75 Heartwarming Quotes About Dads and Being a Father

For a universally understood amalgam of emotions, the complexity of fatherhood is incredibly hard to put into words. What we can say is it’s some combination of love, fear, hope, and just absolutely trying to do your best without having any idea if what you’re doing is right. Thankfully there are many others who have had beautiful things to say. We’ve compiled a list of 75 of these quotes that we think are both incredibly relatable, and a bit inspiring. It’s nice to be reminded that, for feelings so ineffable, all fathers know it, and we’re in it together.

1. “My father used to play with my brother and me in the yard. Mother would come out and say, ‘You’re tearing up the grass.’ ‘We’re not raising grass,’ Dad would reply. ‘We’re raising boys.’” -Harmon Killebrew

2. “My dad was here one minute and now he’s gone. You realize… that’s it. All of the things you work hard for and stress about, you don’t take them with you. Then, when you see your child for the first time, you’re like… ‘WOW,” and you realize that it’s a cycle.” -Idris Elba

3. “The attitude you have as a parent is what your kids will learn from more than what you tell them. They don’t remember what you try to teach them. They remember what you are.” -Jim Henson

4. “Anyone who does anything to help a child in his life is a hero.” -Fred Rogers

5. “Success, and even life itself, wouldn’t be worth anything if I didn’t have my children by my side. They mean everything to me.” -Jude Law

6. My father gave me the greatest gift anyone could give another person: he believed in me.” -Jim Valvano

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

8.  “It doesn’t matter who my father was; it matters who I remember he was.” -Michael Ratnadeepak

9. “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

10. “Throughout the years, throughout the ups and downs, I’ve realized that the most important thing that I could do with my daughter is lead a life with love. Not success, not fame, not anything else but ‘I’m always here for you. I love you.’” -Dwayne Johnson

11. “Having a kid is like falling in love for the first time when you’re 12, but every day.” -Mike Myers

12. “I thought I would be more inspired to have all these new feelings to talk about, but I really just want to hang out with my daughter.” -Jay-Z

13. “What I learned most from my father wasn’t anything he said; it was just the way he behaved.” -Jeff Bridges

14. “When one has not had a good father, one must create one.” -Friedrich Nietzsche

15. “I’ve done all kinds of cool things as an actor, but none of it means anything compared to being somebody’s daddy. I made promises in that moment about what kind of dad I wanted to be and I just prayed that he’d live long enough that I could keep that.” -Chris Pratt

16. “When I hear people talk about juggling, or the sacrifices they make for their children, I look at them like they’re crazy, because ‘sacrifice’ infers that there was something better to do than being with your children. Being with my kids is the best, most fun thing. It’s a privilege. It’s not something I call a sacrifice.” -Chris Rock

17. “My girls turned out great. And the way that my parents raised me and my brothers was different but it also worked. I think it’s like a relay race. You run and you hand over the baton and your kids pick it up. They take the stuff they want, throw the rest away and keep running. That’s what life is about.” -Billy Crystal

18. “I mean, I look at my dad. He was 20 when he started having a family, and he was always the coolest dad. He did everything for his kids, and he never made us feel like he was pressured. I know that it must be a great feeling to be a guy like that.” -Adam Sandler

19. “The idea really triggered something inside me about protection and parenting. And I just thought maybe I could make it a metaphor for parenthood: The fact that no matter what, there will come a time when you don’t have control over what your kids do, what they say, what they think. And you just hope that the preparation was enough to get them through and they survive.” -John Krasinski 

20. “When my father passed, I was still an unsuccessful cook with a drug problem. I was in my mid-thirties, standing behind an oyster bar, cracking clams for a living when he died. So, he never saw me complete a book or achieve anything of note. I would have liked to have shared this with him.” -Anthony Bourdain

21. “I have a stepson, five biological children, grandchildren, and a couple of great-grandchildren. And the treasure of all this: I still get a little jump every time I hear ‘Dad.’” -Larry King

22. “It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men.” -Frederick Douglass

23. “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

24. “They joy of fatherhood also comes with moments of chaos, crying, tears, trips to doctors, etc. It is important to breathe. Take a deep breath in these moments of chaos. More than anything, cherish each moment.” -Zack Bush

25. “I have a daughter who’s going to be raised in this world, and my music and my art are powerful tools in getting that to be formed the way I want it to.” -Chance the Rapper

26. “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.

27. “Words have an awesome impact. The impression made by a father’s voice can set in motion an entire trend of life.” -Gordon MacDonald

28. “For unflagging interest and enjoyment, a household of children, if things go reasonably well, certainly makes all other forms of success and achievement lose their importance by comparison.” -Theodore Roosevelt

29. “I think [fatherhood] changes your relationship with time. I just don’t have time to waste. You gotta be really deliberate with how you choose to spend your day, because those are the moments you’re away from your child.” -Mahershala Ali

30. “Love isn’t enough despite what every sappy love song says; commitment to parenting was the missing piece. Commitment takes love on its back and carries it the whole way. When I’m committed to you, I learn to tell you no — not to hurt you but to help you grow and learn.” -Terry Crews

31. “You know everything you need to know about parenting in your tummy. When your alarm goes off, listen to it. Your instinct. You can double-think yourself, but your instinct is always right. Being a parent, without a doubt, is the most difficult job on the face of the planet. Period.” -Henry Winkler

32. “Kids put life into perspective. Life happens and you get bad news sometimes, or thing don’t go your way at work—for me that might mean I lose a game or not play well—but that doesn’t affect my mood from day to day. I love going home and seeing the smiles my daughters’ faces being happy to see me, and that makes everything all right.” -Steph Curry

33. “My dad taught me about the true value of hard work. He taught me about the importance of honoring commitments and pursuing your passions with a sense of tenacity. I’ve worked really hard to make these values a part of my daily life not just for me, but for [my] kids. Because I really believe it’s less about what you do and more so how you do it that defines your character.” -Chip Gaines

34. “My mother’s dad dropped out of the eight grade to work. He had to. By the time he was 30, he was a master plumber, carpenter, mason, mechanic. That guy was, to me, a magician. Anything that was broken he could fix. Anybody anywhere in our community knew that if there was a problem, Carl was there to fix it.” -Mike Rowe

35. “All you can do is hope, at the end of the road, that you’ve given your kids enough life lessons [so when] it’s time for them to live their life, they can flourish on their own because they’re going to have to make their own path as well. Even though we’ve set them up in the best way possible. And the same thing with being a husband. When you know you’re committed, everything else takes care of itself.” -LeBron James

36. “Our society has taught us that moms are supposed to do this type of stuff, but dads have a responsibility to take part in everything their kids do. I’m a hands-on dad. My kids are older now but they can come to me no matter what.” -Danny Trejo

37. “I used to be embarrassed because I was just a comic book writer while other people were building bridges or going on to medical careers. And then I began to realize: entertainment is one of the most important things in people’s lives. Without it they might go off the deep end. I feel that if you’re able to entertain people, you’re doing a good thing.” -Stan Lee

38. “Never is a man more of a man than when he is the father of a newborn.” -Matthew McConaughey

39. “I think it should be cool to be a good partner, a good spouse, a good father… If I’m one of the people who helps make that cooler, I think that’s great.” -John Legend

40. “Number one thing as a parent: Continuity and consistency. I try to get all my work stuff done when I don’t have the baby, because when I have the baby, everyone else can f*** off.” -Jeremy Renner

41. “I’ve been a parent for three weeks: What do I know? I don’t know anything, but it’s kind of part of the beauty of it, honestly. There are a lot of instincts, a lot of things that kind of kick in and switch on. It’s a beautiful experience.” -Adam Levine

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

43. “The best way of training the young is to train yourself at the same time. Not to admonish them, but to be seen never doing that of which you would admonish them.” -Plato

44. “My father didn’t tell me how to live. He lived and let me watch him do it.” -Clarence Budington Kelland

45. “One of the greatest things a father can do for his children is to love their mother.” -Howard W. Hunter

46. “‘Father is the noblest title a man can be given. It is more than a biological role. It signifies a patriarch, a leader, an exemplar, a confidant, a teacher, a hero, a friend.” -Robert L. Backman

47. “The hardest part of raising a child is teaching them to ride bicycles. A shaky child on a bicycle for the first time needs both support and freedom. The realization that this is what the child will always need can hit hard.” -Sloan Wilson

48. “Children will not remember you for the material things you gave them but for the feeling that you cherished them.” -Richard L. Evans

49. “Whenever someone was suffering, my dad was there. If he didn’t have Money, it was a smile or an embrace or whatever he had to help. That was around me my whole life.” -Richard Gere

50. “My dad and I were so close. He was my man. He taught me to be a man of my word — that giving my word is like I’ve signed a contract with you.” -Smokey Robinson

51. “Children learn to smile from their parents.” -Shinichi Suzuki

52. “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

53. “It is easier for a father to have children than for children to have a real father.” -Pope John XXIII

54. “I cannot think of any need in childhood as strong as the need for a father’s protection.” -Sigmund Freud

55. “It’s the most profound gift and the most daunting challenge.” -Matt Bomer

56. “My father didn’t do anything unusual. He only did what dads are supposed to do: be there.” -Max Lucado

57. “I don’t have to prepare to be wrapped around my daughter’s finger. I have been wrapped around her little finger since the day she plopped out into this world.” -Ryan Reynolds

58. “I have found the very best way to advise your children is to find out what they want to do and advise them to do it.” -Harry S. Truman

59. “I talk and talk and talk, and I haven’t taught people in 50 years what my father taught by example in one week.” -Mario Cuomo

60. [Fatherhood is] the greatest thing that could ever happen. You can’t explain it until it happens; it’s like telling somebody what water feels like before they’ve ever swam in it.” -Michael Bublé

61. “A father is a man who expects his children to be as good as he meant to be.” -Frank A. Clark

62. “When you meet your kids you realize that they deserve great parents. And then you have your marching orders, and you have to try and become the person they deserve.” -Ryan Gosling

63. “Daddies don’t just love their children every now and then, it’s a love without end.” -George Strait

64: “The nature of impending fatherhood is that you are doing something that you’re unqualified to do, and then you become qualified while doing it.” -John Green

65. “If the past cannot teach the present, and the father cannot teach the son, then history need not have bothered to go on, and the world has wasted a great deal of time.” -Russel Hoban

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

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

68: “I feel like the success of parenthood is feeling like I failed all day today, but I get to wake up tomorrow and do it again. And hopefully they turn out to be a good human being.” -Justin Timberlake

69. “Every parent is at some point the father of the unreturned prodigal, with nothing to do but keep his house open to hope.” -John Ciardi

70. “The strongest, toughest men all have compassion. They’re not heartless and cold. You have to be man enough to have compassion — to care about people and about your children.” -Denzel Washington

71. “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

72. “I feel that the greatest gift I can give my children is the freedom to be who they are.” -Will Smith

73. “I’ve gotten to jump out of helicopters and do daring stunts and play baseball in a professional stadium, but none of them mean anything compared to being somebody’s daddy.” -Chris Pratt

74. “When I looked at you first I saw not your mother and me, but your two grandfathers… and, as my father, whom I loved a great deal, had died the year before, I was moved to see that here, in you, he was alive.” -Peter Carey

75. “I want to experience being a husband, experience being a father, experience, maybe, hopefully, someday being a grandfather, and all those things. I want that experience. When I die, I want to be exhausted.” -Bryan Cranston

Be sure to check out our other list of hilarious quotes about dads and being a father.

Halo Series Finally Coming to Paramount+, Here’s the Teaser

Video game movies are a strange beast.

Almost uniformly, they suck. They’re just not good. Even the exceptions, the ones that are good relative to the terrible ones, aren’t even very good. The best tend to be movies about video games (Wreck-It Ralph, Free Guy), not actual adaptations of video games.

And yet, we keep wanting more of them. We keep waiting for someone to get it right. It’s bound to happen one of these days. Maybe it will be HBO’s The Last of Us series. Not a movie, but still. Or maybe it will be Halo.

Halo was one of the first megahits of the modern video game era, the Xbox’s flagship game, both a pioneer and a dinosaur, the latest iteration – #6 – was just released to celebrate the game’s 20th anniversary. It’s being viewed, at best, as a fun throwback; its most favorable reviews are colored by the nostalgia. But it’s a known entity and has been flirting with a mo= vie adaptation for years. Now, we’re finally getting the next best (oR even better?) thing: a big-budget streaming show.

It’s coming to Paramout+ in 2022, after multiple delays and false starts. We don’t know much about it, but we know that Master Chief is the main character and that he will be portrayed by Pablo Schrieber (The Wire). That’s about all we know, and the first teaser for the series tells us even less.

We’ll have to wait and see with this one, but at some point, one of these video game adaptations eventually has to be good. Right?

 

The Rock Surprises Navy Vet by Giving Him His Personal Custom Truck

No one knows how to give back to the people more than Dwayne Johnson. The guy just loves being cool to the fans, whether it’s surprising a tour bus of them in his hood, or GIVING HIS CAR to one. Yup, The Rock, who used to call himself “The People’s Champion”, actually gave his own personal custom truck to a fan.

He gifted it to Navy veteran Oscar Rodriguez once he heard about the fan’s story. He invited him to a private screening of his new movie, Red Notice, which is blowing up on Netflix. And then he wanted to gift him the car from the movie. Porsche said no, so he decided to “do one better.”

“I’ll give away my personal custom truck as the gift. My baby,” he wrote.

He said he chose Oscar because the fan “exemplifies being nice and kind to his core.”

Johnson said he takes care of his elderly mom, he’s a personal trainer, is a leader in his church, supports and provides meals for domestic abuse victims, and is just a good, all-around caring human being.

The fan was incredibly moved. As you would be if the biggest star in Hollywood GAVE YOU HIS CAR.

 

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The Rock said “it’s the little things like this, that I get the greatest joy out of. But most importantly, I have the global platform to illuminate good, solid grateful human beings like Oscar. The kind we could always use more of.”

Good on The Rock for encouraging that, and there would definitely be a LOT more good in this world if people knew they might GET THE ROCK’S CAR for doing so. But the point of him picking Oscar was his desire to reward someone who was good for good’s sake, not because there was something else attached to it.

The Rock said Oscar said to him “it’s all love, that’s what it’s all about” and Johnson wrote that Oscar “deserves a helluva lot more than just me giving him my personal truck.”

I think Oscar is more than happy with his reward. And it’s a very cool move for Johnson to, once again, put more positivity into the social media world.

Harold Ramis’s Daughter Loved How ‘Ghostbusters: Afterlife’ Honored His Memory

One of the biggest impediments to a new Ghostbusters movie was the death of Harold Ramis, who played the beloved Egon Spengler. Ramis was a legendary writer and director, and his passing in 2014 hit fans hard. When the long awaited Ghostbusters: Afterlife was announced, how they handled his legacy was always going to be the big question. And Ramis’s daughter was thrilled with how director Jason Reitman pulled it off.

We aren’t big into spoilers here, so we won’t ruin anything, but the movie was always going to have to address it. Reitman decided to form the narrative around Egon’s family, and have his grandkids at the center of the plot. And the way they integrate his story with the reunion of the other three original Ghostbusters has the late actor’s family pleased.

Violet Ramis Stiel told The Hollywood Reporter Reitman pulled it off. She said Reitman, son of the director of the originals, obviously,  may have been the only person who could’ve done it too.

“He was so careful to get it right, to really honor the early films and everyone who was in them, but also to make something for now and the future,” she said. “Maybe he is the only person who could do that, he is the physical bridge.”

Ghostbusters: Afterlife was a box office hit and the stars of the original said it’s the first film to recapture the spirit of the early days. And the way they handle Egon and his legacy was especially emotional to Violet.

“Ultimately, it leaves us with that feeling: The people we love are always with us,” she said. “They don’t go away.”

J.J. Watt Offers To Pay Funeral Expenses For Waukesha Victims

When tragedy strikes, it’s easy to get caught up in blame, politics, and anger. But there are also plenty of opportunities for kindness and empathy and support. As Mister Rogers once suggested, looking for the helpers can be more constructive.

Future NFL Hall of Famer JJ Watt has long been one of those helpers, often stepping up and using his money to help people in need, and to contribute to charitable causes he believes in. As a former Wisconsin Badger, he is especially attuned to the tragedy that happened at the Christmas parade in Waukesha recently.

Once again the longtime Houston Texan and current Arizona Cardinal, is doing what he can, offering to pay funeral expenses for the six people who died in the tragedy.

This isn’t the first time Watt has been the kind of example and role model today’s kids could use more of, especially when it comes to the world of professional athletics. He’s covered funeral expenses for those involved in a Sante Fe school shooting, and helped raise $37 million to rebuild more than 1000 homes in Houston after Hurricane Harvey.

He was also named the NFL’s Walter Payton Man of the Year award, which rewards charitable efforts, in 2017. It wouldn’t be a shock if he won again.

Dwayne Johnson Said It Was Ryan Reynolds Who Helped Him Through Dad’s Death

Dwayne Johnson suffered the loss of his dad last year and it was Ryan Reynolds who helped him through it. The Rock’s Red Notice co-star helped him process the loss of his father, who passed away on the first day of filming.

Johnson told People magazine Reynolds was there for him the first day he was back on set.

“The moment I walked in the door, Ryan gave me a big hug and said, ‘I got you, man’” he said. “The love, brotherhood and bond is there.”

Red Notice was an enormous hit for Netflix, as it was the biggest movie opening in the streamer’s history. It has since gone on to become No.1 globally and the biggest movie of all time for Netflix.

Johnson and Reynolds are obviously a pretty big reason why. And the two go way back, like wayyyy back. So far back, they actually met an MTV Spring Break. Anyone who can even remember those has to be in their 30s (or a really cool 20-year-old). Johnson was there promoting his first movie, The Scorpion King, and Reynolds was promoting Van Wilder. The two hit it off and have been friends since.

“I have not known any actor in Hollywood longer than I’ve known Ryan Reynolds, we started our careers together,” Johnson said to Entertainment Tonight. He compared their relationship to an old couple who bickers but also loves and respects each other.

He said his other co-star, Gal Gadot, was also a huge help in getting him through that rough period.

“Gal is always taking care of the people around her and has the most positive presence,” he said.

The co-stars have a real connection, and it comes across on screen in the success of their movie for Netflix.

MacGruber Is Back With Hilariously NSFW Jailhouse Interview and a New Mission

The jailhouse interview is ripe for satire, and the first look at the new MacGruber series nails it perfectly. Peacock is bringing the character back in a series for the streaming service and it’s supposed to pick up 10 years after the events of the original movie. Will Forte was hilarious in the original, although it didn’t quite find the audience they were hoping for.

The teaser from Peacock is VERY funny and serves as a catch-up for where the character is now. MacGruber is currently serving a prison sentence for killing Val Kilmer’s character. “I literally saved an entire American city and then they throw me in jail for killing one dude,” he said.

The teaser takes us through the hero’s trailer and what his life has been like since. It also shows Kristen Wiig’s Vicki St. Elmo has been in touch with MacGruber throughout that time.


Prison hasn’t been very good to MacGruber, but he’s also not there forever. He even knows that, saying, “You think they’re gonna keep me in here forever? One day something’s going to happen to America and they’re gonna need me and they’re gonna come here and they’re gonna beg for me to come out.”

That is the exact plot summary for the 8-episode miniseries. The “uber patriot” must take down a mysterious villain, Enos Queeth. MacGruber has to get his old team back together to defeat the forces of evil.

MacGruber was a very underrated movie, and the miniseries is a fun way to jump back into the character’s world. All eight episodes drop on Peacock on December 18th.

Vincent: Little Finger

“Vincent (@vvalerian), former Lieutenant in the United States Army, now enjoys his days parenting our two little ones in our forever home.

Thinking he was a ‘boy dad’ through and through, his world got rocked in April 2021 when our daughter was born! As you can tell, she already has him wrapped around her little finger.

I’m so thankful that my kids get to have this man as their father, as he is more attentive, affectionate, caring, and loving than I ever thought possible.

A good man, a great husband, and the best dad. We love you!”

– Alexa Valerian

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A College Athlete Used His Own Money To Buy Thanksgiving Meals for Those in Need

A college football player used his own money to buy turkeys for people in need in his community. Thanksgiving is a time of giving, and you always see stories about millionaire professional athletes giving back. Those are cool and important, but it means, even more, when it’s a college kid forking over his own cash to help people in need.

University of Michigan running back Blake Corum teamed with some local charities to help give out Thanksgiving turkeys in Ypsilanti, Michigan. This is the first season college athletes could make sponsorship money off of their likeness, and Corum decided to use his to buy turkeys.

“I’ve always invested in giving back to my community and trying to get the next generation to live out their dreams,” he told a local news outlet. “I told my dad, I’m going to buy 100 turkeys.”

The running back was able to put together a “Giving Back 2 Give Thanks” event to give out his turkeys. His coach helped connect him to some other charities, and they were able to double the number of turkeys and meals they gave out. His teammate Nihai Hill-Green also took part in the give-back event.

Corum has been a standout on the field for the Wolverines, but it’s plays like this off the field that make a player a legend for a college program. A lot of college athletes might spend their first real money differently, so major props to one who gave it away to help people who are struggling to have a nice holiday.

“It’s an important holiday. Everyone deserves to have a nice little meal,” he said.

All-you-Can-eat Buffet Bans Man With Unstoppable Appetite

The all-you-can-eat buffet is one of those modern innovations that our ancestors never could’ve dreamed of. The goal when you start the night is always the same, it’s your own personal Man v. Food. You pile those plates high, but you always hit a wall after a few trips. But one man has surpassed all others, and his enormous appetite was unmatched. The unstoppable dinner met the immovable stomach, and for the first time in history, it was the restaurant that flinched.

The customer was BANNED from the restaurant.

The crazy story happened in China. The Handadi Seafood BBQ Buffet was forced to ban the customer, who identified himself as Mr. Kang, after his eating binges were literally affecting the store’s bottom line.

“I can eat a lot, is that a fault?” the sad man said to a local TV station. He didn’t waste the food, he ate everything. Like, literally everything. Instead of taking a few pork trotters, the dude would just take the entire tray. And polish it off.

The owner said every time the guy came in, he lost a decent amount of money. He would put away bottles and bottles of drinks. Trays of food instead of plates. He just could not be stopped. When you can eat more than 8 pounds of prawns and 4 pounds of pigs’ feet in a single sitting, yeah, there’s no slowing down.

And so now, the “all-you-can eat buffet” isn’t quite ALL you can eat. We know there’s a ceiling, it’s just that so few of us have the physical ability to ever reach it.