Fatherly words of wisdom 

This Father's Day, we've compiled some of the finest pieces of fatherly advice given to Mumsnetters - plus words of wisdom from some better known dads

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"Every day, try to do better than you did yesterday. Be your own competition." - BrideOfWankenstein's dad

"Never take a mean advantage of anyone in any transaction, and never be hard upon people who are in your power. Try to do to others as you would have them do to you, and do not be discouraged if they fail sometimes." - Charles Dickens

"When you have what you think is a huge problem, ask yourself: 'Will this matter in two years?'" - biscuitkumquat's dad



"There are all sorts of different families... But if there's love, dear... those are the ties that bind, and you'll have a family in your heart forever." - Mrs Doubtfire

"The only calibration that counts is how much heart people invest, how much they ignore their fears of being hurt or caught out or humiliated. And the only thing people regret is that they didn't live boldly enough, that they didn't invest enough heart, didn't love enough. Nothing else really counts at all." - Ted Hughes



"Nothing any good isn't hard." - F Scott Fitzgerald

"The greatest lesson... was to live in a loving way. Be cautious in the way you speak to people, be mindful of people's feelings. We learned how to be decent people... We learned through example and through words." - Hana Ali, on her father, Muhammad Ali

"Sometimes you have to take a step backwards to go forwards." - SaltMarshPirate's dad




"I want to share something with you: the three little sentences that will get you through life. Number one: Cover for me. Number two: Oh, good idea, boss! Number three: It was like that when I got here!" - Homer Simpson

"The best piece of financial advice I ever received came from Monica's dad in Friends. Yes, I know, he wasn't exactly a qualified IFA, but he told her: 'Always save 10% of your income each month, then you'll never be stuck'. I've done this now for years, and the financial cushion it's created has saved me several times." - theshooglypeg

"My dad has only ever given me two pieces of advice, and I have never forgotten them: 1. 'Buy bonds' and 2. 'If you ever get chased by a bear, can't escape and are attacked - curl in ball to protect your vital organs'."  - ladyslipper



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