Our fathers love us, support us, give us guidance, and help us up when we stumble.
They’re always there for us, and this Father’s Day, we’ve rounded up 23 quotes honoring them for all they do.
Enjoy—and tell Dad how much you care!
Sometimes I think my papa is an accordion. When he looks at me and smiles and breathes, I hear the notes.
—Markus Zusak, The Book Thief
Dads are most ordinary men, turned by love into heroes, adventurers, story-tellers, and singers of song.
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.
My father gave me the greatest gift anyone could give another person: he believed in me.
There’s nothing more contagious than the dignity of a father.
—Amit Ray, World Peace: The Voice of a Mountain Bird
An almost perfect relationship with his father was the earthly root of all his wisdom.
—C.S. Lewis, Phantastes
The quality of a father can be seen in the goals, dreams, and aspirations he sets not only for himself, but for his family.
Any man can be a father, but it takes someone special to be a dad.
It is not flesh and blood but the heart that makes us fathers and sons.
—Johann Friedrich von Schiller
A father is a man who expects his son to be as good a man as he meant to be.
—Frank A. Clark
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.
The heart of a father is the masterpiece of nature.
—Antoine François Prévost, Manon Lescaut
My father didn’t tell me how to live. He lived, and let me watch him do it.
—Clarence Budington Kelland
When a father gives to his son, both laugh. When a son gives to his father, both cry.
A father is someone you look up to, no matter how tall you grow.
Old as she was, she still missed her daddy sometimes.
To her, the name of father was another name for love.
—Fanny Fern, Fresh Leaves
Sometimes the poorest man leaves his children the richest inheritance.
—Ruth E. Renkel
I cannot think of any need in childhood as strong as the need for a father’s protection.
I’m so proud of you that it makes me proud of me. I hope you know that.
—John Green, Will Grayson
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.
What I really want to tell him is to pick up that baby of his and hold her tight, to set the moon on the edge of her crib and to hang her name up in the stars.
—Jodi Picoult, My Sister’s Keeper
This is the price you pay for having a great father. You get the wonder, the joy, the tender moments—and you get the tears at the end, too.
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