11 Quotes and messages to write in your Father’s Day greetings card

11 Quotes and messages to write in your Father's Day greetings card

Father’s Day is a date many people forget every year.

While Mother’s Day is usually widely observed, sometimes the whole not wanting to make a fuss thing can leave Dads a little short changed.

So Dad might not want much, but often it’s the thought that counts.

If you want to make sure Dad isn’t forgotten this Father’s Day (it’s on Sunday June 18th by the way), here are some thoughtful quotes to write in your greetings card.

Quotes to use in Father’s Dad cards

11 Quotes and messages to write in your Father's Day greetings card
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1) “When a father gives to his son, both laugh; when a son gives to his father, both cry” – William Shakespeare

2) “Without my dad, I wouldn’t be here” – Maria Sharapova

3) “Do I want to be a hero to my son? No, I would like to be a very real human being. That’s hard enough” – Robert Downey Jr


5) “I am not ashamed to say that no man I ever met was my father’s equal, and I never loved any other man as much” – Hedy Lamarr

6) “One father is more than a hundred schoolmasters” – George Herbert

7) “Dad taught me everything I know. Unfortunately, he didn’t teach me everything he knows” – Al Unser

8) “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


10) “I’ve said it before, but it’s absolutely true: My mother gave me my drive, but my father gave me my dreams. Thanks to him, I could see a future” – Liza Minnelli

11) “My dad said to me, ‘Work hard and be patient.’ It was the best advice he ever gave me. You have to put the hours in” – Simon Cowell


Everything you need to know about Father’s Day

When is Father’s Day?

Happy father and son discussing while having coffee at cafe
Happy father and son discussing while having coffee at cafe

This one is complicated but, for the UK, the US and a number of other countries, Father’s Day is always held on the third Sunday of the June.

This year the celebration will be on Sunday 18 June.

In Catholic Europe and in a number of Latin American countries, it was celebrated on 19 March but some countries are switching over to the date in June.

Even beyond that there are countries with different traditions and Father’s Day dates are quite varied: Australia’s Father’s Day is in September, for example.

How did it start?

Portrait of girl (8-10) playing tuba by father wearing headphones
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The Catholic day to celebrate fatherhood dates back to the Middle Ages to tie in with the feast of St Joseph.

But the celebration of fatherhood did not reach the US until around 100 years ago. The UK adopted the day much later, around the late 1940s.

How the idea came to US is disputed.

Some suggest that the American Sonora Dodd came up with the idea of a day for fathers after hearing a sermon about mother’s Day in 1910.

She had been raised by her father – along with her siblings – after her mother died in childbirth.

Others suggest that the day’s origins date back to 1908 when Grace Golden Clayton, from Fairmont, West Virginia, campaigned for a date for children in a nearby town to remember their fathers after 360 men died in a mine explosion.

The campaign for Mother’s Day started just a couple of months earlier so it is possible she drew inspiration from this.

How is Father’s Day celebrated?

Lifestyle, California, USA
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Over in the States, the date is marked as a public holiday.

Lyndon Johnson first put the date on the public calendar in 1966 and it was officially declared a holiday by Richard Nixon in 1972.

The date is typically marked by with children giving cards and gifts in Britain and the US but over in Germany the date is marked with groups of men celebrating with beer, wine and meat on wagons.


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