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20 Family Quotes That Hit Close to Home

Keep these family quotes in your back pocket to show how much you care.

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Family quotes you’ll love

Whether you live close by or are visiting from afar, there’s no denying that the time spent together is precious and that the memories made will be cherished for years to come. Here are some heartwarming family quotes to keep in mind. These are the 17 secrets of happy families everyone should know.

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How the family structure works

“In family life, love is the oil that eases friction, the cement that binds closer together, and the music that brings harmony.” —Friedrich Nietzsche. If you love these family quotes, be sure to check out these heartwarming Mother’s Day quotes with your mom.

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Your role in the family dynamic

“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, author of Parenting ToolboxLike these family quotes, these uplifting quotes will stay with you for a long time.


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Family is what you make it

“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, author of Pets at the White House. These funny family photos are hilariously awkward.

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The composition of a family unit

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

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Promoting peace from the home

“What can you do to promote world peace? Go home and love your family.” —Mother Teresa, humanitarian. Don’t miss these 12 Mother Teresa quotes to live by.

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Family is luck of the draw

“You are born into your family and your family is born into you. No returns. No exchanges.” —Elizabeth Berg, author of The Confession Club. Make happy memories with these mini family vacations won’t break the bank.

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A political take on family life

“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, former prime minister of the United Kingdom

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Family is like a boxed lunch

“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, journalist and author

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Giving goes farther than taking

“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. These 11 quotes from Walt Disney will inspire you to dream big.

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Home is where the heart is

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

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The simple things are what matter in the end

“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, former prime minister of Israel. These stories of 6 foster kids finding forever homes will melt your heart.

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Large families learn big lessons

“The great advantage of living in a large family is that early lesson of life’s essential unfairness.” —Nancy Mitford, novelist. Find out the 18 skills you learn growing up in a big family.

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Family life is but a piece of art

“The family is one of nature’s masterpieces.” —George Santayana, philosopher

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Family can serve as your guiding light

“Families are the compass that guides us. They are the inspiration to reach great heights, and our comfort when we occasionally falter.” —Brad Henry, former governor of Oklahoma

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Let things roll off your shoulders sometimes

“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 is not intended.” —Robert Frost, poet. 

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Family accepts the good and the bad

“Home is where you are loved the most and act the worst.” —Marjorie Pay Hinckley, author

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Similar strengths

“All happy families are alike; each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.” —Leo Tolstoy, novelist

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Distance cannot divide family love

“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, novelist. These are the 12 questions you’ll want to ask your parents before it’s too late.

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Family loves you like no one else can

“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, novelist

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Family fights are usually not worth it

“Family quarrels are bitter things. They don’t go according to any rules. They’re not like aches or wounds, they’re more like splits in the skin that won’t heal because there’s not enough material.” —F. Scott Fitzgerald, novelist. You’ll want to read these 26 quotes about happiness again and again.

Jenn Sinrich
Jenn Sinrich is an experienced digital and social editor in New York City. She's written for several publications including SELF, Women's Health, Fitness, Parents, American Baby, Ladies' Home Journal and more.She covers various topics from health, fitness and food to pregnancy and parenting. In addition to writing, Jenn also volunteers with Ed2010, serving as the deputy director to Ed's Buddy System, a program that pairs recent graduates with young editors to give them a guide to the publishing industry and to navigating New York.When she's not busy writing, editing or reading, she's enjoying and discovering the city she's always dreamed of living in with her loving fiancé, Dan, and two feline friends, Janis and Jimi.