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8 Wise Sayings From Everyday Dads to Make You Appreciate Your Father

These fathers passed on valuable lessons to their children—and we can all learn something from their words of wisdom.

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Dave, father of Wendy

“Before you speak: Is it kind? Is it true? Is it necessary?”

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Dick, father of Dick Jr. and Patty

“Manners go a long way, and they don’t cost a dime.” 

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Dominique, father of Michele

“Be good or be careful.” 

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Todd, son of Ron

“Whenever I was about to do something foolish or dangerous—or something, I suppose, that simply displeased my father—he would say, ‘Don’t let a little fear and common sense stop you.’”

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Matt, father of Sarah

“The universe is full of magical things, waiting for our wits to grow harper.” 

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Olive, daughter of Tom

“My father on all his children: ‘Between the hell of their living and the fear of their dying, there’s never a dull moment.’”

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Amy, daughter of Jim

“In the ’60s, when my brothers would bring their long-haired hippie friends home to dinner, my father would sit at the end of the dining room table and ask, ‘So, any news on the barber strike?’”

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Doug, son of Steve

“My dad would say, ‘Before speaking, you should think about what you’re going to say for at least ten seconds. Then, hopefully, you’ll say nothing.’ I still follow this advice; it drives my wife crazy.”

Originally Published in Reader's Digest