Now that you've perused our Father's Day gift guides, selected the perfect present, wrapped said present and now as you go to put pen to paper, you find yourself faltering on what to write. We get it. Finding the right words to sum up exactly how you feel about someone special can sometimes feel a task rather than a joy. 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. 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
“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
“Anyone who tells you fatherhood is the greatest thing that can happen to you, they are understanding it.”
— Mike Myers
“To her, the name of the father was another name for love.”
— Fanny Fern
“Of all the titles I’ve been privileged to have, ‘Dad’ has been always the best.”
— Ken Norton
“We don’t lose ourselves in parenthood. We find parts of ourselves we never knew existed.”
— L.R. Knost
“The nature of impending fatherhood is that you are doing something that you’re unqualified to do, and then you become qualified while doing it.”
– John Green
"My father always said, 'Never trust anyone whose TV is bigger than their book shelf' - so I make sure I read."
– Emilia Clarke
"My father told me 'Name your price in the beginning. If it ever gets more expensive than the price you name, get out of there."
– Dave Chappelle
"My father taught me not to overthink things, that nothing will ever be perfect, so just keep moving and do your best."
– Scott Eastwood
“A good father is one of the most unsung, unpraised, unnoticed, and yet one of the most valuable assets in our society.”
— Billy Graham
"My father hated rock and roll - hated it. My first real argument with my father was over the Rolling Stones. And he never, ever liked rock and roll. He just liked me."
— Patti Smith
"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."
— James A. Baldwin
"My father always said, 'early to bed and early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise.'"
— Charles Bukowski