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65 Best Father-Daughter Quotes and Sayings to Share With Dad

These messages are all about the special bond between dads and daughters.

By Elizabeth Berry and Shelby Deering
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With Father’s Day approaching, it’s only natural that as daughters, we begin to reminisce on the good times with Dad and think about what to buy him for Father's Day. This special holiday conjures up so many memories, whether it's the time you lost your first tooth and Dad helped you put it under your pillow or the memory of him comforting you after your first heartbreak. Dad has always been there, in the good times and bad, when you were little and today when you're grown. We've handpicked the best father daughter quotes to highlight your special bond.

Perhaps you’d like to tuck away some quotes that will inspire you to deepen your relationship with your father, or jot them down to share with Dad during your weekly phone call. Or maybe you’re on the lookout for some quotes to add to his Father's Day card, from loving to funny to short but sweet. These quotes would also make for great Facebook or Instagram captions, if you're thinking of dedicating an emotional Father's Day post to your dad.

These quotes aren't just for daughters, though. For the fathers out there, you can read these when you're missing your little girl and send one to her to let her know she's on your mind. A text with one of these heartfelt quotes is sure to make her day. Keep reading for the best father daughter quotes that will make both your hearts swell.

Inspirational Quotes for Dads and Daughters


Cultivate an even deeper sense of appreciation for your dear dad with the help of these quotes that are sure to inspire some warm fuzzies.


Gregory E. Lang

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


Dr. James Dobson

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“A good father will leave his imprint on his daughter for the rest of her life.”

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Marinela Reka

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“Being a daddy’s girl is like having permanent armor for the rest of your life.”


French Proverb

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“He who has daughters is always a shepherd.”


Dawn French

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“It was my father who taught me to value myself.”

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Liza Minnelli

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"My mother gave me my drive but my father gave me my dreams."



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



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"The most admirable thing ever has to be a father protecting his daughter."

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Bindi Irwin

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"My daddy was my hero. He was always there for me when I needed him. He listened to me and taught me so many things. But most of all he was fun."



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"The smile of a daughter is the secret purpose of every father."



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"In the darkest days, when I feel inadequate, unloved, and unworthy, I remember whose daughter I am and I straighten my crown."

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John Gregory Brown

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“There’s something like a line of gold thread running through a man’s words when he talks to his daughter, and gradually over the years it gets to be long enough for you to pick it up in your hands and weave into a cloth that feels like love itself.”

Funny Quotes About Dads and Daughters


Whether it’s dating or doting, sometimes, father-daughter relationships can be downright funny! And these quotes hit the nail on the head.



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"My dad is awesome. But you know what they say, 'Like father like daughter.'"

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Dax Shepard

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"I rescind my early statement, 'I could never fall in love with a girl who regularly poops her pants.' (I hadn't met my daughter yet)."



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"A little girl giggles when she is denied an ice-cream by her mother. She knows Daddy will get her some later."


Ben Sirach

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"A daughter is a treasure and a cause of sleeplessness."

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Steve Martin

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"A father carries pictures where his money used to be."


Guy Lombardo

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"Many a man wishes he were strong enough to tear a telephone book in half — especially if he has a teenage daughter."

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Elizabeth Berry
Updates Editor

Elizabeth Berry (she/her) is the Updates Editor at the Good Housekeeping Institute where she optimizes lifestyle content across verticals. Prior to this role, she was an Editorial Assistant for Woman’s Day where she covered everything from gift guides to recipes. She also has experience fact checking commerce articles and holds a B.A. in English and Italian Studies from Connecticut College.

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Shelby Deering is a lifestyle writer who specializes in decor, home tours, wellness, travel, vintage, and feel-good stories for national publications. She’s from Madison, Wisconsin, and when she’s not writing, you’ll find her running local trails, shopping flea markets, or going for walks with her husband and corgi.

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