Check out these carefully-selected father’s day quotes for that special dad in your life. As dads can make a difference in a child’s life, it’s only fitting that we recognize them on their special day.
Fathers can be that reliable presence in a family that makes the difference in kids feeling self-confident and prepared to take on the world. Dads teach children how to ride bikes, throw a baseball, bait a hook when fishing, and so much more.
You’ll be remembering all that your father has done for you as you read through this collection. And, feel free to use one of the quotes that resonate with you in a social media post, letter, or card to your dad!
Best Father’s Day Quotes
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1.) Remember: What dad really wants is a nap. Really.
2.) One father is more than a hundred schoolmasters.
3.) The older I get, the smarter my father seems to get.
4.) My father used to play with my brother and me in the yard. Mother would come out and say, “You’re tearing up the grass.” “We’re not raising grass,” Dad would reply. “We’re raising boys.”
5.) By the time a man realizes that maybe his father was right, he usually has a son who thinks he’s wrong.
6.) A father carries pictures where his money used to be.
7.) My daughter got me a “World’s Best Dad” mug. So we know she’s sarcastic.
8.) A father is someone you look up to no matter how tall you grow.
9.) A truly rich man is one whose children run into his arms when his hands are empty.
10.) My father gave me the greatest gift anyone could give another person: he believed in me.
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11.) We wondered why when a child laughed, he belonged to Daddy, and when he had a sagging diaper that smelled like a landfill, ‘He wants his mother.’
12.) I’ve been to war. I’ve raised twins. If I had a choice, I’d rather go to war.
George W. Bush
13.) I have always had the feeling I could do anything, and my dad told me I could. I was in college before I found out he might be wrong.
14.) We never know the love of a parent until we become parents ourselves.
Henry Ward Beecher
15.) A father’s words are like a thermostat that sets the temperature in the house.
16.) It kills you to see them grow up. But I guess it would kill you quicker if they didn’t.
17.) Dad always thought laughter was the best medicine, which I guess is why several of us died of tuberculosis.
18.) The quality of a father can be seen in the goals, dreams, and aspirations he sets not only for himself but for his family.
19.) My father only hit me once, but he used a Volvo.
20.) Having children is like having a bowling alley installed in your brain.
21.) A man knows he is growing old because he begins to look like his father.
Gabriel Garcia Marquez
22.) Life was a lot simpler when what we honored was father and mother rather than all major credit cards.
23.) Spread the diaper in the position of the diamond with you at bat. Then, fold second base down to home and set the baby on the pitcher’s mound. Put first base and third together, bring up home plate and pin the three together. Of course, in case of rain, you gotta call the game and start all over again.
24.) You can’t spell “parentry” without “try.” Of course, you’ll make a few mistakes. The important thing is that the mistakes you make with your kids are the same ones your parents made with you. At least you know how those turn out.
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25.) 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.
26.) On the perfect Father’s Day. There would be just Dad, wearing his oldest surviving undershorts, free of pressure, maybe just sitting in front of the TV, watching the NBA finals. There would be no conversation other than Dad periodically observing that these players today could carry the ball across Montana and never get called for traveling.
Of course, that’s not all. You’d also make a restaurant reservation, and at the end of the day, you’d dress up and go out and have a nice dinner, during which you’d propose a toast to Dad, who would be back home, in front of the TV, happily asleep in his veteran underwear.
27.) Every father is the architect of his home life.
28.) I remember the time I was kidnapped, and they sent a piece of my finger to my father. He said he wanted more proof.
29.) Me and my dad used to play tag. He’d drive.
30.) The first half of our lives is ruined by our parents, the second half by our children.
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31.) Having children is like living in a frat house – nobody sleeps, everything’s broken, and there’s a lot of throwing up.
32.) I gave my father $100 and said, ‘Buy yourself something that will make your life easier.’ So he went out and bought a present for my mother.
33.) Father’s Day is important because, besides being the day on which we honor Dad, it’s the one day of the year that Brookstone does any business.
34.) My daughter got me a “World’s Best Dad” mug. So we know she’s sarcastic.
35.) 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.
36.) Fatherhood is great because you can ruin someone from scratch.
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37.) It is a wise father that knows his own child.
38.) I have found the best way to give advice to your children is to find out what they want and then advise them to do it.
39.) No one in this world can love a girl more than her father.
40.) My father gave me my dreams. Thanks to him, I could see a future.
41.) 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.
42.) A girl’s first true love is her father.
43.) 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.
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44.) My father used to say that it’s never too late to do anything you wanted to do. You never know what you can accomplish until you try.
45.) Dad, your guiding hand on my shoulder will remain with me forever.
46.) I feel that the greatest gift that I can give my children is the freedom to be who they are.
47.) I only hope when I have my own family that every day, I see a little more of my father in me.
48.) Daddies don’t just love their children every now and then; it’s a love without end.
49.) My father didn’t do anything unusual. He only did what dads are supposed to do—be there.
50.) Anyone can be a father, but it takes someone special to be a dad.
Father’s Day Quotes From Son
51.) You can tell what was the best year of your dad’s life because they seem to freeze that clothing style and ride it out.
52.) The only Father’s Day tradition in my family is the annual conversation he and I have where I say, ‘Hey, Dad, what do you want for Father’s Day this year?’ and he says, ‘Nothing.’ Then I ask my mom what I should get him and she says, ‘He likes sandalwood soap, dangly jewelry and Chanel No 5 perfume.
53.) My dad was my best friend and greatest role model. He was an amazing dad, coach, mentor, soldier, husband, and friend.
54.) Marriage is like a coffin, and each kid is another nail.
55.) Dad, even when you weren’t holding my hand, you always had my back.
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56.) When I was a boy of fourteen, my father was so ignorant I could hardly stand to have the old man around. But when I got to be twenty-one, I was astonished at how much he had learned in seven years.
57.) The greatest gift I ever received came from God – I call him Dad!
58.) Any man can be a father, but it takes someone special to be a dad.
59.) Great fathers don’t find fault. Great fathers find solutions.
60.) The most important thing a father can do for his children is to love their mother.
61.) My dad, like any coach, has always stressed the fundamentals. He taught me responsibility, accountability, and the importance of hard work.
62.) Average fathers have patience. Good fathers have more patience. Great fathers have an ocean of patience.
63.) A good father is one of the most unsung, unpraised, unnoticed, and yet one of the most valuable assets in our society.
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Father’s Day Quotes for Husband
64.) There are times when parenthood seems nothing more than feeding the hand that bites you.
Peter De Vries
65.) Father’s Day is important because, besides being the day on which we honor Dad, it’s the one day of the year that Brookstone does any business.
66.) There should be a children’s song: ‘If you’re happy and you know it, keep it to yourself and let your dad sleep.
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67.) Happy First Father’s Day — Being a father is the most important job a man will ever have.
68.) Even though this is only the beginning, it’s easy to see our baby loves you just as much as I do. Happy Father’s Day
69.) For my husband, I can’t tell you how blessed I feel to have you for my husband. When you came into my life, I knew you were God’s choice for me.
70.) I love being with you and cherish your spending time with our children. Wishing happy Father’s Day to a caring husband and dad!
71.) On Father’s Day, I want you to know that I love raising our family with you! I cannot imagine anyone else in your place.
72.) Real heroes in this world are men like you who would do anything to make a difference in their child’s life.
73.) The only thing better than having you as a husband is for our children to have you as a dad.
74.) A man’s children and his garden both reflect the amount of weeding done during the growing season.
75.) Not only are your kids lucky to have you for a dad. I was lucky to have you for a brother first!
76.) It is much easier to become a father than to be one.
77.) I always knew that you’d make a fantastic dad. So glad to say, “I told you so!”
78.) There are so many things that I thought you would become, none of which was one of the world’s greatest dads.
79.) Happy Father’s Day to a great brother and dad! Warm thoughts of you are filling my mind and my heart.
80.) It’s still hard for me to believe that somebody actually calls you ‘Dad.’ I always preferred “knuckle-head.”
81.) You’re a great guy. You make our family happy, and you are an awesome dad.
Father’s Day Quotes for Uncles
82.) Uncles are there to help the child get into mischief they haven’t thought of yet.
83.) Everyone has an uncle who tried to steal their nose.
84.) Only the best brothers get promoted to an uncle.
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85.) She did not stand alone, but what stood behind her, the most potent moral force in her life, was the love of her father.
86.) What you teach your children, you also teach their children.
87.) I’m a father. That’s what matters most. Nothing matters more.
88.) A good father is one of the most unsung, unpraised, unnoticed, and yet one of the most valuable assets in our society.
89.) Dads are most ordinary men turned by love into heroes, adventurers, story-tellers, and singers of song.
90.) A father is a man who expects his children to be as good as he meant to be.
91.) Any fool can have a child. That doesn’t make you a father. It’s the courage to raise a child that makes you a father.
92.) I think that my strong determination for justice comes from the very strong, dynamic personality of my father. I have rarely ever met a person more fearless and courageous than my father. The thing that I admire most about my dad is his genuine Christian character. He is a man of real integrity, deeply committed to moral and ethical principles. He is conscientious in all of his undertakings. If I had a problem, I could always call Daddy.
Martin Luther King, Jr.
93.) What you teach your children, you also teach their children.
94.) There’s no shame in fear, my father told me; what matters is how we face it.
George R.R. Martin, A Clash of Kings
95.) A father’s words are like a thermostat that sets the temperature in the house.
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96.)A father is a banker provided by nature.
97.) The imprint of a father remains forever on the life of the child.
98.) 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.
99.) No man stands taller than when he stoops to help a child.
100.) The people who don’t believe in heroes haven’t met my dad.
101.) Lately, all my friends are worried they’re turning into their fathers. I’m worried I’m not.
102.) 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.
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103.) When one has not had a good father, one must create one.
104.) A father is a banker provided by nature.
105.) The fundamental defect of fathers is that they want their children to be a credit to them.
106.) 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, Foucault’s Pendulum
107.) Perhaps host and guest is really the happiest relation for father and son.
108.) By the time a man realizes that maybe his father was right, he usually has a son who thinks he’s wrong.
109.) Your children need your presence more than your presents.
110.) A dad 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.
111.) Dad, can I have money to go to a 50 Cent concert? Here’s one dollar; take your sister, too.
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Insightful Quotations for Fathers
112.) Every parent is at some time the father of the unreturned prodigal, with nothing to do but keep his house open to hope.
113.) Parents are the bones on which children cut their teeth.
114.) You don’t have to deserve your mother’s love. You have to deserve your father’s. He’s more particular.
115.) Whatever you would have your children become, strive to exhibit in your own lives and conversation.
Lydia H. Sigourney
Celebrity Father’s Day Quotes
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116.) Before I can live with other folks, I’ve got to live with myself.
117.) He said, ‘I wasn’t so good to you.’ I said, “You did your best.’ It changed our relationship immediately.
118.) “Live in such a way that you would not be ashamed to sell your parrot to the town gossip,” my father once said.
Will Rogers, Jr.
119.) While he was alive, I was Dad’s life. Now, making good for Dad is my life.
Mickey Mantle on his dad, Charles “Mutt” Mantle
120.) If you’re happy and you know it, keep it to yourself and let your dad sleep.
121.) It’s never an insult to be called what somebody thinks is a bad name. It just shows you how poor that person is; it doesn’t hurt you.
122.) Being a parent is the single most challenging thing I’ve ever done/continue to do, but it’s also far and away the greatest joy in my life. It has given me purpose, taught me patience, and expanded my heart.
Neil Patrick Harris
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123.) A father carries pictures where his money used to be.
124.) Calvin: Dad, what causes wind?
Calvin’s Dad: Trees sneezing.
Calvin’s Dad: No. But the truth is more complicated.
Calvin and Hobbes
125.) On our six a.m. walk, my daughter asked where the moon goes each morning. I let her know it’s in heaven visiting daddy’s freedom.
126.) The key to parenting is don’t overthink it. Because overthinking leads to… what were we talking about?
127.) You have to be adaptable because they consistently keep changing. They’ll do something that blows your mind, and then they’ll spit all their food on the carpet.
Neil Patrick Harris
128.) The only way I can describe [fatherhood]—it sounds stupid—but at the end of How the Grinch Stole Christmas, you know how his heart grows like five times? Everything is full; it’s just full all the time. Matt Damon
129.) Being a dad isn’t just about eating a huge bag of gummy bears as your wife gives birth. It means being comfortable with the word hero.
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130.) My father gave me the greatest gift anyone could give another person: he believed in me.
131.) The heart of a father is the masterpiece of nature.
Antoine François Prévost
132.) A father could be defined as the 3 P’s – the protector, the provider, and the problem solver.
Theodore W. Higginsworth
133.) My dad’s my best mate, and he always will be.
134.) He adopted a role called being a father so that his child would have something mythical and infinitely important: a protector.
135.) Sometimes the poorest man leaves his children the richest inheritance.
Ruth E. Renkel
136.) It is not flesh and blood but the heart which makes us fathers and sons.
137.) Dads are most ordinary men turned by love into heroes, adventurers, storytellers, and singers of song.
138.) An almost perfect relationship with his father was the earthly root of all his wisdom.
139.) I cannot think of any need in childhood as strong as the need for a father’s protection.
140.) My father has always provided me a safe place to land and a hard place from which to launch.
141.) A girl’s father is the first man in her life and probably the most influential.
142.) The greatest mark of a father is how he treats his children when no one is looking.
143.) A girl’s father is the first man in her life and probably the most influential.
144.) A father’s smile has been known to light up a child’s entire day.
145.) It is a wise father that knows his own child.
146.) 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.
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147.) Parenthood remains the greatest single preserve of the amateur.
148.) The fundamental defect of fathers is that they want their children to be a credit to them.
149.) When one has not had a good father, one must create one.
150.) To become a father is not hard; to be a father is, however.
151.) A father is a banker provided by nature.
Fatherly Advice: 7 Tips From Dad
1.) Never cut what you can untie.
2.) You are the average of your five closest friends.
3.) Prepare for the worst and hope for the best.
4.) Your name is your brand; protect it at all times.
5.) Always try your best.
6.) Never give up.
7.) Do not be afraid to make mistakes. But learn from them.
Father’s Day Time and Date
Father’s Day date changes from year to year. For this year, Father’s Day falls on Sunday, June 19, 2022, in the United States.
How To Use These Father’s Day Quotations
Here are some ideas for how to put this fun collection to use:
A.) Include one of your favorite sayings from this page on a card.
B.) Send Dad a text – including one quotation each day – beginning seven days prior to Father’s Day.
C.) Make a post on Facebook thanking your date and expressing your gratitude. Including a great quotation to kick things off.
D.) Caption an Instagram photo of Dad when he was young with one of these sayings.
E.) Write a list for your Dad of all the reasons you’re thankful he’s your father. Open and close with a meaningful and inspirational quote about your father.
Father’s Day Quotes FAQs
Here are some frequently asked questions on Father’s Day quotes.
Here’s a good Father’s Day quote by George Herbert, “One father is more than a hundred schoolmasters.”
Here are two favorite quotes about dads: 1.) A truly rich man is one whose children run into his arms when his hands are empty. 2.) My father used to play with my brother and me in the yard. Mother would come out and say, “You’re tearing up the grass.” “We’re not raising grass,” Dad would reply. “We’re raising boys.” (By Harmon Killebrew, Major League Baseball player)
“A father is a man who expects his son to be as good a man as he meant to be,” by Frank A. Clark.
By Michael O’Halloran
In addition to being a curator of quotes, Mike is an author, inventor, and entrepreneur. He worked as president of Magnetic Poetry, creators of the ubiquitous refrigerator magnets folks use to create verse in their kitchens. He’s the father of four daughters.
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