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Quotes & Sayings for Father's Day

Updated on June 10, 2014

Honour Thy Father

Father's Day falls on a Sunday in June every year, and it is a day held for all fathers, or father figures, and fathers that have been. It is a day to celebrate our fathers, and all that they have done, and do for us. It's the perfect chance to tell your dad just how much you love him!

Here's a collection of my favourite Father's Day quotes and sayings, some are funny quotes, and some are sweet and meaningful. They're great for inside father's day cards, or on gift tags, for an extra special touch.

Father's Days quotes and sayings

  • Never raise your hands to your kids. It leaves your groin unprotected - Red Buttons
  • A new father quickly learns that his child invariably comes to the bathroom at precisely the times when he's in there, as if he needed the company. The only way for this father to be certain of bathroom privacy is to shave at the gas station - Bill Crosby
  • It kills you to see them grow up. But I guess it would kill you quicker if they didn't - Barbara Kingsolver
  • It is not flesh and blood but the heart which makes us fathers and sons - Johann Schiller
  • A king, realising his incompetence, can either delegate or abdicate his duties. A father can do neither. If only sons could see the paradox, they would understand the dilema - Marlene Dietrich
  • A father's words are like a thermostat that sets the temperature in the house - Paul Lewis
  • You don't have to deserve your mother's love. You have to deserve your father's. He's more particular - Robert Frost
  • Fatherhood is pretending the present you love most is a soap-on-a-rope - Bill Crosby
  • It is a wise child that knows his own father - Homer (Greek poet, not Simpson!)
  • One father is more than a hundred schoolemasters - George Herbert
  • I cannot think of any need in childhood as strong as the need for a father's protection - Sigmund Freud
  • My father always wanted to be the corpse at every funeral, the bride at every wedding, and the baby at every christening - Alice Roosevelt Longworth
  • He did not tell me how to live: he lived, and let me watch him do it - Clarence Budington Kelland
  • Any man can be a father but it takes someone special to be a dad - Anne Geddes
  • A man knows he is growing old because he begins to look like his father - Gabriel Garcia Marquez
  • By the time a man realises that maybe his father was right, he usually has a son who thinks he's wrong - Charles Wadsworth
  • It is a wise father that knows his own child - William Shakespear
  • Sometimes the poorest man leaves his children the richest inheritance - Ruth E. Renkel
  • To be a successful father there's one absolute rule; when you have a kid, don't look at it for the first two years - Ernest Hemingway
  • It's only when you grow up, and step back from him, or leave him for your own career and your own home - it's only then that you can measure his greatness and fully appreciate it. Pride reinforces love - Margaret Truman
  • It is a wise child that knows its own father, and an unusual one that unreservedly approves of him - Mark Twain
  • Other things may change us, but we start and end with family - Anthony Brandt
  • If the new American father feels bewildered and even defeated, let him take comfort from the fact that whatever he does in any fathering situation has a fifty percent chance of being right - Bill Crosby
  • Blesses indeed is the man who hears many gentle voices call him father! - Lydia M. Child
  • Fathers are biological necessities, but social accidents - Margaret Mead
  • When a father gives to his son, both laugh; when a son gives to his father, both cry - William Shakespear
  • That is the thankless position of the father in the family - the provider for all, and the enemy of all - August Strindberg
  • When one has not had a good father, one must create one - Friedrich Nietzsche
  • It no longer bothers me that I may be constantly searching for father figures; by this time, I have found several and dearly enjoyed knowing them all - Alice Walker
  • I've had a hard life, but my hardships are nothing against the hardships that my father went through in order to get me to where I started - Bartrand Hubbard
  • The older I get, the smarter my father seems to get - Tim Russert
  • All fathers are invisible in daytime; daytime is ruled by mothers and fathers come out at night. Darkness brings home fathers, with their real, unspeakable power. There is more to fathers than meets the eye - Margaret Atwood
  • You know, fathers just have a way of putting everything together - Erika Cosby
  • My father gave me the greatest gift anyone could give another person, he believed in me - Jim Valvano
  • It is easier for a father to have children than for children to have a real father - Pope John XXIII
  • Be kind to thy father, for when thou wert young, who loved thee so fondly as he? He caught the first accents that fell from thy tongue, and joined in thy innocent glee - Margaret Courtney


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    • GJ56 profile image

      GJ56 6 years ago

      Haha good one! : D

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      beckysmith18a 6 years ago

      A new father quickly learns that his child invariably comes to the bathroom at precisely the times when he's in there, as if he needed the company....

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      GJ56 6 years ago

      But Thank God he did! : ) Thanks for your comment : )

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      Rod Marsden 6 years ago from Wollongong, NSW, Australia

      I'll vote up. Some fun quotes here. Red Buttons probably the best. Bill Shakespeare seems to have thought a lot about his own father. I believe he was in the wool trade. It is a wonder then that Bill went in for acting and playwriting.

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      GJ56 6 years ago

      Thankyou! : )

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      kidsinvite 6 years ago

      You really have the best ideas for father's day quotes!

    • GJ56 profile image

      GJ56 6 years ago

      Sure have, it's classic! Thanks for your comment, glad you enjoyed it! : )

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      Truckstop Sally 6 years ago

      These quotes are great. I love the funny ones -- like the ones credited to Bill Cosby. Did you ever hear his routine - Dad is great; he gives us chocolate cake? Ha!

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      GJ56 6 years ago

      Thankyou! : )

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      Christopher James 6 years ago from Australia

      Great hub and interesting ideas!