Father’s Day is this Sunday, so you’ve hopefully made some plans to honor your father figure (or at the very least give him a call). But it can be difficult to put your feelings about the man who raised you into words. To help out, we’ve collected some sweet quotes from famous women about their dads. Borrow from their insights — or copy what they’ve written, just make sure your own father doesn’t find out that you’ve plagiarized!
Whether you’re looking for a sentiment that’ll make your pop a little misty-eyed or something to make you both smile, this list of fatherhood quotes has something for everyone. Happy Father’s Day weekend.
On her relentlessly supportive father: “When I think about my dad, I know that he thinks I am so much better than I am for real. I would love to be the girl that he thinks I am, because he holds me up so high and thinks I can do no wrong. He thinks I’m brave. He thinks I’m beautiful. He thinks I can do anything. He thinks I’m fearless. And he is my biggest fan.”
On her self-taught father, who helped launch Imagination Library: “The Imagination Library came from a very serious place in my heart. My dad and a lot of my relatives that grew up hard too, big families, they couldn’t actually get a chance to go to school, because they had to work. … My daddy couldn’t read and write, but daddy was so smart, he could just do numbers in his head. But my daddy then after he was grown, he couldn’t read or write; he thought that it was just too hard to do.”
On her “wild card” father: “My mom chose a wild card for my dad. He was a mad poet hedonist man child! But I understood that as a kid. … I think I would have liked to have a dad who didn’t look so out there. Or who stayed. Or was capable of anything really. But his wildness runs through me. His gifts are here. His demons to overcome are mine to break! … My dad gave me the gift of life! A wicked sense of humor! And that wildness that I truly do cherish.”
On her birthday twin father: “The other day, I was telling my wonderful Steve that partly why I adore him so much is because he reminds me in many ways of my precious Dad. They say you marry guys like your Father, right? Well, I did! There is not a day that goes by where I don’t think about my sweet and loving earthly Father. … My Dad was my hero, who created a safe haven for me in this crazy world that I grew up in. I feel so blessed today to call him ‘Father,’ and that I am his only daughter and birthday pal! (Yes, I was born on his birthday.) … Compassionate, ethical and honest in all that he did, Father also treated our Mother and me with the utmost respect and helped me understand the joy of true womanhood.”
On her father’s Italian meatballs: “I wanted to be a skinny little ballerina but I was a voluptuous little Italian girl whose dad had meatballs on the table every night. I used to come home and say, ‘Dad, why do you always give us this food? I need to be thin.’ And he’d say, ‘Eat your spaghetti.'”