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30 Father-Son Quotes Perfect for Father’s Day

These heartfelt father-son quotes will help you feel grateful for dad this Father's Day.

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Father’s Day is on June 20, and it’s the perfect time to pay tribute to the men who raised us. While the relationships people have with their fathers are beautiful across the board, the bond between fathers and sons is its own special pairing unlike any other, and these father-son quotes reinforce that sentiment. The history of Father’s Day isn’t as cut and dry as you may think, but there is certainly no shortage of Father’s Day quotes about expressing love to your main man. From proverbs to reflections by celebrities, poets, and world leaders on how their fathers influenced their lives, these words will make you want to give dad a hug. Pick out something from our carefully curated Father’s Day gift guide, one of these Father’s Day cards, and share these special quotes with the man himself.

"Fathering is not something perfect men do, but something that perfects the man." —FRANK PITTMANrd.com

Frank Pittman

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

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"My father raised us to step toward trouble rather than to step away from it." —JUSTIN TRUDEAUrd.com

Justin Trudeau

“My father raised us to step toward trouble rather than to step away from it.” —Justin Trudeau

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"Of all the titles I’ve been privileged to have, 'Dad' has always been the best." —KEN NORTONrd.com

Ken Norton

“Of all the titles I’ve been privileged to have, ‘Dad’ has always been the best.” —Ken Norton

"My father taught me a good lesson: Don’t get too low when things go wrong. And don’t get too high when things are good." —ROBERT PARISHrd.com

Robert Parish

“My father taught me a good lesson: Don’t get too low when things go wrong. And don’t get too high when things are good.” —Robert Parish

"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 OBAMArd.com

Barack Obama

“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

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"Becoming a dad is one thing—being a dad is many things." —STEVE CHAPMANrd.com

Steve Chapman

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

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“My dad taught me everything I know. Unfortunately, he didn’t teach me everything he knows.” —AL UNSERrd.com

Al Unser

“My dad taught me everything I know. Unfortunately, he didn’t teach me everything he knows.” —Al Unser

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"Life doesn’t come with an instruction book—that’s why we have fathers." —H. JACKSON BROWNErd.com

H. Jackson Browne

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

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“The fact that my relationship with my son is so good makes me forgiving of my father and also appreciative.” —ANTHONY KIEDISrd.com

Anthony Kiedis

“The fact that my relationship with my son is so good makes me forgiving of my father and also appreciative.” —Anthony Kiedis

"I am a family man, and my most important role is a father to my son." —ED SKREINrd.com

Ed Skrein

“I am a family man, and my most important role is a father to my son.” —Ed Skrein

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"It's a father's duty to give his sons a fine chance." —GEORGE ELIOTrd.com

George Eliot

“It’s a father’s duty to give his sons a fine chance.” —George Eliot

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"It's not flesh and blood but the heart that makes us father and son." —FRIEDRICH SCHILLERrd.com

Friedrich Schiller

“It’s not flesh and blood but the heart that makes us father and son.” —Friedrich Schiller

"The father who does not teach his sons his duties is equally guilty with the son who neglects them." —CONFUCIUSrd.com

Confucius

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

"By the time a man realizes that maybe his father was right, he usually has a son who thinks he’s wrong." —CHARLES WADSWORTHrd.com

Charles Wadsworth

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

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“Don’t wait until your son is a man to make him great; make him great as a boy.” —UNKNOWNrd.com

Unknown

“Don’t wait until your son is a man to make him great; make him great as a boy.” —Unknown
“Every dad, if he takes time out of his busy life to reflect upon his fatherhood, can learn ways to become an even better dad.” —JACK BAKERrd.com

Jack Baker

“Every dad, if he takes time out of his busy life to reflect upon his fatherhood, can learn ways to become an even better dad.” —Jack Baker

"Tiger father begets tiger son."  —CHINESE PROVERBrd.com

Chinese Proverb

“Tiger father begets tiger son.” —Chinese Proverb

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"A father is a man who expects his son to be as good a man as he meant to be. —FRANK A. CLARKrd.com

Frank A. Clark

“A father is a man who expects his son to be as good a man as he meant to be.” —Frank A. Clark

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"Forget Batman: When I really thought about what I wanted to be when I grew up, I wanted to be my dad." —PAUL ASAYrd.com

Paul Asay

“Forget Batman: When I really thought about what I wanted to be when I grew up, I wanted to be my dad.” —Paul Asay

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"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." —UNKNOWNrd.com

Unknown

“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

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“We became friends, not just father and son.” —RICHARD BERGERONrd.com

Richard Bergeron

“We became friends, not just father and son.” —Richard Bergeron

"My father didn't tell me how to live; he lived, and let me watch him do it." —CLARENCE B. KELLANDrd.com

Clarence B. Kelland

“My father didn’t tell me how to live; he lived, and let me watch him do it.” —Clarence B. Kelland

"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 JORDANrd.com

Michael Jordan

“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

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"My father believed in toughness, honesty, politeness, and being on time. All very important lessons." —ROGER MOORErd.com

Roger Moore

“My father believed in toughness, honesty, politeness, and being on time. All very important lessons.” —Roger Moore

“I think that my strong determination for justice comes from the very strong, dynamic personality of my father. I have rarely ever met a person more fearless and courageous than my father. ... If I had a problem, I could always call Daddy." —MARTIN LUTHER KING JR.rd.com

Martin Luther King, Jr.

“I think that my strong determination for justice comes from the very strong, dynamic personality of my father. I have rarely ever met a person more fearless and courageous than my father. … If I had a problem, I could always call Daddy.” —Martin Luther King, Jr.

"Every son quotes his father, in words and in deeds." —TERRI GUILLEMETSrd.com

Terri Guillemets

“Every son quotes his father, in words and in deeds.” —Terri Guillemets

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"Every father should remember that one day his son will follow his example instead of his advice." — CHARLES F. KETTERINGrd.com

Charles F. Kettering

“Every father should remember that one day his son will follow his example instead of his advice.” —Charles F. Kettering

“The older a man gets, the more he values everything his dad gave him.” —UNKNOWNrd.com

Unknown

“The older a man gets, the more he values everything his dad gave him.” —Unknown

"My dad is my best friend, my father, and my boss. When I do something that is exciting and he likes it, it feels three times as good as you can imagine." —DAVID LAURENrd.com

David Lauren

“My dad is my best friend, my father, and my boss. When I do something that is exciting and he likes it, it feels three times as good as you can imagine.” —David Lauren

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"My father was my teacher. But most importantly he was a great dad." —BEAU BRIDGESrd.com

Beau Bridges

“My father was my teacher. But most importantly he was a great dad.” —Beau Bridges

Father-son quotes don’t get much sweeter than that. Plan one of these Father’s Day activities this year for a day your dad will never forget, then take a look at these father-daughter quotes.

Meghan Jones
Meghan Jones is a Staff Writer for RD.com who has been writing since before she could write. She graduated from Marist College with a Bachelor of Arts in English and has been writing for Reader's Digest since 2017. In spring 2017, her creative nonfiction piece "Anticipation" was published in Angles literary magazine.