Family Quotations - a Collection of Quotes about Family
Quotations say so much in just a sentence or two. I like to jot them down when I find particularly good ones, since I use them regularly. Since I am a family history buff, the ones that I use are the ones about family. Here are just a few of the ways I use these quotes:
- above my signature on Christmas and other greeting cards
- on the back of correspondence envelopes
- throughout a genealogy book
- in letters to loved ones
- throughout a scrapbook or family photo album
- interspersed in a slideshow of family photographs
- as a prelude or caption on any articles I write
- on the wall with a group of family photos
- after each e-mail signature line
- in a genealogy newsletter
- on a quilt label
Quotes set the tone and mood for the document or item. They remind my loved ones about the importance of family without my nagging them. Isn't it much nicer to quote "We are connected with one another." instead of saying, "you'd better be nice to me!" Quotes also set the topic for a group of photos. Instead of being a bunch of photographs of random people, a quote about family shows that we are more than random people. We are family. And the well chosen quote describes what kind of family we are.
Of course, I also enjoy reading them and trying to apply the lessons that lie within. I hope you enjoy reading them and using them in your work and your life.
As mothers and daughters, we are connected with one another. My mother is the bones of my spine, keeping me straight and true. She is my blood, making sure it runs rich and strong. She is the beating of my heart. I cannot now imagine a life without her.
Families are like puzzles. They fit together in a certain way, and if one piece is missing, it throws everything off.
Francisco X. Alarcón
I carry my roots with me all the time rolled up, I use them as my pillow.
Trenton Lee Stewart
Is this what family is like: the feeling that everyone’s connected, that with one piece missing, the whole thing’s broken?
It didn't matter how big our house was; it mattered that there was love in it.
People will not look forward to posterity who never look backward to their ancestors.
The heart of a person only beats when it's surrounded by blood, by family.
When you study history, you're really studying yourself. Every bit of history I've uncovered about my own family has some remnant in myself.
Frank Buechner or W. Paul Young
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
You may have a lot of friends, but you only have one family
The supreme happiness of life is the conviction that we are loved.
Cheryl Lacey Donovan
Mother is a verb. It's something you do. Not just who you are
Pope John Paul II
As the family goes, so goes the nation and so goes the whole world in which we live.
Martin Luther King, Jr.
There is no more lovely, friendly and charming relationship, communion or company than a good marriage.
I'm not really dying today. No person ever died that had a family. I'll be around a long time. A thousand years from now, a whole township of my offspring will be biting sour apples in the gumwood shade.
Johnnetta B. Cole
The histories of the poor and the powerless are as important as those of their conquerors, their colonizers, their kings and queens.
The family-that dear octopus from whose tentacles we never quite escape nor, in our inmost hearts, ever quite wish to.
A man travels the world over in search of what he needs, and returns home to find it.
Roy L. Smith
Our attitude toward life counts more than our ancestry.
In family life, love is the oil that eases friction, the cement that binds closer together, and the music that brings harmony
Families are the compass that guide us. They are the inspiration to reach great heights, and our comfort when we occasionally falter.
In every conceivable manner, the family is the link to our past, bridge to our future.
It is indeed a desirable thing to be well-descended, but the glory belongs to our ancestors.
Family is where our story begins.
Michael J. Fox
Family is not an important thing, it's everything.
Who has fully realized that history is not contained in thick books but lives in our very blood?
What is the use of living if it not be to strive for noble causes and to make this muddled world a better place for those who will live in it after we are gone?
There is no doubt that it is around the family and the home that all the greatest virtues, the most dominating virtues of human, are created, strengthened and maintained.
Where to Find Family Quotes
Quotes are everywhere - in books, in movies, and on the internet. The best ones are often found where you least expect them. Sure you can find some wonderful quotations in self help books or an anthology of poems, but you may be able to find gems in the most unexpected places. You can find them on the back of cereal boxes, in a commercial, and from the words of a loved one. Asking children an open ended question often gets some wonderful quotes. "What is family?"
Even though it is generally best to not take words out of context, sometimes a quote that is out of context becomes even more meaningful. If you find one that is almost, but not quite right, feel free to change it and make your own quote that fits the occasion.
Kay Redfield Jamison
Mother, who has an absolute belief that it is not the cards that one is dealt in life, it is how one plays them, is, by far, the highest card I was dealt.
One can live magnificently in this world, if one knows how to work and how to love, to work for the person one loves and to love ones work.
A single newspaper report gives you your reputation; a life of toil gives you your character.
The measure of a man's character is not what he gets from his ancestors, but what he leaves his descendants.
You can tell a lot about a man by the happiness of his wife and the respect given him by his children.
I've learned that education, experience, and memories are three things no one can take away from you.
It is by observing the flow of events in a large time frame that we are sometimes able to discern their direction.
The love of a family is life's greatest blessing.
The greatest use of life is to spend it for something that will outlast it.
Nothing is so contagious as example, and our every really good or bad action inspires a similar one.
The happiest moments of my life have been the few which I have passed at home in the bosom of my family.
Family love can be a bore, but only when you are hearing it, never when you are relating it to the ones who will be carrying it out for you. A family without a storyteller or two has no way to make sense out of their past and no way to get a sense of themselves.
Letty Cottin Pogrebin
If the family were a fruit, it would be an orange, a circle of sections, held together but separable - each segment distinct.
In time of test, family is best.
Gail Lumet Buckley
Family faces are magic mirrors. Looking at people who belong to us, we see the past, present, and future.
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.
Parents were the only ones obligated to love you; from the rest of the world you had to earn it.
When everything goes to hell, the people who stand by you without flinching -- they are your family.
What can you do to promote world peace? Go home and love your family.
Let us make one point, that we meet each other with a smile, when it is difficult to smile. Smile at each other, make time for each other in your family.
Marquise de Sévigné
We cannot destroy kindred: our chains stretch a little sometimes, but they never break.
I'm inspired by the people I meet in my travels--hearing their stories, seeing the hardships they overcome, their fundamental optimism and decency. I'm inspired by the love people have for their children. And I'm inspired by my own children, how full they make my heart. They make me want to work to make the world a little bit better. And they make me want to be a better man.
This is part of what a family is about, not just love. It's knowing that your family will be there watching out for you. Nothing else will give you that. Not money. Not fame. Not work.
Sticking with your family is what makes it a family.
Home is people. Not a place. If you go back there after the people are gone, then all you can see is what is not there any more.
Family scandals should not be raised outside.
Life is made up, not of great sacrifices or duties, but of little things, in which smiles and kindness, and small obligations given habitually, are what preserve the heart and secure comfort.
Family is the last and greatest discovery. It is our last miracle.
The house does not rest upon the ground, but upon a woman.
Family where life begins and love never ends
The best inheritance a parent can give to his children is a few minutes of their time each day.
The family is one of nature's masterpieces.
Other things may change us, but we start and end with family.
The most important thing a father can do for his children is to love their mother.
We all grow up with the weight of history on us. Our ancestors dwell in the attics of our brains as they do in the spiraling chains of knowledge hidden in every cell of our bodies.
I sustain myself with the love of family.
You don't choose your family. They are God's gift to you, as you are to them.
An ounce of blood is worth more than a pound of friendship.
Quotations about Family
Family quotations help you remember the importance of your family and help you overcome those short-term annoyances when your family members treat you like you are five years old. I like to post them on the bulletin board, on the refrigerator, on post-it notes by my computer, and all around the house to remind me to keep the minor issues in perspective. They help keep me on track with my goals and help me remember to treat my family with respect and dignity.
© 2012 Shasta Matova