Family Sayings and Quotes

Family is the one fail-safe support system we can depend on when others have vanished. While they may drive us crazy at times, there’s no doubt our families play an integral role in shaping our lives. Enjoy and celebrate the quirks of your kinfolk with the collection of wise and humorous family quotes below.

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

Johann Schiller

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

Spanish Proverb

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

A father's a treasure; a brother's a comfort; a friend is both.      

Benjamin Franklin

A brother may not be a friend, but a friend will always be a brother.      

Benjamin Franklin

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

Home is where you are loved the most and act the worst.     

Marjorie Pay Hinckley

Be it ever so humble there's no place like home.      


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

Children are a poor man's riches.      

English Proverb

Children have more need of models than critics.     

French (on parents and children)

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

Each day of our lives we make deposits in the memory banks of our children.     

Charles R. Swindoll

One father is more than a hundred schoolmasters.      

George Herbert

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

Families ties are cherished things, forged in childhood days, by love of parents, deep and true, and sweet familiar ways.     

Terri Burritt

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

While we try to teach our children all about life, our children teach us what life is all about.     

Angela Schwindt

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

It is a wise father that knows his own child.     

William Shakespeare

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

The best inheritance a parent can give to his children is a few minutes of their time each day.     

M. Grundler