Father and Son Walking
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It seems that just about everybody searches for the best fathers day quotes when the holiday comes around.  Perhaps you are looking for some special words to include on a card, or a saying that will inspire you to write some of your own.

Just as many of you seek out inspirational sayings about dads throughout the year.  This is a testament to how important they are to us.

Fathers play a seminal role in the development of their children. Much of who we are as adults is directly attributable to the influence they had or continue to have on us.  Even if your dad wasn't around, you may have had a powerful male influence who served as both father figure and role model.  The impact is lasting.

Dads are far from perfect, but a father would give anything to make sure his kids are happy. 

The editors at My Word Wizard have put together a small collection of what we consider some of the very best thoughts on fatherhood from some pretty illustrious folks. We think they will inspire you, touch you, and make you think.

Whether you still live at home, living on your own, or have your own family, here you will find some fathers day quotes that speak to your particular experience. And for those of you whose dads are no longer around, we hope these sayings will help you reflect on what your dad really meant to you.

We think you will enjoy this wonderful collection.


Love and fear.  Everything the father of a family says must inspire one or the other. 

~Joseph Joubert

Dad, your guiding hand on my shoulder will remain with me forever. 

~Author Unknown

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

~Bill Cosby

You don't have to deserve your mother's love. You have to deserve your father's.

~Robert Frost

My father carries around the picture of the kid who came with his wallet.

~Rodney Dangerfield

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


My father was the guy on the block who said hi to everyone.

~Damon Wayans

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

~ Clarence Budington Kelland

Any man can be a father. It takes someone special to be a dad.

~ Anne Geddes

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 be twenty-one, I was astonished at how much he had learned in seven years.

~ Mark Twain

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

~ Charles Wasworth

Never raise your hand to your kids. It leaves your groin unprotected.

~ Red Buttons

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

~Friedrich von Schiller

When a father gives to his son, both laugh; when a son gives to his father, both cry.

~ Jewish Proverb

I just owe almost everything to my father [and] it's passionately interesting for me that the things that I learned in a small town, in a very modest home, are just the things that I believe have won the election.

~Margaret Thatcher

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.

To be a successful father... there's one absolute rule: when you have a kid, don't look at it for the first two years.

~Ernest Hemingway

She got her looks from her father. He's a plastic surgeon.

~Groucho Marx

Father Son Surf Lesson  

My father was not a failure. After all, he was the father of a president of the United States.

~Harry S. Truman

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

He wants to live on through something-and in his case, his masterpiece is his son. all of us want that, and it gets more poignant as we get more anonymous in this world.

~Arthur Miller

The kind of man who thinks that helping with the dishes is beneath him will also think that helping with the baby is beneath him, and then he certainly is not going to be a very successful father

~Eleanor Roosevelt

My father was a man of love. He always loved me to death. He worked hard in the fields, but my father never hit me. Never. I don't ever remember a really cross, unkind word from my father.

~Johnny Cash

Sayings compiled by Alan Loren

*From various sources

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