The best one-liners and life advice I’ve ever received from dad

For Father’s Day 2022, let’s honor the bonds we share with our beloved dads and other patriarchal figures through their powerful tips, sayings, tricks and one-liners.

Many of their words, no matter how long they’ve been spoken, still ring true – that’s why people tend to share these words and phrases until the end of time.

Read on for a range of clever insights and welcome wisdom from fathers and father figures, gathered here with input from many.

And feel free to post your own favorite quotes and tips in the comments section below!


Great advice, tips and wisdom from fathers, as shared by their adult children

FILE – Joseph Sells celebrates Father’s Day with his one-year-old daughter Journee on Sunday, June 20, 2021 in Santa Monica, Calif. (Jason Armond/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)

“Make sure you have a 401K.”

“I’ve got your back.”

“Always work in town. Town is where the money is.”

“If someone doesn’t want to be with you, it’s up to them. You have a lot to give.”

“The best advice my dad ever gave me was to work hard and think big.”

“My father took the time to each of us in our big family. He listened without judgment. He offered tips and advice but didn’t hit us over the head with it. He had a good heart. He prayed. He believed in God and the goodness of people. He liked to be outdoors and he liked to read. I know that to this day he is with each of us in his own way.”

“He always uses the saying, ‘Show me your friends and I’ll tell you who you are.'”

“The best advice he ever gave me is to pay myself by putting at least 10% of every salary in savings.”

“My dad said the best thing you can do in life is to have faith in yourself and believe in yourself.”

save your moneyand don’t eat too fast.”

“My dad always told me, ‘It’s okay to make mistakes. That’s why they have erasers on the pencils.'”

” Do not fight [with your spouse] about money. If 80% of your arguments are about money, fight the other 20% of your problems instead.”

“Never let the gas in your car drop below half a tank.”

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FILE – Sonny Norris and his son, Tru, 3, attend an outdoor Sunday service at Salem Baptist Church in the Shaw neighborhood on Father’s Day, June 21, 2020. (Tom Williams/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images)


“The playlist is the most important part of the party.”

“Work hard and save your money.”

“If you’re going to be 10 minutes late after curfew, you can come home 10 minutes before your curfew.”

“Don’t be discouraged. Believe in yourself.”

“My grandfather said, ‘Everything in moderation.’ never abused. He had a small piece of cake, but only one. He took an apple to work and remained active.”

“‘Never stop believing in what could be.’ My dad wrote that on the last Christmas card I got from him before he passed away.”

“Treat each day as if it were the start of the rest of your life, because it is.”

“Never stop being you.”

“Nothing is beyond your reach. You can be anything as long as you try.”

Put on sunscreen and never make big decisions late at night.”

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FILE – A daughter poses for a photo with her father during a FaceTime conversation on her iPad on June 14, 2018. (Leonard Ortiz/Orange County Registry via Getty Images)


“My dad wasn’t a man of many words. His advice was something I picked up from him by watching the way he treated people. I learned what true love looks like by seeing how his love for my mother was obvious and honest. You could tell just by being in the room with them that their love was real and that he put her on a pedestal… My father [also] taught me to work hard, to always show up for people who need me, how to love with all my heart and soul and have fun along the way.”

“Just because you have it doesn’t mean you have to spend it.”

“Don’t wish your life to go away.”

“If you ever get arrested, you’re safer in jail than when I get my hands on you.”

“Lazy people work twice.”

“Learn what I show you – I am not a seed you can replant to show yourself again.”

“Don’t hurt anyone, including yourself.”

“God gave you two ears and one mouth, so you can hear twice as much as you talk.”

“My dad always said, ‘You can’t reason with an unreasonable person’ and that saved me from having a lot of arguments.”

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FILE – Fans are seen on Father’s Day during the game between the Philadelphia Phillies and San Francisco Giants at Oracle Park on Sunday, June 20, 2021 in San Francisco, California. (Daniel Shirey/MLB Photos via Getty Images)

Here’s more! Check out these quotes about fathers of influencers and famous people

“A father carries pictures where his money was.” —Steve Martin

“My dad didn’t do anything unusual. He just did what dads are supposed to do – be there.” —Max Lucado

“Fathers, be good to your daughters…You are the guide and weight of her world.” -John Mayer

“The older I get, the smarter my dad seems to get.” —Tim Russert

“When a man [is] a father, he steps up. He makes a choice. Anyone can have a child, but being a father is a choice. You have to decide, ‘There’s something here [that] I am here to serve more than myself – my children and my family. And when that happens, a boy becomes a man.” – Tony Robbins

“Life doesn’t come with an instruction book. That’s why we have fathers.” -H.Jackson Browne Jr.


“My father gave me my dreams. Thanks to him, I could see a future.” —Liza Minnelli

“The happiness, safety and well-being of my children is the most important thing in my life. You just want to protect them at all costs.” —John Krasinski

“She was not alone, but what stood behind her, the strongest moral force in her life, was her father’s love.” —Harper Lee


“He’s a wise father who knows his own child.” -William Shakespeare

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