Fathers deserve much more open appreciation and gratitude than they get.
Since they are not usually the ones to openly display affection or emotions, we forget that they also feel very strongly and need to know that they are loved and cared for.
Father’s Day is the greatest opportunity to remind our fathers of our love and to thank then, once more, for all the amazing things they taught us.
Check out these father’s day quotes to see why our fathers are greater than we think.
1. On Building Confidence
My father gave me the greatest gift anyone could give another person, he believed in me. ~ Jim Valvano
Fathers know that one of the most important things a child needs in life is confidence. Knowing that someone believes in his potential makes a child able to face the world and strive towards success. Fathers believe in their children and know how to show it.
2. On a Father’s Love
You don’t have to deserve your mother’s love. You have to deserve your father’s. ~ Robert Frost
It is rightly said that nothing compares to a mother’s instincts. Mothers are naturally prone to love and protect their children, even when the children don’t deserve it. For fathers, on the other hand, love is intertwined with respect. If we want our father’s love, we have to earn their respect.
3. On Being a Successful Father
To me, having kids is the ultimate job in life. I want to be most successful at being a good father. ~ Nick Lachey
Being a father should not be a hobby or a part-time job for men. Being a father is a serious matter. Children need the attention, protection, and love of their fathers to grow as happy and well-rounded individuals. A successful father is one who is always present in the life of his children.
4. On the Wisdom of Fathers
It is a wise father that knows his own child. ~ William Shakespeare
Wise fathers are always concerned with doing what is best for their children. To be able to achieve this, they must know deeply the values, preferences, goals, and dreams of their children. By learning who their children are, fathers can help them in their becoming.
5. On Dear Memories
It doesn’t matter who my father was; it matters who I remember he was. ~ Anne Sexton
Children idealize their parents, seeing them as greater and more powerful than they actually are. It does not matter how the parents really were, but how they made their children feel.After all, we love our parents as they appear in the lovely memories of our childhood.
6. On Loving Our Fathers
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
A great father can set high standards for the future relationships of his children. Boys could never accept to be less than their father’s equal, so as girls would never accept to love someone who is less than their father’s equal. Our fathers will always be our role models.
7. On Father’s Day
Father’s Day is hopefully a time when the culture says, ‘This is our moment to look at who our men and boys are.’ ~ Michael Gurian
Fathers deserve a special day for their celebration, a day that reminds their wives and their children of the great contribution that a father makes to the family. Father’s day is the perfect opportunity to tell our fathers how much we love them.
8. On Being A Father
I’m a father; that’s what matters most. Nothing matters more. ~ Gordon Brown
When a man becomes a father, his list of priorities changes entirely. Raising his children in a happy and stable environment while earning their love is the most important thing for him. Nothing else can get his attention as fast as his children.
9. On Best Father’s Days
I have a Father’s Day every day. ~ Dennis Banks
Having a Father’s Day is great, but for loving fathers, every day that they spend with their children is a special day. They don’t need a special, particular celebration to know that they are loved or to take joy in the happiness of spending time with their children.
10. On Fathers Vs. Dads
Any man can be a father, but it takes someone special to be a dad. ~ Anne Geddes
Having a child is easy, but raising a child is a whole different matter that ultimately makes the difference between a father and a dad. Being a dad takes a good investment of time, love, energy, and devotion, but it comes with innumerable rewards.
11. On the Value of a Father
A good father is one of the most unsung, unpraised, unnoticed, and yet one of the most valuable assets in our society. ~ Billy Graham
Fathers don’t get enough credit for all the work they put into the family. Their value is subtle, but it is very important for the well-being of the family. Our fathers deserve to be celebrated and praised for all that they offer.
12. On Missing Our Dads
Old as she was, she still missed her daddy sometimes. ~ Gloria Naylor
We grow up and become responsible adults, but we never stop being our parents’ children. In our hearts, we always remain the child of our daddy and mommy, and we always miss their protection, their hugs, and their unconditional support.
13. On the Importance of a Father
One father is more than a hundred schoolmasters. ~ George Herbert
A father cannot be replaced by anyone. His wisdom, support, advice, and capacity for understanding and loving his child cannot be surpassed by anyone else. Only fathers know what to say to comfort and help us become our better selves.
14. On Protection
I cannot think of any need in childhood as strong as the need for a father’s protection. ~ Sigmund Freud
As children, we do not realize how much we rely on the protection and support of our fathers. Fathers represent for us not only authority, but also stability, comfort, and acceptance. A child deprived of the love of his father will always long for it.
15. On Giving a Good Example
My father didn’t tell me how to live; he lived, and let me watch him do it. ~ Clarence B. Kelland
The worst thing that a father can do is impose his will on his children, telling them how to live and what choices to make. This would make the child resent his father. Children learn by example, not by force. A father needs to show, not to tell.
16. On Real Connection
It is not flesh and blood, but the heart which makes us fathers and sons. ~ Schiller
Blood connections are powerful, but they mean nothing without a connection of the hearts. Love is the ingredient that makes a family. A father and son relationship exists because of the love and support put into it, and it is a bond forged by time.
17. On the Wisdom of Fathers
The older I get, the smarter my father seems to get. ~ Tim Russert
As much as we love our father, we strive towards independence, often ignoring the advice we receive from him. Only when we become adults, we realize the wisdom of our father’s advice. All the lessons learned from him start to make sense especially when we have children ourselves.
18. On Home Life
Every father is the architect of his home life. ~ Reed Markham
A father lies the foundation that unites his family and makes it powerful. Without a strong father to set the example of a loving and caring figure, children cannot have a proper and stable home life, where they could grow happily.
19. On Showing Love
A Father doesn’t tell you that he loves you. He shows you. ~ Demitri The Stoneheart
Fathers are not so good at communicating feelings or showing their affectionate side through words. However, they are good at showing us, through gestures and actions, that their love and affection knows no boundaries.
20. On Being a Father
Every man can get children, but not every man can be a father. ~ Unknown
Having children does not transform someone into a father in an instant. Becoming a father is a process that demands responsibility, commitment, and love. A man has to decide to be a father for his children. If he is not present in his children’s lives, he cannot ask them to treat him as a father.
21. On Appreciation
Your father gives you many things in a lifetime… most of which you will not appreciate until way after he is gone. ~ Linda Poindexter
Fathers provide us with all that is necessary for us to grow as healthy and happy individuals, but they never ask for praise or gratitude. They give silently, hoping that their love will help us in life. Later in life, we recognize how many things our fathers have given us.
22. On Best Fathers
My father may not be perfect, but he’s doing what he does best, being my dad. ~ Adrian A. Jeresano
There is no such thing as a perfect parent or a perfect father. Every child is different, and every relationship has its own struggles. A good dad is one who does his best in every situation, always acting out of love. Just being there sometimes is enough.
23. On Inheritance
Sometimes the poorest man leaves his children the richest inheritance. ~ Ruth E. Renkel
Parents think that they must provide their children with as much as possible, yet children don’t really need a lot of things. A good father knows that the best things he can offer his children are confidence and a good set of values, which make more than any wealth.
24. On Simple Gestures
A father’s smile has been known to light up a child’s entire day. ~ Susan Gale
Men don’t smile so often, yet fathers have new reasons to smile every day. Whenever a father smiles, his child finds in his smile love and affection. Since smiling is contagious, a father’s smile can make the entire family smile.
25. On Learning from Our Fathers
Dad taught me everything I know. Unfortunately, he didn’t teach me everything he knows. ~ Al Unser, Jr.
We learn a lot of things from our fathers, even things that we don’t realize. Our father’s teachings are not always very obvious, yet they are powerful and affect us in many ways. We should learn as much from our fathers as we can because one day, they will be no longer with us.
26. On Having the Best Father
Everyone thinks they have the best father in the world….and God wouldn’t want it any other way. ~ Linda Poindexter
We all think that our father is the best father in the world. In some ways, we are actually right. Our father is the best father for us, and nobody could be as good as him at understanding where we come from as people and where we want to go.
27. On Connection
A man knows when he is growing old because he begins to look like his father. ~ Gabriel García Márquez
We often forget that within us there is a part of our mother and a part of our father and that one day we will become more and more like them. Sometimes we look in the mirror and see our father features hidden in our image.
28. On Great Fathers
What is a Father? He is the one that pats the dirt off your butt and says “Try again.” ~ Unknown
Fathers do not like to see us wallow in our mistakes and suffer under the weight of our flaws. They want us to grow up confident and secure, always ready to try again and to strive towards bigger and better things. Fathers teach us to never accept defeat.
29. On Fatherhood
Fatherhood is a gift to be cherished, a right of passage to enjoy, a responsibility to embrace…a love for eternity. ~ L.V. Scott
Fatherhood is a unique change in a man’s life. It is a passage towards a new world, where he has to take responsibility for the lives of his wife and children and to discover a unique and powerful kind of love. Becoming a father is an opportunity to grow as a better and happier man.
30. On the Power of Love
Dads are most ordinary men turned by love into heroes, adventurers, story-tellers, and singers of song. ~ Pam Brown
For children, their fathers are never simple, ordinary men. Children see through the eyes of love, and what they see is that their fathers are strong, confident, and knowledgeable, exactly like the heroes of their favorite stories.
31. On Reaching for Greatness
A child looks up at the stars and wonders. Great fathers put a child on his shoulders and helps them to grab a star. ~ Reed Markham
A great father knows that what his children need is inspiration and encouragement to fight for all their dreams. Teaching his children to be confident and to reach for the stars, while giving them the help they require is the most amazing thing a father can do.
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