Fifteen heartfelt quotes celebrating fatherhood

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"The heart of a father is the masterpiece of nature."  (fizkes/Getty Images)
"The heart of a father is the masterpiece of nature." (fizkes/Getty Images)

If there's anything that living through a pandemic has made abundantly clear, it's that we need to take every opportunity to appreciate the ones we love the most. 

And while we might not be able to celebrate Father's Day like we used to, gratitude is free and can be shared even from a safe 1-metre distance. 

If you're not that good with words and in search of the best way to say  "I love you dad ", or to honour the memory of your father, here are some of our favourite quotes about fatherhood to get you inspired.  

Also see: WATCH: 5 mason jar Father's Day gift ideas

'Being a great father is like shaving...'

"Being a great father is like shaving. No matter how good you shaved today, you have to do it again tomorrow." - Reed Markham

"A father carries pictures where his money used to be." - Steve Martin

Father and child

"A good father is one of the most unsung, unpraised, unnoticed, and yet one of the most valuable assets in our society." - Billy Graham

"It was my father who taught me to value myself. He told me that I was uncommonly beautiful and that I was the most precious thing in his life." - Dawn French

"Fatherhood... you can't explain it until it happens—it's like telling someone what water feels like before they've ever swam in it." - Michael Bublé

"The heart of a father is the masterpiece of nature." - Antoine-François Prévost

Father and child

"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 

"A boy needs a father to show him how to be in the world. He needs to be given swagger, taught how to read a map so that he can recognize the roads that lead to life and the paths that lead to death, how to know what love requires, and where to find steel in the heart when life makes demands on us that are greater than we think we can endure." – Ian Morgan Cron

"Fathering is not something perfect men do, but something that perfects the man." - Frank Pittman

Father and child

"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 

"'Father' is the noblest title a man can be given. It is more than a biological role. It signifies... a confidant, a teacher, a hero, a friend." – Robert L. Backman 

"No man can possibly know what life means, what the world means until he has a child and loves it. And then the whole universe changes and nothing will ever again seem exactly as it seemed before." - Lafcadio Hearn

"Fatherhood has made me more vulnerable than any other experience. It has humbled me, healed me and transformed me." - Craig Wilkinson

Father and child

"To my father, if I can become half the man he is, I'll have achieved greatness." - Author Unknown

"If there is any immortality to be had among us human beings, it is certainly only in the love that we leave behind. Fathers like mine don't ever die." – Leo Buscaglia

What is your favourite fatherhood quote? Let us know!


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