Family Quotes, Proverbs and Sayings

All happy families resemble one another, each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.
Leo Tolstoy

The family is a haven in a heartless world.
Attributed to Christopher Lasch

A group of closely related persons living under one roof; it is a convenience, often a necessity, sometimes a pleasure, sometimes the reverse; but who first exalted it as admirable, an almost religious ideal?
Rose Macaulay

A happy family is but an earlier heaven.
John Bowring

The family that prays together stays together.

Good families are generally worse than any others.
Anthony Hope

Parents are the bones on which children sharpen their teeth.
Peter Ustinov

Every family has a skeleton in the cupboard.

Families are like fudge – mostly sweet with a few nuts.

I don’t care how poor a man is, if he has family, he’s rich.
Dan Wilcox and Thad Mumford

A poor relation – is the most irrelevant thing in nature.
Charles Lamb

Far from being the basis of the good society, the family, with its narrow privacy and tawdry secrets, is the source of all our discontents.
Edmund Leach

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

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

Parents are the last people on earth who ought to have children.
Samuel Butler

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

It is a melancholy truth that even great men have their poor relations.
Charles Dickens

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

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

The worst misfortune that can happen to an ordinary man is to have an extraordinary father.
Austin O’Malley

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

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

Blood is thicker than water.

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

In time of test, family is best.
Burmese Proverb

The family you come from isn’t as important as the family you’re going to have.
Ring Lardner

It is a wise father that knows his own child.
William Shakespeare

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

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

The bond that links your true family is not one of blood, but of respect and joy in each other’s life. Rarely do members of one family grow up under the same roof.
Richard Bach

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