14 Father's Day Quotes That Just Might Move Dad
Silly and stoic, protective and wise—he's your dad, and we bet he's pretty darn proud to lay claim to the title. These pinnable quotes on fatherhood are the perfect addition to his card, handmade gift, or simply as a heartfelt greeting.
Fathers play a meaningful role in the lives of their children. When the experience is a good one, we cherish the memories of our dads for many years to come. For that reason, we all look forward to celebrating our dads with a special holiday each June—Father's Day became a nationally recognized holiday in the United States after the institution of a national Mother's Day.
That's right: The recognition of mothers is what first inspired the celebration of a Father's Day. According to History.com, the first unofficial Father's Day occurred on June 19, 1910. Sonora Smart Dodd, the daughter of a widower, wanted to have a day in which dads were also recognized for caring for their children. It was dear to her heart because her own father had raised her and her five siblings all on his own after the passing of his wife. By 1924, Father's Day had become an official holiday at President Calvin Coolidge's urging.
Dads, like moms, are human beings. They may not always say or do the right thing, but when a parent truly loves their children and wants what is best for them, it shows. Dads can truly become the heroes in their children's lives in so many ways, whether that means changing diapers, helping them with school projects, or teaching them a new sport or a new skill. May these quotes inspire dads everywhere to be the best fathers that they can be. Quotes like these are also great to add to Father's Day cards and notes to let your own dad know how much he means to you.
"Any man can be a father, but it takes someone special to be a dad."
"Dads are most ordinary men turned by love into heroes, adventurers, story-tellers, and singers of songs."
"[My father] has always provided me a safe place to land and a hard place from which to launch."
Clarence B. Kelland
"My father didn't tell me how to live; he lives, and let me watch him do it."
"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."
"When my father didn't have my hand, he had my back."
"I love my father as the stars—he's a bright shining example and a happy twinkling in my heart."
"The older I get, the smarter my father seems to get."
"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."
"It's only when you grow up and step back from him—or leave him for your own home—it's only then that you can measure his greatness and fully appreciate it."
"My father gave me the greatest gift anyone could give another person: He believed in me."
"The quality of a father can be seen in the goals, dreams, and aspirations he sets not only for himself, but for his family."
"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."
"The heart of a father is the masterpiece of nature."