What's the Best Advice You've Gotten From Dad?

Dads tend to like dispensing wisdom. What's the best bit of advice your father shared?

Did your dad show you how to correctly throw a football or teach you to make a killer soufflé? (My dad actually does make the soufflés in our family.) Or did he give you great advice on your wedding day or after your first child was born?

Share the best morsels you’ve collected from dad over the years in the comment section below. We’ll compile the answers into a story for Father’s Day on Sunday.

And there’s no need to limit this to dads with a capital D. If there was a father figure who gave you great advice — a coach, teacher, step-dad, etc. — let us know.

J.Lyn June 12, 2012 at 10:30 PM
My dad shared this wisdom with me...and I have used it time and time again in my life. " Don't listen to what people say...watch what they do...that is where you will find the truth". Right on Ray !!! : )
Jennifer Fisher June 12, 2012 at 10:54 PM
My dad likes to quote Wallace Stevens, specifically the line "Death is the mother of beauty." I've taken it to mean that you should make a point of spending time with your loved ones, because you never know how long they'll be around. Despite a somewhat morbid streak, as evidenced by that quote, my father also has a wicked sense of humor. He taught me that you can find something to laugh about in almost every situation, no matter how bleak. I also have to credit my father with my addiction to coffee. Thanks, Dad!
John Russillo June 12, 2012 at 11:41 PM
Always double down on 11.
andrew spatz June 14, 2012 at 06:17 PM
my dad has been dead for 20 years. he and his schtick have "never left the building". most of his advice of which there are ACRES, resonate. they make me human, the profound and not so. we are having his 100th b-day party this fall, hopefully he won't complain and not tell too many bad jokes. ahhhhhh, KODACHROME.
Tea June 14, 2012 at 07:56 PM
I was raised by a step-father who I dearly love and admire. When I was about 16 -17 years young, I was sneaking cigarettes. My step-father caught me smoking outdoors and instead of giving me grief and a long speech, he said..." a lady should never smoke in public." I know this sounds corny, but it always stuck with me, and before I stopped smoking, I would never smoke in public.


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