While it might seem that mothers are often more appreciated, we will definitely not overlook the importance of a great father. So dads, this one is about you.

Sometimes harsh and maybe a little distant, sometimes more nurturing than one could expect, a dad builds the image of a true man in his son’s or daughter’s eyes. He is the one you run to when your mother goes all nuts for not making your bed again, but he is also the one that will make your tremble like a soldier in front of his sergeant.

A dad is often the entertaining figure in a family. Dads are the ones teaching us about sports, tricks and… pranks – someone has to do this too. When a kid gets to say “My dad is better than your dad” — not the best thing to say, true — it’s only proof that a father has done his job right and for his child, he is better than anyone, a true role model and hero.

A great dad will always support you, help you and protect you, and most importantly, he will always have your back.

Here are 21 dad quotes to express love and appreciation.

My father gave me the greatest gift anyone could give another person, he believed in me. ― Jim Valvano

My father was my teacher. But most importantly he was a great dad.

— Beau Bridges

My dad was my best friend and greatest role model. He was an amazing dad, coach, mentor, soldier, husband and friend.

— Tiger Woods

The quality of a father can be seen in the goals, dreams and aspirations he sets not only for himself, but for his family.

— Reed Markham

The older I get, the smarter my father seems to get.

— Tim Russert

My dad has given me the best gift anyone has ever given me. He gave me wings to fly.

— Adria Arjona


My dad always said, ‘Champ, the measure of a man is not how often he is knocked down, but how quickly he gets up.’

— Joe Biden

It’s the courage to raise a child that makes you a father.

– Barack Obama

I cannot think of any need in childhood as strong as the need for a father’s protection.

Sigmund Freud

Never is a man more of a man than when he is the father of a newborn.

— Matthew McConaughey


No one in this world can love a girl more than her father.

— Michael Ratnadeepak

A father is a man who expects his children to be as good as he meant to be.

— Carol Coats

My father didn’t tell me how to live; he lived, and let me watch him do it.

— Clarence Budington Kelland

As a father you must have the mindset that being a dad is your most important job.

— Mark Merrill

By the time a man realizes that maybe his father was right, he usually has a son who thinks he’s wrong.

— Charles Wadsworth

A daughter needs a dad to be the standard against which she will judge all men.

— Gregory E. Lang

The power of a dad in a child’s life is unmatched.

— Justin Ricklefs

Any man can be a father, but it takes someone special to be a dad.

– Anne Geddes


Dads are most ordinary men turned into heroes.

– Pam Brown

What we become depends on what our fathers teach us.

Umberto Eco

Becoming a dad means you have to be a role model for your son and be someone he can look up to.

— Wayne Rooney