All famous love and inspirational family quotes and sayings

All famous love and inspirational family quotes and sayings

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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. —  Marsha Norman


You never get over being a child, long as you have a mother to go to. —  Sarah Orne Jewett


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


You don't choose your family. They are God's gift to you.  —  Desmond Tutu


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


You can choose your friends, but you can’t choose your family.— Unknown


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


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


Woman is the salvation or the destruction of the family.She carries its destiny in the folds of her mantle. —  n/a


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


Why do grandparents and grandchildren get along so well? They have the same enemy  —  —  the parents. —  n/a


When you look at your life, the greatest happinesses are family happinesses.  — Joyce Brothers


When you educate a man you educate an individual. When you educate a woman you educate a whole family. —  Robert M. Maciver


When you are a mother, you are never really alone in your thoughts. A mother always has to think twice, once for herself and once for her child. —  Sophia Loren


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


When she can’t bring me to heal with scolding, she bends me to shape with guilt. —  Libba Bray


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


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 twenty — one, I was astonished at how much the old man had learned in seven years. —  Mark Twain


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


When any trouble comes in home, all family members takes it as its own and this is called family love. —  n/a


When a man has done his best, has given his all, and in the process supplied the needs of his family and his society, that man has made a habit of succeeding. —  Mack R. Douglas


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


What greater blessing to give thanks for at a family gathering than the family and the gathering. ~Robert Brault


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


we must take care of our families wherever we find them. —  Elizabeth Gilbert


We do not develop habits of genuine love automatically. We learn by watching effective role models  —  most specifically by observing how our parents express love for each other day in and day out. —  Josh McDowell


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. ~Shirley Abbott


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


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


To the outside world we all grow old. But not to brothers and sisters. We know each other as we always were. We know each other's hearts. We share private family jokes. We remember family feuds and secrets, family griefs and joys. We live outside the touch of time. —  Clara Ortega


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


To nourish children and raise them against odds is in any time, any place, more valuable than to fix bolts in cars or design nuclear weapons. —  Marilyn French


To maintain a joyful family requires much from both the parents and the children. Each member of the family has to become, in a special way, the servant of the others.  — Pope John Paul II


To know after absence the familiar street and road and village and house is to know again the satisfaction of home.  — Hal Borland


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


This is the reason why mothers are more devoted to their children than fathers: it is that they suffer more in giving them birth and are more certain that they are their own. —  Aristotle


There's a time when you have to explain to your children why they were born, and it's a marvelous thing if you know the reason by then. —  Hazel Scott


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


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


There’s an awful lot of blood around that water is thicker than. ~Mignon McLaughlin


There must always be a struggle between a father and son, while one aims at power and the other at independence. —  Samuel Johnson


There is something frightful in the way in which not only characteristic qualities, but particular manifestations of them, are repeated from generation to generation.  —  Oliver Wendell Holmes


There is nothing like a parent's love for their child, unconditional and infinite, despite any trials and tribulations. It is like deep roots within your soul for the remainder of your existence.  —  Ingrid Moller Renner


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


There is no doubt that it is around the family and the home that all the greatest virtues, the most dominating virtues of humans, are created, strengthened and maintained.  —  Winston Churchill


There is no cure for laziness but a large family helps. ~Herbert Prochnov


There is great comfort and inspiration in the feeling of close human relationships and its bearing on our mutual fortunes  —  a powerful force, to overcome the tough breaks which are certain to come to most of us from time to time.  —  Walt Disney


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


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


The presidency is temporary — but the family is permanent. —  Yvonne de Gaulle


The place is very well and quiet and the children only scream in a low voice. —  George Gordon


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


The love of family and the admiration of friends is much more important than wealth and privilege.  —  Charles Kuralt


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


The important thing is the family. If you can keep the family together  —  and that's the backbone of our whole business, catering to families  —  that's what we hope to do.  —  Walt Disney


The house of the childless is empty; and so is the heart of him that hath no wife. ~Hitopadesa


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


The happiness of the domestic fireside is the first boon of Heaven; and it is well it is so, since it is that which is the lot of the mass of mankind. ~Thomas Jefferson


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


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 is not intended. —  Robert Frost


The greatest thing a father can do for his daughter is to love her mother  —  Elaine S. Dalton


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 great advantage of living in a large family is that early lesson of life's essential unfairness.  — Nancy Mitford


The father is always a Republican toward his son, and his mother's always a Democrat.  —  Robert Frost


The family you come from isn't as important as the family you're going to have.  — Ring Lardner 


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


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


The Family  —  That dear octopus from whose tentacles we never quite escape, nor, in our inmost hearts, ever quite wish to. — Dodie Smith


The darn trouble with cleaning the house is it gets dirty the next day anyway, so skip a week if you have to. The children are the most important thing. —  Barbara Bush


The children despise their parents until the age of when they suddenly become just like them  —  thus preserving the system. —  Quentin


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


The best way to get a puppy is to beg for a baby brother  —  and they'll settle for a puppy every time. —  Winston Pendelton


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


The advantage of growing up with siblings is that you become very good at fractions. ~Robert Brault


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


Strangers are just family you have yet to come to know. —  Mitch Albom


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


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


Some family trees have beautiful leaves, and some have just a bunch of nuts. Remember, it is the nuts that make the tree worth shaking. —  n/a


Some are kissing mothers and some are scolding mothers, but it is love just the same. —  Pearl S. Buck


So Live that you wouldn't be ashamed to sell the family parrot to the town gossip.  — Will Rogers


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


Siblings are the people we practice on, the people who teach us about fairness and cooperation and kindness and caringquite often the hard way. —  Pamela Dugdale


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


Perhaps the greatest social service that can be rendered by anybody to this country and to mankind is to bring up a family. —  Bernard Shaw


Peace, like charity, begins at home.  — Franklin D. Roosevelt


Parents learn a lot from their children about coping with life. —  Muriel Spark


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


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


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


One of the oldest human needs is having someone to wonder where you are when you don't come home at night. —  Margaret Mead


One loyal friend is worth ten thousand relatives. —  Euripides


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


Ohana means family. Family means nobody gets left behind or forgotten.— Lilo and Stitch


Nothing is so soothing to our self — esteem as to find our bad traits in our forebears. It seems to absolve us.  — Van Wyck Brooks


Nobody's family can hang out the sign, Nothing the matter here.  — Chinese proverb


Nobody has ever before asked the nuclear family to live all by itself in a box the way we do. With no relatives, no support, we’ve put it in an impossible situation. ~Margaret Mead


No success in public life can compensate for failure in the home. — Benjamin Disrali


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


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?  — Lee Iacocca


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


No language can express the power and beauty and heroism of a mother's love. —  Edwin Chapin


My father was an amazing man. The older I got, the smarter he got. —  Mark Twain


My family pride is something inconceivable. I can't help it. I was born sneering. —  Thomas Jefferson


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


My darling little girl — child, after such a long and troublesome waiting I now have you in my arms. I am alone no more, I have my baby. —  Martha Martin


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


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


It takes a Mother's Love to make a house a home, A place to be remembered, no matter where we roam.  —  Helen Steiner Rice


It seems to me that since I've had children, I've grown richer and deeper. They may have slowed down my writing for a while, but when I did write, I had more of a self to speak from. —  Anne Tyler


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


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


Is there any stab as deep as wondering where and how much you failed those you loved? —  Florida Scott — Maxwell


Insanity does not run in my family; it strolls through, takes it’s time, and gets to know everyone personally.— Unknown


In time of test, family is best.  — Burmese Proverb


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


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


In every dispute between parent and child, both cannot be right, but they may be, and usually are, both wrong. It is this situation which gives family life its peculiar hysterical charm. —  —  Isaac Rosenfeld


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


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


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


In a houseful of toddlers and pets, you can start out having a bad day, but you keep getting detoured. ~Robert Brault


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


If you think you’re enlightened, go spend a week with your family  —  Ram Dass


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. Because five minutes at the fair, you'll be going, 'you know, we're alright. We are dang near royalty.  — Jeff Foxworthy


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


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


If you bungle raising your children, I don't think whatever else you do matters very much. —  Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis


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


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


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 


I sustain myself with the love of family. —  Maya Angelou


I smile because you’re my sister. I laugh because there’s nothing you can do about it.— Unknown


I love my mother, not as a prisoner of atherosclerosis, but as a person; and I must love her enough to accept her as she is, now, for as long as this dwindling may take. —  Madeleine L'Engle


I like to see a home like this, a home connected with people's thoughts and work, things they love. —  Dewitt Bodeen


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. —  George Santayana


I have so much admiration for women who are mothers, who balance family and work. —  Beyonce


I have frequently been questioned, especially by women, of how I could reconcile family life with a scientific career. Well, it has not been easy. —  Will Smith


I have found the best way to give advice to your children is to find out what they want and then advise them to do it.  —  Harry S. Truman


I figure if I have my health, can pay the rent and I have my friends, I call it content. —  Lauren Bacall


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


I come from a family where gravy is considered a beverage. ~ Erma Bombeck


I can get up in the morning and look myself in the mirror and my family can look at me too and that's all that matters.  —  Lance Armstrong


I believe that we are always attracted to what we need most, an instinct leading us towards the persons who are to open new vistas in our lives and fill them with new knowledge. —  Helene Iswolsky


Husbands come and go; children come and eventually they go. Friends grow up and move away. But the one thing that's never lost is your sister. —  n/a
Home is where you are loved the most and act the worst. —  Marjorie Pay Hinckley


Home is the place where, when you have to go there, they have to take you in.  — Robert Frost


Home is the place where boys and girls first learn how to limit their wishes, abide by rules, and consider the rights and needs of others. —  —  Sidonie Gruenberg


Home is the most popular, and will be the most enduring of all earthly establishments. —  Channing Pollock


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


Home is a place not only of strong affections, but of entire unreserved; it is life's undress rehearsal, its backroom, its dressing room, from which we go forth to more careful and guarded intercourse, leaving behind… cast — off and everyday clothing. —  Harriet Beecher Stowe


Heredity is a splendid phenomenon that relieves us of responsibility for our shortcomings.  —  Doug Larson


He who is taught to live upon little owes more to his father's wisdom than he who has a great deal left him does to his father's care.  — William Penn


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


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


Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way. ~ Leo Tolstoy


Happiness is having a large, loving, caring, close — knit family in another city. —  —  George Burns


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


Good family life is never an accident but always an achievement by those who share it.  —  James H.S. Bossard


God gave us our relatives; thank God we can choose our friends. —  Ethel Watts Mumford


Friends are relatives you make for yourself. —  Eustache Deschamps


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


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


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 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


Family problems come in all shapes and sizes; some are short — lived and easily managed, while others are more chronic and difficult to handle. —  n/a
Family over friends, because real friends are family  —  Drake


Family members have almost same habits as they are brought up by a love of one mother and delivers same love to entire family. —  n/a


Family means no one gets left behind or forgotten. —  David Ogden Stiers


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


Family life is a bit like a runny peach pie — not perfect but who’s complaining? ~Robert Brault


Family life got better and we got our car back  —  as soon as we put 'I love Mom' on the license plate. ~ Erma Bombeck


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


Family is supposed to be our safe haven. Very often, it’s the place where we find the deepest heartache.— Iyanla Vanzant


Family is not an important thing, it’s everything. —  Michael J. Fox


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


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


Families ties are cherished things, forged in childhood days, by love of parents, deep and true, and sweet familiar ways. —  Terri Burritt


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


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


Each day of our lives we make deposits in the memory banks of our children.  — Charles R. Swindoll


Don't hold your parents up to contempt. After all, you are their son, and it is just possible that you may take after them.  — Evelyn Waugh


Disorder in the society is the result of disorder in the family. —  Elizabeth Ann Seton


Cherish your human connections  —  your relationships with friends and family. —  Barbara Bush


Chance makes our parents, but choice makes our friends. —  Jacques Delille


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 


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



Blood relations are the most durable and everlastings connections. —  n/a


Blood is thicker than water, and when one is in trouble, best to seek out a relative's open arms. —  Euripides


Biology is the least of what makes someone a mother. —  Oprah Winfrey


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. No matter what.— Unknown


Before most people start boasting about their family tree, they usually do a good pruning job. ~ O A Battista


Bear in mind that the wonderful things you learn in your schools are the work of many generations. All this is put in your hands as your inheritance in order that you may receive it, honor it, add to it, and one day faithfully hand it on to your children.  —  Albert Einstein


Be nice to your children, for they will choose your rest home.— Phyllis Diller


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


As a child my family's menu consisted of two choices: take it, or leave it.  — Buddy Hackett


Appreciate your mom. She is wiser than you think and stronger than you know. Be thankful.  —  Steve Maraboli


Angels are often disguised as daughters.— Unknown


And thank you for a house full of people I love. Amen. ~Terri Guillemets


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


All love that has not friendship for its base is like a mansion built upon the sand. —  Ella Wheeler Wilcox


All happy families resemble one another; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way. —  Legouve Pere


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


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


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


Acting is just a way of making a living; the family is life. —  Denzel Washington


A sympathetic friend can be quite dear as a brother. —  Homer


A sibling may be the keeper of one's identity, the only person with the keys to one's unfettered, more fundamental self. —  Marian Sandmaier


A mother's love is like an island, In life's ocean vast and wide, A peaceful, quiet shelter, From the restless, rising tide.  —  Helen Steiner Rice


A mother’s love for her child is like nothing else in the world. It knows no law, no pity, it dares all things and crushes down remorselessly all that stands in its path.  —  Agatha Christie


A mother is not a person to lean on, but a person to make leaning unnecessary. —  Dorothy C. Fisher


A mother is a person who seeing there are only four pieces of pie for five people, promptly announces she never did care for pie. —  Tenneva Jordan


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


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


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


A hundred men may make an encampment, but it takes a woman to make a home. —  Chinese Proverb


A happy family is but an earlier heaven. —  —  John Bowring 


A good friend is my nearest relation. —  Thomas Fuller


A family with an old person has a living treasure of gold. —  CHINESE PROVERB


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


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


A family in harmony will prosper in everything. —  CHINESE PROVERB


A child tells in the street what its father and mother say at home. — The Talmud


A brother is a friend provided by nature. —  Eva Burrows


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