Words of Wisdom from Fathers in Film

Where would we all be without our Dads? They helped keep us on the right track and guided us through the difficulties in life.  Father’s Day is Sunday June 19, so you better have a great book, fishing lure or even a tie ready for him to say thank you for all he has done. You know he gave you lots of good advice. Being the resident movie buff, Father’s Day makes me think of all of the great advice we got from some of the best movie Dads on the silver screen. Here is some of their most memorable advice.

Atticus Finch (Gregory Peck) in To Kill A Mockingbird

“If you just learn a single trick, Scout, you’ll get along a lot better with all kinds of folks. You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view . . . Until you climb inside of his skin and walk around in it.”

Mac MacGuff (J.K. Simmons) in Juno

“Look, in my opinion, the best thing you can do is find a person who loves you for exactly what you are. Good mood, bad mood, ugly, pretty, handsome, what have you, the right person is still going to think the sun shines out your ass. That’s the kind of person that’s worth sticking with.”

Matt King (George Clooney) in The Descendants

“I don’t want my daughters growing up entitled and spoiled. And I agree with my father – you give your children enough money to do something but not enough to do nothing.”

Vito Corleone (Marlon Brando) in The Godfather

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

Jim Baker (Paul Dooley) in Sixteen Candles

“That’s why they call them crushes. If they were easy, they’d call ’em something else.”

Professor Henry Jones (Sean Connery) in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade

“Actually, I was a wonderful father… Did I ever tell you to eat up, go to bed, wash your ears, do your homework? No. I respected your privacy and I taught you self-reliance.”

Mrs. Doubtfire (Robin Williams) in Mrs. Doubtfire

“There are all sorts of different families, Katie. Some families have one mommy, some families have one daddy, or two families. And some children live with their uncle or aunt. Some live with their grandparents, and some children live with foster parents. And some live in separate homes, in separate neighborhoods, in different areas of the country — and they may not see each other for days, or weeks, months… even years at a time. But if there’s love, dear… those are the ties that bind, and you’ll have a family in your heart, forever.”

Now here is the part where you tell me who I left out or what was the best advice you got from your father!

Jim is Art Director at Half Price Books Corporate.

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