The fall television season is almost here, which means we're finally going to learn how Ted Mosby met his kids' mother. While we wait for new episodes, let's look back at some of the sweetest sentiments from TV dads who really do know best when it comes to love. By Lauren Le Vine, REDBOOK.
Jesse KatsopolisJesse Katsopolis, Full House
"If every word I said
Could make you laugh,
I'd talk forever.
I asked the sky just what we had,
It showed forever.
If the song I sing to you
Could fill your heart with joy,
I'd sing forever.
I've been so happy loving you." - "Forever," Jesse and the Rippers
Archie Bunker, All in the Family
"If the whole damn world was to go to the dogs, as long as I had you by my side, y'know, or sittin' by my side, or layin' here, like this, by my side, everything'll be just okay. I've been blowin' my own horn for a lotta years, but lemme tell you somethin': I ain't nothin' without you."
Cameron Tucker, Modern Family
"There are dreamers and there are realists in this world. You'd think the dreamers would find the dreamers and the realists would find the realists, but more often than not the opposite is true. You see, the dreamers need the realists to keep them from soaring too close to the sun. And the realists, well, without the dreamers, they might not ever get off the ground."
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Sandy Cohen, The O.C.
"Love is crazy. It's always challenging; it's never easy...Either focus on what separates you, or focus on what holds you together."
Cliff Huxtable, The Cosby Show
"Poems is not the way you're going to get your woman back. What you need to do now is go to the next level if you want Justine back: begging."
Ted Mosby, How I Met Your Mother
"Hi, I'm Ted Mosby. In exactly 45 days from now, you and I are gonna meet. And we're gonna fall in love. And we're gonna get married, and we're gonna have two kids. And we're gonna love them and each other so much. All of that is 45 days away. But I'm here now, I guess, because I want those extra 45 days with you. I want each one of them. And if I can't have them, I'll take the 45 seconds it takes before your boyfriend shows up and punches me in my face. Because I love you. I'm always gonna love you-till the end of my days, and beyond."
Ray Barone, Everybody Loves Raymond
"Look, you want to know what marriage is really like? Fine. You wake up, she's there. You come back from work, she's there. You fall asleep, she's there. You eat dinner, she's there. You know? I mean, I know that sounds like a bad thing, but it's not."
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Martin Crane, Frasier
"Spare me the Ivy League bull. There ain't a dame alive who wouldn't rather break a guy's heart than think she hadn't even made a dent in it. I may not have been to Harvard, but I have been to the College of Love.
Homer Simpson, The Simpsons
"Love isn't hopeless. Look, maybe I'm no expert on the subject, but there was one time I got it right."
Burt Hummel, Glee
"Ya know, when you're intimate with somebody, in that way, you're exposing yourself.... You're never gonna be more vulnerable, and that scares the hell out of a lot of guys."
Howard Cunningham, Happy Days
"Marion and I have not climbed Mount Everest or written a great American novel. But we've had the joy of raising two wonderful kids and watching them and their friends grow up into loving adults. And now we're gonna have the pleasure of watching them pass that love on to their children. And I guess no man or woman could ask for anything more. So thank you all for being part of our family.... To happy days."
Louis C.K., Louie
"I don't have enough time in any day to think about you enough...I don't wanna be with anybody else.... I had a dream the other night that you and I were on a train. We were on this train, and you were holding my hand. That's the whole dream. You were holding my hand, and I felt you holding my hand. I woke up and I couldn't believe it wasn't real. I'm sick in love with you, Pamela. It's like a condition. It's like polio. I feel like I'm gonna die if I can't be with you."
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Burt Chance, Raising Hope
"The basic fact is you can either be happily married or you can be right. But you can't be both."
Don Draper, Mad Men
"Nostalgia-it's delicate, but potent..in Greek, 'nostalgia' literally means 'the pain from an old wound.' It's a twinge in your heart far more powerful than memory alone. This device isn't a spaceship, it's a time machine. It goes backwards, and forwards.... It takes us to a place where we ache to go again. It's not called the wheel, it's called the carousel. It let's us travel the way a child travels-around and around, and back home again, to a place where we know we are loved."
Ward Cleaver, Leave It to Beaver
Beaver: Wally really gets a goofy look on his face when he talks to girls. His face gets all red and sweaty. It's like he was catching a fever or something.
Ward Cleaver: Well, you know, Beaver, it is a kind of a fever-and, uh, one that you'll be catching one of these days, probably.
Jay Pritchett, Modern Family
"When you're young and dreaming of your family, you think of this perfect family-perfect wife, perfect kids. Look at me, I got this sorry bunch. But, you know, I wouldn't trade them for anything."
Coach Taylor, Friday Night Lights
"We are all vulnerable, and we will all at some point in our lives fall. We will all fall. We must carry this in our hearts, that what we have is special. That it can be taken from us, and that when it is taken from us we will be tested-we will be tested to our very souls.... It is these times and it is this pain that allows us to look inside ourselves."
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