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.

The children despise their parents until the age of when they suddenly become just like them - thus preserving the system.     


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

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 Sevigne

This was the trouble with families. Like invidious doctors, they knew just where it hurt.     

Arundhati Roy

Blood is thicker than water.      

German Proverb

A house divided cannot stand.      

Bible (Matthew 12:25)

The apple doesn't fall far from the tree.      

Asian Proverb

A crab walks, so walks his children.      

African proverb Kpelle Tribe

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)

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.     


Like father, like son.      

Asian Proverb

Home is where the heart is.      

J.J. McCloskey

Give an extra piece of cake to a stepchild.     

Korean (on parenting and children)

Charity begins at home.      

Tobias George Smollett

When you educate a man you educate an individual. When you educate a woman you educate a whole family.     

Robert M. Maciver