79 Touching Father-Daughter Quotes For Every Proud Daddy's Girl

by Team Scary Mommy
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The bond between a father and a daughter is mesmerizing. It’s tender and fierce, full of wonder, and unique to all others. After all, he’s a “girl dad”, now. And while the term “momma’s boy” carries with it a negative connotation (and deserves books and a million think pieces dissecting the toxic double standard), “daddy’s girl” gets the opposite treatment. It celebrates the relationship and love between a father and his daughter as special and lauds a father figure who emphasizes the happiness of his girl as she becomes a woman.

In fact, according to the latest search data available to us, father-daughter quotes has a search volume that soars above 74,000. Per month. So with this special connection in mind, we’ve gone ahead and rounded up some of our favorite sayings and quotes about fathers and daughters, some from famous literary giants who wear the badge of daddy’s girl with pride. So whether you’re looking for an inspiring quote for Father’s Day or just a sweet line to drop to dad, we’ve got you covered.

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  1. “I cannot think of any need in childhood as strong as the need for a father’s protection.” — Sigmund Freud
  2. “To her, the name of father was another name for love.” – Fanny Fern
  3. “A man’s daughter is his heart. Just with feet, walking out in the world.” – Mat Johnson
  4. “It is admirable for a man to take his son fishing, but there is a special place in heaven for the father who takes his daughter shopping.” – John Sinor
  5. “If you ever want to torture my dad, tie him up and right in front of him, refold a map incorrectly.” – Cathy Ladman
  6. “You fathers will understand. You have a little girl. She looks up to you. You’re her oracle. You’re her hero. And then the day comes when she gets her first permanent wave and goes to her first real party, and from that day on, you’re in a constant state of panic.” – Stanley T. Banks
  7. “A daughter is a treasure and a cause of sleeplessness.” – Ben Sirach
  8. “Being a daddy’s girl is like having permanent armor for the rest of your life.” – Marinela Reka
  9. “Daddy, thanks for being my hero, chauffeur, financial support, listener, life mentor, friend, guardian, and simply being there every time I need a hug.” – Agatha Stephanie Lin
  10. “No one in this world can love a girl more than her father.” – Michael Ratnadeepak
  11. “When I come home, my daughter will run to the door and give me a big hug, and everything that’s happened that day just melts away.” – Hugh Jackman
  12. “Old as she was, she still missed her daddy sometimes.” – Gloria Naylor
  13. “It was my father who taught me to value myself.” – Dawn French
  14. “A good father will leave his imprint on his daughter for the rest of her life.” – Dr. James Dobson
  15. “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
  16. “Fathers, be good to your daughters. You are the god and the weight of her world.” – John Mayor
  17. “He was a father. That’s what a father does. Eases the burdens of those he loves. Saves the ones he loves from painful last images that might endure for a lifetime.” – George Saunders


  1. “What can you do to promote world peace? Go home and love your family.” – Mother Teresa
  2. “Some people don’t believe in heroes but they haven’t met my dad.” – Unknown
  3. “My father gave me the greatest gift anyone could give another person, he believed in me.” – Jim Valvano
  4. “When my father didn’t have my hand, he had my back.” – Linda Poindexter
  5. “A father’s tears and fears are unseen, his love is unexpressed, but his care and protection remain as a pillar of strength throughout our lives.” – Ama H. Vanniarachchy
  6. “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.” – Bindi Irwin
  7. “When my daughter says ‘Daddy I need you!’ I wonder if she has any idea that I need her billion times more.” – Stanley Behrman
  8. “To a father growing old, nothing is dearer than a daughter.” – Euripides
  9. “The bond that links your true family is not one of blood, but of respect and joy in each other’s life.” – Richard Bach
  10. “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 up in your hands and weave into a cloth that feels like love itself.” – John Gregory Brown
  11. “It was my father who taught me to value myself. He told me that I was uncommonly beautiful and that I was the most precious thing in his life.” – Dawn French
  12. “Certain is it that there is no kind of affection so purely angelic as of a father to a daughter. In love to our wives there is desire; to our sons, ambition; but to our daughters, there is something which there are no words to express.” – Joseph Addison
  13. “I love my daddy. My daddy’s everything. I hope I can find a man that will treat me as good as my dad.” – Lady Gaga
  14. “Having a daughter makes you see things in a different way. This is my only girl. So I don’t care what it takes to protect her. You can call it what you want to call it. As long as you treat her the same way I treat her, like my princess, I don’t mind.” – Tracy Morgan
  15. “My father didn’t tell me how to live. He lived, and let me watch him do it.” – Clarence Budington Kelland


  1. “There will always be a few people who have the courage to love what is untamed inside us. One of those men is my father.” – Alison Lohman
  2. “I cannot think of any need in childhood as strong as the need for a father’s protection.” — Sigmund Freud
  3. “To her the name of father was another name for love.” – Fanny Fern
  4. “A man’s daughter is his heart. Just with feet, walking out in the world.” – Mat Johnson
  5. “By the time I was ten, playing baseball got to be like eating vegetables or taking out the garbage. So when I was 14, I started to refuse. Could you believe that? An American boy refusing to play catch with his father?” — Field of Dreams
  6. “You will make my strength your own. You will see my life through your eyes, as your life will be seen through mine. The son becomes the father and the father becomes the son.” — Superman Returns
  7. “I never thought my dad would be my best friend.” — Meet the Robinsons
  8. “Nobody asks to be a hero; it just sometimes turns out that way.” — Black Hawk Down
  9. “Every Dad is entitled to one hideous shirt and one horrible sweater. It’s part of the Dad code.” — Cheaper By the Dozen 2
  10. “I couldn’t catch a ball if it had Elmer’s Glue all over it. And my father had to be this ex-football star. He didn’t know what to tell his friends, so he told them all I had Polio. On Father’s Day, I used to limp for him.” — A Chorus Line
  11. “I’ve made it my business to observe fathers and daughters. And I’ve seen some incredible, beautiful things. Like the little girl who’s not very cute – her teeth are funny, and her hair doesn’t grow right, and she’s got on thick glasses – but her father holds her hand and walks with her like she’s a tiny angel that no one can touch. He gives her the best gift a woman can get in this world: protection. And the little girl learns to trust the man in her life. And all the things that the world expects from women – to be beautiful, to soothe the troubled spirit, heal the sick, care for the dying, send the greeting card, bake the cake – all of those things become the way we pay the father back for protecting us.” – Adriana Trigiani
  12. Any man can be a father, but it takes someone special to be a dad.
  13. Daddy and daughter, not always eye to eye, but always heart to heart.
  14. Behind every great daughter is a truly amazing dad.
  15. I smile because you’re my father, I laugh because there’s nothing you can do about it.
  16. Some people don’t believe in heroes, but they haven’t met my dad.
  17. “You might never know a man’s vulnerable place until you see him with his daughter, because with her, he seems capable of more human emotions than he will ever share with anyone else.” — Unknown
  18. “When I look at her, it’s like when I was in 7th grade and fell in love for the first time, where it’s debilitating.” — Dax Shepard
  19. “When I hear people talk about juggling or the sacrifices they make for their children, I look at them like they’re crazy because ‘sacrifice’ infers that there was something better to do than being with your children.” — Chris Rock
  20. “Moms should know that even the manliest guys will become softies when they have daughters. Dads immediately fall in love with their little girls and will let them get away with everything. So moms are going to have to be the disciplinarians when it comes to daughters.” — Jimmy Fallon
  21. “Watching your daughter being collected by her date feels like handing over a million-dollar Stradivarius to a gorilla.” — Jim Bishop
  22. “My father died many years ago, and yet when something special happens to me, I talk to him secretly not really knowing whether he hears, but it makes me feel better to half believe it.” – Natasha Josefowitz
  23. “A daughter is a little girl who grows up to be a friend.” – Unknown
  24. “Clever father, clever daughter; clever mother, clever son.” – Russian Proverb
  25. “Many a man wishes he were strong enough to tear a telephone book in half — especially if he has a teenage daughter.” – Guy Lombardo
  26. “There is no place higher than on Daddy’s shoulders.” – Unknown
  27. “Because my instincts have been shaped by a man who knew that family was everything… my family will always be where I strive most for success.” – Gwyneth Paltrow, My Father’s Daughter
  28. “Your daughter wants your guidance and support; she wants and needs a strong bond with you. And, as all successful fathers know, you need a strong bond with her.” – Meg Meeker
  29. “[My dad] taught me that there is no shame in breaking something, only in not being able to fix it.” – Hope Jahren
  30. “It doesn’t matter who my father was; it matters who I remember he was.” – Anne Sexton
  31. “When a daughter is born, the ordinary life of a man turns into the extraordinary life of a father.” – Unknown
  32. “Your father, Jo. He never loses patience, never doubts or complains, but always hopes, and works and waits so cheerfully that one is ashamed to do otherwise before him.” – Louisa May Alcott, Little Women
  33. “When daughters have engaged dads, they benefit from that relationship for a lifetime.” – Kevin Leman
  34. “Big fathers, complimenting their tiny daughters, are so beautiful.” – Unknown
  35. “I think a dad has to make his daughter feel that he’s genuinely interested in what she’s going through.” – Harry Connick, Jr.
  36. “The laugh of a daughter is a favorite symphony of a father.” – Unknown
  37. “She did not stand alone, but what stood behind her, the most potent moral force in her life, was the love of her father.” – Harper Lee, Go Set a Watchman
  38. “You’ve had me wrapped around your finger since the day you were born.” – Tim McGraw, “My Little Girl”
  39. “It won’t be like this for long

One day soon we’ll look back laughin’ At the week we brought her home This phase is gonna fly by So baby just hold on It won’t be like this for long” — Darius Rucker

  1. “Goodnight my angel, time to close your eyes

And save these questions for another day I think I know what you’ve been asking me I think you know what I’ve been trying to say I promised I would never leave you Then you should always know Wherever you may go, no matter where you are I never will be far away.” — Billy Joel

  1. “The happiest moment of my life was probably when my daughter was born.” —David Duchovny
  2. “I am a princess not because I have a prince, but because my father is a king.” — Author Unknown
  3. “A daughter needs a dad to be the standard against which she will judge all men.” — Gregory E. Lang
  4. “They say that from the instant he lays eyes on her, a father adores his daughter. Whoever she grows up to be, she is always to him that little girl in pigtails. She makes him feel like Christmas. In exchange, he makes a secret promise not to see the awkwardness of her teenage years, the mistakes she makes, or the secrets she keeps.” — Unknown
  5. “It is not flesh and blood but the heart which makes us father and daughter.” — Unknown
  6. “He sweeps her hair back from her ears and he swings her above his head. He says she is his émerveillement, he says he will never leave her, not in a million years.” — Anthony Doerr
  7. “A father is someone you look up to no matter how tall you grow.” — Unknown

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