These 20 Famous Family Quotes Will Make You Proud of Your Folks

'My Family Is Weird!' Learn to Love Your Family

Family Ties That Keep You Strong
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It is not easy living with one's family. With so many oddballs that make up a family, it is tough to find common ground. Yet, a family is the most refined of all human relationships. Mother, sister, brother, father, and you may make up a family. But what ties you all together is that invisible umbilical cord... the cord of love and sacrifice.

Famous author Erma Bombeck made a funny observation about families.

She said,

“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.”

You would find this quote resonating in your mind too. Families are made up of a bunch of people, who have different opinions, tastes, and food choices that makes every picnic, every family get together, and every festival a scary nightmare. 

Do You Find Your Family Weird?

Your grandpa falls asleep at the dining table. Your father sings loudly in the shower. Your mother nags through the day. And your brother has a disgusting habit of drying his dirty socks on the study table. Do you find your family weird? While they may not be perfect, you'd be relieved to know most families are weird.

If you ask your friends, they'd tell you about their family members and their weird habits. So what do you do? Do you want to set your folks right? Make them picture perfect? You could try to change some unacceptable habits, but you are not likely to succeed in changing them entirely. In fact, if you ask your family, they'd probably tell you many weird habits you have.

Your Family Is Special Because They Belong to You.

Your family is your own. They are a part of the same gene pool that created you. If you go back in time, you may discover some fascinating facts about your ancestors. How far back do you know about your family tree? Do you know how your parents met? Do you know how your grandparents met? Look at the family pictures and try to identify whose physical traits match best with you. Are you more like your father's side of family or your mother's side? These fascinating facts will make you love and understand your family well. 

Find a Group Activity That Your Family Enjoys Doing Together.

The best way to create a strong bond within a family is to begin a family tradition. It could be any activity or project you do together. If the family tradition is unique to your family, it becomes even more special. For instance, in my family we sit together for evening prayers every day. You can create your own family tradition too.

Do you like to go camping with your family? Or how about a trekking tour every three months? Some families make the annual Thanksgiving a family tradition, where the whole family, including uncles, aunts, grandparents, and kids meet up for a family dinner.

Other families have a reunion during Easter celebrations or during Passover. Family activities become an integral part of your personality and remain with your forever.

Your family is your cornerstone. They are always with you, no matter what you do or where you are. They define you. The next time you want to pooh-pooh family, read these famous family quotes.

  • Leo Tolstoy
    All happy families resemble one another; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.


  • Legouve Pere
    A brother is a friend provided by nature.


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


  • Jim Rohn
    Your family and your love must be cultivated like a garden. Time, effort, and imagination must be summoned constantly to keep any relationship flourishing and growing.


  • Marsha Norman
    Family is just accident. They don't mean to get on your nerves. They don't even mean to be your family, they just are.


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


  • Marie Curie
    I have frequently been questioned, especially by women, of how I could reconcile family life with a scientific career. Well, it has not been easy.


  • Will Smith
    So live that you wouldn't be ashamed to sell the family parrot to the town gossip.


  • Robert Frost
    Home is the place, when you have to go there, they have to take you in.


  • Anais Nin
    I know why families were created with all their imperfections. They humanize you. They are made to make you forget yourself occasionally, so that the beautiful balance of life is not destroyed.


  • George Santayana
    The family is one of nature's masterpieces.


  • William S. Gilbert
    My family pride is something inconceivable. I can't help it. I was born sneering.


  • Thomas Jefferson
    The happiest moments of my life have been the few which I have passed at home in the bosom of my family.


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


  • Dalai Lama
    I pray for a more friendly, more caring, and more understanding human family on this planet. To all who dislike suffering, who cherish lasting happiness, this is my heartfelt appeal.


  • Mark Twain
    Adam was the luckiest man; he had no mother-in-law.


  • Buddha
    A family is a place where minds come in contact with one another.


  • 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.


  • Charles Lamb
    A poor relation is the most irrelevant thing in nature, a piece of impertinent correspondence, an odious approximation, a haunting conscience, a preposterous shadow, lengthening in the noon-tide of our prosperity. He is known by his knock.


  • English Proverb
    A small family is soon provided for.