18 Fascinating Quotes About Families

18 Fascinating Quotes About Families


In this post from Writers Write, your one-stop writing resource, we share a selection of our favourite quotes about families.

The International Day Of Families is celebrated on the 15th of May every year. The day was proclaimed by the UN General Assembly in 1993. The theme for 2015 is Men in Charge? Gender Equality and Children’s Rights in Contemporary Families

There have always been great families in fiction. Some are happy, some are challenged, and others are downright dysfunctional.

From the perfect mother and sisters in Little Women, to the crazy mother, the hidden father and their five daughters in Pride & Prejudice,  to the Lancasters in The Fault in our Stars, to Scout, Jem, and Atticus in To Kill A Mockingbird, to the four neglected children in The Glass Castle, there will never be a shortage of relationships to examine.

18 Fascinating Quotes About Families

To celebrate the day, I chose 18 of the most famous literary quotes about families.

  1. Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way. ~Leo Tolstoy
  2. The capacity for friendship is God’s way of apologising for our families. ~Jay McInerney
  3. All parents damage their children. It cannot be helped. Youth, like pristine glass, absorbs the prints of its handlers. Some parents smudge, others crack, a few shatter childhoods completely into jagged little pieces, beyond repair. ~Mitch Albom
  4. After a good dinner one can forgive anybody, even one’s own relations. ~Oscar Wilde
  5. I think all of us are always five years old in the presence and absence of our parents. ~Sherman Alexie
  6. Parents are like God because you wanna know they’re out there, and you want them to think well of you, but you really only call when you need something. ~Chuck Palahniuk
  7. If you cannot get rid of the family skeleton, you may as well make it dance. ~George Bernard Shaw
  8. Siblings: children of the same parents, each of whom is perfectly normal until they get together.  ~Sam Levenson
  9. 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
  10. Writers will happen in the best of families. ~Rita Mae Brown
  11. I’m allergic to family occasions. Sometimes I think we’d do better as dandelion seeds-no family, no history, just floating off into the world, each on our own piece of fluff. ~Sophie Kinsella
  12. It’s not gender that makes a family; it’s love. You don’t need a mother and a father; you don’t necessarily even need two parents. You just need someone who’s got your back. ~Jodi Picoult
  13. There are two things in life you cannot choose. The first is your enemies; the second your family. Sometimes the difference between them is hard to see. ~Carlos Ruiz Zafón
  14. A family is one of nature’s solubles; it dissolves in time like salt in rainwater. ~Pat Conroy
  15. Family isn’t something that’s supposed to be static, or set. People marry in, divorce out. They’re born, they die. It’s always evolving, turning into something else. ~Sarah Dessen
  16. This was the trouble with families. Like invidious doctors, they knew just where it hurt. ~Arundhati Roy
  17. A dysfunctional family is any family with more than one person in it. ~Mary Karr
  18. Nobody, who has not been in the interior of a family, can say what the difficulties of any individual of that family may be. ~Jane Austen

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  1. WordPainterWA

    Perhaps the only way a parent can get through to a child placing blame on a parent
    is to remind them only perfect children have perfect parents.

    ~ D.L. Kirkwood © 2001

  2. Ann Werner

    Hello Amanda – Some great quote here. Thanks for posting them – looking for inspiration for a family member with a birthday today! Here’s one of mine, which while not exclusive in any way to family, could pay huge dividends!
    The greatest compliment that was ever paid me was when one asked me what I thought, and attended to my answer.
    –Henry David Thoreau
    All the best, Ann

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