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Shakespeare Quotes on Fathers

Shakespeare's timeless sayings about fathers

Shakespeare Quotes on Fathers

Why, ’tis a happy thing / To be the father unto many sons.

— Henry VI Part 3, Act 3 Scene 2

I would my father look’d but with my eyes.

— A Midsummer Night's Dream, Act 1 Scene 1
Titania and Oberon in clothing with a random pattern which merges into the backdrop of similar material. Oberon is leaning forward as if to kiss Titania, who is looking up at him with disdain; the index finger of her left hand is pointing up under his chin.
A Midsummer Night's Dream, 1959

If by chance I talk a little wild, forgive me; I had it from my father.

— Henry VIII, Act 1 Scene 4

My father's wit, and my mother's tongue, assist me!

— Love's Labours Lost, Act 1 Scene 2
Berowne (in a black gown) using the headless statue of Cupid to hide himself when overhearing his friends breaking their oaths to forswear the company of women in exchange for solitude and philosophy.
Love's Labours Lost, RSC, 1984

To you your father should be as a god, / One that composed your beauties, yea, and one / To whom you are but as a form in wax, / By him imprinted and within his power / To leave the figure or disfigure it.

— A Midsummer Night's Dream, Act 1 Scene 1

O, that our fathers would applause our loves, / To seal our happiness with their consents!

— Two Gentlemen of Verona, Act 1 Scene 3
The musician plays a mandolin, with a small crowd behind him while the young lover rests his left elbow on a balustrade and his chin in his left hand, and stares longingly at the pillars of the doorway to the house.
"The musician sings in The Two Gentlemen of Verona", Gilbert, 1865

It is a wise father that knows his own child.

— Merchant of Venice, Act 2 Scene 2

Who would be a father!

— Othello, Act 1 Scene 1
Othello Royal Shakespeare Company Othello, 1961. On a staircase Othello, flanked by a number of nobles on his left and soldiers on his right, approaches Desdemona, dressed in white standing alone at the foot of the steps. Her maids (in red) are some paces behind her.
Othello, RSC, 1961

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