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50 Fathers Day Quotes By Presidents, Authors & Movie Stars

Fathers Day quotes are meaningful, but that’s only because of how much Dads mean to their kids. So while this collection of Fathers Day quotes are written by popular presidents, classic authors, and beloved movie starts—the Dads are the real heroes. In fact, many of the very best quotes are written by ‘unknown’—undoubtedly, grateful children everywhere.  

With their never-ending ‘Dad jokes’, we know Dads are all about fun. That’s why these awesome Father’s Day activities and fun Father’s Day gifts are so popular. But along with the fun stuff, adding one of these heartfelt Fathers Day quotes will make your Dad’s special day even more memorable. 

So let’s explore some of the best quotes about fathers…


“Some people don’t believe in heroes, but they haven’t met my Dad.” — Unknown


“To the world you are a dad. To our family you are the world.” — Unknown


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


“Above all, children need our unconditional love, whether they succeed or make mistakes; when life is easy and when life is tough.” — President Barack Obama


“No man stands taller than when he stoops to help a child.” — Abraham Lincoln


“When a father gives to his son, both laugh; when a son gives to his father, both cry.” — William Shakespeare


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


“When God was handing out dads, he saved the best for me.” — Unknown


“Having children is like living in a frat house. Nobody sleeps, everything’s broken and there’s a lot of throwing up.” – Ray Romano


“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.” — Unknown


“He adopted a role called Being a Father so that his child would have something mythical and infinitely important: a Protector.” — Tom Wolfe


“A father’s job isn’t to teach his daughter how to be a lady, it’s to teach her how a lady should be treated.” — Unknown


“Men should always change diapers. It’s a very rewarding experience. It’s mentally cleansing. It’s like washing dishes, but imagine if the dishes were your kids, so you really love the dishes.” – Chris Martin


“An almost perfect relationship with his father was the earthly root of all his wisdom.” — C.S. Lewis


“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 the little scraps of wisdom.” — Umberto Eco


“Fatherhood is leadership; the most important kind.” — Unknown


“Dad, I know you’ve loved me as long as I’ve lived, but I’ve loved you my whole life.” — Unknown


“I want my son to wear a helmet 24 hours a day. If it was socially acceptable, I’d be the first one to have my kid in a full helmet and like a cage across his face mask.” – Will Arnett


“Everything I am you helped me to be.” — Unknown


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


“Anyone can be a father, but it takes someone special to be a dad, and that’s why I call you dad, because you are so special to me. You taught me the game and you taught me how to play it right.” — Wade Boggs


“Good parenting means investing in your child’s future, which is why I am saving to buy mine a hoverboard someday.” — Lin Manuel Miranda


“What you teach your children, you also teach their children.” — Unknown


“Sometimes the poorest man leaves his children the richest inheritance.” — Ruth E. Renkel


“The older I get, the smarter my dad gets.” — Unknown


“One father is more than a hundred schoolmasters.” — George Herbert


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


“Old as she was, she still missed her Daddy sometimes.” — Gloria Naylor


“I’ve said it before, but it’s absolutely true: My mother gave me my drive, but my father gave me my dreams. Thanks to him, I could see a future.” — Liza Minnelli


“My dad’s my best mate, and he always will be.” — Cher Lloyd


“Lately all my friends are worried they’re turning into their fathers. I’m worried I’m not.” — Dan Zevin


“To a father growing old nothing is dearer than a daughter.” — Euripides


“I cannot think of any need in childhood as strong as the need for a father’s protection.” — Sigmund Freud


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


“Father is the noblest title a man can be given.” — Robert L. Backman


“I am not ashamed to say that no man I ever met was my father’s equal, and I never loved any other man as much.” — Hedy Lamarr


“Dad: He can play like a kid, give advice like a friend, and protect like a bodyguard.” — Unknown


“A truly rich man is one whose children run into his arms when his hands are empty.” — Unknown


“Of all the titles that I’ve been privileged to have, ‘Dad’ has always been the best.” — Ken Norton 


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


“Anyone who tells you fatherhood is the greatest thing that can happen to you …they are understating it.” — Mike Myers 


“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


“My father didn’t tell me how to live. He lived, and let me watch him do it.” — Clarence Budington Kelland


“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.” — Ryan Reynolds


“It’s the courage to raise a child that makes you a father.” — Barack Obama


“A father is someone you look up to no matter how tall you grow.” — Unknown


“A father carries pictures where his money used to be.” — Steve Martin


“I love my father as the stars — he’s a bright shining example and a happy twinkling in my heart.” — Terri Guillemets


“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


“The heart of a father is the masterpiece of nature.” — Antoine-François Prévost


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