20 Sweet Father's Day Quotes From Daughters to Dads

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Fathers and daughters share a special bond. Reach out to the most special man in your life on Father's Day with one of these special messages about the relationship between fathers and daughters. 

Fanny Fern: "To her, the name of father was another name for love."

Anne Geddes: "Any man can be a father, but it takes someone special to be a dad."

Euripides: "To a father growing old, nothing is dearer than a daughter."

Margaret Thatcher: "I just owe almost everything to my father [and] it's passionately interesting for me that the things that I learned in a small town, in a very modest home, are just the things that I believe have won the election."

Margaret Truman: "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. Pride reinforces love."

Shakira: "I thank God that I'm a product of my parents, that they infected me with their intelligence and energy for life, with their thirst for knowledge and their love. I'm grateful that I know where I come from."

Anne Sexton: "It doesn't matter who my father was; it matters who I remember he was."

Angelina Jolie: "And my dad: you're a great actor but you're a better father."

Gloria Naylor: "Old as she was, she still missed her daddy sometimes."

Helen Hayes: "When Charles first saw our child Mary, he said all the proper things for a new father. He looked upon the poor little red thing and blurted, 'She's more beautiful than the Brooklyn Bridge.'"

Enid Bagnold: "A father is always making his baby into a little woman. And when she is a woman he turns her back again."

Phyllis McGinley: "The thing to remember about fathers is, they're men. A girl has to keep it in mind: They are dragon-seekers, bent on improbable rescues. Scratch any father, you find someone chock-full of qualms and romantic terrors, believing change is a threat - like your first shoes with heels on, like your first bicycle it took such months to get."

John Gregory Brown: "There's something like a line of gold thread running through a man's words when he talks to his daughter, and gradually over the years it gets to be long enough for you to pick up in your hands and weave into a cloth that feels like love itself."

John Mayer: "Fathers, be good to your daughters. You are the God and the weight of her world."

Garrison Keillor: "The father of a daughter is nothing but a high-class hostage. A father turns a stony face to his sons, berates them, shakes his antlers, paws the ground, snorts, runs them off into the underbrush, but when his daughter puts her arm over his shoulder and says, 'Daddy, I need to ask you something,' he is a pat of butter in a hot frying pan."

Stanley T. Banks: "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."

Anonymous: "They say that from the instant he lays eyes on her, a father adores his daughter. Whoever she grows up to be, she is always to him that little girl in pigtails. She makes him feel like Christmas. In exchange, he makes a secret promise not to see the awkwardness of her teenage years, the mistakes she makes or the secrets she keeps."

Ashton Kutcher, on being a step-parent: "I like being what the girls call MOD—'my other Dad.' What I've learned in the past year is that every kid is different. But as long as you love them and never forget that love, then you have the key. I think it's all about just being there and loving them because kids feel that every single day."

Alice Walker: "It no longer bothers me that I may be constantly searching for father figures; by this time, I have found several and dearly enjoyed knowing them all."

Margaret Atwood: "All fathers are invisible in daytime; daytime is ruled by mothers and fathers come out at night. Darkness brings home fathers, with their real, unspeakable power. There is more to fathers than meets the eye."