Family sayings, quotes on family, inspirational sayings, sayings about life. Our favourite sayings from famous people to inspire and amuse you.
Families can be a source of great joy and also of great frustration! They might be your "stress" or your "stress relief"... But, we all have family!
Family sayings are inspirational sayings to help you see "family" from a different point of view. Sometimes funny sayings, or quotes about attitude, can just give you the boost you need.
Scroll down and enjoy our favourite quotes and sayings.
"You don't choose your family. They are God's gift to you, as you are to them."
~ Desmond Tutu ~
"If you look deeply into the palm of your hand, you will see your parents and all generations of your ancestors. All of them are alive in this moment. Each is present in your body. You are the continuation of each of these people."
~ Thich Nhat Hanh ~
"The greatest thing in family life is to take a hint when a hint is intended-and not to take a hint when a hint is not intended."
~ Robert Frost ~
"In every conceivable manner, the family is link to our past, bridge to our future."
~ Alex Haley ~
"For everyone of us that succeeds, it's because there's somebody there to show you the way out. The light doesn't always necessarily have to be in your family; for me it was teachers and school."
~ Oprah Winfrey ~
"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."
~ Confucus ~
"A son is a son till he takes him a wife, a daughter is a daughter all of her life."
~ Irish Sayings ~
"When our relatives are at home, we have to think of all their good points or it would be impossible to endure them."
~ George Bernard Shaw ~
"Govern a family as you would cook a small fish - very gently."
~ Chinese Proverb ~
"We are one big family of people, trying to make our way through the unfolding puzzle of life."
~ Sara Paddison ~
"Any problem, big or small, within a family, always seems to start with bad communication. Someone isn't listening."
~ Emma Thompson ~
"Family is just accident.... They don't mean to get on your nerves. They don't even mean to be your family, they just are."
~ Marsha Norman ~
"Families are like fudge - mostly sweet with a few nuts."
~ Author Unknown ~
"It is not flesh and blood but the heart which makes us fathers and sons."
~ Johann Schiller ~
"Nobody has ever before asked the nuclear family to live all by itself in a box the way we do. With no relatives, no support, we've put it in an impossible situation."
~ Margaret Mead ~
"Don't hold your parents up to contempt. After all, you are their son, and it is just possible that you may take after them."
~ Evelyn Waugh ~
"Bringing up a family should be an adventure, not an anxious discipline in which everybody is constantly graded for performance."
~ Milton R. Saperstein ~
"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 ~
"Children in a family are like flowers in a bouquet: there's always one determined to face in an opposite direction from the way the arranger desires."
~ Marcelene Cox ~
"I have found the best way to give advice to your children is to find out what they want and then advise them to do it."
~ Harry S Truman ~
"Our most basic instinct is not for survival but for family. Most of us would give our own life for the survival of a family member, yet we lead our daily life too often as if we take our family for granted."
~ Paul Pearshall ~
"Parents can only give good advice or put them on the right paths, but the final forming of a person's character lies in their own hands."
~ Anne Frank ~
Funny Family Sayings
"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 ~
"If you cannot get rid of the family skeleton, you may as well make it dance."
~ George Bernard Shaw ~
"The great advantage of living in a large family is that early lesson of life's essential unfairness."
~ Nancy Mitford ~
"The advantage of growing up with siblings is that you become very good at fractions."
~ Robert Brault ~
"The reason grandparents and grandchildren get along so well is that they have a common enemy."
~ Sam Levenson ~
Family Sayings That Make You Think
"The lack of emotional security of our American young people is due, I believe, to their isolation from the larger family unit. No two people - no mere father and mother - as I have often said, are enough to provide emotional security for a child. He needs to feel himself one in a world of kinfolk, persons of variety in age and temperament, and yet allied to himself by an indissoluble bond which he cannot break if he could, for nature has welded him into it before he was born"
~ Pearl S. Buck ~
"My wife has been my closest friend, my closest advisor. And ... she's not somebody who looks to the limelight, or even is wild about me being in politics. And that's a good reality check on me. When I go home, she wants me to be a good father and a good husband. And everything else is secondary to that."
~ Barack Obama ~
"Having children makes you no more a parent than having a piano makes you a pianist."
~ Michael Levine ~
And my favourite of family sayings...
"The family. We were a strange little band of characters trudging through life sharing diseases and toothpaste, coveting one another's desserts, hiding shampoo, borrowing money, locking each other out of our rooms, inflicting pain and kissing to heal it in the same instant, loving, laughing, defending, and trying to figure out the common thread that bound us all together."
~ Erma Bombeck ~
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