Take a break from the blissful chaos of family life to read these poignant, funny, and insightful looks at fatherhood. From the elegant words of ancient scholars to Louis C.K.’s brutally honest assessment of his parenting skills, these quotes are sure to make your Dad smile and remember: You are appreciated; you are admired; you are loved.
Barack Obama, 44th President of the United States
What I’ve realized is that life doesn’t count for much unless you’re willing to do your small part to leave our children—all of our children—a better world. Even if it’s difficult. . . . That is our ultimate responsibility as fathers and parents. We try. We hope.
Taylor Swift, Musician
My dad believed in me, even when I didn’t. He always knew I could do this.
Liza Minnelli, Actress and Musician
I’ve said it before, but it’s absolutely true: My mother gave me my drive, but my father gave me my dreams. Thanks to him, I could see a future.
Hugh Jackman, Actor
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.
Helen Thomson, Writer
Dads are stone skimmers, mud wallowers, water wallopers, ceiling swoopers, shoulder gallopers, upsydownsy, over-and-through, round-and-about whooshers. Dads are smugglers and secret sharers.
David Bowie, Musician
I don’t expect the human race to progress in too many areas. However, having a child with an ear infection makes one hugely grateful for antibiotics.
Louis C.K., Comedian
I found out that I’m a pretty bad father. I make a lot of mistakes and I don’t know what I’m doing. But my kids love me. Go figure.
Jimmy Fallon, Comedian
I didn’t think it was going to be this fun. But everything just gets heightened when you have a baby. The volume gets turned up on life. I never knew I could be this happy, and that’s the truth.
Joe Biden, 47th Vice President of the United States
My dad always said, “Champ, the measure of a man is not how often he is knocked down, but how quickly he gets up.”
Justin Timberlake, Musican
[Fatherhood] is the most insanely amazing, most beautiful, unbelievable thing that can ever happen to you.
But don’t start thinking that poignant Father’s Day quotes are enough. They should at least be paired with a homemade brunch. Say “I Love You” with these brunch recipes.