All happy families are alike; each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way. – Leo Tolstoy

The capacity for friendship is God’s way of apologizing for our families. – Jay McInerney

Families are messy. Immortal families are eternally messy. Sometimes the best we can do is to remind each other that we’re related for better or for worse … and try to keep the maiming and killing to a minimum. – Rick Riordan

Families are like fudge—mostly sweet with a few nuts. – Les Dawson

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You don’t choose your family. They are God’s gift to you, as you are to them. – Desmond Tutu

I sustain myself with the love of family. – Maya Angelou

The bond that links your true family is not one of blood, but of respect and joy in each other’s life. Rarely do members of one family grow up under the same roof. – Richard Bach

The love of family and the admiration of friends is much more important than wealth and privilege. – Charles Kuralt

I think togetherness is a very important ingredient to family life. – Barbara Bush

If a country is to be corruption free and become a nation of beautiful minds, I strongly feel there are three key societal members who can make a difference. They are the father, the mother and the teacher. – A. P. J. Abdul Kalam

In every conceivable manner, the family is link to our past, bridge to our future. – Alex Haley

Family means no one gets left behind or forgotten. – David Ogden Stiers

Happy or unhappy, families are all mysterious. We have only to imagine how differently we would be described—and will be, after our deaths—by each of the family members who believe they know us. – Gloria Steinem

The homemaker has the ultimate career. All other careers exist for one purpose only—and that is to support the ultimate career. – C.S. Lewis

That’s what people do who love you. They put their arms around you and love you when you’re not so lovable. – Deb Caletti


You must remember, family is often born of blood, but it doesn’t depend on blood. Nor is it exclusive of friendship. Family members can be your best friends, you know. And best friends, whether or not they are related to you, can be your family. – Trenton Lee Stewart

Parents were the only ones obligated to love you; from the rest of the world you had to earn it. – Ann Brashares

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When your mother asks, “Do you want a piece of advice?” it’s a mere formality. It doesn’t matter if you answer yes or no. You’re going to get it anyway. – Erma Bombec

As mothers and daughters, we are connected with one another. My mother is the bones of my spine, keeping me straight and true. She is my blood, making sure it runs rich and strong. She is the beating of my heart. I cannot now imagine a life without her. – Kristin Hannah

Your perspective on life comes from the cage you were held captive in. – Shannon L. Alder

You can kiss your family and friends good-bye and put miles between you, but at the same time you carry them with you in your heart, your mind, your stomach, because you do not just live in a world but a world lives in you. – Frederick Buechner

A dog reflects the family life. Whoever saw a frisky dog in a gloomy family, or a sad dog in a happy one? Snarling people have snarling dogs, dangerous people have dangerous ones. – Arthur Conan Doyle

There is no such thing as a “broken family.” Family is family, and is not determined by marriage certificates, divorce papers, and adoption documents. Families are made in the heart. The only time family becomes null is when those ties in the heart are cut. If you cut those ties, those people are not your family. If you make those ties, those people are your family. And if you hate those ties, those people will still be your family because whatever you hate will always be with you. – C. JoyBell C.

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