Happy Father’s Day Messages and Fatherhood Quotes

Father’s Day offers a great opportunity to tell your dad or any father figure how much you appreciate all they’ve done for you. We believe Father’s Day means celebrating all dads or fatherly figures out there. Granddads and dads-in-law. Stepdads and girl dads. First-time dads, almost-dads, and like-a-dads. Stoic dads and dads who tell dad jokes. Anyone who has made an impact on your life will appreciate you taking a moment to say, thank you.

Did you know that most men don’t receive flowers until their funeral? We’re here to change that. We love dads and we love flowers. We think they should meet this year. #DadsFirstFlowers. Just because he fixes the sink doesn’t mean he won’t like flowers. He already has a “World’s Best Dad” mug. He doesn’t need more BBQ utensils. What do you get the Dad who has everything? Dad’s first flowers.

Father’s Day Quotes

If you’d like a celebrity touch to your Father’s Day message, we’ve got you covered. If you’re looking for inspiration just browse our selection of father’s day quotes.

“Any man can be a father, but it takes someone special to be a dad.” — Anne Geddes

“It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men.” –Frederick Douglass

“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

“If I could be anything in life, I would be a good father. I knew that day that my own life wouldn’t count for much unless she had every opportunity in hers.” — Barack Obama

“Someday you will know that a father is much happier in his children’s happiness than in his own. I cannot explain it to you: it is a feeling in your body that spreads gladness through you.” – Honore de Balzac

“Children learn to smile from their parents.” — Shinichi Suzuki

“I believe that what we become depends on what our fathers teach us at odd moments, when they aren’t trying to teach us. We are formed by little scraps of wisdom.” — Umberto Eco

“It doesn’t matter who my father was; it matters who I remember he was.” — Anne Sexton

“Having a kid is like falling in love for the first time when you’re 12, but every day.” — Mike Myers

“It’s chaos at times, but there’s such joy in the house. I look and there’s our boy from Vietnam and our daughter from Ethiopia, and our girl was born in Namibia, and our son is from Cambodia, and they’re brothers and sisters, man. They’re brothers and sisters and it’s a sight for elation. We have the capability to give a child a home, and let me tell you it’s selfish, too, because the reward has been extraordinary.” — Brad Pitt

“Why do men like me want sons?’ he wondered. ‘It must be because they hope in their poor beaten souls that these new men, who are their blood, will do the things they were not strong enough nor wise enough nor brave enough to do. It is rather like another chance at life; like a new bag of coins at a table of luck after your fortune is gone.’” – John Steinbeck

“To support mother and father, to cherish wife and children, and to have a simple livelihood; this is the greatest blessing.” — Siddartha (Buddha)

“Fatherhood is the great 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

“A good father is one of the most unsung, unpraised, unnoticed and yet one of the most valuable assets in our society.” — Billy Graham
“The best way of training the young is to train yourself at the same time; not to admonish them, but to be seen never doing that of which you would admonish them.” –Plato

“To a father growing old nothing is dearer than a daughter.” — Euripides

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

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

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

“I learn things from my kids constantly. Most of their knowledge comes from Snapple caps.” — Jimmy Kimmel

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

“I think it’s the best thing in life to have a kid” — Cristiano Ronaldo

“My father gave me my dreams. Thanks to him, I could see a future.” — Liza Minnelli

“Well, you know, when it’s two blokes with kids, you aren’t sure who’s called what, so rather than Daddy 1 and Daddy 2 like some Doctor Seuss book, it seems better that he’s daddy and I’m poppa.” — Neil Patrick Harris

“A man’s worth is measured by how he parents his children. What he gives them, what he keeps away from them, the lessons he teaches and the lessons he allows them to learn on their own.” — Lisa Rogers

“My father used to say that it’s never too late to do anything you wanted to do. And he said, ‘You never know what you can accomplish until you try.’” — Michael Jordan

“A dad is someone who wants to catch you when you fall. Instead, he picks you up, brushes you off, and lets you try again.” —Unknown

“Every day they teach me different things. The love is there. When you have a 2-year-old saying every other hour, ‘Papi, te amo. Papi, I love you,’ it can’t get better.” — Ricky Martin

“The only way I can describe [fatherhood]—it sounds stupid, but—at the end of How the Grinch Stole Christmas, you know how his heart grows like five times? Everything is full; It’s just full all the time.” — Matt Damon

“The father who does not teach his son his duties is equally guilty with the son who neglects them.” — Confucius

“If the relationship of father to son could really be reduced to biology, the whole earth would blaze with the glory of fathers and sons.” — James Baldwin

“A father is the one friend upon whom we can always rely. In the hour of need, when all else fails, we remember him upon whose knees we sat when children, and who soothed our sorrows; and even though he may be unable to assist us, his mere presence serves to comfort and strengthen us.” — Émile Gaboriau

“Growing up with lesbian moms has been the most normal thing to ever happen to me, honestly. It’s so brutally normal! … I was raised like any other kid: always say ‘please’ and ‘thank you,’ don’t put your elbows on the table, and don’t litter!” — Katie Hershey van Horn

“To her, the name of the father was another name for love.” — Fanny Fern

“Being Chinese immigrants in the United States, it was important for my parents to maintain ties that went back a long time. They led by example. My dad didn’t bring his work pressures home. We were always aware of them and would go as kids to his office and run around. But when he came home, he was able to leave things behind, at least from our perspective, and focus on us.” — C.C. Pei, son of I.M. Pei, architect of the Louvre Pyramid

“She did not stand alone, but what stood behind her, the most potent moral force in her life, was the love of her father.” — Harper Lee

“Never fret for an only son. The idea of failure will never occur to him.” — George Bernard Shaw

“You don’t raise heroes, you raise sons. And if you treat them like ones, they’ll turn out to be heroes, even if it’s just in your own eyes.” — Walter M. Schirra, Sr.

“My dad, like any coach, has always stressed the fundamentals. He taught me responsibility, accountability, and the importance of hard work.” — Steve Young

“What makes Will the best father in the world to me is that he’s there, not just there in a way that’s traditional. The emotional support he offers his children is immeasurable.” — Jada Pinkett Smith

“It is not flesh and blood but the heart which makes us fathers and sons.” — Friedrich Schiller

“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

“Fatherhood is the best thing I ever did. It changes your perspective. You can write a book, you can make a movie, you can paint a painting, but having kids is really the most extraordinary thing I have taken on.” — Brad Pitt

“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

“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

“Dad, your guiding hand on my shoulder will remain with me forever.” — Unknown

“Being a great father is like shaving. No matter how good you shaved today, you have to do it again tomorrow.” — Reed Markham

“You’ll never meet a gay dad who’ll say ‘Oh, I was out drunk one night and I woke the next day being a dad.” — Brian and Ferd

“It’s only when you grow up and step back from him — or leave him for your own home — it’s only then that you can measure his greatness and fully appreciate it.” — Margaret Truman

“Father!—to God himself we cannot give a holier name!” — William Wordsworth

“There are three stages of a man’s life: he believes in Santa Claus, he doesn’t believe in Santa Claus, he is Santa Claus.” — Unknown

“A man knows he is growing old because he begins to look like his father.” — Gabriel Garcia Marquez

“Fatherhood is super scary. Because you don’t know what the hell you’re doing. But you figure things out as you go. It does give your life a different meaning, and lights you up in a way that you never imagined.” — Justin Timberlake

“It’s amazing how your perspective on life changes when you become a parent. I have always known that I wanted to be a dad and until that point, I lived quite a selfish life but the first night my son spent in my home, I got no sleep. I stayed awake all night just watching him.” — Brian Hallman

“He’s adopted a role called Being a Father so that his child would have something mythical and infinitely important: a Protector, who would keep a lid on all the chaotic and catastrophic possibilities of life.” – Tom Wolfe

“To be the father of a nation is a great honor, but to be the father of a family is a greater joy.” — Nelson Mandela

“Being a father has been, without a doubt, my greatest source of achievement, pride, and inspiration. Fatherhood has taught me about unconditional love, reinforced the importance of giving back and taught me how to be a better person.” — Naveen Jain

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

“That’s what a father does. Eases the burdens of those he loves. Saves the ones he loves from painful last images that might endure for a lifetime.” — George Saunders

“For Father’s Day this year, my boys and I will probably go to the beach. They love the beach. I don’t look at the Father’s Day as a day for me, but a day for us.” — Eric Johnson-Witcher

“It is a wise father that knows his own child.” — William Shakespeare

“The strongest, toughest men all have compassion. They’re not heartless and cold. You have to be man enough to have compassion — to care about people and about your children.” — Denzel Washington

“Black fatherhood is an incomparable gift to black men that truly comprehend what it means to be called dad, daddy, father, or pops. What a privilege it is to raise a child with patience, understanding, communication, support, encouragement, friendship, guidance, and unconditional love. It is an absolute honor!” – Stephanie Lahart

“Direct your children onto the right path, and when they are older, they will not leave it.” – Proverbs 22:6

“El oficio de padres debe aprenderse. Amar a los hijos es mas que un simple sentimiento; es una toma de conciencia sobre ciertas responsabilidades que conduzcan a la felicidad del ser amado” — L. Serrat

“Words have an awesome impact. The impression made by a father’s voice can set in motion an entire trend of life.” – Gordon MacDonald

“Mostly you just have to keep plugging and keep loving—and hoping that your child forgives you according to how you loved him, judged him, forgave him, and stood watching over him as he slept, year after year.” – Ben Stein

“Son, brother, father, lover, friend. There is room in the heart for all the affections, as there is room in heaven for all the stars.” — Victor Hugo

“It is a wise father that knows his own child.” — William Shakespeare

“Don’t worry that children never listen to you; worry that they’re always watching you.” — Robert Fulghum

“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

“Every great achiever is inspired by a great mentor.” — Lailah Gifty Akita

“Our society has taught us that moms are supposed to do this type of stuff, but dads have a responsibility to take part in everything their kids do. I’m a hands-on dad. My kids are older now but they can come to me no matter what.” — Danny Trejo

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

“A father’s tears and fears are unseen, his love is unexpressed, but his care and protection remain as a pillar of strength throughout our lives.” — Ama H.Vanniarachchy

“In my career, there’s many things I’ve won and many things I’ve achieved, but for me, my greatest achievement is my children and my family. ” — David Beckham

“The attitude you have as a parent is what your kids will learn from more than what you tell them. They don’t remember what you try to teach them. They remember what you are.” — Jim Henson

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

“I only hope when I have my own family that everyday I see a little more of my father in me.” – Keith Urban

“He knew only that his child was his warrant. He said if he is not the word of God, God never spoke.” — Cormac McCarthy

“My father taught me that the only way you can make good at anything is to practice, and then practice some more.” — Pete Rose

“I know that I will never find my father in any other man who comes into my life, because it is a void in my life that can only be filled by [my father].” —Halle Berry

“One never knows anything about one’s father. A father … is a passageway immersed in the deepest darkness, where we stumble blindly seeking a way out.” — Roberto Bolaño

“El padre debe ser el amigo, el confidente, no el tirano de sus hijos” — Vincenzo Gioberti

“If a son is uneducated, his father is to blame.” — Chinese Proverb

“A boy does not need a father unless he is a good father, but a good father is indispensable.” — Stephen King

“Throughout the years, throughout the ups and downs, I’ve realized that the most important thing that I could do with my daughter is lead a life with love. Not success, not fame, not anything else but ‘I’m always here for you. I love you.’” — Dwayne Johnson

“I think [fatherhood] changes your relationship with time. I just don’t have time to waste. 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

“Number one thing as a parent: Continuity and consistency. I try to get all my work stuff done when I don’t have the baby, because when I have the baby, everyone else can f*** off.” — Jeremy Renner

“Our father knew more than any living person about the secret of time, except how to live in it. His time did not travel; it was a block of persisting nows.” — Richard Powers

“The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy.” — Martin Luther King, Jr.

Happy Father’s Day Wishes

Whether you are sending dad his first bouquet of flowers, or just giving him a card, you might be wondering what to say. We’re here to help. Celebrate Father’s Day with our collection of messages that say Happy Father’s Day.

  • “Cheers to a great dad…yes, that’s you!”
  • “Happy Father’s Day to the man who taught me everything I need to know.”
  • “Thank you, Dad. You’ve taught me so many life lessons. You’ve helped me make the best of every new day. You’ve opened your heart and shared what it means to be strong yet empathetic. You’ve always stood up for what’s right, and I’ll never forget your hard work.”
  • “Thanks for acting as my friend, teacher, and confidant. You’ve helped me become the person I am today.”
  • “Thank you so much. You’ve given me the skills to survive, the perspective to live a happy life, and the inspiration to be the best I can be.”
  • “Even if I don’t always tell you this, I’m so thankful you’re my dad.”
  • “Thank you. For your love and your strength. For your wisdom and your laughter. For your care and concern. You aren’t just loved and appreciated on Father’s Day, but every day I live.”
  • “While your style might not be the best, your personality and parenting skills are top-notch.”
  • “The world would be an infinitely better place if more fathers were like you. You are understanding and wise. You help me and guide me. You give your best for your family and taught us how to be happy. You are one-of-a-kind and I am lucky to call you my Dad.”
  • “Thank you for being the best father in the world. I couldn’t imagine life without you.”
  • “If it weren’t for your guidance and love, I would surely be a little less cool than I am today.”

  • “You gave me the freedom I needed to grow. You let me know it’s okay to make mistakes. You taught me to always try my best. Most of all, you’ve made it easy to love you.”
  • “A lot of my friends say they have the best dad, but I know you’re really number one.”
  • “The world is a better place with you in it. Happy Father’s Day!”
  • “You’ve always been there for me whenever I’ve needed advice, to vent, to laugh, or just because. You’ve always shown me how much you care and given me the support I need and didn’t even know I needed. I will always love you. Happy Father’s Day.”
  • “No matter if I was happy, sad, crying, or laughing, you were always there for me. Thank you for always standing by me.”
  • “This Father’s Day I just want to say thanks for answering every stupid question I’ve ever had and not telling me I told you so every time I deserved it. You’re the best.”
  • “Raising me couldn’t have been easy. I never wanted to follow the rules and I always asked why. I didn’t always appreciate it when you were trying to teach me responsibility. But now I know all the effort you put into raising me. I will always love you for your hard work and wisdom. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.”

Father’s Day Messages for Dad’s First Flowers

A dad can be many things. A best friend, a teacher, a chef. But what about a lover of flowers? WE KNOW! Hard to believe, but it’s true. Flowers are for everyone, not just Mom. This Father’s Day, get Dad the flowers he’ll love but might not ask for.

  • Dad, even though you don’t know the difference between a peony and a rose, I love you all the same. Happy Father’s Day.
  • Dad, even though you think you’re a macho man, I know deep down you really love flowers. Don’t worry, your secret is safe with me.
  • Dad, every year I struggle to figure out what to get you. A tie, socks, or something else you probably don’t need. Well this year, I wanted to get you something different. Something that you can look at and admire and think about me every time you see it. I got you flowers! Beautiful…errr…handsome flowers! They’re farm-fresh so they’ll last longer, and if you ever figure out how to use your cell phone, you can take a picture and put it on Insta.
  • Dad, you’ve always been there for me. Through good times, bad times, hard times, sad times, happy times, daylight savings times, and every time in between. I just want you to know how much I love you and appreciate you, and I am so lucky to have you in my life. As a gift this year, I wanted to switch things up a little and get you something you’ll always remember….your first flowers!
  • Flowers aren’t just for moms, they’re for dads, too! So here’s to many more flower-filled birthdays. Love, your favorite son/daughter

  • Dad, remember last year when your grill blew up and the whole house almost caught on fire? Well, this year I decided to get you something a little more practical. Flowers. Now I know you might be thinking, “Flowers? Why would I want flowers?” Well, what you SHOULD be asking yourself is, “Why WOULDN’T I want flowers?!” Flowers are awesome. They look great. They smell great. AND they make you happy. And these aren’t just any flowers, they’re eco-friendly and farm-fresh, so they’ll last a long time. Unlike your hairline. Kidding! Well, not really. Anyway, I love you very much.
  • Dad, Happy Father’s Day! Wow, another day just for you. Aren’t you lucky? And don’t worry, this year I read your mind and got you exactly what you wanted – farm-fresh flowers from The Bouqs Co. No, I didn’t read your journal. I just KNEW you wanted them. I see how you admire all the flowers in the neighbor’s yard. And so I felt like it was time to get you your first bouquet.
  • Dad, remember how you always said, “All I want for Father’s Day is a farm-fresh Bouq from The Bouqs Co.”? You know how you’re always saying that? Like literally every day you walk around the house saying exactly that. Well, guess what! I FINALLY got you a farm-fresh Bouq from The Bouqs Co.! Sorry it took so long, I was busy admiring how amazing you are as a dad.
  • Dad, you took care of me, now take care of these flowers. Don’t F this up. Just cut them, and put them in water. You can handle that!
  • Dad, I promise I won’t tell all the guys in your poker game that your favorite flower is a ranunculus. Happy Father’s Day.
  • Dad, just because you never cry, doesn’t mean you can’t be around water. Fill up a vase and put these farm-fresh flowers in a safe place, and think of me every time you look at them.
  • Dad, did you know broccoli is actually a flower? Anyway, Happy Father’s Day
  • Roses are red, violets are blue, you are bald, but I still love you.
  • Dad, these farm-fresh flowers will last longer than your third marriage. Happy Father’s Day!
  • Dad, even though I owe you $100,000 for grad school, I still wanted to get you something special for Father’s Day. Enjoy these farm-fresh flowers. I love you!

Did You Know?

Despite many greeting cards and ‘gram images, Benjamin Franklin never said, “Beer is proof God loves us and wants us to be happy.” However, he did say something close. In a letter to renowned French economist, Abbé Morellet, he wrote, “Behold the rain which descends from heaven upon our vineyards; there it enters the roots of the vines, to be changed into wine; a constant proof that God loves us, and loves to see us happy.”

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