Community of Christ International Peace Award (1995), Heinz Award – Human Condition (1996), Presidential Medal of Freedom (2000), The National Women’s History Project Women’s History Honorees (2004), Stanford University Rathbun Visiting Fellow (2011)

When You’re Responsible for Those Little Lives

“Having children makes you see the world in a completely different way.
When you’re responsible for those little lives, you can’t slough it off or forget about it until later.”
~ Linda Ronstadt,
Grammy Awards (11X), American Music Awards (3X), Academy of Country Music Awards (2X),
Emmy Award (1989), ALMA Award, Latin Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award (2011),
Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award (2016), Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (2014),
National Medal of Arts and Humanities Award (2014) & Consecutive Platinum Albums (8)

A Certain Kind of Man

“My father was a certain kind of man –
I saw how he treated my mother and his family and how he treated strangers,
and I vowed I would never make a film that would not reflect properly on my father’s name.”
~ Sir Sidney Poitier, KBE
Actor, Director, Writer & Diplomat
British Academy Film Award Winner, Academy Award (Oscar) Winner,
Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire (KBE),
Golden Globe Cecil B. DeMille Award Winner & Grammy Award Winner

They Teach Him Something Every Day

“I love my kids so much. They teach me something every day;
it always brings richness to my work, and even more in life.”
~ Blair Underwood,
Actor (Television, Film & Stage), Director, Philanthropist,
1993 Humanitarian Award (1993), NAACP Image Awards (3X) & Grammy Award

Having It All

“The secret to having it all, is knowing that you already do!”
~ Egypt Sherrod,
Multi-media Personality, Author, Real Estate Expert & Philanthropist.

If He Wasn’t a Good One

“We can’t let who our Earthly father wasn’t
distort the truth of Who our Heavenly Father is.”
~ Jonathan Osteen,
Guitarist, Singer & Speaker

Nothing Has Brought Me More Peace & Contentment

“A real man loves his wife, and places his family as the most important thing in life.
Nothing has brought me more peace and content in life than simply being a good husband and father.”
~ Frank Abagnale,
Security Consultant, Lecturer, Businessman & Author
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Aiming to Always Progress

“I still have sadness and complicated feelings about my divorce.
But how beneficial is it to keep hanging onto those feelings?
If someone lives through an accident, his aim is to become better and healthy.
My aim is always to progress – to make better decisions and be a better father,
a better boyfriend, a better husband if it happens again.
~ Ryan Phillippe,
Actor
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Just As Noteworthy

“There’s so much negative imagery of Black fatherhood.
I’ve got tons of friends that are doing the right thing by their kids and​ doing the right thing as a father.
​”How come that’s not as noteworthy?””
~ Will Smith,
a.k.a Willard Carroll Smith, Jr.,
Actor, Producer, Rapper & Songwriter

Fatherhood: A Journey Gladly Taken

“I had no expectations about fatherhood, really, but it’s definitely a journey I’m glad to be taking.
Number one, it’s a great learning experience. When my mother told me it’s a 24/7 job, she wasn’t kidding.
~ Christopher Meloni,
Actor & Executive Producer
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It’s Never Too Late

“My father used to say that it’s never too late to do anything you wanted to do,
and he said, ‘You never know what you can accomplish until you try.'”
~ Michael Jordan,
Professional Basketball Player (1984-2003) & Author

My Greatest Source of Achievement, Pride & Inspiration

“Being a father has been, without a doubt, my greatest source of achievement, pride and inspiration.
Fatherhood has taught me about unconditional love, reinforced the importance of giving back and taught me how to be a better person.”
~ Naveen Jain,
Co-Founder – Moon Express, Founder – Intelius, Talentwise, Bluedot, Infospace & Viome

A Husband, a Father, a Son …

“I pray to be a good servant to God, a father, a husband, a son, a friend, a brother, an uncle,
a good neighbor, a good leader to those who look up to me, a good follower to those who are serving God and doing the right thing.”
~ Mark Wahlberg,
Actor, Producer, Businessman, Model, Rapper, Songwriter, Co-Owner – Wahlburgers,
Co-Founder – Performance Inspired & Founder – Mark Wahlberg Youth Foundation

My Greatest Achievement

“I would say my greatest achievement in life right now –
my greatest achievement period is – and I’m still trying to achieve it –
is to be a wonderful father to my kids.”
~ Bo Jackson,
Baseball and Football Player (1983-1994)
Co-Owner & CEO of Bo Jackson Elite Sports Complex,
Co-Owner of The Burr Ridge Bank and Trust;
Heisman Trophy (1985)

If Men Were Birthing Babies

“Let me tell you something: I salute womanhood worldwide, because women are exceptionally tough for enduring the misery of childbirth.
I’ve cleaned hogs and gutted deer, but in my experience on Earth I’ve never witnessed such a brutal event.
If men were in charge of carrying and birthing our babies, we’d have a lot fewer people on Earth,
because we’d only do it once- I can promise you that!”
~ Phil Robertson,
Professional Hunter, Businessman, & Reality Television Star

Precious, Valuable Treasures

“Our relationships are precious, valuable treasures from Heaven,
and we should handle them carefully, always looking for ways to build bridges to each others’ hearts.”
~ Victoria Osteen,
Co-Pastor – Lakewood Church, Author, Philanthropist &
Founder – Lakewood Church Women’s Ministry

Be the Father, First

“Be a father first. Don’t put a priority on being … … … a friend with your kids first.”
~ Hulk Hogan,
a.k.a Terry Gene Bollea,
Professional Wrestler, Actor, Television Personality,
Entrepreneur & Rock Bassist.

Reminding the Kids

“You have to remind kids to stay connected to the meaning of Christmas.
Sometimes it takes a little bit of effort, but it’s so worth it.”
~ Caroline Kennedy,
Author, Attorney, Diplomat &
United States Ambassador to Japan

Being an Asset

“We all have a gift; we all have a passion – it’s just about finding it
and going into it. Being an asset to your family and community.”
~ Angela Bassett,
Actress, Author, Saturn Award, Image Awards (5x),
Golden Globe Award & Black Reel Award

No Substitutes

“There’s no substitute for a full-time dad.
Dads who are fully engaged with their kids
overwhelmingly tend to produce children who believe in themselves and live full lives.”
~ Tony Dungy,
Analyst – NBC Football Night in America, National Spokesman – All Pro Dad, Pro Football Hall of Fame (2016),
NFL Head Coach – Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1996-2001), NFL Head Coach – Indianapolis Colts (2002-2008)
Amos Alonzo Stagg Coaching Award (2007), IWU’s Society of World Changers (2008),
President’s Council on Service and Civic Participation (2007)

No Ice Cream

“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.”
~ Howie Mandel,
Comedian, Actor, Television Host, Creator & Star – Bobby’s World,
Author, Hollywood Walk of Fame Star (2008) & Canada’s Walk of Fame Star (2009)

I Think That Comes from My Dad

“Me and my buddies are all like brothers.
So it’s okay for us to say ‘I love you’ or whatever.
It’s always cool. I think that comes from my dad.
That’s just the way he always was.”
~ Paul Walker,
Actor, Founder – Reach Out Worldwide, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Black Belt,
MTV Movie Award (2X) & Teen Choice Awards (2015)

Her Da Da’s Admiration

“She’s so wonderful. Just seeing her evolve into a little person
has definitely been one of the highlights of my life. She’s just really fun.”
~ Carter Oosterhouse,
Carpenter, Television Host, Model, Author, Founder – Carter’s Kids,
Co-Founder – Bonobo Winery, Co-Founder – SmartHouse

He’s Been in My Corner from the Time We Met

 

“I married somebody who is very secure.
He’s been in my corner from the time we met,
and we grew in this together.”
~ Susan Lucci,
Actress, Television Host, Author, Entrepreneur,
Hollywood Walk of Fame Star (2005), Broadcasting Hall of Fame (2006),
Founder – The Susan Lucci Collection, Disney Legend (2015)

Dad Wrote Me a Letter

“I used to be a calligrapher for weddings and events – that was my side job while I was auditioning.
I think handwritten notes are a lost art form.
When I booked my first pilot, my dad wrote me a letter that I still have.
The idea of someone taking the time to put pen to paper is really special.”
~ Meghan Markle,
Duchess of Sussex,
Actress, Model, Calligrapher,
Founder & Editor-in-Chief – The Tig (2014-2017)
& Humanitarian

One of the Biggest Blessings: Mom & Dad

“One of the greatest titles in the world is parent,
and one of the biggest blessings in the world
is to have parents to call Mom and Dad.”
~ Jim DeMint,
Author, Writer, Politician, United States Senator (2005-2013)
& United States Representative (1999-2005)

If You Keep ‘Em Busy, They’re Fine

“Here’s what I’ve learned about raising boys…
if you keep ’em busy, they’re fine.
You let ’em get bored,
they’ll dismantle your house board by board.”
~ Kenny Rogers,
Singer, Songwriter, Actor, Record Producer, Entrepreneur,
Guitarist & Fiddler

Love’s Call

“Love calls on you to do things you don’t want to do sometimes.
It calls on you to care for people you wouldn’t typically want to care for.
It causes you to go fishing with folks you don’t want to be around.”
~ Larnelle Harris,
Singer, Songwriter, Grammy Awards (5X) & Dove Awards (11X)

The Future of Generations to Come

“Our choices are going to determine the future for our children,
our children’s children, and their children. I take that responsibility very seriously.”
~ Maggie Q,
a.k.a. Margaret Denise Quigley
Actress, Model, Health Advocate
& Animal Rights Activist

When I’m Done, I’m All Yours

“What I try to do is that when I’m at home, I’m at home. We’re working hard at putting
away our devices and not taking calls. Sometimes, you have to, but I’ll say, ‘Look guys,
I’ve got to take this call, but when I’m done, I’m all yours. I just need 20 minutes.'”
~ Al Roker,
Journalist, Weather Forecaster, Actor,
Television Personality & Author

Dressed to Kill, In My Own Mind

“Your kids can say some cruel things to you at times. For example,
Nicole, Miles and Sofie are standing there in the room and
I’m dressed to kill in my own mind.
They’ll say to me,
‘Dad, you’re not going out there looking like that are you?’
If that doesn’t kill a star, I don’t know what does!”
~ Lionel Richie,
Singer, Songwriter, Actor Record Producer,
Pianist, Saxophonist, Breast Cancer Activist,
Grammy Awards (4x), Golden Globe Award (1986) & Academy Award (1986)

Diapers: 30 Seconds Flat

“I can change a diaper in 30 seconds flat.
I set the new one beneath the old one.
That way, it’s just wipe and pull the flap over.”
~ Drew Brees,
Quarterback – San Diego Chargers (2001–2005) & New Orleans Saints (2006–Present),
Super Bowl champion (XLIV), Super Bowl MVP (XLIV),
Pro Bowl (11× – 2004, 2006, 2008–2014, 2016, 2017),
Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year (2010),
Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year (2006),
Author, Businessman, Philanthropist & Co-Founder – Brees Dream Foundation

Christmas is A Tonic

“Christmas is a tonic for our souls.
It moves us to think of others rather than of ourselves.
It directs our thoughts to giving.”
~ B. C. Forbes,
a.k.a. Bertie Charles Forbes
Founder & Editor-in-Chief – Forbes Magazine,
Founder – Investors League

Christmas in March, Too

“One Christmas my father kept our tree up ’til March.
He hated to see it go. I loved that.”
~ Mo Rocca
a.k.a Maurice Alberto Rocca,
Humorist, Journalist, Actor,
Creator & Host of My Grandmother’s Ravioli
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Glorious Messes

“One of the most glorious messes in the world
is the mess created in the living room on Christmas Day.
Don’t clean it up too quickly.”
~ Andy Rooney,
Author, Radio and Television Writer, Writers Guild Award (3X),
Emmy Award (5X) & Walter Cronkite Award for Excellence in Journalism (2003)

The Chance for Longevity

“Balance provides the chance for longevity.
You can be a champion at work and at home.”
~ Tony Dungy,
Analyst – NBC Football Night in America, National Spokesman – All Pro Dad, Pro Football Hall of Fame (2016),
NFL Head Coach – Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1996-2001), NFL Head Coach – Indianapolis Colts (2002-2008)
Amos Alonzo Stagg Coaching Award (2007), IWU’s Society of World Changers (2008),
President’s Council on Service and Civic Participation (2007)

The Right Woman & The Right Time

“I always wanted to be a father and thought it would be great,
but it just took the right woman
and the right time to make it all happen.”
~ Matthew McConaughey,
Actor, Director, Producer, Writer &
Founder – just keep livin Foundation

Family & Business

“A man should never neglect his family for business.”
~ Walter Elias Disney,
Business Magnate, Animator, Cartoonist,
Producer, Director, Screenwriter, Philanthropist,
Voice Actor, Co-Founder of Walt Disney Productions,
Academy Awards (22x), Golden Globe Awards (3x) & an Emmy Award

Living Gracefully

“I want to get old gracefully. I want to have good posture,
I want to be healthy and be an example to my children.”
~ Sting,
a.k.a. Gordon Matthew Thomas Sumner, CBE
Musician, Singer, Songwriter, & Actor

He Recognized Destiny Calling

“I was a wife and a mother, and I was completely fulfilled.
But my husband recognized the signals in me which said,
“I’ve been doing enough gardening, I’ve cooked enough good dinners,
I’ve sat around the house and mooned about what more interior decoration
I can get my fingers into.”
It’s a curious thing with actors and actresses,
but suddenly the alarm goes off.
My husband is a very sensitive person to my moods
and he recognized the fact that I had to get on with something.
‘Mame’ came along out-of-the-blue, just at this time.
Now isn’t that a miracle?”
~ Angela Lansbury
a.k.a Dame Angela Brigid Lansbury,
Actress, Singer, Songwriter, Producer, Writer
Golden Globe Awards (6x), Tony Awards (5x),
& Grammy Award

Actress, singer, Songwriter, Producer, Writer

Didn’t Do It by Missing School

“When I was in school, my mother stressed education. I am so glad she did.
I graduated from Yale College and Yale University
with my Master’s
and I didn’t do it by missing school.”
~ Angela Bassett,
Actress, Author, Saturn Award, Image Awards (5x),
Golden Globe & Black Reel Award

Looking Within

“The hardest thing to find in life is balance –
especially the more success you have,
the more you look to the other side of the gate.
What do I need to stay grounded, in touch, in love,
connected, emotionally balanced? Look within yourself.”
~ Celine Dion,
Singer, Founder of Nickels Restaurant & Philanthropist

Taking the Time to Raise Them

“I know I did the right thing
by taking time off to raise my son.”
~ Arsenio Hall,
Comedian, Actor, Talk Show Host,
NAACP Image Award (1988) & American Comedy Award (1989)

Innocence of Kids

“Hold back the tide. Keep your kids innocent as long as possible.”
~ Tony Danza,
a.k.a Antonio Salvatore Iadanza
Actor, Television Personality,
Tap Dancer, Boxer, Teacher

Learning to Take Responsibility

“Part of being a man is learning to take responsibility
for your successes and for your failures.
You can’t go blaming others or being jealous.
Seeing somebody else’s success as your failure
is a cancerous way to live.”
~ Kevin Bacon,
Actor, Musician, Hollywood Walk of Fame (2003), Founder – SixDegrees.org,
Independent Spirit Award (2004), Screen Actors Guild Awards (1996, 2010),
Golden Globe (2010), Saturn Award (2013) & Philanthropist

To Be a Better Cook

“My daughters think I am a terrible cook, but I try really hard.
I would really like to be a better cook.”
~ Alex Rodriguez,
Professional Baseball Shortstop/Third Baseman:
Seattle Mariners (1994–2000), Texas Rangers (2001–2003), New York Yankees (2004–2013, 2015–2016)
All-Star (14x: 1996–1998, 2000–2008, 2010, 2011), World Series Champion (2009), AL MVP (3X: 2003, 2005, 2007),
Gold Glove Award (2X: 2002, 2003), Silver Slugger Award (10X: 1996, 1998–2003, 2005, 2007, 2008),
AL Hank Aaron Award (2001–2003, 2007) & Grand Slams with 25.

It Changes Your Perspective

“The moment you have a child, in an instant your life is not for you,
and your life is completely, 100 percent dedicated to another human being,
and they will always come first.
It changes you forever. It changes your perspective,
and it gives you a nice purpose and focus.”
~ Angelina Jolie,
Actress, Filmmaker, Humanitarian, Academy Awardee,
Screen Actors Guild Awardee (2X) & Golden Globe Awardee (3X)
Honorary Dame Commander of the Order of St Michael & St George

Family, Love & Children

“It’s really all about family, love and the children for me.
I work at that every day.”
~ Celine Dion,
Singer, Founder of Nickels Restaurant & Philanthropist

Hours with Your Child(ren)

I am a full-time mom; that is my first job. The most important job ever.
I started my business when he started school.
When he is in school, I do my meetings, my sketches, and everything else.
I cook him breakfast. Bring him to school. Pick him up.
Prepare his lunch. I spend the afternoon with him.
I do it myself.
You know, those hours with your child are really important ones,
even if it’s just the two of you, being quiet in the car together.
~ Melania Trump,
Model (former), Jewelry Designer &
First Lady of the United States (2017 – )

Wonderful Children

“I’m a single parent, a working mother, an executive, and an author.
My greatest accomplishment will be to raise three wonderful children.”
~ Ivana Trump,
Businesswoman, Fashion Designer, Jewelry Designer, Author, & Fashion Model

Women, Like Being a Woman

“I like being a woman, even in a man’s world.”
~ Whitney Elizabeth Houston,
Singer, Actress, Producer & Model

Family-Time

“My first priority is time with my family.”
~ Tom Selleck,
Actor, Film Producer, Co-Founder of the Character Counts Coalition,
Honorary Doctorate for Outstanding Character and Ethic- Pepperdine University (2000),
Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame (1986), Golden Apple Awards (1983),
People’s Choice Award (1984 & 1985 (2x)), Emmy Award (1984), Golden Globe Award (1985),
National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum (2010)

Fatherhood: Natural & Enriching

“Fatherhood is a very natural thing;
it’s not something that shakes up my life
but rather it enriches it.”
~ Andrea Bocelli,
Classical-Crossover Tenor, Singer,
Songwriter & Record Producer

The Christmases in Our Lives

Christmas Family Together Joyful Good Memories or Bad
“It’s true, Christmas can feel like a lot of work, particularly for mothers.
But when you look back on all the Christmases in your life,
you’ll find you’ve created family traditions and lasting memories.
Those memories, good and bad, are really what help
to keep a family together over the long haul.”
~ Caroline Kennedy,
Author, Attorney, Diplomat &
United States Ambassador to Japan

Hanukkah & Christmas: We Do Both

“Well, because I have twin seven-year-old boys, I enjoy the gift giving stuff a great deal.
We do both Hanukkah and Christmas, so it is a costly, though extremely pleasing proposition.”
~ Fred Melamed,
Actor, Producer & Writer
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Be a Champion

“Every child deserves a champion — an adult who will
never give up on them, who understands the power of connection
and insists that they become the best that they can become
the best that they can possibly be.”
~ Rita F. Pierson,
Educator, Car Enthusiast, Author, Humanitarian, & Speaker – TED Talks Education TV

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The Spirit of Togetherness

The Nativity

“At Christmas, I am always struck by how the spirit of togetherness
lies, also, at the heart of the Christmas story.
A young mother and a dutiful father with their baby
were joined by poor shepherds and visitors from afar.
They came with their gifts to worship the Christ child.”
~ Elizabeth II,
Queen of the United Kingdom
& the other Commonwealth realms,
Longest-Reigning Queen Regnant in History &,
Longest-Reigning British Monarch

Everything We Say

“Everything we say signifies; everything counts, that we put out into the world.
It impacts on kids, it impacts on the zeitgeist of the time.”
~ Meryl Streep,
Actress & Singer

Two Primary Choices

“There are two primary choices in life:
to accept conditions as they exist
or accept the responsibility for changing them.

~ Denis Waitley,
Motivational Speaker,
Consultant & Author

Our Choice for Freedom & Liberty

“This election presents a stark choice –
we can continue down the road of the Obama Democrats,
more and more spending, debt and government control of the economy,
or
we can return to the founding principles of our nation –
free markets, fiscal responsibility and individual liberty.”
~ Ted Cruz,
Attorney & Unites States Senator (2013- )

Silencing the Voice

“Once a government is committed to the principle of silencing the voice of opposition
it has only one way to go and that is down the path of increasingly repressive measures,
until it becomes a source of terror to all its citizens
and creates a country where everyone lives in fear.”
~ Harry S. Truman,
Politician, 33rd President of the United States (1945–53),
United States Senator (1935–45) & Vice President (1945)

Making Differences

“Being a working mom, you want to make a difference in our schools,
which is making a difference in our children and
ultimately it’s making a difference in our community.”
~ Kimora Lee Simmons,
Fashion Designer, Philanthropist, Perfumier, Author & Fashion Model

Be Loyal to the Face

“I want to grow old without facelifts.
I want to have the courage to be loyal to the face I have made. “
~ Marilyn Monroe
a.k.a. Norma Jeane Mortenson,
Actress, Model, Singer and Film Producer

UnSung, UnPraised, UnNoticed, Yet 1 Most Valuable

“A good father is
one of the most
unsung, unpraised, unnoticed
and yet
one of the most valuable assets in our society.”
~ William Franklin “Billy” Graham, Jr.,
Evangelist, Orator, Author, Radio Broadcaster – Hour of Decision,
Founder – Billy Graham Evangelistic Association,
Founder – Christianity Today, Founder – Decision, &
President – Samaritan’s Purse

Every Color In It


“Lunch is a big huge salad with every color in it; from leafy greens to purple,
to herbs, fresh cut herbs mixed into it for flavor.
I vary what I toss into it. Sometimes it might be lentils
and chopped tomatoes, other days it could be garbanzo beans,
days I might have just a salad and have some lentil soup on the side.”
~ Christie Brinkley
a.k.a Christie Lee Hudson,
Super-Model, Actress, Artist,
Author & Entrepreneur.

A Family-Oriented Guy

“I’m very at ease, and I like it.
I never thought I would be such a family-oriented guy;
didn’t think that was part of my makeup.
But somebody said that as you get older
you become the person you always should have been,
and I feel that’s happening to me.
I’m rather surprised at who I am,
because I’m actually like my dad!”
~ David Bowie,
Singer, Songwriter,
Actor & Record Producer

Calmer, Happier & Alert

“Sleep makes people calmer, more alert, less fearful – just plain happier,
or so I see around me and in me. I am sure that if this great nation were to concentrate on
getting more sleep, we would be a happier, more confident people,
and that by itself would be a major achievement.
Benjamin Jeremy “Ben” Stein
Actor, Writer, Lawyer, Commentator,
& Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Game Show Host

An Ultimate Life Dream Project

“My ultimate life dream project is my kids. My family.”
~ Denzel Hayes Washington, Jr.,
Golden Globe Awards recipient (2x), Tony Award,
Academy Awards: Best Supporting Actor and Best Actor

Do You Love You?

“You have to love yourself. That’s the single most powerful thing.
Out of that springs: How are you eating? How are you exercising? How are you resting?”
~ Nia Peeples
a.k.a. Virenia Gwendolyn Peeples
,
Actress, Singer,
Owner/Partner of Beautiful by Nia

What I Do Have is Great

“I don’t have a ton of friends,
but the friends I have are great ones.
I don’t have huge family,
but the family I have is a great one.”
~ Alicia Keys
a.k.a. Alicia Augello Cook
,
Singer, Songwriter, Record Producer & Actress

The Steps, the Biologicals & the Spirituals

“I want to congratulate all the men out there who are working, diligently,
to be good fathers whether they are stepfathers, biological fathers or just spiritual fathers.”
~ T. D. Jakes, Sr.,
Bishop/Chief Pastor of The Potter’s House,
Author & Filmmaker

Have You Any Worthwhile Endeavors?

stretching

“Patience and persistence are vital qualities
in the ultimate successful accomplishment
of any worthwhile endeavor.”
~ Joseph Pilates,
Author & Inventor of Pilates
Image courtesy of  Pixabay

What They See

“I think that the only way to teach is by example,
as children will more easily follow what they see you do
than what you tell them to do.”
~ Gloria Estefan
a.k.a Gloria María Milagrosa Fajardo García de Estefan
,
Singer, Songwriter, Actress, Hotelier, Restaurateur, Writer,
Grammy Awards (7X), Hollywood Walk of Fame Star, Las Vegas Walk of Fame,
The Ellis Island Congressional Medal of Honor (1993)
Hispanic Heritage Award, MTV Video Music Award, ACE Awards (2X)
National Music Foundation’s Humanitarian of the Year Award (1993),
American Music Award for Lifetime Achievement, BMI Songwriter of the Year,
Songwriters Hall of Fame (2X) Billboard Spirit of Hope Award (2011)
Caribbean American Mover and Shakers Lifetime Achievement Award (2014).

Conduct & Behavior, Wherever They Go

“Sixty-five percent of Americans don’t have the conversation with their children.
So you’re sending off boys and girls off to college, off to high school, off to wherever they go,
and nobody’s had the conversation about how to conduct themselves.
About a man telling his son how to be a man.
How to respect a woman.
How do you respect yourself?”
~ Mariska Magdolna Hargitay,
Joyful Heart Foundation – Founder & President, Actress, Miss Beverly Hills USA (1982),
Emmy Award (2006), Golden Globe Award (2005), Gracie Allen Award (2004, 2009, 2014),
Muse Award (2012), Prism Award (2007), Star on the Walk of Fame (2013)

Living Long, Yet Not Growing Old

“Do not grow old, no matter how long you live.
Never cease to stand like curious children
before the great mystery into which we were born.”
~ Albert Einstein,
Theoretical Physicist & Nobel Prize – Physics (1921),
Barnard Medal (1920), Matteucci Medal (1921), ForMemRS (1921),
Copley Medal (1925), Gold Medal – Royal Astronomical Society (1926),
Max Planck Medal (1929) & Time Person of the Century (1999)

Succeed at Home, Too!

“No amount of success can compensate for failure at home.”
~ Nathaniel Bronner, Sr.,
Founder & President – Bronner Brothers (1947–1993)

They Make All of It Worthwhile

“… I wanted children who were caring and who are giving.
I’m proud of my children. They make it all worthwhile.”
~ Nancy Wilson,
Singer (Blues, Jazz, Cabaret, Pop & Soul)
Grammy Awards (2007, 2005 1964, 3X)

A Jackie/Jack of All Trades

“Variety is the spice of life. Honestly, I’ve always been a jack-of-all-trades.
I enjoy the unpredictability that each day brings. There are days when I might enjoy one career more than the other,
but then it kind of balances itself out. I must admit though, TV is a lot of fun.”
~ Egypt Sherrod,
Multi-media Personality, Author, Real Estate Expert and Philanthropist.

The Primary Motivation

“When your primary motivation is money, you tend to forget about things that are more important to your day-to-day satisfaction,
such as challenging projects, collaborative colleagues and opportunities for professional growth.”
~ Ian Siegel, ,
Co-Founder & CEO, ZipRecruiter

To Stay on Top of Things

When asked to share her secret to having a long career in a competitive industry:

“There is no secret. Prayer, good old-fashioned hard work, giving the personal touch,
never compromising my integrity, listening to good business advice
and keep a talented group of people on my team to help me stay on top of everything.”

~ Egypt Sherrod,
Multi-media Personality, Author, Real Estate Expert and Philanthropist.
~ Image via NAME HERE

Be Not Questionable

“No one will question your integrity
if your integrity is not questionable.”
~ Nathaniel Bronner, Jr.,
Manufacturing Director, Bronner Bros., President, Century Systems Inc.
& Senior Pastor, Ark of Salvation Church

An Inspiring Attitude

“My father didn’t talk too much, and wasn’t very much into giving me advice, verbally.
It was his attitude, mainly, that inspires me as a mother and a working woman today.
He taught me the importance of humility. How we all work to make ourselves a living
and that there’s no need to feel superior.”
~ Gaia Trussardi,
Creative Director, Trussardi Group

A Strong Legacy

“In Italy we have a strong legacy of family businesses; that is our DNA.
Families think long term. They can renounce some money currently, so they can get to the future.” 
~ Beatrice Trussardi,
Philanthropist & Executive, Trussardi Group

Daily Life vs. Dollars

“How much is enough? My co-founders at ZipRecruiter and I found ourselves in the unique situation
of running a profitable bootstrapped business. Every month was a choice between keeping the profit
or re-investing for growth. In a very specific way, we had to answer the question,
“What is enough money?”
Rather than argue over numbers in a spreadsheet, we instead each listed the lifestyle we wanted.
My list was simple: Eat dinner with my family every night, send my kids to good schools,
work out three times a week, and if everything fell just right, fly business class.
Clarifying success in terms of daily life vs. dollars made it easy to agree on how much was “enough.”
~ Ian Siegel, ,
Co-Founder & CEO, ZipRecruiter

Lead-Parent Husbands

“Many of us can’t make it without lead-parent husbands.
If you have a lead-parent husband, celebrate him!”
~ Anne-Marie Slaughter,
Author & President, New America Foundation

Just as Business Partners

“My husband and I sit down, just as business partners, around our kitchen table
and look at the schedule for the week and figure out
where we need to be and what we need to do,
what each of our commitments are and
what our children’s commitments are”
~ Egypt Sherrod,
Multi-media Personality, Author, Real Estate Expert and Philanthropist.

When YOU Own a Company

“Yes, I own my own company, and I prefer to say ‘mompreneur’.
Being a mommy you have to run your house, you’ve got to run your kids’ lives.
I think the key, and my number one tip, is making sure you have a great support team set up,
and communication within your household is key at all times.
It really comes into play when you have appointments, you know,
when you have to be here, so you have to be sure to communicate.”
~ Egypt Sherrod,
Multi-media Personality, Author, Real Estate Expert and Philanthropist.

Inherited Kid-Wrinkles!

Doris Day quote, "Gratitude is riches. Complaint is poverty."
“Wrinkles are hereditary. Parents get them from their children.”
~ Doris Day
a.k.a Doris Mary Ann Kappelhoff
,
Actress, Singer, Animal Rights Activist and Hotelier
~ Image courtesy of Wikipedia Commons

All in All

“Even if some days I feel like I’m ready to fall apart,
I am ultimately happier than I’ve ever been.
My family gives me more joy than I thought possible,
and my career fulfills me tremendously.
All in all, I feel like am in the exact place
I am supposed to be in,
doing exactly what I am supposed to be doing.”
~ Ali Landry,
Actress, Model, and Miss USA (1996)

Watch My Mouth

“I wasn’t trying to be a role model with ‘The Dutchess,’
yet suddenly, seeing little girls in the audience
with their moms made me think about
what I do onstage a little bit more.
I had to watch my mouth, because it can be filthy.
It changed things for me.”
~ Fergie
a.k.a Stacy Ann Ferguson
,
Singer, Songwriter, Rapper, Actress & Fashion Designer,
American Music Award, amfAR Inspiration Gala Awards (3),
ASCAP Awards (6), Billboard Music Awards (8), FiFi Award
Footwear News Achievement Award, Glamour Award & Grammy Awards (8)

When No One’s Watching

“Integrity is doing the right thing,
even when no one is watching.”
~ C.S. Lewis
a.k.a. Clive Staples Lewis
,
Novelist, Poet, Academic, Medievalist, Literary Critic,
Essayist, Lay Theologian, Broadcaster, Lecturer, & Christian Apologist
~ Image via NAME HERE

Create a Ladder for Yourself

“There were periods of my life
when a lot of people didn’t believe in me.
I still had faith in myself.
I really had to ask myself life questions.
Where do I see myself in five years?
Create a ladder for yourself,
and walk up the steps. Climb that ladder.”
~ Fergie
a.k.a Stacy Ann Ferguson
,
Singer, Songwriter, Rapper, Actress & Fashion Designer,
American Music Award, amfAR Inspiration Gala Awards (3),
ASCAP Awards (6), Billboard Music Awards (8), FiFi Award
Footwear News Achievement Award, Glamour Award & Grammy Awards (8)

Our Daddy

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“No matter what your age is, or will be, YOU will always be the Creator’s ‘baby’,
His child, forever loved by Him. Beyond mistakes, errors & terrible things
He loves, He forgives, He corrects & He restores!
We are, forever, loved by Him.”
~ Michelle ‘Chaella’ Boddie,
Blogger, Visual Artist, Website Designer,
Christmas Decor Stylist, Author & Entrepreneur
~ Image via NAME HERE

No Matter What

“Just because you’re a man doesn’t mean that you can’t raise your kid.
I think that families should stay together,
yet if you are a single father, don’t give up no matter what they say.”
~ Nicolas Cage a.k.a. Nicolas Kim Coppola ,
Actor & Producer
~ Image via NAME HERE

The Best of All

“The best cookies of all, in the world,
are the ones my daughter Sally makes.
They come out all uniform with nice little air holes.”
~ Willard Scott ,
Weather Presenter, Television & Radio personality, Clown/Performer

~ Image via Pixabay

Men of Integrity

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“But my dad also was a remarkable man,
a good person, a principled individual, a man of integrity.”
~ Sir Sidney Poitier, KBE
Actor, Director, Writer & Diplomat
British Academy Film Award Winner, Academy Award (Oscar) Winner,
Knight Commander of the Order of the British Empire (KBE),
Golden Globe Cecil B. DeMille Award Winner & Grammy Award Winner

Without Sticking It To …

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“My father never was and isn’t a mean man.
You know, he never was ruthless.
And he succeeded in life without sticking it to anybody.
And that’s a great example for a man, a strong man,
a man’s man, to give to his children.
You can succeed, you can be successful,
without walking over somebody.”
~ Maria Shriver,
Journalist, Activist, Author,
First Lady of California (11.17.2003–1.3.2011),
Peabody Award recipient & Emmy Award recipient (2x)
~ Image via NAME HERE

Good Being

“I’m a good son, a good father, a good husband –
I’ve been married to the same woman for 30 years.
I’m a good friend.
I finished college, I have my education,
I donate money anonymously.
So, when people criticize the kind of characters
that I play on screen, I go,
‘You know, that’s part of history.'”
~ Samuel Leroy Jackson,
Actor & Film Producer

Keep the Relationship

“I’ve brought my daughters all over the world-they travel with me.
I drag them out of school just to keep the relationship.
When I’m home I’m a big-time daddy.”
~ Armand Anthony Assante, Jr.,
Actor,
Emmy Awardee (1996) Emmy Nominee (1989),
Golden Globe Nominee (1989, 1991, 1997, 1998)
Screen Actors Guild Nominee (1997)

The Hero

“My Dad is my hero.
He’s 85 now and he is in great health.
He is handsome and strong. He has an incredible moral and ethical backbone.
I couldn’t have been luckier with my parents.”
~ Harry Connick, Jr.
a.k.a Joseph Harry Fowler Connick, Jr.,
,
Singer, Pianist, Composer/Arranger & Actor

Uncle-Dads

“I’ve been truly protected by my uncles.”
~ will.i.am
a.k.a William James Adams
,
Founder of i.am Angel,
Director of Creative Innovation for Intel (2011),
Founder of The Back-Eyed Peas,
Rapper, Singer, Songwriter, Entrepreneur,
Actor, DJ, Record Producer, Philanthropist,
Grammy Awards (7), American Music Awards(8), Billboard Music Award,
Daytime Emmy Awards (2), Latin Grammy Award, Television Rack Awards (10x),
Teen Choice Award, MTV Video Music Awards (2) and World Music Awards (3)

For Me, Her & The Children

“I came back to my wife. I came back to her
after I made a few boo-boos in my life.
Coming back to her was good
for me, good for her and good for the children.”
~ Jean-Claude Van Damme
a.k.a Jean-Claude Camille François Van Varenberg,,
,
Actor, Martial Artist, Director & Writer

Would He Be?

“When you are getting ready to become a mom,
being in love with someone just isn’t enough.
You need to think about whether he would be a good parent
and raise your children with similar beliefs.”
~ Cindy Crawford a.k.a Cynthia Ann Crawford,
Entrepreneur, Model,
Actress, & Television Personality
~ Image via NAME HERE