Positive Family Quotes

With more than 60 inspirational family quotes from known people, plus loads more from unknown sources these are all positive words of wisdom and love to 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.

Family gathered for Golden Wedding Anniversary My family in 2008
Butterfly bear by Sandra Reeves

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.

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Family quotes are listed alphabetically on surnames.
Family quotes from Unknown sources are at the bottom of the page.

Family Quotes A

Mitch Albom

Mitch Albom 1958
Sticking with your family is what makes it a family.

Jane Austen

Jane Austen 1775 - 1817
There is nothing like staying at home for real comfort.

Family Quotes B

Aine Belton

Aine Belton
One hug always equals two... 
One for them and one for you.

Bo Bennett

Bo Bennett  1972
Spend some time this weekend on home-improvement...
Improve your attitude toward your family.

Rachel Billington

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

Napoleon Bonaparte 1769 - 1821
Show me a family of readers...
and I will show you the people who move the world.

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

Joyce Brothers

Joyce Brothers  1927
When you look at your life, the greatest happinesses are family happinesses.

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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

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.

'Family' illustrated by Sandra Reeves - Spiritual Quotes To Live ByIllustrated by Sandra Reeves

Family Quotes C

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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

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

Deepak Chopra  1946
Success, wealth, good health and nurturing relationships are by-products of happiness, not the cause.

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Sera Christann
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

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

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

Miley Cyrus  1992
The only people that you really have, that I learned, are your family, because they love you no matter what.

Family Quotes D

Sarah Dessen

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

Princess Diana  1961 - 1997
Family is the most important thing in the world.

Walt Disney

Walt Disney  1901 - 1966
A man should never neglect his family for business.

Will Durant

Will Durant 1885 - 1981
The family is the nucleus of civilization.

Family Quotes F

Michael J. Fox

Michael J. Fox  1961
Family is not an important thing ~ it is everything.

Family Quotes G

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Richard Garnett
Love is the greatest gift that one generation can leave to another.

Love is the greatest gift illustrated by Sandra Reeves - Spiritual Quotes To Live Byillustration by Sandra Reeves

Family Quotes H

Thich Nhat Hanh

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

Alex Hayley  1921 - 1992
In every conceivable manner, the family is a link to our past and a bridge to our future.

Brad Henry

Brad Henry  1963
Families are the compass that guide us.
They are the inspiration to reach great heights,
and our comfort when we occasionally falter.

Elbert Hubbard

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.

Family Quotes  J

Thomas Jefferson

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.

Family Quotes K


Marge Kennedy
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.

Charles Kuralt

Charles Kuralt  1934 - 1997
The love of family and the admiration of friends is much more important then wealth and privilege.

Family Quotes L


Jack Layton
Cherish every moment with those you love, at every stage of your journey.

Rosamund Lupton

Rosamund Lupton
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 Quotes M


Madonna  1958  
Family is everything. Family comes first. It's not what I expected it to be, but nothing ever is.

Margaret Mead

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

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.

Family Quotes O


Clara Ortega
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

Amos Oz  1939
I find the family the most mysterious and fascinating institution of the world.

Family Quotes P

Letty Cottin Pogrebin

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.

Family Quotes R

Christina Rossetti

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.

Jalal Uddin Rumi

Jalal Uddin Rumi  1207 - 1273
Always search for your innermost nature in those you are with, as rose oil imbibes from roses.

Family Quotes S

George Santayana

George Santayana  1863 - 1952
The family is one of life's masterpieces.

Virginia Satir

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

Olive Schreiner  1855 - 1920
Our fathers had their dreams, we have ours,
the generation that follows will have its own.

Marquise de Sevigne

Marquise de Sevigne  1626 - 1696
We cannot destroy kindred: our chains stretch a little sometimes, but they never break.

George Bernard Shaw

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

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

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

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

Charles R. Swindoll  1934
A family is a place where principles are hammered and honed on the anvil of everyday living.

Family Quotes T

Mother Teresa

Mother Teresa  1910 - 1997
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

Desmond Tutu  1931
You don't choose your family, they are God's gift to you, as you are to them.

Family Quotes V

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Mildred B. Vermont
A mother is a woman with a twenty-five hour day, who can still find time to play with her family.

Family Quotes W

Anthony Douglas Williams

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.

Joseph B. Wirthlin

Joseph B. Wirthlin  1817 - 2008
The place to cure most of the ills of societyis in the homes of the people.

Family Quotes Y

Paramahansa Yogananda

Paramahansa Yogananda  1893 - 1952
Kindness is the Light that dissolves all walls between Souls, families and nations.

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Family Quotes
from Unknown Author

A family is a little world created by love.

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.

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

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.

Blessed are those who spoil and snuggle, hug and hope, pray and pamper.
For they shall be called Grandparents.

Brothers are like hands and feet.

Family and friends fill our lives with happiness and laughter giving us memories to treasure today and forever after.

Family quote illustrated by Sandra Reeves -Spiritual Quotes To Live Byillustration by Sandra Reeves

Family are like branches on a tree, we all grow in different directions, yet our roots remain as one.

Family is like music...
some high notes, some low notes, but always a beautiful song.

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.

In time of test, family is best.

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."

Nothing makes a woman love a man more than seeing how much he loves their children.

Our family is a circle of strength of love, with every birth and every union, the circle grows.

Sister are different flowers from the same garden.

The laughter of a child is the light of the home.

The only people who truly know your story are the ones who help you write it.

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Family at Christmas 1980's - Spiritual Quotes To Live ByWith my parents and brothers at Christmas (1980's)

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 all eventually moved on to other things.

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Butterfly bear by Sandra Reeves

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