Chris Pratt and his son Jack (Photo via People)
When a man assumes the role of being a father, there is no job that’s more challenging and fulfilling. From watching your child’s first steps to seeing them walk across the stage at graduation, moment after moment in parenthood is an undeniably beautiful journey. Whether you were once president of the United States or you’re an Academy Award winner, being a dad is often said to be the greatest accomplishment a man can achieve. We’re sharing our favorite quotes from fathers we can’t get enough of.
“I’ve done all kinds of cool things as an actor: I’ve jumped out of helicopters and done some daring stunts and played baseball in a professional stadium, but none of it means anything compared to being somebody’s daddy.” – Chris Pratt
“The nature of fatherhood is that you’re doing something that you’re unqualified to do, and then you become qualified when you do it.” – John Green
“Lately all my friends are worried that they’re turning into their fathers. I’m worried that I’m not.” – Dan Zevin
Barack Obama with daughters Malia and Sasha (Photo via PBS)
“As fathers, we need to be involved in our children’s lives not just when it’s convenient or easy, and not just when they’re doing well — but when it’s difficult and thankless, and they’re struggling. That is when they need us most.” – Barack Obama
“I think it changes your relationship with time. I just don’t have time to waste. You gotta be really deliberate with how you choose to spend your day because those are the moments you’re away from your child.” – Mahershala Ali
“No matter what drama I deal with at work, when I get home and hear them scream, ‘Daddy!’ I forget whatever it was I was stressed about.” – Mario Lopez
Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively with their two children (Photo via AP)
“I don’t have to prepare to be wrapped around my daughter’s finger. I have been wrapped around her little finger since the day she plopped out into this world.” – Ryan Reynolds
“The strongest, toughest men all have compassion. They’re not heartless and cold. You have to be man enough to have compassion—to care about people and about your children.” – Denzel Washington
“When you meet your kids you realize that they deserve great parents. And then you have your marching orders, and you have to try and become the person that they deserve.” – Ryan Gosling
Prince William and his son George (Photo via Popsugar)
“There’ll be a time and a place to bring George up and understand how he fits in the world. But right now, it’s just a case of keeping a secure, stable environment around him and showing him as much love as I can as a father.” – Prince William
“I have a daughter who’s going to be raised in this world, and my music and my art are powerful tools in getting that to be formed the way I want it to.” – Chance the Rapper
“The things that I really cherish are the everyday moments, like sitting around cooking pancakes together on Sunday morning, or getting home after a tough day and my kids come up and give me a hug and remind me what’s really important.” – Hugh Jackman
Dwayne Wade, Gabrielle Union and their three sons (Photo via Popsugar)
“Fatherhood is the best thing that could happen to me, and I’m just glad I could share my voice.” – Dwayne Wade
“When you have kids, you see life through different eyes. You feel love more deeply and are maybe a little more compassionate.” – Dave Grohl
“Fatherhood is the best thing I ever did. It changes your perspective. You can write a book, you can make a movie, you can paint a painting, but having kids is really the most extraordinary thing I have taken on.” – Brad Pitt
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