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Dad Quotes

Updated on June 14, 2014

When My Father

 Didn't Have My Hand, He had My Back.
Didn't Have My Hand, He had My Back. | Source

I Miss My Dad

It broke my heart to lose you but you did not go alone. A part of me went with you the day that G-d had to take you home. If tears could build a stairway & heartaches make a lane I walk my way to heaven and bring you back again.
It broke my heart to lose you but you did not go alone. A part of me went with you the day that G-d had to take you home. If tears could build a stairway & heartaches make a lane I walk my way to heaven and bring you back again. | Source

A Daughters First Love

A Sons First Hero
A Sons First Hero

What do You Call Your Dad

Dad, Father, Poppa, Daddy or Abba they all mean the same. He is a man who gives love, care and protection. So with Fathers Day just around the corner what better time is there to share my collection of my favorite inspiring, funny, enlightening, cute, or just plain "nice" quotes about Fathers. Wisdom for sons and fathers, daddys and daughters and for anyone who has been an inspiring male figure in your life. Fathers Day is a day to honor them and from a wide variety of famous men and woman covering the many aspects of fatherhood.

A Father Is

neither an anchor to hold us back nor a sail to take us there but a guilding light to show us the way
neither an anchor to hold us back nor a sail to take us there but a guilding light to show us the way

My Father

he gave me the greatest gift anyone could give to another person, he believed in me.
he gave me the greatest gift anyone could give to another person, he believed in me.

Favorite Quotes about Fathers

"Come mothers and fathers
Throughout the land
And don’t criticize
What you can’t understand"
~ Bob Dylan ~

My father gave me the greatest gift anyone could give another person, he believed in me.
~ Jim Valvano

Any man can be a Father but it takes someone special to be a dad
~ Anne Geddes

The father who does not teach his son his duties is equally guilty with the son who neglects them.
~ Confucius

Small boys become big men through the influence of big men who care about small boys.
~ Unknown

The most important thing that a father can do for his children is to love their mother.
~ Theodore M. Hesburgh

Every mother generally hopes that her daughter will snag a better husband than she managed to do...but she's certain that her boy will never get as great a wife as his father did.
~ Anonymous

He who is taught to live upon little owes more to his father's wisdom than he who has a great deal left him does to his father's care.

~ William Penn

Your children need your presence more than your presents.
~ Jesse Jackson


My Inspiration My Dad
My Inspiration My Dad
a father and a son
a father and a son

Wisdom of Dad

It is a wise father that knows his own child.
~ William Shakespeare

I cannot think of any need in childhood as strong as the need for a father's protection.his own child.
~ Sigmund Freud

My father always used to say that when you die, if you've got five real friends, then you've had a great life.
~ Lee Iacocca

Train up a child in the way which he should go
and when he is old he will not depart from it
~ Proverbs 22:6

Lucky that man whose children make his happiness in life and not his grief, the anguished disappointment of his hopes.
~ Euripedes

You don't have to deserve your mother's love. You have to deserve your father's. He's more particular.
~ Robert Frost

Your children will become what you are; so be what you want
them to be.
~ David Bly

Govern a family as you would cook a small fish - very gently.
~ Chinese Proverb

Stop trying to perfect your child, but keep trying to perfect your relationship with him.
~ Dr. Henker

A Fathers Love

A Fathers Love in Quotes and Sayings

Poppy and his granddaughter
Poppy and his granddaughter
my heart my Dad
my heart my Dad
yes I am a daddys girl
yes I am a daddys girl
my heart will always belong to daddy
my heart will always belong to daddy

Fathers and Daughters

My father was a statesman, I'm a political woman.
My father was a saint. I'm not.
~ Indira Gandhi

I have never been a material girl. My father always told me never to love anything that cannot love you back.
~ Imelda Marcos

You fathers will understand. You have a little girl. She looks up to you. You're her oracle. You're her hero. And then the day comes when she gets her first permanent wave and goes to her first real party, and from that day on, you're in a constant state of panic.
~ Stanley T. Banks in the movie 'Father of the Bride'

A father is always making his baby into a little woman. And when she is a woman he turns her back again.
~ Enid Bagnold

The father of a daughter is nothing but a high-class hostage. A father turns a stony face to his sons, berates them, shakes his antlers, paws the ground, snorts, runs them off into the underbrush, but when his daughter puts her arm over his shoulder and says, 'Daddy, I need to ask you something,' he is a pat of butter in a hot frying pan.
~ Garrison Keillor

Sons and Fathers

A Boy A Man A Father

A man never stands as tall as when he kneels to help a child.
~ Knights of Pythagoras

"When a child is born, a father is born. A mother is born, too of course, but at least for her it's a gradual process. Body and soul, she has nine months to get used to what's happening. She becomes what's happening. But for even the best-prepared father, it happens all at once. On the other side of a plate-glass window, a nurse is holding up something roughly the size of a loaf of bread for him to see for the first time.
~ Frederick Buechner, 'Whistling in the Dark'

Love matches, so called, have illusion for their father and need for their mother.
~ Friedrich Nietzche

An angry father is most cruel towards himself.
~ Publilius Syrus

Sometimes the poorest man leaves his children the richest inheritance.
~ Ruth E. Renkel

A man's children and his garden both reflect the amount of weeding done during the growing season. ~ Unknown

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

Love for a Dad

D is for Daddy A is for Always D is for Deeply. For I will always love my daddy deeply.
D is for Daddy A is for Always D is for Deeply. For I will always love my daddy deeply.

Fathers and Sons

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 the old man had learned in seven years.
~ Mark Twain

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.
~ Unknown

If a son is uneducated, his dad is to blame.
~ Chinese Proverb

When I was a kid, my father told me every day, 'You're the most wonderful boy in the world, and you can do anything you want to.'
~ Jan Hutchins

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

There must always be a struggle between a father and son, while one aims at power and the other at independence.
~ Samuel Johnson

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

Celebrity Dads

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.
~ Billy Cosby

I cannot understand how I managed to cope without
getting cuddled this many times a day.

~ Russell Crow

Fathers - role models
Fathers - role models
A Father and A Son
A Father and A Son

Inspirational Words From Dads

A man travels the world over in search of what he needs, and returns home to find it. many times a day.
~ George Moore

Life affords no greater responsibility, no greater privilege, than the raising of the next generation.
~ C. Everett Koop

Take care of your little ones. Welcome them into your homes, and nurture and love them with all of your hearts. They may do, in the years that come, some things you would not want them to do, but be patient, be patient. You have not failed as long as you have tried.
~ President Gordon B. Hinckley

What Is A Dad?

A dad is someone who
wants to catch you before you fall
but instead picks you up,
brushes you off,
and lets you try again.

A dad is someone who
wants to keep you from making mistakes
but instead lets you find your own way,
even though his heart breaks in silence
when you get hurt.

A dad is someone who
holds you when you cry,
scolds you when you break the rules,
shines with pride when you succeed,
and has faith in you even when you fail...
~ Unknown

If a child is to keep his inborn sense of wonder, he needs the companionship of at least one adult who can share it, rediscovering with him the joy, excitement and mystery of the world we live in.
~ Rachel Carson

Parents are often so busy with the physical rearing of children that they miss the glory of parenthood, just as the grandeur of the tree is lost when raking leaves.
~ Marcelene Cox

is there anything better than loving your Daddy?
is there anything better than loving your Daddy?
Daddys Girl
Daddys Girl


Who is the one person who can always make me smile?
Even when I'm mad at him?
Even when he makes me cry?
Even when he makes fun of me or laughs at me.
He is one of the people who has always been there for me, one who has always ♥ loved ♥, cared, and provided for me.
He is one of the two most important people in the world to me. Someone I ♥ LOVE ♥ with all my ♥heart ♥.
He is my friend,my hero, but most importantly he is my...
♥Daddy ♥

Quotes for Dads

My Daddy

Dad as handsome as ever!
Dad as handsome as ever!

Quotes My Father

Passed Onto Me

You got to be careful if you dont know where you are going, because you might not get there.
~ Yogi Berra

What does not destroy me, makes me stronger.
~ Frederich Wilheim Nietzsche

My father didn't tell me how to live; he lived, and let me watch
him do it.
~ Clarence Budinton Kelland

Patience is a Virtue.
~ Proverb

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      cash pakistani 

      6 years ago

      i miss u my dad

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      brazillian tash 

      6 years ago

      Owuh I luved da quotes!! My dad passed away wen I wz 12 am 17 nw!! I miss him a lot!! I miss him more everyday!! bt am vry sure hz in a beta plc!!

    • wavegirl22 profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from New York, NY

      beachchic24 - my heart goes out to you. remember all the good times always and he will never leave you. Hugs to you.

    • wavegirl22 profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from New York, NY

      Richa - just thinking of your love for him keeps him alive.

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      6 years ago

      These are such beautiful quotes, it was really nice reading them. Im 24 and my father passed away a little less than a month ago and I'm finding it difficult coping but hopefully these words will help me remember the good times and allow me to put one foot in front of the other. Thanks!

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      6 years ago

      I miss u dad very much

    • wavegirl22 profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from New York, NY

      j - lovely is a great word for dads!

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      7 years ago

      Thank you for sharing these. My dad was the most important person in my life. I'll always love him.

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      7 years ago

      I love you dad! Have a great father's day

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      lydia naoe 

      7 years ago

      -Yes, it's Father's Day. Time to greet fathers and thank them for everything they have done to us, children.

      In our case, we can only look back to the memories of our father. I remember him as the strongman who

      could put to a stop our chaotic nature. He would speak but once and there would be order. He would give

      us a warning look and we would be good. It's a memory we cherished despite the discipline. How blessed

      are families with Fathers who are alive. We pray that children may treasure and savor the presence of their

      fathers, not only on Father's day but everyday of the year.

      JO-ANN N. NAOE

      Obedience was what pleased my Father when he was alive. And now, I learned from the Bible that

      obedience likewise pleases our Father God, our Lord. Papa is now with the Lord. I must continue obeying

      what he told us, and more, what God commanded us. We have a Loving Father in heaven. Truly, we are

      nowhere without a Father. I honor all fathers today on Father's Day!!


      I missed my Father's physical company. Losing a father at a young age is something. No immediate

      person to imitate. No close friend to confide with. No masculine traits to follow after. No ally to join

      force with. It's the mighty moving of my Heavenly Father that molded me in my growing years. He was

      the one who created me, He knows what's best for me. I just have to continually trust in Him.. My human

      father and my Heavenly Father mean much to me. So, I say, FATHERS ARE REALLY GREAT



      What are fathers made of? In the limited company I had with my father - this is what I can say: Fathers are

      made of Godly compassion for his children, honest desire to prosper his family, great sense of endurance to

      withstand odds and pressures, and perhaps ( had my father lived longer) I would have known more of what

      fathers are made of. I rejoice with those whose fathers are living with them on this Father's Day. Take

      delight in your father's camaraderie.


      Fathers are great, YES, they are. They are like my favorite superheroes. They can fly high. They can

      solve problems. They can bring their families to safety. I believe that children take pride in having their fathers.

      To children of my age, you are lucky to have a living superhero in your midst. Greet them HAPPY

      FATHER's DAY!

      ~~JOSEPH N. NAOE

      Fathers carry their young on their arms .....tha tI could remember. Oh, what happy moment that was! And

      that was all father left to me. I praise the Lord for fathers who give happy moments and quality time to

      their children. May God continue to strengthen father and son relationship of every family.


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      Maira Khan 

      7 years ago from Lahore

      What a beautiful hub.Thanks for sharing.

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      7 years ago

      My dad gog shoot by a gun and it was two days befor christmas and i dint get to spend time with him and the doc sais he wouldnt be able to walk but, hes strutting his stuff down new york

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      8 years ago from New York, NY

      Minnetonka Twin - you really must have been touched by a most beautiful dad. . I am so glad I was able to share this with you and thank you so very much for a double comment :)

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      Linda Rogers 

      8 years ago from Minnesota

      wavegirl22-I loved this hub and it got me pretty choked up. I lost my dad twelve years ago. I still think of him daily and still reach for the phone to call him out of habit. Dad's are so important! Thanks for a great hub. Up and Beautiful.

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      Linda Rogers 

      8 years ago from Minnesota

      Beautiful quotes. Thanks so much for touching my heart with the importance of fathers. I lost dad 12 yrs ago now and I think of him everyday. I still dial the phone to call him out of habit.

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      8 years ago from New York, NY

      DREAM ON - thanks for taking the time out to share your wonderful memories of your Dad with me. I have always been Daddys girl and about a month ago he and my mom moved out to California. . I miss him terribly as I cant just go see him . but I do get to talk to him everyday! SO happy that your enjoyed this Hub. . it was fun putting it together!

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      DREAM ON 

      8 years ago

      My Dad has been gone for almost 19 years.I never thought I could live a day without him.Seeing and hearing all the wonderful things about dads brought back many memories.I think you realize how good your dad was when you miss him so much.I sometimes say to myself how lucky was I to have a dad for so long.I remember how he was always kind and he had a simple wish always to be happy.I try to live that way as a Godfather since I have no children of my own but I can appreciate the love that is always given.

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      8 years ago from New York, NY

      joaniemb - so happy that you liked these quotes. Dads are special and it is nice to hear that you have kids that love their dad!! Hmm that did not come out the way I thought. .but I think you know what I mean:)

      Thanks for coming by:)

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      8 years ago from New York

      This was a great hub. My Dad passed away when I was eight so many of the quotes brought me to tears.

      I have 3 grown children and they love my husband, their Dad. I was able to relate to this hub through them.

      Thanks for this great hub.

    • wavegirl22 profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from New York, NY

      ~ Ultimate Hubber -glad I could share this one with you. Dads are so important to remember and these quotes I think really got to the subject. .thanks for coming by .

      ~ billy it sure does take someone special to be a father and I was lucky in that department. . thanks for your comments and your add of that quote:)

      ~ entertainment :) always glad to share with you :)))))

      ~ Al - yes I do enjoy my dad. . though he just moved 3000 miles away .. it is now a good reason for me to go visit sunny california! Glad you liked it. I had fun putting it together!

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      8 years ago from Caracas-Venezuela

      Dearest Shari Cherie...

      Beautiful, sweet, enlightening! Enjoy him all you can! Some of us do not have him anymore! I am so glad you can share your joys and sorrows with him!

      I did like it!

      Thumbs up! Stumbled!

      Warmest regards and infinite eternal blessings,


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      8 years ago from United States

      What a beautiful hub.Thanks for sharing.

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      8 years ago

      I remember seeing an interview with Anne Geddes and words to this affect "Any man can be a Father but it takes someone special to be a dad" - I remember it and it sits with me now I am a dad - Thanks Anne Geddes and thanks Wavegirl

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      Ultimate Hubber 

      8 years ago

      After your awesome hub on quotes about mom, this is truly an amazing one. These are some great quotes. And that quote by Clarence Kelland is what my father was like. He didn't tell me how to live, but now as he is no more in this world, I feel I've learned a lot watching him and being in his company. Thanks Shari for another good hub!

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      8 years ago from New York, NY

      sam - sorry to hear about your dad. . but if I remember correctly you told me you had 2 boys of your own! Thats my dad in a few of the pics here. . I love him dearly.. last week he and my mom moved all the way out to California and though I speak to him everyday I do miss him tons! Thanks fr stopping by. . glad to have shared this with you!

      Cags - always nice to see you here. . so glad to hear you liked this one. And thanks for passing it on! As you are now my Jerry Macquire . lol I am waiting for you to show me the money. . hahah

      drbj -that Yogi quote was a favorite of my dads so I knew it by heart before I even knew what I was repeating! Thanks for the shout out with the graphics. . with this challenge I think I should ease up on the time it takes. . but somehow I just cant let a hub go till I make it "pretty"! So it means alot to here my time was spent well!

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      drbj and sherry 

      8 years ago from south Florida

      Thanks for the "ode to fathers" quotes. Yogi Berra is one of my favorites. His quote that you used above may seem nonsensical at first but it is really quite philosophical - though that may not have been his intent.

      The graphics are great, too.

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      8 years ago from USA or America

      Hey Wavegirl, that was pretty cool. I shared it on FB so others can see it too. I like most of them and your design was nicely done too. Keep up the good work! :) And, thank you for sharing. :)

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      8 years ago from Texas

      Shari, thanks for this wonderful hub. My dad passed awa when I was thirteen. I am now forty and I miss him more now that ever. Thanks for sharing this.


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