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50 Heartwarming Father-Daughter Quotes That Capture Your Special Bond

If you're searching for the perfect Father's Day message, these sweet father-daughter quotes will make Dad feel special.

To: Dad. From: Your Daughter.rd.com

Sweet father-daughter quotes

Father’s Day is the day set aside each year for appreciating our dads. Every June, dads (or grandpas and husbands) all over eat questionable kid-made food, and some unwrap new socks. (The extra-lucky ones unwrap something from our Father’s Day gift guide.) Gifts are great for showing pops how much you love him, but finding the right words goes a long way too—not to mention some fun Father’s Day activities. Putting some sweet Father’s Day quotes in a card, or even funny Father’s Day quotes, will have Dad suddenly finding “something in his eye.” Sons can get specific with a lovely father-son quote, while daughters can choose one of the touching father-daughter quotes from our list.

“When my father didn’t have my hand, he had my back.”—Linda Poindexter rd.com

“When my father didn’t have my hand, he had my back.” —Linda Poindexter. Make your pops laugh with these funny Father’s Day memes.

“Daddy, thanks for being my hero, chauffeur, financial support, listener, life mentor, friend, guardian, and simply being there every time I need a hug.”—Agatha Stephanie Lin 2rd.com

“Daddy, thanks for being my hero, chauffeur, financial support, listener, life mentor, friend, guardian, and simply being there every time I need a hug.” —Agatha Stephanie Lin. For more inspiration, check out these amazing dad quotes.

“Ordinary father-daughter love had a charge to it that generally was both permitted and indulged. There was just something so beautiful about the big father complementing the tiny girl. Bigness and tininess together at last—yet the bigness would never hurt the tininess! It respected it. In a world in which big always crushes tiny, you wanted to cry at the beauty of big being kind of and worshipful of and being humbled by tiny. You couldn’t help but think of your own father as you saw your little girl with hers.”—Meg Wolitzer 3rd.com

“Ordinary father-daughter love had a charge to it that generally was both permitted and indulged. There was just something so beautiful about the big father complementing the tiny girl. Bigness and tininess together at last—yet the bigness would never hurt the tininess! It respected it. In a world in which big always crushes tiny, you wanted to cry at the beauty of big being kind of and worshipful of and being humbled by tiny. You couldn’t help but think of your own father as you saw your little girl with hers.” —Meg Wolitzer. If you’re looking for something a little shorter to write in your card, get some inspiration with these Father’s Day messages

heartwarming Father's Day quote by unknownRD.com

“In the darkest days, when I feel inadequate, unloved, and unworthy, I remember whose daughter I am and I straighten my crown.” —Unknown. You and your dad will both love these Father’s Day movies that will tug at your heartstrings.

“It was my father who taught me to value myself.”—Dawn French 5rd.com

“It was my father who taught me to value myself.” —Dawn French

“If you ever want to torture my dad, tie him up and right in front of him, refold a map incorrectly.”—Cathy Ladman 6rd.com

“If you ever want to torture my dad, tie him up and right in front of him, refold a map incorrectly.” —Cathy Ladman

“When I’m at my best, I am my father’s daughter.”—Unknownrd.com

“When I’m at my best, I am my father’s daughter.” —Unknown

“To a father growing old, nothing is dearer than a daughter.”—Euripides 8rd.com

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

“Your father, Jo. He never loses patience, never doubts or complains, but always hopes, and works and waits so cheerfully that one is ashamed to do otherwise before him.”—Louisa May Alcott 9rd.com

“Your father, Jo. He never loses patience, never doubts or complains, but always hopes, and works and waits so cheerfully that one is ashamed to do otherwise before him.” —Louisa May Alcott

“When a daughter is born, an ordinary life of a man turns into an extraordinary life of a father.”—Unknown 10rd.com

“When a daughter is born, an ordinary life of a man turns into an extraordinary life of a father.” —Unknown

“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 11rd.com

“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

"Daddy and daughter, not always eye to eye, but always heart to heart."—Unknown 12rd.com

“Daddy and daughter, not always eye to eye, but always heart to heart.” —Unknown

“[My dad] taught me that there is no shame in breaking something, only in not being able to fix it.”—Hope Jahren 13rd.com

“[My dad] taught me that there is no shame in breaking something, only in not being able to fix it.” —Hope Jahren

"Fathering is not something perfect men do, but something that perfects the man."—Frank Pittman 14rd.com

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

“The reason I am bad at cooking is my father always appreciated the dish I prepared, and I believed him.”—Alia Bhatrd.com

“The reason I am bad at cooking is my father always appreciated the dish I prepared, and I believed him.” —Alia Bhat. Beat Dad to the punchline with some dad jokes that are actually pretty funny.

"My Daddy was my hero. He was always there for me when I needed him. He listened to me and taught me so many things. But most of all he was fun."—Bindi Irwin 16rd.com

“My Daddy was my hero. He was always there for me when I needed him. He listened to me and taught me so many things. But most of all he was fun.” —Bindi Irwin

"The greatest thing a father can do for his daughter is to love her mother.”—Elaine S. Daltonrd.com

“The greatest thing a father can do for his daughter is to love her mother.” —Elaine S. Dalton

"When I come home, my daughter will run to the door and give me a big hug, and everything that’s happened that day just melts away."—Hugh Jackman 18rd.com

“When I come home, my daughter will run to the door and give me a big hug, and everything that’s happened that day just melts away.” —Hugh Jackman

"We gotta start teaching our daughters to be somebodies instead of somebody’s."—Kifah Shah 19rd.com

“We gotta start teaching our daughters to be somebodies instead of somebody’s.” —Kifah Shah

“It’s the sweetest thing to be a parent of a daughter. When they hit their twenties, they become these lovebugs that come back. It’s just so sweet.” –Garth Brooksrd.com

“It’s the sweetest thing to be a parent of a daughter. When they hit their twenties, they become these lovebugs that come back. It’s just so sweet.” —Garth Brooks. These family quotes will hit close to home.

“If you don’t want your daughter to settle for less, be not only an ideal father but also an ideal husband.”—Unknown 21rd.com

“If you don’t want your daughter to settle for less, be not only an ideal father but also an ideal husband.” —Unknown

heartwarming Father's Day quote by Washington IrvingRD.com

“Balt Van Tassel was an easy indulgent soul; he loved his daughter better even than his pipe and, like a reasonable man and an excellent father, let her have her way in everything.” —Washington Irving

“Daughters always revel in their mothers' admiration. And daughters always bask in their fathers' love.”—Hendrith Vanlon Smith Jr. 23rd.com

“Daughters always revel in their mothers’ admiration. And daughters always bask in their fathers’ love.” —Hendrith Vanlon Smith Jr.

“It is not flesh and blood, but the heart which makes us father and daughter.”—Unknown 24rd.com

“It is not flesh and blood, but the heart which makes us father and daughter.” —Unknown

"A good father loves his daughter with no strings attached. He is available. He is both strong and tender. Being big and strong doesn't mean being separate from one's feelings; to the contrary, it means being very much in touch with them. Women who experienced fathers like that know that a strong man can cry, and that a man who can cry can also be very strong."—Marlin S. Potash 25rd.com

“A good father loves his daughter with no strings attached. He is available. He is both strong and tender. Being big and strong doesn’t mean being separate from one’s feelings; to the contrary, it means being very much in touch with them. Women who experienced fathers like that know that a strong man can cry, and that a man who can cry can also be very strong.” —Marlin S. Potash

"The example of the father weathering his own emotional seasons can help the daughter weather her own.”―Victoria Secunda 26rd.com

“The example of the father weathering his own emotional seasons can help the daughter weather her own.” ―Victoria Secunda. These parents quotes will perfectly sum up what it’s like having a child.

“When fathers struggle with being authentic, they leave muddy footprints on little girls' hearts."—Tina Samplesrd.com

“When fathers struggle with being authentic, they leave muddy footprints on little girls’ hearts.” —Tina Samples

"Be kind to your wife, because you are showing your daughter what she should expect from the man she loves."—Unknownrd.com

“Be kind to your wife, because you are showing your daughter what she should expect from the man she loves.” —Unknown

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

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

heartwarming Father's Day quote by Terri GuillemetsRD.com

“I love my father as the stars—he’s a bright shining example and a happy twinkling in my heart.” —Terri Guillemets

heartwarming Father's Day quote by unknownRD.com

“The smile of a daughter is the secret purpose of every father.” —Unknown

heartwarming Father's Day quote by Gloria NaylorRD.com

“Old as she was, she still missed her daddy sometimes.” —Gloria Naylor

heartwarming Father's Day quote by Dr. James DobsonRD.com

“A good father will leave his imprint on his daughter for the rest of her life.” —Dr. James Dobson

heartwarming Father's Day quote by Ben SirachRD.com

“A daughter is a treasure and a cause of sleeplessness.” —Ben Sirach

heartwarming Father's Day quote by Mat JohnsonRD.com

“A man’s daughter is his heart. Just with feet, walking out in the world.” —Mat Johnson

heartwarming Father's Day quote by Alison LohmanRD.com

“There will always be a few people who have the courage to love what is untamed inside us. One of those men is my father.” —Alison Lohman

heartwarming Father's Day quote by Stanley BehrmanRD.com

“When my daughter says, ‘Daddy, I need you!’ I wonder if she has any idea that I need her a billion times more.” —Stanley Behrman

heartwarming Father's Day quote by Michael RathadeepakRD.com

“No one in this world can love a girl more than her father.” —Michael Ratnadeepak

heartwarming Father's Day quote by Loretta LynnRD.com

“They don’t make men like my daddy anymore.” —Loretta Lynn 

heartwarming Father's Day quote by Dax ShepardRD.com

“I rescind my early statement, ‘I could never fall in love with a girl who regularly poops her pants.’ I hadn’t met my daughter yet.” —Dax Shepard

heartwarming Father's Day quote by unknownRD.com

“I may find my prince, but my dad will always be my king.” —Unknown

heartwarming Father's Day quote by Gregory E. LangRD.com

“A daughter needs a dad to be the standard against she will judge all men.” —Gregory E. Lang

heartwarming Father's Day quote by Liza MinelliRD.com

“My mother gave me my drive, but my father gave me my dreams.” —Liza Minelli

heartwarming Father's Day quote by Chance the RapperRD.com

“My best smile is probably when I’m holding my daughter.” —Chance The Rapper

heartwarming Father's Day quote by unknownRD.com

“There is no place higher than on daddy’s shoulders.” —Unknown

heartwarming Father's Day quote by Fanny FernRD.com

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

heartwarming Father's Day quote by David DuchovnyRD.com

“The happiest moment of my life was probably when my daughter was born.” —David Duchovny

heartwarming Father's Day quote by unknownRD.com

“My dad is awesome. But you know what they say, ‘Like father like daughter.’” —Unknown

heartwarming Father's Day quote by Melanie WhiteRD.com

“You gotta love dads. At my wedding, when I tripped on my wedding dress and fell flat on my face, Dad said ‘Don’t worry, you’ll do better next time.’” —Melanie White

heartwarming Father's Day quote by unknownRD.com

“Some superheroes don’t wear capes. They are called Dad.” —Unknown

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