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.
Father’s Day is on June 21, and it’s the perfect time to pay tribute to the men who raised us. While strong father-son relationships are beautiful across the board, the bond between fathers and sons is its own special relationship unlike any other, and these father-son quotes reinforce that sentiment. 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. Father’s Day in quarantine is going to be tough, but at least you can get a laugh from these funny dad jokes from one of our writers’ dads.
“Fathering is not something perfect men do, but something that perfects the man.” —Frank Pittman
“My father raised us to step toward trouble rather than to step away from it.” —Justin Trudeau
“Of all the titles I’ve been privileged to have, ‘Dad’ has always been the best.” —Ken Norton
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“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 Obama
That quote’s as heartfelt as they get, but we’ve got plenty of funny quotes from presidents, too.
“Becoming a dad is one thing—being a dad is many things.” —Steve Chapman
“My dad taught me everything I know. Unfortunately, he didn’t teach me everything he knows.” —Al Unser
Father-son quotes can skew funny and playful, too, like these hilarious dad quotes for Father’s Day.
H. Jackson Browne
“Life doesn’t come with an instruction book—that’s why we have fathers.” —H. Jackson Browne
“The fact that my relationship with my son is so good makes me forgiving of my father and also appreciative.” —Anthony Kiedis
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“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 Eliot
“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.” —Confucius
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“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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“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
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“Tiger father begets tiger son.” —Chinese Proverb
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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
“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.” —Unknown
“We became friends, not just father and son.” —Richard Bergeron
Clarence B. Kelland
“My father didn’t tell me how to live; he lived, and let me watch him do it.” —Clarence B. Kelland
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“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
“My father believed in toughness, honesty, politeness, and being on time. All very important lessons.” —Roger Moore
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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.
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“Every son quotes his father, in words and in deeds.” —Terri Guillemets
Charles F. Kettering
“Every father should remember that one day his son will follow his example instead of his advice.” —Charles F. Kettering
These father-son quotes are only scratching the surface of the best dad quotes.
“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 Lauren
“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. If you’re still shopping for dad, check out these 70 Father’s Day gift ideas that are bound to include something dad will love.