Father's Day is one of those greeting-card holidays that can be rife with emotion and expectation. And, deciding what to say in a Father's Day card can give even the most seasoned wordsmith writer's block. Consider these sentimental quotes to write in a Father's Day card if your own words escape you. You might be asking, well just how hard can it be to wish someone a happy Father's Day? It depends on a few things.
First if you don't celebrate Father's Day, you've probably already stopped reading this, and that's OK. If you have a tenuous relationship with your dad, you might not want to be too emotional, and if you have the best dad ever — one that rivals Adam Braverman on Parenthood — then you could be at a loss for words about how to honor someone who means so much to you. Here's where using someone else's words can help.
Artfully arranged words can help convey myriad things, which is why using notable quotes can be a powerful tool of expression. "[People have an] “appetite for well-expressed wisdom, motivational or otherwise,” Ward Farnsworth, dean of the University of Texas School of Law and author of Farnsworth’s Classical English Rhetoric told Fast Company.
If you're feeling stuck, consider these quotes for your 2017 Father's Day card.
1. "My father gave me the greatest gift anyone could give another person: He believed in me." — Jim Valvano
In your own words: "You gave me the greatest gift anyone could give another person; you believed in me."
2. "Some people don't believe in heroes, but they haven't met my Dad." — Unknown
In your own words: "Some people don't believe in heroes, but they haven't met you, dad."
3. "To the world you are a dad. To our family you are the world." — Unknown
4. "Dads are most ordinary men turned by love into heroes, adventurers, story-tellers, and singers of song." — Pam Brown
5. "Anyone can be a father, but it takes someone special to be a dad, and that's why I call you dad, because you are so special to me. You taught me the game and you taught me how to play it right." — Wade Boggs
6. "And my dad drilled it in my head, you know, 'If you want it bad enough, and you're willing to make the sacrifices, you can do it. But first you have to believe in yourself." — Jennie Finch
In your own words: "Thank you dad for believing in me enough for me to believe in myself."
7. “He has always provided me a safe place to land and a hard place from which to launch.” — Chelsea Clinton
In your own words: "Dad, thanks for helping me launch my life, and giving me a safe place to land."
8. “I imagined the hard things that pulled us apart / Will never again, sir, tear us from each other’s hearts.” — Bruce Springsteen
9. “The older I get, the smarter my father seems to get.” — Tim Russert
In your own words: "The older I get, Dad, the smarter you seem," Love, the kid who thought they knew everything.
10. “My father taught me that the only way you can make good at anything is to practice, and then practice some more.” — Pete Rose
In your own words: "Dad, thanks for always encouraging me to keep going, and for never letting me give up."
11. Happy Fathers Day, Dad! I wouldn’t trade you for anything. Of course, nobody’s offered me anything. — Melanie White
12. Having children is like living in a frat house — nobody sleeps, everything's broken, and there's a lot of throwing up. — Ray Romano
In your own words: "Thanks Dad for always being the most gracious host during our 18-year frat party."
13. "My father didn't tell me how to live; he lived, and let me watch him do it." — Clarence Budington Kelland
In your own words: "Thanks for setting an amazing example for me, Dad."
14. "When my father didn’t have my hand ... he had my back." — Linda Poindexter
In your own words: "Thanks, Dad, for always having my back."