Having a daughter is undoubtedly a blessing, though raising a little girl with a high self-esteem in a world saturated with digitally altered images of perfect women can be a real challenge.

The responsibility of building a daughter’s self-confidence falls first on the parents’ shoulders. Of course, there are many things to take into consideration here, but we can start by complimenting them more on who they are and what they are great at. This way we’ll make sure that our daughters understand their true value without looking for validation in a weekly fashion magazine.

If your daughter is young, she will grow up and start rolling her eyes. But that’s okay — she’s a teenager trying to find her true identity and her inner voice. The great news is that the values you’ve instilled in her will help her make better decisions, even under peer influence.

With a little help, she’ll finally turn into a fine young lady that knows how to take care of herself. That’s your reward. And don’t worry. No matter how strong, independent, and mature she may be, a daughter still needs her parents.

Here are 21 daughter quotes that will touch your heart:

A daughter is a treasure and a cause of sleeplessness.

Ben Sirach

Never grow a wishbone, daughter, where your backbone ought to be.

Clementine Paddleford

Every day is Father’s Day to me when I’m with her: when I’ll be able to hold my daughter and see her grow and see her smile. That’s Father’s Day to me every day.

Saquon Barkley

When I come home, my daughter will run to the door and give me a big hug, and everything that’s happened that day just melts away.

Hugh Jackman

Certain is it that there is no kind of affection so purely angelic as of a father to a daughter. In love to our wives there is desire; to our sons, ambition; but to our daughters, there is something which there are no words to express.*

Joseph Addison

A daughter may outgrow your lap, but she will never outgrow your heart.

Unknown

A daughter is a bundle of firsts that excite and delight, giggles that come from deep inside and are always contagious, everything wonderful and precious and your love for her knows no bounds.

Barbara Cage

Absolutely, I don’t believe in rules. As I tell my daughter when she is mischievous, ‘Well-behaved women rarely make history.’

Nia Vardalos

I hope that my daughter grows up empowered and doesn’t define herself by the way she looks but by qualities that make her a intelligent, strong and responsible woman.

Isaiah Mustafa

I will let my daughter do whatever her heart wants. I will support her and guide her and give her all the knowledge that I have because I want her to succeed in whatever she loves.

The Miz

Who can describe the transports of a beam truly parental on beholding a daughter shoot up like some fair and modest flower, and acquire, day after day, fresh beauty and growing sweetness, so as to fill every eye with pleasure and every heart with admiration?

George Fordyce

To a father growing old nothing is dearer than a daughter.

Euripides

Death has its revelations: the great sorrows which open the heart open the mind as well; light comes to us with our grief. As for me, I have faith; I believe in a future life. How could I do otherwise? My daughter was a soul; I saw this soul. I touched it, so to speak.

Victor Hugo

Our daughters are the most precious of our treasures, the dearest possessions of our homes and the objects of our most watchful love.    

Margaret E. Sangster

We gotta start teaching our daughters to be somebodies instead of somebody’s.

Kifah Shah

My daughter is the biggest gift; I’ve said it so many times and it sounds like a cliche, but the thing about being a parent is when you think you’ve cracked it, and you’re on top of your game, they change again and you have to catch up and adjust. I feel such a responsibility to instill good values in her, to be polite, to have discipline.

Geri Halliwell

Women are in a position now to voice their opinion… women are getting empowered. The more power they get, the more voice they get to shift certain things around. Now I have a daughter, I understand. When I didn’t have a daughter, I didn’t understand.

Snoop Dogg

I’ve come to understand that art is awesome and beautiful because it’s a reflection of life – but it’s just a reflection, and the real thing is my daughter.

Chance the Rapper

What’s important for my daughter to know is that…  if you are fortunate to have opportunity, it is your duty to make sure other people have those opportunities as well.

Kamala Harris

A daughter is a miracle that never ceases to be miraculous… full of beauty and forever beautiful… loving and caring and truly amazing.

Deanna Beisser

The thing I’m the most proud of in my personal life is that my daughter actually thinks that I’m fabulous.

Brooke Shields