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14 quotes about fatherhood to warm a dad’s heart

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Father’s Day is coming up, so lots of folks are thinking about the special dads or father figures in their life. The love of a father can’t easily be put into words, but these inspirational quotes about fatherhood come pretty close! Celebrate Dad with a special Father’s Day quote to warm his heart, and show him how much he means to you. 

Here are 14 quotes about fatherhood to share with a dad in your life this Father’s Day:

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

“Daddies don’t just love their children every now and then, it’s a love without end.” 
George Strait

“Any fool can have a child. That doesn’t make you a father. It’s the courage to raise a child that makes you a father.” 
Barack Obama

“He adopted a role called being a father so that his child would have something mythical and infinitely important: a protector.” 
Tom Wolfe

“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 

“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

“The heart of a father is the masterpiece of nature.” 
Antoine François Prévost

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

“The older I get, the smarter my father seems to get.” 
Tim Russert

“A child looks up at the stars and wonders. A great father puts a child on his shoulders and helps them to grab a star.” 
Reed Markham

“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

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

“The call of fatherhood is in fact a call of sacrifice, not in some heroic sense where a father is lifted high on some glowing pedestal with all of his sacrifices held up to the awe of those around him. Rather, it is a call that will cost him all that he has, that will be absent of accolades, where rewards will be sparse, and where he will someday find himself having spent all, but in the spending have gained everything. And this is the glory of fatherhood.” 
Craig D. Lounsbrough

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

Mckenna Saady is a staff writer and digital content lead for ParentsTogether. Before working for nonprofits such as the Human Rights Campaign and United Way, Mckenna spent nearly a decade as a child care provider and Pre-K teacher. Originally from Richmond, VA, she now lives in Philadelphia and writes poetry, fiction, and children’s literature in her spare time.