Quotes About Dads

Wonderful ways to tell Dad how much you care

Sometimes it's just plain awkward to share our sentiments with Dad. If he's the guy you look up to as the epitome of manliness, how's he going to react to a sappy card? Honestly, he'll probably be very touched and fighting hard not to get misty-eyed. If there's one day out of the year that you're going to bite the bullet and sincerely tell Dad how you feel, Father's Day should be it. If you need a little help getting the words right, we've got a variety of quotes that can accompany Dad's gifts or that you can incorporate into another Father's Day idea.


Let's get the mush factor out of the way right now. Some dads are fine with telling their kids they love them every night when they tuck the tots in, others are more handshake and pat on the back kind of guys. Either way, add one of these thoughtful quotes to Dad's gift and watch him promptly announce he's "got something in his eye":

  • "None of you can ever be proud enough of being the child of SUCH a Father who has not his equal in this world-so great, so good, so faultless. Try, all of you, to follow in his footsteps and don't be discouraged, for to be really in everything like him none of you, I am sure, will ever be. Try, therefore, to be like him in some points, and you will have acquired a great deal." - Victoria, Queen of England
  • "The father who would taste the essence of his fatherhood must turn back from the plane of his experience, take with him the fruits of his journey and begin again beside his child, marching step by step over the same old road." - Angelo Patri
  • "I love my father as the stars - he's a bright shining example and a happy twinkling in my heart." - Adabella Radici
  • "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


Some days, raising a family can be a heavy burden for Dad. Remind him that he's doing a great job and motivate him to keep being a wonderful father with these inspirational quotes. Look for Father's Day ideas that let you work in some of these encouraging words:

  • "A truly rich man is one whose children run into his arms when his hands are empty." - Author Unknown
  • "He didn't tell me how to live; he lived, and let me watch him do it." - Clarence Budington Kelland
  • "It doesn't matter who my father was; it matters who I remember he was." - Anne Sexton
  • "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.'" - Harmon Killebrew
  • "Sometimes the poorest man leaves his children the richest inheritance." - Ruth E. Renkel


If you've done the right thing and included a sentimental quote with Dad's gift, you're allowed to ease the situation again with something funny. There are lots of Father's Day ideas that revolve around humor because Dads are often the jokesters in the family. Use these quotes to lighten the mood after Dad's had a good cry:

  • "Life was a lot simpler when what we honored was father and mother rather than all major credit cards." - Robert Orben
  • "Two little girls, on their way home from Sunday school, were solemnly discussing the lesson. 'Do you believe there is a devil?' asked one. 'No,' said the other promptly. 'It's like Santa Claus: it's your father.'" - Edward F. Murphy
  • "Fatherhood is pretending the present you love most is soap-on-a-rope." - Bill Cosby
  • "A father carries pictures where his money used to be." - Author Unknown

Telling Dad how important he is can be a bit uncomfortable, but it's an important part of Father's Day. Take a minute to tell him face-to-face or make it easier for both of you by writing it in a card. Use the opportunity to tell Dad how much he means to you and you'll both be happy you did.

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