Are you drifting from your family? Do you find yourself missing out on important family moments? Do you wish you could be closer to your loved ones? Here are some helpful quotes to strengthen that bond with your family.
Our relationships with our families are essential, so we all try and maintain those bonds – join the dinners, answer our moms when they call us, and keep up with that chatty family WhatsApp group.
But sometimes, we forget how much they mean to us and get lazy. We cancel the dinners so we can spend time at home and watch Netflix, ignore that call because we're feeling too tired, and put that group on mute.
These may seem small, but these gestures build up the connection, precisely the strength of the connection between our family and us in the long term.
Sometimes, we need a reminder to show up for our loved ones amid our busy lives and reconnect. These quotes may just be what you need to jumpstart that connection and make it last. Here are 20 quotes from famous names that may help strengthen your family bond:
Paul Graham's quote "Your parents miss you and wish you’d call. Later you’ll miss them and wish you could." | Image: Amodays
"You don't choose your family. They are god's gift to you, as you are to them." — Desmond Tutu
"Happiness [is] only real when shared."— Christopher McCandless
"Because when I look at you, I can feel it. And I look at you, and I'm home."— Dory, "Finding Nemo"
"A man can't make a place for himself in the sun if he keeps taking refuge under the family tree."— Helen Keller
"My dear young cousin, if there's one thing I've learned over the eons, it's that you can't give up on your family, no matter how tempting they make it."— Rick Riordan
C.S. Lewis's quote "The sun looks down on nothing half so good as a household laughing together over a meal." | Image: AmoDays
"The more you understand and accept your roots, the more beautiful you become." — Maxime Lagacé
"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, "The Mysterious Benedict Society."
"The family is the nucleus of civilization." — Will Durant
"Your parents miss you and wish you’d call. Later you’ll miss them and wish you could." — Paul Graham
"I don't know who my grandfather was; I am much more concerned to know what his grandson will be." – Abraham Lincoln
Stitch's quote from "Lilo & Stitch" "‘Ohana’ means family, and family means nobody gets left behind or forgotten." | Image: AmoDays
"Happiness is having a large, loving, caring, close-knit family in another city." — George Burns
"Life is beautiful. It's about giving. It's about family."— Walt Disney
"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.
"The sun looks down on nothing half so good as a household laughing together over a meal." — C.S. Lewis, “The Weight of Glory”
"A dysfunctional family is any family with more than one person in it."— Mary Karr
George Santayana's quote "The family is one of nature’s masterpieces." | Image: AmoDays
"Family is a life jacket in the stormy sea of life." — J.K Rowling
"If you cannot get rid of the family skeleton, you may as well make it dance."— George Bernard Shaw, "Immaturity"
"‘Ohana’ means family, and family means nobody gets left behind or forgotten."— Stitch, “Lilo and Stitch”
"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
"The family is one of nature’s masterpieces."— George Santayana
Desmond Tutu's quote: You don't choose your family. They are god's gift to you, as you are to them." | Image: AmoDays
As these quotes show us, our families remain a place of unconditional love, refuge, and beauty, whether through blood or not. They are the people we go to when we need a break from our everyday troubles, and we should cherish them.
Strangely, they bring their irritating troubles along with them. Whether it's the overprotective father, the sibling who lives for teasing everyone, the gossip-filled aunt, or the grumpy grandfather, all our little pockets of familial warmth is flawed to the point where we can all laugh at our collective imperfections. But no matter how hard we try, we cannot live without them.