"A good father will leave his imprint on his daughter for the rest of her life."

By Southern Living Editors
March 31, 2021
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It's always a good day to make your dad feel loved and appreciated. Whether you're celebrating Father's Day, an exciting milestone, or a birthday, these heartfelt father daughter quotes are sure to bring a smile to your dad's face.  There's no denying fathers and daughters share a special bond. Dads serve as a guide to help their little girls grow intro strong and independent women. They offer an ear when needed and a hand when asked. As fathers live a life of integrity and love, they set a beautiful example for their daughters to follow. Read through these father daughter quotes and saying to remind yourself of the powerful relationship between dads and their little girls, and let the profound words encourage and inspire you to write a message to your father that will lift his head and fill his heart for years to come. Whether you're looking for something short and sweet or lengthy and sentimental, there's sure to be a quote that reminds you of your father.

Fathering is not something perfect men do, but something that perfects the man. - Frank Pittman
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Fathering is not something perfect men do, but something that perfects the man. - Frank Pittman

The heart of a father is the masterpiece of nature. - Antoine Francois Prevost
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The heart of a father is the masterpiece of nature. - Antoine Francois Prevost

A son is a son till he gets a wife; a daughter is a daughter for the rest of her life. - Irish Saying
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A son is a son till he gets a wife; a daughter is a daughter for the rest of her life. - Irish Saying

Of all the titles I've been privileged to have, 'Dad' has always been the best. - Ken Norton
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Of all the titles I've been privileged to have, 'Dad' has always been the best. - Ken Norton

You fathers will understand. You have a little girl. She looks up to you. You’re her oracle. You’re her hero. - Stanley T. Banks
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You fathers will understand. You have a little girl. She looks up to you. You’re her oracle. You’re her hero. - Stanley T. Banks

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
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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

I love my father as the stars—he’s a bright shining example and a happy twinkling in my heart. - Terri Guillemets
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I love my father as the stars—he’s a bright shining example and a happy twinkling in my heart. - Terri Guillemets

One of the greatest things about daughters is how they adored you when they were little; how they rushed into your arms with electric delight and demanded that you watch everything they do and listen to everything they say. - Michael Josephson
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One of the greatest things about daughters is how they adored you when they were little; how they rushed into your arms with electric delight and demanded that you watch everything they do and listen to everything they say. - Michael Josephson

One of the greatest things about daughters is how they adored you when they were little; how they rushed into your arms with electric delight and demanded that you watch everything they do and listen to everything they say. - Michael Josephson
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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

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
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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

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
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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

Certain is it that there is no kind of affection so purely angelic as of a father to a daughter. - Joseph Addison
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Certain is it that there is no kind of affection so purely angelic as of a father to a daughter. - Joseph Addison

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
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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

A daughter is a treasure and a cause of sleeplessness. - Ben Sirach
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A daughter is a treasure and a cause of sleeplessness. - Ben Sirach

A man’s daughter is his heart. Just with feet, walking out in the world. - Mat Johnson
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A man’s daughter is his heart. Just with feet, walking out in the world. - Mat Johnson

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
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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

A good father will leave his imprint on his daughter for the rest of her life. - Dr. James Dobson
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A good father will leave his imprint on his daughter for the rest of her life. - Dr. James Dobson

When my daughter says 'Daddy, I need you!' I wonder if she has any idea that I need her billion times more. - Stanley Behrman
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When my daughter says 'Daddy, I need you!' I wonder if she has any idea that I need her billion times more. - Stanley Behrman

Being a daddy’s girl is like having a permanent armor for the rest of your life. - Marinela Reka
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Being a daddy’s girl is like having a permanent armor for the rest of your life. - Marinela Reka

I think my mom put it best. Little girls soften their daddy’s hearts. - Paul Walker
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I think my mom put it best. Little girls soften their daddy’s hearts. - Paul Walker

The greatest thing a father can do for his daughter is to love her mother. - Elaine S. Dalton
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The greatest thing a father can do for his daughter is to love her mother. - Elaine S. Dalton

My father didn’t tell me how to live. He lived, and let me watch him do it. - Clarence Budington Kelland
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My father didn’t tell me how to live. He lived, and let me watch him do it. - Clarence Budington Kelland

It was my father who taught me to value myself. - Dawn French
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It was my father who taught me to value myself. - Dawn French

To a father growing old nothing is dearer than a daughter. - Euripides
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To a father growing old nothing is dearer than a daughter. - Euripides

To her, the name of father was another name for love. - Fanny Fern
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To her, the name of father was another name for love. - Fanny Fern

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
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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

A girl’s first true love is her father. - Marisol Santiago
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A girl’s first true love is her father. - Marisol Santiago

No one in this world can love a girl more than her father. - Michael Ratnadeepak
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No one in this world can love a girl more than her father. - Michael Ratnadeepak

You've had me wrapped around your finger since the day you were born. - Tim McGraw
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You've had me wrapped around your finger since the day you were born. - Tim McGraw

When my father didn’t have my hand, he had my back. - Linda Poindexter
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When my father didn’t have my hand, he had my back. - Linda Poindexter