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30 Inspirational Quotes About Fathers and Fatherhood

Ms. Dora is a parent, grandparent, and Christian counselor who offers suggestions on raising confident, compassionate, responsible children.

30 Impressive Quotes About the Presence of Fathers

30 Impressive Quotes About the Presence of Fathers

The Importance of Dads in Children's Lives

Fathers who spend time with their children are simply doing their duty. Still, their habit of “being there” deserves some spotlight, especially because the negative impact of absent fathers is so widespread. Every now and then, it is encouraging to look at the positive contribution made to the lives of children by the presence of their fathers.

The following facts have been established by studies conducted between 1993 and 2001:

  • A father’s love and nurture are just as important as a mother’s love and nurture for a child’s happiness, well-being, and social and academic success. (Ronald P. Rohner and A. Veneziano)
  • Children in close relationships with their fathers are twice as likely to enter college, 75% less likely to have a child in their teen years, 80% less likely to be incarcerated, and half as likely to show various signs of depression. (Frank Furstenberg and Kathleen Harris)
  • Children who spend regular time alone with their fathers are more likely to become compassionate adults. (Richard Koestner, et al.)

Some of the following quotes are testimonials from children who have benefited from their father’s time, attention, and words of wisdom; all are reminders that the presence of a loving, caring father can be a major contribution to a child’s well-being.

Dads in the Delivery Room

1. "Getting fathers into delivery rooms didn't happen overnight . . . By and large, by the 1960s, fathers were regularly allowed in the room during labor. By the 70s and 80s, they were allowed to stay for the birth. Today, most do." —Deena Prichep (All Things Considered)

Just Being There

2. “My father didn’t do anything unusual. He only did what dads are supposed to do—be there.” —Max Lucado

3. “A father’s presence is more important than a father’s provision.” —Paul Strozier

4. “How pleasant it is for a father to sit at his child’s board. It is like an aged man reclining under the shadow of an oak which he has planted.” —Walter Scott

5. “A father’s smile has been known to light up a child’s entire day.” —Susan Gale

6. “Being a father means you have to think fast on your feet. You must be judicious, wise, brave, tender, and willing to put on a frilly hat and sit down to a pretend tea party.” —Matthew Buckley

7. “The presence and involvement of a father is unlike anything else in the universe. That’s because dads mimic what our heavenly Father does for us, His children—He protects, shelters, comforts and loves.” —Joe Battaglia

8. “The most precious things a father can provide are time, attention, and love.” —Tim Russert

9. “What I would like to say is something so simple that it can be done in just two small words: Be there. Those seven letters encompass the Tao of fatherhood.” —Etan Thomas

10. “I’m there for my son 24/7, because I don’t want him to take the road we took. I believe if I had a father around, I would’ve learned plenty things.” —Drexel Deal

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11. “Children of the new millennium when change is likely to continue and stress will be inevitable, are going to need, more than ever, the mentoring of an available father.” —Ian Grant

The most precious things a father can provide are time, attention, and love.

The most precious things a father can provide are time, attention, and love.

Words to Remember

12. “My father used to say, ‘Let them see you and not the suit. That should be secondary.’” —Cary Grant

13. “My father used to play with my brother and me in the yard. Mother would come out and say, ‘You’re tearing up the grass.’ ‘We’re not raising grass,’ Dad would reply. ‘We’re raising boys.’” —Harmon Killebrew

14. “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

15. “My father said there were two kinds of people in the world: givers and takers. The takers may eat better, but the givers sleep better.” —Marlo Thomas

16. “My father . . . said something that I will never forget. ‘Hana, everything that God made valuable in the world is covered and hard to get to. Where do you find diamonds? Deep down in the ground, covered and protected… Your body is sacred. You’re far more precious than diamonds and pearls, and you should be covered too.’” Hana Ali

Precious Memories

17. “My father is my idol, so I always did everything like him. He used to work two jobs and still come home happy every night.” —Magic Johnson

18. “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

19. “My father . . . there was never any mistaking his love for me. When I walked into the room, his eyes lit up and he wrapped me in his arms as if it was Christmas morning and I was the best gift imaginable.” —Eric Ripert

20. “My father used to call me the laughing hyena.” —Phyllis Diller

21. “I grew up . . . in a very loving, wonderful family: wonderful mother, wonderful father. We attended church; we went to Sunday school every Sunday.” —John Lewis

22. “My father was a swim teacher. We used to swim before school, swim after school.” —Gordon Ramsay

23. “When fathers come home after a tough day at work, they should come home to serve, like my father did, teaching lessons around the dinner table and leading the family in worship and prayer.” —Tony Evans

24. “I used to carry my father’s Bible and put it on the pulpit so he could preach.” —Mr. T

25. “Growing up, I’ve enjoyed hunting with my father.” —Dale Earnhardt

26. “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

Father and sons visit the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial in Washington, D.C.

Father and sons visit the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial in Washington, D.C.

Teaching by Example

27. “What I learned most from my father wasn’t anything he said; it was just the way he behaved.” —Jeff Bridges

28. “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 the little scraps of wisdom.” —Umberto Eco

29. “My dad and I were so close. He was my man. He taught me to be a man of my word—that giving my word is like I’ve signed a contract with you.” —Smokey Robinson

30. “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

© 2020 Dora Weithers


Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on September 01, 2020:

Denis, thanks for sharing. Glad that you finally recognized your father's love while you could still let him know.

Denise W Anderson from Bismarck, North Dakota on September 01, 2020:

This is an awesome tribute to fathers. I remember my own father's expectations were high, and he was often critical. It has taken me years to overcome that habit of being critical of myself. It wasn't until my father was old and gray that I really felt his love, and I relished every moment of it!

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on August 30, 2020:

Bhattuc, fathers deserve to be celebrated, and they deserve our love. In many families, they do represent God.

Bhattuc on August 30, 2020:

Nice compilation. Father was always seen as a protector of the family and that is why we have this word as the mostly used synonym for God.

God, who is the father of the mankind.

Thanks for so many good quotes about father.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on August 28, 2020:

Jo, thanks for your comment. Also looked up Luke Russert. He may be off somewhere discovering the world. Wishing him well.

Jo Miller from Tennessee on August 28, 2020:

Thanks, Dora, for these wonderful quotes. I think I like the one by Tim Russert best. What ever happened to his son, by the way. I'll have to look that up.

Antonio50S on August 27, 2020:

Hello Dora.

What i was trying to say. It's good to see someone writing about things that's relevant to life itself, because no two people agree on every teaching or dogma. That's why Paul urged the Corinthians to all speak in agreement, meaning, "learning" to put our differences to "one side" for the Greater good. ( 1 Cor 1:10 ) but all the subjects you write about are really good.

I was thinking about what you said, "Let's continue to love them" when we think about it, Paul and Jesus were great encouragers, and the reason for that is because we need it as human beings, especially due to our inherited state. ( Proverbs 4:23 ) "guard the heart" but love is a great motivator as well.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on August 26, 2020:

Bill, thanks for sharing your joyful experience in the delivery room. Thanks for being there as an example of responsible fatherhood.

William Kovacic on August 25, 2020:

Hi, Dora. I was in the delivery room with all my kids and got to cut the cord. It was amazing, but being a father is even more amazing!

Antonio50S on August 24, 2020:

Thank You Dora.

I don't know how you manage to write so many good subjects, and give good advice "Without all the Dogma" attached, but then that's what i always liked about your witings in the first place.

You don't have to separate the bad from good here, because it's all good, just a few differences of opinions, but that's good as well. Or else we'd be all Robots.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on August 24, 2020:

Sure, Brenda! Fathers do offer words of wisdom, which are remembered long after they are gone. Thanks for your feedback.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on August 24, 2020:

You're welcome, Ambrie! Happy to stir up memories of your blessing. That's what life with a good father is--a precious blessing!

BRENDA ARLEDGE from Washington Court House on August 23, 2020:

Nice write.

I like number 15 the best - My father said there were two kinds of people in the world: givers and takers. The takers may eat better, but the givers sleep better." —Marlo Thomas

Ambrie Anders on August 23, 2020:

I still miss my Dad even though he passed many years ago now and having been blessed with such a loving, caring, responsible and fun loving Father, I do identify with many of the quotes in your collection Dora. Thanks for taking me down memory lane :-)

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on August 23, 2020:

Thanks, Tamarajo. Glad that you mentioned the aspect of your father making his love known, even when he wasn't present. Duty calls parents away sometimes, but when they still give their attention, they give a part of themselves.

Tamarajo on August 22, 2020:

Hi Dora,

Fathers are so valuable as your article well shows. I hope every father who reads this will see how truly important they are.

All of the quotes provoked fond memories of my own father who, although not always present, made his love for me known.

I enjoyed reading the varied facets of fatherhood from the perspective of others.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on August 22, 2020:

You're welcome, Alyssa. Thanks for your encouraging comment.

Alyssa from Ohio on August 22, 2020:

This is a beautiful collection of quotes about the importance of fathers. Thank you for compiling these!

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on August 22, 2020:

Thanks, Cheryl. I appreciate your encouraging feedback. Good fatherhood needs a spotlight every now and then.

Cheryl E Preston from Roanoke on August 22, 2020:

Great story as usual. This is an excellent perspective on fathers.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on August 22, 2020:

Thanks, Antonio. I appreciate your input. In many cases, it is when the children mature that they begin to appreciate blessings like responsible fatherhood. Let's continue to love them, meanwhile.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on August 22, 2020:

Drew, thanks for stopping by. I appreciate your comment.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on August 22, 2020:

Thanks, Flourish. So happy for you that you had a great relationship with your dad. Awesome!

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on August 22, 2020:

Thanks, Devika. Sure, the benefit of connectedness between father and child lasts a lifetime.

Antonio50S on August 22, 2020:

Hello MsDora.

These Quotes really are Impressive.

I like Number 2 Quote by "Max Lucado"

Number 3 Quote is good as well, but a little more Gratitude from the younger generation also goes a long way by not taking for granted what they have. ( "Presence" Greek "Parousia" in person ) Is more Important once the basic Provisions are met. Anything that comes after is a bonus which can Foster deeper relationships between fathers and children.

Nice one Dora.

Drew Agravante from Philippines on August 22, 2020:

So many heart-warming quotes. Thanks for this inspiring piece.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on August 22, 2020:

Thanks, Linda. I'm always happy for those who enjoyed spending time with their fathers. The memories are precious!

FlourishAnyway from USA on August 22, 2020:

These are lovely reflections on fathers and fatherhood. You have so many good quotes here. My father is one of my favorite people.

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on August 22, 2020:

Dora such beautiful thoughts here and you have created emotions of father and child in the most interesting approach and fathers do understand and have a special connection indeed.

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on August 21, 2020:

There are some lovely quotes in your collection. It's good to remember and appreciate the importance of fathers.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on August 21, 2020:

Thank you, James. Happy that you stopped by to read, and even left a comment. I appreciate you.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on August 21, 2020:

Peggy, it had to be great having a dad with those sterling qualities. I'm sure you still reap the benefits of his teachings.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on August 21, 2020:

Poetryman, your comment is so encouraging. Thank you, dearly.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on August 21, 2020:

Shauna, you're blessed. Your dad deserves your love and your tribute. He scored highly in word and deed.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on August 21, 2020:

Pamela, thanks for your input. The forecast says that more parents are becoming involved in their children's lives. The pandemic forced the issue on some, for sure. A pleasant weekend to you, too.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on August 21, 2020:

Bill, your dad was special to you. That makes him special! Happy for you that you had him in your life.

James A Watkins from Chicago on August 21, 2020:

I love this wonderful and needful article. Great selections. I enjoyed it. Thank you.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on August 21, 2020:

My father taught us what it was like to be hard-working, honest, and loving. You gathered some great quotes here!

poetryman6969 on August 21, 2020:

What you express here could do more to heal and save us than anything any politicians does or says.

Shauna L Bowling from Central Florida on August 21, 2020:

Dora, these are beautiful quotes about fathers. My father has always been a very positive influence in my life. He's supportive of each of our endeavors, proud of all three of us, has been a wonderful role model, loves our mom, and has never had anything negative to say to any of his children. He's the best and I love him higher than a star!

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on August 21, 2020:

This article and these quotes are wonderful concerning fathers. I can't even choose a favorite as so many of them are perfect. Children do need their mother and their father as I think they bring different things to the table. I know there are many broken families these days, but I would hope both parents still have a relationship with their children.

Have a great weekend, Dora.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on August 21, 2020:

#3 resonates with me. I miss my father's presence more than anything else. He was nothing special, but he was everything to me. :)

Blessings always, my friend

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on August 21, 2020:

Thanks, Liz. That's commendable, even learning from the first quotes that many are present in the delivery room.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on August 21, 2020:

Eric, you are blessed to be enjoying your fatherhood. Of course, that means that you have performed your task responsibly, and given lots of love. Congratulations!

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on August 21, 2020:

Mallana, here's hoping that you have found your topic.

Dora Weithers (author) from The Caribbean on August 21, 2020:

Thanks,Rosina. Happy that these quotes made such an impression you. Glad also that you have great memories of your father.

Liz Westwood from UK on August 21, 2020:

Recent generations of fathers have become much more involved in the care of their children.

Eric Dierker from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on August 21, 2020:

And so it is bestowed, that is fatherhood I mean. And we thank God in heaven, hallowed be his name. Blessings are wonderful but Grace is a full treasure. If we are the luckiest men on earth we are graced with fatherhood.

A R Mallana on August 21, 2020:


Rosina S Khan on August 21, 2020:

Dora, I am impressed by this article. I always remember my father so much ever since I lost him owing to heart attack when I was an undergraduate student. I have come to know early in life: the more you give, the more you get; besides I love being a giver.

So you might have guessed by now which one in this article is my fave. Here goes:

15. "My father said there were two kinds of people in the world: givers and takers. The takers may eat better, but the givers sleep better." —Marlo Thomas

Thank you for your gorgeous contribution. I really loved it.

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