Quotes About Fathers To Live By

illustration by Sandra Reeves

These quotes about fathers are all positive, inspirational words of wisdom and love about fathers or the many wonderful joys of being a father.

The role of a father has changed dramatically over the past few generations, in my grandparents time a father’s role, as the head of the family, was to be the ‘breadwinner’ working to support his family and he was also the authoritative rule-maker that you had follow. The majority of fathers would not have carried out general caring tasks for their children, nor would they have physically displayed their love.

Now, three generations later, it is wonderful to see fathers taking an active role in the caring of their children. This enables them to have a deeper understanding, develop a closer relationship and show their love more easily, which will echo through their lives and into future generations.

There is also a page of Sayings About Fathers which are all from unknown sources.

Quotes are listed alphabetically on surname/source

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When you are loving your children and expecting good things for them, you are tapped into the Energy of your Source and you’re flooding that all over them.

Abraham-Hicks quote: When you are loving your children and expecting good things for them, you are tapped into the Energy of your Source.. - Spiritual Quotes To Live ByJulie & Lowen (2015) not a pic of a father but still a relevant quote for fathers

Tim Allen  1953
I love the moments when I engage with 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 my forever.

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Jack Baker
Every day, if he takes time out of his busy life to reflect upon his fatherhood, he can learn ways to become an even better dad.

David Beckham

David Beckham  1975
When you have kids you do grow up. I have just started realizing now… it changes your world, having children.

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John Gregory Brown 1960
There’s something like a line of gold thread running through a man’s words when he talks to his daughter. Gradually over the years it gets to be long enough for you to pick up your hands and weave into a cloth that feels like love itself.

Pam Brown

Pam Brown
Dad’s are most ordinary men turned into heroes, adventurers, story-tellers, singers of song.

Dad’s don’t need to be tall and broad shouldered and clever…  Love makes them so.

Lorna Byrne

Lorna Byrne  1953
The bonding with a new baby can help people to release love unconsciously.

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Nicholas Cage 1964
My father was always getting excited about something…  It’s genetically inside me somewhere.

Jim Carrey

Jim Carrey  1962
I learned many lessons from my father, not the least of which was that, you can fail at what you don’t want, so you might as well take a chance on doing what you love.

Lydia Maria Child

Lydia Maria Child  1802 – 1880
Blessed indeed is the man who hears many gentle voices call him father.

Hands of Paul, Seth, Joey & newborn Tyler (2014)
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Frank A. Clark
A father is a man who expects his son to be as good a man as he meant to be.

Bill Cosby 1937
Nothing I’ve ever done has given me more joys and rewards than being a father to my children.

Russell Crowe  1964
I cannot understand how I managed to cope without getting cuddled this many times a day.

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Roald Dahl

Roald Dahl  1916 – 1990
I was glad my father was an eye-smiler. It meant he never gave me a fake smile, because it’s impossible to make your eyes twinkle if you aren’t feeling twinkly yourself.

It’s a funny thing about mothers and fathers, even when their own child is the most disgusting little blister you could ever imagine, they still think that he or she is wonderful.

Matt Damon

Matt Damon  1970
If I had a bucket list… I’d say raising my four girls to be strong, good women would be No. 1.

Sammy Davis Jr
A man is not complete until he has seen the baby he has made.

Alexandre Dumas

Alexandre Dumas  1803 – 1870
My father was a big child that was given to me while I was still little.

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Umberto Eco  1932 – 2016
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.


Euripides 480BC – 406BC
Noble fathers have noble children.

To a father growing old nothing is dearer than… a daughter.

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Richard Evans  1906 – 1971
Children will not remember you for the material things you provided, but for the feeling that you cherished them.

Kevin with Jessica (1998)
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Harrison Ford

Harrison Ford  1942
I love the comic opportunities that come up in the context of a father-son relationship.

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Anne Geddes  1956
Any man can be a father, but it takes someone special to be a dad.

Kahlil Gibran

Kahlil Gibran  1883 – 1931
I know his father, how do you expect me not to know him?

Billy Graham

Billy Graham  1918
A good father is one of the most unsung, unpraised, unnoticed and yet one of the most valuable assets in our society.

Trina Graves  1961

Forever in my heart
Always loved and adored
Thinking of you often
Hoping all the joys are yours
Ever grateful for your guidance
Roots from you are my support

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Brooke Hampton

Brooke Hampton
As mamas, papas, grandparents, teachers and caregivers we have a responsibility to protect these little Earth warriors. It’s our job to protect and nurture their love, their innocence, their spirits, their imagination, their gifts, their health, and wellbeing, their spirituality, their confidence, their character, their freedom of thought, their instincts, their wildness, and their magic! There is nothing we can do in this lifetime that will compare to the importance of this work. These little ones are our future. Guard them well!

Emma & Joey (2012) not a father pic but quote is relevant
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I loved her first, I held her first
And a place in my heart will always be hers
From the very first breath she breathed
When she first smiled at me
I knew the love of a father runs deep
And I prayed that she’d find you someday
but it still hurts to give her away
I loved her first.

George Herbert

George Herbert 1593 – 1633
One father is more than a hundred school masters.

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Robert Ingersoll 1833 – 1899
The child is not likely to find a father in God, unless he finds something of God in his father.

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Hugh Jackman  1968
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.

Michael Jordon  1963  
My father was there when I didn’t understand. He was there when I was wrong. He was there when I cried. He was there when I lied. For some reason my dad was always there when I needed him most. His love was never ending. And now that he’s gone there is an emptiness in my world, but not in my heart.

Michael Josephson  1942
No word makes me happier than the word ‘daddy’ uttered by one of my children.

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Clarence Budington Kelland 1881 – 1964
He didn’t tell me how to live… He lived, and let me watch him do it.

Charles Kettering  1876 – 1958
Every father should remember.. one day his son will follow his example, not his advice.

Martin Luther King Jr

Martin Luther King Jr  1929 – 1968
If I had a problem, I could always call daddy.

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

Lenny Kravitz 1964
(On being asked if he preferred to be a rock god or sex god)
I am neither. My favourite role is father.

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Hedy Lamarr  1914 – 2000
I am not ashamed to say that no man I ever met was my father’s equal, and I never loved any other man as much.

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Reed Markham 1957  
A child looks up at the stars and wonders. A great father puts a child on his shoulders and helps them to grab a star.

Kevin with Jessica
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Reed Markham 1957  
The thrill of being a great father is not seeing your children go on to become successful adults. The thrill of a great father, is the journey, experiencing your child’s successes along the pathway to their greatness.

Christopher Meloni

Christopher Meloni  1961
The surprising thing about fatherhood was finding my inner mush. Now I want to share it with the world.

Mencius 372BC – 289BC
The great man is he who does not lose his child’s heart.

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  1756 – 1791
Directly after God in Heaven come papa.

Mike Myers

Mike Myers  1963
Anyone who tells you fatherhood is the greatest thing that can happen to you, they are understating it.

Paul with Seth
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Kent Nerburn

Kent Nerburn  1946
Until you have a son of your own.. you will never know joy, the love beyond feeling that resonates in the heart of a father as he looks upon his son.

Friedrich Nietzsche

Friedrich Nietzsche  1844 – 1900
When one has not had a good father, one must create one.

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Jamie Oliver

Jamie Oliver  1975
I’ve made a few nice dishes in my time, but this must be the best I’ve ever made.

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Dan Pearce

Dan Pearce
The greatest mark of a father is how he treats his children when no one is looking.

Frank Pittman

Frank Pittman  1953 – 2012
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.

Linda Poindexter

Linda Poindexter  
When my father didn’t have my hand…  He had my back.

Chris Pratt

Chris Pratt  1979
I’ve done all kinds of cool things as an actor. I’ve jumped out of helicopters and done some daring stunts and played baseball in a professional stadium, but none of it means anything compared to being somebody’s daddy.

Antoine Francois Prevost

Antoine Francois Prevost  1697 – 1763
The heart of a father is the masterpiece of nature.

J. B. Priestley

J. B. Priestley  1894 – 1984
To show a child what once delighted you, to find the child’s delight added to your own, so that there is now a double delight seen in the glow of trust and affection, this is happiness.

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

Jean Paul Richter

Jean Paul Richter  1763 – 1825
The words that a father speaks to his children in the privacy of home are not heard by the world. But as in whispering galleries, they are clearly heard at the end and by posterity.

Will Rogers Jr

Will Rogers Jr  1911 – 1993
His heritage to his children wasn’t words or possessions, but an unspoken treasure, the treasure of his example as a man and a father.

Wayne Rooney   1985
Becoming a father was the proudest moment of my life. Playing football does not even compare.

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Friedrich Schiller 1759 – 1805
It is not flesh and blood, but the heart which makes us fathers and sons.

Walter M. Schirra

Walter M. Schirra  1923 – 2007
You don’t raise heroes, you raise sons. And if you treat them like sons, they’ll turn out to be heroes, even if it’s just in your own eyes.

Olive Schreiner

Olive Schreiner  1855 – 1920
Our fathers had their dreams, we have ours, the generation that follows will have its own.

Lucy, Jessica & Seth (2016)
Victoria Secunda

Victoria Secunda 
Sons are for fathers the twice-told tale.

William Shakespeare

William Shakespeare  1564 – 1616
It is a wise father that knows his own child.

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John Sinor
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.

Stephen Spender

Stephen Spender  1909 – 1995

Bright clasp of her whole hand around my finger
My daughter as we walk together now
All my life I’ll feel a ring invisibly
Circle this bone with shining
When she is grown.

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Desmond Tutu  1931
My father used to say.. “Don’t raise your voice, improve your argument.”

Mark Twain

Mark Twain  1835 – 1910
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 twenty one, I was astonished at how much he had learned in seven years.

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Jim Valvano

Jim Valvano  1946 – 1993
My father gave me the greatest gift anyone could give another person… he believed in me.

Ama H. Vanniarachchy
I am so proud of my father… he is the biggest example of success and courage I have seen in my life. He is the emperor of my kingdom.

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Mark Wahlberg

Mark Wahlberg  1971 
Being a father is my most important role.

Having two daughters changed my perspective on a lot of things, and I definitely have a newfound respect for women. And I think I finally became a good and real man when I had a daughter.

If I succeed in business, but fail as a father.. then I’ve failed.

William Wordsworth

William Wordsworth  1770 – 1850
Father… to God Himself, we cannot give a Holier name.

The child is the father of the man.

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