Even if you're lucky enough to have a good relationship with your dad, celebrating Father's Day can be a bit stressful. Some people worry about finding the perfect gift, and even get anxious over figuring out how to express what their dad means to them on that special day. It can be tough to find the words to say just how important he's been to you, which is where sentimental Father's Day 2017 quotes from famous figures come into play.
Fathers are often the butt of jokes in popular culture — they're often portrayed as inept second fiddles who can't hold a candle to competent, in-control moms. These quotes, however, show people the true inaccuracies of the stereotypes and demonstrate just how powerful an impact a good, loving father has on the life of his child. A great dad is a motivator, a cheerleader, and a role model all wrapped up in one. It's a gift you can't repay with a new tool box or set of ties (but he'll certainly love if it you try).
Struggling to find the words to tell Dad how you feel? Here are 15 moving quotes to honor your dad, the father of your children, or any other father-figure in your life this year.
"My father didn't tell me how to live. He lived and let me watch him do it." — Clarence Budington Kelland
"Some people don't believe in heroes, but they haven't met my dad." — Unknown
"Dads are most ordinary men turned by love into heroes, adventurers, story-tellers, and singers of song." — Pam Brown
"Sometimes the poorest man leaves his children the richest inheritance." — Ruth E. Renkel
"When my father didn’t have my hand, he had my back." — Linda Poindexter
"My father gave me my dreams. Thanks to him, I could see a future." — Liza Minnelli
"The imprint of a father remains forever on the life of the child." — Roy Lessin
"My father gave me the greatest gift anyone could give another person, he believed in me." — Jim Valvano
"Any man can be a father but it takes someone special to be a dad." — Anne Geddes
"I cannot think of any need in childhood as strong as the need for a father's protection." — Sigmund Freud
"My father was my teacher. But most importantly he was a great dad." — Beau Bridges
"A good father is one of the most unsung, unpraised, unnoticed, and yet one of the most valuable assets in our society." — Billy Graham
"A truly rich man is one whose children run into his arms when his hands are empty." — Unknown
"The heart of a father is the masterpiece of nature." — Antoine François Prévost d'Exiles
"A father’s tears and fears are unseen, his love is unexpressed, but his care and protection remains as a pillar of strength throughout our lives." — Ama H. Vanniarachchy