Father’s Day is approaching. You want to tell the father figure in your life why he’s so important to you, but you don’t know what to say. Sound familiar? Well, don’t worry: These Father’s Day inspirational quotes are here for you.
15 Father’s Day Quotes to Celebrate Dad
We’ve chosen these 15 Father’s Day quotes for a few reasons. Firstly, they’re reminders that dad is worth celebrating. Secondly, you can use them as a simple yet eloquent way to express gratitude and love. And lastly, because the act of expressing gratitude and love can help to tighten the bonds between you and the father figure in your life. And research shows that close relationships are, above all, what makes people happy.
So while there are a lot of Father’s Day gifts that would put a smile on dad’s face, these Father’s Day quotes are a gift to both of you — and they don’t even cost a cent.
On what he teaches us
“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 novelist, philosopher, and professor, in Foucault’s Pendulum
“He was a father. That’s what a father does. Eases the burdens of those he loves. Saves the ones he loves from painful last images that might endure for a lifetime.”
— George Saunders, writer
“The gods gave me a father who ruled over me and rid me of any trace of arrogance and showed me that one can live in a palace without bodyguards, extravagant attire, chandeliers, statues, and other luxuries.”
— Marcus Aurelius, Roman emperor and Stoic philosopher, in Meditations
“It is not flesh and blood, but the heart which makes us fathers and sons.”
— Johann Friedrich von Schiller, German poet, philosopher, and playwright
“No man stands taller than when he stoops to help a child.”
— Abraham Lincoln, 16th President of the United States
“Any man can be a father, but it takes someone special to be a Dad.”
— Anne Geddes, photographer
“‘Father’ is the noblest title a man can be given. It is more than a biological role. It signifies a patriarch, a leader, an exemplar, a confidant, a teacher, a hero, a friend.”
— Robert L. Backman
“The stronger a man is, the more gentle he can afford to be.”
— Elbert Hubbard, writer, artist, and philosopher
“Dads are most ordinary men turned by love into heroes, adventurers, storytellers, and singers of song.”
— Pam Brown, poet
“Father, Dad, Papa, no matter what you call them they influence our lives and they are the person we look up to.”
— Catherine Pulsifer, author
On what fatherhood teaches him
“The guys who fear becoming fathers don’t understand that fathering is not something perfect men do, but something that perfects the man. The end product of child raising is not the child but the parent.”
— Frank Pittman, psychiatrist and author
“We need fathers to realize that what makes you a man is not the ability to have a child, it’s the courage to raise one.”
— Barack Obama, 44th President of the United States
To sum it all up…
Sometimes you just can’t find the right thing to say to the father figure in your life. We hope these quotes helped you pin it down.
But if you want to give more than your words this Father’s Day, try gifting the influential man in your world a Panda Planner. It’ll help him prioritize what’s most important to him, build habits to keep him happy, and make his life a little more balanced. So he can spend a lot more time doing what matters — being with you. What’s better than that? Grab one for him and one for you.
Your turn: Do any of these Father’s Day quotes resonate with you? Who will you be celebrating this Father’s Day and how will you express your gratitude? Share in the comments!
For more wise words to share with people you love, check out our quotes about moms.
Author: Tania Braukamper
Tania Braukamper is an Australian-born writer and photographer. She believes in curiosity, kindness, and adventure as a state of mind.