Family Quotes

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

Alex Haley

To maintain a joyful family requires much from both the parents and the children. Each member of the family has to become, in a special way, the servant of the others.

Pope John Paul II

I don't have to look up my family tree, because I know that I'm the sap.

Fred Allen

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

Anthony Brandt

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

Marge Kennedy

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

Lee Iacocca

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

In time of test, family is best.

Burmese Proverb

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

Dodie Smith

The happiest moments of my life have been the few which I have passed at home in the bosom of my family.

Thomas Jefferson

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

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

Barbara Bush

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

Joyce Brothers

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

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

Ogden Nash

Family life is full of major and minor crises -- the ups and downs of health, success and failure in career, marriage, and divorce -- and all kinds of characters. It is tied to places and events and histories. With all of these felt details, life etches itself into memory and personality. It's difficult to imagine anything more nourishing to the soul.

Thomas Moore

No matter how many communes anybody invents, the family always creeps back.

Margaret Mead

Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.

Leo Tolstoy

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

Like all the best families, we have our share of eccentricities, of impetuous and wayward youngsters and of family disagreements.

Elizabeth II

American families have always shown remarkable resiliency, or flexible adjustment to natural, economic, and social challenges. Their strengths resemble the elasticity of a spider web, a gull's skillful flow with the wind, the regenerating power of perennial grasses, the cooperation of an ant colony, and the persistence of a stream carving canyon rocks. These are not the strengths of fixed monuments but living organisms. This resilience is not measured by wealth, muscle or efficiency but by creativity, unity, and hope. Cultivating these family strengths is critical to a thriving human community.

Ben Silliman

Perhaps the greatest social service that can be rendered by anybody to this country and to mankind is to bring up a family.

George Bernard Shaw

If you cannot get rid of the family skeleton, you may as well make it dance.

George Bernard Shaw

Only solitary men know the full joys of friendship. Others have their family; but to a solitary and an exile his friends are everything.

Warren G. Harding
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