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Quotes About Families - Family Quotes

Updated on September 28, 2014

Family Quotes

"I don’t care how poor a man is; if he has family, he’s rich." ~Dan Wilcox and Thad Mumford


"A family is a unit composed not only of children but of men, women, an occasional animal, and the common cold." ~Ogden Nash


"In family life, love is the oil that eases friction, the cement that binds closer together, and the music that brings harmony." ~Eva Burrows


"It is not flesh and blood but the heart which makes us fathers and sons." ~Johann Schiller


"A happy family is but an earlier heaven." ~ John Bowring


“Happiness is having a large, loving, caring, close-knit family in another city.” ~George Burns


"Families are the compass that guide us. They are the inspiration to reach great heights, and our comfort when we occasionally falter." ~Brad Henry


"The family is a haven in a heartless world." ~Christopher Lasch

"A man can't make a place for himself in the sun if he keeps taking refuge under the family tree." ~ Helen Keller


"Families are like fudge — mostly sweet with a few nuts." ~Author Unknown


"A man travels the world over in search of what he needs, and returns home to find it." ~ George Moore


“When everything goes to hell, the people who stand by you without flinching -- they are your family. ” ~Jim Butcher


"Other things may change us, but we start and end with the family." ~Anthony Brandt


"At the end of the day, a loving family should find everything forgivable." ~ Mark V. Olsen and Will Sheffer


"Family: A social unit where the father is concerned with parking space, the children with outer space, and the mother with closet space." ~Evan Esar


"Bringing up a family should be an adventure, not an anxious discipline in which everybody is constantly graded for performance." ~Milton R. Saperstein


“The homemaker has the ultimate career. All other careers exist for one purpose only - and that is to support the ultimate career. ” ~ C.S. Lewis


"Call it a clan, call it a network, call it a tribe, call it a family: Whatever you call it, whoever you are, you need one." ~Jane Howard


"The family. We were a strange little band of characters trudging through life sharing diseases and toothpaste, coveting one another’s desserts, hiding shampoo, borrowing money, locking each other out of our rooms, inflicting pain and kissing to heal it in the same instant, loving, laughing, defending, and trying to figure out the common thread that bound us all together. " ~Erma Bombeck


"Families are the compass that guide us. They are the inspiration to reach great heights, and our comfort when we occasionally falter." ~Brad Henry


"Feelings of worth can flourish only in an atmosphere where individual differences are appreciated, mistakes are tolerated, communication is open, and rules are flexible -- the kind of atmosphere that is found in a nurturing family." ~Virginia Satir


"In some families, please is described as the magic word. In our house, however, it was sorry. "~Margaret Laurence



"Family is just accident.... They don't mean to get on your nerves. They don't even mean to be your family, they just are. " ~ Marsha Norman


"I know why families were created with all their imperfections. They humanize you. They are made to make you forget yourself occasionally, so that the beautiful balance of life is not destroyed." ~Anais Nin


"Family quarrels have a total bitterness unmatched by others. Yet it sometimes happens that they also have a kind of tang, a pleasantness beneath the unpleasantness, based on the tacit understanding that this is not for keeps; that any limb you climb out on will still be there later for you to climb back." ~Mignon McLaughlin

"I think people that have a brother or sister don't realize how lucky they are. Sure, they fight a lot, but to know that there's always somebody there, somebody that's family." ~ Trey Parker


“Parents were the only ones obligated to love you; from the rest of the world you had to earn it.”
~Ann Brashares


"The family is one of nature's masterpieces." ~George Santayana


"An ounce of blood is worth more than a pound of friendship." ~Spanish Proverb


"In each family a story is playing itself out, and each family's story embodies its hope and despair."~ Auguste Napier


“You must remember, family is often born of blood, but it doesn't depend on blood. Nor is it exclusive of friendship. Family members can be your best friends, you know. And best friends, whether or not they are related to you, can be your family.” ~Trenton Lee Stewart


"Important families are like potatoes. The best parts are underground." ~Francis Bacon


"Blood’s thicker than water, and when one’s in trouble
Best to seek out a relative’s open arms." ~Author Unknown



"In every conceivable manner, the family is link to our past, bridge to our future." ~ Alex Haley


“I may not always be with you
But when we're far apart
Remember you will be with me
Right inside my heart” ~Marc Wambolt


"Having a place to go — is a home. Having someone to love — is a family. Having both — is a blessing." ~Donna Hedges


"No matter what you've done for yourself or for humanity, if you can't look back on having given love and attention to your own family, what have you really accomplished?" ~ Elbert Hubbard


"’Ohana means family — no one gets left behind, and no one is ever forgotten." ~Chris Sanders and Dean DeBlois


“I sustain myself with the love of family.” ~Maya Angelou


"The only rock I know that stays steady, the only institution I know that works is the family. " ~Lee Iacocca



“Family isn’t something that’s supposed to be static, or set. People marry in, divorce out. They’re born, they die. It’s always evolving, turning into something else.” ~Sarah Dessen


"In a household of toddlers and pets, we discover this rule of thumb about happy families — that they are least two-thirds incontinent." ~Robert Brault


"The informality of family life is a blessed condition that allows us to become our best while looking our worst." ~Marge Kennedy


“You can kiss your family and friends good-bye and put miles between you, but at the same time you carry them with you in your heart, your mind, your stomach, because you do not just live in a world but a world lives in you.” ~Frederick Buechner


“Home is where you are loved the most and act the worst.” ~Marjorie Pay Hinckley


“A dog reflects the family life. Whoever saw a frisky dog in a gloomy family, or a sad dog in a happy one? Snarling people have snarling dogs, dangerous people have dangerous ones.” ~Arthur Conan Doyle


“Your children are the greatest gift God will give to you, and their souls the heaviest responsibility He will place in your hands. Take time with them, teach them to have faith in God. Be a person in whom they can have faith. When you are old, nothing else you've done will have mattered as much.” ~ Lisa Wingate


“While we try to teach our children all about life, our children teach us what life is all about.”~ Angela Schwindt


“A father has to be a provider, a teacher, a role model, but most importantly, a distant authority figure who can never be pleased. Otherwise, how will children ever understand the concept of God?” ~Stephen Colbert































Quotes about Families Not Being There

“All happy families are alike; each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.” ~Leo Tolstoy


“The capacity for friendship is God's way of apologizing for our families.” ~Jay McInerney



"If you don’t believe in ghosts, you’ve never been to a family reunion." ~Ashleigh Brilliant


“All parents damage their children. It cannot be helped. Youth, like pristine glass, absorbs the prints of its handlers. Some parents smudge, others crack, a few shatter childhoods completely into jagged little pieces, beyond repair.” ~Mitch Albom


“There is no such thing as a "broken family." Family is family, and is not determined by marriage certificates, divorce papers, and adoption documents. Families are made in the heart. The only time family becomes null is when those ties in the heart are cut. If you cut those ties, those people are not your family. If you make those ties, those people are your family. And if you hate those ties, those people will still be your family because whatever you hate will always be with you.” ~C. JoyBell C.



"Family is just accident.... They don't mean to get on your nerves. They don't even mean to be your family, they just are." ~ Marsha Norman



“Nothing like watching your relatives fight, I always say.” ~ Rick Riordan


"Friends are God’s apology for relations. "~Hugh Kingsmill


“Then I discovered that being related is no guarantee of love!” ~ Stieg Larsson


“But grief makes a monster out of us sometimes . . . and sometimes you say and do things to the people you love that you can't forgive yourself for.” ~ Melina Marchetta


"If minutes were kept of a family gathering, they would show that "Members not Present" and "Subjects Discussed" were one and the same." ~Robert Brault


"I don’t have to look up my family tree, because I know that I’m the sap." ~Fred Allen















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