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Family Quotations - a Collection of Quotes about Family

Updated on April 3, 2016
It is the love of one's family only that heartfelt happiness is known. Thomas Jefferson
It is the love of one's family only that heartfelt happiness is known. Thomas Jefferson | Source

Family Quotes

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.

Kristin Hannah

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.

Richard Schiff

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?

Peter Buffett

It didn't matter how big our house was; it mattered that there was love in it.

Edmund Burke

People will not look forward to posterity who never look backward to their ancestors.

I think that is the very definition of a family: a group of individuals, bound by the essence of love, who share a life together and yet maintain their unique individuality. Kathy Magliato
I think that is the very definition of a family: a group of individuals, bound by the essence of love, who share a life together and yet maintain their unique individuality. Kathy Magliato | Source

Erica Goros

The heart of a person only beats when it's surrounded by blood, by family.

John Sedgwick

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

Eugene Levbid

You may have a lot of friends, but you only have one family

Victor Hugo

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.

Ray Bradbury

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.

Dodie Smith

The family-that dear octopus from whose tentacles we never quite escape nor, in our inmost hearts, ever quite wish to.

George Moore

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

All gardeners live in beautiful places because they make them so.     Joseph Joubert
All gardeners live in beautiful places because they make them so. Joseph Joubert | Source

Roy L. Smith

Our attitude toward life counts more than our ancestry.

Eva Burrows

In family life, love is the oil that eases friction, the cement that binds closer together, and the music that brings harmony

Brad Henry

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

Alex Haley

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.

Michael J. Fox

Family is not an important thing, it's everything.

Carl Jung

Who has fully realized that history is not contained in thick books but lives in our very blood?

Winston Churchill

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.

Leo Tolstoy

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.

Author Unknown

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.

As the family goes, so goes the nation and so goes the whole world in which we live. -Pope John Paul II
As the family goes, so goes the nation and so goes the whole world in which we live. -Pope John Paul II | Source

La Rochefoucauld

Nothing is so contagious as example, and our every really good or bad action inspires a similar one.

Thomas Jefferson

The happiest moments of my life have been the few which I have passed at home in the bosom of my family.

Frank Pittman

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.

Burmese Proverb

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.

Sarah Dresden

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.

Ann Brashares

Parents were the only ones obligated to love you; from the rest of the world you had to earn it.

Jim Butcher

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

Mother Teresa

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.

No tree becomes rooted and sturdy unless many a wind assails it. For by its very tossing it tightens its grip and plants its roots more securely; the fragile trees are those that have grown on a sunny valley. Seneca the Younger
No tree becomes rooted and sturdy unless many a wind assails it. For by its very tossing it tightens its grip and plants its roots more securely; the fragile trees are those that have grown on a sunny valley. Seneca the Younger | Source

Barack Obama

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.

Mitch Albom

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.

Robin Hobb

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.

Chinese proverb

Family scandals should not be raised outside.

Humphrey Davy

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.

James McBride

Family is the last and greatest discovery. It is our last miracle.

Mexican Proverb

The house does not rest upon the ground, but upon a woman.

M. Grundler

The best inheritance a parent can give to his children is a few minutes of their time each day.

George Santayana

The family is one of nature's masterpieces.

Anthony Brandt

Other things may change us, but we start and end with family.

Theodore Hesburgh

The most important thing a father can do for his children is to love their mother.

Shirley Abbott

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.

Maya Angelou

I sustain myself with the love of family.

Desmond Tutu

You don't choose your family. They are God's gift to you, as you are to them.

Spanish Proverb

An ounce of blood is worth more than a pound of friendship.

Family Quotes

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

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      Marian Cates 

      3 years ago from Columbia River Gorge, WA

      Great quotes. I typed some of them into a Word doc and may put them on what I am calling Message Tees in my main online shop. Thanks so much for the inspiration!

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      3 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      And that's the truth, SFAM! No argument here. Friends are sometimes our Chosen family.......In my case, I miss my bio sister so very much, I feel close to women who remind me of her!.......Peace, Effer

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      Linda Bilyeu 

      3 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Family doesn't have to be blood, family is who we make it. :)

    • Millionaire Tips profile imageAUTHOR

      Shasta Matova 

      5 years ago from USA

      Thanks Linda. I really do enjoy quotations especially the ones about family.

    • Sunshine625 profile image

      Linda Bilyeu 

      5 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Hi MT, This is a thoughtful and inspiring hub! Awesome quotes.

    • Millionaire Tips profile imageAUTHOR

      Shasta Matova 

      6 years ago from USA

      Thanks Terrye, Paula, HO, Kimberly, Dianna, Aurelio, Blossom, Rajan and Georgie. Family is everything and these quotations help remind us to keep that in perspective. I appreciate your support and friendship this year and look forward to continued friendship for the New Year!

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      GH Price 

      6 years ago from North Florida

      I love good quotes and, especially this time of year, family is more important than anything. Great job, Shasta! :)

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 

      6 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      All these quotes are just awesome! Family is one that supports one another through thick and thin, that binds everyone like glue yet is flexible enough to allow each one to breathe and grow.

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 

      6 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      Wow! A lot of research went into this hub and it shows.

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      Aurelio Locsin 

      6 years ago from Orange County, CA

      Eugene Levbid rings particularly true for me. For me, even though it's just one family, my relations number in the thousands, so there are more family members than even my Facebook friends. Voting this Up and Interesting.

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      Dianna Mendez 

      6 years ago

      Love family quotes. Especially the wise sayings - you only have one family and Family is not an important thing, it's everything!

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      Kimberly Vaughn 

      6 years ago from Midwest

      Great list of family quotes! I was not familiar with most of these. I especially liked the ones about mothers. I am going to have to share those with my mom.

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      Hawaiian Odysseus 

      6 years ago from Southeast Washington state

      Voted up and across, shared, and saturated with social media channels! I love everything FAMILY, and these wonderful sayings, beautifully presented in your hub, are worth seeding throughout the earth. I'm doing my part! Thanks for sharing, Millionaire Tips!

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      6 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      MT....Absolutely LOVE this. Every quote is meaningful...interesting...touching. I'm a huge "Family-is-everything-person!"......It's the way we were raised and quite simply, how it is. It never occurred to my sister and I to have any other BEST friend than each other. Yes..we had friends, but not like one another.

      This was a very enjoyable hub and I thank you for writing it!! ...UP++++

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      Terrye Toombs 

      6 years ago from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map.

      What a brilliant way to keep part of your family history alive! Voted up and sharing. Simply brilliant!

    • Millionaire Tips profile imageAUTHOR

      Shasta Matova 

      6 years ago from USA

      Thanks ReverieMarie and vespawoolf, these quotes make me feel all warm and fuzzy about my family and makes me appreciate them more.

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      6 years ago from Peru, South America

      I love the Mexican proverb "The house does not rest upon the ground, but upon a woman" (so simple yet so true) and Winston Churchill's quote (eloquent). This is a great resource for the uses you mention in your intro. Thank you!

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      6 years ago from Tuscaloosa, Alabama

      I love the Ray Bradbury quote. His writing is so eloquent and masterful, but so simple. His book Dandelion Wine is one of my favorites.


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