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The Greatest Inspirational
Quotes for Dad

This page is a collection of inspirational quotes for dad.

Dads kind of go under the radar when it comes to appreciation. Growing up, sometimes it can be hard to notice how much a father loves and supports his family. He is usually away from home, working to provide all the things we take for granted; a home, food, clothes, toys, etc...

Dads are a mystery to little children, they come and go throughout the day, and their love is felt so differently than moms. The lessons a dad teaches are usually not realized until they become ingrained. These unrecognized things that are happening below the surface are habits that will serve you throughout your life. Things you won't have to think about, but can count on.

As you read these inspirational quotes for dad, allow these words to be a gentle reminder of all the wonderful things your father has done for you, and perhaps all the wonderful things you are doing for your children. Enjoy this page of inspirational quotes for dad.

Inspirational Quotes for Dad

I talk and talk and talk, and I haven't taught people in 50 years
what my father taught by example in one week.
-Mario Cuomo

It doesn't matter who my father was;
it matters who I remember he was.
-Anne Sexton

I don't mind looking into the mirror and seeing my father.
-Micheal Douglass

My father never talked to me about how to treat people.
Every act of kindness I have ever shown another person
was because I was trying to imitate him.
-Pamela McGrew

My prescription for success
is based on something my father always used to tell me:
You should never try to be better than someone else,
but you should never cease trying to be the best you can be.
-John Wooden

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

It is much easier to become a father than to be one.
-Kent Nerburn

By profession, I am a soldier and take pride in that fact.
But I am prouder – infinitely prouder – to be a father.
A soldier destroys in order to build;
the father only builds, never destroys.
The one has the potentiality of death;
the other embodies creation and life.
And while the hordes of death are mighty,
the battalions of life are mightier still.
It is my hope that my son, when I am gone,
will remember me not from the battle field but in the home
repeating with him our simple daily prayer,
'Our Father who art in Heaven.'
-Douglas Macarthur

One night a father overheard his son pray:
Dear God, Make me the kind of man my Daddy is.
Later that night, the Father prayed,
Dear God, Make me the kind of man my son wants me to be.

When I was a kid, my father told me every day,
'You're the most wonderful boy in the world,
and you can do anything you want to.'
-Jan Hutchins

More Inspirational Quotes for Dad

It is easier for a father to have children
than for children to have a real father.
-Pope John XXIII

It is much easier to become a father than to be one.
-Kent Nerburn

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

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

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

I cannot think of any need in childhood as strong
as the need for a father's protection.
-Sigmund Freud

A truly rich man is one whose children run into his arms
when his hands are empty.

4 years: My Daddy can do anything!
7 years: My Dad knows a lot…a whole lot.
8 years: My father does not know quite everything.
12 years: Oh well, naturally Father does not know that either.
14 years: Oh, Father? He is hopelessly old-fashioned.
21 years: Oh, that man-he is out of date!
25 years: He knows a little bit about it, but not much.
30 years: I must find out what Dad thinks about it.
35 years: Before we decide, we will get Dad's idea first.
50 years: What would Dad have thought about that?
60 years: My Dad knew literally everything!
65 years: I wish I could talk it over with Dad once more.

When a child is born, a father is born.
A mother is born, too of course, but at least for her it's a gradual process.
Body and soul, she has nine months to get used to what's happening.
She becomes what's happening.
But for even the best-prepared father, it happens all at once.
On the other side of a plate-glass window,
a nurse is holding up something
roughly the size of a loaf of bread for him to see for the first time.
-Frederick Buechner

I watched a small man with thick calluses on both hands
work fifteen and sixteen hours a day.
I saw him once literally bleed from the bottoms of his feet,
a man who came here uneducated,
alone, unable to speak the language,
who taught me all I needed to know about faith and hard work
by the simple eloquence of his example.
-Mario Cuomo

More Inspirational Quotes for Dad

A man's desire for a son
is usually nothing but the wish to duplicate himself
in order that such a remarkable pattern may not be lost to the world.
-Helen Rowland

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

Fathers, like mothers, are not born.
Men grow into fathers
and fathering is a very important stage in their development.
-David Gottesman

It is a wise father that knows his own child.
-William Shakespeare

He who is taught to live upon little owes more to his father's wisdom
than he who has a great deal left him does to his father's care.
-William Penn

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

Blessed indeed is the man who hears many gentle voices call him father!
-Lydia M. Child, Philothea

It is not flesh and blood but the heart
which makes us fathers and sons.
-Johann Schiller

Fatherhood is pretending the present you love most is soap-on-a-rope.
-Bill Cosby

More Inspirational Quotes for Dad

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

I've had a hard life, but my hardships are nothing
against the hardships that my father went through
in order to get me to where I started.
-Bartrand Hubbard

Father I will always be that same boy who stood by the sea
and watched you tower over me
now I'm older I wanna be the same as you.

Fathers are angels sent from heaven.

All fathers are invisible in daytime;
daytime is ruled by mothers and fathers come out at night.
Darkness brings home fathers, with their real, unspeakable power.
There is more to fathers than meets the eye.
-Margaret Atwood

It is a wise child that knows his own father.

Nobody ever asks a father
how he manages to combine marriage and a career.
-Sam Ewing

By the time a man realizes that maybe his father was right,
he usually has a son who thinks he's wrong.
-Charles Wadsworth

It is not flesh and blood but the heart which makes us fathers and sons.
-Johann Schiller

Any man can be a father,
but it takes a special person to be a dad.

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