Fathers Day Inspirational quotes

Dad is easy to celebrate. After all, he’s the guy who makes things happen, from coaching Little League and playing chauffeur to grilling up dinner and performing all of the thankless chores around the house. Still, sometimes it’s hard to find the words to tell him just how much you appreciate him. But, even if he’s not the most emotional guy, he’ll appreciate the sentiment. We’re here to help with these Father’s Day quotes for every type of dad. Write these in a Father’s Day card or use them as your instagram caption on June 19.

So, what can you find in our list? Well, you’ll come across dad quotes both funny and profound. “Lately all my friends are worried they’re turning into their fathers. I’m worried I’m not,” quips Dan Zevin, while Liza Minnelli digs a bit deeper: “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.” We concur. (Want more humor? Check out the best dad jokes right here!)

1Jimmy Fallon
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” ‘ Have fun’ is my message. Be silly. You’re allowed to be silly. There’s nothing wrong with it.”

2Matt Damon

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“The only way I can describe it…at the end of How the Grinch Stole Christmas, you know how his heart grows, like, five times its size? Everything is full. It’s just full all the time.”

3Ryan Reynolds

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“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.’”

4Antoine Francis Prevost

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“The heart of a father is the masterpiece of nature.”

5Tina Turner

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“You’re simply the best.”

6Jim Gaffigan

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“Raising kids may be a thankless job but at least the pay sucks.”

7Matt Bomer

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“It’s the most profound gift and the most daunting challenge.”

8Tiger Schraff

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“Every son’s first superhero is his father.”

9Jim Gaffigan

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“There should be a children’s song: If you’re happy and you know it, keep it to yourself and let your dad sleep.”

10Brad Pitt

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“Everyone talks about the joy of having kids—blah, blah, blah. But I never knew how much I could love something until I looked in the faces of my children.”

11Lin Manuel Miranda

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“The biggest lesson for my kids is that they know they are the most important things I have. No matter what is going on in my life, your kids are forever.”

12Blake Lively

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“Having a baby is just living in the constant unexpected. You never know when you’re gonna get crapped on or when you’re gonna get a big smile or when that smile immediately turns to hysterics.”

13Kristen Bell

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“We earned each other.”

14Amy Poehler

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“Sleep at this point is just a concept, something I look forward to investigating in the future.”

15David Beckham

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“It doesn’t matter what time of the night it is or how tired you are, they make you smile, they make you happy.”

16Betty White

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“It’s not easy being a mom. If it were easy, fathers would do it.”

17Alyson Hannigan

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“Why don’t kids understand that their nap is not for them, it’s for us?”

18Michael Jordan

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“My father used to say that it’s never too late to do anything you wanted to do. And he said, ‘You never know what you can accomplish until you try.’ ”

19Harper Lee

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“She did not stand alone, but what stood behind her, the most potent moral force in her life, was the love of her father.”

20Dave Attell

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“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.”

21Maria Cuomo Cole

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“I talk and talk and talk, and I haven’t taught people in 50 years what my father taught by example in one week.”

22LeBron James

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“My favorite thing about being a father is just seeing my kids grow and do some of the same things that I did when I was a kid, man.”

23Dan Zevin

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

24Jay-Z

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“Baby I paint the sky blue / My greatest creation was you.”

25Euripides

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

26Michael Bublé

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“Fatherhood is the great thing that could ever happen. You can’t explain it until it happens—it’s like telling someone what water feels like before they’ve ever swam in it.”

27James A. Baldwin

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“If the relationship of father to son could really be reduced to biology, the whole earth would blaze with the glory of fathers and sons.”

28Toni Morrison

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“I remember a very important lesson that my father gave me when I was twelve or thirteen. He said, ‘You know, today I welded a perfect seam and I signed my name to it.’ And I said, ‘But, Daddy, no one’s going to see it!’ And he said, ‘Yeah, but I know it’s there.’ So when I was working in kitchens, I did good work.”

29Hedy Lamarr

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“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.”

30Liza Minnelli

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“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.”

31Tim Russert

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“The older I get, the smarter my father seems to get.”

32Steve Martin

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

33Billy Graham

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“The greatest tribute a boy can give to his father is to say, ‘When I grow up, I want to be just like my dad.'”

34Mike Myers

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

35David Beckham

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“In my career, there’s many things I’ve won and many things I’ve achieved, but for me, my greatest achievement is my children and my family. ”

36Mark Twain

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“When I was a boy of 14, my father was so ignorant, I could hardly stand to have the old man around. But when I got to be 21, I was astonished at how much the old man had learned in seven years.”

37Gordon Brown

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“I’m a father; that’s what matters most. Nothing matters more.”

38Nick Lachey

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“To me, having kids is the ultimate job in life. I want to be most successful at being a good father.”

39Dwyane Wade

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“Fatherhood is the best thing that could happen to me, and I’m just glad I can share my voice.”

40Wade Boggs

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“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.”

 

41Christopher Meloni
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“I had no expectations about fatherhood, really, but it’s definitely a journey I’m glad to be taking.”

42Wayne Rooney

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

43Cher Lloyd

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

44Billy Graham

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

45Charles Wadsworth

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

46Brad Paisley

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“Lookin’ back all I can say about all the things he did for me is I hope I’m at least half the dad that he didn’t have to be.”

47Carol Coats

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“A father is a man who expects his children to be as good as he meant to be.”

48George R.R. Martin, A Clash of Kings

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“There’s no shame in fear, my father told me, what matters is how we face it.”

49George Strait

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“Daddies don’t just love their children every now and then, it’s a love without end.”

50Unknown

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

51C.S. Lewis, Phantastes

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

52John Mayer

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“On behalf of every man looking out for every girl, you are the God and the weight of her world.”

53Keith Urban

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“I only hope when I have my own family that everyday I see a little more of my father in me.”

54Linda Poindexter

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

55Barack Obama

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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.”

56Emile Gaboriau

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“A father is the one friend upon whom we can always rely.”

57Tom Wolfe

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“He adopted a role called being a father so that his child would have something mythical and infinitely important: a protector.”

58Umberto Eco

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“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.”

59Johann Friedrich Von Schiller

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“It is not flesh and blood, but the heart which makes us fathers and sons.”

60Unknown

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

61Margaret Truman

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“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.”

62Clarence Budington Kelland

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

63Jim Valvano

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“My father gave me the greatest gift anyone could give another person: He believed in me.”

64Unknown

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“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.”

65Pam Brown

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

66Ruth E. Renkel

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“Sometimes the poorest man leaves his children the richest inheritance.”

67Anne Geddes

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“Any man can be a father, but it takes someone special to be a Dad.”

 

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