Our Favorite Quotes about Dear Old Dad

These short expressions are long on substance and provide a wonderful assortment of scholarly advice, humorous observations, and warm reflections this Father’s Day. From wise-cracking comedians to world leaders to prize-winning authors, these quotes run the gamut of emotions. But they are all filled with love and come from the heart. Wishing you and yours a Happy Father’s Day!

“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 the old man had learned in seven years.”
– Mark Twain

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

“My father didn’t tell me how to live. He lived, and let me watch him do it.”
– Clarence Budington Kelland

“No man stands as tall as when he stoops to help a child.”
– James C. Dobson

“You can tell what was the best year of your father’s life because he seems to freeze that clothing style and ride it out.”
– Jerry Seinfeld

“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

“There should be a children’s song: ‘If you’re happy and you know it, keep it to yourself and let your dad sleep.’”
– Jim Gaffigan

“Lately all my friends are worried that they are turning into their fathers. I’m worried I’m not.”
– Dan Zevin

“I decided in my life that I would do nothing that did not reflect positively on my father’s life.”
– Sidney Poitier

“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 have found the best way to give advice to your children is to find out what they want and then advise them to do it.”
– Harry S. Truman

“I talk and talk and talk, and I haven’t taught people in 50 years what my father taught by example in one week.”
– Maria Cuomo Cole

“I remember a very important lesson that my father gave me when I was twelve or thirteen. He said, ‘You know, today I welded a perfect seam and I signed my name to it.’ And I said, ‘But, Daddy, no one’s going to see it!’ And he said, ‘Yeah, but I know it’s there.’ So when I was working in kitchens, I did good work.”
– Toni Morrison

“I’m a father; that’s what matters most. Nothing matters more.”
– Gordon Brown

“There’s no shame in fear, my father told me, what matters is how we face it.”
– George R.R. Martin

“We need to show our kids that you’re not strong by putting other people down — you’re strong by lifting them up. That’s our responsibility as fathers.”
– Barack Obama

“My father enjoyed working hard, and he liked to see the result of his efforts. The lessons his mother had instilled had taken hold: Do your best. Don’t be arrogant. Never complain.”
– George W. Bush

“There is no teacher equal to mother and there’s nothing more contagious than the dignity of a father.”
– Amit Ray

“My father had taught me – mostly by example – that if a man wanted to be in charge of his life, he had to be in charge of his problems.”
– Stephen King

“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

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