40 Powerful Quotes to Inspire You and Your Family

inspirational quotes for family

By Susan B. Mead – We have a desire hardwired into each one of us – the desire to belong, to something or to someone. The need to connect with others is deeply ingrained in us, yet it requires us to act. Even babies need to bond with their family members – mom, dad, and siblings – and they do when their needs are consistently met in the first several months of life. We hope you find these quotes for family to be an inspiration to you!

So how do we form a bond? We reach out to others to initiate a connection. We respond to another by accepting their effort to share a moment in our life. A baby cries, a mother kisses a booboo, a dad teaches a child a new skill, a friend calls...and a beautiful thing happens; a window into our heart opens to draw us nearer to that person. Drop by drop of kindness, we are filled to overflowing with love. How did we acquire this ability to love and bond? It's a gift from our Father God. Here's the good news. He loves us, uniquely and eternally.

Here are 40 powerful quotes for family to inspire you!

"We love because He first loved us." –1 John 4:19 (CSB)

"Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres." –1 Corinthians 13:4-7 (NIV)

"Children are a heritage from the Lord, offspring a reward from him." –Psalm 127:3 (NIV)

"Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it." –Proverbs 22:6 (NIV)

"Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you." –Colossians 3:13 (NIV)

"Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. ‘Honor your father and mother'-which is the first commandment with a promise-‘so that it may go well with you and that you may enjoy long life on the earth.'" –Ephesians 6:1-3 (NIV)

"Peace is the beauty of life. It is sunshine. It is the smile of a child, the love of a mother, the joy of a father, the togetherness of a family. It is the advancement of man, the victory of a just cause, the triumph of truth." -Menachem Begin

"Unconditional love is loving your kids for who they are, not for what they do... it isn't something you will achieve every minute of every day. But it is the thought we must hold in our hearts every day." -Stephanie Marston

"The most important thing a father can do for his children is to love their mother." -Henry Ward Beecher

"In family relationships, love is really spelled T.I.M.E." -Dieter F. Uchtdorf

"Our most basic instinct is not for survival but for family." -Paul Pearsall

"The most important thing in the world is family and love." -John Wooden

"Always kiss your children goodnight – even if they're already asleep." -H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

"The strength of a nation derives from the integrity of the home." -Confucius

"Family is not an important thing. It's everything." -Michael J. Fox

"To us, family means putting your arms around each other and being there." -Barbara Bush

"The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched – they must be felt with the heart." -Helen Keller

"The bond that links your true family is not one of blood, but of respect and joy in each other's life." -Richard Bach

"It doesn't take money to turn off the television and cultivate real bonding time." -Marianne Williamson

Quotes for Family to Inspire You

"My father gave me the greatest gift anyone could give another person, he believed in me." -Jim Valvano

"When a father gives to his son, both laugh; when a son gives to his father, both cry." -Unknown

"I'm a big reader. My kids love reading, and I think it's important, not just for development but for bonding. You start reading to kids before they can even understand what you're saying to them, so I look at it as a fundamental tool for connection." -Ziggy Marley

"There are two ways of spreading light: to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it." -Edith Wharton

"To be loved but not known is comforting but superficial. To be known and not loved is our greatest fear. But to be fully known and truly loved is, well, a lot like being loved by God. It is what we need more than anything. It liberates us from pretense, humbles us out of our self-righteousness, and fortifies us for any difficulty life can throw at us." -Timothy J. Keller

"God made certain people part of your life because he knew his purpose for your lives will be achieved through your bond." -Unarine Ramaru

"If ever there is tomorrow when we’re not together, there is something you must always remember. You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem and smarter than you think. But the most important thing is, even if we’re apart, I’ll always be with you." -A.A. Milne

"Everyone needs a house to live in, but a supportive family is what builds a home." -Anthony Liccione

Inspiring Quotes for Family

"Listen earnestly to anything your children want to tell you, no matter what. If you don't listen eagerly to the little stuff when they are little, they won't tell you the big stuff when they are big, because to them all of it has always been big stuff." –Catherine M. Wallace

"At the end of the day, a loving family should find everything forgivable." -Mark V. Olsen

"A happy family is but an earlier heaven." -George Bernard Shaw

"What can you do to promote world peace? Go home and love your family." –Mother Teresa

"We must take care of our families wherever we find them." -Elizabeth Gilbert

"My mother always read to me as a child. I really believe that bonding time between a parent and child is so important and precious. I have lasting memories of those stories because the experience was special." -Mary Engelbreit

"Rejoice with your family in the beautiful land of life!" –Albert Einstein

"When we think of our family, our spouse, parents, or children, let us see them as a gift from God." -Dillon Burroughs

"There is no doubt that it is around the family and the home that all the greatest virtues, the most dominating virtues of humans, are created, strengthened and maintained." -Winston Churchill

"Home is where the heart is." -J.J. McCloskey

"Your family love must be cultivated. Time, effort, and imagination must be summoned to keep any relationship flourishing and growing." -Jim Rohn

"A house is built by hands, but a home is built by heart." -Anonymous

"Other things may change us, but we start and end with the family." -Anthony Brandt

We hope you enjoyed these 40 quotes for family!


A master storyteller and award-winning, bestselling author, Susan B. Mead has been described as a solid, comforting voice in a messy world. Her insightful wisdom inspires audiences, empowering them to make healthy mental u-turns to find calm in the chaos.

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