Quotes about Family

I don’t care how poor a man is; if he has family, he’s rich. ~Dan Wilcox and Thad Mumford, “Identity Crisis,” M*A*S*H

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

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

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

Families are like fudge – mostly sweet with a few nuts. ~Author Unknown

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

The family. 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

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

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

You don’t choose your family. They are God’s gift to you, as you are to them. ~Desmond Tutu

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

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

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

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

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

The great advantage of living in a large family is that early lesson of life’s essential unfairness. ~Nancy Mitford

‘Ohana means family – no one gets left behind, and no one is ever forgotten. ~Chris Sanders and Dean DeBlois, Lilo & Stitch

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

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

The family – that dear octopus from whose tentacles we never quite escape, nor, in our inmost hearts, ever quite wish to. ~Dodie Smith

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

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

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

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

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

At the end of the day, a loving family should find everything forgivable. ~Mark V. Olsen and Will Sheffer, Big Love, “Easter”

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

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

We cannot destroy kindred:our chains stretch a little sometimes, but they never break. ~Marquise de Sévigné

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

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

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

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

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

The lack of emotional security of our American young people is due, I believe, to their isolation from the larger family unit. No two people – no mere father and mother – as I have often said, are enough to provide emotional security for a child. He needs to feel himself one in a world of kinfolk, persons of variety in age and temperament, and yet allied to himself by an indissoluble bond which he cannot break if he could, for nature has welded him into it before he was born. ~Pearl S. Buck

A family can develop only with a loving woman as its center.
Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel

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

A happy family is but an earlier heaven. -George Bernard Shaw

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

A woman can take care of the family. It takes a man to provide structure, to provide stability. -Tom DeLay

A woman should be home with the children, building that home and making sure there’s a secure family atmosphere. -Mel Gibson

America cannot continue to lead the family of nations around the world if we suffer the collapse of the family here at home.-
Mitt Romney

The family is both the fundamental unit of society as well as the root of culture. It … is a perpetual source of encouragement, advocacy, assurance, and emotional refueling that empowers a child to venture with confidence into the greater world and to become all that he can be.
MARIANNE E. NEIFERT, Dr. Mom’s Parenting Guide

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

The bond that links your true family is not one of blood, but of respect and joy in each other’s life.-RICHARD BACH, Illusions

Family traditions counter alienation and confusion. They help us define who we are; they provide something steady, reliable and safe in a confusing world.-SUSAN LIEBERMAN

The strength of a family, like the strength of an army, is in its loyalty to each other.-MARIO PUZO, The Family

Family values are a little like family vacations -— subject to changeable weather and remembered more fondly with the passage of time. Though it rained all week at the beach, it’s often the momentary rainbows that we remember.
LESLIE DREYFOUS

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

If the family were a boat, it would be a canoe that makes no progress unless everyone paddles.-LETTY COTTIN POGREBIN

What until now has been considered a “normal” family, made up of a father, a mother, and a number of children, has in recent years increasingly begun to be viewed as one among several options, which can no longer claim to be the only or even superior form of ordering human relationships. The Judeo-Christian view of marriage and the family with its roots in the Hebrew Scriptures has to a significant extent been replaced with a set of values that prizes human rights, self-fulfillment, and pragmatic utility on an individual and social level. It can rightly be said that marriage and the family are insitutions under siege in our world today, and that with marriage and the family, our very civilization is in crisis.
ANDREAS J. KOSTENBERGER, God, Marriage, and Family

In truth a family is what you make it. It is made strong, not by number of heads counted at the dinner table, but by the rituals you help family members create, by the memories you share, by the commitment of time, caring, and love you show to one another, and by the hopes for the future you have as individuals and as a unit.
MARGE KENNEDY, The Single Parent Family

Love makes a family.-GIGI KAESER, Love Makes a Family

Better a loving single-parent family than a ‘conventional’ family where the parents hate each other and the father is a demagogue.-MOBY

Family life is not a computer program that runs on its own; it needs continual input from everyone.-NEIL KURSHAN

Family is what grounds you.ANGELINA JOLIE, interview, Jun. 13, 2001

Focus on your marriage. Because that’s the nucleus of the home, whatever you do to restore its health and strength will naturally restore what’s broken among the other relationships. If you have no children yet, this will make a comfortable nest for them to begin life well. If you have children, the changes you make in your marriage will affect the rest of the household more quickly and dramatically than you think.CHARLES R. SWINDOLL, Marriage: From Surviving to Thriving

The Family is the Country of the heart.-GIUSEPPE MAZZINI, The Duties of Man

There is an interconnectedness among members that bonds the family, much like mountain climbers who rope themselves together when climbing a mountain, so that if someone should slip or need support, he’s held up by the others until he regains his footing.-PHIL McGRAW, Family First

All my family, my blood, is mixed up now. They don’t even all know each other. I just hope they don’t never hate or fight each other, not knowin who they are. Cause all these people livin are brothers and sisters and cousins. All these beautiful different colors! We!… We the human Family. God says so! FAMILY!
J. CALIFORNIA COOPER, Family


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