11 Inspiring, Uplifting Quotes for Dad

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Playing daddy all the time can be a tiresome task. Dads sometimes feel ignored, unappreciated, and even unwanted in their own family. When that happens, it is time for some words of inspiration. Inspirational dad quotes will pep up any sagging spirit.

Dad Quotes for Inspiration

Harry S. Truman

"I have found the best way to give advice to your children is to find out what they want and then advise them to do it."

Lydia M. Child

"Blessed indeed is the man who hears many gentle voices call him father!"

Kent Nerburn

"It is much easier to become a father than to be one."


"Noble fathers have noble children."

Richard Henry Dana

"Better to be driven out from among men than to be disliked of children."

Douglas MacArthur

"By profession, I am a soldier and take pride in that fact. But I am prouder — infinitely prouder — to be a father. A soldier destroys in order to build; the father only builds, never destroys. The one has the potentiality of death; the other embodies creation and life. And while the hordes of death are mighty, the battalions of life are mightier still. It is my hope that my son, when I am gone, will remember me not from the battlefield but in the home repeating with him our simple daily prayer, 'Our Father who art in Heaven.'"


"One night a father overheard his son pray 'Dear God, Make me the kind of man my Daddy is.' Later that night, the Father prayed 'Dear God, Make me the kind of man my son wants me to be.'"


"In peace, the sons bury their fathers, but in war, the fathers bury their sons."

Sir Stephen Spender

"When a child, my dreams rode on your wishes, I was your son, high on your horse, my mind a top whipped by the lashes of your rhetoric, windy of course."

Chinese Proverb

"If a son is uneducated, his dad is to blame."

Jan Hutchins

"When I was a kid, my father told me every day, 'You're the most wonderful boy in the world, and you can do anything you want to.'"