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100 Iconic Family Quotes That Prove Family Is Everything

In today’s world, work, stress, and busy schedules often keep us from spending time with our families, and as a result, we miss out on special moments with them. It’s important to take time to appreciate your family and make them feel loved. In this article, we’ve put together a list of 100 iconic family quotes to help you do just that.  

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

John Wooden

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

Peter Buffett 

“My family is my life, and everything else comes second as far as what’s important to me.”

Michael Imperioli 

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

Friedrich Nietzsche

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

Desmond Tutu 

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

Michael J. Fox 

“If you are too busy to enjoy quality time with your family, then you need to re-evaluate your priorities.”  

Dave Willis

“Nothing is better than going home to family and eating good food and relaxing.”

Irina Shayk 

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

Jane Howard

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

Wanda Hope Carter 

“Families are like branches on a tree. We grow in different directions yet our roots remain as one.”  


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

Richard Bach

“When all the dust is settled and all the crowds are gone, the things that matter are faith, family, and friends.” 

Barbara Bush

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

Barbara Bush

“Family means nobody gets left behind or forgotten.”  

David Ogden Stiers

“The memories we make with our family is everything.”  

Candace Cameron Bure

“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

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

Andre Maurois 

 “Family is a unique gift that needs to be appreciated and treasured, even when they’re driving you crazy. As much as they make you mad, interrupt you, annoy you, curse at you, try to control you, these are the people who know you the best and who love you.”

Jenna Morasca 

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

Anthony Brandt

“We may have our differences, but nothing’s more important than family.”  


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

Anthony Liccione

“Families are the tie that reminds us of yesterday, provide strength and support today, and give us hope for tomorrow. No government, no matter how well-intentioned, or well-managed, can provide what our families provide.”  

Bill Owens

“I have a wonderful shelter, which is my family.”  

José Carreras

“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

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

Alex Haley 

“I sustain myself with the love of family.”

Maya Angelou 

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

George Burns 

“A happy family is but an earlier heaven.”  

George Bernard Shaw

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

Marge Kennedy

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

Ogden Nash

“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

“Time together as a family is a gift.”  

Joanna Gaines

“In time of test, family is best.”  

Burmese Proverb

“Family: where life begins and love never ends.”  


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

Khalil Gibran

“Family is the most important thing in the world.”  

Princess Diana

“My family comes first. That makes every decision very easy.”  

Jada Pinkett Smith

“Being part of a family means smiling for photos.”  

Harry Morgan

“There is no rule book, no right or wrong; you just have to make it up and do the very best you can to care for your family.” 

Kate Middleton

“Rejoice with your family in the beautiful land of life.” 

Albert Einstein 

“My family is my strength and my weakness.”

Aishwarya Rai Bachchan 

“If you want to change the world go home and love your family.”Shape peter buffett family quotes 

Mother Teresa

“Family is family.” 

Linda Linney

“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 

“I don’t think quantity time is as special as quality time with your family.”

Reba McEntire

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

Mother Teresa  

“Family makes a house a home.”  

Jennifer Hudson

“The family is one of nature’s masterpieces.”  

George Santayana

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

Mario Puzo

“The love of family and the admiration of friends is much more important than wealth and privilege.”

Charles Kuralt 

“I am blessed to have so many great things in my life – family, friends, and God. All will be in my thoughts daily.”  

Lil’ Kim

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

Jim Butcher 

“My friends and family are my support system… Without them I have no idea where I would be.”  

Kelly Clarkson

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

Elizabeth Berg

“A family can develop only with a loving woman as its center.”

Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel 

“Be grateful for the home you have, knowing that at this moment, all you have is all you need.”  

Sarah Ban Breathnach

“The family is the first essential cell of human society.” 

Pope John XXIII

“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

“May you be surrounded by friends and family, and if this is not your lot, may the blessings find you in your solitude.”  

Leonard Cohen

“There is no doubt that it is around the family and the home that all the greatest virtues, the most dominating virtues of human, are created, strengthened, and maintained.” 

Winston Churchill 

“For there is no friend like a sister in calm or stormy weather; To cheer one on the tedious way, to fetch one if one goes astray, to lift one if one totters down, to strengthen whilst one stands.”  

Christina Rossetti

“The love of a family is a life’s greatest blessing.”  

Eva Burrows

“It’s all about the quality of life and finding a happy balance between work and friends and family.” 

Philip Green

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

Gail Lumet Buckley

“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

“In the family sandwich, the older people and the younger ones can recognize one another as the bread. Those in the middle are, for a time, the meat.” 

Anna Quindlen

“The greatest moments in life are not concerned with selfish achievements but rather with the things we do for the people we love and esteem.”  

Walt Disney

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

George Moore

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

Guy Lafleur

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

Brad Henry

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

John C. Maxwell 

“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 isn’t intended.”  

Robert Frost

“Family members can be your best friends, you know. And best friends, whether or not they are related to you, can be your family.”  

Trenton Lee Stewart

“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.” 

Menachem Begin

“There’s nothing I value more than the closeness of friends and family, a smile as I pass someone on the street.”

Willie Stargell 

“‘Ohana’ means family and family means nobody gets left behind or forgotten.”

Stitch, ‘Lilo and Stitch

“The great advantage of living in a large family is that early lesson of life’s essential unfairness.”  

Nancy Mitford

“A family is a place where principles are hammered and honed on the anvil of everyday living.” 

Charles R. Swindoll

“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

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

Niki Taylor

“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

“A dysfunctional family is any family with more than one person in it.”  

Mary Karr

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

Marjorie Pay Hinckley

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

Lee Iacocca

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

Margaret Mead

“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 such thing as fun for the whole family.”  

Jerry Seinfeld

“With every word we utter, with every action we take, we know our kids are watching us. We as parents are their most important role models.” 

Michelle Obama

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

Leo Tolstoy 

“The foundation of family – that’s where it all begins for me.” 

Faith Hill

“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

“Think of your family today and every day thereafter, don’t let the busy world of today keep you from showing how much you love and appreciate your family.”  


“Having a place to go is a home. Having someone to love is a family. Having both is a blessing.”  

Donna Hedges

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

Louis Zamperini

“You can kiss your family and friends good-bye and put miles between you, but at the same time you carry them with you in your heart, your mind, your stomach, because you do not just live in a world but a world lives in you.”  

Frederick Buechner

“I believe the world is one big family, and we need to help each other.”  

Jet Li

“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

“This is my family. I found it all on my own. It’s little, and broken, but still good. Yeah. Still good.”  


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

Letty Cottin Pogrebin

Wrapping Up  

These family quotes and sayings are ideal for celebrating your love for your family and showing them how much you appreciate them. If you enjoyed them, send them to your friends as well so that they can share them with their families! 

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If you’re looking for more heart-warming quotes, view also our marriage quotes and romantic quotes about true love.

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Dani Rhys
Dani Rhys

Dani Rhys has worked as a writer and editor for over 15 years. She holds a Masters degree in Linguistics and Education, and has also studied Political Science, Ancient History and Literature. She has a wide range of interests ranging from ancient cultures and mythology to Harry Potter and gardening. She works as the chief editor of Symbol Sage but also takes the time to write on topics that interest her.