Top 20 Quotes Celebrating Fathers

Top 20 quotes from actors, presidents, philosophers, writers, sons and daughters celebrating fathers! Share your favorite quote or the entire collection with your dad and the father figures who have enriched your life. And if you’re a father, father-to-be, or father figure, these are for you, too!

“The greatest mark of a father is how he treats his children when no one is looking.”
~Dan Peace, Single Dad Laughing

“In our house, Mother’s Day is every day. Father’s Day, too. In our house, parents count. They do important work and that work matters. One day just doesn’t cut for us.”
~ Margaret Heffernan

“For many of us, our fathers show us by the example they set the kind of people they want us to become. Whether biological, foster, or adoptive, they teach us through the encouragement they give, the questions they answer, the limits they set, and the strength they show in the face of difficulty and hardship.”
~President Barack Obama

“It’s an ongoing joy being a dad.”
~Liam Neeson

“My father never raised his hand to any one of his children, except in self-defense.”
~ Fred Allen

“My life has always been with my dad. Since I can remember, I was raised by my father my entire life. So he’s kind of been that mom and father figure – always.”
~ Apolo Ohno

“Fathers … Spend time with your kids and have your own ideas about what they need. Get into it. It won’t take away your manhood—it’ll give it to you. I did that. I spent more time with my kids. I took it on. I found out that I’m a pretty bad father. I make a lot of mistakes. I don’t know what I’m doing. But my kids love me, go figure.”
~ Louis C. K.

“Dad, despite the fact you can be a right grumpy bastard, I’m so incredibly grateful to have you in my life.”
~ K. A. Hill, The Winners’ Guide

Tuned In Parents - Funny Father's Day Quote, Jim Gaffigan, photo by Justine Warrington, Creative Commons

“It is a wise father that knows his own child.”
~ William Shakespeare

“Being a father helps me be more responsible… you see more things than you’ve ever seen.”
~ Kid Rock

“He was definitely a father figure for all of us. Once you were a Giant, you were always a Giant.”
~ George Martin

“My father gave me the greatest gift anyone could give another person, he believed in me.”
~ Jim Valvano

“When I come home, my daughter will run to the door and give me a big hug, and everything that’s happened that day just melts away.”
~Hugh Jackman

“All you care about with your parents is that they are happy, and my mother is exceptionally happy at the moment, and I’ve always adored my stepfather, and he’s always been a kind and good and lovely man.”
~Tom Parker Bowles

“It is easier for a father to have children than for children to have a real father.”
~ Pope John XXIII

“My Dad is my hero.”
~ Harry Connick, Jr.

“The most important thing a father can do for his children is to love their mother.”
~ Henry Ward Beecher

“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.”
~ Rita Rudner

“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

I miss my father every day, and, somehow, every day I love him more and more. I wish you could have met your granddaughters, Daddy. Your memory lives on in the stories I tell them. You were the best part of my childhood. I love you so much. Rest in peace. ~ Elle Candice

About Elle C. Mayberry

Elle C. Mayberry is a mom and author, who just released a new children's book with her young daughter. With a passion for parenting and degrees in psychology and "make it workology," she created Tuned In Parents (TiP).

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