16 Great Father's Day quotes

Fathers day quotes

Fatherhood is likely the most wonderful and strange adventure that most men will ever know. With Father’s day quickly approaching, let’s take a look at one half of the institution that got us all where we are today.

Of course not everyone is keen to start the journey, but as American psychiatrist and author Frank Pittman put it: “The guys who fear becoming fathers don’t understand that fathering is not something perfect men do, but something that perfects the men.”

Not that there is anything wrong with some apprehension. To quote George R.R. Martin: “There’s no shame in fear, my father told me, what matters is how we face it.”

Ready or not, once you become a father your role in life is changed forever. You have become the focus of someone’s world, a protector, a guide and a confidant – it’s a tough job that you’ll want for the rest of your life.

Anyone who tells you fatherhood is the greatest thing that can happen to you, they are understating it.”

–Mike Myers

“I love the moments when I engage with my youngest daughter now. It’s not my thing to sit on the ground and play tea party, but I’ll do it because it’s a moment that will stick with me forever.”

–Tim Allen

"Fatherhood is everything.... The hardest job in the world, the most rewarding job in the world.... We put in long days. And to go home and have dinner with your kids, and have to discipline one of them who's out of line, and still have the energy for that is.... I can't explain the fulfillment of that, but it is everything."

–Brad Pitt

“When I come home, my daughter will run to the door and give me a big hug, and everything that’s happened that day just melts away.”

–Hugh Jackman

“To be a father of a nation is a great honour, but to be the father of a family is a greater joy.”

–Nelson Mandela


Naturally it’s not all going to be a bed of roses. Side note - I’ve never quite understood why a bed made of thorny plants was ever supposed to be comfortable!

Above all fathers need to set an example.

As the old saying goes, “When you follow in the path of your father, you learn to walk like him.”

“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.”


“My father had a profound influence on me. He was a lunatic.”

–Spike Milligan

A good father learns to accept and love their children for who they are.

“You don’t choose your family. They are God’s gift to you.”

–Archbishop Desmond Tutu

“It is a wise father that knows his own child.”

–William Shakespeare

Fathers can mean everything to their children and when you do things right, you will be part of molding a better future or at the very least helping your children realize their potential. It’s all about patience and remembering that you have a lot to learn and much to teach.

“When I was a boy of 14, my father was so ignorant I could hardly stand to have the old man around. But when I got to be 21, I was astonished at how much the old man had learned in seven years.”

–Mark Twain

Good fathers should never be taken for granted.

“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

“I cannot think of any need in childhood as strong as the need for a father's protection.”

–Sigmund Freud

“When my father didn't have my hand....he had my back.”

–Linda Poindexter

This June 19 remember to thank your dad for all his good work, just make sure you do it right.

“Don’t confuse [Father’s Day] with Valentine’s Day, and here’s why. Boy, will you creep him out. I can just tell you from last year, uh, even if they do like chocolate, they don’t want it from their son.”

–Jon Stewart