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.

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.


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.      


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.


When any trouble comes in home, all family members takes it as its own and this is called family love.


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