There’s no question that being a father is one of the most challenging yet fulfilling jobs. Therefore, it’s hardly surprising that so much has been written and said about this important relationship over the years by some of the world’s wittiest and most perceptive observers. Yet, when it comes to telling your dad just how much he means to you, it’s often hard to find the right words.

Luckily, we don’t have to. There are plenty of famous quotes about fathers and fatherhood out there, from the wryly humorous to the heartfelt and profound. This Father’s Day, why not pick out a fatherhood quote that represents your relationship with your dad and share it with him? You could write it in a card, or even add it to a personalised chocolate bar or another father’s day gift. After a difficult year many of us spent apart from our dads, we want to help you show them how much they mean to you. We’ve rounded up some of our favourite quotes about dads, grandads, stepfathers and any other significant men in your life to provide you with some inspiration…


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.

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

Dads are most ordinary men turned by love into heroes, adventurers, storytellers, and singers of song.
Pam Brown

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

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

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

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


Fathers Day, when you get that lethal combination of alcohol and new power tools…
David Letterman

Happy Father’s Day, Dad! I wouldn’t trade you for anything. Of course, nobody’s offered me anything.
Melanie White

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

My daughter got me a “World’s Best Dad” mug. So we know she’s sarcastic.
Bob Odenkirk

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

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

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.
Ann Richards

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”.
Erma Bombeck

“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

Remember: what dad really wants is a nap. Really.
Dave Barry


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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.
Barack Obama

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.

Becoming a dad means you have to be a role model for your son and be someone he can look up to.
Wayne Rooney

Having a kid is like falling in love for the first time when you’re 12, but every day.
Mike Myers

He didn’t tell me how to live; he lived, and let me watch him do it.
Clarence Budington Kelland


It is not flesh and blood, but the heart which makes us fathers and sons.
Johann Friedrich von Schiller

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

I never got to choose you. You just became my “dad”. So I’m grateful to my mother for the great taste that she has.

Stepparents are not around to replace a biological parent, rather to augment a child’s life experience.
Azriel Johnson

Family isn’t always blood. It’s the people in your life who want you in theirs. The ones who accept you for who you are. The ones who would do anything to see you smile, and who love you no matter what.

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

“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


A daughter needs a dad to be the standard against which she will judge all men.
Gregory E. Lang

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

Being a daddy's girl is like having permanent armour for the rest of your life.
Marinela Reka

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

“A girl’s first true love is her father.”
Marisol Santiago

Behind every great daughter is a truly amazing father.

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

I hope I can be as good of a father to my son as my dad was to me.
Calvin Johnson

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

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