Happy Father’s Day to all the dads out there: traditional family dads, two dads, single dads, step-dads, pet dads, and every other type of dad out there! Sit back and relax because today is your day. Thank you for your love, your wisdom, and all the life lessons in between. You are loved and appreciated!

Here are 7 inspirational quotes celebrating being a dad.

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

– Jim Valvano

“The difference between a ‘man’ and a ‘father’ is that the former shares his genes, but the latter gives his life.”

 – Craig D. Lounsbrough

“A great father is one whose children look up to him rather than look away from him.”

 – Richelle E. Goodrich, Slaying Dragons

“He was a father. That’s what a father does. Eases the burdens of those he loves. Saves the ones he loves from painful last images that might endure for a lifetime.”

George Saunders, Tenth of December

“I’m a father; that’s what matters most. Nothing matters more.”

Gordon Brown

“I came from a mother and father who always made me secure in my beliefs, and that’s where the love came from.”

Chuck D.

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

Sigmund Freud