On Father’s day- 9 inspiring life lessons from “book dads”

When I was a li’l girl, I used to go to an all-girls’ school.

We had a teacher in English class with a feminist streak, which was kinda a big deal if you take into account I’m talking about the early 90s and a mofussil of India.

She one day quoted someone ( I forgot the name or was it her own making? Pardon my memory)-


“Motherhood is a reality while fatherhood is an illusion.”


or something along this line.


It etched on my impressionable mind and till date, sometimes I dig this idea out of the closet and toy with it and nod most of the time in agreement.

I digress.

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Anyway, on this Father’s Day, I picked up 9 favorite  life-lessons spouted by “literary” dads from my 9 favorite books.




“Land is the only thing in the world worth working for worth fighting for, worth dying for, because it’s the only thing that lasts.”

Gerald O’Hara, Gone With The Wind


“Courage is not a man with a gun in his hand. It’s knowing you’re licked before you begin but you begin anyway and you see it through no matter what. You rarely win, but sometimes you do.”

Atticus Finch, To Kill a Mockingbird


“You are done with whores. The next one I find in your bed, I’ll hang.”

– Tywin Lannister” A Storm of Swords


“I’ve always preferred crazy to stupid. Stupid can break your heart.”

Rusty, The Good Daughter



“For every rod of wet bamboo upon the student’s back, the teacher deserves two.”

– Mr. Bennet, Pride & Prejudice 


“We rip out so much of ourselves to be cured of things faster than we should that we go bankrupt by the age of thirty and have less to offer each time we start with someone new. But to feel nothing so as not to feel anything—what a waste!”

Mr. Perlman, Call Me By Your Name


“There is only one sin. and that is theft… when you tell a lie, you steal someones right to the truth.”

– Baba, The Kite Runner


“It took me twenty years of living with my father to accept the idea that being good could be good enough.”

 David Drayton, The Mist


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

– Don Corleone, The Godfather


Do you have any favorite dad from literature? Or any life-lesson passed on by father which impacted your life deeply? Do share with me.


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