Profile of a Family Hero | 120 Father Quotes

Growing up with a father figure by your side really does you good, and the umbrella term for the benefits of a paternal presence is called “The Father Effect”.

Not surprisingly, famous people from all around the world have stressed the importance of this relationship through quotes that pay tribute to our dads. Don’t hesitate to share one of these father quotes when you feel grateful to have him in your life.

Father Quotes

  • I’m a father; that’s what matters most. Nothing matters more. Gordon Brown
  • What you teach your children, you also teach their children. Unknown
  • When you’re young, you think your dad is Superman. Then you grow up, and you realize he’s just a regular guy who wears a cape. Dave Attell
  • 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 was my father who taught me to value myself. Dawn French
  • A truly rich man is one whose children run into his arms when his hands are empty.  Ziad K. Abdelnour
  • 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 the little scraps of wisdom. Umberto Eco
  • Dads are most ordinary men turned by love into heroes, adventurers, story-tellers, and singers of song. Pam Brown
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Dads are most ordinary men turned by love into heroes, adventurers, story-tellers, and singers of song. Pam Brown


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Fathers should make you feel safe. Karen Cushman
  • My dad’s my best mate, and he always will be. Cher Lloyd
  • To me, having kids is the ultimate job in life. I want to be most successful at being a good father. Nick Lachey
  • A father is someone you look up to no matter how tall you grow. Unknown
  • I cannot think of any need in childhood as strong as the need for a father’s protection. Sigmund Freud
  • Fatherhood is the best thing that could happen to me, and I’m just glad I can share my voice. Dwyane Wade
  • A father is the one friend upon whom we can always rely. Emile Gaboriau
  • A father carries pictures where his money used to be. Steve Martin
  • The power of a dad in a child’s life is unmatched. Justin Ricklefs
  • At the gambling table, there are no fathers and sons. Chinese Proverb
  • I had no expectations about fatherhood, really, but it’s definitely a journey I’m glad to be taking. Christopher Meloni
  • One father is more than a hundred schoolmasters. George Herbert
  • I love my father as the stars — he’s a bright shining example and a happy twinkling in my heart. Terri Guillemets
  • My father didn’t tell me how to live. He lived and let me watch him do it. Clarence Budington Kelland
  • There’s no shame in fear, my father told me, what matters is how we face it. George R.R. Martin, A Clash of Kings
  • 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
  • The loss of my father will always sting. But now, everything that I do is in honor of him and celebrates his life. Adrienne C. Moore
  • Fathers should make you feel safe. Karen Cushman
  • My father, he was like the rock, the guy you went to with every problem. Gwyneth Paltrow
  • I am indebted to my father for living, but to my teacher for living well. (His teacher was the philosopher Aristotle) Alexander the Great
  • The most important influence in my childhood was my father. DeForest Kelley
  • You know, fathers just have a way of putting everything together. Erika Cosby
  • You may not have an earthly father that cares for you, but you have an heavenly one that does. Angelina Talpa
  • A man who is not a father to his children can never be a real man. Mario Puzo, The Godfather
  • I’ve said it before, but it’s absolutely true: My mother gave me my drive, but my father gave me my dreams. Thanks to him, I could see a future. Liza Minnelli


Father-Daughter Quotes

  • There is this girl who stole my heart and she calls me Daddy. Unknown
  • When my father didn’t have my hand, he had my back. Linda Poindexter
  • My daughter got me a “World’s Best Dad” mug. So we know she’s sarcastic. Bob Odenkirk
  • I think my mom put it best. She said, ‘Little girls soften their daddy’s hearts. Paul Walker
  • Behind every great daughter is a truly amazing dad. Unknown
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I am a princess not because I have a prince, but because my father is a king. Unknown


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When my father didn’t have my hand, he had my back. Linda Poindexter
  • A little girl giggles when she is denied an ice-cream by her mother. She knows daddy will get her some later. Unknown
  • A daughter needs a dad to be the standard against which she will judge all men. Gregory E. Lang
  • I am a princess not because I have a prince, but because my father is a king. Unknown
  • 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
  • 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
  • When I’m at my best, I am my father’s daughter. Unknown
  • A daughter is a treasure and a cause of sleeplessness. Ben Sirach
  • I love my daddy. My daddy’s everything. I hope I can find a man that will treat me as good as my dad. Lady Gaga
  • A father hold his daughter’s hand for a short while, but he holds her heart forever. Unknown
  • 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. Hedy Lamarr
  • Old as she was, she still missed her daddy sometimes. Gloria Naylor
  • To a father growing old, nothing is dearer than a daughter. Euripides


Father-Son Quotes

  • Every father should remember one day his son will follow his example, not his advice. Charles Kettering
  • Becoming a dad means you have to be a role model for your son and be someone he can look up to. Wayne Rooney
  • By the time a man realizes that maybe his father was right, he usually has a son who thinks he’s wrong. Charles Wadsworth
  • Every son quotes his father, in words and in deeds. Terri Guillemets
  • An almost perfect relationship with his father was the earthly root of all his wisdom. C.S. Lewis, Phantastes
  • With sons and fathers, there’s an inexplicable connection and imprint that your father leaves on you. Brad Pitt
  • I only hope when I have my own family that everyday I see a little more of my father in me. Keith Urban
  • My father taught me a good lesson: Don’t get too low when things go wrong. And don’t get too high when things are good. Robert Parish
  • My father gave me the greatest gift anyone could give another person: He believed in me. Jim Valvano
  • For thousands of years, father and son have stretched wistful hands across the canyon of time. Alan Valentine
  • My father used to say that ‘it’s never too late to do anything you wanted to do. You never know what you can accomplish until you try. Michael Jordan
  • 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. Walter M. Schirra, Sr.
  • There is no teacher equal to mother and there’s nothing more contagious than the dignity of a father. Amit Ray
  • At sixteen, you still think you can escape from your father. You aren’t listening to his voice speaking through your mouth, you don’t see how your gestures already mirror his; you don’t see him in the way you hold your body, in the way you sign your name. You don’t hear his whisper in your blood. Salman Rushdie
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The power of a dad in a child’s life is unmatched. Justin Ricklefs


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An almost perfect relationship with his father was the earthly root of all his wisdom. C.S. Lewis, Phantastes

Father Love Quotes

  • A father’s love is forever imprinted on his child’s heart. Jennifer Williamson
  • Daddies don’t just love their children every now and then, it’s a love without end. George Straight
  • No one in this world can love a girl more than her father. Michael Ratnadeepak
  • The bond that links your true family is not one of blood, but of respect and joy in each other’s life. Richard Bach
  • The heart of a father is the masterpiece of nature. Antoine-François Prévost, Manon Lescaut
  • To her, the name of father was another name for love. Fanny Fern
  • A father’s tears and fears are unseen, his love is unexpressed, but his care and protection remains as a pillar of strength throughout our lives. Ama H.Vanniarachchy


Funny Father Quotes

  • 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
  • If you ever want to torture my dad, tie him up and right in front of him, refold a map incorrectly. Cathy Ladman
  • I gave my father $100 and said, “Buy yourself something that will make your life easier.” So he went out and bought a present for my mother. Rita Rudner
  • The first half of our lives are ruined by our parents and the second half by our children. Clarence Darrow
  • A father is a man who expects his children to be as good as he meant to be. Carol Coats
  • I smile because you’re my father. I laugh because there’s nothing you can do about it. Unknown
  • Lately all my friends are worried they’re turning into their fathers. I’m worried I’m not. Dan Zevin
  • Dad, you’ve always been the coolest – like all those times you said ‘yes’ when Mom said ‘no.’ Unknown
  • When I was little I bragged about my firefighting father: my father would go to heaven, because if he went to hell he would put out all the fires. Jodi Picoult
  • The task of being right is a task the father perfects over time. Ben Marcus
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What you teach your children, you also teach their children. Unknown

Being A Father – Quotes

  • He adopted a role called being a father so that his child would have something mythical and infinitely important: a protector. Tom Wolfe
  • He was a father. That’s what a father does. Eases the burdens of those he loves. Saves the ones he loves from painful last images that might endure for a lifetime. George Saunders, Tenth of December
  • No man stands taller than when he stoops to help a child. Abraham Lincoln
  • Being a father, being a friend, those are the things that make me feel successful. William Hurt
  • Every dad, if he takes time out of his busy life to reflect upon his fatherhood, can learn ways to become an even better dad. Jack Baker
  • I would define a leader as a person who puts the welfare of the group above himself. It’s the same thing with fathers. Etan Thomas
  • Dad. He can play like a kid, give advice like a friend, and protect like a bodyguard. Unknown
  • Of all the titles I’ve been privileged to have, ‘Dad’ has always been the best. Ken Norton
  • I encourage all fathers to focus on the intangibles, because those are the gifts that make the difference. Asha Patrick
  • Anyone who tells you fatherhood is the greatest thing that can happen to you, they are understating it. Mike Myers
  • Parenting isn’t something you do. It’s who you are. You are a mother. You are a father. Mandi Hart
  • Being a role model is the most powerful form of educating…too often fathers neglect it because they get so caught up in making a living they forget to make a life. John Wooden


Step Father Quotes

  • Anyone can be a father, but it takes someone special to be a stepdad. Unknown
  • It is not flesh and blood, but the heart which makes us fathers and sons. Johann Friedrich Von Schiller
  • Family isn’t defined only by last names or by blood; it’s defined by commitment and by love. Dave Willis
  • My mom is my heart. But my stepdad was my role model, the hardest working man I ever knew. Brian Urlacher
  • A stepparent is so much more than just a parent: They made the choice to love when they didn’t have to. Unknown
  • Stepfathers are no less than those of blood: The spirit is more comely than the flesh. Fathers are defined by how they love and not by how they multiply or breed. Unknown
  • Families don’t have to match. You don’t have to look like someone else to love them. Leigh Anne Tuohy
  • Lookin’ back all I can say about all the things he did for me is I hope I’m at least half the dad that he didn’t have to be. Brad Paisle
  • A stepfather means so many things… an understanding heart, a source of strength, and of support, right from the very start. Unknown
  • My stepdad may not have given me life, but he sure has made my life better. Gerardo Campbell
  • Fatherhood requires love, not DNA. Unknown
  • When my dad passed away, I felt depressed and miserable. But then another angel came in my life. He gave me all his love, care and affection. He never asked me to forget my dad, but he helped to get me through his memories. No, he’s not my boyfriend. He’s my stepdad. Ruhforsoul


Good Father Quotes

  • A good father is one of the most unsung, unpraised, unnoticed, and yet one of the most valuable assets in our society. Billy Graham
  • Anyone can be a father, but it takes someone special to be a dad, and that’s why I call you dad, because you are so special to me. Wade Boggs
  • 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 Markham
  • Sometimes the poorest man leaves his children the richest inheritance. Ruth E. Renkel
  • A good father will leave his imprint on his daughter for the rest of her life. Dr. James Dobson
  • Blessed indeed is the man who hears many gentle voices call him father. Lydia Maria Child
  • A great father is one whose children look up to him rather than away from him. Richelle E. Goodrich
  • A father is only capable of giving what he has, and what he knows. A good father gives all of himself that is good. Vincent Carrella


Bible Verses About Fathers

  • Fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord. Ephesians 6:4
  • Fathers, don’t scold your children so much that they become discouraged and quit trying. Colossians 3:21
  • 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
  • Listen to your father, who gave you life, and do not despise your mother when she is old. Proverbs 23:22
  • The father of a righteous child has great joy; a man who fathers a wise son rejoices in him. Proverbs 23:24
  • Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go. Joshua 1:9‍
  • As a father has compassion on his children, so the Lord has compassion on those who trust him. Psalm 103:13


Absent Father Quotes

  • To be in your children’s memories tomorrow,You have to be in their lives today. Barbara Johnson
  • It is a wise father that knows his own child. William Shakespeare
  • Fathers, your are the head and strength of the family unit. If you are not in place, there is a weakness in the link. Anita R. Sneed-Carter
  • A father may turn his back on his child, but a mother’s love endures through all. Washington Irving
  • There’s sometimes a weird benefit to having an alcoholic, violent father. He really motivated me in that I never wanted to be anything like him. Dean Koontz
  • The absent are never without fault, nor the present without excuse. Benjamin Franklin
  • Respect to all moms doing double duty because of men failing to do their part as dad. John Mark Green
  • Boys want to grow up to be like their male role models. And boys who grow up in homes with absent fathers search the hardest to figure out what it means to be male. Geoffrey Canada


Father-In-Law Quotes

  • If every woman had a terrific father-in-law like you, every woman in this world would have a second dad. Unknown
  • You are more than a father in law. You are my dad. Unknown
  • Humor is always based on a modicum of truth. Have you ever heard a joke about a father-in-law? Dick Clark
  • I smile because you’re my father-in-law. I laugh because there is nothing you can do about it. Unknown
  • I moved my family down to Miami to stay with my father-in-law, Jack, for a while. Best move I ever made. Dion DiMucci

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