60 Heartfelt Family Quotes That Show How Essential Those Familial Bonds Are

Short sayings, funny slogans and other quips to remind you how wonderful your family is.

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Alistair Berg

Family ties are so important in everyday life, but sometimes they can be hard to describe. How can you capture the idea that this is a brood that will love you unconditionally, stick by your side during the harshest times, lift you up when you are feeling down, but also, on occasion, be a pain in the neck to you for no real reason? Celebrate the ones who made you the person you are today with these emotion-filled family quotes. These inspirational sayings capture it all, from importance of having a solid family foundation to the little things about having close relatives that just drive you up the wall. (Nobody's family is perfect, right?)

Next time you need to write a card, do a family-reunion Instagram caption (especially for Mother's Day or Father's Day) or just want to reach out to one of your cousins to make them smile, look at these important sayings about family from Walt Disney, Maya Angelou, Mother Teresa, Winston Churchill, Barbara Bush and George Bernard Shaw, among others. And then remember to go Zoom or FaceTime with your mother, sister or uncle. However you connect with your family, these meaningful quotes about families will help you put your thoughts into words.

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Maya Angelou

I sustain myself with the love of family.

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Robert Breault

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

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Gail Lumet Buckley

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

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Ogden Nash

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

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Harry Morgan

Being part of a family means smiling for photos.

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Barack Obama

Children need our unconditional love — whether they succeed or make mistakes; when life is easy and when life is tough.

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Niki Taylor

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

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Deb Caletti

That’s what people do who love you. They put their arms around you and love you when you’re not so lovable.

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Nancy Mitford

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

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Rod Stewart

You go through life wondering what is it all about but at the end of the day it's all about family.

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Anna Quindlen

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.

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Bob Hope

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

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Mario Puzo

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

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Anita Baker

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

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Irina Shayk

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

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José Carreras

I have a wonderful shelter, which is my family.

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Eva Burrows

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

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Jodi Picoult

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.

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Family love is messy, clinging and of an annoying and repetitive pattern, like bad wallpaper.

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George Burns

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

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Jane Howard

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.

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Les Dawson

Families are like fudge — mostly sweet, with a few nuts.

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Mother Teresa

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

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Leo Tolstoy

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

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Marjorie Pay Hinckley

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

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Mary Karr

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

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Haniel Long

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.

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Elizabeth Berg

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

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Winston S. Churchill

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.

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Marge Kennedy

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.

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