Family Quote: Wise and Funny Sayings About Your Peeps

Below is our family quote collection. Use these words of wisdom and humorous quips to reflect on your upbringing, reframe your perspective or add to your scrapbook. They can also be included in cards and notes.

Family is essential because we all yearn to feel like we belong to something greater than ourselves. Your family-of-origin gave you your first group experience—did you feel like a member or an outcast? How you felt you were treated can sustain a lifelong feeling of belonging or isolation.

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~ Laura Ramirez. Laura is the author of Keepers of the Children, the award-winning parenting book that combines native spirituality with psychology to show parents how to raise children to unfold their natural strengths and lead uniquely purposeful lives.

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Family Quote:

The family. We were a strange little band of characters trudging through life sharing diseases and toothpaste, coveting one another's desserts, hiding shampoo, borrowing money, locking each other out of our rooms, inflicting pain and kissing to heal it in the same instant, loving, laughing, defending, and trying to figure out the common thread that bound us all together.

~Erma Bombeck

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Nobody has ever before asked the nuclear family to live all by itself in a box the way we do. With no relatives, no support, we've put it in an impossible situation.

~Margaret Mead

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

~Barbara Bush

Family Quote:

Our most basic instinct is not for survival but for family. Most of us would give our own life for the survival of a family member, yet we lead our daily life too often as if we take our family for granted.

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

~Desmond Tutu

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

~Johann Schiller

Inspirational Family Quote:

Family quarrels are bitter things.
They don't go by any rules.
They're not like aches or wounds;
they're more like splits in the skin that won't heal ...

~F. Scott Fitzgerald

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

~Marge Kennedy

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

The family is one of Nature's masterpieces.

~George Santayana


If you don't believe in ghosts, you've never been to a family reunion.

~Ashleigh Brilliant

Family quarrels have a total bitterness unmatched by others. Yet it sometimes happens that they also have a kind of tang, a pleasantness beneath the unpleasantness, based on the tacit understanding that this is not for keeps; that any limb you climb out on will still be there later for you to climb back.

~Mignon McLaughlin, The Neurotic's Notebook, 1960

Inspirational Family Quote:

I don't have to look up my family tree, because I know that I'm the sap.

~Fred Allen

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