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Famous family quotes really spring from around the world.  No matter how different our cultures seem, each is based in a family unit.

Every religion speaks of "God's family".  Nearly every religious text begins with the creation of a family.

Every government speaks of the "community of families", from the housing unit to the block party to the families that make up the nation as a whole.  Volumes and volumes of law books focus on defining who is part of a family, and how families are to be governed.

It's almost like we have a gene that says, "You will find your place among the families of the world."

These famous family quotes touch upon that universal feeling of "family".

And, may I say, Welcome to our online family.


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

Realize that we are all members of one family, of God's family.  We aren't members of different families.  Then each person is your mother, your father, your sister, your brother.

Insanity is hereditary—you get it from your kids.
Sam Levinson

When my kids become wild and unruly, I use a nice, safe playpen.  When they are finished, I come out.
Erma Bombeck

If you have never been hated by your child, you have never been a parent.
Bette Davis

Children reinvent your world for you.
Susan Sarandon

I know how to do anything.  I'm a mom.

You can never really live anyone else's life, not even your child's.  The influence you exert is through your won life, and what you've become yourself.
Eleanor Roosevelt

The family is the first essential cell of human society.
Pope John XXIII

I don't care how poor a man is.  If he has a family, he is rich.
Colonel Potter, on the TV show M*A*S*H

When you look at your life, the greatest happinesses are family happinesses.
Dr. Joyce Brothers

If we look for priorities in famous family quotes, this is it:

I can get up in the morning and look myself in the mirror and my family can look at me too and that's all that matters.
Lance Armstrong

He that has no fools, knaves, nor beggars in his family was begot by a flash of lightning.
Thomas Fuller

This is one of my very favorite famous family quotes:

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

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

The family you come from isn't as important as the family you are going to have.
Ring Lardner

And from the expert on organizations comes this famous family quotes:

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


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Totem poles of the Northwest American Indians often told family histories and community histories.  This is from the Raven pole at Sitka National Historic Park in Alaska.


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