Just in time for Father's Day, here are 25 candid and moving quotes that reveal what Dad means to celebs ranging from Beau Bridges to Caroline Kennedy.
"My father was my teacher. But most importantly, he was a great dad."
"My father taught me you have to believe in yourself and run on your own track."
"My father came from a very poor background, but I was very fortunate in the sense that we were never in need. My dad was determined to make sure that we didn't want for things. He wanted to give us more opportunity than he had, a better shot at a better life."
Lisa Marie Presley
"Anytime I was in Memphis with my dad and at the house, I was happy. That was, like, a given. It was what I lived for."
"It was my father who instilled the 'never say no' attitude I carry around with me today, and who instilled in me a sense of wonder, always taking us on adventures in the car, never telling us the destination."
"The last thing my father told me was: 'On your way up, take me up. On your way down, don't let me down.' A father telling his son that puts some responsibility on my shoulders. He told me that, and I take it very seriously."
"My father is my rock. It's where I learned everything about loyalty, dependability, being there day in, day out, no matter what."
"I don't remember my father reading to me, but I remember him telling me bedtime stories. I got to pick what was in them, and then he'd make them up."
"My father was a lesson. He had his own bakery, and it was closed one day a week, but he would go anyway. He did it because he really loved his bakery. It wasn't a job."
"My father gave me the greatest gift anyone could give another person. He believed in me."
"When I was a youngster I lived with different families. I nearly always felt closer to the man of the house. Maybe because I always dreamed of having a father of my own."
"My father was a man of love. He always loved me to death. He worked hard in the fields, but my father never hit me. Never. I don't ever remember a really cross, unkind word from my father."
"I think one of the worst things that happened to me was, you know, my voluntary fallout with my father. And then the greatest thing that happened to me was when I saw the light and realized I needed to love him in a way that he could love me back."
"My father was a certain kind of man. I saw how he treated my mother and his family and how he treater strangers, and I vowed I would never make a film that would not reflect properly on my father's name."
"I imagined the hard things that pulled us apart / Will never again, sir, tear us from each other's hearts." —From "My Father's House," 1982
"When I was with my dad, he accepted me, but I wanted to be just like him.... It was easy for him because I was like a son, and so I wanted to do all the things that he wanted to do, and we played sports and rough-housed in the pool and all of that."
"My father believed in toughness, honesty, politeness and being on time. All very important lessons."
"I love my dad, although I'm definitely critical of him sometimes—like when his pants are too tight!"
"My mother gave me my drive, but my father gave me my dreams. Thanks to him, I could see a future."
"My father was the funniest guy I ever met. I'm not sure if I stole his stuff or if I inherited it."
"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."
"I know that I will never find my father in any other man who comes into my life, because it is a void in my life that can only be filled by him."
"Decades later I would look into my father's eyes and try to reach past the murkiness of Alzheimer's with my words, my apology, hoping that in his heart he heard me and understood."
"My father, he was like the rock, the guy you went to with every problem."
"You don't have to deserve your mother's love. You have to deserve your father's."
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