The family quotes on this page are all positive, inspirational words of love and wisdom from known sources that celebrate the joys of family life. Words from unknown origins are on the Family Sayings page.
I was brought up with a strong belief in the family being the most important thing in life. I was taught by example, that your family will always love you no matter what, and that a loving, supportive, caring, positive upbringing will produce the same qualities in adults. When I see what a wonderful job my children are doing in bringing up their own children, I can appreciate that I had a part in passing on the 'family values' that I was blessed with as a child.
Photo: In March 2008 my parents had a party celebrating their Golden Wedding Anniversary. Their children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and partners are with them in this picture. There have been nine more bundles of joy added since! We all had a wonderful time together and it is now one of my parents most treasured memories.
Artwork: The artwork on this page is by creative artist Sandra Reeves.
Family quotes are listed alphabetically on surnames.
Mitch Albom 1958
Sticking with your family is what makes it a family.
Louise May Alcott 1832 - 1888
A house needs a Grandma in it.
Jane Austen 1775 - 1817
There is nothing like staying at home for real comfort.
One hug always equals two...
One for them and one for you.
Bo Bennett 1972
Spend some time this weekend on home-improvement...
Improve your attitude toward your family.
Rachel Billington 1942
The daughter never ever gives up on the mother, just as the mother never gives up on the daughter. There is a tie there so strong that nothing can break it.
Napoleon Bonaparte 1769 - 1821
Show me a family of readers...
and I will show you the people who move the world.
Other things may change us, but we start and end with the family.
Family life's a bit like a runny peach pie - not perfect, but who's complaining?
The advantage of growing up with siblings is that you become very good at fractions.
What greater blessing to give thanks for at a family gathering,
than the family and the gathering.
Joyce Brothers 1927
When you look at your life, the greatest happinesses are family happinesses.
Pam Brown 1948
An older sister is a friend and defender - a listener, conspirator, a counsellor and sharer of delights, and sorrows too.
However time or circumstances may come between mother and her child, their lives are interwoven forever.
It's hard to be responsible, adult and sensible all the time. How good it is to have a sister whose heart is as young as your own.
Mothers are the pivot on which the family spins.
Mothers are the pivot on which the world spins.
Sisters share the scent and smells.. the feel of a common childhood.
We shared: parents, home, pets, celebrations, catastrophes, secrets. And the threads of our experience became so interwoven that we are linked. I can never be utterly lonely, knowing you share the planet.
When sisters stand shoulder to shoulder, who stands a chance against us?
Gail Lumet Buckley 1937
Family faces are magic mirrors...
looking at people who belong to us, we see the past, present and future.
Eva Burrows 1929
In family life, love is... the oil that eases friction, the cement that binds closer together, and the music that brings harmony.
Lorna Byrne 1953
The bonding with a new baby can help people to release love unconsciously.
The connection between brothers and sisters is completely different to that between friends and it exists throughout our lives, even if we have little contact.
The sadness and pain surrounding the death of a parent, brother or sister can bring with it an unexpected gift, and help families to become closer. It can help bring shared memories to light, and be a reminder of love that was shared in the past.
Nancy J. Carmody
I am thankful for a lawn that needs mowing, windows that need cleaning and gutters that need fixing because I have a home...
I am thankful for the piles of laundry and ironing because it means my loved ones are nearby.
Gilbert Chesterton 1874 - 1936
The most extraordinary thing in the world is...
an ordinary man and an ordinary woman and their ordinary children.
Deepak Chopra 1946
Success, wealth, good health and nurturing relationships are by-products of happiness, not the cause.
Sometimes our hearts get tangled and our souls a little off kilter.
Friends and family can set us right and help guide us back to the light.
Winston Churchill 1874 - 1965
There is no doubt that it is around the family and the home that all the greatest virtues, the most dominating virtues of human society, are created, strengthened and maintained.
Confucius 551BC - 479BC
The strength of a nation derives from the integrity of the home.
Jamie Lee Curtis 1958
There is a point when you aren't as much mom and daughter as you are adults and friends.
Miley Cyrus 1992
The only people that you really have, that I learned, are your family, because they love you no matter what.
My family provided me with the proper information and inspiration for me to overcome the challenge of blindness.
Sarah Dessen 1970
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.
Princess Diana 1961 - 1997
Family is the most important thing in the world.
Walt Disney 1901 - 1966
A man should never neglect his family for business.
Siblings are the people we practice on, the people who teach us about fairness and cooperation and kindness and caring.
Will Durant 1885 - 1981
The family is the nucleus of civilization.
Albert Einstein 1879 - 1955
Rejoice with your family in the beautiful land of life.
T. S. Eliot 1888 - 1965
There's no vocabulary for love within a family, love that's lived in but not looked at, love within he light of which all else is seen, the love within which all other love finds speech. This love is silent.
Michael J. Fox 1961
Family is not an important thing ~ it is everything.
Love is the greatest gift that one generation can leave to another.
Marion C. Garretty 1917
A sister is a little bit of childhood that can never be lost.
Alex Haley 1921 - 1992
In every conceivable manner, the family is a link to our past and a bridge to our future.
My fondest hope is that Roots may start black, white, brown, red, yellow people digging back for their own roots. Man, that would make me feel 90 feet tall.
Roots is not just a saga of my family.
It is the symbolic saga of a people.
Tying the little folks with the older folks is a great and powerful tool to preserve and to protect the family and the individual.
When an old person dies it's like a library burning.
Thich Nhat Hanh 1926
If you look deeply into the palm of your hand, you will see your parents and all your 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.
Elbert Hubbard 1856 - 1915
No matter what you have 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.
Thomas Jefferson 1743 - 1826
The happiest moments of my life have been the few which I have passed at home in the bosom of my family.
It's important for all single parents to remember that not everything that goes wrong, from your son's bad attitude towards school to the six holes in your teenage daughter's ear, is because you live in a single-parent home. Every family has its problems.
Soup is a lot like a family. Each ingredient enhances the others; each batch has its own characteristics; and it needs time to simmer to reach full flavour.
The informality of family life is a blessed condition that allows us all to become our best while looking our worst.
Yes, single-parent families are different from two-parent families. And urban families are different from rural ones, and families with six kids and a dog are different from one-child, no-pet households. But even if there is only one adult presiding at the dinner table, yours is every bit as much a real family as the Waltons.
Miranda Kerr 1983
While it's nice to appreciate the fashion world... what makes you happy are real relationships and the moments you share with loved ones.
Grandmothers are voices of the past and role models of the present. Grandmothers open the doors to the future.
Charles Kuralt 1934 - 1997
The love of family and the admiration of friends is much more important then wealth and privilege.
Cherish every moment with those you love, at every stage of your journey.
We are conjoined by hundreds of thousands of memories that silt down into you and stop being memories and become a part of what you are.
Family is everything. Family comes first.
It's not what I expected it to be, but nothing ever is.
Margaret Mead 1901 - 1978
Sister is probably the most competitive relationship within the family, but once the sisters are grown, it becomes the strongest relationship.
Swami Muktananda 1908 - 1982
Love is our only reason for living and the only purpose of life. We live for the sake of love, and we live seeking love... it is not surprising that we keep looking for love. All of us are nothing but vibrations of love. We are sustained by love, and in the end we merge back into love...
This world is nothing but a school of love, our relationships with our husband or wife, with our children and parents, with our friends and relatives are the university in which we are meant to learn what love an devotion truly are.
Yet the love we experience through other people is just a shadow of the love of the inner self. There is a sublime place inside us where love dwells. The love that pulses in the cave of the heart does not depend on anything outside. It does not expect anything. It is completely independent.
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 others hearts. We share private family jokes. We remember family feuds and secrets, family griefs and joys. We live outside the touch of time.
Amos Oz 1939
I find the family the most mysterious and fascinating institution of the world.
Letty Cottin Pogrebin 1939
If the family were a fruit, it would be an orange, a circle of sections, held together - but separable, each segment distinct.
If a family has an old person in it, it possess a jewel.
To forget one's ancestors is to be a brook without a source, a tree without a root.
Christina Rossetti 1830 - 1894
For there is no friend like a sister, in calm or stormy weather. To cheer one on the tedious way, to fetch one, if one goes astray. To lift one, if one totters down, to strengthen whilst one stands.
George Santayana 1863 - 1952
The family is one of life's masterpieces.
Virginia Satir 1916 - 1988
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.
Olive Schreiner 1855 - 1920
Our fathers had their dreams, we have ours,
the generation that follows will have its own.
Marquise de Sevigne 1626 - 1696
We cannot destroy kindred: our chains stretch a little sometimes, but they never break.
George Bernard Shaw 1856 - 1950
A happy family is but an earlier heaven.
Perhaps the greatest social service that can be rendered by anybody to the country and to mankind is to bring up a family.
Dodie Smith 1896 - 1990
The family... that dear octopus from whose tentacles we never quite escape, nor, in our inmost hearts, ever quite wish to.
Nicholas Sparks 1965
My wife, my family, my friends... They've all taught me things about love and what that emotion really means. In a nutshell... loving someone is about giving, not receiving.
Meryl Streep 1949
My family really does come first. It always did and always will.
There's no road map on how to raise a family, it's always an enormous negotiation.
Charles R. Swindoll 1934
A family is a place where principles are hammered and honed on the anvil of everyday living.
Mother Teresa 1910 - 1997
Love begins by taking care of the closest ones...
the ones at home.
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.
The way you help heal the world is you start with your own family.
What can you do to promote world peace?...
Go home and love your family.
Desmond Tutu 1931
You don't choose your family, they are God's gift to you, as you are to them.
Mildred B. Vermont
A mother is a woman with a twenty-five hour day, who can still find time to play with her family.
Mark Wahlberg 1971
For me, family always comes first; I would do anything to protect them.
I don't care how poor a man is; if he has family, he's rich.
Anthony Douglas Williams
Treat other animals as friends and they become friends.
Treat other animals as family and they become family.
Give other animals your love and they will love you in return.
Amy Winehouse 1983 - 2011
I'm happiest with my family around me.
Joseph B. Wirthlin 1817 - 2008
The place to cure most of the ills of societyis in the homes of the people.
Lois Wyse 1926 - 2007
Grandchildren are the dots that connect the lines from generation to generation.
Secreted in the basements and attics of memory are the hidden treasures of family history that only a grandmother can recall, write and hand down.
Paramahansa Yogananda 1893 - 1952
Kindness is the Light that dissolves all walls between Souls, families and nations.