Quotes about Dad

Kids who are using their bodies to spell out each letter in the word "Father."

These quotes about dad are ideal to use for Father's Day or any time you want to say something special about what dad means to you and can't find the right words. These are some of many quotes that will inspire you to express your feelings for that special man who has influenced your life in so many ways. 

Father holding young son who is resting on his shoulder

On Father's Day, families honor dad for his love and support and for how he teaches children what is really important in life.  If you need to make a toast or add a special note to a card, these Father's Day quotations and sayings can serve as inspiration to give you the right words to say. Quotes about dad are sure to warm his heart on his special day. 

Quotes about Dad -- from solemn to silly

The greatest gift I ever had
Came from God;
I call him Dad!

    -- Anonymous

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

     -- Jim Valvano 

When a father gives to his son, both laugh; when a son gives to his father, both cry. 

    -- Jewish Proverb

One night a father overheard his son pray:
Dear God, Make me the kind of man my Daddy is.
Later that night, the father prayed,
Dear God, Make me the kind of man my son wants me to be."

    -Author Unknown

Famous people who offered quotes about dad

By profession I am a soldier and take pride in that fact.
But I am prouder -- infinitely prouder -- to be a father.
A soldier destroys in order to build;
the father only builds, never destroys.

    -- Douglas MacArthur

When I was a boy of fourteen, my father was so ignorant I could hardly stand to have the old man around.  But when I got to be twenty-one, I was astonished at how much he had learned in seven years.

    -- Mark Twain

Sometimes the poorest man leaves his children the richest inheritance.

     -- Ruth E. Renkel

Love and fear.  Everything the father of a family says must inspire one or the other.

   -- Joseph Joubert

Parents can tell but never teach, unless they practice what they preach.

     -- Arnold Glasow

My father taught me to work; he did not teach me to love it.

    -- Abraham Lincoln

A man knows he is growing old because he begins to look like his father."

    -- Gabriel Garcia Marquez

Good parents give their children Roots and Wings. Roots to know where home is, wings to fly away and exercise what's been taught them.

    -- Jonas Salk

One father is more than a hundred school masters.

   --George Herbert

My grandfather once told me that there are two kinds of people: those who work and those who take the credit. He told me to try to be in the first group; there was less competition there.

    --Indira Gandhi

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

    -- Charles Wadsworth

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 little scraps of wisdom.”
     ― Umberto Eco

More anonymous sayings about dad

A bad father never has a good son.

 From the father comes honor; from the mother, comfort.
    -- Anonymous

Like father, like son
    -- Anonymous

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

    -- Author Unknown

Any man can be a father.  It takes someone special to be a dad.

     -- Anonymous

Father and son relaxing in hammockImage by ambermb from Pixabay

Write a note to Dad on Father’s Day

If your father is far away on Father’s Day, you could just give him a call or send him a text. That’s the modern way, and not very imaginative. But to give him something he’ll treasure long after the special day has passed, write him a Father’s Day note. It doesn’t have to be a long letter. You could just get a card and add your own personal touch or memory to it.

Need some ideas on heartfelt ways say “Thanks, Dad”?

·         Use one of the pet names you had for your father. We called my father Pop Parks.  And the man of the house now is referred to as Daddums.  Using these terms of endearment is sure to bring a smile to DOD (that’s dear-old-dad).

·         Mention a favorite activity you used to do together. Did your father like to take hikes? Garden? Build things? Go fishing? Drawing on these special shared times shows you put some thought into your message.

·         Share a photo you have of your father and the family in earlier times. The visual images will warm his heart.

·         What was Dad’s favorite dish?  Perhaps he was nuts about pizza. Or maybe you helped him make homemade ice cream during peach season. Afterall, the old saying is party true: the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach. Dad will love the memories.

·         Think of one funny incident that is part of family lore and write about it. Our lives are marked by ordinary schedules but punctuated by extraordinary but simple events. Remind your father of a visit or job or pet that had some funny quirks. Again, you’ll bring out that fatherly smile when he reads it.

Use  your own family history and memories of favorite times to create a special message for your father for Father's Day. Remember, the time to say "Thanks, Dad" is now while he's able to hear it. That won't always be the case.

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