37 Happy Father’s Day Quotes And Heartfelt Messages For Your Godfather

Jose "Jay" Carrillo

Father’s Day is a special day to celebrate the amazing fathers in our lives. But, it’s also a day to remember the godfathers who’ve been there for us through thick and thin. I’ve listed the very best Happy Fathers Day godfather quotes to honor all of these special men.

In honor of Father’s Day, I’ve compiled a list of quotes from some of the most influential and inspiring men in history. From presidents to poets, these men have had a lot great things to say about fatherhood. Their words continue to resonate today . . .

You’ll even find quotes from “The Godfather” movie series! In all, there are 77 total quotes.

Happy Father’s Day to all the fathers and godfathers out there!

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Special Father’s Day Quotes, Wishes and Messages for Dad

The quotes and messages below are interchangeable for both fathers and godfathers since they both play a critical father role. Use them for inspiration and share them with all the special father figures in your life.

“About the most important thing a father can do for his children is to love their mother.” – John F. Kennedy

“When I was a kid, I fell in love with a father-daughter pair. They taught me all about the world around me. Mostly they showed me how to be a man, and they taught me what it means to be a family.” – Unknown

“My father gave me the greatest gift anyone could give another person, he believed in me.” – Jim Valvano

“To her, the name of father was another name for love.” – Unknown

“Becoming a father is easy enough, but being one can be very rough.” – Wade Boggs

“It is easier for a father to have children than for children to have a real father.” – Unknown

“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

“You have the power to be a father to someone. Be a father to yourself. You are your son’s best friend.” – Unknown

“My father used to say that it’s never too late to do anything you wanted to do.” And, he said, “You never know what you can accomplish until you try.'” – Michael Jordan

“When one has not had a good father, one must create one.” – Unknown

“I think my mom put it best.” She said, “Little girls soften their daddy’s hearts.'” – Paul Walker

“A father is someone you look up to no matter how tall you grow.” – Unknown

“One of the greatest titles in the world is parent and one of the biggest blessings in the world is to have parents to call mom and dad.” – Jim DeMint

“If you want to be a father, you must be a man first.” – Unknown

“The most important thing in the world is family and love.” – John Wooden

“A boy needs a father like a fish needs water.” – Unknown

“My father used to play with my brother and me in the yard.” My mother would come out and say, “You’re tearing up the grass.” And my father would respond, “We’re not raising grass. We’re raising boys.” – Harmon Killebrew

“I tell you, a man who has never learned to respect his father, is a menace to society.” – Unknown

“Blessed is the influence of one true, loving human soul on another.” – George Eliot

“A man without a father is like a ship without a rudder.” – Unknown

“I cannot think of any need in childhood as strong as the need for a father’s protection.” – Sigmund Freud

“Fathers do not make sons, but sons make fathers.” – Unknown

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

“I’d rather have a good father than a wise man.” – Unknown

“A man cannot be a good father unless he is a good husband.” – William Wordsworth

“You can be a good father by treating your children like people.” – Unknown

“Victory has a thousand fathers, but defeat is an orphan.” – John F. Kennedy

“The best thing about fatherhood is that it starts when you’re not ready.” – Unknown

“I am not ashamed of the man who is a father, for I was one myself.” – Socrates

“A father’s love is like deep water. The deeper it is, the less we can see from the surface.” – Unknown

“A father is a man who knows all about his children, and most about their mothers.” – Elbert Hubbard

“My dad loved to tell stories and his favorite stories were about his own life growing up. I learned so much from him when he told me these stories.” – Unknown

“I learned never to walk away from a fight. You may lose, but you will never be defeated.” – Roy Rogers

“A good father is the medicine of childhood.” – William Wordsworth

“I gave my father a gift. I told him he was a great man and that I loved him.” – Billy Crystal

“Dad, you are my inspiration, as you have been for the past 40 years. I am proud to be your son and honored to follow in your footsteps.” – Brian Urlacher

“Success has many fathers.” – John F. Kennedy

“The Godfather” Famous Movie Quotes

The Godfather Movie Quotes

In celebration of Father’s Day, below are some memorable quotes from one of my favorite movie series of all time, “The Godfather”.

Certainly, the best quotes are from Marlon Brando who played Don Corleone (Vito) and Al Pacino who played Michael Corleone. A lot of the credit goes to Mario Puzo who wrote the screenplay for all three movies.

Don Vito Corleone Quotes

“I’m gonna make him an offer he can’t refuse.” – Don Vito Corleone

“Revenge is a dish best served cold.” – Don Vito Corleone

“A man who doesn’t spend time with his family can never be a real man.” – Don Vito Corleone

“I want you to use all your powers and all your skills.” – Don Vito Corleone

“I want reliable people, people who aren’t going to be carried away.” – Don Vito Corleone

“And as I am a reasonable man, I’m willing to do whatever is necessary to find a peaceful solution to these problems.” – Don Vito Corleone

“I’m not interested in things that don’t concern me.” – Don Vito Corleone

“The lawyer with the briefcase can steal more money than the man with the gun.” – Don Vito Corleone

“Many young men started down a false path to their true destiny. Time and fortune usually set them aright.” – Don Vito Corleone

“I don’t trust society to protect us, I have no intention of placing my fate in the hands of men whose only qualification is that they managed to con a block of people to vote for them.” – Don Vito Corleone

“Forgive. Forget. Life is full of misfortunes.” – Don Vito Corleone

“Time erodes gratitude more quickly than it does beauty!” – Don Vito Corleone

“The strength of a family, like the strength of an army, lies in its loyalty to each other.” – Don Vito Corleone

“Your enemies always get strong on what you leave behind.” – Don Vito Corleone

“Friendship is everything. Friendship is more than talent. It is more than the government. It is almost the equal of family.” – Don Vito Corleone

“You can do anything but never go against the family.” – Don Vito Corleone

“Women and children can afford to be careless, but not men.” – Don Vito Corleone

“I have learned more from the streets than in any classroom.” – Don Vito Corleone

“A friend should always underestimate your virtues and an enemy overestimate your faults.” – Don Vito Corleone

Michael Corleone Quotes

“Friendship and money. Oil and water.” – Michael Corleone

“He’s been dying from the same heart attack for the last twenty years.” – Michael Corleone

“I respect those who tell me the truth no matter how hard it is.” – Michael Corleone

“Soldiers are paid to fight, the rebels aren’t.” – Michael Corleone

“Never hate your enemies. It clouds your judgement.” – Michael Corleone

“It’s all personal, every bit of business. Every piece of shit every man has to eat every day of his life is personal. They call it business OK. But it’s personal as hell.” – Michael Corleone

“Accidents don’t happen to people who take accidents as a personal insult.” – Michael Corleone

“Don’t ever take sides with anyone against the family again. Ever.” – Michael Corleone

“Never let anyone know what you’re thinking.” – Michael Corleone

“There are many things my father taught me here in this room. He taught me, keep your friends close but your enemies closer.” – Michael Corleone

Other Quotes

“It’s not personal, Sonny. It’s strictly business.” – Tom Hagen

“The richest man is the one with the most powerful friends.” – Don Altobello

“I don’t like violence, Tom. I’m a businessman. Blood is a big expense.” – Sollozzo

“Power wears out those who do not have it.” – Calo

“We don’t discuss business at the table.” – Sonny Corleone

“Italians have a little joke, that the world is so hard a man must have two fathers to look after him, and that’s why they have godfathers.” – Tom Hagen

“You know who I am? I’m Moe Greene! I made my bones working hard while you were going out with cheerleaders!” – Moe Greene

“In Sicily, women are more dangerous than shotguns.” – Calo

“Finance is a gun. Politics is knowing when to pull the trigger.” – Don Lucchesi

“Good health is the most important thing. More than success, more than money, more than power.” – Hyman Roth

“There are things that have to be done, and you just do them.” – Tom Hagen


Fatherhood is one of the most important roles a man can fill. A father is a provider, a protector and a role model for his children. He sets the tone for the family and his example shapes the lives of his children in profound ways.

The father-child relationship is one of the most crucial in a child’s life. That’s because a child needs his father’s love, guidance and support to navigate through those difficult moments and succeed in life.

Fathers also play other essential roles in their children’s lives, such as mentors and even friends.

All of this helps shape their children’s values, beliefs and attitudes on top of providing them with love, support and security.

A child looks up to his father as a hero.

The quotes listed in this article reflect this special bond.


On Father’s Day, it’s also common to celebrate the men who have been just like fathers to us. These are men who have taken us under their wing, shown us the ropes and have been there for us even in the toughest times. Especially, in the absence of our fathers.

From our biological fathers to our uncles, grandfathers and all other father figures in our lives, we sincerely thank them for everything they’ve done for us. We wouldn’t be who we are today without them.

We hope you know how much you mean to us and how grateful we are to have you in our lives.

Happy Father’s Day to all of the amazing fathers out there!

Godfather-Child Relationship

In many families, the godfather-child relationship is one of the most cherished bonds. This profound connection is usually marked by strong feelings of love, mutual respect and protection.

A godfather often steps into a fatherly role in a child’s life, providing guidance, support and wisdom during difficult times. This unique relationship can have a lasting impact on both the godfather and the child, teaching important life lessons and creating special memories that will be treasured for a lifetime.

None of this greater than when a child loses their biological father or grows up in a single parent home with their mothers. Then, the godfather-child relationship is critical.

Editor’s Final Thoughts and Last Words

The coolest thing in the world as a child is to have an honorable and positive father that is a source of strength, gives good advice and has the right blend of ideas to make you think. It doesn’t hurt if every once in a while he’s a goofball, as humor is another great way to bond with a child.

My father is a smart man that always taught me that if I was going to do something, that I should do it to the best of my abilities. Or, to learn from other people’s mistakes.

And, even though he is a serious man, he tells the best stories that make you laugh. I always appreciate that.

I won’t go as far as to say that he is a super dad because he definitely has his faults and weaknesses. He is no saint. But, he’s always been there for me and understands that I have my own limitations. He’s the source of my strength and the best man in my life.

The most important gift is that he taught me the importance of God and going to church on Sunday. He lives four hours away, but whenever I go to church, some of the readings remind me of my father’s teachings. It’s during these times that I feel that he is with me.

I hope that you have a special father figure in your life as well.

Reach out to the father figures in your life and let them know how much you care. Send them a Father’s Day card, a special message, or use one of the quotes above to let him now how much of a great dad he is. Even a simple text message telling him he is an amazing person, the coolest dad or a true friend will make his day.

If it’s not your for your dad, tell him he’s the best godfather ever and that you send him much love. Let him know that he’s one of the best things that happened to you in your life and that he’s the best role model.

If you yourself are a father, you know it’s not an easy job. It’s hard work. And, if you’re a new dad you may not realize how important your role is yet.

The best dads or great fathers always find a way to use the right words. They give unconditional love, form a close bond with their children and aspire to be a positive influence. They make sure to deliver loving messages, warm wishes and do everything they can to ensure you’re on the right path.

Have a very Happy Fathers (or wonderful godfather) Day!