Happy Father’s Day Quotes

Father’s Day is the perfect time of year to celebrate the man who inspires you. It’s a day to thank your dad for always being there and to tell him how much you appreciate him. If you’re looking for a way to show your father and all the other important men your life how much they mean to you, send them these sweet quotes for Father’s Day.

These 100 caring and humorous Father’s Day quotes celebrate all the joys of fatherhood. There are funny quotes about fathers that will make your dad chuckle, and there are sweet quotes that show how much you care. These lovely quotes are sure to be a great addition to your Father’s Day celebration. To make dad feel even more special, personalize a gift like a family photo or outdoor blanket.

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I believe that what we become depends on what our fathers teach us at odd moments, when they aren’t trying to teach us. We are formed by little scraps of wisdom.

Umberto Eco

[Fatherhood is] the greatest thing that could ever happen. You can’t explain it until it happens; it’s like telling somebody what water feels like before they’ve ever swam in it.

Michael Bublé

One of the most powerful handclasps is that of a new grandbaby around the finger of a grandfather.

Joy Hargrove

A father is neither an anchor to hold us back, nor a sail to take us there, but a guiding light whose love shows us the way.


Dads are most ordinary men turned by love into heroes, adventurers, story-tellers and singers of song.

Pam Brown

It is a wise father that knows his own child.

William Shakespeare

A father is someone you look up to no matter how tall you grow.


The heart of a father is the masterpiece of nature.

Antoine François Prévost

My father gave me the greatest gift anyone could give another person: he believed in me.

Jim Valvano

Dad: A son’s first hero, a daughter’s first love.


It is not flesh and blood but the heart which makes us fathers and sons.

Johann Schiller

No music is so pleasant to my ears as that word―father.

Lydia Maria Child

When my father didn’t have my hand, he had my back.

Linda Poindexter

My father didn’t tell me how to live. He lived and let me watch him do it.

Clarence Budington Kelland

The power of a dad in a child’s life is unmatched.

Justin Ricklefs

A father is a man who expects his son to be as good a man as he meant to be.

Frank A. Clark

It’s the courage to raise a child that makes you a father.

Barack Obama

A good father is one of the most unsung, unpraised, unnoticed and yet one of the most valuable assets in our society.

Billy Graham

The greatest mark of a father is how he treats his children when no one is looking

Dan Pearce

She did not stand alone, but what stood behind her, the most potent moral force in her life, was the love of her father.

Harper Lee

There’s something like a line of gold thread running through a man’s words when he talks to his daughter, and gradually over the years, it gets to be long enough for you to pick up in your hands and weave into a cloth that feels like love itself.

John Gregory Brown

The best dads get promoted to grandpa.


One father is more than a hundred schoolmasters.

George Herbert

A father is the one friend upon whom we can always rely. In the hour of need, when all else fails, we remember him upon whose knees we sat when children, and who soothed our sorrows; and even though he may be unable to assist us, his mere presence serves to comfort and strengthen us.

Émile Gaboriau

I cannot think of any need in childhood as strong as the need for a father’s protection.

Sigmund Freud

Good fathers do three things: they provide, they nurture and they guide.

Roland Warren

Blessed indeed is the man who hears many gentle voices call him father.

Lydia Maria Child

You can tell what was the best year of your father’s life, because they seem to freeze that clothing style and ride it out.

Jerry Seinfeld

To her, the name of father was another name for love.

Fanny Fern

There are three stages of a man’s life: he believes in Santa Claus, he doesn’t believe in Santa Claus, he is Santa Claus.


A father is a banker provided by nature.

French proverb

It is admirable for a man to take his son fishing, but there is a special place in heaven for the father who takes his daughter shopping.

John Sinor

Having a kid is like falling in love for the first time when you’re twelve, but every day.

Mike Meyers

No one in this world can love a girl more than her father.

Michael Ratnadeepak

What a father says to his children is not heard by the world, but it will be heard by posterity.

Jean Paul

Dad taught me everything I know. Unfortunately, he didn’t teach me everything he knows.

Al Unser

Sometimes the poorest man leaves his children the richest inheritance.

Ruth E. Renkel

I’m a father; that’s what matters most. Nothing matters more.

Gordon Brown

You don’t have to deserve your mother’s love. You have to deserve your father’s. He’s more particular.

Robert Frost

Son, brother, father, lover, friend. There is room in the heart for all the affections, as there is room in heaven for all the stars.

Victor Hugo

It doesn’t matter who my father was; it matters who I remember he was.

Anne Sexton

There will always be a few people who have the courage to love what is untamed inside us. One of those men is my father.

Alison Lohman

Adabella Radici

Terri Guillemets

The greatest thing a father can do for his children is love their mother.

Anjaneth Garcia Untalan

There is nothing that moves a loving father’s soul quite like his father’s cry.

Joni Eareckson Tada

Fathers, be good to your daughters. You are the god and the weight of her world.

John Mayer

Uncle: someone special to remember with warmth, think of with pride, and cherish with love.


The nature of fatherhood is that you’re doing something that you’re unqualified to do, and then you become qualified when you do it.

John Green

I talk and talk and talk, and I haven’t taught people in 50 years what my father taught by example in one week.

Mario Cuomo

[My father] has always provided me a safe place to land and a hard place from which to launch.

Chelsea Clinton

The imprint of a father remains forever on the life of the child.

Roy Lessin

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.

Brad Pitt

Father!—to God himself we cannot give a holier name!

William Wordsworth

By the time a man realizes that maybe his father was right, he usually has a son who thinks he’s wrong.

Charles Wadworth

The older I get, the smarter my father seems to get.

Tim Russert

If the relationship of father to son could really be reduced to biology, the whole earth would blaze with the glory of fathers and sons.

James Baldwin

Fathers just have a way of putting everything together.

Erika Cosby

The thrill of being a great father is not seeing your children go on to become successful adults. The thrill of a great father is the journey, experiencing your child’s successes along the pathway to their greatness.

Reed Markham

A girl’s first true love is her father.

Marisol Santiago

The reward of child rearing is spending the rest of your life proudly knowing this person you helped guide.

Mike Sager

Great fathers don’t find fault. Great fathers find solutions.

Reed Markham

A good father is one whose only reason for putting down a laughing baby is to pick up a crying one.

Linda Poindexter

A man knows when he is growing old because he begins to look like his father.

Gabriel Garcia Marquez

A man never stands as tall as when he kneels to help a child.

Knights of Pythagoras

My father gave me my dreams. Thanks to him, I could see a future.

Liza Minnelli

It’s only when you grow up and step back from him—or leave him for your own home—it’s only then that you can measure his greatness and fully appreciate it.

Margaret Truman

We never know the love of a parent till we become parents ourselves.

Henry Ward Beecher

When you need real understanding, when you need someone to care, when you need someone to guide you … A father’s always there.

Thomas J. Langley

My father didn’t do anything unusual. He only did what dads are supposed to do—be there.

Max Lucado

Grandpas bring a little wisdom, happiness, warmth and love to every life they touch.


An uncle is a blessing. It means so many things. Words could never tell the joy an uncle brings. An uncle is a bond of faith that even time can’t sever, a gift to last all of our lives. An uncle is forever.

Irene Banks

A father’s smile has been known to light up a child’s entire day.

Susan Gale

Nothing has brought me more peace and content in life than simply being a good husband and father.

Frank Abagnale

He was a father. That’s what a father does. Eases the burdens of those he loves. Saves the ones he loves from painful last images that might endure for a lifetime.

George Saunders

No man I ever met was my father’s equal, and I never loved any other man as much.

Hedy Lamarr

A man’s worth is measured by how he parents his children. What he gives them, what he keeps away from them, the lessons he teaches and the lessons he allows them to learn on their own.

Lisa Rogers

When you’re young, you think your dad is Superman. Then you grow up, and you realize he’s just a regular guy who wears a cape.

Dave Attell

A father doesn’t tell you that he loves you. He shows you.

Dimitri the Stoneheart

When you teach your son, you teach your son’s son.

The Talmud

A father is always making his baby into a little woman. And when she is a woman he turns her back again.

Enid Bagnold

Dads are like chocolate chip cookies; they may have chips or be totally nutty, but they are sweet and make the world a better place, especially for their children.

Hillary Lytle

Dad, your guiding hand on my shoulder will remain with me forever.


To a small child, the perfect granddad is unafraid of big dogs and fierce storms, but absolutely terrified of the word boo.

Robert Brault

Grandfathers are for loving and fixing things.


A dad is someone who wants to catch you when you fall. Instead he picks you up, brushes you off and lets you try again.


A father’s words are like a thermostat that sets the temperature in the house.

Paul Lewis

Being a great father is like shaving. No matter how good you shaved today, you have to do it again tomorrow.

Reed Markham

Being a father has been, without a doubt, my greatest source of achievement, pride and inspiration. Fatherhood has taught me about unconditional love, reinforced the importance of giving back and taught me how to be a better person.

Naveen Jain

Fatherhood is a marathon, not a sprint.

Paul L. Lewis