12 Dad Quotes to Spruce Up Your Father’s Day Cards

Happy Father’s Week, Shmoopers!

Yeah, we said week—we’re big dad fans around here. To celebrate, we’re sharing our favorite quotes by, for, and about fathers. Watch out, Hallmark—you’ve got some stiff competition.

Here they are, organized by…dad. Click on any dad’s name for the full context surrounding the quote (along with some other goodies). After all, if you’re gonna plaster one of these on your Father’s Day card, you’d better be able to back it up with some knowledge.

Atticus Finch

“You just hold your head high and keep those fists down. No matter what anybody says to you, don’t you let ’em get your goat. Try fighting with your head for a change.”

Why is Atticus everyone’s favorite literary dad? Because he says stuff like this all the time. Sorry, Mr. Bennet, you don’t hold a candle to the Finch patriarch.

Fred Flintstone

“Yabba dabba doo!”

Hopefully your dad’s wardrobe isn’t too much like Fred’s, but there’s nothing wrong with being a goofball.

Dirty Harry

“You’ve got to ask yourself one question: ‘Do I feel lucky?’ Well, do you, punk?”

Have you ever met a dad who didn’t love Dirty Harry? Well, have you, punk?

Don Vito Corleone

“Someday, and that day may never come, I will call upon you to do a service for me. But until that day, accept this justice as a gift on my daughter’s wedding day.”

Most dads would get their daughter a KitchenAid or living room furniture as a wedding gift. But Don Corleone isn’t most dads.

Uncle Joey and Uncle Jesse

“Cut it out!” and “Have mercy!”

No reason to leave uncles in the dust. Joey and Jesse practically raised the Tanner girls…and, as with any good late-80s sitcom, shenanigans ensued. (Speaking of uncles with great one-liners, shout-out to Uncle Ben.)

Frank Barone

“Holy crap!”

Maybe leave this one off the Father’s Day cards.

George Bailey

“A toast to my big brother George: the richest man in town.”

George Bailey is the richest man in town because he’s got a family that he loves. Thanks, sappy mid-century movie.

Albus Dumbledore

“Happiness can be found in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light.”

Okay, so Dumbledore isn’t anyone’s dad, but he knew how to throw down fatherly advice with the best of ’em.

Homer Simpson


Homer Simpson might be the most famous dad of all time, and he’s got the perfect bumbling catchphrase to go along with the title.

Nick Carraway’s Dad

“In my younger and more vulnerable years my father gave me some advice that I’ve been turning over in my mind ever since. ‘Whenever you feel like criticizing any one,’ he told me, ‘just remember that all the people in this world haven’t had the advantages that you’ve had.'”

Good advice, Daddy Carraway. Too bad your son is having none of it.

Archie Bunker

“Get out of my chair, Meathead.”

Oh, Archie. You always (read: never) had a way with words.
What’s your favorite dad quote? Tell us on Facebook or Twitter with the hashtag #ShmoopDads.

Quote of the Week

“Hello, my name is Inigo Montoya, you killed my father, prepare to die.”

~ The Princess Bride

Moral of the story: don’t mess with anyone’s dad.

2 thoughts on “12 Dad Quotes to Spruce Up Your Father’s Day Cards

  1. Monique says:

    Theme- a message the author is trying to convey to the reader. Theme is not a one word topic, like your site suggests. I can’t find any email address that would allow me to convey this to your site.

  2. Thanks for the note! We do use one-word titles to make it easy to find the themes, but the blurbs on each theme page are intended to elaborate on the message that the author has about that topic.

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