100+ Father’s Day Quotes for the Best Dads in Your Life


From coaches and mentors to grandpas and step-dads there are so many different father figures in our lives who deserve celebration! Father’s Day is the perfect time of year to raise a glass to these loving and caring men and thank them for their years of wisdom and unconditional love. Whether your style is to show your appreciation with a touching Father’s Day quote or with one of their own classic “dad jokes” we’ve rounded up over 100 ways to wish them a “Happy Father’s Day” this holiday.

You might be wondering how to use these Father’s Day quotes if you are celebrating apart? Peruse our ideas below for the perfect way to give a gift and share your Father’s Day saying.

  • Say It In a Card: Write out your appreciation in a thoughtful card and attach it to his gift. He’ll cherish a thoughtful saying that comes from the heart.

  • Get It Engraved: Engrave a loving saying into a piece of jewelry, a mug or a frame.

  • Write it on a T-shirt: Nothing says dad like a custom T-shirt. Share your message on his favorite type of clothing!

  • Order Him Dinner: Order his favorite food and have it written on the delivery card!

  • Send Him a Plant: Give his work from home space a boost of rejuvenation by sending him a plant or succulent!

Explore all of our favorite Father’s Day sayings below.

Short Father’s Day Quotes That Will Make Him Smile


For the no-frills dad, opt for a short Father’s Day quote that is sweet and to the point.

1. “My father was my teacher. But most importantly he was a great dad.” — Beau Bridges, Actor

2. “Being a great father is like shaving. No matter how good you shaved today, you have to do it again tomorrow.” — Reed Markham, American Educator

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

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

5. “I’m a father; that’s what matters most. Nothing matters more.” — Gordon Brown, Former British Prime Minister

6. “Any man can be a father, but it takes someone special to be a dad.” — Anne Geddes, Photographer

7. “Fatherhood is a marathon, not a sprint.” — Paul L. Lewis, Author

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

9. “Great fathers don’t find fault. Great fathers find solutions.” — Reed Markham, American Educator

10. “The imprint of a father remains forever on the life of the child.” — Roy Lessin, Teacher

11. “No man stands taller than when he stoops to help a child.” — Abraham Lincoln, Former President of the United States

Good Happy Father’s Day Quotes for Every Type of Dad


What are good Father’s Day quotes? For step-dads, brothers and father figures of every kind use one of these classic Father’s Day quotes that speaks to their wisdom and guidance.

12. “He adopted a role called being a father so that his child would have something mythical and infinitely important: a protector.” — Tom Wolfe, Author

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

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

15. “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.” — Wade Boggs, Professional Baseball Player

16. “[My father] has always provided me a safe place to land and a hard place from which to launch.” — Chelsea Clinton, American Author

17. “What a father says to his children is not heard by the world, but it will be heard by posterity.” — Jean Paul, German Writer

18. “Having a kid is like falling in love for the first time when you’re twelve, but every day.” — Mike Meyers, Comedian

19. “There is nothing that moves a loving father’s soul quite like his child’s cry.” — Joni Eareckson Tada, Author

20. “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, Author

21. “Good fathers do three things: they provide, they nurture and they guide.” — Roland Warren, Former President of the National Fatherhood Initiative

22. “Dads are like chocolate chip cookies; they may have chips or be totally nutty, but they are sweet and make the world a better place, especially for their children.” — Hillary Lytle, Writer

Father’s Day Quotes from a Daughter


There’s nothing quite like a daughter’s relationship with her father. For daddy’s little girl, choose a Father’s Day quote that comes from the heart.

23. “Dad: A son’s first hero, a daughter’s first love.” — Unknown

24. “On behalf of every man looking out for every girl, you are the God and the weight of her world.” — John Mayer, Singer/Songwriter

25. “My father gave me my dreams. Thanks to him, I could see a future.” — Liza Minnelli, Actress

26. “I thought I would be more inspired to have all these new feelings to talk about, but I really just want to hang out with my daughter.” — Jay-Z, Rapper

27. “Be thankful that you’ve been given that gift because girls are amazing. I would have five more girls if I could. I’m a girl dad.” — Kobe Bryant, American Basketball Player

 28. “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, Columnist

29. “No man I ever met was my father’s equal, and I never loved any other man as much.” — Hedy Lamarr, American-Austrian Actress

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

31. “I think my mom put it best. She said, ‘Little girls soften their daddy’s hearts.’” — Paul Walker, Actor

32. “A daughter needs a dad to be the standard against which she will judge all men.”  — Gregory E. Lang, Author

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

34. “Being a daddy’s girl is like having permanent armor for the rest of your life.”  — Marinela Reka, Poet

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

36. “You gotta love dads. At my wedding, when I tripped on my wedding dress and fell flat on my face, Dad said, “Don’t worry, you’ll do better next time.”” — Melanie White, Designer

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

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

Top Father and Son Quotes


You know what they say – like father like son! Tell dad all you’ve learned from him with a Father’s Day quote from the perspective of a son.

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

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

41. “You don’t have to deserve your mother’s love. You have to deserve your father’s. He’s more particular.” — Robert Frost, Poet

42. “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, Italian Writer

43. “Becoming a dad means you have to be a role model for your son and be someone he can look up to.” — Wayne Rooney, Soccer Player

44. “Every son quotes his father, in words and in deeds.” — Terri Guillemets, Writer

45. “A father is a man who expects his son to be as good a man as he meant to be.” — Frank A. Clark, Lawyer

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

47. “It is not flesh and blood but the heart which makes us fathers and sons.” — Johann Schiller, German Poet

48. “It is a wise father that knows his own child.”  — William Shakespeare, Poet

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

Inspirational Father’s Day Quotes


Don’t let dad’s heroism go unnoticed. Share an inspirational Father’s Day quote that speaks to what an impact he has made in your life.

50. “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.” — Unknown

51. “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, Former President of the United States

52. “When you need real understanding, when you need someone to care, when you need someone to guide you … A father’s always there.” — Thomas J. Langley, English Prelate

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

54. “[Fatherhood is] the greatest thing that could ever happen. You can’t explain it until it happens; it’s like telling somebody what water feels like before they’ve ever swam in it.” — Michael Bublé, Singer

55. “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

56. “Blessed indeed is the man who hears many gentle voices call him father.” — Lydia Maria Childa, Novelist

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

58. “A father has to be a provider, a teacher, a role model, but most importantly, a distant authority figure who can never be pleased. Otherwise, how will children ever understand the concept of God?” — Stephen Colbert, Comedian

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

60. “No one in this world can love a girl more than her father.” — Michael Ratnadeepak, Writer

61. “Fatherhood is the best thing I ever did. It changes your perspective. You can write a book, you can make a movie, you can paint a painting, but having kids is really the most extraordinary thing I have taken on.” — Brad Pitt, Actor

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

Funny Father’s Day Quotes


For the dad who always has a joke up his sleeve, choose a funny Father’s Day quote that will keep him laughing all day long.

63. “Dad taught me everything I know. Unfortunately, he didn’t teach me everything he knows.” — Al Unser, Columnist

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

65. “The older I get, the smarter my father seems to get.”— Tim Russert, Journalist

66. “Sometimes I’m amazed that my wife and I created two human beings from scratch yet struggle to assemble the most basic of IKEA cabinets.” — John Kinnear, Writer

67. “I talk and talk and talk, and I haven’t taught people in 50 years what my father taught by example in one week.” — Mario Cuomo, Former Governor of New York

68. “A father’s words are like a thermostat that sets the temperature in the house.” — Paul Lewis, Pianist

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

70. “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, Comedian

71. “My father had a profound influence on me, he was a lunatic.” — Spike Milligan, Comedian 

Father’s Day Quotes for Husbands


Thank your hubby for all he does with an endearing Father’s day quote for a husband. Invite your little ones to brainstorm their favorite or pick from one of ours below!

72. “A good father is one whose only reason for putting down a laughing baby is to pick up a crying one.” — Linda Poindexter, Writer

73. “Nothing has brought me more peace and content in life than simply being a good husband and father.” — Frank Abagnale, Consultant

74. “The greatest thing a father can do for his children is love their mother.” — Anjaneth Garcia Untalan, Poet

75. “There is a mirror that is held up to me now. You have someone watching you. You have to lead by example.”  — John Krazinski, Actor

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

77. “The only thing better than having you for a husband is our children having you for a dad.” — Unknown

78. “A happy family is a reflection of a good father and a loving husband.” — Unknown

Dad Quotes for Uncles


Uncles are the classic father figure you can trust with anything and will always be there with a joke or a helping hand when you need one. Thank the uncle in your life with one of these dad quotes perfect for uncles.

79. “Everyone has an uncle who tried to steal their nose. ” — Peter Clay, Actor

80. “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, French Poet

81. “Only the best brothers get promoted to an uncle.” — Unknown

82. “Uncles are there to help the child get into mischief they haven’t thought of yet.” — Unknown

83. “When you’re a dad, there’s no one above you. If I don’t do something that has to be done, who is going to do it?” — Jonathon Safran Foer, Novelist

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

Father’s Day Quotes for Grandpas


Grandpas are full of wisdom, endearing smiles and a warm hug when you need one. Use one of these father’s day quotes for grandpas to share how much you love him.

85. Grandpas bring a little wisdom, happiness, warmth and love to every life they touch.” — Unknown

86. “To a small child, the perfect granddad is unafraid of big dogs and fierce storms, but absolutely terrified of the word boo.” — Robert Brault, Author

87. “A man knows when he is growing old because he begins to look like his father.” — Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Novelist

88. “I only hope when I have my own family that everyday I see a little more of my father in me.” — Keith Urban, Country Music Artist

89. “Grandfathers are for loving and fixing things.” — Unknown

90. “We never know the love of a parent till we become parents ourselves.” — Henry Ward Beecher, Minister

91. “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.” — Margaret Truman, Singer

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

Father’s Day Quotes for Friends


Friends can make the best role models to your children and may be stellar fathers themselves! Use one of these Father’s Day quotes to tell them how much you value their friendship and role they play in your family’s life.

93. “A happy family is a reflection of a good father and a loving husband.” — Unknown

94. “Every great achiever is inspired by a great mentor.” — Lailah Gifty Akita, Writer

95. “A father is a man who expects his children to be as good as he meant to be.” — Carol Coats, Writer

96. “A father is the one friend upon whom we can always rely.”  — Emile Gaboriau, French Writer

97. “What I’ve realized is that life doesn’t count for much unless you’re willing to do your small part to leave our children—all of our children—a better world.”  — Neil Patrick Harris, Actor

98. “Daddies don’t just love their children every now and then, it’s a love without end.” — George Strait, Country Music Artist

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

100. “Children learn to smile from their parents.” — Shinichi Suzuki, Japanese Musician

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

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

However you’d like to shower the dad in your life with love this Father’s Day make sure you tell him just how much he means to you. For inspiration and ideas around the perfect Father’s Day gift, explore our best seller items like meat and cheese baskets and goodies to share! Happy Father’s Day!