So you've looked through our Father's Day gift guides, selected the perfect present, wrapped said present and just as you go to put pen to paper, you find yourself faltering on what to write. We've all been there before. Finding the right words to sum up exactly how you feel about your father figure is no easy feat. Do you keep it short and sweet? Or fill the card with weepy, sentimental anecdotes? Certainly there are times where a simple "I love you Dad" is just the ticket. But in the spirit of going above and beyond this Father's Day, we've curated a list of quotes from those who make finding the right words seem so damn easy. Use them as inspiration or copy them directly into your Father's Day card. Either way, they're sure to move even the most composed fathers among us.
"I've said it before, but it's absolutely true: My mother gave me my drive, but my father gave me my dreams. Thanks to him, I could see a future."
— Liza Minnelli
"He adopted a role called Being a Father so that his child would have something mythical and infinitely important: a Protector."
— Tom Wolfe
"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
"It doesn't matter who my father was; it matters who I remember he was."
— Anne Sexton
"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
"My Dad was an original."
— Paul McCartney
"He was a father. That’s what a father does. Eases the burdens of those he loves. Saves the ones he loves from painful last images that might endure for a lifetime."
— George Saunders
"My father taught me how to draw horses - for this I shall be eternally grateful."
— Alexa Chung
“Old as she was, she still missed her daddy sometimes.”
— Gloria Naylor
"If the relationship of father to son could really be reduced to biology, the whole earth would blaze with the glory of fathers and sons."
"My father always said, 'early to bed and early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise.'"
— Charles Bukowski
“I had an inheritance from my father,
It was the moon and the sun.
And though I roam all over the world,
The spending of it’s never done.”
— Ernest Hemingway
"I know that I will never find my father in any other man who comes into my life, because it is a void in my life that can only be filled by him."
— Halle Berry
"My father probably thought the capital of the world was wherever he was at the time. It couldn't possibly be anyplace else. Where he and his wife were in their own home, that, for them, was the capital of the world."
— Bob Dylan
"I think that the best way to explain that is that my mother gave me all the colour and character and flare and liveliness, and my father gave me all the sanity and nature and all the things that helped me be a more rounded human being."
— Julie Andrews
"It's only when you grow up and step back from him — or leave him for your own home — it's only then that you can measure his greatness and fully appreciate it."
— Margaret Truman
"When I was a boy of fourteen, my father was so ignorant I could hardly stand to have the old man around. But when I got to be twenty-one, I was astonished at how much the old man had learned in seven years."
— Mark Twain
"Father! - to God himself we cannot give a holier name."
— William Wordsworth