Family quotes and sayings

All happy families resemble one another, each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.
Leo Tolstoy

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

A group of closely related persons living under one roof; it is a convenience, often a necessity, sometimes a pleasure, sometimes the reverse; but who first exalted it as admirable, an almost religious ideal?
Rose Macaulay

A happy family is but an earlier heaven.
John Bowring

The family that prays together stays together.
Proverb

Good families are generally worse than any others.
Anthony Hope

Parents are the bones on which children sharpen their teeth.
Peter Ustinov

Every family has a skeleton in the cupboard.
Proverb

Families are like fudge – mostly sweet with a few nuts.
Anonymous

I don’t care how poor a man is, if he has family, he’s rich.
Dan Wilcox and Thad Mumford

A poor relation – is the most irrelevant thing in nature.
Charles Lamb

Far from being the basis of the good society, the family, with its narrow privacy and tawdry secrets, is the source of all our discontents.
Edmund Leach

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

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

Parents are the last people on earth who ought to have children.
Samuel Butler

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

It is a melancholy truth that even great men have their poor relations.
Charles Dickens

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

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

The worst misfortune that can happen to an ordinary man is to have an extraordinary father.
Austin O’Malley

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

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

Blood is thicker than water.
Proverb

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

In time of test, family is best.
Burmese Proverb

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

It is a wise father that knows his own child.
William Shakespeare

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

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

The bond that links your true family is not one of blood, but of respect and joy in each other’s life. Rarely do members of one family grow up under the same roof.
Richard Bach

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

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

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

Parents are sometimes a bit of a disappointment to their children. They don’t fulfil the promise of their early years.
Anthony Powell

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

The love of a family is life’s greatest blessing.
Anonymous

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
Anonymous

Treat your family like friends and your friends like family.
Proverb

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

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

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

The family is the nucleus of civilization.
Ariel and Will Durant

The family is the school of duties – founded on love.
Felix Adler

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.
Jim Rohn

No man is responsible for his father. That is entirely his mother’s affair.
Margaret Turnbull

Blood’s thicker than water, and when one’s in trouble Best to seek out a relative’s open arms.
Anonymous

All men are brothers, but, thank God, they aren’t all brothers-in-law.
Anthony Powell

Children aren’t happy with nothing to ignore, And that’s what parents were created for.
Ogden Nash

Fate chooses your relations, you choose your friends.
Jacques Delille

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

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 sink is the great symbol of the bloodiness of family life. All life is bad, but family life is worse.
Julian Mitchell

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

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

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

The greatest destroyer of peace is abortion because if a mother can kill her own child what is left for me to kill you and you to kill me? There is nothing between.
Mother Teresa

I have a wife, I have sons: all of them hostages given to fate.
Lucan

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

Families are about love overcoming emotional torture.
Matt Groening

The thing that impresses me most about America is the way parents obey their children.
Duke of Windsor