115 Best Happy Father's Day Quotes for your Dad

Last Updated: January 12, 2023

Looking for Father's Day quotes to write in a card to your dad? Take a look at our extensive collection of dad quotes, including heartfelt, inspirational, and funny quotes, celebrating fathers and the tremendous role they play in our lives.

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Funny Happy Father's Day Quotes

These funny happy Father's Day quotes and sayings capture the father-child relationship with lightheartedness and humor.

"You can tell what was the best year of your father's life, because they seem to freeze that clothing style and ride it out."
~ Jerry Seinfeld

"The best fathers have the softest, sweetest hearts. In other words, great dads are real marshmallows."
Richelle E. Goodrich, "Slaying Dragons"

"A father is a banker provided by nature."
~ French proverb

"There are three stages of a man's life: he believes in Santa Claus, he doesn't believe in Santa Claus, he is Santa Claus."
~ Unknown

"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

"Dad taught me everything I know. Unfortunately, he didn't teach me everything he knows."
~ Al Unser

"A man knows when he is growing old because he begins to look like his father."
~ Gabriel Garcia Marquez

"The older I get, the smarter my father seems to get."
~ Tim Russert

"Dad, you're someone to look up to no matter how tall I've grown."
~ Unknown

"Dads are like chocolate chip cookies; they may have chips or be totally nutty, but they are sweet and make the world a better place."
~ Hillary Lytle

"If at first you don't succeed, call Dad."
~ Unknown

"Who needs a superhero when I have you as my Dad?"
~ Unknown

"Some people don't believe in heroes but they haven't met my dad!"
~ Unknown

"Just taught my kids about taxes by eating 38% of their ice cream."
~ Conan O'Brien

And here are some funny dad jokes you could write in a card to your dad!

When does a joke become a dad joke? When it becomes apparent.

"Dad, I'm hungry." "Hi Hungry, I'm Dad!"

"I'll call you later." "Don't call me Later, call me Dad!"

Happy farter's day Dad!

Why do fathers take an extra pair of socks when they go golfing? In case they get a hole in one!

What did the daddy buffalo say to its son before it left for school? Bison.

My dad told me a joke about boxing. I guess I missed the punch line.

What do you call your dad when he falls through the ice? A popsicle.

It's inappropriate to make a "dad joke" if you're not a dad. It's a faux pa.

"Dad, did you get a haircut?" "No, I got them all cut."

I like telling dad jokes. Sometimes he laughs!

Inspirational Happy Father's Day Quotes

These sweet and inspirational Happy Father's Day quotes celebrate fathers and fatherhood. So, they're perfect for including in a heartfelt note or text to your dad. Use them to thank him for all he has done for you and the role he plays in your life.

"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

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

"Everyone can be a father, but it takes a lot to be a dad."
~ Wade Boggs

"He didn't tell me how to live; he lived, and let me watch him do it."
~ Clarence B Kelland

"FATHER: a son's first hero... and a daughter's first love."
~ Unknown

"When you need real understanding, When you need someone to care, When you need someone to guide you... A father's always there."
~ Thomas J. Langley

"Dads are most ordinary men turned by love into heroes adventurers, story-tellers, singers of songs."
~ Pam Brown

"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."
~ Unknown

"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."
~ Sigmund Freud

"I have found the best way to give advice to your children is to find out what they want and then advise them to do it."
~ Harry S. Truman

"The heart of a father is the masterpiece of nature."
~ Antoine François Prévost

"My father taught me to work hard, laugh often, and keep my word."
~ Michelle Obama

"Any fool can have a child. That doesn't make you a father. It's the courage to raise a child that makes you a father."
~ Barack Obama

"A father is the one friend upon whom we can always rely. In the hour of need, when all else fails, we remember him upon whose knees we sat when children, and who soothed our sorrows; and even though he may be unable to assist us, his mere presence serves to comfort and strengthen us."
~ Émile Gaboriau

"Daddies don't just love their children every now and then, it's a love without end."
~ George Strait, "Love without End, Amen"

"The imprint of a father remains forever on the life of the child."
~ Roy Lessin

"A good father is one of the most unsung, unpraised, unnoticed, and yet one of the most valuable assets in our society."
~ Billy Graham

"A grandfather is someone with silver in his hair and gold in his heart."
~ Unknown

"When my father didn't have my hand, he had my back."
~ Linda Poindexter

"To be the father of a nation is a great honor, but to be the father of a family is a greater joy."
~ Nelson Mandela

"My father didn't do anything unusual. He only did what dads are supposed to do - be there."
~ Max Lucado

"My father is my rock. It's where I learned everything about loyalty, dependability, being there day in, day out, no matter what."
~ Hugh Jackman

Happy Father's Day Quotes from Daughters

A selection of father-daughter quotes that work well as Father's Day wishes from daughters and celebrate the special relationships dads have with their daughters, whatever their age. A beautiful way to thank your dad for all that he's done for you.

"To a father growing old, nothing is dearer than a daughter."
~ Euripides

"It was my father who taught me to value myself. He told me that I was uncommonly beautiful and that I was the most precious thing in his life."
~ Dawn French

"Certain is it that there is no kind of affection so purely angelic as of a father to a daughter. In love to our wives there is desire; to our sons, ambition; but to our daughters there is something which there are no words to express."
~ Joseph Addison

"It is admirable for a man to take his son fishing, but there is a special place in heaven for the father who takes his daughter shopping."
~ John Sinor

"Fathers, be good to your daughters. You are the God and the weight of her world."
~ John Mayer

"A man's daughter is his heart. Just with feet, walking out in the world."
~ Mat Johnson

My fingers may be small but I've got my daddy wrapped around them.
~ Unknown

Someday I will find my Prince but my Daddy will always be my King.
~ Unknown

"A daughter needs a dad to be the standard against which she will judge all men."
~ Unknown

"A father's job isn't to teach his daughter how to be a lady, it's to teach her how a lady should be treated."
~ Unknown

Every girl dreams about living the life of a princess. I have never dreamed of that because I have always been treated like a princess by you.
~ Unknown

"A father holds his daughter's hand for a short while but he holds her heart forever."
~ Unknown

"A daughter may outgrow your lap but she'll never outgrow your heart."
~ Unknown

"There's nothing like being a father to a little girl. A daughter can turn the hardest man into the world's biggest softy. A dude could be a straight up gangster, but around his little girl he becomes a teddy bear."
~ Unknown

"She did not stand alone, but what stood behind her, the most potent moral force in her life, was the love of her father."
Harper Lee, "Go Set a Watchman"

"Being a daddy's girl is like having permanent armor for the rest of your life."
~ Marinela Reka

"A daughter needs a dad to be the standard against which she will judge all men."
~ Gregory E. Lang

"To her, the name of father was another name for love."
~ Fanny Fern

"My father gave me my dreams. Thanks to him, I could see a future."
~ Liza Minnelli

"A girl's father is the first man in her life, and probably the most influential."
~ David Jeremiah

Happy Father's Day Quotes from Son

A collection of father-son quotes to honor the relationship between a dad and his son on Father's Day. These Father's Day quotes are perfect for writing in a card to your father to thank him for all he has done for you.

"My father used to play with my brother and me in the yard. Mother would come out and say, 'You're tearing up the grass.' 'We're not raising grass,' Dad would reply. 'We're raising boys.'"
~ Harmon Killebrew

"One father is more than a hundred schoolmasters."
~ George Herbert

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

"Every father should remember that one day his son will follow his example instead of his advice."
~ Charles F. Kettering

"When you teach your son, you teach your son's son. "
~ The Talmud

"Every son's first superhero is his father, and it was the same for me. For me, he was Superman and Batman combined."
~ Tiger Shroff

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

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

"A father is a man who expects his son to be as good a man as he meant to be."
~ Frank A. Clark

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

"Lately all my friends are worried they're turning into their fathers. I'm worried I'm not."
~ Dan Zevin

Daddy, you are as smart as Ironman,
as strong as the Hulk,
as fast as Superman,
as brave as Batman.
You are my favorite superhero.
~ Unknown

Happy Father's Day Quotes from Wife to Husband

Write one of these Father's Day quotes in a card to the father of your children to express gratitude to him for the role he plays in your family.

"The only thing better than having you as my husband is our children having you as their father."
~ Unknown

"A man's worth is measured by how he parents his children. What he gives them, what he keeps away from them, the lessons he teaches and the lessons he allows them to learn on their own."
~ Lisa Rogers

"The reward of child-rearing is spending the rest of your life proudly knowing this person you helped guide."
~ Mike Sager

"The greatest thing a father can do for his children is love their mother."
~ Theodore Hesburgh

"No man stands taller than when he stoops to help a child."

"A father's words are like a thermostat that sets the temperature in the house."
~ Paul Lewis

"The quality of a father can be seen in the goals, dreams and aspirations he sets not only for himself, but for his family."
~ Reed B. Markham

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Religious Happy Father's Day Quotes

These Christian Father's Day quotes and bible verses about fathers reflect how important and unique a father's role is in raising children.

"Father! - to God himself we cannot give a holier name."
~ William Wordsworth

"Blessed indeed is the man who hears many gentle voices call him father!"
~ Lydia M. Child

Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it. Proverbs 22:6

Children's children are a crown to the aged, and parents are the pride of their children. Proverbs 17:6

Children are a heritage from the Lord, offspring a reward from him. Like arrows in the hands of a warrior are children born in one's youth. Blessed is the man whose quiver is full of them. Psalm 127:3-5

Honor your father and your mother, as the Lord your God has commanded you, so that you may live long and that it may go well with you in the land the Lord your God is giving you. Deuteronomy 5:16

So he got up and went to his father. But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion for him; he ran to his son, threw his arms around him and kissed him. Luke 15:20

The LORD bless you and keep you; the LORD make his face shine on you and be gracious to you; the LORD turn his face toward you and give you peace. Numbers 6:24-26

These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Deuteronomy 6:6-7

Happy Father's Day Card Messages

Looking for a Father's Day quote to write in a greeting card to your Dad? Take a look at these lovely messages for your dad.

To the world's best Dad, happy Father's Day!

Thanks Dad for everything you do for us. Happy Father's Day.

Out of all the dads in the world I think we got the best one! Happy Father's Day.

I'm so grateful for all your guidance and wisdom, you really are the best! Happy Father's Day!

Thank you for all the sacrifices you make for our family and all the joy and love you bring into our lives. We couldn't have asked for a better Dad! Happy Father's Day.

To my dearest Dad: You are my compass. Thanks for always showing me the right path and for guiding me in the right direction. Happy Father's Day, I love you.

When people say, 'the apple doesn't fall far from the tree,' I tell them that's the best compliment I could ever get. Someday, I hope to grow as strong and wise as you. Have a great Father's Day!

I'm so lucky to have you as my father... I'm sure no one else would have put up with me this long. Happy Father's Day!

To the world's greatest Dad from the world's greatest kids, hope you have an amazing Father's Day!

You may not know everything but you sure had me fooled for quite a few years! Happy Father's Day to the smartest Dad in town.

Dad, you've always been the coolest. Like all those times you said "yes" when mom said "no." Happy Father's Day, Cool Dad!

Sending you all my love this Father's Day. We might be apart today, but you're always in my heart. Take care and stay safe in these uncertain times. I miss you!

Father and child are never truly apart, maybe in distance but never in heart. I miss you every day Dad, but know you are with me in spirit. I love you and hope you have a great day!

Sending you all my love across the miles. Have a great Father's Day!

God knew just what He was doing when He made you my Dad! Thank you for guiding me through life. Happy Father's Day.

On this Father's Day, I pray that your day is filled with joy and peace, and I give thanks to God for all that you bring to my life.

Today I ask God to bless you with every kind of joy. Happy Father's Day!

When I count my blessings, I count you twice! Happy Father's Day to my wonderful dad, I love you.

Dad, your light guides this family and holds us together. As you get older I want you to know that I am there for you too, through thick and thin. On this special day, relax and forget your worries. Happy Father's Day!

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Free Printable Father's Day Cards

Take a look at our free printable Father's Day cards you can print and fold at home to give to your dad. They're really handy when you can't get to the store, and your dad gets a special card made just for him!

free printable fathers day cards - 70 designs

Free Printable Father's Day Coupons for Dad

Check out our free printable Father's Day coupons! Simply print and assemble at home to make a sweet homemade Father's Day gift that's practical too!

Free Printable Fathers Day Coupons for your Dad

Happy Father's Day Coloring Pages

Looking for father's Day coloring pages? Take a look at this cute collection of high-quality PDFs you can download and print at home for free! There are so many choices - super hero dad, fishing with dad, neck ties, award trophies, simple pictures for toddlers and preschoolers, and intricate doodles for older children and teens to color in!

free printable father's day coloring pages

"Dad Likes" Poster

Happy Father's Day quotes are a brilliant way to express what your dad means to you, and so is a personalized gift made just for him.

Use our personalized poster maker to make a poster that celebrates all the funny things about your dad and the things he likes.

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More Happy Father's Day message and gift ideas

I hope you enjoyed my favorite happy Father's Day quotes and that you found one that was just right for your dad! If you're looking for other ways to show your dad how much you love him, here are some other pages I think you'll enjoy:

Happy Father's Day Messages, Quotes and Poems
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Bible Verses about Fathers
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"Dad Likes" poster generator
"Dad Definition" poster

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