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"We never know the love of our parents for us till we have become parents."

  • Not all the quotations on family (by Henry Ward Beecher) are that positive - many, mostly from men, are plain hostile. Still, it allows me to add some comments after many of the quotes. (Hope you enjoy.)

  • Whatever your feelings towards family and life - be they good or bad - I'm sure you'll find a quotation or two to suit.

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Family inspirational quotes - what they say...

"Acting is just a way of making a living; the family is life."
-- Denzel Washington

"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

"Families are about love overcoming emotional torture."

-- Matt Groening

(And you know who Matt Groening is, don't ya! Clue: "D'oh!")

"The fundamental defect of fathers is that they want their children to be a credit to them."

-- Bertrand Russell

"Trust yourself. You know more than you think you do."

-- Dr. Benjamin Spock

(The famous American pediatrician was speaking to new parents. Little did he realise that his words would become part of many famous inspirational quotes pages. Hee hee.)

"Whatever they grow up to be, they are still our children, and the one most important of all the things we can give to them is unconditional love. Not a love that depends on anything at all except that they are our children."

-- Rosaleen Dickson

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

-- Unknown

(Sounds like the sort of thing you can read at this funny sms page, actually.)

"There are times when parenthood seems nothing but feeding the mouth that bites you."

-- Peter De Vries

(Spoken like a true mother, Peter!)

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

-- Leo Tolstoy

"She got her good looks from her father. He's a plastic surgeon."

-- Groucho Marx

(A bit close to the bone, that, when you take a look at this body image page.)

"Some family trees bear an enormous crop of nuts."

-- Wayne H

(If you like these family inspirational quotes then you'll like these funny inspirational quotes.)

"When you look at your life the greatest happiness are family happinesses"

-- Dr. Joyce Brothers

(And the opposite view...)

"One loyal friend is better than ten thousand family members."

-- Unknown

(Hmm, I've got a feeling that this person wasn't brought up by super parents!)

"Why do grandparents and grandchildren get along so well? They have the same enemy - the mother."

-- Claudette Colbert


"The first half of our life is ruined by our parents and the second half by our children."

-- Clarence Darrow

(Double ouch!)

"No matter what you've done for yourself or for humanity, if you can't look back on having given love and attention to your own family, what have you really accomplished?"

-- Elbert Hubbard

"Having children makes you no more a parent than having a piano makes you a pianist."
-- Michael Levine

Family inspirational quotes - what they still say...

Yes, there are more family inspirational quotes for you to read...

"The most important thing a father can do for his children is to love their mother."
-- Theodore Hesburgh

"A son is a son till he takes him a wife, a daughter is a daughter all of her life."

-- Irish Sayings

"To put the world right in order, we must first put the nation in order; to put the nation in order, we must first put the family in order; to put the family in order, we must first cultivate our personal life; we must first set our hearts right."

-- Confucius

"One of life's greatest mysteries is how the boy who wasn't good enough to marry your daughter can be the father of the smartest grandchild in the world."

-- Proverb

"If you cannot get rid of the family skeleton, you may as well make it dance."

-- George Bernard Shaw

"Be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind."

-- Dr. Seuss

(This should be an anthem for all who suffer from low self esteem, in my humble opinion.)

"If you look deeply into the palm of your hand, you will see your parents and all generations of your ancestors. All of them are alive in this moment. Each is present in your body. You are the continuation of each of these people."

-- Thich Nhat Hanh

(If you like these family inspirational quotes, then you'll love these inspirational life quotes.)

"My father always told me, 'Find a job you love and you'll never have to work a day in your life.'"

-- Jim Fox

(My father didn't tell me this but I still ended up living my life this way anyway! As you'll see if you read this part of my about us page!)

"Govern a family as you would cook a small fish - very gently."

-- Chinese Proverb

"You don't really understand human nature unless you know why a child on a merry-go-round will wave at his parents every time around - and why his parents will always wave back."

-- William D. Tammeus

"Honolulu, it's got everything. Sand for the children, sun for the wife, sharks for the wife's mother."

-- Ken Dodd

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