Family Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old family quotes, family sayings, and family proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.

A brother may not be a friend, but a friend will always be a brother.      

Ben Franklin (1706-1790)

A crab walks, so walks his children.      

African proverb Kpelle Tribe

A father's a treasure; a brother's a comfort; a friend is both.      

Ben Franklin (1706-1790)

A house divided cannot stand.      

Bible (Matthew 12:25)

Be it ever so humble there's no place like home.      


Blood is thicker than water.      

German Proverb

Charity begins at home.      

Tobias George Smollett (1721-1771)

Children are a poor man's riches.      

English Proverb

Children have more need of models than critics.     

French (on parents and children)

Give an extra piece of cake to a stepchild.     

Korean (on parenting and children)

Home is where the heart is.      

J.J. McCloskey (1870)

Like father, like son.      

Asian Proverb

Like father, like son.      


One father is more than a hundred schoolmasters.      

George Herbert (1593-1633)

The apple doesn't fall far from the tree.      

Asian Proverb

What children say, they have heard at home.

Wolof (West African (on parenting and children)

You can do anything with children if only you play with them.

German (on parenting and children)

It is not flesh and blood but the heart which makes us fathers and sons.

Johann Schiller

We all grow up with the weight of history on us. Our ancestors dwell in the attics of our brains as they do in the spiraling chains of knowledge hidden in every cell of our bodies.

Shirley Abbott

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

Desmond Tutu

An ounce of blood is worth more than a pound of friendship.     

Spanish Proverb

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

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

Brad Henry

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

Each day of our lives we make deposits in the memory banks of our children.

Charles R. Swindoll

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

Marjorie Pay Hinckley

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

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

Having children makes you no more a parent than having a piano makes you a pianist.

Michael Levinve

The most important thing a father can do for his children is to love their mother.

Theodore Hesburgh