Neil Patrick HarrisWhen men become fathers, the experience can change them deeply in amazing and mind-blowing ways. It may not change them in the exact sense that it changes women if we become mothers, but it's definitely one of life's most meaningful, most difficult, and most joyous roles a man can take on in life. Becoming a parent and raising children changes the way we see our own parents, our own childhoods, our inner selves, our priorities, and how we choose to face the world.
From super-dad Brad Pitt and unconventional rapper dad Snoop Doggy Dog to new twins dad Neil Patrick Harris and dreamy, cool dad Mark Wahlburg, let's hear quotes from 15 dedicated celebrity dads who best put into words the life-altering experience of fatherhood.
1. Actor Mark Wahlburg to Boston Common in 2010
"I want to give my kids the world, but I also want them to appreciate everything, to succeed, to be good people, to enjoy life. This is my most important role. If I fail at this, I fail at everything."
2. Actor Neil Patrick Harris on Twitter in 2011
"Babies laughing is like opium."
3. President Barack Obama in his 2011 essay "Being the Father I Never Had"
"Our kids understand that life won't always be perfect, that times get tough and that even great parents don't get everything right. More than anything, they just want us to be there-to be present, to care about their lives."
4. Coldplay singer Chris Martin to Blender in 2008
"Men should always change diapers. It's a very rewarding experience. It's mentally cleansing. It's like washing dishes, but imagine if the dishes were your kids, so you really love the dishes."
5. Actor Brad Pitt on the Today show in 2006
"Fatherhood is the best thing I ever did. It changes your perspective. You can write a book, you can make a movie, you can paint a painting, but having kids is really the most extraordinary thing I have taken on."