I'll admit it: I'm a woman, wife, and mother, yet I know that I've seen people make a bigger deal out of celebrating Mother's Day than they do Father's Day. Before you revoke my feminist card, hear me out. Clearly pregnancy and childbirth are harder on moms than dads, but a great father can make a lasting impact on their child's life, too. It can be easy to forget dads deserve just as much credit for being caring, involved, and nurturing. All you need to do to remember this is to read Father's Day quotes that'll make dad (and you) cry.
Thinking back to the times when your dad could scoop you up with ease, let you fly like Superman, caught you when you fell, kissed your boo-boos, cheered you on when you tackled challenges, and carried you to bed when you were all tuckered out is practically guaranteed to bring a tear to your eye.
Father's Day is right around the corner (it lands on Sunday, June 19 this year) and one of the perfect ways to get yourself into the dad appreciation mindset is to check out some of these touching and heart-warming quotes that will have you reaching for the Kleenex.
"He has always provided me a safe place to land and a hard place from which to launch.” — Chelsea Clinton
"It's only when you grow up, and step back from him, or leave him for your own career and your own home – it's only then that you can measure his greatness and fully appreciate it." — Margaret Truman Daniel
"It doesn't matter who my father was; it matters who I remember he was." — Anne Sexton
“Having a kid is like falling in love for the first time when you’re 12, but every day.” — Mike Myers
"I am not ashamed to say that no man I ever met was my father's equal, and I never loved any other man as much." — Hedy Lamarr
"You fathers will understand. You have a little girl. She looks up to you. You're her oracle. You're her hero. And then the day comes when she gets her first permanent wave and goes to her first real party, and from that day on, you're in a constant state of panic." — Stanley T. Banks
“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
“The most amazing feeling I feel, words can’t describe what I’m feeling for real. Maybe I paint the sky blue. My greatest creation was you.” —Jay Z
"I want to congratulate all the men out there who are working diligently to be good fathers whether they are stepfathers, or biological fathers or just spiritual fathers." — T.D. Jakes
"Son, brother, father, lover, friend. There is room in the heart for all the affections, as there is room in heaven for all the stars." — Victor Hugo
“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 little scraps of wisdom.” — Umberto Eco
“My father gave me the greatest gift anyone could give another person: he believed in me.” — Jim Valvano
“Sometimes I think my papa is an accordion. When he looks at me and smiles and breathes, I hear the notes.” — Markus Zusak
"A child looks up at the stars and wonders. Great fathers put a child on his shoulders and helps them to grab a star." — Reed Markham
"Old as she was, she still missed her daddy sometimes." — Gloria Naylor
"A man never stands as tall as when he kneels to help a child." — Knights of Pythagoras
“It is not flesh and blood but the heart which makes us fathers.” — Friedrich Schiller