Family Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old Family quotes, Family sayings, and Family proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.


A brother may not be a friend, but a friend will always be a brother.      -- Ben Franklin (1706-1790)
A crab walks, so walks his children.      -- African proverb Kpelle Tribe
A father's a treasure; a brother's a comfort; a friend is both.      -- Ben Franklin (1706-1790)
A house divided cannot stand.      -- Bible (Matthew 12:25)
Be it ever so humble there's no place like home.      -- unknown
Blood is thicker than water.      -- German Proverb
Charity begins at home.      -- Tobias George Smollett (1721-1771)
Children are a poor man's riches.      -- English Proverb
Children have more need of models than critics.     -- French (on parents and children)
Give an extra piece of cake to a stepchild.     -- Korean (on parenting and children)
Home is where the heart is.      -- J.J. McCloskey (1870)
Like father, like son.      -- Asian Proverb
Like father, like son.      -- unknown
One father is more than a hundred schoolmasters.      -- George Herbert (1593-1633)
The apple doesn't fall far from the tree.      -- Asian Proverb
What children say, they have heard at home.     -- Wolof (West African (on parenting and children)
You can do anything with children if only you play with them.     -- German (on parenting and children)
It is not flesh and blood but the heart which makes us fathers and sons.     -- Johann Schiller
We all grow up with the weight of history on us. Our ancestors dwell in the attics of our brains as they do in the spiraling chains of knowledge hidden in every cell of our bodies.     -- Shirley Abbott
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
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
Families are the compass that guides us. They are the inspiration to reach great heights, and our comfort when we occasionally falter.     -- Brad Henry
Families are messy. Immortal families are eternally messy. Sometimes the best we can do is to remind each other that we're related for better or for worse and try to keep the maiming and killing to a minimum.     -- Rick Riordan
Each day of our lives we make deposits in the memory banks of our children.     -- Charles R. Swindoll
Home is where you are loved the most and act the worst.     -- Marjorie Pay Hinckley
That's what people do who love you. They put their arms around you and love you when you're not so lovable.     -- Deb Caletti
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.     -- Virginia Satir
Having children makes you no more a parent than having a piano makes you a pianist.     -- Michael Levinve
The most important thing a father can do for his children is to love their mother.     -- Theodore Hesburgh
To put the world right in order, we must first put the nation in order; to put the nation in order, we must first put the family in order; to put the family in order, we must first cultivate our personal life; we must first set our hearts right.     -- Confucius
It is a wise father that knows his own child.     -- William Shakespeare
All parents damage their children. It cannot be helped. Youth, like pristine glass, absorbs the prints of its handlers. Some parents smudge, others crack, a few shatter childhoods completely into jagged little pieces, beyond repair.     -- Mitch Albom
Bringing up a family should be an adventure, not an anxious discipline in which everybody is constantly graded for performance.     -- Milton R. Saperstein
Parents are like God because you wanna know they're out there, and you want them to think well of you, but you really only call when you need something.     -- Chuck Palahniuk
Parents were the only ones obligated to love you; from the rest of the world you had to earn it.     -- Ann Brashares
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
The strength of a nation derives from the integrity of the home.      -- Confucius
A mother is not a person to lean on, but a person to make leaning unnecessary.     -- Dorothy C. Fisher
When you educate a man you educate an individual. When you educate a woman you educate a whole family.     -- Robert M. Maciver
The best inheritance a parent can give to his children is a few minutes of their time each day.     -- M. Grundler
The children despise their parents until the age of when they suddenly become just like them - thus preserving the system.     -- Quentin
When any trouble comes in home, all family members takes it as its own and this is called family love.     -- Unknown
Home is people. Not a place. If you go back there after the people are gone, then all you can see is what is not there any more.     -- Robin Hobb
A daughter without her mother is a woman broken. It is a loss that turns to arthritis and settles deep into her bones.     -- Kristin Hannah
The informality of family life is a blessed condition that allows us to become our best while looking our worst.     -- Marge Kennedy
We cannot destroy kindred: our chains stretch a little sometimes, but they never break.     -- Marquise de S_vign_
This was the trouble with families. Like invidious doctors, they knew just where it hurt.     -- Arundhati Roy
While we try to teach our children all about life, our children teach us what life is all about.     -- Angela Schwindt
Families ties are cherished things, forged in childhood days, by love of parents, deep and true, and sweet familiar ways.     -- Terri Burritt
This is part of what a family is about, not just love. It's knowing that your family will be there watching out for you. Nothing else will give you that. Not money. Not fame. Not work.     -- Mitch Albom