Wish Your Friends a Happy Father's Day with These Thoughtful Quotes

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Wish Your Friends a Happy Father's Day with These Thoughtful Quotes

You’ve planned Father's Day brunch for your husband, scheduled a fun bonding activity with dad, and sent grandpa some snail mail with the most heartfelt of messages. But what about all the fathers in your life who aren’t directly related to you? They should be celebrated, too!

Whether it’s a close friend becoming a parent for the first time or a mentor who helped you tackle life’s toughest battles, we’ve got sentiments to share that’ll shine a spotlight on how important their role truly is. Encourage them to always rise to the occasion—or, at the very least, bring a smile to their face—with one of these great Father’s Day quotes for friends. And if you want to really go all out, pop the saying in Father's Day card and pair it with a great gift that’ll make them feel like the star of the day.

Inspirational Father’s Day 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

  • “What makes you a man is not the ability to have a child—it’s the courage to raise one.” ―Barack Obama

  • “A father is a man who expects his children to be as good as he meant to be.” —Carol Coats

  • “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

  • “By the time a man realizes that maybe his father was right, he usually has a son who thinks he’s wrong.” —Charles Wadsworth

  • “Fathering is not something perfect men do, but something that perfects the man.” —Frank Pittman

  • “Every father should remember one day his son will follow his example, not his advice.” —Charles Kettering

  • “A girl's father is the first man in her life, and probably the most influential.” —David Jeremiah

  • “A father is someone you look up to no matter how tall you grow.” —Unknown

  • “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

  • “No man stands taller than when he stoops to help a child.”—Abraham Lincoln

  • “Anyone who does anything to help a child in his life is a hero.” —Fred Rogers

Funny Father’s Day Quotes

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Photo credit: EMS-FORSTER-PRODUCTIONS
  • “Raising kids may be a thankless job with ridiculous hours, but at least the pay sucks.”—Jim Gaffigan

  • “Lately all my friends are worried they’re turning into their fathers. I’m worried I’m not.” —Dan Levin

  • “Parenting is a cult. And as a cult member, you can try to explain it to other people, but we just appear like lunatics.” —Jim Gaffigan

  • “Fatherhood is great, because you can ruin someone from scratch.” —Jon Stewart

  • Having children is like living in a frat house. Nobody sleeps, everything's broken, and there's a lot of throwing up.” —Ray Romano

  • “If you're not yelling at your kids, you aren't spending enough time with them.” —Mark Ruffalo

  • “Having one child makes you a parent. Having two kids makes you a referee.” —David Frost

  • “Children are a great comfort in your old age. And they help you reach it faster, too.” —Lionel Kauffman

  • “Having a two-year-old is like having a blender without a lid.” —Jerry Seinfeld

Sentimental Father’s Day Quotes

  • “A father carries pictures where his money used to be.” —Steve Martin

  • “Anyone can be a father, but it takes someone special to be a dad.” —Wade Boggs

  • “Becoming a dad is one thing. Being a dad is many things.” —Steve Chapman

  • “Life doesn’t come with an instruction book—that’s why we have fathers.” —H. Jackson Browne

  • “Dads are most ordinary men turned by love into heroes, adventurers, story-tellers, and singers of song.” —Pam Brown

  • “The best fathers have the softest, sweetest hearts.” —Richelle E. Goodrich

  • “The difference between a ‘man’ and a ‘father’ is that the former shares his genes, but the latter gives his life.” —Craig D. Lounsbrough

  • “Fatherhood is the greatest thing that could ever happen. You can't explain it until it happens—it's like telling someone what water feels like before they've ever swam in it.” —Michael Bublé

  • “Having a family makes whatever other thing you have that much richer.” —Ben Affleck

  • “A father is the one friend upon whom we can always rely.” —Emile Gaboriau

  • “That’s what a father does. Eases the burdens of those he loves.” —George Saunders

  • “Love isn’t enough, despite what every sappy love song says; commitment to parenting was the missing piece. Commitment takes love on its back and carries it the whole way.” —Terry Crews

  • “A truly rich man is one whose children run in his arms when his hands are empty.” —Unknown

Father’s Day Quotes for New Dads

Photo credit: Dean Mitchell
Photo credit: Dean Mitchell
  • “By the time a man realizes that maybe his father was right, he usually has a son who thinks he’s wrong.” —Charles Wadsworth

  • “Raising a kid is part joy and part guerrilla warfare.” —Ed Asner

  • “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 Truman

  • “Being a father gives you something more to play for.” —Stephen Curry

  • “Never is a man more of a man than when he is the father of a newborn.” —Matthew McConaughey

  • “[Fatherhood] changes your relationship with time. You gotta be really deliberate with how you choose to spend your day, because those are the moments you’re away from your child.” —Mahershala Ali

  • “The nature of impending fatherhood is that you are doing something that you’re unqualified to do, and then you become qualified while doing it.” —John Green

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