Family (quotes)


The importance and rewards of a healthy family


Families are important

  • Family is the most important thing in the world. Princess Diana
  • 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
  • Those who think the family has had its day should think again. Eva Burrows
  • The family is the association established by nature for the supply of man’s everyday wants. Aristotle
  • Other things may change us, but we start and end with family. Anthony Brandt
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The family plays a critical role in society

  • What can you do to promote world peace? Go home and love your family. Mother Teresa
  • As the family goes, so goes the nation and so goes the whole world in which we live. Pope John Paul II
  • 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
  • The family unit plays a critical role in our society and in the training of the generation to come. Sandra Day O’Connor
  • Even as the cell is the unit of the organic body, so the family is the unit of society. Ruth Nanda Anshen
  • The strength of a nation derives from the integrity of the home. Confucius
  • Peace and war begin at home. If we truly want peace in the world, let us begin by loving one another in our own families. If we want to spread joy, we need for every family to have joy. Mother Teresa
  • The family is the most basic unit of government. As the first community to which a person is attached and the first authority under which a person learns to live, the family establishes society’s most basic values. Charles Colton
  • Healthy families are our greatest national resource. Dorothy Curran

A healthy family is one of life’s greatest blessings

  • I don’t care how poor a man is; if he has family, he’s rich. Dan Wilcox
  • You don’t choose your family. They are God’s gift to you, as you are to them.  Desmond Tutu
  • Having a place to go – is a home. Having someone to love – is a family.  Having both – is a blessing.  Donna Hedges
  • The great 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
  • The informality of family life is a blessed condition that allows us to become our best while looking our worst. Marge Kennedy
  • The family is one of nature’s masterpieces. George Santayana, The Life of Reason
  • Family faces are magic mirrors. Looking at people who belong to us, we see the past, present, and future.  Gail Lumet Buckley
  • The family is one of nature’s masterpieces. George Santayana
  • A healthy family is sacred territory.
  • I do think that families are the most beautiful things in all the world. Louisa May Alcott
  • Families are the compass that guide us. They are the inspiration to reach great heights, and our comfort when we occasionally falter. Brad Henry
  • I know of no realm of life that can provide more companionship in a lonely world or greater feelings of security and purpose in chaotic times than the close ties of a family. Charles R. Swindoll
  • A happy family is but an earlier heaven. George Bernard Shaw
  • Family faces are magic mirrors. Looking at people who belong to us, we see the past, present and future. We make discoveries about ourselves. Gail Lumet Buckley
  • The best of all gifts around any Christmas tree: the presence of a happy family all wrapped up in each other. Burton Hillis
  • The family — that dear octopus from whose tentacles we never quite escape, nor, in our inmost hearts, ever quite wish to. Dodie Smith

A healthy family is a haven where you can be yourself

  • The family is a haven in a heartless world. Christopher Lasch
  • Where can a person be better than in the bosom of their family. Marmontel Gretry
  • The ache for home lives in all of us, the safe place where we can go as we are and not be questioned. Maya Angelou
  • 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 healthy family is enriching for the soul

  • Family life is full of major and minor crises- the ups and downs of health, success and failure in career, marriage, and divorce- and all kinds of characters. It is tied to places and events and histories. With all of these felt details, life etches itself into memory and personality. It’s difficult to imagine anything more nourishing to the soul. Thomas Moore
  • 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
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The greatest happinesses in life are often family happinesses

  • The happiest moments of my life have been the few which I have passed at home in the bosom of my family. Thomas Jefferson
  • When you look at your life, the greatest happinesses are family happinesses. Joyce Brothers
  • Family life is the source of the greatest human happiness. This happiness is the simplest and least costly kind, and it cannot be purchased with money. Robert J. Havighurst
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Loving families are there for each other and provide support, even during the toughest times

  • To us, family means putting your arms around each other and being there. Barbara Bush
  • In time of test, family is best. Burmese Proverb
  • When everything goes to hell, the people who stand by you without flinching — they are your family. Jim Butcher
  • I’m here. I love you. I don’t care if you need to stay up crying all night long, I will stay with you. There’s nothing you can ever do to lose my love. I will protect you until you die, and after your death I will still protect you. I am stronger than Depression and I am braver than Loneliness and nothing will ever exhaust me. Elizabeth Gilbert
  • .. a group experience of love and support. Marianne Williamson
  • Family not only need to consist of merely those whom we share blood, but also for those whom we’d give blood. Charles Dickens

A family is a place where principles and virtues are created and strengthened

  • 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. Winston Churchill
  • A family is a place where principles are hammered and honed on the anvil of everyday living. Charles R. Swindoll
  • 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. All other pacts of love or fear derive from it and are modelled upon it. Haniel Long
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Love allows families to triumph over the inevitable challenges, factions and tensions that occur

  • The thing about family disasters is that you never have to wait long before the next one puts the previous one into perspective. Robert Brault
  • Family quarrels are bitter things. They don’t go by 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.  Scott Fitzgerald
  • 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
  • A dysfunctional family is any family with more than one person in it. Mary Karr
  • A family is a little kingdom, torn with factions and exposed to revolutions. Samuel Johnson
  • Families break up when people take hints you don’t intend and miss hints you do intend. Robert Frost
  • There is little less trouble in governing a private family than a whole kingdom. Michel de Montaigne
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A loving family is as strong as a rock with bonds that will not be broken

  • The only rock I know that stays steady, the only institution I know that works is the family. Lee Iacocca
  • We cannot destroy kindred: our chains stretch a little sometimes, but they never break.  Marquise de Sévigné
  • The bond that links your true family is not one of blood, but of respect and joy in each other’s life. Richard Bach
  • Sticking with your family is what makes it a family. Mitch Albom
  • If the family were a fruit, it would be an orange, a circle of sections, held together but separable – each segment distinct. Letty Cottin Pogrebin

A family is held together by common threads

  • 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
  • I don’t have to look up my family tree, because I know that I’m the sap. Fred Allen
  • If you look deeply into the palm of your hand, you will see your parents and all generations of your ancestors. All of them are alive in this moment. Each is present in your body. You are the continuation of each of these people. Thich Nhat Hanh

Advice for a healthy family


Don’t take your family for granted

  • Our most basic instinct is not for survival but for family. Most of us would give our own life for the survival of a family member, yet we lead our daily life too often as if we take our family for granted.  Paul Pearshall
  • Consider it: every person you have ever met, every person will suffer the loss of his friends and family. All are going to lose everything they love in this world. Why would one want to be anything but kind to them in the meantime? Sam Harris
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Hold your family close and be grateful for them

  • Stick to the basics, hold on to your family and friends – they will never go out of fashion. Niki Taylor
  • Rejoice with your family in the beautiful land of life! Albert Einstein
  • And thank you for a house full of people I love. Amen. Terri Guillemets

Healthy families are cemented together and sustained by love

  • It is not flesh and blood but the heart which makes us fathers and sons. Johann Schiller
  • I sustain myself with the love of family. Maya Angelou
  • 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
  • Families are about love overcoming emotional torture. Matt Groening
  • A family is a place where minds come in contact with one another.If these minds love one another, the home will be as beautiful as a flower garden. But if these minds get out of harmony with one other it is like a storm that plays havoc with the garden. Gautama Buddha
  • In family life, love is the oil that eases friction, the cement that binds closer together, and the music that brings harmony. Eva Burrows
  • 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
  • Love within a family is unconditional, and this kind of environment is necessary not only for children but also for adults who need a space of healing from wounds inflicted in the marketplace. Joan Mueller
  • The best way to make your spouse and children feel secure is not with big deposits in bank accounts, but with little deposits of thoughtfulness and affection in the “love account. Zig Ziglar
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Here are some tips to nurture a healthy and loving family

  • In family life, be completely present. Lao Tzu
  • Treat your family like friends and your friends like family. Proverb
  • I think togetherness is a very important ingredient to family life. Barbara Bush
  • Govern a family as you would cook a small fish — very gently. Chinese Proverb
  • Your family and your love must be cultivated like a garden. Time, effort, and imagination must be summoned constantly to keep any relationship flourishing and growing. Jim Rohn
  • Any problem, big or small, within a family, always seems to start with bad communication. Someone isn’t listening. Emma Thompson
  • Bringing up a family should be an adventure, not an anxious discipline in which everybody is constantly graded for performance. Milton R. Sapirstein
  • 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
  • Get to know your parents. You never know when they’ll be gone for good. Be nice to your siblings. They’re your best link to your past and the people most likely to stick with you in the future. Mary Schmich
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Appreciate and accept family members as they are

  • Families are the best place to learn and practice mutual tolerance and acceptance. Begum Aga Khan
  • Cultivate your own capabilities, your own style. Appreciate the members of your family for who they are, even though their outlook or style may be miles different from yours. Rabbits don’t fly. Eagles don’t swim. Ducks look funny trying to climb. Squirrels don’t have feathers. Stop comparing. There’s plenty of room in the forest. Chuck Swindoll
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If you only have one smile to give, give it to your family

  • Smile at each other, smile at your wife, smile at your husband, smile at your children, smile at each other — it doesn’t matter who it is — and that will help you to grow up in greater love for each other.  Mother Teresa
  • If you only have one smile in you, give it to the people you love. Don’t be surly at home, then go out in the street and start grinning ‘good morning’ at total strangers. Maya Angelou
  • 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. Mother Teresa
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Look for the good in each other

  • When our relatives are at home, we have to think of all their good points or it would be impossible to endure them. George Bernard Shaw
  • Look for the good, not the evil, in the conduct of members of the family. Proverb
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Always be quick to apologise and forgive

  • In some families, please is described as the magic word. In our house, however, it was sorry.  Margaret Laurence
  • At the end of the day, a loving family should find everything forgivable. Mark V. Olsen and Will Sheffer
  • After a good dinner one can forgive anybody, even one’s own relations. Oscar Wilde
  • Never forget the nine most important words of any family – I love you. You are beautiful.  Please forgive me.  Jackson Brown Jr.
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Never neglect family for business

  • Imagine life is a game in which you are juggling five balls. The balls are called work, family, health, friends, and integrity. And you’re keeping all of them in the air. But one day you finally come to understand that work is a rubber ball. If you drop it, it will bounce back. The other four balls…are made of glass. If you drop one of these, it will be irrevocably scuffed, nicked, perhaps even shattered. James Patterson
  • No man on his death bed ever looked up into the eyes of his family and friends and said, “I wish I’d spent more time at the office.
  • A man should never neglect his family for business. Walt Disney

Final thoughts


No success in public life can compensate for failure in the home

  • No success in public life can compensate for failure in the home. Benjamin Disraeli
  • 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
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Thoughts on family verse friendship

  • An ounce of blood is worth more than a pound of friendship. Spanish Proverb
  • Friends are God’s apology for relations. Hugh Kingsmill
  • The capacity for friendship is God’s way of apologizing for our families. Jay McInerney
  • Friends are God’s way of apologizing for your family. Wayne Dyer
  • Fate chooses our relatives, we choose our friends. Jacques Delille
  • True friends are families which you can select. Audrey Hepburn
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On a lighter note


Family tree

  • I don’t have to look up my family tree because I know that I’m the sap. Fred Allen
  • I looked up my family tree and found three dogs using it. Rodney Dangerfield
  • My cousin is gay; I always tell him that in our family tree he’s in the fruit section. Rodney Dangerfield
  • Nepotism is when the corporate ladder is built from the lumber of your family tree. Alfred E. Neuman
  • She is so fat… she broke the family tree.
  • The cheapest way of tracing your family tree is to run for public office
  • Why waste your time looking up your family tree? Just go into politics, and your opponents will do it for you. Mark Twain
  • Your family tree must be a cactus because everybody on it is a prick.

Family holidays

  • A family vacation is when you go away with the people you need to get away from. Alfred E. Neuman
  • Having a holiday weekend without a family member felt like putting on a sweater that had an extra arm. Pamela Ribon
  • My dad is Irish and my mum is Iranian which meant that we spent most of our family holidays in Customs. Patrick Monahan
  • Vacation: Where you take the family to get away from it all only to find it there too.

Family reunions

  • Family reunions are when relatives gather from all over to be reminded why they scattered in the first place. Alfred E. Neuman
  • Family reunions is that time when you come face to face with your family tree and you realize some branches need to be cut. Rene Hicks
  • I had to go back to New York recently for a family reunion I walk in there I look at everyone and I think: ‘I’m getting my tubes tied; that’s it; the tree ends here.’   Cathy Ladman
  • If you don’t believe in ghosts you’ve never been to a family reunion. Ashleigh Brilliant
  • When the food runs out, the family reunion is over. It’s cool that out of all my relatives, I’m the only cannibal. Jarod Kintz


  • Family Planning: Having all your children while their grandparents are still young enough to be babysitters.
  • Family Planning: The art of spacing your children the proper distance apart to keep you on the edge of financial disaster.
  • 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
  • Family: A unit composed not only of children but of men, women, an occasional animal, and the common cold.
  • Budget: A family quarrel.
  • Christmas: when people get emotional over family ties – especially if they have to wear them.
  • Financial Wizard: A person who can earn money faster than the family can spend it.
  • Heredity: The bad traits a child gets from the other side of the family.

More light-hearted quotes

  • 1 in 5 people in the world are Chinese. There are 5 people in my family, so it must be one of them. It’s either my mum or my dad. Or my older brother Colin. Or my younger brother Ho-Cha-Chu. But I think it’s Colin.
  • A family is a unit composed not only of children but of men, women an occasional animal and the common cold. Ogden Nash
  • All the men in my family were bearded and most of the women. C. Fields
  • Apart from health, family, friends, possessions, memories, rights and reputation, what do you have to lose. Ashleigh Brilliant
  • As a child my family’s menu consisted of two choices: take it or leave it. Buddy Hackett
  • As a general thing when a woman wears the pants in a family she has a good right to them. Josh Billings
  • Families are like fudge – mostly sweet with a few nuts.
  • Families with babies and families without babies are sorry for each other. Edgar Watson Howe
  • Fathers should neither be seen nor heard; that is the only proper basis for family life. Oscar Wilde
  • From the ages of 8-18, me and my family moved around a lot. Mostly we would just stretch, but occasionally one of us would actually get up to go to the fridge. Jarod Kintz
  • Genealogist: One who traces your family history back as far as your money will go.
  • Happiness is having a large, loving, caring, close-knit family in another city. George Burns
  • Having a family is like having a bowling alley installed in your brain. Martin Mull
  • I came from a big family. As a matter of fact, I never got to sleep alone until I was married. Lewis Grizzard
  • I come from a small family. Just my mum, dad and me. I’m the youngest.
  • I come from a stupid family. During the civil war my great uncle fought for the West.
  • I come from family where gravy is considered a beverage. Erma Bombeck
  • I don’t think my family liked me – they put a live teddy bear in my crib. Woody Allen
  • I grew up in a very large family in a very small house; I never slept alone until after I was married. Lewis Grizzard Jr.
  • I hope I never do anything to bring shame on myself my family or my other family. Jack Handey
  • I love my family but that is no reason why I need to acknowledge them in public. Patricia Routledge
  • I would like to be able to watch the evening news with my family and not have to explain what oral sex means to my wife. David Feldman
  • I’ve been to all 50 states and traveled this whole country and 90 percent of the people are good folks; the rest of them take after the other side of the family. Jeff Foxworthy
  • I’ve got a long history of suicide in my family; the good news is it skips a generation so if I’m lucky my kids will kill themselves. Anthony Jeselnik
  • If you cannot get rid of the family skeleton you may as well make it dance. George Bernard Shaw
  • If you ever start feeling like you have the goofiest craziest most dysfunctional family in the world, all you have to do is go to a state fair. Jeff Foxworthy
  • If you think you are so enlightened, go and spend a week with your family. Ram Dass
  • In a family recipe that you discovered in an old book the most vital measurement will be illegible. First Law of Kitchen Confusion
  • In our family we don’t divorce our men — we bury them. Ruth Gordon
  • Insanity doesn’t run in my family; it gallops. Cary Grant
  • It sometimes happens, even in the best of families, that a baby is born. This is not necessarily cause for alarm. The important thing is to keep your wits about you and borrow some money. Elinor Goulding Smith
  • It’s too bad that whole families have to be torn apart by something as simple as wild dogs. Jack Handey
  • Maybe that’s all that family really is – a group of people who all miss the same imaginary place. Zach Braff
  • My family is really boring. They have a coffee table book called Pictures We Took Just to Use Up the Rest of the Film. Penelope Lombard
  • My family isn’t really Italian; we’re more like Olive Garden Italian. Mike Birbiglia
  • My father looked at the check and then told the scout ‘Throw in another hundred and you can take the rest of the family.’ Joe Dugan
  • My husband and I have decided to start a family while my parents are still young enough to look after them.
  • My Internet was down for 5 minutes so I went downstairs and spoke to my family. They seem like nice people.
  • One time my whole family played hide and seek; they found my mother in Pittsburgh! Rodney Dangerfield
  • Regarding my family I’m the youngest of three; my parents are both older. Stewart Francis
  • So I say, “Live and let live.” That’s my motto. “Live and let live.” And anyone who can’t go along with that, take him outside and shoot the motherfucker. It’s a simple philosophy, but it’s always worked in our family. George Carlin
  • The bride’s family sat on this side and the groom’s family sat on that side ’cause of the restraining order. Wendy Liebman
  • The capacity for friendship is God’s way of apologizing for our families. Jay McInerney
  • The dinner I was cooking for my family was going to be a surprise but the fire trucks ruined it.
  • The men in my family are strong because the women in my family kill and eat the weak ones. Robert Jordan
  • The most remarkable thing about my mother is that for thirty years she served the family nothing but leftovers. Calvin Trillin
  • The only people who listen to both sides of a family quarrel are the next-door neighbors.
  • The place of the father in the modern suburban family is a very small one; particularly if he plays golf. Bertrand Russell
  • There is no cure for laziness but a large family helps. Herbert Prochnov
  • There’s no such thing as fun for the whole family. Jerry Seinfeld
  • Universal peace sounds ridiculous to the head of an average family. Frank  …Kin’ Hubbard
  • When I call a family meeting, I turn off the house wifi and wait for them all to come running.
  • When I was ten my family moved to Downers Grove Illinois; when I was twelve I found them. Emo Phillips
  • Wifi went down during family dinner tonight. One kid started talking and I didn’t know who he was.