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227 Best Family Quotes & Sayings

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If you are looking for an incredible selection of family quotes you’re in the right place.

Our families are so important. They support us when we are feeling down and cheer us on when we are doing well.

It’s easy to take our families for granted.

This collection of family quotes will remind you how important your family really is.

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Top 10 Family Quotes

Family isn’t an important thing. It’s everything.

Michael J. Fox
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When all the dust is settled and all the crowds are gone, the things that matter are faith, family, and friends.

Barbara Bush
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Having a place to go is a home. Having someone to love is a family. Having both is a blessing.

Donna Hedges
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The family is one of nature’s masterpieces.

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

Anthony Brandt
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In time of test, family is best.

Burmese proverb 
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The strength of a family, like the strength of an army, is in its loyalty to each other.

Mario Puzo
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Ohana means family. Family means no one gets left behind or forgotten.

Lilo & Stitch
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The most important thing in the world is family and love.

John Wooden
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I have a wonderful shelter, which is my family.

José Carreras
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Family and friendships are two of the greatest facilitators of happiness. John C. Maxwell

The family is the nucleus of civilization.

Will Durant

After a good dinner one can forgive anybody, even one’s own relations. Oscar Wilde

The other night I ate at a real nice family restaurant. Every table had an argument going. George Carlin

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I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character. Martin Luther King Jr

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

Desmond Tutu

A family creates a safe space for each member to grow and develop into the person they were meant to be. Unknown

It is a wise father that knows his own child. William Shakespeare 

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Family and friends are hidden treasures, seek them and enjoy their riches. Wanda Hope Carter

If the family were a boat, it would be a canoe that makes no progress unless everyone paddles.

Letty Cottin Pogrebin

At the end of the day, a loving family should find everything forgivable. Mark V. Olsen

Happiness is having a large, loving, caring, closeknit family in another city. George Burns

Think of your family today and every day thereafter, don’t let the busy world of today keep you from showing how much you love and appreciate your family. Josiah

Your children need your presence more than your presents.

Jesse Jackson

If we are peaceful, if we are happy, we can smile, and everyone in our family, our entire society, will benefit from our peace. Thich Nhat Hanh

A happy family is but an earlier heaven. George Bernard Shaw 

Connections within a family are powerful forces of nature. Unknown

No man has ever lived that had enough of children’s gratitude or woman’s love.

William Butler Yeats

A family is a risky venture, because the greater the love, the greater the loss… That’s the tradeoff. But I’ll take it all. Brad Pitt

Poor folks have neither any kindred nor any friends. Italian proverb

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I think our job as parents is to give our kids roots to grow and wings to fly. Deborah Norville

Family. Where life begins and love never ends.


There is no more powerful love than one a parent feels for their child. Unknown

I don’t think quantity time is as special as quality time with your family. Reba McEntire

There is no job more important than parenting. This I believe. Ben Carson

A dysfunctional family is any family with more than one person in it.

Mary Karr

Being part of a family means smiling for photos. Harry Morgan

Families are like branches on a tree. We grow in different directions, yet our roots remain as one. Unknown

I have learned that to be with those I like is enough. Walt Whitman

I sustain myself with the love of family.

Maya Angelou

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

My family is my life, and everything else comes second as far as what’s important to me. Michael Imperioli

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. Robin Hobb

Family ties mean that no matter how much you might want to run from your family, you can’t!


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

The family is the first essential cell of human society. Pope John XXIII

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Home is the nicest word there is. Laura Ingalls Wilder

The greatest legacy one can pass on to one’s children and grandchildren is not money or other material things accumulated in one’s life, but rather a legacy of character and faith.

Billy Graham

My mother used to tell me that when push comes to shove, you always know who to turn to. That being a family isn’t a social construct but an instinct. Jodi Picoult

You need a rocksolid foundation of friends and family to keep you where you need to be. Lilly Singh

I know all those words, but that sentence makes no sense to me. Matt Groening

We must take care of our families wherever we find them.

Elizabeth Gilbert

When we have each other, we have everything. Unknown

Family. Being loved no matter what. Unknown

There is no such thing as fun for the whole family. Jerry Seinfeld

Families are messy. Immortal families are eternally messy. Sometimes the best we can do is to remind each other that we’re related for better or for worse…and try to keep the maiming and killing to a minimum.

Rick Riordan

Love, honesty, and connection are cultivated in a family. Unknown

Families shape who we are and who we choose to become. Unknown

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The capacity for friendship is God’s way of apologizing for our families. Jay McInerney

Our most basic instinct is not for survival but for family.

Paul Pearsall

I am blessed to have so many great things in my life family, friends, and God. All will be in my thoughts daily. Lil’ Kim

Your family will always hold your heart. Unknown

My family comes first. Maybe that’s what makes me different from other guys. Bobby Darin

Is this what family is like: the feeling that everyone’s connected, that with one piece missing, the whole thing’s broken?

Trenton Lee Stewart

When your mother asks, ‘Do you want a piece of advice?’ it’s a mere formality. It doesn’t matter if you answer yes or no. You’re going to get it anyway. Erma Bombeck

When you love what you have, you have everything you need. Unknown

A daughter without her mother is a woman broken. It is a loss that turns to arthritis and settles deep into her bones. Kristin Hannah

You leave home to seek your fortune and, when you get it, you go home and share it with your family.

Anita Baker

Home should be an anchor, a port in a storm, a refuge, a happy place in which to dwell, a place where we are loved and where we can love. Marvin J. Ashton

Some people are worth melting for. Olaf

The strength of a nation derives from the integrity of the home. Confucius

As the family goes, so goes the nation and so goes the whole world in which we live.

Pope John Paul II 

Live so that when your children think of fairness, caring, and integrity, they think of you. H. Jackson Brown Jr

What can you do to promote world peace? Go home and love your family. Mother Teresa

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That sounds terrific, thought Cary, just you, your comatose wife your shellshocked son, and your daughter who hates your guts. Not to mention that your two kids may be in love with each other. Yeah, that sounds like a perfect family reunion. Cassandra Clare

My grandmother started walking five miles a day when she was sixty. She’s ninety-seven now, and we don’t know where the heck she is.

Ellen DeGeneres

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

The family is not only an institution but a foundation, the foundation of nearly all institutions. G.K. Chesterton

A family can develop only with a loving woman as its center. Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel

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

Dodie Smith

No one knows you better than your family does. Unknown

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

You need a strong family because, at the end, they will love you and support you unconditionally. Esha Gupta

There’s only one thing more precious than our time and that’s who we spend it on.

Leo Christopher

Put your family in order. Jordan Peterson 

Having a family is like having a bowling alley installed in your brain. Martin Mull

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Family quarrels are bitter things. They don’t go according to any rules. They’re not like aches or wounds, they’re more like splits in the skin that won’t heal because there’s not enough material. F. Scott Fitzgerald

Nothing is better than going home to family and eating good food and relaxing.

Irina Shayk

The greatest thing in family life is to take a hint when a hint is intended and not to take a hint when a hint isn’t intended. Robert Frost

Family. A little bit of crazy, a little bit of loud and a whole lot of love. Unknown

The sun looks down on nothing half so good as a household laughing together over a meal. C.S. Lewis

There’s nothing that makes you more insane than family.

Jim Butcher

One’s family is the most important thing in life. I look at it this way: One of these days I’ll be over in a hospital somewhere with four walls around me. And the only people who’ll be with me will be my family. Robert Byrd

God is the designer of the family. Gordon B. Hinckley

Peace is the beauty of life. It is sunshine. It is the smile of a child, the love of a mother, the joy of a father, the togetherness of a family. It is the advancement of man, the victory of just cause, the triumph of truth. Menacheim Begin

When trouble comes, it’s your family that supports you.

Guy Lafleur

No one’s family is normal. Normalcy is a lie invented by advertising agencies to make the rest of us feel inferior. Calire LaZebnik

Show me a family of readers, and I will show you the people who move the world. Napoleon Bonaparte

Happy Family Quotes

He that raises a large family does, indeed, while he lives to observe them, stand a broader mark for sorrow; but then he stands a broader mark for pleasure too. Benjamin Franklin

Life is beautiful. It’s about giving. It’s about family.

Walt Disney

As a child, the family that I had and the love I had from my two parents allowed me to go ahead and be more aggressive, to search and to take risks knowing that, if I failed, I could always come home to a family of love and support. Tiger Woods

One of the things that binds us as a family is a shared sense of humor. Ralph Fiennes

Family is not an important thing. It’s everything. Michael J. Fox

Home isn’t where you’re from, it’s where you find light when all grows dark.

Pierce Brown

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

Children are educated by what the grownup is and not by his talk. Carl Jung 

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What divides us pales in comparison to what unites us. Ted Kennedy 

There comes a time in your life when you have to choose to turn the page, write another book or simply close it.

Shannon L. Alder

The love of family is life’s greatest blessing. Unknown 

Everyone needs a house to live in, but a supportive family is what builds a home. Anthony Liccione

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

You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth.

Khalil Gibran

That’s what people do who love you. They put their arms around you and love you when you’re not so lovable. Deb Caletti

A family is who you choose to be by your side and love unconditionally. Unknown

Nothing purchased can come close to the renewed sense of gratitude for having family and friends. Courtland Milloy

Friends are God’s way of apologizing for your family.

Wayne Dyer

There’s nothing that makes you more insane than family. Or more happy. Or more exasperated. Or more… secure. Jim Butcher

Sister is probably the most competitive relationship within the family, but once the sisters are grown, it becomes the strongest relationship. Margaret Mead

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I believe in large families: every woman should have at least three husbands. Zsa Zsa Gabor

The greatest gift of family life is to be intimately acquainted with people you might never even introduce yourself to, had life not done it for you.

Kendall Hailey

Stick to the basics, hold on to your family and friends they will never go out of fashion. Niki Taylor

It is the smile of a child, the love of a mother, the joy of a father, the togetherness of a family. Menacheim Begin

A man should never neglect his family for business. Walt Disney

Like all the best families, we have our share of eccentricities, of impetuous and wayward youngsters and of family disagreements.

Queen Elizabeth II

A family is a bunch of people who keep confusing you with someone you were as a kid. Robert Brault

A family doesn’t have to perfect; it just needs to be united. Unknown

One day you will do things for me that you hate. That is what it means to be family. Jonathan Safran Foer

Families is where our nation finds hope, where wings take dream.

George W. Bush

Family isn’t always blood. It’s the people in your life who want you in theirs; the ones who accept you for who you are. The ones that would do anything to see you smile and who love you no matter what. Unknown

All families are different and unique, but they all have one thing in common love. Unknown

Family life is too intimate to be preserved by the spirit of justice. It can be sustained by a spirit of love which goes beyond justice. Reinhold Niebuhr

The more you’re loving and understanding, the more your kids will sing.

Maxime Lagacé 

Family is more than blood. Cassandra Clare

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

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My dear young cousin, if there’s one thing I’ve learned over the eons, it’s that you can’t give up on your family, no matter how tempting they make it. Rick Riordan

The love of family and the admiration of friends are much more important than wealth and privilege.

Charles Kuralt

You can kiss your family and friends goodbye 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

My family is my strength and my weakness. Aishwarya Rai Bachchan

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

Families are like fudge, mostly sweet, with a few nuts.

Les Dawson

I find the family the most mysterious and fascinating institution in the world. Amos Oz

Together is my favorite place to be. Unknown

It’s all about quality of life and finding a happy balance between work and friends and family. Philip Green

The memories we make with our family are everything.

Candace Cameron Bure

Children are the anchors that hold a mother to life. Sophocles

I think togetherness is a very important ingredient to family life. Barbara Bush

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To us, family means putting your arms around each other and being there. Barbara Bush

Many men can make a fortune but very few can build a family.

S. Bryan

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

You can’t go back and change the beginning, but you can start where you are and change the ending. C.S. Lewis

Family makes a house a home. Jennifer Hudson

Treat your family like friends and your friends like family.


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

Friends are the family you choose. Jess C. Scott

What greater thing is there for human souls than to feel that they are joined for life to be with each other in silent unspeakable memories. George Eliot

All happy families are alike; each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.

Leo Tolstoy

Family: Where life begins and love never ends. Unknown

No matter what a family looks like, it is always filled with love. Unknown

Inspirational Family Quotes

Family is there to support you and honor your decisions. Unknown

The bond that links your true family is not one of blood, but of respect and joy in each other’s life.

Richard Bach

Being a family means you are a part of something very wonderful. It means you will love and be loved for the rest of your life. Lisa Weed

The world, we’d discovered, doesn’t love you like your family loves you. Louis Zamperini

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

Your parents miss you and wish you’d call. Later you’ll miss them and wish you could.

Paul Graham 

It’s hard to put into words just how much love a parent feels for their child. Unknown

Your greatest contribution may not be something you do but someone you raise. Unknown

Writers will happen in the best of families. Rita Mae Brown

Strangers are just family you have yet to come to know.

Mitch Albom

To put the world right in order, we must first put the nation in order; to put the nation in order, we must first put the family in order; to put the family in order, we must first cultivate our personal life; we must first set our hearts right. Confucius

Let love be genuine. Abhor what is evil; hold fast to what is good. Romans

All families are psychotic. Everybody has basically the same family it’s just reconfigured slightly different from one to the next. Douglas Coupland

I looked up my family tree and found out I was the sap.

Rodney Dangerfield

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

We may have our differences, but nothing’s more important than family. Coco

So much of what is best in us is bound up in our love of family, that it remains the measure of our stability because it measures our sense of loyalty. Haniel Long

Cherish your human connections your relationships with friends and family.

Barbara Bush

Through ups and downs, a family will stand by each other. Unknown

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

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My friends and family are my support system. They tell me what I need to hear, not what I want to hear, and they are there for me in the good times and bad times. Kelly Clarkson

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

Family faces are magic mirrors. Looking at people who belong to us, we see the past, present, and future. Gail Lumet Buckley

The greatest gifts you can give your children are the roots of responsibility and the wings of independence. Denis Waitley 

My greatest pleasure is spending time with my family. Siri Hustvedt

Parents are like God because you wanna know they’re out there, and you want them to think well of you, but you really only call when you need something.

Chuck Palahniuk

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

Family is family. Linda Linney

Family is the most important thing in the world. Princess Diana 

Then I discovered that being related is no guarantee of love!

Stieg Larsson

A family is one of nature’s solubles; it dissolves in time like salt in rainwater. Pat Conroy

Families should celebrate each member’s unique identity. Unknown

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I don’t know half of you half as well as I should like; and I like less than half of you half as well as you deserve. J.R.R. Tolkien

A family that supports one another thrives.


Spare the rod and spoil the child that is true. But, beside the rod, keep an apple to give him when he has done well. Martin Luther

This was the trouble with families. Like invidious doctors, they knew just where it hurt. Arundhati Roy

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

There is no doubt that it is around the family and the home that all the greatest virtues… are created, strengthened and maintained.

Winston Churchill

Family means nobody gets left behind or forgotten. David Ogden Stiers

A family is the purest form of love and acceptance. Unknown

Family is a lifejacket in the stormy sea of life. J.K. Rowling

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

Peter Buffett

Family and health are above everything. Gal Shapira

Govern a family as you would cook a small fish very gently. Chinese Proverb

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The bond between a parent and child is unbreakable. Unknown

Love your family. Spend time, be kind & serve one another. Make no room for regrets. Tomorrow is not promised & today is short.


With all my fans I got a family again. Tupac Shakur

Sticking with your family is what makes it a family. Mitch Albom

Meaningful Family Quotes

Rejoice with your family in the beautiful land of life! Albert Einstein

There’s nothing I value more than the closeness of friends and family, a smile as I pass someone on the street.

Willie Stargell

Siblings: children of the same parents, each of whom is perfectly normal until they got together. Sam Levenson

No matter what happens, a family will always have your back. Unknown

I don’t know who my grandfather was; I am much more concerned to know what his grandson will be. Abraham Lincoln 

A man who doesn’t spend time with his family can never be a real man.

Vito Corleone, The Godfather

A family is a group of people who love unconditionally. Unknown

No matter how big or small the family, what matters most is love. Unknown

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When I was a boy of fourteen, my father was so ignorant I could hardly stand to have the old man around. But when I got to be twentyone, I was astonished at how much the old man had learned in seven years. Mark Twain

Family isn’t defined only by last names or by blood; it’s defined by commitment and by love.

Dave Willis

Without a family, man, alone in the world, trembles with the cold. Andre Maurois

To understand your parents’ love, you must raise children yourself. Chinese Proverb

If you cannot get rid of the family skeleton, you may as well make it dance. George Bernard Shaw

Nothing like watching your relatives fight, I always say.

Rick Riordan

There is no love greater than the love shared within a family. Unknown

You are born into your family and your family is born into you. No returns. No exchanges. Elizabeth Berg

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Blood makes you related. Loyalty makes you family. Unknown

Ohana means family and family means nobody gets left behind or forgotten.


Find your tribe. Love them hard. Unknown

Family is one of nature’s masterpieces. George Santayana

The family is the test of freedom; because the family is the only thing that the free man makes for himself and by himself. Gilbert K. Chesterton

To Sum Up

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There are lots to remind you how important your families are.

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