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Quotations about Family


Rich or poor, we will keep together and be happy in one another. ~Louisa May Alcott, Little Women, "Burdens," 1868

I don't care how poor a man is; if he has family, he's rich. ~Dan Wilcox and Thad Mumford, "Identity Crisis," M*A*S*H, 1981

Poor Folks have neither any Kindred nor any Friends. ~Italian proverb

The truth is maybe we are just average. But the way I see it — families where parents get up every morning and go to jobs that are hard so they can get their kids through school and through life, and struggle to make it all work and manage to do it with dignity and a little humor — well, that's not average. That's extraordinary. ~The Middle, "Average Rules," 2010, written by DeAnn Heline and Eileen Heisler  [S1, E24, Frankie Heck]

Families are like fudge — mostly sweet with a few nuts. ~Author unknown

Across the range of diverse experiences and traditions that have been written into our Nation's story, family has remained a steadfast and common foundation. Every day, families offer comfort and support to one another with enduring and unconditional love and they contribute to their communities and our country. During National Family Week, we uplift and honor the families that give so much to forge a brighter future for themselves and for America.... As we reminisce on warm memories and share in the joy and love family can provide, let us also pledge to lift up our loved ones and recommit to the family bonds that have strengthened the fabric of our Nation. ~Barack Obama, 2015 November 23rd, quoted from The White House Office of the Press Secretary

The thing about family disasters is that you never have to wait long before the next one puts the previous one into perspective. ~Robert Brault,

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, 1963

Be polite. Perhaps your family won't mind if you practice upon them. ~Minna Thomas Antrim (1861–1950), Knocks Witty, Wise and —, 1905

It's nice to have friends, but it's better when your friends are family. ~The Middle, "Meet the Parents," 2017, written by Jana Hunter and Mitch Hunter  [S9, E3, Frankie Heck]

The happiness of the domestic fireside is the first boon of heaven: and it is well it is so, since it is that which is the lot of the mass of mankind. ~Thomas Jefferson, 1813

When our relatives are at home, we have to think of all their good points or it would be impossible to endure them. ~Bernard Shaw, Heartbreak House, 1919

In a houseful of toddlers and pets, you can start out having a bad day, but you keep getting detoured. ~Robert Brault,

A family is a resting-place from worldly cares... ~Rev. J. Long, 1881

The happiest moments of my life have been the few which I have past at home in the bosom of my family. ~Thomas Jefferson, 1790

Family life is a bit like a runny peach pie — not perfect but who's complaining? ~Robert Brault,

The great gift of family life is to be intimately acquainted with people you might never even introduce yourself to, had life not done it for you. ~Kendall Hailey, The Day I Became an Autodidact: And the Advice, Adventures, and Acrimonies that Befell Me Thereafter, 1988

In time of test, family is best. ~Burmese proverb

A preoccupied family: they none of them threw themselves into the interests of the rest, but each ploughed his or her own furrow. Their thoughts, their little passions and hopes and desires, all ran along separate lines. Family life is like this—animated, but collateral. ~Rose Macaulay, Daisy & Daphne, 1928

In a household of toddlers and pets, we discover this rule of thumb about happy families — that they are at least two-thirds incontinent. ~Robert Brault,

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

A family is a bunch of people who keep confusing you with someone you were as a kid. ~Robert Brault,

We cannot destroy kindred; our chains stretch a little sometimes but they never break. ~Marie de Rabutin-Chantal, Marquise de Sévigné, 1670

in good times and in bad
’til death do us part
isn’t just for marriage —
but family too — lifelong vows
coursing through our blood
~Terri Guillemets, "Close quarters & distant dreams," 1995

The advantage of growing up with siblings is that you become very good at fractions. ~Robert Brault,

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

Blood is hotter than water. ~Gaelic proverb

Blood is stronger than breeding. ~Gaelic proverb

Blood will withstand the rocks. ~Gaelic proverb

All the water in the sea won't wash out our kindred. ~Gaelic proverb

If minutes were kept of a family gathering, they would show that "Members not Present" and "Subjects Discussed" were one and the same. ~Robert Brault,

The first child in a family is its poem, — it is a sort of nativity play, and we bend before the younger stranger with gifts, "gold, frankincense, and myrrh." But the tenth child in a poor family is prose, and gets simply what is due to comfort. There are no superfluities, no fripperies, no idealities, about the tenth cradle. ~Harriet Beecher Stowe

A family is a unit composed not only of children, but of men, women, an occasional animal, and the common cold. ~Ogden Nash, as quoted in Think, 1958

      The other day, when we moved, we went through our family medicine chest to see what we could throw away. It was like turning back the pages of history...
      Family life really centers around the medicine chest, rather than around the hearth, as the poets would have it. Families really become families by virtue of the cuts, bruises, and sick spells they have together. It is no insult to home to say that home is where the laxative bottle is. ~Don Herold, "The Family Medicine Chest," bigger & better, 1925

What greater blessing to give thanks for at a family gathering than the family and the gathering. ~Robert Brault,

A family is a small kingdom, a kingdom is a large family... ~Author unknown

This family had evolved along the cycles so many families go through — from pin feathers to paradise plumes... ~Rupert Hughes, "Pop," In a Little Town, 1917

The lack of emotional security of our American young people is due, I believe, to their isolation from the larger family unit. No two people — no mere father and mother — as I have often said, are enough to provide emotional security for a child. He needs to feel himself one in a world of kinfolk, persons of variety in age and temperament, and yet allied to himself by an indissoluble bond which he cannot break if he could, for nature has welded him into it before he was born. ~Pearl S. Buck

Go home, find a wench, raise fat babies, live a good long life. ~NCIS: Los Angeles, "Brimstone," 2009, written by R. Scott Gemmill and Gil Grant  [S1, E10, Hetty Lange]

It is a piece of luck to have relations scarce. ~Menander

It is a melancholy truth that even great men have their poor relations. ~Charles Dickens, Bleak House, 1853

Every large family has its angel and its demon. ~Joseph Roux

God gives us relatives; thank God, we can choose our friends. ~Addison Mizner

To a Man, whose Attachments to his Family, are as strong as mine, Absence alone from such a Wife and such Children, would be a great sacrifice. But in Addition to this Seperation, what have I not done? What have I not suffered? What have I not hazarded? — These are Questions that I may ask you, but I will ask such Questions of none else. Let the Cymballs of Popularity tinckle still. Let the Butterflies of Fame glitter with their Wings. I shall envy neither their Musick nor their Colours. ~John Adams to Abigail Adams, 1777

And thank you for a house full of people I love. Amen. ~Terri Guillemets

The surest measure of the things that really matter in life is that they generate anniversaries and reunions. ~Robert Brault,

Family:  love is in our DNA. ~Terri Guillemets, "Time loses, biology wins," 1995

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

Thomas Jefferson, apostle of equality, wrote (1771) to his agent in London: "One farther favor and I am done; to search the Herald's Office for the arms of my family. I have what I have been told were the family arms, but on what authority I know not. It is possible there may be none. If so, I would, with your assistance, become a purchaser, having Sterne's word for it that a coat of arms may be purchased as cheap as any other coat." A little later Jefferson was prophet of a party laying its axe to the root of every family tree. ~Moncure D. Conway, "The English Ancestry of Washington," in Harper's New Monthly Magazine, May 1891

Even in the last generation exceptional young people who betrayed any interest in their ancestors were apt to be snubbed, and old family papers were abandoned to the mice. But gradually interest in genealogy crept back. Some families began to suspect that the mice had eaten their titles to English estates; the new science of heredity had attractions for a people disgusted with vulgar plutocracy. It is now pretty well understood in America that a family tree is no Upas, but a good fruit tree. ~Moncure D. Conway, "The English Ancestry of Washington," in Harper's New Monthly Magazine, May 1891  [Upas is a poisonous tree. —tεᖇᖇ¡·g]

Family history is a history dramatized.... If the history of a particular family is searched, it is because it is searchable, not because it is great. Great and small are terms of ignorance, in regard of historic causation.... To tell the story of one family is to tell what is essential in the story of all.... All families are equally ancient. ~Moncure D. Conway, "The English Ancestry of Washington," in Harper's New Monthly Magazine, May 1891  [a little altered —tεᖇᖇ¡·g]  #genealogy

In this genealogy, there has been wondrous diversion. Let no man fancy he knows sport unless he has family-treed an ancestor of George Washington. ~Moncure D. Conway, "The English Ancestry of Washington," in Harper's New Monthly Magazine, May 1891

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