These inspirational family quotes are all positive words of wisdom and love that celebrate the joys of family life.
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: My parents had a party to celebrate their Golden Wedding Anniversary in 2008, this picture is of them with their children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren and respective partners. There have been five more bundles of joy added to the family since then. We all had a wonderful time together and it is now one of my parents treasured memories.
Artwork: The artwork on this page is by creative artist Sandra Reeves.
Family quotes are listed alphabetically on authors surname.
Unknown author family quotes are at the bottom of the page.
Jane Austen 1775 - 1817
There is nothing like staying at home
for real comfort.
Bo Bennett 1972
Spend some time this weekend on home-improvement...
Improve your attitude toward your family.
Other things may change us, but we start and end with the family.
Joyce Brothers 1927
When you look at your life, the greatest happinesses
are family happinesses.
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.
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.
Miley Cyrus 1992
The only people that you really have, that I learned, are your family, because they love you no matter what.
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.
Will Durant 1885 - 1981
The family is the nucleus of civilization.
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.
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.
Alex Hayley 1921 - 1992
In every conceivable manner,
the family is a link to our past and a bridge to our future.
Brad Henry 1963
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Marquise de Sevigne 1626 - 1696
We cannot destroy kindred: our chains stretch a little sometimes, but they never break.
George Bernard Shaw 1856 - 1950 Family Quotes
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
that dear octopus from whose tentacles we never quite escape, nor, in our inmost hearts, ever quite wish to.
Meryl Streep 1949 Family Quotes
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 Family Quotes
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.
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.
Paramahansa Yogananda 1893 - 1952
Kindness is the Light that dissolves all walls between
souls, families and nations.
Proverb Family Quotes
An ounce of blood is worth more than a pound of friendship.
Brothers are like hands and feet.
In time of test, family is best.
Unknown Author Family Quotes
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 another it is like a storm that plays havoc with the garden.
Family and friends fill our lives with happiness and laughter
giving us memories to treasure today and forever after.
I like to walk with Grandpa and Grandma,
Their steps are short like mine.
They don't say, "Now hurry up."
They always take their time.
I like to walk with Grandpa and Grandma,
Their eyes see things like mine do...
Wee pebbles bright, a funny cloud,
Half hidden drops of dew.
Most people have to hurry,
They do not stop and see,
I'm glad that God made Grandpa and Grandma,
Unrushed, and young like me.
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."
Although I left home to get married at an early age (17) my family has remained close. From the 1980's through to late 1990's most of us worked together in a family business. This photograph was taken in the late 80's just before we all went out for the 'Works' Annual Christmas Dinner. As the years passed and our individual families grew, we have all moved on to other things, but we still enjoy a Christmas get together at my parents home.
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