So much to tell Dad on his day, but let him nap

Happy 110th Dads! That’s the ripe old age Father’s Day turns this year if the occasion’s birth is traced to June 19, 1910, when the state of Washington was the first to mark it.

Partying for Pop lagged behind its maternal counterpart because, quoting a early 20th-century florist, “Fathers haven’t the same sentimental appeal that mothers have,” according to,

Fair enough. But, perhaps partly out of pity, state governments did gradually come around until Father’s Day was recognized as a nationwide holiday in 1972 (58 years after the establishment of Mother’s Day, but who’s counting?).

Fatherhood takes many forms and results in the utterance of many bad jokes. May this collection of both humorous and poignant quotes about fathers stir up personal memories and cherished traits of our dads — yes, even the groan-inducing punchlines.

“A little girl giggles when she is denied an ice-cream by her mother. She knows daddy will get her some later.” — unknown

“Lately all my friends are worried that they are turning into their fathers. I’m worried I’m not.” — Dan Zevin

“Any man can be a father, but it takes someone special to be a dad.” — Anne Geddes

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

“Be nice to your dad. Most of fatherhood feels like going through customs with an outdated passport.” — Jim Gaffigan

“By the time a man realizes that maybe his father was right, he usually has a son who thinks he’s wrong.” — Charles Wadsworth

“It’s a great joy but no test of love or commitment to take your son to a ball game. You really prove your credentials as a good dad when you are willing to take your daughter shopping — more than once.” — Michael Josephson

“There are three stages of a man’s life: he believes in Santa Claus, he doesn’t believe in Santa Claus, he is Santa Claus.” — unknown

“Being a great father is like shaving. No matter how good you shaved today, you have to do it again tomorrow.” — Reed Markham

“Fatherhood is great because you can ruin someone from scratch.” — Jon Stewart

“A truly rich man is one whose children run into his arms when his hands are empty.” — unknown

“My father gave me the greatest gift anyone could give another person: He believed in me.” — Jim Valvano