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40 Father-Son Quotes Perfect for Sharing on Father’s Day

These heartfelt father-son quotes will help you feel grateful for Dad this Father's Day.

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He’s more than just a father—he’s worth celebrating year-round!

This year, Father’s Day is on Sunday, June 19, and it’s the perfect time to pay tribute to the incredible men who raised us. While the relationships people have with their fathers are beautiful across the board, the bond between fathers and sons is its own special pairing unlike any other, and these father-son quotes prove it.

Regardless of when Father’s Day falls, there is certainly no shortage of Father’s Day quotes about the special day, like Father’s Day quotes for your husband to express love to your main man—or even funny Father’s Day quotes to give dad a chuckle. From proverbs to reflections by celebrities, poets, and world leaders on how their fathers influenced their lives, these words will make you want to give dad a hug.

So schedule your favorite Father’s Day activities, pick out some carefully curated Father’s Day gifts, print one of these free Father’s Day cards, and share these special quotes with the man himself. Once you’ve gotten through these heartwarming father-son quotes, check out these sweet father-daughter quotes.

"Fathering is not something perfect men do, but something that perfects the man." —FRANK PITTMANrd.com

“Fathering is not something perfect men do, but something that perfects the man.” —Frank Pittman

Don’t forget about your own dad this year! Here are the best Father’s Day gifts for Grandpa.

"My father raised us to step toward trouble rather than to step away from it." —JUSTIN TRUDEAUrd.com

“My father raised us to step toward trouble rather than to step away from it.” —Justin Trudeau

Running behind on gift-shopping this year? Don’t worry, just check out these awesome last-minute Father’s Day gifts.

Ken Norton 40 Father Son Quotes Perfect For Sharing On Father’s DayRD.COM

“Of all the titles I’ve been privileged to have, ‘Dad’ has always been the best.” —Ken Norton

Dads really are the best, aren’t they? Humor included. Check out these dad jokes that are actually hilarious.

"My father taught me a good lesson: Don’t get too low when things go wrong. And don’t get too high when things are good." —ROBERT PARISHrd.com

“My father taught me a good lesson: Don’t get too low when things go wrong. And don’t get too high when things are good.” —Robert Parish

Check out these heartwarming stories of dads going above and beyond for their kids.

"Any fool can have a child. That doesn't make you a father. It's the courage to raise a child that makes you a father." —BARACK OBAMArd.com

“Any fool can have a child. That doesn’t make you a father. It’s the courage to raise a child that makes you a father.” —Barack Obama

For more sweetness, read about these times dads were real-life heroes.

Steve Chapman 40 Father Son Quotes Perfect For Sharing On Father’s DayRD.COM

“Becoming a dad is one thing—being a dad is many things.” —Steve Chapman

Get creative this year and gift him a Father’s Day gift basket.

“My dad taught me everything I know. Unfortunately, he didn’t teach me everything he knows.” —AL UNSERrd.com

“My dad taught me everything I know. Unfortunately, he didn’t teach me everything he knows.” —Al Unser

In need of a laugh? You need to see these hilarious Father’s Day memes.

"Life doesn’t come with an instruction book—that’s why we have fathers." —H. JACKSON BROWNErd.com

“Life doesn’t come with an instruction book—that’s why we have fathers.” —H. Jackson Browne

Loving these father-son quotes so far? Check out these heartwarming mother-son quotes next.

Anthony Kiedis 40 Father Son Quotes Perfect For Sharing On Father’s DayRD.COM

“The fact that my relationship with my son is so good makes me forgiving of my father and also appreciative.” —Anthony Kiedis

Want your kids to get involved in the festivities? Try out these Father’s Day crafts.

"I am a family man, and my most important role is a father to my son." —ED SKREINrd.com

“I am a family man, and my most important role is a father to my son.” —Ed Skrein

If he’s a new dad, check out these best first Father’s Day gift ideas for an extra sweet celebration.

"It's a father's duty to give his sons a fine chance." —GEORGE ELIOTrd.com

“It’s a father’s duty to give his sons a fine chance.” —George Eliot

"It's not flesh and blood but the heart that makes us father and son." —FRIEDRICH SCHILLERrd.com

“It’s not flesh and blood but the heart that makes us father and son.” —Friedrich Schiller

Stepdads deserve celebration too—these are the best stepdad Father’s Day gifts.

"The father who does not teach his sons his duties is equally guilty with the son who neglects them." —CONFUCIUSrd.com

“The father who does not teach his sons his duties is equally guilty with the son who neglects them.” —Confucius

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

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

Celebrate the father of your children every day of the year with these amazing dad quotes.

“Don’t wait until your son is a man to make him great; make him great as a boy.” —UNKNOWNrd.com

“Don’t wait until your son is a man to make him great; make him great as a boy.” —Unknown

“Every dad, if he takes time out of his busy life to reflect upon his fatherhood, can learn ways to become an even better dad.” —JACK BAKERrd.com

“Every dad, if he takes time out of his busy life to reflect upon his fatherhood, can learn ways to become an even better dad.” —Jack Baker

In case your daughter needs help picking out a present, here are great Father’s Day gifts from daughters he’ll love.

"Tiger father begets tiger son."  —CHINESE PROVERBrd.com

“Tiger father begets tiger son.” —Chinese Proverb

"A father is a man who expects his son to be as good a man as he meant to be. —FRANK A. CLARKrd.com

“A father is a man who expects his son to be as good a man as he meant to be.” —Frank A. Clark

Get the family together this year and watch one of these movies to watch on Father’s Day that’ll tug at this heartstrings.

"Forget Batman: When I really thought about what I wanted to be when I grew up, I wanted to be my dad." —PAUL ASAYrd.com

“Forget Batman: When I really thought about what I wanted to be when I grew up, I wanted to be my dad.” —Paul Asay

"A father is neither an anchor to hold us back nor a sail to take us there but a guiding light whose love shows us the way." —UNKNOWNrd.com

“A father is neither an anchor to hold us back nor a sail to take us there but a guiding light whose love shows us the way.” —Unknown

“We became friends, not just father and son.” —RICHARD BERGERONrd.com

“We became friends, not just father and son.” —Richard Bergeron

"My father didn't tell me how to live; he lived, and let me watch him do it." —CLARENCE B. KELLANDrd.com

“My father didn’t tell me how to live; he lived, and let me watch him do it.” —Clarence B. Kelland

Get crafty this year with these homemade Father’s Day gifts.

"My father used to say that it's never too late to do anything you wanted to do. And he said, 'You never know what you can accomplish until you try.'" —MICHAEL JORDANrd.com

“My father used to say that it’s never too late to do anything you wanted to do. And he said, ‘You never know what you can accomplish until you try.'” —Michael Jordan

"My father believed in toughness, honesty, politeness, and being on time. All very important lessons." —ROGER MOORErd.com

“My father believed in toughness, honesty, politeness, and being on time. All very important lessons.” —Roger Moore

Make this year extra special with these loving Father’s Day gifts for your husband.

“I think that my strong determination for justice comes from the very strong, dynamic personality of my father. I have rarely ever met a person more fearless and courageous than my father. ... If I had a problem, I could always call Daddy." —MARTIN LUTHER KING JR.rd.com

“I think that my strong determination for justice comes from the very strong, dynamic personality of my father. I have rarely ever met a person more fearless and courageous than my father… If I had a problem, I could always call Daddy.” —Martin Luther King, Jr.

"Every son quotes his father, in words and in deeds." —TERRI GUILLEMETSrd.com

“Every son quotes his father, in words and in deeds.” —Terri Guillemets

"Every father should remember that one day his son will follow his example instead of his advice." — CHARLES F. KETTERINGrd.com

“Every father should remember that one day his son will follow his example instead of his advice.” —Charles F. Kettering

“The older a man gets, the more he values everything his dad gave him.” —UNKNOWNrd.com

“The older a man gets, the more he values everything his dad gave him.” —Unknown

Dads will go above and beyond for their children. Check out these inventions made by dads for their kids.

David Lauren 40 Father Son Quotes Perfect For Sharing On Father’s DayRD.COM

“My dad is my best friend, my father, and my boss. When I do something that is exciting and he likes it, it feels three times as good, as you can imagine.” —David Lauren

"My father was my teacher. But most importantly he was a great dad." —BEAU BRIDGESrd.com

“My father was my teacher. But most importantly, he was a great dad.” —Beau Bridges

If you’re not sure where to start, check out these sweet, funny messages to write in your Father’s Day card this year.

John Stamos 40 Father Son Quotes Perfect For Sharing On Father’s DayRD.COM

“Everything is more colorful, more exciting. Music, you know, sounds better. He’s just a beautiful little boy.” —John Stamos

Tiger Shroff 40 Father Son Quotes Perfect For Sharing On Father’s DayRD.COM

“Every son’s first superhero is his father.” —Tiger Shroff

Want to get him something extra special this year? Here are the best personalized Father’s Day gifts.

Brad Pitt 40 Father Son Quotes Perfect For Sharing On Father’s DayRD.COM

“With sons and fathers, there’s an inexplicable connection and imprint that your father leaves on you.” —Brad Pitt

Jim Valvano 40 Father Son Quotes Perfect For Sharing On Father’s DayRD.COM

“My father gave me the greatest gift anyone could give another person: He believed in me.” —Jim Valvano

Not sure what to get him this year? Here are funny Father’s Day gifts you can get delivered.

Prince Harry 40 Father Son Quotes Perfect For Sharing On Father’s DayRD.COM

“I’m struck by a few things today, most of which is the power of the invisible role model…. Perhaps it’s the newfound clarity I have as a father, knowing that my son will always be watching what I do, mimicking my behavior, one day maybe even following in my footsteps.” —Prince Harry

Joe Biden 40 Father Son Quotes Perfect For Sharing On Father’s DayRD.COM

“My dad’s definition of success is when you look at your son and daughter and realize they turned out better than you.” —Joe Biden

Tim Russert 40 Father Son Quotes Perfect For Sharing On Father’s DayRD.COM

“The older I get, the smarter my father seems to get.” —Tim Russert

Walte M Schirra Sr 40 Father Son Quotes Perfect For Sharing On Father’s DayRD.COM

“You don’t raise heroes, you raise sons. And if you treat them like sons, they’ll turn out to be heroes, even if it’s just in your own eyes.” —Walter M. Schirra, Sr.

Want to be the instant favorite in the family? You’re going to need one of these special Father’s Day gifts for father-in-laws.

William Shakespeare 40 Father Son Quotes Perfect For Sharing On Father’s DayRD.COM

“When a father gives to his son, both laugh. When a son gives to his father, both cry.” —William Shakespeare

Unknown 40 Father Son Quotes Perfect For Sharing On Father’s DayRD.COM

“No matter how tall a son grows, he will always look up to his dad.” —Unknown

Father-son quotes don’t get much sweeter than that. Next, take a look at these family quotes and brother quotes.

Meghan Jones
Meghan Jones is a word nerd who has been writing for RD.com since 2017. You can find her byline on pieces about grammar, fun facts, the meanings of various head-scratching words and phrases, and more. Meghan graduated from Marist College with a Bachelor of Arts in English in 2017; her creative nonfiction piece “Anticipation” was published in the Spring 2017 issue of Angles literary magazine.