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The family is considered the nucleus of civilization, the first form of community that withstood the test of time. Here are 30 family quotes that will strengthen the bond you have with your loved ones.

The family is considered the nucleus of civilization, the first form of community that withstood the test of time.

Our family has a huge role in creating us as individuals. From parents to brothers and sisters, values are instilled at the heart of every household. They teach us every basic skill we need to survive and face the world we’re brought into. So take some time to celebrate the ones that shaped you as you are today with these heartwarming family quotes. 

While they might sometimes drive you insane, they’re your rock — the ones that will always provide security, love you, accept you and give you a shoulder to lean on. It’s your family that gives the sense of comfort and coziness in a home; without them, a house is just a house.

We dream about growing up and leaving our parents’ home, and when we finally do it, we realize that we still need them and we still want to share our moments with them.

Or maybe your family is made out of friends that you can always rely on; it’s not always blood that creates special bonds.

Here are 145 family quotes that will strengthen the bond you have with your loved ones:

Quotes about family love

Having the love and support of your family is one of the greatest gifts in life. There’s no better feeling than knowing that no matter how bad things may go, you always have your family to turn to.

When there is love in a family, there is everything — comfort, protection, support, loyalty, respect, good advice — you name it. At the end of the day, these are the things that we truly need as human beings, in order to remain strong and sane. When we have love in our family, we find the strength to overcome any challenge. That kind of love fuels us with power to keep on going whenever we feel like giving up.

Here are some beautiful family love quotes to celebrate your special bond.

A family portrait is only complete with love to fill its frame.

WES FESLER

Call it a clan, call it a network, call it a tribe, call it a family: Whatever you call it, whoever you are, you need one.

JANE HOWARD

Being a family means you are a part of something very wonderful. It means you will love and be loved for the rest of your life.

LISA WEED

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

JOYCE BROTHERS

It didn’t matter how big our house was; it mattered that there was love in it.

PETER BUFFETT

The world, we’d discovered, doesn’t love you like your family loves you.

LOUIS ZAMPERINI

Having somewhere to go is home. Having someone to love is family. Having both is a blessing.

UNKNOWN

A family is a risky venture, because the greater the love, the greater the loss… That’s the trade-off. But I’ll take it all.  

BRAD PITT

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

The love of family and the admiration of friends are much more important than wealth and privilege.  

CHARLES KURALT

Home isn’t where you’re from, it’s where you find light when all grows dark.

PIERCE BROWN

When everything goes to hell, the people who stand by you without flinching–they are your family.

JIM BUTCHER

I think togetherness is an important ingredient of family life.  

BARBARA BUSH

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 anymore.

ROBIN HOBB

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

MARJORIE PAY HINCKLEY

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

Mothers and their children are in a category all their own. There’s no bond so strong in the entire world. No love so instantaneous and forgiving. 

GAIL TSUKIYAMA

Family isn’t blood. It’s the people who love you. The people who have your back. 

CASSANDRA CLARE

To you who are parents, I say, show love to your children. You know you love them, but make certain they know it as well.

THOMAS S. MONSON

I’m inspired by the love people have for their children. And I’m inspired by my own children, how full they make my heart. They make me want to work to make the world a little bit better. And they make me want to be a better man.

BARACK OBAMA

Short and sweet family quotes

Our families should be one of the most important things in our lives and we shouldn’t miss any opportunity to show them just how much they mean to us. If you’re looking for short, but meaningful quotes, you’ve come to the right place.

We don’t always need a lot of words to express our feelings. “I love you” has only 3 words in it, yet it’s one of the most powerful sentences; and a simple “thank you” is enough to express gratitude.

For those of you who like to be more concise, we’ve handpicked some beautiful short family quotes. Pick your favorites and share them right away with your loved ones.

Family means no one gets left behind or forgotten.

DAVID OGDEN STIERS

A happy family is but an earlier heaven.

GEORGE BERNARD SHAW

Rejoice with your family in the beautiful land of life.

ALBERT EINSTEIN (more Albert Einstein quotes)

The family is one of nature’s masterpieces.

GEORGE SANTAYANA

The most important thing in the world is family and love.

JOHN WOODEN

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

BARBARA BUSH

Family is not an important thing. It’s everything.

MICHAEL J. FOX

I sustain myself with the love of family.

MAYA ANGELOU

All happy families are alike; each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.

LEO TOLSTOY

Our most basic instinct is not for survival but for family.

PAUL PEARSALL

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

ALEX HALEY

Family is the most important thing in the world.

PRINCESS DIANA

Traveling in the company of those we love is home in motion. 

LEIGH HUNT

I have a wonderful shelter, which is my family.  

JOSÉ CARRERAS

Family is a life jacket in the stormy sea of life.

J.K. ROWLING

Sticking with your family is what makes it a family.

MITCH ALBOM

Family: where life begins and love never ends.

UNKNOWN

In time of test, family is best.

BURMESE PROVERB

Funny family quotes

Our relationships are always better and more relaxed when we are able to laugh at ourselves and at each other. Have you ever noticed that families who laugh at their problems are more united and overcome their troubles easier? That’s because laughing helps you relieve some of the tension which will later allow you to make better decisions.

And let’s face it! Families are not perfect. You relatives have their quirks and you probably have your own. Better to have a good laugh at them Instead of considering each other weirdos.

If you are looking for funny family quotes to share with your dear ones, look no further. Below you’ll find some of the most hilarious family quotes and sayings.

Home, nowadays, is a place where part of the family waits till the rest of the family brings the car back.

EARL WILSON

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

OGDEN NASH

The advantage of growing up with siblings is that you become very good at fractions.

ROBERT BRAULT

Children really can brighten up a house, because they never turn the lights off.

RALPH BUS

I grew up with six brothers. That’s how I learned to dance -waiting for the bathroom.

BOB HOPE

The advantage of having only one child is that you always know who did it.

ERMA BOMBECK

As a child my family’s menu consisted of two choices: take it or leave it.

BUDDY HACKETT

The reason grandparents and grandchildren get along so well is that they have a common enemy.

SAM LEVENSON

Having a child makes you a parent; having two, you are a referee.

DAVID FROST

Nothing in life is fun for the whole family. There are no massage parlors with ice cream and free jewelry.

JERRY SEINFELD

The other night I ate at a real nice family restaurant. Every table had an argument going.

GEORGE CARLIN (more George Carlin quotes)

If minutes were kept of a family gathering, they would show that members not present and subjects discussed were one and the same.

ROBERT BRAULT

Family is a blessing. Just keep saying that when you are irritated by something a family member says.

MARCELINA HARDY

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

In some families, please is described as the magic word. In our house, however, it was sorry. 

MARGARET LAURENCE

Happiness is having a large, loving, caring, close-knit family in another city. 

GEORGE BURNS

Some family trees bear an enormous crop of nuts.

WAYNE H.

For the first time ever I was taking the family on the road. We stayed with my in-laws, which on life’s list of experiences ranks right below sitting in a tub full of scissors.

JEFF FOXWORTHY

Never let an angry sister comb your hair.

PATRICIA MCCANN

I know family comes first, but shouldn’t that mean after breakfast?

JEFF LINDSAY

I looked up my family tree and found out I was the sap.

RODNEY DANGERFIELD

I come from a family where gravy is considered a beverage.

ERMA BOMBECK

Your basic extended family today includes your ex-husband or -wife, your ex’s new mate, your new mate, possibly your new mate’s ex and any new mate that your new mate’s ex has acquired.

DELIA EPHRON

All of us have moments in our lives that test our courage. Taking children into a house with white carpet is one of them. 

ERMA BOMBECK

A family is a bunch of people who keep confusing you with someone you were as a kid.

ROBERT BRAULT

Inspirational family quotes

There are those family quotes that are heartwarming, and there are the inspirational ones that open our eyes and minds to what family truly means.

We tend to forget that every relationship needs a bit of effort from our part as well, in order for them to function properly. Good family relationships (regardless if they are bound by blood or not) don’t just happen overnight and they don’t remain strong without respect, loyalty and support. You can have the family you’ve always dreamed of, as long as you and all other members understand that you have responsibilities towards each other.

Below you’ll find some of the best inspirational family quotes that will strengthen your bond.

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

FRIEDRICH NIETZSCHE

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

LEE IACOCCA

My mother used to tell me that when push comes to shove, you always know who to turn to. That being a family isn’t a social construct but an instinct.

JODI PICOULT

What can you do to promote world peace? Go home and love your family.

MOTHER TERESA (more Mother Teresa quotes)

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

ANTHONY BRANDT

Family isn’t always blood, it’s the people in your life who want you in theirs: the ones who accept you for who you are, the ones who would do anything to see you smile and who love you no matter what.

MAYA ANGELOU

The family is the test of freedom; because the family is the only thing that the free man makes for himself and by himself.

GILBERT K. CHESTERTON

There is no doubt that it is around the family and the home that all the greatest virtues… are created, strengthened and maintained.

WINSTON CHURCHILL (more Winston Churchill quotes)

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

BRAD HENRY

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

DESMOND TUTU

You leave home to seek your fortune and, when you get it, you go home and share it with your family.

ANITA BAKER

Family and friendships are two of the greatest facilitators of happiness.

JOHN C. MAXWELL (more John C. Maxwell quotes)

Treat your family like friends and your friends like family.

Proverb

Family and friends are hidden treasures, seek them and enjoy their riches.

WANDA HOPE CARTER

The family — that dear octopus from whose tentacles we never quite escape, nor, in our inmost hearts, ever quite wish to.

DODIE SMITH

When trouble comes, it’s your family that supports you.

GUY LAFLEUR

So much of what is best in us is bound up in our love of family, that it remains the measure of our stability because it measures our sense of loyalty.

HANIEL LONG

You are born into your family and your family is born into you. No returns. No exchanges.

ELIZABETH BERG

In truth a family is what you make it. It is made strong, not by number of heads counted at the dinner table, but by the rituals you help family members create, by the memories you share, by the commitment of time, caring, and love you show to one another, and by the hopes for the future you have as individuals and as a unit.

MARGE KENNEDY

Our most basic instinct is not for survival but for family. 

PAUL PEARSALL

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

ALEX HAYLEY

Everyone needs a house to live in, but a supportive family is what builds a home.

ANTHONY LICCIONE

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

GEORGE A. MOORE

Peace is the beauty of life. It is sunshine. It is the smile of a child, the love of a mother, the joy of a father, the togetherness of a family. It is the advancement of man, the victory of just cause, the triumph of truth.

MENACHEIM BEGIN

Without a family, man, alone in the world, trembles with the cold.

ANDRE MAUROIS

The informality of family life is a blessed condition that allows us all to become our best while looking our worst.

MARGE KENNEDY

The strength of a family, like the strength of an army, lies in its loyalty to each other.

MARIO PUZO

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

GAIL LUMET BUCKLEY

You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth.

KAHLIL GIBRAN

The homemaker has the ultimate career. All other careers exist for one purpose only – and that is to support the ultimate career. 

C.S. LEWIS (more Kahlil Gibran quotes)

Sister is probably the most competitive relationship within the family, but once the sisters are grown, it becomes the strongest relationship.  

MARGARET MEAD

The greatest 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

There’s nothing that makes you more insane than family. Or more happy, or more exasperated, or more secure.

JIM BUTCHER

If the family were a boat, it would be a canoe that makes no progress unless everyone paddles.

LETTY COTTIN POGREBIN

One day you will do things for me that you hate. That is what it means to be family.

JONATHAN SAFRAN FOER

With friends, if you keep making an effort to reach out and you keep getting hurt, you eventually stop trying. But it’s much harder to give up on family. Somewhere deep down you want it to work so badly that you keep making the same mistake over and over again. 

TORI SPELLING

The family is the first essential cell of human society.

POPE JOHN XXIII

My dear young cousin, if there’s one thing I’ve learned over the eons, it’s that you can’t give up on your family, no matter how tempting they make it. 

RICK RIORDAN

Show me a family of readers, and I will show you the people who move the world.

NAPOLEON BONAPARTE

Stick to the basics, hold on to your family and friends – they will never go out of fashion.

NIKI TAYLOR

Don’t you dare take the lazy way. It’s too easy to excuse yourself because of your ancestry. Don’t let me catch you doing it! Now — look close at me so you will remember. Whatever you do, it will be you who do.

JOHN STEINBECK

Nothing purchased can come close to the renewed sense of gratitude for having family and friends.

COURTLAND MILLOY

Family isn’t something that’s supposed to be static, or set. People marry in, divorce out. They’re born, they die. It’s always evolving, turning into something else. 

SARAH DESSEN

Toxic family quotes

Not all families turn into what they initially intended. Some family members change so much we don’t even recognize them anymore, some start making wrong decisions and some engage in toxic or abusive behaviors. When that happens, we try to fix our problems for the sake of remaining united as a family. Sadly, some people don’t want/try to fix their behavior, so all we can do is to separate ourselves from those who cause us constant suffering.

It’s a hard decision to take, but if you think that’s the only way to protect yourself and your children, you shouldn’t hesitate too much.

The following toxic family quotes focus more on how to prevent living in a toxic family environment.

Instead of raising children who turn out okay despite their childhood, let’s raise children who turn out extraordinary because of their childhood.

L.R. KNOST

I don’t believe an accident of birth makes people sisters or brothers. It makes them siblings, gives them mutuality of parentage. Sisterhood and brotherhood is a condition people have to work at.

MAYA ANGELOU (more Maya Angelou quotes)

Any man can help make a child, but it takes a special man to help raise a child.

TONY GASKINS

A man should never neglect his family for business.  

WALT DISNEY

Lookin’ back, all I can say about all the things he did for me is, I hope I’m at least half the dad that he didn’t have to be.

BRAD PAISLEY

To be in your children’s memories tomorrow, you have to be in their lives today.

BARBARA JOHNSON

Don’t worry that children never listen to you; worry that they are always watching you.

ROBERT FULGHUM

It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken men.

FREDERICK DOUGLASS

The best security blanket a child can have is parents who respect each other.

JANE BLAUSTONE

Your children need your presence more than your presents.

JESSE JACKSON

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

Remember you are not managing an inconvenience. You are raising a human being.

KITTIE FRANTZ

Stop thinking that things are going to be perfect. It’s not going to happen. The kids will not get along all the time, the house will not always be quiet, you will not always hear ‘please’ and ‘thank you.’ It isn’t realistic. What is realistic is taking stock of how incredibly lucky you are to have more children to love and to guide.

KELLEE MULKERIN-FORD

Pick your battles with everyone, including yourself… remind yourself every day that you have been given another chance at love and cherish that opportunity.

JESSICA WARRICK

At the end of the day, the most overwhelming key to a child’s success is the positive involvement of the parents.

JANE D. HULL

When you tell a child you hate their other parent, you are telling them you hate half of who they are.

UNKNOWN

Divorce isn’t the child’s fault. Don’t say anything unkind about your ex to the child, because you’re really just hurting the child.

VALERIE BERTINELLI

Home should be an anchor, a port in a storm, a refuge, a happy place in which to dwell, a place where we are loved and where we can love.

MARVIN J. ASHTON

Blended family quotes

A blended family is one where one or both parents have children from their previous relationships. It is also called a step family or a reconstituted family and they are simply amazing. Why? Because it’s not easy bringing together children that have lived differently, of for them to accept a stranger as their step-mom or step-dad. But once they manage to solve all those differences, they restore hope for all the other parents who’ve went through a divorce and think that they’ll never get a chance at happiness again.

Blending families is definitely a challenge, but one that’s worth every effort. If you need any further proof on that, check out the following blended family quotes that we’ve handpicked for you.

Family isn’t defined only by last names or by blood; it’s defined by commitment and by love. It means showing up when they need it most. It means having each other’s backs. It means choosing to love each other even on those days when you struggle to like each other. It means never giving up on each other!

DAVE WILLIS

The secret to blending families is… There is no secret. It’s scary and awesome and ragged and perfect and always changing. Love and laugh hard, try again tomorrow, but that’s life advice, right?

MIR KAMIN

There is no such thing as a broken family. Family is family and is not determined by marriage certificates, divorce papers, and adoption documents. Families are made in the heart.

C. JOYBELL

For those of you that say, ‘This is not what I signed up for,’ remember that life is not built for your comfort. Life is built by lessons that test you, and push you with every possibility of either demolishing your foundation or reinforcing it!

JESSICA JAMES

The bond that links your true family is not one of blood, but of respect and joy in each other’s life.

RICHARD BACH

There is no such thing as a perfect parent. So just be a real one.

SUE ATKINS

Live one day at a time (or one moment if you have to). Blend little by little and celebrate even the smallest breakthrough.

ANDI PARKER-KIMBROUGH

Families don’t have to match. You don’t have to look like someone else to love them.

LEIGH ANNE TUOHY

A step-sibling is one giant step in growing in life, together.

SALLY PAINTER

Sibling relationships outlast marriages, survive the death of parents, resurface after quarrels that would sink any friendship. They flourish in a thousand incarnations of closeness and distance, warmth, loyalty and distrust.

ERICA E. GOODE

When it feels as if you can’t do right by the other parent, do right by your step-child instead. You’ll never fail with their best interest at heart.

JESSICA JAMES

What I’m doing isn’t about me, it’s about the two little kids that my husband brought into my life. It is about them and making sure that they feel safe, happy, and supported.

ROSE QUINN

The truth is that the way our ex’s, our partner’s ex’s or even our step-kids see us isn’t always about us – it’s about them and their struggles, insecurities, fears or limitations. You don’t have to allow their judgment to become your truth.

DANIELLE KOEPKE

Step-parenting and being a step-sibling presents a lot of exciting opportunities. When families break up and re-form, there may be less order, less certainty, and a bit more trauma involved, but kids can end up having half-a-dozen parent figures.

MORRIS GLEITZMAN

Step parents are not around to replace a biological parent, rather to augment a child’s life experience.

AZRIEL JOHNSON

Being a stepmom means they grew inside of my heart instead of my tummy.

UNKNOWN

Make a positive difference in your children’s lives. Act and speak about your co-parent with respect and integrity.

ALLISON PESCOSOLIDO

Co-parenting. It’s not a competition between two homes. It’s a collaboration of parents doing what is best for the kids.

HEATHER HETCHLER

I’m very fortunate because we’re committed to co-parenting our children together.

ELLE MACPHERSON

Think of it as an important business project; you don’t always love the person that you’re working with, but you work together to get the project done. Co-parents need to adopt this same business model when co-parenting their children.

KELA PRICE