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500 Touching Absent Father Quotes To Help You Heal (2023)

1. “It’s hard to trust men when the first one who was supposed to love you unconditionally walked out of your life.”


2. “You're a grown man now, Nathan. I'm sorry for any problems you have, but part of being an adult is to stop blaming your parents for whatever shortcomings you have. That's pretty basic.”


3. “Forgiving your absent father may be the hardest thing you do, but it will also be the most rewarding.”


4. “It is much easier to become a Father than to be one.” – Kent Nerburn


5. “My father may be gone, but his love and guidance will stay with me forever. I miss him dearly.”


6. “Children feel let down and becomes hopeless when parents leave them alone.” –Unknown


7. “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.” – Hugh Hefner


8. “I will not beg or bribe anyone to be involved in my children’s lives. If you don’t come around, it sucks to be you.”


9. “There should be an anti father’s day. A bad dad’s day. That way I could truly say “you are the best.”


10. “The only thing worse than a father who is absent is a father who is present but not involved.”


11. “There’s nothing worse than a man that can be everything to everybody else…except a father to their own child.”


12. “I don’t hate you, but I hate what you did to me.”


13. “The absence of a father can leave a child feeling like they are stranded on a desert island, with no hope of rescue.”


14. “Because my father was often absent on naval duty, my mother suffered me to do as much as I pleased.” — John James Audubon


15. “There is a big difference between “Can’t” & ‘It just isn’t a high priority.”


16. “I know it’s hard being a single parent, but I’d rather do it by myself than with someone who doesn’t want to.”


17. “As a single mom, it’s the unconditional love of your kids that gets you through. Well, until they become teens, then it’s your unconditional love that keeps them alive.”


18. “As old as she was.She still missed her daddy sometimes.”


19. “Forgiveness is not always easy. At times, it feels more painful than the wound we suffered, to forgive the one that inflicted it. And yet, there is no peace without forgiveness.” – Marianne Williamson


20. “Daddy Issues: The classic conception of a woman who yearns for a prospective, older male figure to fill the void left by her inadequate father.”


21. “A son who grows up without a father learns to survive, but he should never have to just survive.”


22. “The psychological absence of fathers can be nearly as devastating as physical absence. When fathers are alive but not a predictable presence actively participating in their daughter's lives the relationship becomes a permanent "maybe.”


23. “Forgiveness is the pathway to healing and wholeness.”


24. “Just because your father’s present doesn’t mean he isn’t absent.” ― Elizabeth Acevedo


25. “To be in your children’s memories tomorrow, you have to be in their lives today.” – Barbara Johnson


26. “The love you never received as a child, a daughter, or you didn’t get it from your father; he might have been absent your entire upbringing.” – Chimnese Davids


27. “Forgiveness is the oil of relationships.” – Josh McDowell


28. “I think the worst part of this is that I actually have so many good memories of you, along with the bad ones.”


29. “A bad father has never a good son.”- Latin Proverb


30. “Being a working mother and a working single parent instills in you a sense of determination.” – Felicity Jones


31. “Daddy’s in the army, there’s a war in Vietnam / Mama kept us going with her sewing and a prayer / It’s hard to be a family when your daddy’s missing.”- Crowell Church


32. “Your mother is in the habit of offering more love than you can carry. Your father is absent. You are a war the border between two countries the collateral damage the paradox that joins the two but also splits them apart.” –Rupi Kaur


33. “An absent father is a reminder that sometimes the people we need the most are the ones who are not there.”


34. “Turns out I didn’t need you, but I wanted you and you didn’t want me.”


35. “I wish I could turn back time and spend more time with my father. I miss him so much.”


36. “And here you are, living, despite it all.” – Rupi Kaur


37. “The psychological absence of fathers can be nearly as devastating as physical absence.” –Victoria Secunda


38. “I look for you everywhere I go hoping to bump into you but I never see you you’re not there you’re never there.”


39. “I hope you realize that your absence didn’t just affect me, but it affected everyone who loves me.”


40. “Any man can be a father, but it takes a real man to be a daddy.”


41. “You made a choice and I suffered deeply for it. I’ve let it go, but I’ll never forget it.”


42. “Forgiveness is not a sign of weakness, but a sign of strength and courage.”


43. “You may have left me, but you’ll never leave the pain and trauma you caused behind.”


44. “You can’t tell me I was a bad parent. I was never around!”


45. “My research continues to amaze and baffle me. As human beings, we are geniuses. What we didn’t get from the home, we find ways of getting elsewhere. It’s evident, then, when one looks at the stats we don’t have a teenage pregnancy problem and we don’t have a street gang problem. I will even suggest that we don’t have a drug and alcohol problem, nor do we have a crime problem rather, these are only the symptoms that we are experiencing, and the real problem is broken homes that result in broken lives.”


46. “The father is always a Republican toward his son, and his mother’s always a Democrat.”


47. “An absent father can leave a child feeling like they are not good enough, not worthy of love and attention.”


48. “As old as she was..She still missed her daddy sometimes.”


49. “Abandonment issues stem not from the fear of someone leaving, but the belief that someone leaving would be your fault.” Shaundel Stewert


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


51. “A father who is heartless and absent is a burden that his child may carry for a lifetime.”


52. “ Children feel let down and becomes hopeless when parents leave them alone.” -Unknown


53. “When a father, absent during the day, returns home at six, his children receive only his temperament, not his teaching.”- Robert Bly


54. “His words didn’t tell me I wasn’t enough; his absence did.” – Cat Burnal


55. “Fathers, your are the head and strength of the family unit. If you are not in place, there is a weakness in the link.” – Anita R. Sneed-Carter


56. “For not taking care of his own child, a man can, with reason, argue that he made, not the child, but love.”


57. “The absence of a father can have a profound effect on a child’s life, creating a void that is difficult to fill.” – Barack Obama


58. “Forgiveness is the only way to free ourselves from the prison of the past.”


59. “Even though I can say it’s his loss, deep down, I know it will be mine too.”


60. “Fathers have a unique and irreplaceable role in the lives of children.”- George W. Bush


61. “From the age of nine, I was on the streets. This came about because I was being rude with my parents and I was moving things without their permission, like money. So my stepfather didn’t like what I was doing and he didn’t like me, so he eventually put me out on the streets. My mother was always sick, and my father—I never met him. While I was on the streets, I used to sleep in old abandoned vehicles. Galen ‘Ninja’ Nordelus former leader of the Public Terrorist Rebellions through Milton Street”


62. “Emotional damage is never easy to measure, but mothers who are alive but psychically absent impose filial burdens which knot their children’s feelings in a way biologic orphans are spared.” – Eileen Simpson


63. “It’s easy to be a father, but it takes a lifetime to be a dad.” – Stephen Richards


64. “I look forward to father’s day the same way I look forward to doing my taxes.”


65. “There are two things I judge harshly on. The inability for one to admit when they are wrong, and the lack of courage to say I am sorry.”


66. “Dear absent father from the mother of a dadyless daughter..i just want to say ..Thank you and you are welcome!” – Anonymous


67. “It may seem easy and convenient to blame your absentee father for our unhappiness, but in the long run you lose out, as indulging in blame costs you the authority to be in charge.


68. “Someday you’ll cry for me like I cried for you. Someday you’ll miss me like I missed you. Someday you’ll need me like I needed you. Someday you’ll love me but I won’t love you.”


69. “According to the American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, the definition of the word ‘rebellion’ is ‘an act or a show of defiance toward an authority or established convention. Extensions of the expression include to fly in the face of danger and to fly in the face of providence, both of which carry a sense of reckless or impetuous disregard for safety.’


70. “Go ask your dad” is off the table as a single mom.”


71. “The pain of losing my father never goes away. I miss him more than words can express.”


72. “This is the cry of a fatherless daughter—the one with the hole in her heart, crying, wounded, searching or wandering, aching inside for an accepting touch or a word from Dad. Some fathers were physically absent. Some were present but absent emotionally.”- H. Norman Wright


73. “Why do people marry versions of their controlling mothers? Or absent fathers? To have a shot at righting old wrongs”. – Blake Crouch


74. “Forgiving your absent father may be one of the hardest things you do, but it will also be one of the most liberating.”


75. “Father’s Day is hard for me.”


76. “The practice of forgiveness is our most important contribution to the healing of the world.” – Marianne Williamson


77. “It’s hard to grow up without a father, but it’s easy when you have a fantastic mother who plays both roles.”


78. “When a father, absent during the day, returns home at six, his children receive only his temperament, not his teaching.” — Robert Bly


79. “An absent father is like a dream that was never realized and a hope that was never fulfilled.”


80. “If she could put the hollow ache that haunts her into words, she would tell him “I miss the father you never were”” – John Mark Green


81. “ A real father is the one who raises his children well.” – Unknown


82. “I hope you realize that your absence didn’t just affect me, but it affected everyone who loves me.”


83. “I’m there for my son 24/7, because I don’t want him to take the road we took. I believe if I had a father around, I would’ve learned plenty things. There was no father there to tell me look here son, this is the wrong way to go. When we were coming up, we learned through trial and error. Anthony ‘Ada’ Allen, one of the former leaders and founders of the Rebellion Raiders street gang.”


84. “I wish you could see the person I’ve become, but you’re not here to witness it.”


85. “What would my life be like if you had stayed? Would it be better or were you doing me a kindness by leaving?”


86. “My dad was a good man but an emotionally absent father, and so I had to look for that male attention somewhere else, and found it in a brother-in-law. He just happened to be an alcoholic.” – Jim Hamilton


87. “ Before it’s too late, an absent father should realize the needs of his child” – Unknown


88. “No matter how old you get, the hole in your heart created by your father’s absence still aches.”


89. “Forgiving is not forgetting, it’s letting go of the hurt.” – Kathy Henn


90. “The best feeling is when you realize that you are perfectly happy without the people you thought you needed most.”


91. “What right did my father have to the details of my life? He squandered his chance to be the protective father. You can't come rushing to the rescue six months later. I wasn't a person to be saved only when it was a convenient time to swoop in.”


92. “A daughter should not have to beg her father for a relationship.”


93. “To be in your children’s memories tomorrow, you have to be in their lives today.”- Barbara Johnson


94. “Fathers, take note! Children will always remember the man who treated them with love and affection!Don’t be an absent father!”


95. “I cannot think of any need in childhood as strong as the need for a father’s protection.”- Sigmund Freud


96. “Mothers – especially single mothers – are heroic in their efforts to raise our nation’s children, but men must also take responsibility for their children and recognize the impact they have on their families’ well-being.” – Evan Bayh


97. “A father may turn his back on his child, but a mother’s love endures through all.” – Washington Irving


98. “A son who grows up without a father learns the hard way that not all men can be trusted.”


99. “I wish I could turn back time and spend just one more day with my father. I miss him so much.”


100. “And I hate how you made me question myself when the problem was you all along.”


101. “You left a hole in my life that no amount of success or achievements can fill.”


102. “ It takes someone special to be a dad.” – Unknown


103. “I cannot think of any need in childhood as strong as the need for a father’s protection” – Sigmund Freud


104. “Although a million black men can be found in prisons and jails, public acknowledgment of the role of the criminal justice system in "disappearing" black men is surprisingly rare. ... Hundreds of thousands of black men are unable to be good fathers for their children, not because of a lack of commitment or desire but because they are warehoused in prisons, locked in cages. They did not walk out on their families voluntarily; they were taken away in handcuffs, often due to a massive federal program known as the War on Drugs.”


105. “I will never know if you were a bad dad.”


106. “A father who is absent from his children’s lives is not a father at all.”


107. “A heartless absent father can leave a child feeling like they are not important enough to be loved.”


108. “Forgiveness is not about condoning the behavior, it’s about freeing yourself from the emotional pain it has caused.”


109. “The absence of a father can leave a child feeling like they are swimming in the deep end, with no one to keep them from drowning.”


110. “Having kids doesn’t make you a father. Raising them does.”


111. “An absent father is like a canvas that was never painted and a masterpiece that was never created.”


112. “A father is neither an anchor to hold us back nor a sail to take us there, but a guiding light whose love shows us the way.”


113. “Forgiveness is not an occasional act, it is a constant attitude.” – Martin Luther King Jr.


114. “Forgiveness is the key that unlocks the door to freedom and peace.”


115. “Father absence has been implicated in anorexia nervosa, in which daughters may exhibit literal father hunger by starving themselves.” – Victoria Secunda


116. “My father may be gone, but he will never be forgotten. I miss him dearly.”


117. “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.” — Hugh Hefner


118. “Beneath every strong independent woman lies a broken little girl who has to learn to get back up and to never depend on anyone.”


119. “The absent are always in the wrong.”


120. “Gone are the days when you would sit and wait for your knight in shining amor. Be brave, be independent and believe that you can do it, and you can do a better job”.


121. “One day you’re going to wake up and notice that you should’ve tried. I was worth the fight.”


122. “Your feelings are valid. You have every right to feel whatever emotion you want. You aren’t being dramatic. You aren’t over-exaggerating. You’re feeling. And that’s okay.”


123. “The absent are never without fault, nor the present without excuse.”- Benjamin Franklin


124. “Healing from the pain of an absent or emotionally distant dad.”


125. “So you lied about what you did, how you felt, who you were, and basically pretended to be a fake person who didn’t exist, but you’re calling me “crazy”. Okay.”


126. “Forgiveness is not a sign of weakness, but of strength.” – Nelson Mandela


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


128. “My mother was the influence on me — my father was absent. He was a diamond dealer; he was doing wonderful things in the background, and women were left at home. So my mother really was in charge of everything: the ballet, dance lessons, piano lessons, and latkes.” — Maira Kalman


129. “No matter how much time passes, I will always miss my father. He was a huge part of my life.”


130. “However busy a father is, he will find time for his child.” – Anonymous


131. “Sometimes I wonder how you sleep at night, but then I remember you are a self-centered Narcissist with no conscience.”


132. “I come from the school of thought where a dad’s absence is something to be counted on. Now I see all the men with camouflage diaper bags and babies hanging from their chests like little ship figureheads.”- Kaui Hart Hemmings


133. “I will never be good enough for you. I got that.”


134. “A bad father has never a good son.”


135. “A daughter needs her father more than anything else in the world.”


136. “A Daughter needs a dad to be the standard against which she will judge all me.”


137. “ Before any man had had the chance to break my heart, my father did ” – Unknown


138. “A father’s absence can leave a son feeling like he’s not good enough, like he’s never enough.”


139. “Someday you’ll wish you were a better man.”


140. “A father is the most special person in a daughter’s life .” —Unknown


141. “So many of our young women today, they’re growing up without a father, but they’re still thirsty for that and desiring positive male love.” – Hill Harper


142. “One of the hardest things you will ever have to do my dear, is grieving the loss of a person who is still alive.”


143. “If I hug you now, would it bring the same comfort as it did before you left? Or would I be hugging the person who stabbed a knife in my back?”


144. “When a father, absent during the day, returns home at six, his children receive only his temperament, not his teaching.” – Robert Bly


145. “A father is a man who expects his son to be as good a man as he meant to be.”


146. “Forgiveness is the fragrance that the violet sheds on the heel that has crushed it.” – Mark Twain


147. “Do not ask for healing at the feet of those who broke you.” – Rupi Kaur


148. “No matter how old you get. The hole in your heart created by your father’s absence still aches.Especially on father’s day.”


149. “I miss the sound of my father’s voice, his laughter, and the way he always made me feel loved.”


150. “Many of us might have grown up in a house that lacked love, or even without parental supervision. The parents left you on your own and because of that you missed out on the true form of LOVE. The love you never received as a child, a daughter, or you didn’t get it from your father; he might have been absent your entire upbringing.”


151. “Because my father was absent on naval duty, my mother suffered me to do as much as I pleased.”- John James Audubon


152. “An absent father needs to realize his child’s needs before it is very late ” – Unknown


153. “Karma is like a rubber band: It can only stretch so far before it comes back and smacks you.”


154. “Time heals all wounds.’ Yet here I am years later, still broken.”


155. “You are a strong, capable single mother. You are conquering the world one minute at a time.”


156. “My father was my hero, my rock, and my confidant. I miss him every day.”


157. “Yes, I’m a single mom by choice. I decided to raise a child, not marry one.”


158. “He was supposed to be the first male love of your life you still search for him everywhere.”


159. “One must balance being a good provider and a father who is there for his children.” –Anonymous


160. “I wish you could have been there to walk me down the aisle, but I had my grandpa instead.”


161. “He isn’t coming back, whispered my head. He has to, sobbed my heart.” – Rupi Kaur


162. “You may be my father, but you’ll never be my dad. So don’t waltz into my life like you’ve been there all along.”


163. “I should know enough about the loss to realizing that you never really stop missing someone- you just learn to live around the huge gaping hole of their absence.” – Alyson Noel


164. What are the effects of absent parents?


165. “When you grew up with an absent father, you grew up dreaming and wanting.. But most of all, you grew up way too fast.”


166. “Fathers have a unique and irreplaceable role in the lives of children.” – George W. Bush


167. “He didn’t want to be an absentee father. He didn’t want to be like his own father, who thought being a provider was his only obligation to his family.


168. “A father must be responsible towards his child.” – Unknown


169. “My Dad was a good man, but an emotionally absent one. Which was worse than him not being there at all.” – Jim Hamilton


170. “I’ve been half an orphan since he left. Half a woman, half a person. Empty no matter what good or bad thing I pour into myself. He took everything I was and everything I wanted to be as a little girl. He left a lot of sadness behind, and I’m clinging on to it, thinking it I let go, that little half that I still am might perish.”


171. “There are so many things in life to make you happy. The sound of a child laughing, a rainbow, or a friend losing a ton of weight; and giving away their Lululemon pants that are too big for them now.”


172. “Father absence has been implicated in anorexia nervosa, in which daughters may exhibit literal father hunger by starving themselves.”


173. “The pain of your absence never truly goes away, but it does become easier to bear with time.”


174. “The wounds inflicted by a heartless absent father may never fully heal, but with time and love, they can become scars that serve as a reminder of our strength.”


175. “You showed me why people can’t be trusted.”


176. “Frequently, I go to conferences and listen to speakers decry the absent father as somehow a new phenomenon. Though their recriminations against absent or emotionally distant fathers are generally meant to help society, at the same time, they are built on a lie that evolution disproves generation after generation. Fathers have often gone to war, or the long hunt on the savannah, or to work in another village or city. But only in the last decade or so have manhood and fathering been trashed completely.” — Michael Gurian


177. “One day you’ll be alone and regret not being there. You’ll regret the birthdays and holidays missed. You’ll regret not watching her grow up and being in her life you’ll regret everything and by than it will be too late.”


178. “Forgiveness is not an event, it’s a process.”


179. “An absent father is like a tree that never bears fruit and a seed that never takes root.”


180. “Losing my father was like losing a part of myself. I miss him so much.”


181. “Real dads are supportive ” – Unknown


182. “Dad, I searched high and low for a father’s day card that expressed all you’ve done for me. I finally found one, but it is blank.”


183. “I used to blame myself for your absence, but now I know it was never my fault.”


184. “Your presence doesn’t matter if your absence doesn’t have any impact.“– Unknown


185. “Forgiving your absent father is not about making him feel better, it’s about releasing yourself from the burden of anger and resentment.”


186. “Forgiveness is a gift you give yourself, not a gift you give someone else.” – Tony Robbins


187. “Respect to all mums doing double duty because of men failing to do their part as dads.” – John Mark Green


188. “My father gave me the greatest gift anyone could give another person; he believed in me.” – Jim Valvano


189. “An absent father is like a flame that was never lit and a fire that was never started.”


190. “When I look at it carefully, by examining the interviews and the various social scientists’ studies, it becomes easy for me to see that we all were just rebelling. Regardless of the area we grew up in or the gang we were affiliated with, or which part of the Western world we found ourselves in, we all were rebelling. We were rebelling and crying out for our fathers. We were rebelling against the home conditions that existed in our communities. We needed our fathers, but above all we wanted to be loved and accepted by them. Since we couldn’t find it at home and in our respective communities, we created it for ourselves.”


191. “Real dads support their children without the law telling them they have to.”


192. “As a child, I forgive you. As a parent, I could never understand you.”


193. “Thanks for reminding me why I don’t feel guilty that I can’t stand you.”


194. “A girl might learn an ocean of wisdom from her mother, but having her father’s presence is one part of the equation that should never be compromised.” — Unknown


195. “The psychological absence of fathers can be nearly as devastating as physical absence. When fathers are alive but not a predictable presence actively participating in their daughter’s lives the relationship becomes a permanent maybe.” – Victoria Secunda


196. “I can’t help but think of my father every day, and I miss him more with each passing moment.”


197. “Some kids are able to become independent without the presence of their father.”


198. “A father’s absence is a wound that never fully heals.” – Mario Puzo


199. “A father’s absence can make a son feel like he’s living in the shadows of his own life.”


200. That is enough children to fill New York City and Los Angeles four times over.


201. “It sucks when you know in your head that you need to let go of something, but you don’t because you still have hope in your heart that the impossible might happen.”


202. “Every woman is a princess to her father ” – Unknown


203. One of the most disrespectful things a man can do is to abandon his own kids to take care of someone else’s kids.”


204. “Any food can have a child. That doesn’t make you a father. It’s the courage to raise a child that makes you a father.” – Barack Obama


205. “A dad should be a daughter’s idol against which she will judge all men.” – Unknown


206. “I am sorry that you weren’t the man that I needed you to be.”


207. “Real dads are supportive.” – Anonymous


208. “I wonder if you ever think about me, the way I think about you.”


209. “ I can proudly say that I did it without you, dad.”- Unknown


210. “A father’s love is just as important as a mother’s love, and children who grow up without their father’s love suffer a great deal.” – Tony Gaskins


211. “Just because your father’s present doesn’t mean he isn’t absent. “ – Elizabeth Acevedo


212. “Your child feels let down and lose hope in you when you leave them.”


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


214. “The answer to the question ‘How many children do you have?’ and the one to the question ‘How many children are you raising?’ are not identical in all cases: some men are not taking care of their own children, some are knowingly or unknowingly raising other men’s children, and some do not even know that they each have a child, another child, or other children.”


215. “You left a hole in my heart that no one else can fill.”


216. “The absence of a father can create a void that is filled with confusion, pain, and sadness.”


217. “There’s a hole in my heart that will never be filled since my father passed away. I miss him more than words can express.”


218. “Every day that goes by, I miss my father more and more. He was such an important part of my life.”


219. “Hey, Dad! I did it without you.”


220. “A son who grows up without a father can feel like an orphan in his own home.”


221. “A son who grows up without a father learns to be his own father, but that’s a role he should never have to play.”


222. “Forgiveness is the antidote to bitterness and resentment.”


223. “She builds others because she knows what it’s like to be torn down.”


224. “The world feels empty without my father in it. I miss him so much.”


225. “A father is a guy who has photos in his wallet where his money used to be.”


226. “Hey “dad” I did it without you.”


227. “A father’s absence can make a son feel like he’s walking through life with a hole in his heart.”


228. “A father who abandons his son teaches him a painful lesson about the fragility of love.”


229. “One day, you’ll regret not being there. You’ll regret the birthdays and holidays missed. You’ll regret not watching them grow up and being in their lives. You’ll regret everything and by then, it will be too late.”


230. “Hey “dad” I did it without you.” – Anonymous


231. “The absence of a father can leave a child feeling like they are living in a world that is not meant for them.”


232. “Just because I am a single mother doesn’t mean I cannot be a success.” – Yvonne Kaloki


233. “Clothes, cars, homes, and money does not define a good man or a good father. Character, good morality, respect, and handling your responsibilities do!”


234. “If she could put the hollow ache that haunts her into words, she would tell him ‘I miss the father you never were.’” — John Mark Green


235. “A father who is physically absent cannot provide his daughter with unconditional love and validation. Nor can he give her a sense of security and the conviction that people are dependable. A young child doesn’t understand why her father is missing. She only knows that he is gone.” – Sarah Simms Rosenthal


236. “The world is a colder, lonelier place without my father in it. I miss him every day.”


237. “When your father is absent, you have to believe in yourself.”


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


239. “Just because your father’s present doesn’t mean he isn’t absent.” – Elizabeth Acevedo


240. “Beneath every strong independent woman lies a broken little girl who has to learn to get back up and to never depend on anyone.”


241. “An absent father is like a ship that sails away, leaving behind a child who is lost at sea.”


242. “And maybe I should be grateful to you for showing me exactly the kind of man I don’t want to be.”


243. “I will even suggest that we don’t have a drug and alcohol problem, nor do we have a crime problem rather, these are only the symptoms that we are experiencing, and the real problem is broken homes that result in broken lives.” – Drexel Deal


244. “I don’t know how to feel about you being gone. You were never really here, to begin with.”


245. “An absent father is a thief who steals a child’s sense of security, love, and stability.”


246. “I used to believe in fairy tales, but you shattered that illusion.”


247. “Hes that kind of man. Every few years he sends news of where he is, and he even turned up on the doorstep unannounced once or twice when we were still at school. He's not a bad person, just a flighty one.”


248. “Fathers, you are the head and strength of the family unit. If you are not in place, there is a weakness in the link.” ― Anita R. Sneed-Carter


249. “A father’s absence leaves a void that can never be filled.”


250. “I realize that taking extra effort in contacting my father means nothing to him – that’s the reason we stopped talking.” – Unknown


251. “You can’t choose your family, but you can choose how you let them affect you.”


252. “That would make me a completely absent father, and that’s unacceptable.” – Ken Salazar


253. “The absence of a father can leave a child feeling incomplete, like a puzzle missing its most important piece.”


254. “Before I was born my father disowned me. You know those ones who get the females pregnant, and then say the baby is not theirs? He rejected me, told my mother that I am not his child, so I never had a relationship with my father. Shelton ‘Apples’ Burrows reform gang leader”


255. “The parents left you on your own and because of that you missed out on the true form of LOVE.” – Chimnese Davids


256. “The older guys in the neighborhood were our father figures. Even though they were doing foolishness we looked up to them, and they looked out for us. When we would be out playing and it was getting dark, they would tell us now don’t be out here too late, because you know that freaks does come out at night. Anthony ‘Ada’ Allen, one of the former leaders and founders of the Rebellion Raiders”


257. “A father who abandons his son is like a ship that leaves its captain to drown.”


258. “Forgiveness is the final form of love.” – Reinhold Niebuhr


259. “I come from the school of thought where a dad’s absence is something to be counted on. Now I see all the men with camouflage diaper bags and babies hanging from their chests like little ship figureheads.” ― Kaui Hart Hemmings


260. “No I will not beg or bribe anyone to be involved in my children’s lives. If you don’t come around, it sucks to be you.”


261. “You may have left me, but you’ll never be able to erase the memories and moments we could have had.”


262. “If a guy has children and he has nothing to do with them, he is a douche.”


263. “I’ll never understand how someone can abandon their own flesh and blood.”


264. “I didn’t have any father to reach out to me. The persons who tried to steer me in the right direction, were the persons on the street and I still went the wrong way. Franco ‘Co’ Bethel, former gang leader and right hand man to Scrooge.”


265. “I’ve accepted that I’ll never have the father-daughter relationship that I deserve.”


266. “The absence of a father can leave a child feeling unloved, unwanted, and abandoned.”


267. “There should be an anti-father day. A bad dad’s day, that way I could truly say, ‘you are the best.'”


268. “I’ll never forget the feeling of being left behind by the person who was supposed to protect and cherish me.”


269. “Don’t forgive him. Forgive yourself for believing there is something lacking in you because he wasn’t there.” – Iyanla Vanzan


270. “It’s hard to miss someone who was never really there.”


271. “One father is more than a hundred schoolmasters.”


272. “While being a single mother is no doubt tough, it also helps to create one of the strongest bonds in the world. Of course you will have your highs and lows, but all of it will only make your relationship with your children stronger.”


273. “An absent father is a reminder that not all heroes wear capes.”


274. “My father was my role model, my mentor, and my best friend. I miss him more than anything.”


275. “If she could put the hollow ache that haunts her words, she would tell him, ‘I miss the father you never were.'” – John Mark Green


276. “Losing my father was one of the hardest things I’ve ever experienced. I miss him more than anything.”


277. “Anyone can be a father but it takes someone special to be a dad.”


278. “As old as she was… She still missed her daddy sometimes.” – Anonymous


279. “My father may be gone, but his love and influence will always be with me. I miss him dearly.”


280. “Fathers, take note! Children will always remember the man who treated them with love and affection! Don’t be an absent father!” — Abu Muawiyah Ismail Kamdar


281. “One of the saddest things in this world, is to see a child grow up hating one of their parents because they only got one side of the story.”


282. “A letter to the father who don’t know how awesome I am.”


283. “The absence of a father can leave a child feeling like they are lost in a forest with no way out.”


284. “There is something absent in me, I thought. Something incomplete. Even my mother couldn’t describe me. There was something empty in me that in other people was full.” – Julie Schumacher


285. “It is such an odd thing to see your father and a stranger wrapped up into one person.”


286. “Part of my whole project from the beginning was to make an absent world present for my parents, which was India.”- Jhumpa Lahiri


287. “Forgiveness is not about forgetting. It’s letting go of the hurt.” – Mary McLeod Bethune


288. “An absent father needs to realize his child’s needs before it is too late.” – Anonymous


289. “Fathers, you are the head and strength of the family unit. If you are not in place, there is a weakness in the link.”- Anita R. Sneed-Carter


290. “Think about one of the most powerful influences on a young child’s life — the absence of a father figure. Look back on recent presidents, and you’ll find an absent, or weak, or failed father in the lives of Lyndon Johnson, Richard Nixon, Ronald Reagan, Bill Clinton, and Barack Obama.” — Jeff Greenfield


291. “I miss my father’s hugs, his smile, and his unwavering support. He was everything to me.”


292. “Dear Absent Fathers: Never Assume that the mother taught the child to hate you. A child can notice a father who doesn’t want to be involved in his child’s life. Stop this nonsense of always thinking that mothers poison their kids against you. Your absence is the biggest poison.”


293. “I remember when I was the twinkle in my daddy’s eyes. Then he left one day without saying good bye.”


294. “My father used to say that when you die, if you’ve got five real friends, then you’ve had a great life.”


295. “The weak can never forgive. Forgiveness is the attribute of the strong.” – Mahatma Gandhi


296. “An absent father is like a broken compass that leaves his son lost and directionless.”


297. “The absence of a father can leave a hole in a child’s heart that no one else can fill.”


298. “You know, if fathers just did what they’re supposed to do, half of the junk that we face in the streets wouldn’t exist.” – Nathan Hayes


299. “Nothing is as strong as the need for a father’s protection” – Unknown


300. “A father is always making his baby into a little woman. And when she is a woman, he turns her back again.” – Enid Bagnold


301. What is an absent parent called?


302. “90% of us came from single-parent homes who were in the gang. There was just a small 10% who had a mother and a father in the home. For a lot of us, we did not had that father or authority figure who could have intervened on our behalf. Where we could have said, ‘You know, daddy, Johnny tried to rob me or Johnny just slapped me’, and our father could have either taken us to the police station, or went to school with us to address the issue. So we had to defend for ourselves. Shelton ‘Apples’ Burrows reform gang leader”


303. “A man who doesn’t spend time with his family can never be a real man.”


304. “The absence of a father can create a wound that may never fully heal, but with time, it can become a scar that serves as a reminder of the strength that lies within.”


305. “Don’t be an absent father!” – Abu Muawiyah Ismail Kamdar


306. “An absent father is like a promise that was never kept and a commitment that was never honored.”


307. “You make sacrifices for your children so they can enjoy the life they deserve.” – Unknown


308. “For all the daughters who wished their Dad loved them…”


309. “There is something absent in me, I thought. There was something empty in me that in other people was full.” – Julie Schumacher


310. “When a father, absent during the day, returns home at six, his children receive only his temperament, not his teaching.” Robert Bly


311. “If it is important to you, you will find a way. If not, you’ll find an excuse.”


312. “I’m a hustler. I’m a single mom, so whatever I’ve gotta do, I gotta do.” ‒ Sherri Shepard


313. “I miss my father every day, and I hope he knows that he will always be in my heart.”


314. “A bad father has never a good son. “ – Latin Proverb


315. “You can have fun for now, but one day you’ll stop and realize that you missed every precious moment of watching your children grow up…that will be your HELL ON EARTH.”


316. “Don’t play victim to circumstances you created.”


317. “The psychological absence of fathers can be nearly as devastating as physical absence. When fathers are alive but not a predictable presence actively participating in their daughter’s lives the relationship becomes a permanent maybe.”- Victoria Secunda


318. “I come from the school of thought where a dad’s absence is something to be counted on. Now I see all the men with camouflage diaper bags and babies hanging from their chests like little ship figureheads.” – Kaui Hart Hemmings


319. “A son who grows up without a father learns to be strong, but he should never have to be that strong.”


320. “A father may turn his back on his child, but a mother’s love endures through all.”- Washington Irving


321. “The gangs filled a void in society, and the void was the absence of family life. The gang became a family. For some of those guys in the gang that was the only family they knew, because when their mothers had them they were too busy having children for other men. Some of them never knew their daddies. Their daddies never look back after they got their mothers pregnant, and those guys just grew up and they couldn’t relate to nobody.


322. “I had to get over the fact that I would never get an apology from him, because in his twisted mind, he’d done absolutely nothing wrong at all.”


323. “An absent father is like a bridge that was never built and a connection that was never made.”


324. “Father’s Day comes around more than you do.”


325. “When fathers are alive but not a predictable presence actively participating in their daughter’s lives the relationship becomes a permanent maybe.” – Victoria Secunda


326. “An absent father is like a ghost that lives in the back of your mind.” – Anonymous


327. “A poor present father is far better than a rich absent father.” – Nii Smart


328. “An absent father is like a puzzle with a missing piece that can never be completed.”


329. “It takes a strong man to be a father, but it takes an even stronger man to be a father who is absent.”


330. “By ignoring her, you are actually teaching her to live without you.” – Unknown


331. “I’ve spent my entire life trying to fill the void you left behind.”


332. “Fathers, take note. Children will always remember the man who treated them with love and affection. Don’t be an absent father.” – Abu Muawiyah Ismail Kamdar


333. “An absent father is like a wound that never fully heals and a scar that never fades.”


334. “A father’s love is supposed to be unconditional, but an absent father’s love is conditional on his own convenience.”


335. “One of the things about being a boy, especially growing up without a father, is you really don’t have that Role Model to teach you how to do things.” – Art Alexakis


336. “He didn’t want to be an absentee father. He didn’t want to be like his own father, who thought being a provider was his only obligation to his family.”- Maya Banks


337. “If a guy has children and he has nothing to do with them. He is not a good person.”


338. “The absence of a father can leave a child with a broken heart that may never fully heal.”


339. “An absent father needs to realize his child’s needs before it’s too late.”


340. “Single moms, you are a doctor, a teacher, a nurse, a maid, a cook, a referee, a heroine, a provider, a defender, a protector, a true superwoman. Wear your cape proudly.” – Mandy Hale


341. “The absence of a father can leave a child feeling like they are walking alone in the dark, with no one to guide them.”


342. “Forgiveness is a powerful act of compassion and grace.”


343. “Sometimes the strength of motherhood is greater than natural laws.” – Barbara Kingsolver


344. “My father was my rock, and I miss him more than anything. Life isn’t the same without him.”


345. “And boys who grow up in homes with absent fathers search the hardest to figure out what it means to be male.” – Geoffrey Canada


346. “A son who grows up without a father misses out on a key role model and mentor in his life.”


347. “The Rebellions were the first gang in The Bahamas, to come up with a popular logo/brand in the wearing of Raiders clothing. However, other neighborhoods gave birth to their own gangs using popular sporting team images as their official colors and name. You had the Hoyas Bull Dogs out of Kemp Road; the Coconut Grove area took on the name Nike, which became their clothing of choice. Miami Street took on the name Hurricanes, and wore Miami Hurricanes clothing. However, when you look at it closely, because of the lack of involved fathers, a lot of us were simply lacking an image and a positive identity of ourselves.”


348. “The pain of missing my father never goes away. I wish he was still here with me.”


349. “Respect to all moms doing double duty because of men failing to do their part as dad.” -John Mark Green


350. “Forgiveness is not something we do for others. It’s something we do for ourselves.”


351. “There is nothing worse than a man that can be everything to everybody else except a father to their own child.”


352. “A father’s absence can cause a son to doubt his own worth and value.”


353. “No matter how old I get, I will always miss my father. He was my hero and my best friend.”


354. “I’ve only ever chosen men who happen to spend a lot of time out of the country, who have jobs that take them all over the world, and I think that’s interesting because my father was absent, and then home, and I’ve always been in relationships where there’s separation.” — Patsy Kensit


355. “Dear Dad. I made it without you!”


356. “A father’s smile has been known to make a child’s day, so what is left when there is no father at all?”


357. “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.”- Geoffrey Canada


358. “A father who is absent is like a tree that has been uprooted, leaving behind a child who is lost and confused.”


359. “To be in your children’s memories tomorrow, you have to be in their lives today.” — Barbara Johnson


360. “It takes a strong man to accept somebody else’s children and step up to the plate another man left on the table.”


361. “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.” — Geoffrey Canada


362. “The smarter the woman is, the more difficult it is to find the right man.”


363. “I wanted my father to hold me and tell me I was unbreakable and priceless. I never had a father to tell me I was his little princess.”


364. “Had I not fallen I would have arisen. Had I not been subject to darkness, I could not have seen the light.” – Midrash


365. “A son who grows up without a father may feel like he’s carrying the weight of the world on his shoulders.”


366. “One thing that prevents a man from being a good father is he hasn’t completed being a boy”- Iyanla Vanzant


367. “I used to feel incomplete without you, but now I realize that I’m enough on my own.”


368. “Sometimes I get a whiff of a random smell that transports me back into your bear hugs, and it makes the reality of your absence that much harder.”


369. “God is a father to the fatherless.” -Pslam 68


370. “I don’t want to be an absent mother. Otherwise, why have children?” – Indira Varma


371. “My dad broke my heart way before any boy had the chance to.”


372. “Dear Dad, You’ve never been a part of my life yet, you’ve always been in it. And it hurts that I can’t decide which is worse.”


373. “As a single mom, I’m not taking my path alone. My kids are always following me.”


374. “You don’t think I had it in me to my father to grow?” – Maya Hart


375. “What many aren’t aware of is the fact that an inadequate or absent father created losses in your life, and any loss requires a grieving process. Expect that to occur. Welcome it, in fact, because grief is the road to recovery. It enables you to move on with your life.” – H. Norman Wright


376. “Growing up without a father is like walking through life with one leg.”


377. “Real dads support their children without the law the telling them they have to!”


378. “I am sorry that I was never there for you, you know? Weak men can become fathers too.”


379. “Having kids doesn’t make you a father; raising them does.”


380. “Forgiving an absent father is an act of self-love and self-care.”


381. “A father who is absent is like a ghost who haunts his child for a lifetime.”


382. “It’s a sin if you are a father, but are not around to support your children . “- Unknown


383. “Death leaves a heartache no one can heal, but having to grieve someone who is still here…now that is awful.”


384. “When you grew up with an absent father, you grew up dreaming and wanting. But most of all, you grew up way too fast.”


385. “The only thing worse than a deadbeat dad is a woman who supports him.”


386. “The majority of us were from single parent family homes. You could have counted the fellas on your fingers that had a mummy and a daddy at home. Anthony ‘Ada’ Allen, one of the former leaders and founders of the Rebellion Raiders”


387. “Don’t forgive him. Forgive yourself for believing there is something lacking in you because he wasn’t there.” – Iyanla Vanzant


388. “One thing I know for sure – this motherhood thing is not for sissies.” ‒ Jennifer Nettles


389. “My father doesn’t know he won’t be invited to my future wedding. I’m going to have my brother walk me down the aisle. He doesn’t deserve to give me off when he never took care of me in the first place.”


390. “I don’t think you necessarily have to be part of a traditional nuclear family to be a good mother.” – Mary Louise Parker


391. “The hardest thing you’ll ever do is comfort a crying child when their other parent doesn’t come see them.”


392. “Respect to all moms doing double duty because of men failing to do their part as dads.” — John Mark Green


393. “Forgiveness is giving up the hope that the past could have been any different.” – Oprah Winfrey


394. “Father take note! Children will always remember the man who treated them with love and affection! Don’t be an absent father!” – Abu Muawiyah Ismail Kamdar


395. “You cannot expect a good son from a bad father .”- Unknown


396. “My brain holds on to the good memories and lets go of the hurtful ones. You are remembered in my brain as this sweet, eccentric man. That is why I cannot see you now, I will be faced with the reality that you are a narcissist who only wanted me as a way to boost your own ego. And when I did not do that anymore, you left.”


397. “A daughter needs a dad to be the standard against which she will judge all men.”


398. “I don’t get it. Why? Am I that easy to forget and abandon? Did I really mean so little?


399. “It’s hard to love someone who doesn’t love you back.”


400. “If you can’t make sacrifices for your kids, you don’t deserve them. A true parent would give their life and their very last breath!”


401. “An absent father is like a missing limb. You may be able to get around, but the loss will never stop hurting.”


402. “Each child is biologically required to have a mother. Fatherhood is a well-regarded theory, but motherhood is a fact.” – PJ O’Rourke


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


404. “Losing my father was one of the hardest things I’ve ever experienced. I miss him more than words can express.”


405. “Stop beating up yourself to do more, you are already doing your best and that is all that matters.”


406. “I used to search for you in every man I met, but I’ve learned that I don’t need a man to be whole.”


407. “Even though she is old enough she still missed her daddy sometimes.” – Unknown


408. “I miss my father’s voice, his laugh, and his warm embrace. He was my world.”


409. “My father was absent, and he was a hero to me.” — Greta Scacchi


410. “You missed out on so many important milestones and moments in my life.”


411. “When your father is not present, believe in yourself. “- Unknown


412. “Forgiveness is the beginning of a new life.”


413. “The worst part about being abandoned is knowing that you were never important enough to stay for.”


414. “Forgiveness is the key to unlocking the chains of the past and moving forward into a brighter future.”


415. “To feel that you aren’t important to your mother leaves a hole. Most often it is felt as a hole in the heart. It’s the hole where Mother was supposed to be.”- Jasmin Lee Cori


416. “Dear absent father from the mother of a dadyless daughter..i just want to say ..Thank you and you are welcome!”


417. “Being abandoned by your dad is such a strang feeling; like you are walking around with only one shoe on.”


418. You’re the first person who broke my heart. For the rest of my life, you will always be the one who me most. Don’t forget that.”


419. “An absent father is like a road that leads nowhere and a journey that never ends.”


420. “This is how the emotionally absent mother feels to a child: like someone who doesn’t really exist. It is a shock, a threat to survival, and therefore a trauma to the child’s nervous system.” – Jasmin Lee Cori


421. “I never knew how much my father meant to me until he was gone. I miss him every day.”


422. “The greatest tragedy in life is the prayers that go unanswered because we don’t have a relationship with the Father who could answer them.” – Joel Osteen


423. “Stepfathers have been vilified for ages. Books and movies have always depicted stepfathers as this clog in the family system, not to be accepted. Children are programmed to hate a stepfather from the get-go and they do so with a passion. It doesn’t matter if the child’s father is in the picture or not.”


424. “It is easier for a father to have children than for children to have a real father.”


425. “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.” – Geoffrey Canada


426. “A single mom tries when things are hard. She never gives up. She believes in her family, even when things are tough. She knows that above all things, a mother’s love is more than enough.” – Deniece Williams


427. “Only twenty-two percent of fathers who don’t live in the same house as their children are “actively” involved.”


428. “My father didn’t do anything unusual. He only did what dads are supposed to do: be there.” – Max Lucado


429. “I decided to put as much effort into contacting you as you do with me – that’s why we don’t talk anymore.”


430. “Father’s Day is so hard for me.”


431. “An absent father is like a ship without a captain, lost and aimless in a vast ocean.”


432. “Dad…Remembering you is easy; I do it every day. Missing you is the heartache that never goes away.”


433. “I miss my father’s wisdom, his sense of humor, and his unwavering love. Life isn’t the same without him.”


434. “The absence of a father is like a missing puzzle piece in a child’s life that can never be replaced.”


435. “Many of us might have grown up in a house that lacked love, or even without parental supervision.” – Chimnese Davids


436. “Researchers have identified two response patterns in infants whose mothers are emotionally absent. One is to turn away from the mother, avoiding contact with her in order to maintain a more pleasant state. Not surprisingly, children with mothers who show little emotional expression more often develop a self-sufficient attachment style. The other pattern, as Stern describes, is “to make extraordinary efforts to charm his mother, to pull her along—to act as an antidepressant to her.” Hardly a job for a baby!” – Jasmin Lee Cori


437. “Father take note! Children will always remember the man who treated them with love and affection!” – Abu Muawiyah Ismail Kamdar


438. “Look at me, Appa.


439. “Respect to all moms doing double duty because of men failing to do their part as dad.” – John Mark Green


440. “The absent are never without fault, nor the present without excuse.” – Benjamin Franklin


441. “It is a wise father that knows his own child.” – William Shakespeare


442. “No one ever said being a single mom would be easy. But they didn’t tell me the strength I would gain from it either.”


443. “I learned to be independent because I never had a father to rely on.”


444. “Daddy’s in the army, there’s a war in Vietnam / Mama kept us going with her sewing and a prayer / It’s hard to be a family when your daddy’s missing.” – Crowell Church


445. “Just remember when you are ignoring her, you are teaching her to live without you.”


446. “A true Mother holds her child’s hearts forever” – Unknown


447. “An absent father is like a book that was never written and a story that was never told.”


448. “I miss my father’s guidance, his love, and his unending support. He was everything to me.”


449. “A father who is absent is like a storm that destroys everything in its path, leaving behind a child who is left to pick up the pieces.”


450. “I came from as low as one could come, with no mother and no father. So in return I build a family for myself and these fella’s were a part of my family. So I had to look out for them, as if I was looking out for my children. Scrooge, former leader of the Rebellion Raiders street gang that once boasted of having some ten thousand members”


451. “Only twenty two percent of fathers who don’t live in the same house as their children are “actively” involved.”


452. “I miss the sound of my father’s footsteps, his gentle touch, and his words of wisdom. He was everything to me.”


453. “It is much easier to become a father than to be one.” — Kent Nerburn


454. You know, if fathers just did what they’re supposed to do, half of the junk that we face in the streets wouldn’t exist. – Nathan Hayes


455. “She remembered who she was and the game changed.” – Lalah Delia


456. “Just remember, when you are ignoring her, you are teaching her to live without you.”


457. “ My dad left me one day without even saying goodbye.” – Unknown


458. “An absent father may not be physically present, but the pain he leaves behind is always felt.”


459. “My father gave me the greatest gift anyone could give another person, he believed in me.” – Jim Valvano


460. “No I will not beg or bribe anyone to be involved in my children’s lives. If you don’t come around, it sucks to be you.” – Anonymous


461. “I never knew how much I needed my father until he was gone. I miss him every day.”


462. “The absence of a father leaves a wound that never fully heals.”


463. “The absence of a father can leave a child feeling like they are walking through life with a weight on their shoulders that they can never shake.”


464. “It is much easier to become a father than to be one.”- Kent Nerburn


465. “When your world is falling apart around you, hold your children. They will anchor you and help you find your strength.”


466. “The psychological absence of fathers can be nearly as devastating as a physical absence. When fathers are alive but not a predictable presence actively participating in their daughter’s lives, the relationship becomes a permanent maybe.” – Victoria Secunda


467. “Sorry you won’t be getting a Father’s Day card this year, I couldn’t find the address of the gutter you are living in.”


468. “A toxic father is more dangerous than an absent father.” – Ghaju


469. “You never apologized. Not even once.”


470. “Your absence taught me the importance of being present for the people you love.”


471. “We know that children who grow up with absent fathers can suffer lasting damage. They are more likely to end up in poverty or drop out of school, become addicted to drugs, have a child out of wedlock, or end up in prison. Fatherlessness is not the only cause of these things, but our nation must recognize it is an important factor.” — George W. Bush


472. “I never had a father figure growing up, but I found strong male role models who helped me become the person I am today.”


473. “You crossed my mind today. I don’t know why. Instead of feeling rage, heartache, or hate, I found myself smiling a little. Not because of you but because of me. I am a fatherless daughter that survived your failure. I’m moving forward, my life is better than yours, I am better than you, and you are missing out on something special.” – Cash


474. “If a man cannot be a father to his own child, there is nothing worse than that.”


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


476. “If your children are important to you, you will always find a way. If not, you’ll always find an excuse.” – Unknown


477. “The storm that was sent to break you is going to be the storm. God used to make you. Amen”


478. “Forgiveness doesn’t excuse their behavior. It prevents their behavior from destroying your heart.”


479. “Boys want to grow up to be like their male role models.” – Geoffrey Canada


480. “I know an alcoholic is the worse, but sometimes, I wonder if it’s better to have a drinking father that lives at home or a drinking father that never comes around.” ― Anthony Liccione


481. “Forgiveness is not about making things right, it’s about making peace with what’s wrong.”


482. “An absent father is like a shadow that never casts a light on his son’s life.”


483. “You have no idea of the damage you cause a woman when you leave her without a valid reason. You install a bear in her, even if deep within, that whatever comes next might leave her too. Shame on you.” -M. Sosa


484. “Dear absent father from the mother of a daddy less daughter. i just want to say ..Thank you and you are welcome!”


485. “Only goal as a mother: Raise children that don’t have to recover from their childhood.”


486. What to say to someone who has an absent father?


487. “Make a positive difference in your children’s lives. Act and speak about your co-parent with respect and integrity.” – Allison Pescosolido


488. “An absent father needs to realize his child’s needs before it is too late.”


489. “The greatest gift a father can give his children is his presence.”


490. “Now, the only thing that I have left of my father is his red hair and the fear I get when I see an 50-year-old walking down the street that sort of resembles you.”


491. “It is a wise father that knows his own child.”- William Shakespeare


492. “You are only 20 minutes away, and yet we are worlds apart. You do not know me the way I know you.”


493. “Someday, you’ll cry for me as I cried for you. Someday you’ll miss me as I missed you. Someday you’ll need me as I needed you. Someday you’ll love me, but I won’t love you.”


494. “Forgiveness is not a feeling, it’s a choice.” – Joel Osteen


495. “The absence of a father is a burden that we daughters carry with us for the rest of our lives.”


496. “Respect to all moms doing double duty because of men failing to do their part as dad.”- John Mark Green


497. “If she could put the hollow ache that haunts her into words, she would tell him “I miss the father you never were.” – John Mark Green


498. “Being abandoned or given up is the most devastating emotion we can cause in another human being.”


499. “Because my father was absent on naval duty, my mother suffered me to do as much as I pleased.” – John James Audubon


500. “I’ve learned that family isn’t just blood, it’s the people who love and support you unconditionally.”

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